We anticipated our first time aboard RCCL's "freedom class" Liberty of the Seas for months in advance. Got on Cruise Critics Board and looked up our cruise date. Joined the board about seven months in advance and started making and reading posts for our cruise. Posted with lots of really nice people who where also going on this cruise. I made up a "Roll Call" of our first names, deck number, and dining times, and added new cruisers as they too joined the board for the cruise. We through the months, planned and announced three get togethers so we could all finally meet, and have fun. We did a "Sail away Meet & Greet" on the pool deck, complete with names tags that I made up for us. We also got together for (my first) "cabin crawl". We had a blast!
About our ship: The Liberty of the Seas. She is a large beauty, with just about anything anyone could want to do, for any age group. She has all the famous Royal Caribbean fun things to do like a rock climbing wall, three pool areas with hot tubs in each, "The Flow Rider" for people who want to try their luck surfing on the back of the ship, various restaurants, some free like in The Windjammer, and the main dining rooms, some not free like the low cost Johnny Rockets, The upscale dining at Portafinos, or at Chops Grill, they have production shows in their beautiful theater, a separate movie theater, an "On Air" bar for Kareoke lovers, and many many other bars through the ship. They even have their own Ice Skating Rink, for people to enjoy ice skating while cruising the Caribbean. The Ice Skating Production Show has the absolute Best shows with extremely talented skaters, and in outstanding costumes you will ever see anywhere, at anytime, and it is free of charge by the way! And personally I love the Promenade in the ship that has shops selling clothes, shops for jewelry, watches, Logo Items Shop, a store to buy reduced priced alcoholic bottled beverages, a Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Shop, a Sorrentos' Pizza Place, and a Cafe that is open twenty four hours a day serving coffees, teas, small sandwiches, and pastries, & cookies in case you get hungry! There is also a Pub Bar, and Wine Bar, and finally even a Champagne Bar on the Promenade in case you get thirsty. I find that the Promenade provides a great way to get around the ship, and people watch, and even remember where your cabin is too!
About the cruise itself: Our service on board Royal Caribbean, whether in the dining room, or in our cabin has always been excellent. The crew works very hard to make your cruise experience pleasant, and memorable. Your dinner is well served, the wait staff always goes out of their way to be efficient and friendly. Your cabin is clean, including the bathroom, and your room tidied and the bed made twice a day. I as a woman love having the luxury of a clean cabin everyday, and lovely meals whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinner without any of the work it takes on my vacation!
Cozumel is a fun and safe place to go, that always has a lot to see and do on a Shore Excursion there. We have been many times before and have shopped there, gone on Snorkeling Excursions there, taken boating trips, gone on "Beach Days" at one of the many Beach Clubs available along the shoreline, and you can even take an excursion to see Mayans Ruins on the Island, or on the mainland at the ruins in "Tulum".
Finally, a comment on our cabin aboard the Liberty. I picked out a cabin on the stern (the rear) of the ship, because I knew that these balcony cabins have a larger balcony area, than your regular balcony. Our particular cabin was on Deck 10, and was on the very back corner, and it was HUGE! It was also very quiet back there, and a retreat away from the rest of the ship to sit out on. We have booked a Junior Suite once before on a RCCL ship, which was large and very enjoyable; but my husband felt that this was the best cabin we have ever had the pleasure of cruising in. Our cabin attendant Leo said that these two cabins on either end of deck ten never go empty, and I can see why. We will not hesitate to try and book a similar cabin in the future. Anyway, it was all together, for many reasons, a short but great cruise, on a beautiful and fun ship.