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  • Brilliance-of-the-Seas-Schooner-Bar - The nautically themed Schooner Bar is a favorite watering hole on Brilliance of the Seas.
  • Brilliance-of-the-Seas-Solarium-2 - Brilliance of the Seas has three pools, including the adults-only Solarium.
  • Brilliance-of-the-Seas-whirlpools - Brilliance of the Seas has three pools, three whirlpools and endless fun.
  • Royal-Caribbean-Adventure-Ocean - Royal Caribbean's fleetwide Adventure Ocean Youth Program and its trained staff offer age-appropriate entertainment and activities for cruisers ages 3 to 17.
  • Brilliance-of-the-Seas-Solarium - The tranquil Solarium, an adults-only area on Brilliance of the Seas, includes a pool, two whirlpools and its own café and bar.
  • Royal-Caribbean-woman-poolside - Relax at poolside and let your cares slip away during your Royal Caribbean sailing.
  • Royal-Caribbean-Chops-Grille-strawberry-dessert - A chocolate-covered strawberry dessert at Chops Grille aboard your Royal Caribbean sailing.
  • Royal-Caribbean-Chops-Grille-chocolate-dessert - Top off your meal with a decadent chocolate dessert at Chops Grille on your Royal Caribbean cruise.
  • Royal-Caribbean-Chops-Grille-Herb-Crusted-Jumbo-Shrimp - A herb-crusted jumbo shrimp entrée at Chops Grille aboard your Royal Caribbean cruise.
  • Royal-Caribbean-dining-chilled-soup - Colorful, cool chilled soup provides a refreshing lift-me-up during a Royal Caribbean cruise.
  • Royal-Caribbean-dining-sea-scallops-chorizo - Pan Seared Sea Scallops and Chorizo, available from the kitchen of your Royal Caribbean ship.
  • Royal-Caribbean-dining-lemon-meringue-pie - Sky High Lemon Meringue Pie, available from the kitchen of your Royal Caribbean ship.
  • Royal-Caribbean-dining-potato-leek-spinach - Potato Leek and Spinach Tower, available from the kitchen of your Royal Caribbean ship.
  • Royal-Caribbean-dining-fish-tomato-chowder - Fish and Tomato Chowder, a popular soup on Royal Caribbean voyages.
  • Royal-Caribbean-dining-caramel-apple-pie - Caramel apple pie à la mode, a worthy dessert to top off your day on a Royal Caribbean sailing.
  • Royal-Caribbean-Giovannis-Table-Capesante-al-Forno - Capesante al Forno (Baked Scallops in the Shell), prepared for guests on a Royal Caribbean cruise.
  • Royal-Caribbean-Main-Dining-Apple-Parcels - In Royal Caribbean cruises, a favorite desert is apple parcels, made with puff pasty, apples, cinnamon, sugar and almond paste, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side.
  • Royal-Caribbean-wait-staff - The staff in the dining rooms on Royal Caribbean cruises are charged with making sure that all dishes meet exacting standards.
  • Royal-Caribbean-Main-Dining-Room-food - Begin your meals with the vibrant flavors of land and sea during your Royal Caribbean cruise.
  • Royal-Caribbean-dining-entree - Royal Caribbean menu options include free-range chicken as well as gluten-free and vegan/vegetarian dishes.
  • Royal-Caribbean-dining-entree-2 - Royal Caribbean chefs will  prepare your meals to your specifications.
  • Royal-Caribbean-main-dining-room - Dining options on Royal Caribbean cruises range from formal seating in the main dining room to more casual fare.
  • Royal-Caribbean-main-dining-room-2 - Royal Caribbean menus include dishes specially prepared to please the discerning palate of children.
  • Brilliance-of-the-Seas-Seaview-Cafe - The popular Seaview Café, on deck 12 of Brilliance of the Seas, serves burgers and deli sandwiches from noon to 3 pm and 9 pm to 2 am.
