Brilliance of the Seas

3.7 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: L     Refurbished: 4 yrs ago    
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About Brilliance of the Seas

Brilliance of the Seas is a large ship, carrying 2501 passengers and 859 crew, and sails from Tampa, Florida and Barcelona, Spain.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Nice trip, Great treatment and fun

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This was a quaint cruise which I enjoyed very much.  The staff was ultra helpful and friendly.  Key West was a great trip but Mexico was better, lots more to do.  Key West was not that long of a layover.  If I could improve anything it would be the quality of the food in the specialty restaurants.  It could have been much better, steaks were very tough and the scallops served almost raw.  If I pay for specialties, I expect better. 

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Very Good

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

It was always smooth sailing! Food was wonderful all over the ship and the staff were very friendly. WE had cold showers one night, but after we reported it, it was fixed right away! Our phone didn't work for two days, but after reporting it, it was fixed right away. Everything was very clean!

 

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Loved the Ship

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Crew on board was fabulous, our excursions were kind of a bust ! 

It was cold and rainy in Key West and our snorkeling tour was cancelled in Cozumel due choppy water conditions! We enjoyed the shows and activities on the ship though!

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Contributor Level: Purser
2 out of 5

1st time, Last time with RCI

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For the most part very relaxing, which is all I would like to say but I am forced to write at least a 150 character review which drops my review yet another star.

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

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The ship was small enough to get around easily.  The food was excellent and our dinner head waiter was excellent.  The ship was clean and decorated beautifully.  However,  activities seem to be disorganized, the beds were very uncomfortable, and we were not able to choose our dinner time.  They scheduled us for late dining without giving us a choice.  We were able to, with some arguing, able to change it to early seating.  The worse part was docking in a military base which made it difficult to get back to the ship if a shuttle was missed.

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Contributor Level: Second Mate
5 out of 5

Pleasant Cruise

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

The ship was beautiful, the food was great, the staff was very appreciative and happy that we were there.

Key West and Cozumel are fun ports.

A five night cruise was just right.

The Port of Tampa is perfect.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Cruise from Tampa

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Love the ship; the service personell were beyond expectations; Main Dining quizine met expectations; Did not like that all sodas were at extra cost; cost of a beer was quite high; On-Board shops were great - nice products; Shows were very good; Off-main dining - specialty dining was at extra cost - did not use due to extra cost; General buffet dining was very good with lots of variety. 

Got 'swindled' on off-ship excursion - price was probably good but access was difficult (trip to Kulum).  Embarking etc. was very well organized.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Western Caribbean Cruise

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Favorite, Very Clean Ship.  the Food choices were not what we thought but good.  Wait service in Main Dining room very slow.  The waiter was great, it looked as though they down sized the staff.  Our My Time Reservation was for 5:30pm daily, which was good, however, due to being understaffed, we had to wait between courses to order and was not finished with our meal until 7:00pm or after.  The special "party" for Emerald and above members was nothing like last year on the Adventure of the Seas.  Brilliance did not serve any appetizers the Adventure did last year. 

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Relaxing Vacation

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

We had a great time with our friends on this cruise.  We hit some rough seas as we left Tampa, but had been informed prior which was helpful.  We also did not get to go to the Grand Caymans which was disappointing but couldn't be helped.  The ship was very clean and the staff was very nice.  Enjoyed the nightly entertainment, however eating at 8:30 was a bit late even for us, so next time would use the my time dining. 

 

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

Ship is alittle tired

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

It is time for a refurbish of this boat. They did change out my lumpy mattress towards the end of the cruise which helped but in general the boat is showing signs of it's age.

The food was just ok. What happened to the steak and lobster on formal night and the parade of the wait staff?

The service in general was good and the staff was friendly. I would never sail on this boat again.

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grins88
Contributor Level: Purser

Definitely book your My Time dining reservations early and ask for the same table/wait staff each night. It makes the cruise so much more memorable!

csalazar2267287
Contributor Level: Purser

Make sure to make it to the Helicopter pad on deck 6 during sunset to take some unforgettable pictures.

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Contributor Level: Third Mate

Loved the solarium for evening relaxation and a snack.

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Price

L

Size

Jul 2002

Built

4 yrs ago

Refurbished

2501

Total Passengers

2.91

Crew to Passenger Ratio

13

Number of Decks

1074

Total Cabins

50

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