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  1. Sunny AZ Girl

    Brilliance- any recent cruisers?

    We were on the recent TA and the 5 night Caribbean following (21 nights total). While both cruises were excellent and would do either again, we felt that the ship is showing her age and could us a good refurbishment in places. Specifically, quite a few failed window lights (foggy windows). My husband has been in the window glass business for most of his career, so he focuses on these things. It could use some more paint in places. On the plus side, the carpet was all replaced in the recent drydock and the furnishings seemed to be good, especially in public places. I don't believe the cabins were refurbished, but our OV cabin on the TA was in excellent shape. However, our balcony cabin on the 5 night was pretty rough. The balcony was rusty in places and the bathroom had a lot of wear showing. Our main complaint on the TA was the ongoing construction on Deck 6 directly below our cabin (7000) It sounded like a jackhammer going off from 8 AM until evening and nauseating paint fumes driving us out of the cabin during the day. After several days of complaints our entire row of cabins had a meeting with the guest services manager and they agreed to stop construction on sea days and only do this in port (this was a TA, so lots of sea days!). We were also all comped 50% of our cruise price. I would think this work would be done by now. Apparently they were remodeling the crews gym. Also, the crew uses the gym 24 hours a day, so some of us were awakened by loud music and slamming doors at 2AM. This was also put to a stop by management. The ship was very clean all over on both cruises. No complaints at all about general maintenance. Cleaning going on all the time. We were happy with the food. Good to excellent. The Park Cafe in the Solarium was our favorite lunch place. The crew is one of the best and will bend over to please. Overall, nothing on the ship really would cause us to not sail her again for the right itinerary. The 5 night is a nice break and very enoyable for a short cruise. They try to offer all of the activities of a 7 night, compressed into 5. As mentioned above you don't have all of the bells and whistles of the newer and larger ships on the Radiance Class, but they make up for it in the excellent service and the more intimate feel of the ship.
  2. Sunny AZ Girl

    Arizona Cruisers 2018

    Getting off work shortly. Then I have 3 nights off. Yeah! It seemed like a long weekend. Laura, is Gene's birthday party tonight or last night? Give him a birthday hug from me! 😍🎂🎉
  3. We were on the September 17 sailing and stayed at the Springhill Suites Old Montreal. It was a nice hotel with a lot of restaurants around, and we could walk to see the Old Montreal sites easily in the morning. After lunch we grabbed our bags and took a taxi to the bus terminal. Orleans Express was $25 pp with bags (no refunds and no changes at that price) for the trip to Quebec City. I highly recommend both the hotel and bus. Thank you! I will keep that in mind. 😎
  4. Sunny AZ Girl

    Arizona Cruisers 2018

    Lisa, the website is mobile friendly. You can log on through your web browser on your phone. I use Chrome. Then there is an option in the menu to save a shortcut on your homepage. Works well for me. The emojis are only on my laptop. My typing app has ones I use on my phone.
  5. Thank you for the response. I thought that you had stayed overnight. We may be flying into Montreal, so looking at all of the possibilities.
  6. I am enjoying this review. We are looking forward to the same cruise next year. I haven't read it all yet, but you have already given me some great tips! Question is - where did you stay in Montreal?
  7. Sunny AZ Girl

    Arizona Cruisers 2018

    Norine, the heart is a "Like" button. But if you go to "Activity -My Activity Screen - Content I Follow" on the top left of the threads you will find current posts on all threads you are following. The unread posts are in bold type. You must be logged in to see your content.
  8. Sunny AZ Girl

    Subscribed Threads

    I have found one way to see when my subscribed threads have new posts by going to Activity>My Activity Streams>Content I Follow, but I would love a condensed version, accessible with one click and just showing the thread with new posts once, not one line for every new post. Is this possible or am I missing another way? Otherwise, i like the new site. Like anything new, it is a learning curve. But, I am learning it pretty quickly and I am not computer savvy. I have seen improvements since the first day launch and I am sure it will continue to evolve. Good job!
  9. I removed Tapatak from my phone today. No loss. They have recently started charging me for the use of it (0.99/month. It won't break me, but it is the principle). I logged onto the CC website directly with no problem and it is completely mobile friendly. I was even able to add a shortcut to my home page, so I am good. The day the new website was released I couldn't get it on my phone, but no problem today. They did announce from the beginning that it would not be available as an app since the new version would be mobile friendly, so the loss of Tapatalk should not be a surprise to anyone.
  10. Sunny AZ Girl

    Arizona Cruisers 2018

    I am now logged on and posting from my phone. I have Samsung. No problems. It even saved a shortcut to my homepage. I logged into the website directly and it looks good. There is a help thread on the home page. Maybe you can get some help there?
  11. Sunny AZ Girl

    Arizona Cruisers 2018

    I am finding it easier than I thought to navigate to my subscribed threads. I still have to try going to the main website on my phone, though. Baby steps. Still working on pictures I am making myself get up every hour and walking 10 minutes on the treadmill so I am not just sitting here like a lump all day.💪 (I do like the new emoji's🐭)
  12. Sunny AZ Girl

    Arizona Cruisers 2018

    Tapatalk no longer works. I haven't tried the website on my phone yet, but I m uninstalling Tapatalk. Our photobooks will probably go into the trash when we die, too But since I plan to be around a bit longer I will keep doing them. They are for our enjoyment. Not my kids. We do pull them out and look at them more often then we look at SmugMug. I do like both, though. When my memory goes the books will help me remember where I have been as I browse through them in my Assisted Living Room! Laura, I am glad you found a way to lower your inflammation. Good for you!
  13. Sunny AZ Girl

    Arizona Cruisers 2018

    It seems they have fixed the type color and double spacing. Still can't access on Tapatalk. Tapatalk is now charging me $0.99/moth. Not going to break me, but it is the principle. I was going to drop that anyway. I use my phone to access CC at work, so that is a problem that needs to be fixed as I know many people are mobile. They did say that the phone app would no longer be available. Nice weather out. I am enjoying having the windows open. Still working on my pictures of our month long adventure! I have done the first cut/fixing and now I am organizing/second cut and uploading to Smugmug. I will post a link when I am done. The final Picaboo book(s) will be my "best of best" and much quicker to go through! It is disappointing to hear consistently abut the food quality on Princess. When we cruised on her in the the past it was good, but it has been quite awhile. I don't hold much weight on one person's food review as food is subjective and some people take the "critic" part of this board too literally, but when it is repeated over and over by so many people I know and trust then I know there must be a problem. I will never say NO to Princess since we are now cruising primarily for itinerary. Ship and price factor in to our decision, however. But the reviews will make me cautious. I would also like to try NCL again. The reviews there have been very strong. Have a great day!
  14. Another friend of mine is on this cruise. I know you all will love both Tim & Kathy and Anne! I met Anne on our last cruise (the Brilliance TA). She was a single at our MTD table that I put together (same table and waiter each night). It worked out really well. She is single, in our age group and cruises solo. Hopefully, she will be posting on the Roll Call soon.😎
  15. Sunny AZ Girl

    Arizona Cruisers 2018

    Change is hard. I was about ready to set up a FB group for us, too. I found ow to find your subscribed threads. On the upper left just above the forum title go to Activity>My Activity Streams>Content I Follow. I don't like that it shows every individual newer post instead of the whole thread with new posts. I guess I will get used to it. Let me know if you find a better way. We missed you all while you were gone. I have never had a bad cruise, but some stand out as favorites. Looking forward to making a new favorite on the Ovation. 😎