After reading some of the reviews on this website, I was definitely worried about some aspects of Liberty of the Seas. We flew into Fort Lauderdale the day of the cruise and had purchased the transfer from Royal Caribbean to get from the airport to the ship. Once we got our luggage, it took us about 30 minutes to get to the terminal. I had read that the lines were terrible at the terminal. This was our 8th cruise...there was nothing unusual about the lines. We were on the ship within 45 minutes of reaching the terminal. We went to the Windjammer and had lunch and then went to our cabin. We had our luggage before the ship even left Fort Lauderdale.
The layout of the ship was great. We have been on some ships where it is necessary to go outside to get from one area to the other. Not the case with the Liberty. The only place it ever felt crowded was in the Windjammer. Truly, the only area of disappointment. It just isn't capable of seating everyone for meals. The first day at sea we went there for breakfast. We had to walk around for a while to find a seat and then my husband sat down while I went to get food. Despite announcements being made asking people not to hang out at the tables, seating was limited. Because of the lines and amount of time it took to eat breakfast, we ordered room service for breakfast the two mornings we were in port. The second day at sea we ate breakfast in the main dining room and it was much nicer.
Making show reservations before sailing is totally unnecessary. We weren't asked for our cards to show proof of reservations for any of them. The shows were excellent. We purchased the drink package which we regret. It was $55/day per person and included beer/house wine/liquor. The house wine included chardonnay, merlot and cabernet and weren't good at all. My husband and I are wine drinkers so this was a disappointment.
We ate dinner the last night in Chops Grille and it was worth the $30/person cover charge. We also at at Johnny Rocket for lunch one day for a $5/person cover charge. It was good, but despite the fact that we had purchased the drink package, beer wasn't included there. Kind of silly.
We were pleasantly surprised to hear that we could stay in our cabins until it was time to go to the meeting area to disembark. On all the other cruises we've been on, we had to be out of our cabins by around 8 am and sit in a public area until called to disembark. Disembarking is never pleasant but again, nothing out of the ordinary on Liberty. It probably took about an hour to get from our station, through Customs and to the bus to take us back to the airport.
We travelled with my 23 year old son and daughter-in-law and had a wonderful time. Please feel free to ask me any questions!