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Examining the Bars on the Brilliance of the Seas

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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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...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!!!:eek:

Good Luck on your tests, and Happy Sailing!

Lisa

 

Thanks!

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All the best on the bar exam and examining the bars!! :D

One does have to wonder why someone would post just to show their ignorance. :rolleyes:

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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!

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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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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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Have fun Wrona...:p 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:cool:

Good luck on the bar!!! (both the exam and on deck);)

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I found the internet really slow (interestingly it was non-existent just outside Miami), spent $50 sending one-liners on 10 day trip in Feb.

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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:D! Will check in tomorrow or sometime after that depending on how the examination goes.

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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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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!:D

 

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:D 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!:eek:

 

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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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. :D I'll look for your review when I get back.

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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).

Did you really have to just sit/stand around for an hour and a half waiting for your bags?!?!?!?!?!?!??!

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Did you really have to just sit/stand around for an hour and a half waiting for your bags?!?!?!?!?!?!??!

 

Yes, not only that they also switched us to a different carousel when a flight that came in an hour after hours started getting their bags.:eek: Believe me when I tell you, I will be pushing even more for people to go in a day early after this.

 

 

I am POD at the moment. Made it to the Colony Club for "Where in the World Am I Trivia." Normally, I am good at geography and I did OK, but it's hard to remember stuff like that after 2 glasses of champagne, and a couple of glasses of wine. Bartender was nice, band was decent (good voice, some people dancing, beautiful view of the wake).

 

Went to Schooner Bar where I found my spot for the week (i.e. heavy pourers, friendly bartenders). Great piano player, lots of interaction, talked to a lot of people. And as to small worlds, got to talking to a guy closed to my age who is on a trip with his family as a celebration of his sister, get this, taking the bar exam. He happens to be a farmer (little known fact - I am also a farmer). Also, talked to an older gentleman, Brian, from Ontario. Nice and smart fellow. Obviously loves his wife. This trip is probably their last one together as she wasn't supposed to last this long. I can't wait to meet his wife, who from his description sounds lovely.

 

Still have other bars to examine so must go to sleep to have energy. Tomorrow is first formal night. We've had great weather low 80s, sunny and absolutely smooth seas (smoothest I've ever had).

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Wrona, I am just sitting here smiling for you! Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. I an feeling like I am your aunt-back-at-home wishing you the best!

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Will you stay on for the April 28th Trans Atlantic trip? I can meet you at the BAR then!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

 

How is the food and is the ship in top condition?????

 

Thanks for all the info

Tom

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So far the food is wonderful. I've only eaten in the dining room for dinner last night and lunch today. I was lucky enough to get to sleep in, for the first time in months.:D They have the Brasserie 30 menu in the dining room at lunch. Absolutely to die for bread pudding was the special today!

 

The ship is spotless. Clean and shiny. There is glass every where so you constantly can see the beautiful blue ocean. Plus there is soft colored wood, and subtly coloured carpet, and beautiful artwork, most of which seems to have a nautical/travel theme. I haven't seen anything worn out or out of place. Although there was a moment this morning when my toilet wouldn't flush, but Stewart fixed it very quickly.

 

Booked my Monarch cruise and my Jewel cruise this afternoon to get my onboard booking credits. Loyalty ambassador on this ship is wonderful - he actually has tons of hours where he is available, and shows up when he says he'll be there.

 

I'm heading to the wine tasting soon. Not going to pass up the opportunity for free alcohol - and yes I am sober, for the moment! No PODing this early in the day. I'll save that for later.

 

Oh, and for those of you in cold, wintery places. It is 80 degrees, the sun is shiny, with very calm seas (or at the very least this ship handles the waves beautifully). So to all of you back home dealing with winter and your daily grind I say, nany nany boo boo!:p :p :p

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Keep it coming! You're getting me so excited about our cruise next week!!! Congrats on finishing the exam and have fun the rest of the week!

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Oh, and for those of you in cold, wintery places. It is 80 degrees, the sun is shiny, with very calm seas (or at the very least this ship handles the waves beautifully). So to all of you back home dealing with winter and your daily grind I say, nany nany boo boo!:p :p :p

 

Oh, she's getting sassy!!!!:D ;) Ah, the relief of finishing a couple of those "bars!"

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I just happened on this thread while looking around and have to admit I am soooo jealous! But also it's great to hear about the Brilliance as DH and I will be on her for next fall's transatlantic.

 

Anxiously awaiting the next post from the sea--which reminds me where is this cruise going?

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Congratulations on completing the bar exam and hope for nothing but excellent results. Glad to hear you are happy with the ship. It is one of our favorites,as are the rest of the Radiance class. Enjoy a wonderful time onboard. You deserve a wonderful break after all the studying for the exam.

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Wrona - congrats on writing the bar - did you do well, what's your gut feeling??? DH retired from law last year after 22 years, and is mediating part-time. Easier pace and loves it.

 

We're following you closely as we're doing your cruise March 17 and can't wait. We did the Brilliance a few years ago and loved it, so we're back....!

 

Cyber cabin - DD and DS are bringing along a laptop for games, internet, etc. I can use a computer, but that's about it. What is the cost of a cyber cabin for 10 days - is it worth it? Do I need any special cables, etc. to do it?

