25 Barcelona to Transatlantic Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas Cruise Reviews

We have done a couple of transatlantic cruises recently, one on Celebrity and the other on RCCL. We decided to do another one since it is a relaxing way to come back from Europe. We have done a fair number of cruises, mostly on RCCL, ... Read More
We have done a couple of transatlantic cruises recently, one on Celebrity and the other on RCCL. We decided to do another one since it is a relaxing way to come back from Europe. We have done a fair number of cruises, mostly on RCCL, Celebrity, and NCL. Overall the trip was very nice with nice weather...very consistent with previous transatlantic cruises. The Liberty is a very nice ship and a good choice for a transatlantic. We had a balcony cabin on the hump on deck 7 (7644) and it was perfect for the two of us. The balcony was a nice size, no noise problems and well located to get to most places on the ship. I would avoid cabins at either end since it is a very long walk from one end to the other! The pros: Food in the dining room for lunch and dinner was better than expected...a pleasant surprise! We did My Time dining, but always got the same table since we ate at roughly the same time. The head waiter Rueben looked after us and even did a special Indian Dinner for us one night which was very good. Our waiter Rene and assistant waiter Robin were great and good fun. The staff were all very pleasant and we did not experience any arrogant behaviour. How they put up with all 3000+ passengers for 7 days at sea amazes me!! The ship is in great shape – very little sign of wear and tear. Having the large open “mall” inside is nice in the evening or when the weather is poor. We ate once at Portofino’s and it was very very good. We ate once at Johnny Rockets and it was OK, but did not make us want to go back. Loved the new Diamond program that gives 3 drink vouchers a night. We were travelling with friends who are not Diamond level so we could all have drinks together before dinner. We usually went to the Schooner Bar where we had excellent service (Anna Marie...thankyou!). The ice show was great. Also Saturday Night Fever was very well done. Most other shows were standard cruise fare...if you have not seen many they are fun. The negatives: Very little live music in lounges until later at night (10pm and on). We love to listen to live music when going out for pre-dinner drinks. We have really enjoyed the guest lecturers in the past, but his time they just had one person who talked about party, dining etiquette etc. That may appeal to some, but for 7 days at sea it was very disappointing!! There is NO outside dining....on many ships the buffet has an outside seating area on the back of the ship. We miss that very much! There is not even a “sunset bar” on the ship....seems the focus on these Voyager class ships is the interior and the pool area only. Celebrity had a poolside BBQ every day with great burgers which was very nice for lunch...RCCL just had one day. Too bad really. The best place for a drink on the ship is the Viking Crown Lounge....a lovely view over the deck looking forward. However, this entire lounge was closed from about 5 to 9 every day for Suite guests drinks/appies. This is likely just for the transatlantic, but surely there is somewhere else they could have used. We ended up taking our drinks outside on the deck some evenings when the weather/wind was cooperating. Overall, RCCL really does provide excellent value and I would highly recommend it unless you have some very specific requirements.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
This was our very first Transatlantic Cruise. We arrived in Barcelona 2 days prior to the cruise. We stayed at the Torre Cataluna Hotel right a crossed from the main Train Station. I would give it a 4 1/2 star rating.We had a suite and the ... Read More
This was our very first Transatlantic Cruise. We arrived in Barcelona 2 days prior to the cruise. We stayed at the Torre Cataluna Hotel right a crossed from the main Train Station. I would give it a 4 1/2 star rating.We had a suite and the most fascinating view. We boarded the ship quite easily. The 13 days on the ship were just great. The menu in the dinning room was good but with minimal choices. We did not eat in the specialty restaurants. We feel it is not necessary to do this. We did not eat very many meals in the Windjammer because truth be told we like being served. The service in the Dinning room was good. We ate dinner there every night. For lunch most times we got a snack from the promenade. The shows were wonderful for the most part. The weather was perfect while cruising. We spent days by the pool with the temperature being in the 70's. If you get the opportunity to do this transatlantic cruise don't hesitate you will not be disappointed. Royal Caribbean is our favorite cruise line. I think because they always have a good mix of ages and there is always something for every age taste. The only thing I would say about this transatlantic cruise is the age group is mostly older people with great amount of energy. It was just fantastic. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
This was our 2nd transatlantic crossing and I found it just to be ok. The ship is in need of major repairs. The hallway to our cabin always had a very strong odor. There were issues with the bathroom flooding after using the shower and ... Read More
This was our 2nd transatlantic crossing and I found it just to be ok. The ship is in need of major repairs. The hallway to our cabin always had a very strong odor. There were issues with the bathroom flooding after using the shower and toilet in our cabin did not work properly many times. The gym was big and could have been very nice if more of the equipment would have been working. We had the my time dining and I had confirmed reservations for each night before the cruise and it took them 4 days to finally give us what was reserved and I was told to please come 30 minutes early each night so we could get our table - why make reservations? The food was good in the main dining room. The servers were excelent. There was plenty of activities around the pool, but it would have been nice to have more activities inside (lectures, movies, art and crafts). I will not take another RCL transatlantic crossing. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
We are prairie people from Saskatchewan and are in our mid 50s. This cruise seemed like a good deal in that for $1399 pp we had a balcony cabin on the bump-out, Premium Drinks package, and a $200 on-board credit. Though well over a ... Read More
We are prairie people from Saskatchewan and are in our mid 50s. This cruise seemed like a good deal in that for $1399 pp we had a balcony cabin on the bump-out, Premium Drinks package, and a $200 on-board credit. Though well over a year's time away, we booked it. One way airfare from Winnipeg (where we now reside) to Barcelona well in advance was initially $2200 Cdn. per person! Flying a day earlier lowered that down to $1107. Using Choice Air through Fargo (3.5 hours south) gave us the best fare at $562 pp (Fargo to Chicago to London Heathrow to Barcelona). We pre-paid a tour of the Sagrade de Familia in Barcelona but due to American Airlines operating under the guise of British Airways we went mechanical at Chicago and got to Heathrow 2 hours late. We therefore missed our connection at the latter and missed our tour at Barcelona. We booked a very expensive hotel there but got into town late, took a cab from the airport, slept, woke up and took a cab straight for the port. Upon arrival there we were fast-tracked through the line (perhaps due to it being our first ever cruise?) but were delayed 45 minutes or so when my better half made the mistake(?) of indicating she had just gotten over a cold. The ship's doc finally showed up, asked her two questions and we were finally able to board. A few months beforehand we stumbled onto Cruise Critic's "Roll Call" site and that made a world of difference in our enjoyment of this first cruise. Getting to know people ahead of time via these postings gave us a great education as to what to expect. The people we chatted with on that enthusiastic Roll Call were the people we hung around with most of the time along with an offline couple who happened to be in the vicinity during our informal Meet and Greet at the Sky Bar the afternoon of embarkation. The combination of people was just right and we just couldn't NOT have fun with them as it was a very goofy group. That brings us to one of our first points; there did not seem to be a watering hole where we could let loose and be loud and gregarious. With live entertainment everywhere we received the odd dirty look after being noisy and would respectfully leave to find another area. As an entertainer myself I would rather have a full and noisy crowd while playing than a lot of empty seats and quiet patrons. I respect the other point of view, though, but we single acts should not try to take ourselves too seriously no matter how skilled and accomplished we are. We have also been in situations where another groupl nearby seems to be having all the fun. That might have been us had we not found the Roll Call as no one we knew was able to come along with us. Entertainment-wise, Voytek was simply amazing. Myself and another guitarist tried to see him perform whenever possible. Pianist Eric Conllon was very good but seemed too quiet in the Schooner Bar. Dallas, a singer/story-teller seemed a little negative and dressed down too much for our liking. The Latin band and "Pool" band were good but each could have used guitar-players IMHO. In the Platinum Theatre Saturday Night Fever was the highlight and the Jersey Boys-type show was second best. An Irish-English diva (can't remember her name) was a fantastic entertainer but the Phil Collins impersonator was less so. Some new friends were hypnotized Hallowe'en night but the hypnotist was perhaps handling too many people onstage and spoke too quickly for any of us to understand. My wife and I participated in the Love and Marriage game (similar to the "Newlyweds" show on TV) and had a lot of fun and support from our group. We were more than happy that the two who had been married 65 years won but this feeling soured ever-so-slightly when people told us they had also won on a previous cruise and had been asked the exact same questions. Though not a fan of figure-skating I truly enjoyed and appreciated the ice show. Speaking of the rink, I was really looking forward to public skating. I went down to Studio B to and put my skates on. I went to give them a try and was told I needed to wear a helmet as it was the law! No, thanks. They said it was for security...whose? I am from Canada and will only wear a helmet for hockey. I signed waivers beforehand and have insurance. How can they show videos of people skating without helmets but I have to put one on! The entertainers didn't! The ship would have to be rocking VERY hard to affect a little skating outing! I am not a proud person but would not go back. The surf-rider was fun but the 20-25 minute lineup for 40 seconds on the thing was not worth it after the first morning. We organized our own midnight putting championship at "the Dunes" as well as two Air-Hockey tourneys to much success though a couple of us drew blood from over-enthusiatic batting of the puck. The ports (Cadiz in Spain and Tenerife & La Palma in the Canaries) were great. Having already experienced Seville during a trip to Portugal we opted for the "Easy Cadiz" tour in that port city. Somehow they switched us to the Cadiz Walking tour which was fine but, though I am pretty good with languages and accents, we could not understand the tour guide with the distorted little battery-powered speaker which seems to be the de rigeur choice for that sort of tool. If we could do it again we would just go walking around on our own. During the two successive Canary Islands stops we rented vehicles and drove around the islands. These were pre-booked and we plotted a number of points on each isle into our European gps. We had a ball and got great hi-def footage for our holiday Blu-rays but one has to be very careful to not blow out the breaks descending some of the steep roads...go slow and keep it in "Low"! We were glad we brought Hallowe'en costumes and the fun and activities were well worth the extra packing. The pictures will make for smile-invoking souvenirs. Speaking