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  1. Does anyone know how long Oasis of the Seas will be leaving from Cape Liberty? I believe it’s coming in May of 2020, but didn’t know for how long thanks
  2. Embarkation This was our first cruise on Liberty, but to date we’ve been on 30+ cruises. Came to the port a little before 11:00 to make sure we could get in the nearby parking at Cruise Park with no issues. We had reserved the parking in advance (required) and they are only open on Sundays (https://www.webreserv.com/cruiseparktx). They do not offer shuttle service, so I was dropped at the port first with the luggage and my husband went to park. We were told that 11:00 -12:00 was the busiest time to arrive, but we were on the ship within 10 minutes. However, we would not be able to access our cabin until 1:00 pm. We went up to the Windjammer and had a leisurely lunch and had no problems with finding a free table. .
  3. My family wants to take another cruise. Disney has priced us out and the kids are now 16 & 18, so definitely not worth it. Probably going to go in early June or late May. We live in Kansas and I want to save my airline miles for another trip to Europe and if we add $2000 to the cruise for flights, it will end up being more than I want to spend for this trip. So with that being said, we are likely to go on the Liberty (for the 3rd time) out of Galveston. I am intrigued by going out of New Orleans. We could handle that additional drive. The cruise is less expensive by quite a bit and we get ports we have never been to. Would love to go to the private island. But after starting to do a bit of research, I don't think we would be happy on that ship. On the Liberty, my wife and I have gotten the drink package and enjoyed a couple drinks by the pool during the day, but loved the nightlife options on the Liberty. It just doesn't seem like there will be that many options on the Majesty. My son loves the slides, playing basketball, and hanging out with kids his age. My daughter will be 18 for the first time and not sure what she will enjoy doing as she will be too old for the youth activities and too young to drink. (She wouldn't drink if she could - we went to Ireland two months ago and she was legal there and refused to try anything.) So before I completely give up on the Majesty, I thought I would come here to see if anybody had experiences that may convince me we would enjoy a week on it over the Liberty. The new ports (private island and Floriday Keys) are a bonus, the extra drive is a negative. If the ships were equal, we would go to New Orleans in a heartbeat for the new ports.
  4. Hi, has anyone parked in the Cape Liberty garage in a SUV with a car carrier on top? We are limited on space with five people, so it would be easier to stick our luggage on top. I'm concerned I won't be able to open the carrier in the garage. TIA!
  5. We were on LOS 9/15-9/22 and I had every intention of writing a review-but life intervened and I procrastinated. You don't see many reviews about LOS so I will give our synopsis of thoughts and conclusions. First, this is our fourth trip on LOS and we consider it the easiest vacation option we have. We live 30 miles from Galveston and have a second home there so we can drive in the day of or the weekend before and leisurely board. This trip we loaded our luggage about 10:00, dropped it off with the porters shortly thereafter, parked our car at the house and Ubered to the ship around 1:45. We had received notification that there would be a routine Coast Guard inspection and not to arrive before 1:00. It appears we were the only passengers who heeded that request as we literally got out of the Uber, on to the ship and were in our cabin in 15 minutes. Ok, about the ship and cruise LOS doesn't seem to age much. The ship was beautiful, clean and does not feel crowded for the most part.(Windjammer excluded). We never had an issue with chairs by the pool (Solarium or Main) although on this cruise it seemed as if most passengers preferred shaded chairs in the Solarium to chairs in the sun. We were on the Cozumel, GC, Jamaica route. Here is our synopsis: SHIP: As stated above the ship is in great condition. I don't look for carpet stains, chipped paint etc. but I saw nothing that would be considered dirty or needing maintenance. We would walk daily on deck four and we would constantly see painters and personnel cleaning painting and varnishing the ship. The MDR and Specialty restaurants were all attractive as were all of the public areas. I like the feel of Liberty as for my wife and I it seems the perfect size. Seas were calm and we had no issues with the condition of the ship. ENTERTAINMENT: We do not attend all entertainment offerings so take our thoughts with a grain of salt here. We did go to UP IN THE AIR and the costumes were great but I actually got a little bored with it and we snuck out about 2/3 of the way through the show. (We did sit in the balcony on an aisle so we did not disturb anyone when we left). We went to Schooners every evening after dinner and thoroughly enjoyed it. Jamie Lee was the singer and at first I wasn't sure if I cared for him but as the week progressed we really did come to enjoy him. At least two evenings the Mad Horse Band joined him and together they were quite good. We would also filter in and out of the Hoof and Claw and Timmy Peet was really talented and played great music. It did seem crowded many evenings in there as it is so small but we would sit just outside the venue in the promenade and enjoy the music. The latin band in Bolero was also quite popular. The comedians were good as we saw one main show and two R rated comedy shows. The headliner was a gentleman named Finis Henderson whose godfather is/was Sammy Davis Jr. He played and sang both Big Band tunes as well as more modern songs. I thought he was fantastic and my suggestion would be that if you ever get a chance to see him perform definitely do it. I confess that this is my fourth trip on LOS and I have yet to see Encore! I know I should but just never made it. Have previously seen most of Saturday Night Fever and it just isn't for me so we passed again. At the Top Tier event and also at the street parties the Singers and Dancers performed and