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Liberty of the Seas Cruise Review by Janet Foster: 10 Friends on a Fun Cruise...


Janet Foster
1 Review
Member Since 2007
1,433 Posts

Member Rating

Cabin 5.5
Dining 5.5
Embarkation 5.5
Enrichment Activities 5.5
Entertainment 5.5
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 5.5
Public Rooms 5.5
Rates 5.5
Service 5.5
Shore Excursions 5.5
Value for Money 5.5

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10 Friends on a Fun Cruise...

Sail Date: April 2009
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami

Liberty of the Seas
April 18th - 25th

Western Caribbean
Cabins: 1406, 1404 - Deck 10
Cabins: 7714, 7414, 7412 - Deck 7

I like to use my pictures as my visuals in my review so this will be long but fun!

We sailed with a group of 10 people. All in our 50's.
Coming from: Nevada, California, Colorado, Texas and Florida.
More style="font-size: 12pt">We all had made our reservations way back in 2007 and we all had booked AFT cabins. Two on Deck 10 and three on Deck 7. This was the first aft cabins for everyone.

Most of us got to Miami on Thursday so we could have a day of sightseeing. We all flew into Miami and rented a mini van to use on Friday. Stayed at the Hampton Inn - Blue Lagoon.
http://www.hamptoninnmiamiairport.com/
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This was an excellent choice for us. It is really close to the airport. Across the street there was a Walgreens, and a CVS, a grocery store (Publix), liquor store, Starbucks and many fast food restaurants. We all settled in on Thursday early evening and just ordered pizza to the hotel as we all flew in from different locations and we were tired. The Hampton Inn was very nice and quiet. The beds were comfy and the sheets were creamy smooth. They had laundry facilities which proved useful as my husband spilled something on one of his pairs of pants so I was able to get them washed.

Each morning they had a continental breakfast which was mediocre to say the least. I would much rather grab something at McDonalds. But they had muffins and cereal, fruit, the omelets were a little rubbery for my taste. When we arrived at the hotel Thursday, we also arranged for our transportation to the ship. The hotel called a company they use and we reserved a van for 10:30am on Saturday. The cost would be $10pp.

On Friday, we did the Duck Tour around Miami.
http://www.ducktoursmiami.com/

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If you are going to Miami early I highly recommend this. It is a tour bus that drives along the streets and then drives right into the water and then becomes a boat. I know, I know.. but you have to see it to believe it. We saw about 6 ships in port on Friday which just made us all anxious for Saturday because we all kept taking lots of pictures of the ships all lined up; we ate lunch on a sidewalk cafe there on Ocean Blvd in South Beach. After the "touring of Miami", we went back to the hotel and then ran across the street to stock up on liquor and snacks.

We bought cases of water, 12 packs of soda and mixers. Each couple had their own supply of rum runners that we purchased online months earlier. http://www.rumrunnerflasks.com/sneak-alcohol-on-cruise-ship.aspx

We did not travel with the liquor as we did not want to weigh down our suitcases on the plane. After we filled up our rum runners we put them into our checked luggage in different places distributing throughout the luggage (inside pant legs, shoes, in the lining of the suitcases ) and then the luggage was locked up with those plastic zip cable ties that we brought with us. Each couple also had a small rolling ice chest that we checked in with our checked luggage also. This was nice because as you may know the little refrigerators' in the cabins really don't keep things as cold as you'd like and the room attendants would keep our ice chests filled with ice for us each day.

At the store:
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Later that day (Friday) three more of our group of 10 arrived in Miami. It was fun getting together and seeing everyone. We had shirts made for our group and handed them out when we all finally were together. Everyone got a laugh out of the shirts that said on the front:  Does this ship make my aft look big??

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The back had the name of the ship, the ports visited and everyone's names.

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We had dinner that night at "Joe's Stone Crab" also on South Beach. We had about an hour and a half wait but we were in the atrium having drinks and catching up with each other so the time went by very fast. http://www.joesstonecrab.com/

On Saturday morning as I stated, we had plans to meet a driver who was going to take us to the port. He was to pick us up at 10:30am. Lot's of excitement in the lobby as I would say 80% of the people staying there were cruise people.

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The driver was there right on the dot to pick us up. There were about 8 disappointed cruise travelers from other groups who thought our shuttle was their shuttle and tried to hijack it away from us. The driver had our last name so there was no mistaking who the transportation was for. That settled all the anxious travelers down but we did get some L@@ks from them. I think some of them were sneering at us as we drove off.

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The mini van had a little trailer attached to the back of it and the driver just puts all the luggage in there like a puzzle.. amazing.. We had our cruise luggage tags on our cases of water and sodas.

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The ride over to the port was about 15 minutes or so and it was exciting to see the Liberty of the Seas sitting there waiting for us. The van was unloaded and the luggage handlers loaded up the entire luggage in the crate and put the cases of water and sodas next to it.  Be sure to tip them well.  They work hard.
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and we all had so much luggage that we filled up the entire crate.  One of the ice chests is there on the ground.
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After the porters took our luggage, we started walking towards the terminal and there are signs that say to have your passports and SetSail papers ready. They check them as you enter the door. This picture shows everyone starting to dig their things out of their bags.

