13 Barcelona to Mediterranean Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas Cruise Reviews

Having sailed around the Mediterranean on numerous occasions this was the first time that an additional tax had been added to the onboard billing. As well as the usual gratuity which is automatically added to Bevarages and Food items an ... Read More
Having sailed around the Mediterranean on numerous occasions this was the first time that an additional tax had been added to the onboard billing. As well as the usual gratuity which is automatically added to Bevarages and Food items an additional 10 % Spanish tax was also added whilst on retail purchases this was an additional 20%. What happened to duty free prices ? we are still unsure why this cruise attracted this tax was kit because it sailed Barcelona- Barcelona ? On boarding we bought a wine package which we were informed was 165 US$ for 5 Bottles plus the usual gratity which was an additional 24.25 US$ There was no mention from the stewart who was selling us the package that there would be an additional 10% Spanish tax added and I only noticed this later when I was checking the reciept against the account system on the inroom TV. We choose the wine package as it usually represents good value for money and I had already preselected in my mind my favourite Red and White grapes. We were then disappointed to learn that the Red Robert Mondavi shown on the wine list was out of stock. This was not a good start... My Husbands luggage arrived to the cabin but mine did not and after enquring with the room stewart he asked if I was carrying any wine. I said I was so he advised me that my luggage was probably with security on deck 1 and after the drill I would need to go and personally retrieve my luggage. I was only carrying one bottle which was allowed so I am unsure why my luggage was put aside. He informed me that in future to carry any wine on the ship in my carry on whilst embarking, This I will definately do in future as it was real hassle to go and get my own luggage and drag it to the ninth deck and along the busy corridor to our cabin. However generally we had a good cruise. Our junior suite 9538 was exactly as advertised. As we booked at the last minute we were allocated My Time Dining and were unable to prebook our table requirements on the RCI website.I would recommend that on boarding the ship that you go straight to the my time dining desk at the MDR where you can prebook your times for dinner. I insisted that I booked for the 7 days as I didnt want to come back everyday and make a booking. The manager was a little reluncant to do this but eventually did meet my request. Infact the dinning was the highlight of the cruise where we had an excellant Head waiter who lead by example his team of waiters. The service was impecable and the standard of food was excellant. We were surprised to learn that the head chef was an English Female in a male dominated kitchen RCI is not always honest about available public transfers in Ports. There was no mention of the free shuttles to Marseilles which are provided by the port .When leaving the ship follow the green line painted on the floor which will leads to the free bus which is used by other ships in the port.You are dropped off a short walking distance to the main city centre. On Disembarking in Barcelona we purchased the ship shuttle to the airport but this was a huge mistake. Our bags were left the night before outside our cabin and the next morning we had to collect them dockside on a conveyor belt system where we had to wait ages for them to arrive. We then had to take them outside the terminal building and hand them again to staff where they were put on the back of a huge lorry whilst we were in a separate coach. It was still dark so we couldnt see anything. We sat on the bus over one hour waiting for the bus to fill with other passengers. We eventually left for the airport only to be told at the airport to remain on the bus until all our luggage was offloaded from the lorry. The whole experience was chaotic and stressful and everyone was concerned about missing their flights. I would definately not recommend using the RCI transfer to anyone coming off a huge ship like the Liberty at Barcelona instead use the self disembarkation option and and wait for a taxi which were available outside the port terminal. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
I think that Royal Caribbean is probably one of the best Cruise Lines around but I was a little disappointed with my 7 night cruise on the Liberty of the Seas, first of all the "Windjammer" cafe seemed to lack personnel to clean ... Read More
I think that Royal Caribbean is probably one of the best Cruise Lines around but I was a little disappointed with my 7 night cruise on the Liberty of the Seas, first of all the "Windjammer" cafe seemed to lack personnel to clean the tables and tidy up the Food stations, The food seemed to be the same day in and day out with no visible variations, Some dishes actually looked re warmed and dry such as the Rice dishes, I give this place an overall thumbs down. Sorry! I went on a the Vision 2 months earlier and it was awesome so I know that "Someone" on RCCL can do better! It's a shame that RCCL can only use approved vendors because the fresh food that we saw and ate on land at the various Ports was unbelievable! I urge them to use "Local" fare. The seafood and Pasta that we consumed in Nice and la Spezia and Napoles was great, Too bad we had to eat what we eat everyday on the ship and at Home. The Bright spot on the ship was the Room attendants who were always happy and our second set of Waiters (Waitresses) at dinner, we changed our first one because our "First Impression" upon meeting wasn't too favorable, This is another area that RCCL has to improve on. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
