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  1. Hi All, I have not cruised in a while with family. We have 2 couples and 4 kids (14, 16, 18, 21). Our mother passed away a few weeks ago and she wanted us to take a family trip, on her. 💜We are going for Christmas this year trying to decide between the Liberty of the Seas or Symphony of the Seas. There is quite a bit of price difference, which is not really a huge factor and we realize the ships are different in size comparison. We just can't decide which one would be better. I would love some advice. Thank you in advance!
  2. Was our first cruise on Adventure, 5th on RCCL. We found Ft Lauderdale a very efficient place to get to and stay to board a Port Everglades cruise. The airport is next to the cruise port. We were told to not show up until Noon since there were traffic problems in the port that day, Sunday, 5/5/19. There was a water and air show going on, so we got to deck 12 by 2 PM, got to see the Blue Angels flying right over the ship. All of that ceased after 3 PM, but our shove off time was backed up from 5:30 to 9 PM. Evidently Allure was part of the problem, and there was also a Carnival ship waiting to get out of port. The people on the shuttle to the port who were going on the Allure told us they were not supposed to show up until 3 PM, they would be sailing at 8 PM. Turns out the Allure did not pull out until 9:15 PM, the Carnival ship 20 minutes later, and the Adventure started moving at 9:50 PM. It was announced that after 2 days at sea the Adventure would be an hour late into the first port, Aruba, on Day 4. However, all aboard at Aruba was moved back from 4:30 to 10:30. Since Curacao is so close it was no problems to keep the schedule of 8AM to 5 PM the following day. The only other change was on the last sea day it was announced that due to a medical emergency we would be pulling into Cape Liberty ASAP, about 2 AM on 5/17. No one else could get off early, but things went very well for us, walking our own luggage off at 8AM and getting to our Transbridge bus at 8:35. Bus was supposed to leave for The Lehigh Valley Airport in Bethlehem, PA at 9 AM, but 4 people did not show until 9:30 AM, did not realize they could have had their number lowered to get off sooner because of the scheduled bus departure. They seemed to be bus nubies. We had sailed 22 days previously on Mariner so the Adventure seemed like a homecoming. The ship was in excellent shape, and other than having to walk through the casino on deck 4 to get to the theatre, we enjoyed most venues. We had an inside close to midship on deck 9, cabin 9591, Troy took good care of our cabin. We ate all of our meals in Windjammer except lobster night meant my time dining. My wife prefers the great variety of WJ, enjoys the different theme nights. We usually did the early shows in the theatre, either 7 PM or 8 PM, so we never missed a show we had planned to see. There was plenty of trivia available throughout every day and even at 7:30 PM. I met a couple from Austin, Texas and joined their progressive trivia team. After 6 rounds at 10AM every sea day our team came in third, 82 points out of a possible 120, the winning team had 84 points. So we got bronze medals and a RC thermos. The other days we also did quite well, I have a lifetime supply of pens, key chains, highliters and zipper guards. I have not attended any meet and greets for years, find it best to make new friends at trivia. All the games were enjoyable, did not have any arguments about the answers. All the crew members were friendly fun, and there were no language problems which had been encountered on previous cruises. More on ports and entertainment later.
  3. We’re book for May 2020. I was reviewing the shore excursion, dinner plans and beverage packages. I discovered that when you purchase the Classic Beverage Package they add on $22.64 as a service charge. I emailed RC to see what the charge was. I was told that they automatically add 18% gratuity to the package. Question: do we get the gratuity if I use the Freestyle Drink machine and not go to a bar? Seem like another way to make money.
  4. Going on LOS in September again but this time staying in a Grand Suite. Anyone know if it has the Coastal Kitchen? Was on the Harmony last time in a Grand Suite and loved the Coastal Kitchen.
  5. We sailed Navigator of the Seas in 2014, and decided to book Liberty out of Galveston in 2019 again. How is the dining package, for what I would describe as novice foodies? We absolutely loved the entertainment, service, and amenities on RCCL, just not the MDR. I'm hoping the dining package is the way to go. We're still Classic with Celebrity, but booked a future cruise (not in our signature) that will push us to Select in the not so distant future. Does that easily cross over to Crown and Anchor Platinum? Of course for those lurking, the answer to the riddle is: Explorer status in Le Club.
