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OK I will attempt to do a mostly semi-live review from our upcoming Liberty cruise in #6414. We board next Sunday! We are Diamond Plus members but this is only our second suite ever. We are new to the suite life, but I think we are hooked!

 

We booked this suite while on Liberty back in Sept. 2017 with 2 couples. There was a mistake made by the agent, which I won't deliberate on, that got us the suite for a very low price and it just happened to be available (its nearly always booked) We had reduced deposits and a year to find 2 more couples for this cruise. We all decided that it would be fairer to just split the total 4 ways and that is how we arrived at the price per couple of $2262. That's right, the total was $9144 for 8 people! RCCL's pricing was so convoluted! 3rd and 4th passengers reductions etc...so confusing. Needless to say, at a price very nearly the normal rate we pay for a D1or2, we were thrilled. The deal included $200 OBC and when I transferred to our normal online travel agent, we received another $475 OBC. We all voted to apply all of it to our tip fund. We'll owe very little after that. So don't be shy about inquiring about these larger suites, you just may get lucky.

 

This suite used to be called the Presidential Family Suite. Here is the floor plan...4 bedrooms/4 baths and will accommodate 10 to 12.

 

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I will be posting from wifi at each port so it may take some time, I am pretty brainless when it comes to posting live from ship.

I will be using my YouTube channel for vids/pics but may be able to post some here.

 

We usually cruise out of Galveston and drive in the day of departure or spend the night on the mainland (one night stay) and pay around $150 for Holiday Inn Express in Dickinson...you are within 20 minutes of the port the next morning;p We like to be checked in by 10:30 or so. We usually use Park & Cruise right across the street from the terminal. Todd drops me off to check the bags and he parks and walks across. Usually takes less than 15 minutes total. With the new terminal, we are usually onboard ship by 11:00 or so.

 

I was excited to learn that the concierge, in this case MJ would be coming down to collect us and escort us to our cabin, can't wait to experience that! And that we can order our meals in to be served on the large table for 10 on our balcony. That includes lunch and dinner. This will truly be high cotton for us.

 

We have 4 days to go and I will be posting....see ya....

 

Any tips on how to go about this live thing will be appreciated. I watch folks periscope but don't know how to do my own broadcast with it...???

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I have to go and change the settings on the account, I'll post the link soon;)

 

Thanks Patti, Todd is planning on Goproing the boarding and arrival at our suite. I will try to keep my big mouth closed during these vids, that is the bane of my video filming. I have learned the less commentary the better, LOL!

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Over the years, my OCD nature has led me to try to be an efficient packer, so our one large case has been packed for 2 weeks! The only thing left to go in is the toiletry bag. Todd will be hauling the camera/laptop in his backpack and I will be hauling the wine/jewelry/meds and gift bags in my largest beach bag. I never take a purse. I do gift bags for my cruise bud wives if we are traveling with others. Just a tradition, lots of little travel goodies inside so fun! I will set these out in their rooms before they arrive. I am determined to be first onboard out of the lot of us.

 

Our fur ball Katie knows we are leaving soon, been sleeping in the case,

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Checking weather, as of today, all looks good, threading the needle between squalls in Galveston and maybe some iffy rain in Coz, we intend to stay on board at Belize and Roatan, been there done that, countless times and we want to enjoy this cabin to its fullest...planning on doing a lot of sea gazing, star gazing and people watching with drink in hand! from the lovely terrace!

 

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Just received the email from the concierge:

 

Itis my pleasure to welcome you onboard the beautiful Liberty of the Seas.

We are honored that you have selected Royal CaribbeanInternational for your cruise vacation.

 

My name is Mangesh Jambhulkar (MJ) your Concierge onboard.I am available to assist you with any special requests you may have throughoutyour cruise vacation.

My hours in the Suite Lounge are daily from 8:00 am to11:00 am and 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

 

Before introducing the Suite benefits to you, here are someimportant recommendations before boarding the vessel:


  • When you check-in online, it saves time. You won’t have to fill out any forms at the pier. When you and your party arrive, you’ll just need your signed SetSail pass, identification documents, and credit card that you register online. (See below attachment)

  • In order to make your boarding experience as smooth and pleasant possible, I will be ready at the terminal for your arrival. I will appreciate if you send me a quick e-mail with your mobile number and estimated arrival time to the cruise terminal, that way I can communicate more efficient with you and coordinate in a better way your check-in process. I will escort you from the Cruise terminal directly to your Royal Suite. My mobile number is attached to the end of this e-mail.
     
    As a Suite guest, you are offered exclusive amenities and services not available to other guests onboard Liberty of the Seas.
    For your convenience, here is a brief summary of those services:


    • Use of the Suite Lounge, Deck 14, aft.
    • Spa Bathrobes for use onboard & upgraded bathroom amenities.
    • Exclusive breakfast in Giovanni’s Table restaurant on Deck 11 aft, daily from 8:00 am to 10:00 am on Sea days and 7:00 am to 9:00 am on Port days.
    • Continental Breakfast served in the Suite Lounge daily from 8:00 am to 10:00 am on Sea days and 7:00 am to 9:00 am on Port days.
    • Hors d’oeuvres, petit fours and complimentary bar setup served in the Suite Lounge every evening before and after dinner from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm.
    • Daily menus displayed and pre-ordering availability for your dinner wine.
    • Full Dining Room room-service privilege. (available only when Dining Room is open)
    • Reservations for any of our specialty restaurants, sports activities, Explorations! spa and salon appointments etc.
    • Arrangements for private parties.
    • Limited VIP lounge chairs set-up by the Sky Bar, deck 12.
    • Reserved VIP seats for production shows & Ice Shows. (Please show Cruise Director’s staff Gold Sea Pass card at the entrance – No reservation needed. Seats will be reserved until 10 minutes prior start the show)
    • Private lunch in Giovanni's Table - Italian Restaurant from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. ( Open exclusive on Sea days)
    • Business services such as copies, printing of boarding passes, etc.
    • Suite Cocktail Reception hosted by the Captain/Hotel Director. (Invitations will be sent)
    • Complimentary pressing service on first formal night of the cruise.
    • Priority Tendering on tender ports. (Please contact your Concierge for more details)

The Suite Loungeis a private area accessible on a 24-hour basis with your Sea Pass Card.