The Good Stuff: 1.) It was so easy to board the ship. I think it took less than 15 minutes to check in and actually board the ship we got there at 11 and it was pretty empty. 2.) Our inside cabin was bigger than I expected. I was ... Read More
The Good Stuff: 1.) It was so easy to board the ship. I think it took less than 15 minutes to check in and actually board the ship we got there at 11 and it was pretty empty. 2.) Our inside cabin was bigger than I expected. I was traveling with my toddler so we had to deal with the stroller and crib but it wasnt so bad. 3.) I was really happy with the quality of the MDR. I never felt the need to eat at the speciality restaurants. 4.) I love the boat and it has a lot of cool bars and ares. I never felt bored on the ship. I loved the pool are as well. 5.) My toddler seemed to love going to the daycare. It was nice to get a break and enjoy adult only time. 6.) The wait staff was great!! Negatives 1.) The Windjammer!!! The food was average at best. This is why I am not sure if I would sail with RC again. Dinner in the MDR was good but breakfast and lunch at the WJ was pretty bad. Even the breakfast in the MDR was bad. So only enjoying one out of three meals is no bueno in my book. 2.) the boat is starting to show its age 3.) there was a big group of people from a company on board ship. They were really rude. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
We have just returned from our 8th cruise - 2nd with RCL. We boarded Liberty of the Seas with relative ease at Barcelona. We had booked a suite and were looking forward to the extras that all the $ had purchased. Sadly these didn't ... Read More
We have just returned from our 8th cruise - 2nd with RCL. We boarded Liberty of the Seas with relative ease at Barcelona. We had booked a suite and were looking forward to the extras that all the $ had purchased. Sadly these didn't really materialise. There was no welcome drink in the room, no fruit, no personalised messages as with other cruise lines. They're trivial things maybe, but after paying several thousand dollars in total for just 7 days - you are entitled to expect some extras. There was of course access to The Concierge Club..but that didn't fit in either long days in port & an early enough meal to see a show etc... Our room attendant finally introduced themselves, but only to tell us to go to the safety drill. Still no feeling of welcome. Some of the staff were barely polite & mostly looked dispirited. Others were charming & did their best, but it all felt very 'gratuity related' on this cruise. We overheard two staff complaining about the way they were treated by the company. This is upsetting, as staff work incredibly hard, long hours & are desperately keen to send money back home. Maybe that explains why the overall feeling on this cruise was that passengers were seen as cash machines & the aim is to squeeze as much money out of each customer during their stay as possible. The cost of some services are beyond a joke. That's always been the underlying agenda on cruises we have found, but generally more subtle than on the LoS! Back to the day to day stuff: The TV channels were very poor compared with other cruise lines. We we're disappointed in this lost opportunity to engage with & inform passengers. It's astonishing to report that on port days, we had to GUESS where the exit point was - no signs! This twice involved us walking, with others, the length of the ship (& it's very long!) How hard would it be to put signs on each landing? Wrong turns resulted in sharp words from staff (if you could find them!) We aren't new to cruising by any stretch of the imagination, but we found this 'work it out for yourself' approach astonishing. Our room was just about a suite, but only just. The kettle was broken. Our fridge was rarely restocked. We weren't told where the breakfast order cards were kept - we found them 2 days before we left. Our attendant kept the room clean, but there was zero interaction (compared with suite attendants on other cruise lines). 2 days before departure she started putting towel sculptures in the room....not very subtle & we joked about how 'gratuity time' must be approaching! Strangely we had hoped for a bit more than towel sculptures!! The restaurant food was quite good, but nothing spectacular. The staff in the Boticelli restaurant which we used, were extremely helpful. One night in the restaurant my husband ordered Thai chicken salad. It had NO chicken in it (mine had one small piece) He told the waitress & asked her to feed it back.