Brilliance of the Seas 12 Day Mediterranean Cruise: Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review by ShortieJ

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Brilliance of the Seas 12 Day Mediterranean Cruise

Sail Date: October 2010
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Barcelona
While the Brilliance of the Seas is a beautiful ship, for us it was the staff that really shined. From the time we boarded to the time we left each member of the crew we met went out of their way to make sure we had the time of our lives. Our stateroom attendant (Cabin Stewartess?)Marijana took the cake. She was amazing. She really made the ship feel like home. Our assistant waitress Marlyn was also particularily excellent.

We were shocked at the size of our room. We booked an interior cabin and found it more then accommodating. We had more storage then we knew what to do with. The rooms were lovely and the service again was beyond expectations. Staff cleaned twice a day and left a different towel animal on our beds almost every night. It made my husband's day.

The food of course was incredible. I don't believe I've ever eaten so much in my life. I especially loved the endless desert selection.

The ammenities on ship were also great. We spent a lot of time More by the pool and playing mini golf. For a ship with over 2000 guests and 800 staff we were shocked at how much space we had. We would never have guessed we were sharing the ship with so many people. We only ran into lines twice. Once because it was bad weather outside and there was an international food festival inside. The other time because the headliner was so popular we couldn't get a seat for the second show. All of the entertainment was great. We especially loved the live bands.

The ports were amazing. We went off on our own most of the time and were very fortunate with it. We took a lot of public transportation and although we did not speak any of the languages of any of the countries we visited we found it very easy to navigate our way to our destinations. We took a private tour in Rome with All Around Italy. It was great. Fabrizio did a phenominal job. We could not have seen the whole city without him. We HIGHLY recommend him. He was knowledgeable, professional, courtious and a pleasure to be around. We took a half day tour in Ephesus with a local company. It was okay but nothing to rave about. We had to be a little firm with him to prevent him from keeping us at the leather factory and prevent him from taking us to the carpet show.

There were a couple things we didn't like. The prices for alcohol were outragious. If cut in half I would drink more then twice as much. Also the lady behind the counter of Latte-tudes was not my favourite crew member.

In a nutshell though we had a fantastic time. It was the honeymoon of our dreams! Less

Published 11/02/10
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Cabin review: K3051 Interior Stateroom

Great room. It was quiet and spacious. We didn't even miss having a window. We had a huge closet and lots of storage. There was even room for a large hamper we brought on board. We will get an interior cabin again on our next cruise.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Athens has some beautiful ruins. The city is dirty and overrun by dogs though. Exploring it is a must but you only need one day.

We took a cab in with another couple and walked around. It was a great way to get around and we had no issues with the cabbies.

Again, it was beautiful. We heard great things about the hop on hop off tour but didn't take it ourselves. We went to Monserrat. It was spectacular. It's an all day outting but worth the whole day.
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We were supposed to go to Toulon but because of the strike in France we went to Cannes instead. I was thrilled that the port was substituted instead of cancelled. It was very lovely but there isn't a lot to do there. Wine is cheaper then water so you may want to sit in the sun and drink up. We were jet lagged from our journey so we didn't spend much time on shore. It is a very lovely town though.

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We saw Florence and Pisa (running almost the whole time). It was great. We took the train and had no problems navigating it at all. It is really inexpensive and very easy to use. Just don't forget to validate your ticket! Florence was lovely and the beauty was a little overwhelming. The street market was our favourite of all the cities.

Pisa was suprising. There is a lot more there then what is written about. We didn't have time to explore the city but I would love to another time. It was very pretty.

Beautiful....but intimidating. We took a 1/2 day tour which was godd. Unlike Athens you can actually climb on the ruins. it was breathtaking. Our guide brought us to a leather factory and tried to take us to the carpet making school though. That was not great.

The shopping was the best of the trip but be prepared to bargin A LOT. Also, they don't like you browsing. They like you buying and the shop keepers can be quite forceful. It was worthwile though.

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The Amalphi Coast is the most beautiful place on earth. We hired a cab from Salerno with some other people. We paid 50 euro a person and had him for the whole day. I can't even describe the natural beauty. It was amazing and a real must see. Just don't eat a big meal mid-day. We really regretted that. We all got car sick.
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3 words: All Around Italy. You won't regret it.

We had an excellent time with Fabrizio in Rome. He picked us up at our cruise ship and had us laughing all day. He was very knowledgeable and did an excellent job of showing us the city. We felt like we saw the entire city in the little time we had there. We even had time to see the Vatican City. He set us up with a private guide for that and she was excellent as well. It would not have been possible to see so much in such a short time without the help of these two professionals. We even got to see some lesser known sites that were well worth our time.

I can't say enough about the excellent service we received with All Around Italy. Fabrizio exceeded our every expectation.

Rome is a dream. You HAVE to explore it!

Santorini is a beautiful island. We took the cable car up and the bus it Oia. It was lovely but we had to watch our step. Some animal had gotten sick all over.

The best part of Santorini is the views. THe shops are okay and the food is a little expensive. It is worth visiting though. It was unlike anything we'd ever seen.

After lunch we wanted to climb the volcano on another island. The cable car line was much to long so we took a donkey down. We recommend taking the donkey up. We were terrified! It is a funny story after the fact though.

The volcano was great. A high point of our trip. If you legs can do it we really recommend it. It was like being on another planet.

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