of photos we were happy that they were not "pushed" on us at all. We thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed the 70s Dance Party and the poolside White Party. My wife and I bought l.e.d. blinking-cup drinks for our gang and that seemed to start of the first one. The White Party was great in that you could dance in one of the shallow areas to keep cool. On sea days from 1:00 - 7:00 p.m. you could play Blackjack for $1.25 per hand! That was great though one female dealer seemed a little irritated when I did not know exactly where to put my chips to double-on-a-downer. We played a self-organized game called L.C.R. (Left-Right-Center) in the Karaoke Bar on sea-days afternoons for $3 a round. It is a simple game with no strategy but a great social component and lots of people walking by commented on the fun we were having and asked to join. The recording studio opposite the Karaoke bar was not in operation but that was not a biggie. I really appreciated the church service on Sundays in the Platinum Theatre but did not have time to check out the Sanctuary on the top deck. Dining-wise we had a 6:00 pm set dining time. We enjoyed the food and our tablemates but one of the couples was into staying there and gabbing until 8:15 or so and we just could not handle sitting down for that length of time. The Windjammer was a quick and viable option for us a couple times and I feel we will use it more often for that purpose next time. The pay-to-eat restaurants were visited (Chops 3 times, the Italian one once, and Johnny Rockets two times) and were excellent though it seems strange to me that to have lobster one had to pay the $30 for entry into Chops and then a $20 premium. They are always wanting to upsell at Chops. Johnny Rockets' chili cheese fries are something I wish I had discovered early on. An amazing surprise was the poolside barbeque one day; the ribs and Brontosaurus-sized chicken drumsticks were absolutely wonderful!!! It is hard to imagine people being sourpusses during a cruise but we heard of them and certainly a few people seemed to have rude dispositions but we refused to let anyone bring us down. Shopping on the ship is limited to Roya-Caribbean-branded items and watches. The General Store was disappointing in that it was a liquor/chocolate/perfume duty-free type of store with the tiniest space allocated to Gravol, shampoo, bandaids, etc. Service was amazing in all areas and I felt over-pampered. The organization of every aspect of shipboard life is something to behold. Towards the end there seemed to be some workers who seemed a little tip-hungry but they were an exception. Disembarkation in Florida was an absolute nightmare. It went 5 times slower than it was supposed to due no doubt to external bottlenecks but we barely made it to our flight at noon. My advise is that, no matter how heavy and numerous your luggage, self-depart by schlepping it down the stairs if you have any concerns timewise! We hope you enjoy your cruise as much as we did and a key for us was to get to know people ahead of time on Roll Call. We have booked another trip on Celebrity on March 29, 2015 to help celebrate one of our new-found friend's birthday. Hope our review helps!   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
We had cruised previously (Panama Canal, Caribbean, Mexico) but this was our first cruise in eleven years. From the various reviews I read, I was expecting a significant decline in service, food and, well, just about everything. Seems like ... Read More
We had cruised previously (Panama Canal, Caribbean, Mexico) but this was our first cruise in eleven years. From the various reviews I read, I was expecting a significant decline in service, food and, well, just about everything. Seems like most reviewers liked past cruises much better... Not us. This transatlantic cruise was just fine. The Liberty was big enough to never really feel crowded. There were so many things to do spread out all over a very large ship. The indoor promenade was really cool with its shops, bars and restaurants. We liked the wine bar which claimed to have over 300 wines by the glass. (We didn't try quite that many but tried different wines each evening before dinner. (The premium drink package was extremely handy for this...) They also had wine tastings and dinners there. Similarly, the promenade beer bar had a sufficient selection of craft beers and entertainment every night. Elsewhere there was a piano bar and a Latin bar we also enjoyed very much. The food was, well, actually good... From the reviews, I was sort of expecting a bucket of gruel and some stale bread. Not quite the case... We structured our evening dining so that each night we alternated between the dining room and the two specialty restaurants. We liked them all. One last note on food: The "Windjammer" buffet was a little (okay, a LOT) more chaotic than we cared for so we tended to avoid it but I will mention, there is an Asian section called "Jade " with Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian and other Asian specialties... The few times we ventured into this venue we found these dishes to be excellent, particularly the Indian food. Service was actually outstanding. (I have a theory about this: If you love your servers, bartenders, cabin stewards and other service personnel, they will love you right back.) Our waiters were attentive and quick. They remembered what we liked and made sure we had plenty of it. They would occasionally have special dishes made for us to try. The bartenders always remembered our names and drinks and liked to create new drinks for us based on what we liked. The cabin steward was responsive to our needs and made and left "towel animals" for us regularly. We appreciated this service and everyone got more than the "suggested" (automatically charged) tip amounts. There was a young woman in Guest Relations (that would be the counter with the perpetually long line) that we always sought out if we needed something business-wise from the ship. About mid-cruise, she sent a bottle of wine to our cabin with a note telling us how much they appreciated us... How's that for a switch! The shows were mostly good and we enjoyed them. We got to meet and visit with some of the performers late at night in some of the late-night venues. (If you watched carefully, they would visit late night bars often.) One particular treat is when several performers (from unrelated shows) got together and did an unscheduled midnight performance in one of these venues. The outdoor venues were numerous and enjoyable. I’m not a big “sit by the pool all day” guy but they made it tempting: entertainment, food & drink, towels, even a “help yourself” frozen yogurt machine. The gym was good and there’s a (nearly) quarter-mile track on the top deck. The rock climbing and surf rider were fun to watch. I was sort of surprised they still allow smoking in the casino. I suppose that’s standard but it still surprised me. The only "negative" in the entire experience was disembarkation in Ft. Lauderdale... It took hours and hours and hours... We were assigned a number and told to report to a certain lounge at 8:45 am for a 9:00 am disembarkation. We didn't leave the ship until 11:00 and didn't make it out of the customs terminal until nearly 1:00 pm. You would think after all this time the various entities involved could do better than this. Still, all in all, it was a great experience and we look forward to doing it again in ten or eleven years. Perhaps then we can provide a review about the great decline in the cruise ship experience... Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
October 26, 2014-November 8, 2014 Liberty of the Seas / Barcelona, Tenerife Islands, Canary Islands, Ft. Lauderdale What can I say about this cruise and ship. Well I can start with wow! For quite sometime I have been reading mixed ... Read More
October 26, 2014-November 8, 2014 Liberty of the Seas / Barcelona, Tenerife Islands, Canary Islands, Ft. Lauderdale What can I say about this cruise and ship. Well I can start with wow! For quite sometime I have been reading mixed reviews about the Liberty and I respect each and everyone of them and I hope you'll be kind enough to do the same. This is our third cruise on RCCL an my partners second transatlantic cruise, so we may be partial to RCCL as they are deserving of it! We sailed on Carnival twice and there are no third times a charm with them! We feel that they are an embarrassment to the cruise industry and I'm sure there are many of you who feel they are supreme. But of course we are all entitled to our own opinions. So, back to the review. We arrived at the terminal in Barcelona after a connecting flight through Istanbul, our favorite country. The embarkation was flawless, out of the taxi, in a small line, sea pass cards given and off we went. My partner wanted to show me around. A lay of the land if you will as he was more familiar with the ship than I. I would lie if I said that my jaw did not drop when we entered onto deck 5 (The Promenade). It was an amazing and shocking sight to see. Ben & Jerry's, Sorento's Pizza, The Cupcake Cupboard, numerous gift shops, Wine Bar, Cafe & Coffee Shop, a General Store and The Hoof & Claw Pub. And that is on just one level. It is of course an open air promenade with staterooms that look out over it. It may be great to people watch, but it's bright, there's limited privacy and grand parades float on by ever few days. I would suggest that not choose these cabins, unless you are ok with it. Deck 5 also houses a Champagne Bar, Guest Services and a future travel office which was packed every single day. We of course did not hesitate to book a 16 day cruise for 2015. Venice, Dubai, Greece and Oman. (counting the days already). Next we ventured through the casino/deck 4, decent size with what I thought was a great variety of slots and of course table games. On all my past cruises I've entered the slot tournament and was lucky enough to always win, for some reason, I just did not get in on the action this time. Believe me, because the cruise is so long, they give you plenty of chances to enter and then you compete to the grand finals. A "free" cruise. There are smoking sides and non smoking sides and during the 13 days they had three completely non smoking casino days. We continued to deck 3 which has staterooms, level one of the three story dining room, the on air sports bar, the ice skating rink, an art gallery and the Sphinx lounge. I will say that it was pretty cool to be in an ice rink on a cruise ship. We hit the higher levels next, decks 11 & 12. These decks have the Spa, Gym, Boxing Ring, Pools, Jacuzzis, Bars, Jogging Track, The Windjammer and Jade Buffets and of course Jonny Rockets. We ate at Jonny's once and believe me, once was enough. We had no idea that it was $5.95 per person for all you can eat. Yes, that's right all the fries, burgers, frappes, onion rings, soda and apple pie you wanted. Our sever Nelson was extremely friendly, kind and attentive. We left wanting to come back, but new the consequences if we did. Deck 11 also houses the Chops Grill and Portofino Specialty restaurants. The charges for these places were an additional $25 per person. The Jade Buffet (Sushi, Japanese and Chinese) as well as the Windjammer Buffet were three feet away. I will admit that the times we went to the buffet, these places were quite empty. We saw the menus and really did not see much difference between the buffet and the main dining rooms. Ok, so now that I've used the word a few times, let's get right down to it. The Buffet. On days the ship is in port they open at 6:30am since most of the excursions leave by 8:00am-8:15am, so that's pretty fair. On days at sea, breakfast opens at 7:00am. There is the usual; a large array of cold cereals and fresh fruit, oatmeal and cream of wheat, scrambled, fried and hard boiled eggs, bacon and sausage, french toast, waffles and pancakes. They also had a made to order egg an omelet station which was great. You ordered and were given a number. Then the screaming and yelling starts. "excuse me, I was here before him, how come he his first". Everyday, I heard this screaming from stupid, yes stupid, rude and ignorant people. If I ordered an egg over easy, wouldn't it make sense that if you ordered a pepper, onion, ham, tomato, bacon, avocado, salsa, broccoli, cheese and sausage omelet that my egg might, just might be done before your 50lb omelet. I stopped going up there after day four. Could not bare to