Introduction: We had previously been on many holidays around the world and decided to try a Caribbean cruise. We had seen Independence of the Seas at our local port of Southampton and were very impressed.
We flew from London Gatwick, with Delta Airlines to Miami. Unfortunately the flight did not go direct and we had to change planes in Atlanta. The Transatlantic flight was great, but the flight from Atalanta to Miami was more like getting on a bus!
Staff from RCI met us at the airport and escorted us to our hotel for our pre- cruise hotel stay - The Wyndham Resort - Miami Airport. The Hotel was pretty good, and was included in the price of the cruise.
We were collected the next morning and were taken directly to the port. When you first see Liberty of the Seas Docked, you just think Wow! She is absolutely massive. Our bags were taken from us and we did not see them again until later that afternoon. The boarding process was very smooth, and although there were loads of people, I reckon we were on the ship within 45 minutes.
Well what can I say - we were absolutely in awe as we first boarded the ship. We went to Royal promenade and were amazed that RCI had managed to put in such a vast array of shops, bars and eateries. We went to our cabin and were very please by its overall standard and by the size of the balcony. Our steward was fantastic, nothing was too much trouble. She brought us coffee everyday which we drank every morning on our balcony. It was great to get up early and sit on the balcony in the beautiful Sea Breezes. We found the facilities on the ship amazing, we spent a lot of time around the pool and really enjoyed the whirlpools that hang over the side of the ship. I also got addicted to the Flow Rider. Tip - Make sure you have loads of Sun Tan lotion on when in the Queue for Flow Rider! At first the size of the ship seems a bit daunting, but it is amazing how quickly you get use to her, and how easy it is to find your way around. Our favourite bar was The Viking Crown Lounge @ Sunset. Great views over the ship, whilst sipping your favourite cocktail.
There is a vast array of choices on liberty of the Seas. As a general rule, we tended to have breakfast and lunch in The Windjammer. Yrs it can be busy, but we always found a table and we enjoyed the food. There was an amazing selection, and if you didn't like something it was easy to just choose something else. We ate five nights out of seven in the main dining room - we were seated in Botticelli, just by the Balcony overlooking the Captain's table below. We found the food to be pretty good - there were a couple of occasions when we didn't enjoy what we had chosen. This was not a problem, as we just chose something else. We also tried Johnny Rockets - once for lunch - great fun, but burgers isn't really our thing! We really did enjoy the fun atmosphere though. The highlight of our dining on Liberty of the Seas was Chops Grill. This was superb, and we could not fault the quality or the price of the food. We also tried the other speciality restaurant - Porto Fino. Although this was good, we did not think it was as good as Chop Grill!