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  1. I'm not a scotch drinker, but I have a rather significant taste for bourbon. We sailed on the Liberty this Summer, and some friends reported that they could get decent Scotch in the cigar bar. I found Four Roses Single Barrel and a couple of other great bourbons in the English pub... on the last night of the cruise. Take the first day to walk your ship and look at the bottles each bar has on offer. Happy sailing!
  2. One of my friends recently took the Black Car service from Super Shuttle. He flew in to IAH, which certainly made it more expensive than flying to HOU. I very much enjoy Galveston, and I recommend spending a night or two there if you can.
  3. We highly recommend Maya Chan. I have both a text and photo review of it on my blog as well as a video. Do make sure you make reservations in advance. Those tacos at lunch are the best shore excursion meal I have ever had.
  4. I did have it. As Biker 19 notes, it depends completely on a wide variety of factors. My experience was not impressive, and I wrote about it here. I primarily relied on service to my cell phone when we were in port.
  5. On our ship, it was a plate of cheese, a plate of olives, and maybe some hummus. It was free and there for the talking, although you had to be in the wine bar to know it was there.
  6. I saw it open at least 2 times outside of the evening cocktail period.
  7. I thought the mattresses were fine, but I tend to prefer a firmer mattress. You definitely get dessert at Chops for lunch- they offered us the same dessert menu as was offered at dinner. I enjoyed most of these food at the Windjammer, and some (things like curries and stews) I loved. However, routine options like hamburgers weren't great.
  8. Correct. No suite lunch on my sailing.
  9. Breakfast was in Chops. Nothing for lunch.
  10. I have uploaded copies of the Cruise Compass from each day of our trip. General observations about on board activities: We were in a large group. I tended to spend my time doing things which required no advanced planning like having a drink with my buddies or going down the waterslides with my kids. I always go to the ice show. It is a highlight. There were a couple of kids in our group who loved the open ice skating. I was dragged against my will to the In the Air show. It was about 45 minutes. There were some cool acrobatics, but there was no theme. It did not work for my hyper-linear brain. I was dragged against my will to Saturday Night Fever. It was more like an hour and a half, and I enjoyed it. However, the show was sufficiently long that I almost sobered up by the end. *Almost.* I did not participate, but the Blackjack tournaments were very well attended. $500 first prize and winner take all.
  11. Here you go. General observations about the two lounges: Both are located on Deck 14 aft to the sides of Olive or Twist. That, incidentally, is my favorite indoor bar. Each has an identical happy hour menu and appeared to have very similar food offerings. The Suite Lounge is physically larger. The Suite Lounge seemed to have fewer people going in to it. The Diamond Lounge has free beer and sodas in a grab and go fridge. The Suite Lounge does not. Both have a private outdoor space which is a lovely place to sit with a book. Each has a concierge. I certainly preferred the physical space of the Suite Lounge. However, the free beer in the Diamond Lounge would be a lovely benefit if one did not have a drink package.
  12. Thanks very much. What I tried to do here on Cruise Critic is post the things which are most likely to be interesting to the largest audience and then answer questions. Over the next few days I will post the Cruise Compass (daily program) for each day, and sometime next week will post the specialty menus. Sadly, I have to work for a living. It will take me a few months to get everything posted, but well before your cruise in February should post about other hotels and restaurants and such in Galveston. I genuinely enjoy Galveston as part of the vacation.
  13. Thanks so much! It means a lot to know that what I am doing is helpful. As for parking, I wrote about Galveston Park n' Cruise after our 2017 trip. We used it again last month. I am cruising again in December (on Carnival), and might well use them then if I drive down there rather than fly. If everyone in your party is physically able, it is an amazing choice since there is no shuttle involved. That is particularly nice when you want to get rolling on the morning you leave. We actually pass Galveston VIP Cruise Parking on our way in, so that is another option. I cannot speak from experience concerning them, however. If anyone in your party has mobility issues, you may be better served using one of the lots which shuttles you to the pier. We had an adult in our party who walks very slowly as well as an 8 year old who was trying very hard to carry her own bags. They both made it just fine, but might have been better served being driven directly to the pier.
  14. I don't remember seeing a dart board in there, but the pub usually happened later in the evening. That means that my attention to detail may have been... incomplete. I do remember saying the phrase, "Belvedere martini with an orange twist" several times, repeating myself for clarity, and getting a drink which was altogether something else. That bar has the best bourbon selection on boards, but when I said, "Four Roses Single Barrel rocks" the hostess responded by saying, "Ice?" Anyway, that place may be best for their lovely selection of beers. Since you are in the Villa Suite, the concierge will escort you directly on board before the other suite guests. S/he will take you directly to the room, which means you can drop things off immediately. Enjoy the trip!
  15. I loved the suite lounge, and that is one of the principal reasons I book suites. I have a short video of the suite lounge if you want to take a look at it. The short version-- I hate being in lines on vacation. Having access to the concierge helps solve that. The lounge itself was a nice place to get away. They also have an excellent continental breakfast, and each afternoon have a cocktail reception and heavy appetizers.
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