Updated Liberty of the Seas suite perks

Access to the Suite Lounge is one of the best Liberty of the Seas suite perks.

We sailed Royal Caribbean out of Galveston in 2017, and the Liberty of the Seas suite perks were amazing. We sail again on Sunday, and we can’t wait. As a bonus, this time we are in the Villa Suite. This room used to be known as the Presidential Family Suite. It comes with a couple of extra perks. The concierge emailed us last night to explain everything.

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Planning your cruise on the Royal Caribbean app

The Royal Caribbean app opens about 4 weeks before your cruise.
The Royal Caribbean app opens about 4 weeks before your cruise.

I spend a *ton* of time planning my cruises. For me, one of the real joys of cruising is spending many months anticipating what is to come. I also LOVE to eat. I am cruising next week. We booked this cruise in November 2017, and we are sailing with friends. The Royal Caribbean app started loading information about our cruise exactly 4 weeks before embarkation. Let’s look at what this app will and will not do.

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Carnival Faster to the Fun (FTTF) on your Galveston cruise

Purchase Carnival Faster to the Fun through their shore excursions page well in advance of your cruise.
Purchase Carnival Faster to the Fun through their shore excursions page well in advance of your cruise.

I am sailing on Carnival next year, and I am excited. I have taken several cruises on Royal Caribbean, and I love them. However, it was time to try something new. One of the things I love on Royal is their suite perks, and this is something where I feel that Carnival is lacking. To make up for that, I just bought Carnival Faster to the Fun for my cruise early next year. While I will obviously review that earlier next year, I want to let you know what it is and how to but it if that fits with your vacation plans.

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Carnival Vista sailings cancelled

With three Carnival Vista sailings cancelled, passengers need to make alternate vacation plans. Carnival offered significant compensation. Galveston is still a great vacation destination for those with tickets booked.

The Carnival Vista has struggled with propulsion issues for the last several cruises. The June 15 sailing experienced minor disruptions, and the June 22 and June 29 sailings were significantly altered. While the ship has always functioned safely, it could not cruise at maximum speed. It now appears that the ship will need to dry dock to repair the problem. There are three Carnival Vista sailings cancelled. Passengers scheduled to depart July 6, 13, and 20 are being offered significant compensation by Carnival for their lost cruise.

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Royal Caribbean IT Strikes Again

I love sailing Royal Caribbean from Galveston. Their ships are amazing, and the on board customer service is very good. Before you board, however, their customer service is significantly more problematic. I wrote previously about problems with my online account showing the correct balance before a previous cruise, and on this cruise different agents said different things about whether my fare was refundable. Today, Royal Caribbean IT struck again. Here’s the tale.

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