16 Barcelona to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas Cruise Reviews

1. My time dining means nothing, organised chaos, no times available between 7.30 and 8.45 on any night 2. Entertainment or should I say lack of. Some nights no shows at all. When shows were on, only once was there an early and late ... Read More
1. My time dining means nothing, organised chaos, no times available between 7.30 and 8.45 on any night 2. Entertainment or should I say lack of. Some nights no shows at all. When shows were on, only once was there an early and late performance to suit all dining times. 3. No ironing facility (unlike P&O) and $5.00 dollar charge per item for the ship staff to do it, rip off. 4. Bar prices 50% more than P&O for beers 100% more for wine, rip off 5. No tea/coffee facilities for inside cabins unlike P&O. didn't affect me but thought it was poor. 6. Smoking allowed in casino so if you don't smoke you are forced to endure second hand fag smoke. 7.Breakfast - buffet style only (or waiter service who used the same buffet) 8. Lunch - buffet style only with plastic plates!!!!!!!! Naff food and overcrowded. 9. Shorts and T shirts allowed in dining room in the evening even on formal night!!!!!!! 10. Evening meal - the one saving grace. Excellent food and good service. 11. Cabin service very good. 12. If you want excellent food all day with waiter service (buffet style also available with good food if that's what you prefer), reasonable bar prices, a laundry room, a choice of 2 shows every night (with 2 performances for each show), an evening meal time to suit you, tea/coffee facilities in all rooms, smoke free casino and people that can be bothered to dress appropriately for dinner then go P&O. If you're not bothered by any of the above then go Royal Caribbean. I know who my next cruise will be with. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
Best cruise Best cruise and this trip the first time I was out with Royal Caribbean from Barcelona excellent and was the most fantastic I enjoyed it very much and I wish more days out and became addicted cruise I hope everyone from ... Read More
Best cruise Best cruise and this trip the first time I was out with Royal Caribbean from Barcelona excellent and was the most fantastic I enjoyed it very much and I wish more days out and became addicted cruise I hope everyone from the flight experience with Royal Caribbean I was with the family and we hope to go again with Royal Caribbean, where they're the best Many of the areas that you visit, there are cruise It was planning another trip to the New Year's Eve from Singapore with Royal Caribbean Actually it with pleasure And not intend to travel with Royal Caribbean each year because they are excellent Everyone claimed to do this experiment with Royal Caribbean, where I claimed all friends to go to this trip with Royal Caribbean And actually I can not find words to describe the journey magnificence and more of the activities and many meals and eating very diverse And wonderful events Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
Liberty of the seas certainly provides the WOW factor, departed from Barcelona on a western Mediterranean cruise in August. Embarkation was a breeze and we were so excited to get onboard. Cabin was clean and cabin steward was great, we ... Read More
Liberty of the seas certainly provides the WOW factor, departed from Barcelona on a western Mediterranean cruise in August. Embarkation was a breeze and we were so excited to get onboard. Cabin was clean and cabin steward was great, we were on deck 10 which I would recommend as handy for the Windjammer and you can always get downstairs if the lifts are busy faster than you can climb up several flights. Onto the dining options, Windjammer was very good, choice is amazing but it can get very busy and on one occasion we were waiting for a table for quite a while the influx of guests was just too much for the staff to deal with and it wasn't a satisfactory experience. Food was of a high quality, waiting staff did seem a little tired at times. The main dining room is amazing ! Very busy and bustling at times, we chose the "My time" dining option, but I am sorry to say it just doesn't seem to work well. There are times when the line is so long you worry if you are going to actually get a table before the restaurant closes, you can make a reservation - which just conflicts with the whole idea of dining at a flexible time, I expected to take a buzzer, expect to wait a while but it did end up in chaos a couple of nights and it was stressful ( when it should be far from it. ) Staff in the dining room were always excellent. Food is fabulous onboard and there is something for everyone. Swimming area was great and the adult only solarium was my favourite, I do think that RCCL should be removing towels on what are reserved sun beds after maybe an hour, it is not Benidorm circa 1980 ! Entertainment was great, really top notch. Bingo was rubbish, weird bingo cards put me right off after one go. The photograph prices are misleading, beware. Check before you decide to buy. To sum up, this ship is a dream - not perfect, and there is room for improvement but the staff, the ambiance onboard and the destinations on this itinerary make it fabulous, and a memorable cruising experience.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
We are a family of five and not first time cruisers. The main purpose of this cruise was to celebrate the on-board wedding of my niece. There were thirty three of us, in total, in varying ages (from 2 years of age to 88 years of age). A ... Read More
We are a family of five and not first time cruisers. The main purpose of this cruise was to celebrate the on-board wedding of my niece. There were thirty three of us, in total, in varying ages (from 2 years of age to 88 years of age). A majority of those attending, were first time cruisers. HOTEL: We stayed at the BAH - Barcelona Airport Hotel for 5 nights prior to the cruise departure and then another three nights post cruise. The hotel is out of the limelight of Barcelona, around 10 minutes by car to Las Ramblas; but, the shuttle service provided met most of our needs to get around. We also got a family/friend rate, so it was a huge incentive to stay there. Even with paying taxis, we were way ahead by staying there versus closer in to the city. The hotel was clean, comfortable, the included breakfast was fantastic and the service we received was wonderful. I would certainly recommend it to anyone and I would certainly stay there again. SHIP: As I first mentioned, this is not my (our) first cruise. The Liberty of the Seas is a lovely ship. She has many amenities and should suit just about anyone. ACTIVITIES: The "Flow Rider" surf simulator was a hit with a majority of the younger crowd (17 to 35) who travelled with us. I am 55 years old and also tried it. Not my finest moment, but it was fun. The rock climbing wall, basketball court and mini-golf course were also put to use and enjoyed. The gym was well equipped and we normally used it after coming back from our excursions and it was usually not busy at that time. We did not participate in any of the "additional cost" classes, so can't comment on those. SERVICE: Overall, I would have to say that the service was "good" with a shrug. Our embarkation was quick and without any problems. We arrived at the port just