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  1. Another foggy Sunday in Galveston. On time arrival through the fog. Had an email last night that the fog may delay boarding, so glad we had the update that boarding on time was a GO. for those Wondering about the Key - they were in the 3rd boarding group, Behind Suites and Pins, and Diamond Plus and Diamonds. Boarding started about 11, and was quick! From Suites to Platinum in 10 min or less. AO advised 1400 kids on this sailing. 700 teens, so they have split them all week : 12-14 year olds in Fuel. 15-17 year olds in Living Room. For those parents of young teens, this may set your minds at ease. Surf and stream working very well in aft cabin. Lots of happy families on board this week! I love this ship.
  2. Before our 1/18/2019 Cruise on the Anthem of the Seas, I searched this forum to find specific information about disembarking the ship at Cape Liberty, NJ and going to EWR (Newark NJ airport) for an 11:40am flight. I found a few tidbits of info, but thought I would write our experience in hopes it may help someone else in the future. We disembarked Saturday, 1/26/2019. We chose to do Self-Assist disembarkation prior to our cruise, knowing we had a flight leaving before noon. The disembarkation instructions left in our cabin 2 days prior to disembarkation said the self-assist disembarkation was from 6:45am – 7:00am OR 8:15am – 8:30am. Thankfully, I read on these forums that the line starts much earlier than that. Neither of us could sleep well, so we got up and at 3:50am we left our cabin with our suitcases to the designated spot where the Self-Assist line would start (the wall leading into the area of Vintages, we were first in line. The next folks in line were there about an hour later, the 3rd set of people/luggage were in line about 5:15. Until about 6:30, the line grew at a steady pace. After 6:30am there were a steady stream of people and lots of luggage going all the way back into Two70. It was clear that most people didn’t realize how many folks would be in line early for the 6:45am self-assist disembarkation. The ship was cleared by customs at 6:50am and we headed to the cruise terminal. We didn’t have to fill out any forms or even present our passports. We had our facial scan and sent through. We exited the terminal at 7:00am. We turned right out of the terminal, crossed the street to the Taxi stand, where a woman was about to greet us. (Before we got to the actual Taxi Stand, a vehicle drove between us and the stand and told us we could go much cheaper with him. The woman from the Taxi Stand intervened and said he wasn’t a licensed Taxi; he drove off.) We told the woman at the Taxi Stand we were going to EWR. We had our choice between a car, just for us, that would leave immediately, or we could wait to have enough people fill a van which would be less expensive, but a possible 20 minute wait. We chose to go individually; our car was a Chevrolet Tahoe LT. The cost was predetermined at $65 plus the tolls for a total of $68.30. Any tip was discretionary and over and above that cost. We did not consider a less expensive Uber as we just wanted to get to the airport. We were at Terminal B (flying Delta), checked our bags curbside, went through security, and we were at our gate about 8:00am. It all went smoothly. Some facts in our favor: The ship arrived at Cape Liberty on time, and was cleared without incident We were first in line for self-assist disembarkation We are physically able to carry off our luggage. It was a Saturday, not much traffic We took a taxi that was there waiting We flew out of EWR, the closest airport to Cape Liberty All in all, we wouldn’t change anything about the process we chose. I’m happy to answer any questions.
  3. for those who wonder, it wasn't all that great. The free scoop of ice cream every night was wonderful. But the Ben & Jerry Suite on Liberty does NOT get double points. We were issued a normal blue Seapass card and got a blank gold card for access to the Suite Lounge which was never crowded like the Diamond Lounge so that was a bonus. But other than that you get none of the gold card services (priority embarkation/debarkation). We had access to the priority seating in the theater because we're Diamond Plus. The cabin itself was very small, we ran out of room for our stuff. It would be fine for 7 days for 1 person but not 2. The decorations all looked like an afterthought, just some cheesy figures on shelves I could have used and some figurines over the promenade window.
  4. We scored a great deal for our family of five and booked the Owners Suite for a Fall Break cruise. We've never stayed in a suite and I'm struggling to find what the suite perks are for this specific ship. Can anyone assist? I read somewhere free drinks in the suite lounge? Is that true?
