This review covers the Liberty of the Seas from a suite perspective. We paid extra for an owner's suite and I will attempt to detail what benefits that can be derived from upgrading from a regular cabin.
Embarkation/debarkation: No surprises whatsoever. We live in Miami and arrived at pier at 12:30. A five minute wait at most. We registered online and pre-printed "Seapass" documents. Suite guests do receive priority check-in but it was not needed.
Cabin: We were very satisfied with the size and layout of the cabin. We had the "Interlude Suite" (1320) on deck 10. The cabin had a pull out sofa bed and a massive balcony with floor to ceiling sliding glass doors. The furnishings were new and the bed was very comfortable. The sheets were not high thread count as expected. The bathroom was a good size with two sinks, a jacuzzi tub and bidet. A second TV is needed as my 10 year old son and I fought over TV rights.
Suite Perks: As a suite guest, many perks apply. There is a concierge lounge on the 10th floor where suite guests can get continental breakfast in the mornings and drinks (free) in the evening along with warm finger food (meatballs, shrimp, caviar pastries, etc...) You can also check out DVDs for free and make any arrangements for dinner at the specialty restaurants, which I strongly suggest and will detail below. The concierge on our trip (Anthea) was always helpful and emailed us a full week prior to arrival seeking requests from us. She was instrumental in obtaining a bridge tour (kids allowed) and in making and changing dining and excursion reservations and cancellations. On a rainy morning excursion day, she even procured plastic ponchos which could not be purchased as the ship's stores were closed. Suite guests also get a special VIP room service line to obtain expedited ordering and service. The concierge will also escort suite guests downstairs to expedite the boarding of tenders. All in all, a lot of perks aside from the upgraded room. Edward the bartender would put a perfectly prepared martini in my hand every time I walked into the concierge lounge without even asking. That is why you pay extra.
FOOD: This was by far the most disappointing aspect of the cruise. The food was downright bad. The specialty restaurants were both excellent and we ate there 3 of the 7 nights. The other 4 nights were in the dining room where the food can be described as nothing more than what you would eat at a middle of the road wedding reception. Service was very good in the dining room but could not make up for the poor quality of the food night after night. The worst food on the ship by far was found at the Windjammer. This is Burker King and Taco Bell food served in buffet form. The same food day after day. Very disappointing and almost insulting to pay these prices for deconstructed hamburgers and tacos. Johnny Rockets was just that. The better option is to eat small sandwiches on Deck 5 at the coffee shop or pizza as Sorrento's. But how many times can you be expected to do this?
VIRUSES: Despite best efforts, we were aware of at least one case of shipboard virus. You really are well advised to wash your hands frequently and to use the Purell napkins passed out at the main dining venues.
ACTIVITIES: The Flowrider was a hit and the line was about 20 minutes. The miniature golf was well done and enjoyed by all. The H20 kid pool was closed one day due to an "accident" by a minor guest. A slide here would have been appreciated. The casino was excellent as were the dealers. The dealers were an international bunch and always friendly and helpful.
CONCLUSION: 13,ooo.oo is a lot of money to spend on a cruise if you feel that the quality of what you are being offered for meals is poor. However, the suite itself was very nice and the concierge service and perks made up for the bad food at the end of the day.