284 Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) to Caribbean - Western Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas Cruise Reviews

This was our first cruise and it was fantastic! The service was impeccable! The room was great, we had a stateroom with an ocean view. After putting away the suitcases and unpacking, the room was a nice size. The children's programs ... Read More
This was our first cruise and it was fantastic! The service was impeccable! The room was great, we had a stateroom with an ocean view. After putting away the suitcases and unpacking, the room was a nice size. The children's programs were outstanding!!! My son had a great time and was so happy to always go back. The crew members were great and very helpful. We enjoyed 4 shows, all of which were so wonderful and entertaining. The food was good as well, but I would ask that that they step it up a notch for breakfast. Don't get me wrong, lunch and dinner, dessert items were off the hook. For breakfast, I think it would be great to add a waffle bar. The buffet didn't look so appetizing. I would go back an do it all over again! Great time with the family!!!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Liberty of the Seas Review - April 25, 2015 5 days Belize and Cozumel Husband and wife, early 40’s Inside Promenade cabin - 8th deck First time cruisers with impressions after a great deal of research. Overall - Really ... Read More
Liberty of the Seas Review - April 25, 2015 5 days Belize and Cozumel Husband and wife, early 40’s Inside Promenade cabin - 8th deck First time cruisers with impressions after a great deal of research. Overall - Really enjoyed this cruise. Would go again with no hesitation. Food Did not eat in Windjammer - the MDR was open any time we went - just one floor lower than our assigned evening seating. Be sure not to miss the Asian chicken and chopped salad. The service was excellent. We had Hamson and Kiran as our MDR evening waiters - there were no finer waiters. Everything they recommended we ate and were abundantly fed and pleased. Sit with others - we met another lovely couple and enjoyed their company immensely. Should you get hungry there is always the Promenade to grab a snack. We had the soft drink package and while we saw no freestyle machines we were always able to obtain soft drinks. Chops Grill - excellent experience. Orneste provided good service. The shrimp and mushroom soup were excellent. The steaks were juicy and done to perfection. The sides were served family style. We left full and felt it was a good value for the extra fee. Cabin 8287 - Clean, quiet and in the middle of the ship. The Promenade could be seen via the indoor window. Heard all the parades but not too loud. You are viewing the tops of the entertainer’s heads. If you wish to have a better view of the parades you may wish to be on the 7th floor. Plenty of room for 2 people - would be crowded with more. Slight wear and tear to rooms - nothing very noticeable. Facilities were clean and worked well. Ports of Call Belize - book a trip here - the actual shopping port area is not that interesting. You take a tender boat from ship to Belize. Get in line the day before and prove that you are on a private excursion or they will not let you off until after about 11 am. The information is not clear from the boat - so ask and then ask again. Try to get a tender boat with tags 1 or 2. Ensure that your private tour operator will wait for you. If you go with Royal they will take you on a separate tendering system. My recommendation is Belizean Exotic Adventures. We took a city and Rum factory tour with Jenny and she was absolutely fabulous! She gave us so much insight into the every day life of the people of Belize. We had the time of our life and for a private tour with the 2 of us it was perfect. The meal at a local restaurant was included we will not soon forget the fish, chicken and rice beans etc. Nicolai and Sheena were welcoming. Jenny was warm and friendly. The minivan was clean and well air conditioned. Cozumel - A well-established port of call. Here you dock and simply walk off. There are multiple piers - be sure to note which one you are leaving. Loads of shopping both on and off the port sites. Much opportunity to rent a jeep, scooter or motorcycle. Did Papito’s Beach for the day - overall - good facilities - friendly people but the weather was breezy so the waves were rough. The sand is beautiful. Chairs were suitable. The umbrella was appreciated. We booked a snorkel package but it was cancelled due to weather. There was no compensation. Would not go back - one employee noted that the waves were often rough in this area. Be sure to stay on ships time - not the local time. Interior of Ship Adequate space. Multiple venues for eating and beverages. Signage was good. You can be as busy or as relaxed as you wish. There was some minor rocking to the ship but neither of us experienced any ill effects. Exterior Three sets of water activity areas - splash, general and adult. People save spots with towels etc. Pool attendants remove after 1/2 hour. Areas do get crowded at times but we could always find a spot on decks 11 or 12. Excellent jogging track. Entertainment Well done - ice skating was good - fun to watch - particularly the lady with the hoop! Up in the air - well worth the time - acrobatics with interesting visual displays. Embarkation Went at 1pm, took 1 hour and 15 minutes - lots of lines - moved quickly - bring your patience. Disembarkation We got tag #4 - took 1 hour. Would do self disembarkation next time. Process was smooth - just sheer volume that needed to get through Customs. Proximity to the airport Perfect - was a $15 ride back to airport. Loads of taxis available to take. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Overall, we loved this cruise! After sailing on Holland America Maasdam in 2006 Montreal to Boston (loved it), NCL Jewel in 2011 NYC to Bahamas (fun, but over crowded, and we even had open access to the 5,000 sq. ft. Garden Villa where ... Read More
Overall, we loved this cruise! After sailing on Holland America Maasdam in 2006 Montreal to Boston (loved it), NCL Jewel in 2011 NYC to Bahamas (fun, but over crowded, and we even had open access to the 5,000 sq. ft. Garden Villa where our friends were staying), and NCL Dawn in 2013 Boston to Bermuda (fun because of friends, but ship dated and food in non-specialty restaurants mediocre), we went back to RCCL on Liberty. We had not been on RCCL since Legend of the Seas in 1996 to Alaska (a fantastic cruise). And prior to that I had sailed on the Song of America (1988), Sun Viking (1989) and Song of Norway (1990) to different places in the Caribbean....wow things have changed at RCCL! The RCCL experience is very different from the 1980s, and from any of my past cruise experiences. For one, Liberty is so much bigger than the other RCCL (and NCL and Holland) ships on which I've sailed, to compare the experiences is probably not even fair. So, I'm not even going to try, except to say that I enjoyed my experience on the Liberty every bit as much as the other cruises. It was just different. And it's all what you make of it while onboard. Based on past cruises, we were concerned that the size of the ship would bother us, but it flows nicely and our location in mid ship was perfect. We stayed in a balcony room and the kids stayed in a Promenade cabin across the hall. What a perfect set up for us! I highly recommend this if your children are old enough for this arrangement. If you book far enough in advance during a promotion, the prices are fantastic. The ice show was mind boggling, especially since the seas were rough during the show and they performed without flaw! My Time Dining worked very well for us. We followed up after the first night to be sure that we would be booked at the same table each night as we loved our wait staff (and we had reserved a table during My Time Dining prior to the cruise for essentially the same time each night, with slight changes). Also, in case you haven't already seen it elsewhere, you can take up to two bottles of wine per cabin on board RCCL with no corkage fee. This is apparently a fairly new rule. I'm a wine lover, so we plan to take advantage of it next year. Surprisingly, the only bad experience was in Vintages Wine Bar where the bartender (former Sommelier on past RCCL cruise ships when that position was commonplace) was insulting and would put down the selection of wines people would order. I was embarrassed for him and RCCL. Not surprisingly, that was one of the only places on the ship that was basically empty that week. Shore excursions...we loved the Belize City zipline tour and our snorkel/catamaran trip to Cozumel. FYI, don't take a 12 year old to Senor Frogs in Cozumel! Embarrassed to say we had no idea what the place was all about. Fun for partying adults. For those of you who know, you understand our mistake. : ) We enjoyed the trip and the quality for the money that RCCL has to offer so much that we booked another cruise for 2016 on Navigator of the Seas. Highly recommended! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Liberty of the Seas – Sail Date April 25th - 5 Night Western Caribbean Cruise As always my reviews are lengthy but very informative hopefully this information will help you in your future cruise endeavors. I have broken down the ... Read More
Liberty of the Seas – Sail Date April 25th - 5 Night Western Caribbean Cruise As always my reviews are lengthy but very informative hopefully this information will help you in your future cruise endeavors. I have broken down the individual categories to assist in identifying key areas of the ship – crew and ports. Ft Lauder Dale Port: Unequivocally the worst port I have ever been at – we have sailed more than 7 times and I cringe when my wife tells me we are leaving out of Ft. Lauderdale. The construction around the Port appears to be completed which was a huge Traffic Relief. You must pass through a Customs security gate while driving through and they will ask for Boarding Pass / Pass Port or Identification before proceeding. Personally I like the added security it is very quick so unless you have something to hide this is a very fast process. Once you enter the passenger areas it gets extremely confusing – the Pylons are scattered to make lanes and there are Police and Parking enforcement all over waving their hands so you have to pay particular attention to who you are watching or they start yelling. Also the passenger drop off appears to be the last of the buildings on the docks – furthest from the parking structure so it’s best to find a porter drop your luggage with them and go to the parking structure – you will have to walk back and it is probably a 5-10 minute walk. Once inside the building you will have to go through another security check point – metal detectors etc. and then you will see the lines for the Cruise Sign in Desks. This is where it gets bad. We are platinum passengers with RCCL in other ports there were separate lines for Gold Members / Platinum / Emerald / Diamond etc. at this terminal you are all together for check in there is no separate lines, Now I am not degrading any passengers however when you sail enough and get these perks it would be nice to get your status services upgraded – no different than upgrading a plane ticket. – After check in we were pointed to a long long line similar to a bank line but 20x longer. Here we stood for 30 min. Where as in the Orlando port there were plenty of seats to sit. Once the Doors opened it took us to another room (Small and unable to hold the same amount of people that were standing) this is where I informed my wife to keep walking toward the RCCL rep and we showed him our platinum status and he let us proceed immediately on board. So if we didn’t ask or approach we would have been sitting for who knows how long. Bottom line very poor loading process – it lacks communication and structure. Disembarking OMG – RCCL what are you thinking this was 10x worse than boarding. Since we drive to our ports and park - we always choose to leave the ship early to beat traffic and crowds. The standard procedure is – Get your customs paperwork completed the night before – and advise on the TV whether you are leaving early or not. We did not have this option – What we did have was a note in the flyer which said. “For those passengers leaving early please meet on deck 3 and be