We decided to surprise a cousin we had not seen for over a decade by joining her on Liberty of the Seas! Boy, was she surprised to see us! LOS provided a wonderful and enjoyable stage for our reunion.
There was a two hour delay with embarkation...no explanation ever given. As you can imagine, about 4000 boarding at the same time then led to congestion in the Windjammer. So not the greatest first impression. However, after this the ship absorbed the crowds quite well.
Here are my impressions:
Intelligently laid out. The new way finder screens were great. Loved that they included the daily program.
On the other hand, found the Royale Promenade to be similar to a B-grade mall...all "revenue opportunities". One felt very disconnected from the sea. More like a Las Vegas mega hotel. We have been on other mega ships...QM2 and Solstice class...LOS felt very much bigger. You had to think twice to go back to your cabin to fetch something.
Surprisingly good in MDR. We had the new menus, which we enjoyed (Each night focus is on a key ingredient, eg saffron). We had My Time dining in Botticelli. We had different tables each night, and each time service was first class. Had dinner in Chops one night, which was really good and well worth the extra. Had the beef short rib which was wonderful. Lunch in Windjammer was not as good as equivalent on Celebrity ships, which have a far superior food station layout and selection.
By far the best we have experienced on any ship! Saturday Night Fever, the ice show( Encore), In the Air all very good. We also enjoyed the Schooner piano bar with Paul O'Shea after dinner.
Two other observations....we found our cabin to be very spacious and quiet. Sound insulation seems better than on most other ships. On the negative side, the PA system in public areas was really inaudible. One could not hear, for example, what the captain was saying. The sound was totally garbled. I would think that on a ship that is a safety issue.