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ColoradoExceptInWinter
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
6 forum posts
6 helpful votes
This was our 16th cruise. We are approaching Elite level on Princess, so decided to branch out and try other cruise lines to see how they compared. We try to lead fairly active lifestyles, so only take the stairs while on the ship. We also ... Read more
LadiDicruiser
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
8 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Spent a wonderful 5 nights aboard this wonderful ship. Even though still considered Spring Break, not many college age kids on-board, maybe less than 100, and they didn't interfere in any way with our experience. Yes, this is a smaller ... Read more
AVN
Member Since 2015
1 review
71 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We wanted a short trip to escape midwest winter. Thought the 1st week of March would be ok, since most schools have spring break later in the month, BAD MISTAKE! Now we know NEVER in March at all!!! They college kids took over the pool and ... Read more
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jhgramma
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
10 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
Length and location of cruise port was most important for this cruise, since we wanted a easy and quick little vacation. Tampa is an hour away for us and the port is very convenient for parking. This is the second time on Brilliance of the ... Read more
Beagleman
Member Since 2007
3 reviews
261 forum posts
20 helpful votes
Where do I start....Well we booked this cruise for my 56th Birthday. We have been on the Brilliance previously. This time I traveled with my wife, my 28 year old daughter and her 30 year old good friend. We live in the Tampa Bay area and ... Read more
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chodnett
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Day 1 - Thursday - Embarkation •Arrived at the Terminal around 10:15 am. •Checked in very quickly. •Boarded around 10:45 am with Crown & Anchor Group 4. •Ate lunch in Windjammer. •Spent the ... Read more
terryblank
Member Since 2003
2 reviews
46 forum posts
Sailed February 2017
Love the addition of Park Café in the solarium and love the addition of specialty restaurants but was disappointed in main theater shows. The group Revoiced was by far the best ever but not impressed with the other entertainment. ... Read more
kruz gal
Member Since 2007
1 review
22 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Second time on this ship/itinerary, same week in 2014; husband and myself in mid-50's. First, highly recommend parking in the lot directly across the street from the ship; $15/day and easy to walk to ship even with luggage. Embarkation ... Read more
Cheffiecruiser
Member Since 2005
3 reviews
53 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We hadn't travelled on Royal in a very long time. We fell in love with Celebrity, and didn't really want to do anything else. However, Tampa is just a short drive from our home, and we wanted a shorter (5 day) itinerary. So, here we ... Read more
edrosado1
Member Since 2008
7 reviews
1,476 forum post
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We chose this cruise as a short getaway and to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. Embarkation and debarkation were as smooth as wine as long as you belong to the top tier Crown and Anchor Society. The ship is perfectly made not ... Read more
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smooshmc
Member Since 2014
1 review
6 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2017
This was my first time cruising as a solo traveler, and I didn't realize Brilliance actually had three interior studio cabins on board. I was lucky enough to get one, and although it was small (about 110sf) I found it comfy for a party of ... Read more
MaySeptember
Member Since 2014
1 review
15 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
My wife and I have traveled on Celebrity two times in the past, and we loved both of the cruises. This time, on Brilliance of the Seas, we cruised with our children and two young (two years old and nine months old) grandchildren, which ... Read more
cruzready
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
22 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2017
Convenient port, short, new ship for us, and less expensive. You can't always have the best weather, but this cruise was the smoothest we have been. Gulf was like a lake! Crew was fantastic, personable, always making efforts to ... Read more
cnderr
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because it was a chartered progressive rock, "Cruise to the Edge" (CTTE) which we have attended on other cruise lines in the past. The CTTE portion was great. The ship services were disappointing compared ... Read more
watertrips
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
12 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Picked this as both wanting Monsters of Rock and sailed once on RCL, I wanted to give them another go...... not disappointed, but need a non themed cruise for the real RCL experience. I was saddened to find the aerial acts had been ... Read more
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Lost4words
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
147 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
I chose this short cruise as I needed the points to take me up to Diamond Plus and I live only an hour away from Tampa. The things I liked about the Brilliance is the Diamond lounge. Its great to have a place I can go and have a coffee and ... Read more
topssuite
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
We just got back from spending five nights on the Brilliance of the Seas. It was a lot of fun and the ship is very well kept. King and Country Pub was fun as was the Schooner bar area. The food was very good in the Wind Jammer and at ... Read more
sbcatcher1
Member Since 2004
1 review
241 forum posts
9 helpful votes
We chose this ship based on date & Tampa. We like the 5 night cruises better than the 7. After reading the Cruise Critic forums I expected to be disappointed. They were so wrong. The food in the dining room & Windjammer was ... Read more
Hiheelsnkr
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
2 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Tampa is conveinient for us Good embarkation smooth and quick.Help provided by staff Food Fair to Poor in Dining room and Buffet....Dining room waiters were fine but the buffet lacked selection and the quality of the dishes were ... Read more
adriennemo
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We are seasoned cruisers & this trip was the absolute worst experience we have ever had. First night in the Minstrel Dining room, we had to send our food back. The pasta seafood consisted of overcooked spaghetti, frozen peas & ... Read more
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BCKerns
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
The Bluegrass music oriented cruise was a fantastic experience. The entertainment, whether the bluegrass planned or ship's entertainment, was worth experiencing. The food, as usual, was beyond description. Enjoyed the fine service, ... Read more
Shelb75
Member Since 2017
2 reviews
5 helpful votes
This was the second Royal Cruise we have taken and even took out Daughter with us on this one thinking it would be as good as the last cruise. We were disgusted with food in the Windjammer, lacked activities unlike last cruise, need to ... Read more
Fromwayback
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
This was a short cruise to Cozumel and back. We were with a bluegrass themed large group, and the entertainment was superb. NCL's entertainment was also very good, and we partook of both. Food was good, and if you didn't like a particular ... Read more
kimmers63
Member Since 2010
1 review
76 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2017
9 of us cruised. Our 2nd annual "we made it through year end". Friends had been on the Brilliance before so we knew the ship would be great. Didn't see much entertainment so can't really rate that. Could have done without the ... Read more
BWinLA
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We typically do smaller ships, but I have done Norwegian on a big ship. Our expectations were not high, but we wanted to see what a big ship was like so we did the 4 night cruise from Tampa to Cozumel. Guess it is true that all short ... Read more
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