January 2015 - Brilliance of the Seas to Caribbean - Western
At first glance the Brilliance seemed to be a ship without a personality, ...that is, ...the crew seemed colorless and no one seemed to be on the top of their game. However, after two days on board we found that not to be true.
The situation was that the captain obviously had everything under control. His crew, ...while not afraid of him and the officers, ...nonetheless operated "by the book" in respect for him and to the betterment of the passengers. The captain himself was of the "old school" who operated a "tight ship".
This was in direct opposition to our week-long cruise the week before on the Vision where the captain seemed to be too busy singing and performing with his entertainers to bother with checking on the cleanliness of the public restrooms, etc.
In fact, the restrooms on the Vision had no rolls for the toilet paper holders. The rolls were simply stuck onto the two arms extending from the wall. Certainly not the image we expected of RCCL.
Nonetheless, we enjoyed both cruises, ...our 14th and 15th on RCCL, ...and have already booked 5 more in the next 10 months. Given the differences in how the ships are operated we'll tend to the Brilliance rather than the VIsion.