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Once we got inside they had different areas for the numbered decks. So you would just follow the signs and go where you needed to go to check in.
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It was very organized and we were waited on right away. I would say that it was about 11:30 about this time. Everyone received their Sail & Sign cards and I had brought a hole puncher and punched the cards for the ladies so that we could wear them around our necks attached to these nice necklaces we brought. My card had a coke sticker on it as I had purchased the fountain package a few weeks earlier. My sister and friends did also but for some reason their sticker was not on their card, so once they got on the ship they had to go to a place where the coke packages were being sold and talk to them about it and then the person working the stand had to look their names up on a list ... it was a bit of a hassle so if you purchased a coke card, then make sure that your sticker is on the Sail & Sign card before you leave the check in counter.

The line to get on the ship weaved in and out and down through another building but it kept moving and I would say that we were on the ship in 20 minutes. So we just kept taking pictures of each other as we went through the lines.
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Then we finally got to board the ship.

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The ship was beautiful just like I had imagined. I always felt like I was in a shopping mall or resort. Couldn't imagine we were on water.

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Then like I said, the ones who didn't have the coke sticker on their cards had to go get their stickers. So we all waited for them to get their stickers and coke cups. Because I had my sticker already on my card at the time of check in, my coke cup was waiting for me in my cabin.

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After that episode, we strolled down to the aft to check out our cabins. We really didn't expect them to be ready, all the doors on all the cabins were opened so we knew that they weren't ready but we went anyway. Because we had aft cabins the cabins on Deck 10 were longer and the balconies were longer. We loved our cabin #1406

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The balcony had these three loungers, plus a table with two chairs. The cabin on this deck had longer cabin rooms and balconies than the set up for the exact same cabins on Deck 7. Boy did we get teased about that. But we really didn't even know this at the time of our reservation.  We enjoyed our cabin very much.

I had my Clorox disinfectant wipes inside my purse so I gave the cabin a quick once over. I knew that another couple had just left that cabin hours ago after staying in it for a week. I just have to wipe down everything. I did the lights, phone, remote, door handles, knobs you name it. I felt better. We had all planned to meet up at the Windjammer for lunch and plus we needed to get out of the way of the room attendants who were making deliveries and last minute finishing touches to the cabins. I also had to stop by Chops and Portofino's to check on our dinner reservations for later in the week. When we made reservations online the computer would only allow us to make parties of six or less, so we made two parties of 5 people and wanted to make sure we could all be seated together. They said no problem and it worked out nicely.

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After staring off the balcony for a bit, we all met up at the Windjammer for lunch. The food was great!!
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Soon after we ate we took a stroll around the ship and wanted to see the Flowrider the shops and my husband needed to get signed up for his internet access so he could use his laptop in the cabin when he needed to. So we stopped by RCCL Online and were able to set that up fairly fast. There were lots of computers in there as you can see.

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We checked out the adult pool
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and the Flowrider
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Then stopped in the "Spa" to make our massage appointments. This ended up taking a long time so I would recommend getting a price sheet and take it to your cabin, decide on what you want and then call directly for the appointment.

After that we went back to our cabin and were surprised that most of our luggage was already sitting by our cabin door waiting for us. We started unpacking right away. I always bring an over the door shoe organizer (clear) so that I can put that on the back of the bathroom door and put our odds and ends in it to keep the bathroom counter clear of junk. As you can see it worked out nicely. My husband even was able to find things for himself.. maybe I should use this at home??

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I also brought a little pop up hamper. It fit in the closet perfectly.  It folded down so small you would never know what it was.  I recommend one of those. I unpacked as quickly as I could, the suitcases all fit under the bed and I brought extra hangers so we got everything done fast. You can get extra hangers from the room attendant but our room attendant "Sigrid", was very busy doing last minute touches in the cabins and introducing himself to everyone, so if you don't mind waiting for hangers after the life boat drill then that would be when you could expect them.

Then we headed off to the lifeboat drill and that was at 4pm.
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We found our area and could see that as you are walking up to your muster location the crew is checking off everyone's cabin numbers that are on their life jackets. That was about a 20 minute process, hard to keep everyone contained like that when there is so much to see and do. It was a BEATING walking out of the muster location because there was only one way to go and lots of people. We were on the rear of the ship at the side so like I said, that was a beating but we got through it. We went up stairs to our cabins and dropped off our life jackets, grabbed our Walkie-Talkies, a rum runner (yes they all made it safely to our cabins without incident) and some cups and with our Walkie-Talkies, we found everyone. We gathered for sail away at the rear of the ship near the Flowrider and Johnny Rockets. With a wonderful view of Miami and not very many people at all. The captain came on and said they boarded everyone and all the luggage faster than anticipated so we were sailing off an hour earlier than scheduled. So we left port at 5pm.

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It was windy but we had a beautiful view of Miami as we sailed away.
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After sail away we explored the ship more and ended up in one of our cabins for Happy Hour. We were still enjoying our time together and after awhile we all went to our cabins to get ready for dinner. We had a late seating.