before 11 AM and were on board within 10-15 minutes. Being Crown and Anchor members took us straight to an empty counter to be served, but to be fair, the port was not too full. So, honestly, even if we were not C and A members, we would have still boarded the ship rather quickly. PORT AND SHORE EXCURSIONS: We did all the excursions on our own. Do your research and save money. Highly recommend Med Tour while in Villefranche and LimousInRome 39 338 8209157 Roberto Brunetti, when in Civitavecchia. CABIN: We had a Promenade Stateroom. I do not recommended these cabins. The large window is lovely, except everyone can see you when the drapes are open - you can wave to your neighbour across the Promenade. Also, the band music played at nights can be heard in your cabin. The music does not stop until 12.15 AM and one night it was 12.45 AM. So, if you want an early night, you are out of luck. We had two cabins, the second one was on deck seven, and although tucked away, was very quiet. DINING: Our group was seated in the Rembrandt Dining Room. We had the 9 PM seating. Our first dinner was one of the worst. The escargot appetizer was ice cold. The butter had hardened and we had to send it back. It came back hot, but it unfortunately a terribly first impression, especially for first time cruisers. The table was not set properly. Some guests had wine glasses, others did not. Some guests had water glasses, others did not. One of the glasses looked like it was from the previous seating, as it had lipstick on it. Our servers were very nice, but they had too many people to attend to at a time. They served two tables of ten, and I believe, a table of four. So, they had to turn over 24 people in around 2 hours; serving them varying amounts of appetizers, entree's, desserts, bread, drinks, etc. The kitchen staff has to ensure that the food is piping hot, so that by the time the server has brought it to the guest it is still hot. On our last evening, the table was finally set properly, the food was great and I guess this is the company's way of hoping to leave a lasting impression. Unfortunately, for this traveller, the first impression was the lasting one. I give their food a four out of ten and the service a 6 out of ten. CHILDREN'S CLUBS: Did not use ENTERTAINMENT: Our favourite was the ice skating show and the magic show. Try not to miss the magician. DISEMBARKATION: We woke up at around 7.45 AM. Had our breakfast and walked off the ship, with our suitcases, at around 9.15 AM. We had no issues getting an elevator to bring down our suitcases. The queue to get a taxi out of the port is quite long, so get ready to wait. If you do not enjoy a long queue, perhaps pre-arrange your pick-up. SUMMARY: Overall, we had a great time. The areas which require improvement are the food and service in the dining room. It would also be nice to get some more bath amenities - body lotion, for instance. We travelled on Princess last year, and I must say, they win this round. It is also very disappointing how much is charged for the drink packages. I realize this is how cruise lines make their money, but it really feels like highway robbery. When my husband requested an espresso one night after dinner, he as told it would be extra. While on the cruise one does feel that at every turn you have to pay extra for something. We just adapted and did without the espresso or other "luxuries", but it would be nice to have certain touches without feeling fleeced. It was almost comical to see guests going to Guest Services to complain about their outrageous bill and then being told that "well, yes, that is what you owe". All the extras add up quickly and can put a dent in your wallet if you are not careful. We will try a river cruise next, as most is included up front. Not saying good-bye RCL, but not for a while. Cheers!   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
Dinning - We eat in the main dinning room 4 times and the Windjammer 3 times, after long days of sightseeing. The service in the dinning room was excellent, we did the My Time Dinning which I booked before we left and worked out really ... Read More
Dinning - We eat in the main dinning room 4 times and the Windjammer 3 times, after long days of sightseeing. The service in the dinning room was excellent, we did the My Time Dinning which I booked before we left and worked out really well, as we had the same waiters and table each night. However we were a little disappointed at the standard of dress that was allowed in the dinning room. As this was first cruise I had done a lot of research about dress codes on the different ships and was amazed as to what standards were allowed. On the formal evening, myself and daughter wore formal evening dress and my husband a dinner suit, however on arrival there must have been only 5 other families dressed up. It didn't bother me however my husband deal feel well over dressed. I contacted the RCI beforehand as we have a number of dietary requirements, I am a vegetarian and my husband is Celiac and lactose intolerant, and was informed to ensure that we spoke with the Maitre D. We did this on the first night, who explained all about the menus and the facilities in Windjammer. we had no problem in the dinning room as all menus were marked much to allergies and the waiters were very helpful if anything needed to be added or replaced on the items. I did hear a few comments about some food not being as hot as it should, however we did not have a problem. The Windjammer (self service) was brilliant, there were every kind of food there to suit all different tastes. They can also help if you have different allergies to ensure no cross contamination. As you enter all food areas, they have hand sanitizers, and they have staff positioned there to ensure they get used. There was on particular lady in the day time that was so jovial about the 'wishy washy hands please'. she always made us smile. We made the mistake of buying a coffee on the first day, as we were not aware of the self service tea/coffee making facilities. All of the cafe's have these so you can help yourself to tea/coffee/green tea/earl grey and sometimes hot chocolate, at any time of the day. I did pay for the drinks package for my daughter which she loved as every night she had a non alcoholic cocktail with her dinner, and during the day round the pool and unlimited soft drinks. (however you can help yourself to basis drinks and water in the windjammer all day) Cabins - There were 3 of us in a standard interior room, yes they are quite small, however we did not spend that much time in the room. My biggest compliment was the dressing table area. I have stayed in many hotels, and most do not have decent lighting and plug socket next to a mirror. RCI was just perfect, this area must have been designed by a female. All the cabin staff that we came across were very helpful and we have a number of lovely towel creations each night. Entertainment - We saw 2 shows, Saturday night fever and Air, both were of a very high standard and we very much enjoyed them. I did book for the ice show on line before we left, however the night we booked it for there was not a production so we missed the show. We also watched 3 films on the open air cinema at night which was a lovely way to end a busy day. I did take part in a couple of line dancing and salsa classes, which I really enjoyed. On the one day at sea there