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  1. Yep, can't wait. To be honest, I'm more excited about this sailing than my 9/20 sailing on Oasis out of Jersey. It's hard to get excited for that one because I don't have as much confidence in it sailing especially out of Jersey. November out of Florida, on the other hand, seems very optimistic.
  2. Oasis is doing free play now (similar to Disney's Oceaneer club), so she should be in the same area as our 8 and 10 year olds. They love Adventure Ocean and we have to practically drag them out; so if she is there, I'm sure she'll bump into them. There's some videos of the new Adventure Ocean area on youtube. If you haven't seen it, you should check it out. Our son can not wait to try out the gaga ball arena. He loves gaga ball so much that our last genie surprised him with a VIP gaga ball family tournament in our room and even gave everyone medals.
  3. Happy late birthday! We will be Star class (2 bedroom aquatheater suite) on this cruise as well. How old is your daughter? Our son is 10 and our daughters will be 8, 2, and 1.
  4. They are really good kids. Not to mention, having two kid-free adult only hours in the evenings when the kids are in nursery and Adventure Ocean does a lot for our sanity lol. I'm one of the lucky ones whose kids love going to the kid's clubs on cruises. We have to practically drag Sophia and Christian out of AO, they enjoy it so much. Even Kat and Nyssa (the one and two year old) enjoy going to the nursery. I think it helps that we started them cruising as early as possible (at 6 months).
  5. Debarkation and final thoughts: We met Amit at 7:15am this morning, and he opened a side door that let us jump in front of a lot of people. We carried our own luggage off, and it took about 30 minutes to get to our car even with priority debarkation. I definitely prefer Port Everglades and Port Canaveral to Tampa for debarkation, but Tampa still beats Galveston. I have cruised out of Tampa a few times now and will definitely do it again, since it's closer than many of Royal Caribbean's other ports. Our cabin 1536 on Brilliance was better than we expected, but you could definitely hear noise from chairs being moved above us. We sleep with a white noise machine so that helped, but we could still hear the noise. The kid's waterslide hours and the Solarium pool hours were very restrictive. We didn't spend any time in the Solarium pool as it closed around 8pm every night. Adventure Ocean reopens after dinner at 7pm each night, so it did not give ample time to enjoy the Solarium even though Brilliance has a beautiful Solarium. This was also an issue for the show. We had hoped to see Center Stage, but it only played on Day 4 at 7pm. To get the reserved suite seats, you have to arrive 15 minutes ahead of time, and it was impossible to arrive at 6:45pm since AO did not open until 7pm. Other than the restricted hours, we had a great trip and would definitely sail on Brilliance again. Thank you for following along on our trip.
  6. Day 4: Final Sea Day I woke up this morning before everyone else, so I enjoyed some time on the balcony before everyone woke up. We had breakfast delivered and then grabbed a latte from the concierge lounge. We booked a cruise on Rhapsody through Next Cruise and took the kids to the arcade. We played a few minutes of mini golf, but it was incredibly windy, so we didn't stay long. We ordered dinner to the room as usual, but ordered less this time since Steven and I had dinner reservations at Izumi tonight. The brownie on the MDR dessert menu tonight was delicious with vanilla ice cream. We dropped the kids off at the nursery and AO and headed to the concierge lounge for a drink before dinner. Even though we have had Izumi many times, tonight was a new experience for us. We usually have hibachi or sushi, but tonight we decided to try the hot rock since Brilliance does not offer hibachi. Steven had the beef tenderloin, and I had the surf and turf. We also had miso soup and the spicy shrimp tempura roll (with cream cheese added). It was very tasty. After dinner, we decided to try our luck in the casino and lost $15 in about 30 seconds so decided to not push our luck. We embarrassed ourselves in pool and then I crushed Steven in a game of checkers. We headed to our room to pack, and then picked up the kids. We are currently waiting for room service to be delivered. I will update tomorrow about the debarkation process.
  7. It's pretty much the same suite. It's cabin 8000 on Rhapsody. I asked Amit, the concierge on Brilliance, about it. He spoke with the concierge on Rhapsody who confirmed that it does have suite perks, but it only gets the obc of a balcony/junior suite because all of the panoramic suites or any of the oceanview suites that do not have a balcony are considered in the same category as junior suites with elevated suite perks equivalent to a grand suite.
  8. Day 3: Cozumel Katarina (our 1 year old) kept us up late last night, so we decided to skip room service breakfast and planned on sleeping in this morning. Unfortunately, that did not happen. Around 8:30am, the loudest drilling sound could be heard inside our stateroom and all throughout our hallway. It woke all of us up and led to very irritable babies today. Since he was already awake, Steven decided to go for a run. On his way out, without prompting, the room attendant profusely apologized for the noise stating that she had already called the manager multiple times. The concierge also apologized and gifted us with Izumi dinner for Steven and me tomorrow. He offered for the full family, but a date night without the kiddos is too enticing for us to turn down. After getting the kid's ready, we had breakfast in the Windjammer. The ship docked in downtown Cozumel which was new for us, so we decided to get off the ship. We shopped around for about an hour before heading back. Maybe it's just the novelty of it, but I definitely preferred downtown Cozumel to where we usually dock. After Windjammer lunch, we took the kids to the arcade, played a little shuffleboard, and hit the pool. The water slide is really slow, but the kids still enjoyed it. We ordered main dining room to our room, and it was by far our least favorite meal. Overall, it was dry and lacked flavor. The rest of the meals from the MDR have been quite good, so this was a little disappointing. After dropping the kids off at the nursery and AO, we went to the concierge lounge for a drink and probably the fifth latte of the day. The bartender in the concierge lounge, Gerome, is incredibly nice and always happy to help. We hit the casino for a few minutes. We are incredibly cheap when it comes to the casino and put $10 into the video blackjack machine and were planning on betting $1 until it ran out. We accidentally bet $5 and won then accidentally bet $10 and won again. We felt like high rollers cashing out our $25. We picked up the kids and now that the babies are asleep, so we are going to enjoy a few minutes on the balcony before we call it a night.
