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

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2 hours ago, Matt said:

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

5 nights.  Going to Key West and Coz.  Monday - Friday.  I have a feeling that the Monday-Fri itins aren't as popular as those that are over a weekend.  Probably why this one was on "sale" on the casino list !  It worked out perfectly though, for us, since we were already on Oasis on Sunday, Dec. 1.

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9 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

5 nights.  Going to Key West and Coz.  Monday - Friday.  I have a feeling that the Monday-Fri itins aren't as popular as those that are over a weekend.  Probably why this one was on "sale" on the casino list !  It worked out perfectly though, for us, since we were already on Oasis on Sunday, Dec. 1.

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!!

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33 minutes ago, WannaCruise said:

Cruises with the family are great, but it's also nice to get away as a couple sometimes. 

Totally agree.  Hubby and I make it a point to take one cruise each year without the kids or anyone else.  

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As an update, here's what I've pre-booked for this sailing. I usually wait to pre-book most purchases until the particular sailing I'm going on is my next sailing.  Call me crazy, but most pre-cruise purchases don't usually sell out and for budgetary reasons, I prefer to give myself more time to split up my purchases.

Here's what I've got so far:

Voom internet package

Do I need to explain this purchase?

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Deluxe Beverage Package

I'm the world's biggest flip-flopper on deciding if a drink package makes sense for me.  I seem to buy it every other sailing.

Ultimately I purchased it because no kids with us on this sailing and pre-purchasing means being able to budget my drinks far more effectively.

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Cozumel

We've looked at a few different options for what to do here but have not settled on anything. Since Brilliance will be one of two ships in port (along with the Carnival Valor), I'm not too worried about anything booking up.

My wife reminds me that since we have the drink package, we would be better off visiting a spot like Paradise Beach rather than investing in an all-inclusive.

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One more day!!!!

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My parents arrive today to watch the kids and we briefly considered staying in Tampa tonight just to start our vacation a bit early, but ultimately decided against it. Staying here would allow some extra time to get ready....and time to actually spend with my folks.

One mistake I've already made is neither my wife nor I remembered to print out our SetSail Pass.

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This has occurred in the past, and it just means some extra time during check-in.  So let this be a reminder for everyone to print out your SetSail pass before it's too late.

Plan is to hit the road around 9am tomorrow morning. Should take us a little over an hour to get there. I already informed my wife I'd prefer to be in Tampa by 9am, but I got "the look".

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"Plan is to hit the road around 9am tomorrow morning. Should take us a little over an hour to get there. I already informed my wife I'd prefer to be in Tampa by 9am, but I got "the look"."

Perhaps you can convince your wife its gator season and traffic could be snarled because of Gator Crossings on the across the state trip

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13 minutes ago, marti314 said:

Perhaps you can convince your wife its gator season and traffic could be snarled because of Gator Crossings on the across the state

These are real concerns and it would be irresponsible of me to put our vacation in jeopardy due to gators

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