MAandRuthM

MAandRuthM
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Hometown: We live in Carrollton, Texas
Joined: 05/23/2014
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About MAandRuthM

We are retired, married 40 years and have been cruising since 2003. I'm American, my husband is from Barcelona, but naturalized many years ago.


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Cruise Lines: Royal Caribbean

Ships: Liberty of the Seas


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MAandRuthM's Past Cruises

Serenade of the Seas

September 2015 - Serenade of the Seas to Canada, New England, New York

No foliage, but a cruise to remember

This is the second time we have taken a New England/Canada Fall cruise in hopes of seeing fall foliage, but the unseasonably cool summer has delayed the fall once again, so we had no luck.  The cruise itself, however, could not have been more delightful.  Portland, with it's cobblestone streets and old New England architecture, was a great introduction to things to come.  We asked a local where to go for clam chowder, and he recommended a place on the 2nd floor of the market, Karmasouptra, They add bacon to the chowder for a small fee, and it is delicious! Then came the always delightful Bar Harbor.  It is tiny, but always fun to explore.  The boardwalk at Halifax makes it easy to walk down to the museum and the base of the fortress in Halifax, and the shopping is fun.  We had never been to Charlottetown, PEI.  It was full of history, and really pretty.  It was also easy to walk.  At Saguenay, the town pulled out all the stops to greet the cruise ship. with locals doing folk dances and a maison a sucre giving out taffy made of maple syrup.  The town itself is very small, and pretty. The little white house is very interesting.  Quebec city, the final stop, is ancient and majestic, and just full of surprises.  The old city has wonderful charm, and the newer areas are still quaint and true to the city's history. Combine all this with Royal Caribbean's always impeccable service and wonderfully friendly staff, and you have a vacation to remember.

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Rhapsody of the Seas

August 2014 - Rhapsody of the Seas to Alaska - Inside Passage

Royal Alaska

The Alaska cruise aboard the Rhapsody of the Seas was a wonderful Alaska experience.  The Glacier we saw was Dawes Glacier on Endicott Arm due to water levels.  The Captain managed to turn the ship 360 degrees in a channel that was very tight (so tight that my husband didn't believe me when I told him the Captain said that he would rotate the ship) so that we could get lovely views of the glacier from all over the ship. The Captain was very friendly and present, and alerted us to whales whenever there was a good sighting. We were very lucky with the weather, very little rain, only the morning in Skagway, and lovely summer temps and sun.  Victoria is a wonderful city, very colorful and welcoming with flowers everywhere.  We only walked around the city, and were very pleased with the visit.  It was a lovely cruise.

 

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Liberty of the Seas

May 2014 - Liberty of the Seas to Transatlantic

Relaxing voyage

We loved our transatlantic cruise on board the Liberty of the Seas. The ship itself is superb, spacious and welcoming. There is so much room, and so many little nooks where you can curl up with a book, or people watch, that you never feel confined or claustrophobic.  We loved the wider corridors on the stateroom levels.  We had late dinner, and our waitstaff was friendly, efficient, and attentive to our needs.  I have a specific food allergy, and my waiter always remembered and warned me away from any dish that might have caused me an issue. The shows were very nice, with a Beach Boys, and a Celine Dion cover act that were both great!  We were happy with the shore excurson that we booked in Lisbon, and liked the various ports of call offered.  We arrived in Barcelona relaxed and pleased with our voyage.

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MAandRuthM's Tips

Serenade of the Seas Serenade of the Seas - If you want to see, or participate in, activities or shows in the centrum, get there early. Space is at a premium for those activities.
Juneau, Alaska - There really isn't a lot to do in Juneau itself, except to watch the seaplanes land.
Skagway, Alaska - We loved the play in the little playhouse. It was fun and informative.
Rhapsody of the Seas Rhapsody of the Seas - Be sure to try the Japanese restaurant on board. They had the best miso soup I have ever had.

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received a helpful vote on their Rhapsody of the Seas cruise review - Royal Alaska

received a helpful vote on their Serenade of the Seas cruise review - No foliage, but a cruise to remember

received a helpful vote on their Serenade of the Seas cruise review - No foliage, but a cruise to remember

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reviewed their Canada, New England, New York cruise on Serenade of the Seas and gave it 5 stars!

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