I thought they were quite talented. FOOD and DRINK: I may be in the minority but I think the food on our last two cruises have improved over what it was a couple of years ago. The menu choices are smaller but it seems to have more taste. We ate in the dining room both formal nights and night two and seven. For me, the beef and lamb dishes seemed better than the fish entrees. I specifically remenber the Almond Crusted Cod being a disappointment but most meat dishes were tasty. We had the three night dining package and ate at Chops, Sabor and Giovannis. I am normally a filet guy but I ventured out of my comfort zone and had a New York Strip at Chops and it was delicious. My wife had the filet and she thought it was great as well. Sabor was good as usual but it is hard to eat there when you are trying to stay semi Keto. The chicken appetizers are really delicious and we had a good meal but telling the waiter not to even show us the dessert platter was a first for us. At Giovannis I had heard great things about their filet so I ordered it and it was superb. We did taste their pasta and while their Bolognese sauce is different from what we are used to it was quite tasty. Service everywhere was professional and top notch and our MDR wait staff may have been the best we have had. I ate breakfast and had a snack or two in the Windjammer but my wife proudly boasted that she never entered WJ. Of course we had the drink package and felt as if we received our money's worth. PORTS: Been there done that so nothing unusual here. In Coz we got off the ship as soon as she docked and walked over to a pharmacy to pick up Z Paks etc. which we now regularly purchase. It was blisteringly hot so we went back to the ship, ate breakfast and hung out until lunch when we walked left past Park Royal hotel a few blocks to an open air restaurant named Paprika which I had read about. The restaurant was crowded and service was rather slow but we had a leisurely lunch (good grilled fish special with Mango sauce) and made our way back to the ship. I had previously made reservations at Nachi but several weeks before the cruise my wife said she would not be upset if we passed on a beach club in Coz this trip. READ: Cancel the DAMN excursion so that is what I did. We waited until all the tender numbers had been called in GC and then tendered ashore. My wife just had to find some sort of bathing suit cover-up or some such nonsense so I tagged along with her for what seemed to be an eternity until she gave up her shopping and said she was through. We then gladly found an air conditioned bar on the second floor with great views of the water and had a couple of drinks. Then we went to Casanova By The Sea which is very close to the cruise port and had a nice late lunch. The special was a glass of wine, nice salad and Salmon Piccata which was delicious. I think it was $20CI plus gratuity. We love GC and 7Mile beach but it is difficult to enjoy on a cruise stop in our opinion so after lunch we returned to the ship and sunned until cocktail hour. In Jamaica we had a day pass to Royalton White Sands (our second time to do this) and spent about 4-5 hours at the resort. We thoroughly enjoyed our day there and the hotel facilities and food were quite good. Very nice day! We booked through Shoreexcursioneer and two other passengers were all that joined us at the resort. I have climbed the falls, rafted the Bray and done pretty much every activity so now it seems port experiences are getting more sedate. SERVICE: As stated Food and Bar service was good. It may take a few minutes to get a drink on Sea days but I am constantly amazed at how quickly they can prepare the frozen and specialty drinks that people love. We enjoyed all the bars but especially enjoyed the solarium and juice bar on the pool deck and R bar, Schooners and the casino bar in the evening. We didn't need Guest Services so cannot comment there. Room steward was the quietest one we have ever had but he did an efficient job and always had ice for us. I know they have to clean more and more cabins so their job is becoming more and more laborious. CASINO: Yes the cigarette smoke is omnipresent in the casino although it does seem to dissipate some on port days when it is closed. Yes you do seem to have to walk through the casino often even if not gambling when street parties etc are going on in the Promenade. Although I have never smoked secondary smoke is noticeable to me but doesn't prevent me from enjoying the casino. While I gambled a little I mostly enjoyed watching the action and visiting with the staff and passengers at the casino bar. You could always find some great conversations at the casino bar. A word of caution- if you are a diehard College Football fan you will be dissappointed in the offerings on board. But whatever games they do show will be televised in the Casino bar. It sure would help if LOS got larger TVS in the casino. Studio B was also supposed to show the games but Karaoke waits for no football final. Karaoke seems to be a religion for some people. CONCLUSIONS: The passengers on our cruise seemed extremely happy, laid back and were thoroughly enjoying their vacations. Our tablemates in MDR were wonderful people and shared many cruise and other stories with us. In fact we are expecting them to stay in our Galveston home precruise for their next vacation (in the Ben and Jerry's sweet). Lots of football and political talk in the Solarium pool and you just got the impression that everyone was happy and enjoying their cruise. We heard no griping or incidents between passengers and crew members or between passengers. While we stopped cruising for a number of years (I really don't remember why) we have now cruised every year for the past four or five years. We are booked again in March on LOS and in September on Enchantment to Key West and Coco Cay. I keep telling my wife that we should cruise the Vista but we haven't pulled the trigger yet. Years ago we went on several Carnival cruises and always have had a good time. One of these days! However, as you can read we have nothing but positives to say about RCCL. Overall I would rate our cruise experience on LOS as a solid A and would recommend RCCL and LOS to any traveler. I will try to answer any questions.
