Cruise #20 would become #20 AND #21. Yep, another back-to-back. Cruise #20 would be a 15-night transatlantic, starting in Tampa, Florida and ending in Amsterdam making visits to the Azores, Ireland and Belgium before ending in Amsterdam. We would be staying onboard for a Baltic Sea cruise before flying back to Tampa – a total of 27 nights cruising!

I will detail each port call but first let’s take a look around the Brilliance of the Seas. The Brilliance of the Seas was built in 2002 and is among Royal Caribbean’s 26 ships in its fleet. The Brilliance is included in the cruise line’s Radiance Class. The passenger capacity for the Brilliance of the Seas is 2,145 guests. Staff on the Brilliance of the Seas include 848 crew members. That’s a guest to staff ratio of 4.0:1.

The Brilliance of the Seas has a total of 12 passenger decks. The lowest level available to guests is Deck 2. The highest passenger deck is Deck 13.

What does the Brilliance of the Seas offer in terms of “things to do?” The ship features 8 restaurants, 13 bars, 27 activities, and 6 other features for your enjoyment.

In 2018, the Brilliance of the Seas received the Oasis Class Upgrades. at a cost of roughly $30 million. Additions include Giovanni’s Table Trattoria, Chef’s Table, Izumi sushi restaurant, Park Café, Rita’s Cantina Mexican restaurant, and an English pub. The Centrum was entirely transformed. The five-story venue features the R Bar and a new high-flying aerial act. Diamond Club and Crown and Anchor Society venues have been completely updated. Flatscreen TV’s were added to all cabins. An LED movie screen was added to the pool deck.

Below you can get a feel for the ship and the next blog post will continue with more looks at Brilliance OTS.

Brilliance of the Seas
View from Helo Deck
Helo Deck
Balcony Cabin 7640, our home for 27 nights.
Royal Caribbeans famous Kummelweck sandwich, this one in the Solarium!
Desert in Chops!
These gentlemen took great care of us in the MDR.
English Pub bartended. One of the best!
Centrum view
Centrum looking down from above!
Watching the elevators go up!
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