Brilliance of the Seas Review
The second of four Radiance-class ships, Brilliance of the Seas debuted in 2002. Upgrades in 2013 brought new staterooms, an outdoor movie screen poolside, a pub, the casual Park Café, Asian, Italian, and steak-house specialty restaurants, a Mexican restaurant, lounges
for elite past passengers, a new nursery, and digital signage.
Considered by many people to be the most beautiful vessels in the Royal Caribbean fleet, Radiance-class ships are large but sleek and swift, with sun-filled interiors and panoramic elevators that span 10 decks along the ships' exteriors.
Big, bigger, biggest! In the early 1990s, Royal Caribbean launched Sovereign-class ships, the first of the modern megacruise liners, which continue to be the all-around favorite of passengers who enjoy traditional cruising ambience with a touch of daring and whimsy. Plunging into the 21st century, each ship in the current fleet carries more passengers than the entire Royal Caribbean fleet of the 1970s, and has amenities—such as new surfing pools—that were unheard of in the past.
All Royal Caribbean ships are topped by the company's signature Viking Crown Lounge, a place to watch the seascape by day and dance at night. Expansive multideck atriums and promenades, as well as the generous use of brass and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, give each vessel a sense of spaciousness and style. The action is nonstop in casinos and dance clubs after dark, while daytime hours are filled with poolside games and traditional cruise activities. Port talks tend to lean heavily on shopping recommendations and the sale of shore excursions.
What You Should Know
- Aft on deck 6, four distinct lounges and a billiard room form a clubby adult entertainment center
- Spacious family ocean-view cabins sleep up to six people
- Ships offer a wide range of family-friendly activities and games
- Upgraded features of the fleet are not consistent throughout this ship class, so check before booking
- Dining options that charge have replaced some that were previously complimentary
- Libraries are tiny and poorly stocked for ships this size
- Crew Members 857
- Entered Service 2002
- Gross Tons 90,090
- Length 962 feet
- Number of Cabins 1,056
- Passenger Capacity 2,112 (2,501 max)
- Width 106 feet