Liberty of the Seas Cruise Review by dascari: Get Ready for a Relentless Pursuit of Your Money!
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Get Ready for a Relentless Pursuit of Your Money!
Our family selected Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas based on the Mediterranean ports that were offered, the price of the cruise, and the date of embarkation. Although there were many positives to our cruise, there were far too many negatives for our liking.
We had pre-booked private shore excursions for each of the scheduled ports. Unfortunately, due to poor weather conditions we missed out on the French Riviera, a major bummer. Guest Relations wouldn't even offer us a free can of Coke as compensation for a major missed port. Combined with that missed port we had three days at sea where we were on the ship all day and night. One would have expected that there would have been a good amount of things to do for these "at-sea" days. Not so. With a ship that size there was surprisingly very little to do. It seemed like every activity was somehow related to making you spend more and more money on the trip. For example, did we really need a consultation on getting our teeth More whitened for $149? Even Bingo on the ship cost our family of four $66 for an hour of play. Virtually everything cost extra: bottled water, soft drinks, you name it.
For breakfast at the main dining hall we were given watered down orange juice. If one wanted the fresh squeezed stuff you had to fork over an additional $3.50 per glass.
On the bright side, our ocean view room was more than adequate and well designed, although we would have liked a fridge that actually worked in the room, not a fridge that only worked as a cooler.
Our servers in the main dining room, Joel Canta and Heulayn Liu were absolutely terrific. They could not do enough to try and please us. They certainly made up for the merely average food quality.
We chose to prepay our gratuities at a rate of $12 per person per day. However, that was not enough for the Royal Caribbean Cruise line. Before we departed, we were encouraged to give additional gratuities for what they called the "Wow" factor. Very tacky in our opinion.
As this was our first cruise, we can't compare Royal Caribbean to other cruise lines. But with the lack of daily fun activities, and the relentless pursuit of our pocketbook, I cannot see us booking another cruise with this company in the near future. Less
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