listen to people moan about something so mundane. Was it redundant some times at lunch and dinner, yes, yes and yes. Chicken, fish, pork or beef. Last nights baked potatoes, sirloin steak and prime rib were out there every night in every possible way the chefs could create or at times, not create. Meats and some chickens were quite dry. I'm a caterer and previous restaurant owner, trust me I know some of the food are leftovers. I do feel that RCCL can do a bit better as other ships we have sailed on, the buffets were great! Salad bar was plentiful and always had some extra goodies on the end, like olives, cheeses and specialty side salads. Pasta station had at least three pastas a night, some sauces were good, others no taste at all. My partner is a sushi nut, so he was quite pleased with the Jade buffet as he was last year. He indulged almost every single night. I nibbled a bit on rice and noodles, but was content with the other fare in the Windjammer. The service was very attentive. You mainly got your own pre-poured water, iced tea and lemonade from a service area which had an attendant watching over it and refilling drinks. That, I thought was very sanitary and a nice little touch. Oh, before I forget. Desserts...I'll try to sum them up in one word. SPECTACULAR!! Our cabin was on deck 2 ( by choice) no need for a suite or a balcony view. You are hardly ever in the room. We rather use our money on first class upgrades as our flights are usually over 9.5 hrs, which we did on Turkish Airlines. Deck 2 is a great spot. We had the last room (2607) before a hallway which left only one room to the right of us. Good choosing on my partners behalf. Also deck 2 was the perfect spot to get to the theater on deck 3 and then to the gangway for an excursion. Our room steward Howard was incredibly kind and attended to any of our needs in a very swift manner. He knew we enjoyed relaxing after breakfast and taking a few siestas here and there and respected that. Like clockwork each night at 8:30pm our cabin was cool, beds made snug, bathroom cleaned and restocked and of course the famous animal towels. Thanks Howard! All the other staff were great in other restaurants and the Guest Services crew were amazing. I became quite a regular there as I kept putting my sea pass card near my phone and it kept deactivating it...remember that... There was one exception to the amazing staff on the liberty. There was one young lady who worked a kiosk in the promenade area. She was so ignorant and sharp to other people. Just seemed to bored and over her job, she obviously is in the wrong profession if she needs to encounter over 5,000 people each cruise... There is so, so much more to write, but I'm going to let you finish this review after your transatlantic cruise or caribbean getaway on the Liberty. Am I recommending this amazing journey to you? of course I am. Would we do it again? I'd leave tomorrow if I could. Thanks RCCL for a journey I will never forget. We will see you next year!   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
We have sailed previously with Royal Caribbean on three seven day cruises in the Med so this was a real treat. We did our own little touring around on our ports of call and really enjoyed Cadiz, Spain. the landscape in the Canary Islands ... Read More
We have sailed previously with Royal Caribbean on three seven day cruises in the Med so this was a real treat. We did our own little touring around on our ports of call and really enjoyed Cadiz, Spain. the landscape in the Canary Islands was stunning. The weather was fantastic with sun bathing days barring one half day where the pools where closed due to moderately rough seas on the first day leaving the Canary Islands. Other than that one day you couldn't ask for better with calm seas and blue skies. Being a family of four with two young boys, we booked adjoining interior cabins. This turned out to be a great move for the extra room for everyone. The attendant was fantastic with new towel animal characters every night and our staterooms were immaculate. The gym was very good. Quite busy but you never had to wait on a machine or weights to burn off the great food we had. Our waiter's where top notch and went above and beyond! We had dinner with two lovely retired couples with a table overlooking the ocean in the Michelangelo Dining Room. The Windjammer was very nice with a great variety. Busy in the mornings and sometimes you had to wait for a table but we expected that on that large a ship. We had a nice schedule being at the H20 Zone during the day with the kids keeping the Ice Cream Machine active and I kept Pool Bar Bartender's busy too! Henry and company were great fun and met some very nice people from Germany and parts of the US! Our youngest boy loved the Adventure Ocean Kids Club and the attendants were great. Our older boy liked the rock climbing wall, the Teenage Club and the 3D movies at night. We enjoyed the music trivia at Schooner's at 8 pm and then attending the English Pub on the Promenade Deck for a nightcap. The entertainment was good with a mixture of music, magic and comedy. The Dreamwork characters were always around and enjoyed the poolside entertainment of reggae and pop music during the afternoon We all had a great time and have booked Allure of the Seas for next October!   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
The Pros first! -nice weather.... never better! -staff and food, as per usual, wonderful -ice show "as per usual" fabulous (other shows, I had seen half of them) -live music around the pool was great (I have been in some ... Read More
The Pros first! -nice weather.... never better! -staff and food, as per usual, wonderful -ice show "as per usual" fabulous (other shows, I had seen half of them) -live music around the pool was great (I have been in some transatlantic that has had also the undexpected good weather that hasn't taken the initiative to adapt to this good event) BUT the cons, is what "if I had known, I would have never gone on this trip" I'm a "Diamond" with RC.... and I have gone in every single other cruise line (except Disney). I've gone in at least 7 transatlantics under 3 different cruise lines, and some things I had taken for granted that simply weren't in this cruise: -there has always been "real" 2 orr 3 guest lecturers.... non on this one ("folding of napkins doesn't count as "guest lecturer") -life on board was only centered around and in the Promenade.... with gorgeous outside weather this is not where you would find me. Not able to eat outside (such as the Celebrity has) - worst of all was Classical and/or Ballroom dancing. Simple to grade: "nonexistant"! There were two gals trying to play an electric piano and a violin, who they put in the Pomanade about 20 feet fom the floor...couldn't hear them. But "best forr last"..... the Ballroom dancing which I thought was as expected as 3X a day for food was non existant....UNTIL I wrote to them about "recorded Cds in the Catacombs is an insult at best"! I must say that THEN they put the live orchestra in a dancing floor venue that was nice......STANDING ROOM ONLY! But this was only ONE night, the others continued to be recorded music in the then floored ice rink, and at the same time that I had my late dinning, so I had to choose between one or the other. I will keep on taking the shorter, cruises out of Baltimore in the Grandeur, but would never dare do another transatlantic with RC! Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
This was our first Transatlantic cruise and hopefully not our last. I am not an English whiz and I tend to ramble, so beware. We left southwest Florida on Wednesday the 22nd of October so we could have a few days in Barcelona before the ... Read More
This was our first Transatlantic cruise and hopefully not our last. I am not an English whiz and I tend to ramble, so beware. We left southwest Florida on Wednesday the 22nd of October so we could have a few days in Barcelona before the cruise back to Fort Lauderdale on the Liberty of the Seas. We flew out of Miami on American Airlines flight 112. This was on a 767-300, seats 25 H & J. These seats were OK, you get what you pay for. We, 10 in our group, pre-booked limo service from our home to Miami and from Barcelona airport to the Hotel Arc La Rambla. All that went smoothly. However, we did have problems at the hotel. First, this is a beautiful hotel, perfectly situated for us tourist. But we will not stay there again as our room and the room safe was broken into and everything removed from the safe. So much for worrying about the pick pockets. The same happened to my brother and son in adjoining rooms. This just gives us a bad feeling about the hotel, and the hotel Director just did not seem to care. Other than that, as I said, it is a beautiful hotel, the staff, other than the Director, were friendly, helpful, and pleasant to talk too. Anything else on that subject will be on TripAdvisor as I know that the Hotel monitors that site, and can respond if they wish. Our time in Barcelona was well spent. On our own, we toured the city on Thursday evening, Friday evening and all day Saturday. Friday we went to Montserrat. We took the Metro from a station near the Columbus statue to the Plaça Espanya station. From there we took the #5 train to the Rack Railway (Cremallera) station, then on up to the Monastery. By the way, you can purchase the train and Monastery tickets at the information both near the Columbus statue. We used the T10 ticket for the Metro rides. This worked out pretty well. By the way, it helped that we had a Spanish speaker in our group. She sure earned her keep, but with a little planning and taking time to read the directions that were everywhere, you should have a good time. Day time meals were at the most convenient spot we could find, except for international chain restaurants. We ate all our evening meals on La Rambla. Yes, this is a tourist area but we found out early on, that the prices are reasonable and the food was just as good as the some other spots we tried. We found one spot on La Rambla with a waiter named Theo, and frequented it several times. It is one of those white tent restaurants about 100 yards up La Rambla from the hotel. Truthfully, the food and beverage may have been just as good anywhere else, but the service was exceptional. The beer and sangria were excellent and large. Yes, Theo took good care of us and of course we let him know of our gratitude. During all our tours of the city, we saw most of the sites we were looking for, as we had been making plans well in advance. We even used Google Earth to do preliminary “walking” tours of the sites we were interested in. We saw the old ruins, the churches and side streets galore and had a wonderful time. We did not let our rocking start ruin our vacation. On Sunday morning we packed, had breakfast locally with some last minute exploring, then caught our limo to the cruise port. Initially, the port was crowed as several buses arrived about the same time. But things moved quickly and we were soon on-board. After some more last minute shopping right after you check in. Thank goodness we didn't have a weight limit on our luggage for the cruise. The Boss and I had a Junior Suite, deck 10, port side aft. Just a few doors down from the bulge (elevators). This was a convenient location for us as it afforded quick and easy access to get to coffee for the early riser. Also, as the Boss is a smoker, and you cannot smoke in the cabins or balconies, she had a quick trip up to deck 11 port side for her morning absolution's. During the entire voyage, we found the food in the Windjammer to be as always, normal, crowed sometimes and not on others. It is cafeteria style food after all. However, breakfast, lunch, and dinners in the Main Dining Room were much better fare. Our dinner waiters, Arlene and Kareem, took very good care of us. The food was very good and there was always a selection even though this was a 13 day cruise. The only problem, if you could call it one, was that the waiters take care of everything at the table, including wine and bar service, in addition to the food service. If you request the wine and bar service, it can slow down the food service as it takes away the manpower. But as I said, our waiters took very good care of us and if we needed to get out early for a show, they pressed the food service for us. And I bet the wine drinkers at our table didn't even notice the change. At least after the first bottle or two. As