Brilliance of the Seas Overview

Traveling to more than 12 countries across Northern Europe and the Caribbean, Brilliance of the Seas has some of the industry's most exciting and diverse itineraries. Passengers can roam the emerald hills of Ireland, explore Amsterdam's canals, or sink into a white sand beach in the Caribbean. This midsized Radiance-class ship offers a sophisticated cruise experience that's ideal for couples and families who prefer superior service.

Fresh from its 2018 dry-dock refurbishment, Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas sports new Oasis-class amenities and activities, including expanded dining options, nightlife, and Broadway-style entertainment. The sports deck offers fun for the whole family with a rock-climbing wall, waterslides, mini-golf, and sports courts. The Adventure Ocean club and Royal Babies and Tots nursery offers award-winning science programs and complimentary childcare, so parents can participate in adult activities. After basking in the sun and hitting the dance floor, cruisers can indulge in one of the complimentary restaurants. Savor a special meal at Giovanni's Table, or sample Royal Caribbean's signature Kummelweck roast beef sandwich.

Itineraries and Departure Ports

Cruises sail from Tampa, Boston, Amsterdam, and Barcelona for ports in North America, Scandinavia, and Europe. Brilliance of the Sea itineraries with ports of call in Key West and Cozumel originate in Tampa. Boston departures take travelers on longer 7- and 11-night journeys between Aruba and Nova Scotia. If you've wanted to try a transatlantic cruise, sail aboard Brilliance between Tampa and Amsterdam. Additional European routes include regional destinations in the British Isles, Spain, the Azores, and the Baltic. Starting in the first quarter of 2021, the ship will operate in North America and the Caribbean exclusively.

Best For

Brilliance of the Seas is one of Royal Caribbean's best ships for couples. Travelers can expect personalized service and ample onboard activities with a slightly more sophisticated ambiance and smaller crowds.

You Should Know

Compared to other members of the Royal Caribbean fleet, Brilliance is smaller and relatively low key. For some travelers, motion sickness may be an issue, especially in cabins closer to the front of the ship. Additionally, the overall cruising experience is geared toward families and couples. The ship doesn't offer the nonstop nightlife that some singles may enjoy.

Activities on Brilliance of the Seas

Kids' activities aren't the main focus on Brilliance of the Seas, but they are an important part of Royal Caribbean's brand. From complimentary childcare in the Royal Babies and Tots Nursery to the water slides at Adventure Beach, Deck 12 offers numerous amenities for families traveling with young children, tweens, and teens.

Adults can take in the views from the Promenade Deck or enjoy the quiet atmosphere of the Solarium, which is one of the line's most beloved amenities. The Library & Card Room is another spot where guests can relax in plain sight. At sea, adults can enjoy a perfect evening at Vintages wine bar or the Schooner Bar. Additionally, Royal Caribbean hosts numerous parties and theme nights, such as the Latin Fiesta and 70s Disco Night, for added fun after dark.

Ship Highlights
  • Three pools and three whirlpools
  • Poolside movie nights
  • Rock-climbing wall
  • Table tennis and billiards
  • Miniature golf and sports courts
  • Teen Optix club and video arcade
  • Adventure Ocean activities
  • Inclusive Royal Babies and Tots nursery
  • Royal Mystery escape room by Puzzle Break
  • Original productions, including Now and Forever
  • Twelve complimentary and paid dining venues
  • Bars and lounges, including the Vintages winebar
  • Live music in the Schooner Bar and English Pub
  • Themed events, including the 70s Disco Party
  • Vitality Spa and Fitness Center
  • Adults-only Solarium

Cabins

Brilliance of the Seas cabins are available in four standard grades. Passengers can choose from one of 429 interior rooms, 247 ocean-view cabins, and 65 suites. Additionally, the ship offers a high percentage of balcony cabins, which gives travelers an excellent opportunity to book a stateroom with a view. Standard amenities include a flatscreen TV, minibar, desk/vanity, and radio. Cabins and bathrooms feature plenty of outlets and storage for suitcases, carry-ons, and formal wear. Most staterooms accommodate up to four adults or children if you're traveling with friends or family.

Dining

Brilliance of the Seas restaurants include 12 unique dining venues, so there's something for everyone. Passengers can enjoy a light breakfast or lunch in the Windjammer Cafe, Minstrel Dining Room, or Solarium cafe. Between meals, select a grab-and-go item from the all-inclusive Park Cafe on your way to the next stop. If you're celebrating an anniversary, a birthday, or a special occasion, a reservation at one of the specialty restaurants is a must. Travelers can choose from the tried-and-true Chops Grille steakhouse, the Izumi sushi bar, or Giovanni's Table, which serves Italian favorites family-style.

Brilliance of the Seas Ship Stats

  • Price:
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  • Size: L
  • Total Passengers: 2,501
  • Total Crew: 859
  • Passenger to Crew Ratio: 2.91
  • Built: Dec 2001
  • Refurbished: May 2013
  • Number of Decks: 13
  • Total Cabins: 1,074
  • Cabin Categories: 22
  • Gross Tonnage: 90,090
  • Length: 962
  • Beam: 106

Ratings:

  • Cabin / Stateroom 4.3
  • Children's Programs 3.7
  • Destinations and Excursions 4.2
  • Embarkation and Disembarkation 4.6
  • Entertainment 4.0
  • Food and Dining 4.0
  • Onboard Activities 3.9
  • Service and Staff 4.5
  • Ship Quality 4.4

Cabins

1074 cabins and 22 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
4.4
(92 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 165 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $112/night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
4.5
(121 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 196 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $128/night
Balcony Balcony
4.3
(258 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 187 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $179/night
Suite Cabin Suite
3.6
(32 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 534 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $298/night

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Dining

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Latte-Tudes Latte-Tudes
4.8
(9 Reviews)
Windjammer Marketplace Windjammer Marketplace
4.7
(10 Reviews)
Minstrel Dining Room Minstrel Dining Room
4.5
(21 Reviews)
Seaview Cafe Seaview Cafe
4.5
(4 Reviews)

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Onboard Activities

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Pool Bar Pool Bar
5.0
(2 Reviews)
Sky Bar Sky Bar
5.0
(2 Reviews)
Viking Crown Lounge Viking Crown Lounge
5.0
(1 Review)
Solarium Bar Solarium Bar
5.0
(6 Reviews)

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Wonderful Caribbean Cruise by lukelina

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My kids really enjoy the children's facilities and activities on the cruise, and we are very satisfied with the dining environment and the quality of the food. We are also satisfied with the cruise itinerary and comfort.

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Don't waste your money or miles on this by PreferKindness

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Suggest to use points for a flight somewhere that doesn't isolate you to miserable situation and loss of money.

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We had a great time! by khatinh2004

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We had a party of 10 people. We all had a great time.

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snoangl123
Jun 14, 2013

Go to the solarium for lunch (excellent). Go to the solarium late for a swim and Jacuzzi, it's very relaxing and a good way the prepare for sleep.

maydaybaby
Apr 11, 2013

Lounge above the library is an undocumented, comfortable hot-spot for wifi. The solarium is also a hot spot, but watch the cushions in the solarium if you sit on them in dry clothing -- they look dry even when wet.

Manitowoccuiser
Jul 22, 2013

Loved the solarium for evening relaxation and a snack.

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