Liberty of the Seas Cruise Review by SarahCanada: Love the Liberty! 2014
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Love the Liberty! 2014
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
The Liberty of the Seas is an amazing ship! Has lots of activities onboard all throughout the day listed in your daily cruise compass newsletter. The flowrider had two styles. Standup surf style (very hard) and boogie boarding (lots of fun and easy for anyone). The line was about a half hour wait but still fun because you get to watch everyone wipe out! There isn't much instruction given but this makes it all the more fun! The bottom of the flowrider is a soft bouncy vinyl sort of like a trampoline so wipeouts do not hurt. There was always lots of seats by the pool deck and it was easy to get a drink from the bar servers. Rock climbing lines were very short. Lots of hard work to climb but amazing views from the top. Windjammer café was huge and easy to navigate with lots of seats as well. We would bring food from the Windjammer back to our room and enjoy it on our balcony. The Windjammer closed at 9pm. We had my time dining in the Botticelli Dining room (third level) with More
reservations for 8:30pm every night. If you are doing my time dining, you do not necessarily get the same table every night. The desserts were especially good in the dining room. Also tried Sorrentos pizza place in the Royal Promenade (deck 5). They had antipasto as well as pizza and desserts to choose from. Sometimes the line was quite long after the parade or an event taking place along the Royal Promenade. This was open until 2am. The Café Promenade served mini sandwiches and desserts such cookies and brownies and open 24 hours. The ice skating show (Encore) was surprisingly good. Saturday Night Fever in the Platinum Theatre was also amazing! Noticed other cruisers with gold coloured sea pass cards and they had a special VIP seating area for them. Not sure what that is all about... I am a platinum member and did not have one of those. (Maybe for Diamond members or suite members?) DreamWorks characters such as Shrek, Princess Fiona, King Jullian, Gloria, Alex the Lion and Kung Fu Panda all made appearances throughout the ship and was easy to get pictures with them with your own camera or by the professional photographer. The line at the Guest Services table was usually fairly long but staff was very nice. Less
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Cabin review: 8526
Had a Superior Ocean View Balcony cabin (Forward port side). Very nice room with a super comfy large bed. Also had a full sized couch and the balcony had two chairs and a small table. Very quiet cabin with no outside noise or neighbours noise. Bathroom was larger than expected. Large closet with a safe and shelves. Lots of lighting in the room. Had flat screen TV that swung out from the wall so you watch it in bed. Would probably pick a cabin Aft because the places we visited most were located aft. Such as Windjammer, the main dining room, and the sports deck. Universal plugs in the room so we could easily charge I phones, cameras etc. Our room steward Sayed was amazing and would go to lengths for us. Even though we prepaid gratuities, we decided to leave a little extra for him because he was that good!
Port and Shore Excursions
Dunn's River Falls
It was hectic at first trying to find your tour line in the white tents set up on the pier after the shopping area but just ask anyone working there and they will tell you which line to get in. Had a very nice large air-conditioned bus. Our tour group only had 17 people. Our driver Noel was amazing and would give a history of the island while driving. He was really funny too and taught us some local expressions and warned us about the vendors at Dunn's River Falls. The drive to Dunn's River falls was about another 20 min. We did not need lockers at either area because the driver kept our bags on the bus and he stayed with the bus locked the whole time. The falls were very refreshing but might be a challenge for some with balance or fear of height issues. Definitely bring your own lake shoes but they were available for rent as well for $8-10 US dollars. Most people would wear their swimsuit with a pair or shorts or a t shirt over. The falls were shaded from the foliage so you wont get burnt from the sun. Bring a towel from the ship (pool deck) with you and leave it in the bus. Your guide at the falls will point blank ask you for a tip but our money was in the bus. The guides usually don't follow you back to the bus. You can buy a video of your climb at the end for about $40 US dollars. The drive back to the ship was about 45min. Nice lush scenery and our driver played reggae music on the way back. Still had time to shop at the port!
Green Grotto Caves
Green Grotto caves add on was only an additional $6.00 to the other option of the Dunn's River Express tour and well worth seeing the caves. Drive to the caves was about 30min. We had a tour guide and a security guard with us the whole time in the caves. Very professional and knowledgeable. Caves were VERY hot and humid. They gave us hard hats and hair nets because some areas of the caves were low. There are free flying fruit bats in the caves but did not bother us at all. We saw the underwater lair from the James Bond movie Live and Let Die here as well. Very cool! The caves were not claustrophobic at all! They gave us complimentary fruit punch after the caves and restrooms were also available there. (very clean).
We got off the ship as soon as we docked in Labadee and every thing was pristine. There were hired locals there to set you and your family up in lounge chairs along the beach but you could set your own chair up too. (Be prepared to tip if they set the chairs up for you). Scored a great spot at Adrenaline Beach under lots of palm trees with a great view of the ship! They also had professional photographers roaming the beach. Fun to see those pics later onboard for purchase. Also had bartenders selling frozen drinks along the beach. Bartenders were always close by. Food served on the island was great and had food such as ribs, grilled chicken, hamburgers etc. The locals in the market were a little aggressive but very friendly. Best to shop in the Town Square area (the concrete building) instead where service was not as hectic. Had a hair braiding area also. We didn't do any excursions here but still lots to do. It was easy disembarkation and embarkation.
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