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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by Sgt. B » Mon Jan 25, 2016 3:41 pm

    MrCaptainMetal wrote:I'm pretty confident that this is my only dumb question. I tried to see if it was answered elsewhere but I could not find it.

    Do you use the Sea Pass card to buy merch, or can you use cash/credit?


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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by cowboy71 » Tue Jan 26, 2016 12:37 am

    Finally got around to checking in, and noticed that the previously available ROYAL REFRESHMENT pack is no longer available :(

    So instead of paying $US29.90 for the entire cruise for unlimited soda plus the souvenier cup, you now have to pay $US90!

    Okay if you are a tea/coffee drinker or want to drink non-alcoholic cocktails but if you just want soda then it is waaaaay too much.
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by bodomdragon » Tue Jan 26, 2016 1:33 am

    yardleybates wrote:Is there any downside to booking excursions on the ship vs. pre-booking them via Royal Caribbean or independently, other than some may fill up?

    I *think* that the price is the same, so I'd say no. The only thing is that you *might* have to wait in line for a few minutes on the ship, but that shouldn't be a long line at all. Last year we booked the excursion on the ship and we were fine.
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by Daenerys » Tue Jan 26, 2016 7:50 am

    cowboy71 wrote:Finally got around to checking in, and noticed that the previously available ROYAL REFRESHMENT pack is no longer available :(

    So instead of paying $US29.90 for the entire cruise for unlimited soda plus the souvenier cup, you now have to pay $US90!

    Okay if you are a tea/coffee drinker or want to drink non-alcoholic cocktails but if you just want soda then it is waaaaay too much.


    That is a steep hike. I don't drink soda much at all but Brian will be disappointed. It was a major perk if you had smuggled in a sharkskin of contraband cause your drinks were practically free. Did the water packages go up too?
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by TEKWRX » Tue Jan 26, 2016 11:12 am

    This non-alcoholic drink packages are ridiculous. When we went on Barge, we had the refillable cup package for soda and it was great (and affordable). I know this boat doesn't have the self service machines, but to not offer a basic soda package sucks. For my wife and I, I'm looking at $180. WTF?
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    by cowboy71 » Tue Jan 26, 2016 1:30 pm

    TEKWRX wrote:This non-alcoholic drink packages are ridiculous. When we went on Barge, we had the refillable cup package for soda and it was great (and affordable). I know this boat doesn't have the self service machines, but to not offer a basic soda package sucks. For my wife and I, I'm looking at $180. WTF?
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    Who's choice was this? RC or UMC?

    According to Sgt B in the other thread about this - RC say its UMC's choice, UMC say its RC's choice. Typical.
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by cowboy71 » Tue Jan 26, 2016 1:32 pm

    Daenerys wrote:
    cowboy71 wrote:Finally got around to checking in, and noticed that the previously available ROYAL REFRESHMENT pack is no longer available :(

    So instead of paying $US29.90 for the entire cruise for unlimited soda plus the souvenier cup, you now have to pay $US90!

    Okay if you are a tea/coffee drinker or want to drink non-alcoholic cocktails but if you just want soda then it is waaaaay too much.


    That is a steep hike. I don't drink soda much at all but Brian will be disappointed. It was a major perk if you had smuggled in a sharkskin of contraband cause your drinks were practically free. Did the water packages go up too?

    Its not so much a hike, its the fact that previously you could get a "Royal Refreshment" option, which was unlimited soda only, for $29.90.

    Now there is no soda-only option. The only option is the more expensive "Royal Replenish" which as well as soda includes 'premium' tea/coffee, and non alcoholic cocktails.
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by Bob » Tue Jan 26, 2016 1:35 pm

    Use cash when in Jamaica.

    One tip from last year I heard about at Margaritaville. Don't use your credit card when in Jamaica, use USD cash. Else you may get lots of weird currency conversion charges to your billing statement. Don't know how valid this is, but I used cash.
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    by dlakavi_gusar » Tue Jan 26, 2016 5:06 pm

    Can someone please explain what is ROYAL REFRESHMENT pack? Aren't like all non-alcoholic drinks free on the cruise?

