We chose this cruise to celebrate my father's birthday and mine. I was surprised by how many other people on the cruise shared a Christmas Eve birthday with my dad. It made it even more fun. I have no idea if anyone else has a Christmas birthday because there was no Happy Birthday singing in the MDR on Christmas Day. I don't know if it was because they were instructed not to, or because they just didn't know. Anyhow enough about my reasons, and more about the experience.
I would certainly take another cruise on the Brilliance, and wouldn't mind it being another Christmas Cruise. It was the most festive Christmas. I had a wonderful time. I will explain the "4" rating which is only for minor bumps in the road.
We arrived in Tampa on Sunday 12/22 and had a lovely dinner at Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City. We stayed at the Hampton Inn/Home2Suites a few blocks from the port. It was so close, we almost could have walked. I wish the hotel offered a park & cruise package. I didn't see one offered, but do know that other guests from the hotel did take a shuttle to the port. There is a lot of fun stuff to see in Tampa. I wish we had arrived a day earlier so we could have enjoyed the city.
Cabin was nicely appointed but felt a bit small. Balcony was a great size and very comfortable. Decent view. Cabin attendant, Florina, was fabulous. The sweetest and best attendant ever.
Needs a few more hangers in the closet. Storage space at a premium, but a great cabin. If you are a person who needs a CPAP or needs to have an outlet for something by the bed, you will have to get an extension cord or get something else with extra outlets to put on the desk. No outlets available at bedside or by the sofa.