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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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861 Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Reviews

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pistonpumps
Member Since 2014
1 review
84 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Let me start by saying we've been with RCCL long enough to recognize trends and variants of service across ships. Generally speaking the food and dining service seemed improved from the last three cruises. Entertainment was actually ... Read more
jayne269
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Cruised March 21, 2016. Arrived at the terminal at noon. On ship by 12:30. The embarkation went very smooth and very quickly. Once on the ship ate lunch at the Windjammer. Excellent food at the buffet, wide variety of food. Cabin was ... Read more
threecruiselines
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
This is my 3rd cruise line and 4th cruise, over 5 years. I know that the industry is changing, apparently just like the airline industry... 1) The "bed" was not sleep-able, unless you were passed out drunk or under 21... The ... Read more
MichaelCruiser
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
2 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We liked this cruise: Here are the mostly good things, and a couple of not-so-good things we encountered. We got on about noon, ate lunch in the Windjammer Cafe after hunting down a table, and got into our rooms at 1:30. Everything ... Read more
Rashdecision@gmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We have been on over 25 cruises. At least 8 times from Tampa as we live 45 minutes from the port of Tampa. The good news: - the ship has been refurbished so the common areas are much improved - the specialty restaurants are ... Read more

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KennyM
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Reading some of the other reviews for this cruise makes me wonder if we were all on the same ship? But everyone has their own expectations and I know it's not cool to refer to other reviews, so I'll refrain from doing so. I've cruised ... Read more
hpgator
Member Since 2009
1 review
1 forum post
8 helpful votes
Let me preface this by saying we are longtime Celebrity cruisers and had modest (not overly high) expectations for a short sailing out of a secondary port for RCCL with a ship that was very old and small by normal comparisons. It still ... Read more
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
6 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

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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
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

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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
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
25 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

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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
Skip2MySue
Member Since 2005
1 review
1,088 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
5 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

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