On Brilliance of the Seas, accommodations range in size and ambience. Standard inside cabins, at 165 square feet, and standard outside cabins, at 170 square feet, are on the small side, industry-wise. Balcony cabins measure from 179 to 204 square feet (in categories that go from "deluxe" to "superior"), and in both cases, the balcony is 41 square feet. A rather nice, forward-facing family oceanview cabin is basically a standard outside with big windows, a sitting area, sofa and a small second bedroom that contains two bunks; it measures 319 square feet.
Standard in each cabin are two twin beds that convert to a queen, a mini-fridge (that's filled with a few sodas, for which you pay), a television with an interesting assortment of channels (including classic flicks and nostalgia sitcoms), a desk/vanity area and a safe. Balcony staterooms also feature a love seat sitting area. The verandahs themselves are very pleasant, with comfortable nylon mesh furnishings. However, mine was looking a little rusty and tired around the metal floor.
Bathrooms are perfectly adequate, although compact, with a decently powerful shower and reasonable storage space, but only basic amenities of soap and a shampoo/conditioner combination are offered.
Moving up a notch is the Junior Suite. It's the smallest, coming in at 293 square feet with a 66-square-foot balcony. The extra perks (beyond space) that come with the Junior Suite, which is just a bit bigger than a standard balcony, include a bathroom with tub and a bigger living room area.
All categories above this come with concierge service and access to the Concierge Club on Deck 10, which offers continental breakfast and evening drinks, as well as a concierge service. Members of the top tiers of the Crown & Anchor Society, Royal Caribbean's loyalty program, can also use the Club.
At between 533 and 586 square feet, the Royal Family Suite's grand claim is two bedrooms, plus a sitting room; the second bedroom has the usual twin-to-queen bed configuration and two Pullmans that come down from the ceiling. Balconies are bigger, too. In this suite, they range from 139 to 193 square feet.
The Grand Suite is just a larger "junior," but it's quite a bit larger at 358 to 384 square feet, and it features a bathroom with tub. The Owner's Suite offers more amenities beyond even increased squared footage; passengers booking this category get a bathroom with whirlpool, bidet and separate shower, along with separate bedroom and living areas (with a queen-sized sofa bed). Measurements are 512 square feet for the cabin and 57 square feet for the verandah. And finally, the piece de resistance is the Royal Suite, which comes with all the Owner's Suite amenities, plus a baby grand piano and a balcony that measures 215 square feet (outfitted with better-than-standard furnishings, including a dining table); the stateroom itself is 1,001 square feet.
In addition, 14 cabins onboard can accommodate wheelchair users. These are divided among various categories from insides to suites.
It was a quiet space. No reason to avoid this cabin unless you are prone to sea sickness or don't want to be close to the bridge view from the balcony. We thought it was cool. I don't think the balcony is any smaller than the rest - just the way the ship curves at the...continue
This was our first balcony room. Though the cover for the life boats obstructed our view somewhat, we loved having a balcony. This room was our sanctuary. Not being able to find space around the solarium or main pool, we often went back to our balcony. Unfortunately we...continue