November 2019 - 5 Night Bahamas (Charleston Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Sunshine
Brian, spends too much time working and not enuff time cruising, but gotta pay for the cruises!
November 2018 - 5 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip) Cruise on Brilliance of the Seas
February 2018 - 5 Night Bahamas (Charleston Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Ecstasy
November 2017 - 5 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Triumph
Family Cruise on Triumph 11.25.17 with a BONUS Day!
May 2017 - 6 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Vista
Brilliance of the Seas
Sail Date: November 26, 2018
Sail Date: November 25, 2017
Sail Date: November 26, 2016
Good morning everyone! Trying to get rid of this cold mess that i got from Danyl.
It started with dropping off our youngest pooch Rosey at the Vet for boarding and for her to get fixed while we were gone. Then we had a very LONG drive to Miami left at 8 AM arrived at Miami about 10 PM due to stopping for gas, food and restroom breaks) from NC on Black Friday and stayed at Comfort Suites in Dania, FL about 30 mins from the cruise terminal. I want to caution you that there is a "Port of Miami Cruise Parking" that is NOT at the POM. We had set out directions to that one and decided against it, just did not appear to be a good setting, so we drove on to the REAL Port of Miami and parked there. The embarkation was not as smooth as it was in Charleston last year, but not bad.
Once we were on the ship, things were great! We ate at the Southern Comfort portion of the Lido Deck. We went to our room and rested until the Muster Drill. It went well, we had the briefing and then went to the lifeboat area. We went back to the room and rested until time for supper. We decided against the MDR and went to the LIDO and had a relaxing supper.
1st Sea Day one of my sons came to me and let me know that he has lost his wallet, I asked him where he had last seen it and he said right there on the desk in the cabin. we tore the cabin apart looking for it, i went to the muster station area checked out the seats there, the casino and went to Guest Services. He had already called and they had not seen the wallet. I asked them to check again and the wallet was there, with the money inside. Sea Day Brunch - I live for this! loved the Steak and Eggs! Had a relaxing day at Sea, hit the casino and assisted Danyl in the Bingo Hall, bought some tshirts from the funshops then got ready for the MDR and enjoyed the Steakhouse Selections Lobster tail. We went to a playlist production of piano tunes and some real rock thrown in.
Grand Cayman's - we did the Amphibious Bus tour, and had a great time. I do want to say that the food at the Royal Palms was overpriced and there was not enough time to enjoy it. We only had 45 mins there, so please DO NOT spend your time eating at the Royal Palms, the food was good, (very good wings, conch fritters and POUTINE – Joe and Dom, yes they had some very good poutine) The tour guides were great, however and entertaining. They took us out in the water close to where the ship was anchored. We were shown shipwrecks as we passed over them. We were able to feed the fish by throwing out pieces of bread.
Jamica - we did the Top ten of Jamaica, Angela did great as a tour guide, they took us up to top of the mountains and showed us cocoa (gave everyone a piece from a cocoa plant to suck on), cooking herbs and allowed members of the bus to walkover and buy some of the cooking herbs. They also took us to a very scenic area in the mountains for pics and restroom break. During one of the stops, we had limited time at a shopping center, the group bought some items and left. we continued on, got lunch for $5 at a jerk place. then continued on, near the end the bus notified the driver and Angela that they had to return to one of the earlier spots. One of the watch places file a POLICE REPORT that the tour guide interfered with their selling one of the tourists buying a watch. #Givemeabreak
Sad day at sea, still had a great time! loved the ship! Danyl lost our camera bag and camera in the casino. Keleigh, one of the Pit Bosses took our name and room numbers in case she found it. I went down to the Guest Services and it was there, they had already cataloged the contents separating her diabetic kit, testing supplies and needles. All was there. Thanks to the always watchful security onboard.
Dolhma in the Lido inside restaurant was a treasure for us to talk to, she was so interested in hearing about where we were from and how she wanted to get to see different places inside the us like the Blue Ridge Parkway and up north at Niagara Falls.
Aristole – our lead waiter in the MDR rocked! Poor guy he tried his best to get a handle on what I would want to drink – lol good luck with that! He did get what everyone else wanted after the first night we were in there. He has 2 more cruises to go then he is retiring and will see his daughter back in the Manilla for the first time.
Zindi – our cabin steward was great also! She took great care of our rooms!
Things i did not like - it looks like bitter n blanc along with the grand marnier souffle have been removed from the dessert menu. Humans during disembarkation, the crew tried their best, but some people wanted to be self important jerks.
It was a great cruise, hated to see it end, stayed in Savannah, GA on the way back at the Springhill Suites by Marriott. Nice hot breakfast included, very clean place. We are going to look into flying down in May for the Vista cruise, right now, however, it looks like it will cost about $300 a person * 5 = 1500. A bit out of our price range.
Brilliance of the Seas
A great place to hide in plain sight - in the Centrum beside/behind the Coffee Shop
We did not want to do an excursion, just hung out on the ship and relaxed!
Did NOT like the city, dirty, poorly laid out for driving. We did not do an excursion.
We did the El Cid resort as our excursion, it was an all inclusive resort.
There is a great ocean view deck right off the Atrium AKA Capital Lobby, go there to avoid the crowds!
Bring an extension cord or non surge protector power strip. get the 12 pack of water for $3.99 well worth it, we went thorugh the 12 pack, the 3 bottles of water included for past sailing as well as a couple bottles from our other room that bought a 12 pack also.
do the 10 best of jamaica, just avoid the diamond watch seller. please do get the $5 combo plate of chicken and pork for lunch, the tour guide will call in the order, you will need to get sometime to drink on your own.
go for the amphibious bus tour!