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"LIVE" from the Liberty of the Seas/ 1-05-08

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Hello Everyone ! I have arrived in Miami today for a pre cruise stay before my "Live" from the Liberty trip report.

 

I drove to Miami, and it took me awhile to get here. . .but I am happy that I made it safely, and I am happy that I will soon be boarding the Newest...Biggest... and most Beautiful ship in the RCI Fleet.....the Liberty of the Seas.

 

For those of you that are new to Cruise Critic, I will be providing something more than a Cruise Ship Review. I will be posting Daily Photos, of the Ports of Call, Cabin, Ship exterior, and public areas. I will be able to answer many questions, and provide daily commentary. (Pending valid internet connection)

 

We will be sailing the Eastern Caribbean, which includes 3 Ports (San Juan, PR. . . St Maarten, NA. . . Labadee, Haiti and several days at sea.

 

I am looking forward to seeing the many changes that have been made, and the many differences between the Voyager Class, and Freedom Class ships.

 

There have been many pics that I have viewed from the Freedom, and Liberty. . . .However, this will be my first sailing on a Freedom Class Ship !

 

I am just a few miles from the Port, and my plan is to arrive at the Port of Miami tomorrow by 11AM. I should be able to post many pics before we sail at 4PM.

 

Thanks for tuning in !

 

Radio

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Florida !

 

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My Pre Cruise Miami / Doral Hotel

 

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Nice Pool. . .

 

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The Beautiful Liberty of the Seas

 

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I know have something to look forward to doing at work on Monday!!! Can not wait to read it!!! Have a safe Journey!

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Hi. We sailed on the Liberty 12/22 thru 12/29, visiting the same ports you will be visiting.

 

The ship is beautiful. Our sailing was completely sold out. However, the ship didn't feel crowded until the final day at sea. I don't know where these people were all week. But, they were all in my way on Friday.

 

It seems like you enjoy taking pictures. Would you be willing to share your pics of various places around the ship? I meant to go around taking pics the last day. But, one thing lead to another, and I never did. Now, I'm trying to put a scrapbook together. And... it is completely lacking.

 

Anyway, I'd appreciate any "generic" pictures that you would be willing to share.

 

Don't miss the Ice Show. Check the compass to find out where and when to get the tickets. And, don't worry if the line is long. It moves very quickly, and there are plenty of tickets for everyone.

 

Warning: The pool chair hogs seem to be out in full force. We found a great spot that was never crowded. Go to the very front of the ship. Keep going upstairs. There is a great spot with sun and shade available, and a nice breeze. Never crowded or noisy.

 

If you're on the first floor of the dining room, look for our waiter Habib. He is excellent!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Thanks

Jill

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Happy Cruising, and I can't wait to read your live posts and see your pictures. I will be on Liberty in October, which seems like years from now.

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Are you parking at the port? We will be going on the FOS in April and live in west palm. Parking is $20 a day. Crazy!!!! I heard there is off site parking near the airport for half the cost but waiting for a shuttle coming back in can be a mess. Have a great trip!

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I cant wait to read your "Live" thread! I have read some of your "Live" threads in the past and they are always SO great!

 

Makes me really excited for my trip on Liberty in August - It feels like soooo far away!

 

Happy Sailing and thanks!! :-)

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have a grand time... we had to cancel the same cruise you are going on tomorrow as my son's school schedule changed..... so jealous.

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Happy Cruising, and I can't wait to read your live posts and see your pictures. I will be on Liberty in October, which seems like years from now.

 

 

Ha ha . . . I just booked this Cruise less than a month ago, and it felt like a Year Away ! :) :)

 

 

Radio

;) ;)

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How exciting! I'm really looking forward to "spending the week" with you. :D

 

We leave a week from today for our cruise on the Liberty of the Seas and we are staying at the Hampton Inn too.

 

Please provide any insight (great bartenders, the CD, neat experiences, etc.). I hope you have a fantastic time!

 

Enjoy!

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Hi Radio

 

I nearly fell off the Chair when I read that you'll do one of your fabulous, super-duper "Live" Reports...!!

 

Looking forward to it...!!

 

Thanks alot in advance!

 

Phil

:)

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Subscribing to this thread so I dont miss a thing!!:)

 

Bon Voyage!

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Hi Radio

 

I nearly fell off the Chair when I read that you'll do one of your fabulous, super-duper "Live" Reports...!!

 

Looking forward to it...!!

 

Thanks alot in advance!

