Liberty of the Seas Cruise Review by Pandora2im4: Liberty or maybe something a little smaller next time.
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Liberty or maybe something a little smaller next time.
Destination: Western Caribbean
Let me begin by saying that our traveling group consisted of 6 people in their mid-40s, a combination of couples and singles. We always book the least expensive cabins to allow everyone to join the cruise, and since we're NEVER in them, we've never had any complaints.
We went to Miami Beach a couple of days early to de-stress prior to the cruise. Some stayed at the Hyatt Regency, others at the Holiday Inn Miami Beach. We all decided that the HI was a better value, with it's superior pool, mojitos, location and beach access.
Embarkation on Liberty was very smooth - we're never the first people on board. This time we boarded in 2 groups, one set at 2pm, the other at 3pm. There was no waiting in the Platinum/Diamond line or in the regular line. An interesting note: our documentation said sailing time was 6pm. However, all-aboard was at 4:00 pm and we sailed around 5. It was a good thing we didn't lay around on the beach any longer.
Like most people, we More dropped our bags in the cabin and went to the Windjammer. Food was good - area was unbelievably crowded - so much so that every 15 to 20 minutes they play an announcement reminding you to eat and leave so that "other guests may enjoy the Windjammer".
The ship is HUGE. I was one of the folks that boarded at 3pm. Eventually we found the group that boarded at 2pm in the Schooner Bar. I say eventually because we usually find each other within 15 minutes after eating because we hang out in the same places. This time it took us about 4 hours - so from that point on we were careful to give each other a bit of an itinerary for the day so that we could hook up without going to the cabin to check for messages.
We spent time in the Catacombs, the spa, solarium, Schooner Bar - awesome wait staff (Priscilla, Simon and Constantine this means you), Boleros, Olive or Twist, and the casino regularly. We ate dinner in the dining room all but the one night that we ate in Johnny Rockets because we were too scary after our day in Cozumel.
The food is quite good - they've added quite a few flavorful vegetarian selections (mostly Indian) to the menu. While none of our group are vegetarian, we do enjoy the occasional spicy entree.
Room service was prompt - we order breakfast when we have early excursions to avoid the line in the WJ and the time spent in the dining room. We had to race to try to tip the staff because they were flying out the door to deliver the next tray.
We enjoyed the entertainment, particularly the party under the stars, 70's night, Matt Yee in the Schooner Bar, the ice show, and some of the production shows (Mosaic rocked). There is so much to do on the ship that we had to make some choices about where we would be.
One of the other great things on this ship was the switch from the midnight buffet to the "Festival of Food" on the Promenade. If you can get close enough you can actually see some demonstrations of the techniques used to prepare the foods.
The things that we didn't enjoy so much: 1) the woman who brought the infant to the solarium and banged a rattle incessantly - and then when she stopped the kid naturally began to cry. She could have brought the child anywhere on the ship, and yet she had to choose the one place reserved for adults. 2) the unbelievable line on the "centrum" stairs by the dining room anytime near a mealtime. 3) the DJ in the catacombs who thought mixing Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" with Michael Jackson's "Billy Jean" would not clear the dance floor in less than 10 seconds. 4) the unbelievable line on both sets of stairs when we were docked as people tried to get off for their excursions. 5) porting at International Pier - skip the 1/2 Senor Frog's at the end of the pier, and instead just plan to take a cab back from either Carlos & Charlies or Senor Frog's at Punta Langosta. 6) going home!
Labadee was great - I was expecting a patch of sand and a few activities, and this place exceeded all expectations. 4 of us did the WaveRunner tour and really enjoyed it to the fullest. Then we flopped into a chair in a shady spot by the beach, relaxed, enjoyed a Labadoozie and the buffet and eventually went back to the ship.
I'll give this cruise 5 stars, but we will be going back to Voyager class. We all felt a little crowded, so we'll be going back to where we were comfortable. Less
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