11 Night Boston To Tampa Cruise on Brilliance of the Seas from Boston, Massachusetts Kralendijk, Bonaire, Architecture Aerial
The 11 Night Boston To Tampa Cruise from Boston, Massachusetts visits Willemstad, Curacao; Kralendijk, Bonaire; Oranjestad, Aruba; George Town, Grand Cayman; Tampa, Florida. Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
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11 Night Boston To Tampa Cruise
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Explore Brilliance of the Seas
Day 1 - Boston, Massachusetts
Day 2 - 5 - Cruising
Day 6 - Willemstad, Curacao
Day 7 - Kralendijk, Bonaire
Day 8 - Oranjestad, Aruba
Day 9 - Cruising
Day 10 - George Town, Grand Cayman
Day 11 - Cruising
Day 12 - Tampa, Florida
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Kralendijk, Bonaire, Architecture Aerial
Aerial view of the shoreside architecture in Kralendijk, Bonaire
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11 Night Boston To Tampa Cruise

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Leaving from
Boston, Massachusetts
Onboard
Brilliance of the Seas
Day Port
1
Boston, Massachusetts
Departs at 5:00 PM
2 - 5
Cruising
Day at sea
6
Willemstad, Curacao
From 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
7
Kralendijk, Bonaire
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8
Oranjestad, Aruba
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9
Cruising
Day at sea
10
George Town, Grand Cayman
Tendered from 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
11
Cruising
Day at sea
12
Tampa, Florida
Arrives at 7:00 AM
*Port sequence may vary by sailing date.
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Brilliance of the Seas, Aerial View, Caribbean and European Destinations
Aerial View of Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Ship Visiting Amsterdam , Russia, and Germany
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Brilliance of the Seas
Calling all back-road ramblers and culture cruisers – your ship's come in. Whether you're catching a film poolside or enjoying Tuscan dishes at Giovanni's Table, you're in for the ultimate adventure in between shores.

SEIZE THE SEA DAY

When you're not exploring onshore, conquer some bucket list firsts on deck. Catch a film on the poolside screen, tee up for a game of mini golf or scale the Rock Climbing Wall. Looking to unwind or break a sweat? Indulge in some 'me time' at Vitality℠ at Sea Spa and Fitness Centre.

WOAH- WORTHY EATS

In between boastworthy destinations and social-feed-filling adventures onboard, you'll discover flavours that raise the bar. Like prime cuts of steak at Chops Grille℠ and Italian favourites at Giovanni's Table. Not to mention a Far East feast at Izumi and wines from around the world at Vintages.

SHOWTIME AT SEA

Watch and listen as outstanding singers and dancers showcase their skills in the variety revue, Centre Stage. And sing along to modern stage hits in Now and Forever. This is entertainment that hits all the high notes.

Day 1: Boston, Massachusetts

Day 1
Boston
Massachusetts
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Things to do in
Boston
Departs at 5:00 PM
Toting over 400 years of history, Boston is one of the oldest cities in America. Boston cruises allow you to see Revolution-era relics standing tall amid modern cityscapes, and homes where legendary patriots, politicians and poets once lived. Discover cobblestone charm in Beacon Hill and Paul Revere’s midnight route through the North End. Breathe in salty air along the Harborwalk and ride in a swan boat around Boston Public Garden. Whether it’s walking the Freedom Trail, kayaking on the Charles River, or living time-honored baseball traditions at Fenway Park, you’ll come to find Boston is the birthplace of New England adventure.

Time Travel

Walk the 2.5-mile, red-lined Freedom Trail past 16 historical sites. See the grave of John Hancock, old meetinghouses, famous churches, the home of Paul Revere, the site of the Boston Massacre, Quincy Market and the USS Constitution – Old Ironsides – the world’s oldest commissioned warship still floating today.

Two If By Sea

See Boston from the water while on a scenic sightseeing harbour cruise. Check out the city’s historic skyline, bridges spanning the Charles River and Boston’s harbour islands. You can sail by wooden schooner, take a climate-controlled boat ride or enjoy a fully narrated Duck Tour in a WWII-style amphibious landing craft.

Steeped In History

Step aboard a full-scale restored 18th-century boat and explore American history at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museums during your Boston cruise. Let historical interpreters, artefacts and an award-winning film engage you in the story of the Sons of Liberty, whose infamous political protest helped ignite the American Revolution.

