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Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 4
Helpful Votes: 45

Overall rating:

4 out of 5
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Brilliance of the Seas

5 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)

Sail date: February 27, 2016

Ship: Brilliance of the Seas

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 9208

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Review summary

Overall it was a great experience. It started with outstanding connections on Southwest from Nashville to Tampa airport where we were impressed with the spaciousness of terminal C. It was an easy Über ride from our hotel to Cruise Terminal 3 where boarding was the easiest we have experienced. Brilliance is a Radiance class and is a nice size ship. Our biggest negative was the pervasive smoke smell coming from the Casino on deck 6. It was so bad that it was noticeable on several decks in the open Centrum. Debarkation at cruise end was even better than getting onboard. In little more than an hour we got off the ship, cleared customs, got a cab to TPA, cleared security, and were back at th C terminal waiting for our flight back to Nashville. 

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
The ship was great except for the poor air exhaust system in the Casino where smoking is allowed. We are not gamblers or smokers and the smell was offensive to us and others who we heard complain.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship tip

We had 8:30 dinner and this worked well for show times.

Ports of call

Tampa, Florida

5 out of 5

Key West, Florida

5 out of 5

Cozumel, Mexico

5 out of 5
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