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Detailed Liberty of the Seas Review - Cruising with 4 yr old Feb 26, 2017 sailing

Royal Caribbean International - boards.cruisecritic.com
Hi All -

This is my first review on the blog but I read a lot of others and found them helpful so I wanted to pass on my experience. DH and I are in our early 30s and this was our fourth cruise but first with RC. This was our DD's second cruise. We live within driving distance to Galveston and got a great deal on a balcony cabin through Costco which is why we chose this cruise.

Pre-Cruise Stay -

We spent the night at the Drury Inn Houston Hobby based on recommendations I saw on here. We wanted to get most of the driving done the day before so we could just get up and go Sunday morning. It was a nice hotel. With AAA discount it was $79 plus tax and we got popcorn, soda, a dinner buffet and breakfast in the morning (everyone gets those things, AAA just discounted the room price). Great value and was within a hour of Galveston.

Embarkation -

Really smooth and easy. We got an email from RC saying their may be delays getting to Galveston because of Mardi Gras celebrations and I read on here that there may be construction traffic so we gave ourselves lots of time to get to port...too much time. There was no construction or traffic so we ended up at the pier at 9:30 and waiting inside at 9:45. We anticipated getting there early, just not that early. We had stuff to keep us busy while waiting, so it wasn't bad. We were in the first group on non "status holding" cruisers to get on. So once we got on the ship we went straight to the buffet and had our pick of seats.

Dining -

We ate at all the specialty restaurants on board. I got the first night done right deal for $15 pp, Sabor for $15 pp when it was on sale in the cruise planner, Giovannis for $21 pp when it was on sale in the cruise planner and Costco gave us a four person specialty dinner coupon which we were able to use twice because DD was free so we split it between Giovannis and Sabor. For some reason we couldn't use that at Chops. We also got a free Johnny Rockets meal as part of our perks so we ate lunch there one day. I have pix of all our food on youtube because there are a lot of pix and they are too big for me to upload here. So here's the link if you want to see pix:


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