Liberty of the Seas Cruise Review by iqinaction: Perfect except onboard picture problems
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Perfect except onboard picture problems
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
We loved the cruise line, and the destinations Haiti (Labadee) and Jamaica. Especially surprising was great handling of special dietary needs (our concern - wheat/gluten). Our server was very knowledgable of both the gluten issue and the chef & kitchen process. Plus - the menus came with gluten free symbols next to each menu item! I can easily rank the food service better than our own local restaurants!
Our steward was very friendly, instantly remembered our names and that we had 2 rooms (not located next to each other) within the family group. We had several questions and needed additional extra keys between the 2 rooms - and found that Maria at the 'front desk' was really helpful, efficient, and quite lovely to chat with. She, and many others made the vacation setting so enjoyable!
We attended several activities, all just astounding - the ship's theater was a once a day visit; many trivia challenges in different lounges - and the ice arena was incredible - the More ice show was great, and we even got to skate on ice after the shows were done - yes, ice skating on a ship in the middle of the caribbean!
BE ADVISED of the policies of the ship's photography service -- You will be asked to sign away your package dollars (to the room account) for receipt of a CD without any validation or method of recourse if those pictures aren't able to be extracted (they aren't open on the cd - it's just software for extraction). Since it is through the ship account, it would be difficult at best to attempt any refund. We consider ourselves lucky to have our digital pictures. The service would be better if they would just put the open digital files on the CD that you could take with you and with payment after viewing the CD on the ship. This service was by far THE WORST experience of the entire trip! Please avoid NATALIA if at all possible - she was not very nice about any of the process -- but that wasn't the root problem - the service is certainly not the right model for the laid back, worry free cruising clientele!
A short note about Jamaica - we did have a wonderful time on a river tubing event, but had our shoes stolen in the 10 minutes we took them off to walk the sandy beach. Jamaica is petty crime ridden - and evidently you need to physically attach to your body anything you don't want to lose! Haiti was great, but we'll skip Jamaica in any future cruises. Less
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Cabin review: 8850
8850 - Great location - 3 floors / stairs from breakfast / open eating. 3 floors from the main street / shopping. about 1/3 way back from the front so wave action wasn't bad. Great balconies - very reasonable room for clothing. Suitcases conveniently fit under bed. Noticed a pull down bunk - didn't use but probably great for smaller kids (6-16). Lovely accommodations. Bathroom a bit small but considering it is a boat - these were fine and customary sized for cruises. Had to ask for 1 extension cord (CPAP - no outlets on the entire wall by the bed) but had it pronto and with a smile -- just ask!
Port and Shore Excursions
Awesome shore excursion! So many things to do - we did the 1/2 mile zip line (double awesome!), the water park, the roller coaster, the water slide, and parasailing. There were many other things too - we could have spent 3 times as long at Labadee. Nicely isolated from the rest of the island, it was quite secure and we had no troubles with leaving towels (or shoes) for hours on a chair. HIGHLY recommended for adventurists as well as just plain beach goers (you would not have to get out of your chair to get drinks all day long).
A no thrills gentle float down a river - with an occasional fast water / shallow river - very mild white water. Had a good guide with very reasonable english. Had a very nice lady guide on the bus ride to & from the docks as well. We would have liked to book a few more things to do but could only get this one event in the time between dock & departure. Completed the rest of the 2 hours shopping and eating at the port town.
Beware outside the port area you are in Jamaica with all of the petty theft that occurs. Strap everything you have to your body. We lost our shoes under a table at an excluded beach after only 10 minutes!!!! For this reason, and not all that much to do at this port, we'll not be taking any more trips to Jamaica!
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