  5. I know it sounds strange, but I need to ask this question Is this possible that only free options on that sailing were Windjammer and pizza place and MDR wasn’t free?
  6. Didn’t know how to title this topic. My family sailed Allure a few years back and we did the Prohibition Party. Also we did a mixology and martini class. Are there any activities that are like this on Liberty? Anything that isn’t widely known but really fun to do?
  7. We are a family of 20 ranging in age from 82 to seven. For a few of us, this was their first time cruising. Most of us have cruised 15 - 20 times. We think this is a great family vacation for a large group because there is always something going on to suit each individual. We booked this 21 months in advance and had a string of Jr Suites on deck 10. We flew from Denver to Houston the day before sailing. We used Galveston Shuttle and Limo to pick us up from the airport and take us to our hotel in Galveston and again to pick us up from the cruise terminal and take us back to Hobby Airport. Both times they were exactly where they said they'd be and when they said they'd be there. Could not have been easier. We spent one night out at Moody Gardens in Galveston. We had hopes that some would want to wander out and see what Moody Gardens has to offer, but no one did that. Many of us did eat at the buffet that night and it was pretty good. A few used Uber to go into town to shop or go out to eat. Nice hotel, decent and convenient food, decent but overpriced bar. If we do this again, I might try to find another hotel. The next morning at 9:00 AM saw us taking a shuttle to the cruise pier. Check in for the cruise was very easy, we never waited in a line. We were seated in the suite area after check-in. All of the cruise and port personnel were friendly and helpful. We were able to board the ship at about 10:30. We headed up to the Windjammer for breakfast/lunch and to wait for our rooms. At the entrance to the Windjammer there was a gingerbread village that was very cute. We all ate then many of us wandered the ship until our rooms were ready. What a beautiful ship! The Promenade on deck 5 is gorgeous. There was a giant Christmas tree, garland, and poinsettias decorating the promenade. There were also some Christmas Trees made by the crew from recycled materials. It was fun to look at them and see if we could identify the materials. The pool areas are very nice, I especially liked the water park for the kids. Many hours were spent there by the kids in our group. Many of us did the slides later during the trip and most said it was fun, but the joints in the tubes kind of hurt. I think the Tidal Wave was the most fun of the slides. None of us did the Flow Rider. The Serenity pool is lovely and mostly peaceful. We got to go to our rooms at about 12:30. Really nice rooms, they were huge compared to other Jr Suites we've sailed in, and I really loved the walk-in closet. It was nice having that second dressing room and all of that storage space. After getting settled in the room we went off to explore the ship some more and take advantage of the drink package! I think most days we got our money's worth out of the drink package. We always got a latte in the morning, and multiple bottles of water throughout the day, plus four or five cocktails or beers in the afternoon and evening. The seven and 13 year olds both tried Adventure Ocean. The seven year old loved it and went back often. I don't think the 13 year old had a lot of fun, but he enjoyed lots of time with all of his cousins. The one rule when we are all sailing like this is that we all have to go to dinner each night. We can all do whatever we want the rest of the time, but we all get together that one time each day. We had three tables, one for 10, and two for six. We would all shift around each evening to mix up who we were sitting with. We had wonderful wait staff, Mark and Irelle are rock stars. The Maitre D' checked on us a few times and ensured we could keep our same tables and wait staff both weeks. I'm sure if we had wanted a change that would have been arranged too. Most of the food in the dining room was good. The menus week to week were mostly the same. The stand out meals were the lobster, the ravioli, the Wellington, and the beef tenderloin. I also really enjoyed the crab cakes, the shrimp cocktail, the Caeser salad, the warm chocolate cookie, Grand Marnier soufflé, warm chocolate melting cake, and the coconut shrimp. Our waiter, Mark, also worked in the Cafe Promenade early, then moved over to Sorrentos for lunch. He always treated us as family and we got extra attention from him. He was a delight. I was most impressed with the Headliner shows we attended. I think the entertainment as a whole was the best of any ship I've been on. We went to ice shows, comedy shows, small venue music, and In the Air. We didn't make it to Saturday Night Fever. Really, I was impressed with the quality of the entertainment. We also played trivia quite often. We never win, but we have fun playing. I think trivia should be moved to a bigger venue, the Schooner Bar just isn't big enough for everyone and if you're out on the edges it's really hard to hear. The game shows we saw were mostly fun and entertaining, as they should be. The only one I wasn't impressed with was the Family Feud and we left early. Our first port was Roatan. 