 

Phil

:)

 

Thanks Phil. . . . A long as I can connect to Wi Fi, there should be many pics ! :rolleyes:

 

I don't think that the Freedon Class ships have a Cybercabin offer. . .

 

Thanks

 

Radio

;) ;)

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Can't wait to read your posts and SEE YOUR PICS!!!!!!!!!!! I have a mere 175 days till my cruise!:eek::D Let us know about the menu and check out if they have the SF coconut cake. Take pics of the food so I can look at it while on my cruise diet! lol

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Radio,

Can't wait for your live reports from the LOS.

On her the first of February, I am glad that I get a preview

before I board her.

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Can't wait to read your posts and SEE YOUR PICS!!!!!!!!!!! I have a mere 175 days till my cruise!:eek::D Let us know about the menu and check out if they have the SF coconut cake. Take pics of the food so I can look at it while on my cruise diet! lol

 

 

 

 

Hmmm. . . . SF Coconut Cake ? Maybe I should try some ! ! :)

 

Thanks Lynn !

 

Radio

:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

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Can't wait to check in with you everyday. We have been waiting 10 months so far to sail on Liberty and have 5 more weeks to wait. Although we are doing the western itinerary I am so looking forward to your pictures and all your comments. Thanks so much and have a wonderful cruise!

 

Lorey

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Radio - Once again you are so generously giving of yourself, and your vacation to report back to your friends at CC :) Thanks so much, and I am looking forward to sharing your cruise with you!!!! You're awesome!

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I always look forward to your threads. We are all in for a wonderful treat. Am definitely subscribing to this thread. Enjoy your cruise, and thank you for always including us!

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Radio, What a pleasure it will be to sail along with you! We were on the Liberty in October and had sailed only Voyager Class ships before that. We are anxious to get your opinion on the Freedom Class ships. Thank you for allowing us to sail with you. Enjoy!

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Hello everyone ! As part of my research for this cruise. . . I checked to see what ships will be with us in each port.

 

We will be seeing many ships on this cruise. . . .

 

Here is the list:

 

 

MIAMI

 

Azamara Quest (ex - R7)

 

Norwegian Sun

 

Carnival Freedom

 

Carnival Triumph

 

Imagination

 

SAN JUAN, PR

 

Radiance of the Seas

 

Costa Mediterranea

 

Carnival Liberty

 

ST MAARTEN, NA

 

Sea Princess

 

Disney Magic

 

Holland America - Maasdam

 

MIAMI

 

Celebrity Century

 

Oceania - Regatta (ex - R1)

 

Carnival Freedom

 

Carnival Triumph

 

Norwegian Sun

 

 

 

I will talk to all of you tomorrow ! I should be at the port early. . . .

 

Thanks for tuning in ;)

 

 

Radio

:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

 

 

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Thanks for your live posts again!! I enjoy reading all about your adventures on land and at sea! Keep up the great work and have a safe and enjoyable cruise!!

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Woo Hoo! I love live reports!

 

We cruised the same ship/itinerary in October and left the Radisson at 10:30. We were the 2nd group boarding (we did have a suite so we had priority) and were numbers 7, 8, 9 and 10 to board the ship. You just might want to go a little earlier! I always figure it's more fun to wait in the terminal than at the hotel!

 

Have a FABULOUS cruise!

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Thanks for tuning in ;)

 

 

Radio

:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

 

 

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HAPPY DANCE! HAPPY DANCE! HAPPY DANCE! Another FABULOUS Radio Review to read.

 

On behalf of your faithful following have a wonderful adventure and thanks for taking us along for the ride!

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Radio: Look forward with anticipation for your daily report...We were on the pre-inaugural and will be doing the same itinerary as you in November...Later, Jill:cool:

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Hello everyone ! As part of my research for this cruise. . . I checked to see what ships will be with us in each port.

 

We will be seeing many ships on this cruise. . . .

 

Here is the list:

 

 

MIAMI

 

Azamara Quest (ex - R7)

 

Norwegian Sun

 

Carnival Freedom

 

Carnival Triumph

 

Imagination

 

SAN JUAN, PR

 

Radiance of the Seas

 

Costa Mediterranea

 

Carnival Liberty

 

ST MAARTEN, NA

 

Sea Princess

 

Disney Magic

 

Holland America - Maasdam

 

MIAMI

 

Celebrity Century

 

Oceania - Regatta (ex - R1)

 

Carnival Freedom

 

Carnival Triumph

 

Norwegian Sun

 

 

 

I will talk to all of you tomorrow ! I should be at the port early. . . .