  6. Hi Guys! Has anyone stayed in cabin 1298 On Liberty? If so how was it? Also this will be our first time in a suite on RCI are the beds in suites rock hard like the inside cabins? Sent from my iPad using Forums mobile app
  7. Sailed Liberty for the 4th time. Had a balcony on deck 12 forward. Very nice cabin, balcony a little small, but excellent nonetheless. Following are a few ideas in the form of a review. We are a retired couple,late 60s, sailed Royal ships for 20 years, about 23 times. Diamond level Embarkation, Disembarkation-as smooth as we have ever seen. Hardly stopped or waited in line in either. Food- We ate in Chops twice and loved it. Giovannis once and it was just ok. The MDR was excellent, and the Windjammer for breakfast was very good. Gained the normal pounds, so I guess it was ok. They had a sale on the first day that gave 15% off the 3 day package for Chops-Giovanni. Made it a no brainer as one day is almost that much. Did not try Sabor-we live in south Texas and have excellent Mexican here. Pizza at Sorrentos was good-all the food is holding its taste and presentation. Stuff that has disappeared-Diamond perks are the same-3 drinks or mostly unlimited in the lounge. Lounge was full each day, at 5:30 much of it emptied out. Went to send a postcard to my 96 year old mother. They do not sell postage or send postcards like they used to! REALLY? No mints on the pillow of course, did get some towel animals. The perks on the Crown and Anchor list is shorter than it was 10 months ago. No stationary or robes in the rooms-I suppose you can get them if you ask, but I feel sorry for the steward with as many rooms as they have now. He did get us extra towels(which are one step above Motel 6) and wine glasses. There were no biographies of any of the officers put out-used to be in the compass. Too many diamond sales in there I guess. The captain-James-was around a lot. From Tampa and very personable. They do not wrap the silverware in the Windjammer with the napkins anymore. I really think they are running out of things to cut out- I really expect some day to be given a paddle upon check in and a time to paddle! Music- for the first time on LIberty there was no country band! I mean-it is sailing from Texas. The band was good, not country, mostly slow rock and pop. If you remember Bubba Feathers or his successors this was a shock. They were good, just not Texas. I know-other people cruise this too, but a little country would not have sunk the ship. The different thing about this cruise was the presence of 800 members of the Texas Country Music Association. They had concerts each day mostly in Studio B or On Air and were kind enough to have one on the pool deck. Turns out if you call Royal 2 months in advance of your cruise, find out there is a big group on that you do not want to sail with, they will reschedule your cruise. At least that was the talk on ship. This group was fine people and no problem at all. Misc,- The cruise director-Jeffrey-was great. Funny, informative,out in public a lot, and experienced enough to have lots of tips. I recommend his Rant on the tv each morning-it will save you some problems for sure. The ship is is in good shape-due for a dry dock in a year or so. Seems to vibrate more than it used to. They had one engine down for maintainance, maybe that was it. Really vibrated in stern half. Service was as good as always-maybe better. Only went in gym once-bigger than I remembered, and very usable. Solarium was great, pools were well used but plenty of space. Keeping in mind it is a business the attempts to sell you something was not bad. Everything was clean and on time. This ship is our favorite in the fleet., Captain James said that there will be an Oasis class(not 5-it is going to China) during 2021. New pier is not started, so we will see. That ship will sell out for years in Texas. Hate to lose Liberty though. Parking was about 50 for the week, with shuttle. Discount Cruise Parking. Check to be sure that your parking place did not flood during Harvey-some did. Never know what will come up behind you. Ports-Cozumel had 5 ships in-one was Symphony. Costa Maya-did the salsa trip-great. Taste tested Tequila for 45 minutes-no one went to the beach after! Roatan-did underwater glass bottom boat. Almost like snorkeling and stayed dry. Fun. NCL is building a pier right next to Royal, more shops coming. Not the prettiest port in the Caribbean for sure, but works. All in all it was an excellent cruise. Weather was flawless-almost no rain or waves. I would go again, the cruise is a good break. Since we drive in, I cannot comment on airports but if you can choose Hobby. Go a day early-lots to do in Galveston or Houston.
