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Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 27

Overall rating:

4.7 out of 5
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Brilliance of the Seas

5 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 14, 2019

Ship: Brilliance of the Seas

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 8068

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Overall this was an enjoyable experience and we do not regret the trip. Our only wish overall was that more of the experience was included in the original booking price.


4 out of 5
Not long to wait before rooms were ready. We enjoyed sitting on the deck. The embarkation process was straight forward.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
The main dining room was hit or miss. Some of the menu items were delicious and others were not (the lamb with a sauce was a poor choice; lamb requires seasoning, not sauce). The portion sizes were not satisfactory. The specialty restaurants were delicious and the wait staff excellent. The cafes had long lines. The buffet was as expected with a good selection of stuff.

Cafe Latte-Tudes

4 out of 5

The coffee was delicious and the staff friendly. The menu could use a few more details and the line was almost always at least 10-15 min long. There was some coffee program for those without a drink package so explaining that to customers took a long time on line.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Excellent: rock climbing, fitness center, pools. Not so excellent: classes/activities. Too many of the activities requires additional money. On-board activities should be included in the initial price.


5 out of 5
Universal and very enjoyable.

Children's Programs

no children with us

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The service was excellent and prompt.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Everything was clean and well-maintained.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Size was small but adequate. Cleanliness and comfort was excellent.

Ports of call

Tampa, Florida

5 out of 5
The port was easily accessible and well-marked. We did not do an excursion but had a tour of parts of the city by family.

George Town, Grand Cayman

5 out of 5
The excursions described did not fit the prices listed, but the port was friendly and lots of activities were available.

Cozumel, Mexico

5 out of 5
Enjoyed our dolphin excursion immensely (subtracting the cost of photos to remember it but this is likely dictated by the owners of the dolphin establishment). The port was friendly and fun.


3 out of 5
The buffet was to be open until 8:30 and we were forced away from the food by 8:10-8:15.
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