for the 13 day cruise, it was for relaxing. The sea days were some of the best we have ever had. We did have some rain, but very little, and the crossing was mostly sunny and warm and smooth. The wife spent her time and money in the casino, I spent mine on deck reading and touring the ship. There is photographic evidence that I did take a nap or two, maybe more, from time to time, while “reading”. We saw the East Coast Boys in the Main Theater and they were very good. As for the rest of the shows, they were OK. Of course, Quest was fun as always. That old nightmare of running around in front of a crowd of people in just your underwear, does not apply to some people. Our section did not win but we sure had fun. We stopped in Cadiz, Tenerife, and La Palma. Cadiz and La Palma, we just toured the city, but in Tenerife we took the Volcano tour and had a wonderful trip. Lots of beautiful scenery and overall an excellent trip. Our arrival in Fort Lauderdale was fun too. We had ticket number 3, but the rest of the group had number 15, so we waited with them. While waiting for their number to be called, there were several Coast Guard inspections that closed portions of the ship. At one point we heard that they were closing all the bulkhead doors. Wait a minute, we are still on-board. Does that mean we get to stay on-board? Nope, they called our number and we were escorted off the ship. Darn. Our luggage was the only three pieces left in section number 3. It looked so lonely, but was easy to find. It took us about a half hour to clear Customs and Immigration. Then we called in the limo for the return trip to the southwest Florida coast and home. PS #1 – the Diamond drink package every evening worked just fine for us. The wife does not drink so I could have had six drinks each night in most any bar. Not the Windjammer or Main Dining room I think. I got most of my pre-dinner drinks in the On Air Lounge as it was close to our dining room entrance, and it provided us some trivia time before dinner. This turned out to be our groups meeting place before dinner most nights. PS #2 – Photos and videos will be uploaded to the Web when I figure out where and how. Probably Picasa, and YouTube. Look for them if you’re interested. When available, I will update my CruiseCritic review, or post them on the Cruise Critic Roll Call Forum for this trip, Liberty of the Seas - Trans Atlantic - October 26th, 2014.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
We had a great cruise and a very good time on RCL's Liberty if the Seas. We started our holiday spending 4 nights in Madrid followed by 2 nights in Barcelona ,then 13 nights on the cruise ship. Food-As for the cruise we were ... Read More
We had a great cruise and a very good time on RCL's Liberty if the Seas. We started our holiday spending 4 nights in Madrid followed by 2 nights in Barcelona ,then 13 nights on the cruise ship. Food-As for the cruise we were travelling alone so we booked a large table in the Main a Dining Room.we were seated at a table for 10 with only 7 people there. Our table mates were great with good conversation every night. The only negative aspect was that the table was as far away from the kitchen as possible and as a consequence the food was cool when it was served to us. Even after many mentions of the cool food it didn't improve. Cabin-We booked a mid ship top of the categories balcony cabin which was excellent. Having met people on the ship we unfortunately didn't have or make time to utilize the balcony. What a waste but that was our fault. Entertainment-With the exception of the Production Shows and Ice Show the other entertainment was mediocre at best. Two separate magic acts and a hypnotist is a bit much for one cruise. My main complaint was that lounge entertainment before or after an early sitting dinner was almost nonexistent.i believe the reason for this was that the 2 larger venues were occupied every night for Diamond and Diamond plus cocktails. I understand the need to cater to these groups but....   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
We've been with RCCL since 1987 and we've been on many cruises with them. We are emerald members with their Crown & Anchor Society, however, you'd never know it. For our loyalty at this level, there were really no perks. ... Read More
We've been with RCCL since 1987 and we've been on many cruises with them. We are emerald members with their Crown & Anchor Society, however, you'd never know it. For our loyalty at this level, there were really no perks. As members we are to be invited to different private parties, but we never got invited to anything. There are suppose to be other perks such as discounts and coupon offers...We didn't find the perks, and only a few coupons; only one of which we used for $5 off laundry. So, I have to wonder, if this is how RCCL is now rewarding "LOYALTY" then there really is no need or reason for us to stick with RCCL. Maybe it's time to explore other cruise lines now. On this particular cruise, there was all kinds of time mix ups and pricing errors in the compass. (And I do mean lots of errors) When either I or others complained about this problem, nothing was done. Management even got nasty. For me it wasn't that much of a problem because I simple withheld my money and bought nothing. RCCL lost lots of revenue from our group. Dinner was less then stellar. Our waiter almost never gave the right the person their food. Many times we got food we didn't order. Most nights we were the last table to leave be service was that slow. You would never believe how horrible the Lobster was on Lobster night. The steaks were pretty good though, but not at the specialty restaurants where a steak can cost upwards of $50. (Thirty dollars p.p. just to eat there, plus an added charge of upwards of $20 for some steaks.) And by the way, at these specialty restaurants the steaks are all "pan-fried" not GRILLED. If I'm pay'n $50 for a steak, the last thing I want is a pan-fried steak, right? The one good thing about this cruise was that it was very much disabled accessible.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
First TA cruise for us, we are not seasoned cruisers by any stretch of the imagination, but had a ball on this journey. Met some really interesting people, and really had time to relax and do everything we wanted to.. as normally it's ... Read More
First TA cruise for us, we are not seasoned cruisers by any stretch of the imagination, but had a ball on this journey. Met some really interesting people, and really had time to relax and do everything we wanted to.. as normally it's a port every other day, and there's no chance to explore the ship or do all the activities you want to do.. I thought that maybe 13 nights would be too long, but it wasn't long enough! I would have liked another week..!! The staff were wonderful, and a young Cruise Director + staff made the entertainment sparkle!! The only negative was the pub singer, a "Hagrid" look-a-like called Dallas, who was quite frankly - dreadful... So what a shame, I love a good pub sing a long, and enjoy listening to good live music, but we didn't spend any time in the pub at all.. and it was never busy, so I don't think I was the only one who thought so.. The kids came with us, and are both teens, but sadly there weren't many teens on board, so a lot of the activities didn't happen... but they spent a lot of time on the flow rider and football/basketball court.. and also the table tennis.. so they were ok about it, and understood... The Cleanliness of the ship was fantastic, and the food was always good, and hot! It hasn't always been, but we ate in the Windjammer a lot, as the main dining room took forever- almost 2 hours for dinner, so needless to say, we didn't go there every night.. and still didn't have enough time!! The boarding on arrival was very well organised and fluid... but the dis-embarking was diabolical! The authorities in Ford Lauderdale were totally in competent and extremely rude, to the point where I complained about an individual, and I have NEVER done that before... I was so furious, I had to say something.. We stood for over an hour in the queue to go through baggage claim, and then another hour for the Customs/Immigration.. it was dreadful, and as a result, we missed our pre-booked pick-up... so was fuming...   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
We loved the ship! Lots of options on how to spend your time and really good entertainment. This was very important when we had 7 continuous days at sea! The service, particularly in the main Dining Room was excellent... many thanks to ... Read More
We loved the ship! Lots of options on how to spend your time and really good entertainment. This was very important when we had 7 continuous days at sea! The service, particularly in the main Dining Room was excellent... many thanks to Munzil and Carlos who went above and beyond our expectations! The only small disappointment was the food. It was presented beautifully and any requested changes to the plates were met without any problems. However, we found the meats somewhat bland (they could have used more spices rather than sauces), too many soups that were pureed, and most desserts were not quite as delicious as they looked (Amaretti cookies and the Hazelnut & Chocolate cake aside). However, the good news... we didn't gain any weight on this trip! Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
It was our first cruise on the Liberty of the Seas. Many people of a german cruise board where here and we met many of them for the first time. We travelled with a small group of 7 cruisers, all of us experienced cruisers on several cruise ... Read More
It was our first cruise on the Liberty of the Seas. Many people of a german cruise board where here and we met many of them for the first time. We travelled with a small group of 7 cruisers, all of us experienced cruisers on several cruise lines. We had different cabin types, we had an inside, our friends had balcony cabins. We all were absolutely satisfied. Okay the cabin was a little bit smaller than on some other ships we travelled with, but it was enough space for us. We had a cabin not too far away from the elevators, because we knew, that it is a ship with long ways to go. Every morning started in the gym, than in the special whirlpool. After taking a shower we had breakfast in Windjammer or if we wanted Eggs Benedict we were in the diningroom, because they were not available in Windjammer. So we changed every day. Service in the dining room in the morning was not the best. Sometimes we had to wait about 30 minutes for our Eggs Benedict, too long. And you had to ask for everything extra, like orange juice, glas of milk, german bread. You also had the chance to walk to a small buffet to help yourself. But the choice was not so great. For lunch we also changed between Windjammer and diningroom. For dinner we had reserved a table for 7 and except one evening, we´ve got it every night and had excellent service. The food was better than expected from reading some reviews, were people were writing about the food quality going down. I cannot agree. The food was good and we also got some extra things every evening for our table, like an extra plate of vegetables, cheese or more. We visited some shows on the ship, but that is a question of taste. I did not like the iceshow, the classical music was not my style. We did not like Saturday Night Fever, because the spoken parts were too foolish. We left the show after 20 minutes. But we loved the acrobatic show "Air", one of the best we had ever seen on a cruiseship. During the long seadays we watched the people surfing and climbing the walls, we spend a lot of time on the boatdeck, reading a lot and talking to old and new friends. The lounge for diamond members was too small, because we had more than 600 diamond and diamond plus members onboard. It was hard work, to get a drink. On St. Maarten, Puerto Rico and Nassau we made trips on our own, because we have been there several times. Overall, it was a wonderful cruise, we like the sea days to have enough time for yourself. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
Transatlantic from Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale on Liberty of the Seas This was my sixth time with a Royal Caribbean ship. We have cruised twice with the Mariner, twice with the Navigator and once with the Oasis. The Liberty of the Seas ... Read More
