Brilliance of the Seas
Brilliance of the Seas is just another example of Royal Caribbean's commitment to making your "at sea " experience one you will never forget. More outside cabins, glass elevators facing the sea, 9-story glass constructed Centrum, state-of-the-art technology and of course, service that is second to none are just a few of the ways this ship will make your journey special and unique.
- Cabins 1075
- Crew 848
- Passengers 2501
- Decks 12
- Launch Year 2002
- Registry Bahamas
Cabin 7616 Cramped, stinky and no view.
"Booked a 4 night Western Caribbean cruise out of Tampa just 4 weeks before departure. Selected a balcony guarantee as have done many times with various cruise lines including RCI. Have taken many cruises with this company and are now Diamond members of their Crown and Anchor Society so we thought we knew what to expect.
Embarkation was a breeze. The food in the main restaurants was good, service was excellent. The service in all of the bars we visited was excellent and the live music was very enjoyable.
The food in their up charge Italian restaurant Giovanni's was terrible, as was the service. The pasta served in the main dining room was actually better.
The cruise was however marred by the cabin we were allocated.7616 was extremely cramped for 2 people and it can accommodate 4. The sofa could only seat 1 person and if you need to use the overhead Pullman bunk be warned this comes down above the main double bed.The balcony had a very obstructed view due to a large covering over the lifeboats below. It also had a permanent smell of sewage rendering it useless.
Disembarking was swift and efficient.
Overall enjoyed the cruise but would never again book a balcony guarantee on a Radiance class vessel."
- Travel date: Mon 17th of November 2014
"top notch cruise excellent food and service. the only downside would be destinations very little to do in oman or farujhah. hardly anybody got off there and the ones that did said it was a waste of time. the must see is the tallest building in the world 8th wonder of the world in dubai. wonder if dubai will ever get finished or will it be renamed the unfinished city."
- Travel date: Fri 17th of February 2012
Christmas on Brilliance. Dubai and Middle East
"This was my first ever cruise and didn`t really know what to expect. After a smooth transition from Abu Dhabai airport we boarded the ship in Dubai.
After boarding at about 11.00 am our cabins weren`t quite ready but you could explore the ship at leasure and there was a buffet lunch in the Windjammer Restaurant.
Our cabin no 9000 was absolutly lovely a small suite with sofa coffee table bed obviously and lots of storage space. Our Cabin attendant Franky was always helpful and kept the cabin prestine. It was cleaned and tidied every morning and then again in the evening whilst we were at dinner.
The food in Minstel restaurant in the evening was 5 star. 3 menus everyday. A low calorie menu, Chefs special menu and then a daily menu. All were different and varied everyday. Wine works out about Â£30 a bottle but you don`t have to drink the full bottle it is kept for you and waiting for you next day.
You can book excursions on board but if you are doing this cruise you can get about no problem. There are shuttle buses provided that take you in to town from there you can jump in taxi and go anywhere you please. The only trip we booked was to Atlantis water park in Dubai. Really wish we didn`t. We could have done it cheaper on our own and not been kept to a timetable. In fact by the time they had done messing about we only had 3 hours in the park which isn`t enough time as there is so much to do and its fantastic fun. You have never seen water slides like these. Jump in a taxi to the edge of the Palm then take the monorail where you will have fantastic views of the palm and the beach its really easy. When you get off the monorail walk through the main entrance you carn`t go wrong. The do a special offer. Entrance, locker,towel and a meal all for 200 durhams. How do I know. Because we missed the excursion bus back to the ship. We made our own way back to ship it was dead easy and fun.
Anyway back to the ship. There were a couple of formal nights dress was mixed some guys had the full tux and some ladies had the long dresses but it really didn`t matter as long as you were more than smart casual. My 16 year old son wore a suit shirt and tie and I wore knee length cocktail dress both absolutly fine.
Christmas Eve was magical. It would take forever to tell all about it but I will never forget it. Thank you Brilliance and all the crew.