was entertainment all day around the pool, this was fantastic and was very entertaining. We would have liked a bit more of this on the other days, as not everyone gets off the ship. Spa and Fitness - I used the gym 4 times over the week and also used the running track, this needs to be used either early in the morning or later at night as this area does get very busy and people tend to walk all over the place or just stop which interrupts your flow. We were amazed with the gym facilities, and all the equipment. I did do 1 yoga class that I had to pay $14 for which I thought was a bit steep for mins. Kids Club - As expected there was a high proportion of children on the ship which is what you would expect from a family cruise. Some are more well behaved than others. Our daughter did not use the teenage club or activities. Shore excursions - We did not use any of the RCI trips. I arranged through All Around Italy for 2 private tours for Florence and Piza and for Rome. There were superb, cannot fault them in anyway, and would recommend them to all. These private tours worked out less than the on mass tours organized by the ship, and we got to see far more and had a local guide with brilliant knowledge. Service - we cannot fault any staff member that we came across, there were a few who really stood out and went that extra mile. Value for Money - When we were planning this trip I looked at a number of different options, and after comparing different cruises, all inclusive, we decided on RCI which I believe really good value. Embarkation and Disembarkation - We booked our own flights through Easyjet, and used a company called Suntransfers to and from the Airport. Would certainly use them again, as we were met at the airport just through the gates, they took us directly to a waiting people carrier, this easily seats 6 but there was only 3 of us, They took us to the dock directly and helped us with the suit cases to the drop off zone. This could not have been easier, and better and quicker (and cheaper) than a cab or the bus transfers. After dropping the luggage we were taken directly to the check-in desk. This also was a very quick and easy process, and we were on the ship by 11 am to start having a good explore of the ship before it got busy. On the morning of departure we decided that we would take our own cases off, which was really easy and meant we could have a leisurely breakfast before leaving the ship. As I did not know what time we would be leaving the ship, we just got a taxi from the port to the hotel we were staying at in Barcelona. It wasn't far but it was almost 20 Euros, whereas the transfers which were much further to and from the airport was only 38 Euro. We stayed at the Universal Barcelona hotel for a further 2 nights after leaving the ship. Fantastic hotel, great location, and would certainly go back. Overall - Loved the service and the food and had a fantastic holiday.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
Many positives--some negatives. First of all, boarding the ship, leaving the ship, even via tenders--never a line. Remarkably well organized for a ship this size. The ocean view room I had, not the largest but well organized. Not a lot of ... Read More
Many positives--some negatives. First of all, boarding the ship, leaving the ship, even via tenders--never a line. Remarkably well organized for a ship this size. The ocean view room I had, not the largest but well organized. Not a lot of closet space at all--I didnt need much, but if you needed a lot of space this would be not good for you. I prefer smaller closets and more actual room space. The shower, as others have said is small. I am not a large person and it was "tidy". If you are moderately overweight--its going to be very tight. Seriously..it is a small shower. Only a few outlets--bring a european adapter so you can use that outlet and a powerstrip (yeah I know the cruise ships dont like powerstrips but these days--you need to recharge the tablet and the camera and the phone etc). Room service was fine. Provided ice everyday. One strong negative--I like a decent fridge so I can keep cold water in the room--instead the fridge wasnt a real fridge, instead one of those "coolers" so never got cold. Just annoying that they cant manage to provide a decent fridge. Princess seems to not have a problem... Ship itself--in great shape, no signs of significant wear. Never felt crowded. Always a line at customer service but otherwise you walked right in to the restaurant and as already mentioned--no issues at all getting on and off the ship. Lots of activity on the ship--but never really loud or crowded. Interesting, didnt see the "pool hogs" placing towels at 6 am...Evening entertainment programs good. Kids disappointed as the movie projector didnt work. Food--a major issue. Some positives--good fruit mix--always fresh melons that were sweet. After the first day the coffee was fine--they are brewing it. They made omelets that are fine. Overall baked goods not bad. And what I dont like--after 900 pm the buffet closes for the night. You can get limited food in the coffee and pizza shops but that is it. Any attempts at ethnic food generally not that great. The sit down restaurant--bland, bland, bland. Really, we are talking unspiced food. Not terrible but again just bland. Think wedding banquet food at the Holiday Inn. What I did was get some pepper sauce and start adding it to the food. Bring stuff with you--sriracha and terayaki and some good spicy barbecue sauce and you should be good. Service was fine, a couple of people grumpy but overall pleasant. Service in the sit down restaurant was excellent. So, overall, a lot of positives but some distinct negatives. Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
It was for the first time we have boarded any cruise so far and the time which we spent on cruise was the best than the sightseeing .On 14th May 2014 we boarded the Liberty of the Seas and was overwhelmed to see the professional approach ... Read More
It was for the first time we have boarded any cruise so far and the time which we spent on cruise was the best than the sightseeing .On 14th May 2014 we boarded the Liberty of the Seas and was overwhelmed to see the professional approach by the staff .From the day of boarding and till the departure we had the lifetime experience .They asked us to put tag on the luggage & porters took our luggage and dropped in front of our room .We have booked Stateroom 8666 on 8th Deck with balcony.Room was good only issue was the facilites not provided in the batchroom like showercap,body lotion etc,.,After we checked in our Bay In charge Cindy briefed us all about the cruise and the facilities where we can access free of cost. She handed over us the Cruise Compass which has the detailed time schedule of all events and program me’s of Cruise . We had mouthlicious delicacies at Cruise specially at Windjammer...it has all the world wide cuisine's from European to American and Indian all cuisine’s made with and without onion and garlic. On 12th Deck we had fun time playing basket ball,golf,rock climbing etc. Their is also a vitality Spa on where female's can rejuvenate their lifestyle.On 3rd Deck we had spent good time at Casino’s . For the first time cruiser I think this will be the lifetime chance to spend some good time with their little one's and family.Overall we had the Best time at cruise . Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
