Examining the Bars on the Brilliance of the Seas

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#1
Little Rock, Arkansas
37,374 Posts
Joined Mar 2005
I'm starting this thread now, since I'm going to be majorly occupied in the next week. Will be posting live from the Brilliance starting Friday.
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Wrona

3/02 Sovereign of the Seas Bahamas, 5/03 Voyager of the Seas Western Caribbean, 1/05 Voyager of the Seas Eastern Caribbean, 12/05 Rhapsody of the Seas Western Caribbean, 2/06 Brilliance of the Seas Partial Panama Canal(Live posts or photos), 3/06 Serenade of the Seas Southern Caribbean (Review or photos), 3/06 Monarch of the Seas Mexico, 2/07 Jewel of the Seas Eastern Caribbean (Mustard of the Seas 1) (View photos), 1/08 Maui Trip (View photos), 5/08 Rhapsody of the Seas Alaska (trip report, photos, Compasses/Menus/Other Info, review, review with pictures), 5/09 Serenade of the Seas Alaska (View Photos), 11/09 Radiance of the Seas Mexico (View Photos), Jewel of the Seas WB TA 09/10 (Review, View Photos), 8/11 Peru & Machu Picchu (View Photos), 8/12 Colombia (View Photos), 10/12 Jewel of the Seas Canada/New England (View Photos), 2012 Christmas Markets Salzburg/Munich (View Photos), 4/13 Jewel of the Seas Cozumel (View Photos), 8/13 Ghana (View Photos-Part 1 & Part 2), 11/13 Oasis of the Seas Eastern Caribbean (Review, View Photos), 1/14 Adventure of the Seas Southern Caribbean (View Photos), 9/14 Jewel of the Seas Southern Caribbean (View Photos), 11/14 Celebrity Summit Southern Caribbean (View Photos), 5/15 Jaco Beach, Costa Rica (View Photos), 6/15 AmaSerena Danube River (View Photos), 7/15 Majesty of the Seas Bahamas (View Photos), 8/15 Navigator of the Seas Western Caribbean, 1/16 Celebrity Summit Southern Caribbean, 11/16 Celebrity Silhouette WB TA, 1/17 Celebrity Infinity South America
#2
Little Rock, Arkansas
37,374 Posts
Joined Mar 2005
Originally posted by pacthepuppies
...who doesn't even know the difference between 'waist' and 'waste' and you just post to your heart's content! I know that several of us, see other threads, will be hanging on every word! I don't even drink- alcohol that is- and I will still check in and read your posts every day!
And to anyone who doesn't want to read the posts- here's a hint- DON"T click on the thread!!!
Good Luck on your tests, and Happy Sailing!
Lisa
Thanks!
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Wrona

3/02 Sovereign of the Seas Bahamas, 5/03 Voyager of the Seas Western Caribbean, 1/05 Voyager of the Seas Eastern Caribbean, 12/05 Rhapsody of the Seas Western Caribbean, 2/06 Brilliance of the Seas Partial Panama Canal(Live posts or photos), 3/06 Serenade of the Seas Southern Caribbean (Review or photos), 3/06 Monarch of the Seas Mexico, 2/07 Jewel of the Seas Eastern Caribbean (Mustard of the Seas 1) (View photos), 1/08 Maui Trip (View photos), 5/08 Rhapsody of the Seas Alaska (trip report, photos, Compasses/Menus/Other Info, review, review with pictures), 5/09 Serenade of the Seas Alaska (View Photos), 11/09 Radiance of the Seas Mexico (View Photos), Jewel of the Seas WB TA 09/10 (Review, View Photos), 8/11 Peru & Machu Picchu (View Photos), 8/12 Colombia (View Photos), 10/12 Jewel of the Seas Canada/New England (View Photos), 2012 Christmas Markets Salzburg/Munich (View Photos), 4/13 Jewel of the Seas Cozumel (View Photos), 8/13 Ghana (View Photos-Part 1 & Part 2), 11/13 Oasis of the Seas Eastern Caribbean (Review, View Photos), 1/14 Adventure of the Seas Southern Caribbean (View Photos), 9/14 Jewel of the Seas Southern Caribbean (View Photos), 11/14 Celebrity Summit Southern Caribbean (View Photos), 5/15 Jaco Beach, Costa Rica (View Photos), 6/15 AmaSerena Danube River (View Photos), 7/15 Majesty of the Seas Bahamas (View Photos), 8/15 Navigator of the Seas Western Caribbean, 1/16 Celebrity Summit Southern Caribbean, 11/16 Celebrity Silhouette WB TA, 1/17 Celebrity Infinity South America
#3
IN/AZ
22,145 Posts
Joined Jul 2005
All the best on the bar exam and examining the bars!!

