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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 I would cruise on Brilliance again, though hopefully the mattresses will have been replaced by next time.

First Mediterranean cruise, loved it

Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review by Linneylou

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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.
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Cabin 3046
Cabin was a good size for two people, had a large porthole window, mattresses and pillows need replacing.
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