Good for the weekend

Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 6

Overall rating:

4.1 out of 5
Brilliance of the Seas

4 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)

Sail date: April 11, 2019

Ship: Brilliance of the Seas

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 7500

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Almost every part of this cruise was enjoyable, service was great, ship was clean. Great for a wknd get away. Ship is small, so I wouldnt recommend staying on for longer than 3 or 4 day. NOT for the out of towners, if you dont live in where the ship docked I wouldn't recommend taking this cruise. Take a longer cruise on a bigger ship, Not because of size but because of limited activities for only a 3 or 4 day cruise. ALSO .....Beware for the smell of smoke near casino! On a smaller ship its easier for smell to travel.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
AMAZING, in and out had to wait less than 5 or 10 minutes. Such a smooth transition

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Main dining food was good I wouldn't say amazing but it wasn't terrible either. I am a big dessert person so when I saw they had a variety or sweets I was so excited, until I tried the chocolate cake, it was dry, and tasted like card board. I cant complain too much seeing as they had other cake on board due to their 50 year birthday celebration. I also didn't realize you could eat lunch in the dining room until end of the cruise so I would recommend at least trying that part of the dining. Windjammer was okay for breakfast and lunch, I loved the themed cuisine on port day, but the food lacked flavor, and breakfast was sub par. The options were good, I pretty much tried everything for breakfast, and never found anything that stood out that made me think "this is great"

Windjammer Cafe

4 out of 5

food was average, but great amount of seating

Schooner Bar

5 out of 5

great space lots of chairs for participants in trivia

The Colony Club

5 out of 5

Loved this space, had the pool tables and game space, also board games like chess to play. Only down side for my group was that other ppl had reserved it for 2 out of the 4 days it seemed liked it was always closed.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
The activities were great, I enjoyed the rock wall, basket ball court, and putt putt. This ship is one of the older ships, and is also small in comparison. I dont mind a small ship, but the pooI was busy during peak activities (which is to be expected), but all the game shows and interactive activities were held in one spot the whole time, and made for an over crowded and cramped space to participate. Plus certain guests hogged majority of the activities so it wasnt as though you really could participate. One great thing is they had a room with 2 pool tables with no smoking and a board games, only down fall is that guests on the ship paid to use the room for the day, so for a 4 day cruise you really only got to use the space 2 or 3 times.

Whirlpools

3 out of 5

Always crowded only 3 on board

Solarium

4 out of 5

small pool and sauna but a great place to escape the kids

Rock Climbing Wall

5 out of 5

Great crew, beautiful view from the top

Casino Royale

1 out of 5

the fact that its still an indoor smoking lounge was terrible. I brought quite a bit of money to spend for the casino, and never got in due to the amount of people in there smoking. It was gross

Entertainment

4 out of 5
The DJ and cruise director were great, along with musicians for the ambiance. The show we saw was a acapella group, which they were ok. But there were other shows of dancing, and singing that we didnt get to see because we were doing other activities.

Library

1 out of 5

Couldnt find/ non existent.

Centrum

3 out of 5

Size is small to entertain with a lot of ppl. The only floors that can "participate" is really the 4th and 5th floor, all the other floors that can see the events are there for just watching.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Personnel on ship was excellent, everyone was very pleasant and kind. Our room steward remembered our names, and also made sure to give us clean towels and linens every day. Only disappointing part of the cruise was bar service, I think they need to hire or bartenders as to not make them so over whelmed. More workers always makes for an easier time to work.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
The ONLY thing I had an issue with was the location of the casino on the ship, and that was ONLY because it was a smoking casino. On the newer ships they don't allow for smoking, or rather they are much larger ships and you can hard smell the smoke. My group had to avoid that particular spot on the cruise the whole time, which was terrible because it made us take longer to get to our room. The activities like game shows that are hosted in the same area all the time, were unfortunately right outside the casino room so you could smell the smoke all the time. I give the rating a 3 because everything else was great, design was on point, always cleaning crew around making the sure the ship was well kept. Bathrooms were NEVER dirty.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
I loved the size of the cabin, I really have nothing bad to say about the cabin at all. It was clean, spacious, smelled fresh, location in relation to activities was great. It is at the front of the ship, so in case for people who get motion sickness, this wouldn't be the space for you. But I dont mind it at all.

Ports of call

Cozumel, Mexico

4 out of 5
Our excursion made us take a ferry ride, and unfortunately our day was choppy, so it made for a lot of sick people. There was one boat that had no passengers on board, almost tipped over.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Woke up about 15 min before we wanted to get off, got dressed and literally was off within 10 min. We live in Tampa, and made it home within an hr of leaving the ship! it was AWESOME
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