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105 Royal Caribbean Middle East Cruise Reviews
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ScotsLady
Member Since 2007
5 reviews
147 forum posts
Sailed February 2013
just off Serenade of the Seas after 7 nights in the Middle East. Overall a very enjoyable experience. Spent 2 nights pre cruise in Dubai, and wished we had longer as so much to see and do. stayed in Traders Hotel which was okay for 2 ... Read more
pandpEastbourne
Member Since 2011
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2013
We have recently returned from a week's cruise in the Middle East on board RCI's "Serenade of the Seas". This was our first cruise and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We booked very early, paid extra for an outside balcony and chose ... Read more
Tony747
Member Since 2013
1 review
Sailed February 2013
Our first cruise and we were determined to enjoy it! Cabin was well positioned on Deck 10, just below the Solarium Deck 11, so convenient for popping up for a drink(Alcoholic or non) and food. The itinerary was not that exciting as most of ... Read more
nearco
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
1 forum post
Sailed January 2013
It wasn't my first choice of destination but it fitted in perfectly with holiday allocation, one night in Barcelona and a final night in Dubai. the Serenade is not the newest of ships but it was in good condition. Now I do like Royal ... Read more
seamaiden23
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
Sailed January 2013
I booked this cruise for my husbands 50th birthday. We stopped in the Dubai Marina 4 nights before and stayed in Dubai 6 times before so the intention was to do view sea inwards on our cruise. the ship being the holiday not so the ... Read more
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kwar
Member Since 2008
1 review
291 forum posts
Embarkation was wonderful compared to the nightmare in Dubai trying to get passports to get off the ship. Waiting in line 1.5 hours, which didn't matter as we were only going to a hotel. That needs to be addressed. Cabin: the rounded ... Read more
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WanderLust2aFault
Member Since 2012
1 review
Just returned from the 12-night Dubai/India/Muscat/Dubai cruise on Brilliance of the Seas and thought we would share our experience. *THE CRUISE* We thoroughly enjoyed the ship and the itinerary. Nice mix of sea days and ports. India ... Read more
Tropsie
1 review
2 helpful votes
Hi everyone, first time critic here so apologies if I miss anything out! We just returned last night from our cruise on Brilliance of the Seas, which left from Dubai on March 25 and sailed to India (Mumbai, Goa, New Mangalore, Cochin) and ... Read more
billieholiday
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
419 forum posts
just back from the brilliance of the seas. it was for us the first time in the middle east and had a different idea about the ports and rules. our suite was well but not so big as we had on other cruises and a little far from the ... Read more
Mother Macree
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2012
My husband and I booked this cruise with Virgin Cruises . We had 6 nights in Ras Al Khaimah before joining the cruise in Dubai . We had no difficulty arriving in Dubai airport . I had brought copies of my husbands prescription medicines ... Read more
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winifred robertson
1 review
Sailed February 2012
we have just returned from a seven night cruise on brilliance of the seas visiting four ports in the united arab emirates and dubai. the ship was the usual standard we have experienced before on a royal caribbean ship, although we have ... Read more
smgapp
Member Since 2005
2 reviews
73 forum posts
Many thanks to all the info on this site. We returned on Monday from a great cruise on the Brilliance of the Sea out of Dubai. We loved the cruise. The food was better than expected- especially liked the large shrimp cocktail, lobster ... Read more
John Campbell
1 review
Flew overnight from Manchester arriving in Dubai at 7am. Had breakfast, spent time in duty free in airport then got taxi to port at 11am. Watched our cases and hand luggage go through security check and walked straight on ship at 11.20am ... Read more
Bikerboy32
Member Since 2011
4 reviews
9 forum posts
We have just recently returned from our second Cruise,a 7 night Emirates itinerary taking in Oman and the two jewels of the U.A.E Dubai and it's bigger sister Abu Dhabi. I would like to say that contra to the impressions i have made from ... Read more
Tokyo1949
1 review
Just returned from a cruise on the BOS which we really enjoyed. We arrived at the port just before 9am and on the ship before 11am. Cabins were available at 1pm so we had lunch in the Windjammer when it opened. We were on Main seating ... Read more
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Jackie E
1 review
This was the second time that I had been on the Brilliance of the seas and there was quite a reduction in service and quality since the last visit in at the end of 2009. We arrived after almost 24 hours travel at the port at 9am tired ... Read more
Kid Free Traveller
1 review
Emirates Flights We chose the 20.25 flight from Birmingham. I was expecting attentive service from Emirates and we had been told how good they were. Whether it was because we were 2 hours late departing and the cabin crew was tired I ... Read more
M Collier
1 review
Sailed December 2011
First time with Royal Carribbean. 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 ... Read more
intrepidseabird
1 review
We embarked on the beautiful Brilliance of the seas at Dubai for a one week cruise and had a great experience from start to finish. Our check in was brilliant - we were in our stateroom barely half an hour after arriving at the terminal, ... Read more
lilybob
Member Since 2008
6 reviews
629 forum posts
Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Clause if you believe or perhaps you are a newbie to RCI! With a fare too good to be true and not having to fly, we booked a last minute inside guarantee on Brilliance of the Seas out of Dubai during the ... Read more
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Voyager74
Member Since 2011
1 review
My very first cruise experience; so didn't know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised. Very diverse crew; very few Americans as it is Middle East and they don't go to that part of the world. Lots of fun Brits, South Americans and ... Read more
1TheOne1
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
34 forum posts
Sailed December 2011
We cruised 19-26th December 2011 and I can tell you, we will not be staying home for Christmas any more. For the first time we paid for embarkation and city tour (we usually do this on our own) and it showed up to be a great idea. After ... Read more
Frode
Member Since 2009
1 review
91 forum posts
After having cruised a number of times on board MSC Cruises, I was really looking forward to my first cruise ever on board RCI. It happened to be on board the Brilliance of the Seas, at a 7-nights cruise departing the 5th of Dec 2011 from ... Read more
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kr_cruiser
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
Sailed November 2011
Departure: We were a group of 8 going on the trip for Thanksgiving. Our trip startied a little rough, once we boarded the plane to go from Miami International Airport to London Heathrow, it appeared that the plane had engineering problems ... Read more
TravelEEmpress
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
386 forum posts
The on board experience was wonderful. It was definitely worth getting a room with a balcony for this trans canal cruise. The rooms are serviced regularly. The ship was clean, well cared for with little deferred maintenance. The staff is ... Read more
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