    I'm a total noob here.
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    by mbob » Tue Jan 26, 2016 5:41 pm

    dlakavi_gusar wrote:Can someone please explain what is ROYAL REFRESHMENT pack? Aren't like all non-alcoholic drinks free on the cruise?

    I'm a total noob here.



    Only tap water, tea, powered juices, basic coffee, milk... are free.

    Soda, bottled water, premium coffee and tea, virgin cocktails, fresh squeezed juices, milkshakes...are extra.
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    by dlakavi_gusar » Tue Jan 26, 2016 5:46 pm

    Oh, ok, thanks. So you could have all that in unlimited amount for $29.90, but that's not an option anymore. Well, that sucks.
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    by mbob » Tue Jan 26, 2016 5:53 pm

    dlakavi_gusar wrote:Oh, ok, thanks. So you could have all that in unlimited amount for $29.90, but that's not an option anymore. Well, that sucks.



    The $29.90 package is for soda (fountain) only. Hopefully they will be selling that on the ship.

    The one you can pre-purchase...the Royal Replenish Package...includes in addition to soda (fountain)...premium coffee, premium tea, bottled water, including sparkling and still, fresh squeezed orange juice, and non-alcoholic cocktails. This is $22.42 a day plus gratuities.
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    by Pellaz » Tue Jan 26, 2016 7:34 pm

    cowboy71 wrote:Finally got around to checking in, and noticed that the previously available ROYAL REFRESHMENT pack is no longer available :(

    So instead of paying $US29.90 for the entire cruise for unlimited soda plus the souvenier cup, you now have to pay $US90!

    Okay if you are a tea/coffee drinker or want to drink non-alcoholic cocktails but if you just want soda then it is waaaaay too much.


    Yep. I'm thinking I won't be getting a soda package this year. Royal has priced themselves out of my market.
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by germanegyptiangirl » Tue Jan 26, 2016 10:21 pm

    Pellaz wrote:
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    germanegyptiangirl wrote:Hey everyone!



    I've only had the privilege of seeing Agalloch once, at a small venue here in Atlanta, but it was a great-sounding show -- the band's own soundguy was sick, and the venue's sound guy did such a good job of mixing the sound that Agalloch actually thanked him profusely from the stage. I've never seen that happen before and don't expect to see it again, either. Just a great show all around, with the funeral doom band Loss from TN opening up, too. :death:


    I am so jealous...
    That's awesome that it was a good show and that they thanked the sound guy! Which year did you see them? What did they play?
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    by Pellaz » Wed Jan 27, 2016 3:54 pm

    germanegyptiangirl wrote:
    Pellaz wrote:


    I've only had the privilege of seeing Agalloch once, at a small venue here in Atlanta, but it was a great-sounding show -- the band's own soundguy was sick, and the venue's sound guy did such a good job of mixing the sound that Agalloch actually thanked him profusely from the stage. I've never seen that happen before and don't expect to see it again, either. Just a great show all around, with the funeral doom band Loss from TN opening up, too. :death:


    I am so jealous...
    That's awesome that it was a good show and that they thanked the sound guy! Which year did you see them? What did they play?


    It was about three years ago, at a small venue in Atlanta called The Earl. My friend John's doom-metal band Loss was the opener. They've played there since then, but I couldn't go that time. :(
    I forget now exactly what they played, but I recall they played "Ghosts of the Midwinter Fires," which is one of my faves. :beerbang:

    We now return to your regularly-scheduled thread. :lol:
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by germanegyptiangirl » Wed Jan 27, 2016 5:14 pm

    It was about three years ago, at a small venue in Atlanta called The Earl. My friend John's doom-metal band Loss was the opener. They've played there since then, but I couldn't go that time. :(
    I forget now exactly what they played, but I recall they played "Ghosts of the Midwinter Fires," which is one of my faves. :beerbang:

    We now return to your regularly-scheduled thread. :lol:[/quote]

    Oh, that's awesome!
    Lol, yup, sorry I hijacked the thread away from it's original topic. On that note, I do have another question for the original topic. Does it happen that there are schedule changes for the bands with only an hour notice or so and how do they notify fans about that?