12 of us did the BOSS Underwater Adventure. It was fun, but I don't think I'd do it again. We were herded around to see a reef and the staff were feeding so we had a lot of fish around. The air pressure filling the helmet was constantly bubbling out so it was loud. After the BOSS we could swim and snorkle, and that part was a lot of fun. Our second stop was at Costa Maya. It was a rough sea day so most shore excursions were cancelled. We had reservations at Maya Chan Beach and were able to add those of us with cancelled excursions to our group. When we found out about the cancelled excursions I emailed and texted the numbers provided and got responses back from both. They were happy to add more to our palapa. I really enjoyed this day. It's a small, kind of funky, beach club. There was a lot of sea grass that day, and it was windy, but we had a great time anyway. The food was excellent, the drinks were strong, and we were well cared for. I would go there again tomorrow if I could. Next we headed to Cozumel. 16 of us went to Mr. Sancho's. Mr. Sancho's is always fun and we all had a good time. The coconut shrimp is outstanding, as is the shrimp cocktail. The whole fried fish was really good too. The mixed drinks are very weak, but they'll bring you all you want. Most of us paid the extra $12 for the water park and there was a lot of climbing and splashing going on. The beach massages are also really good here. I had a relaxing massage, 45 minutes for $60. It was worth every penny. The seas were still a little rough, but not too bad. After a couple of sea days we did turnaround day back in Galveston. We each received a note in our cabins explaining the procedure. We could either go down to guest services early and get our new SeaPass card if we wanted to get off in Galveston, which some of us did. Or we could meet in the Star Lounge to be escorted off and through customs. Most of us did this. It was all pretty smooth except that customs was a mess. It took over an hour to get through so that we could get back on the ship. After clearing customs we were invited to a private lunch in the dining room, which was very nice. There were maybe 30 of us that chose this option. With our new Sea Pass cards we were all given In Transit cards so that we could go back to our rooms before the rest of the rooms were ready. Our second cruise had one sea day then our first stop back in Cozumel. This time all 20 of us headed to Mr. Sancho's. More playing in the ocean, food, cocktails, and massages. Another good day in paradise. We then set sail for Grand Cayman. My four went to Sting Ray City on the Deluxe Stingray City Sandbar excursion. I would do this again, but I would try to find a smaller group. Our group had 102 in it and it just wasn't enough individual time. As a bonus we got to watch a small boat sink on the sandbar! We were all torn between watching the rays and watching the drama of the sinking boat. They were safe as they were on the sandbar, but I don't think their day got better after that. The police were there when we left. One of our guides was mad they were even there because they didn't have the right permits and then they sank a boat right in the middle of the sandbar. Our final port was in Falmouth, Jamaica. I had a heck of a time deciding what to do here. Most of the excursions are a long bus ride and many of them we had done before. I finally found Jamaica Culinary Tours here on Cruise Critic. It was outstanding! Our tour guide, Steve, met us inside the port. My four were joined by another couple and we set out. Some of the others in our family had tried to go out and walk around without a guide, but were constantly surrounded by people wanting to sell them something, braid their hair, take them in a taxi, etc. Because we had a guide that didn't happen to our group. Steve knew a lot of the people we saw and introduced us to many of them. We learned about the history of the area from the Taino natives to the slave and sugar trade to the Georgian architecture. We also stopped at street stalls for fresh fruit and sugar cane, coconut water and coconut, beef pattys (which are like an empanada or pasty,) we also had jerked chicken at Pepper's, and finished up with cookies in a lovely garden. The walking wasn't bad, you'd walk a few blocks then stop to eat something or stop to talk about a building or event. Really, really well done. I would do this again in a heartbeat! The last two days were sea days and we all got to relax and enjoy the ship before packing up to head home. As a whole, it was a fabulous trip. If we plan another big family trip like this we would consider the Liberty again.