  8. Looking to book cabin 6313 on the Freedom. If you have stayed in 6313 on the Freedom, Independence or Liberty, can you please give me your opinion of the view and noise from the Promenade? What is below the room? What is across for a view? p.s. I tried to look through the cabin information above, but could not find this information there. Thank you so much!
  9. Here is a link to the story. https://www.wfaa.com/amp/article/news/local/second-crash-in-belize-kills-another-north-texas-resident-during-cruise-ship-shore-excursion-police-say/287-a5152023-b511-4938-986b-b6532d262838
  10. Hi CC's we (2) will disembarking at cape liberty (with luggage) and have flight back to the uk at 19.30 from JFK looking to take in a bit of manhattan, shopping etc, but finding it difficult to put it together e.g. transportation, luggage storage the only non hassle option seem to come up with, id the disembarkation tour with RCI, which is about $90 each however my concern with this is it states a 4 hour tour, with JFK drop off, the tour leaves 9.30 from the port, so if my claculations are right will be at JFK at 13.30, which does not seem attractive anybody done this disembarkation tour? or anyone got any alternative options Thanks
  11. First time on Royal Caribbean. What are your favorite included restaurants and things to eat on Liberty of the Seas or similar ships. Pictures would be great. Thank you!
  12. Hi all! Just off Allure, we sailed in a suite - SKY class. The suite lounge on THAT ship offered free beer, wine, soda & water daily from 11am-11pm. However that perk was not mentioned on the SKY Class perks list provided in our room. So my question is concerning my next sailing on the Liberty of the Seas, again sailing in a suite. The suite perks listed online only mention free drinks in the Suite Lounge from 4:30 - 8:00pm. I am wondering if possibly anyone who has **recently** sailed in a suite on Liberty can speak to whether or not drinks are offered all day (as on Allure) or if they just offer the 4:30-8:00pm drinks benefit. I had bought the Deluxe Beverage Package on Allure & found I didn't really need it being able to access the Suite Lounge for drinks all day. (I only drink wine). I am trying to decide if I should buy it for my upcoming Liberty cruise. While I appreciate folks telling me what the benefits are on paper or even on Royal's website...I'd really like to hear from someone with recent experience on that ship. THANKS in Advance y'all!
  13. I have searched & searched & cannot find a topic on my question. Can anyone shed any light on why the Liberty came in around 1:00 am & is scheduled to depart late today in Galveston? My kiddos are sailing today & they got an email the other day saying they will depart late today as there will be divers preforming work on her...Is something wrong with the ship? TIA
  14. Anyone recently off Liberty of the Seas have pics of main dining room dinner menus? I would like to book a specialty restaurant but don't want to do it during a night that I might want to enjoy the main dining room menu.
  15. Hello all i just returned from our third cruise out of Cape Liberty. The steps that the port/Royal Caribbean/TSA/customs have taken to make this port work better is astonishing in just two years. OK if you don’t get to the terminal early or come later the traffic getting to the drop off/parking garage is still bad and I don’t know what they can do to fix it. Once you get past this you are greeted with facial recognition that works so well that it’s scary. The seats are set up in a more make sense and seems to stop a lot of congestion. Getting off the ship has changed so much. The first cruise through the port we waited for at least a half an hour (with global entry card, which were told didn’t have a separate line even though there were signs for it). Last year we got through in about 15 minutes thanks to the facial recognition. Now let’s get to today... we were doing self walk off at 7:45 so we figured let’s get down to 270 at 7:30 to queue up. When we got down to deck 5 we were surprised to see passengers getting off. We were directed down to 270 to get in line which we did and other than letting cross traffic pass (from the aft elevators) we didn’t break stride in getting off the ship,down the gangway, through the luggage area and into customs. I was shocked that there was zero lines and we literally stepped right up and were processed and out to the garage. now comes the bad and I mean really bad. When we got outside we were greeted by a line to pay for the garage. It seems only one of the machines was working taking cash and one person in booth taking cards. Lucky for us we had $198 in cash and gave it over and got our receipt and got right on an elevator (no wait as everyone was still paying!) to the second floor and out at 7:45. yes 15 minutes and on the road home. can’t wait to 5/31 & oasis because we booked it when we walked in the door as I had a casino offer waiting for me.
