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    6/9 Liberty Review

    The Liberty is not the Ritz, and only a fool would go on a RCI cruise expecting the same type of service and accommodation. Since FamilyCruising07 only indulges in the finer things in life, (and who am I to doubt her credibility after reading her thoughtful posts), then I don't understand why she didn't just fire up her yacht and head directly to the Caribbean? Doing so would have allowed her to avoid all of the tedious hassles associated with commercial cruising...you know what I'm talking about...the way there are always other people on board and the fact that the ship provides a very small selection of activities and dining/drinking establishments. Even more confusing to me is why her royal highness is posting on a cruise website with a screen name prominently featuring the word "cruise" when she so clearly finds them beneath her status in life. I'm just happy that I was in her presence for a week...even if I didn't appreciate my good fortune at the time. God Save the Queen!
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    6/9 Liberty Review

    My wife and I were on this voyage and we had a fantastic time. The only point made by the original poster to which I will agree is the dress code in the dining rooms. If RCI wants to have a policy, they need to enforce it. If not, don't make us pack formal, or even business casual attire if 50% of the ship is going to be allowed to wear shorts or jeans to dinner. Otherwise, I the complaints seem to be: 1. The Windjammer was crowded at peak times; 2. The elevators were crowded and the stairs were broken; 3. The staterooms aren't as luxurious as the suites at the Ritz. 4. Kids should stay in school during the summer so they don't interrupt vacationers. 5. The crew didn't treat me like I was royalty. Everyone is entitled to an opinion and my opinion is that some people are complainers and will always find something to bitch about... It's a new ship and it's in great shape. The crew is still trying to get into a groove while working feverishly to make sure that everything is pristine to avoid another Noro scare. I tried to do my part by throwing at least two dozen kids overboard, but sadly, my efforts to rid the ship entirely were not successful. On vacation, a little bit of flexibility goes a long way. RELAX...
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    6/9 Liberty Review

    My wife and I were on this voyage and we had a fantastic time. The only point made by the original poster to which I will agree is the dress code in the dining rooms. If RCI wants to have a policy, they need to enforce it. If not, don't make us pack formal, or even business casual attire if 50% of the ship is going to be allowed to wear shorts or jeans to dinner. Otherwise, I the complaints seem to be: 1. The Windjammer was crowded at peak times; 2. The elevators were crowded and the stairs were broken; 3. The staterooms aren't as luxurious as the suites at the Ritz. 4. Kids should stay in school during the summer so they don't interrupt vacationers. 5. The crew didn't treat me like I was royalty. Everyone is entitled to an opinion and my opinion is that some people are complainers and will always find something to bitch about... It's a new ship and it's in great shape. The crew is still trying to get into a groove while working feverishly to make sure that everything is pristine to avoid another Noro scare. I tried to do my part by throwing at least two dozen kids overboard, but sadly, my efforts to rid the ship entirely were not successful. On vacation, a little bit of flexibility goes a long way. RELAX...
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    Norovirus on the Liberty this week?

    My wife and I just returned from the Liberty and had a great time. The ship is beautiful, there are tons of things to do, and the weather was great, save for Friday. There were no obvious signs that anyone was sick, but the Captain made several daily announcements giving info on Noro and reiterating the best ways to help prevent or guard against it. Buffets were self-serve, but the crew kept a careful watch and hand sanitizers were mandatory before entering or leaving any food area. They were also available EVERYWHERE throughout the ship to anyone who wanted to use one. At the risk of sounding a bit harsh, I must say that I'm glad there are strict measures in place to keep those who are sick confined to their rooms. Some cruisers like CDNinMD have a resonable, responsible outlook and I wish more people shared his point of view. To the extent that there may have been sick passengers on our cruise, I really don't have an issue with RCI being a bit heavy-handed in making sure that the other 3600+ passengers don't get sick. I wouldn't want to be cooped up in my room, but it is a necessary, fair request and I think it is very selfish for a Noro-passenger to insist that he be given total access while sick. Unfortunately, sometimes "S" just happens... Listen, it is no fun to be sick on vacation--whether it is a cruise or not. BUT, anyone who suggests that he/she should have full access to everything available onboard while knowingly carrying a contagious disease is simply being selfish and unfair to the rest of the passengers and, in my opinion, is no better than the slob who refuses to wash his hands after using the restroom. Many people save all year for a vacation and it is unfortunate when illness or other "acts of god" stand in the way of having a pleasant experience. Sometimes it rains, sometimes rides are closed for maintenance, and sometimes people get sick. However, I think RCI acts in a manner that is consistent with the best interests of its guests and should continue to do so in the event of future outbreaks. I'm not suggesting that anyone on this board is guilty of the conduct I've described above but I think it is easy to forget the reasons why cruiselines are tasked with taking measures to ensure that their "healthy" cruisers do not unnecessarily succomb to Noro b/c of other passengers who don't want to comply with CDC rules.
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