Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review by saltiregirl
- Sail Date: March 2010
- Destination: Middle East
Stayed in Dubai for a night pre cruise and went to the terminal about 12.15 walked straight to check in and was on the ship in about 5 mins. Was told our rooms would be ready by 1 o'clock which they were and we received our luggage mid afternoon.
We both really enjoyed this size of this ship, we were on Navigator in November which is a lot bigger and more modern but this one had a much nicer feel to it and more open spaces to sit which we liked. We especially liked the sea view cafe area to sit except for one day that passengers moved the tables and put their sunbeds in place instead so there were no seats whatsovever outside even although the cafe was opened. This started to happen the next day when a woman sat in her sunbed in the middle of the tables but ourselves and other passengers sat at all the other tables and effectively blocked her sunlight and she gave up and moved to just outside the cafe where there was plenty of space in the sun. The hours of the cafe changed daily and sometimes didn't open until 4.pm.
We did not find the ship dated and thought that a lot of the carpets had been recently replaced. They certainly were on our floor. Also we found the place very clean.
Our stateroom was cleaned every day before we returned for breakfast and unlike a previous poster we did not find it a hassle to take our card from behind the door and put it in the card slot to say "make up room" I would have thought that it would be more of an inconvenience to have someone knocking at your door to check if you wanted the room done.
You cannot please all of the people all of the time. I overhead a woman at breakfast one morning saying that the captain should really have made an announcement to say that we are now passing beside an oilfield (which was quite spectacular to see), which he told us over the tannoy twice during the day to look out for between certain times. By the way the time we passed was quarter past midnight!! I'm sure the guests retired for the evening would have enjoyed that.
Highlights for us : Open spaces for eating/drinking, pre dinner champagne bar with canapes, sitting on our balcony overlooking a misty Dubai, the staff and Chops
Lowlights : Service in Portifino, the singer (??)in Schooners and that it about it.
We looked upon the days in Fujariah and Bahrain as sea days as there was nothing we really wanted to do there but we enjoyed Oman and Abu Dhabi and in fact I have been looking to book a hotel in Abu Dhabi this afternoon!
Disembarking was easy and we stayed a couple of nights in Dubai on our return and having spoke to people who did the cruise package without any extra nights said they regretted not staying pre cruise. I would suggest that if you weren't doing a pre cruise to go to the "holding area", leave your luggage and check in, get your sea pass and then get a taxi into Dubai and see the sights, that way you are not wasting precious time there. If you get a chance have a look at the fountains in Dubai Mall which are on every 20mins from 6pm, it is also right beside the tallest building - two birds with one stone.
Taxi's are extremely cheap and start from 20 dirhams from the airport or the port and note that the meter keeps running when you are stopped in traffic but even then our taxi to the city centre from the aiport cost us under £10. On the way back to the port you don't have to pay the charge and taxis start the meter at 3 dirhams.
Having thoroughly enjoyed this cruise we will be recommending it to others. Please do not be apprehensive about this cruise, maybe a lot of the earlier negativity was because it was a completely new venture for RCCL but I reckon they are not doing too badly now!!
- Read more Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas Reviews
- Read Cruise Critic's Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas Review
250,000+ people have entered their email
Shower curtain a pain. Maybe more hangers in closet.