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Yay! FINALLY! Embarkation Day!!!

The day I've been waiting for, for well over a year now. We finally GET ON THE SHIP! {jumping up and down, doing the happy dance!!!!}

I had pre-arranged a shuttle to pick us up at the hotel and take us to the ship. The shuttle was right on time and we arrived at the port at a perfect time, for some reason the check in was quiet so we pretty much could have picked any darn line/non-line that we wanted to...however, there was an RCI agent checking SetSail passes, and after he looked at ours, he indicated a line for us to enter.

Wow we were on board the beautiful Brilliance of the Seas. After we ran the gambit of the staff trying to entice you to buy spa packages, additional dining package (already had one thanks), alcohol package (already had one thanks), and additional extra items we had time to explore the ship.

Yes. The All-Important 1:00 p.m. When The Cabins Are Opened, time to go check out our home-away-from-home for the next 24 nights. It is small but livable as you don’t spend a lot of time in your room and I know we will use the balcony a lot. Wow, there is a plate of chocolate covered strawberries and a bottle of champagne waiting for us (thanks to Marla - our travel agent). Once the luggage arrived we took the time to unpack. I hate living out of a suitcase, that is one of many reasons I like to cruise, one and done until it is time to leave the ship. I was so happy we had taken the time to be careful when packing because there were hardly any wrinkles!

So on to the Muster Drill, as much-anticipated as 1:00 pm is on a Cruise, 4:00 pm is a different story. It's the Muster Drill. And especially in light of the tragedy of the Costa Concordia, it's necessary and it's important.

Soon, we were dismissed, and we quickly headed up to the Pool Deck for the SailAway party and where my first mudslide was in order.

Now it was time for diner at Chops, nice table for two by the window to watch the sunset.

During the planning of the cruise I had connected with Lori and Sharon on Cruise Critic and we had connected for all the tours on our first leg on the two cruises. We actually were on every tour with Sharon and her husband Chris. The 3 of us couples had exchanged photos before hand but now low and behold sitting right beside us in Chops could that possibility be Lori and Bob, I sure thought they looked familiar but out of 2,000 guests on the ship how could it be possible we managed to sit beside the people we needed to get together with about our tour tomorrow. I finally asked and Yes, it was them. We made arrangements to meet the next day before getting off the ship as we thought it would be easier then finding our tour separately. Talk about strangers not passing in the dark.

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