After 21 months without guests, Royal Caribbean International’s ship Brilliance of the Seas has returned to cruising.
The vessel sets sail today from Port Tampa Bay on a four-night cruise, which is part of a new schedule of four and five-night western Caribbean and Bahamas cruises.
Today’s voyage will visit Costa Maya and have two sea days. Cruises include a combination of that port, along with others like Cozumel, Nassau, and Royal Caribbean’s private island Perfect Day at CocoCay.
Brilliance of the Seas is scheduled to remain in Tampa through March, before heading across the Atlantic to begin a summer season of seven-night cruises to the Greek Islands, Croatia, and Montenegro from Ravenna, Italy.
In November, the ship will return to Tampa to resume its four and five-night schedule.
Brilliance of the Seas was built in 2002, and was most recently refurbished in 2018. Onboard features include a rock climbing wall, a solarium, three swimming pools, and a mini golf course.
In total, Royal Caribbean now has 19 of its 25 ship fleet back in passenger service. The restart kicked off with Quantum of the Seas back in December 2020, when it began a schedule of cruises to nowhere from Singapore. The line resumed sailings from the United States when Freedom of the Seas set sail from Miami on July 2, 2021.
With Brilliance of the Seas’ return to service, Royal Caribbean has restarted two ships this month. Grandeur of the Seas launched a Caribbean schedule from Barbados on December 5. Before the year is over, another ship in the fleet is set to return, as Enchantment of the Seas sets sail from Baltimore on December 23.