Last year, my husband and I took this same itinerary in July. We LOVED it so much, all due to the staff, that we took the cruise again, but this time invited my son, and his fiancée (proposed the day before we left). We ALL had the time ... Read More
Last year, my husband and I took this same itinerary in July. We LOVED it so much, all due to the staff, that we took the cruise again, but this time invited my son, and his fiancée (proposed the day before we left). We ALL had the time of our lives, and by far and away, Liberty of the Seas is the BEST of RCCL due to the STAFF! Bhushan, the Maitre'D and head of the Windjammer and Portofino absolutely is our favorite. He goes out of his way to make sure we are taken care of and happy, and my son and his fiancée are hoping that when they call RCCL Royal weddings when they get home, that they will be able to have their wedding on the April 17th sailing from Fort Lauderdale and we would host the rehearsal dinner in Portofino. The casino staff, from Remus, Alisa, Duane, Ludwig, Karen and Donny were absolutely fun and entertaining. Joaquim and Dennis and Danilo took care of us at the 6:30 dining time in the main dining room and could not have been more pleasant and accommodating. Ivan, the bar attendant for the main dining room, was SUPERB and is intelligent, caring and professional!!! Shemark and Dennis were our cabin attendants and they were top notch. The front desk folks, led by Valentina, were always pleasant and strove to resolve all issues to the best of their abilities: Patrick, Julietti, Camila, and Letitica were the ones we dealt with and all perfect. Renato and the other woman (name unknown) who helped us to book our next cruise on the Celebrity Reflection for July 2014 could not have been more helpful and informative. Our rooms were clean and well maintained...food absolutely terrific and we ate in the dining room all 7 nights, my son and fiancée ate in Chops and had a wonderful meal, too. Windjammer staff was really nice, smiling all the time, Egg Harbor attendees and folks manning the water/ice stations were so pleasant and never a frown or look of boredom...they truly made us feel welcome. I hope that the royal wedding planning will go well when my son and fiancée contact RCCl this week so that we can have the wedding of their dreams with this top of the class staff on Aprll 17th 2014. Thank you all (staff) of the Liberty of the Seas, for making our vacation the best we have had to date!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
First of all I have to say that we really enjoyed our honeymoon cruise. It was my husbands second cruise and my 9th. I have cruised on Disney, Royal, Princess and Carnival. Even though this was a great cruise with great cruise staff, I ... Read More
First of all I have to say that we really enjoyed our honeymoon cruise. It was my husbands second cruise and my 9th. I have cruised on Disney, Royal, Princess and Carnival. Even though this was a great cruise with great cruise staff, I still love the Disney ships the most. Embarkation was very smooth and we were on board around 11 am and went to have lunch at the Windjammer, we are both not really into the buffet scene so we just had a salad which was fine. Our luggage was in our room after the muster drill. We had anytime dining and our dining staff was fine..the food on the other hand left a lot to be desired. My two favorite meals on the ship were at the Chops Grill and the Portifino Italian restaurant. To me since I was having no luck in the dining room it was worth the extra cost. My husband had better luck with a few of his meals. I think that Royal is really lacking in the food department and that they need to look into it in my opinion..they just get beat by Disney and the other cruise lines hands down. We loved our Grand Suite and since it was our honeymoon we splurged a bit, the bathroom was so beautiful and huge!! The large balcony would have been nice but the weather was cold and rainy so we did not get to enjoy it. The shows were good and we really enjoyed the Up In the Air , and the start of the Saturday Night Fever( they had to stop the show due to the rough weather and the ship rocking so much) but we would have loved the whole thing I am sure. We had concierge and that was wonderful to come home from touring all day to have the champagne and the treats that they had set up..we saved a ton of money doing this and our bar tab for the whole 7 day cruise was only about 350.00 so that was well worth it to me.As far as the ports go we got of the ship for 20 minutes in Toulon and then got right back on the ship and just hung out and had a huge nap and chilled since we knew that the other days we would be going non stop. Ville-Franche was amazing and we had hired a private tour guide through Kull tours and her name was Ingrid and she was amazing. The next stops we hired drivers from Rome In A Limo and they were all amazing and we saved so much money because we split it for 4 other couples . I highly recommend touring this was and you get such personalize attention!! Barcelona was great and we stayed in a bed and breakfast called Mas Xpires up about an hour from the port and it was the highlight of my trip!! Overall we loved our trip but I would try Celebrity or Disney next time!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
After convincing my wife to take a cruise I read lots of reviews on this and other sites and was really unsure what to expect. Some where good some where really bad but I have always been one for making my own decisions. We got a flight ... Read More
After convincing my wife to take a cruise I read lots of reviews on this and other sites and was really unsure what to expect. Some where good some where really bad but I have always been one for making my own decisions. We got a flight included deal so flew into Barcelona which was all fine, we where then put on a coach and taken to another terminal to complete the cruise check in which turned out to be the right thing as there where Que's after Que's at the ship and we where able to walk straight on-board which was great. We had a quick look around the ship and went to windjammer for some lunch. Now lots of the reviews on the sites slated the food and surroundings but I have to say I found windjammer perfect for lunch the times we used it and also for breakfast with the staff working hard to clear tables and all the food fresh hot plentiful and very tasty. Every time we used it there where plenty of choices and always something new to try. As neither of us are big drinkers we both bought the soft drink package and found this to be value for money as we drank lots over the week, probably not good for us but we where on holiday!! We then had to go to our stations for the lifeboat drill and had to be there 4.30 prompt where we where lined up, now I hate to stand about doing nothing and more so in the heat and it really annoyed me that people where still rocking up at 5pm! This really needs to be sorted RCL! If people cant be bothered to show at the right time put them in a separate room and make them wait! We then went on deck for the sail away why we waited for our cases which came at 7pm. We where assigned the Botticelli dining room on my time and again had read some bad reviews about the food but we both found it 1st class. I