Local Cuisine

Nothing beats eating a New England lobster roll by the harbour. And don’t miss Union Oyster House, one of America’s oldest restaurants, for Island Creek oysters and their famous clam chowder. Try Boston baked beans and scrod fish fillets. Parker House rolls and Boston cream pie were both conceived here too – and head to the North End for Italian-American fare, especially the sweet cannoli.

Shopping

Newbury Street offers a mix of upscale retailers and art galleries. Converse shoes were born here — design your own pair at the flagship store. Cruise to Boston and brattle Book Shop sells rare first editions in a hidden alleyway. Or stop by Faneuil Hall for handbags, scrimshaw items and jewelry hand-made by local artisans.

Day 2 - 5: Cruising

Day 2 - 5
Cruising
At Sea
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Girl Climbing the Rock Wall During the Day
Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch
CAN'T-MISS FAVOURITES
Young Woman Climbing
Young Woman Climbing Up the Rock Wall

Rock Climbing Wall

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 40 feet above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.
Family Celebrating a Hole in One
Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas

Mini Golf

Hit the links on the high seas! Refine your mini-golf game on a green that overlooks a sea of blue. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

Day 6: Willemstad, Curacao

Day 6
Willemstad
Curacao
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Willemstad, Curacao Nature Ocean Mountain Island
Where the land divides along the sea forming a nice beach below the town of Willemstad, Curacao
Things to do in
Willemstad
From 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Curaçao is a treasure trove of cultural attractions, rich history and natural scenery – from desert landscapes and rugged cliffs to 38 spectacular, and mostly secluded, beaches. Sint Anna Bay separates the two sides of the capital of Willemstad. Punda, the original settlement, is a tidy grid filled with shops and unique markets, restaurants and open-air cafes. Not to mention the famous tropicalised Dutch architecture in vibrant hues. Otrobanda (literally, 'the other side') is a maze of narrow streets and even narrower alleyways. And at only 40 miles long, a wide variety of island adventures are within easy reach during your Curaçao cruise.
Willemstad, Curacao Waves Crashing Shete Boka Park
Waves crashing on the coast of the Shete Boka Park in Willemstad, Curacao

STOP FOR A PHOTO OP

Take a scenic ride through Shete Boka Park for three incredible sites – the Boka Tabla, where waves break so high against a rocky inlet they look like a geyser; the Boka Pistol, where giant waves make a thunderous sound as they crash into an underground cavern; and the natural bridge, which the ocean has carved out of the rock.
Insider tip
Be sure to catch the swinging Queen Emma Bridge in action from the deck during sailaway.
Willemstad, Curacao Christoffel National Park Hiking
Hiking through the Christoffel National Park with a view of a nature landscape with the ocean in the distance

TAKE A HIKE

Head to the 4,450-acre wildlife preserve, Christoffel Park National Curaçao, to spend the day immersed in unspoiled nature. Hike or bike any of eight trails and get to know the indigenous flora and fauna – like white-tailed deer, barn owls, blue iguanas and rare wild orchids.
Insider tip
The tap water is safe to drink and refreshingly good thanks to the seawater distillery.
Willemstad, Curacao Hato Caves Underground Nature
An underground cave known as Hato Caves in Willemstad, Curacao

HISTORY AND MYSTERY

Discover stalagmites, stalactites, unique species and local lore inside the Hato Caves. These ancient limestone caverns are filled with pools, waterfalls and 1,500-year-old cave paintings. Cruise to Curaçao and cross the mystical underground lake before entering two large caverns lined with ancient Arawak petroglyphs.
Willemstad, Curacao, Peanut Soup
Two bowls of peanut soup

Local Cuisine

For a taste of the real Curacao, explore the capital and stop at local eateries like Plaza Bieu, Trio Penotti or La Boheme. At spots like these, you'll find a storm of local flavors reflective of the cultural mix. Try kabritu, curried goat stew, or ayaka, meat-filled tamales wrapped in banana leaves. Or savor African peanut soup with bananas.
Willemstad, Curacao, Dresses at market
An assortment of dresses for sale at a market

Shopping

Walk by multicolored storefronts filled with local arts and crafts in the Punda and Otrobanda districts. Or venture into the New Market, a place to find handicrafts from Curacao, like the quintessential Dutch clogs, and souvenirs like hammocks from neighboring islands.

