Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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4 out of 5

First Cruise from Tampa

Sail Date: February 27, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

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. 

Cabin / Stateroom
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Getting on and off ship was the best we have experienced.
Ship Quality
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.
Destinations and Excursions
We stopped at Key West which was great for us because we had not been there. The second port was Cozumel which is a good stop.
Onboard Activities
Service and Staff
Food and Dining


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

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