Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Reviews

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Gator0178
Member Since 2006
6 reviews
8,761 forum posts
We rented a car and drove it to Avis at the Embassy suites Tampa. Dropped it off and they gave us a ride to the ship. WE had to uber home after the cruise due to Thanksgiving. The embarkation was very fast and easy. We were on board by ... Read more
sunnisuzi
Member Since 2010
14 reviews
16 forum posts
Embarkation: Arrived at the terminal at 10:15, had valet parking. Entered terminal and went directly to the counter where we received our seapass. The ship was loading passengers so again, no waiting, right on to the ship. Headed to ... Read more
cruising4joy
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
3 helpful votes
Once you've been on the bigger ships like Oasis of the seas, you really miss the brilliance of the seas. You can stand in front of the theater and look left and look right and watch the ocean drift by. I think brilliance has more ... Read more
MamaDoubleA
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 forum posts
We enjoyed our five-day cruise out of Tampa with stops in Grand Cayman and Cozumel. We had rain the first sea day but there was still plenty to do inside. We had a junior suite that was very spacious and comfortable. There was some water ... Read more
ckeene95
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
This was a nice getaway but it did not quite meet all of our expectations. We went with two other couples (so 6 people total, all between 21-32). For us and one other couple in our group, this was our first cruise. We were really excited ... Read more
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georgec13
Member Since 2009
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
We are Diamond Plus cruisers. We took this cruise with two other couples (good friends and long-time cruising buddies). First night Diamond Club (we were eligible for Concierge Club but stayed in Diamond as one couple was only Diamond) - ... Read more
Margy23
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
288 forum posts
Radiance Class ships have been our favorites for years, and this was our 9th experience with this class. Many things were wonderful - the awesome balcony, our cabin steward, Giovanni's and our waitstaff in the MDR. However, there were ... Read more
cheryl3625
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
1 forum post
8 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
We took this cruise as a long weekend getaway. I have sailed on one other cruise with Royal Caribbean from San Juan, and it was great. This cruise, however was extremely disappointing. We ordered a Royal Refreshment drink package ... Read more
skipperanne
Member Since 2014
4 reviews
205 forum posts
This cruise was a charter, so many things may have been different. I have cruised over 10 times, but this was my first experience on Royal Caribbean. First of all the ship was nice and airy, a great greeting when we cam on board. ... Read more
Ridgeberry
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
This was a charter. I choose it for the entertainment, which was mostly amazing, but not provided by the cruise line. But after hearing three times in just the first day that standard offerings on the ship would not be provided because ... Read more
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fjtota
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
After a month long trip thru Europe, my wife and I were looking forward to our second cruise aboard the Brilliance of the sea from Barcelona, Spain to Tampa, Florida. Having cruise on her back in 2003, we always talked about how beautiful ... Read more
dookeofearl
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
27 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We finished our European touring with this cross Atlantic sailing. Our cabin (3560) was very quiet, very clean, great location and our cabin steward was excellent. The ship was clean throughout and We were happy to see the ... Read more
Texas Traveler 4
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed October 2016
I joined my best friend, her mother, and her mother's best friend on this cruise. They were all repeat transatlantic cruisers, but this was my first time being recently retired. Our trip started with 5 days in Barcelona, a city that I ... Read more
kedick01
Member Since 2007
1 review
427 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This cruise was one of the best we have taken with Royal and we have over 50 cruises with them. It was our first transatlantic and the staff went all out. The CD Clo and her staff were wonderful. We had excellent entertainment every ... Read more
Unkagabi
Member Since 2006
1 review
27 forum posts
Of several TAs we have done over the years, this was one of the best. Our reasons were many: 1) So many nice touches were done for the passengers by the hotel director and other management, e.g. gift hats received, multiple raffles ... Read more
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SbbquilterUT
Member Since 2016
1 review
17 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Starting in the beautiful city of Barcelona was lovely - spent three days prior to boarding exploring, enjoying the architecture, food and friendly people. Monday morning we walked to the Rambla flower stalls to find a bouquet for our ... Read more
MarthaY
Member Since 2001
1 review
52 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Some areas of the ship are nice, such as the Schooner bar, the Colonny club, the theatre but seats in other areas are old fashioned and show age. The Atrium, where many activities took place is small, also, there is a bar there where night ... Read more
chris_kelowna
Member Since 2012
4 reviews
456 forum posts
We booked this Transatlantic cruise while on the Allure Transatlantic last year. In Barcelona we stayed at the Ciutat del Prat hotel. Very convenient as they pick you up from the airport, provide a lovely breakfast, and take you to the ... Read more
diacar58
Member Since 2015
1 review
18 forum posts
Sailed October 2016
This was our first 14 day trip and it was very good. From the excellent, fast embarkation in Barcelona to the speedy disembarkation in Tampa, rarely were we held up for things that Royal Caribbean could control. The service staff in ... Read more
kcsails2
Member Since 2015
1 review
11 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2016
Nice ship with attentive crew. Specialty restaurants, Chopps and Giovanni's were great as usual. We never eat in the dining room, as all we ever get is the 8:30 PM seating, so the alternatives are important. Windjammer and the afternoon ... Read more
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sengsational
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
50 forum posts
3 helpful votes
I'll start right out with the negative: RCL wasn't quite "Brilliant" enough to completely contain the sewer gas. My cabin and a few hallways had a little too much smell for my, admittedly sensitive, nose. But this is a 4 out of ... Read more
lidopuppy
Member Since 2007
1 review
522 forum posts
10 helpful votes
An incredible experience for a Mediterranean cruise! Though the Brilliance is older and smaller than most of the ships that we sail, we found it a perfect choice for a 12 day Mediterranean cruise. The size allowed for a more intimate ... Read more
KruiseMama
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Brilliance of the Seas was amazing. I enjoy traveling on Royal Caribbean because I know the standards and service are always the same. I like the consistency and knowing the venues and dining rooms makes it easy to focus on what is truly ... Read more
Psychprofhw
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
Intinary was awesome, service and staff wasn't. We had never experienced such indifference from the crew, especially being close to Diamond Plus status. We loved Royal Caribbean because of the friendly staff, most of the staff were not ... Read more
WorldWatcher
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
First time cruisers. Overall, its simply great to have everything laid on for you, and have a different part of the world come to your balcony every morning. Can't wait to go again. I'd guess the ship was probably a nice mix between ... Read more
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