Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review to Transatlantic

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Overall rating:

3 out of 5
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Brilliance of the Seas

14 Night Transatlantic Eastbound (Tampa To Barcelona)

Sail date: April 26, 2016

Ship: Brilliance of the Seas

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 4046

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Review summary

I had always understood that Royal Caribbean cruises were a significant "step up" from Norwegian and Princess cruise lines, but we did not find this to be the case.

The Bad: the food. For 5 days the "vegetable of the day" on the dining room dinner choices was broccoli and carrots. Finally I complained and was given other vegetables upon request, but folks who did not do so continued to receive b and c. Pasta entrees were overwhelmingly disappointing: greasy, flavorless. Beef entrees were sometimes too tough or stringy to eat. There were no TV monitors on fitness equipment. Satellite TV service was lost for several days mid-cruise (this has never happened before on other trans-Atlantic cruises). The ship had no library. Daytime entertainment consisted of an awful lot of Trivia. Did not like ship design with atrium that extended all the way to the top of the ship.

The Good: the salad bar at the sit-down lunch venue. Breakfast at the sit-down venue. Lectures on port and regional history. Stretch classes in the gym. Ports of call: Gibralter and Malaga (Soain), Evening entertainment, except that music was too loud. Most of the music groups. 

The Best: a Catholic chaplain on board who said daily morning mass.


Ship experiences

Food and Dining

1 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

1 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
It was a cabin. Small but with good storage.

Ship tip

Ask for different vegetable selections!

Ports of call

Tampa, Florida

3 out of 5

San Juan, Puerto Rico

3 out of 5

Gibraltar (U.K.)

5 out of 5

Malaga, Spain

5 out of 5

Barcelona, Spain

5 out of 5
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