Transatlantic from Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale on Liberty of the Seas This was my sixth time with a Royal Caribbean ship. We have cruised twice with the Mariner, twice with the Navigator and once with the Oasis. The Liberty of the Seas is a beautiful ship which features among others a promenade, minigolf, flow rider, basketball court and golf simulator. There were plenty of possibilities for entertainment during sea days. The ice skating show was very beautiful. The enrichment lectures were fine, but a little superficial in relation to the ports we were going to visit. Passengers were mainly from USA, polite and friendly. There were also about 300 Germans on board and taken this into account there were special activities for Germans, for example a celebration of Oktober Fest and one lunch with German specialties. Embarkation in Barcelona was fine. Our cabins were available at around 13.00. My cabin was an outside cabin. It was well appointed and confortable. My cabin attendent was polite and efficient. Since I am a diamond member, I participated every evening from the free social Event. This was very nice with absolutely friendly waiters. I have realized that many diamond plus members also came to the diamond lounge instead of going to their own venue. I wonder why. The diamond lounge was of course always full. In anycase it was not possible for us diamond members to go to the diamond plus event. Food at the main dining room was very good. I have also enjoyed the buffet restaurant. Unfortunately there are not many options for eating healthier food. It would be nice if we could get more grilled fish, chicken or minute steaks at lunch and dinner time. It would also be good if there were more healthy carbs options like brown rice, quinoa, whole wheat pasta, etc. The officers and crew members made a good impression to us. The Captain was from Norway and he and his crew took us with confidence to our destination port Fort Lauderdale. I have enjoyed that the ship never made the impression of being in a hurry. Cruise speed was maybe an average of 18 knots per hour, which several passengers pointed out that made the crossing confortable. Our ports of call were St. Maarten , San Juan de Puerto Rico and Nassau. Between Barcelona and our first port of call St. Maarten, there were 9 sea days. Altough I love sea days, I have found this a little too long. It would be good if Royal would make another port of call in between, for example in Madeira. We did inmigration twice. One in San Juan and one in Fort Lauderdale. The most remarkable one was in San Juan, because we had to stay in a long queueto haveour documents reviewed. The ship called us at 6.30 for the inmigration procedure for those who were doing ships excursions and in my case I have stayed until 8.30 on that queue. Many of us were not able to have breakfast before living for our excursion. It would be good if the buffet restaurant could open on that day at 6.00 instead of 6.30. In such a way we would be able to have breakfast before going to have our documents checked. I also believe, that Royal should improve the venue in which the next cruise consultants perform their duties. This venue was a place next to the caffee lounge and it was extremely loud. The travel consultants did a good job, but their working conditions need for sure improvement. Also for us passengers, it was hard just to sit there for a half an hour, so imagine a whole day like the next cruise consultants do. In summary,I had a very good time. I like the Liberty of the Seas. It has become one of my favorite ships and I will be looking forward to sailing with it again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
We are experienced cruisers (Diamond on Royal Caribbean) but this was our first transatlantic cruise. We chose a larger ship (Liberty v Legend) and a larger room (Junior Suite) because of the length of the cruise and the large number of ... Read More
We are experienced cruisers (Diamond on Royal Caribbean) but this was our first transatlantic cruise. We chose a larger ship (Liberty v Legend) and a larger room (Junior Suite) because of the length of the cruise and the large number of sea days (9 in total, 8 straight). We had always loved the sea days but had no idea how we would like 8 in a row. The verdict is: "Fantastic". There were literally over 1,000 Diamond and Diamond Plus cruisers on this trip and we seemed to be the only transatlantic first timers! That tells you something. The Diamond/Diamond Plus party took up the entire lounge at the front of the ship on deck five (Royal Promenade deck). The drinks were plentiful, the service wonderful and the food adequate (why can't they make a cocktail meatball that doesn't almost crack your teeth when you bite into it?). the diamond lounge itself (deck 14) got a tad crowded and was near the Viking Crown lounge , so a bit out of the way as opposed to where they placed it on Oasis and Allure (deck 6 overlooking the Promenade). We used it a few times but didn't feel the need for it a lot. ROOM: Our cabin was simply great. I booked rather late due to a health issue which resolved sufficiently by early September to allow us to go at the end of October and got one of two remaining junior suites which was perfectly located near the rear elevator lobby on the 9th deck. The room was twice as large as our hotel room in Barcelona, with a nice 7 foot couch and a lounge chair with ottoman. Our cabin stewardess was very friendly and did a good job keeping the room nice and towels clean. FOOD: We had a good table for the late seating with two nice couples who were also Diamond level experienced cruisers. We like meeting new people on cruises and this was a nice result. One of the couples moved to our table from an unfavorable location on the second night and they stayed so we must have made a favorable impression on them and they were fun. The food was good, not great, and our service was very nice. The windjammer was adequately sized, unlike Oasis and Allure, and never felt overwhelmed, even on day one. (In fact, I asked about how full the ship was and was told it was full, which surprised me, because it just didn't feel crowded around the ship, except in the solarium.) Again, the food was good, not great but with cafeteria style and the volume they must prepare, I was fine with it. The dining room for breakfast was just OK from a service perspective (We tended to use the windjammer for breakfast because of its ease and their omelet bar was very good) and lunch in the dining room was good, but too short (12:00 to 1:00pm only). ENTERTAINMENT: The entertainment was mostly very good but lacked enough stand up comedy for me. They do Saturday Night Fever as a stage production and it was great. The Ice Show was amazing ( I simply don't understand how they do their tricks on ice, on a moving ship!). They had a Motown group from Vegas which was also excellent. The last night they had a novelty couple (she was a contortionist and he was a juggler, acrobat) Very engaging, very talented (boy could she bend into some interesting shapes!) So, all in all, hard to complain about the entertainment. The Cruise Director was Rich and some of our cruise buddies knew him from prior cruises and he was very good and engaged the whole way across from Barcelona. The 70's disco night party on the Promenade was a lot of fun along with the dancing in the "Catacombs". It was our first Halloween on the high seas and while we debated taking costumes, we decided not to, and it was our one regret about the cruise. May of the costumes we saw were great and creative. One cruise buddy went as Jack from Pirates of the Caribbean and his costume was AMAZING right down to the beard (His wife's costume was also great in the same theme). I kidded them about having to take an extra suitcase just for the costumes, and they said yes! Now that's dedication! The night was a lot of fun. GENERAL: The front desk staff was really attentive and into problem solving, an A+ from me. The internet, and this is a REAL issue for me, was spotty at best, incredibly slow and incredibly overpriced. RCL really needs to take a look at this because it is very frustrating as a loyal RCL cruiser to spend up to 5 dollars before you even see the first web site you are trying to get to. Other cruise lines give their loyalty members free access to internet and don't try to gouge their other cruisers for a few more dollars of profit. Regardless, the quality and cost of that service needs serious help and improvement. We had our one excursion on St. Martin cancelled, for "lack of interest". Look, I'm 64 and my wife and I love to zip line, do exciting (not reckless) things etc so we booked that tour in St. Martin. We were the only ones to book the tour out of 3,500 passengers!!! Come on! I guess it was an older, more staid crowd with a large number of European guests but I was shocked to find out we were the only ones; very disappointing. I found lots of quiet nooks to read during the day and that was nice. They seem to have placed a lot of chairs around the ship in little sitting areas. On our cruise to New England a few years ago, it seemed tough to find a nice quiet out of the way spot just to read. Overall, this was a great experience and we will be looking for other chances to go "Transatlantic!" Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
All was good on the Liberty of the Seas. We had a great time on a great ship with a wonderful staff. Ship was in excellent shape and the crew were always doing something to keep everything tidy and neat. There were plenty of good shows, ... Read More
All was good on the Liberty of the Seas. We had a great time on a great ship with a wonderful staff. Ship was in excellent shape and the crew were always doing something to keep everything tidy and neat. There were plenty of good shows, activities and entertainment. We made a lot of new "friends" which included some of the crew/staff. This was not our first cruise, nor the first on RCCL; however it was one of the better cruises we have taken on any of the lines. We would strongly recommend a sailing on the Liberty of the Seas. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
After a somewhat rocky start (not the fault of RCCI)we boarded the spectacular Liberty of the Seas. As soon as we started to walk onto the ship we were greeted with pleasant and cheerful staff that were ready to assist you. Our ... Read More
After a somewhat rocky start (not the fault of RCCI)we boarded the spectacular Liberty of the Seas. As soon as we started to walk onto the ship we were greeted with pleasant and cheerful staff that were ready to assist you. Our cabin,an aft cabin with an "obstructed view", was fantastic... After reading a mixture of reviews on this particular cabin and it's obstructed view we were pleasantly surprised. The only visible part of the structure is a pole leading from the top of the balcony to the bottom on the far left hand side. The only thing that it is likely to obstruct is if you decided to try and climb from this balcony to the neighbouring one. Not something I tried. We boarded at lunch time so our first point of call was the Windjammer.. Walking in it was as if the place was brand new and never been used! It was clean and tidy and the staff were superb. Sail away was good, leaving pretty much on time. Not wanting to bore anyone with a blow by blow account of our entire transatlantic journey I will just outline the highs and lows. We received the most fantastic service on the planning during "my time dining " from Fransico and Moujahed. There was no faulting this dynamic duo. Nothing was too much trouble for them. I am gluten intolerant and they made sure every night that I had gluten free bread (there were a variety of gluten free breads so I never got bored) Fransico always made sure I knew what was available for me to eat and even when I decided that I would prefer an appetiser instead of a sweet he ran down to the other dining room to get it for me. They were polite and friendly every time we saw them, even if we were slightly difficult. Two other members of staff that deserve a mention were Crystal and Martina the photographers. They made the formal and I formal photos a fun experience for everyone. Personally I can't stand having my picture taken you'd never have guessed that with the amount photos we had. Chops Grille was a new experience for us. The staff were good although the service was a little slow. The food however made up for any waiting time. The filet mignon just melted in your mouth. Again these guys took note of the gluten issue and helped me to find something suitable. For anyone that finds themselves unable to have gluten and seriously misses pizza (like me) try Sorrento's gluten free pizza.. The pepperoni is amazing. Every member of staff we encountered were great and we couldn't fault them. They were all happy have a chat too. Now to the low points... Disimbarkation at Port Everglades.. What a nightmare! We always expect delays when leaving after end of a cruise but leaving the ship an hour after your scheduled departure time only to walk in to an unorganised warehouse to find details your cases, then shuffle around a queuing system for almost an hour and 30 minutes is a little ridiculous. I use a stick for walking and this was a nightmare for me. The cruise being over is definitely a major low point. We are now sat in our post cruise hotel (selected as part of our choice air package) and it is horrendous.. The doors and windows are shut. But its as if there is no glass in the windows, you can hear everything that is going on in the street and the paper thin walls mean you can hear any conversation in the other rooms and in the corridor. No peace and quiet for us tonight. In general well done Royal for a fantastic voyage. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
