Liberty of the Seas Cruise Review by rbec22: Great time on Liberty
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Great time on Liberty
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Embarkation: Seemed quite chaotic compared with cruises out of Miami, even a security person expressed to me displeasure with how the lines were organized and who to send through what line, etc. One line was supposed to be for Crown & Anchor members and it was shorter. Line for our particular deck was shorter than the Crown & Anchor line, so we went with it. (I read that this is a new port for RCCL but I sure couldn't tell.) Only one ship pulled out ahead of us. Muster drill was uneventful and took about 20 minutes.
Crew: Everyone is friendly, very conscientious about the use of hand sanitizer going into the dining rooms and cleaning is evident around the ship, along with painting portions of the exterior while in port.
Dining: Main seating (6:00 pm) for dinner, very amusing waiter - assistant waiter more subdued but she did a great job as well. Dinner was good, with few exceptions and it was more a matter of personal taste than the meal being not good (one sauce More was overpowering to the fish it came on for example.) Ate in DR for lunch twice - salad bar is fantastic - and had a new menu. Fish enchiladas was good, but wish the fish was warm and a little more spice to it than the room temp wrap presentation. The best part? Just order another meal or get 2 if you can't decide. Also glad a chocolate dessert is available every night now, that was lacking in the past.
Shows/Entertainment: Up In The Air show was great, although you needed "reservations" - but then anyone could get in for standing room only on the deck above the main entrance. (That is what we did and the show was fantastic - like cirque de soleil.) Heard Saturday Night Fever was great as well as the ice show, but we did not see either. Sexist Man contest at the pool was hilarious. Quest is also fun. Art auctions great if that is your thing - see the pieces by DeRuben. Spa/fitness seminars good info, but pushing product (which is their job.) Massage was good.
Labadee, Haiti: beach island with jet skis available, zip line (popular!), aqua park, but most people just sat on the beach in chairs. When you get there, pick your spot and the attendant will bring as many chairs as you want. Plenty of sun or shade - bring a few dollars to tip the attendant. Drinks are available in the bars or from the attendants strolling around calling "Labaduzees!" A small market with many vendors selling essentially the same things. Some are a bit on the aggressive side but if you wave them off, they leave you alone. Cash only if you are interested and they will negotiate. Overall a relaxing day.
Falmouth, Jamaica: New port for RCCL, full of shopping (typical Diamonds International, Del Sol, etc.) but also an artisans market in the center with great jewelry - again, bring cash & ask for change in US dollars. They will negotiate price. We took the trolley around town - 35 minutes for $15. Narrated by a guide with a stop at the anglican church. Didn't notice until halfway through a motorcycle policeman was escorting us. Right outside the port is ok for food or shopping, but I would not venture too far past there if not on an excursion. Also did the Good Hope estate for high tea and it was fantastic - great views, food was excellent, see the potter on site for interesting pieces. Many people late coming back from excursions - all aboard was 4:30 but one taxi roared up to the port security building at 5:03 and 9 people jumped out. We pulled away a few minutes late.
Disembarkation: Was scheduled to be in the second group at 8:20 but did not get off until an hour later. Then a long line next to the ship and into the port where luggage was confusing to find. Got through customs in about 40 minutes. Turned out that Liberty was last into port that day with 5 other ships, so customs was tied up with those passengers and that is what caused the delay. Buses to airport right outside ship, no problems there.
Had a great time and will cruise RCCL again! Less
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