prepared to have to carry your luggage down a flight of stairs. Elevators will only be available for handicap assistance” I was besides my self-thinking “No way is that possible – Carry your luggage down a stair case” Well the next morning we went to deck 3 and sure enough it was jammed packed already and we arrived at 6:30am – We waited for about an hour – it was 7:30 before we could start the disembarking procedure. As we started moving we walked pass the elevators and there it was – About a 3rd of the passengers trying to carry bags of luggage down “not one flight of stairs” but actually 3 Flights – We started at deck 3 and had to go all the way down to deck 1 – I am not kidding you when I say I seen people falling – luggage falling down stair cases – Elderly people getting pushed etc.. It was absolutely Ludacris RCCL would even attempt this – It was mass kayas and honestly if no-one got hurt I would be surprised. – Once you were off the ship you had to walk with your luggage across the dock almost 3/4 length of the ship outside – Thankfully our weather was nice. Then once inside the building, you had an additional walk through to customs. Absolutely Insane – This needs to be Fixed! Liberty of Seas As always we head right to the pool deck and get our annual sendoff drink – We were met by a bar waiter Malcom Colaco – he made our whole cruise go beyond service expectations, he was very friendly very professional always laughing smiling and even took a couple minutes to talk when he was busy. KUKDOS Malcom you are the best, and a special thank you to Ashish Jadhan who assisted Malcom when he was busy. Who ever sails on the Liberty Ask for Malcom – you won’t be disappointed After our Drink we toured the ship – we have sailed on this same class ship a couple months prior so we knew the layout of the ship – She is a beautiful vessel – very clean and great crew. The only downfall that I noticed which was new to us was that during certain parts of the afternoon sail days the crew would set up a Mig-shift bar along the pool deck which caused a really nasty traffic jam – and they put it on the smoker side of the ship – Now we do smoke so it didn’t bother us to stand in this line but for those persons who didn’t smoke I seen it unfair to them to stand in this area. Ideally they should have moved it to the nonsmoking side to make it more user friendly. I am sure they lost allot of business by those who didn’t smoke and didn’t want to stand there. Stateroom For our first time ever we stayed at the front of the ship Deck Nine Stateroom 9502. It was fantastic, because this rooms are set along the front and edge corners of the ship means you get about another 10-12 square feet which doesn’t seem like much but I will say this – We generally have to unpack our luggage and put suitcases under the bed or in the closet – In this room we put them in the corner and never came close to tripping or having them get in our way, the only down fall is – at night you have to keep your drapes drawn if your cabin lights are on – because the reflection from the room lights interferes with the bridge which is right above you – The Captain had to call our room one evening to remind us LOL. Even with that it is not a show stopper. The other concern having these rooms is keep in mind you are at the front of the ship so if there is a venue you want to go to that is at the back you are walking the whole length of the ship to get there – Again Not a Show Stopper. We will definitely try to book these rooms more often. Liberty of Seas Crew Overall the crew was exhausted – Its not a question of “Looked like they were” or “Seemed like they were” – They absolutely were exhausted. This is one of the concerns I always talk about in my reviews. These people are working 12-15 hours a day to give everyone a nice vacation experience. I don’t hold anything against those crew members who may not have reached expectations of some of the passengers – They were exhausted and gave all they could. A+ in my book Windjammer The hard fact is - Its buffet food everyone, you are not getting a 5 star Michelin dining experience in a buffet restaurant nor will the food approach this criteria either. It is not the greatest and certainly not the worst – You may have to find something you like and go with it – but please don’t expect – out of this world Buffett Food. It is unrealistic. Also a special Thanks to Sedrak Beneth Crispin the windjammer Supervisor – He was absolutely awesome and great person to talk to. He has some great stories so if you see him ask him about living in Wisconsin during his student transfer days. Johnny Rockets Hats off to Hazel Hodgson – She gave us a great Lunch dining experience – She was exceptional in her service and represented RCCL extremely well – Thank you Hazel. Specialty Restaurants We normally don’t visit the specialty restaurants but the first day on board they offered a discount so we tried Portifinos – Being of Italian / Sicilian Decent I loved most of the specialty dishes – my wife is more picky and went for the steak. Noel Ricketts was our waiter and his service and professionalism under the guidance of Georgiana Petru was fantastic. Thanks so much for everything. Customer Service Oriel Garrido assisted us at the Customer Service Desk and what a great job she did – not just with us – we watched as some disgruntled passengers approached her and she diffused the situation very quickly and they left smiling. Now that’s GOOD! Nice Work Oriel Our first stop Belize Just so everyone is aware – When any cruise ships go to Belize it is important to know that Belize is the home of a Great Coral reef – Which means you must tender off the ships you’re on. In our case it was the tender ride to Belize was 30-45 min one way. Any excursions on shore where a min of 1 hour ride up to 1.5 hours – So lets do some math. You port for 8 hours, there is a 30-45 Min tender (Plus Waiting in Line for the Tender) so lets say 2.5 Hours to tender off and back to ship. Your 8 Hours is now 5.5 Hours. If you have to go on an excursion trip 1 hour one way you use another 2 hours so your 5.5 hours is now approx. 3.5 providing there is no wait time – So your total excursion time is between 3 and 3.5 hours but your total travel time is around 4.5 – 5 hours. I am not discouraging just keep that in mind – because the tendering process is not that great – We chose to stay on board. Overall Experience Overall our experience on board Liberty was great however we noticed a big difference between 5 day and 7 day cruises. Personally we will not do any more 5 day cruises – We prefer 7-10. Five Day cruises seem to be too short – just as you are getting into your vacation it seems to be ending. The Liberty is a great ship and we will continue to cruise with RCCL. Passengers on Board Liberty (MY RANT) SOME passengers on board are “Simpletons” it absolutely disgusts me that on every cruise we take we see some passengers treat workers like they own them. It is not only embarrassing for me to watch these Passenger but it is embarrassing to the human race. These cruise line crews are there to make your vacation comfortable and enjoyable, they are not there to take criticisms and insults and walk away with a smile while you get off on your ability to stand on top of the hill for a moment. It is appalling and disgusting. We actually heard a women say “OMG I must be drunk I am actually tipping these guys to bring me drinks” on another occasion we witnessed passengers dirty a table – leave all there cups – cigarette boxes – pool towels and other garbage and walk away – and the trash can was 2’ away from them. It is an absolute shame that Human beings can’t respect other human beings – It is absolutely unacceptable in my book. The next cruise you take try to put your selves in the crews shoes – At sea for 9-12 months a year – not seeing your family – living quarters smaller than your cabin and your sharing with others, 12-15 hour work days and then dealing with the public! – Don’t pacify this as "it’s their job" – Those of us who are blessed with good careers and the ability to take these vacations need to be more open minded. Either way these are human beings and they needed to be treated as such. I am 100% positive that they passengers we hear complaining and disgruntling crew members or cruise lines wouldn't last 1 Shift with these people. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Background: Couple in our mid-50s. This was our 16th cruise, ostly with Princess and Royal Caribbean. We have also recently cruised Celebrity and in the past cruised with Carnival and NCL. So we have some good perspective with which to ... Read More
Background: Couple in our mid-50s. This was our 16th cruise, ostly with Princess and Royal Caribbean. We have also recently cruised Celebrity and in the past cruised with Carnival and NCL. So we have some good perspective with which to compare. The week before this cruise we took a 7 day eastern Caribbean cruise on Allure of the Seas, which probably influenced the time we had on Liberty. Pre-cruise stay at Hyatt Regency Pier 66. We had a King tower room facing the port. This gave us incredible views of ships leaving port as well as an overall city view. Would definitely stay here again providing we could get the same room/view. I mentioned we cruised Allure the week before. There was a day in between so we had to stay in a hotel. Embarkation: We arrived around 10:30 and went through a short line for security and another line for check-in. We had a Jr Suite so we waited for about 15 minutes in the priority boarding area. We go onboard about 11:20 and were pretty much the first people to the Windjammer for lunch at 11:30 when it opened. The ship: The ship was in fine shape and beautiful with some exceptions. I wonder if this is indicative of lack of attention to detail or a sign that more maintenance is needed. There were several broken seats in the main theater. Both of the karaoke booths were out of service in the On Air club (and had been for several weeks, according to the bartender). Everywhere else was fine and looked well maintained. Elevators were slow and we spent quite a bit of time waiting for elevators. In contrast to Allure where there are 3 sets of elevators, front, mid, and back with 12 elevators in each set, Liberty only had two sets (ok, smaller ship, less passengers), with 10 elevators in each set. Cabin; We were in 9626, a junior suite on deck 9 just forward of the hump. This being our first foray into a any type of suite, we were really looking forward to this large room. The cabin was very roomy but had some downsides. For one, the bed was so hard it was like sleeping on plywood. We asked out steward for an egg crate topper but whatever he added made no difference. Sleep was hard to come by. I had researched the room location as I wanted to make sure we weren't below the pool deck. There was a suite above us so I though we would have some quiet. However, evidently, the occupants of said quite had little kids who apparently liked to play soccer and run around the room until midnight on most nights. To top that off, the balcony doors do not seal out sound, so the neighbors who liked to sit out on their balcony until 3-4 AM every night talking as loud as they could made for many sleepless nights. Dining: This is where being on Allure the week before made the comparison not so good. We had MyTime dining and sat at the same table each night. Conversation there really made dinners enjoyable. We met some great people who just happened to sit next to us and ate at the same time. Our waiter, Turnell, and assistant waiter, Fethi, were the absolute highlight of the cruise. They made our dining experience excellent despite some food that wasn't the best. For some reason Cream Brulee was removed from the everyday available dessert menu. But Turnell found us some one night. On the last night he even found us some chocolate pie since none of the desserts were appealing. Food in the buffet was ok, but was the same every day. This is where the comparison to Allure really casts Liberty in a sad light. On Allure there are so many places to eat breakfast and lunch, both free and $$. On Liberty there are only two places for breakfast- Windjammer buffet and MDR, neither of which is outstanding. For lunch they add Johnny Rockets, which IS awesome but carries a $5.95 cover charge plus cost for drinks/milkshakes. And Sorrentos might as well be