& she agreed....but we heard no response. On any other cruise line we've sailed with, a replacement would have been offered. Our waitress joked about it not having any chicken in it, but that was it! Welcome to Liberty of the Seas! To be fair, on the plus side, the ship itself is spectacular. It's huge & with over 3,000 guests, it can feel a little too busy, especially in the WindJammer, where it's something of a challenge (or a fight) to access the food counters - but overall I actually preferred the food there, as there was much more choice & it was of excellent quality. It feels like the facilities don't match the sheer number of passengers - this includes elevators & reception staff on duty, where lines seemed endless. Breakfast in the room was fantastic. The Royal Promenade is spectacular - as are the shows & parades held there. Hard to believe you're on a ship in this area....very impressive! Again though, the sheer numbers of people make it really difficult to enjoy, as it's so crowded and noisy. We loved the ice show! And the Polish classical guitarist Wojtek Kozikowski is WORLD CLASS (we bought his CD!) Some of the staff work hard to give the 'wow' factor, but the welcoming & friendly feel of other cruises is not quite there as it's erratic. Overall we are very disappointed and will not choose Royal Caribbean again. They could learn a LOT from P&O, Cunard & Princess in our opinion. We will feedback the negatives in the survey, but suspect RCL won't take any notice, sadly....   Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
Our family selected Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas based on the Mediterranean ports that were offered, the price of the cruise, and the date of embarkation. Although there were many positives to our cruise, there were far too ... Read More
Our family selected Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas based on the Mediterranean ports that were offered, the price of the cruise, and the date of embarkation. Although there were many positives to our cruise, there were far too many negatives for our liking. We had pre-booked private shore excursions for each of the scheduled ports. Unfortunately, due to poor weather conditions we missed out on the French Riviera, a major bummer. Guest Relations wouldn't even offer us a free can of Coke as compensation for a major missed port. Combined with that missed port we had three days at sea where we were on the ship all day and night. One would have expected that there would have been a good amount of things to do for these "at-sea" days. Not so. With a ship that size there was surprisingly very little to do. It seemed like every activity was somehow related to making you spend more and more money on the trip. For example, did we really need a consultation on getting our teeth whitened for $149? Even Bingo on the ship cost our family of four $66 for an hour of play. Virtually everything cost extra: bottled water, soft drinks, you name it. For breakfast at the main dining hall we were given watered down orange juice. If one wanted the fresh squeezed stuff you had to fork over an additional $3.50 per glass. On the bright side, our ocean view room was more than adequate and well designed, although we would have liked a fridge that actually worked in the room, not a fridge that only worked as a cooler. Our servers in the main dining room, Joel Canta and Heulayn Liu were absolutely terrific. They could not do enough to try and please us. They certainly made up for the merely average food quality. We chose to prepay our gratuities at a rate of $12 per person per day. However, that was not enough for the Royal Caribbean Cruise line. Before we departed, we were encouraged to give additional gratuities for what they called the "Wow" factor. Very tacky in our opinion. As this was our first cruise, we can't compare Royal Caribbean to other cruise lines. But with the lack of daily fun activities, and the relentless pursuit of our pocketbook, I cannot see us booking another cruise with this company in the near future. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
This was our 11th cruise and first European Cruise. The Liberty of the Seas is a wonderful ship. We really liked it. It was not "too big" as we thought it may be (The Allure and Oasis are too big for our taste). Tips - Ladies ... Read More
This was our 11th cruise and first European Cruise. The Liberty of the Seas is a wonderful ship. We really liked it. It was not "too big" as we thought it may be (The Allure and Oasis are too big for our taste). Tips - Ladies unless you plan on purchases a scarf to wear, bring one. All the women in Europe wear them. Bring money to tip your tour guides. It looked like 5 Euros was the average and they were very good. Even paying a lot for the excursions we still were compelled to tip these guides they did such a great job. Spend your coins before you come back to the US because the currency exchange places do not take change except some take the 1 and 2 Euro Coins. Pros: Great ship, all of the ports were fantastic (we did take excursions on every stop). Coffee in Spain is REALLY good. If you can spend a couple of days in Barcelona, do it! We stayed at the Hilton on Ave Diagnol. The hotel was very nice. We also purchased a two day metro pass in advance of the trip and they mailed it to us. If you want to see the Sagrada Familia or Parque Guell, buy your tickets in advance before the trip. The lines to get