Overall nice trip.

Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 4

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
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12 Night Eastern Mediterranean (Barcelona Roundtrip)
Sail Date: October 22, 2011
Ship: Brilliance of the Seas
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Large Group
Reviewed: 6 years ago

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.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5


3 out of 5
We would have liked more opportunities for ballroom dancing - the common atrium area was overused and too crowded for enjoyable dancing.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Public bathrooms were maintained to the highest standard I've ever experienced on a cruise ship.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
3 out of 5
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.
5 out of 5
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!
5 out of 5
Like Rhodes, wonderful preserved history and architecture, delightful people, great food, friendly markets.
Don't Miss: Side trip to Mdina on the local bus!
5 out of 5
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.
1 out of 5
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.

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!

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