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The 90,090-ton, 2,112-passenger ship Brilliance of the Seas is the second in Royal Caribbean's lovely, mid-sized Radiance class (following, of course, Radiance of the Seas; subsequent siblings include Serenade ...
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853 Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Reviews

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CTPrais
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
I have sailed with Royal Caribbean Cruise line for 12 years and have never had a bad experience on any of my 20 plus cruises. I just returned with my sister from a 4 night western caribbean cruise. Yes it was St. Patrick's Day and yes ... Read more
bella1540
Member Since 2015
1 review
14 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
I am so disappointed with this ship and the cruise line itself. They had no control over the spring breakers who ruled the ship-drunk behavior screaming, yelling etc. until 4 am every day. You could not get a chair or lounger if your life ... Read more
MammaCaps
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
FIRST TIME CRUISERS! Brilliance of the Seas. Balcony rooms. Timing of this cruise was crazy college spring break time but our family always got our 4 pool chairs on upper deck (early birds). We found so many things to do and really ... Read more
Sir_Randy
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
532 forum posts
6 helpful votes
The Maitre D and the disorganized Main Dining room was so BAD, that we ate Dinner twice at the buffet. Every night it was some type of hassle, argument with our seating. The bartenders were indifferent to to your request, and one day ... Read more
firefighterman
Member Since 2010
6 reviews
20 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed March 2016
Our eleven cruise on a much smaller ship at 90,000 tons. The Brilliance of the Seas is not a ship with the bells and whistles but it did meet our expectations with regards to cruising with friends. With four couples trying to plan around a ... Read more

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stickyfish
Member Since 2007
1 review
4 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
I was pleasantly surprised by the service on this cruise. The highlight of this cruise was the main dining room experience. Our servers, Franklyn and Gabriel, were exceptional. They went out of their way to make every meal a pleasure. ... Read more
shark769
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
4 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We have sailed on the Brilliance several times and as most recent as November of 2015. This time we were very disappointed in the overall quality of the food in the main dining room and Chops Grille. The crew were very pleasant with the ... Read more
letondu
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
4 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
My wife and I sailed out of Tampa on the Brilliance of the Seas, or, as the Captain preferred to call it, the Radiance of the Seas. Either way, I am sure the impact would have been the same. Do to my wife's disability, we chose ... Read more
CantonMom2
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This was my second cruise, my first being the Carnival Fascination in Feb 2014. Embarkation was easy and quick. Finding our stateroom was not difficult and the room was attractively furnished with a large porthole window (3124). Our ... Read more
J013628
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
13 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
I've seen so many bad reviews of this ship and just need to put my two cents in. This is a great little ship for a 5 day cruise. A cruise is what you make of it. your on vacation, make it fun. we had to fly into Tampa for this ... Read more

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CantonMom
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2016
This was my second cruise, my first being the Carnival Fascination in Feb 2014. Embarkation was easy and quick. Finding out stateroom was not difficult and the room was attractively furnished with a large porthole window (3124). Our ... Read more
Frank1940
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
First the terrific: Tampa port is user friendly, boarding, departing and other logistics perfect, entertainment and featured band was much better than I expected, evening dinner reasonable and very well served, steward attentive and ship ... Read more
DANCIND55
Member Since 2015
1 review
17 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
I was part of the Paralegal Cruise Feb 18-22. I booked a balcony room 8072 on deck 8 that was well appointed. My steward was very accommodating and made sure if I needed anything he would be happy to assist. Our first night we had ... Read more
TeamAnnapolis
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
0 forum posts
16 helpful votes
So the title isn't misleading as that really was our takeaway...perhaps due to the time of year when we sailed. In short, it seemed like a majority of passengers were over 60, Florida retirees and I'm not sure I've seen more merrily ... Read more
Macscrapper
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
We actually did a back to back with this ship. Had an interior on 5 day followed by a balcony on the 4 day. Five day was Key West and Cozumel and Four day was just Cozumel. First, if you are looking for off site parking in Tampa, call ... Read more

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Skip2MySue
Member Since 2005
1 review
1,086 forum post
1 helpful vote
Being a special holiday for us newly weds of only 8 years I decided to surprise DW with a short 5 day cruise to Key West and Cozumel. Somehow I was able to keep it a surprise even though our group that was originally 2 couples expanded to ... Read more
gnshpdude
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
This was our fifth cruise with RC and our second on a Radiance Class ship. Our previous were the Freedom, Oasis, Serenade and Explorer of the Seas. This was our first five day cruise others have been seven or in the case of the Explorer ... Read more
Rick1818
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
We are a family of 4, children ages 10 and 13. This was our first cruise and were a little nervous based on reviews posted on line. All we can figure is that some people will complain about any detail, just to complain. This was a ... Read more
babie22559
Member Since 2007
7 reviews
15 forum posts
4 helpful votes
My husband and I just returned from a four night cruise on Brilliance OTS. We are experienced cruisers with Diamond status and only cruise on RCI, so I was very worried when I read the negative reviews. We had a great time and the ... Read more
live2vayk
Member Since 2012
9 reviews
286 forum posts
2 helpful votes
To help my sister in law celebrate her 50th birthday, a group of 10 women sailed from Tampa to Cozumel on Brilliance of the Seas for 4 nights. I will attempt to give you an overview of our experiences, and my opinion on things. (In other ... Read more

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D&beach&J
Member Since 2002
1 review
1,002 forum post
0 helpful votes
We (Deb and Jack from Florida) cruised to the western Caribbean on February 4, 2016. This was a 4 night cruise. Our cruise experience has been with Royal Caribbean (9), Carnival (5), Norwegian (3), and Celebrity (2). After reading ... Read more
babie22559
Member Since 2007
7 reviews
15 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My husband and I just returned from a four night cruise on Brilliance OTS. We are experienced cruisers with Diamond status and only cruise on RCI, so I was very worried when I read the negative reviews. We had a great time and the ... Read more
Tarponjeff
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
190 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We have sailed on Brilliance of the Seas about 12 times in the past 28 months or so and it is our favorite ship in the line. We have done from 4 days to 12 days on her and also are doing a 14 day this October, 2016 transatlantic. We ... Read more
kicker
Member Since 2005
14 reviews
4,265 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Brilliance of the Seas is a beautiful ship. It’s not the newest ship in the Fleet, but I found everything to be in working order and in great condition. An example: I’ve read reviews of cruisers complaining about the ... Read more
Artman50
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
Not so brilliance of the seas To say it was a terrible cruise may be a little dramatic. But it started with a pleasant phone call advising that we had been selected to upgrade to a balcony cabin for only 100$. How nice was that. ... Read more

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