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    Odessa, TX
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    Baseball and Bourbon
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  1. We ate at Cayman Cabana. It was amazing. From the Georgetown cruise pier, turn left. You walk about a block and it is there on the water.
  2. Here are the bar menus for the Liberty of the Seas this Summer. Since they are the same class ship, I would assume the menus are fairly similar. Happy sailing!
  3. We used the Surf and Stream package on the Liberty in July. It was OK at the start of the week, and it seemed to get progressively slower later. Most of the time, our group was able to use it to effectively exchange messages using Messenger. However, one night even that experienced delays of an hour or more. On that cruise, at least, even the faster package was barely adequate. It did, however, usually let us exchange messages.
  4. We went to Royal Palms Beach Club. I enjoyed it very much, and it certainly met most of your criteria. The problem is that it was awfully crowded. I cannot tell you how that varies seasonally.
  5. Cool. I learned something new today. The notch where they cut the deck seemed to be at about the same point as in Vegas, although I can't tell you whether that leaves one deck or two in the shoe. When it was a shoe rather than an auto-shuffler game, it did indeed look like they were using something like 8 decks rather than the 6 or so I usually see in Vegas. Good luck!
  6. I wrote about the casino in 2017. The service is now better, although the basic rules haven't changed. As with Vegas, the rules get better the more you are betting per hand. However, to Royal's credit, they work to keep a lot of lower limit tables open. Sometimes you have to hunt for a table with more favorable rules. and I would always ask before you sit down. As a general rule, however: They have both 6:5 and 3:2 tables, but there were more 6:5. I believe all of the tables allowed double after split, although generally speaking you could only split aces once. Sadly, I don't know what "PEN" means in this context. There are more machine shuffle games, but there are still shoe games. The dealers are required to hit soft 17. It is hard to get the bartender's attention. Bring your own. Happy cruising!
  7. I'm not a scotch drinker, but I have a rather significant taste for bourbon. We sailed on the Liberty this Summer, and some friends reported that they could get decent Scotch in the cigar bar. I found Four Roses Single Barrel and a couple of other great bourbons in the English pub... on the last night of the cruise. Take the first day to walk your ship and look at the bottles each bar has on offer. Happy sailing!
  8. We highly recommend Maya Chan. I have both a text and photo review of it on my blog as well as a video. Do make sure you make reservations in advance. Those tacos at lunch are the best shore excursion meal I have ever had.
  9. I did have it. As Biker 19 notes, it depends completely on a wide variety of factors. My experience was not impressive, and I wrote about it here. I primarily relied on service to my cell phone when we were in port.
  10. On our ship, it was a plate of cheese, a plate of olives, and maybe some hummus. It was free and there for the talking, although you had to be in the wine bar to know it was there.
  11. I saw it open at least 2 times outside of the evening cocktail period.
  12. I thought the mattresses were fine, but I tend to prefer a firmer mattress. You definitely get dessert at Chops for lunch- they offered us the same dessert menu as was offered at dinner. I enjoyed most of these food at the Windjammer, and some (things like curries and stews) I loved. However, routine options like hamburgers weren't great.
  13. Breakfast was in Chops. Nothing for lunch.
  14. I have uploaded copies of the Cruise Compass from each day of our trip. General observations about on board activities: We were in a large group. I tended to spend my time doing things which required no advanced planning like having a drink with my buddies or going down the waterslides with my kids. I always go to the ice show. It is a highlight. There were a couple of kids in our group who loved the open ice skating. I was dragged against my will to the In the Air show. It was about 45 minutes. There were some cool acrobatics, but there was no theme. It did not work for my hyper-linear brain. I was dragged against my will to Saturday Night Fever. It was more like an hour and a half, and I enjoyed it. However, the show was sufficiently long that I almost sobered up by the end. *Almost.* I did not participate, but the Blackjack tournaments were very well attended. $500 first prize and winner take all.
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