Almost a last minute choice we booked this cruise directly with RCCL - our third cruise, but first with Royal Caribbean. We had two, neighbouring Junior Suites, connected through the balconies. The suites were in great condition, and they were clean.
Check/in and security check was probably the fastest I ever experienced so far. As I read before in CruiseCritic, I expected some shopping possibilities at the Barcelona Terminal after passing security, and we bought some booze and took them on board without any problems.
Cabins were ready only after around 13.30 hrs, so we spent the time with having food in the quite cramped Windjammer and strolling around the ship, inclusing the fantastic Royal Promenade. It is a great place, where you simply forget that you are on a ship....
The security drill was taken very seriously, and the ship departed soon. What I missed a bit was the departure party by the pool, that I got used to when cruising with Norwegian.
The Junior Suites were amazing; lots of space, storage areas (large closet), coffeemachine, and minibar (no alcoholic drinks). Our cabin steward, Denis, did a very decent job and was always available.
Cruising with Norwegian before, we preferred flexibility, so we opted for the My Time Dining, which meant that we could decide when to take dinner. From the 3 main dining rooms we were allocated to Boticelli, and were usually served by two wonderful waiters, Peamkait and Sharon. They were amazing, very friendly and did everything that we felt comfortable and enjoyed dining.
Most of the breakfasts we had in the Rembrandt dining room, so we avoided the hassle in the Windjammer.
The mix of passengers were quite international on this cruise, Americans, followed by British, Spanish and Germans.
Navigation across the ship is really easy, as there are large touch-screens in several places, assisting you to find your way around and informing about what's going on at any given moment on the ship.
The Liberty has some amazing features: the ice-skating rink (half an hour sessions, it is fun), the surf-simulator, minigolf-course and the climbing wall. So it was no problem at all to spend time on the ship.
The Promenade is a fantastic feature, this is the centre of activities in the evenings, with bars, pubs and shops. In many evenings I enjoyed the guitarplay of Marty in the pub who regularly made the guest sing.... On other evenings there were fantastic dancing patries in the Promenade, and the last evening the Dreamworks parade was spectacular.
From the evening shows we saw the In the Air (quite nice) and the magician show (forgettable). The Ice Show was fascinating and very professional.
We also tried the Johnny Rockets diner and I must say that the amount of food was simply overwhelming...it was a nice experience bringing back us in time...
The pool areas were never crowded, and we would have enjoyed even more time around. The H2O Zone is a hit with youngsters.
The Liberty is a wonderful ship, with loads of things to do, including the several bars, pubds, the casino, the videoarcade, just to name afew to spend free time - or in your balcony.
When it comes to the staff and service, we found that most of the waiters and the cabin stewards were very attentive. As opposed to our previous cruises with NCL we found that the staff on RCCL is a bit more international, with more nationalities.
Disembarkation went very quickly, in fact we almost missed our Barcelona city tour that we booked via teh ship. Thanks to the guest services we managed to catch the group.
Royal Caribbean and Liberty was a very nice expecience and the cruise was a memorable one.
Docking in Toulon. The 10 mins transfer (via boat) right across the pier costs 16 euros, but you are advised to make an advance booking by the ship as the boats leave every hour only.
Toulon is a not-so-interesting place, you can walk around, have a croissant/coffee, stroll in the small streets, visit the shopping mall or take the funicular to the top of the hill.There is a military base around so if you are lucky you can see a submarine.
Villefranche - tendering. We booked a half day tour via the ship to St. Paul de Vence and Nice, and it was perfect for us. St. Paul is a lovely little medieval town, with (quite pricey) shops along the narrow streets, and wonderful view. Perfect for a relaxing walking around and have coffee/ice cream. The tour started and ended with driving through Nice, to experience some of the famous sights and the sea promenade - Boulevard des Angles.
La Spezia - docking. This is a rather industrial area, so you need the port buses to take you to the entrance of the port. We booked Joe Banana Limos (also in Rome/Chivitavecchia and in Naples) and this was probably the best decision. The service of JBL was fantastic, the drivers were absolutely professional, friendly, nice and knowledgeable, and we were provided with comfortable minivans with A/C for the day's tours. Highly recommended! From La Spezia we were taken to Pisa, and then off to Firenze for a full day tour. JBL organised the day's programme for us, according to our wishes.
Chivitavecchia - docking. Again, with Joe Banana Limos, and we had a wonderful tour of the sights of Rome with our driver who took us to places off the beaten track and favoured by locals. Including the best coffeeshop by the Senate....
Napoli - docking. Another day with Joe Banana Limos, visiting Pompeii and Sorento. JBL organised for us a personal tour guide in Pompeii on request and last minute and it was a very good choice, so we managed to see the most important places within 3 hours. This was followed by a relaxed shopping tour (and delicious local pizza) in Sorento.