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  1. My last cruise was a quick 4 night on Brilliance out of Tampa Jan 30 - Feb 3, 2020. It was a mother son cruise with my youngest (11 at the time) to visit Mexico for a field trip while we studied Mayan history for homeschool. We had an amazing time but could see the beginnings of the mess that followed. When we checked in for that cruise they asked questions about recent travel to China. We actually spent a day at EPCOT the day after we disembarked and saw a handful of people wearing masks. Since then we’ve had 3 cancelled cruises and I doubt our next several will sail as planned after reading
  2. We originally booked Explorer for December 2020 because of the amped ship and the ABC itinerary. We L&S to December 2021 for obvious reasons and now this....I honestly don’t mind the change to Radiance because we love that class of ships, but the new itinerary is nothing like we originally booked. Only thing making us even consider keeping the booking is the great deal we got on it.
  3. What a mess. We have 2 cabins booked next to each other because our kids are in their own cabin. Hopefully they don’t screw that up when they move us.
  4. Same for my 8 night on Brilliance on June 19th - it now shows 7 night western caribbean out of Tampa. My guess is they moved the ship to Tampa on the system before moving our reservations to Indy. Guess we keep watching for more changes.
  5. I personally love Brilliance, but there definitely isn’t as much for kids compared to the bigger ships. My boys first cruise was on Allure, so it was a big change for my 11 year old to sail Brilliance earlier this year. There were very few kids on our sailing so he never even went to the kids activities. Instead he went to napkin folding, towel animals and trivia during the day and had a blast. He loves live music and looked forward to listening to the music in Schooner Bar each evening after dinner. As for the pool, he enjoyed the small kids water slide (better than no slide) and enjoyed the
  6. You could consider booking a balcony for yourself and the interior directly across the hall for the kids. We have that set up for our cruise next month and our boys are beyond thrilled to have their own room. I’m thrilled that I won’t have to share 1 tiny bathroom with 3 boys!
  7. Another vote for Thenford Grey in St. Kitts. For St. Thomas we love https://www.stthomasadventures.com and definitely get the photo package for $40. We got the most amazing snorkeling and swimming with turtles pictures when we went out with Web a year ago. We’ve already booked with him again for our cruise in April.
  8. If you sail away at 4, most likely yes, you would miss it if you have early dining. I sailed Brilliance twice recently (my favorite ship so far) and both times we left Tampa at 4 and sailed under the bridge around 6:20 or so. It’s an incredible experience and not to be missed. Have an awesome cruise!
  9. We ate at both Chops and Giovanni’s on Brilliance in December and preferred our meal at Giovanni’s. Not that Chops was bad, just our preference. An evening meal without the kids will be enjoyed at either restaurant you choose.
  10. Brilliance is a great ship for your first cruise. Be sure to go outside at the front of the ship when she sails under the Sunshine Skyway bridge about 2 hours and 15 minutes after she leaves port of Tampa - simply amazing. Have a wonderful cruise!
  11. No problem at all. I had magnetic hooks on the walls, ceiling and doors on Brilliance last month.
  12. I haven’t sailed Rhapsody (yet), but when I sailed Brilliance last month I fell in love with her. In fact, I’m sailing her again in four weeks and can’t wait for my youngest son, 11, to experience a smaller ship. Last month was a rare 7 day cruise without the kids and we loved all the public venues where you could relax and enjoy ocean views. Our favorite place was the outdoor seating area for Windjammer - rarely crowded and nice and quiet compared to the activities closer to the main pool. I think there are still things to keep the kids busy on a shorter cruise and wouldn’t hesitate to take b
  13. Thanks for the tip, we will definitely let the photographer know ahead of time that we plan on buying the photos.
  14. Amazing pictures, thank you so much for the review. I booked Woodwind last week for our day in Bonaire in December. Ulf emailed me back within an hour of contacting him and we had it all confirmed same day. I will definitely plan on taking the extra $40 for the photographers pictures. So nice to enjoy the snorkeling without worrying about taking our own pictures. We are doing a 4 hour morning snorkel and hope to enjoy wondering around town a bit afterwards before heading back to the ship.
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