  8. We're considering booking a cruise on Liberty which is 50% larger than all of the cruises we've taken previously, which have been on ships that are under 100,000 tons (like Brilliance). How much of a jolt will it be to be on a much larger ship? Would we be overwhelmed? Or would it be an easy transition? Are there any more benefits for Diamond members on these ships?
  9. Hello, As the title indicates: Does the Liberty of the Seas have the COKE FREESTYLE machines yet? We are deciding on drink packages. Can you get a free milkshake at Johnny Rockets with a Refreshment package? We did that on Symphony and they are really good! See you there in February! Thanks for taking time to read.
  10. My husband and I will be driving from Chicago to Port Liberty for our upcoming cruise in May. Since neither one of us have ever been to New York, we plan on arriving a few days pre-cruise and will be staying in Manhattan near Times Square. My question is can we park our car at Port Liberty when we arrive and then use public transportation to and from New York? Our hotel has a parking garage for $52.00 a day, but once you park your car you can't retrieve it until you check out. We thought if we can just park at the port, pay $22.00 a day and then use public transport that would be the best way to go. Just want to make sure it is okay to park at the port a few days prior to our cruise.
  11. Im so sorry if this question has been asked before. I am sailing with a large group in August, has anyone had any luck finding a hotel close to the port where you can also leave your car and be shuttled to the pier? Thank you in advance!
  12. We are booked on Liberty In June of 2020. What did you like and what did you not like about this suite 6414?
  13. This was my family's first time with RCI so we went in with a very open mind. We've previously cruised with Celebrity and Disney Embarkation: could not have been easier. Hubby dropped me and our 16 yr. old daughter off with luggage and went to park the truck at Light House parking. We were in a suite, so there were no lines for us, we did arrive at port around 10:30 am. There was a delay to board that day due to the previous cruise having a problem locating a couple of people to have a zero count. After that was resolved, we were on board shortly after 12:00. Headed to The Wind Jammer and got a bite to eat. Cabins were delayed until approx. 1:30. No biggie. To my surprise though, our luggage did not arrive until after dinner. Our dinner was at 5:30, and we were dressed properly, it was just annoying having to unpack so late. Our room steward: Darius was fantastic, kept ice in my ice bucket and was always gracious. The suite lounge: was fun, the 2 servers were always in a good mood and Anis the concierge was always on hand to answer questions etc. Now the Chardonnay in the lounge is AWFUL!! Yuck! So if you like Chardonnay, you may look into ordering something else. We met some amazing Pinnacle members who were so friendly, and other Pinnacles' who were not so friendly. Just don't understand THAT mentality. From reading many boards on CC I've heard of this behavior but was truly stunned by it. The ship: in general was in good shape, you could see wear on carpets and upholstery on chairs, but it was always very clean. Dining: We chose to eat in the main dining room and did not do specialty dining. The food was hit or miss. Tuna was awful! Short ribs were amazing. Same thing with desserts. There is always the buffet or pizza if you get hungry later. We did order room service a few times, and found the food to be fine. Entertainment: We enjoyed the shows very much. There was a comedian, an a cappella group that were very good. The ice show was good, the in the air show we thought was amazing! Saturday Night Fever was also very good. We also LOVED watching movies at night on deck. Tip: ask your room steward for an extra blanket, and use it to bundle up in while watching movies on deck. Ports: Cozumel: We booked Nachi Cocum. It was ok, I truly expected more. Their beach could use raking, there were sharp twigs and things that made it hard to walk barefoot. The bathrooms NEEDED to be kept up with all day and were not! The lady's got pretty gross and we were only there for roughly 3 hours. The food was good. The drinks were weak, but I wasn't looking to get drunk, it's just my observation. The push to buy extra activities got annoying. If we were back in Cozumel, I'd chose another place. The port is a maze of shops to wind through to finally find your way back to the ship. Did not appreciate how aggressive the men in the jewelry shops were. I enjoy shopping, but didn't appreciate being forced to walk through shops to get back on board. Grand Cayman: FAVORITE! beautiful, breath taking, no pushy sales people. My family stayed a week here before and absolutely love it. We booked the catamaran snorkel and cruise through RCI and LOVED IT. Luckily it was with Red Sail who we had used when we stayed on the island. They are the best! I highly recommend this excursion. Some