Greetings to all of you landlubbers!
The Liberty of the Seas is just an amazing vessel. The crew is every bit as warm and friendly as we all have come to know and love.
We got here around 12:20, and we parked, took the shuttle bus back to the terminal, checked in zip zip zip, then waited about ten minutes for our number to be called for the shuttle bus back to the ship. Yes, we parked right at the ship, so I guess when we disembark on Wednesday, we'll be able to walk straight to our car.
At check-in, we were joking with the VERY nice RC woman, and said that we'd settle for a nice JS. She said that she had already been promised drinks by everyone checking in who wanted a nice cabin!
You know how your invitation says "Ocean view cabin, sorry, no upgrades available"? I asked this nice lady, are cabins being assigned now, in the order we are checking in, or were they pre-assigned? She said, they are pre-assigned, your SeaPass cards are all printed out and ready to go.
Since I have never been on Freedom class, the numbers aren't as obvious to me. Our cabin is 7548.
So, the shuttle bus deposited us at the ship. Yes, she is gargantuan. The gangplank was into Deck 1, so we waited briefly for an elevator, and went up to Deck 7. I love the sound of that first *ding*!
Up we go to Deck 7, and down the loooooooooooooong corridor. We insert the key card, swing open the door, and I am just stunned! We are in a D cabin! It is (comparatively) HUGE. The balcony is a very nice size, and the cabin really is quite large. The closet is bigger and even better laid out than on Voyager class ships on which I have sailed.
The lifevests have a new feature, a sort of neck piece/collar, as part of the usual vest. NOT very comfortable, but c'est la vie. Oops, sorry, flagger, there I go, using French again.
I called housekeeping (haven't met our cabin steward yet) and asked them to make up the beds as two twins, instead of the queen that we saw when we arrived. That was accomplished while we were at dinner.
I took Debbie on a tour around the ship. I had to keep reaching over and pushing her jaw closed - she was agape with amazement.
At 3:15 we went to the Champagne Bar for our Meet 'n' Mingle hosted by Laura, Anne and Karen. It was wonderful matching names and faces. Laura raffled off some nifty CC gifts. I didn't win any.
I did get a nice CC lanyard, though. And RC gave us a nice neck pouch.
Muster drills was, well, muster drill. There were a LOT of stragglers, so we were out there for quite a while.
Deb and I were up on Deck 13 or 14 (who knows?) for sailaway, and it got very cold. We were the only idiots without jackets or sweaters. Oh well. We stayed there until we had only minutes to get ready for dinner - by the time we were dressing, there was a scolding announcement saying that the dining room was rather empty because so many main seating guests hadn't shown up, and they were going to close the doors! We hustled down (since we had decided that we really didn't want to eat dinner in the Windjammer, and it was a wonderful meal. It's open seating, and we were seated with a mother & daughter travel agent duo. Most of the passengers seem to be TAs - we're the odd ones.
Captain Zini went around the Statue of Liberty, so leaving Bayonne was a very lengthy process. We actually didn't stay up on deck to sail under the Verrazzano Bridge, because we would have missed dinner, by a LOT. We did see this from our balcony, just as we finished dressing. Not quite as impressive from Deck 7 as from Deck 13, but still cool.
I had Insalata Caprese (greens with mozzarella and pesto drizzle), chilled strawberry soup, herb tiger shrimp and the cheese platter. They kept coming around and refilling our glasses with Mumm's champagne. I had a decaf Mocha Berry coffee with my dessert. Debbie had the antipasto platter and atlantic cod. We both enjoyed our dinners very much. Bread/rolls are still being served by the assistant waiters, and not left on the table.
The dining room is magnificent. The huge chandelier reminds me of the Phantom of the Opera. If you have seen a performance, you know what I mean.
After dinner, we rushed to the Ice Show. It was MARVELOUS. Then I got a pedicure. Nice. Then we rushed to the main show, Ever After. I liked it, and so did Debbie. We heard a little grumbling.
Then we went and made a donation at the Casino. I honestly didn't like any of the slot machines. I saw none of the machines that I have liked on other ships. I actually hit for $50, but was foolish enough to give it all back.
Have I mentioned that all drinks are free? There is definitely a LOT of over-serving going on!
Next we went to the Schooner Bar, and although the Compass said that Matt Yee would be playing until 1:30, we arrived just after 1, and he was not playing and did not play again. We saw him chatting, and then cleaning up, so he was apparently done for the night.
Adam Goldstein is on board, and is quite visible.
They came in and turned out the lights here in the Internet Cafe, and I am typing only by the light of the monitor screen.
Enough for tonight. Having a great time. Wish you were here.
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Carol, a.k.a, Merion Mom