in are really really really long. Don't miss Las Ramblas and the Boque Ria, which is located on a side street off the Ramblas around where the flower vendors are (They had really good pizza there and fruit juice) Cons: The staff at the Port of Barcelona for Royal Caribbean for Embarkation did not have a clue as to what they were doing. This was a first time we have experienced this problem. Perhaps because they had only been there for a few weeks, but they didn't even know if there was a special line for Emerald Members. One lady came over the intercom and told everyone they could get on the ship and when we all went to get on the ship another person told us we could not. Getting off of the ship we had flights booked through the RCI and also transportation to the airport. We were told to meet in Studio 3B and after the time passed that we were supposed to be called I asked a crew member and they sent us off the ship. Had I not asked I am not sure how long we would have sat there and waited. The Staff in the port once we got off were wonderful and well organized. We immediately asked for help and the man was very appreciative that we asked so he could direct us to our luggage. We had special Delta tags and they had it separated from the other luggage. ALSO THERE IS A VAT (Value Added Tax) added to everything you purchase on the boat when you sail out of Barcelona. They did not tell us this in advance. There was also no information on getting your taxes back on purchases made in the various countries. Save your receipts and do your homework before you go. Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
This was our first cruise to celebrate our silver wedding anniversary. For some reason I was unable to book this cruise myself either on the web site or by phone. Persons manning the phones didn't know what they were doing and never ... Read More
This was our first cruise to celebrate our silver wedding anniversary. For some reason I was unable to book this cruise myself either on the web site or by phone. Persons manning the phones didn't know what they were doing and never phoned me back. I ended up using a travel agent who also had problems. I should have taken this as an omen and booked with another cruise line. The travel agent eventually managed to book and cruise, flights and transfers with our correct names. We had booked a cabin with a balcony and were very happy with it. It was a good size, with a comfortable bed, good lighting and the air conditioning worked. All the staff on the ship were polite and hard working but very few appeared happy, which made me feel uncomfortable. Most of the shows were very good to excellent. The excursions were also good (but we paid enough for them) and we met some very nice people. Our first disappointment was that we did not realise just how big the ship was and how many people were on board. It was full. Our first visit to the Windjammer was awful. It took us 10 -15mins to find a seat and trying to get something to eat was a battle. The food in the Windjammer was ok with plenty of choice but it was always busy. We had pre-booked 6:30pm seating in the restaurant for our evening meals. This was more civilised and our waiter was lovely, however the food was disappointing. It sounded good and was well presented but it was mostly tasteless. No wonder people roughed it and ate in the Windjammer. Breakfasts were a bit better but still the restaurant was too busy. There were notices on the water dispensers asking people not to directly fill their water bottles but to use the cups provided. This is common hygiene practice. The number of people who ignored this was unbelievable and no staff policed it. Also the staff did not remove towels from sunbeds after 30mins and sunbeds were in short supply. This was not the wonderful relaxing cruise we had expected and paid for. People we spoke to have told us not to be put off cruising as they were also disappointed with the food and service. They claimed that standards had dropped and put it down to the economic downturn. (Most had been on RC before). I have been waiting for my customer satisfaction survey which we were told would be emailed to us. I have filled in several forms with our email address and we receive regular email offers. Yesterday we visited our travel agent and I told them this. Apparently they had received a survey from RC which had them puzzled. We think it is ours but the closing date has expired! So reader if you are looking to book a cruise don't book with Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
Royal CaribbeanLiberty of the Seas exceeded my expectations in all areas. The ship had plenty to offer Each day we were in a different port and the excursions offered gave us plenty to see. The tour guides were knowledgeable and ... Read More
Royal CaribbeanLiberty of the Seas exceeded my expectations in all areas. The ship had plenty to offer Each day we were in a different port and the excursions offered gave us plenty to see. The tour guides were knowledgeable and excursions well planned. They did however have inferior audio on the ship excursions. 2 days we used outside tour companies and were equally impressed. Florence Connection's Heliana provided an amazing tour of Florence for not a lot of extra money. CBM tours in Rome was also impressive. Dining on the ship was varied and available at all times. We loved the Botteccelli dining room(my time dining). Charles and Hewan made dinner a time to look forward to! The shows were first class, except for the embankment night variety show. The bars and activities were loads of fun. Overall it was a wonderful first experience! Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
