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    Liberty of the Seas review 5/10-5/17

    Boleros was actually pretty dead every time I walked by it. My favorite was Catacombs because they had a 20something crowd and really good music (and the decor of the place is cool too- 2 levels). Hoof and Claw also seemed like a great place for pub fans. And Olive or Twist was ideal for listening to relaxing live music.
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    Liberty of the Seas review 5/10-5/17

    I really liked that part of the ship because you can easily take stairs to get to the popular places. It was also a very quiet and low-traffic area. The room steward was great (though she has a really strong accent and it's not that easy to understand her).
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    Liberty of the Seas review 5/10-5/17

    Yes, the Karoake location (On-Air Club) has plasma TVs that constantly show ESPN International. ESPN Intl sometimes showed live NBA playoff games last week, but mostly they showed tennis and soccer. So I really don't think RCCL makes the decision to show a game or not- it depends on what ESPN Intl is showing. I agree with you though; if US ESPN is easy to acquire thru the ship's satellite, they should try to get it. I assume it's a cost licensing issue. We had a fill-in CD because the normal one had a family emergency. I didn't hear any other details but hopefully it is not serious.
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    Liberty of the Seas review 5/10-5/17

    No, I didn't get to try it. I've read other people say it's good though!
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    Liberty of the Seas review 5/10-5/17

    Honestly, it wasn't a great Holiday Inn. The rooms were old and not in great condition (though they were a good size). As every other full-service Holiday Inn, there is a restaurant on-site but it is not free. The location is good though- you have the Bayside Shopping Center across the street, and there is a Walgreens nearby if you need last minute stuff for the cruise. I can't comment on the room rate as my in-laws own a Holiday Inn Express, so we always stay for free.
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    Liberty of the Seas review 5/10-5/17

    Unfortunately I didn't get to try the premium restaurants. I wanted to but there wasn't much interest from the rest of the group. For shopping- in San Juan, it was jewelry and souveneirs. In Labidee, it was mostly wooden sculptures and paintings. You can negotiate a ton! One guy in our group got a 3-D huge wooden sculpture for $10 (the seller started at $60).
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    towel's for shore excursions

    I was just on LOS last week and there were no beach/pool towels in the interior or balcony rooms. Even for excursions, you had to go to the towel area on Level 11.
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    Liberty of the Seas review 5/10-5/17