  6. So I just received this in my email. What do you think? Will this effect the Deluxe beverage package at all on the first day. I know Galveston has strict liquor laws until your in international waters. Should I be concerned also of a mechanical issue since they need divers for repairs. I know it says routine maintenance , I just thought it was odd that it was scheduled for a full day at port. Has anyone else had this issue before? ABOUT YOUR UPCOMING TRAVELS Dear Guest, We are excited to welcome you onboard Liberty of the Seas for our Western Caribbean adventure! Before you join us, we have a change to our departure time to share with you. On May 12th, while we’re in Galveston, there will be divers doing routine maintenance work on the ship. They will need the full day to complete the work, so we’ll set sail after midnight. As a result, our shops and casinos will not open on May 12th to comply with local regulations. In the meantime, enjoy a movie on the pool deck, belt out your favorite tunes at karaoke, and dance the night away with our resident DJ. And the good news is, we’ll arrive in Roatan, Honduras right on schedule and you will have plenty of time to do your onboard shopping and place your bets in our casino during the rest of your cruise. Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to welcoming you onboard very soon! Sincerely, Royal Caribbean International Cheers!
  7. When will the next drydock for Liberty be? 🤔 Will be interesting to know what dates they tentatively propose! 😁😅
  8. Any one else on liberty now. 3/3/19. Super foggy are we getting off at normal time?
  9. We went on Liberty of the Seas last month and I wanted to leave a post for anyone who searches for food information if traveling with someone with ARFID (avoidant restrictive food intake disorder) or just picky eating. Our 16-year-old son has ARFID and has only eaten pizza with cheese only (no sauce) for years. He made the decision to try the normal pizza with sauce at Sorrento's on the cruise and loved it! One day he ate nine slices! The pressure was off ... we told him it was a good time to try it again with sauce, since it was free and we didn't care if it didn't work out. It's a relatively thin crust pizza with sauce that's not too spicy and nothing on the cheese like parsley or chive accents to discourage someone with ARFID. It's very generic pizza and not likely to be vetoed. Pepperoni isn't particularly spicy. The grilled cheese in the dining room is normal, too. Nothing green on top, no pickles, etc. Toasted medium. Very friendly for those with ARFID. French fries received a thumbs up. Windjammer Cafe regularly has plain pasta (tube shape) with sauces on the side you can add. Be warned, though, that there are random carrots mixed in with the pasta. I'd offer to get the pasta for someone with ARFID so they don't see you picking out the pasta without veggies on them. The buffet has plenty of plain rolls, cheese cubes and fruits at lunch and dinner. There's always a salad bar. Burgers and hot dogs were also offered regularly and not doctored up. At breakfast, there's a great selection of foods, like French toast, waffles, pancakes (plain and with bananas), bacon, plain scrambled eggs, yogurts and cereal, so chances are your ARFID traveler will find something on their safe food list. Our son ate a big plate of bacon and fit in with all of the other travelers, ha ha! Hope this helps! I could find very few menu specifics before we traveled and just hoped for the best with our son.
  10. Does anyone know where I can find the itinerary/ sailings for Oasis of the Seas when she comes to Cape Liberty? Is it even out yet? I would think it would be, however I am having no luck in finding much! Thanks for any feedback!
