A Great Itinerary

Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean


Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 10

Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
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12 Night Mediterranean Featuring Greek Isles (Barcelona Roundtrip)
Sail Date: May 07, 2011
Ship: Brilliance of the Seas
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 6 years ago
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.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Solid but definitely not anything like I have experienced in the past with RCL....average at best.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Lot of options. Lines at Guest Relations were long a lot of times and did not seem to move fast at all.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
There were several employees that stood out, learning your name and not letting your drink reach the bottom. They wait staff made this cruise.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
It may be minor but there were a ton of light bulbs that were out. In the outside near the Windjammer, paint is peeling.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Stateroom was adequate. Stateroom assistant was the best.
3 out of 5
Vendors very pushy. Everyone tried to get you into their shop. That being said, Ephesus was absolutely stunning.
Don't Miss: Ephesus ruins.
5 out of 5
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.
5 out of 5
St. Peter's Basilica is a must...not enough time for us in Rome...too much to see.
5 out of 5
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.
5 out of 5
Loved Pompeii. Did not make Capri.
Don't Miss: Ruins at Pompeii.
5 out of 5
Loved Florence. It really is a must stop....Ponte Vecchio bridge was beautiful
5 out of 5
The Parthenon was breathtaking. The Plaka was very good.

Pros: The ports were the best

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

Recommends Brilliance of the Seas? Yes!

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