We loved Barcelona - had never been there before. But, have to admit I am just not a fan of the larger ships. Love Celebrity for that reason, nonetheless we are diamond class on RCCL so we have used them quite often. Anyway, everything ... Read More
We loved Barcelona - had never been there before. But, have to admit I am just not a fan of the larger ships. Love Celebrity for that reason, nonetheless we are diamond class on RCCL so we have used them quite often. Anyway, everything was ok, lots of people. This is a cruise that is fast-paced. Everyday a different port. We did not care much for Marseilles, France - nothings special, but of course, great pastry and crepes. Loved Monte Carlo. Italy, had never been went to Florence when we reached LaSpezia. Loved Rome and used a fantastic Italian travel company, Easy Italy for the day in Rome. Well worth the money and saw everything there was to see. Naples - do not stay in the city - its dirty and nasty and sketchy. Go on a excursion, stay on the ship or hire a travel guide. Naples was horrible. All in all, very nice itinerary. The ship has gotten a little older since the last time I was on it. We were on it for a Caribbean cruise several years ago- i.e. the deck chairs in the Solarium have some peeling junk all over them. Otherwise, good cruise. Loved our dinner service and the usual good selection of foods. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
This was our first cruise and we chose a short 7 day one as a taster. The organisation was very good on arrival at Barcelona we were met by a representative and everything was taken care of right up until embarkation. We had been advised ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we chose a short 7 day one as a taster. The organisation was very good on arrival at Barcelona we were met by a representative and everything was taken care of right up until embarkation. We had been advised to take a change of clothes in our hand luggage to change into for e.g.; the pool as it was a couple of hours until we were able to get into our rooms and access our luggage. This in understandable when you remember how many people there are both arriving and departing that day. All the staff were friendly and helpful. Our cabin host Winsome was really helpful and any problems were quickly rectified. Food in the buffet was not piping hot but there was a good choice and considering the numbers catered for was good. As with all cruises excursions and alcohol were expensive but these can be paid for up front prior to the holiday. In the rooms you have an interactive TV and you can keep on top of your onboard spending so as not to have a nasty surprise at the end of your trip. I would recommend having a credit card or debit card that does not charge for overseas spending or conversion as everything is in dollars and RC will convert it for you to Sterling but at a cost of 3% !!!!! however your card services also charge this! The entertainment was fabulous and varied. There was a storm one night of the sailing but you wouldn't have noticed unless you saw it as the ship did not move that much. Formal nights in the dinning room you needed to be dressed smartly but did not have to wear a DJ or cocktail dress so it depends on what you want. Despite lots of children being onboard and the amount of people you honestly would not have realised. We will be booking another holiday again with RC and more than likely a longer trip. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
We went on this cruse with our 3 adult children, son and daughter-in-law and our 18 month old grandson, so there were 8 of us altogether. My husband and I are regular cruisers, but we have cruised most often with Princess. We had cruised ... Read More
We went on this cruse with our 3 adult children, son and daughter-in-law and our 18 month old grandson, so there were 8 of us altogether. My husband and I are regular cruisers, but we have cruised most often with Princess. We had cruised once before with Royal Carribbean in 2006, but that was a late availability holiday, so we just went with what was available at 3 weeks notice. We were not disappointed with that cruise apart from the fact that there was no anytime dining then and that is really an essential for us. We chose Royal Carribean this time because we felt the age profile would be better for our extended family and some ships including the Liberty now supposedly offer this option. We did have a great time, but I would be very hesitant to book another Royal Carribbean cruise. We flew from Bristol with Easyjet. Despite information about flight number etc in our travel documents and several calls to RCI we were unable to check in on line. We were told this would not be a problem as we had been allocated seats all together. At the airport check in, after an hour standing in a queue from 05.00 hrs, the clerk was extremely rude