Liberty of the Seas Cruise Review by cruiswhenican: Nice Getaway
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Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
This was my 6th Cruise, 3rd with Royal Caribbean. We had a Superior Ocean View Balcony (D1) on Deck 10 midship. Room was great, ample room for 2 of us. The closet had plenty of wooden hangers, wire shelving, and between the dresser, nightstands, closet shelves, and other "hidden" storage areas we had more then enough room. Suitcases under the bed.
Embarkation was a new experience for me, I guess I am used to the Miami and Port Canaveral Terminals that are more like an airport vs the big empty warehouse of Terminal 19 at Port Everglades.
We were Gold members, but now Platinum :) So we got to move to the shorter lines for security and check in to get Sea Pass Cards. It moved fast, we were in check in for about 45min. After that was the walk down a long hallway and then to the Gangway. I am glad they supplied some hand rails, otherwise they may of needed a rope of something to help passengers aboard. I know most ships never "line up" with the port terminal, but most More ports have some kind of switch back or other way to lessen the walk into the ship. This was at some insane incline. Once onboard, ive always walked right into the main lobby area of a ship, this however struck us as odd. They had you walk along 3/4 of the lenght of Deck 4, and then go inside to the elevators and stairs.
Our room was ready when we got onboard, so we went right to deck 10, and used the touch screen map to find out room.
Lifeboat Drill was quick, no need to wear life jackets, just go to your station. By time that was over our luggage was at the room. We noticed most rooms (Even the suites) had their luggage outside, but our Cabin Attendant had put ours in the room and on the bed or couch for us. It was a nice surprise.
We chose to do sail out from the balcony rather then go to the main deck for the Dream Works party.
This cruise must of been way under booked, most rooms in the promenade were dark for cruise, and the shows activities, even pools all seamed empty.
If your going to Belize for a port, unless you have an excursion, don't bother getting off ship. The port is small and you are warned against leaving port on own.
Cozumel is getting built up by the port, I miss the crazy taxi rides and original Carlos and Charles they had 10+ years ago there, now its more like one big Diamond International plaza and everything is regulated. Even getting a taxi from the ship felt like waiting at a theme park.
Food On board was iffy, nothing that stood out except the night at Portofino, RCCL is severely lacking in the main dining room experience. Less
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