Liberty of the Seas Cruise Review by rdavidnann: 1st Time to do a TA & Princess Cruise Line - Great Start
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1st Time to do a TA & Princess Cruise Line - Great Start
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Our 1st time on a RCCL ship the "Liberty of the Seas" & on a 14 day transatlantic cruise to Barcelona,Spain with 5 stops. It was our 1st time also to Europe. We enjoyed a wonderful experience on the biggest ship we have cruised on to date (Only 10 cruises so far but 7 in the last 4 years). We really liked the enclosed promenade & the decor of the Liberty. We love ballroom & Latin dancing as we only learned at home with DVD's from a dance studio in Tampa, Fl. (14 different dances in the last 15 months.) Are only complaints were too small of dance floors & the steaks at dinner were not very good. The ship never seemed crowded except on "Captains Night" & the "Dreamworks Parades". We liked the live bands that played every night & really enjoyed dancing on the wood floor of the ice rink to the "Liberty Orchestra" & the Liberty's Jaz band (which also include the main singers from the production shows) in the "Oliver or Twist" lounge on the 14th floor. We had the floor to ourselves on a More
few dances. A lot of people missed out on this since it was the last night before disembarkation. We compare RCL closely with Celebrity & Princess cruise lines as our other favorites so far. A very nice cruise experience on a good looking ship!
The Ice show was amazing along with the "Up in the Air" theater show. Had a very funny Magician & a funny Juggler, too. The "Saturday Night Fever production was a must see. Make sure you have reservations for the shows as seats are limited.
We joined the CC "Meet & Mingle" group of some 200 "Cruise Critters" & enjoyed the new relationships we formed. The Liberty staff did a nice reception for us. Enjoyed the "gift exchange" & slot pull(even though 50 of us did not win anything, which I think the casino rigged ahead of time since they picked the machine we were to use).
Since there is no Port on the list for Malaga, Spain, I will do the review here!!
Port rating (4).
This was a short port day so got off the ship early. We again did the HoHo bus around the city. Walked a lot,too. Stopped at "Castillo De Gibralfaro" up the hill. Incredible view of the surrounding area. A great view of the "Bullring from here. It was a zoo because of all the tour buses that were at the top with little room to maneuver. The HoHo bus had a hard time even getting to the drop off/pick up point. But this is a must see while in Malaga. Back on the HoHo after some fight to get back on the bus form all the people waiting in line. Actually walked back down the hill & stopped the bus as he was coming up to the drop off point. Back off the bus & walked to the "Cathedral of Malaga", "Roman Theater" ruins next to "Alcazaba", & the "Plaza Merced". All we had time for before getting back to the ship without rushing.
Again there is no listing for Valencia, Spain so will do the review here.
Port Rating (4).
We tried to get help from the Liberty desk about free shuttle to the front gate of the port but was told several times that we had to purchase a bus ticket for rt of $15 each to get to & from the ship since we were docked in a commercial area of the port & walking was prohibited. After taking the bus to the central area of the city we found out there was indeed a free shuttle to the entrance to the commercial port & a stop a couple of blocks away to get the city bus. We hopped a city bus around the whole city then walked the city center. A long day of walking but worth it. We saw Serrina Bridge, & Towers, Baroque Cathedral, plazas, , bull arena, central market building where all the locals shop for their food, flowers, etc. A very nice day to see Valencia. Less
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Cabin review: K6695 Interior Stateroom
The closet on our inside cabin was tight & hard to get to when Bathroom door open. Great quiet room & hallway at the back of the ship. Fairly easy to get to the back elevators. We had the best room steward of any cruise we have taken.Read All Interior Stateroom (K) Reviews >>
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