One does have to wonder why someone would post just to show their ignorance.
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#4
4,132 Posts
Joined Apr 2005
Wrona, have a great trip! Good luck on the bar exam, you deserve a vacation!
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#5
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
833 Posts
Joined Jul 2005
Good luck on the bar exam!! I wrote it here 6 years ago so I know how much work you have to put in. Again, good luck!
#6
6,035 Posts
Joined Jan 2005
Good Luck, Wrona. We're all rooting for you!!

I'm looking forward to your posts from Brilliance.... we'll be sailing on her later this year.
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Ellen

Coming up!
Solstice - July 29, 2016
Explorer - September 30, 2016
Brilliance - November 5, 2016
Harmony - November 12, 2016
Jewel - December 11, 2016
Equinox - February 20, 2017
Harmony - April 22, 2017
Radiance - May 17, 2017
Anthem - June 17, 2017
Silhouette - August 11, 2017
Eclipse - August 26, 2017


#7
nova scotia canada
2,431 Posts
Joined Feb 2004
Good Luck with your exam. I will be eagerly looking foreward to your posts. We will be on the Brilliance in just 54 days!!!! ( but who's counting)
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Celibrity Equinox February February 20 2017
Serenade of the Seas December 14 2015
Explorer of the Seas November 1, 2014
Serenade of the Seas December 12, 2013
Jewel of the Seas October 29,2011
Grandeur of the Seas November 19, 2009
Liberty of the Seas October 25, 2008
Explorer of the Seas December 23, 2007
Radiance of the Seas April, 28 2007
Brilliance of the Seas April. 17, 2006
Mariner of the Seas May 9, 2004
Carnival Paradise May 12, 2002
#8
Landlocked in Texas
5,169 Posts
Joined Jan 2006
Have fun Wrona... will miss your posts, but look foward to your return and all the stories you will have!! Have a safe and wonderful time! Wishing you super weather, too!!!
-Kandy
Good luck on the bar!!! (both the exam and on deck)
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#9
25,635 Posts
Joined Jul 2004
Wrona, best of luck on the bar exam! I took it in 1997, so I feel your pain. I'lm looking forward to reading your bar reviews!
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-Jean


Block Island Ferry 1965

Nordic Empress 4/95; Vision of the Seas 10/02, 5/03,1/06,11/07, 12/07, 11/08, 9/12; Splendour of the Seas 10/03; Monarch of the Seas 2/04, 12/04, 9/05, 6/06, 9/06, 1/07, 02/07, 04/07, 05/07B2B, 08/07, 11/07, 2/08, 03/08, 04/08B2B, 6/08, 7/08-2x,08/08x3, 9/08x2, 10/08, 6/09, 12/11; Radiance of the Seas 9/04, 9/07, 10/09B2B, 11/09, 4/10, 5/15, 04/16, 06/16B2B, 04/17; Brilliance of the Seas 10/05, 9/12; Serenade of the Seas 10/06, 9/14, 12/14 2/15, 10/15, 8/16; Jewel of the Seas B2B 11/06, 7/07, 10/11, 12/12x2, 1/13; 2/13, 12/13, 5/15, 9/15; Liberty of the Seas 5/07, 3/11, 11/11; Mariner of the Seas 3/08, 02/09, 04/09, 09/09, 01/10, 12/10x2, 01/11; Navigator of the Seas 12/11; Oasis of the Seas 11/09, 01/16 B2B, 10/16 B2B; Rhapsody of the Seas 2/10, 4/11, 5/13, 5/14; Allure of the Seas 11/10, 1/14, Quantum of the Seas 11/14, Explorer OTS 09/16 (91)

Star Princess 5/02, 9/02, 5/12; Diamond Princess 5/04,4/05,5/07; Sun Princess 5/05; Island Princess 05/06; Sapphire Princess 12/09, 3/13, 3/14, Golden Princess 10/13, 11/13 x3, 10/14, 11/14, 4/15, 7/15, Crown Princess 12/14, 1/15 Ruby Princess 2/16, 12/16; (23)

Azamara Journey 12/08 Azamara Quest 05/09, 03/16 (3)

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HAL Oosterdam 4/11 (1)

