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Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Lovely Staff but Really Poor Entertainment

Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review by Jlonomore

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jul 2016
  • Destination: Italy
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony

Staff were lovely - friendly but professional and really helpful. Food in the main dining restaurant was good with a varied selection and always well cooked and presented. As ever on cruises the veg was lacking and under-cooked.

The speciality restaurants were generally only half full probably as they are overpriced. Chop's Grill was particularly good and we dines there 3 times. Giovanni's Table was disappointing however with the pasta dishes being very bland. Azumi was really empty and lacking in atmosphere as a result but the food was delicious. RCL should look at reducing the supplements to increase patronage.

Entertainment was the poorest I've seen on any cruise ship in over 25 yrs. We only went to the show 3 times - one was the cast which was fairly good but Tango Buenos Aires was a repeat of the show I saw on this ship 2 years ago and The Zoots was simply rubbish. Nothing like the standard that I've seen on NCL, Celebrity and Costa in the past.

The only port on the tour that I hadn't been to was Ravenna and I was really disappointed. No taxis in port! Waited 40 mins and gave up. Ended up paying 22USD each for a shuttle into town. Others paid 129USD for a trip to the beach to end up on the public beach that was literally 10 mins walk from the ship!

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Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony
Cabin E1 8646

Cabin was roomy and comfortable and everything was nicely finished. Mini bar wasn't properly stocked (we only had water, coke and Sprite!) and the TV wasn't interactive so we couldn't book tours or restaurants.

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Expensive for just the transfer to Pisa.

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Audio guide didn't work but was replaced quickly. The building and history are always impressive.

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Sistine Chapel

Booked fast track ticket at St Peter's. Walk to Vatican City is about 20-30 mins. Queuing time was only about 15 mins but once inside we were herded through the museums for around 1.5 hrs before finally reaching the Sictine Chapel. The Chapel itself wasn't impressive and our time inside was spent being herded around and shouted at to be silent.

Had I known I wouldn't have bothered.

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St. Peter's Basilica

Took train directly to St. Peter's and arrived around 9.00. Queuing time was only about 15 mins. Entry is free and you can spend as long as you like in the Catedral

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Transfer to Amalfi by boat was really enjoyable and we had plenty time in Smalfi to look around the shops, eat ice cream and tKe the bus to Ravelling which was worth the trip as the journey itself was spectacular and the town is really pretty.

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Visited Harry's Bar for a couple of Bellinis and some chicken croquettes which were all delicious. Then a stop at PIazza San Marco for prosecco and beer - beware the 6euro per head cover charge for the orchestra!

We wandered through the streets and did a gondola tour - 20 euros more expensive after 7pm.


Fabulous sale into Kotor. We wandered around the old town drinking wine and eating ice creams. Lovely little medieval town which is worth visiting.

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