have to add here I am a chef by trade and have eaten at some of Britain's finest restaurants so know my food but also enjoy a KFC so not a food snob!. The menu changed each night and our service was fantastic with our waiters Narcisso and Merry Chris looking after us from start to finish, we really cant speak highly enough of them. We found it so good that we decided to cancel our speciality dining as we enjoyed the main dining room so much. We also visited the promenade and all its shops and restaurants, again found them all great and also found the drinks well priced, we often had a Bellini and a Larger after dinner and found the prices below what we would spend at home and even with tip and tax coming in at just below £10. We also had to try the cakes sweets and little sandwiches because they where there! I also must add I spotted in the cruise compass that one night the Champagne bar has a special one night of buy a glass of champagne and get some free caviar, now I do enjoy caviar and was expecting maybe a little cracker or two, what we got was about 2 ounces of 1st rate eggs which would have cost £150 plus in the UK! One of my highlights of the trip!! We booked two trips with RCI marseille and Florance & Pisa and found them OK, my only bugbear being that the 1st trip we had to meet at 7.45 which was fine but we were still sat at 8.25 waiting for stragglers which really annoyed me! If they cant get there on time tough why should we wait! The 2nd day was spot on we left at time! Rome Parma and Sorrento we did on our own with no drama's and saved a bit of cash by doing it that way. We booked an inside cabin which was fine and did what we needed but next time will book a balcony because loved watching us sail into port each day. So all in all I would say read all the reviews but make up your own mind, we had the best time and I am sat looking at a pile of brochures ready to book the next one! Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
Got a great deal for two interior adjacent cabins for myself, my wife and two kids aged 10 and 12. I'll start with the lowlight first as it will serve as a warning to other parents with young kids. My son broke his arm on the ... Read More
Got a great deal for two interior adjacent cabins for myself, my wife and two kids aged 10 and 12. I'll start with the lowlight first as it will serve as a warning to other parents with young kids. My son broke his arm on the cruise not by ice-skating, rock climbing or flo-riding but by sitting in a chair. The viewing chairs around the ice skating rink are different to those in the theatre which we were used to. The theatre seats are typical cinema seats with a rigid back and a flexible base. In the ice rink the chair back is not rigid so when you sit in the chair the back moves as well as the base. My son sat in the chair with his arm draped over the back of the chair. When he sat down his body weight moved the back of the chair and crushed his muscles and broke his arm. This happened as he sitting in the back row and his arm was trapped between the metal bar rail that separated the chair from the walkway. Had he sat in that position in any other chair his arm would not have been broken as there are no metal bars behind the other chairs. So beware!!! I asked the ship safety officer if there was anything we could have done to avoid the accident and he said "I hope you understand but I cannot answer that question". The ship hospital xrayed my son and confirmed the break but didn't have the facilities to put the arm in a pot and we advised to go to Barcelona hospital when the shipped docked at the end of the cruise. So they placed him in a sling and he had to be very careful for a couple of days. Despite the ship negligence we did have a great cruise. The entertainment was really good - ice dance show was spectacular, the Argentinian whip and boleros team were very funny. The piano man, David Curtis was a spectacle to behold - he was funny and wove old and new songs together to entertain everyone. The my time dining was great as booked our meal times at the start of the week based around our excursions and various show times. Pompeii was worth a visit but you don't need to pay the RCI prices as soon as walk out of the Naples port there is a newsagent that sells day tickets for the sorrento line. This includes the cost of the tram to the station. The stop is next to the newsagent and runs every 10 minutes Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
The good: The cabins were lovely. We had two junior suites that were gigantic. The kids had interior cabins across from us, which were small, but they didn't care. Our cabin steward kept everything perfect throughout our stay. We ... Read More
The good: The cabins were lovely. We had two junior suites that were gigantic. The kids had interior cabins across from us, which were small, but they didn't care. Our cabin steward kept everything perfect throughout our stay. We asked for ice the first day and she brought it without having to ask again every day. We ate as a group with a kids table and an adult table at 7 PM in the Rembrandt dining room 5 nights and were overall pleased with the food, wine and service. I had contemplated pre-ordering a wine package, but I glad I didn't because we were able to find several interesting, reasonable wines to order of the wine list and saved money by comparison. The waiter had no clue about the wine and they never sent over a sommelier, so we picked using our own instincts. We ate 3 breakfasts at the Windjammer and one dinner. I would recommend avoiding it for dinner and only go as a last resort. It was insanely chaotic and crowded and impossible for a large group to sit together (there is a line of people waiting for it to open each day). Breakfast was also crowded and although there seemed to be waiters, some were filling coffee cups, some just taking plates away. Inconsistent. The Bad: Septic smells were overwhelming on our floor. We were on Deck 9 and the aft end of the hall of Deck 9 and the stairwell up to Deck 10 smelled like a septic tank the entire voyage. It was so bad that we avoided going that way, instead, going out of our way to go forward, up or down and then crossing over. Numerous complaints were lodged but nothing was done, except once they tried to mask the smell with a fragrance - Attn: RCL - it didn't work. Another complaint was the waiver situation with the kids activities. We filled everything out on line (took an hour of our time at home) and none of it mattered. You had to stand in line with all the other irate parents who also filled out all their waivers and complete them again. After getting clearance for everything, my son went to do the rock wall and then came looking for me and said, Mom, you have to stand there while I do it or they won't let me. ????? Very inconvenient and inexplicable. Another drag is the gestapo-like procedure that you have to endure each afternoon re-boarding as they x-ray bags looking for wine that might have been purchased off the ship. It is really a bad policy. Your bag goes through and then they can't seem to pinpoint which to check so they make the whole line stop and start asking random people "Do you have wine? Do you have wine? Do you have wine?" It would have been a great YouTube video. My sister-in-law had nothing and was forced to stand there and empty her bag for no reason. They