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Thanksgiving Side to Side: Brilliance to Oasis

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1 hour ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Oops. Almost forgot this for Sweety.  It was cold, too...but that was a-ok !

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Sorry, I took a bite before remembering to take a pic !

Sitting at my desk looking at all the students who are working on their on-line class, wishing I had a piece. Looks yummy.

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Following Raye!! Can't wait to hear all about your wonderful trip!  I actually booked Oasis, Feb 2022 (a long way to go!) Grand Panoramic Suite, not sure which one you're in (might have missed it!  Been a bit distracted lately!), but if you can send pics.  Have a FABULOUS two weeks!! 

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1 hour ago, Boston Babe said:

Following Raye!! Can't wait to hear all about your wonderful trip!  I actually booked Oasis, Feb 2022 (a long way to go!) Grand Panoramic Suite, not sure which one you're in (might have missed it!  Been a bit distracted lately!), but if you can send pics.  Have a FABULOUS two weeks!! 

Hey, Lorraine !  Thanks for the kind thoughts 

We are in the GPS !  I am so excited to see this suite. I am looking forward to the great room without all of the stairs.  The balcony looks very small but we are aware and ok with that. Hoping you and Jack are doing well

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1 hour ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

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As someone who spends a tonnn of time on the balcony I would be so sad with this cabin placement for a GS. Hello sir! Please enjoy me sitting out here in my bathing suit for hours each day. hahaha

Hope you guys have a great cruise (followed by another)! Your picture inclusion is going great so far!! 

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On 11/25/2019 at 3:56 PM, DDaley said:

As someone who spends a tonnn of time on the balcony I would be so sad with this cabin placement for a GS. Hello sir! Please enjoy me sitting out here in my bathing suit for hours each day. hahaha

Hope you guys have a great cruise (followed by another)! Your picture inclusion is going great so far!! 

I hear ya. He seems kinda like a curmudgeon already. I’m not overly thrilled with the fact that we only have 1 lounger but I do understand that the Rad class is just waaay narrower than the other ship classes. Making do... 

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Interesting phenomenon.  My cell phone seems to be working with Voom fine but my iPad sucks. The iPad will not connect to the blog site or update my emails.  Dan is using his iPad (exact same device) without issue.  So for now, I have disconnected my iPad and navigating solely with my cell phone. This makes blogging even more difficult for me b/c I hate typing on this tiny little keyboard.  WTF ?

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Going back to the awful Chops meal... I wonder if this is why Oasis has stopped serving lunch on embarkation day.  If they are using all of their resources in the MDR for the Key and the food  is actually being cooked down there they may have had some similar issues and figured it was just best to do one thing well (the Key lunch) instead Of doing 2 things half-assed

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Izumi for dinner. Izumi is in a very odd location on Brilliance. All the way aft outside past the pool deck and the Adventure Ocean spaces.  Finally found it.  
 

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Just passed beneath the Sunshine bridge. Casino will be opening soon.  The blog will come to a screeching halt then !

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So, back from the casino. Very early night for us but we are both beat. Slept very little on that horrid bed at the Marriott.  I lost a whopping $25 but Dan won $230 so we’re up, overall. Yippee !

Tomorrow is Key West. It’s been a number of years since we have been to KW. No plans. We will just ramble. Night night

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@WAAAYTOOO Have a fantastic time!  We'll be boarding Brilliance the day you disembark -- thanks for doing this blog, as I hope to do one as well for our cruise (which is a full ship charter, but I think to the same ports you're visiting, but in reverse order).  Just out of curiosity, when you use your phone for the pictures, do you have to resize them or does the forum format do that for you?

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2 hours ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

I got the spicy tuna roll with soy wrapper. Delicious.  Dan got some kind of tuna thing and the DX platter. They were so good. Much better than lunch was !

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looks.sooooo.good.  I just told my wife that she, our daughter, and my mother-in-law might be having dinner without me one of the nights we are on our sailing.  I love sushi, they do not.  