We had an absolutely glorious time. The Liberty is my favorite ship and for very good reasons: 1. the staff is fabulous!!!!!!, 2. the food is great, 3. the entertainment is great, and 4. the most important thing to the staff is to provide ... Read More
We had an absolutely glorious time. The Liberty is my favorite ship and for very good reasons: 1. the staff is fabulous!!!!!!, 2. the food is great, 3. the entertainment is great, and 4. the most important thing to the staff is to provide you with a delightfully memorable experience (if the staff is tired or having a bad day, you would never know it). I have traveled on the Liberty on at least 3 other occasions and each experience was great. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
We do not know where to start!, from checking in to leaving the ship we had the greatest time! Everyone on board RCCL ships are always friendly, however the Liberty staff and officers were 100 times beyond friendly. We ate everywhere on ... Read More
We do not know where to start!, from checking in to leaving the ship we had the greatest time! Everyone on board RCCL ships are always friendly, however the Liberty staff and officers were 100 times beyond friendly. We ate everywhere on board from the Windjammer restaurant, Chops and Portofino's and the food was absolutely excellent and do not know how they do it! Now for all the shows which offered some -thing for everyone and loved Grease and the Ice shows, however they were all great! There was great music throughout the ship and poolside, however the guitarist Pedro was outstanding. We are Crown & Anchor members and want to say thank you for always remembering us with parties, cocktails and treats! We visited just about all of the bars on board from the Champagne bar to the Schooner. We loved Bolero's and the various types of music and drinks. We were lucky to meet a young lady who worked for RCCL and discovered that she was there working and found out RCCL's secret! You are always looking for ways to improve your product for us! She took a moment to describe what she was doing and was so friendly to stop and take the time. However as always,there is always one person who had his panties in a twist and complained about he to everyone around him and would venture to guess he also complained to the higher ups. Unfortunately there is always a negative person or group that just believes they are entitled or elected to complain about anything, someone or something. What is really sad is that they pay good money to complain about something. In my opinion they are only looking to get something for nothing. Oh Well! We arrived in Europe a few days in advance so we never got off of the ship once we boarded! We didn't need to as there was so much to do 24/7! Oh yes, I almost forgot... Sorrento's had the most amazing appetizers! Honestly we decided to come at the last minute and got a fantastic deal and would not have the nerve to complain about anything. Fact is, there was nothing to complain about! Thank you again RCCL for always making our vacation a great one! Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
This was our first transatlantic cruise. We enjoyed it so much that we would not hesitate to book one again, especially considering that it is a real bargain. We spent two days in Barcelona prior to the cruise and it wasn't enough ... Read More
This was our first transatlantic cruise. We enjoyed it so much that we would not hesitate to book one again, especially considering that it is a real bargain. We spent two days in Barcelona prior to the cruise and it wasn't enough time for a first visit to that beautiful city. We boarded the HOHO bus and toured some of the highlights...Gaudi cathedral and Picasso Museum and participated in a terrific walking tour of the Bari Gothic (old city) that was arranged through the CruiseCritic roll call group. The cruise stopped at 5 ports in Spain and the Canary Islands, all of which were unique. The tours we took were filled with information on the history and politics of the autonomous regions of Spain. By the end of the 5th port we were ready for the fun and relaxing sea days. Embarkation: This was the slowest embarkation that we have ever experienced. We were misdirected to the wrong line and then waited over ½ hour to get to the desk. The camera taking pictures for the sea passes was broken. The representative asked us for another form of ID which we did not have and this frightened us because we were never informed that we needed a picture ID other than a passport. Fortunately, we found out that copies of our passport would suffice. Luggage did arrive in our cabin in record time. Dining: We chose My Time dining and really enjoyed it. On this cruise line, they prefer that you make a reservation, but it is not set in stone. On most of the days we had the same table by the window with the same servers. Service was excellent and the food at dinner was good with a wide variety of choices. One of us has a special dietary requirement, and each evening they provided us with the following day's menu in order to have the entrée specially prepared. I do believe that the quality of the food has deteriorated and is not as good as dining on Celebrity or Holland America, but it is generally sufficient for us. On the sea days we ate breakfast in the dining room at shared tables which gave us the chance to meet and chat with many people. There were items available in the dining room for breakfast that are not available in the Windjammer buffet, as well as a specialty item every day. Sometimes we felt that the food was not made to order, but mostly it was a pleasant way to start our day. Once I asked for an omelet with just peppers and onions. The omelet came with mushrooms. I sent it back, but the waitress just picked out the mushrooms and returned the same platter (by now, very cold). This was the one disappointing experience. Be aware that there is always a line for breakfast in the dining room. There was one late night buffet on the pool deck complete with ice sculptures and a dance band. Activities on Board: On the 8 sea days, there was an abundance of things to do. We were never bored. There were enrichment lectures on history and self-improvement which were very well attended and informative. There was an ad hoc discussion group each day in the Schooner's Bar where a group of about 30 people gathered to discuss issues of the day such as politics and economics. There were many opportunities for trivia, dancing, pool games and exercise classes. We don't recommend the casino because the table odds and payback on the slot machines seemed to be the lowest we have ever experienced on a cruise ship. One important note...We fully expected that this large ship class would have an indoor or covered pool. It did not. There is a very large water park area for children with various sprinklers and water toys. The main pool has a huge screen where movies, sports and music are played almost continuously. The music was very loud at times. The solarium pool is adults only, but is open and does not have a bubble should the weather be cold or raining. On this cruise the weather was warm, but it was extremely windy on the pool deck on several of the sea days. A covered pool would have been an asset. For that reason alone, we would never cruise on the Freedom class again. Entertainment: In a word: wonderful. Every night there was a different performance ranging from a full scale Broadway style production of Saturday Night Fever to an Elton John impersonator. The ice show requires reservations (which can be done on line before the cruise) but it is well worth signing up for. The music options were numerous, and we especially enjoyed the group called Suave. There were game type shows almost every night where the audience could participate. The cruise director, Mike from Australia, was a bit phony but the activities director, Rich, was top notch. Though there were very few children on this cruise, the Compass newsletter noted many opportunities to meet and greet staff members dressed as Dreamworks cartoon characters. Excursions: We took excursions sponsored by Royal Caribbean at each of the 5 ports. In Cartegena we were extremely pleased with the city tour (RA06) which took us through the town square and narrow streets as well as into two fascinating museums. One focused on the history and Roman battles and provided access to a catacomb that was uncovered during excavation. The other had artifacts from the many cultures that settled in the area and the museum opened onto the excavated remains of an actual Roman theater where you could walk among the ruins. In Malaga (tour MG01), our guide, Victor, took us through the old city of Marbella and then to Puerto Banus on the Costa del Sol, a beautiful resort town filled with yachts and luxury cars. Victor added much to the tour with his great sense of humor and honest discussion of the politics and financial situation in Spain. The third port was Cadiz (tour CD01). We toured a cathedral plus a museum and several plazas, and found this to be the oldest, most unrestored of the cities. The last two ports were Tenerife and LaPalma, two volcanic islands in the Canary Islands group. On Tenerife we chose the 4x4 adventure (TF21) which we highly recommend. The caravan of jeeps went up into the crater and lava fields of the volcano, which is the 3rd largest in the world. This tour may have been enhanced if, during the long trip, the driver had spoken a little English and could narrate for us. A great experience though! The streets of LaPalma (tour SZ14) are the steepest we have ever seen and the bus navigated them with amazing agility. Our guide, Sheila, was from England and originally came to LaPalma to work in the world famous observatory nestled into the volcano. We had a wonderful walk along the crater of the dormant volcano. Disembarkation: We were pretty mellow by the end of the trip, but the disembarking process was quite a mess. The CruiseCritic Meet and Mingle was the largest ever on Royal Caribbean. Though we only participated in several of the activities planned by the roll call group, it was a lot of fun to do the slot pull and gift exchange. A lot of people worked very hard to make this happen. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
Embarkation was slow. The "Suites" queue was slower than normal. Our grand suite was as usual, and was ready when we boarded at 1:30pm. Unfortunately one of the large windows onto the balcony had the seal broken. The window was ... Read More