found her water bottle. Not the most pleasant way to welcome your passengers on board. This happens every afternoon, so be prepared. Also annoying is the change in policy of charging for cappuccinos or expresso. This was new to us, having cruised with RCL in the past. Also, during breakfast, they walk around with trays of fresh squeezed orange juice and a sign that says "3.50" It just seems so cheesy. I really don't want to be thinking of prices while I eat my meals. The fitness room was nice, but again, the pilates and spin classes were extra, which is crazy. It's not like you have some famous instructor from a New York club or something. Fitness classes should be included. The wine tastings were also a charge. I stood in line at the service desk one night with a woman who was billed for a $300 worth of wine she didn't buy after a tasting. They also have some scam about the pool towels. They charge you $25/towel but we returned all of ours and were still charged. Of course there is a huge line to get it cleared up. How many people have to get off the ship and don't have time to fight their bill? The game room was extensive, but we had a bunch of problems with loading money onto the Sea pass and had to go to customer service 3 times to get it straightened out. Our teenagers thought the teen night activities were horrible. They would go to an event and end up standing around with nothing happening. They thought the pools were way too small. The jacuzzis were packed like sardines. The flow rider line took forever. They liked the rock climbing wall, but the mini golf was in a bad spot, and the ice skating rink too small to really have fun. The two 10 year old boys had the most fun. They liked all the pools, the flow rider, the ice skating rink and desserts, the buffets and the freedom to roam around. The Ports: Villefranche was amazing. We went to Nice and St. Jean Cap Ferrat. We had non-RCL private tours in Provence and Naples/Amalfi coast and took the train to Rome ourselves. I would say that Rome and Florence as day destinations are really a stretch. For Rome, you spend a good 4 hours in transit (including the time it takes to get to train station and waiting for the train), with only 5 hours of sight seeing. We were diverted from Livorno and got to dock in La Spezia which was beautiful. I'm not sure if the Florence people got to do their excursions that day, but we saw the city and then jumped on a train and went to Lucca for lunch. Fun and Adventurous. After the cruise, we really enjoyed our three days in Barcelona. Nobody was sad to get off. I've been on about 10 cruises and I would definitely would cruise again, but only with another company. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
Things we have come to expect on a cruise ship was sorely lacking on this ship for example there were no complimentary toiletries such as shower-gel hand cream, Shower cap etc. No tea/coffee facility in cabin despite advertising this ... Read More
Things we have come to expect on a cruise ship was sorely lacking on this ship for example there were no complimentary toiletries such as shower-gel hand cream, Shower cap etc. No tea/coffee facility in cabin despite advertising this facility (Turns out it is available in selected cabins only) Waiter service lunch was only available for two days throughout the week and both of these days served exactly the same menu. The drinks prices were expensive as were the excursions. We paid an up front service charge of $80 each for freedom dining but managed only twice to dine at our chosen time. The evening menu was 3 courses only The evening shows had to be pre-booked on the first day of the cruise which was a bit of a nuisance. The Ice Dance show was truly amazing and there was an English chap called Ollie who was a fantastic talented entertainer (he is the best asset to this particular ship). The final disembarkation was a Shambles!! We were kicked off the ship at 8:15 despite our flight time of 1:25 which meant we were in the airport for almost five hours. We were left to search in vain for one of our suitcases at the disembarkation terminal, how a case can be lost in transfer from ship to the Quay side terminal begars belief although it is not as uncommon as one would think as there were several people in the same position as us aimlessly looking for their lost luggage and completing missing luggage forms. We hope to be reunited with our case but do not have much faith that we will. Food in the buffet lounge was the almost same every day, very little variation and of a poor standard compared to other ships. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
We have just returned from our family's first trip to Europe. We decided to cruise to get a taste of Europe and for the convenience of having one room for the entire trip . The trip was fabulous! The Liberty of the Seas is a good ... Read More
We have just returned from our family's first trip to Europe. We decided to cruise to get a taste of Europe and for the convenience of having one room for the entire trip . The trip was fabulous! The Liberty of the Seas is a good ship for families, groups and couples, though there were very few children on this cruise due to the time of year, most children are in school. We spent an extra day in Barcelona on our own which was great fun, we toured the city on a double deck-er bus then strolled Las Rambles. We boarded ship just after noon and were pleased to find our room ready, allowing us to unpack and get a snack before heading for the mandatory Muster Drill. Our Junior Suite with balcony was a good size for our family, I was pleased to have a closet to put suitcases away and hang clothes. There were ample cupboards and drawers as well. We ate in the main dining room each evening and tried room service, the open buffet and the dining room for breakfasts. The food and menus were uninspired and average. By the end of the trip I didn't want to see another scrambled egg! Staff was helpful for the most part, with two exceptions, our cabin attendant--and the security detail. On two occasions we mistakenly went below to disembark, and were greeted quite curtly -- with a demand for ID, and excursion tickets before being given directions to the proper location for disembarking. Also, on re boarding, when a passenger set of an alarm, they were again treated a bit harshly, I thought, and as one who set off an alarm due to the trim on my outfit, I was a bit taken back. The ports of call and excursions were very good, we chose a variety of tours, some half day, some exclusive. Guides were very knowledgeable most of the lunches served were exceptional and buses were quite comfortable and clean. Our cabin attendant was quite poor - on the first night we requested coffee cups, and when none were provided, my husband made a cup in a glass then headed out to a restaurant to get a cup of coffee for me. Our daughter slept on the hide a bed, which was made up with one sheet and a dirty blanket the first night which prompted me to make a list for the next day. Three coffee cups were never provided, glasses were not replaced, the extra blanket we requested never materialized but three flat sheets did. Sadly, my daughter only got one towel animal while the little girl down the hall got one every night. The funniest/saddest moment with our cabin attendant was when we requested some more coffee