MS Brilliance of the Seas is a cruise ship belonging to the Royal Caribbean’s Radiance class. It cruises the Mediterranean from April to January, and is based in Dubai sailing to ports around the Middle East and India from January to April, doing two repositioning cruises each year which take it through the Suez Canal. Brilliance of the Seas is operated by RCL UK Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
In July 2005, Royal Caribbean was plagued by a controversy that involved the disappearance of one of the passengers, George Allen Smith. Although the cruise line claims that his death was the result of an accident , evidence suggests that foul play may have been involved. Blood was found in his cabin and on the side of the ship where he allegedly fell overboard and drowned. The FBI announced that they were investigating the disappearance on July 29, 2005.. Geraldo Rivera aired a news story interviewing Josh Askin, one of the last people seen with George Allen Smith, along with two Russian boys Greg Rozenberg and Zach Rozenberg. On 29 June 2006, it was announced that Royal Caribbean International had agreed to pay compensation to Smith’s estate, later revealed to be more than $1 million.