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Ron Don

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  1. I don't get it either. I'm with you.....I turn off the phone, put it in the safe and forget it until the trip is over. If I need to get in touch with the family, I use my minutes on the ships computer system and go to my email a couple of times a week and "check in". Family knows how to contact me if there is an emergency.
  2. It's just a personal choice of mine but on most of the Freedom Class ships, particularly on the Independence and Liberty, cabins 1256, 1260 and 1556, 1560 are directly beneath the large whirlpools on deck 11. When they are on (sometimes that can be late in the evening, depending on the crowd), there can be noise and vibration, plus there is an overhang of the tub on your balcony, particularly on 1260 & 1560.
  3. We were on the Liberty a couple of years with 3 other couples. We had 4 GS's in a row, if you would. We had our cabin steward open our dividers for the week....it was wonderful.
  4. It's better to go to the buffet (Windjammer), IMO. The MDR is like going to a Golden Corral or something like that. So hit and miss, sometimes fair, sometimes not so good, sometimes cold, sometimes luke warm....rather go to a specialty restaurant or the Windjammer and certainly don't have a favorite there.
  5. Liberty is our favorite ship and a part of the Freedom Class which is the size we prefer over all other in the RCCL fleet. I think we have been on her 5-6 times. IMO, not having to make reservations for everything like you have to do on Allure is a big plus for us as we are a little laid back and don't know exactly what we really want to do on the ship months in advance of our sailing. As far as things to do...maybe not quite as much to do as the Allure but plenty to do. One of our trips included an extended family with members ages 5-67, no one found it boring. We have another trip planned on the Liberty in February 2022.
  6. This is something that we always try and do (having the same cabin on both legs of the B2B). When we do so, we leave everything in the cabin alone, then disembark, get new paperwork including new sea pass cards then get back on. The ship is yours (along with the other B2B passengers for a couple of hours) until regular boarding starts. Good luck!!
  7. We have limited experience with Celebrity and have only sailed on her 2 other times both in S1 categories. We sailed on the Solstice in 2008 when she was brand new and had a corner aft on deck 10 and it was great. The second time was 3 years ago to Alaska with some friends that we will be traveling with to the British Isles in 2021. We were on deck 6 in a S1 and that one was a disaster. First, the entry hall had a very narrow space between the bathroom and closet, if for some reason if the bride was in the bathroom and I was in the closet, we were always banging into each other....there just wasn't enough room to get around that tight space. Then they placed a cabinet in the space that made it even more crowded. Once you got into the bedroom part, then it was OK but not one of the best suites I have ever had. Certainly would NEVER spend the money for an S1 on a M class ship ever again particularly at 250 sq. ft. We will be traveling with friends in July 2021 in a 1A on the Reflection that is 200 sq. ft., based on some videos, that one appears to be better laid out, IMO. We travel mostly on Royal in a Grand Suite.
  8. Same for me, applied for a renewal for wife and myself back in February 2019 with GE cards expiring mid-year 2020. Paid all of he fees required and those were taken quickly, wife received her renewal card within about 2 months mine showed "pending review" for about 8 months, then "pending review" for another 6 months and the last time I looked it stated that mine has been "APPROVED". The last time I looked was about a month ago and of course there is no one to talk to or contact. My GE card has expired almost 10 months ago. I know that they have extended the time period to 12 months for the old cards to be able to be used but the GE "people" are wearing me out.....it's been almost 18 months since I applied for renewal.
  9. 1. Celebrity Reflection 6/30/2021 - Still unsure about this one 2. Liberty of the Seas 10/3/2021 3. Celebrity Reflection probably, however, we have already been devastated this year when our trip to Rome/Greece for our 50th Anniversary was cancelled so after that everything is just a minor heartbreak, not devastation.
  10. My apologies, I have been a member of that site so long I just made an assumption it was free. I paid nothing to join many years ago.
  11. I have to agree with Wine-o here. We have been in 1245 before and loved it. Anything close to the hump and close to the elevators on the angle going up to the lawn club is great. You can take a look at a web site called cruise deck plans dot com and join, it's free. Sometimes you can see the exact cabin you are looking to book because someone has posted pictures of the cabin. If not, there are pictures of similar cabins posted there so you can see what the balcony looks like.
  12. I must apologize about the country as stated being in Italy as that day was such a blur. It was actually in southern France and the town is in Eze. We spent the day going to several towns that day in both southern France and northern Italy. It's the old clock tower in the central part of the city and the highest point of the area. Walt Disney used to spend time there and the population dates back to the 900's I believe.
  13. Try the Hotel Barocco and talk with Christiano the Resident Manager for more information. We love it there. They usually have a package that gives you a free pick up at the airport then a transfer to the cruise port at a very reasonable price. The hotel is small but the service is 5* and located on the Plaza Barberini. Go to www.hotelbarocco.com.
  14. Cruising with a mask to me is not something I would do. I would rather stay at home and wait until time passes and there is a time to travel again without masks. If that does not happen, I will find other ways to travel other than cruising.
  15. What a wonderful board! Italy - Particularly the Amalfi Coast and Tuscany Caribbean - Aruba and the Hilton Rose Hall in Jamaica Switzerland - Interlaken & Bern with a stop at the Matterhorn Cap it off with Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia in the fall.
  16. We live in the Dallas area and have traveled from Galveston 5-6 times and always drive. We have met people from Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Colorado, Arkansas and Mississippi that have also driven to Galveston. Galveston has about 10 privately owned parking lots plus 3 fairly large port parking lots (owned by the city) with a good guess that parking close to the port to be around 5-7K vehicles. Then there are the hotels that have deals that allow parking at their facility if you stay with them prior the cruise or after the cruise, sometimes for a fee and sometimes included in the hotel rate. Flying into Galveston has it's own special efforts as well as the only two airports are at least an hours drive to 2 hours drive away with limited auto rental facilities. Shuttle facilities and limos are available but for a fee that can be expensive. My point is, so why not drive? We always do but, this is just one persons opinion.
  17. I just received a drink package refund today, ****finally****, it took 22 days after cancellation. Thought it would never happen.
  18. We are also on this same cruise and are very nervous about the potential outcome of the cruise. We have made final payment on the airfare but only the deposit on the cruise. I wish I had a crystal ball to look into that gave me a better feeling. We also were planning to spend a week before the cruise in Rome and some time after in Lake Como/Venice. Wish I had a better feeling.
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