  16. Does anyone have a menu for the tapas offered at Vintages on Liberty of the Seas?
  17. It's been about 6 years since we last cruised with RCI (have cruised several times with Carnival since then) and have only been on Sovereign class previously. We'll be on Liberty in March/April 2020 and the more I read, the more it seams like a lot has changed on RCI in the last few years. We never had to make reservations for shows or dinner (we have My Time Dining, but it seems like just showing up when we get hungry isn't an option anymore). So I'd love to hear all about Liberty, sailing out of Galveston (will be a first for us), and anything else we should know! Thanks!
  18. Is there a way to check the price of that bad boy? The stuff online caps out at 4 people. I could always jist call my travel agent but don’t feel like talking to her if I can look it up myself. I have 4 cabins booked on the boat already.
  19. Hi, everyone! I’m just back from our cruise on Liberty of the Seas. I’m not new to cruising; I’ve sailed multiple times each on HAL, NCL, and Carnival, but this was our first cruise with Royal. This is also my first review on the boards, so please be gentle! 🙂 We are a family of three – my husband and I in our mid-40s, and our 9-year-old son. We live in Texas, so we often cruise from Galveston since it’s so much easier to drive a few hours than to fly. Many thanks to the others here who have mentioned or reviewed aft cabin #7408 – a “regular” balcony cabin with a huge corner balcony. Reading about it on Cruise Critic led me to choose this cabin, and we LOVED it. Not only for the amazing balcony, but the aft location was convenient to the MDR, the Windjammer, the pool deck, etc. I would definitely choose this ship and this cabin again. The Liberty is pristine and gorgeous. We thought the ship was well-maintained and just lovely. I hope it stays in Galveston for a while so we might have the chance to sail on her again. We had the surf and stream internet package, which worked great for us. There were only a few times in our cabin at night when it didn’t work well. Most of the time it was fast. Royal Caribbean uses a different terminal than Carnival in Galveston, which was new to us. We waited in the security line for nearly an hour, and it was pretty hot in that room. (We usually get FTTF with Carnival and breeze through security, but the Key is way more expensive than FTTF.) Our carry-ons were heavy, too, since we had a 12-pack of water bottles split between our backpacks. We finally made it on board, later than I expected due to the long security line, but it worked out OK because they announced that the cabins were ready right as we boarded. We were able to go immediately to our cabin and drop our carry-on bags. We checked out our highly-anticipated balcony space with its three chairs, two tables, and two loungers. We spent a lot of time out there and enjoyed it as much as possible during the week. #7408 #7408 is the top window of the two round ones - the one with the railing.
  20. As an experienced cruiser, I'm trying to help some friends of mine select a great cabin on the Liberty of the Seas. I have never sailed in an inside cabin, and I'm at a loss as to how to help? Do the same rules apply to the inside cabins, or are there other things I need to tell them? Midship, cabins above and below, .....any thing else specific to the Liberty?? I've spent tons of time searching, but with no success. I will certainly appreciate any suggestions you can offer! Thanks so much!
  21. Wondering if the cabin hallway widths on Liberty OTS are even a foot or two wider than on the Radiance? I doubt they are as wide as the roomy hallways on Oasis class ships (such as the roomy halls on Harmony OTS). Hoping someone knows and can reply SOON!
  22. Hi - Just got an email this morning - with a new receipt from RCI for my 2020 Oasis cruise out of Port Liberty. GONE were my discounts from when I originally booked - and GONE was the stateroom I picked - and now it just says GTY. I am not happy. I called customer service - and they said that "revenue" made the change, they took my phone number, and now I am waiting for a phone call back from "revenue". Customer service said that no indication was put in the booking to state why the change was made. So - go check your receipts and reservations!
  23. Hey there...I will be driving to port Liberty for our upcoming cruise. I have heard that the terminal parking fills up quickly....what time do you recommend us getting there.? We do have a handicap parking permit for my daughter so I am not sure if that would make a difference. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  24. I have only been on one cruise on Harmony. I am gluten free so I usually eat in the MDR as suggested by RCCL. I thought the Harmony MDR was excellent. We are going on Liberty in a few months. I have seen reviews that Liberty MDR is not so good. Would you all recommend getting a dining package and eating elsewhere? Like I said, I usually eat in the MDR for consistency due to be gluten free. I appreciate any input!
  25. Does anyone know where they will get Amped at in 2021?
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