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LIVEish, 4 Days on Brilliance (10/25/2018 or 25/10/2018 better yet October 25, 2018)


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Figured a day late (and a month late in some cases) is better than nothing...

Booked itinerary is as follows: Tampa, Sea day, Cozumel, Sea day, finally back in Tampa.

This is the same run that @Mattdid last month and I decided to crash his anniversary sailing. So a forewarning, due to not doing a LIVEish on that sailing I'll be throwing in some of the pictures I took on that sailing.

 

For these that are new to reading my LIVEish. Check out my previous one to get an idea of what fine quality work I produce: 

 

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Start off with some Day 1 reporting.

Arrived at the port around noon with not much traffic. Only major slowdown was trying to reach the drop off area, the self parking line was starting to block the turn off. Would say from drop off to ship on took about 15 minutes with the biggest slow down entering the terminal for security screening. Folks, please have your documents and ID ready before reaching the door.

Rooms opened right a 1 pm on the dot (will post pictures later). Will add something new, week prior I got an email from the Concierge (staying in a Grand Suite) with a "priority" luggage tag. I will admit to seeing several bags already delivered with these tags on them, sure I also saw some non priority bags as well. My experience, didn't see my bag until after the muster drill.

After checking out the room and headed up to the Solarium Bar. While there I helped finish off a bottle of Kraken. This time around they had a replacement on hand (sorry again last month @Matt).

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Muster drill added a small sense of humor when talking about the ships toilet system. They kindly asked, among other things, not to flush marshmallows, wedding rings, or small children.

Around 6:15 pm we passed under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge

 

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After passing under the bridge headed down to Windjammer for some recon. Tonights action station was a stir fry with a theme station of Cuban. For dessert it was pie.O33A3410-HDR.jpg.1ae4dddcb57e7234048ff24416ef54f7.jpg

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Plus some other selections

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One thing I did notice was a new dart board in the Pub

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Also the wireless AP upgrade project seems to be completed. No more various parts seen in that area of deck 12.

 

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Currently at the Suite and Pinnacle reception. Much different format that September and a lot less crowded. Maybe 20-25 in attendance.

Getting left at the tables are small plates of canapes and petit fours.

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2 hours ago, CGTLH said:

Currently at the Suite and Pinnacle reception. Much different format that September and a lot less crowded. Maybe 20-25 in attendance.

Getting left at the tables are small plates of canapes and petit fours.

As often as I have been in a full suite I have never received an invitation to a Suites/Pinnacle reception.  Not that I am aware of, anyway.  It is probably not something that we would jump to go to anyway but I cannot recall ever getting such an invitation - not even when we have been Star Class.

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11 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

As often as I have been in a full suite I have never received an invitation to a Suites/Pinnacle reception.  Not that I am aware of, anyway.  It is probably not something that we would jump to go to anyway but I cannot recall ever getting such an invitation - not even when we have been Star Class.

Really? We got invite on Rhapsody and Brilliance this year

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21 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

As often as I have been in a full suite I have never received an invitation to a Suites/Pinnacle reception.  Not that I am aware of, anyway.  It is probably not something that we would jump to go to anyway but I cannot recall ever getting such an invitation - not even when we have been Star Class.

Know on Oasis they would hold a reception. Harmony it was sail away on the helipad, think the same on Allure.

Recall on Freedom they held something in Chops that was along the lines of a taste of the speciality venues. 

Anthem something was going to be held but don't think it was held.

Don't recall what was done on other ships.

This case the invite was hidden away in the "Suite Life" folder.

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After the Suite and Pinnacle reception (that post has been updated with some pictures) wondered around a bit and wound up in the Schooner Bar where I've spent most of my afternoon just talking. I have to say the ones on this class has to be the nicest, open feeling with great views.

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Also jumped over real quick to grab a shot of the Colony Club plus one of the Billiard tables (self leveling feature was none functional).

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Catching up from last night...

Delivered to the room was this decadent creation. Can't recall the exact flavor, either way it was a nice sized treat.

On the Windjammer Recon front. Selections to night were Caribbean Night, Thai Corner, with the action station being freshly made waffles, and for the other dessert selection cupcakes. 

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Plus the other hot bar selections. Key standouts from the dining room menu were pork shanks and duck.

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Transitioning over today...

Had no plans for Cozumel. So I wound up getting off for a hour or so and walked around the areas around the port. Didn't bother taking my camera off so I'm recycling a picture taken last month.

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Getting back on the ship as previously mentioned the Halloween decorations had started to appear in the Centrum and other areas around the ship.

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As a FYI for those that might stay onboard. Only bars opened for most of the day were the R Bar in the Centrum and the Pool Bar.

One major disappointment by many were no College football games being available to watch until later in the afternoon. All the Pub had on were reruns of the World Series... of Poker and a bar that wasn't open.

Not sure what the outcome was, but I think a munity was going to be started due to a possible lack of showing of the Georgia Florida game.

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