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Old 10-12-2014, 09:56 PM
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My son just got me surprise cruise for my birthday on November 13 from Tampa. It is first time I will cruise form Tampa and I am diamond level. I was so pleasantly surprise. I was never with " Brilliance of the sea" and I hope it is going to be short 4 days pleasant cruise.
I am so happy, love this kind surprises.
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How wonderful! That is a great birthday gift!
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What a great birthday gift! We sailed from Tampa once and it was very nice.

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Old 10-13-2014, 08:26 PM
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What a great birthday gift! We sailed from Tampa once and it was very nice.

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I hope so. I live in Tampa and this is first time I will cruise from Tampa. I hope ship is not to small?
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No, it's not too small. I think you'll have a very pleasant cruise. I like the Brilliance and other Jewel class ships. They have lots of wood and glass, very lovely decor.
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Wow now that is a Birthday gift ! Nice.
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Wow now that is a Birthday gift ! Nice.
Thank you!
I know, I just love cruise. This one I didn't plane. In my opinion cruise is best present.
Did anybody know anything about excursion ' xcaret National Park " I think it is close to Playa Del Carmen?
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Xcaret is 10 minutes south of Playa del Carmen, adjacent to the industrial pier Carnival used to dock at when the Holiday stopped there.

I've been to Xcaret twice but it's been 10 years since the last time. It requires a lot of walking. Things are expensive (sodas, beers, snacks, souvenirs) and they have restrictions on what can be brought inside such as suntan lotion that isn't ecologically approved. Of course they conveniently sell 'approved' lotion.

The beach area was pleasant and you can do an underground river tubing excursion. They have the dolphin tours too.

But frankly unless my ship docked over on the mainland I wouldn't go to Xcaret because I can do just about the same things on Cozumel. And Xcaret does require a ferry ride from Cozumel, which is often a motion sickness episode for many passengers. Note that Royal Caribbean makes it a point to mention the ferry ride can be a problem more than once on their Xcaret excursion webpage, and they also mention a person's medical and physical condition.
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Thank you Dave, I will just stay in Cozumel then. I like there anyway.
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