    Thanks. See you all soon! :viking:
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    by mooyagi » Wed Jan 27, 2016 5:56 pm

    germanegyptiangirl wrote:Lol, yup, sorry I hijacked the thread away from it's original topic.


    Don't you ever, ever apologize for derailing a thread. It's an old forum tradition. :beerwink:
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by cronos23462 » Wed Jan 27, 2016 7:08 pm

    do they open all the jewelry/watch and duty free shops on the cruise ? and do they take or offer to take your picture 50 time a day like on regular cruises ?
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by mooyagi » Wed Jan 27, 2016 7:15 pm

    cronos23462 wrote:do they open all the jewelry/watch and duty free shops on the cruise ? and do they take or offer to take your picture 50 time a day like on regular cruises ?


    Yes and yes.
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    by biertroll » Wed Jan 27, 2016 11:19 pm

    mooyagi wrote:
    cronos23462 wrote:do they open all the jewelry/watch and duty free shops on the cruise ? and do they take or offer to take your picture 50 time a day like on regular cruises ?


    Yes and yes.

    Yes and take all the pictures you can (photobomb) haha just kidding. The ones they took are my favorite.
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    by biertroll » Thu Jan 28, 2016 12:21 am

    Being my fourth time around I don't think it's a little crazy or too personal to ask what's in everyone's luggage or will be.

    Me:

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    Phone charger/kindle/multiple plug (I put my phone on airplane mode, for set times), kindle for airplane (still to be decided)
    4 packs cigs (I smoke a pack a day but have never smoked that much on cruise)
    Two shorts
    Three tops
    Vest

    So far that's it not including unmentionables.

    What do you you have?
    Packing tips?
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by Pellaz » Thu Jan 28, 2016 1:57 am

    germanegyptiangirl wrote:I do have another question for the original topic. Does it happen that there are schedule changes for the bands with only an hour notice or so and how do they notify fans about that?
    Thanks. See you all soon! :viking:


    There haven't been too many wholesale schedule changes, except that last year some of the first-day pool-deck shows had to be postponed into the ice-rink venue (which is awesome). We'll be notified by the daily newsletter that's delivered to your room, and is also available around the ship.
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by mooyagi » Thu Jan 28, 2016 6:09 am

    Pellaz wrote:
    germanegyptiangirl wrote:I do have another question for the original topic. Does it happen that there are schedule changes for the bands with only an hour notice or so and how do they notify fans about that?
    Thanks. See you all soon! :viking:


    There haven't been too many wholesale schedule changes, except that last year some of the first-day pool-deck shows had to be postponed into the ice-rink venue (which is awesome). We'll be notified by the daily newsletter that's delivered to your room, and is also available around the ship.


    They also make announcements over the PA system but good luck hearing those. The main guest/cruiser/customer/whatever service desk will also have the most updated schedule available for you.
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    by The Bus From Speed » Thu Jan 28, 2016 9:07 pm

    So I'm planning on bringing a few rum runners filled with, uh, crisp clean Canadian water in them and I'm planning on doing it on my person. My bag is stuffed to the tits and I won't want anything bursting.

    My question is, does security at the door pat you down?

    Sorry if taboo, but I can't find anything pertinent anywhere and, well, Canadian water sure is in demand these days ;)
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by Godflesh » Thu Jan 28, 2016 9:14 pm

    mooyagi wrote:
    Pellaz wrote:
    germanegyptiangirl wrote:I do have another question for the original topic. Does it happen that there are schedule changes for the bands with only an hour notice or so and how do they notify fans about that?
    Thanks. See you all soon! :viking:


    There haven't been too many wholesale schedule changes, except that last year some of the first-day pool-deck shows had to be postponed into the ice-rink venue (which is awesome). We'll be notified by the daily newsletter that's delivered to your room, and is also available around the ship.


    They also make announcements over the PA system but good luck hearing those. The main guest/cruiser/customer/whatever service desk will also have the most updated schedule available for you.