to us because we had not checked in on line, and told us we would be fined if we did it again! We arrived in Barcelona airport, terminal 2. We went through passport control and reclaimed our baggage (eventually locating the buggy on a completely different carousel from the other luggage) before meeting the RCI rep who said we would need to wait 15 mins for the bus to the port. Over 30 mins later with one very tired grandson, we eventually got on the bus. Grandson immediately fell asleep. We were then driven to terminal 1 at the airport where we all had to get off the bus, carrying a heavy sleeping child, and join another long queue to check in to the ship - yes, in the airport! All checked in successfully except my eldest son, for whom there were no details. Two hours after landing at the airport we eventually boarded the bus for the 20 minute drive to the ship. When we got there, more checking in for my eldest son, and at last got on the ship, 7 hours after arriving at Bristol airport for our journey. We expected a big ship, but Liberty really is too big. It's not particularly stunning either. The cabins are very good though, apart from the fact that the cabin, bathroom and wardrobe doors all open into the same space, which was quite dangerous for little fingers and annoying for adults. Our cabin steward was pleasant enough, but spent most of her time on her mobile phone, not sure if it was private or work calls, and the cleaning wasn't the best. Cabins contained just the basics, no little extras like chocolates at night, paper and pen, body lotion, shower caps and conditioner and we had to ask for ice and bathrobes. We only ever got one bathrobe betewen 7 of us! We did have towel animals for 5 of the 7 nights though. RCI really don't understand anytime dining either. Our understanding is that you just turn up when you are ready to eat and occasionally you have to queue if you are not happy to share a table. This is what happens on Princess, P & O and NCL and it works perfectly. RCI expect you to book each night and we were told 90% of passengers do this. So we had the waiting staff every night in the same area of the dining room, on two tables for 4 pushed together, until the last two nights when we requested a round table for 8. We still had the same waiters, who were actually fab, but that is not the point. Part of the anytime dining experience is to meet different waiters and eat with different people around you. Even those sharing a table with travellers not in their party seemed to end up on the same table every night! The food in the Windjammer was generally good for buffet food, but dinners in the dining room were average to poor. We tried breakfast in the dining room once - poor experience with miserable waiting staff and little choice. Afternoon tea in the dining room is not an option and they only served lunch in the dining room a couple of times in the whole week. Drinks were absolutely extortionate. The shows were good although we only saw half of Saturday Night Fever as they stopped it due to bad weather. (The ship's motion that night was unlike anything we have experienced before and was really unpleasant, especially as this was a first cruise for the rest of the family). They rescheduled this show to clash with the ice show which we were told you had to book for, so we felt we should go to that. No-one checked our booking and over half the seats were empty. The whole show booking system is a great idea, but it is a joke. We booked to see the aerial acrobatic show, arrived 10 mins before it started, only to find it was almost full. So we had very poor seats despite having booked on-line weeks before. The Crown and Anchor party was also a joke - not a very funny one. There were probably 30 people there, with a very mediocre band and the captain giving a short talk about the history of the fleet. We stayed for a couple of drinks and left. We did however like the little book of vouchers that the give C & A members. Most of the staff were very pleasant and friendly as you would expect, but some of them were very sullen and occasionally downright rude. The itinerary was good with lovely ports especially Villefrance and La Spezia. Some of us did 2-3 excursions and whilst these were expensive, they were good. Disembarkation for tours however was shambolic compared to all the other companies. In Naples we were told to meet on the dockside for our tour to Pompeii, but we were not told or shown where to meet, which if you have ever been to the large cruise dock in Naples, you will know is a problem. We were almost forced into travelling on different buses! Overall it was a fun week and we will all remember it fondly, but it could have been a lot better.   Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
Our eambarkation went smoothly, and we went into the ship to have lunch . After lunch, we went to our cabin. We chose cabin 8313 which had a window overlooking the promenade. ( Since we had the same type of room on our last RCCL trip, we ... Read More