 

Who's the CD? Which nights are the formal nights?

 

Enjoy, look forward to your next post.

 

CANUCKS4

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Wrona, I've always enjoyed reading your posts but now I'm hanging on to every word as we are going to be on BOS in 51 days!! Keep the information coming we are all living vicariously through you right now. And congrats on geting through the bar- you deserve this trip!

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Where are we going? Aruba, Panama Canal, Costa Rica, and Grand Cayman.

 

Cyber Cabin? cost $120 dollars for unlimited access in your stateroom. They provide the cable. All you need is a modem. There are wireless hotspots on this ship where you can use a laptop. Internet access other than Cybercabin starts at $.50 per minute but you can buy packages.

 

This ship handles the seas beautifully. The wind was very high today but the ship was completely smooth, only started to feel it at dinner. Handles the seas better than the Voyager class (which handle the seas beautifully IMO). Caught a few people complaining about the wind, but it is warm and sunny so I was in heaven!

 

After the wine tasting (free to C&A members), I spent the afternoon reading something that wasn't required for a class:D . First on the very back of the ship in the open air part of the windjammer then on the promenade deck. Then back to stateroom to prep for Formal Night.

 

Headed to Schooner Bar for martini tasting before dinner, ran into the couple who were by themselves across the way the previous night. We went into the Colony Club (deck 6 club at the very back of the ship) for Captain's reception. Free alcohol, and lovely to watch all the couples (young and old) dance together. You could tell they knew each other well. About 60% of the ship is in tuxes, the other 40% in suits, although early seating is starting to change back into formal wear. Tonight is the first formal night. Tomorrow is smart casual.

 

Captain was very funny! Thom Wildung? I am POD so I may not be correct. Tonight was shrimp cocktail, escargot, and filet of beef night. We combined tables as once again my tablemates did not show up. Rather than complain I adapted and had a great time!

 

Debated seeing the Temptations tribute, but decided to head to bar instead. Did not make it past the Schooner Bar, where Eric the bartender reigns. Very funny! Sings with all the songs played/sung by the man whjo looks like Yanni (Ed's description, not mine, although it fits). Met Ed's sister this time (fellow bar examinee), and stayed too late!

 

Notice to all women! Take off high heels after formal night, especially if you plan to drink. I fell down the stairs due to high heels and drinking = bad combination. I'm okay but I have a little bit of rugburn. I can tell I will be miserable in the morning. My own fault really! I think I better cut back on examining the bar.

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One more thing. It's a really long walk from deck 3 to deck 11. I understand now why the elevators are so full. I just practice patience, and stair climb whenever I can in order to free it up for someone else. The stairs are far apart, but at least they don't close very quickly like the ones at my law school.

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ALPHA, ALPHA, ALPHA!

We've now heard that twice on this ship (not including my little mishap). Just as the horseracing was starting this afternoon, one of the jockeys had a seizure. People were very quick to help her and the staff acted very professionally.

 

As I suspected today, I am wearing signs of my little tumble down the stairs. One of the knuckles on my right hand is purple surrounded by red and slightly swolled, while my left knee is splotchy red from abrasions and bruises. Oh well. Nothing's broken. Just more proof that I really do need to live in a padded bubble.

 

Today was our 2nd sea day. When I went to the main pool this afternoon I saw lots of towels and books suntanning. I guess they needed it, they were looking a little pale! I thought about playing games with people's minds by switching stuff between chairs but I decided not to have fun. I'll save that for another sea day. There were chairs available though, just none together for the people wanting to take their naps side by side. I went up to the area above the pool deck and read. The chairs up there were all tied down due to the wind. But it gave me prime viewing for the Men's Sexy Legs Competition.

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Wrona - I believe that this will be one of Captain Wildung's last cruises as he is due to retire shortly. We sailed with him a few years back on Brilliance of the Seas and found him to be very personable. Please extend our best wishes to him for a pleasant retirement.:)

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Went easy on examining the bars this evening. Have to be up early to snorkel.

 

Hadn't met my headwaiter before this evening, but he filled in tonight for our missing assistant waitress who apparently got sick sometime between first and 2nd seating.:eek: Headwaiter has definitely earned his tip this week.

 

Coated in aloe now due to a deficiency in my application of sunblock (forgot to reapply it after getting in the hot tub and then the pool). The apply to the walls of the shower and then turn around method works. Speaking of the shower, yes it has the clinging curtain, but the water's going to get out of the shower anyways so I just leave it open and it doesn't get me. I tried to use it the 1st morning and still managed to get water everywhere.

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The bed in my room is fine. It isn't sagging, I can't feel the springs, and I'm even able to comfortably lay in the center without feeling that hump in the middle.

 

Already been up off the ship, snorkeled and rum punched and now getting ready to go back out again. Aruba is beautiful. The water is so many different shades of blue and green. The wind makes the water a little rough though (which I loved). Heading back out again in search of food and shopping. All the shops are closing at 2pm today because it is Aruba's Carnaval. I'm still debating whether to watch thue parade or take a nap. Maybe do both. We'll see. Kukoo Kunuku Pub Crawl is tonight. Somebody want to call me on my cell phone and remind me to go back to the ship.

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