warmed up grocery store pizza. They could probably make a mint opening a real pizzeria with a cover charge like Johnny Rockets. The Promenade cafe was good for morning coffee but most of their food offerings could be had in the buffet. When compared to Princess' International Cafe and Celebrity's Cafe Al Bacio, the PC falls way short. Entertainment: The ice show was excellent including one performer on a swinging hoop. I was most impressed with the fact that she got her hair tangled on the cable right at the beginning of the performance. She managed to untangle herself and perform her entire routine. That was very impressive to me. Incidentally, they indicated that we needed reservations for the ice show, which I reserved online before the cruise. However, no one scanned our cruise card and there were no tickets handed out. So it appears that you can just show up (early) and get into whatever show you wanted. The other entertainment acts were a very bad comedian, Al Ducharme. Time spent at the "adult comedy" show will be wasted. His biggest shtick is sound effects, which were pretty good. However, comedians are supposed to be funny. The other non-headline act was a juggler who could also be missed. If you've seen one juggler on a cruise, you've seen everything this one can do (and probably you've seen the tricks done better). One would hope a juggler would not drop stuff all the time. It was a little sad, to be honest, and I slept through most of it. The headliner was Greg London, musical impressionist. I think we've seen him before, but it was as forgettable then as it was this time. When someone says you came to hear music and not talk and then proceeds to talk a lot, you know you're in trouble. On the other hand, the production shows were outstanding. Not to be missed is "Saturday Night Fever" (on the last night of our 5 day cruise). Also very good was "In the Air". RCCL has really upped their game in this area of entertainment. Ports: Labadee- Only got off for a short time since we didn't have any planned excursions and aren't really beach people. Ocho Rios- Got off to go to all of the stores around the port. These were ok, but you can save time by going to only one store since they all pretty much have the same stuff. Were I to come here again, I would book an excursion and skip the shopping. Since we had blown our excursion budget on the previous cruise, we had only planned to shop which turned out to be a disappointment. Activities: Since this was our "relax/recover after Allure" cruise, we didn't participate in many activities. Even my DW was trivia'd out after Allure. We watched one movie under the stars, but it was plagued with technical issues. For one, it was supposed to start at 8 PM but didn't start until 8:30. They ran continuous spa ads for the entire 1/2 hour. It wasn't until I went down to guest services and asked them if they were going to run the movie that they actually started it. And then when it was originally supposed to end, during the most suspenseful part of the movie, some pre-programmed ads came on. Very poor coordination by the A/V folks. Service: I mentioned the dining room service, which was simply outstanding. Other areas were excellent as well. I think RCCL really shines in this department, at least from our experience. Our room steward, Paul, was excellent and worked around our schedule as needed. He made some great towel animals. Everyone we interacted with was very friendly and polite. We go out of our way to engage with folks and find that they always react in a friendly manner. If you're expecting them to all smile at you with no motivation, that's probably expecting too much. But smile first and say hello, good morning, etc and they shoot the same friendly attitude right back at you. Disembarkation: This was, without a doubt, the worst debarkation experience we've ever had. We did not do the early walkoff, which was probably a mistake. But since the cruise ended on a Saturday and we weren't in a hurry for our 2 1/2 hour drive home, we stayed on the ship as long as we could. It took us 1/2 hour in line just to get off the ship. Then it was another hour before we made it to the customs agents. There were 4 agents, which evidently is not enough for that many people. Compared to our Allure debarkation, which took all of 15 minutes from preparing to leave to being through Customs, this was a nightmare. Most of the line standing was outside as well. I can't imagine how bad it would have been had it been a hot day. Summary: There were good and bad parts of this cruise. The best was the dining room service and Saturday Night Fever, The worst was the debarkation process and some of the individual entertainment. I don't think we will book this ship again as there are just too many other options. Our next 4 booked cruises are with Celebrity. After that we'll look for when Oasis of the Seas comes to Port Canaveral as well as maybe re-booking Allure and Harmony. We'd love to cruise on Enchantment before she leaves for Miami as well. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Just back from the Liberty of the Seas to Cozumel. The ship was absolutely amazing. Clean, smelled nice, easy to navigate, lots of activities and food! The service was great for the most part. There were a few dealers and casino pit ... Read More
Just back from the Liberty of the Seas to Cozumel. The ship was absolutely amazing. Clean, smelled nice, easy to navigate, lots of activities and food! The service was great for the most part. There were a few dealers and casino pit staff that were rude, but that was really the only issue I had on the cruise. Tons of activities for all ages, from lounging by the pool, to kareokee to riding the flow rider (which is great! you must try it.) The main issue I had with this cruise? Disembarking. Very disorganized, long, delayed. Do yourself a favor and just relax until they announce you must get off the ship. I also found it annoying that you have to eat breakfast by 8am in the main dining room, or you are stuck in the buffet. One other issue, I was trying to have dinner with some friends and the staff seemed to be reluctant to make this happen, even though I had mytime! They made it work, but it was like pulling teeth. I would advise anyone to try out the Liberty. Great cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Last week we came home from our 2nd RCCL cruise. I have a few tips that hopefully will help others in planning their trip. We were traveling with 4 children, ages 9 - 20, and a friend of the family (17 y.o.). First off, if possible get ... Read More
Last week we came home from our 2nd RCCL cruise. I have a few tips that hopefully will help others in planning their trip. We were traveling with 4 children, ages 9 - 20, and a friend of the family (17 y.o.). First off, if possible get there earlier then they tell you. We boarded the ship around . We were actually too early and got to sit in a waiting area for maybe 10 minutes before barding - no big deal for the trade-off of being one of the first on the boat. We immediately hit the kids pool, deck 11 (this was the ONE AND ONLY time they had it all to themselves...not to mention it looked "clean"). Also, the buffet hadn't been ravaged by the onslaught (yet). The drink package is 18./kid plus another 18% (gratuity?), so I think it ran us $44 for 2 cups and we told the kids to share since we aren't big soda fans. The only thing is they put a sticker on your room card, and some bartenders ask to see it when you get a refill, whereas others don't seem to care. I can't stress the importance of a lanyard (especially for the younger kids). I brought them, as well as a whole punch, and it especially helped my 9 and 11 y.o. keep track of their card = admission to the kids club, ice cream charges, the room, etc. We ended up getting 2 state rooms as we were ill-advised. The family suite, ocean view (very front of the boat) easily slept 6 with a queen, bunks (kid size) in a room with a door, and a fold down couch that sized somewhere between a queen and double. There was SO MUCH space, 2 closets, 3 windows...it was amazing! We also had a balcony room, which was much smaller but nice to have the fresh sea air and view. The only thing is, we could have comfortably accommodated the whole family in the family oceanview suite, without having to bounce between 2 rooms that were on dfft. decks (that was a drag). The rooms themselves were clean and well maintained. The food was okay in the dining room and "my time dining" worked well for us. I often ordered 2 entrees since the portions were on the small side and sometimes the quality/taste wasn't up to expectations. The "fresh" ceasar salad was consistently good. Their version of "tiger" shrimp is maybe a large shirmp, but nowhere near XL or Jumbo. Desserts were consistently good. Check your water...sometimes we noted some "floaters" and requested clean cups and a refill. We ate at Johnny Rockets once - so glad we got there at 4:30 when they opened, as there was a wait line by the door when we left. The shakes were good, but there were only 3 flavors - choco., vanilla & strawberry. There is a nominal charge to eat there (5.95) but shakes are additional charge (6.00). We did the cupcake decorating for kids, which was fine for a 9 year old but it seemed geared toward younger kids. There was no room for actually learning to decorate - everything was prepackaged and they took you through it, step-by-step. Perhaps the adult decorating class allows more creativity and teaches some technique. The free food in the promenade was pretty good. Pizza - ah, ok (if you're really hungry) but the cheesecake pops are GREAT. We had Ben & Jerry's a few times, which was the regular price. I found the "sales" in the stores and main strip of the promenade offered pretty good deals (2 RCCL logo tees for $20). In regard to excursions, we booked our own separate of the cruise line (thanks tripadvisor!). We went to Mr. Sanchos, a short taxi ride from the maze of shops at port. Beware, if you have more than 4 people, they charge double ($34), making it $68 round trip. The food was GREAT at Mr. Sanchoz - coconut shrimp, fresh salsa, & fresh guacamole. They made all the "fruity drinks", but after tasting, they were too sweet for both my husband and myself (although the 20 y.o. loved them...drinking age is 18 in Mexico!). We stuck with "Sol" mexican beer. The beach attendant was at our beckon call, continuously bringing food and drinks. We did the fish spa, hoseback riding, banana boat ride, and the kids floating water park (these are all a la carte). With the "all inclusive" package we had unlimited food/drinks/and kayaks as well as pool/hammock/swings, etc.(security deposit is returned after turning kayak paddles). Still a BETTER deal than the RCCL all inclusive beach excursion - cheaper, better food, and a better beach for swimming...as reported on Trip Advisor). They say be back at the boat at 5:30, so Mr. Sanchez was cleared out by 4:00 and we had the place to ourselves. NO RUSH! 7 minute taxi ride, 10 minute walk to boat (unless you stop at the very last bar for $1. shots of sex on the beach!). We were on the boat by 5:20, and they really didn't leave until about 6:00. Go figure. Kids loved the rock climbing and the flowrider, which is harder than it looks. With a few attempts, though, the kids picked it up. I suggest trying it the 1st day at sea when it opens (early afternoon). That was the shortest wait time, and the attendant allowed them to go a bit longer which was good since they were just learning. As far as the kids club goes, we signed them up and NEVER used it! There was always so much to do that we never saw the need, so I can't comment on the quality of the program for kids 9 - 11. My teens enjoyed the teen programing (15 - 17) and they were very strict about not allowing other ages in. They liked meeting and having other teens to hang out with. My 20 year old felt like there weren't any activites specifically for her age group - the only one we saw was a karoake night (maybe an hour) for her age, so she didn't have the venue to meet other's her age like the two 17 year olds. RCCL is giving you no breaks on drinks (typical of most cruise lines). Two beers were $14 (gratuity automoatically added). Thankfully, we were able to have some choice beverages from home (thanks rum runners flasks) which went undetected, not to mention the 2 bottles of wine you can bring per stateroom that they allow. The two main shows, Saturday Night Fever and Encore (ice show) were pretty good. The younger kids lost interest about half way through SNF, but then again, they couldn't relate to the songs and disco moves. The ice show was phenomenal, and not to be missed. They had a "visiting" cast member from Russia who combined ice skating with a hoop (think cirque de soleil). The whole family had a beef with the "prizes" offered for the contestants. TOTALLY CHEESY. We had the honor of winning the mens belly flop contestant, which provided TONS of entertainment - and were given a plastic neck medal! The teens competed in games, and the staff didn't have the "promised" drink cup to give my daughter (which they never gave to her at a later date). We did the pool games, and the MC could have helped make the teams even in number, but didn't bother, so we lost every event. Also, the teens reported the "Prom" queen/king contest was decided by the counselors, not the teens, resulting in a round of "boos"! This may seem petty, but my family is very competitive and "in it to win it" (can you tell?). With all the money they bring in, you'd think RCCL could splurge for decent prizes, even logo wear such as hats or tees. Overall, a great cruise experience and we would highly recommend RCCL. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Our first experience on the Liberty was a grand one. We were told it was a fine ship, but we were surprised by many good things, not the least of which was the larger balcony stateroom. We nearly always book balcony rooms, and find them ... Read More
