Brilliance of the Seas

3.7 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: L     Refurbished: 4 yrs ago     Questions? 1-888-298-4230
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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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Bon Voyage!!!

Another successful Cruise with Royal Carribean. The ship was so clean, the rooms were... Read more
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5 out of 5

Bon Voyage!!!

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Another successful Cruise with Royal Carribean. The ship was so clean, the rooms were very welcoming and the staff was so friendly, we wanted to take a few home! Really enjoyed our time on this, much needed vacation. Main Dining Room Service & Food was spot on! Lots of family friendly entertainment. 

It was a Wonderful Experience!

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4 out of 5

Brilliance of the Seas Western Cruisewe

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We chose this cruise for a few reasons.  It was five nights and we had a first time cruiser with us.  Five nights gave her a good taste of cruising.  The cruise stopped in Key West, a favorite of ours.  Only problem, it didn't stay in port long enough.  The ship left from Tampa, our closest port.  Since it had to accommodate the Skyway Bridge, the ship was smaller which worked for us.  We didn't walk ourselves to death trying to reach a shipboard destination.

The food was good and included a variety.  Service was above good and deserves kudos.

The stateroom was average, mostly clean but we didn't get to interact with the room attendant.  One big wish is that the rooms provide more electrical outlets especially near the bed to allow easy access for medical devices.

 

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4 out of 5

a fun time

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

ship is clean and easy to get around. staff is great!!  food could use a little help.  happy with the places we went to. ...... the travel time worked out well.  Wish they could be a little more organized for bingo... you lost a lot of $$$ there.

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4 out of 5

Very Good!

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

Best part of the cruise was the dining and beauty of the ship. Found the service in the main dining room to be outstanding. Also pleased with the service in the Windjammer Cafe. The main pool area on the Brilliance of the Seas is too small to host the many events scheduled for the final day ... made for very crowded conditions. Liked the idea of music on the main floor of the ship that all floors can look down upon. Thought that Vintages wine bar was elegant with the special touch of a cheese plate for each customer. Also liked the layout of the Schooner Bar.

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4 out of 5

Enjoyable Short Cruise

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

Most of the entertainment was very good.  Unfortunately, sometimes scheduled so it conflicted with assigned dinner time.  Diningroom meals were excellent.  Ship is a little older but don't let that turn you away. Pools were a little inadequate to handle the full ship.  Excursions were great.

Be sure you ask about your room having an obstructed view...nothing was mentioned to us when we booked through   Unfortunate surprise.

 

 

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Hectic but a great chance to spend time with the family

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

My wife and I have traveled on Celebrity two times in the past, and we loved both of the cruises. This time, on Brilliance of the Seas, we cruised with our children and two young (two years old and nine months old) grandchildren, which radically changed our cruise experience. The grandchildren were very well behaved, but they were young and had to be entertained/supervised at all times.  In the past, my wife and I had enjoyed afternoons by the pool or shore excursions, relatively quiet dinners, then watched the shows in the evening. This time, we had much more tumult during dinner, and no time at all for the shows. However, we did get to spend quite a bit of time with the family, so that made it all worthwhile.  My wife and I had a cabin near but not next to the children and grandchildren. This made it easy to go back and forth for emergency babysitting activities. The cabin steward Myra was very friendly and at the same time professional. She did a great job cleaning up every time we left, and she was quick to take care of any special requests.  We ate the first night in the Chophouse Grill, which was excellent and well worth the extra cost. However, our experience the next evening at Giovanni's was just average, and not worth any additional cost. We also had lunch one day at Rita's Cantina - the food was relatively cheap and better than the buffet next door. The other meals were in the Windjammer Cafe - typical buffet food - and in the Minstrel dining room. The main dining room staff was excellent, especially Stephen our head waiter.  I was surprised that the pools (both the main one and the one in the Solarium) did not have a shallow end. In both cases, the entire pool, except for an outer skirt that was about one foot of water, was quite deep - making it impossible to walk through the pool. Usually, a pool in a public place like this is not at a uniform depth. There was an additional kiddie pool on deck 13, and we ended up taking the kids there.  Getting on and off the ship was quite smooth - much better than we were expecting.  Overall, it was a hectic five days but full of family fun.

 

The initial boarding of the ship in Tampa, as well as the embarkation five days later, was very smooth – good job by Royal Caribbean and the crew in the Port of Tampa.

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4 out of 5

Great staff, good food, expensive drinks and awful coffee

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The staff in my time dining (Amine and Lakshmi) were attentive and amazing. Elmer our cabin steward was fantastic!! There was plenty of food but a lack of pool deck chairs during days at sea.  And the coffee in the Windjammer buffet was awful.  Could use a larger specialty coffee staff and counter. But overall everything was simply amazing!

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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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3 out of 5

Cruise Review

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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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4 out of 5

Very Good

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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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Deck 12

Deck 12 features the ShipShape Fitness Center, Seaview Cafe, Sports Court, teens pool, Adventure Ocean, kids pool area, golf & sport area, golf simulators,...

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Deck 5

Deck 5 features the Pacifica Theatre, Minstrel, Latte-Tudes, art gallery, shops, photo shop, and the Centrum.

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Deck 11

Deck 11 features the ShipShape Spa, Windjammer Cafe, swimming pool, whirlpools, Solarium, and hair salon.

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Deck 6

Deck 6 features the Pacifica Theatre, Chops Grille, Portofino, Casino Royale, Scoreboard Lounge, Champagne Bar, Schooner Bar, Bombay Billiard Club, Jakarta...

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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.

Manitowoccuiser
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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