This was my first time cruising the Mediterranean and my 3rd cruise with RCI. The embarkation process was quick, considering how many people were checking in at the same time. We were on the ship in about 45 minutes. The cabin was as expected, however the beds were quite old and not as comfy as previously experienced. We had a pipe burst under the floor on the second day, and the staff could not have been more helpful and apologetic, and fixed the problem very quickly.
We ate in the main dining room every night but 2, and the food and our waiters were amazing. One night we ate at the Windjammer, not very impressed but enjoyed breakfast there every morning. The other night we ate at Giovanni's Table, nice meal, but no better than what we got in the main dining room.
The entertainment in the evening was very lacking, we had a magician who was good and a juggler/comedian who was good but only went for 25 minutes. Otherwise, the shows were individual singers, tango dancers and the production shows were also just singing and dancing.
The ports were fabulous, we did RCI tours at all but 2 (Mykonos and La Spezia) and they were all well organised, well informed tour guides and we were given enough time to see all we needed to. Mykonos was easy to wander around without a tour, and at la Spezia we were able to get a boat to take us to the Cinque Terre.
The other ports visited were Cannes, Rome, Athens, Santorini and Valletta.
Disembarking was a breeze, we were told a time to be ready to leave and from that time we were off the ship and collected our luggage in 10 minutes. Taxis were readily available to take us to the hotel in Barcelona.
I would cruise on Brilliance again, though hopefully the mattresses will have been replaced by next time.
Cabin was a good size for two people, had a large porthole window, mattresses and pillows need replacing.
Visited Antibes and Nice, very interesting places, tour guide was very friendly, easy to understandView All 22 Nice Walking Tour Reviews
Didn't do an organised tour here, instead got a ferry to the cinque terre, visited 3 of the 5 villages, ran out of time to the Monterosso as we did this one last. Probably would have been better to go at least one way by train as the ferry takes much longer
Stayed in Barcelona before and after the cruise, an amazing place, lots to see
Wandered around by ourselves, lots of lovely little alleyways to wander through, a very picturesque place
Visited Oia and Santo winery, could have spent a bit more time in Oia, the winery visit was very crowded with lots of buses there at the same time. We were then given free time in Thira which was very crowded but fun. We had to queue for the cable car for an hour but it was worth it as the walk down was very difficult and slipperyView All 255 Oia Village Reviews
Tour took in the acropolis and places, guide was great and we had plenty of time to see both placesView All 390 Acropolis Reviews
Unfortunately we were there on a Sunday, so the Sistine chapel was closed. Also a very long queue to get into the basilica so we missed that. However we still saw plenty of other sights and the tour guide was greatView All 349 City Tour Reviews
This was a short trip in boats to see the amazing blue grotto, the water was crystal clear, very pretty but would have liked it to go a bit longer. We then went to the town of Marsaxlokk which was very busy as it was Sunday. There was a market on that was a combination of food, souvenirs and junk, unfortunately it took away from the beauty of the small fishing port. The tour finished by lunchtime, so we had time to explore Valletta on our own, once again many places were closed due to being Sunday but it is an amazing place that is well worth exploringView All 32 Blue Grotto Boat Trip Reviews