On Board Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas

We’re back aboard the Brilliance of the Seas! This time with photos of our ocean view stateroom and around the ship.


This was the lowest deck we’ve ever been on for a cruise, the most forward (as in near the front of the ship), and also our first oceanview room. We can also say it’s our favorite of cruise staterooms because it was just so damn cozy in there. We honestly have never napped so much on a vacation ever.

I think it was a pretty great location for us. We were a quick walk up the stairs to get to the theater, the promenade, Centrum and the main dining room. On our first night I did hear a little bit of noise from the promenade (an open-air area with deck chairs where you can look out to the sea) but after that it was quiet. No noise from the theater either.

Every night you receive your daily planner on the Cruise Compass to see what activities you want to do the next day. Some of the activities we participated in was Star Wars Trivia, Movie Theme Song Trivia, we watched the movie Book Club in the Cinema, listened to a singer in one of the lounges, watched a few of the shows and a band called Savannah Jack in the main theater, and mostly wandered around the ship. And ate, of course. We ended up not going in the pool at all. We did not buy a drink package so that was not on our list of things to do either. We probably took a 2-hour nap daily as well. This was a very chill vacation like I mentioned.

There is art featured around the ship and I especially liked the Titanic area on this stairwell.

The Centrum is the main hub of the ship where they held events such as live music and on one night, a ’70s themed dance party.

This is a shot of the theater where we watched a concert from the band Savannah Jack, and a show from the Royal Caribbean singers and dancers. This is also the space where we met to get tickets for our shore excursions when we arrived in the Cayman Islands and Cozumel.

We didn’t use it, but if you want to relax and read a novel you can check one out from the ship’s library, the “Book Nook.”

A lot of events take place in the Colony Club on deck 6. On this deck you’ll also find the Schooner Bar (where we did trivia) and the specialty restaurants (we had lunch at Chopps Grille).

While we were waiting for an ’80s music dance party to start¬†inside the Colony Club we made up our own version of Backgammon since neither of us knew how to play. It was pretty fun. We ended up leaving the ’80s dance party soon after it started. But I’ll always remember our crazy backgammon game more than the dance party anyway.

These pool tables are supposed to be “self-leveling” when the seas get choppy.

From pool tables to the pool deck now.

We didn’t use the rock climbing wall on this cruise, but I did climb the rock wall (well, halfway) on the Freedom of the Seas a few years ago.

The basketball court was popular with the teens.

And this area for the younger kiddos.

There is also a small arcade. (And I managed to get a few pics without anybody in there.)

This is photo from inside the elevator reminding you of what day it is. I think it’s pretty funny. I was on the elevator with a few other fellow cruise goers the next day on Monday and I said out loud, “Today’s Monday?? Why can’t all Mondays be like this?” They agreed.

And at the end of your cruise you put your suitcases in the hallway to be reunited with them when you reach your home port the next morning. (Don’t forget to keep what essentials you need before then.) Your stateroom attendant gives you tags to put on them. We were number 28, which was almost the last group to be called to disembark. We sat around in the main dining room for a while, waiting to be called. There are ways to get around that though, such as waiting in the Crown & Anchor Society Lounge (if you qualify).¬†

The next posts in our Brilliance of the Seas series will be about our shore excursions to the Cayman Islands and Cozumel. And then we’ll talk food!

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February 12, 2019

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