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Brilliance of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International

Brilliance of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International

Lift anchor on a journey of a lifetime onboard the Brilliance of the Seas, from Royal Caribbean International.

This Royal Caribbean ship showcases style on a grand scale. A crystal cruise ship that sails anywhere from the bracing Baltic Sea to the warm waters of the Caribbean, more than half of the external structure of the vessel is glass. The heart of the ship is a stunning nine-deck atrium with glass lifts. Built in 2002, this ship was built to carry up to 3360 passengers and 859 crew. Children’s facilities are judged to be very good, with plenty to keep youngsters on board entertained.

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Destinations and itineraries

Until August, the Brilliance of the Seas sails around Northern Europe on the Scandinavia and Russia cruise. During the 13 days and 12 nights on board all the important sites in this historic region are explored, starting with a departure from the UK port of Harwich. After a day at sea the ship arrives at Copenhagen, giving passengers the time to explore this friendly and beautiful Danish capital. After another day at sea the ship arrives at Stockholm, another Scandinavian treasure, before heading further north to the Finnish capital Helsinki. 

The next day passengers arrive at the World Heritage site of St Petersburg, where guided tours give a chance to see stately palaces and the world famous Hermitage Museum. The ship stays in Russia’s second city overnight before heading on to Tallinn, Estonia’s capital that’s crammed with medieval architecture. A day at sea follows with the final stop being the Swedish city of Gothenburg, before the return to Harwich after another day at sea. 

For those with an appetite for colder climes at the end of July, the Fjords and Iceland cruise takes in the dramatic Norwegian landscape, the remote Faroe Islands and the Icelandic capital Reykjavik. The Brilliance of the Seas then crosses the pond on a transatlantic cruise before sailing the US and Canadian coastline between September and the end of October, taking in the spectacular show nature puts on each autumn. Boston, Maine and Nova Scotia are all ports of call. 

The ship then heads south to seek the sun of the Caribbean on cruises exploring the southern or western islands of this sea whose name has become synonymous with relaxation and luxury. The Cayman Islands, Curacao, Barbados and St Lucia are just some of the exotic ports of call made by the ship throughout the winter, before it crosses the Atlantic once more on a 14 night cruise between Tampa and the UK, before resuming its cruises around the Baltic.

Cruise ship and facilities

In each of the 1094 cabins you’ll find a vanity desk and safe, and all bathrooms have tiled floor and storage space for toiletries. Cabins are a good size with twin beds converting to form a queen size double, and more than half of the cabins on board have balconies. Elsewhere on the ship the public areas are brightly decorated. 

There are two pools on deck and one inside, three jacuzzis and plenty of outside deck space to soak up the Caribbean sun. There is a wealth of activities on this ship including a two-deck gym, miniature golf and a putting green, rock climbing and a pool table. 

There are two main dining rooms on board and no less than four alternative dining options. The grand dining room ‘Cascades’ is on two levels with a sweeping staircase which allows each guest to make a proper entrance for dinner - service is always friendly. Alternatives include a buffet in the Windjammer café, Italian food at the Portofino restaurant, the Chops Grill or the Seaview Café. The dress code varies from smart casual to black tie on formal evenings. 

Evening entertainment is provided in the three-tier Pacifica Theatre and a second lounge offers more cabaret style entertainment. Other on board attractions include a champagne bar and a business centre with internet access. 

This elegant ships heads to some of the most exclusive and sought after destinations in the world and takes passengers there in style. Days and nights at sea offer plenty of distractions to keep passengers entertained - from quaffing champagne to rock climbing. There really is something for everyone on board the Brilliance of the Seas.

Let spectacular views and thrilling activities inspire your imagination, onboard the Royal Caribbean International’s Brilliance of the Seas.

On Board

On Board

Cruise holidays are all about new experiences and there are plenty of things to try your hand at onboard the Brilliance of the Seas. Face the challenge of the signature rock-climbing wall, take a dance class, enroll in a cookery course; the range of activities is almost a vast as the Brilliance of the Seas herself. And it’s not all about the action. If the most challenging thing you plan on doing on your cruise holiday is work on your tan there’s several pools, including an adult’s only and kids pool, plenty of whirlpools and an adults only Solarium, complete with retractable glass roof. Come night and the Brilliance of the Seas glitters with an enticing programme of cabaret and musical shows, nerve wracking thrills at the casino, and plenty of bars and clubs that open until the early hours.



Accommodation onboard the Brilliance of the Seas is flexible, with a range of ten rooms and suites to choose from. At its most basic, accommodation includes a small sitting area, TV, minibar, telephone and shower ensuite. The best stateroom onboard accolade goes without doubt to the Royal Suite. With an elegant private bar, terrace and baby grand piano, this is the place to stay for those luxury cruise holidays that only happen once in a lifetime.



Whether you go upscale in the Minstrel Dining Room or hit the Windjammer buffet suite, the Brilliance of the Seas offers the complete spectrum of cruise holiday dining. You can expect to find round the clock culinary treats and thanks to Royal International Caribbean’s personal choice dining you don’t have to be limited to the fixed time and seat dining which operates on most other ships. Haute cuisine, food courts, cafés, coffee shops, tearooms and al fresco grills line the central atrium, and it’s a given fact you’ll come home from your cruise holiday with an extra pound or two to show for it.

Deck Plans & Facts

Deck Plans

You will find all the information you need to know about what is on each deck, find your accommodation, which deck the pool is located on.

Cheap Cruise Holidays

With great offers on a range of cruises, booking with Cruise Thomas Cook is a must. If you’re keen to set sail check out our 2014 Cruises and Last Minute Cruises – or if you’re planning ahead browse our 2015 Cruises. For those setting sail from the UK there’s a number of cruises from Southampton to choose from.

Best Cruise Ships

Discover the fun-filled Independence of the Seas, check out the luxurious Oasis of the Seas or go casual when cruising with the Grandeur of the Seas. Part of the P&O Cruise family, the Ventura, Oriana and Azura offer elegant transportation to the world’s best destinations.

More Cruise Ship Choice

For awe-inspiring glass interiors check out the Brilliance of the Seas, or for ice-rinks and fitness centres join the Navigator of the Seas. If you’re after innovation, the Norwegian Epic boasts many unique and wonderful features. The Celebrity Solstice is dubbed a floating paradise and the chic Celebrity Eclipse is effortlessly stylish.

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