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10 hours ago, IRMO12HD said:

@WAAAYTOOO Have a fantastic time!  We'll be boarding Brilliance the day you disembark -- thanks for doing this blog, as I hope to do one as well for our cruise (which is a full ship charter, but I think to the same ports you're visiting, but in reverse order).  Just out of curiosity, when you use your phone for the pictures, do you have to resize them or does the forum format do that for you?

Thank you !  Charter.  That should be fun

I am such a photo rookie that I would have no idea how to resize a picture even if I wanted to ! I know that when I text a pic I am able to choose the size (I always choose “small”) but I never resize the ones I take with my camera and post. I’m sure they are bigger than they need to be but I don’t know how to make them smaller

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Went to breakfast at Chops this morning and while it was better than lunch yesterday, we still had some downright cold food. The potato wedges (not that great even when they’re hot) were stone gold. Almost refrigerator cold. The orange juice was, no doubt, from a concentrate.  We were never offered any sweet rolls even though they were sitting on a table 4 feet from us.  Maybe we were supposed to help ourselves. We did not leave hungry.  “It’ll make a turd”, one of Happy Dan’s favorite euphemisms.  

The service was also surprisingly sluggish which made no sense as we were 2 of 4 happy souls dining at the time.

I know I sound like a bitcher, which I’m actually not.. but I will admit that as I get older, my tolerance for poor service has taken a nose dive.  I will be in the “You kids get off my lawn !” Club very soon. Happy Dan is already a founding member.  
 

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I overheard the only other customers in the place, discussing with our waiter, the fact that the breakfast serving staff in Chops are not dedicated Chops servers, but rather staff from Izumi, Giovannis and Chops that rotate to cover this special breakfast.  I guess that makes sense. It also may explain the spotty service but it still sucks  

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After breakfast, we did a wee walkabout. Now, wee is all of the walkabout you will ever get from me....I’m not a wanderer.  If it doesn’t happen to be in the path between where I am and either a food venue or the casino, I’m likely to miss it. But here goes. 

I am not a wine drinker so I rarely venture into a Vintages, but I will say....the Vintages on Brilliance is beautiful, IMO.  Rather than the dark and deserted space that it is in most ships, it is light (there are even windows 😳😱).  The lighting is very unusual. I found it a delightful space. Not delightful enough to go buy some wine that I don’t want, but lounge-worthy, for sure. 
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Another delightful space, directly across from the poker table, is the King and Country pub. THIS is the good ol’ dark and dingy pub venue we’re all familiar with....but it’s surprisingly large for this class of ship  

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Since they were closed, I snuck in behind the bar to see what was on tap.  Nothing interesting.  Just Heineken 

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And finally, the single thing about this class of ship that is truly unique...the Cinema !  I am so glad that Royal has not gotten rid of this feature on the Rad class ships. I fear for its future, but for now, IT LIVES !

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It appears to show 1 film every 3 hours beginning at 10AM until 10PM.  Kind of a nice option if you stay on the ship on port days (as I almost always do).  I will check to see if the film changes daily.  I feel sure it does  

 

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We are now pulling in to Key West. It really has been a long time since we visited KY and I feel certain that I refused to get off last time so it’s really been a LONG time since I was out and about on KW. I have agreed to debark on this trip so I must keep my word. No plans...just a walkabout. Maybe we’ll ride the HOHO trolley (I think there’s such a thing). Perfect weather.  76 and sunny. Yippee !!

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For reason which I cannot explain, my iPad is again working now that we’re in port again.  I know there is some super cyber reason that the internet when in port is different from the internet when you’re at sea, so my simplistic mind will simply accept that when on the ocean internet I will only be able to comm by cell phone.  I am really HAPPY to be back on my iPad though !  Pecking along on the iphone is for people with better vision and skinnier fingers than me. 

So....thank goodness I listened to the voice message that Eliana left last night.  If we go to the Concierge Club between 11:00 and 12:30 (it is currently 11:31) we will get a super-secret escort off the ship to some kind of trolley to take us to town.  I am ALL about shuttle service, so we WILL be leaving shortly for the Concierge Club !

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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