Liberty of the Seas Cruise Review by Touristbay: Seven night cruise from Barcelona
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Seven night cruise from Barcelona
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Taxi from the Poblenou area of Barcelona to the port cost 25 euros. Embarkation very quick and easy as we are gold members we skipped the queues and went straight to the front. RCC tried to make us wait to have our photo taken but we politely declined. Boarded ship at around 1245 and were advised our balcony stateroom was ready. After dropping off our hand-luggage in our impressive room (7370) we explored the ship and then went to the very busy Windjammer restaurant . The whole ship is very impressive, we enjoyed the Hoof & Claw pub with the nightly singer (Dallas Cord) also enjoyed the Boleros Bar below the promenade deck where staff again were very friendly and helpful. Staff around other areas of the ship were hit & miss with some being very friendly to others being so/so. Our son (age 13) really enjoyed the teen club and took part in the afternoon & evening activities through until 1am, he was encouraged to mix with the other teens from many countries around the world. More
My son used the flowrider, the impressive basketball court and the ice rink. He hurt his knee the second last day and was taken to the medical centre - staff & doctor there were excellent and my son had both crutches & wheelchair to use on his last day, so didn't spoil his holiday too much. During the day (after exploring the ports) we opted to sunbathe most days on the top deck. No problem getting a sun lounger and the bar staff regularly passed by offering "bar service", and funny waiter offering "the more you booze the better the cruise". Didn't go to any of the shows but others said they were quite good. Most people on the ship dressed up for the first formal night and not as many on the second one, which suited us too. Mixture of nationalities on board with many Americans, Norwegians, Spanish, Japanese and also Lebanese, Vietnamese ....
Have read from others that the lifts were busy, yes I would agree but you didn't wait too long and this is a good reason to use the stairs and burn off the extra calories. Used the gym a few times, it was well equipped and nice and cool. We bought the premium drinks package as we like to have the option of beer, wine & vodka. This worked out cost effective for us even though we don't drink to excess. This is our second cruise (last year Grandeur of the Seas) , enjoyed both cruises and will cruise again with RCC as not impressed with reviews about other ships. Less
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Cabin review: D37370 Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony
Excellent Balcony cabin, I booked this location so that it was on the same side as the teen club and also the same side as the restaurants. The room was in a quiet location , close to lifts but not too close so you didn't hear people passing by. The balcony was a good size with a table and two chairs. It wasn't windy and we regularly sat there after 1am in the morning which was beautiful. Felt it was very private on the balcony from both neighbours.Read All Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony (D3) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
Our first port of call was TOULON (cruise critic don't offer this in their drop down menu).
Royal Caribbean were offering a boat trip into Toulon from where we docked at 16 dollars per person. If you look across the bay you will see the local boat that residents use which will take you to the same place for 2 euros each way. Around a ten minute walk . Once we arrived in Toulon we took the tourist train, it cost around 6 euros each, dont think it was worth it unless you want to use it to go to the beach. The area of Toulon is lovely along the marina with restaurants and cafes. Also across the street there are plenty of shops. It is easy to get the boat back from the same location just check the board for the correct route.
Have rated the port as a 3 only because it has good access links to Capri/Sorrento or Pompei. Naples itself is pretty horrible, with dangerous crossings, beggars and dirty streets with litter. Had a 20 minute wander around from the port and that was enough, the ferry terminal is right beside the port so I would imagine fairly easy to go across to Capri if you are up early.
Decided not to go to Rome as temperatures too hot. Took free bus to end of port, if you want to get the train to Rome turn right, cross the street and then turn right again, the train station is sign posted on lamp posts.
We took a taxi to the waterpark Aquafelix. The taxi cost 25 euros on the way there and 30 euros on the return (10 min journey). The waterpark costs 20 euros per adult and 17.50 per child. Not the biggest waterpark I have been to, but still enough to pass a few hours. The park phoned a taxi for us when we were ready to go back to the ship and it came within 10 minutes. Don't panic when you take your taxi there as it is in the middle of deserted fields and when you are dropped off you still cannot see the park until you walk down a dirt path as directed by the taxi driver. Other people on the ship either used the transfer train offered by the ship, some went on their own using the local train and others booked up for the 10 1/2 hour tour. It was a very quiet ship in the evening.
Stunning port of call, could easily have stayed there for the day. This is a tendered port, we got off around 1030am so it wasnt too busy to get the tender boat. We went to Monaco for a few hours. When you get off the boat walk to the right for around five minutes and you will see a sign up a set of stairs directing you to the train station. Up the stairs it is clearly signposted. The first entrance is for Monaco the second one is for Nice. The train to Monaca costs around 6 euros return each, the train takes under 15 minutes. We got off the train at Monaco intending to get the HOHO bus, but unfortunately they were all too busy so we just wandered around the port and enjoyed people/car/boat watching.
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