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  1. Hey Andrew... You gonna go see the Ford VS Ferrari movie? 😉 Pretty safe bet that you are I'm thinkin. dp
  2. I clearly remember that my high school guidance counselor never mentioned that being a Craft Beer masterbrewer was a possible career choice 😞 I'm sure brewing beer on a cruise ship must be a great job. dp
  3. I do believe there is extra work and liability issues for TAs when clients participate in Royal up. Many times the royal up is awarded in the last week, even just days before the cruise. The client may have already left their home. Luggage tags have to be reprinted, (Because clients insist on them) New SetSail print outs for check-in. In our case, we had communications from purchased activities that did not make it to our room, we assume it is because we had a last minute room change from our successful RoyalUp. Some clients would take this opportunity to complain to their TA and create frustrating situations that they would just prefer to avoid. As already mentioned, the amount of extra calls from customers and paperwork involved for the small amount of return does not make it viable for big box TA's who work on small margins to make it worth their while. I'm certain that these Big TAs most likely had high level staff meetings to take this in consideration and arrived at the conclusion that it was not for them. I believe most clients that purchase cruises form big box TAs are completely oblivious that this program even exists. dp
  4. 3 weeks ago on Brilliance Baltic cruise sailing out of Amsterdam, the Ship announcements were in English, and Spanish. Sometimes also in Italian, depending if the announcements were entertainment related or more official ship business related. But the Morning show on TV and other announcements, the CD Andrea did them in English, Italian, French, Portuguese, German and probably a few more I'm forgetting. I also agree it would have been nice to hear the messages from the bridge in the cabin instead of having to open the cabin door. dp
  5. No problem whatsoever. Let me know if there is anything else. I just wish we would have had more time in Stockholm. I'm sure a leisurely drive in the Swedish countryside would have been amazing. dp
  6. This is the only port except for SPB that we chose to use an excursion bus. The distance to walk is just too far. I'm not certain if Brilliance docks here everytime but most likely. If you have a hard time seeing from my screen capture let me kmow and I'll find another way. dp
  7. Nice job. When we walked off Brilliance 2 weeks ago after 12 Days onboard, our bill was -$1.34, Too bad it was non-refundable 😉 dp
  8. Noise Incident Our room was quiet for the most part. Never hear anything from the corridor, but from the room directly above us… we heard some walking around and that would be pretty consistent during the 12 days, as if they were heavily walking on their heels, and that, we could live with. But on night 2 we started hearing more rockus and drawers opening and closing. That lasted only a little bit, but on the 4th night, I swear, it sounded like they were playing Rugby. After an hour of that I ended up calling GS to let them know we could not sleep because of the noise. She said she would send someone over and I would guess that in less than 2 minutes, it completely stopped. That was the end of the noise issue for the rest of the cruise except for some walking and a few drawers here and there. The next day, GS called to check to make sure we were ok and the noise had stopped, and we said yes and thank you. The day after that, we had a bottle of wine that had been delivered to our room by GS as a gift for our troubles. Since we had the Bev Package, we brought it to our MDR table for our tablemates. No Corkage fee was charged. There was some teen girls smoking on the balcony 4 rooms down from us a few times, but nothing bothersome enough to be worth calling it in.
  9. Voom Internet When we arrived at the terminal check-in counter, they gave us our sea pass card, and our Voom Code card Voom did not work in the terminal building waiting area. I did put in the code once we were onboard and sitting with a drink. The internet was so slow and intermittent at this point that we were considering going to GS and getting a refund if it did not get any better. Luckily, as soon as we pulled out of port and headed out, it vastly improved. Now even if we had the Surf & Stream, trying to watch the CBC news cast in the evening was not very smooth with lots of hiccups and pauses. Most other facebook functions and email was OK, but uploading pictures and videos to cloud service was, well, I may as well get a drink in the meantime… But connection was pretty consistent everywhere we spent time. To change device, we could not just log in with another device, it would give an error code stating max device limit already reached. You have to log out. Disabling wifi of rebooting the liged in device did not work. To log out device you must type in the URL Address: Logout.com and that will enable you to log in with another device. I just created an internet shortcut for the Login page and one for the logout page on the home screen of both my phone and my tablet and that worked fine. Do not assume the royal app information is correct. I found many discrepancies with activities and other stuff listed in the app that were wrong. We used the app mostly, but would double check with the Compass to make sure. dp
