October 2014 - Brilliance of the Seas to Caribbean - Southern
Boarding in Boston was a breeze. No problems at all. Sailing to islands was pretty smooth at sea. One day was a little swaying but not too bad. The entertainment on board was very very good. Food at Chops was real good but if you like sushi, Izumi was fantastic all around. Main dining room food was very good. Lobster night was just ok though (dry). The windjammer is what to be expected for a buffet. Main dining room lunch was a better choice. Was in an E2 balcony 7542. Room was a little small but balcony was large with a half petition. You could actually fit two lounge chairs on the balcony. Shower curtain instead of the round plastic door. Bed was so so, not completely comfortable and the pillows were really flat, needed to ask for more.
I thought the entertainment was very very good. I can say I enjoyed every nights performances. Day time at sea of course was always a fight for a lounge chair at the pool.
Park Cafe was convenient for sandwiches. However the roast beef needed to be sliced with a slicer instead of manually as it was quite thick and a little tough to eat.
Island of St Kitts was nice but unfortunately they previously had bad weather and the beaches were not clean.
Did a tour ($75 pp) with Cosol Tours on the Island of St. Lucia. It was about a 6 hour tour and they take you all over the island, feed you in the morning (taste of their food). It was a nice spread. Drop you at a beach for an hour, take you through the volcano and waterfall, and other parts of the island and they in the afternoon feed you hot bread and cheese snack. The tour was really good and worth the money but it was quite a long day.
Barbados was very pretty and beautiful beaches.
Curacao was my favorite island. It was absolutely beautiful. The beaches are to die for. They are so so clean. Would return to this island again.
In Aruba, took a cab to palm beach as I don't really like the port area. There are many water sports activities available and plenty of places to shop. I like the high rise hotel end of the island instead of the low rise hotel area. I think it is more lively. Cab fare was $10 pp and took the crazy bus back for $3 pp.
Departure in Tampa was smooth, no problems.
All in all, I loved this cruise and there were hardly any children on the ship. a little more toward the older crowd but probably because it left Oct. 26th and kids are back in school.