creamer. He told us that the creamers were only for people in the bigger suites, not the Junior Suites.. I sort of laughed to myself, as we had had ample creamer until we got our one coffee cup, because additional cups were "on back order" according to our cabin attendant. By contrast, we had such fun with our waiters each night. Our service was impeccable. Our beverage porter even procured Limoncello for our table when he discovered there was none on the ship. On the last day of the cruise, we had an opportunity to try out many of the ships amenities, including a skating rink, flow rider, rock wall, and swimming pools. Aside from the music being painfully loud around the pool area, the amenities were great. We also took the towel folding class, (since our cabin attendant wasn't going to do it, we figured we would) the class was more of a demonstration, than a class. We watched staff fold various animals and were given a pamphlet from which to learn on our own. It was over in less than 20 minutes. We also tried a cup cake decorating class, which cost $`5, and lasted all of about 15 minutes. Our daughter is twelve and looked forward to visiting the game arcade and the "Living Room" for 12 to 17 year olds. Unfortunately, it was more for 17 year olds so we enjoyed ping pong and the arcade in the evenings. One thing that cruisers often talk about is the "all inclusive" aspect of cruises. However this cruise seemed to up charge for many things. Staff would encourage the guests to try these items, stating that there would be a "small" extra charge...an unpleasant financial surprise might await at the end if one is not careful. Would I cruise again, yes. Would I like to try other cruise lines, yes, I now have the "travel bug" and look forward to visiting Spain, France and Italy on our own so we can experience them in more depth. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
We have just got back from our cruise (today) and we had an amazing time. My 2 children (aged 10 and 8) and my mother and father in law(both retired) found there was too much to do and not enough time to do it in. On a slightly negative ... Read More
We have just got back from our cruise (today) and we had an amazing time. My 2 children (aged 10 and 8) and my mother and father in law(both retired) found there was too much to do and not enough time to do it in. On a slightly negative note the trips were terribly expensive to we ventured to Pisa and Rome on out own using the publis transport and found that 7 of us did the trips for less than 1 person on an organised tour!! The entertainment on board was second to none and the Saturday Night Fever was a complete highlight for all of us. The food was brilliant and for anyone who critisises it wouldn't ever be happy with anything. You could eat all day if you wanted with 2 of the bar/restaurants open 24 hours!! Yes,any extras were expensive but do what we did and just eat and drink the free stuff!! my advice to anyone is give it a go......you will love it! Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
Finally home from the June 25 LOTS sailing from Barcelona. (We stayed for a few extra days in BCN and then had to recover from the vacation. :)) For background, I traveled with my husband, 23.5 month old twins, 14- and 15- year old sons, ... Read More
Finally home from the June 25 LOTS sailing from Barcelona. (We stayed for a few extra days in BCN and then had to recover from the vacation. :)) For background, I traveled with my husband, 23.5 month old twins, 14- and 15- year old sons, my nanny and her husband. Ship: The ship herself is FANTASTIC. Absolutely gorgeous, clean, shiny, pristine. The cabins were sparkly clean and comfortable, and we didn't see evidence of wear everywhere like we did on our Princess cruise a few years ago. There was more than enough stuff to do to keep everyone entertained; we barely even scratched the surface of what was available. We didn't do a single show, didn't turn on the TV in the room, but we spent a lot of time by the pools. Babies LOVED the Splash Zone. The only complaints I might have about the pool area were that 1) the Splash Zone closed at 6 PM every day, which was a disappointment after being out touring in the hot sun all day. Luckily we had a bathtub and the babies love that too, but it would have been more fun for us to sit by the pool with them. The other complaint I'd have about the Splash Zone is that there is a deep pool in the area - not terribly smart for a pool area designed for the diaper set. We were constantly on guard because our babies would make a beeline for the deep pool (there was a waterfall that poured into the pool and bigger kids would jump into it; they thought that looked like great fun!). Other than that, the Splash Zone was perfect for us. Cabins: We had three cabins booked - GS 1556 and two connecting Promenade inside cabins (8287 and 8289). The GS was fantastic. Tons of room, beautiful bathroom with tub/shower combo, a kitchen/bar area that had a refrigerator, huge balcony and tons of storage space. The GS was really important for our family as we were such a large group. The GS ended up being our regular meeting place because it had so much room. Well worth the (steep) price paid. Beds were SUPER comfortable - we were pleasantly surprised at how comfortable our "king" bed was. (On our Princess cruise the "king" bed - two twins pushed together - was miserable because the mattresses were old and droopy, so it was impossible to sleep together anyway.) Linens were soft and cozy and the temperature in the room was easy to adjust. I was amazed at how the A/C was just totally silent and the room just seemed to cool down instantly. (Usually you can hear it start and feel the wind blowing on you.) The inside cabins were basic. In hindsight, I don't think we'd spring for the Promenade cabins again as the view is very busy and bright - lots of neon signs, flashing lights, and extra noise when the parades occurred (some as late as 11:00 PM). The kids and the nanny mostly kept their curtains shut, so it didn't offer much advantage and the extra cost (around $200/person) wasn't at all worth it. Since I didn't stay in one of those cabins I don't have much to say other than the fact that I wouldn't want to stay in one (but I am a totally spoiled princess who travels too much to stay in economy digs anymore. It was fine for my kids though!). Crew: We found that the crew was generally polite and nice, but not overwhelmingly so. This actually suits us just fine, because we aren't the sorts of people to interact much with strangers and we don't thrive off the familiarity that others seem to like about the crew. It was a bit surprising to me that the one person who we had the most contact with (our cabin steward, Richard) was a bit reserved - usually they are very involved with their passengers. However, as I indicated above, this wasn't an issue and he did a great job (when we let him - being that we were traveling with little ones, we spent a lot of time in the cabin so he didn't get to always do his job. We only got towel animals once. ) ;) We did MTD, so we didn't expect or get the same waitstaff. Those who did serve us were friendly and polite, but we never developed a "relationship" there. The older kids ate most meals at the WJ and the babies had most meals in the cabin with us or the nanny. (We tried the MDR twice with them