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Age: 47

Occupation:Medical Sales

Number of Cruises: 2

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Brilliance of the Seas

Sailing Date: 2009-09-7

Itinerary: Mediterranean

This was our 2nd cruise with RCL. We again were not at disappointed. The first RCL was to Mexico with our kids. It was great on that one. I have to say that we are planners and knew exactly what we wanted to see at least a year before this trip. We watch travel shows all the time and knew where we wanted to go and see. RCL is the best organized company we have ever dealt with. They have it down pat. All the way from booking the airline, hotels, transportation to the hotel, to the pier and back to the airport. No glitches what so ever.

The food was great. You could eat in the formal dining room or in the Windjammer. You might as well go to the formal dining and be waited upon. We met great people form England and New Jersey. We had breakfast in the Windjammer and the food selection was plentiful and you had a lot of variety. We ate a couple times in the dining room in the morning when we didn't have an excursion to get to. It was good to be served; can't get that at home.

There was a deckside party with tons of food. I would recommend that. They had a daytime lunch at poolside - again tons of delicious food. They did a weinerscizel (spell check) lunch-that looked good. There were restaurants you had to pay extra for. They were at the portinfino and Chop Grille. We didn't do any of those. Also if you want extra food at the formal dining you can't eat all you want.

We had a balcony this cruise which was OK. We never really went out there. We could have gotten along with a non-balcony room. We had a great stateroom attendent. She made our beds up two to three times a day. Sheets were clean and we had plenty of towels. Needed extra towels-no problem. we left her an extra tip; she provided great service.

We were so busy with the excursions we didn't have much time to go to many shows. What we heard were that they were very high quality.

For us this was the reason we went on this trip. We bought all our excursions ahead of time. The first night we had all the tickets delivered to our room. The first excursion was Eze Nice/Monte Carlo. Nice was a great shopping town, it was beautiful. The town of Eze was a gothic town on top of hill. It felt like you transported back in time. We saw the Prince of Monaco palace but we didn't get invited in. The next stop was Florence. Suggestion: buy your tickets online for the Academy and Uffizi gallery a month before the cruise, we got right in instead of haviing to wait for 2 hours in line. The next stop was Rome. We took a tour of the Sistene Chapel, with a tour you can get right in, again bypassing a 2 to 3 hour wait. The next stop was Mykonos. This was beautiful Meditteraan town! It was a good place to pick up unique gifts. Next stop Athens. We saw the max with a tour! The Acropolis and multiple other sights to see. Turkey tour was fabulous! We saw Ephasus and Mary's house. Santorini was next, a beautiful volcanic town up on the cliffs-very spectacular-great shops-buy some wine. Next Naples; skip Naples tour go to Capri/Sorrento/Pompeii.

The trip was more then we expected. We are glad we read Rick Steves travel books. He saved us lots of time and we were able to see a lot. You have to expect to only see a small test in each port. We'll stay a month in Italy to see it all the next time we go to the mediterranean. Don't think we would take our kids until they got older to appreciate the historical aspects of the region. Epahasus was a surprise and we would back to Turkey to see that again.

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