First non-Disney Cruise: Liberty of the Seas Cruise Review by tjustin01
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First non-Disney Cruise
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
With the port being much larger than Port Canaveral, it was also more chaotic but the taxi got us there and out without problem. It seemed a little disorderly but we found someone to take our luggage and got into the extensive line for security, which moved very quickly. I can't believe the number of people that were carrying luggage on with them. I didn't even know this was an option. The terminal was definitely very basic, but it did the job and we were checked-in and ready to board without much fanfare.
Compared to Disney, here are my areas of comparison:
Pool areas - more extensive than Disney but definitely not heated
Dining - Windjammer quality was very low but main dining room sand MyTime dining was awesome
Aesthetics - Disney wins on this one, better overalls ship upkeep and decor
Spa - More Disney also wins but I won a free treatment so I can't be too hard on it
Activities - Both offered extensive activities
Shows - Surprisingly Liberty wins this one due to the variety...Saturday Night Fever was spectacular
Stateroom - Disney wins for quality and decor
Service - Disney wins by far, not one staff member greeted us in passing in public areas
Cleanliness - Disney wins and Johnny Rockets was disgusting
Gym - Huge and extensive
It's a tough comparison overall. If money was no object, I would sail Disney again. However, Liberty's prices are about 1/2 of Disney so the value award would go to Liberty. Less
Cabin review: 9295
No major complaints. Room is in the middle of the hallway so a bit of a hike to an elevator. Deep bass noise coming in the late night, but nothing terrible. I would prefer deck 7 or 8 for general location but 9 worked fine as well.
Port and Shore Excursions
Went to Playa Mia for the day. Overall great experience even if it was a bit pricey. You'll get your money's worth if you take advantage of as many drinks as possible. It was a little chilly and windy the day we were there which meant no kayaks. Also, the pools are not heated.
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