Brilliance of the Seas
Cruise from Dubai around Gulf
Just returned from a Royal Caribbean cruise on board The Brilliance of the Seas. We joined the cruise in Dubai and had 7 nights aboard on a full board status but this did not include drinks.
Our ports of calls were Fujairah, Muscat, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
This was our 1st cruise and was unsure what to expect however our expectations were completely surpassed and we will now find it hard to go back to package holidays.
On arrival at the Terminal 1st day we were greeted by a very organised and friendly staff that made check-in very easy and quick. They explained the different ways to pay on board as cash is not an option while on board. We chose to add it to a debit / credit card which we were able to keep track of at all times and pay at the end of the cruise before leaving ship. This was the system used by nearly all travellers. You could pay each day if you wanted but knowing your balance all the time was very convenient. Our bags were left at the quayside and transported to our cabins for us on arrival.
The ship was amazing, very clean, spacious, and well equipped for all occasions. There was absolutely masses to do, theatre which was huge, casino, lots of bars throughout ship both inside and out. Restaurants and cafÃ© bars were placed all over. The main dining area during the day was the Windjammer which was open from early morning to late on at night and had everything you could possibly want to eat and at a very good standard. Just help yourself until you were full amazing.
There was a main dinning restaurant for evening meals with a further two specialist restaurants but a supplement was chargeable in these two. Depending on what you selected. The menu in main dining area was very good and had selections for all tastes I can thoroughly recommend the Sirloin and sea food dishes or if you were hungry why not both have, the waiters was very helpful and friendly. There was also catering for vegetarians.
Entertainment on board in the theatre was very good and the casino was also very good.
There were parties / events in the bars and pool side at night and if you fancied a dance there were dance lessons most nights.
Dress was very casual except for main restaurant which was casual / smart and on two nights it was formal attire, bow ties etc but not compulsory.
On board ship was a few duty free shops which had sales on most nights and there were some very good bargains to be had. The shops were open during sailing times.
At one end of the boat there was a miniature golf course and golf simulator, rock wall, football/basketball/ volleyball courts. Children's play area and pool although there was not many children on board. There is also a very well equipped gym and spa centre, the staff were very knowledgeable and ran classes in all sorts of things from nutrition to fitness and well being. When leaving ship at various stops the organisation was very good and easy.
The ship had approx 12 lifts supplying the 13 floors and access for the disabled was well catered for and easy to navigate.
Cabins were very clean and twice a day they were checked and cleaned by the staff.
They consisted of plenty storage areas, bathroom and the most comfortable beds you could ever get.
I would definitely do this again it was, as the ships name suggests, brilliant.
- Excellent ship and standards were very high.
- Food very good and plenty at all times of day
- Entertainment very good with plenty to do
- Ships staff and crew very good and helpful
- Totally relaxed atmosphere no rowdies or charvers on ship
- Abu Dhabi and Dubai were fabulous,
- Trips available at each port if required (would recommend trip at Dubai to see tower)
- Too many good points to mention you will not be disappointed
- Drinks can be expensive on board, check for fully inclusive and drink packages, our travel agent said there was none but plenty of passengers had them.
- Itinerary could have been better, places we stopped at (Fujairah, Muscat) basic but very interesting anyway, mainly markets and shops.
- No more apart from leaving you wanting to do it all again and again.
Check before booking as the prices between passengers for the same trip varied a lot. We paid just over Â£800 which included flights on emirates airlines and a 1 night hotel stay at Dubai before joining ship. Some passengers paid nearly double for same trip and package.