This ship. The captain Henrik and all the crew do everything in there power to make thid experience one you will remember and believe me you will go for it it absolutly fabulous.
- Travel date: Fri 30th of December 2011
"We paid our gratuities up front totalling between the 4 of us Â£420 (Â£105 ea.)Thinking that the gratuities was "seen to" to our surprise they added it to EVERY drink we purchased on board, which was already overpriced and then they had the cheek to ask for more !!
Even the up-front gratuities is given to only 4 people of their (royal Caribbeanâs) choice ! they give you these vouchers, and you basically go through a bit of a childish exercise to disperse vouchers to these 4 people (head waiter, waiter, 2nd waiter,& maid) if you have a barman for instance that you would like to tip - you canât use your upfront gratuities to do this.
you canât purchase local drinks bought on shore trips AND enjoy in your room - because R.C. would be losing out their profit, which is to me pure GREED, I'm all for security but confiscating peoples drink as they come back on board is nothing short of degrading, they make an excuse of people getting drunk and causing a nuisance, BUT THEY WOULD HAPPILY SERVE YOU THE DRINK AS LONG AS THEY'RE MAKING MONEY. = double standards
the entertainment was nothing like the quality of THOMPSONS DESTINY, i saw 1 good show a magician (KNIGHT MAGIC)
donât think I would go back to R.C. purely because they are only interested in getting every last buck out of you
- Travel date: Fri 12th of August 2011
"Brilliance of the Seas cruise from Dubai to India April 9th. 2011 Junior Suite 1086 Deck 10 aft.
Suite appeared very comfortable with plenty of cupboard and storage space, a walk-in wardrobe and bathroom with tub.
But because of it's location - directly underneath the Windjammer restaurant - we were subjected to horrendous noise from as early as 4.30am until 11.30pm and hence had twelve disturbed days and nights. The noise was thunderous - almost like being next to a busy railway line. It was apparently caused by trollies with solid wheels being hauled over tiled floors. R.C.I. are apparently trying to solve this unfortunate situation but meanwhile the answer is to carefully select accommodation far away from the Windjammer.
The best thing about this cruise was the absence of pressure to buy unnecessary things - such as so called
The food was mediocre and the price of drinks extortionate.
Flights with Emirates were up to their usual high standards.
- Travel date: Sat 23rd of April 2011
Not what we expected
"We took the 12 day cruise from Dubai to India on the 26th March 2011. The organisation of the transport, and the 2 day stay at the Hotel Westin, to and from the ship, the Brilliance of the Seas, and the stay at the Westin in Dubai, was excellent. Would be very happy go back to the Westin again. However the Brilliance of the Seas of the sea was another matter.
We paid extra and booked a deluxe stateroom, with a balcony. However, when they opened the door we could not believe the size of it. It was the smallest cabin we have ever had. We worked out it was 10 square foot smaller than the one shown on their web site. We did complain without any success.
With regards to the food, it was very mediocre. The specialty restaurants were not much better, although the service was.
We felt the staff tried hard to give good service, even to the extent that one said âour earnings are based on getting good comment from the guestsâ. Itâs a shame the management were not as customer centric. There are better ways of being told the restaurant is closed if you are 2 minutes late, with little options; all the trips are full with no options; you canât upgrade, all the cabins are full; we are told to do it by management. The staff are only as good as the management. The management needs to get their act together. The other thing that irked us was the 15% gratuity charge on all drinks. Even though the service was poor. This is in addition to the gratuities they suggest you give to all of your waiters/ cabin stewards.
Over all we would rate the Brilliance of the Seas as a 5* pricing, with a 3* boat, and will not cruise with them again.