 

We respectfullyrequest that guests observe a smart casual dress code when visiting the lounge (noswim or pool attire is allowed, footwear is required at all times)

To ensure all ourguests are able to enjoy this exclusive lounge we require that all guests 20years and younger must be well behaved and accompanied by a parent or guardianat all times.

 

Please come andsee me in the Suite Lounge or contact me by dialing 3812 from any ship’s phone.

If there is anyway I can be of assistance to make your cruise vacation more enjoyable, pleasedo not hesitate to ask.

We hope you willhave the vacation of a lifetime onboard the Liberty of the Seas.

 

Regards,

 

Mangesh Jambhulkar (MJ)

 

This will be our 6th cruise on Libby. We love her...we cruised Vision in our first suite (Grand) last January and MJ was the suite concierge then, he moved to Libby this summer. He is most pleasant and efficient.

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Hi! Glad you are doing this! I’ll be following along. I have a private question for you. Would you mind to write me at lovecruising2 at gmail dot com or tell me how I might reach you? Thanks. You will all have a blast and MJ is the topping on the cake. He’s wonderful!

Thanks!

Karen Fraser

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It truly seems like yesterday (2007) that we were ewwwwing and ahhhhing over the publicity pictures for this cabin on Liberty. We were on the Liberty for the 2 day cruise to nowhere for travel agents out of Miami when she debuted, but we never made it to this cabin to see it.

 

Can't believe we will actually be in it in 4 days.:hearteyes:

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My name is Mangesh Jambhulkar (MJ) your Concierge onboard.I am available to assist you with any special requests you may have throughoutyour cruise vacation.

My hours in the Suite Lounge are daily from 8:00 am to11:00 am and 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

 

Interesting, 6-1/2 hour shift. I wonder what else he does on the ship when not on Concierge duty. Windjammer, pool deck, etc.?

 

 

I'm confident RCI won't let someone only work such a short shift. :)

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Interesting, 6-1/2 hour shift. I wonder what else he does on the ship when not on Concierge duty. Windjammer, pool deck, etc.?

 

 

 

 

 

I'm confident RCI won't let someone only work such a short shift. :)

 

 

Oh my, MJ is always doing something for folks and there are many other duties he performs from a private office. The Concierges also at peak times have been seen at Guest Services helping “triage” guests waiting in line, handling requests that they can quickly.

 

On Vision, MJ was partly for the Suites and Pinnacle Luncheon. There’s much behind the scenes. Those hours are the ones where they can always find him at his desk in the lounge. (He rarely sits unless someone has a request. He’s like the Energizer Bunny.

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Karen is totally correct, MJ is always moving and doing. But a delightful guy, just wanna say.

 

We were really excited that he moved to Libby so we can see him again.

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Oh my, MJ is always doing something for folks and there are many other duties he performs from a private office. The Concierges also at peak times have been seen at Guest Services helping “triage” guests waiting in line, handling requests that they can quickly.

 

On Vision, MJ was partly for the Suites and Pinnacle Luncheon. There’s much behind the scenes. Those hours are the ones where they can always find him at his desk in the lounge. (He rarely sits unless someone has a request. He’s like the Energizer Bunny.

Good to know! Thanks!

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WARNING! Some parts of this review may be B O R I N G...but I'll try to be amusing.

 

Once upon a time, some of my roll call peeps gave me a nick name TIBB which stood for The Infamous Becci Boo...why I do not recall??????????? I always get a "Crew Only" photo on every ship. I have done this on so many times on Libby, I don't know if I'll find a different place, but I have to try.

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I don't really break the rules, just pretend:halo::cool:

If you have any good ideas, let me know

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Yes, I will have daily access to those so no problem. Our cabin will have them.

 

Retired, I note you are looking for hotel advice also...I would try all the hotel search engines for the mainland areas before you get on island,

 

La Marque, Texas City and Dickinson, even Kemah. All the major brand hotels have prices under 150 no problem...but if you go to Galveston, most will require a 2 night booking and are more expensive. I saw Marriot for $109 just now for next March and they may have the 2 bedroom for you...

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You said you have gifts for the other couples. And you would arrive before them. Don't you all have to show up together??

I can not wait to see pics of your suite, it looks awsome!!

 

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-N920A using Tapatalk

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No as long as each couple has a copy of the set sail pass, you can check in whenever. One other couple is coming with us as we are picking them up at Hobby Airport on Saturday. The other two wanted to drive down day of as they have kids in school still. They will show up around noon.

 

MJ will go down to the lounge in terminal and gather us up to take to our room. One advantage of this suite is we go directly to it, don't have to run around or to Windjammer unless we want to. I think we will just go and get a drink and go sit on our terrace until we're hungry, then we may run up to WJs or the promenade and snag some eats. We will spend Sailaway on the terrace too. I have a Texas flag we're hanging from it so some of our family/friends can see us leave. Galveston dot com has webcams and usually will focus on the flags as Libby glides by.

 

My Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN_nxc20db9EQlTfHm9vaEA there's not much on it. Nothing for this cruise and there won't be anything until probably later on Sunday evening.

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