Celebrity Xpedition 9/13, Solstice 05/17 (2)

Ponant Le Lyrial - Antarctica - #1 Trip of a Lifetime! (1)
#14
Little Rock, Arkansas
37,374 Posts
Joined Mar 2005
Well, I've survived the bar exam, and have examined some of the local bars. I leave for the airport in 6 hours to start examining the bars on Brilliance! Will check in tomorrow or sometime after that depending on how the examination goes.
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Wrona

3/02 Sovereign of the Seas Bahamas, 5/03 Voyager of the Seas Western Caribbean, 1/05 Voyager of the Seas Eastern Caribbean, 12/05 Rhapsody of the Seas Western Caribbean, 2/06 Brilliance of the Seas Partial Panama Canal(Live posts or photos), 3/06 Serenade of the Seas Southern Caribbean (Review or photos), 3/06 Monarch of the Seas Mexico, 2/07 Jewel of the Seas Eastern Caribbean (Mustard of the Seas 1) (View photos), 1/08 Maui Trip (View photos), 5/08 Rhapsody of the Seas Alaska (trip report, photos, Compasses/Menus/Other Info, review, review with pictures), 5/09 Serenade of the Seas Alaska (View Photos), 11/09 Radiance of the Seas Mexico (View Photos), Jewel of the Seas WB TA 09/10 (Review, View Photos), 8/11 Peru & Machu Picchu (View Photos), 8/12 Colombia (View Photos), 10/12 Jewel of the Seas Canada/New England (View Photos), 2012 Christmas Markets Salzburg/Munich (View Photos), 4/13 Jewel of the Seas Cozumel (View Photos), 8/13 Ghana (View Photos-Part 1 & Part 2), 11/13 Oasis of the Seas Eastern Caribbean (Review, View Photos), 1/14 Adventure of the Seas Southern Caribbean (View Photos), 9/14 Jewel of the Seas Southern Caribbean (View Photos), 11/14 Celebrity Summit Southern Caribbean (View Photos), 5/15 Jaco Beach, Costa Rica (View Photos), 6/15 AmaSerena Danube River (View Photos), 7/15 Majesty of the Seas Bahamas (View Photos), 8/15 Navigator of the Seas Western Caribbean, 1/16 Celebrity Summit Southern Caribbean, 11/16 Celebrity Silhouette WB TA, 1/17 Celebrity Infinity South America
#15
nova scotia canada
2,431 Posts
Joined Feb 2004
Congratulations. I bet that is a huge weight off your shoulders.

Can't wait to hear from you from the Brilliance!!

Have a great time!

Kim
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Celibrity Equinox February February 20 2017
Serenade of the Seas December 14 2015
Explorer of the Seas November 1, 2014
Serenade of the Seas December 12, 2013
Jewel of the Seas October 29,2011
Grandeur of the Seas November 19, 2009
Liberty of the Seas October 25, 2008
Explorer of the Seas December 23, 2007
Radiance of the Seas April, 28 2007
Brilliance of the Seas April. 17, 2006
Mariner of the Seas May 9, 2004
Carnival Paradise May 12, 2002
#16
6,035 Posts
Joined Jan 2005
The work is over... now the fun begins! It's gotta feel good to have that done. Congratulations!!!
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Ellen

Coming up!
Solstice - July 29, 2016
Explorer - September 30, 2016
Brilliance - November 5, 2016
Harmony - November 12, 2016
Jewel - December 11, 2016
Equinox - February 20, 2017
Harmony - April 22, 2017
Radiance - May 17, 2017
Anthem - June 17, 2017
Silhouette - August 11, 2017
Eclipse - August 26, 2017


#18
Little Rock, Arkansas
37,374 Posts
Joined Mar 2005
Made it to the ship in one piece, no thanks to the baggage workers at Miami International Airport (1-1/2 hours before our bags started showing up from our flight).

First impressions of the ship:

Check in took 2 minutes, max! Could use platinum check in and had my SetSail pass.

Wow! What a beautiful ship. I've seen the descriptions but never truly understood how beautiful it is. Even on my low deck 3 cabin, views of the ocean are only a few steps away. From the internet cafe, I'm sitting here watching the horses run past the ship.