    djandnic- Formal nights were Sun and Wed. We didn't stay in South Beach- we were at the Holiday Inn next to Bayside ($20 cab ride to the port). If anyone else has any questions, ask away.
  9. We sailed on the 5/10-5/17 Eastern Caribbean voyage with a group of 14 family members (four parents and 10 young adults). This this was my first cruise on RC and only my second overall. We had a great time and would like to share some feedback on the various aspects of Liberty of the Seas: The Ship itself: Fantastic and very clean. Other than a constant foul odor on some parts of the Sports Deck, everything looked and seemed spotless. Obviously the ship is huge but it really wasn't a burden at all to get from one side to another. Overall I would say it was easy to navigate and not get lost. There is a very useful ship map on the wall next to every elevator. Cabin: We stayed in Interior Stateroom #9691. While it was only 152 sq feet, there was enough room for us to unpack and put away all of our toiletries and clothes. The bed was surprisingly spacious and comfortable. We didn't spend much time in the room so having no window wasn't a big deal to us. Games & Activities: Our family loves games and contests, so we participated in many events- Dodgeball Tournament, Free Throw Contest, Family Feud, Battles of the Sexes, Millionaire, and countless games of trivia in the Schooner Bar. We won quite a few of them as well and ended up with a bunch of RC stuff. Suggestions for other tournaments I wish they had: ping-pong, Three Point Shooting Contest, 3-on-3 basketball. Flo-rider: Definitely follow advice and wear a lot of clothing! I only watched for 30 min and saw two people lose clothing. One middle-aged woman accidently mooned the crowd. Another person lost her bikini tip. She was an attractive young woman and a few guys in the crowd actually cheered when it happened! Fortunately she didn't seem too upset about the whole incident- she was laughing with her friends a few minutes later. Casino: A few people in our group are big gamblers so the casino was a fun hang-out (even just to watch them). The casino also had a blackjack tournament and a Texas Hold 'Em tournament. The Hold 'Em was interesting- $100 entry fee and the top two earners from each voyage are invited back for a free cruise in December. The top earner from that cruise wins $100,000. Slots were also a big draw; they had a running tally of slot pay-outs. By the end of the cruise, total pay-outs were over $2M! Windjammer: Breakfasts were of high quality. I liked that they had made-to-order stations for fried eggs and a separate one for omelets. The biscuits were bad, but everything else was a hit. We ate a few lunches and one dinner at Windjammer, and those were nothing special. They had plenty of variety but quality was average at best. Main Dinner: The appetizers, salads, and desserts were all excellent. For appetizers, I really enjoyed the cream soups, mushroom puff pastry, and spinach dip. Tip: if you like fruit, order the fruit appetizers. They are of a much higher quality than the fruits in Windjammer. There were plenty of great desserts but my favorite was the chocolate flourless cake. However, the main entrees were mediocre. None of the 14 of us were impressed by the entrees. The meats were not flavorful or juicy, and the pastas were bland. Our waiter was Felix from India; he was entertaining and the service was fantastic. Johnny Rockets: We ate here a couple of times. Ask for a oceanside table. Fries, onion rings, and sandwiches were all great (but then again, it's hard to screw up fried foods). Sorrento's Pizza: We ate here late-night almost every day. The pizza was pretty good, comparable to a better frozen pizza. They have great sides such as sundried tomatoes, mozzarella balls, and feta cubes that you can chop up yourself and add as pizza toppings. Seattle's Best Coffee: I didn't buy any coffee drinks, but you can come here for tasty free sandwiches. Room service: We ordered it once after hitting the club. The pizza was terrible. Chicken fingers weren't bad. Nightlife: Catacombs had a pretty decent crowd on most nights. I was impressed by the music they played. I was expecting a low-rent DJ but they were spinning all the latest hip-hop and dance music. The pub in the Promenade was always crowded at night, and Olive or Twist was a chill place to have some strong drinks. I was also impressed by the drink prices- $5.75 for a strong Jack and Coke including tip. The same drink was $14 at Mansion in South Beach (where we partied the night before the cruise). TV Programming: As a big sports fan, it was tough not having US ESPN anywhere on the ship (only ESPN International). To get free scores, I had to watch the CNN ticker or read the American newspaper. Entertainment & Shows: We had a fill-in cruise director (John from England). He was very funny. We went to all the nightly entertainment except for the Ever After show and the Farewell Show. All of them were very good, especially the main ice show. Two of the most entertaining and funniest events on the ship were the Love & Marriage Show and The Quest Adult Scavenger Hunt. San Juan Port: Just shopped for a few hours. St Maarten Port: Did the Snorkel/Kayaking Excursion for $72. It was fun but the snorkeling was nothing special- they made you swim out to snorkel instead of taking you on a boat. So we didn't see many unique fish. Labidee Port: It was rainy when we docked and cloudy for a few hours, but it became sunny after the good BBQ lunch. We played beach volleyball for two hours and then shopped and went into the water. This was the only quality beach & ocean time I had during the whole cruise. This was our favorite port. Overall, we had a really fun time. I'm a beach bum so personally I would have preferred a vacation with more relaxing beach & ocean time (especially if it were just my wife and I). However, this cruise was an excellent choice for our big group. The large amount of activities available ensured that everyone in our group had something to do. Everyone could do their own thing during the day, and still meet up for dinner. Our group had a mix of young and old, married and single, and everyone had a blast. Also, I highly recommend the Sat-Sat sailings. Having an entire day to relax and recover before going back to work was a life-saver.
  10. I just got back from LOS on Saturday, and there were Sunset Happy Hours at the Schooner Bar (typically 4:30-8:30 pm). It was 20% off Martini drinks. I did not see any discounted drinks elsewhere.
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    Whats your favorite Reggae song?

    I love Junior Reid.
  12. We have 14 of us going on the Liberty of the Seas tommorrow. Some of us love to play trivia (at bars and such), and I've heard there are trivia contests on board. Anyone know if they are well-attended? Any good prizes? What's the level of difficulty? thanks!
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    Is wearing a watch necessary?

    Why would I get a "kick" out of the answers? They are helpful. Sorry if I offended you with my terminology. I'll try harder next time. Anyways..I did some watch shopping online yesterday and I'm leaning towards a Nike sports watch. It has a polyurethane band so I think it will be good in the water. Of course I will stick to my Tag Heuer for formal night! Thanks for the advice all (well to those that actually provided advice).
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    Is wearing a watch necessary?

    Ok, a follow-up question. Since I'll probably be wearing the watch in the water as well, what kind of band should I look for? Rubber? Fabric? Something else? Any suggestions on a good brand for sport watches less than $50?
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