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Tampa to the Caribbean Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Reviews

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Lower quality than previous cruises with RCCL
"The ship needed a lot of TLC and definitely needed to go to Dry Dock for refurb.I'm not sure if it was because of Covid skewed rules or if because this was the last sailing before the ship was going off to dry dock...."Read More
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Royal Caribbean Many Major Disappointments

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Knox14951
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

We were very excited for a winter getaway to scuba dive in Grand Cayman and Cozumel and really looking forward to this trip. The food was very disappointing. Lemme say that I have pretty low standards and we usually eat something out of the freezer or a can for dinner. I eat mostly vegetarian and occasionally seafood. No meat, so limited options. The fish entree in the main dining room was served ...
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Sail Date: January 2023

Traveled with children


Terrible housekeeping

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cruiser of tampa
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

This is my 11th cruise and 2nd for RCCL It's a 5 night cruise to Cozumel, Mexico, Cayman Island port from Tampa, Florida. Pros: Chops-grille waiter Kevin rocks, he went above and beyond serving us and he also have the chef writes "Congratulations and have a great future" on the dessert plate. (it was my son graduation cruise) Kudo to Kevin!!! MDR: Gwendolyn and Felirose, these two young ...
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Sail Date: January 2023

Cabin Type: Ocean View Balcony


The amazing service made this trip extraordinary!

Review for Brilliance of the Seas to Bahamas

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BURKEEJC
First Time Cruiser • Age 50s

My wife and I chose this trip for my first ever cruise - a four-night cruise to Grand Bahama and back - with family and friends. It's one of the smaller ships, so I had lower expectations (after reading so much about the giant ships). We left for Tampa on January 11th, when national airports shut down in the morning - an inauspicious start. Worse yet, the weather turned - down into the 50's - ...
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Sail Date: January 2023


AWFUL

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joods
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

We chose this ship because it was sailing out of Fla which is convenient for the other family members joining us. Also, I had been on 5 different RCL sailings and enjoyed them all. The good: Our waiter and his assistant (Ramesh and Jakar) in the main dining room. They were fabulous! Attentive, entertaining, hilarious.....just made my nite! Grand Cayman was fabulous! The ...
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Sail Date: December 2022

Cabin Type: Spacious Ocean View


MDR atmosphere on Royal

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SetAnOpenCourse
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

This was my third cruise with RCCL. I've been on about eighteen cruises on five different cruise lines. The ship and crew were excellent. I’d especially like to sail on Brilliance or her sister ships again, as the full promenade was great for walks and enjoying the sea. However, RCCL will be below several other cruise lines on the list of options. Why? Because, although the great majority ...
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Sail Date: March 2022


Lower quality than previous cruises with RCCL

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jollyrhino
10+ Cruises • Age 40s

My wife and chose this cruise ship/date because we had a credit that we needed to use and the times worked for us. I've been on many RCCL cruises in the past and this one seemed off. I'm not sure if it was because of Covid skewed rules or if because this was the last sailing before the ship was going off to dry dock. We both agreed the food was awful on this cruise. We only ate at the Main dining ...
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Sail Date: March 2022


Exceeded our expectations!

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May B
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

We had a Crystal cruise booked for February which was cancelled when they ceased operations. Brilliance of the Seas is one of several options out of our very own Tampa cruise port, and this five day appealed to us. When I stepped off Brilliance, 25 months ago, from a cruise with three cousins, I told my husband I thought he’d like this ship, so I was delighted to see a schedule that would work for ...
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Sail Date: March 2022

Cabin Type: Ocean View


Brilliance Cruise!

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seanugget
10+ Cruises • Age 40s

We were on the March 19-24, 2022 cruise out of Tampa. This was our first time on Brilliance. We recently moved to the area and decided to take this cruise because it's only 30 minutes to the port from our home and we really like RCCL. We booked a Grand Suite so we had priority boarding. We opted for the valet parking which is well worth the cost. Even if you don't do the valet, there is a parking ...
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Sail Date: March 2022

Cabin Type: Grand Suite


Worth it to book the UDP great staff.

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40luv
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

We chose the cruise after Covid canceled our original cruise. We utilized the “lift and shift.” The ship needs some TLC but the crew is wonderful. I understand the ship is scheduled for dry dock - that’s good. The balcony cabins need attention. Our cabin steward, Jeremy, was wonderful. The UDP - totally worth it. If you dine at Giovanni- get the Osso buco. The UDP included 5 dinners ...
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Sail Date: February 2022

Cabin Type: Spacious Ocean View Balcony


Happy to be back cruising!

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finsup01
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

We returned to cruising for the first time since the covid shutdown by doing back-to-back- to- back cruises on the Brilliance of the Seas starting on February 10 and ending on February 24. Because we are so excited to get back to cruising, we choose to emphasis the positive and not nit-pick too much about things that provide opportunities for improvement for RCL. First, the cruises left from ...
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Sail Date: February 2022

Cabin Type: Spacious Ocean View Balcony


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