Liberty of the Seas embarkation in Galveston

One of the challenges with going on a cruise is that you have to embark– show up and stand in several lines before you are eventually allowed to get on the ship. The good news is that Royal Caribbean seems to have this down for the Liberty of the Seas in Galveston, and our embarkation earlier this week was quite smooth. The new terminal helped. Continue reading “Liberty of the Seas embarkation in Galveston”

Cooper’s vs. Inman’s Kitchen Llano barbecue throwdown

All Texans worthy of the name have, at some point, driven through Llano and eaten barbecue. It is simply what we do as a people. For those of you new to the area, welcome. My purpose here is to provide a guide to the two leading barbecue joints in the area so you can make an informed decision. Because OF COURSE you wouldn’t stop for a fast food hamburger for lunch. Both Cooper’s and Inman’s Kitchen provide excellent choices, and it is important for you to take sides. Seriously, this is the only thing my wife and I fight about.

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Royal Caribbean website now showing correct balances

I reported earlier that Royal Caribbean was showing incorrect balances for cruisers who had purchased additional items such as shore excursions, and I followed up later by saying that they did not see any problem. I am pleased to report today that the website again appears to be showing correct information. The total now simply shows the cruise total, and all of the packages I had originally purchased are still there. I will report back when I board the ship on Sunday, but it looks like this problem has been fixed. Huzzah!

Noodles in Midland

Have you ever been to one of those places where you can watch people make fresh pasta after you have ordered it? There is a new Chinese place in Midland, TX called Noodles that does exactly that, and it is fantastic. It is located in a strip mall at the corner of Midkiff and Andrews Highway, and we have been there twice now. It can get really crowded at peak hours, but it is still a great addition to the local scene.

Menu page 1 at Noodles in Midland
Menu page 1 at Noodles in Midland

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Royal Caribbean still doesn’t think there is a problem with negative balances

A little over a week ago, I wrote that Royal Caribbean was showing negative account balances in the “My Cruise Planner” section of their website in the amount of any additional purchases you had made for your cruise. Over the weekend, I reported that problem had still not been fixed. Today, I exchanged Twitter messages with Royal (having failed via phone or the passage of time to resolve the problem). The representative was perfectly polite and professional, but fundamentally failed to address the issue: The problem remains unresolved, nobody can explain how it happened, and nobody shows much urgency to fix it since it all looks OK on their end. Which is fine, until the error obviously manifesting itself at one point shows up somewhere else. Let’s look at the Twitter exchange with Royal:

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