- Travel date: Mon 11th of April 2011
"My wife and I cruised on Brilliance of the Seas in September 2009 in the Med celebrating our 41st wedding anniversary. What a happy ship! And if you get a happy ship you get happy passengers. Cruise director Gordon Whatman was a gold nugget asset and proved the perfect host. Having a balcony cabin helped, but everything was superb - food,entertainment and organisation. I would recommend this ship to anyone. Have just returned from 14 days in the Caribbean with P&O. It was good, but not a patch on Brilliance. If I book again, I'm choosing Brilliance because she was.....well brilliant!"
- Travel date: Sun 30th of January 2011
Disappointed to say the least
"We have just returned from a cruise on the Brilliance of the Seas and having taken many cruises over the past few years have to say that this recent one from Barcelona to Dubai was the worst we have ever experienced. We occupied a stateroom on deck 10 - the suite itself was spotless coudn't fault it or the staff that were looking after us, however, the snacks and coffee provided were 6 months past their sell by date and when reported we were assured that they would be replaced - they were - with more out of date goods! We dined in the Minstral each night and at best the food was lukewarm. The windjammer was appalling - very little variety and food not good. Towards the end of the cruise the stocks of milk in cartons had dried up so we couldn't have tea with milk in the room. All in all it was a dreadful experience. Would we book Royal Caribbean again? NOT LIKELY"
- Travel date: Fri 28th of January 2011
"Just returned from Dubair cruise. Found prices of drinks and tours very high. Even charged for a cappachino at the end of meal although it appeared on the menu. Children were allowed to do as they likes. They took over the jacuzzi even thought they should have been supervised by parents. They were allowed to stay up late in the evenings. No crew members took any notice of this. The food in the Mistral was good but often not very hot. Windjammer was excellent for both breakfast and lunch. This was my first cruise with Royal Carribean and I would not do it again, especially inthe school holidays."
- Travel date: Thu 8th of April 2010
Great Holiday but be aware
"We recently went on our first cruise, The Dubai Cruise which took in Dubai, Muscat, Fujairah, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain.
We paid a bit extra and got a balcony which was money well spent. The Brilliance of the Seas was a great ship, very good food and staff. The entertainment was first class as well.
There were trips to be taken at all the ports. We took the Dubai trip at the end of the voyage as we thought, rightly that we may be a bit tired after the flight.
Muscat was worth a visit, with a good commentary on the bus. We were warned by one of the waiters that Fujairah was a poor place too visit so we stopped on board that day. It was good advice as everyone who went thought it was poor. Abu Dhabi was great. We went on the Big Bus that cost a $50 each and was a hop on hop off transport. We got off early and spent time on the beach and then spent the rest of the day visiting other places of interest. Bahrain was also good but beware of the taxis as they are reputed to be a bit on the dear side, we went on a coach trip for this place. Dubai itself was a great place and once again it is easy to get about by yourself. I wouldn't pre-book the tours as they were just as easy to book on board, and no dearer.
Take notice of the daily newsletter about the dress code for each place of interest as it helps when you want to visit the Mosques.
The eating arrangements on board are really good. Buffet type meals are the norm during the day and on a night you can choose to be in the bit more formal restaurant which has you on the same table every night. We were lucky to have great people on our table and the food was waiter service. Some people preferredthe more informal Windjammer buffet style meal. You can mix and match but beware if you want go into the two more up market places, you have to pay for this and it can be expensive. The alcoholic drinks all over the ship are quite expensive as well.
I would highly recommend this voyage but if you can, try and book your seats on the plane as we, along with many others couldn't be seated together on the return flight (Emirates to Manchester). In fact we were not even on the same row.
- Travel date: Mon 5th of April 2010
Give us your money
"Monday 1st February.
