We had been thinking about a cruise for quite a few years, but decided to go for it this year. We are not particularly sociable, so had some misgivings, but thought that we could cope for a week if we didn't particularly like it. We booked a superior stateroom with a balcony, so that we could retreat there if it all got too much.
We needn't have worried! We loved it. So much so that we have already booked another one for next year with Royal Caribbean.
This amazing ship met all our expectations and more. The sheer size is daunting at first, but we eventually found our way round it. It is immaculate. I am amazed how many people were on board and yet it never seemed crowded.
We chose "my time" dining, which suited us perfectly as we didn't want to be tied to a time or a particular table. Remember, we are not very social people!!!!. We never had a problem getting a table for two. However, we didn't eat in the main dining room every evening. Windjammers buffet More
has an excellent choice of food, and lots of tables by the windows to watch the lovely sunsets. We also had one meal in Portofino's, which was amazing. We did feel slightly stuffed afterwards, which wasn't a good idea when the 65 mph blew up during the night, but we won't dwell on that!
We had pre-booked some extras beforehand. A bottled water package, a wine package and two excursions, which was berry useful. However we would probably not book a wine package again, as the wine can only be collected from the dining room. No use if we wanted a bottle on the balcony in the afternoon, as the dining room didn't open until 6 pm. Couldn't order it through room service for the same reason.
We never had any of the problems mentioned in earlier reviews, i.e. Smokers, rude people of other nationalities etc. There were very few children inboard, due to the timing of the cruise, which suited us. We really have no complaints, other than embarkation and the chaos at Barcelona airport.
Our first port of call was Toulon, which was a little bit of a disappointment. The weather was dull and we were anchored quite a way from the main town, in what seemed to be a naval base. We had planned to walk into town, but this was clearly impossible, so we decided to spend time familiarising ourselves with ship. We didn't realise that there was transport available, until it was too late. Our own fault!
Livorno was another town that we were not particularly enamoured with. We had thought about booking an excursion to Florence, but had been told that Livorno was a lovely little town, with lots of canals. The canals were there, but the town was lacking in any kind of atmosphere. We returned to the ship for lunch! Co-incidentally, Livorno is a port of call on our next cruise. We will be going to Florence!!
Can't wait for the next cruise. We have been converted!!!!!The only downside for us was the embarkation procedure. We got off the plane, collected our luggage, located the Royal Caribbean reps and then waited! Eventually, we were directed to a bus and taken to another area in the airport where we collected our Sea Passes. So far, so good. We were told that having done this we would then be to go straight onto the ship at the port. It didn't exactly go to plan. Once at the terminal we had to queue for some time to go through security before we could board. However once this was comp,eyed it was all " plain sailing". Less
Liberty of the Seas Cruises to the Western Mediterranean
We loved our stateroom. It gave us the space and the peace and quiet that we wanted. The bed was so comfortable, thanks to the memory foam topper. I am so glad we had a balcony, watching the ship sailing in and out of each port was a highlight for us.
A special mention must be made about Michael, our cabin attendant. I loved the towel " animals" he made for us. The stateroom was maintained to a very high standard.
Port of Naples didn't look very inspiring. Glad we'd booked an excursion. Went to the Amalfi Coast, Positano, Sorrento & Pompeii.
We were a party of twelve in a minibus.. The other ten people were Americans, six of whom were very nice, however four of the company were extremely annoying! Been there, done that, got the tee- shirt etc, etc..
I would have liked to have spent more time in Positano rather than Sorrento, although the lunch in Sorrento was very good. We were delayed on the way to Pompeii due to an accident so our time there was limited, but enjoyable all the same. Could have done without the visit to the cameo factory.
Rome is amazing!!!! We went on the "Taste of Rome" excursion. Which is exactly what we got. Can't wait to return.
The coach trip is quite long, nearly two hours due to the traffic, but once we were there, WOW!!!!
It's everything you expect, and more. We had a couple of hours on our own, but didn't manage to find the Trevi Fountain!!!! Lots of little streets and a very poor map provided on the tour.
The escorted part of the tour took us around the "must do " sights, which only made us want to spend more time on Rome in the future. Fabulous place!!!
We loved this place. The ship was anchored in the bay and we were tendered in. The weather was beautiful (after a very windy night) and the harbour looked beautiful from the ship.
We didn't spend much time in the village, but caught the train to Monte Carlo, another gorgeous place. It was very easy to do our own thing and would recommend this, rather than book an excursion. We saw most of the sights, but the queues in the Cathedral were too long. We were able to go round the Princes Palace, which was an unexpected bonus.
Now that we have been to Monte Carlo, if ever we return to this area, we would have a lazy day in Villefranche with lunch overlooking the harbour.