The Problem with cruising is you compare more than any other type of holiday, if I had not cruised before this cruise booked for just me and Wifey (no kids this time-Yipee!) would of been great but comparing with past cruises on NCL & Carnival (both middle of the road cruise companies that RCCI aspire too)it disappointed in many ways:
I know Cruise ships have a hard life but it is hard to imagine the Liberty is only 5 years old and has just had a refit, it looks jaded/dated in some areas more like an old Vegas Hotel with Tacky illuminated box signs and just a general worn feel, nothing really sparkling, just run of the mill, tatty furniture in public places (check out the seat cushions in the windjammer (AKA The Pigs Trough) etc etc.Yes it is big but needs to be for the number of passengers on board, we had 3 glorious days, but on deck with the masses it was uncomfortable more akin to a cheap Benidorm hotel atmosphere then to a so-called 5* Floating resort, still that may be the peoples fault not the ship although waiters going round bellowing their wears in hawaiian shirts trying to sell you drinks from souvenir bamboo cups and the like didn't help, your customers are worth more class than that.
Dining: MDR was OK again nothing flash with evidence of recent corner cutting but on the whole acceptable with a great service, we are quite fast eaters straight from one course to the next and not as drawn out as the continentals would be, this was accommodated by our great waiter called Bien. 10/10 Bien
We did try Breakfast in the MDR that we presumed was waiter service, it was, but you could also have the same things from the buffet that they had set up in the MDR ? What is that about? The idea of the main dining room is table service to your guests not buffet and all the people circus that goes with it, people were confused shame on you RCCI .
The Buffet called the Windjammer has to be one of the worst buffets ever, completely lacking in imagination and choice, dried burgers, stale burger buns were the order of the day, absolute pigs fodder, hence the nick-name The Pigs Trough, I know 3000+ people need to eat but this was poor.
Entertainment: The ice show was very good but the Saturday Night Fever show was excellent, I have seen shows in the west end and on Broadway and have to same this was as good or in some cases better than those, full marks to all especially those actors/singers whom were not put off by the now normal behaviour of fellow cruisers whom decided to get up have way through the shows and a special mention to those parents whom allow their children to cry/scream/squawk etc throughout the show, very impressive, hats off to the cast whom were not phased in any way.
I like spending my time in the casino, the casino on the Liberty (and I presume its sister ships) was large if at sometimes very quiet and soulless, it did not get busy at all until very late, I have never ever had to buy any drinks in any casino anywhere in the world, you stopped that one RCCI, quite unbelievable $50-$100 a blackjack hand and I still had to buy drinks -Wow !Absolutely nothing in the way of thanks for spending your money with them.
Why am I worried- I have booked 14 days on the Independence (one of its sister ships) out of Southampton later this year, I never thought I would say this about any cruise but 4 days was nice but enough in the Libertys case, taking into account the antics of guests and how much worse the behaviour of my fellow British will be on the Independence (along with the now infamous alcohol package rolled out for the Brits, again Disgraceful RCCI) I am worried.