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LIVE - "Back on Brilliance, baby!" Brilliance of the Seas February 14-18, 2019

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Practice what you preach is what they say (whoever "they" are), so I'm dipping my toes into the fabulous Live Blogs forum of the Royal Caribbean Blog message boards!

We're headed on Brilliance of the Seas for a 4-night weekend getaway cruise and I usually post my live blogs on the blog portion of this site, but, I decided to do things a little differently this time because I've blogged this particular ship and sailing a few times already.  Instead, I'm taking my talents to the message boards to show some love for what I believe is a vastly underrated and extremely entertaining feature of this blog!

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Our cruise departs the fabulous port of Tampa on February 14 and on this sailing, it will be just me and my wife.....and @ShakeDownCruise's family.  We originally booked our kids on this sailing with us.  Kids Sail Free was in full effect, so we put a deposit down. As it turns out, I convinced my parents to fly down and watch the kids so it will be just me and my wife enjoying this quick sailing. 

Fun fact, my kids are still technically booked on this sailing because we got kids sail free, so removing them from the reservation seemed pointless.  Plus, gives me a safety net if my parents reneged on the plan.

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We booked a category 1B Spacious Balcony stateroom on deck 9.  We picked this room primarily under the guise of my kids sailing with us, but now we will enjoy some extra space and the ocean views my wife enjoys. In my experience, I barely spend time on the balcony on most cruises.  If I am going to lay out, I prefer the pool deck for the music and people watching.

Our 4-night itinerary takes us to one port, Cozumel.  While I went to Cozumel six times in 2018, this will be one and only stop in Cozumel in 2019. 😔 I will be sure to eat as much chips, salsa and guacamole as humanly possible. Nothing booked yet on what we will do, but we have some time to figure it out.

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In the weeks left until this cruise, I will take some cues from some of the awesome live bloggers here, such as @ellcee, @melski94@JLMoran, @Lovetocruise2002 & @twangster.

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2 minutes ago, Matt said:

In the weeks left until this cruise, I will take some cues from some of the awesome live bloggers here, such as @JLMoran

Cue #1 -- Don't blabber on as much as I do, at least not if there aren't pictures to break up the Tolkien-esque narrative! 😂

Seriously, I re-read my live blogs and say to myself, "God almighty, SHUT UP AND LET THE PICS DO THE TALKING!" @Lovetocruise2002 and @twangster are far better at describing beautifully while keeping the actual words minimal.

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7 minutes ago, JLMoran said:

Cue #1 -- Don't blabber on as much as I do, at least not if there aren't pictures to break up the Tolkien-esque narrative! 😂

Note to self, never begin live blog posts with "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." Got it!

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6 minutes ago, J_Keeble said:

Lots of different pictures would be great and some more thoughts on the ship that we do not normally see on the blog.

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6 minutes ago, twangster said:

Whoa!  In the words of the Monty Python...  "And now for something completely different".

Gotta keep you all on your toes.

3 minutes ago, lauraodonnell86 said:

I've just recently "found" the message boards on this wonderful website so I'm excited to follow along with your live blog. 😄 

These message boards are so fun.  I think you'll love it, Laura!

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4 minutes ago, yaya luvs to cruz said:

Our first cruise with Royal was sailing the Mediterranean for 12-days on the Brilliance in October 2004. 

That sounds exactly like our cruise on her in 2005! That 12 night Med cruise was one of my favourite vacations of all time.

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5 hours ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

That sounds exactly like our cruise on her in 2005! That 12 night Med cruise was one of my favourite vacations of all time.

ooohhh….I am so excited to go in July!  We are repeating on Vision, so I wish I was trying a different ship just because that is always fun.  Vision was my very first cruise only 4 years ago, though, and I'm anxious to get back on and see if I remember things correctly!  Jane

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17 hours ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

Whoa...starting this blog a little early aren’t we? Excited much?

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16 hours ago, Twangster Fan said:

Well Now @Matt Favorite Ship Is The Brilliance.....Or Is It

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13 hours ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

I’ve never sailed on Brilliance.  Can’t wait for the group cruise !

That group cruise is going to be awesome. I can't wait to go to Canada and see all the igloos!

13 hours ago, yaya luvs to cruz said:

Our first cruise with Royal was sailing the Mediterranean for 12-days on the Brilliance in October 2004. It was amazing. Can't wait to read your blog and see your pics. Might be motivated to try her again.

Brilliance has grown on me quite a bit.  It's a fun ship!

1 hour ago, coneyraven said:

I may have to "borrow" a few pics to share on our group page.

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On 1/4/2019 at 10:17 AM, Twangster Fan said:

Well This Is Way To Early To Ask This But....... Would You Please Take Some Photos Of The Mini Golf And The Arcade.    

Can do. If I forget once sailing goes, please remind me in this thread.

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I love Brilliance! Sadly, it doesn't look like we'll be making it back on her until at least 2020. 😞 Looking forward to following your trip along - it seems like you always have a different adventure in Cozumel. 

At least I have Enchantment to take me to Cozumel in a few months! Already booked Nachi! 

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6 minutes ago, KLA said:

I love Brilliance! Sadly, it doesn't look like we'll be making it back on her until at least 2020. 😞 Looking forward to following your trip along - it seems like you always have a different adventure in Cozumel. 

At least I have Enchantment to take me to Cozumel in a few months! Already booked Nachi! 

Can't wait to get to Nachi in April .... it'll be our first time there.

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16 minutes ago, coneyraven said:

Can't wait to get to Nachi in April .... it'll be our first time there.

Super excited to hear how you guys like it - it's one of me and my husband's favorite places. The last time we were there was on our honeymoon, and we've been super excited to get back. The last time we were in Cozumel we went to Mr. Sancho's, and I don't think I'll ever go there again. I'd try Chakanaab or Sky Reef or Paradise Beach before I'd try it again. 

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Just booked a Brilliance cruise yesterday.  Thanksgiving 2019.  It was on the list of "free" cruises that I received yesterday from Club Royale...so why not ?  So now we will be doing our FIRST EVER Side to Side (S2S).  We will be on Brilliance 25-30 November, then drive down to Miami to catch Oasis (hopefully disease-free by then !) on 1 Dec - STAR CLASS <balloons drop, confetti falls from the sky !!> (also a [upgraded] free cruise from Club Royale !).  Dan isn't real excited about the 4 hour drive from Tampa to Miami but he'll get over it.  We will do some relocation recon while we're down there.  He has decided that he wants SOUTH Florida for retirement.  Come on, Oct 2020....

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1 hour ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Just booked a Brilliance cruise yesterday.  Thanksgiving 2019.

Nice! Have done that sailing before and its great. How many nights is your sailing?

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