 

Thanks for tuning in ;)

 

 

Radio

 

WOW. I go in October, and the most ships that were in port when I was on the Freedom was 3. Miami leaving had 2, then coming back 3, puerto rico none, st. thomas and st. maarten 1 each.

 

The ports are much more crowded in the winter, when the Caribbean is more popular.

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Look forward to your review with great anticipation. Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences! We really appreciate it!

 

We are sooooo looking forward to our next cruise . . .

Liberty of the Seas March ’08 - 7 Eastern Caribbean

Crown Princess Oct. ’07 – 7 New York to San Juan

Golden Princess April ’07 - 10 Mexican Riviera

Constellation Oct. ’06 – (8185 Cabin off back of ship) 11 Western Caribbean

Brilliance of the Seas April ’06 (9258 Cabin off back of ship) - 10 Panama Canal

Jewel of the Seas Oct. ’05 – 10 Bermuda and Caribbean

Dawn Princess March '05 – 10 Western Caribbean

Caribbean Princess '04 (C752 Cabin off back of ship) – 7 Eastern Caribbean

Island Princess '03 – 10 Panama Canal

Star Princess '03 – 7 Mexican Riviera

Grand Princess '02 - 7 Western Caribbean

Enchantment of the Seas '98 - 7 Eastern Caribbean

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Radio: Could you please snoop around and chat up the staff and find out about this guy who posted on cruisejunkie (and it was reproduced here on CC yesterday or the day before)::

 

December 31: From a passenger: I was travelling with my family for the New Year holiday on the ship, departing Miami December 29. There were 10 other family members on board the ship with me. I was playing in the casino and got into an argument with some high rollers in the casino on the departing night, Saturday (12/29). There was no physical altercation just an argument. Security broke up the argument and I was asked to leave the casino and went back to my cabin around 1:30am. The high roller threatened me and a security guard was placed outside my cabin overnight. The next day I was called by Guest Relations around 9:45pm and was told to meet Security in the back room at the front desk at 7:00 am Monday, which was the first port of call. There were several gentlemen present at the meeting (head of security, guest relations) and I was told that I have 45 minutes to pack my bags and get off the ship and that I was a security risk to the ship. I packed my bags and was escorted to the dining room. In the dining room there were immigration officials who had to approve of my disembarkation. Although I objected to being thrown off the ship and although the immigration officials also didn't approve of my being thrown off the ship, officials from the cruise line handed an envelope with $1,000 cash in it to the immigration official and I was then escorted off the ship to a small boat then transferred to Labadee (private reserve on the island of Haiti). I was put in a golf cart and driven to the end of a fenced in area to a waiting jeep. Inside the jeep were machine gun armed guards and the driver. I was driven from a locked compound in Labadee, Haiti to a run down deserted landing strip where there was a turbo propeller plane waiting for me. On the ride to the landing strip I was advised to duck down for my safety. I was scared for my life and thought I was going to die. I was then escorted onto the turbo prop and was flown from Haiti to Fort Lauderdale, taking 3 hours. I then transferred onto a commercial airliner at my cost and arrived home Monday night. FYI, Haiti is listed on the US State Departments list of countries for Americans to avoid.

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Radio: Could you please snoop around and chat up the staff and find out about this guy who posted on cruisejunkie >snip<

 

Yes. . .I read the post, and was planning on asking about it.

 

Radio

;) ;)

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Wow......another Radio...Live report. Love it. We are sailing on the Empress one week from Monday. You are on the largest ship in the fleet and we will be on the smallest. I will enjoy traveling with you as I "impatiently" wait for our cruise. Enjoy every minute!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hmmm. . . . SF Coconut Cake ? Maybe I should try some ! ! :)

I agree..it's lovely, it's very light & not too sweet:) The best part is that they make it for the dining room in the evening and as it's sugar free it's not often requested ;) so they will often put it in the Windjammer for afternoon tea the next day - so I can have it twice :D

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Hello everyone. . . I will be leaving for the port shortly. I will try to get a few pics of Liberty from the MacArthur Causeway or the Intercontinental Miami.

 

Today's forecast looks promising. . . .76f P Cloudy (Sounds good to me !)There is a light drizzle now, but it should be clearing up soon !

 

Here are a few pics from the Bridge Cams on NCL and CCL, and an overview of the Port of Miami. . .

 

Thanks for tuning in. . .

 

Radio

:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

 

 

NCL Sun

 

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Carnival Freedom

 

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A view from Above the Port of Miami

 

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