Due to delays at the airport, I had to make the choice between drink or heading to the spa to make appointments. I chose the spa and was able to get my first facial and massage of the trip this evening. Thank God! I can now actually move my neck and the stress of the bar exam is starting to be erased from my face. I will be visiting again later in the week to confirm that the spa is as wonderful as I think. Oh by the way, I gave into the sale. I did my last cruise and my skin has improved, so I decided to get even more. Believe me, when you've tried every other product out their it's worth a shot - and for me since I started using the products my last cruise, other than the stressed out skin of the last couple of weeks, my skin hasn't ever looked better. I'm actually starting to get the skin of an adult! No teenage acne!

I did get my first drink at the Champagne Bar in the Centrum before dinner. Lovely bar. Very busy this first evening! Nice music playing. Very cute bartenders one is from Turkey. Cost: kir royal $9.51 including gratuities. Compared to home this is actually inexpensive. After staying at a hotel the rest of the week, I don't think I will ever complain about prices on the ship again. I discovered Arkansas has a state liquor tax of 31.5%. Heck, based on tax alone it's cheaper for me to drink on the ship! I guess I better get it all in now .

Age demographic: at one point, I wondered if I qualified for Adventure Ocean on this cruise, but I have met a lot of very young at heart people already (even if slightly older than me). My mustard drill I think the next youngest person was easily twice my age.

And speaking of the mustard drill, where were the hot dog and pretzel carts? I was very hungry by that time since I skipped food to go make spa appointments and was hoping to see them, but alas they weren't there. It was a tragedy!

I have a wonderful stateroom attendant, Ricardo. He put my bags into my room for me, had my flowers (thank you to my mother and aunt) already waiting for me, and greeted me by handing my my robe.

Very friendly ship. From the guest relations desk where I set up my cyber cabin and got a new compass, to the bar to the dining room. Every crew member I meet has a smile and a good day.

Ah! The dining room. I guess my reputation proceeds me because I scared off all of my tablemates on the first night (table for 4 with only me). But I can't help but making friends, so got to talking to the table next to me who happened to be from Arkansas, and the couple by themselves at the table for 10 across the way. I think tomorrow night they are going to combine my table with the table next to me, and the couple across the way is going to join us. Still wonderful service! Even better food than Rhapsody (and that was wonderful)! Although they missed the memo that I was supposed to be assigned a cute, young, unattached MALE waiter. Oh, well!


I have seen a few people who don't Get It! Where's the cannon when you need it? My favorite - as I was leaving for the mustard drill, a couple was complaining because they had been on the ship 3 hours and didn't have their bags yet. They wanted Stewart to search the ship for the bags. I said I didn't have my bags yet, but I'd only been on the ship an hour and they claimed that was proof that something was wrong with their bags. As they walked away, Stewart and I talked. I think I will be getting even better service from him the rest of the cruise (if that is even possible after this first day).

Gotta go now! I hear a trivia game calling my name!
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Wrona

3/02 Sovereign of the Seas Bahamas, 5/03 Voyager of the Seas Western Caribbean, 1/05 Voyager of the Seas Eastern Caribbean, 12/05 Rhapsody of the Seas Western Caribbean, 2/06 Brilliance of the Seas Partial Panama Canal(Live posts or photos), 3/06 Serenade of the Seas Southern Caribbean (Review or photos), 3/06 Monarch of the Seas Mexico, 2/07 Jewel of the Seas Eastern Caribbean (Mustard of the Seas 1) (View photos), 1/08 Maui Trip (View photos), 5/08 Rhapsody of the Seas Alaska (trip report, photos, Compasses/Menus/Other Info, review, review with pictures), 5/09 Serenade of the Seas Alaska (View Photos), 11/09 Radiance of the Seas Mexico (View Photos), Jewel of the Seas WB TA 09/10 (Review, View Photos), 8/11 Peru & Machu Picchu (View Photos), 8/12 Colombia (View Photos), 10/12 Jewel of the Seas Canada/New England (View Photos), 2012 Christmas Markets Salzburg/Munich (View Photos), 4/13 Jewel of the Seas Cozumel (View Photos), 8/13 Ghana (View Photos-Part 1 & Part 2), 11/13 Oasis of the Seas Eastern Caribbean (Review, View Photos), 1/14 Adventure of the Seas Southern Caribbean (View Photos), 9/14 Jewel of the Seas Southern Caribbean (View Photos), 11/14 Celebrity Summit Southern Caribbean (View Photos), 5/15 Jaco Beach, Costa Rica (View Photos), 6/15 AmaSerena Danube River (View Photos), 7/15 Majesty of the Seas Bahamas (View Photos), 8/15 Navigator of the Seas Western Caribbean, 1/16 Celebrity Summit Southern Caribbean, 11/16 Celebrity Silhouette WB TA, 1/17 Celebrity Infinity South America
#19
1,035 Posts
Joined Jan 2006
Congratulations on making it through the exam! Double congrats on making it on board. Have a great time...no one your age?...no problem, the officers should be falling all over you...remember, the more stripes the better - they get a bigger bar allowance! I have to go pack now, the Radiance is calling my name. We fly to Miami tomorrow. I'll look for your review when I get back.
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Linda and Jeff's Cruises:
Eastern Caribbean - Radiance of the Seas (RCCL) 2/26/2006; Bermuda - Zenith (Celebrity) 5/13/2006; Special 10 day Southern Caribbean - Disney Wonder 9/07/2006; Western Caribbean - Caribbean Princess 5/27/2007; Eastern Caribbean - Freedom of the Seas 10/21/2007; Western Caribbean - Norwegian Jewel 03/23/2008; Europe - Norwegian Gem 06/15/2008; Western Caribbean/Chocolate Cruise - Regent Seven Seas Voyager 12/2/2008, Baltics - Emerald Princess 7/2009; Caribbean - Celebrity Solstice 4/2010; Alaska Cruisetour - Coral Princess 07/2010; Southern Caribbean - Caribbean Princess 3/4/2012. Upcoming 2014: Disney Fantasy & Celebrity Reflection
Cancelled Cruises: Regent Seven Seas Voyager 12/11/2006 Engine Issues - Boo Hoo