  10. ...Continued Drink Packages OK… this I know is a big ??? for many people. There are so many variables that may or may not make it worth it. I’ll start with the price we paid: The first time it was on “Special” I purchased at $61.57pppd + 18% ($46.75 usd). I just counted the number of purchase confirmations and cancellations I have on file and turns out it was 5 times, that I cancelled and repurchased at the final price of $55.86pppd + 18% ($42.43 usd) for a grand total for the both of us including service charge: $1581.96 cad ($1200 usd) I can only speak for us, but in our style of cruising, we always choose to get the Alcohol Beverage package. Mind you, this was our first 12 day cruise and we did question ourselves if we could make it worth it for 12 days and just the 2 of us and not with a group. After much deliberation we decided to go ahead and buy the package. Considering that there were several sea days, many of the port departures were early, and we had late seating for dinner, this gave us plenty of time to “Break Even”. I did my best to mentally keep track on a day to day basis as I knew this would be something that would get asked about. Even if I don’t count the number of water bottles (1 per day) and specialty coffee (usually 2 per day), a few Fresh OJ, I usually broke even sometime between 3 and 4 pm on sea days and just before dinner on port days and then add a few glasses of wine at dinner on top of that. Only one day I was one drink short of breaking even and that was the day we had Chef’s Table, because it was a port day, it starts early and it includes a wine pairing for each of the 5 courses + a desert martini, but I probably still broke even if I counted the coffees and other stuff I had that day. For my wife, breaking even involved counting the Coffees, 2 or 3 per day + the 1 or 2 Pellegrino she had at the dinner table. During the 12 days, we never received a slip to sign except for the few occasions that the wine we chose was over the 12$ per glass limit. Latte-tudes coffee shop has a little terminal that after you order, you swipe your own card and have an option to add tip or none and have to sign the digital pad. If I ordered 2 coffees I had to first swipe my card, then wait for them to punch in the second order, then I swiped my wife’s card and go through the same process again. This got old very quickly. Luckily the guys were friendly. Roaming servers I’m not sure if this is a Brilliance thing or if it is across all ships, but there were plenty of roaming servers taking drink orders. dp
  11. THERE WERE NO PEPPER MILLS! I had to beg and plead for one and after 3 nights of them hearing me ask for one, the head waiter finally found and old worn out one that basically just cracked each peppercorn in 3 or 4 very coarse chunks. dp
  12. Since this ship does not have the big ticket items as the Oasis and Quantum class, It is nit as popular for family cruising, but it still does have A rock climbing wall, mini putt, ping pong, basketball, and the lines are much shorter. There is a Cinema and also pool side movies. Some of the listed activities were Family Disco, Giant Jenga, Ring toss competition... so there are stuff to keep kids busy if you look for them. Sorry, we did not do the Mystery Dinner. For the book nerds, that lounging area at the far back of the colony club with the great view of the wake is a great place to curl up with a book. We spent much time there. dp 20190820_065337.mp4
  13. Ship activities I think this is a nice cruise to be with a group. We had cruised on Anthem for a 7 day with 8 families & kids 2 years ago and really like it. Brilliance being smaller is a bit limited on some activities/venues that the bigger ships have. We found ourselves often spending some free time in the back of the colony club, which we actually liked, but on one occasion, we were asked to leave as they were setting up the room for a Mystery Dinner group. So we went up to the Viking Crown Lounge for the great view. We were not there 15 minutes and they came out with the signs that this area was being reserved for the Diamond lounge that was overflowing next door. My wife was not comfortable staying there so we left and it felt a bit off putting. There were several sessions of Trivia, Bingo and Karaoke, but none of those are our thing. The evenings had music in several locations at the same time, so if you were not fond of Cheesy lounge music, there was probably a Jazz trio or Classical piano going on elsewhere. Most nights had a Voice & Guitar entertainer in the Pub. To be continued…
  14. Barb in GA & FlotheFloof I think it is good that you plan to spend 3 days before the cruise. This will give you more time to adjust to the time change. Our Hotel was the Eden Hotel on Amstel. It is joined by the hip to the Rembrandt Square Hotel Amsterdam. You can walk in the Eden from Amstel Street and through to the Amsterdam Hotel and come out the other side next to Rembrandt Square. The Location of these is fantastic. The pricing is a bit high but we were able to walk to everything we wanted to see. Just a short Uber ride to Port. The room we had at the Edden was very modern and quiet, but no view and dark. In the morning I could walk out from the Hotel Amsterdam doors and turn left to a small local coffee and pastry shop less than a minutes walk to Mama’s Bakery, or turn Right and walk for a minute to a very nice and huge Starbucks. Lots of food/restaurant options right there in the Square to choose from. St-Petersburg tour guides. From all the reviews I read, I don't recall ever seeing a negative comment about any of the main local tour companies. Alla, SPB, TJ Tours, and others all have an excellent reputation and offer different tour packages. We ended up going with one of the smaller ones called Best Guides. We chose the “Happy Tour” that was a compromise of many of the must do sites, plus lunches, and also some strolling on Nevsky Prospect that felt much more natural environment rather than touristy. As I had mentioned, we were 14 on the first day. The first day was the same for all, but but on day 2, they split the 2 groups, the others were doing the “Best of the Best” and 3 of us were doing the “Happy Tour” so we ended up staying with the same guide as day one and really enjoyed was now practically a private tour. We had early access to the sites. Like the Hermitage Chapel, our guide had us ready right in the vicinity as the doors opened at exactly 10:30am, we were the first ones in that very spectacular room, and we were the only 4 people in it for the first few minutes. The tours do involve lots of walking and some stairs, but the walks through museums are at a pretty slow pace. The one that is a bit quicker is Peterhof and that is all outdoors. But I’m certain, had we asked our guide to take a slower pace, she would have been very accommodating dp
  15. Thanks for following. It is a great itinerary, I'm sure you already know this but, in the spring... bring warm clothes. As Canadians, my wife and I had fun trying to guess where people were from by the amount of clothes they were wearing on the outside decks. As my DW and I felt we had great weather and enjoyed it, we met other couples complaining how chilly it was 😆 dp
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