  • Brilliance-of-the-Seas-Chops-Grille - Early reservations are highly recommended for Chops Grille, an elegant steakhouse on deck 6 of Brilliance of the Seas.
  • Brilliance-of-the-Seas-Dining-Room - The two-tier Minstrel Dining Room, the main restaurant on Brilliance of the Seas, offers complimentary multi-course dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Brilliance-of-the-Seas-Royal-Suite - Brilliance of the Seas' Royal Suites include a separate bedroom with king-size bed, private balcony, whirlpool bathtub, living room with queen-size sofa bed and other luxury amenities.
  • Brilliance-of-the-Seas-exterior-3 - Brilliance of the Seas' most popular destinations include Ireland, Nova Scotia and Norway.
  • Brilliance-of-the-Seas-passing-glacier - Brilliance of the Seas' cruise itineraries include New England, Northern Europe and parts of Russia.
  • Brilliance-of-the-Seas-Solarium - The tranquil Solarium, an adults-only area on Brilliance of the Seas, includes a pool, two whirlpools and its own café and bar.
  • Brilliance-of-the-Seas-Theater - The three-deck Pacifica Theater, Brilliance of the Seas' main entertainment venue, has Broadway-style productions, comedy acts and game shows.
  • Uniworld-River-Victoria-Catherine-Palace - Guests of the River Victoria will discover the grand Catherine Palace on a shore excursion of St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • Brilliance-of-the-Seas-exterior - Brilliance of the Seas sails in and around the Caribbean, New England, Northern Europe and parts of Russia.
  • Brilliance-of-the-Seas-Dining-Room - The two-tier Minstrel Dining Room, the main restaurant on Brilliance of the Seas, offers complimentary multi-course dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Brilliance-of-the-Seas-exterior-2 - Brilliance of the Seas' cruise itineraries range from three to 15 nights in and around the Caribbean, New England, Northern Europe and parts of Russia
  • Royal-Caribbean-Chops-Grille-Herb-Crusted-Jumbo-Shrimp - A herb-crusted jumbo shrimp entrée at Chops Grille aboard your Royal Caribbean cruise.
  • Royal-Caribbean-Chops-Grille-strawberry-dessert - A chocolate-covered strawberry dessert at Chops Grille aboard your Royal Caribbean sailing.
  • Gibraltar-Moorish-fort - Moorish fortifications in Gibraltar signal the contested nature of the region over the centuries.
  • Gibraltar-cable-car - Visitors to Gibraltar can take the cable car to the Top of the Rock.
  • Gibraltar-drum-corps - British pageantry on display as the Corps of Drums of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment passes by the Convent.
  • Gibraltar-Strait - The Strait of Gibraltar, separating Africa and Europe, brings visitors from across the globe.
  • Gibraltar-Casemate-Square - Stroll through Gibraltar and stop for refreshments at Casemates Square.
  • fun-along-beach - Fun along the beach during a shore excursion in the tropics on a Royal Caribbean cruise.
  • Peterhof-Palace-and-Grand-Cascade-St-Petersburg - Grand Peterhof Palace and the Grand Cascade in St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • Gibraltar-Barbary-Macaques - The famed Barbary Macaques make themselves seen on the Rock of Gibraltar.
  • Gibraltar-airport - The Gibraltar Airport stands in the shadow of the Rock.
  • Gibraltar-St-Michael-Caves - St. Michael's Cave is the most visited of the more than 150 caves in Gibraltar.

