Feb 2017. Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas is leaving Port of Tampa, Florida. The ships embarks at 4 PM and takes approximately 2.5 hours to transverse Tampa Bay's 43 miles to reach the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Since this is winter, dusk has already started. Before the time springs forward, you will reach the Sunshine Skyway Bridge at night. This is a magnificent view! I included a photograph at the end of the story.