There were two formal nights on our cruise. The first one was the night of our friends' wedding so hey, we were already dressed up! During the second one, on the second to last night, the restaurant staff was saluted for their awesome service. Also a big production of their Baked Alaska desserts was made. It looked way better than it tasted...
Boom Boom, the bartender put on nightly shows at the Martini Bar. Aside, from making many tasty concoctions, he also entertains the crowds by stacking glasses and pouring multiple martinis via connected shakers. See my video to watch him in action! (To come.)
The Promenade was the ship's shopping district, lined with shops, kiosks selling jewelry, watches and accessories, cafe and lounges, but it was also the site of many evening events.
Our favorite event was DANCING IN THE STREETS (pictures 1 &2) and the Captain's Cocktail Party. Our grandson and I, boogied in the streets with one of the performers and hundreds of other high spirited travelers while my husband snapped a photo of us.
Champagne was served at the Captain's Cocktail Party and photos were taken with the ship's MAIN MAN (picture 3)! Unfortunately, we didn't make it to the party in time to take advantage of this photo op, but we did arrive in time to hear him say a few words from the skybridge and to enjoy a glass of bubbly. (picture 3).
Our week on Royal Caribbean's LIBERTY OF THE SEAS was filled with top notch entertainment. Following dinner each evening, hundreds of people gathered at the Platinum Theatre to see comedy acts, musicals and even an arial act. Sets were changed accordingly and we were delightfully amused!
There were two levels (Decks 3 & 4) on which the theatre was situated, making it very easy to enter and exit(picture 2). Beverages could be ordered before the show began and enjoyed during the events.
This theatre was also used for special events: informational talks regarding shopping for each port of call, game shows and Bingo. Each front row section had a small counter which was perfect for placing a Bingo card or your drink during an event. Someone won a trip for two at one of the Bingo games!
I particularly found the 'shopping talks' helpful because discount cards were given for certain shops at each destination. I've gone to this type of informational meeting before on other cruises and have always found them useful! If you LOVE to shop, you'll want to attend this meeting.
We had a terrific week on the Royal Caribbean! The shows were varied and beautifully presented--we enjoyed each one!
When the sun goes down, the night comes alive in specialty bars, lounges, and clubs.
The ship's most popular area is the Rendezvous Lounge, newly enlarged with an inlaid wood dance floor. This spot has casual seating, a small bar and a combo, with passengers swinging to tunes of many eras.
It's a great place before dinner (especially since we ate the late dinner at 8:00 pm) or after dinner if you are not attending the show that night.
But, if you are in the mood for a fine champagne, you can go to the Champagne and Caviar Bar.
The Martini Bar provides a lovely setting that lives up to the name of its signature cocktai. You may choose from a selection of favorites on the extensive menu ranging from traditional to the "Chocolate Kiss!"
Or if you smoke cigars, you may prefer the ambience of a private sitting room to smoke a hand-rolled ciagar and drink a warm cognac in Michael's Club. It boasts "a well-stocked humidor and a distinctive list of aperitifs."
Dress Code: Dress, pants suit for women
Slacks, shirt, tie OR
Slack, polo shirt for men.
Again, depending on the type of ship you choose for your vacation, your entertainment options will vary.
- piano bars
- lounges with live music
- disco with dj
- broadway style shows
Dress Code: most evening entertainment has no dress code but again the more luxury the ship, the dressier the crowd.
Some of the most beautiful sunsets we have seen are in the caribbean. I am a sunset freak, so some times terry suffers from being a camera widow because I'm out trying to get the perfect shot no matter what! So ladies please forgive us photo nuts at sunset, besides we will run out of batteries sooner or later!
Let's see, there's the Piano Bar, the Polo Lounge, there's a bar in the Seafood Grill, one on Sensation Boulevard, one in the Grand Spectrum, Michealangelos, several on the Lido Deck and um.... probably more that I've forgotten.
Dress Code: I don't think there's really any kind of dress code anywhere on one of these ships. Saw several mullets.....
LE SELECT is St. Barths' original hangout, commemorated by Jimmy Buffet's 'Cheeseburger in Paradise.' The boisterous garden is where the barefoot boating set gathers for a brew.
In clubs change from season to season, so you might ask around for the hot spot of the moment.
A daily news sheet called NEWS that lists local happenings like special dinners or music is available at markets and newsstands. You will also find the free, weekly Journal de Saint-Barth - although mostly in French - is useful for current events.
It was right in the middle of the resort so you got a good look at everything around you, plus the music that the DJ played was great! We had a terrific time!
Dress Code: Normally it would be 'dress to impress' but that night there was a Pajama Party going on and it was great fun!!
The Equiss Bar ( and stables)on the north side of the western end of lake arenal Saturday nites. You cant miss it drive east on th road from Tilaran to La Fortuna and it righ on the road.
An open air bar built into a hillside that rocks on . Maybe not as fun as the coastal bars but for this very quiet area of upcountry Guanancaste a party must.
the bar is made of local stone from the creek bed at the bottom of the hill set into the slope of the hill it has many dance floors and many levels.
Go watch the locals rip it up doing moves that would dis-joint the most jaded carpet cutters you know of, or try it for yourself no one is watching 'the white man that cant dance'.
On the off day go there for supper, and try the open air grilled chicken and beef. Have a beer talk to the staff and by the way horseback riding here is cheap and animal friendly.
bar built into the side of a cliff and the best hot spot on saturday nites in this otherwise nitelife vacant area.
Dress Code: casual
There are a few clubs but its mixed with the locals (the belongers) and not to impressive. Hang out a Sharky's or Turtle Cove bars or better yet, get a day pass at Club Med. They always have something happen'.
Oh there is one Casino on the island but it was closed when I was there....lack of interest I think.
I don't particularly like clubs and such but the place I have been to is called 'Ribbit' i don't know if they are still around.
nothing special to me. It was near the water overlooking the Harbour.
Dress Code: club gear of course
Even thou we did like the resort, the nitelife was not the greatest. They are a bit behind in what is current & trendy which is ok, but they seem to still worship Michael Jackson & had a couple shows (singing, dancing, etc) about him. We were pretty much exhausted after dinner & our evening walk to stay up past 10pm. The other local resorts had a casino but we didnt go there.
Kaleidoscope was the on-board disco. We usually stopped by once a night to check it out. And, once in a while, we danced! The DJ loved us and even Security showed up to check out our floorshow.
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