Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review by JWILSON2: Pyramids and Camels
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Pyramids and Camels
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
I have always wanted to visit the Pyramids but had no inclination to visit Egypt - quite a task but Royal Carribean's creative itinerary allowed us just that.
This was the third time we had sailed on the Brilliance of The Seas and have never had any need to complain as service and quality are of the highest standard. I must say the ship is beginning to show slight signs of wear and tear but there were obvious signs of top quality maintenance being undertaken. The Solarium was being varnished during the night while we were on our cruise thus affording us the luxury of using the facility during the day but maintenance being scheduled so as to allow RCI's customers full use.
Unfortunately due to weather conditions we were unable to visit Palermo but the Captain and crew did their very best to keep the entertainment programme at the optimum so everyone had something to keep them occupied on the extra sea day. Of course if you wanted to relax and not participate in the More extra activities the choice was yours.
I believe Royal Carribean offer a wide range of cruises to suit everyones taste plus the mixture of staterooms affords everyone the opportunity of experiencing a cruise vacation.
I cannot recommend Royal Carribean enough - they are my top cruise line. Less
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Cabin review: D19660 Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony
Bed linen was worn and on one occasion there was a very small hole in the sheet - felt this was an area which more money needs to be spent to ensure top quality linen. Steward was very nice and helpful but never straightened the bottom sheet of the bed - if you like sleeping on creases fine - otherwise be prepared to straighten your own bed before you get in. Soft furnishings have the look of being a bit well used - could do with a freshen up. Small fridges need to be supplied and flat screen TV's should be the norm now. The small TV we had was perfectly adequate but a flat screen would have added to making this the 4star stateroom more like a 4 star stateroom.Read All Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony (D1) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
Made to feel like vIP visitors to the country and although this was very nice, when the tour courier stopped the local people from entering their library to allow RCI tour entry ahead of them, I was very uncomfortable with this.
The traffic was also held back to allow the cruise tours access to the road system in a convoy type setting. Understandably because of security this was the most sensible thing to do but this must cause disention with the people of the country.
Loved the people, loved the place but found with the Greek economy that this was one of the more expensive places to visit.
The tours RCI offer are of good quality and well worth consideration even though public transport links make independant travel easy.
Easy to get around and when you join the cruise ship RCI have got the organisation just perfect.
If you use the Sea Pass sytem and do your online paperwork - then you just turn up, check in and board the ship in about 10mins.
Should you not take advantage of this facility, RCI have the greatest number of staff I have even seen ready to help you with the check in facility and even supply squash and cookies to keep you fed and watered while waiting to join the ship.
I must say the service at check in is more than First Class - well done RCI and staff
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