Our first experience on the Liberty was a grand one. We were told it was a fine ship, but we were surprised by many good things, not the least of which was the larger balcony stateroom. We nearly always book balcony rooms, and find them to be close to each other in size. Not on the Liberty- she gave us much more usable space. The meals were very good and, although our table partners changed due to some family requests, we ended up with a nice group of 6. The dining service was a little different on this ship, as we had two primary attendants as opposed to three on our last several cruises. They did a fine job, though. Not sure why the wine steward position wasn't available on the Liberty, but we had no trouble adjusting. The ship is sneaky big, with the Royal Promenade creating a great centerpiece. We did not expect the Promenade to captivate us much, as we have been on the Allure, but we were wrong- it held our attention and then some with the shops and restaurants and bars and entertainment. Speaking of entertainment, the featured guitar soloist was as good as we have heard on a ship. The Broadway show, though we were not able to see all of it, was very well done and left no doubt that you were watching a professional production. With one port on a four day cruise, the casino got plenty of action. And not to wear out the theme, but it was bigger than other ship casinos. It actually felt bigger than the casino on the Allure. The winning and losing are probably the same, but the dealers and other casino staff were the usual great personalities. There were several competitions in the casino- it seemed like something was going on all the time. As always, there were children running around occasionally, but the staff was pretty good at not letting them hang out where the actual gambling was being conducted. Royal Caribbean may want to prohibit children from the casinos and the bars altogether, as it just doesn't seem appropriate. Also, adults who go to casinos and bars don't have the expectation of children being in those areas and it can be a bit uncomfortable. Again with the "big", the fitness center was huge. It even had a boxing ring and boxing workout equipment. The spa massage is a "can't miss" and the specials were reasonable. We highly recommend the Liberty for any length cruise to any destination- you won't be disappointed! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This was my 9th overall cruise, 4th on Royal. Went with my wife and daughter for spring break. We normally cruise out of Tampa but the cruise we wanted there was booked up nearly a year out so we ended up driving to Ft. Lauderdale for a ... Read More
This was my 9th overall cruise, 4th on Royal. Went with my wife and daughter for spring break. We normally cruise out of Tampa but the cruise we wanted there was booked up nearly a year out so we ended up driving to Ft. Lauderdale for a trip on Liberty of the Seas. As such, there was no air travel or hotel stays involved. Leaving Tampa at 8AM, we arrived at Port Everglades around noon. Traffic to the port wasn't too bad but there were 4 ships leaving that day (including the Oasis) so the port itself was somewhat crowded. Port Everglades is also an odd port compared to all the other cruise ports I've left from (Tampa, Miami, Canaveral) as it really is a cargo port that then decided to have cruise ships. As such, if you drive there, you have to dodge container transports getting to the terminal. Our terminal this day was 25 and signage directing you to it wasn't the best. When we eventually found it, there was no clear signs about where to unload. Eventually, though, we figured out you actually have to drive PAST the terminal to drop off the bags. Self-park is then back on the other side of the terminal on the opposite side of the road. I did NOT see any valet attendants. After about 20 minutes to park and walk back to other side of the terminal again, we began the check-in process. Of my 9 cruises, this was BY FAR the longest check in process I have ever experienced. Our paperwork (and even a phone call from Royal the week prior to our cruise) advised us NOT to arrive at the port before 12PM. Well, the lines at 12PM were already wrapped around the building! We had a suite and were advised by our travel agent that we had priority boarding so we weren't that concerned. However, we still had to file around the building for 20 minutes to get to the separate priority line. Once in that line, it turned out to be just a shorter cue for security but still took 25 minutes to go through. And let me tell you...Terminal 25 looks like it is simply a converted cargo warehouse with no frills or ambiance whatsoever. Once through security, we were able to check in pretty quick and then board the ship. So from drop off to boarding was 75 minutes. Once on board at 1:15PM, we figured we'd head to our room since we were told it would be ready at 1PM. Unfortunately, there was apparently a delay in the previous cruise being cleared by the Coast Guard so we were told the rooms were not ready and we needed to wait another 30 minutes. Having experienced Windjammer's on embarkation day before, we immediately looked for any other venue to grab a bite and a drink and found the pizza place - Sorrento's on the Promenade. It was surprisingly quiet, had it's own bar, and the pizza wasn't too bad. We even ran into some friends from Tampa! As for the ship itself, it is by far the biggest ship we have ever sailed on, but other than during embarkation and the occasional elevator log jam during dinner, it really didn't seem that crowded. Overall, it is a very clean ship with only some signs of wear. After a brief exploration, we finally made it to our room - an Owner's Suite. We had previously been in a Grand Suite on other Royal ships but this time we splurged with the thought that our other daughter would join us but that didn't happen so it was just the 3 of us. Overall a very nice room. We were 1 door away from the aft elevator/stair bank but it was very quiet. We were also under nothing! We enjoyed the room for a while and sipped some champagne watching boats come in and out of the channel. The room was very spacious and the balcony was huge with 2 doors to access it. The furniture had more signs of wear than I have seen on other ships and there was a funky black ring at the water line in the toilet. Otherwise, it was still quite clean Eventually we had our security drill. Unlike embarkation, this was by far the quickest drill I've ever been to - 7 minutes! Then back to the room we went to unpack and get ready for dinner! The food in the main dining room in my opinion was overall good, but it was more hit and miss than I have been used to on Royal. My wife was less impressed but still seemed to finish most everything she was served. The wait staff was ok; they tried but there seemed to be a bit of a language barrier and our head waitress seemed flustered at times; our assistant waiter was attentive but quite; and our MDR bar server was kind enough to repeat our drink order from the first night - every night of the cruise! She was nice so we didn't try to advise her that we preferred different wines and beers based on what was being served. We did not eat dinner in either of the specialty restaurants but with our cabin, breakfast dining was available in Chops Grill. Unlike on Jewel or Enchantment, though, the menu was limited to egg dishes and if you wanted any pancakes or waffles, you had to go through Windjammer lines and bring it back to Chops. We ate there only once. The buffet dining in Windjammer Cafe was ok. They did offer sushi but it was questionable. Basic room service menu is limited but delivery was faster than on other Royal ships. We also took advantage of one of the benefits of staying in a suite one night and ordered room service off the MDR menu. The delivery steward even set up a tablecloth and silverware for us! As for the activities available, we saw almost every show. Given the number of people on this cruise and the size of the main auditorium, each show was surprisingly empty. The ice skating show, on the other hand, was packed, but the venue was smaller. There is no lack of things to do, otherwise. We did the Flowrider, ice skated, played putt putt, and my wife had a massage that she adored because of the hot oils that were used. Service was above average. Our stateroom attendant was pleasant and promptly made up the room any time we were not there. Staff throughout the ship seemed pleasant. Pool bar service was good. Our ports of call were Belize and Cozumel. In Belize, we had seen weather reports of 90% chance of storms so we didn't leave the ship and essentially had the pool to ourselves (well, maybe 50 other people total!) While it did rain, we didn't see any storms. The other negative things about Belize is that it is a tender port and the ship anchors about 4-5 miles off shore meaning the tender trip can be quite long; there also seems to be limited excursions available - at least any with a large number of any kind of reviews. In Cozumel, we went to Chankanaab and that was awesome. Would recommend against any cruise line based tours there, though. Save money and just go on your own. Taxi from terminal $12-24 each way depending on number of people and $21 per adult to enter park; then, book whatever you want to do there (dolphin and/or manatee encounter; zip line; snorkel/scuba; sea lion show; etc.) Food and drink prices were reasonable ($3 per beer in 6 beer bucket.) Very relaxing just to grab a chair under a thatch hut and have some beers! Disembarkation was ok but the flier they provided the night before had unclear information; as such, we reported to our disembarkation lounge nearly an hour before we were supposed to. When we came back, we had 15 minutes to spare and started to grab some food but almost as soon as we arrived, the host told everyone to grab their things and we were off to disembark. And this brings me to my next beef with Port Everglades: after disembarking directly onto the dock (you don't go through the terminal,) you end up in an outdoor cue that wraps around the baggage claim building while forklifts whiz back and forth from the ship to the building - all out in the open. Then, you wait to clear customs in a sea of people. And unlike in Tampa, porter service does not get you any special privileges - you have to wait Overall, we had fun and our cruise seemingly ended before it began. The weather was great and we would go on the ship again - if it would come up to Tampa! We really got spoiled by the Jewel of the Seas while she was there and just found this cruise a little below what we expected. We will likely go out of Port Everglades one more time since we have already booked a cruise on the Oasis. Hopefully that port experience is a little better. Would give this cruise a 3.5 star rating if available. Only other comment I will make is: don't buy internet on ship. It is horribly slow, terribly unreliable, and can cost an arm and a leg. Even the crew admitted not using it and waiting for port days to use free wi-fi at most establishments in town. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
