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  1. Anyone know what time do they normally start boarding Liberty of the Seas in Galveston. Our information packet says check in begins at 10:45, is that info correct? TIA
  2. Well, it’s about time to get this thing started! I absolutely adore the trip reports/reviews that are full of extra detail and pictures and the nitty gritty. Therefore, I shall strive to provide such. If you’re looking for a quick rundown, this isn’t the place for you. I’m Erica, a 31 year old female heading out with my DF (dear friend…is that a thing?). Anyway, heading out with DF (it’s now a thing if it weren’t already) who is 27 and gasp vegan! I always like to say she is a cool vegan though. She doesn’t try to change the way I eat or lecture me or anyone around her. I equally love a good steak and a well-prepared vegan meal. So if you are interested in knowing all about the food options we will be sure to document well! Also, we got the drink packages. I know around these parts the camp is split into YOU MUST BE ALCOHOLIC TO GET VALUE OUT OF IT to eh, it is convenient and fun. We fall into the latter category. We are eager to enjoy some frozen drinks by the pool and a few Bloody Mary’s in the morning, and also plenty of specialty coffees, smoothies, fresh juices, and bottled water. I’m a water snob people. I grew up and live on the east side of the continental divide (Colorado) and my tap water is essentially fresh snowmelt and it is what I imagine the fountain of youth to taste like, even if it’s properties aren’t quite as magical. So bottled water it is for me on the ship. Anyway, we shall document our package value thoroughly because I am nerdy like that and I know there are those of you who appreciate that as well– you are my people. So WHERE ARE WE GOING? Well, we depart on the 25thand head to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Falmouth. I say semi-live in the heading because we are not purchasing the Voom package. I do however have T-mobile and if the website is to be believed I will have relatively ok speeds while in port. I will update each day as best I can while there. I’m also happy to answer questions if people ask them! I just got Tapatalk and will try messing around on there a bit before leaving just to practice. Maybe if you’re lucky I’ll show a pic of my sweet puppy (well, 15 months old BUT HE WILL ALWAYS BE MY PUPPY). Actually, he isn’t really my puppy. I’m just raising him. He is a Guide Dog for the Blind in training. He is getting puppy sat by someone in our club and will be thrilled to leave with them and it will only crush me a tiny bit. I digress… Anywho, today I am making last preparations. DF and I head out through Denver to Hobby late tomorrow (Friday) night. We are planning on Ubering to our AirBnB in Galveston. Probably won’t get there until after midnight, which is fine because vacation will have begun! We are leaning towards doing at least a half day at Schlitterbahn on Saturday and then maybe walking to the beach to see the sand castle competition that’s happening there. Our AirBnB is less than a mile away and these land-locked gals are eager to be in or near the water as much as possible. Forecast is for scattered thunderstorms, but we will just be flexible. I am just about to head out the door to find one more outfit I can wear at night for dinner/drinks/dancing. Then it is off to get my hair cut and back home to iron and roll and pack my clothing. Also gotta get some thread to fix a hole in a pair of my favorite shorts – see I told you this would have a lot of needless details. I do deliver! More needless details to come later today.
  3. I have My Time Dining reservations at 6:45 everyday, and I'm questioning if I should keep it, or change to the Main Dining times. I have been reading that on some ships, even those with MTD reservations are having to wait 30 minutes for their table. I believe that was for the Oasis class ship, but I'm not sure. Anyone from Liberty have My Time Dining recently and can give me an idea of how their experience was? Or what time worked out well in order to see most of the shows? I realize that shows are planned around the Main/Late seating dining, but those exact dining times were just a little too early/late for our group. Also....If I keep the MTD, I'm considering changing to a 7:30 seating (assuming the wait time isn't 30 minutes with reservation). I'm just really wrestling with what time would work best. Thank you all for any help with my decision.
  4. We are on Anthem Sept 21 and we are driving to the port and parking at the port. Oh our time says 11:00-11:30 but we plan on getting there at 10:15-10:30. They don't really care if you are early right? With the parking, can you elect to park in the over flow parking even though you are early enough to park in the garage? It looks like less of a hassle and I'm not the biggest fan of parking garages.
  5. Any new information about this? Latest I heard was that an Oasis class ship would be deployed once the new terminal was finished. Supposed to be fall of 2001?
