We sailed on RCCL's "Liberty of the Seas" Maiden Voyage - May 19, 2007. Arrived at the Port of Miami about 12:30PM and the entire embarkation process took only about 10 minutes. Enjoyed lunch in the Windjammer Cafe on Deck 11 before seeing our cabin. We requested the Main Seating in the Dining Room and must say the food was much better than our previous cruises, even on RCCL. The prime rib the first night was outstanding and our table mates also commented about the quantity and quality of the meal.
The opening show included Darrell Joyce, a comedian that put on a great show and later in the week had a late night adult comedy show.
Day two was at sea and we took advantage of the pool and health club. Probably the best show was "In the Air" a production show. Ken Rush, the Cruise Director did a fantastic job and made us all feel special for sailing the the maiden voyage.
Day three was on the private island in Labadee, Haiti. Honestly, I was not expecting much, but it became my favorite stop during the cruise. Great beaches, beautiful mountains and crystal clear water. The island BBQ was OK. The main show was Abracadabra - the ultimate ABBA Concert. Fantastic show.
Day four was in Montego Bay, Jamaica. We had bad experiences in Jamaica years ago and elected to visit the SPA onboard the ship. We both enjoyed extensive spa treatments. Even though I think the prices were too high, it was well worth the time and money. The Ice Spectacular Show was even better than last year's on the Adventure of the Seas if that is possible.
Day five was in Georgetown, Grand Cayman. Just a few hours of shopping and we were back on board enjoying the pool deck. That night the first major production show "Somewhere in Time" was presented. We were amazed at the extensive sets, special effects and costumes.
Day six we docked in Cozumel, Mexico. We signed up via our flat screen interactive cabin TV for a shore excursion to the Tulum Mayan Ruins. Even though it was a nice ferry boat ride, the water was rough and several people were sea sick. Nice tour, but the heat was pretty intense. That night we booked reservations in The Chops Grille, a speciality restaurant that charges a $20 pp cover charge. The meal and service was better than most land based high end restaurants. Well worth the additional cost. The Celebrity Show was "Rain" a Beatles Experience that was a fun show.
Day seven was another day at sea enroute back to Miami. The weather did not cooperate until early afternoon, but there was plenty to do inside the ship.
This was my 8th cruise and I must say that I was extremely impressed with the ship, food, entertainment and service. We anticipated long lines to board tenders and debark when docked, but were pleasantly surprised how smooth things ran.
They provided multiple gifts in our cabins during the week since it was the maiden voyage including, bags, caps, cruise DVD, and folder with a "Certificate of Commemoration"
I was disappointed that the waiters in the main dining room did not sing, dance or march through the three story dining room as we have seen on previous cruises.
We highly recommend this ship, but next time it will be to the Eastern Caribbean.