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

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3 hours ago, Matt said:

If you want anything other than amateur hour experience, pack your own.....assuming of course you are allowed to bring darts onboard

After I posted that, I thought they probably wouldnt appreciate throwable pointy steel objects to be brought on board lol.  All good, we can just have some fun with what they have. Appreciate the follow up @Matt !

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On 1/11/2019 at 9:10 AM, WAAAYTOOO said:

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....

We just booked Brilliance for the Thanksgiving 2019 cruise as well. Excited to be sailing on Brilliance for the first time and first ever holiday cruise. Any tip or inside tricks to cruising over a holiday, would love to know!

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On 1/11/2019 at 1:51 PM, eaglesfaninfl said:

We are also on this cruise next November. Having cruised over Thanksgiving the last three years on Brilliance, I know you will enjoy the ship. Unfortunately, the Christmas decorations generally don't go up until the Friday after turkey day, so we probably miss out on that.

Also the the Tampa-Miami trip is not too bad until you pass FLL, and that last part down 95 is pretty awful...but, you are headed for another cruise, so you have that workin' for ya!!


I would love to hear more about this! I just replied to another comment about the Thanksgiving sailing, but it seems you might be the go-to guru having done the last 3 years! How is it? @eaglesfaninfl

 

 

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On 2/15/2019 at 10:21 AM, Matt said:

Happy Friday! A little inspiration for everyone, as I share my current situation. 

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OOOHHH...that's a pretty solarium!  makes it feel like an african safari vacation.  🙂

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On 2/15/2019 at 11:38 AM, KLA said:

 with my family and we had the balcony dividers taken down between our rooms and it was a blast. 

how do we make this happen?  we're taking my 16yo DS and his best friend and only thought they could be partially "rolled" back.

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I've cruised during most all of the US holidays at one time or another.  We almost always cruise for Christmas and NY....at least up until this year when they no longer have ANY cruises that cover both holidays ! <mad face>

To be honest, there really isn't a lot of difference between holidays and non-holiday cruising.  Obviously, during Christmas/NY there will be decorations on the ship and they will do a few things like singing Christmas Carols and Santa will be there but it's really still just a cruise.  Where you will really notice the difference is in your wallet !  The most expensive week to cruise is over NY.  The second most expensive week is Christmas and the LEAST expensive week to cruise are the first 2 weeks of December.

I, like Matt, was on a cruise this past Thanksgiving (NAV) and I will say that the Thanksgiving meal that they served in the MDR was the single worst meal I have EVER experienced on a cruise ship. The food was just awful.  Enough said.  I will never ever have a Thanksgiving meal in the MDR again.

We also sailed during the 4th of July  last year (Grandeur) and it was so cool to be coming back on July 4th, cruising through the Chesapeake Bay and seeing all the fireworks along the shore, from the Bay.  Of course, that was a function of timing, since we were coming back on the actual 4th of July.  Had we been at sea that day we wouldn't have seen ANY fireworks.

If it's a major US holiday, expect there to be MANY children aboard.  That has never bothered us really, as we spend most of our time in the casino anyway and [lately, anyway] almost always have the Ultimate Dining Package and therefore eat most of our meals in a specialty restaurant.  But if lots and lots of kids bother you, I recommend avoiding major US holidays.

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On 2/16/2019 at 6:40 PM, Matt said:

I stopped by the main dining room before dinner began just to see how lovely it looks in there. 

 

I just love the Main Dining Rooms.  They are all so pretty.  AND I get SERVED there.  I do NOT appreciate buffets in real life...they gross me out.  So, I do not frequent the Windjammer.  PLUS, I'm on vacation.  If I can sit at a fancy table, in "fancy clothes" and not have to cook the food, clean up afterwards AND have someone wait on me and bring me anything I want to eat AND have wine...yeah...MDR is MY kind of vacation. 

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1 hour ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

 and the LEAST expensive week to cruise are the first 2 weeks of December.
 

We've found that to be true...those two weeks in December, which is perfect for me and my job.  Plus our anniversary is in Dec., so that is a good time for us.

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2 hours ago, JennyB said:

how do we make this happen?  we're taking my 16yo DS and his best friend and only thought they could be partially "rolled" back.

So, not ALL ships can have the balcony dividers taken town - seeing that you have Navigator and Harmony listed, it should be fine, but I know on some of the older ships they can't do it. However, in order to set this up you have to talk to your stateroom attendant once you board and get to your room. It might take them until the end of the first day, but it's doable. 

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3 hours ago, JennyB said:

how do we make this happen?  we're taking my 16yo DS and his best friend and only thought they could be partially "rolled" back.

As @KLA alluded to, you cannot remove balcony dividers on all ships. Ask stateroom attendant for clarification on your ship.

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1 hour ago, KLA said:

So, not ALL ships can have the balcony dividers taken town - seeing that you have Navigator and Harmony listed, it should be fine, but I know on some of the older ships they can't do it. However, in order to set this up you have to talk to your stateroom attendant once you board and get to your room. It might take them until the end of the first day, but it's doable. 

Thanks!

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On 3/7/2019 at 10:38 AM, WAAAYTOOO said:

 

I, like Matt, was on a cruise this past Thanksgiving (NAV) and I will say that the Thanksgiving meal that they served in the MDR was the single worst meal I have EVER experienced on a cruise ship. The food was just awful.  Enough said.  I will never ever have a Thanksgiving meal in the MDR again

That's a shame WAAAY, we have thoroughly enjoyed each Thanksgiving dinner in Brilliance MDR every year we've sailed! Different ships, different tastes!!

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