  11. Sailed Liberty of the Seas 3/31 - 4/7 out of Galveston and had a great time. Little background, we are a couple in our 50's and have cruised far more cruises than our age ;). We are pretty loyal to Royal although we do stray from time to time mix it up a little. This was a last minute trip that we booked less than two weeks before departure. We booked thru a travel agency online, their pricing for an inside was nearly half of what the RCCL website was stating. There were only insides and a few ocean views available when we book, however on Wednesday before we sailed a balcony room became available for a very small amount, so we moved to a balcony. Interesting enough when we call the travel site we booked through, they could not see the rate that I could on their own website. We sent them a screen shot and they called RCCL and got us upgraded at the rate we wanted. It was then we realized that it appeared that we were book under a special travel agency rate for travel agents and friends. The only thing we could imagine is that these rates were loaded incorrectly for the public to see on some travel agency websites but not on RCCL. Regardless, they honored the rate we saw online, which was by far one of the lowest fares we have paid for a one week cruise on RCCL...especially during spring break season. We drove down from Dallas the night before and spent the night in Houston to avoid the longish (5 hours) drive the morning of the cruise. We were alerted by RCCL that I45 would be closed due to construction at some point in between Houston and Galveston. This allowed us to be adventurous and take a route through Seabrook and Kemah in highway 146 Sunday morning. From the hotel we stayed at by IAH airport, the drive took a little over an hour and we arrived at 12:30. Parked across the street at one of the private lots and walked to the terminal. Arriving at the terminal the security line was about 100+ deep lined up outside the terminal and another couple hundred deep once you got inside. The priority line for security at Galveston is now only for Suite, Pinnacle, and Key members....and there was no one in this line when we got inside of the building. In the past they also include D+, however with the addition of the Key program it appears that they have stopped this for D+. A little disappointing but the total wait for security was only about 45 minutes. They still have the priority check in lines available once you have passed through security, in fact there was no line for D and above, we walked right up. Check in was all of maybe five minutes and we were on board immediately. We ended up with a balcony room mid-ship on deck 7.......here's a tip, use the forward elevators throughout the week. There are two less elevators forward versus aft, but it seemed the vast majority of people used the aft elevators. The forward elevators were much quicker unless you hit them when a show was finishing in the main theater. Our room was in great shape and we received the usual excellent service from the cabin attendant. As a note the entire ship was in excellent share and constantly being cleaned throughout the day. Out cruise consisted of two sea days, Roatan, Belize, Cozumel, and a sea day. We were really looking mainly for some quality downtime together and time around the pool and beach. On sea days we were at the pool by 9 and stay to 4 or 5 in the afternoon. The first sea day was the busiest and by 11 most chairs on the deck above the pool were taken. The other two sea days there were always a few empty chairs on the deck above the pool available. As far as the chairs on the pool deck, these were generally taken well before we arrived. For comparison, there are really only about 150 pool chairs on the pool deck that get sun during the day, while one deck above around the main pool there are several hundred chairs. Additionally, there are all sorts of chairs around the kids area, sports area, solarium, even up by the miniature golf. We purchased the Deluxe Drink Package ($46 per day +18%) in advance, I think on the ship it was $66 per day plus 18% gratuity. We ended up spending all three sea days and two of our port days up on deck 12 above the main pool....they did have bar servers coming around taking orders, but it was not a frequent as in the past. No big deal, a short walk to the bar and we were quickly served. We did not get off the ship in Roatan and Belize, instead just stayed at the ships pool and pretty much had it ourselves (think less than 50 people for most of the day)! Roatan we typically go over to West Bay but decided to stay on the ship and really relax. In Belize we also stayed on the ship....if you have been here before you know it is a nice tender ride into the dock and there are no natural beached on the mainland. In the past we have take the ship excursions to snorkel and a small private island which was nice. One time we were very adventurous and tendered in, took a cab to a small airstrip, flew to Ambergris Cay, cab to small resort for the day and then the reverse. Fun to do and not too pricey, but the thought of not making back to the ship does stay with you most of the day..... Cozumel we got off around 8:30 and went to Paradise Beach Club for the day, $15 cab ride each way. We have been here countless times and probably will not be back anytime soon...we loved this place when it first opened and over the years, but honestly it has become a victim of it's own success....it is way to crowded and the service has really suffered as a result. They have added and all inclusive rate for the day, I think it is $63, or you can do the $3 and spend $10 minimum. They have a great setup for the water inflatables and the pool is one of the best on the island...just way too many people. The entertainment was pretty good throughout the cruise and throughout the ship. Comedians were very funny for both the main show and the late night adult shows. Saturday Night Fever was okay.....the first performance the stopped 20 minutes into the show due to technical issues and then cancelled that show and the late show....the rescheduled it to the last night of the cruise. We have seen this a few times before on the Liberty and this was one of the less talented casts...still good but just not as good as previously. They had a cover band that was really good one night as the main show and then the next night they sang/performed in the schooner with Phil Anderson, this was really fun. If you have been on this ship before you may know Phil, he does a great job keeping the crowed engaged at the schooner bar. Food was typically RCCL. This cruise we did not do any specialty dinning...we were going to but we ended up with some great table mates in the MDR. We had all of our dinners in the MDR, food was okay to really good. Windjammer we hit for breakfast and lunch and did the trick for us. Overall it was a great trip and an outstanding price. The Gift ....We are both fanatic hand washers and have never gotten sick on a cruise...well until now. Fortunately it was on the way home that one of us started to get sick and it was not on the ship....visit to the doctor yesterday and tested positive for the Flu, both type A and type B! Could have picked it up in Cozumel, but more likely on the ship. Anyway, I typed a lot and probably provided nothing new...but I would be happy to try and answer any questions you may have. Sorry about all of the typos :).
