Interesting re-positioning cruise

Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Western Europe

Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 19

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
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10 Night Best Of Europe (Southampton To Barcelona)
Sail Date: May 19, 2008
Ship: Brilliance of the Seas
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 8 years ago

Some kinks need working out since refurbishing. Staff was excellent and efficient, except security personnel, who were rude and incompetent, and ill trained. Guests were treated like criminals, putting a definite damper on shore experience upon return. Guests were told to delete pictures of leaving the ship because it was a "security area." One passenger was publicly strip-searched in line. This was after security checks on shore by shore authorities. American's weren't as outraged as the Europeans.

3 out of 5
History buffs will like the Napoleon sites. Town site is interesting and different. Easy walking and easy to find things. The natives were friendly and helpful
3 out of 5
Don't ride the shuttle bus. Beware of strangers offering to guide you. People were generally friendly and helpful, Most spoke English or French. It was exotic and interesting and could be a good port pf call with fine tuning.
Don't Miss: Medina and Casbah were colorful, exotic and fun. buyer beware
5 out of 5
The local bus tour is a bargain and well run. Old town oyster restaurants were quaint and well run.
5 out of 5
Local bus service is excellent and much better bargain than the tours, but some knowledge of French is helpful.. Villefranche is a favorite port from which to embark on excursions, such as Nice, Monoco, Eze, and Cannes
1 out of 5
The tour was dampened by the rain. Lavatory facilities on busses were closed and facilities hard to locate and use

Pros: The unusual ports of call

Cons: Security personnel rudeness

Recommends Brilliance of the Seas? Yes!

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