I did a lot of research leading up to our cruise which was a 5 day Western Caribbean on Liberty of the Seas. I read many reviews and prior to our leaving, was just unsure what I was going to find once we boarded. Frankly, this cruise ... Read More
I did a lot of research leading up to our cruise which was a 5 day Western Caribbean on Liberty of the Seas. I read many reviews and prior to our leaving, was just unsure what I was going to find once we boarded. Frankly, this cruise was fantastic and I enjoyed the heck out of my vacation. Boarding was pretty clean and easy and we even had a hiccup we had to address when we showed up. We arrived right at about 12 noon and from start of finish we were on board the ship within 30 minutes easy. Hit windjammers for lunch, was busy that day but duh..Here's where one of the concerns came, so many people complained about Windjammers and food choice/quality. Okay, I'm lost, the choices were numerous as there are several food buffet stations with different options all accessible to choose. In terms of the quality, this where I think people expect to receive 5 star for free, it's a all you can eat buffet style setting. It's buffet folks, it's not going to taste like a 5 star restaurant. It was good, some better than other choices, but again remember that it's a buffet and it is what it is so have real expectations and you won't be "disappointed" with it. We hit Belize as our first port and did an excursion via Royal for the snorkel at the great barrier reef. It was outstanding, now I love snorkeling and the ocean so it admittedly doesn't take much to hit my buttons on snorkel excursions but I loved it. It's about 40 minutes from the tender location and it's a little blip of an island but there's just great snorkeling around it. The group's are split into 3, beginner, intermediate, advanced, we did the middle as a few me aren't great swimmers nor had a lot of snorkel experience. The excursion group leaders were great! Now, we may have been just luck in that our group was roughly 15-18 people, the advance even smaller (the beginner group had 35 or so people). The group leader was able to take his time and show us various areas of the reef, explain what we could see and provide some great information on the area and fish. His assistant constantly came up with starfish and other species for us to hold, touch, see etc., so this excursion was just great. We hit Cozumel the next day and decided to do our own thing. We hit the Money Bar for 4 hours or so and that was perfect for us. There 6-7 cruise ships in port that day and the Money Bar was not overly crowded, so nice and low key and good food and drink for fair pricing. Like many said before, I also enjoyed watching multiple snorkel excursion boats stop 100 feet or so off shore to drop off the snorkelers; it helped me know where I should start when I swam out there from the shore. We went back to the ship and dropped off our gear then went out to shop. Due to concerns on time, we stayed close by the port area for this and I'd say this probably was the only "disappointment" we had. And a lot of the disappointment is due to feeling cheated that I didn't get out further to explore real Cozumel but that fault is my own. I would add though that the port shopping isn't too great both in terms of choices/options, quality and also the atmosphere just isn't that great. Last recommendations, if any of you all reading this sign up for a cruise with Liberty, if you do My Time Dining I strongly encourage you to request reservations with a waiter named Ronaldo, he along with his assistant Carlos, were just outstanding! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Our family went on Liberty of the Seas on 3-28-15. First off, the port for Liberty is horrible, you have to drop your luggage off at one place and then go park and then walk to the terminal. We had to wait longer then usual to board the ... Read More
Our family went on Liberty of the Seas on 3-28-15. First off, the port for Liberty is horrible, you have to drop your luggage off at one place and then go park and then walk to the terminal. We had to wait longer then usual to board the ship because of the Coast Guard doing their inspection. Once we made it on the ship things were fine. We made our way to the Windjammer for lunch and that was OUTSTANDING! We were able to get into our room and shortly after our luggage was there. Our room attendant was polite and very personable. The muster drill was the same, no big deal. Once that was done we continued looking around Liberty. We had early dining in MDR and we had requested from our TA a large table with kids our son age and we got the large table but he was the only kid. Food in the MDR was not the greatest and the quality has gone down hill. The rest of the week we at in the Windjammer and talk about the food it was AMAZING! Our son spent most of the time in the Ocean Adventure and he had a blast as usual. I felt that there were not enough activities during the sea days, I felt bored at time. I know it was only a 5-day but a few more activities would have been nice. The Cruise Director Dru Palvov (he was a fill-in for the regular CD) was fantastic. The Cruise Director Staff was some of the best that we had. This was cruise 19 for me and my husband and number 9 for our son. Overall, we had a nice time, there are some things Liberty could improve on like the food in the MDR and Embarkation. We had to wait in our assigned areas for a while. The times they told us we could get off were not correct. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
First and foremost, this was my 9th cruise, 2nd on Liberty of the Seas...I think people should know that upfront because first timers tend to give a different view.... Liberty of the Seas is huge. Lots of walking and its a beautiful ... Read More
First and foremost, this was my 9th cruise, 2nd on Liberty of the Seas...I think people should know that upfront because first timers tend to give a different view.... Liberty of the Seas is huge. Lots of walking and its a beautiful ship. I traveled with my wife and kids (ages 4 and 7 both prior cruisers) as well as my parents. The royal promenade makes the ship different than most. It changes the scenery to make you forget you're even on a ship. There are little cafe's and pizza places, as well as shopping areas and it resembles a city street, very cool. Sea days are crowded by the pools. This is the case with most Caribbean cruises, but its a huge ship with a giant water park for kids conveniently located next to a soft serve ice cream machine. The solarium is an adult area which has its own bar as well as two giant hot tubs that hang over the side of the ship. Belize....long tender ride...stayed on ship to enjoy the absence of passengers and have pools and activities to ourselves. Good call after hearing others talk about Belize. Cozumel...Awesome...we love Cozumel...lots of shopping and great restaurants. Take the cab into the city of San Miguel and get away from the port. Well worth it. My kids loved Adventure Ocean...if you have small kids the "my family time dining" is great.. at 640-650 each night in the dining room take them to level 4 of dining room and the staff takes them to Adventure Ocean for evening activities and adults get to enjoy the remainder of the meal...this worked out great for us. The dreamworks characters were all over, Shrek Fiona, Madagascar folks...... Inside Cabins...cheap....quiet...dark for afternoon naps.... Dining and food....Windjammer is good...Dining rooms are better for all meals...Dining room food is great. I've read lots of reviews with people complaining about the food...Must be picky eaters is all I can think of...Our waiter was great....brought us a total of 14 Lobster Tails on Lobster night....for a table of 6....they just kept coming....best food ever???no...but good. Cut up with the waitstaff...they do that everyday for months...they enjoy people with personalities...have fun! Disembarkation was surprisingly smooth for a huge ship... Get the drink package...especially if you drink bottled water. Is Royal Caribbean better than Carnival??? No...both are equal in my mind...Ive been on several of both lines. Princess stands out but Royal And Carnival are very much the same good quality vacation. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Overall is was a fantastic cruise, and just what the wife needed! The services we used were very good; the food in the MDR was excellent; the food in Portifinos was excellent; food in the Windjammer Cafe was good and exceeded expectations ... Read More
Overall is was a fantastic cruise, and just what the wife needed! The services we used were very good; the food in the MDR was excellent; the food in Portifinos was excellent; food in the Windjammer Cafe was good and exceeded expectations (except for the dessert choices, not nearly enough chocolate choices). The ship was well maintained and clean throughout. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
I have been on the Liberty of the Seas several times, but was really disappointed this time. I took a group of seven cabins on a family reunion and was embarrassed at how poorly room service performed. Every time someone placed a room ... Read More
I have been on the Liberty of the Seas several times, but was really disappointed this time. I took a group of seven cabins on a family reunion and was embarrassed at how poorly room service performed. Every time someone placed a room service order, half the order was missed! Even after speaking with the hotel manager, the next time it happened again! I must add though, the entertainment on this cruise was simply amazing! The aerial show, Saturday Nght Fever, and the Ice show were all fantastic. We cruise Royal Caribbean a lot and this one unfortunate incident will not deter me from cruising them again. As a matter of fact, we will be on the Liberty again in July going to Bermuda and hope to see a much improved performance by room service! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
We cruised on 3-14-15 with our three grandchildren, ages 15, 12 and 9. We had connecting staterooms which worked out perfectly. Our granddaughter turned 15 on this trip and we had her room decorated. Great job! The room attendant also ... Read More
We cruised on 3-14-15 with our three grandchildren, ages 15, 12 and 9. We had connecting staterooms which worked out perfectly. Our granddaughter turned 15 on this trip and we had her room decorated. Great job! The room attendant also made animals with towels and it was so much fun to come back to our rooms at night and have these laying on our beds. The rooms were always kept clean with fresh towels and linens. This was a first cruise for the children and they had a great time and were in complete awe of the Liberty of the Seas. Service aboard the ship was fantastic with the exception of Sorrento's pizza where we encountered a very unhappy server who should not be serving the public. I hated for my grandchildren to experience this. The dining room staff, Rollelo, Cynthia and our bar attendant, Nelson provided outstanding service. Rollelo was always entertaining the children with new tricks. They loved him! We did zip lining and cave tubing with cavetubing.bz in Belize and the price was so much less than the cruise ship. We made it back in plenty of time to catch the tender. What a wonderful day and highly recommend them. In Cozumel we did a ship excursion to swim with the dolphins. the tour was handled very efficiently and this was a great experience and a fun day. Disembarkation was fairly smooth and getting our baggage and going through customs went very well. We took All Star shuttle service to the airport and they were on time and very friendly and efficient. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
We took our trip March 5th to Haiti & Jamaica. When we got through customs we had to check in and the young man that checked us in took about an hour to do so. He didn't know what he was doing. He kept having to find help from ... Read More
