Short a couple ports, but truly a great experience

Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review to Transatlantic

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 26

Overall rating:

4.3 out of 5
Brilliance of the Seas

15 Night Transatlantic Eastbound (Tampa To Amsterdam)

Sail date: April 05, 2018

Ship: Brilliance of the Seas

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 8518

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

I am not described as "single" anymore. Now I call myself a "solo traveler" thanks to Royal Caribbean. Boarded the ship alone, and left with many new found shipmates that became friends.


5 out of 5
Little slow in opening the doors due to some cleaning issues... but once on everything was great. The help while waiting were very kind and found me a seat which I sincerely appreciated, after flying all night and waiting at airport for 3 hours to be transported to ship.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Love the buffet!!

Sky Bar

5 out of 5

very nice staff

Windjammer Cafe

5 out of 5

Great selection and service

Minstrel Dining Room

3 out of 5

Fish taco breading was awful at lunch... even fish looked like a sardine?? Not excited about being pushed around the salad bar. Found the buffet much more easy to navigate and enjoy.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
exercise in gym... great instructor

Perfume Shop

4 out of 5

Nice selection

Guest Services and Explorations!

5 out of 5

Guest service staff excellent. The explorations staff okay.

General Store

3 out of 5

Small but had most everything..

Day Spa and Fitness Center

5 out of 5

Very good....


3 out of 5
karoke in center of ship was truly a crowd pleaser.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Jessica Ruiz Garcia at Guest Service desk truly helpful, and patient. She knew what was going on and how to help. And then she even followed up to make certain everything was okay. She is a real "keeper". Looking forward to seeing her again on another cruise.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Love the center court with all the dance classes, exercise, and karokee... always something going on with music and friends congregating. Every upper floor looking down always full of onlookers to the excitement.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Other than the maid putting the a/c all the way down, and freezing me out one night.... had to sit in the hall a half hour til it warmed up.... and having to ask for the bath mat on almost daily basis. Perhaps they had laundry problems. Curtains and sofa in need of recovery/replacment (old/dirty).

Ship tip

The Windjammer is best ever for food. Great selection and service. Dr Maria in the Spa was extremely knowledgeable and would see her again... just a little face "maintenance".

Ports of call

Tampa, Florida

3 out of 5
First time in Tampa, was warm and humid waiting at airport for transportation. Just perhaps I was very tired from flying all night? The ship was undergoing a thorough sanitation process, and they help us for hours outside at the airport.

Ponta Delgada, Azores

5 out of 5
Misty wet morning we arrived and truly enjoyed the city, people and history. This is a place I could spend time at. Was interviewed and put on the Portugese TV describing my feeling about Friday the 13th. Obviously, I do not speak Portugese... but the interviewer was very kind to send me a copy. He was born and raised on island where he completed his college education. I found out that this side of island was wet, while the other generally dry.

Cobh (Cork), Ireland

5 out of 5
Love this port and people. Very fun, lots to see and do. Tears flowed when I left. Thank the staff at Kelly's. Had a visit to Wiley/McGraff opticians while in port. They were simply fabulous, and enjoyed the cab drivers back and forth being very helpful and describing their city.

Dublin, Ireland Did not visit port

Storm "Irene" would not allow us to dock.

Dunmore East (Waterford), Ireland Did not visit port

Storm "Irene" would not allow us to dock

Amsterdam, Netherlands

5 out of 5
Very clean, and extremely easy to get around with the Central Station so close to port. Very helpful people at information counter.


5 out of 5
Very easy.... walked from port to Central Station, and then boarded train to airport. Great idea, as the cab ride was long, and expensive. Needed to talk expecially expecting another 24 hours til home, and 2 very long flights.
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