  12. We have never used this port before. Are there buses at the port when you disembark that go to the various airports? We have seen this at the Manhattan cruise port. We are flying out of LaGuardia because of the schedule. Will we be able to buy tickets for this bus transfer? Thanks.
  13. Last year we went on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship. They did not provide straws in cocktails. They would allow paper only to help the environment. I've never had to bring straws on RCCL ships before but wondering if this is a recent environmental change across the cruise lines now. Can someone tell me if Liberty of the Seas provides straws for the cocktails or if you need to bring your own now? Thank you in advance.
  14. Hi, I wanted to share my experience using the cruise planner for my upcoming Liberty of the Seas Cruise in June (7 nights). I booked the cruise at the end of March and started purchasing items from the cruise planner on April 1st. I have cancelled and repurchased nearly everything due to cost reductions in the cruise planner. It's rather annoying because you pay right away and the cost is charged to your credit card. When you cancel and repurchase, the new purchase is charged right away and the refund goes back on your credit card a few days later. I had to put a spreadsheet together to keep track of all the changes and charges. I also realized that the prices can change overnight, either increasing or decreasing, with no rhyme or reason so it pays to check as often as possible. I even had a price decrease in the same day! I've cancelled and repurchased the Deluxe Beverage Package twice, the Refreshment package once, the 3-night specialty dining package once, and a scuba tour once. Altogether, cancelling and repurchasing saved me nearly $800 so far. That's over the time period of less than 1 month. I've also noticed that some shore excursions disappear from the planner after I purchase them and reappear several days later. Sometimes the cost goes up, sometimes it goes down. The "Jamaica Margaritaville Snorkel, Catamaran, beach break" tour that I booked disappeared and a very similar tour with the nearly the same name (the word "snorkel" removed) appeared at $1.00 less per person. I think it's a different tour but can't be totally sure because the tour description is very similar and video is the same. Despite the "disappearing shore excursions", my reservations still remain in my order history so I'm pretty sure the excursion only disappears for new purchases and not existing purchases. Some examples of my price reductions are: --Deluxe Beverage Pkg. went from $429.52 down to $404.74 then down to $379.96 per person. --Refreshment Pkg. went from $214.76 down to $165.20 per person. --Cozumel Scuba Tour went from $590 down to $445 (for 5 people). --3-night Specialty Dining Pkg. went from $395 down to $345 (for 5 people). I'll keep checking periodically for future reductions because I like spending less money. It's actually pretty easy to cancel and repurchase. Because prices can go up (they did for a scuba tour in Grand Cayman), I recommend purchasing an item if you are happy with the price and following up by checking regularly for cost reductions. I am amazed at the large amount of money I've already spent "on the cruise" and I haven't even boarded yet! Good luck!
  15. Going to try RCL - looking to sail on a little one week out of Galveston - looking at the Liberty of the Seas - trying to decide between the Grand Suite (Cat GT) because we like the fact that it is AFT - but can't tell if the bathroom set-up has a separate shower (or is the shower part of the bath-tub) - Or - should we book the Owners Suite (Cat OS) - which are mid-ship- but, it appears that in the bathroom the shower is separate from the tub (Basically, looking for the suite with the best bathroom set-up) - sounds crazy - but we just returned from a 2 week Asian cruise on a older Celebrity ship - where you had to step up and in to a very high tub to take a shower - we are "seniors" - although our suite was very nice - that tub really was a bummer ! Thanks to anyone that can offer advice when cruising in a suite on RCL
  16. I will be sailing on Liberty of the Seas out of Galveston in May. Is anyone on there now (or recently) that can post the daily compasses? I am currently scheduled for 8:00 pm TD but am considering changing to MTD. We are usually ones who do TD but have sometimes had to miss some events we may have enjoyed (not big shows, smaller events) due to the TD. We are traveling with some first time cruisers who I know will want to do karaoke & some trivia games; so trying to see if the MTD would work better for them. Another question please: What restaurants are open on boarding day? Do Grand Suite guests have access to a specialty restaurant on embarkation for lunch? Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.
