msrmec

msrmec
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Brilliance of the Seas

April 2015 - Brilliance of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

Love the Brilliance of the Seas!

This is our fourth cruise on the Brilliance of the Seas out of Tampa.  Love We love it!  The ship has everything to offer that the larger ships do without getting a lost feeling or overwhelmed feeling.  We like the "family" feeling.  The cruise staff remembers your name and treats you like a celebrity.  We have sailed at other ports and the Tampa port is the best.  They get you on the ship quickly and disembarkation is quick.  We were surprised by the efficiency of the Royal Caribbean crew members and staff at the port.  We like the fact that every section of the ship is easy access to.  The ship is well maintained and the crew is and should be proud of their vessel.

We like the fact that no matter how busy a crew member can appear, they are never too busy to talk to you.  The crew members are well spoken and well educated.  They are hard workers.  Our stateroom attendants even remembered our names from our previous sailings (remember this is our fourth sailing with Brilliance)!

Shore excursions are many and great variety.  They go into detail in regards to recommended age groups, times, exercise level.  The prices are very reasonable!  You do feel safe with a Royal Caribbean excursion.  I would highly recommend any excursion.

Quite a variety of food choices on the ship.  Specialty restaurants are worth the minimal fee.  Do take a moment to enjoy the music playing outside the specialty restaurants.  

There is so much to do on this ship.  I would highly recommend this ship.  The 4 night cruise is enough for a small vacation but we enjoy that extra night with the 5 night cruise.  What makes us keep coming back to the ship is the crew members.  They treat you like family.  I would highly recommend Royal Caribbean and especially the Brilliance of the Seas without reservation.

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Brilliance of the Seas Brilliance of the Seas - Be kind to your stateroom attendant. They work long hours and it is a hard job. I usually tip a little $ everyday and/or leave a small candy. It makes a difference to them. Gratuities are most likely included in your cruise itinerary but I always give them something extra daily and at the end of
Cozumel, Mexico - Shopping at downtown better. Take the taxi. Don't buy from the vendors at the port. They are scam artists. We did the dolphin tour which was amazing! And the Cozumel Highlights Island tour, which I highly recommend. Air conditioned bus!
Tampa, Florida - Boarding and disembarkation was speedy. The best of all the ports I have sailed from. There is a cost effective and safe parking area just beyond the "Cruise parking" building. You can save almost 50%! Just look for the guys with the signs in the middle of the street. It is beyond the Cruise parking building.
George Town, Grand Cayman - The Trolley tour was very informative. Great price and done in less than 1.5 hours. You can enjoy the rest of the day exploring the town.
Brilliance of the Seas Brilliance of the Seas - If you eat at the specialty restaurants, try to go early. You can get a window seat & sometimes see a pod of dolphins swimming by the ship. On your first night, if you eat at Giovanni's at 6pm, you will get great views of the Brilliance sailing under the Sunshine Bridge (in Tampa) & the pilot boat

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received a helpful vote on their Brilliance of the Seas cruise review - RC does not disappoint! Brilliance of the Seas is an excellent ship! A+++++++++++++++++++++++++

received a helpful vote on their Brilliance of the Seas cruise review - RC does not disappoint! Brilliance of the Seas is an excellent ship! A+++++++++++++++++++++++++

shared a quick tip for Brilliance of the Seas"Be kind to your stateroom attendant. They work long hours and it is a hard job. I usually tip a little $ everyday and/or leave a small candy. It makes a difference to them. Gratuities are most likely included in your cruise itinerary but I always give them something extra daily and at the end of"

received a helpful vote on their Brilliance of the Seas cruise review - Love the Brilliance of the Seas!

received a helpful vote on their Brilliance of the Seas cruise review - Love the Brilliance of the Seas!

received a helpful vote on their Brilliance of the Seas cruise review - Love the Brilliance of the Seas!

received a helpful vote on their Brilliance of the Seas cruise review - Love the Brilliance of the Seas!

received a helpful vote on their Brilliance of the Seas cruise review - Love the Brilliance of the Seas!

received a helpful vote on their Brilliance of the Seas cruise review - Love the Brilliance of the Seas!

shared a quick tip for Brilliance of the Seas"If you eat at the specialty restaurants, try to go early. You can get a window seat & sometimes see a pod of dolphins swimming by the ship. On your first night, if you eat at Giovanni's at 6pm, you will get great views of the Brilliance sailing under the Sunshine Bridge (in Tampa) & the pilot boat"