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LIVE - Brilliance of the Seas TA May 4-19, 2019

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5 minutes ago, DDaley said:

Where do you access this location screen? On the cabin tv or located around the ship? I love this feature on planes so much that I keep it up constantly during the flight.  

On Brilliance, not only on your cabin TV, but they also had this on the wall as you were leaving the Schooner Bar heading into the Centrum.

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20 hours ago, coneyraven said:

... and what's a Bloody Margret?  I love Bloody Marylands (a Bloody Mary w/ Old Bay Seasoning)

 

18 hours ago, JLMoran said:

Also curious about this. I like a Bloody Mary with jalapenos and bacon myself; doesn't seem to be any fun "official" name for that particular combo. 🤔

A bloody Margret is just a regular bloody Mary with gin instead of vodka.

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24 minutes ago, CrusingWithMatt said:

 

A bloody Margret is just a regular bloody Mary with gin instead of vodka.

Definitely won't be having one of those, then. Ever.

Y'know how there are some people who can never even hear the word "tequila" again? That's me with gin. 28 years later. 🤢

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1 minute ago, JLMoran said:

Definitely won't be having one of those, then. Ever.

Y'know how there are some people who can never even hear the word "tequila" again? That's me with gin. 28 years later. 🤢

Gin has never been an issue .... in fact, Gin & Tonics were the drink of choice in the 'ol Fraternity ----  I had a few of those last month on Brilliance.

Now ..... you put a bottle of Mad Dog 20/20 in front of me --- that's when I have flashbacks, and they are NOT GOOD.

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3 minutes ago, coneyraven said:

Gin has never been an issue .... in fact, Gin & Tonics were the drink of choice in the 'ol Fraternity

Long Island Iced Teas. 3 of 'em in rapid succession at a dive bar on my 21st birthday, all made with the "well" liquors and far too heavy on the gin. 'Nuff said.

Just now, coneyraven said:

Now ..... you put a bottle of Mad Dog 20/20 in front of me --- that's when I have flashbacks, and they are NOT GOOD.

Oh, if we're gonna talk "40s" then we must make mention of Haeffenreffer, a.k.a. "the green beast"!

Isn't it fun remembering the "good old days" of college? Too poor for good booze and too stupid to know what we were getting ourselves into! 😂

 

Sorry, @CrusingWithMatt, we've once again hijacked a live blog. But, y'know...

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57 minutes ago, CrusingWithMatt said:

Hello everyone,

Sorry I have been absent. I wasn't feeling well (not seasick) from a flare up of an old neck injury the past few days.  More to come shortly.

Ouch! That's something I can relate to, so I really hope you're feeling decently better now. If you're not, don't strain your neck hunching over a computer or phone/tablet; let that heal back up and you can update us when it's feeling rock solid again.

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1 hour ago, CrusingWithMatt said:

Hello everyone,

Sorry I have been absent. I wasn't feeling well (not seasick) from a flare up of an old neck injury the past few days.  More to come shortly.

Yikes, that can't be fun ..... at least you're in a position to just lay back and take it easy.  Hopefully you'll feel better real soon.

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1 hour ago, CrusingWithMatt said:

Hello everyone,

Sorry I have been absent. I wasn't feeling well (not seasick) from a flare up of an old neck injury the past few days.  More to come shortly.

Sorry to hear that. Hope it hasn't affected your cruise too much 🤞

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16 hours ago, CrusingWithMatt said:

Hello everyone,

Sorry I have been absent. I wasn't feeling well (not seasick) from a flare up of an old neck injury the past few days.  More to come shortly.

As someone with a shredded back, I can relate and sympathize   Hope you're feeling better.

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Hope you had some good muscle relaxers and pain killers....as someone who has had back surgery and has back and neck issues I can relate. Always my biggest fear is that an episode will happen while on vacation......I always make sure I have stuff with me as trying to find or get anything while away that would give some relief would be next to impossible.

 

Even with the proper meds and pain killers..it doesn't make for a fun few days....good  thing is its a long cruise so missing a cpl days doesn't ruin half your vacation!

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8 hours ago, monctonguy said:

Hope you had some good muscle relaxers and pain killers....as someone who has had back surgery and has back and neck issues I can relate. Always my biggest fear is that an episode will happen while on vacation......I always make sure I have stuff with me as trying to find or get anything while away that would give some relief would be next to impossible.

 

Even with the proper meds and pain killers..it doesn't make for a fun few days....good  thing is its a long cruise so missing a cpl days doesn't ruin half your vacation!

While I DO have muscle relaxers. I don't like to take them as some of the side effects are dizziness/motion sickness. I'm doing much better now. Maybe 80%

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5 minutes ago, CrusingWithMatt said:

While I DO have muscle relaxers. I don't like to take them as some of the side effects are dizziness/motion sickness. I'm doing much better now. Maybe 80%

Glad to hear you're feeling better 🙂

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On 5/14/2019 at 2:14 PM, CrusingWithMatt said:

Hello everyone,

Sorry I have been absent. I wasn't feeling well (not seasick) from a flare up of an old neck injury the past few days.  More to come shortly.

The fix for old neck flare-ups are ABN school 😁

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If anyone wants the rest of the cruise compasses, please direct message me as I will do my best to keep 
this from being cluttered with them.

Belated Updates start here:
Days 6-8 (sea Days):
I wasn’t 100% the following days. Day 6 was the chefs table and I felt so bad from my neck that I left 
half way through. (I made my wife stay to get the experience). I spent most of the following day in bed. 
The rest of these days were spent relaxing around the pool, in the solarium, or playing chess in the 
colony club. After six days at sea or so I found myself having trouble finding things on the cruise compass 
that I wanted to participate in (not feeling 100% may have had something to do with it too. My wife 
didn’t seem to get as bored.

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Day 9 Azores, Ponta Delgada:
We booked the “Sete Cidades Hike” through Royal Caribbean for todays adventure. Now bear with me as this story may get long winded.
We had breakfast and headed to the Pacifica theatre to be assigned to our bus/guide for the day. We showed our tickets to the attendant and we were given a red “9” sticker and were told it was a “6” (if you looked at the sticker like a normal human you would assume it was a 9 because there was “shore excursions” watermarked into it). I verified we were to use it as a 6… Our number was called, and we headed to board our bus. There was someone at the entrance of the bus to take our tickets that said “Sete Cidades Hike” and told us to find a seat. Our bus started the tour and made it maybe 5 minutes from port before our guide announced overhead that there were two passengers on the bus that were supposed to be on a different tour. I’ll give you three guesses who…  The bus went back to the port dropped us off and we found the right bus. Now remember we were explicitly told that our 9 was a 6 right? Guess which number bus we were supposed to be on? 10 that’s right, bus 10. So we were given a 9 and told it was a six, handed our tickets to the to be checked and given back and still managed to end up on the wrong bus… WOW. We boarded bus 10 to actual applause that we made it (and made them 15 minutes late). Thankfully it all worked out and our guide was kind enough to inform the group that it was not our fault for the mishap. The RCCL shore excursion staff must have been hit with a confundus charm that morning.
The hike was very good. The pictures don’t do it justice. We got back to the port around 1pm and we were both starving. We decided to quick board the ship to eat lunch and then get off again for a couple hours…or so we thought. The line to board the ship was longer than expected so we boarded and ended our day in Azores without any shopping 😕

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