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GTS Brilliance of the Seas – Past and Present

GTS Brilliance of the Seas

© Carsten Dettmer

© Carsten Dettmer

Steel twin Azipod ‘Radiance Class’ gas turbine vessel built in 2002 by Meyer Werft GmbH & Co, Papenburg, Germany (Yard No 656) as a Passenger (Cruise) ship for Royal Caribbean International (RCI)

Technical Data

  • Length: 293.95 m (overall) 263.5 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 39.9 m
  • Depth: 11.5 m
  • Draught: 8.626 m
  • Tonnage: 90090 gross/56328 net/10759t deadweight
  • Propulsion Engines: 2 x GE Gas turbine type LM2500 of 25 MW each, 1x Fincantieri 56B steam turbine of 7.8 MW
  • Main Generator Engine: 1 x Wärtsilä 38B 16V – 11.2 MW
  • Propulsion: 2 x ABB Azimuthing pods – each 19,5 MW
  • Power: 57400 kW/HP
  • Speed:  24 knots (service) 25 knots (max)
  • Decks: 12
  • Capacity: 2,500 passengers
  • Crew: 906
  • Call Sign: C6SJ5
  • IMO Number: 9195200
  • Official Number: 8000459
  • MMSI Number: 311361000
  • Port of Registry: Nassau/Bahamas
  • Sister-Ships: Radiance of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas

Current AIS Location

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April 9th 1998: Contract signed. Cost; US $ 350 million.

June 25th 1998: Keel Laid.

December 12th 2001: Launched.

July 5th 2002: Delivered to Brilliance Of The Seas Inc (Management Royal Caribbean Cruises), Nassau, Bahamas.

July 13th 2002: Christened in Harwich, UK.


© Aleksi Lindström

July 15th 2002: Maiden cruise from Harwich to Norway.

2002 – 2004: Registered Manager; Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

2004 – 2011: Registered Manager; RCL (UK) Ltd.



© Aleksi Lindström

© Pieter Inpyn  © Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn

May 27th 2018: Due at Dover.

© Neil Hopper   © Neil Hopper

© Neil Hopper   © Neil Hopper

© Neil Hopper   © Neil Hopper

🆕© Neil Hopper (Dover 27/05/2018)

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Carsten Dettmer, Neil Hopper, Pieter Inpyn and Aleksi Lindström for their assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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