Liberty of the Seas Villa Suite

The Liberty of the Seas Villa Suite features four bedrooms and a truly enormous balcony.

Sometimes, you have to go all out. While we often try to save money on vacation, this was not that trip. For roughly the same cost per person as a Grand Suite, our group of 10 booked the Villa Suite on the Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas. With four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and a balcony with a bar and hot tub, it was a once in a lifetime experience. The perks started on embarkation day.

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Hotel Galvez

A view of the Please Pier from our room at the Hotel Galvez. You have to pay more for a room with a Gulf view, but we very much enjoyed that.

I never get to town on the same day my cruise leaves. There is too much risk that something goes wrong, and I don’t want to miss the start of my cruise. Also, I almost always sail from Galveston. Galveston is one of my favorite vacation spots anyway. That begs the question of where to stay. I have previously stayed all over the island. We stayed at the Hampton Inn for our last cruise, and the Notorious P.I.G. stayed in an AirBnB this Summer. My favorite place, however, is the Hotel Galvez. Different parts of our group had a suite and a PURE room. I will tell you about both, and then I will share the public facilities at this amazing hotel.

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Galveston cruise calendar 2019-2020

The Galveston cruise calendar has a lot of excellent options.

When we started sailing from Galveston in 2002, there weren’t a lot of options. Carnival had one old ship (the Celebration) sailing short itineraries. Later, Royal Caribbean added one older ship (the Rhapsody) sailing short cruises. By now, however, the Galveston cruise calendar has almost too many options. Galveston Cruise Reviews is here to explain what the options are from now through 2020.

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Willie G’s for a pre-cruise meal

Willie G’s isn’t our favorite place in Galveston, but it is a solid option right on the pier.

For us, cruising out of Galveston isn’t just about the cruise. It is also about Galveston. We enjoy the city, and we always get there a couple of days early to enjoy it. Normally, we enjoy our first meal at Fisherman’s Wharf. This time we decided to try Willie G’s. This wasn’t our favorite spot in Galveston, but it was still a solid place to have lunch.

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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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