After stopping over for 3 nights in Bur Dubai. A 20 minute journey to the port half of which was zigzagging following signs in the port grounds to where the Brilliance of the Seas was moored, arriving just after 2PM and in our cabin a mere 45 minutes later. No cases had arrived at the room so we went exploring and got ourselves acquainted with the restaraunts and bars. Our only prevoius cruise on the Ventura laid us in good stead for heading in the right direction. Chris our cabin steward who was always on hand throughout the trip and in and out like a will of the wisp when departing the room, dropped in and introduced himself. We had gone for a inside stateroom and were alloted room 1503 on Deck 10. It was situated as far as you could go on that deck at the front of the ship, the door to our right led directly into the bridge. So we only had one neighbour to our left on entering. The room was excellant with a king size bed which was extremely comfortable. A safe a fridge and ample storage in a large wardrobe and plenty of drawers. There were nooks and crannies everywhere for storage and a 2 seater setee and table. Also plenty out electrical outlets and ample lighting. The shower was powerful with a good ammount of room to turn without bashing your elbows.
The ship remained in Dubai port that evening. We had opted for the 8.30 sitting in the Minstrel dining room on Deck 4, asking for a table with a maximum of 6. When we arrived ( last.) we had been put on a table of 10. The service was slow and meal not very hot but the meat, as in every meal was spot on. It took the best part of two hours to get to the sweets at which point we decided to adjourn to the bar.
Tuesday 2nd February.
The following morning you could either use the Minstrel or the Windjammer, which was on Deck 11 and was more of a buffet affair. The first two mornings we did the Minstrel but prefered the Windjammer for superior choice selection of both fruit and mains.
After breakfast we went up to Deck 13 and took up a prime position on the first two sunbeds as no one else had ventured that high. We had a good vantage point of the climbing wall which kept us amused the majority of the day. The ship setting sail for Muscat Oman at 13:00 Hours. Our barman was to be a good source of port information even though this was only the third time the cruise had taken place. Keeping us amused with his games and puzzles. By the end of the week he had become a good friend.
Our room being on the inside was very dark when the lights were out and also very quiet apart from through the night when the fog horn sounded, although this was only faint. By the time we had got up the next day at 9.00, we had nothing that displayed time apart from Sue's phone;
Wednesday 3rd February.
We only just made breakfast, last sitting at 9:30. The ship was already moored , docking at 9:00. All the ports on this cruise are out of town and are all for freight, necessitating a shuttle bus to take you out of the Port Authority grounds. Once out unless on a organised trip you are expected to pay to reach any destination and the ships prices were on the high side to say the least. Taxis turned out to be a quarter of the price. Having said that in Oman the bus took you to the small town , which had a nice little Souk. The only problem was most places close between 13:00 and 16:00 and guess what, that was when we were in town. We had a good walk down th promenade for about 2 miles and up into a gun tower, then came back to the town. All the fuss of the ships arrival had died down, we got a price of 100 Dirhams ( Â£18) For a trip to old Muscat and an hour guided tour, stopping off at the more photogenic point. Our driver was local and lived in a small house saying he had a small family and large families were frowned upon. When quizzed further it turned out he had 9 children. This was the best trip as such to see the old side of the UAE mixed in with the new palace area, where you could have eaten your dinner off the pavement. He also told us that the Sultan in the sixties had done all his schooling in London and had the foresight to model the road layouts as in England. The Road down to the Royal palace was a spitting image of that down the Mall to Buckingham Palace. On our return we had a walk around the Souk, a few shops were still open and the pushy fuss had stopped. Sue bought a Cashmire Pashani scarf and a top Â£12 the lot. Back on boat we set sail for Fujairah at 19:00. This evening was formal and a chance to meet the captain in the Colony club and Schooner bar on Deck 6. The champagne and red wine was free for about an hour and of suprisingly good quality .
Thursday 4th February.
The following morning we docked in Fujairah and a refuelling vessel was alongside giving us a top up. Shuttle buses had been laid on to the local supermarket for $5 a head each way. The inside of Lu Lu's was set out like a Walmart with poor quality items, even the genuine leather belts were splitting. We decided to take a taxi around the area to see the sights for an hour !! The driver was enthusiastic about his historical area. He took us to an ancient fort that looked quite new. A heritage village , which looked as if it had been knocked up for a film set. A museum, which was lacking in artifacts . Trying to top it off with a visit to a Gold Souk again!! and even throwing in a fish market. It turned out that the stop at Fujairah was only really to refuel. At least we had a look and would be able to advise in the future.