    Just look for someone with a t-shirt of the band in question and ask them, that's what I did last year :-)
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by Rjturtle9 » Sat Jan 30, 2016 1:15 am

    How long would you say a trip from the pool deck to one of the two big indoor venues would take? Preparing to band clashes so knowing this would help plan my time accordingly.
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by J.m.Andersson » Sat Jan 30, 2016 2:42 am

    Rjturtle9 wrote:How long would you say a trip from the pool deck to one of the two big indoor venues would take? Preparing to band clashes so knowing this would help plan my time accordingly.


    Depends on how many bars you pass on the way :lol:

    but what i remember from last year, it was alot of Walking between sets, alot of stairs or elevators, so say maybe 5-10 minutes in worst case scenario.
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by General Zod » Mon Feb 01, 2016 6:55 am

    Can I assume as soon as you get on the boat you'll be able to access your cabin? I'd rather hold on to my bag rather than wait for it to be delivered to me. Thanks .
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by Speedy » Mon Feb 01, 2016 7:20 am

    Yes, you can access your cabin immediately.
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by General Zod » Mon Feb 01, 2016 8:20 am

    Speedy wrote:Yes, you can access your cabin immediately.

    Thank you.
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by cowboy71 » Mon Feb 01, 2016 10:45 am

    J.m.Andersson wrote:
    Rjturtle9 wrote:How long would you say a trip from the pool deck to one of the two big indoor venues would take? Preparing to band clashes so knowing this would help plan my time accordingly.


    Depends on how many bars you pass on the way :lol:

    but what i remember from last year, it was alot of Walking between sets, alot of stairs or elevators, so say maybe 5-10 minutes in worst case scenario.
    Thh, i took to the last day of the Cruise Before i could find my way through the ship

    Yeah the bitchy thing about the Liberty (and so the same for the Indenpendence) is that for certain venues there was no direct route due to the configuration of the ship from one venue to the next.

    You'd have to go up stairs, then down stairs, etc to get from A to B. Took me to the end of last years cruise to find my way around comfortably too.
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by Nocturnalbunny » Mon Feb 01, 2016 3:33 pm

    Speedy wrote:Yes, you can access your cabin immediately.



    I think this may actually depend on what time you board the ship because I remember last year we all ran up to the 8th floor and the doors to the hallways with the actual cabins were all closed. It didn't take that long to get to the cabins, but they weren't immediately available at least on my floor. Must just depend if they have them all cleaned or not. Still it didn't take that long, and it was a good time to make friends with people who were on the same floor as you.
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    by Pellaz » Tue Feb 02, 2016 12:25 am

    Nocturnalbunny wrote:
    Speedy wrote:Yes, you can access your cabin immediately.



    I think this may actually depend on what time you board the ship because I remember last year we all ran up to the 8th floor and the doors to the hallways with the actual cabins were all closed. It didn't take that long to get to the cabins, but they weren't immediately available at least on my floor. Must just depend if they have them all cleaned or not. Still it didn't take that long, and it was a good time to make friends with people who were on the same floor as you.


    That's consistent with a "normal" cruise, BTW, where the cabins are usually ready by around 1 pm. If you're lucky to get onbroad fairly early, you might not be able to access your cabin.
    If last year's (ahem)....extended...boarding process happens again, a lot of us won't have to wait long. :evil:
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by mahc999 » Tue Feb 16, 2016 2:35 pm

    I don't know if this was already touched upon but we found out this year that there is a live feed from studio B to the televisions in the staterooms. I know it's not very metal to watch a stream of a band that is playing a ten minute walk from your room but there were a few bands we were iffy about and ended up putting on in our room while changing, eating, or attending other...domestic duties. I'm glad we elected to do that with Manilla Road as they didn't seem to be something we'd enjoy. My girlfriend also put Arkona's Studio B set on as she was going to sleep one night while I was out seeing Samael
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by mahc999 » Tue Feb 16, 2016 2:39 pm

    And going along with my last post (sorry for the double post) read your compasses. There's some neat little events on there (Eluvietie's pub set) that you might not otherwise know about. We ignored them for pretty much our whole first cruise
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    by Pellaz » Wed Feb 17, 2016 2:11 am

    mahc999 wrote:And going along with my last post (sorry for the double post) read your compasses. There's some neat little events on there (Eluvietie's pub set) that you might not otherwise know about. We ignored them for pretty much our whole first cruise


    Unfortunately, that acoustic pub set from Eluveitie was really hard to hear. Cool idea, but it needs to be worked on for next year if UMC tries to do something similar again.
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by Pellaz » Wed Feb 17, 2016 2:31 am

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    Speedy wrote:Yes, you can access your cabin immediately.



