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Give me Liberty annnd an $18 DX Package? I'll Take it! Liberty of the Seas Feb 16-23 Western Caribbean

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Friday night is formal night #2, which is also lobstah night! We didn't get all fancy, just part way fancy. 

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Appetizers, we are Italian, so of course we got the caprese

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Dinner was surf and turf

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Final lobster tail count was 7 between Julie and I. Heather doesn't like lobster.

Following dinner, the kids went to adventure ocean, and we took in the comedy show. It was pretty funny. This evening, we were passing through a cold front so the ship was rocking and rolling. We were also pretty tired from three busy days. Once the comedy show was over we all hit the sack.

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6 minutes ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

I hope from your glimpse of HM, you realize how awesome Oasis class is!  I miss our Star Loft...😥

I cannot wait to sail Oasis Class! I have a feeling it will be hard to go back to other ships after. 

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I love following your blog as we are doing Liberty for Halloween 2020, then our first Oasis class Halloween 2021😋. You have provided so much information and pictures that when I get on I will feel like a pro. How were the manatees..... I love them so much, they are so friendly.

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And now folks, we are now caught up! Its now Saturday afternoon. We have received the dreaded luggage tags and departure information. The seas are much calmer now and we are moving at about 20kts towards Galveston. We should be tied up around 6:30am. Earlier in the cruise Johnny mentioned that he wanted to see the bridge. We had talked to Francis about this, and apparently due to "security reasons" this is no longer a suite perk (we got a tour on Anthem) so he signed us up for the all access tour that cost $. Oh well, its something that the geek side of me enjoys so why not.

We met this morning in the MDR for the first part of the tour, where one of the managers discussed how many meals are prepared etc. On average 125, 000 meals are prepared weekly. We toured the galley, and saw all the different areas where food is prepared.

Shrimp Cocktail anyone?

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Jonny was impressed at the stacks of covers

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Bakery operations where 50,000 rolls are baked a day

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This is the main hot line. Each dining room has its own dedicated line. All food for the windjammer is made in the deck 3 galley. The specialty restaurants have their own galleys.

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Meals and portions are tracked as they go out so they know what is moving.

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Following the galley, we headed below to tour the provisioning area. 

We met with the manager who spoke about how the provisioning happens. Since about 2007, RC has been keeping track of their provisions and what meals are ordered. The provision manager orders the supplies 3 weeks ahead of time. He knows based on historical trends what to order more of and when. All of the loading of the 496,000lbs of provisions happens in 5 hours on turn around day. Currently since we are at the end of the cruise, the ship is nearly empty.

You can see some of the remaining fruit being gathered up by crew members.

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Normally, these stacked metal pallets are full of supplies

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All of the galleys and food storage areas are completely encased in stainless steel. These are washed down completely every day. The provision manager is actually looking forward to Sunday because he hopes he gets inspected by the health department. Apparently enchantment just was. He feels that with the inspection and the anticipated good marks, he uses that as a tool to show the crew why they go through all the trouble of the extensive cleaning that they do. 

Next up was the laundry area. We couldn't see all of it for some reason, I couldn't hear what he said very well. I did catch that their main washers have a 9 ton capacity. I should get one of those for my house, that will make laundry much easier.  

Here is a folding machine

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Pressing shop

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All along "I95" the main passageway down the middle of the ship. You can see the weeks recycling all bundled up ready to be offloaded.

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Crew mess

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We hit the engine control room where the mechanical parts of the ship is controlled. 

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More elaborate deck plans

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Close up shots of the propulsion systems and stabilizers

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Next stop the bridge.

The crew gets some more detailed maps of the ship, obviously

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Emergency plans

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Finally the bridge. 

Here are the controls on the port side wing. These mirror those on the center, and starboard side.

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These guys have a great view

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Someone was a little excited to drive the ship. We apologize to our shipmates who suddenly felt the ship turn hard......

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After the tour we got a sheet of fun facts about the ship that I will post later. I'm off for some more advantures!

 

 

 

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Just now, Ampurp85 said:

I love following your blog as we are doing Liberty for Halloween 2020, then our first Oasis class Halloween 2021😋. You have provided so much information and pictures that when I get on I will feel like a pro. How were the manatees..... I love them so much, they are so friendly.

Thanks for following along! I’m glad I’ve been able to provide so much info for you. So we were in the Manatee pen all of 5 minutes. The trainer justs walks up and down the platform with a head of lettuce that the manatee is eating so you get to pet them briefly. Their skin is pretty soft and has lots of ridges on it. It’s really unique. I have a hard time comparing it something. Their faces are really cute with all the whiskers on them as well. 
Have a great time on the Halloween cruises. I hope they decorate the ships for you. I’m sure the cruise director Cory will have lots of fun things planned!

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44 minutes ago, emsff02 said:

I cannot wait to sail Oasis Class! I have a feeling it will be hard to go back to other ships after. 

Our day in Cozumel a couple weeks ago and being parked next to HOS convinced us to book SOS for next year.    We wished they would have done ship tour excursions.

