Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

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3 out of 5

Overall nice trip.

Sail Date: October 22, 2011

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Large Group

Room Type: Balcony

Brilliance was a pleasure to use as a base for our 12-day cruise. We were disappointed at the allowance of smoking fin indoor venues - made it impossible to partake of several activities on board.

Pros: Most ports of call were really nice.

Cons: Terrible handling of complaints regarding Grand Bazaar being closed both days we were in Istanbul.

Recommends Brilliance of the Seas? Yes!

Food and Dining
We would have liked more opportunities for ballroom dancing - the common atrium area was overused and too crowded for enjoyable dancing.
Ship Quality
Public bathrooms were maintained to the highest standard I've ever experienced on a cruise ship.
Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
Rhodes, Greece
Clean streets, happy people, friendly cats, terrific marketplaces, wonderful preserved history - a fabulous port of call.
Don't Miss: Have an ouzo with the locals!
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
Public transit inconvenient to reach from port (over a mile away). Three of our group of eight were victimized by pickpockets on the subway.
Don't Miss: Markets are a pleasure, food choices were great.
Palermo, Sicily
Streets filled with litter, statues spoiled by graffiti, no tourist-friendly signage, no regard for traffic laws, major quality of life issues - we felt that stopping here was a total waste.
Valletta, Malta
Like Rhodes, wonderful preserved history and architecture, delightful people, great food, friendly markets.
Don't Miss: Side trip to Mdina on the local bus!
Istanbul, Turkey
Many in our group had trouble getting our ATM cards to work, and nobody wanted to exchange our Turkish Lyra when we left.
Don't Miss: Sample the local halvah and turkish delights - fabulous! Visit the Pera shopping district.

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