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Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Christmas and New Year break

Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review by M Collier

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Dec 2011
  • Destination: the Middle East
  • Cabin Type: Owner's Suite

First time with Royal Carribbean.

Ship a little smaller than our cruises on Princess and Cunard QM2.

staff very friendly and helpful.

Easy embarkation. Room spacious. A little tired in places,considering it was a top suite. Balcony very small and cramped,but as this was a winter sailing did not matter too much.

We pre ordered a wine package. Not successful with ensuring a bottle went from dining room to dining room.

Concierge room good for snacks and evening free drinks, but during the day they allowed unsupervised children in ,no-one checked them ,they were lucky there was not an accident with coffee machine etc.We only had room service once for breakfast and that was awful. It came on a grubby tray the cooked breakfast was delivered later than the rest and was dried up and overcooked and nearly cold. The toast was burnt and cold. In fact all we had was a drink and we left the rest. We did not risk it again.

The main disappointment for us was the itiniery. We were moored in Muscat for 2 days ( only a 7 day cruise) and we were in a working container port. Our cabin overlooked the workings of lorries loading up with containers and there was a lot of noise into and through the night. No point in sitting on the balcony .They would have been better to have been in Abu Dhabi for 2 days but I suspect it was to do with costings and port fees .

Overall, though not a bad cruise.Dubai was good . Plenty to see .felt safe and can easily get about on your own. Very expensive ( wine about £45 a bottle in the hotels and restaurants) But some beautiful hotels. We stayed in the One and Only Royal Mirage for 2 nights pre cruise.

Nothing to see really in Fujaraih. Muscat was clean and nice.In Abu Dhabi we visited the Formula One track (good trip,if you like that sort of thing).The cruise did not take you very far afield but it was interesting. Entertainment on ship was ok.Evening bar staff very friendly. Quickly knew and remembered your names.Th ship returned close to Dubai for the midnight fireworks in Dubai on New Years Eve which was a good experience to watch from the ship.


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Cabin Review

Owner's Suite
Cabin OS 1064

Owners Suite

Spacious room although balcony small and cramped. There was just about room for one lounger and a small table and 2 chairs. If we had both wanted to be sunbathe on the balcony we would have no chance.Clean , good sized bathroom with separate shower and jaccuzi bath,shower was looking a bit tired around the edges.We had a full size dining table and chairs separate lounge and plenty of space in the room overall.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Dubai

Easy embarkation. although we were in a suite so had priority embarkation. We arrived at the port at approx 1.00pm although embarkation was 3.00pm but we were allowed to proceed immediately and we were in our room within half an hour of arriving at the port.Processed quickly although again I had downloaded all paperwork in advance and given card details and signed passes . Our passports were taken off us in port which we were not used to and we got them back a day before disembarkation on the ship.Disembarkation was just as smooth. We left the ship at approx 8.30 am without any crush or hassle and our bags were easily to hand. There were plenty of Taxis on the port so pre booking travel arrangements or transfers was not necessary. We were spending another day in a hotel before flying home in the early hours of the following morning and we easily got a taxi to our hotel.All the ports we called at were working ports which required shuttle buses provided by the ship through the port ( no walking). Ports not very pretty and quite dusty and noisy as a result.


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