  17. This is our second cruise, but our first one driving to the port. We are on the Anthem for 5 days going to Bermuda. I have a few embarkation questions: What is the earliest time we can board the ship? Does the parking lot provide shuttle to the ship? I believe I read that it is near the ship, but my husband has trouble walking, so I am hoping there is a way to get to the ship. Thank you for your help!
  18. New member of mom club! Can anyone please tell me more information or have pictures of baby splash zone (swim diaper friendly) on RCL Liberty of the Seas. I have a 1 and 2 year old that love the water and need to see what’s available for them.
  19. I have fallen in love with CC! We booked our cruise 5 months ago and I "discovered" CC shortly thereafter. I think I might have actually found CC back in 2016 after I booked our 2017 MSC Mediterranean cruise but I know never "discovered" the forum. Anyways, one of my favorite parts of the forum has been to follow live reviews and live vicariously through other posters experiences. DW and I are not veteran cruisers but we're planning on becoming veterans . So this review will be seen through the lens of someone who is discovering RCi. We cruised once on RCi 11 years ago on Seranade of the Seas to Alaska but as I have read here on CC a lot has changed since then. Honestly, I barely remember that trip. I'm neither a prolific writer nor a particularly talented photographer so apologies in advance for any short comings there. For context, a little about us... We are mid 50's, love to travel and do so extensively. We are originally from Vancouver BC but now make our home in Central CA. We have seen a goodly portion of Western Europe, a tiny bit of of Southern Europe (the Med cruise last year) and have travelled through 32 of 50 states. When we travel we usually stay in mid-priced hotels (read Hampton Inn) but enjoy splurging now and again for luxuries or more exotic experiences. This cruise is the result of a trip we took early this year to Florida. We agreed to a time share pitch that included a 3-4 night RCi cruise to the Bahamas. Sit through the time share get a cruise and a $200 Hilton gift certificate. One of the alternatives on the cruise certificate was to use it for up to $500 off any cruise RCi offered. That was our choice and we choose as our cruise this 7 day Western Caribbean cruise departing from Galveston TX. We will be staying in Spacious Balcony Cabin #1704. This is an aft cabin. Thanks to all of you great posters on CC I learned that aft cabins are the best. After booking a regular balcony cabin I discovered there was an aft balcony available. I called and had our cabin changed to this aft location. Interestingly, this cabin is listed as a 3 or more person cabin but they allowed us to book it with only two people. I called and changed to this cabin after final payment date so I'm not sure if that had any impact on our ability to get it. Day 0: Today is travel day. We fly out of Fresno CA at 10:15 am through LAX into IAH. We should land about 6pm CDT. Right now, I'm packed and ready to go. I'm sitting outside, drinking coffee, listening to the roosters cock-a-doodle-doo, waiting for one last west-coast sunrise. DW is still sound asleep. More later...
  20. Travelling on Adventure in June out of Cape Liberty. The transfer from Newark airport has been on a waitlist for quite a while. Assuming this does not clear, is UBER a good second choice? Never had a transfer waitlisted so far out before the cruise. Sally
  21. Hi everyone, Anybody that recently sailed on the Liberty, Need to know what is acceptable attire in the " D " Lounge. On past cruises on other ships Dress shorts and a Button Down was OK on NON Formal Nights. Packing now and just need to know if I need to pack any differently. Thank you Mike
  22. We will be on Royal Caribbean for the first time this december. Does anyone have a drink/wine list so we can get an idea of what a cocktail would cost for example a Gin and Tonic and/or a Cosmo? Bottles of Wine? Is there a wine package? Thank you!
  23. I just booked this ship and cruising with my husband and two grandchildren. Luke will be 13 and Shelby 10. We were looking at the Large Balcony room, but decided on booking two adjoining balcony rooms. Room 1886 and 1888 on the 12th deck forward. The price was only $300 more. Has anyone stayed in similar rooms, will there be room to leave the adjoining door open all the time and can you open the panels on balconies. Any help will be appreciated.
  24. We are going on the Liberty Seas for New Year's Eve this December. Our friends our considering joining us. They have a college age son. What physical activities, as well as group activities, entertainment, etc, are geared to this age group? Thank you!
  25. Hi gang Going on LOS in July with 8 family members. Wondering who all has experienced My Time Dining. Will we have trouble getting seated with that many people each night? Do they allow reservations in MTD? would we be better to choose pre set time dining? Thanks for any info KARDBR
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