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Brilliance of the Seas

Brilliance of the Seas is a radiance class ship, which are the most stunning class of ships in the fleet. The ship is wrapped in glass to offer passengers perfect panoramic views from every direction from its wall to ceiling windows.

The radiance class ships were built with environmentally sensitive world heritage sites in mind like Alaska — including the use of gas turbines as opposed to diesel engines, making the Brilliance of the Seas more environmentally friendly and much quieter This makes Brilliance of the Seas the ideal ship to visit stunning destinations such as Norway and the fjords.

Brilliance of the Seas is a well-equipped ship, filled with great dining venues, lounge bars and entertainment facilities. From the kids' club to the Broadway-style shows, there is something for everyone onboard. And if that's not enough, she is part of the Royal Revitalization programme that is bringing even more dining venues, outdoor movie screens and more to the fleet.

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Ship Stats and Features

Year Entered Service 01/01/2002
Tonnage 90000
Wheelchair Accessible Cabins 24
Number Of Decks 13
Number Of Elevators 9
Number Of Pools 2
Number Of Restaurants 4
Formal Nights Yes
Kids Clubs Yes
Maximum Capacity 2112 (2501)
Crew 869
Refurbished 2018

Ship Facilities

Cuisine and dining onboard Brilliance of the Seas offers the fantastic fare and high standards you would expect of a Royal Caribbean ship. The Minstrel main dining rooms offers fabulous formal occasions, the Windjammer Cafe is ideal after a long day of shore excursions or sitting by the pool and Chops Grille is the ever popular steak house onboard.

Since May 2013 Brilliance of the Seas boasts new dining venues including the Chef's Table, Rita's Cantina — offering great Tex-Mex — Giovanni's Table — Royal Caribbean's latest Italian venue — and the Izumi Asian Cuisine restaurant.

Entertainment onboard Brilliance of the Seas is filled with fun, whatever your age. From the sophisticated evenings in the theatre or champagne bar, to the mini golf and Adventure Ocean® kids' club , there is something for everyone onboard. For the active folk onboard there is a rock climbing wall, waterslides in the kids' pool and, of course, a golf simulator.

There is also a great selection of lounge bars onboard, offering speciality coffees, cold beers and cocktails throughout the day. If you fancy a flutter head to the casino. Since May 2013, the ship now has some new venues onboard to enjoy, such as the R Bar, the Pub and Vintages Wine Bar.

Family fun is taken seriously onboard Brilliance of the Seas with something that's bound to please every member of the family.

  • Royal Babies & Tots- kids aged 6-36 can play alongside their parents or guardians with activities designed to be engaging and fun.
  • Adventure Ocean- an award-winning kids’ club, parents can relax knowing that their kids are having fun with others their age.
  • Adventure Beach- a pool area specially designed so that the whole family can splash about in the water or chill on one of the loungers while the kids zip down the waterslides.
  • Arcade- featuring the most popular retro arcade machines, the whole family could spend hours here.

Brilliance of the Seas also boasts fantastic spa and fitness facilities, which enjoy the same, gorgeous panoramic views as the entertainment venues. The fitness centre boasts all the usual equipment, class and staff, while the ShipShape Spa offers an elegant escape from a busy day at sea — the perfect place for a little pampering!

If you can tear yourself away from the luxurious spa facilities, you will find an exciting variety of activities onboard Brilliance of the Seas. For those who enjoy life at a faster pace, head to the sports court and running track for a bit of friendly competition or reach new heights by scrambling up the climbing wall. If you’re after a more leisurely few hours, try your hand at golf on the mini putting green or have a game of pool.

Customer reviews for Brilliance of the Seas

While we enjoyed our recent cruise, I have to say that the price of the drinks was way too expensive - worsened by the additional 18% gratuity added. While all the staff were very friendly and helpful - and the food was very good - we would not either recommend or cruise again with Royal Caribbean, based purely on the extortionate price of the drinks. Also, we found out that the policy of the ship will wait for late excursion returns when guests use Royal Caribbean International trips, but they warn independent travellers that the ship will depart without them; rather distasteful. All in all, Royal Caribbean does not seem to be a very nice corporation and not recommended by my wife and myself.

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Just returned from 12 night eastern med cruise on brilliance of the seas. I love the radiance class ships, for me , they offer something for everyone without being too big, and have a great layout, and easy to get around. The staff onboard this ship have been second to none and a credit to royal carribean. The atmosphere onboard brilliance was wonderful. It has a relaxed, happy, and good feel about it. The food was excellent with a good choice to please and cater for all tastes. I ate mainly in the dining room in the evening and all the meals where excellent with attentive and professional staff. Windjammer was as always great, but as usual on sea days this could get very busy and sometimes could be a problem to find seating. The outside wicker chair areas , the flooring could do with a good steam clean, but apart from that , the ship overall was very clean. The evening shows were great, well balanced to suit all tastes and once again clean, and bar staff very attentive and good humoured. Ports of call has been one of my favourite to date, which included an overnight stay in Venice.... wow. Venice is now my new favourite destination with kotor coming in a very good second! Fantastic itinerary! I have now sailed on jewel of the seas and brilliance of the seas, and I love both ships. Thank you to all the staff onboard brilliance and to all my new found friend is for a holiday of a lifetime. Wonderful memories have been created and my love for cruising has grown ever stronger! 10 out of 10.

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This was our second Royal Caribbean cruise...we booked a 12 day Baltic cruise..we sailed on Adventure of the Seas on a 16 day Med Cruise last year...unfortunately the Brilliance did not meet up to the high standard organisation of the Adventure of the Seas...we were advised to call each morning to book at table for My time dining...but we were only shown to a table at the time we booked on 8 of the 12 evenings..the waiters in the Minstrel Dining room at My time dining seemed to be struggling to serve the guests and on at least 5 occasions we were not asked if we wanted a drink with our meal..the gentleman who greeted guests at the door of the Minstrel dining room seemed to exacerbate the problem by leaving his post on a nightly basis to check on the availability of tables...this NEVER happened on the Adventure of the Seas..the Captain when he did decide to use the Public Address system couldn't be heard...another major failing on this ship...toilets in public areas on 2 decks were unable to be used for over 24hrs due to blockages..there didnt seem to be any rush to fix this problem..certain lifts seemed to be programmed not to stop at deck 4..unfortunately this was our deck!...again this was unheard of on the Adventure of the Seas....if we do use Royal Caribbean for future cruises we will be giving the Brilliance of the Seas a wide berth!...but finally a word on our cabin attendant Fostor...he was a star! and deserves to work on a better ship

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