Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Experience
4-6 cruises

Review
1

Helpful Votes
10

3 out of 5

A Great Itinerary

Sail Date: May 07, 2011

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

If you like small ships, less than 2500 passengers, this is a good ship. The crew made this ship very good. The ship needs some TLC and more attention paid to detail. Shows presented were average. Food in the Minstrel Dining Room was average at best.

Pros: The ports were the best

Cons: The Brillance of the Seas is showing its age.

Recommends Brilliance of the Seas? Yes!

Ship Quality
It may be minor but there were a ton of light bulbs that were out. In the outside near the Windjammer, paint is peeling.
Food and Dining
Solid but definitely not anything like I have experienced in the past with RCL....average at best.
Entertainment
Lot of options. Lines at Guest Relations were long a lot of times and did not seem to move fast at all.
Cabin / Stateroom
Stateroom was adequate. Stateroom assistant was the best.
Service and Staff
There were several employees that stood out, learning your name and not letting your drink reach the bottom. They wait staff made this cruise.
Naples, Italy
Loved Pompeii. Did not make Capri.
Don't Miss: Ruins at Pompeii.
Santorini, Greece
Breathtaking vistas. Shopkeepers not pushy at all. We got a private tour bus from the port to Oia for 5 Euros person, one way...great deal.
Don't Miss: Oia....views from here were stunning.
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
Vendors very pushy. Everyone tried to get you into their shop. That being said, Ephesus was absolutely stunning.
Don't Miss: Ephesus ruins.
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
The Parthenon was breathtaking. The Plaka was very good.
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
St. Peter's Basilica is a must...not enough time for us in Rome...too much to see.
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy
Loved Florence. It really is a must stop....Ponte Vecchio bridge was beautiful
Villefranche-Sur-Mer, France
Views were great. Nice was nice.....French service, at least to these Americans, was not friendly at all.
Don't Miss: The skills of the tour bus drivers.


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