Fantastic voyage!: Liberty of the Seas Cruise Review by mellowdg
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Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Embarkation: Worse part was getting from the airport to the terminal at around noon on a Saturday. There were 7 ships leaving port that day, so it was a bit busy. OK, the lines were a little long at the terminal. We brought our own suitcases (I mean, really, how much do you need on that short of a trip), and the lines snaked back and forth but moved along at a steady pace. LOTS of agents checking you in. We proceeded on board and our cabin was ready, so we dropped off the suitcases, left a note for extra towels and to make the bed into two beds and went exploring. Had lunch at the Windammer, a drink at the Hoof and Claw, went through the safety briefing on deck, and watched the ship depart from the helipad (great place to watch). I think we More were the fifth ship out, so it was fun to watch the others maneuver into place and exit the port.
Cabin: We had been upgraded to a balcony from an outside stateroom about a week before; from now on I’ll always want a balcony! Room was very large and comfortable, with lots of storage once you started looking around. Stored the suitcases under the bed, and with the built-in cabinets on either side of the big mirror and in the bathroom, we had plenty of space for small stuff, plus the shelves and hangers in the closet. Had some rambunctious young folks next door making lots of noise the first night, but after speaking to them from the balcony, they were much quieter. Our room steward was very attentive to any of our requests and always seemed available.
Meals: We had dinner in the Michelangelo dining room each night, and we have to say that the service was EXCEPTIONAL! This was mainly due to our waiter Francisco, assistant waiter Cosmin and head waiter Dinc (not sure of the spelling on these), who all did whatever needed to be done to make our meal enjoyable. Dinc even came over with information on one of the other guests at our table who was lactose intolerant; she had not mentioned it on this trip, so we figured it must have been noted on one of her previous sailings and he had found out the information, so accommodated her with a different dessert that wasn’t even on the menu! He also got our table a tour of the kitchens one morning (very positive and enlightening). We would run into Francisco and Cosmin in the Windjammer at lunch, and every time, they would run over to help us out with our table, or beverages, or whatever. Again, fantastic service.
Regarding the food, no real complaints. We didn't have any problems with our dinners and felt that there were plenty of choices. And if you didn't like something, they would bring you something else, or more of anything (one of the other couples at our table had two desserts each most nights).
We would have liked to see different selections on different days in the Windjammer; seemed to be the same pasta dishes, hamburgers, hot dogs, salad bar, etc., each day. Can’t comment on dinner there since we ate in the main dining room each evening. Breakfast in the Windjammer was fine and we had coffee each morning in the room, so room service appeared okay for how much we used it. We did not have meals in any of the specialty restaurants, but grabbed pizza one day at Sorrento’s. Have to say the place was dirty, food crumbs and/or dirty dishes on most to the tables, and when we cleared some off to eat, the busperson acted put out when we brought them to her.
Drinks were quite expensive!
Entertainment: Really, for a cruise we felt what was offered was great. Saw the ice show, On Air and Saturday Night Fever. Not sure what some folks expect, but these were all entertaining. Only act that we walked out on was the magician, who was terrible (in our view). Watched a couple of the activities around the pool and everyone seemed to be having fun.
Ports of Call: Wow, you anchor WAY OFF THE COAST to get to Belize! It’s due to how shallow it is. We were the only ship there that day, so there were lots of tenders running back and forth. We did not reserve any excursions that day after reading many of the reviews about traveling back and forth, but went into the port and did some shopping and had a drink. In Cozumel, you come right up to the dock, and we had reserved a snorkeling trip through H2O (not a Royal Caribbean tour), which turned out wonderful. Highly recommend it. We only had 9 people on board and stopped at 4 different sites to snorkel where we were the only ones. Miguel and Loes, the guides, were fantastic to work with, and supplied us with water, fruit, pastries, etc., during the trip. It’s only a short taxi ride (about $8) to get there.
Disembarkation: Since both of us had planes to catch later that morning, we chose the self carry option at 7:30 am. The line was terrible and people were cutting in everywhere. It did move along finally, and we cleared customs fairly fast.
All in all, this was a great trip and we definitely would book with Royal Caribbean again. We have both cruised before, and do like the larger ships … and we had very good weather the entire time, so that helped. Again, we think the service and attention we received from Dinc, Francisco and Cosmin assisted in making this vacation a positive experience. Less