We left Ft. Lauderdale on 28 April. At the port we checked in and as we had suites, we avoided the lines and were whisked right on. After unpacking, we went to the concierge lounge and made our dinner reservations for specialty restaurants. New rule on the Jewel – you can only use the BOGO on nights 1 and 2. This sucks because no one wants to eat big meals two nights in a row, especially at the start. It used to be as long as you booked and charged your card the first night you could book any night. Another benefit bites the dust.
After the boat drill we beat feet to the Concierge Lounge. What chaos!! Although it was added with the refurbishment, there were 141 DP, Pinnacles, and Suites. Many guests ignored the boat drill and stayed hidden in the lounge to save their precious seats.
We went to the Cruise Critic Meet and Mingle and there were about 200 there. Prizes were really lame with a couple bottles of wine. On our last TA on the Brilliance, they gave out Chef’s table, Chops, Giovanni’s, and many neat items.
New carpet glue was terrible. Carpet shed fibers all over clothing and into ventilation system. New chairs were replaced while we were onboard and reeked of chemical smell. Room light dimmer switches had to be replaced because they failed. Otherwise great room and location. Rahm attendant moved all items to new room on back to back. Great steward.