The Royal Caribbean fleet welcomed Brilliance of the Seas in July 2002. Floor-to-ceiling windows, glass-walled sea-facing lifts and the domed ceiling in the nine-deck high Centrum flood this Radiance Class ship with light. From the Tropical Theatre on Deck 4 up to the Viking Crown Lounge on Deck 13, you'll discover vibrant bars, peaceful lounges, lively activities, tasty restaurants and an eclectic choice of entertainment venues to satisfy your every mood.
Deck 11 is the hub of the ship on days at sea. You'll find everything you need at your fingertips - relax in the sunshine, take a dip in the pool or sip the Cocktail of the Day at the Pool Bar. Escape to the tranquil adult-only Solarium and unwind in the whirlpool, or indulge in a hot stone massage in the Vitality Spa. Activity-wise, uncover fun for tots to teens at the Adventure Ocean Centre and rock- climbing wall, whilst the golf simulator and fitness centre are perfect for adults. Brilliance of the Seas also drops anchor at fascinating ports of calls for sightseeing and on-shore adventures.
Discover a wide choice of on-board dining options. The cascading waterfall in Reflections Dining Room sets the scene for waiter-served five-course dinners with a daily-changing menu. The casual Windjammer Cafe features individual serving stations for tasty buffet-style breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Dine al fresco on light meals as you take in the ocean vistas from the Seaview Cafe, or grab a bite to eat from the menu at the deli-style Park Cafe.
Whet your appetite with a world of tastes in the speciality restaurants. The flavours of Mexico set your taste buds alive in Rita's Cantina, or savour luxury food and wine pairings at the intimate Chef's Table. Tuck into dry-aged steaks and seafood in Chops Grille Steakhouse, or enjoy the rustic flavours of Tuscany in the trattoria-style Giovani's Table. Handmade sushi and sashimi are also made to order in Izumi.
The bars and lounges aboard Brilliance of the Seas offer something for all tastes. People-watch in style with a frothy cappuccino in Latte'tudes, or enjoy a beer at the English-themed Crown & Castle Pub. Enjoy a glass of Chianti in Vintages, or chat with friends over a drink in the nautically-themed Schooner Bar.
After dark, Brilliance of the Seas really comes to life with a vibrant night-time scene. Broadway-style shows and variety acts entertain you on stage at the Tropical Theatre. The Viking Crown Lounge is an observation lounge by day; transforming into a lively dance club with a revolving bar and the Vortex Nightclub by night. The Safari Club venue combines The Congo Bar and the Zanzibar Lounge in one bustling setting. Watch first-run movies and live sporting events on the outdoor movie screen, or dice with Lady Luck at the blackjack tables and slot machines in Casino Royale.
Day 1: UK to Barcelona, Spain
Fly from your chosen UK airport to Barcelona and take a coach transfer to the port to board Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas for your journey onwards to Nice.
Day 2: Villefranche (Nice), France
Villefranche on France's Cote d'Azur is today's port of call. Located on a picturesque bay, with Cap de Nice to the right and Cap Ferrat to the left, this port town is the perfect place to spend the day. Meander around the harbour and sea front Quai Courbet, before stopping for morning coffee at Place Amelie Polonnais. Discover the pastel-coloured buildings of the Old Town and view the trompe l'oeil paintings on the facades of house on the main Rue de Poilu. The baroque Church of Saint-Michel, Chapelle St-Pierre, and La Citadelle are well worth a visit too. Villefranche is also gateway to the nearby popular resort of Nice, the inland medieval village of Eze, and Villa Ephrussi de Rothchild on Cap Ferrat.
Day 3: Portofino, Italy
Portofino is found on Italy's north-west coast between Genoa and La Spezia. This beautiful fishing village is renowned for its pretty harbour, colourful buildings and connection with the rich and famous! Once ruled by the French, English, Spanish, and Austrians; Portofino has a diverse and interesting heritage. See the Christ of the Abyss statue and 12th-century Church of St. Martin, before climbing the 'Salita San Giorgio' flight of steps leading from the harbour to Castello Brown — a castle transformed into a mansion featuring a neo-Gothic interior! Kayak and snorkel along the coast or take a sightseeing tour to Genoa and enjoy designer shopping.
Day 4: Livorno (Florence and Pisa), Italy
The Italian port of Livorno gives you access to both Florence and Pisa. Florence is the capital of the Tuscany region and the centre of Italian Renaissance. Explore Italy's greatest artistic treasures; Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza Duomo with its world famous dome. No visit would be complete without stopping by the Uffizi Gallery and admiring the panoramic views of Florence from the 19th-century Pizzale Michelangelo. Pisa is most famous for its iconic leaning tower and is a must on any to-see list. Take a tour around the five-aisled Romanesque Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and the nearby Baptistery. Pay a visit to Campo Santo (Sacred Field), Museo Nazionale, and Palazzo dei Cavalieri.
Day 5: Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
The capital of Italy, Rome, is a sprawling city cosmopolitan city brimming with globally-influential art, architecture, and culture. The three-tiered Roman Colosseum amphitheatre offers fascinating tours of ancient history. The late Renaissance St Peter's Basilica was crafted by Michelangelo and other architects and is a must-see. The crystal blue waters and sculptures of Trevi Fountain will leave you mesmerised. The Roman Forum is the excavated heart of the Roman Empire and provides an insight of age-old times. Vatican Museums are home to Renaissance art treasures and feature the Sistine Chapel frescoes. Take a walk down the famous Spanish Steps. Pay a visit to the bustling Piazza Navona with its Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, Fontana del Moro, and Fontana del Nettuno fountains, exquisite bars, and talented street artists.
Day 6: Salerno (Amalfi Coast), Italy
Amalfi is a small, picturesque town on the Amalfi Coast on Italy’s South West shoreline. Visit the stunning Duomo di Sant'Andrea Apostolo, a 9th-century church with breathtaking Roman and Gothic architecture. Stop by the burial site of the elite families of Amalfi who are commemorated in the mosaic work and striking bronze doors of the bell tower. Explore Museo Arsenale Amalfi, a medieval shipyard-turned-exhibition space, or take a ten-minute boat trip to the magical Emerald Grotto. Discover the natural beauty of the Valle delle Ferier and enjoy a breathtaking hike to the dazzling waterfall of Amalfi.
Day 8: Barcelona, Spain to UK
Your cruise comes to an end in Barcelona where you disembark. Take a coach transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.