Embarkation was slow. The "Suites" queue was slower than normal. Our grand suite was as usual, and was ready when we boarded at 1:30pm. Unfortunately one of the large windows onto the balcony had the seal broken. The window was entirely frosted and opaque. This didn't happen overnight, and why they didn't take care of it sooner says a lot about what RCL have become. There are many things that made this sailing a disappointment. Food in all areas was fair to poor and well below what RCL used to deliver. The windjammer selection has always been what is it, but the quality of the produce and meats were bargain basement. Tasteless unseasoned and bland are the only words that come to mind.They really should serve this stuff in seniors' homes where they can't differentiate. We had filet mignon in Chops Grill that was luke-warm and chewy with an assortment of sides that we either under cooked or mush. We pined for the bill, leaving without desert. The main dining room was a disaster. One day we were escorted to our lunch table, and left alone until we could flag down a white shirt and ask for some bread and a server. I ordered the Singapore curry noodles and sent them back twice because they were not cooked. We eventually just left. they just seemed to be all over the place without direction nor ambition. Suite Guests have access to the concierge lounge, and like all TA crossings they use a venue like the Sphinx Lounge to accommodate the 1100 Diamond and Diamond Plus and above guests. Mayhem the first two nights, but calmed down eventually. We have to say the masses that lined up at the front doors at 4:30pm waiting to let in at 5pm was a little embarrassing. It's like the barn doors where opening and feeding trough was being filled. It was a like a frat house free for all. Just because you're Diamond + or above doesn't automatically give you class. Most were dressed accordingly but there were some awful poor white trash with equal amounts of Euro trash. The sense of entitlement of most was really overwhelming. Just because you diamond hunted before they (thankfully) changed the rules, doesn't grant you status. This is my biggest beef with RCL. Suite Guests are the biggest gross profit customers on their ships. Period. Guests that got to diamond plus or above by booking inside cabins have not come close to what suite guests pay to reach the same tier. In our opinion they have neglected these passengers. We did not get priority debarkation in Ft. Lauderdale, in fact over 400 passengers had been allowed to do that before RCL's preferred "Suite Guest" customers. We watched the centrum lifts go up and down for an HOUR with the same people in them destined to be the first off the ship, igorning every annoucement not to congregate and to wait in the selected departure lounges. We waited in the concierge lounge for "priority." and spent $9000 for this this preferential treatment. We met some nice people, but a really disappointing cruise that has us looking elsewhere. $10K should buy us something better. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
After about a year and a half of watching the thread on this cruise here on CC, we finally departed for our first transatlantic cruise. We booked the flights and a pre-cruise package in Barcelona from Royal Caribbean though our travel ... Read More
After about a year and a half of watching the thread on this cruise here on CC, we finally departed for our first transatlantic cruise. We booked the flights and a pre-cruise package in Barcelona from Royal Caribbean though our travel agent. We flew coach from Dulles to Heathrow then on to Barcelona. We stayed at the Condes de Barcelona Hotel in the historic district, a good tourist hotel with included breakfast and a nice rooftop bar with great views at night. After a couple of the "hop on, hop off" bus tours to get a feel for the city, we went discovering it by foot. More Catalan than Spanish, Barcelona has a lot of fascinating architecture, but what we took away from it was the food. We had more fun trying different tapas than anything else we did. RCCL contacted us and told us our bags would be picked up from our rooms and when we were to be downstairs for the shuttle to the ship. Very smooth. Short lines at the pier too. Nice operation. We had a balcony cabin on deck seven. Nice size, adequate storage, everything worked. The Freedom class ship is only somewhat larger than the Voyager class, but didn't really handle crowd control as well as Oasis. The lines going into the theater and the crowds coming out were a mess. Bad crowd management was especially evident in the organization of the shore excursions. They used one venue, like the theater, for a staging area for a few thousand people. The line was one long bottleneck through the doors and all the way down to the stage where folks got bus assignments. Then they sit til they are called to head down the stairs to the gangway on deck one. One day the "bong bong" machines went down and more and more folks were stacked on the airless stairs with nowhere to go for forty-five minutes. It reminded me of the marching band being led down a blind alley in the film ANIMAL HOUSE. Not a good situation for several seniors who can't stand for a long period. If there had been an emergency, it would have been a shambles. The service on this ship from the cabin stewards and the dining room wait staff to the bartenders in the various venues was first class. However the dining room and buffet fare was "hit or miss" at best. The curries were fantastic and I found myself passing up the chops and roasts for a simple but very well executed curry. This is the second year for the current menu so maybe RCCL will make some improvements here. A more minor issue were shortages during the seven sea days. Fresh fruit and juices began to disappear, then certain meats and fresh vegs. Seems like there was poor planning at the last ports for provisioning. Since this was a 14 day cruise we tried Chops Grill the first week and Portofino's the next. Chops was great, good aged steaks served just as you ordered them. Huge desserts, we couldn't finish them. Portofino's was good too, just lacked the drama of all the grilled protein. Both were worth the upcharge. The thing that brought the most joy and the most irritation, as usual, were our fellow passengers. We met many new friends and very fine folks. We also endured some of the most self-involved people with towering senses of entitlement. No one really cares how much you spent on your suite, honey. Stop whining about how other people dress and stand in line like everybody else. The ports were Cartagena, Malaga, Cadiz, Tenerife, and La Palma. We had planned to do the Segway tour in Cartagena but found every single excursion there totally booked, we assume since this was the first port. We walked up to the university and the old bull ring and then down into town and ate at a bustling little outdoor café. Very impressed with the food and wine in Spain. In Malaga we passed on the trip to Grenada and the Alhambra. It was a nine hour tour and half of that was bus ride. We wanted something more interactive. We opted for a tour of the local Al Cabeza, a Moorish fort, and a walk through town with stops at three cafes for wine and tapas. Good choice. In Cadiz we visited the Tradicion sherry and brandy cellars in Jerez for wine tastings and tapas. Hmm, there seems to be a pattern here... We took an island tour in Tenerife, the first of the two Canary Islands we would visit, which included a bodega for wine and tapas and a wine museum stop. The bodega Albero was the highlight of our trip. We were brought to a tasting room with full bottles of red, white, rose, and a sweet wine on each table. The host then came around and opened a bottle of sparkling wine for each table as well. And then they served tapas; cheese, hot little potatoes, this really great red pepper sauce, and ham, sausage, a spiced rolled ham, and olives. This was a feast! At the wine museum we were to see a short movie, but about twenty of us opted for the tasting room and we bought more glasses of wine and some tapas there as well. Excellent excursion, I highly recommend it! On La Palma we did the volcano and wine tour, the volcano being the most dramatic thing we saw, walking around the crater at the top in a strong wind. Great views up there of the whole island. At the winery we got a nice tour of the cave where the barrels are stored but the wine there was unimpressive. Liberty provided excellent quality entertainment. We saw a couple of really good acts as well as the ice show, a high wire production show, and Saturday Night Fever, a Broadway-type road show. We had our kids (both twenty-somethings) with us and being a 14 day cruise, the passengers were mostly retired folks. They met up with a few younger folks and partied into the night with the entertainment staff. Something for everyone. This was actually a big reason for this cruise, a chance to enjoy a family vacation together. Now that our sons have gotten older and moved away, these will be rare. It was mostly warm on the crossing so we really didn't miss not having an indoor or at least a covered pool. Liberty has a big screen TV near the pool. They screened movies and music videos there, not too many live bands and we missed that. There weren't as many activities as we have seen on past cruises; I worry that this is a trend across the fleet. There were no morning trivia games in the Schooner Bar and some of the later ones were scheduled against other events. There was always something going on somewhere, so I couldn't see anyone being bored. The cruise director was amusing, but somewhat sedate compared to others that we have seen. Disembarkation was a disaster. More a customs thing than RCCL. Customs in Ft. Lauderdale didn't clear the ship til nine and by then all the self disembarkers and the first few groups were backed up all over the stairs and elevators. Then once off, the port building was nowhere large enough to handle all the passengers. FUBAR describes it nicely. Eventually we caught a shuttle to the airport for our flight home. All in all a good cruise and a great experience crossing the ocean by ship for the first time. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Recently, we have been choosing Celebrity for our cruises but thought we would try RCL. While it is a beautiful ship, we probably will not choose to cruise with RCL again. Dining-- The food served in the main dining room was of poor ... Read More
Recently, we have been choosing Celebrity for our cruises but thought we would try RCL. While it is a beautiful ship, we probably will not choose to cruise with RCL again. Dining-- The food served in the main dining room was of poor quality. A lot of tough meat, not a lot of seafood choices and most of the food came from the kitchen with too much salt. Only 3 courses are offered. The menu is uninspired and not real tasty. We were use to the Celebrity cruises where the food is outstanding. The Windjammer cafe served a variety of food but of poor quality. You also serve yourself on the buffet line, leading to multiple people touching the serving utensils. At the end of the cruise, many people shared the same colds. The orange juice in the morning was particularly bad. They charge extra for the good orange juice. The coffee is also bad. You have to pay for ice cream or good coffee. Service -- Our room steward and the wait staff in the dining rooms worked very hard and were terrific given the limitations they were under. Our table was for four people. Our waiters (2) had to serve a large table (12) plus 4 more tables for 4. This lead to delays in service up to an hour. I really felt bad for them. THIS IS A SMOKING SHIP. YOU COULDN'T GO INTO THE CASINO OR SOME OF THE LOUNGES DUE TO HEAVY SMOKE. I can't imagine a family wanting to take their children on this ship with the amount of second hand smoke. People were smoking around the pool also making it hard to find a place to escape to. BEWARE OF PICK POCKETS IN TENERIFE. OUR FRIEND WAS A VICTIM IN THIS PORT. Maintenance--Our shower overflowed onto the floor. It took one week, 3 visits and an argument with the maintenance person to finally get it fixed. Cleanliness of public areas--This boat is short staffed. We often found the public area restrooms dirty or with problems. Sanitation--They need more hand sanitation stations on this boat. The only ones are a couple at the entrance of the dining room and cafe. We never saw anyone wiping down railings etc. Many people were sick with colds at the end of the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Friday, 28th October -â€" Manchester, UK to Barcelona, Spain We travelled from Manchester on Monarch Airlines arriving late morning into Barcelona, El Prat airport, terminal 2 and travelled via private transfer to the W ... Read More