people complain about having to tender, but for us, it was absolutely no problem. Jamaica: We only shopped inside the fenced in port area. We found the people to be very friendly and not pushy at all. The store to avoid is this big t shirt shop, I wish I could remember the name, the owner is not Jamaican and is very rude!! I hate that we bought a shirt there, but it was the only one my husband liked, so ... Misc: My family did a black and white portrait sitting and absolutely loved the pictures! The photographer did an amazing job, but....they are not cheap! so be forewarned. My husband chose to purchase 3 pictures to my surprise, but if you had paid for a sitting back in the states you'd probably pay the same. Also we were not really fond of any of the pictures the ship photographers had taken, so. Johnny Rockets:In my opinion is not worth the up charge. Service was painfully slow, and the food was ok. There were only 6 other people when my daughter and I went in and it took an hour to get our burgers. Mini Golf: It's cute, go play Slides: Hubby and daughter liked them very much, arch your back to go fast on the racing slides. Fitness Center: I paid for yoga, big mistake, the guy teaching seemed to be making it up as he went, so I can't recommend. They do offer a free abs class, do it! If you work out on a pretty steady bases, this will still kick your butt. The machines were, ok. Some very old and should be replaced. My big disappointment was the lack of water! First ship ever that didn't offer water. I have to say we thoroughly enjoyed the perks that came along with staying in a suite. We found it not necessary to purchase the beverage package because of the daily happy hour, we loved the reserved seating for shows, and at the pool. The private lunches and also the reception we had in the suite where we were treated to hors d' oeuvers and had the opportunity to meet the Captain and officers. Disembarking: Was a breeze. We did self assist and with being in a suite we were the first group off the ship. We breezed through customs, and on out to the waiting Light House vans. BUT! It was POURING rain! So keep this in mind. The vans do not drive up to pick you up, you walk to them. So needless to say we were soaked by the time we got to them. Not their fault, it's just how it is. Overall we enjoyed RCI. The having to check out towels was an annoyance, but won't stop us from cruising with them again. The service was wonderful, always friendly smiling faces, we enjoyed ourselves immensely.
  14. Hello All, Does anyone have any pictures of this cabin the would like to share? Or can anyone share details of the balcony size/view. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  15. Can we get a drink at Sobor without the $30 cover charge? We would like to try their Margaritas/chips and salsa without a full meal. Thanks!
  16. We booked the balcony guarantee on Liberty of the Seas. Just found out our assigned cabin is 6214 which is at the very end of the row. We have never been clear at the end on any cruise. Are there any disadvantages to this location?
  17. WE currently have a balcony room. We could upgrade to a junior suite but I am having a hard time finding what other perks go along with it. It is just DH and I so we really don't need a lot of extra room. Is there somewhere I can find of list of the other perks?
  18. Looking for some advice. First cruise with Royal. Is it worth changing from a 3V inside cabin on level 9 to a 1R spacious inside cabin on level 2? What are the positives and negatives between the two cabins? It will be two adults and to children in the cabin. I appreciate everyone's feedback. Thanks!
  19. When is Liberty scheduled for her next refurbishment please? Is see she is scheduled through April of 2021 in Galveston.
  20. Does the Schooner Bar on Liberty have a smoke scent, due to its proximity to the Casino? We're just off Adventure OTS last month, and I was disappointed by how much the Schooner Bar smelled like an old ashtray. Just wondering if that's pretty a consistent problem for these ship designs that have this bar right next to the casino exit.
  21. Looking at maps...it appears the port is closer to the ocean than where Liberty Island is meaning during a typical sail away....if you left port and headed for the Narrows bridge...the closet you would ever get to Liberty is basically when you are still in port.
  22. How long will Liberty OTS leaving out of Galveston? End of 2020 or earlier? Has it been announced and what will her replacement be. We love her and hate to see her leave!
  23. Are there Restrooms in the parking garage that’s next to the Royal Caribbean Terminal?
  24. Hi.. went on another cruise and the basketball court closed down for night about 6 pm..kids hated it.. interested in knowing how it is on Liberty of Seas..about what time did it close down for night. Thanks
  25. I'm having trouble finding out where my husband will be able to smoke cigars while on Liberty. Anyone know?
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