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Liberty 2/25/18 7 Nights

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11 hours ago, twangster said:

 

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I can't get over these pics! They are amazing! There's so much color on the pool deck.. are all Freedom class like this? I went on Indy way back in 2008 and haven't been on any of her sisters. The Galveston port of Liberty has always deterred me, but I am really itching to try it out...

 

 

 

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@HLWIser, you will soon learn that @twangster blogs are dangerous for your wallet.  He has played a role in many new cruise bookings, camera, camera parts, and electronic purchases for lots of people ever since he started live blogging 😉

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On 3/1/2018 at 7:58 AM, Sabrinaklai said:

Not on all ships though right?  Isn't it closed off on Oasis class ships and opened for special events only?

Radiance, Voyager and Freedom class have helipad access. 

Anthem has a Winch pad.  You can only get there by booking a photo session with a ship photographer.  I assume all Quantum class are the same.

Oasis class has a helipad sail away party one day for GS and above suite guests.

On 3/1/2018 at 7:59 AM, HLWIser said:

I can't get over these pics! They are amazing! There's so much color on the pool deck.. are all Freedom class like this? I went on Indy way back in 2008 and haven't been on any of her sisters. The Galveston port of Liberty has always deterred me, but I am really itching to try it out...

Freedom, Liberty and Independence all have the same main pool deck.  The colored columns on Liberty are shorter.  Otherwise the adult only Solarium and main pool decks are very similar.  

I found flying into Hobby airport (HOU) easier as opposed to Bush airport (IAH).  $50 Lyft ride, left hotel ~9am, 1 hour drive.   Liberty was a pretty inexpensive cruise, under $400 pp (2 x for solo).  While the Lyft ride is $30 more than cruising from Port Everglades or Cape Liberty, the cruise fare was much less.  $30 is really nothing in the bigger picture.

I'll do Galveston again.  

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4 hours ago, twangster said:

I found flying into Hobby airport (HOU) easier as opposed to Bush airport (IAH).  $50 Lyft ride, left hotel ~9am, 1 hour drive.   Liberty was a pretty inexpensive cruise, under $400 pp (2 x for solo).  While the Lyft ride is $30 more than cruising from Port Everglades or Cape Liberty, the cruise fare was much less.  $30 is really nothing in the bigger picture.

I'll do Galveston again.  

I live in Texas so it's a little different for me, but I have never had a problem with Galveston's port and it's actually a pretty cool town if you know where to go. It's certainly no Miami, but Galveston definitely has a few things going for it. One of those things is definitely great rates on Liberty. For anyone who is there the day before a cruise there is a historic area downtown called The Strand that is worth checking out. Pleasure Pier is also a pretty cool little amusement park located on a pier hanging over the water. It is all lit up at night and also looks really cool from the beach during the day with the rollercoasters and Ferris Wheel in the background. It makes for some great photos on the beach.

 

Great Photos on this live blog @twangster. I went on the same cruise last April and it's been fun reliving it through this blog.

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4 hours ago, twangster said:

I found flying into Hobby airport (HOU) easier as opposed to Bush airport (IAH).  $50 Lyft ride, left hotel ~9am, 1 hour drive.   Liberty was a pretty inexpensive cruise, under $400 pp (2 x for solo).  While the Lyft ride is $30 more than cruising from Port Everglades or Cape Liberty, the cruise fare was much less.  $30 is really nothing in the bigger picture.

I'll do Galveston again.  

Yes, agree, IAH is all the way north of Houston, so if you can fly in to Hobby, it is best, Galveston and Liberty have become my go to cruise, if I can't find something else I would prefer, different ship, different itinerary etc., I always fall back on Liberty because I know she is close, drive-able, and a great ship, I'm getting a little tired of Cozumel, but at least it is decent sized island and I can always find something to do.

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Day 5 - Costa Maya

We arrived on time but going topside I felt like we were station keeping 1/2 mile from the pier.  Sure enough the Captain came on to announce a Costa ship was having difficulty getting tied up at the pier in the wind.  I hadn't even noticed the wind until I went outside. 

It was pretty windy.  Soon enough the pilot boat came our way and we began to approach.   One of the benefits of azipod drives is incredible maneuverability and I learned on the Indy bridge tour that the Freedom class ships are like sports cars in terms of power.  Captain James had no difficulty making the pier despite a significant wind blowing us directly from the side and in the direction of the pier.  I'm sure it wasn't as easy as he made it look.

My last visit here was four or five years ago and they have done a lot with the cruise port area.  It's really quite nice here.

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There is a snorkel area as well as a dolphin area right at the port - walking distance from the ship (both for a charge).

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The pool area has been expanded immensely.  My understanding is the pool is free although some seating is reserved for the bar & restaurant.

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With three ships in port it didn't feel that busy.

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Today I chose to walk to town.  It's a cheap taxi ride but I needed the exercise and I had plenty of time.  It wouldn't hurt to burn off some Windjammer anyways.

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At this point this is a nice concrete boardwalk along the ocean with amazing views at every turn.  

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At Blue Kay beach I walked along the shore for a while.  The Mahahual beach area is known for seaweed.  I'm not sure what it is about this shore but they were raking it up and using a bobcat to remove.

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Much like the boardwalk in St. Maarten there are lots of bars and restaurants along this stretch.

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Ready for a beverage I stopped at the Krazy Lobster.

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I opted for the $3 per person taxi ride back to the ship.  My driver was from Mahahual and he spoke very good english.  He told me how he likes this area of Mexico so much better then "up  North" (Cancun) and other areas where drug cartels operate.  None of that here he told me, it's quite safe.  I asked him if he likes or dislikes cruise ship visits and he told me he loves them.  it means work and income which is hard to come by in Mexico.  

Back to the cruise port he dropped me off and I made my way back towards the ship.  $10 between beer and a taxi including tip makes for a pretty cheap excursion day.

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Hot from my day in Costa Maya I opted for a slide on Liberty to cool me down.

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Great photos! Interesting about the seaweed on the beach. Must have been a storm off shore and with the on shore winds that's where it ends up. We have the same thing occur here in NC on a lot of our beaches. But, for the most part, we don't have folks out there raking up nor bobcats to remove it. :27_sunglasses:

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Wow, Costa Maya and Mahahual look great !  I guess it's been a couple of years since we've been there, too.  I really enjoy this port.  I hope that Royal will start sending more ships there - particularly the O class ships as this port can accommodate them.  I really don't understand why they don't alternate this port with Coz more than they do.

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44 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Wow, Costa Maya and Mahahual look great !  I guess it's been a couple of years since we've been there, too.  I really enjoy this port.  I hope that Royal will start sending more ships there - particularly the O class ships as this port can accommodate them.  I really don't understand why they don't alternate this port with Coz more than they do.

That's how it looked in December when we were there.  My daughter loved that dolphin swim area that @twangster captured in one of the photos.  It was a pleasant surprise as we had zero expectations for CM.  We ended up there due to an itinerary change due to the damage to the Eastern Caribbean ports.  My sister and I just spent the afternoon wandering around that cruise port area.  There was more than enough there for the day.

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Last in, last out.  We departed Costa Maya just before the sun went down.  Winds have died down and it's a short distance up to Cozumel. Captain James announed we would be doing ~9 knots with smooth seas.

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With that Saturday Night Fever tonight in the theater.  Photography ban continues, no pictures.  

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