Brilliance of the Seas

So I’m not gonna lie… I’m a mega ship kinda girl! Give me the the Allure, Oasis even the Epic and I’m good. The bigger the better! I want options and lots of them. I want rock climbing walls, zip lining, ice skating, boxing, over the ocean pirate planks and whatever else they can think up!

But sometimes I want a quick getaway or to visit a specific port and in that case the MEGA ships are not always available.

We sailed aboard the Brilliance of the Seas out of Tampa.  Most of you know it is not feasible to get a large ship out of this port as it would need to fit under the Sunshine Skyway bridge.

According to the FDOT, the Skyway can handle cruise ships that measure 180 feet from the top of the waterline. But mega-ships can sit as high as 225 feet about the waterline.

Photo by Robert Neff

But really I could go on and on about that, it could be another post…

So let us get back to the Brilliance of the Seas. This is a Royal Caribbean ship.

Brilliance of the Seas sails Western Caribbean itineraries out of Tampa, Florida during the Winter season. The ship crosses the Atlantic in late April and offers several Mediterranean itineraries out of Barcelona, Spain, through Summer and Fall.

She is a mid sized ship that weighs about 90 Gross Tons and holds approximately 2500 passengers. Her maiden voyage was July 2002.

She may not have all the bling and glory of the mega ships but she will keep you busy. Here are a few amenities that are offered onboard..

  • Rock-climbing wall
  • Themed bars and lounges
  • Casino Royale
  • Colony Club, a British colonial-style lounge with self-leveling pool tables
  • Outdoor miniature golf
  • Adventure Ocean youth facilities
  • Day Spa and Fitness Center
  • Sports court with basketball/volleyball court

If you have never seen the behind the scenes of the ships galley, a tour is worth it!

It is a good ship for a short or port intensive getaway as it is easy to navigate and you can quickly learn each deck.