Galveston AirBnB

Our Galveston AirBnB provided us a lot of extra space before our cruise.
Our Galveston AirBnB provided us a lot of extra space before our cruise.

Our family loves to travel, but securing hotel accommodations with two adults and four kids isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Suites are expensive, adjoining rooms are not as common as you’d think, and trusting your kids to behave while sleeping down the hall is a dicey proposition. Fortunately, these days, there are options like AirBnB that allow you to find and rent a house, apartment, or condo of any size and configuration you can imagine directly from the owner, usually at or below market rate for a hotel room of similar quality. For example this past summer we needed a place to stay for two nights before sailing with Royal Caribbean out of Galveston. A Galveston AirBnB was the right solution for us.

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Royal Caribbean Diamond Lounge

The Royal Caribbean Diamond Lounge on the Liberty of the Seas is a great space for passengers with high-level Crown and Anchor Status.

I hate standing in lines on vacation. Some lines are necessary, of course, but many of them can be avoided. On most ships, Royal Caribbean helps top-tier members of their Crown and Anchor program avoid this problem. The Royal Caribbean Diamond Lounge provides access to a concierge as well as many other benefits. This helps you avoid lines at guest services and other peak times. Here is what we saw in the Diamond Lounge during our July 2019 sailing on the Liberty of the Seas.

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Royal Caribbean Specialty Restaurant Menus

The NY steak salad at Chops Grille on the Liberty of the Seas in July 2019. Royal Caribbean specialty menus cost extra, but they provide an alternative to the MDR and the buffet.
The NY steak salad at Chops Grille on the Liberty of the Seas in July 2019. Royal Caribbean specialty restaurants cost extra, but they provide an alternative to the MDR and the buffet.

Royal Caribbean makes a wide variety of food available to passengers. I am a big fan of the main dining room (MDR), for example. I previously posted the MDR menus. Our YouTube channel also reviewed the buffet at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. However, sometimes you want something a little different. Today, let me share the Royal Caribbean specialty restaurants menus from the Liberty of the Seas in July 2019. I will also share my observations about each restaurant.

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Royal Caribbean VOOM Internet

Royal Caribbean VOOM Internet was not very good on our cruise. This screen shot was taken before we left Galveston, and the service got worse all week.
Royal Caribbean VOOM Internet was not very good on our cruise. This screen shot was taken before we left Galveston, and the service got worse all week.

Royal Caribbean VOOM Internet service is advertised as the “fastest internet at sea.” We used multiple devices on the faster “Surf and Stream” package on our July 2019 cruise. The service was painfully slow, and sometimes didn’t even deliver messages. Unfortunately, the service got even worse as the week progressed. Let’s look at the details.

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Royal Caribbean Cruise Compass

The Royal Caribbean Cruise Compass is a daily program with shipboard activities. Whatever else happens, though, make time for beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

When you cruise, remember something important: You don’t have to do anything at all. Reading a book or talking to friends or taking a nap are all great choices. However, sometimes you also want to get out and do something. The Royal Caribbean Cruise Compass contains daily activities and is distributed to your cabin each day. Let’s take a look at the Cruise Compasses for a July 2019 Western Caribbean sailing on the Liberty of the Seas.

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