Lots of days at sea

Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review to Transatlantic

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 21

Overall rating:

4 out of 5
Brilliance of the Seas

14 Night South Florida To Spain (Tampa To Barcelona)

Sail date: April 17, 2017

Ship: Brilliance of the Seas

Cabin type: Balcony

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review summary

Our first transatlantic/repositioning cruise and it was different from our cruises in the past. There are a lot of days at sea versus visiting land locations which we were not used to. Since we have been on several cruises we have been to a lot of art auctions, jewelry sales, and next cruise presentations so that left reading and gambling. We don't gamble so we did a lot of reading and really enjoyed some of the destination lectures by a professor on board. At Puerto Rico we selected a bus tour that ended at a mall. We thought it would be a local market but it was an upscale mall, the same one that is blocks from our home in Florida. Disappointing. The Azores was rainy so we could not see much of the lakes on the tour but Puerto del Gado is beautiful.  Our favorite stop was Malaga Spain where our guide took us on a tour of the city and then a walking wine and tapas tour, He was a wonderful guide with lots of information and stories that made it a tour to remember. Lastly we disembarked in Barcelona and spent a few days in a wonderful city, even with May day marches. The Royal Caribbean staff was wonderful as usual and, even with an older ship, it was very enjoyable.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


3 out of 5
Some of the individual acts were just okay but the RC dancers and singers were some of the best I have seen on a cruise ship.

Children's Programs

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
A little small but certainly roomy enough for two.

Ports of call

Tampa, Florida

3 out of 5

San Juan, Puerto Rico

2 out of 5

Ponta Delgada, Azores

2 out of 5

Malaga, Spain

3 out of 5

Ibiza, Balearic Islands

2 out of 5

Barcelona, Spain

3 out of 5
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