  6. Flying into Newark the night before sailing on Adventure out of Cape Liberty. Looking for recommendation of hotel just for the night as we will be arriving late and heading to the port in the morning. Thank you
  7. My family has traveled on a few cruises, but we've always chosen itineraries instead of ships. I was wondering if it might be worth trying our home port (Cape Liberty) since we have 3 kids including an infant to be on a fun ship for the kids. My dream for a long time had been to travel to Cuba, but since that isn't an option I'm wondering if a local ship for an easy vacation might be something to try. The ships in Cape Liberty are: Oasis of the Seas Vision of the Seas Adventure of the Seas Anthem of the Seas Empress Are there any ships among these that would be your top choices of activities for a young family (children are currently aged 8, 4 and 9 months) . We'd wait until the baby was over a year to sail.
  8. Howdy, folks: We just got off the Liberty in Galveston. 10 of us sailed in the 4 bedroom Villa Suite, and another 7 folks were in different scattered cabins. I am going to do a trip report in installments over the next few days, and I will post pictures to my personal blog and provide links to them where appropriate. I also have a PDF of all of the MDR and specialty menus, and I have PDFs of quite a few bar menus. For now, though, here is what stood out to me: The Good The concierge, Mangesh, worked particularly hard to make sure we were enjoying ourselves. I appreciated him very much. We paid for an embarkation lunch at Chops. If you are going to do one lunch at Chops, this is an excellent time to do it. I hit a $2000 jackpot on the last day of the cruise! I enjoyed the buffet more than in 2017. They seemed to have more curries available, and that is an item which keeps well on a buffet. We all enjoyed our dinners in the MDR. In Cayman, leave the pier area and turn left on the first street. Walk past the beach to the restaurant where some dudes are chopping fresh fish out front. Order the oxtail. You are welcome. Janet Crick and the Falmouth Culinary Tour were amazing. We booked that independently rather than through the cruise line. The Bad Embarkation Day alcohol has gone to the dogs. Royal elected to only pay taxes on very cheap stuff like McCormack's. Ugh. Pay the taxes on at least a couple of decent bottles. It is a flat $3.50 per bottle regardless of whether it is McCormack's or Four Roses Single Barrel. The weight limit for the slides is 300 pounds. I weighed 219.8 on the day I left, although I trust that went up a bit. On Wednesday, after riding all week, the same attendant who let me on all week demanded that I step on the scale in public to prove I was below the weight limit. I am deeply upset about the way they elected to handle that and a grossly inconsistent application of their own policy. The blackjack rules still stink at most tables. For the love of all that is good and holy, quit interrupting my dinner to take photos, sell me specialty dining, sell me onboard experiences, etc. Surprises Our balcony was 800+ square feet, and we didn't actually use it all that much. I suspect the leftover wine in the fridge and the alcohol we had delivered to the room as gifts made an excellent addition to the Room Steward Party Fund. I consistently kicked my kid's arse when we raced down the water slides. Dad still has it, kiddo. Now go clean your room. More later. It was, on balance, an excellent cruise. I'll do my best to answer questions as they come up.
  9. We are about book Liberty for next May. There will be 4 of us, myself, DW, DS and our 6 year old granddaughter, who has been on Harmony twice and Anthem once. She would spend hours on both the carousel and the lucky climber. LOS has neither of these. She really enjoyed Adventure Ocean on HOS. How does that compare with AO on Liberty. I hope there is enough on Liberty to keep her amused. DW is somewhat mobility challenged. She will use a scooter as much as possible. Her favourite port is Grand Cayman. That is a tender port. With some effort she will be able to get on/off the tender but it is quite a walk to where you get the excursions vans/ buses or taxi. Are there wheel chairs available
  10. We’re 3 weeks out from our cruise and would like to see recent cruise compasses for this itinerary. It’s a multi-generation cruise with our kids & grands. First cruise for all the kiddos! There will be 6 kids from 1-10 and it would be a help to see the kids compasses as well. Thanks! Cindy
  11. I know there is information somewhere on this stuff but could not find it so...…..We will be sailing Liberty March 2020 and I was wondering what the best way to get from Hobby Airport to Galveston would be. Also a decent hotel to stay in the night before in Galveston. How long ahead of time should I make the reservations? Don't like to wait until the last minute and want to try to get the ducks at least flying in the same direction.