Friday, 28th October -â€" Manchester, UK to Barcelona, Spain We travelled from Manchester on Monarch Airlines arriving late morning into Barcelona, El Prat airport, terminal 2 and travelled via private transfer to the W Barcelona hotel for the night where we checked in and got a room on the 6th floor with a great sea and port view. The room was great for the special deal we got from a 'secret' hotel website of £120! Definitely 5* if located slightly out of town, but directly on the beach with very friendly staff and extremely comfortable for the night. Our room, called a Wonderful Double, and is just that. Modern, stylish and sleek. We had a wonderful view over the port which was full of cruise ships. Costa Serena, MSC Splendida and Carnival Dream to name a few. Went into the city centre by cab and dined at Hard Rock Cafe, a tradition when we're in Barcelona! Saturday, 29th October -â€" Liberty of the Seas Awoke to see Liberty docked in port and went for a walk down the beach and had breakfast. Checked out at 11:30 and caught a taxi to the cruise port, which cost just under €20 following the additional extras for bags that is always added in Barcelona. The lines to check-in were not as bad as we feared. So much so, that we stood in line for the Deck 8 check-in rather than wait with all the Diamond Members where the line was much longer. We were stopped a few times by people who recognised us from Cruise Critic. Always nice to put a face to a name. Within 30 minutes we were in the Windjammer and another 30 minutes in our stateroom 8550 at 1 pm, a category E1 balcony cabin, located port side towards the forward centrum. Our luggage made it to the room before us. Also our gifts of water and orange juice and a box containing cookies, nuts and candid peel sweets as a welcome back gift were there. The champagne and chocolate strawberries I ordered had already been delivered which is my tradition for sail away. We met with friends from Cruise Critic in the Viking Crown and met who was to become our favourite bartender of the cruise, Jelena. At 7 p.m. we went to the Sphinx lounge on deck 5 where the nightly event for Diamond C&A members was to be held for the whole duration of the cruise as the Diamond Lounge on deck 14 could not cope with the number of Diamond members on board. To be honest it was a zoo, although we met some very nice people, but after about 10 days we stopped going as we preferred to have a pre-dinner cocktail in the Olive or Twist bar in the Viking Crown on deck 14. At just before 8:30 p.m. we went to the Botticelli dining room for dinner as we were on My Time Dining. Our servers were fantastic and the meal was very good and we chose a great bottle of Chardonnay from our 12 bottle Platinum Wine & Dine package to accompany our meal. Food was fabulous which always amazes me considering the vast number of people they have to cater for. Our choices were for one of us, Caesar Salad, Sea Bass for main & Cherry Chocolate Cake for dessert, for the other it was Onion Tart, Pork Medallions and Strawberry Pavlova. After dinner we met a few friends on the Royal Promenade and clapped and danced to the Parade before a few more drinks in the Schooner Bar with the resident pianist. Everyone was in fine voice (ok not everyone)! Sunday, 30th October -â€" Cartagena, Spain Arrived in port around 11am and practically docked in the town centre. Cartagena is a pretty but somewhat unremarkable Spanish town. It has the obligatory Plaza Espanya, some quaint cafes and chic shops all set within a steep sided bay full of small yachts, fishing vessels as well as an odd range of military ship. As we left port after dark the locals gathered near the lighthouse at the end of the pier to wish us adios Monday, 31st October -â€" Malaga, Spain We took a guided bus tour around Malaga today. It was a balmy 23 degrees which was wonderful for late October. Never realised what a large and pretty city Malaga is. Most people arriving at Malaga Airport go west to the popular resorts of Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Marbella, the chic resort of Puerto Banus and Estepona. Malaga has existed since Phoenician times but has also been occupied by the Romans, Christians but mostly by the Arabs. There is a wonderful Cathedral which remains unfinished but unlike the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona there are no plans to complete the unfinished tower. Carnival Magic on her transatlantic crossing was in port and there is a great deal of development taking place to improve the facilities for all future cruise passengers. Back for lunch at Johnny Rockets, great shakes and burgers IMHO. Halloween night and lots of people took part in the parade and a fantastic variety of costumes were displayed, excellent. Tuesday, 1st November -â€" Cadiz, Spain We met with a few fellow passengers at 10am and ventured out onto the streets of Cadiz. We had no particular plan or route in mind so went where we fancied. Plaza Espanya was our first stop which has an impressive monument to the 1812 constitution. We veered onto the Alameda Apodaca, a broad avenue that hugged the sea wall. There were two enormous, spooky looking and clearly very old trees close to each other, Plane Trees I think. Then through the pretty Parque Genoves with its strangely manicured box trees like something from Alice's Wonderland. Cute green parakeets and an assortment of cats completed the picture. Foot sore we made our way through the narrows streets of the old town before heading back to the ship that dominated the horizon as we approached. Today was a National Holiday in Spain, All Saints Day, so most shops were closed but that did not stop us enjoying this attractive destination. Also in port today was Voyager of the Seas, Holland America Ryndam and Splendour of the Seas was undergoing revitalization in dry dock and could be seen in the distance. Wednesday, 2nd November -â€" At Sea Nice relaxing day after the past few port days, dinner at Portofino, excellent as usual, well worth the extra $20. Thursday, 3rd November -â€" Santa Cruz, Tenerife Shared the Port of Santa Cruz today with Queen Mary 2, Fred Olsen Balmoral & Voyager of the Seas, which was supposed to have gone to the Azores after Cadiz but was forced to change ports because of bad weather. Visited Loro Parque located in the resort of Puerto De La Cruz in the north west of the island. First stop the Orca Ocean and the Killer Whale show, only it wasn't much of a show as a couple of the whales decided that they didn't want to perform today. The Dolphins and the myriad of different Parrots, Parakeets and Macaws more than made up for it. The capital Santa Cruz looked huge but no time for that as we needed to be back on board to watch QM2 and Voyager of the Seas depart ahead of us. Friday, 4th November -â€" La Palma, La Isla Bonita Today we were on the small Canary Island of Las Palmas which is about 50 miles west of Tenerife and known as the beautiful island. We took a guided tour up to the rim of Caldera de Taburiente. The weather was fantastic and as we had set off early we were there a little after 9 am. We started at La Cumbrecita, which had magnificent views out over the crater which is not a volcano as some believe and walked about a kilometre down to a mirador (viewpoint) again with stunning views over the landscape. A quick stop off at the visitor centre and we were on the road again to visit a centre for young adults with mental health problems. They worked at a place creating arts and crafts such as necklaces, pottery, lace and even Cuban cigars. They didn't seem to mind us tourists gawping at them. Next was a church with a famous Madonna, a religious artifact. Our Lady of the Snow, I think it was called. Soon we were back in Santa Cruz and then onto the ship which we would not leave again for 7 days as we crossed the Atlantic. Saturday, 5th November -â€" At Sea A weather front passed through this area a few days ago and stirred up the sea and so we had some sea swells of up to 4 metres. On a ship this large however we only had a slight swaying motion and it was actually quite nice as it reminded you that you're on a ship in the middle of the ocean. Weather is gorgeous. Sun very hot. We picked a port side cabin as we knew the sun would be slightly south of us so we would have sunshine all day. Plenty of activities listed on the Compass to help pass the day and we attended a progressive trivia game which was held at 11 am today and for every other sea day until we reach land. It was very well attended in the Sphinx lounge. We ate at Chops with a friend to celebrate her birthday, and a very good meal it was too. Nightcap at the Champagne Bar with other friends. Sunday, 6th November -â€" At Sea Found excellent spot on deck 4 towards the aft to spend some quiet time to read. Despite the number of people on board there are plenty of little nooks like that around the ship if you wish to avoid the crowds on the pool decks. Lunch at Johnny Rockets again today and avoided the very filling shakes so could manage the excellent apple pie a la mode! Monday, 7th November -â€" At Sea Weather not so good today. Tropical Storm Sean passed to the north of us bringing some rain and plenty of cloud. Still very warm outside though. We had a mini golf tournament scheduled for 10am but the weather wasn't good for golf, so it was abandoned. This afternoon was the Ice Show which was excellent but cut short due to the motion of the ship for the safety of the skaters. We had dinner at Chops Grille again tonight. The waiter was amazing. Not only good at his job but he remembered us from when we sailed Liberty back in May. Tuesday, 8th November -â€" At Sea Very bumpy night last night on the high seas. Ship was rocking something good. Was wide awake at 1.30 listening to all the creaks and groans the ship made as it continued its journey westward towards the USA. Things calmed down around 7am. Another relaxing day at sea, and Quest in Studio B after dinner. Wednesday, 9th November -â€" At Sea The sun was vicious today. Hottest day so far around 79f. Flow Rider was being well utilised with beginners lessons today. Lunch at Johnny Rockets again! The theme on board tonight was 70's. There was a street party on the Royal Promenade at 10.30 that was a lot of fun. We gathered outside Vintages Wine Bar which was a great position. The Cruise Director and staff came down on the bridge in full 70's gear and the party kicked off and carried on in the Catacombs Nightclub. Luckily Sorrento's was open late so we could grab a couple of pizza slices on the way back to stateroom! Thursday, 10th November -â€" At Sea Dinner at Portofino's again tonight. The food as ever, was excellent. The recommendations of Shrimp Risotto was excellent, a Caesar Salad followed by Spiedino Di Mare (Seafood Skewer) which consisted of Lobster, Shrimp, Salmon and Scallops which was 'to die for', followed by Tiramisu to finish and then coffee and brandy. Then up to the pool deck for the White Party. Seemed the whole ship was out in force. Rock and roll band was playing and people were dancing. Captain Kjetil Gjerstad was mingling and greeting people. The chefs had displays of carved fruit, ice sculptures and more food which people were queuing up to eat! No chance for us as having eaten at Portofino. Friday, 11th November -â€" Final Day at Sea Spent the afternoon on the main pool deck enjoying a Mango Lava Flow. The Liberty Orchestra was out and the ships singers were performing some show tunes. This was followed by the Sexiest Man Competition, won by our friend from Fort Lauderdale. Saturday, 12th November -â€" Fort Lauderdale Arrived in Fort Lauderdale at 6.30am. Port Everglades very busy today. The world's largest cruise ship Oasis of the Seas was docked together with Celebrity Infinity, Holland America Eurodam and Grand Princess. Disembarkation was a little slow. As Diamond Members we could wait in the Botticelli Dining Room on deck 5. We had express departure as we wanted to make most of our day in Florida and scheduled for 7:45. Allowed to depart at 8:20 and had cleared immigration by 8:45, much quicker than expected. Others were not as lucky as the whole process was a little disorganised and resulted in many delays. Conclusion Liberty of the Seas is a fantastic ship, very well maintained, and run by a very professional and extremely friendly and helpful staff. The variety, quality and selection of food and drink are exceptional in my opinion. Entertainment is first class and there is something to suit everyone. We look forward to sailing on her again next May when she returns to Barcelona to sail the Mediterranean once again. Read Less
Sail Date October 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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