Hi Everybody. My Wife Sue and I have just returned from a 14 night relocation cruise from Barcelona to Dubai on the magnificent Brilliance of the Seas. We had cruised with Royal Caribbean twice before on Independence and Navigator of the Seas, but we found Brilliance to outshine both of them. Our balcony cabin on deck 10 was smaller than we had anticipated, but very comfortable. Our cabin steward "Jose" was attentive and obliging, that is until the night before we arrived in Dubai, when we gave him an envelope containing his gratuity, then his manner changed.And we were more than generous in what we gave him.
The cruise itinerary could have been better, but it was still fun, exciting and we saw sites we had never seen before including "El Alamein" the battle site in Eygpt, the never to be forgotten "Suez Canal" and what an experience that was travelling down the canal by day light. Fantastic, and "Petra" a site of antiquity Sue had always wanted to visit and she was not disappointed. We would have liked another day in Jordan so we could have seen the "Dead Sea". Brilliance is not the biggest ship, but it does give an impression of being big because there are so many outside windows. The Food was superb from Day 1 to Day 15, always something exciting and interesting to sample. The entertainment was acceptable for most tastes but we would have liked a bit more comedy, it"s always good to have a laugh.
The crew are fantastic being helpful, friendly and the service throughout the ship a credit to it"s Master and Owners.Thank you to them all. We did however have too much time at sea and not quite enough time in port, but that"s our opinion. Overall a wonderful relaxing, interesting cruise on which we put on too weight.