We took our trip March 5th to Haiti & Jamaica. When we got through customs we had to check in and the young man that checked us in took about an hour to do so. He didn't know what he was doing. He kept having to find help from someone and messed up one of our peoples names in the system and it caused a lot of trouble for us on the boat because the name on the card didn't match the name that showed up when the card was swiped (name was right on the card but showed middle name as first name when swiped). When we got onto the boat it was absolutely beautiful. However, our room and another person that came with us rooms were incorrect. We called guest services and went to guest services and both times they told us that they would try to find us a different room. About 3 hours later they gave us both a call back saying nothing but sorry. Didn't offer us anything for our troubles. Now though we weren't looking for a discount we should expected more from them than just a sorry. We've traveled before on carnival and when they mess up they offer free internet, they check on you in your room multiple times, they offer discounts, they offer credit, etc. So after dealing with that hassle we accepted it and moved from it. In my own opinion, I felt as if the buffets food was cold and unfavorable. I preferred room service everyday for the 5 days we were on the boat. Their room service menu had really good options from steak sandwiches to cookies to fried chicken. The bar staff in the Catacombs club was pretty rude. I understood that they were slammed with college students but they were very snappy and unfavorable. The DJ that was hired of this cruise was absolutely amazing! Now, when we arrived to Haiti it was pretty decent. You can't swim on the beach there unless you were a gold cardholder. They fed us on the island so that was a plus. But the drinks (nonalcoholic) were very watery. Our next stop was Jamaica, I loved the fact that we were able to see what real Jamaican life was instead of it being staged for us. The only thing I didn't like about Jamaica was that the people there were always trying to get you to buy something and they would not leave you alone. You have to know how to walk away from them because they do not take no as an answer. After walking around for our time allowed we returned to the boat. If you're traveling with young adults who appear older than they really are be careful. We encountered a few times where and employee would be telling obvious teens that it doesn't matter (buying drinks and/or cigarettes) because they're in international waters. The casino was fair. The card table workers weren't very happy at all. They all kept a neutral face the entire time. Never smiled, grinned, laugh, or anything. We also had met multiple people on the cruise who had their share of bad experiences and also preferred Carnival. Though this trip wasn't completely bad. I don't think I would return even if the trip was heavily discounted. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
4 day cruise from Fort Lauderdale with one stop in Cozumel. It was a girls getaway long weekend so our really wanted to relax. The signage in the port could use some work and it took the cabby a minute to find the boat. We got in line ... Read More
4 day cruise from Fort Lauderdale with one stop in Cozumel. It was a girls getaway long weekend so our really wanted to relax. The signage in the port could use some work and it took the cabby a minute to find the boat. We got in line and once we got inside we had a very short wait. I had cruised on royal before and had the lowest gold status but for this check in the gold line was the shortest line and we waited only 15 minutes. We brought our 2 bottles of wine, a case soda and water on board without issue. We checked into room 9394 which was in the back of the ship. It was a balcony room and very quiet would book that specific room again for sure. Our steward was nice without being over the top. I had not sailed on the liberty before and it's a beautiful ship. The gym was pretty amazing nice equipment but I wish they would have had more classes that you didn't have to pay for. I wish I had thought to download some classes on my iPad to do in the gym. The ice show is a don't miss we saw it twice and just thought it was a great experience. There is a coffee shop, Ben and jerry (pay extra), cup cake shop (pay extra) and other little stores. The food was just all around excellent did not eat in any specialty restaurants just main dining and thought everything was well prepared. Really enjoyed the small entertainment (trivia, karaoke etc) and thought the staff did a good job. They did play Quest on our last night and it was fabulous. We did one excursion in Cozumel to see the ruins and take a tour. The best part of the day was the restaurant El Pescador. Beautiful views and great food and the best sangria I have ever had. I would have had lots more of it but we found out when we arrived they only took cash. So now for the not so good. Springbreakers! We picked the first week in march specifically hoping to avoid them we did have some on the boat and they were kind of obnoxious and over served. Bartenders. There did not seem to be one drink menu on the boat and when asked to come up with something interesting the bartenders were at a lost. The drink costs were also more inflated than when I traveled before. Internet. Terrible terrible service and expensive if you can avoid it..avoid it. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
My 14 year old daughter and I went on a cruise without my spouse (who was with her 90 year old father revisiting a World War II battleground in the Pacific.) So, for a Daddy-Daughter vacation, this was ideal. I wasn't sure what to ... Read More
My 14 year old daughter and I went on a cruise without my spouse (who was with her 90 year old father revisiting a World War II battleground in the Pacific.) So, for a Daddy-Daughter vacation, this was ideal. I wasn't sure what to expect of the Liberty of the Seas, but I feared it being TOO big and TOO crowded. The ship never seemed that big at all (perhaps because it is multiple decks, rather than bigger in length) and, though we had a full ship, it never seemed that crowded. The ship was kept VERY clean, and I mean spotless. In all public spaces, and most especially the public bathrooms, there were crew working VERY hard to maintain that. THAT was impressive to me. I've been in some nasty bathrooms aboard ships, and these were wonderful. To be honest, we were making this impulse cruise as cheaply as possible. I chose the entry-level interior stateroom, and it was perfect for the two of us. The only crowded part was the entry from the door, then the space opened up. The room had a fridge (stocked, and they charged you for what you used, but you could keep your own things there, too) and a safe. Storage seemed completely adequate for us and our two large suitcases stored easily under the beds. The beds featured memory foam tops. The bathroom had a narrow countertop, with another narrow bit of storage the length underneath that, in addition to triangle shaped shelfs. You really don't have to work out of your toilet kit if you don't want, although my daughter did hang hers off the back of the door. Shower is a tight fit. If you are a large person, you may feel uncomfortable. I joked it was like taking a shower in a large water heater, as it is round in shape. But it worked fine in practice, and, hot water was immediate and plentiful. There was a shower head on a removable handle, and of course a string to hang wet clothes on. There is a pump dispenser for shampoo, and bar soap provided, but bring any conditioner you want with you. There is a hair dryer in the room. We chose My Anytime Dining, or whatever its called, and may have made our only mistake there. We expected to go casual and only ate in the Botticelli Room two nights (and could make reservations for that online prior to sailing) and it was delicious! The service was excellent, and we regret not eating all evening meals there (and it's already paid for!) We ate breakfast and lunch in a variety of places. We had room service for breakfast one morning, and that was fine (and at no charge) but you may have to wait for your food. It was more convenient to eat in the Windjammer… a large variety of food served buffet style, but sometimes crowded and the food was passable at best. We ate one meal at Johnny Rockets but was unimpressed. We did enjoy eating the pizza slices on the Promenade (can't remember the restaurant name.) They were tasty and free (!) and often satisfied us for a meal. We ate at the Cupcake place, and even took the Cupcake decorating class. The cupcakes are good but rich (lots of frosting), so the ones we made for our class were way too much for us to eat! You do have to pay for cupcakes, and Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream, and most other places around the Promenade. The Solarium really looked great to me… quieter, more shade options, etc. but they have a 16 year old age minimum so that would have left my daughter my herself. The regular pool, while loud, more crowded and occasionally rowdy, was fine, with three good sized hot tubs to enjoy. There was a large kiddie water section which we did not use, but it looked like everyone was having fun. Entertainment was mixed, but we REALLY enjoyed the Ice Show and recommend it. The Aerial Show was mostly good, occasionally great, and is worth your time. Boarding and Disembarking were a piece of cake for us, but I think completing my paperwork online prior to sailing and bringing our passports with us might have made that all smoother than others experienced. There was tons we didn't do, or pay for, and still had a great vacation on the "cheap." I can recommend sailing on the Liberty of the Seas without hesitation, although I can see I am slipping towards a smaller ship, older crowd atmosphere as I age… ha! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
We arrive at port for embarkation at 11:30 and the wait was minimal less than 15 minutes to get to a representative and most of that was walking. We were checked in quickly. We were on board by Noon. Once on board we hung out in the ... Read More
We arrive at port for embarkation at 11:30 and the wait was minimal less than 15 minutes to get to a representative and most of that was walking. We were checked in quickly. We were on board by Noon. Once on board we hung out in the splash zone, which had two hot tubs and a pool. The water was a bit nippy and the pool went to 5 feet. On the other side there were three more pools under the big screen TV with hot tubs and an adult only area that had pools and hot tubs. All of the pools were deep if you have a non-swimmer, so bring arm floats or plan to stick to the splash zone. The ship itself was very beautiful, well maintained and very clean. Hygiene is a priority and Purell hand sanitizer stations were everywhere. We purchased the Premium drink package and the soda package for my 6yo and the stickers were already on the cards. This seems like a big purchase but one drink can run $10 alone so for us it was worth it. We ate lunch in the Windjammer the first day and on the last day a sea and the food was typical buffet stuff, but a large selection. We mainly ate in Botticelli for dinner and the Rembrandt for breakfast and lunch (days at sea only). The wait staff was great and we chose the same Servers all cruise. By the third night they had our preferences down and were ready with a child's menu for my daughter. The food was fantastic in the dinning room and I only had to send back one item the whole trip. My 6yo ate everything. There were options for everyone: vegan, vegetarian, gluten and lactose free. There is no late (midnight) buffet, and the Windjammer closes at 10:00pm but, Sorrento’s and Cafe Promenade are open 24hours for pizza and sandwiches, along with room service. There were an abundance of shows and In the Air and Saturday Night Fever were great. The stage was amazing. We also saw the Ice show, which was entertaining. Great clubs and bars with good music. Something for everyone. I loved sitting in Vintages wine bar with a glass and listen to live music or just watch the Promenade. My daughter went to Adventure Ocean everyday and couldn't wait to go and didn't want to leave. She came back with arts and crafts everyday, which made great “free” souvenirs. The Teen areas were always in use and very popular. The