Grand Suite on the Liberty of the Seas

View looking toward the front door of Grand Suite Cabin 1298 on the Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas. Wife and kids not included with the cabin. You must bring your own.
View looking toward the front door of Grand Suite Cabin 1298 on the Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas. Wife and kids not included with the cabin. You must bring your own.

Earlier this week, I posted a video review of our Grand Suite (#1298) on the Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas for the 25 June 2017 departure out of Galveston. This was a great cabin for our family of 4. I know that many folks prefer to have text-based information, so…. here you go! This was a great cabin for mom, dad, and sons aged 9 and 11. The suite perks were also nice, but today I just want to focus on what the cabin itself was like. It was almost identical to the trip we took on the Navigator of the Seas in 2015 in another Grand Suite, although all of the pictures are from this sailing. Continue reading “Grand Suite on the Liberty of the Seas”

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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JAL Good Sleep Service in Business Class Jakarta (CGK) to Narita (NRT)

Flying from Narita to Jakarta a week and a half earlier, I had the chance to experience Japan Airlines (JAL) long haul first class. It was quite the special treat, and I wanted to use miles to do the same for the return. Space never opened up, and at some point I quit looking- the return to Narita is an overnight flight on a Boeing 777, and as long as I have enough space to stretch out in I should be fine. Indeed, JAL calls this their “good sleep service,” and they did a nice job pulling it off. Continue reading “JAL Good Sleep Service in Business Class Jakarta (CGK) to Narita (NRT)”

What to expect for international departing flights from Jakarta

Howdy, folks. I am writing this as I sit in the Pura Indah Lounge– the business class lounge Japan Airlines uses– in Jakarta airport (CGK). The process for getting into the airport seems just a but different than most of the other airports I have been in, so I wanted to let you know what to expect. The process is very similar for domestic flights departing from Terminal 3, although I focus here specifically on international flights from Terminal 2.

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