Linda's Cruises:
Bermuda - MV Atlantic (Home Lines - passenger) 6/11/1983; Alaska - Island Princess (Princess - passenger) 6/15/84; Caribbean - Fairwind (Sitmar - Cruise staff) 1984; Mexico/Panama Canal/Alaska Fairsea & Fairsky (Sitmar - Cruise staff) 1985 - 1986; French & Italian Riviera - Club Med I - passenger again - yeah!) 1991.
#20
25,635 Posts
Joined Jul 2004
Wrona, I'm glad you survived your first bar exam! I'm looking forward to your examination of the Brilliance bars!
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-Jean


Block Island Ferry 1965

Nordic Empress 4/95; Vision of the Seas 10/02, 5/03,1/06,11/07, 12/07, 11/08, 9/12; Splendour of the Seas 10/03; Monarch of the Seas 2/04, 12/04, 9/05, 6/06, 9/06, 1/07, 02/07, 04/07, 05/07B2B, 08/07, 11/07, 2/08, 03/08, 04/08B2B, 6/08, 7/08-2x,08/08x3, 9/08x2, 10/08, 6/09, 12/11; Radiance of the Seas 9/04, 9/07, 10/09B2B, 11/09, 4/10, 5/15, 04/16, 06/16B2B, 04/17; Brilliance of the Seas 10/05, 9/12; Serenade of the Seas 10/06, 9/14, 12/14 2/15, 10/15, 8/16; Jewel of the Seas B2B 11/06, 7/07, 10/11, 12/12x2, 1/13; 2/13, 12/13, 5/15, 9/15; Liberty of the Seas 5/07, 3/11, 11/11; Mariner of the Seas 3/08, 02/09, 04/09, 09/09, 01/10, 12/10x2, 01/11; Navigator of the Seas 12/11; Oasis of the Seas 11/09, 01/16 B2B, 10/16 B2B; Rhapsody of the Seas 2/10, 4/11, 5/13, 5/14; Allure of the Seas 11/10, 1/14, Quantum of the Seas 11/14, Explorer OTS 09/16 (91)

Star Princess 5/02, 9/02, 5/12; Diamond Princess 5/04,4/05,5/07; Sun Princess 5/05; Island Princess 05/06; Sapphire Princess 12/09, 3/13, 3/14, Golden Princess 10/13, 11/13 x3, 10/14, 11/14, 4/15, 7/15, Crown Princess 12/14, 1/15 Ruby Princess 2/16, 12/16; (23)

Azamara Journey 12/08 Azamara Quest 05/09, 03/16 (3)

Carnival Paradise 2/09, 07/09, 8/09, 12/09, 3/10, 10/10, 2/11, 09/11 Carnival Inspiration 12/11, 2/12, 11/12, 3/13, 8/13 (13)

HAL Oosterdam 4/11 (1)

Celebrity Xpedition 9/13, Solstice 05/17 (2)

Ponant Le Lyrial - Antarctica - #1 Trip of a Lifetime! (1)