Liberty of the Seas Pre-Inaugural Cruise May 16-May 18
BOARDING: We were fortunate enough to be invited by Royal Caribbean and the Crowne and Anchor Society on the last of the Liberty of the Seas Pre-Inaugural events.
We came to the port around 12:00 pm, where we were delighted to find that there was NO ONE around! We were given little welcome gifts and were onboard and eating in the Windjammer Cafe around 12:25 pm.
The Windjammer Cafe is very nice on the ship, as it offers and expanded amount of selections and seating areas, thus it doesn't feel as crowded.
Ben and Jerry's Ice cream, as usual, was fantastic and a joy to eat. ALso, this is a nice addition to the Royal Promenade.
The Main Dining Room is very luxurious and takes from the Dining Rooms of the Voyager Class Ships. Very elegant, great views it you sit by one of the large windows, excellent service, and superb cuisine. I truly believe that Liberty OTS has some of the best cooks in the fleet.
Sorrentos and Cafe Promenade are also on the Royal Promenade and offered great food and snack selections
Johnny Rockets was in full swing, but we just didn't have enough time to give it a try. Maybe next time!!
Squeeze at the H20 Zone is RCCL's new smoothie stand where you can have protein shakes, regular smoothies, energy shakes, etc. Very Very nice additions.
The Ship: Liberty of the Seas
Having never been on the Freedom of the Seas, I was thrilled with the extensive enhancements that Royal Caribbean did on the Freedom Class. A Longer Royal Promenade with beautiful art and great shops/restaurants, larger verandas in balcony cabins, more and more pools like the H20 Zone for Kids, the AMAZING addition of the Flowrider Zone (including stadium seating, WIPEOUT BAr, the Flowrider, and stairs to the deck below), and the extension of the gym forward on Deck 11.
I was very pleased with the art on the Liberty, although some was a liitle "out there", but still very nice.
The Ice Skating Rink was very nice, along with the addition of the Karaoke Bar and Lounge Area. The Ice Show, called ENCORE, was incredible, as this will be a new addition fleetwide of ice shows.
As previously mentioned, the Royal Promenade is better than ever and played hosts to the Pirate's parade (Pirates of the Caribbean!) and dancing street party. The little shops are great and so are Sorrentos, Cafe Promenade, and Ben and Jerry's, as well as the pubs and Vintages wine bar.
The Pool decks were very nice and didn't feel crowded at all. There wasn't a lack of deck chairs (which by the way are new and very very different and nicer than others fleetwide) and the Sports Area in the aft section is also very nice.
As for entertainment, this ship has it all, from Platinum the theater, the Viking Crown Lounge, the Ice Rink, the Royal Promenade, and the Main Pool which transforms into an outdoor disco dance area at night.
We thank Royal Caribbean for the invite, as this was an amazing opportunity for us to go on such a great ship. If you want elegance, adventure, alone time, kid time, non stop entertainment, relaxation, fitness, fun in the sun, or just a vacation, the Liberty of the Seas if for you.
And if you go onto the Liberty OTS soon, tell Ken Rush RCCLCARIB says hello!! Enjoy the Liberty, as she is a prime example of Royal Caribbean's commitment to innovation, the "WOW" factor, continued excellence in service, food and entertainment, as well as their consistent and amazing cruise vacation!
Bon Voyage: RCCLCARIB