MS Brilliance of the Seas

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Brilliance of the Seas docked at Valletta, Malta, following the heeling incident at Alexandria
Name: Brilliance of the Seas
  • Halifax Leasing (September) Ltd. (1998-2014)[1]
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (2014-present)[2]
Port of registry: Nassau,  Bahamas[3]
Ordered: 9 April 1998
Builder: Meyer Werft, (Papenburg, Germany)[3]
Cost: US $350 million[3]
Yard number: 656
Laid down: 25 June 1998[1]
Launched: 1 December 2001[1]
Christened: July 13, 2002 by Marilyn Ofer in Harwich, England[4]
Acquired: 5 July 2002[1]
Maiden voyage: 19 July 2002[5]
In service: 2002-present
Status: In service
General characteristics [1]
Class & type: Radiance-class cruise ship
Length: 292 m (958 ft 0 in)
Beam: 39.8 m (130 ft 7 in)[1]
Draft: 8.5 m (27 ft 11 in)[1]
Depth: 11.5 m (37 ft 9 in)
Decks: 12 decks[3]
Installed power: Two General Electric LM2500+ gas turbines (20.5 MW each)[3][6]
Speed: 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph)[3]
Capacity: 2,501 passengers
Crew: 859
Brilliance of the Seas in Trunk Bay, St. John, Virgin Islands National Park, 2008.

MS Brilliance of the Seas is a cruise ship belonging to the Royal Caribbean's Radiance class. Brilliance of the Seas is operated by RCL UK Ltd., a subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.


In 2015, Brilliance of the Seas was scheduled to sail Western Caribbean itineraries out of Tampa, Florida in the Winter, Scandinavian itineraries out of London, England in the Summer, and New England cruises in the Fall out of Boston, Massachusetts. After leaving Boston in October 2015, Brilliance of the Seas will spend the Winter and Spring of 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 sailing short cruises to the western Caribbean out of Tampa, Florida and the Summer and Fall of 2016 sailing Mediterranean cruises out of Barcelona, Spain.


  • Rock-climbing wall
  • Giovanni's Table Italian Restaurant
  • Chops Grille
  • Izumi Asian-fusion restaurant with a la carte sushi selections
  • Latté-tudes, a specialty coffee house
  • Rita's Cantina for margaritas and Mexican snacks
  • Themed bars and lounges
  • Casino Royale
  • Park Cafe inside the Solarium
  • Colony Club, a British colonial-style lounge with self-leveling pool tables
  • Outdoor miniature golf
  • Adventure Ocean youth facilities
  • Day Spa and Fitness Center
  • Sports court with basketball/volleyball court
  • Panamax Ship


Heeling incident[edit]

On December 11, 2010, Brilliance of the Seas left Rhodes, Greece on a 6-port cruise to Alexandria, Egypt, and other stops around the eastern Mediterranean and experienced very high seas and 80mph wind gusts. At around 2:15 AM, it is reported that in a cluster of ships rushing to enter the port of Alexandria, a freighter turned in front of the Brilliance of the Seas, forcing the ship's captain, Erik Tengelsen, to slow below the 9 knots necessary to maintain her stabilizers' function. Brilliance of the Seas started to heel port and starboard violently. Passengers reported that they were thrown out of beds; furniture and unsecured objects tossed and slid about their staterooms. Two grand pianos broke free and were demolished during the incident. Windows and mirrors were smashed, and the spa basins were damaged. A reported 138 passengers needed medical treatment for their injuries, the most serious of which were two guests that sustained broken bones. The heeling incident lasted several minutes, after which the Captain acknowledged that it had been a "horrifying experience." Captain Erik reported to news outlets that he was taken by surprise at the force of the storm when, he said, weather reports leaving Rhodes only forecast winds at 45 knots (52 mph) with gusts of 50–60 knots (58–69 mph). It is for that reason that many passengers felt the Captain and Royal Caribbean were partly responsible for the horrifying heeling incident that passengers were subjected to, since they knew well in advance what the potential for trouble was. The next morning, Royal Caribbean International announced through its crew that a $200 per-stateroom refund would be given. Following a brief, but vocal outrage by passengers, Royal announced that on top of the $200, passengers could also expect a full refund of each passenger's stateroom fare.[7][8] A lawsuit brought by the husband of Barbara Davey, a Scottish woman who fell into a coma three days afterwards and later died, claimed that her death had been caused by head injuries sustained during the incident.[9]

George Allen Smith controversy[edit]

In July 2005, Royal Caribbean was plagued by a controversy that involved the disappearance of one of their passengers, George Allen Smith. Smith disappeared on July 5, when the Brilliance of the Seas was between Greece and Turkey.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Brilliance of the Seas (21563)". DNV Exchange. Det Norske Veritas. Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  2. ^ "Form 8-K for ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISES LTD". Yahoo! Finance. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Ward, Douglas (2005). Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. Singapore: Berlitz. ISBN 978-981-246-510-8. 
  4. ^ "Marilyn Ofer". ZoomInfo. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  5. ^ Brilliance Of The Seas Facts
  6. ^ a b "Brilliance of the Seas Fast Facts sheet" (PDF). Royal Caribbean International. Retrieved 2008-05-27. 
  7. ^ " - Cruise injury count rockets". 2010-12-18. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  8. ^ "Passengers on nightmare cruise get full refund". 
  9. ^ Marion Scott (30 January 2011). "Taxi driver sues Royal Caribbean cruise line over his wife's death". dailyrecord. 

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