Brilliance of the Seas: Recharge with a view

Have you sailed on Brilliance of the Seas? We'd love to hear your take and see your photos. The following information was curated by Cruiseable.

Snapshot 

Part of Royal Caribbean's Radiance class of ships, Brilliance of the Seas features acres of glass that enclose the nine-story central atrium, elevators facing the sea and floor-to-ceiling windows throughout — all of which flaunt ocean views. Adult cruise passengers can bask at the tranquil Solarium pool, an adults-only retreat, or recharge at Vitality Spa. The variety of recreational activities on board include a rock-climbing wall and mini-golf course. When the sun goes down, the night heats up with Broadway-style shows, Casino Royale, plus 16 bars and lounges that never feature a cover. 

Who will like sailing on Brilliance of the Seas

For those looking for non-stop entertainment, Brilliance of the Seas provides a wide array of activities on board to satisfy every mood. She has something for everyone in your group to enjoy their vacation, as well as several dining establishments that make ideal gathering spots.

Where Brilliance of the Seas sails

Destinations: Brilliance of the Seas sails in and around the Caribbean, New England, Northern Europe and parts of Russia, and cruise itineraries range from three to 15 nights. Top destinations that the ship visits include Ireland, Nova Scotia and Norway.

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The tranquil Solarium, an adults-only area on Brilliance of the Seas, includes a pool, two whirlpools and its own café and bar.
Courtesy of Royal Caribbean InternationalThe tranquil Solarium, an adults-only area on Brilliance of the Seas, includes a pool, two whirlpools and its own café and bar.

Top dining options

  • Main Dining Room: features complimentary, multicourse dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • More complimentary options including Windjammer Cafe, Seaview Cafe and Park Cafe
  • Giovanni's Table: an Italian restaurant that serves up portions family-style
  • Chops Grille: a steakhouse that requires one low cover charge
  • Cafe Latte-tudes: a specialty coffee house
  • Chef’s Table:an intimate dining experience with a Royal Caribbean chef
  • Rita’s Cantina: a trendy Mexican restaurant
  • Izumi: Japanese cuisine, featuring a la carte sushi selections
  • Room service: Late-night service charge applies to room service orders between midnight and 5 am
The two-tier Minstrel Dining Room, the main restaurant on Brilliance of the Seas, offers complimentary multi-course dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
1996-2004 AccuSoft Co., All rights reserved / Courtesy of Royal Caribbean InternationalThe two-tier Minstrel Dining Room, the main restaurant on Brilliance of the Seas, offers complimentary multi-course dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Entertainment & shopping

  • Complimentary Broadway-style entertainment in the three-story Main Theater
  • 6,459-square-foot, Vegas-style Casino Royale with 195 slots and 12 tables
  • 16 bars, clubs and lounges that never have a cover, including The Colony Club featuring self-leveling pool tables, Scoreboard Sports Bar and the Schooner Bar
  • Duty-free shops on board, featuring name brand jewelry, perfumes, apparel and more
  • Chic and sophisticated Centrum experience with enriching daytime activities, nightly entertainment and aerial spectacles
  • R Bar, featuring a sophisticated 1960s vibe, complete with iconic furnishing and signature cocktails created by a savvy a mixologist
  • English-style pub
  • Vintages, Royal Caribbean's first-ever wine bar at sea

Rest & relaxation

  • Vitality Spa with an extensive treatment menu and a thermal suite
  • Three pools including the Solarium, an adults-only retreat
  • Three whirlpools
  • State-of-the-art fitness center, with classes including yoga and Pilates
  • Library and Card Club
  • Poolside, outdoor movie screen
The three-deck Pacifica Theater, Brilliance of the Seas' main entertainment venue, has Broadway-style productions, comedy acts and game shows.
Courtesy of Royal Caribbean InternationalThe three-deck Pacifica Theater, Brilliance of the Seas' main entertainment venue, has Broadway-style productions, comedy acts and game shows.

Action & adventure

  • Rock-climbing wall
  • Mini-golf course
  • Basketball court
  • Jogging track
  • Video game arcade

Staterooms

Staterooms are put into different categories based on size and amenities as well as the location on the cruise ship. All staterooms have closed-circuit TV, a radio, mini bar, hairdryer, vanity area and a bathroom with a shower. All lower beds are convertible to a queen. Suites have a large sitting area, private balcony, full bath with a tub and concierge service.

Kids & families

  • Complimentary Adventure Ocean Youth Program
  • Royal Babies & Royal Tots programming featuring specially designed Fisher Price activities
  • Adventure Beach kids' pool with waterslide
  • Teen lounge areas and disco
  • Family-friendly activities including games, contests, enrichment classes and lectures
  • Royal Babies & Tots Nursery

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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Live entertainment
  • Where: Pacifica Theater

  • What: Shore excursion
  • Where: Caribbean

  • What: The Solarium
  • Where: Brilliance of the Seas
  • Recreational activities such as a rock-climbing wall and a mini-golf course
  • Adults-only Solarium pool
  • Vegas-style gaming in the Casino Royale
  • Complimentary Broadway-style entertainment

Top dining options on board

Giovanni's Table

  • Style: Italian
  • Additional cost
  • Open: Breakfast & lunch

Minstrel Main Dining Room

  • Style: Continental
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Seaview Cafe

  • Style: Hamburgers
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Lunch & dinner

Fast facts

2,112 Passengers [?]
848 Crew
12 Decks
2015 Maiden voyage
90,090 Tonnage [?]
962 Length in feet
131 Width in feet (max beam)
2015 REFURBISHED

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