Arcade was very nice if a bit pricy, but the Teens had a free arcade night where most of the games were free! I thought that was great. There was Ice skating and the rock wall and the surf simulator. You have to be 48" barefoot to boogie board and 52" to stand up surf. We participated in the DreamWorks breakfast on the 2nd day at sea which had Madagascar characters. The 1st day at sea had Shrek characters. I would book these before the cruise because they book up fast and cost $10 per person. Check your Compass (itinerary) for many other DreamWorks activities like dance parties and character meet and greets. We didn't purchase any shore excursions through the ship because they were too costly. In Belize we booked with Butts Up for cave tubing and ATVing total cost $205 USD, Make sure you get you TENDER ticket early on the 1st sea day if you book with a local tour group. In Cozumel we just rented a car ($55USD) and set off around the island and found a free beach and ate at Coconuts. If you book through the cruise line do so online before hand and save time. The shore excursion line was very long. The only issues were that my Daughter was given charging privileges, but this was easily corrected. Also the first night our bags took forever to come, they said by 8:00pm and it was later than that. We had to eat dinner in bathing suits and cover-ups. We also had a dinning mix-up. We asked for Family Time dinning and it was switched to My Time dinning. We just booked the same time each night. The Pool on "At Sea Days" Was over crowded and I recommend getting there early or finding another activity to do until around lunchtime. People would hold seats for people who never came or came 40 minutes later. Disembarkation was slow to get through customs about 45 minutes. All in all it was a fantastic cruise and we would book again. There were way more activities, but we just couldn’t do them all.   Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Sailed on the 3/19 cruise out of Fort Lauderdale. There was a hole in the hull which required an 8 hour delay prior to leaving the port. That means the shops and the casino closed till after midnight. When I go on vacation I want to leave ... Read More
Sailed on the 3/19 cruise out of Fort Lauderdale. There was a hole in the hull which required an 8 hour delay prior to leaving the port. That means the shops and the casino closed till after midnight. When I go on vacation I want to leave not hang in an ugly port like Port Everglades. Then on our last night we were sequestered to our cabins for 2 hours when a passenger jumped overboard. We were told to be quiet as they searched for the body. Quite upsetting to the many children on board. In between we went to Cozumel and spent the day at a nice beach club. We watched the uncaring passengers walk to the gangway 40 minutes after boarding time of 5:30pm. The days at sea were filled with flowing alcohol from the many passengers who purchased the drink packages. It is amazing the amounts of alcohol that people can consume and the amount of food people can eat. The solarium was filled with people in their 20's playing beer pong and screaming. The food on this ship was typical RCCL fare. I expect the food to be mediocre and was not let down. Chops not has the double upgrade special. $35 to get in and $19 more for a fresh steak. Service was slow and the food was also fair. If you really want a good steak spend the extra $19. RCCL should just raise the price and only serve the better steaks as the standard ones on the menu are terrible. My time dining worked out well and the service was very good. The dinner menu remains the same on this ship as any other ship on RCCL. Diamond lounge was typical of every RCCL ship with the same assortment of appetizers. The Balcony cabin we had was decent with no surprises. A/C worked and kept the room cool at night. Only saw our stateroom attendant once the whole trip. The spa was nice and the massage was pretty good for a cruise ship. Fitness center was very adequate though some of the treadmills were out of order. Locker rooms were adequate. Johnny Rockets had better service than others I have been too. Food better than the retched Windjammer where passengers take food with their bare hands. Lunch options lacking after 1 pm on the Freedom ships as compared to the Oasis ships. The casino was pretty busy and the tables were active for the 2 nights it was fully open. You might think I am ragging on this cruise but I am a Diamond Plus member on RCCL and it seems to me that RCCL caters to the first time cruisers more than the loyalist cruisers. What I mean is the activities and menus is unique for the first time cruiser but after 20+ cruises of looking at the same menu, same activities, same gifts, same food it gets a bit boring. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Just returned from a 5 night on the Liberty of the Seas and mostly I was impressed. We arrived at the port at 11:45 and we were on the ship within 30 minutes, eating lunch. The drink prices have skyrocketed, but you can bring 2 bottles of ... Read More
Just returned from a 5 night on the Liberty of the Seas and mostly I was impressed. We arrived at the port at 11:45 and we were on the ship within 30 minutes, eating lunch. The drink prices have skyrocketed, but you can bring 2 bottles of wine per stateroom on board (kids in adjoining cabin so that left plenty for us) Unfortunately, the new menu in the dining room was pretty awful. We only ate there once and ended up at Portofino twice and chops once-- one night windjammer.... Although we had plenty of snacks and pizza to make up for it. The ice show was spectacular as was the production "in the air", I've seen it before and forgot how good. The excursion desk had some issues, the head of it wouldn't talk to us in person, only over phone-- felt like he thought he was the wizard of oz-- hiding behind a curtain. All in all, the kids had a blast and we are booked again in July. Royal continues to be affordable, fun and just goofy enough that we keep going back. But the dream works experience instead of the set sail party-- is really laughable, unless you have 5 year olds... Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
I've cruised on Disney, NCL, Holland America and Celebrity cruise lines. I had high expectations for RCL. The food in the main dining room was awful. The food in the buffet was better, but hit or miss. Other than the fruit, the room ... Read More
I've cruised on Disney, NCL, Holland America and Celebrity cruise lines. I had high expectations for RCL. The food in the main dining room was awful. The food in the buffet was better, but hit or miss. Other than the fruit, the room service breakfast wasn't edible. The beds in our balcony cabin (8686) and the adjacent cabin (8684) had mattresses that severely sagged in the middle of each twin bed and resembled two spoons. The cabins were clean and very spacious. Every staff member we encountered was helpful and courteous. The dining room attendants and cabin steward were wonderful. I may or may not cruise on RCL again, but I definitely won't cruise on this ship again. Sadly, this was a sailing in which a person went overboard after climbing over a railing on the 12th deck and the Captain and crew were phenomenal in the way they searched for the victim and maintained communication with the remaining passengers. I've never encountered a tragedy while cruising and I hope I never do again, but this Captain deserves accolades for his professionalism and leadership in the way he accounted for everyone on board, and enlisted everyone on board to cooperate so the search had every possible chance of being a success. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
We sailed March 14-19, 2015 out of Port Everglades. Our kids are DD7, DS13, DS15, DS18 so I will try to include their perspectives for potential other families. I've (dad, 45 yrs old) sailed 3 different lines, and this was my third on ... Read More
We sailed March 14-19, 2015 out of Port Everglades. Our kids are DD7, DS13, DS15, DS18 so I will try to include their perspectives for potential other families. I've (dad, 45 yrs old) sailed 3 different lines, and this was my third on Royal, biggest ship I've sailed yet. A couple of my kids have been on a cruise, but a couple were on their first cruise. EMBARK: I managed their expectations towards 2 hours, based on what I've read here. We arrived a little before 11am by taxi and it was very congested traffic-wise. 10 minute wait in traffic, then dropped by entrance and walked into security screen where we waited only 5 minutes. Then to check in and that wait was only 5-10 minutes as well. Then sat in line for about 30 minutes and boarded. I'd say it was approximately 1 hour from arrival to being up on deck by the pool...much faster than expected! Kiddos were very happy about this. FAMILY ACTIVITIES: We wanted to spend time as a family, not go multiple directions so the kid's clubs were not of interest to my kids as they would have been split up. This is an area I think Royal does a poor job. There were activities for one age group or another (dreamworks parade, Teen flowrider, etc) but nothing like a family scavenger hunt, or family shuffleboard tournament or family anything. So we made our own activities and had a couple hours family time each day, and then split into subgroups and had some "free time" each day and the kids seemed to enjoy that balance. I made up my own photo scavenger hunt for our family and that was a bunch of fun (email me Ted at psCultureMatters . com if you want a copy for your family). SHIP ACTIVITIES: We did rock climbing a couple times and it had 30 minute lines each time, fun both times. We did Flowrider on our Belize day since we were back on board at 3pm and it was a reasonable line, maybe 15 minutes so we took 4 turns, very fun! Basketball court was fairly busy but you could always get in and shoot or play a game if you wanted. Ice Skating: Open skates were at weird times like 7-8, 8-9, 9-10pm and they give a limited number of "tickets" so my wife and daughter got one but they were out of them for me so I took pictures and they enjoyed it but for a 7 year old staying up late past 9 or 10 is not ideal (see note in entertainment!). I wish they would have had afternoon skates open like they did on Navigator. Pools...my kids are mostly past the splash zone age, but my two youngers did enjoy the current pool a bit. One of the two regular pools was heated and very comfortable the rest of the pools were a bit chilly to swim at night but during the heat of the afternoon (most crowded part of the day too) they felt good. Mini-golf we did twice, had lines but went fairly fast and it was a decent little fun family time type course. Shuffleboard was fun, even though most of us had never played, FUN FAMILY TIME and the equipment is all right there in a metal locker next to each court. HINT: Behind the "hump" of the dining room on Deck 4 there is what's essentially a hidden shuffle board court with great ocean views and a peaceful environment, we LOVED this area for our family shuffle board, like a private court just for us!! ENTERTAINMENT: Pretty good overall. But mostly really late, like starting at 9pm or how about this...on night 3 Dru, the cruise director opens the Love and Marriage show (my wife were watching on tv) with "Folks, some of this show might go past PG, so there is a reason it's at 10:30pm at night okay, we hope the kids are in bed" and I'm like REALLY DRU? You scheduled the dreamworks parade at 10 Friggin 30pm, and that's FOR the kids. Why Royal schedules stuff so late? Now the R rated comedian (who was very funny, and even more funny in the early show at 7pm) was scheduled for 11pm, That makes sense. But lots of stuff like Karaoke and other activities that would be fun to watch and appropriate for most all ages would start at 9pm, or 10pm. What about ice skating in the heat of the day, esp on a sea day where there was no ice show scheduled? Nope, it was in the cool of the night or not even offered. Maybe this is all for crowd control? Don't know. As far as quality, overall pretty good. Day one Magician/Comedian at welcome aboard show was GREAT! Up in the air...very good for my wife and I, kids got bored after the first 15 minutes saying it was pretty much the same stuff over and over after that. Comedian on night 3 was FANTASTIC, going to be on Fallon sometime soon, he