Back on the boat we had a go at our first trivia quiz, only 5 out of twelve but the question master had us in stitches . Another casual evening for our meal, service slow again but another good meal.
We set sail for Abu Dhabi that evening, once again you could hardly feel any movement from the sea. The captain stating that even though the winds were going to be quite brisk there would be very little swell due to the depth of the sea. There were 2 couples missing , delaying departure by 45 minutes.
Friday 5th February.
Arriving in Abu Dhabi the following morning, we had now started going to the Windjammer for breakfast, the choice was far more varied. 3 types of sausage, 2 of bacon, Eggs cooked to order, bread rolls of varying shapes and sizes and a really good selection of fruits to name but a few. The port and Starboard sides food stations were mirrored. So if something was getting low one side, you just moved to the other.
The day was overcast and around 22C light rain was falling, the ships photographer dressed in a clear plastic bag " says it rains 12 times in a year here and we've managed to pick one of them." It was soon dry and the cloud was breaking within the hour.
The excursion around the island was going to cost $ 45. We opted to be independant and take the Big red bus tour at $50 where you could hop on and off. The buses were on the Quay side, which was stop No 6 on the circuit. The only problem being it was Friday. Friday is like a Sunday here. Map in hand, we decided to do a full circuit first of all. This took 2.5 hours, picking out sites of interest on the way. you are supplied with free earphones and information flows along with the tour. Along the beach front side, stops 7 to 11 are filled with amazing extravagant buildings. The jewel being the Palace hotel, where all the rich and famous stop. Footballers have a practice pitch in the grounds and it cost over $3 Billion to build. Stop 1 is in the same area as 11 and is the Marina Mall, due to time restrictions we only briefly visited, very nice but not a patch on Dubai mall. Stop 2 about an hours drive up the East coast,should have been Sheik Zayed mosque. But due to it being Friday, the driver wouldn't even let us off. This again is a arabian extravganza, already costing 2.5 Billion and still to be finished.From here we drove the West coast famous for it's Mangrove bushes and the Newest development on Tamouh Island. At stop 4 Abu Dhabi mall, we decided to get off . This mall was less luxurious than the main Malls in Dubai and Abu Dhabi but the quality was there and the prices offered some great bargains. We missed the follow on bus by 5 minutes so decided to take lunch in the Mugg & Bean coffee shop. The BLT was a doorstep and the coffee superb. Missing the next bus also so we had lost another hour. Jumping back on at Stop 4 and deciding to get off at Stop5 missing out 6 and walking to 7 taking photos on the way .(By the way all buses carry free bottled water from the fridge, just help yourself.) A big mistake it didn't look far on the map but could have been 3 miles. A few more blisters later for Sue who only had sandals on and we arrived at Stop 7. After waiting for around 20 minutes we decided to give it 5 more then grab a taxi, almost immediately a bus turned up. He must have been out of sync as he waited at each stop a good 5 minutes. Arriving at the Marina 45 minutes before we needed to leave. A taxi ride in the rush hour traffic then back to port. Arriving at the entrance and still a mile from the ship an overzealous port worker decided our taxi couldn't go on and we had to take a bus. Time was getting on, other taxis just ignored him another couple joined us. With 5 minutes to departure he decided to turn around a departing bus and got us there on time with a few other stragglers.
Problems at the table again one couple who had ordered a wine package could not get what they wanted from the list as it run out. There was no pleasing her from then on. Come to think of it though there had been no pleasing her from the start. The replacement had to be vinegar didn't it. You could see everyone else smirking as they awaited her reaction! we weren't disappointed. We adjourned to the sports Bar as soon as we demolished our mains.
