Liberty of the Seas Cruise Review by East Islander: Liberty of the Seas Dec 5th - 12th 2010 Western Caribbean
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Liberty of the Seas Dec 5th - 12th 2010 Western Caribbean
Destination: Western Caribbean
Our journey actually started a year before the cruise. Each year, we book a cruise in advance, pay it off as we can, including air fare and excursions. Ninety days before we have everything paid except the expenses we incur on board the ship.
In the year prior to the sailing we look for our ship in the Roll Call section on Cruise Critic.com www.cruisecritic.com. The website puts you in touch with other who will be sailing with you. On this sailing we had enough to have a Meet and Mingle, as well as plan events while on board the Liberty. We had a Bon Voyage party, Meet and Mingle party, Cabin Crawl (1 person from each class permitted the group to view their room), Slot Machine Pull (each person donated $10.00 and then had 5 pulls on the slot), and finally an End of the Cruise get together.
Now the review..... Liberty is an awesome ship. She is clean, well maintained. the staff aboard Liberty was by far the best I have experienced to date!!! Everyone went out of their More way to make our cruise experience the best possible.
The final show was as close to a Broadway show that I have ever seen (Standing Ovation). The Ice show was spectacular and as always Quest was a riot!
The Windjammer is what you would expect any buffet to be, no surprises there.
The Main Dining Room exceeded my expectations,from the staff to the food I can't compliment them enough.
Embarkation was the quickest yet, I love leaving out of Miami, very organized! From the time we arrived to getting on the ship, it only took 1/2 hour.
The Diamond Club was a nice welcomed surprise, and our hostess was the best!!!
The thing that amazed me most was how Royal listens to their client base. The Cash Accounts have been totally revamped. No need to wait in long lines when you get on the ship to post money to your account. You are automatically given an account credit, if you exceed it you need to pay that amount to get additional credit. If you don't exceed it you pay what you owe at the end of the cruise.
Leaving the ship was fairly easy but took some time as we all know. No big deal as we were at the airport in plenty of time to catch our flight home. Less
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Cabin review: D11072 Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony
We had a D1 cabin on Deck 10. Our cabin attendant was superb, very observant, and attentive to our needs. She always had a welcoming smile and made us feel very welcomed. The cabin itself was all we could ask for. The beds were extremely comfortable, the flat panel TV tucked away against the wall gave extra added space. The balcony on the D1 Class was deeper than I remembered and a pleasant surprise. The only negative thing I can say is that the phone display lacks enough lighting to see what time it is. Really, that is the only bad thing I can say!!!!Read All Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony (D1) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
The downtown area is virtually a boardwalk along the water which spans quite a distance. The boardwalk is a free for all, filled with small little huts, run down buildings and locals that try to intimidate and harass people into buying their merchandise. It is a virtual onslaught of non stop harassment that is unwarranted. If the locals would organize themselves there would be no need to be intimidating and sales would greatly improve. Instead what happens - people get frustrated, become angry, and totally have their defenses; buying very little if anything. On the plus side, the beach massage is worth every penny. Interesting enough, the massage folks were busy, every table was taken with customers waiting for a massage, and the irony... no intimidating salespeople breathing down your back!
All in all, the area close to the ship has great potential, the boardwalk area needs a new approach on how to treat tourists.
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