This ship should not sail the Caribbean

Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 2

Overall Rating:

2 out of 5
5 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)
Sail Date: April 06, 2015
Ship: Brilliance of the Seas
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 7516
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 3 years ago

Our ship was full.  There was never a chair near the pool.  In fact on the last day, we searched for 35 - 40 minutes for a chair, we finally found 1.  The outdoor pool area is way way way too small for the size of this ship. Extremely disappointing. We found the decorum in the entire ship very outdated.  With understanding I can't imagine how difficult it would be to prepare food for 3000 people; but, the breakfast and lunch offering at Windjammer were really really poor quality. With respect to Denny's I have had better food at Denny's.  The beds were quite hard. The only reason I give it 2 stars instead of 1 is the staff. Completely outstanding.   The most disappointing was the food quality and the horribly small pool area. That is really unacceptable for a cruise on the Caribbean.  We ate at only the specialty restaurants for dinner, where the staff really shined. Eat at the Chef's table for a really great meal, our best on the ship. Skip breakfast at Windjammer and get a breakfast sandwich/panini at the cafe within the Solarium .  Better yet, skip this ship all together.




Food and Dining

1 out of 5
Don't eat at Windjammer. Eat at the cafe in the Solarium for breakfast and specialty dining for dinner. Izumi for lunch.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
There is very limited space on the pool deck, then they use some of the space for staging for men's belly flop contest, men's sexy leg contest, and worlds sexiest man contest.


3 out of 5
The best entertainment was the beer tasting at the King and Crown Pub

Children's Programs


Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

1 out of 5
Very outdated decorum. We had a very bad smell in our hallway. Very tired ship.

Cabin / Stateroom

1 out of 5
Very outdated, very hard beds. Our attendant made the room. The need more outlets. Holes in the drapes. Water spilled out of the shower onto floor.

Ship Tip

For such a large ship carrying such a large group (over 3000 PPL) the pool deck area is really unacceptable. Especially for a Caribbean cruise. Windjammer food was horrible. Beds were very hard, very outdated decorum. This boat needs a total rehab. Do yourself a favor, find a different ship

5 out of 5
Really quick embarking and disembarking. Get a porter when you leave should save you an hour.
3 out of 5
It would be great if the area to board the ship was better organized.
5 out of 5
Surprisingly fun.
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