Saturday 6th February.
Bahrain is one hour behind the rest of the destinations, hence it is not as southerly. The day began overcast with short spells of drizzle. The only way to get anywhere was with an organised trip or to take the shuttle bus to the end of the causeway, about 3 miles and take a taxi. Our steward had told us the previous evening that on the first trip taxi fares to the town , which was a 50 minute drive had been reasonable but on the return trip they had been practicaly held to ransom demanding $100 . We decided to remain on board, there had been lots of things we hadn't seen or done so took this opertunity. Besides the day remained overcast and it struggled to get above 16C in the short spells of sunshine.
We would have liked to see the 17 mile long King Fahad Causeway that links the island of Bahrain to Saudi Arabia, unfortunately the ships course didn't take us that way. We were held up again for about 45 minutes due to a couples late return. The captain said it would not affect our expected arrival in Dubai.
Sunday 7th February.
11 a.m This morning we were manouvering into the port of Dubai. A Costa's cruise liner was making way for our arrival. The fog horns started to sound one mimicking the other, neither was going to allow the last blast . Yours always sounds louder than theirs and I'm sure it was. Well we eventually got them to Fog off as they departed the mouth of the port and quickly made for the horizon.
By 13.30 the captain said we were secured to the Quayside and could leave the ship, stating there were free shuttle buses to the Mall but they were few and that the taxis were cheap.We already knew that the meters started at 20 Dirhams so shared a ride with a couple we had met on ship, it worked out at Â£2 a head. We spent all day in the mall, which is overlooked by the half mile high Burj Dubai. If you book on line you can get in here for around Â£18 a head, if you go on the day we were told it rises to Â£70. The mall has an Aquarium in it on 2 levels, you can pay for the levels seperately. They are equally as good and are well worth the Â£9 for both. We were in for around 2 hours. The mall also features a full size skating rink. Maps of the levels and outlets easily navigated by the multi lingual touch screens, which are liberally placed on all floors. The mall offered the best exchange rate , even better thanthat in the UK about 5.68 Dirhams to the pound. We left about four and a half hours later to watch the dancing fountains that perform to different musical arrangements and had only managed to peruse 2 of the 4 floors. You could drop the lanes shopping centre in the open areas within the mall. The fountains are a must, they start between 6.30 and 7:00 and perform every 20 minutes to different musical scores until around 11.00. On this evening they unfortunately had to be abandoned after the second score, due to the high winds which were soaking the onlooking crowds. We jumped in a taxi and headed back to ship missing our final evening meal in the restaurant and only just making it to the Windjammer. They were pulling away the trays of food as we were trying to fill our plates. We had paid up front in dollars the previous evening, sorting out a few discrepencies and only had to sort out the few drinks we had before leaving at a planned 12:00 PM. On arrriving at the desk it was still packed with like minded guests, so I sort of queue jumped. On leaving I was stopped by security due to the fact they hadn't cleared my account and even though I produced the final reciept timed only a few minutes earlier they wouldn't let us leave. After a 5 minute hold up, we were finally on our way in one of the many awaiting taxis and a short trip to the airport. The ship were charging $35 a head for this by bus and it only cost $10 by taxi.
- Travel date: Fri 12th of March 2010
lovely cruise , but
"Went on this cruise for my 60th birthday and chose royal Caribbean as we had cruised with them before and Dubai sounded like a special place to be. On arrival taken to reception point as too early to board ship. Lovely venue and breakfast. Given wrong sea passes, so upgraded to spacious stateroom with bath, such luxury. slightly disappointed no choccies on pillow, seemed to be fewer staff, some were struggling to keep up with service.Staff all very heplful rooms lovely and clean. Enjoyed dinner in Portofino's on my special day couldn't have had a better view of the Dubai skyline, staff wonderful. All in all a good experience but not as good as it used to be. "
- Travel date: Wed 10th of February 2010