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  1. The two sailings we've done out of Cape Liberty we taped luggage tags to our case of water and it was delivered with our luggage. Last year when we sailed out of Port Canaveral they wanted it in the luggage so we put a case in a small suitcase. We will be sailing out of Bayonne again this month, just wondered which it was currently for that port. Anyone know? Same as before or like Port Canaveral? TIA
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. How many hours at a time is a baby allowed to be in the nursery? Does anyone have experience with leaving their baby in the nursery while going ashore for an excursion?
  5. Hi - I need to know if there is reliable WIFI and WIFI calling on the Liberty of the Seas. It is VERY important that my husband have access to his labtop and phone while we are away for work purposes. I wanted to see if anyone has been on this ship RECENTLY or knows how I can find out RELIABLE information on this. I know the VOOM plan will need to be purchased, and we plan on doing that, and also we need to make sure AT&T allows WIFI calling and they do on our plan, but I am more worried about the reliability of the service, especially while out at sea. We basically will have to cancel this trip if he can't get service and we didn't buy insurance, so we really dont want to do that. :( Any help or assistance is GREATLY appreciated!! Thanks!!!!
  6. Good evening, I have cruised once, on the NOS back in Nov. 2014. I know the alcohol drinks (beverages) :) are limited once you board, in Galveston, TX on the LOS, but would anyone happen to have a pic or list of these drinks. I have the deluxe drink package, but just didn't know what was available. I've searched, but unsuccessfully. Thanks for any assistance anyone may have. Our trip is 24-31 Dec 2017 (a get away much needed vacation).:cool:
  7. 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?
  8. We are taking Liberty this December. Does anyone know the days/times for the show Saturday Night Fever? Trying to plan my dinner reservations around that Thanks :)
  9. Does the liberty have a poker table? If so what are the buy ins and limits to their games and average stacks of players to start. We have only done carnival in the past and they have the awful video hold em tables with mega rakes.
  10. quick question does the liberty of the seas offer the wrist band key cards that can be used liked the set sail card ????
  11. When I checked in for our cruise, the earliest arrival time I can pick is 11:30am. If we get there around 9:30 or 10, do you think we will have to wait long to get on board? We’re arriving early because 2 people are flying in and they will be at the port early. 6 of us are Gold members but 2 grandparents are not. Will the 2 be able to come aboard w us instead of a separate line? Thank you.
  12. I know a lot of folks have done the Cape Liberty to Quebec City cruise. I am wondering if anyone has parked at Cape Liberty and found a way back to the car. I assume you can fly from Quebec City to Newark and Uber it. I am wondering if taking the train from Quebec City to Montreal and then flying back is any better (more direct flights, slightly cheaper, etc). Then again we have to worry about the luggage. We have never been to Quebec City or Montreal, so it may be worth doing both. I am sure this has been posted before, but my searches came up with nothing but roll calls. I know some retired person is going to suggest doing back to back cruises...
  13. Who's on the Liberty right now? Wondering if you're having a good time.
  14. how many years has the LOS sailed from galveston ? 6 or 7?
  15. My wife and I are traveling on Liberty of the Seas this fall. What are the best menu items in the specialty restaurants? (Chop's Grille, Giovanni's Table and Sabor) Thanks!
  16. Hi to all who have boarded and disembarked from Cape Liberty in Bayonne, I hope to leave on Saturday, Dorian permitting. I walk with a cane and stairs and slopes are problematic. I have used wheelchairs and porters in the past when the gangways are really long and steep but would prefer not to if possible. From the videos I have seen, I think there is an elevator and then a pretty level gangway onto Anthem of the Seas. Can anyone confirm this from their experience? Or should I wave down a wheelchair when I get there? I have 'booked' a wheelchair at other ports but have still needed to flag one down once I am in the terminal so I am not sure how helpful 'booking' is. Thank you for your responses.
  17. Which side of the ship and which deck do you board on the Adventure of the Seas out of Port Liberty? Thank you, Yanceycruiser.
  18. I haven't tried Sabor yet. I was wondering if anyone has been given a good discount for dinner? We are vegetarians and there really isn't many food options for us and $30.00 a person for dinner is a lot when we don't eat meat. I was thinking of asking for a deal the first day when they hassle us for speciality restaurants. Was wondering if anyone has ever got a 2 for 1 offer? Thanks.
  19. 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.
  20. I am looking for reviews for any cruiser that purchased "The Key" and thoughts on how things went on Liberty of the Seas with the "benefits". We purchase the internet for 2 devices anyway so I was weighing subtracting out that cost and weighing the options. There is a fairly lengthly post with 1000's comments about why they wouldn't pay for it and I'm sure there are some that have used the benefit but could not locate it for Liberty ship specifically Thanks.
  21. Just returned from LOTS on 8/25. 32nd cruise; 7th on RCCL; 3rd on LOTS. Embarkation was a nightmare for us as we waited in the security line for one hour, and it was very hot, even inside the terminal. When we arrived we were extremely disappointed to learn that Platinum and Emerald level passengers are no longer given priority embarkation until AFTER the security line, at which point it didn't really matter. Only Diamond/Diamond+/Pinnacle Club/Suite passengers receive priority embarkation upon arriving at the terminal. (I only saw 5 people go through that priority line while we were waiting.) The terminal staff indicated this began in January 2019. I asked the onboard Loyalty Ambassador about it, and she said it had been in place for about six weeks, and it was a fleet wide policy now. We are also Platinum on 2 other lines, so this will only encourage us to sail with them even more, as they still honor the priority embarkation. This is a huge perk for us. Enough about that..... Pros: Food/service in the MDR was very good. Beef tenderloin was amazing! Windjammer food is definitely improved since our last sailing. Don't miss the ice cream in WJ each night! Crew/staff are great! Captain James was out and about mingling with passengers on a regular basis - nice to see. Cabin steward was fabulous! Eagles cover band was amazing - saw both shows! The In The Air and Saturday Night Fever shows are both good - really enjoyed them even though we had seen them twice before. Cabin was extremely quiet, even with a lot of kids on board. A/C in cabin worked very well - a plus in August! Solarium pool area has lots of shaded areas to sit (although the music is way too loud!). Get to Solarium early on sea days for best choice of seats. Olive or Twist is always a great quiet lounge to use day or night. This is one of the ships that allows you to go to the front bow of the ship, conditions permitting (deck 4) - really neat view. Cafe Promenade is really handy for cookies/fruit/pastries if you don't want to fight the crowds in WJ. Ship is easy to navigate. Debarkation was much improved since our last two sailings on LOTS - we did self assist and were in our car by 8:00 AM. I will say it seems more and more people are doing self assist. My husband made the same observation. Cons: Ship is in very bad need of a deep cleaning throughout. Window sills in Windjammer area were full of old food and dirt; same for pool area. We tried to avoid public restrooms, but used them on occasion - they smelled of urine at all times. I asked for a robe, and it was in shreds. Carpeting in our hallway was very worn and stained - steward said it was being replaced in 2020. I've already addressed embarkation above - our biggest disappointment for sure. Overall we definitely had a relaxing vacation, as we stayed on board the whole cruise. We have been to these ports several times, so we just enjoyed the quite by the pool. The pros definitely outweigh the cons. Hope this brief review is helpful!
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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.
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