Brilliance of the Seas



Year built: 2002

Speed: 25 kn

Passengers: 2,501

Crew: 859

90k tons

13 decks


The Brilliance of the Seas sails 12 night Greek and Venice Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona during the summer. During the winter and early spring, the Brilliance sails 5 and 4 night cruises from Tampa to the Western Caribbean.


On August 22, 2007, while docked in Civitavecchia, at 1:45 PM, a freak storm with heavy winds hit the ship, casing it to list to portside. Soon the aftter, the mooring lines snapped, and the vessel swung out to the middle of the Civitavecchia harbor. During this bad, both gangways fell in the water.

On October 22, 2012, during a Canada New England cruise, the ship delayed its departure due to an unknown mechanical problem. Later, upon leaving the port of Sydney, the captain announced that the vessel’s anchor was lost and had to be recovered.

On March 18, 2016, the Royal Caribbean ship Brilliance was en-route from Tampa to Mexico, on a 4 day Western Caribbean cruise to Cozumel. The ship was off of the cost of Florida, when the crew spotted a homemade raft boat with Cuban refugees trying to get to the USA. The boat was drifting, without any safety or navigation equipment, and at sea for 22 days. Unfortunately, of all the 27 imimigrants on the boat, 9 were already dead. The other 18 were suffering from severe dehydration, but were successfully rescued by the cruise ship.

On July 5, 2005, a male passenger in his 20’s was reported missing when the ship docked in Kusadasi,Turkey. The newly married man was on a honeymoon Mediterranean cruise, and it was that he fell overboard.

On December 14, 2010, a violent storm battered the ship en-rote to Alexandria, Egypt, while on a 12 night Mediterranean cruise. There were reported hurricane winds up to 8 MPH and 30 ft waves causing the ship to tilt heavily several times in the middle of the night. There were numerous complaints about furniture and beds being tossed around, objects falling, and broken glass. Thirty passengers in all suffered minor injuries and two suffered from fractures. The ship suffered interior damages, including broken TVs, furniture, and some broken windows.

On December 14, 2010, the same night as the violent hurricane, a 56-year-old female passenger died. The woman died after being thrown around her cabin due to the ship’s rocky movements. The elderly woman was seriously injured in the head, and 3 days later went into coma. In January of 2011, her husband authorized doctors to remove her from life support. On Jan 30, 2011, the family filed a lawsuit against Royal Caribbean.

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