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Overview

Introduced in 2002, Brilliance of the Seas houses 2,543 passengers and 848 staff members. The ship's last major refurbishment was in 2013, but it received some minor updates in April 2018 (like new furniture and fresh carpeting). The ship is big enough to offer an array of activities, yet small enough to pass through canals and offer more unique itineraries than larger ships in the fleet.

Brilliance of the Seas offers nine restaurants, including six specialty options. The ship also provides entertainment for the whole family, including poolside movies, a three-story theater, a rock climbing wall and a mini-golf course. While adults grab a cocktail at one of the bars, kids and teens can enjoy age-appropriate youth clubs, like the teens-only disco or the Royal Babies & Tots nursery.

As far as lodging goes, about 75 percent of the ship's cabins offer ocean views (and about half of those come with balconies). The most budget-friendly cabins are Interior staterooms (170 square feet). All include amenities like flat-screen TVs and minifridges. 

In 2018-19, Brilliance of the Seas departs from TampaAmerstadam and Barcelona for sailings in the Caribbean, the British Isles (including stops in Edinburgh, Dublin and more) and throughout the Mediterranean. 

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Introduced in 2002, Brilliance of the Seas houses 2,543 passengers and 848 staff members. The ship's last major refurbishment was in 2013, but it received some minor updates in April 2018 (like new furniture and fresh carpeting). The ship is big enough to offer an array of activities, yet small enough to pass through canals and offer more unique itineraries than larger ships in the fleet.

Brilliance of the Seas offers nine restaurants, including six specialty options. The ship also provides entertainment for the whole family, including poolside movies, a three-story theater, a rock climbing wall and a mini-golf course. While adults grab a cocktail at one of the bars, kids and teens can enjoy age-appropriate youth clubs, like the teens-only disco or the Royal Babies & Tots nursery.

As far as lodging goes, about 75 percent of the ship's cabins offer ocean views (and about half of those come with balconies). The most budget-friendly cabins are Interior staterooms (170 square feet). All include amenities like flat-screen TVs and minifridges. 

In 2018-19, Brilliance of the Seas departs from TampaAmerstadam and Barcelona for sailings in the Caribbean, the British Isles (including stops in Edinburgh, Dublin and more) and throughout the Mediterranean. 

Ship Size
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Price
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Year Built
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Pros & Cons

  • Ship's smaller size allows it to visit more unique ports than others in the fleet

  • Food and service on board received mixed reviews

3.85Scorecard
  • 3.5Expert Rating »
  • 3.8Traveler Rating »
  • 4.5Health Rating »

Rankings

Brilliance of the Seas ranks #22 out of 24 Royal Caribbean International Cruise Ships based on an analysis of expert and user ratings, as well as health ratings.

Cabins

Brilliance of the Seas offers a wide range of accomodation options. Browse cabins to find the stateroom that suits your needs.

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Deck Plans

Brilliance of the Seas contains 12 decks. Find out which features are available on each Brilliance of the Seas deck.

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Traveler Reviews

A ship’s traveler rating is provided under license by Cruiseline.com , which manages one of the largest databases of cruise reviews and ratings by travelers. A total of 1284 guests have reviewed Brilliance of the Seas, giving it a rating of 3.9 on a scale of 1-5.

Cruiseline Travel Rating:

3.9 out of 5(1284 reviews)

Reviews by Traveler Type

Couples47.7%
Singles/Friends13.9%
Families w/older children12.3%
Groups6.5%
Families w/young children5.2%
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