Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Reviews

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cruzready
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
22 forum posts
Sailed two weeks ago
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
7 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
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
2 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
Lost4words
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
145 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
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sbcatcher1
Member Since 2004
1 review
241 forum posts
8 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
6 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
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
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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
lake4fun
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
24 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We have stayed with RCI for a lot of reasons but primarily because of their loyalty program. Also Tampa is an easy port to use. We picked this cruise as it was a screaming deal with a Grand Suite. We had friends and our adult ... Read more
steelcity5044
Member Since 2002
2 reviews
184 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We have been on multiple cruises but this is our First with Royal Caribbean. Everyone told us that they have the best ships with best food so we had high expectations! Well, it was just ok which to us was disappointing. The good:'ve ... Read more
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Shore Drive Cruisers
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
31 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Had the chance to cruise again on Brilliance of the Seas, this time for New Years. This is our fourth time on Brilliance, three of them with Captain Stig. This cruise did not disappoint. We sailed with my Son and Lady Friend, and had a ... Read more
gwenymac
Member Since 2009
1 review
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
We did the New Year's Eve cruise and it was fun. They put on a variety of good parties. My complaint is the bar service was slow in most places and you can't get the frozen blended drinks anywhere but the Casino bar and the pool bars. ... Read more
Skip2MySue
Member Since 2005
2 reviews
1,145 forum post
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
First off this size ship is not our favorite. We miss the many various venues available on the bigger ships and also miss sitting in the Promenade sipping our evening tea and people watching. The ship was full but I was amazed at ... Read more
Sarah Sally
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 forum post
6 helpful votes
This was our second time cruising with Royal Caribbean and our first time on Brilliance of the Seas. Everything went very smoothly right from check in to the time we left the ship. Our cabin was very clean and we had a great cabin steward. ... Read more
plawren2
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
Second time cruisers, first time with 2 teenage kids and over the Christmas holidays (and first time for vacation trip of anytime over the holidays). 5 days with departure from Tampa on 12/26 including two full days at sea and two ports ... Read more
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Bowman1
Member Since 2005
4 reviews
82 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
This was our 14th overall cruise, 4th on Royal Caribbean, 1st on the Brilliance and 1st over the Holidays. Like most cruises, the Brilliance was a wonderful experience. Is it possible to have a bad time on a vacation where your meals ... Read more
Natel
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
I chose this cruise so that I could have something to do during the Christmas season. This was my first cruise, so I had no idea what to expect. What I did receive was one of the best vacations of my life so far, and I am hooked on ... Read more
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hokkaido
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
17 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We are a family of 4 including (4 and 7 yo boys). -The toilet seat is very narrow and wide open, so if you have children under 4, you may want to bring a potty seat so that s/he won't be scared of falling inside the toilet. -No ... Read more
RockinRobin11
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
We take many cruises and even enjoyed RC in the past. The 4 of us asked for 6:00 dinning at the Minstrel dinning room and got a confirmation a fews weeks ahead. While doing some business at Guest Relations we found out that it never ... Read more
tew3622
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Looking for something to do before the holidays and reviewed AA Cruises site. This itinerary and length of cruise was what we wanted. Very satisfied with the service and the crew mad it feel like Christmas. We had been on the ship before ... Read more
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