April 2016 - 4 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip) Cruise on Brilliance of the Seas
This cruise was a good cruise...some good..some bad..overall a good trip. The boat is very clean and the room attendant was great. As is rarely typical, the room was always made quickly and anything we needed was taken care of.
Dining was good..not great. We ate in the dining room every night. Food was very good. No complaints. Wait staff was very good. We ate in the specialty Italian restaurant for lunch. The room was empty and it seems like a private lunch. Food was excellent. Would highly recommend paying the 15 fee.
We went to every show at night. Very good shows. The ship doesn't have the huge theatre room like the new ship so they do well for the size of the room.m
'the short trips have a wide clientele on board. the pool area was filled with smokers and heavy drinking. Probably normal for the 4 day short cruises. Not a huge set back because we don't spend too much time lyin around pool area.
boarding the ship was almost too easy-a good thing. There were no lines when unloading our car and no lines checking in. The ship was sold out which was even more crazy. Well done.
The sad part about cruises nowadays is the added expenses. Alcohol is out of control expensive. If you don't purchase drink package you pay by the drink...so either you drink everyday all day to make it worth while or drink a few an pay big. Two pina coladas -25$
Also , the boat felt like a flea market on some nights. Every corner was a watch table, necklace table, or liquor table for sale. I never saw anyone buying any of it so it makes you wonder what the benefit is. Keep the sales to the shops area...
We we normally sale Celebrity, which is an older and more laid back crowd. We have sailed the Allure 7 night cruise which was great. In our opinion, Celebrity is for those who truly want a slower paced, relaxing week. Royal Caribbean is similar with more family and related fun. The shorter Royal trips are not much different than Carnival..
This was a good trip with a clean ship. Would go again for what we were looking to do..quick getaway...