January 2015 - 5 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip) Cruise on Brilliance of the Seas
Tampa needs a new port that is not effected by the height of the Skyway Bridge, which limits the size of the ships that can use the port. Remember small ships equals older ships, and the bathrooms tend to have an odor of sewer gas. Brillance is a nice small ship that is kept well by RCI crew. Port window was great on the 4th floor for my husband who tends towards sea sickness when the weather causes the ship to rock and roll. Midship and lower decks are the best if you tend to get sick. Smaller ships mean very small showers with the cloth shower curtains that I hate. We purchased the beverage package, which was probably a waste for both of us, but wine by the glass is around $10.00. Alcohol prices have increased, photo prices are truly ridiculous, RCI and Celebrity have discontinued all of their wonderful buffets, including the ones for loyality members, and services cannot match what they were even a few years ago. Bottom line, RCI and Celebrity are getting greedier and services are declining. The dining room would not serve us wine that we were able to obtain at the wine bar, and I am talking about < $10.00 bottle wine, so my husband went to the wine bar "Vintages" to obtain refills for us at dinner. The bartender could not believe it and the dining staff we not the least bit concerned. Embarking and disembarking is so easy in Tampa, compared to Ft Lauderdale and Miami. Most people walk off with their luggage. It was a fun and relaxing 5 days, even with a decline in overall services.