Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review by tannes: Enjoyable cruise
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My sister and I went on this cruise with my mom to celebrate her 80th birthday. We flew on Icelandic Air to London two days ahead with a great airfare from Denver. In London we stayed at the Jubilee Hotel which is a bare bones hotel but had a continental breakfast, great rates, and wonderful location near Victoria Station. We took the shuttle bus from the airport and the Jubilee was within walking distance. To get to the port, we joined a chartered bus arranged by Cruise Critic members that left from a nearby hotel. Since the Queen was gone on vacation, we were able to get tickets to tour Buckingham Palace and got to see the 60th anniversary display of the Queen's Coronation. Mom was in wheelchair for this tour which we had to prearrange but they were very accomodating and it was a fun activity.
We purchased the dining package and enjoyed all the specialty restaurants esp. Izumi. We additionally paid to go to Margaritas but weren't as impressed there - just average Mexican More food to us but plenty of it. The food, service, and entertainment were all good. We did think drink prices were high. We had wonderful service from the friendly staff on this ship. The movies on this trip were all great. We joined the blue nose club and had fun esp. in the pub bar. The ship hosted a meet and mingle and a luncheon. The information provided by the cruise critic members for this trip was phenomenal!
We didn't go on any tours due to budget but had a great time in all the ports on our own and really liked this itinerary. There were a couple of rough sea days but overall, such a beautiful ship and enjoyable time. Another plus for us was a Catholic priest, Father Dale, was on board and had daily mass. He told us Royal Caribbean tried to have a priest on board for cruises 10 days or longer. Less
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Port and Shore Excursions
We hailed a cab instead of taking the shuttle bus and ended up finding a great driver who talked us into going to Powerscourt Gardens. We negotiated a price of $50./hr for the 3 of us and it was one of the highlights of our trip. We drove through downtown Dublin on the way home and this took 3 hours altogether. If anyone is interested and would like to know his contact is AntonyTaxiCab@hotmail.com or phone 00353 0857142946. We would highly recommend Antony as being knowledgeable and accomodating. Powerscourt Gardens is an absolutely beautiful place to spend a part of a day and the drive to and from there was very pleasant.
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