Brilliance is bound for Tampa

Royal Caribbean set to replace Jewel of the Seas at Florida port

By Cherie Rowlands |

Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas is being deployed to replace Jewel of the Seas at the Port of Tampa, from mid-2013. 

The Radiance class, 2,112 passenger capacity vessel will undergo major revitalisation as part of the line’s Royal Advantage programme and is expected to emerge from dry dock as if a new ship. Features that guests rated highest on Royal Caribbean's Oasis class of ships will be incorporated during the upgrade. These include new onboard dining and entertainment options, revitalised staterooms, ship-wide wifi, digital way-finding systems and an outdoor LED video wall.

“We look forward to welcoming Brilliance of the Seas to Tampa and believe the ship’s exciting new features will create a fresh buzz in Tampa’s robust cruise market and with the travel agent community,” said Port of Tampa director and chief executive Richard Wainio.

Brilliance will be offering four-night and five-night Western Caribbean itineraries, including a round trip from Tampa that will be calling at Cozumel, Mexico, on the four-night option and George Town, Cayman Islands and Cozumel on the five-night itinerary. Selected five-night sailings will call at Florida’s Key West, instead of George Town. Passengers will also be able to choose a 13-night Southern Caribbean itinerary, departing from Boston, Massachusetts, to Tampa on 27 October. These sailings open for sale on Thursday 17 May.

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