but trying to keep two 23.5-month olds from pulling all of the tableware off the table, throwing food on the floor, yanking at the tablecloth, etc. was more than I wanted to deal with very often.) I will say that room service was a pleasant surprise in terms of the food quality (more on that in the food section) and it certainly made life easier on everyone involved. The servers who helped us on the days the babies were with us in the MDR tried to make it work for them, but room service was a much better option. Food: Of everything on the ship, the food was the biggest disappointment. The MDR and WJ fare was average at best and sometimes downright AWFUL. (The shrimp, for example, were just completely inedible every single time. All the seafood - overcooked and mushy. Most foods were underseasoned and drowned in sauces. Steaks were overdone or underdone and poor cuts. ) That said, I do understand that cooking for (and pleasing) 5,000 people isn't the easiest thing in the world to do. We did Chops one night and Portofino the last night. Chops wasn't much better than the MDR - slightly better, but not worth the upcharge. Portofino was really good - I'd go as far as "excellent", but that was in comparison to all of the other offerings, so I'll stick with "very good" and a much better value than Chops. Wine selections were really decent for my tastes (spendy). I enjoyed some of my favorites such as the Caymus Reserve Cab in the champagne bar. I was sad to note that the good wine selections were not available everywhere; it would have made dinners in the MDR a little better if all the venues had the same wine selections available. They did allow you to bring your own glass from other locations, though, so that worked in a pinch. Room service was, as referenced above, really surprisingly good. Being that we were in a suite, we were able to order off the MDR menu as well as the regular room service menu. The MDR food that room service brought was similar in freshness and hot-ness as the food in the MDR itself, which was a nice surprise. Since we availed ourselves of it so often due to our babies, I am pleased that it worked out so well. One thing that was odd was that we'd prepared for the onslaught of room service by having cash for tips for the servers. Without exception, the servers accepted the tips, but they seemed uncomfortable doing so, as though it wasn't standard practice for them. On the few occasions that we missed tipping someone (like because one of my kids received the food instead of us) the servers never seemed to mind. I'm not suggesting that people NOT tip the servers, but it did seem to make them feel uncomfortable to receive them. Oh, and the Cupcake Cupboard was WONDERFUL. I love cupcakes and they always had a great selection. Ports: We didn't do any ship-based shored excursions. In La Seyne sur Mer (Toulon), we got off the ship and walked around for awhile. It was a beautiful walk by the water; we originally planned to walk into town and check out the market but my family was jet-lagged, so we cut the walk short and headed back to the ship mid-day. We took advantage of the ship that afternoon - kids got tons of time on the Flowrider, so that worked out perfectly. In Cannes we did a self-guided walking tour and shopped. I love Cannes and was perfectly happy with the port choice. We planned to take one of the ferries across to the small islands off Cannes to visit the forts there (my husband loves forts and castles) but my husband wasn't feeling well from the jet lag and the heat, so we headed back to the ship mid-afternoon. In Florence, Rome and Naples, we did Rome in Limo tours. These were fantastic and I would highly recommend them. Our drivers in Florence and Rome were excellent guides in addition and they helped us to see as much of these three wonderful cities as possible given the short time we spent in each. I couldn't imagine doing a ship tour in these cities, and given the cost the RIL tour worked out great for the eight of us as we had our own vehicle. They even provided carseats for my twins and cold bottled water for everyone. The last day was a sea day. The seas were a bit rougher than expected (they had been glassy and perfect up till then) so lots of people were looking a little green. It was also very windy on deck so we didn't spend time by the pool with the babies, because they get chilled in the wind when they are wet. Kids still did the Flowrider and the big pools, though. Although I saw the usual contingent of "chair hogs" (especially around the adults-only solarium pool chairs with the nice padded loungers) it was always possible to get a chair in the sun and near the pool. :) No one ever used the suite-only/gold card area, as it was on the highest (and thus windiest) desk of the pool area and there were always plenty of chairs elsewhere. Spa: I had a pedicure which was fantastic and fairly priced. My hair-obsessed son got his hair cut, which was really reasonable ($25) as well. My only complaint about the spa was that they double charged me for the Bliss lotion I purchased afterwards, but that was due to a computer error (it just meant that I had to go to Guest Services the morning of departure to fix it, and that was a cluster#&$@. Ultimately the concierge in the concierge lounge fixed it for me; I should have just started with her! Concierge lounge: We didn't use it much, but I did have Oana Popa (our concierge) make dinner reservations and spa reservations for us. She was friendly and efficient and got us every reservation we asked for. The lounge always had snacks and coffee available - the machine offered fresh brewed coffee as well as espresso drinks (except my husband's beloved mochas; for those we had to go to the Promenade Cafe, which was fortunately open 24/7 for my jet-lagged man.) Shows: My husband and I didn't do any shows at all (c.f. traveling with babies; plus, he didn't really care about them). The older kids saw a few of the movies and really enjoyed them. Activities for older kids: The older kids were totally enamored of the ship. We hardly saw them the entire time we were onboard. I liked that they could have relative freedom but we felt that they were safe. They spent lots of time in the arcade (as I discovered at checkout, finding about $200 worth of arcade time on the bill, LOL). They loved all of the food options - Johnny Rockets and the smoothie bar were perennial favorites. They did the Flowrider every day and played ping-pong, shuffleboard, cards, and other games. They had a fantastic time; in fact, my 14-year old probably would have been happy to stay onboard every day and skip the ports. Barcelona: We did a post-cruise stay in Barcelona for another 5 days. Stayed at the Hotel Claris (5*) which was wonderful. We had two interconnecting junior suites which worked perfectly for our group of 8. Overall we enjoyed BCN but probably won't be in a hurry to go back; not like Rome and Florence where we plan to do an extended vacation in the future. That's about all I can think of for now Read Less
Sail Date June 2011
Liberty of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 3.5 3.9
Entertainment 3.5 4.1
Public Rooms 4.0 4.4
Fitness Recreation 4.5 4.3
Family 4.5 4.3
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 3.5 3.7
Service 3.5 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.1

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