Ship was mediocre

Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 4

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
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Brilliance of the Seas

12 Night Mediterranean Featuring Venice (Barcelona Roundtrip)

Sail Date: July 30, 2011

Ship: Brilliance of the Seas

Cabin Type: Balcony

Traveled As: Couple

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Review Summary

Too many formal nights resulting in the decks being consumed with photographers. Photos should not be taken while eating meals. Shopping was very limited...same old stuff. Food choices were average. Excursions expensive - no ability to know on internet about shuttle services for "on your own" travels. Pool facilities inadequate. Entertainment in theater was great performance (Broadway was well done).

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Cruise is expensive enough without having to pay extra for QUALITY food at specialty restaurants. Variety was limited in both the Windjammer and Minstrel.


3 out of 5
Nothing to write home about!

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Except for dining in Minstrel and our stateroom atttendant, it did not appear anypne was "going above and beyond". Overall friendliness in Windjammer seemed to be lacking.

Ship Quality

1 out of 5
Due to small size of ship, every place was made difficult to get through without bumping into people. Not impressed with overall cleanliness.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Balcony room was small

Ports Of Call

Split, Croatia

3 out of 5
Enjoyed the snack and hospitality on our excursion. Was not impressed with Split

Naples, Italy

5 out of 5
Not enough time in Sorrento...too long in Pompeii
Don't Miss: Loved the Isle of Capri

Dubrovnik, Croatia

5 out of 5
Absolutely owners not always friendly.

Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy

3 out of 5
Museums in Florence were closed on Monday when we arrived, however fun to walk around.
Don't Miss: Have to see the Leaning Tower...mediocre shopping

Villefranche-Sur-Mer, France

5 out of 5
Enjoyed Nice and Cannes

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

5 out of 5
Had visited before...everything in Rome is worth seeing!

Venice, Italy

5 out of 5
Loved the city...way too crowded.
Don't Miss: Must take a gondola ride

Pros: Visiting Capri, Venice, and Dubrovnik

Cons: ship was small

Recommends Brilliance of the Seas? No.

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