    I think this may actually depend on what time you board the ship because I remember last year we all ran up to the 8th floor and the doors to the hallways with the actual cabins were all closed. It didn't take that long to get to the cabins, but they weren't immediately available at least on my floor. Must just depend if they have them all cleaned or not. Still it didn't take that long, and it was a good time to make friends with people who were on the same floor as you.


    That's consistent with a "normal" cruise, BTW, where the cabins are usually ready by around 1 pm. If you're lucky to get onbroad fairly early, you might not be able to access your cabin.
    If last year's (ahem)....extended...boarding process happens again, a lot of us won't have to wait long. :evil:


    As a followup on getting into the stateroom early....
    For some reason the porters never appeared to take our tagged, checked luggage (and tips) when we got to the pier at around 10:15, so we ended up having to schlep our rolling luggage all the way through boarding. We weren't alone, either; a lot of people who were also dropped off by shuttles at the far end of the pier were hauling their big suitcases, too.
    So when we got onbroad I figured we'd go down to the room to drop off the big stuff, even if only in the hallway outside our room. The door leading to our corridor was open, our stateroom door was open and the room had already been cleaned but the beds weren't separated.* We dropped our stuff off in the room (it was about 11:30) and called Guest Services to have the beds separated...and you'd think we killed someone! A three-stripe officer from Hotel Services showed up and sternly lectured us in badly-accented English that rooms were not to be entered until 1 pm and we shouldn't have gone past the closed corridor door (it hadn't been closed).

    So yeah, don't expect to be able to go to your room until 1 pm lest ye face the wrath of some cruise-line dude.

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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by mooyagi » Wed Feb 17, 2016 12:11 pm

    That's odd. We snuck into a stateroom early on a previous cruise (also had an open door). The room attendant came by and said the rooms couldn't be entered yet but he was very friendly amd let us put our bags in it and load up the safe.
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by Pellaz » Wed Feb 17, 2016 7:44 pm

    mooyagi wrote:That's odd. We snuck into a stateroom early on a previous cruise (also had an open door). The room attendant came by and said the rooms couldn't be entered yet but he was very friendly amd let us put our bags in it and load up the safe.


    I think our mistake was in calling Guest Services to have the beds separated. It put us "on their radar," whereas our stateroom steward would probably have been cool with us just leaving our stuff in there. (We STILL didn't get any towel animals, though. First time that's happened in 8 cruises.)

    We were thinking our room might not have been occupied on the previous cruise so it looked made up already, but our souvenir soda bottles had been delivered already, so.......
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by mahc999 » Fri Feb 19, 2016 8:09 am

    cowboy71 wrote:
    J.m.Andersson wrote:
    Rjturtle9 wrote:How long would you say a trip from the pool deck to one of the two big indoor venues would take? Preparing to band clashes so knowing this would help plan my time accordingly.


    Depends on how many bars you pass on the way :lol:

    but what i remember from last year, it was alot of Walking between sets, alot of stairs or elevators, so say maybe 5-10 minutes in worst case scenario.
    Thh, i took to the last day of the Cruise Before i could find my way through the ship

    Yeah the bitchy thing about the Liberty (and so the same for the Indenpendence) is that for certain venues there was no direct route due to the configuration of the ship from one venue to the next.

    You'd have to go up stairs, then down stairs, etc to get from A to B. Took me to the end of last years cruise to find my way around comfortably too.


    My biggest gripe was getting between either the Pyramid and Studio B or Alhambra and Studio B. We would always go up extra floors to avoid cutting through the Casino (even though we missed out on seeing Kai and the guys from Tyr doing so)
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