Day 7: Kralendijk, Bonaire

Day 7
Kralendijk
Bonaire
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Kralendijk, Bonaire, Flamingos Flying Over Vegetation
Flamingos flying over vegetation in Kralendijk, Bonaire
Things to do in
Kralendijk
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
It’s always sunny in Bonaire, where the days last nearly twelve hours and the adventure never ends. The countless coral reefs surrounding its shores are home to more than 400 species of marine life, earning it the nickname 'Diver’s Paradise'. But for some of the best snorkelling, head to the islet of Klein Bonaire. Or hop on a glass-bottomed gondola for prime undersea view – no swimming required. Cruise to Bonaire and do some onshore exploring at Washington Slagbaii National Park, which covers a fifth of the island. With its dramatic desert landscape, mangrove lagoons, famous pink flamingos and unrivalled diving spots, Bonaire offers endless outdoor adventures – along with a healthy dose of colonial charm.
Kralendijk, Bonaire, Marine Park Coral School
School of fish swimming by the corals in Bonaire's National Marine Park

Chief of the Reef

Explore 86 unique dive sites at Bonaire Marine Park and discover why they call the island 'Diver’s Paradise'.
Insider tip
Restaurants may include a standard 10-15% service charge on the bill. If not, a tip of 10-20% is appropriate.
Kralendijk, Bonaire, Sorobon Beach Deck
Seaside deck on Sorobon Beach in Kralendijk, Bonaire

Beaching It

Unwind onshore or go windsurfing in the warm, shallow waters of Sorobon Beach, a favourite spot for locals and visitors alike.
Insider tip
Official dive sites accessible from the shore are marked by yellow stones on the coastal road.
Kralendijk, Bonaire, Bananaquit Bird Zoom
Close up of Bananaquit Bird, birdwatching in Kralendijk, Bonaire

For the Birds

Hike through Bonair’s historic plantations while mingling with parrots, parakeets and pink flamingos in Washington Slagbaai National Park.
Kralendijk, Bonaire, Goat Stew Closeup
Closeup of goat stew, specialty of Kralendijk

Local Cuisine

You’ll find lots of traditional Creole fare, like keshi yena (cheese-stuffed meat) and kabritu stoba (goat stew), blended with Dutch specialities on menus across the island. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the conch stew – it’s a local delicacy. And be sure to cap off your meal with a cone from Kralendijk’s Lovers’ Ice Cream.
Kralendijk, Bonaire, Flamingo Shaped Souvenirs
Flamingo shaped souvenirs

Shopping

For your fix of duty-free deals, head to Harborside Mall, located just steps from the port in Kralendijk. You’ll find plenty of luxury jewellery, flamingo-themed souvenirs and knick-knacks for diving and snorkelling.

Day 8: Oranjestad, Aruba

Day 8
Oranjestad
Aruba
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Oranjestad, Aruba, Divi divi tree caesalpinia coriaria sunset
Divi-divi tree at sunset on Eagle Beach, Oranjestad, Aruba
Things to do in
Oranjestad
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Welcome to Aruba – or as the locals say, Bon bini. Here Dutch traditions mix with island charm. The capital and port town of Oranjestad, is best known for its colourful Dutch Colonial ‘gingerbread’ houses painted in bright Caribbean hues. While Aruba is only 20 miles from tip to tip, it is packed with incredible contrasts. Cruise to Aruba and go from relaxing in a tropical paradise to trekking rugged desert in no time. The southern coast is one giant photo op – a bustling port town surrounded by powdery white beaches and crystal-clear aquamarine waters. To the north, waves crash onto a rocky coast, scattered with cliffs, cacti and divi-divi trees. Best of all, you don’t have to choose which spots to hit – just which to hit first.
Oranjestad, Aruba, Arikok National Park conchi natural pool rock wall
Rocky and volcanic stone circles of the Natural Pool, "Conchi,", Oranjestad, Aruba