This was our view for the next week. Wonderful huh?
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The sunsets were fabulous! Each night we had a towel animal friend waiting for us sometimes wearing our sunglasses or whatever was laying around.
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We took a stroll through the casino; I thought I was in Vegas!
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Sunday, Sail day, we basically hung around the pool all day and searched out the stores the ship is so big and beautiful that there is constantly something different to see each day.

After breakfast we did meet up with our Meet and Mingle. It was really hard for me to get everyone there because they wanted to go do their own thing but my girlfriend's husband won the door prize so it made it all worth the while. We all wore our look-a-like shirts this day.

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We had decided prior to the cruise that each couple would host a themed cocktail party in their cabin. We picked Sunday through Thursday, five nights. Each couple selected their theme and then was responsible for decorating their cabin and delivering invitations to each couple. So this meant bringing the decorations in our suitcases and planning it all out. This ended up being so much fun.

The first cocktail party theme was "LOVE BOAT"
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We even had a captain's outfit.
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Each couple also had to have a game to play and a prize. These decorations were all brought.
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The next morning we arrived at Labadee Haiti, the island is very beautiful, our excursions for the day were "Zip Lining" and "Malfini Beach". Because our zip line was at 9am, we need to get off the ship as soon as we could. If you don't need to get off right away then don't. We were held up in the elevator area on Deck 2. They make the elevators stop off on Deck 2 to keep Deck 1 from getting all jammed up. It was hot and crowded so if you can take your time getting off then do so. There are lots of chairs everywhere and lots of shade so it isn't necessary to hurry up and go save something. The BBQ lunch is served at 11:30am. You can go to the bar and get cocktails and have them put on your Sail & Sign card. The bazaar area where the vendors are would have been more fun had the vendors not been so pushy. I got tired of hearing "HEY LADY... HEY LADY..." and maybe would have stopped to look more if I had not been treated like the last girdle at a women's sale event.

The zip lining was fun, and "OK".. it did not thrill me or scare me. My daughter had been on a cruise two weeks earlier and did the zip lining on Jamaica at their Montego Bay stop. From her pictures that looked like more of an adventure. The zip lining on Labadee is two runs. The first run is small and basically just to get you used to it. Then they put you in a jeep and take you up to the top of a hill and you are zip lining out over a cove of water to an area where you started from with the first run. If you think you are going to be able to go watch, you can't because they load you up in a jeep. The ones who did not go with us were able to watch us from the beach as we practically sailed over them.
After the zip line we headed over to where we would meet for the boat ride over to Malfini Beach. This excursion was very nice; they take you on a boat to a secluded beach cove. About 30 - 35 people is all that gets to go. We loved it. But before we headed out, we went to the BBQ nearby and ate lunch. RCCL has three BBQ areas on Labadee so you just basically go eat at the one nearest you. Good food. Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Chicken, Ribs, all kinds of fruit, beans. It hit the spot.

We were on the boat to Malfini Beach. We passed the back of the ship and saw all of our balconies.

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Malfini Beach
We were greeted by the staff with complimentary Rum drinks... Very tasty.
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We where here for about three hours.

There are chairs for everyone, plenty of shade if you so desire. The sand is soft white powder, water is beautiful. There are rafts for everyone to use and there are bathroom facilities. I call it an "out house". We loved this place and we all had a great time here. Everyone so friendly.

Second Night Theme was LUAU

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The room attendants were laughing at us because each night we would order room service snacks and they got a big kick out of the decorations and wanted us to leave them up the whole week. They even got involved by helping to deliver the invitations to the parties.

Another great sunset..
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Next day we arrived at Montego Bay, Jamaica.
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We really didn't have anything planned but got guy to drive us around which was nice. It was nice that we docked at the port and did not have to get on the tenders to get to shore.
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Beautiful Island. We went to Margaritaville. It is ok.. over priced drink and lousy food but good atmosphere. We also had a big rain that day but it really didn't matter.

After the tour we headed back to the ship and walked around. The ship was empty and so it was really a nice stroll.
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I thought it was cute that someone decorated the windows of their cabin with the port stops on our cruise. Very creative.

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This ship is so beautiful that you just keep walking around with your mouth open all the time.

I love it.. my girlfriends husband went into get a shave at "CLEAN SHAVE" this one morning and walked out $197 poorer. Seems he got the sales pitch with the best man products on earth for the face. Boy did we all give it to him.. so did his wife. The rest of the cruise all he would say is: "I'm sorry ma'am I am not buying products today."

This ship is magnificent!!!
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We all had to get to our cabins around 5pm to get ready for the next cocktail party.. the theme was "Pirates of the Caribbean"... you can only imagine!!!

This is how we were greated at the door!!!

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This was so much fun. They really did it up good!.. Their inviations were on parchment paper with burned edges and tied with leather cording. The room attendant came and delivered the inviations the day before. It was a lot of fun and laughs!!

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The cabin is great.   Our deck 10 aft JS was probably the best.... Long room and LONG balcony.  Right below the Windjammer but we never heard any noise.   The balcony was not windy.   No vibrations from the ship and the only sun was got was when the sun was going down in the afternoon.

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