We sailed on the Brilliance March 14 , 2008 on the 10 day Caribbean & Panama Canal cruise. We cruise every two years. This was our 6th cruise overall and third with Royal Caribbean. Most recently in 2006 we were on the Brilliance for a 12 night Mediterranean cruise. Our expectations are not high nor are they low.
We chose this itinerary, and thus also the ship, because we wanted Panama. This itinerary and ship was the only combination that would accommodate our son's spring break schedule. I'm not sure how much help this review will be since I've heard the Brilliance will be stationed full time in the Mediterranean.
Embarkation: We always have the cruise line book the flight and that has always worked well. We've always flown to the port the same day as sailing. No problems.