This was my first ever cruise and I went with my mother and sister. Never being on a cruise the Liberty was huge, we constantly were getting lost, which wasn't helped with the stairs and elevators not connecting all the floors. A few times we had to walk through the golden dining room to get to the other side and enter.
The embarkation process went very quickly, we got to the terminal around 10:30, after an early morning 3 hour flight. We went through security and got our zone card then waited for zone 18 to be called. This went very quickly and we were on board and having lunch by 12:30.
The Food in general was ok. Many nights we didn't like what was being served in the dining room, especially my sister who only eats chicken, no other meat, so we headed to the buffet which often times was very similar. Breakfasts were very good and filling getting us through the day. My only other complaint besides variety and flavour would be the hours. We'd come back from an excursion on shore and more often than not many places were closed and we'd either have to settle for the 24 hour pizza or wait until the dinner buffet/ dining room opened. In fact I wasn't able to try the sushi bar, until the last sea day and the burritos until or disembarkation day. I was never able to try Guys burgers, omelet station, fish n' chips, or the Mongolian wok.
The staff we loved, our room steward, Paul was excellent. Our room was always clean and he was always so friendly, asking us about our plans for the day and how the previous day had gone. Our towel animals was one of the highlights of the cruise because of Paul, some days we came back to the room with an extra baby animal, as well as a new one later in the night.
We had any time dining. We had Appaya a few nights, she was very social and outgoing, in fact when we were seated in another section with a new waited she came over to say hi and as us about our day.
We didn't have much time for many shows or activities since we had to get up early for excursions and were exhausted by 10pm. But we did check out the aft pool and hot tubs for a late night dip before bed almost every night. The public areas and toilets were always very clean, the staff was constantly cleaning and were very friendly.
Debarkation was pretty long, we were zone 27 and had a few hours to kill. We had to be out of the room by 8:30 so we headed up to the lido for breakfast and to kill time. We were off the ship in 2 hours, around 11 and gathered our suitcases and waited in the customs line for almost another 2 hours. It took a very long time and was hot with everyone packed together. Finally, we were out and boarded the shuttle back to the airport at 12:30, giving us a few hours to catch our flight.
Overall, it was a good first experience, I think next time we will be more prepared both with knowing where everything is and have less excursions booked in order to spend more time on board exploring.