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  1. I'm wondering can more than 1 ship dock on the same day at Coco Cay? Thanks
  2. Yes, you can arrive earlier, I usually arrive a the port around 10:00 am. Boarding time is around 11:00 am. When I check-in online I also put time of arrival is 10:00 am. Check-in online is always like that asking for arrival time on embarkation day and departure time on dis-embarkation day. For departure time, they use that information to assign you departure luggage tag number. For arrival time, I'm not sure what they do with that information.
  3. the cash you are going to spend mostly is when you are in ports. Plan your cash amount based on what you going to do in ports. Also Luggage valets tips, bus shuttles driver tips (if you are parking your car at the pier)
  4. Just got of Liberty of the Seas last week, when I went to My Time Dinning on deck 3, every night there were very long lines for both with reservations and without reservations. After the long line we got to the host which told us no table is available and we waited for a while for a table. I did make reservation for MTD for the whole week at the same time. Right now the only dinning room serve MTD is only on deck 3. It seems more guests picked MTD instead of the traditional dining time which serves on both deck 4 and 5. When MTD came out years ago, I remember there were not long of a line to get a table the dinning room, but for the last few cruises, I experience long line and waiting time for MTD even when I have reservations every evening. I just filled out the post-cruise survey and suggest RCI to expand the MTD dinning area to at least one more deck. Does anyone here beside me felt that MTD is becoming more popular than traditional time dinning?
  5. this is how heavy the fog is at 7:07 am, about one hour after both Liberty and Vista docked.
  6. I want to give you a first hand experience of the improvement situation cruise ships arrival in the fog at port of Galveston. I'm set sail on the Liberty of the Seas today 3//10. Lastnight local weather has dense fog advisory for Galveston from midnight to 9:00am. I also received text and email from Royal Caribbean telling me about the heavy fog and the ship can be delayed getting into port. This morning I woke up at 4:00am and monitor the Liberty on marrinetraffic.com. At that time I see the Liberty is at Galveston coast moving at around 12 knots right behind it is the Carnival Vista and also the boat Texas which is a pilot boat. Those 3 ships/boat are the only ones which is moving. There are at least 20 other nearby vessels which are not moving. Some of those are tankers and cargo ships. I kept on monitor the Liberty and Vista and I see it is moving as it should even in dense fog and dock at around 6:00 am. I think it is true what being said about the improvement of the pilot ship association and it is good news for cruisers since Galveston port often has fog. Attached is the screen shot from marrine traffic at around 5:00 am. The list of nearby standing still vessels was long I only capture what fit on the screen.
  7. When I said lately I noticed about cruise ships arriving at Galveston port on time even when it is foggy, I meant starting from November 2018. Fog season in Galveston is around from November to end of March.
  8. Thank you ssb. That makes sense, I also thought it has something to do with the pilot boats.
  9. I noticed lately about Galveston port, even when the weather is foggy, the ships arrive at the port on time. Anyone knows if they did some improvement or changes in the process when ship comming into port?
  10. When I heard about this news about Holland America, I cross it out on my list of cruise lines to try.
  11. This is true, I second that. One of the past cruise when my daughter was about 11 years old. She won a bottle of wine. So she went up and pick out one of the wine bottles available on the table. For children, when they win a wine or something that is suppose for adults, they should have an option to pick an alternative gift suitable for children.
  12. I will say mostly the same as others. 1st sea day around 10:30 am. Free alcoholic drinks. RCCL emblem gifts such as caps, shirts, jackets, glasses. This event takes place in the area with windows/outside views instead in an enclosed area without any windows.
  13. My first cruise was on Sovereign of the Seas, Sept 1st, 1997
  14. I use my OBC to pay for shore excursion I bought online through RCL cruise planner
  15. any latest update on what's going to happen to Liberty at Galveston? Last I heard was Liberty is leaving Galveston on April or May of 2020. Is this still true, if yes, which ship will replace Liberty once it leaves Galveston Thanks
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