We just arrived home from our November 8th cruise to the eastern Caribbean on Liberty of the Seas.
This is our 10th cruise and the 4th on RC.
We consider this cruise as the most organized with the friendliest and most helpful crew we have ever encountered.
We arrived in Plantation, Fl. the night before our cruise with 3 other couples. We stayed at the Marriott Courtyard which was fine, but we really enjoyed the convenience of the area. They had restaurants, Borders books, a mall and strip centers all within walking distance.
Our Driver picked us up at 11:30 Saturday AM to take us to the port in Miami. We arrived at the port at 12:10 and we were on the ship by 12:30. The process was extremely organized.
Once on the ship, we were in awe of it's size and beauty. We decided to head to our cabin to freshen up. We had a cabin that overlooked the Promenade. It was somewhat small but we felt we were right in the middle of all the activity. We decided, however, that we would get a balcony cabin the next time we cruised. We have always had a balcony in the past, and we really missed not having one this time. We then went upstairs to the Windjammer buffet for a quick bite before exploring the beautiful ship. The buffet was also very organized providing several stations of food. In spite of the 4300 guests on board, we never had a long line to wait in. The quality of food at the buffet was mediocre at best. We ate most of our meals in the dining room. The quality of food was better and we enjoyed being waited on. Our Server was Margaret from Jamaica and assistant waiter was Hue from the Philippines. They were fantastic!! they could not do enough to make our experience delightful. They even substituted items on the menu that we requested. We really miss them.
The Promenade on the Liberty of the seas is enormous, going from one end of the ship to the other with several shops, restaurants and bars. There was a barber shop and a Ben and Jerry's ice cream parlor which charged a nominal amount for a cone. We especially enjoyed the Cafe Promenade which served "Seattles Best" coffee and sandwiches, and Sorrento's pizza parlor serving Pizza and Italian delicacies. Both of these restaurants also served desserts and all of this was included in the price of the cruise. There was a "Johnny Rockets" on the 12th deck. We ate there one afternoon and enjoyed the 50's and 60's music on the jukebox. They require a cover charge of $3.50 per person but you can eat all the burgers, fries, onion rings and malts you want for that price.
We went to "Chop's", a specialty restaurant, one evening and had a delicious 5 course meal. It was certainly worth the $25.00 cover charge.
There were numerous activities each day, but most of our group enjoyed the pool deck during the day and the casino at night. Some members of the group played miniature golf and surfed on the Wave runner. We went to most of the Production shows and the Ice show. They were definitely Broadway Quality. In my opinion, RC has the most fabulous shows I have ever been to. We enjoyed the sing along piano bar and the Karaoke in the late evenings.
The main reason we chose this cruise was because of the ship. We have all been to the same ports at least once on previous cruises.
Our first port was St. Maarten. Since we are not an adventurous bunch, we took a sightseeing tour around the Island. The Driver took us to Orient beach and he also dropped us off on the French side of the island so we could walk around the area. It was a feast day, therefore most of the shops were closed.
Our 2nd port was Puerto Rico. We walked the cobblestone streets in Old town and enjoyed the shopping there. We had a drink at Senor Frogs, bought some t-shirts and headed back.
Our 3rd port was the beautiful private Island, Labadee. The beaches were beautiful and the island looked like a paradise. They had a multitude of water sports available, and RC provided a BBQ lunch which consisted of Chicken, ribs, burgers and hotdogs.
Our last day at sea was a little bittersweet since we knew that our fabulous cruise was nearly over.
You will have to see this ship to appreciate it's beauty and enormity. We are looking forward to going on the new "Oasis of the Seas" in 2010. I find it hard to visualize a larger ship than the " Liberty of the Seas".
Disembarkation was very organized and speedy.
We can't say enough about the ship and the crew who helped make this a A+ experience.