The Liberty is a beautiful ship. Even though there were 3600 people on board it was not crowded at all. The ship was sold out except for about 8 cabins.
The food was really good, the my time dining was strange because they ask you to set up your dinner time daily or you have to wait if the dinning room is full.
They had a parade one night early in the cruise at 11 pm which was strange as most families were already asleep. They did have a small pirate parade one day that was ok. They had a 70's disco party in the promenade that was fun. They had people dressed and singing like the village people that was great.
There was no midnight buffet but toward the end of the week all of the chef's had samples of their dishes in the promenade and you went around to each and gathered what you wanted to try or eat. There was nowhere to sit and that was the only time during the week any place on the ship was congested.
The pool deck was not crowded at all and there were plenty of chairs stacked up not being used. The best part about the pool area was plenty of seating to the sides if you did not want to be in the sun where you could sleep or read. They had a couple of swings where you could look out over the ocean, need more of those. Plenty of chairs to pull up to the rails around the sides out of the congested areas and the sun. Also they have benches on the very front of the ship.
There were so many different stations in the buffet there were never lines, people just went up and got what they wanted. The specialty lines for pancakes were lined up some mornings. One morning it was really crowded but if you ask the buffet assistance to help find you a table they were more than helpful. The day it was bad they actually put us in the specialty restaurant, Portofino, to eat breakfast. They came around and offered you drinks so you did not have to keep getting up to get them. The last night on board we ate at CHOPS and it was the best. Of course Johnny Rockets is always great, ate lunch there one day.
We had a balcony cabin, D2, which was very large with a large sofa and plenty of walking space between the wall and bed and large bathroom. Our sons had an inside promenade cabin that was really nice and cute with it's window seat and small sofa. Plenty of closet space and vanity space with drawers and lots of hiding places for your stuff.
The entertainment was pretty good, but not the best I've seen. Singing and dancing shows were ok, not broad way still or Vegas style, a lot of stuff about dreams, fairy tail characters, very unusual.
The guy at the piano bar was good the first night, the catacombs disco was fun. A little disappointed with the lounges. The Sphinx seemed to be wasted, there was not much going on in there even though it was very large and nice with a dance floor. Most music did not start until late. All of the cruise lines need to have some entertainment at the lounges for music and dance for those who don't stay up until 11 pm for it to start. Some people don't go to dinner late so they want to hear some music have a drink and dance while everyone else is eating at 8 or 9 pm.
The photographers did not bombard you all the time like some lines do, which was nice, however they did not seem to take photos at dinner except formal nights. Would like to have had some family pics taken.
This was an amazing ship and a wonderful trip and we are looking to go again on this ship maybe in Sept 2010 with some other friends. Would recommend this over all others. RCCL is my preference for cruise lines.
We also did the river ride which was late, but excellent. We saw many animals in the wild and was a lot of fun, they took us out into the ocean to go back to port.
We had lunch at a restaurant around the pool area and it was really good.
We went into Diamond International and looked around, if you look at anything they will drive you nuts. They started at 3000 for a ring and by the time 2 of them got done or I got done with them they were willing to take 1500 and may have gone down. They are big now on loose diamonds and the did not have the setting they wanted to put it in for me to see so I did not buy.
Our bus driver had an appointment at the airport and left us waiting for our boat for 30 minutes too early, cut our trip to hell and did not get to see the carving of the devil and he lied and said it was not there. He rushed our tours and when he got back to pick us up he tried to dodge traffic so we did not get any shopping time, everything was closed when we got back, a lot of upset people. His name was John.
Beautiful place, would like to go stay a few days.