  9. Day 2: We woke up right before 10am just in time to have breakfast delivered. After breakfast, we went to the 2 for $20 t-shirt sale. I thought I pretty much had every shirt Royal offers, but to my surprise, I found a few new shirts. We spent some time in the arcade and grabbed Windjammer for lunch. I am a Starbucks addict, so I decided to try a latte from the espresso machine in the concierge lounge, and while it was definitely not Starbucks, but it was actually pretty good. In fact, I went back later for another one. We had hoped to take the kids to the pool today, but it was still too cool for us to want to swim, so we went to the arcade instead. The two older kids went to Adventure Ocean, while we did free play in the nursery with the babies. We had dinner in our suite. At which time, we realized how much of a drama queen our 7 year old is. She was eating on the balcony, when our son decided to do the same. She came back inside complaining that she needed her peace and quite and that she wants to enjoy relaxing to the sound of the waves in solitude. Talk about high maintenance! We dropped the babies off at the nursery and the kids at Adventure Ocean at 7pm and went to the concierge lounge. It was a lot less stuffy in there today, and the staff was very friendly as always. We also went to Next Cruise to inquire about a 7 day on Rhapsody. We have yet to go to Belize and have been wanting to check that block on our travel list. There was a pretty good deal on the Oceanview Suite (no balcony), but I was really surprised when he told us the next cruise OBC would only be $100. Although it is considered in the grand suite or above category for suite perks, it only gets the same next cruise credit of $100 that a balcony gets rather than the $300 that grand suite and above gets. He said this also applies to the Panoramic Oceanview Suites. If anyone else has booked either of these categories through next cruise, I would love to hear if you got the balcony/junior suite OBC or the grand suite OBC. We picked up the kids and went to the Windjammer for snacks. We have ate way too much and are telling ourselves that tomorrow we are going to eat way less, but I feel like that is probably not going to be the case.
  10. Here goes attempt two at posting this. I'm not sure what happened, but everything I typed just disappeared. This will probably be an abridged version of our day since I'm too tired to type it all out again. Today, started out hectic, but it ended up working out and was a good day. When we went to check out of the hotel this morning, Steven couldn't find his wallet. After frantically searching for it for 40 minutes, we realized my wallet was missing too. At that point, we started questioning if we had left them in the car and if so, did we lock the car. After an hour of panicking and thinking we were going to miss the cruise since we didn't have IDs, we remembered the secret pocket on our carry-on backpack where our wallets just happened to be hiding. Crisis averted. We parked at port and made it onto the ship in no time. After exploring the ship a bit, we opted to bring Windjammer and Park Cafe to our room for lunch. We unpacked until muster, and then took the kids to the rock wall and arcade. We stopped in the concierge lounge for sodas, and while some of the guests seemed nice, there was quite a bit of stuffy people. One of whom was very rude to the concierge and bartender. The concierge, Amit, seemed very friendly and attentive. We had main dining room delivered to our room for dinner, and it was still warm when it arrived. The kids went to Adventure Ocean and the nursery, while Steven and I went to the Windjammer and the casino. We stopped at the shops to pick up a ship model, since we hadn't started collecting them yet last time we were on Brilliance. We had planned on seeing the comedian, but we were tired and decided to pick up the babies and go back to the room. We had already promised Christian that he could stay late for gaga ball, so we gave him an extra hour in Adventure Ocean. We are about to place our breakfast order and call it a night. Final thoughts: This time on Brilliance is much more enjoyable than last time. We are really enjoying ourselves and are glad we still have 3 more full days. Although, we were a little hesitant about 6 of us in a one bedroom grand suite, I'm happy to say, it is working out quite well. I will post a few pictures of how perfectly the pack and plays fit beside the bed. Royal uses the travel pack and plays so they are smaller than normal ones. The balcony is narrow, but that is expected with Radiance class. We realized how spoiled our kids are when our son complained about how tiny the room and balcony are. To be fair though, as long as he has arcade and gaga ball, he's happy no matter what room we are in. As for us, we are just happy to be cruising.
  11. I also am going with the genie dependent theory. The location of the A1s and A2s may have an impact, but I think who your genie is plays a greater role. Alan came by our suite way more often than Jay did. Although I liked Jay, Alan seemed to have a closer relationship with not just us but all of his Star Class guests. This came from him making the time to stop by and get to know us. I know all of the genies stay busy, but some of them seem to balance the varying needs of their guests better than others.
  12. We're finally here. The two older kids just fell asleep, but the babies are restless from being in the car all day and are fighting sleep hard. Steven and I are trying our best to get them to sleep, so we can follow suit.
  13. One day until we board! We left about two hours ago and are happily snacking on Starbucks and Chick-fil-a. GPS says we have another 9 hours to go, but with four kids and traffic, I'm guessing it will be closer to 11 hours. It seems we are going to have to rethink what we are wearing tomorrow since we packed shorts and swimsuits. The high in Tampa tomorrow is 59 and the low is 42.
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