  12. 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.
  13. Hello all, We have an upcoming cruise next month on RC LOTS. I've only cruised one other time, so am still an inexperienced cruiser. My wife and I will be bringing our 10 y/o and 4 y/o with us. The last time we cruised was also on RC and my wife and I really liked Sabor, and wished we had tried more of the specialty restaurants during the trip. I noticed that RC now offers specialty dining packages, so I purchased the unlimited one to give is the freedom to try them all out while we are there. One of our relatives, who is an experienced cruiser, shared with us that going to the specialty restaurants with our kids (mainly the 4 y/o, whom can be at handful at times), would not be appreciated by the other guests and that we may want to reconsider that option. I know RC will allow us to bring our kids, but we do want to be respectful of the other passengers. We were really looking forward to trying out some of the nicer specialty restaurants on the ship, so I am just wondering what the general pulse on this is and if I should cancel the specialty dining package, and just go to the regular restaurants on the ship instead? TIA
  14. First trip on RCCL and we are wanting to know what options are available for lunch when you board the ship around noon and don't leave until 4p...not interested in the specialty upgrade options, just the "free" stuff
  15. I know there have probably been people asking these questions but I have not found those threads so far. We are sailing Liberty in March 2020 and I need to book drinks, food, and I guess whatever we think we will need. I have just booked a week of internet for one and the mystery dinner for 5. Will those things be waiting when we board? In our suite or at check-in? I was looking at the Premium drink package at $28 but when I went to purchase instead of the $748 they were going to charge me almost $1000. Are gratuities added when you purchase the package, and when I purchase the dining package do they add gratuities at the time of purchase also. I have to be honest and say that at the cost we will be adding to the suite price I could have booked a Star Class room on Anthem and probably gotten away with less money. I would appreciate any help from anyone who has done all this on board stuff, where I my genie when I need him....on a different ship. Thanks
  16. Has anyone done this class on Liberty? Did you sign up for the guacamole class on the ship or can you reserve a spot before cruising? What all does it include? I saw reviews about it from someone on a different Royal ship and they were also given a free souvenir cup and avocado tool. Did you receive anything?
  17. The premium beverage package which does not include alcohol lists premium coffee except anything from Starbucks...so is there another option for lattes, etc. that is available on the ship? I don't need starbucks, but regular coffee is free so what are the premium coffees available and where do you get them? also, are they unlimited like the sodas?
  18. We are considering a cruise on Liberty. Does anyone know if there is a lucky climber on board. We will have our young granddaughter with us. She has been on Harmony twice and spent hours on the lucky climber
  19. How do we find out who the ship's doctor is? We are trying to remember his name from the Liberty in 2017. He was so helpful and I contribute him in saving my husband's life. We will be on the Liberty in May 2020 and wanted to stop by and tell him thank you.
  20. We are sailing in May 2020 and looking to book some of the speciality restaurants. Which night are usually the formal nights in the MDR?
  21. I apologize if this has already been answered on other threads but when I did a search all I could find was a ton of discussion on Johnny Rockets milkshakes and whether or not they are included in the drink packages or using the ultimate dining package at JR. My question is how does it work when you use a 3-5 night dining package (not the Ultimate dining package) at Johnny Rockets specifically on Liberty? The fine print says that you get a $35 food credit at a la carte venues which I've read is how Johnny Rockets on Liberty is currently operating. So does this mean that I can order $35 worth of food at JR in place of using one of my nights at Chops or Giovanni's? Thank you.
  22. Although we are avid cruisers, this is our first time on Royal Caribbean. We are 4 adults late 50's to early 60's. Read through some of the facts and just want to clarify, each stateroom can bring 12 water bottles on board and 2 bottles of wine? Do these items need to be carried on? Any tricks, if you are not buying the beverage package? Is the coffee card worth buying and how does the pricing actually work? First time are main dining rooms good or should we think about buying the Chops Grille plus one before we board? Do they offer any beverage package specials after we board, or only in advance? Where is the best place to do lunch when we board? What does Royal usually do on New Year's Eve? Does Royal let you book shows in advance? For 4 of us, should we book ahead for some nights on Anytime dining? Anything else a newbie on RCCL should know about embarkation day and beyond? Anything not to miss do/eat/see. Thank you!
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