ROADS LESS TRAVELLED

Buckle up for an off-road 4X4 ride through the rough and rugged Aruba Arikok National Park. Along the way, you’ll spot the local plants and wildlife of the craggy but beautiful coastline on your way to Conchi, a natural pool created by the ocean’s relentless crashing waves.
Insider tip
Free trams run in a loop from the port to the central area.
Oranjestad, Aruba, California lighthouse
Sunny day at the California Lighthouse in Hudishibana, Oranjestad, Aruba

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’

Perched on the northwestern tip of the island, you can climb to the top of the recently renovated California Lighthouse for panoramic views of the crashing waves of the windward coast. From 30 metres up, you can even see the tranquil waters of the leeward shore.
Insider tip
Locals love lunch, so this is when you’ll find great specials.
Oranjestad, Aruba, Arikok National Park Beach
Rocky shore at Boca Prins Beach, Arikok National Park, Oranjestad, Aruba

SEA FLOOR EXPLORING

The water off Aruba is teeming with marine life and you can see it all up close by riding in a high-tech submarine 45 metres below the sea. As you explore in comfort during your Aruba cruise, you'll pass schools of tropical fish, huge sponge gardens, colourful coral reefs, wreck sites and even scuba divers.
Oranjestad, Aruba, Pumpkin Soup
A bowl of pumpkin soup

LOCAL CUISINE

Taste your way through the multi-cultural heritage of the island. Sample Argentine meat dishes, Venezuelan empanadas and arepas, and nutty Dutch cheeses. Or for something a little more Caribbean, try a hearty pumpkin soup or gumbo with some pan bati – a pancake made from wheat and corn flour.
Oranjestad, Aruba, Colorful Shops
Closeup of colorful Dutch architecture, Oranjestad, Aruba

SHOPPING

The three-storey Royal Plaza Mall and Renaissance Mall offer incredible duty-free deals, all within easy walking distance of the port. Here you can snag luxury designer jewellery and watches, but also pick up traditional Dutch items like Delft (blue and white) pottery and locally made aloe products.

Day 9: Cruising

Day 9
Cruising
At Sea
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Izumi Sushi Chef Prepping Food
Izumi Sushi Chef Prepping Food
FOR FOODIES
Izumi Sushi Chef Prepping Food
Izumi Sushi Chef Prepping Food

Izumi

Say “Konnichiwa” to a reimagined favorite. Sushi, sashimi and more, all made-to-order with intense flavors, the best ingredients and impeccable presentation.
Chef's Table Appetizer
An appetizer at Chef's Table on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship

Chef's Table

Located in an intimate, exclusive spot onboard, this private epicurean experience for a limited number of guests, treats you to a five-course, menu and wine tasting.

Day 10: George Town, Grand Cayman

Day 10
George Town
Grand Cayman
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George Town, Grand Cayman, Aerial View
Aerial view of Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman
Things to do in
George Town
Tendered from 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Grand Cayman is where the high life meets island life. This international banking haven is as much known for award-winning beaches as for the flocks of celebrities and high rollers that frequent them. You can sip Cayman Mama’s while rubbing shoulders with the global glitterati. During your Grand Cayman cruise, you can snorkel with stingrays in Stingray City. Treat your inner foodie at eateries established by acclaimed top chefs like Michael Schwartz, or chow down on conch fritters by the seashore. You can even soak up some rays at one of the beaches voted best in the world, Seven Mile Beach. And do it all in the same day.
George Town, Grand Cayman, Hawksbill turtle close-up
Close-up of a Hawksbill turtle in George Town, Grand Cayman

Swim with Sea Turtles

The whole family can swim alongside turtles and tropical fish at the Cayman Turtle Centre. Or wander around the Caribbean Aviary and spot exotic birds up close, including Grand Cayman’s national bird, the Cayman parrot.
Insider tip
Everyone drives on the left here, so look both ways before crossing the street.
George Town, Grand Cayman, Seven Mile Beach Palm Trees
Palm trees swaying on the Seven Mile Beach, George Town, Grand Cayman

Stroll the Seven Mile Beach

Seven Mile Beach is actually five-and-a-half miles of coral sands and crystal-clear shoreline. But it’s peppered with restaurants, bars, and upmarket resorts – and it was named one of the world’s Ultimate Beaches by Caribbean Travel + Life.
George Town, Grand Cayman, North Sound Golf Club
Palm trees in the North Sound Golf Club, George Town, Grand Cayman

