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Age: 62


Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Brilliance of the Seas

Sailing Date: 2009-05-10

Itinerary: Eastern Mediterranean

We set sail from Barcelona for an 11-day cruise. Entertainment was great, ports of call were interesting overall, and it was a fun time with lots of activities.

I've never been too impressed with cruise food. We did eat at Portofino twice (once at the Murder Mystery) and the food there was great. Well worth the extra fee. We were surprised on the last night when we went to the Windjammer at 11:00 p.m. to get a snack and they were closed. We couldn't believe it.

Small but adequate. Having a balcony makes you feel like you have more room.

The activities were great. We participated in "Gotta Dance" which was great fun, 50's dance was also a lot of fun. We were disappointed that there was not more of a setting sail party.

Malta was a surprise - it was beautiful. Rhodes was very nice. The Pyramids were incredible - my only advice, don't go inside the pyramid. It was very hot, no air circulation.

We arrived in Barcelona the day before the cruise. Barcelona is a beautiful city and worth your time to stay before or after the cruise. We stayed at the Regencia Colon which was a block away from the cathedral. It was a great location. We were able to walk to many attractions and took the tourist bus to others. We sailed to Sicily, Athens, Rhodes, Cyprus, Alexandria, and Malta. The only one that was a little disappointing was Cypus. At Sicily we went up to an old fishing village. In Athens we went to the Acropolis then walked around the plaka. In Rhodes we did not take an excursion but walked around the city which is very interesting. In Cyprus we went on a mountain trek mainly because we wanted to get away from people and crowds. In Alexandria we went on the bus to Cairo to the pyramids and the tombs. The heat is terrible but the history is great. Malta was such a refreshing surprise. It looks like what you imagine a Mediterranean island to look like. Don't miss the Cathedral of St. John. From the outside it doesn't look much different than other cathedrals but inside it is absolutely beautiful. Can't wait for our next cruise.

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