Christmas and New Year break: Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review by M Collier
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Christmas and New Year break
Destination: Middle East
Ship a little smaller than our cruises on Princess and Cunard QM2.
staff very friendly and helpful.
Easy embarkation. Room spacious. A little tired in places,considering it was a top suite. Balcony very small and cramped,but as this was a winter sailing did not matter too much.
We pre ordered a wine package. Not successful with ensuring a bottle went from dining room to dining room.
Concierge room good for snacks and evening free drinks, but during the day they allowed unsupervised children in ,no-one checked them ,they were lucky there was not an accident with coffee machine etc.We only had room service once for breakfast and that was awful. It came on a grubby tray the cooked breakfast was delivered later than the rest and was dried up and overcooked and nearly cold. The toast was burnt and cold. In fact all we had was a drink and we left the rest. We did not risk it again.
The main disappointment for us was the More itiniery. We were moored in Muscat for 2 days ( only a 7 day cruise) and we were in a working container port. Our cabin overlooked the workings of lorries loading up with containers and there was a lot of noise into and through the night. No point in sitting on the balcony .They would have been better to have been in Abu Dhabi for 2 days but I suspect it was to do with costings and port fees .
Overall, though not a bad cruise.Dubai was good . Plenty to see .felt safe and can easily get about on your own. Very expensive ( wine about Â£45 a bottle in the hotels and restaurants) But some beautiful hotels. We stayed in the One and Only Royal Mirage for 2 nights pre cruise.
Nothing to see really in Fujaraih. Muscat was clean and nice.In Abu Dhabi we visited the Formula One track (good trip,if you like that sort of thing).The cruise did not take you very far afield but it was interesting. Entertainment on ship was ok.Evening bar staff very friendly. Quickly knew and remembered your names.Th ship returned close to Dubai for the midnight fireworks in Dubai on New Years Eve which was a good experience to watch from the ship. Less
Cabin review: OS1064 Owner's Suite
Owners Suite Spacious room although balcony small and cramped. There was just about room for one lounger and a small table and 2 chairs. If we had both wanted to be sunbathe on the balcony we would have no chance.Clean , good sized bathroom with separate shower and jaccuzi bath,shower was looking a bit tired around the edges.We had a full size dining table and chairs separate lounge and plenty of space in the room overall.Read All Owner's Suite (OS) Reviews >>
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