We flew in the day before our cruise and are very thankful we did. We were supposed to arrive in Fort Lauderdale before noon, but due to airline delays we didn't arrive until 7:30 p.m. Had this been the day of the cruise, we would have missed the ship.
Unbelievably easy. After we dropped-off our bags with the porters, it only took 15 minutes to get through security, get checked-in, get on the ship and sit-down for lunch in the Windjammer.
This was our third cruise on Liberty and she remains our favorite ship. She's in absolutely immaculate shape. Crew are ever-present polishing this or cleaning that.
Liberty is part of the Freedom class in Royal Caribbean's fleet. One of the reasons we like this ship so much is the variety of activities and public spaces offered by the Freedom class. There's an inside street that runs down the middle of the ship (Royal Promenade)--lined with shops, snack-style eateries, pubs, wine bar, etc. There's an ice skating rink, rock climbing wall, spa, surfing park (flow rider), casino, disco, several bars, etc. There are quiet places to sink into and just read a book or relax, or there are more public places with energy and activity. The choice is yours.
Wow. What can I say about the crew. Remarkable in every respect. Although they work unbelievably long hours and don't have the most spacious of living quarters, they always appear happy, willing to help and appear to generally care about you and your family.
There are numerous entertainment options on the ship and you can definitely find something to suite your tastes--whether it be the sexiest man competition, cupcake decorating, ice skating show (which was remarkable), or a Broadway style production of Saturday Night Fever (which was a little boring). There truly is something for everybody and the cruise director and his staff did a great job.
We don't cruise for the food and I'm glad we don't. It's extremely difficult to cook high-quality tasty meals for over 4,000 passengers, and it shows. The food in the Windjammer was very below average, and it was always crowded. For a quick lunch I would recommend one of the eateries on the Royal Promenade--either the Cafe or Sorrento's.
Since we've cruised with Royal a few times and were familiar with their main dining room menus, we choose to eat in one of the speciality restaurants each night. I would rate Chops as remarkably average. Portofino, however, was excellent. Portofino truly was a fine dining experience--in terms of food, ambiance and service.
Labadee--we rented a cabana in Barefoot Beach for the day and it was the best port day we've experienced. The beach itself was a bit rocky, but the cabana experience was amazing. The private cabana had loungers, covered area with a "couch-type" setting and ceiling fan, an attendant who made sure you had drinks or ice for the cooler, etc. It truly was a great beach day. Labadee is a beautiful private island.
Falmouth--we've been to Jamaica a few times before so just wandered around the shops in the port area. It has all of your typical Caribbean shops--Diamonds International, etc. And the bonus was that Scotchies had a small stand in the area and served some amazing jerk pork--with a Red Stripe of course.
We had a grand suite, deck 10 (1560). It was an amazing room and exactly as described on the Royal's website. The only downside of the room is that it is located under the pool deck and there is a bit of noise late night and early am as they are re-arranging the pool chairs.
Ending a vacation is never fun, but disembarkation wasn't too painful. It took us 40 minutes, from the time our numbered tag was called, to get off the ship, grab our luggage, through customs and into the taxi line.
Overall it was a fantastic vacation. I would highly recommend Liberty of the Seas to any of my friends or colleagues.