Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Contributor Level: Purser

Experience
4-6 cruises

Review
1

Helpful Votes
3

3 out of 5

Brilliance of the Seas was ok

Sail Date: February 04, 2016

Reviewed: 9 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Had an ok to good time on this older smaller ship. Weather was cloudy & cool with choppy seas, so we didn't get to enjoy the outside on either sea day & no beach time in Cozumel so that may have influenced our review a little. Balcony cabin was nice, even if we didn't get to sit out on it much it is still the only way to cruise.  Very loud creaking noises at night kept waking us up, assume ships age & choppy seas were the cause. Smallest ship we have sailed on, chose for the dates & cheapest flights & close proximity to airport. Lots & lots of old people on this sailing, 3/4 looked to be over 70.  Will go back to sailing out of Galveston or Fort Lauderdale next time for larger newer ships. Very friendly crew,great service and the food was good. Won't book this ship again,

Cabin / Stateroom
Love balcony cabins even in bad weather. Like being on deck 9, can use the stairs for most trips up or down.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Fastest embarkation ever, shortest lines ever.
Ship Quality
Onboard Activities
Not much to do in late afternoon, and if bad weather ship is pretty boring
Entertainment
Singer was great, 1st late night comedian was funny. Juggler was boring & 2nd late night comedian not funny
Service and Staff
Very friendly crew, had the misfortune to observe staff deal with stupid obnoxious passengers twice & the Royal Caribbean crew handled themselves very well as they were being yelled at.
Food and Dining
Food was ok to good, think it's ridiculous they charge you for lobster now. And to get a high quality steak you have to pay for it.
Tampa, Florida
Saw a sign the Port will store your luggage until 3pm for free if you want to go to Aquarium next door. We had a late flight & had booked a car for the day already but that would have been a good option. Very nice area with many restaurants & activities in walking distance from Port.
Cozumel, Mexico

Tip

Make sure to check out the view from back of ship on deck 11. Go thru windjammer & ritas cantina to find tables & chairs with the best view. Was cold & super windy on pool deck, walked back here and found little to no wind, not crowded at all.



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