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I showed my brother your photo comparison of Oasis class to Liberty, this is his first cruise, and he immediately wanted the bigger boat. I love manatees because they are so cute. Dolphins like to steal all the shine because they talkBernie Sanders GIF by MSNBC

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33 minutes ago, emsff02 said:

Next up was the laundry area. We couldn't see all of it for some reason, I couldn't hear what he said very well. I did catch that their main washers have a 9 ton capacity. I should get one of those for my house, that will make laundry much easier.  

Oh, hey, I would only have to do laundry twice a week. Not counting towels. 😜

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2 hours ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

I loved the AllAccess Tour.  Do they still take you to the trash and recycling area, food storage and engine room ?

We went to the engine control room, not the actual engine room. As cool as that would be, it’s probably a little loud in there and I can’t imagine the liability they would be taking on with that. 
We didn’t get to the recycling area either. I heard that we were supposed to go there. I wonder if it was a goof that we missed it. We did make it to the food storage area. Since it’s the last day, it’s mostly empty. When we sail star class on Oasis, I want to try to see if the genie can get us a tour on an earlier day so we can see all the provisions actually on the ship, and not in passengers stomachs.

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Our last meal in the MDR and I finally got a halfway decent sunset. 

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This evenings menu.

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Appetizers that we chose were the Asian Style pork tacos, and an iceberg wedge salad. 
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Entreés were the lamb Chops, Steak Diane and the Garlic Tiger Shrimps ( which of course, I didn’t get pictures of🤦🏻‍♂️)

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For dessert, we got the Tres Leches and the Cherries Jubilee 

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Sadly our dinner came to a close, and we said our parting words to our Waiter Bryan from the Philippines and his assistant Raju from India. Raju will be departing with us for a return trip home before continuing on with RC on Oasis. Both received well deserved extra tips from us and we wish them well.

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After dinner we dropped the kids off at adventure ocean, and we started the arduous chore of packing. Since we have the transfer, we have luggage tags #1. Conveniently our departure time lines up with the suite departure time, so in the morning we will meet Francis to be escorted off the ship. The gangways are still down, so it will be deck 1 for departure.

with most of the packing done we headed off to the farewell show. In the cruise compass, it was described as a comedy show. Turns out it was a variety show, with a comedy act stuck in the middle. The comic was Dean Austin and he was very funny.

After the show we hit the silent dance party. If you have not done this, you should, it’s a great time. They hand out radio headphones with two channels. Each channel has different music playing on them, so you get groups of people singing along and dancing to different songs which results in fun people watching. This is one of Lydia’s favorite events.

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Johnny gave it the college try, but soon realized all the cool kids were sitting and watching, so he came and sat on my lap. Of course I wasn’t about to let an opportunity to make him do something slip by, so when the YMCA came on, he of course was made to do the motions.

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These two kept at it, and weren’t impressed by us cool kids.

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Shortly later, Johnny had no more room in his fun bucket, and that he was tired and ready for bed. We let the ladies continue with their fun, and we headed back to the stateroom. About two minutes after his head hit the pillow, he was out.

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6 hours ago, emsff02 said:

We went to the engine control room, not the actual engine room. As cool as that would be, it’s probably a little loud in there and I can’t imagine the liability they would be taking on with that. 
We didn’t get to the recycling area either. I heard that we were supposed to go there. I wonder if it was a goof that we missed it. We did make it to the food storage area. Since it’s the last day, it’s mostly empty. When we sail star class on Oasis, I want to try to see if the genie can get us a tour on an earlier day so we can see all the provisions actually on the ship, and not in passengers stomachs.

Yes, the control room is where we went as well.

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Currently sitting in the schooner bar with the rest of the suite guests ready for departure. Post cruise blues have set in ship wide. All week walking along the hallways people would greet each other with cheerful greetings, this morning all you get is a terse nod😂

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So currently still sitting in the airport in Houston waiting for our flights. The shuttle ride was uneventful. We got here around 11am and through security quickly and settled in for our long wait. Our flights were scheduled to depart at 4:30. Heather and I are diligent about monitoring flights etc to be aware and proactive about delays. We are flying United and have their smartphone app. All morning our flight has been stating "on time." A neat feature of the United app is that we can see where our plane is coming from. Clicking on that link, we have been following that the plane that is arriving in Houston is starting to get delays. We soon discovered that the plane was going to be departing for Houston over 3hrs later than scheduled. At this rate, we would absolutely miss our connection to Albany. (Our flights still showed on time)

Heather quickly went to the United counter to inquire about our flight status. The agent confirmed our suspicions and was able to schedule us on different flights. We will arrive in Albany 20 minutes later than originally planed, but that sure beats the next day. United was nice enough to give us $50 in food vouchers as well. I feel lucky since we now beat out all the other passengers who may be looking for new flights. The departure boards only just updated that our original flights are delayed.  We got our flights changed at noon Houston time.

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