Brilliant Brilliance: Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review by David Mills

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David Mills

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Brilliant Brilliance

Sail Date: January 2010
Destination: Middle East
Embarkation: Barcelona
Hi Everybody. My Wife Sue and I have just returned from a 14 night relocation cruise from Barcelona to Dubai on the magnificent Brilliance of the Seas. We had cruised with Royal Caribbean twice before on Independence and Navigator of the Seas, but we found Brilliance to outshine both of them. Our balcony cabin on deck 10 was smaller than we had anticipated, but very comfortable. Our cabin steward "Jose" was attentive and obliging, that is until the night before we arrived in Dubai, when we gave him an envelope containing his gratuity, then his manner changed.And we were more than generous in what we gave him.

The cruise itinerary could have been better, but it was still fun, exciting and we saw sites we had never seen before including "El Alamein" the battle site in Eygpt, the never to be forgotten "Suez Canal" and what an experience that was travelling down the canal by day light. Fantastic, and "Petra" a site of antiquity Sue had always wanted to visit and she was not More disappointed. We would have liked another day in Jordan so we could have seen the "Dead Sea". Brilliance is not the biggest ship, but it does give an impression of being big because there are so many outside windows. The Food was superb from Day 1 to Day 15, always something exciting and interesting to sample. The entertainment was acceptable for most tastes but we would have liked a bit more comedy, it"s always good to have a laugh.

The crew are fantastic being helpful, friendly and the service throughout the ship a credit to it"s Master and Owners.Thank you to them all. We did however have too much time at sea and not quite enough time in port, but that"s our opinion. Overall a wonderful relaxing, interesting cruise on which we put on too weight. Less

Published 01/21/10

Cabin review: bal1522

Cabin 1522 Deck 10. Smaller than Independence or Navigator and the Balcony was also quite small, but nevertheless, it was comfortable cabin with lots of Wardrobe space, lots of Drawer space, A Fridge, Kettle, Hairdryer, TV but a rather small but functional Bathroom.

Port and Shore Excursions

The port is very clean with a magnificent Departure/Arrival building. It also has a number of interesting souvenir shops within the port area which are useful for purchases.

A clean port area with easy access to the City Centre. Very good organisation by the tour operaters

Read 44 Aqaba Reviews

A very easy port with very good facilities and within easy reach of the Airport and City centre.

Read 1729 Barcelona Reviews

Obviously the richest of the ports of call, but due to there having been little cruise activity in the past, the facilities were quite bad. A new terminal is in the process of being built and will no doubt be as splendid as there new airport, but we had a makeshift marquee and the pandemonium and lack of organisation were plain to see.

Read 167 Dubai Reviews

Had a safe feel about this port and was within easy walk of a shop or two. Quite a large Police presence due to the fact that we were moored next to a Ferry with people of all nationalities back and forth all day.

Read 47 Safaga Reviews

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