Our eambarkation went smoothly, and we went into the ship to have lunch . After lunch, we went to our cabin. We chose cabin 8313 which had a window overlooking the promenade. ( Since we had the same type of room on our last RCCL trip, we did not anticipate any problems. However, one night during the voyage, they had some type of disco night which started at 11:15 pm. We had gone to bed before that because we had an excursion at 7:15 the next morning. Unfortunately for us, the noise continued until almost 12:30.) We found that they no longer provide some common amenities in the rooms such as: a pen, lotion, or an extra bar of soap in case the tiny one provided gets used up. You have to ask for ice also. The configuration of this room was also awkward. The closet door is right in front of the bathroom door, and if it is open you can't get in/out of the bathroom or the room itself. The first evening, we went to the dining room (we had anytime dining) andour table was ready. I mentioned to the hostess that I had made reservations on line for the same time eachnight of the cruise. She told me that they only had one reservation in their system and I would have to come back later in the evening to clear things up. I did return, and they fixed the error. The food on this ship was not as good as it was in the past. Everything was DRY or lacking flavor. When we went to our cabin, we found that the towels we used to freshen up earlier were still on the floor. We had to ask for clean ones for the next morning. The ports we visited were beautiful, but the port talks were not at all informative. In the past, we were given helpful hints on sites to see and places to shop as well as maps for the independent travelers. Not on this cruise. We used the ship's shore excursions to visit Nice and Eze, Sorrento, and Florence and Piza. They were well worth the money, and tour guides were knowledgeable and friendly. I just wish we had more time in each port. The shows were good, and I highly recommend the ice show. I can't say much about the cruise director because he was not around. The one time that he introduced the evening show, he was wearing a polo shirt and slacks. I thought that he was one of the guests. It was a bit of a trick to plan an evening's entertainment around dinner and the shows because not all of them are presented twice an evening or every evening. On 2 occasions, we read in the Compass that there would be music in the Sphinx lounge at a specific time. When we arrived, we found a sign at the entrance stating that it was closed for a private party. On the second evening, I went in to find it deserted. I asked the bartender, who was all by himself, if there was a private event abut to take place. He told me there wasn't, and shrugged his shoulders when I told him that a sign at the door was keeping people out. I saw a lot of shoulders shrugged as the week went on, and we continued to see misstep after misstep. I could go on, but I will jump to the disembarkation. We have reached platinum status and decided to take advantage of the disembarkation area set aside for loyal guests. When we went to the dining room that was listed in the Compass as our designated area, they were setting up for lunch and had no idea why we were there. I flagged down a young man with a two way radio, and he nonchallantly told me that he had told guest services about the error. He told us that we could leave with the next group that was called. However, the loudspeaker in that area was turned off. So we left at the time we were given the previous night. When we got to the area with all of the bags, ours were not there. Luckily I saw my bag across the room in a seperate section marked..."Tags Missing"... even though my husband secured it himself. His bag was around the corner in a room for those flying on Delta. They don't have any signs alerting Delta travelers of this. The moral of the story for us is that we will go on Celebrity, Princess, or try a cruise line that we have not yet been on. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
I had always wanted to cruise the Mediterreanean and this was finally an option. We stayed in Barcelona, Spain for three nights prior to embarkation and had a great time touring the city. On Saturday we boarded the Liberty of the Seas ... Read More
I had always wanted to cruise the Mediterreanean and this was finally an option. We stayed in Barcelona, Spain for three nights prior to embarkation and had a great time touring the city. On Saturday we boarded the Liberty of the Seas and were very impressed with the size, cleanliness, and appearance of the ship and facilities. everything was shiny and spotless. The restrooms were great even in public areas. The staff was friendly, the waiters were great, the shows were good quality, and the food was good. I would rate the dining 4 Stars. The room was good, clean and had all the amenities you would want. However, when crusiing you spend most of your time out poolside, eating, or on an excursion. We loved Monte Carlo, Nice, and Monaco. Rome was a quick trip and wish we could have stayed there for several days. That needs to be added to our ticket list. The casino was great and had plenty of room and options for anyones needs. The Chops Grill, which you book for an additional fee is exceptional. We met very nice people from around Europe and had a great time. We like the Royal Caribbean service and will book with them again. Read Less
Sail Date July 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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