Tee Off in Paradise

Hit the green at the North Sound Club, the only 18-hole championship golf course on the Cayman Islands.
George Town, Grand Cayman, Swimming with Stingrays
Two women swimming with stingrays in Grand Cayman

Get to Know the Locals

Take your adventure underwater and mingle with southern stingrays in Stingray City’s calm waters.
George Town, Grand Cayman, Grouper Sandwich
A grouper sandwich on a white plate

Local Cuisine

Locally caught fish is the main attraction in Grand Cayman cuisine. And you’ll find plenty of shellfish served marinated, in fritters or in hearty chowders. Rum is the drink of choice, so make sure you try the 'Cayman Mama', a local signature cocktail made with light and coconut rums, banana liqueur, Triple Sec, pineapple juice and a dash of Grenadine or strawberry syrup. Cheers!

Day 11: Cruising

Day 11
Cruising
At Sea
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Solarium at Sunset
Sunset at the Solarium Pool
SUN-DRENCHED DAYS
Family Enjoying the Pool
Family Enjoying the Pool and Tanning

Pools

Soak up the sun or savor the shade on expanded pool decks, with complimentary loungers, live music, and the opportunity to enjoy a frosty cocktail.
Solarium Sunset Whirlpool
Solarium Sunset Whirlpool

Solarium

Slip away to this adults-only indoor and outdoor retreat. The Solarium is your slice of paradise, with soothing whirlpools, warm sunshine and a refreshing water mist.

Day 12: Tampa, Florida

Day 12
Tampa
Florida
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Things to do in
Tampa
Arrives at 7:00 AM
Pirates once plundered the shores of Tampa Bay, but today this swashbuckling city attracts beach seekers, outdoor enthusiasts and museum lovers alike. Its low-key beach vibe blends seamlessly with its glistening city centre atmosphere – and there’s no shortage of thrills for all ages. Explore Ybor City’s cigar-rolling history or brave the rollercoasters at Busch Gardens. Kayak along the Hillsborough River past sunbathing alligators, and see the elusive Florida panther at Lowry Park Zoo. Geek out at the Museum of Science & Industry’s domed IMAX Theatre – or browse Florida Cracker exhibits at Tampa Bay History Centre. Tampa cruises allow you to discover a treasure trove of adventures, from the beach to the bay.

CULTURE FIX

Stroll along the Tampa Riverwalk and see where it leads you. You might explore interactive exhibits at the Tampa Bay History Centre, or try stand-up paddleboarding from the Sail Pavilion. Tampa Museum of Art’s collections range from ancient to modern – and the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is home to splash fountains, a playground and skyline views.
Insider tip
CityPASS gives you entrance to top city attractions like Busch Gardens, the Florida Aquarium, Lowry Park Zoo and more, all for one package price of USD 106 for adults and USD 96 for kids – and it’s valid for nine consecutive days.

HIT THE SAND

A short 30-minute drive west of the city centre lands you along the Gulf of Mexico coast, which is fringed by a string of sugary beaches. Clearwater Beach and St Pete Beach both offer an upbeat seaside atmosphere, while Caladesi Island State Park and Fort DeSoto Park provide serene shoreline settings.

SEA WATCH

Enter the Florida Aquarium to encounter over 20,000 species of aquatic plants and animals. Cruise to Tampa and see river otters on the Florida Wetlands Trail and ring-tailed lemurs on the Journey to Madagascar. Then say hello to goliath grouper, stingrays, reef fishes, sea turtles and sharks in the Bays & Beaches habitat.

LOCAL CUISINE

Tampa’s food scene stems from a fusion of Cuban, Spanish, Italian and Floribbean influences. Local raw bars serve up fresh shrimp, oysters, scallops and grouper from the Gulf of Mexico. The Cuban sandwich— piled with Genoa salami— is a city signature. For a taste of authentic Florida Cracker cuisine, try sofkee porridge, pilau (rice cakes) or fried alligator tail during your next Tampa cruise.

SHOPPING

Pick up tropical clothing and Florida-inspired souvenirs at the outdoor Channelside Bay Plaza, right at the port. Head to Hyde Park Village for upmarket boutique shops, and pop into local sportswear outfitter Salt Pines. Nothing beats Ybor City when it comes to quirky vintage shops and hand-rolled cigars.

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