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Old April 8th, 2012, 08:37 PM
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We headed out to explore some more. The aft pool cover was closed so there was one place on Lido that was dry. We found our table in the dining room. It was literally the “No one puts baby in the corner” table. We were in the port, aft corner of the Golden (mid-ship) dining room at a 3-top. I was looking forward to some fun tablemates, but, alas, it was not to be. I enjoyed my time with my family, though!

Tiles from the corner….





Odd blue lights resembling something…



Cam with silverware display in background….

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Old April 8th, 2012, 08:40 PM
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Headed back to room, unpacked some more and chilled on the “damp” balcony. Dressed for dinner and met Peter, our head waiter, and Gusti our assistant.

Hopefully, you can read this, if you like:



Time for some food close-ups! Derrell got fried chicken. Not up to his standards (he IS from Alabama)…



Cam got the brisket.



I got the sweet and sour shrimp. Quite yummy. (I think the leftover shrimp made a repeat appearance at the sushi bar a few days later!)



We went to the Welcome Aboard Show and were surprised that the Cruise Director wasn’t, as expected, Karl with a “K” but a female CD, Jaime Dee. She had a great stage presence. More about her later.

The show was your typical welcome aboard show with some singing, dancing, and embarrassing some guests. It ended with one of the comics, Larry Omaha. We were, true to form, wiped out so headed off to bed. We wanted to be very well-rested for Half Moon Cay tomorrow!!!
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I'm really enjoying your review so far! Thanks for taking the time to do such a detailed review - and I love the kitchy roadside stops - they do break up the drive and you're making great memories for your boys --- they may complain now, but years from now, they'll tell their kids about the goofy road trips they took with their Dads and I bet they won't be complaining -

We complained bitterly about egg salad or baloney sandwich picnics in cemeterys with my Dad on our road trips, wishing we could go to McDonald's instead - but now we joke about them ... and MY kids think that sounds like fun ... I prefer a park over a cemetery, but Dad had a good point - cemeterys are quiet, free of charge, and usually there is plenty of room to move around and stretch those road-weary lege. Plus, we did see some pretty cool headstones.
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GREAT review!!! this itinerary on the Liberty has been my favorite we've done so far! So fun to relive it through others eyes! Can't wait to read HMC day!!!
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Great start! Thanks for the review and the photos!
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Loving this review! We are cruising this itinerary on the Liberty in 3 weeks and are very excited!
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Loving your review!!

We are heading on this itinerary on the Liberty in November!

We once stayed in the same cabin, but on the Triumph... great location and I loved being right near the laundry!!

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We complained bitterly about egg salad or baloney sandwich picnics in cemeterys with my Dad on our road trips, wishing we could go to McDonald's instead - but now we joke about them ... and MY kids think that sounds like fun ...
We never stopped at cemeteries, but we had a lot of pepperoni with mustard sandwiches in the van or at rest stops. I remember one in Vicksburg where we wouldn't stand on the curb while my Dad tried to park (not sure why we had to get out of the car, maybe it was a tight fit) and my parents were screaming at us, and we were trying to explain why we were disobeying, but they wouldn't hear it. My sister and I finally stood on the curb, and each got bit by hundreds of fire ants... OUCH!



To the OP: Really enjoying the review! Thanks for so much detail.
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Enjoying the review so far, thanks for sharing.
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I can't wait to read more!!
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Great review so far, can't wait to read more about HMC.
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Loving the review so far! Wish we would have met earlier on the cruise! You were a great bar buddy. Can't wait for more!
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I'm really enjoying your review so far! Thanks for taking the time to do such a detailed review - and I love the kitchy roadside stops - they do break up the drive and you're making great memories for your boys --- they may complain now, but years from now, they'll tell their kids about the goofy road trips they took with their Dads and I bet they won't be complaining -

We complained bitterly about egg salad or baloney sandwich picnics in cemeterys with my Dad on our road trips, wishing we could go to McDonald's instead - but now we joke about them ... and MY kids think that sounds like fun ... I prefer a park over a cemetery, but Dad had a good point - cemeterys are quiet, free of charge, and usually there is plenty of room to move around and stretch those road-weary lege. Plus, we did see some pretty cool headstones.
Hate to hijack but that just sounds totally awesome. I love cemetery's. OP keep up the good work on the review.
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A wonderful review on one of my all time favorite ships.

Looking forward to the rest!
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Great review! I have really enjoyed it so far.
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When you finish your great review, would you please comment on where you did end up parking. We are considering an off-site parking lot near the Port of Miami for our cruise next month but can't find anyone on these boards who has parked there.

Thanks so much for taking time to post your review and great photos. Guy's burgers look great...fattening but great. Did you try the Thirsty Frog Red beer? If so, did you like it?
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Old April 9th, 2012, 02:17 AM
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Loving the review so far. The picture of the giant peanut with your boys made me chuckle. I really appreciate all your recommendations. Looking forward to hearing more about your trip.

We actually chose the Liberty for our B2B next year after reading the reviews by Froufrie & Anung Un Rama. Reading yours is just reinforcing that we made the right choice!
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Great review and photos! Can't wait to hear more. I like the Liberty iteniary (sp) thinking about booking in 2013....
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You have so made me late for work, mister.

This is why I cant read cc in the morning.

I love your review, I love your "voice" and great attitude!

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great review, can't wait to read more! I am not a fan of Guy Fieri, but those burgers really do look good. Must try one on my December Dream cruise, if the dream has Guy's!
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