Hotel & Embarkation: Both excellent! Flew in night before and stayed at Hyatt Place on 17th street. Arrived too late for the free airport shuttle. Hotel was fine; walked to Total Wine and Publix in the morning to get our 2 bottles of wine and toiletries. Front desk of hotel called us a cab at 10:30 am for quick ride to port. Despite an e-mail warning from RCCL to arrive late, we arrived at 10:45 am to virtually no lines and a short wait. We had upgraded to a junior suite - 9644 after the price drops. I am not sure if it was the junior suite or our new platinum status but we bypassed those waiting downstairs and were led upstairs to where there were maybe 30 people waiting ahead of us. We were allowed on the ship at 11:30 am.
Cabin: 9644 Junior Suite. Had originally booked a balcony but prices dropped right before our sailing so upgraded to the JS. Loved the JS. It was very roomy for 2 people. Came with a coffeemaker which we used daily. Big closet and big balcony with 2 More
loungers, 2 upright chairs and a table. This cabin was right next to the elevator/stairs area yet we never heard anything at night, unlike other locations on other ships. There were lots of kids on this spring break sailing but we never heard anyone running up and down the halls or late night hallway loud talkers. Only room for improvement is that a bigger bathroom vanity would have been nice!
Food: We are not foodies but do enjoy food above the level of Applebees. I didn't care for the Windjammer but my husband found plenty he enjoyed. Main dining room food was B+.
My Time Dining: Chose to eat at 6:30 the first night and loved our waiters and table so requested this same 2 person table the rest of the trip with no problem.
Service: Excellent! Cabin steward provided our wine with a filled ice bucket daily. Waiters, bar staff, casino staff - all friendly.
Activities: Flowrider was fun to watch as was adult dodgeball! As we were traveling without children for the first time we only participated in casino activities. Slots were extremely tight and craps was only single odds but a blast! Fun people playing every night. Pool area seemed crowded but could find a chair as long as you were willing to lay on an upper deck.
Entertainment: Only watched the first 10 minutes of a ventriloquist show which looked boring. The headline comedian was a riot though.We missed his late night show which was earlier in the week, unfortunately. The Love & Marriage show was not as funny as other ones we have seen in the past. Rich Edwards, the CD seems like a nice guy but a bit weak as a CD. We missed the Ice Show and Saturday Night Fever show as we got caught up in several fun craps sessions.
Ports: Belize & Cozumel. Have been to both in the past so just shopped and had some drinks at bars. Enjoyed the lengthy tender to Belize as the weather was outstanding.
Disembarkation: Easy. Had tag #11 but chose to take our own bags off. Walked downstairs at 9 am and walked directly off the ship - by passed all the people in line who had gotten off ahead of their number as they were making them wait as their luggage wasn't there yet. No line at customs. 2 minute wait for a cab.
Summary: We had not sailed RCCL in 5 years as we just didn't think the "premium" they charge compared to Carnival was worth it. I now beg to differ. This was a really great cruise. It stung a little though to see the HUGE price drops before sailing we could not take advantage of. As mentioned, we did get to upgrade but even a JS at that time was going for $400 less than what we had paid for a balcony. We also wished we had carried on our own bags rather than using the porters as this was only a 5 night cruise so we only had 2 bags. Our bags did not make it to our cabin until 7:30 pm that night. Even though this was a spring break cruise with lots of kids, we enjoyed our adult-only couples cruise experience.
Highly recommend RCCL and Liberty of the Seas! Less
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