was super funny and I'm a tough critic...was one of my kids' favorite things on the cruise (the 7pm PG show). Saturday Night Fever: Younger kids and I skipped, my musically inclined 18 year old son and wife went, said it was pretty good but they left half way as felt it was beginning to drag quite a bit. Ice Show for us was 4pm, we had reservations but they checked nobody so I guess if you show up in line 30 minutes early (like we did) and don't have a reservation you still walk in. We had good seats and yet the line was still 20 people in front of us when we got there at 3:30 for the 4pm show. Those who got in the line after about 25 till, had to sit on the sides of the theater studio B rather than on the end that faced the show directly. It was a very good show, wife and I liked it a lot, kids were bored after about 30 minutes but it only lasted till about 4:40 so it was plenty bearable, lots of scene and costume changes to keep it interesting. DINING: We ate in WindJammer or Cafe Promenade all but two meals. Room Service for breakfast each day, and it was on time (tip good!) and only wrong the first day which they promptly corrected (tough to bring an order for 6!). WindJammer, I am not picky and could always find plenty to eat, and something that tasted good to great. However my kids are picky and they complained that it was hard to find something good, especially at lunch as it was the same over and over. ReFills on soda package in Jammer were non-existant and getting one at all was not easy rendering me to wonder why I bought 6 soda packages?! Dinner they found more stuff they liked it seemed and the food changed a bit during the cruise. I will say this, even though I'm not picky, I felt this food in WJ was the worst of my cruises. Almost as if they are trying to motivate you towards the pay venues. Cafe Promenade had the same stuff every time but we did eat there a few times and I love, love LOVED the mediterranean sandwich they had there and the cheesecake lollipops were a hit with everyone. Great for snacks which we needed. Windjammer closed at 3:30pm and opened again at 6:30pm...another FAILURE for families who like to eat around 5:30 or 6pm!!! Johnny Rockets (extra $) was fantastic! Our server Alexander did an excellent job with our kids and the food was great. I tipped him 40% for his over the top service and informed guest services of our great experience there. On the last sea day, we went to go again for lunch, PACKED, 40 minute wait, beware! Ben and Jerrys (also extra $) was also pretty good. We ate there three times. The SPRINKLES ice cream machine was open mostly during the noon-4pm time and we got cones there for free a few times, everyone thought they were good. MDR: Had My Time Dining reservation on nights 4 and 5 because they opened at 5:30. Server Gabriel was fantastic, however they could not accommodate a request to be by a window for sailaway from Cozumel because I didn't "note it in my reservation" so beware if you want a certain location to "note it" somehow. Food in MDR was much better than Jammer however it took SOooooooo long to have the meal. Nice and relaxing for adults, but 1.5 hours to dine for kids is just tooooooo long (hence why I avoided MDR to begin with). Lobster night was the last night, and we all ordered two lobsters on one plate out of the gate, and they were VERY GOOD! I expected tough lobster or frozen level quality, but these were tender and great. My kids love seafood and really enjoyed getting two (at Red Lobster they only get one!!). Overall quality and service in MDR was really good to fantastic. Just took too long around 1.5 hours each night and we were one of the first few in the line to get in both times. MISC: Kids Tips: Laynards for sea pass cards, I took them and they were invaluable. I also took a hole punch for the sea pass cards because my older kids didn't want to carry the plastic pouch for the sea pass, that's not cool, so I punched the card in a place it wouldn't interfere with swiping for room entry or anything else, and they tucked it in their pockets and left the lanyard hang out, that's apparently cool and what all HS kids do with their car keys these days. They have hooks right inside the doors to the staterooms and we hung the sea pass lanyards there upon every entry to not lose them. Meclizine/Bonnine one each morning, then one each late afternoon, and a couple times took Dramamine just before bed for a couple who were getting a bit queasy. Nothing for 7 year old daughter all cruise long and she felt no sea sickness at all, at that age they are doing cart wheels and playing on swings or in gym class like every day so the motion doesn't seem to affect them. The rest of us, needed the medication on this cruise. Shopping on ship: NOTHING clothing wise for a 7 year old girl. Unbelievable, when I asked the 2 for $20 tee shirt sale person why they only had kids size XS and XL and only two types of boyish shirts and only about 5 each so 10 shirts in two sizes both boyish she replied that they just don't get them in. I told here there were entire university majors dedicated to inventory management and forecasting and companies much larger than Royal and with far more inventory to manage (think Disney) had it down to a science. She agreed and said they complain to "management" all the time because what does management push them on right? Sell sell sell, get numbers up etc. Big FAIL here. Neither in tee shirt sales or in the logo shop did they have anything other than dreamworks stuff (which we can buy on land) for our daughter. Otherwise we bought a couple inch of gold chains that were nice keepsakes, and tee shirts for everyone else were plentiful to remind us of Liberty of the Seas or Belize/Cozumel. Daughter did love her stuffed sea horse we got, but again, it wasn't a RCL logo souviner. GUEST SERVICES: Mostly very helpful as long as you presented your concerns or compliments in a professional way and gave them solutions instead of just your problems, they listened took notes and tried to solve anything of concern. They sometimes blamed their systems (ex. photo shop system and guest services system were not talking and processing my discount and they told me, the customer to go wait in line at each place and waste my precious family and vacation time to solve their problem with their system, had about 5-6 more examples of that this cruise) and I again would point out to them that they (nor any company) should EVER say "our system won't xyz", or "that's another department" as your system is not within my control...I'm simply the paying customer, don't ever make your system problems my problem, just solve it. IT's not this dept, or that dept to the customer, it's ALL ROYAL CARIBBEAN TO THE CUSTOMER. Someone in upper management desperately needs to get that message. It wasted so much of my time that I'm going to try another line next cruise, it was that frustrating. I got it all worked out, but again, it was the consumption of my time to fix things like their prepaid tipping system not working, photo purhasing not working, their system not recognizing the 6 soda packages I purchased, no communication from reservations on our ice show reschedule when they didn't have it on sea day #1 as indicated in my cruise reservcations pre-cruise, couldn't get a spare key for my kid's room at check in, couldn't authorize my kids to charge at check in, etc. Let me be clear, when I did wait in line over and over, they were helpful and for the most part got things worked out, it's just that I can't get back that 2 hours of time away from family and the caribbean sun. I didn't pay to stand in line for things that should never have been an issue...maybe it's equally bad on other lines and I guess I'll find that out. There were a college few spring breakers on board but really nothing out of control. All age groups were there and seemed to be having a great time. The ship did not feel overly crowded, you have to expect a line here and there for rock climbing or Flowrider or ice skating, but overall we never felt Disney line level of crowding. Normal bad behavior of chair hogging mostly by the 30-65 year old crowd, the younger group sleeps in too late to put a book and towl on a chair at 7:30am. If I wanted to I would have just watched a chair for 45 minutes and then removed their stuff myself, what are they going to say "hey, that's against the rules!!!" LOL. The kids on board seemed very well behaved for the most part and almost everybody I talked to said they were having a great cruise. One guy felt staff was not attentive or happy but I really didn't experience that myself. System issues and time wasting and lack of family oriented activities aside, the cruise was overall a ton of fun and the get away from winter we needed. We had great weather, great ports, and where RCL lacked, we simply made our own solutions for a fantastic family spring break. Ship was in great shape, very nice, very similar to Navigator of the Seas, just a tad bigger. Let me know if you have any questions!!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
I sailed the Liberty from February 23-28th. This was my 8th cruise, but my first on RC. I usually cruise Norwegian. I have also cruised Carnival (never again), and Celebrity. I knew the ship was from an older line, but it has been ... Read More
I sailed the Liberty from February 23-28th. This was my 8th cruise, but my first on RC. I usually cruise Norwegian. I have also cruised Carnival (never again), and Celebrity. I knew the ship was from an older line, but it has been refurbished. For an older ship, it was very nice. Pros; 1. Food was outstanding. Better quality and variety than any cruise line I have traveled 2. Smoothness of the vessel. I never got seasick 3. Labadee- Beautiful island with plenty to do. It made for a fantastic day. Cons: 1. Smoking allowed in the casino and on deck, where you have to walk through to get to food and activities. As a person who is allergic to cig smoke, this made me sick. 2. Entertainment: Each night there was one show, and if we did not catch it, we were stuck 3. Guest Services- not very helpful. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
This trip was our first without our one and a half year old son. The sailing on Liberty of the Seas was my fifth cruise, all with Royal Caribbean and my wife's second. She was skeptical of this trip because our first cruise was a ... Read More
This trip was our first without our one and a half year old son. The sailing on Liberty of the Seas was my fifth cruise, all with Royal Caribbean and my wife's second. She was skeptical of this trip because our first cruise was a three night sailing on Monarch of the Seas that didn't leave her with a great impression of cruising due to rough seas and storms. We originally hoped to book a sailing on an Oasis Class ship but decided a five night sailing was better because it was two days less away from our son. We left the cold and snow of Northeast Ohio on Sunday February 8th with a flight out of Cleveland Ohio on Spirit Airlines. After landing in Ft. Lauderdale we took a taxi to the Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Marina. We choose this hotel because it featured a great view of all the ships in port. We paid an extra $20 to get a room with a Balcony facing the port, it was well worth it. We had a fantastic view of The Regal Princess, Oasis of the Seas, Independence of the Seas, Two Holland America Ships and a Celebrity Ship. After watching three or four ships sail away we decided to go down and find dinner. We settled for the hotel restaurant, this was the only bad meal we had the entire trip. We ordered two flat breads, two Corona's and two Raspberry Daiquiri's the bill was well over $100. The flat breads were nothing but average and hardly worth the price tag but I guess living in the Cleveland Area things are cheaper than in the Miami area. After dinner we went back up to our room which was about what you would expect from a Hilton. The pool and fitness center were fantastic. I didn't swim but enjoyed my workout, there was plenty of modern equipment and even an area outside to use dumbbell free weights, do yoga or stretch. We took a shuttle from the Hilton to the Cruise terminal the next morning. Day 1 We arrived at the port around 11am. Embarkation couldn't have been much smoother. I know that Royal Caribbean e-mails all guests a few days before the sailing suggesting arrival times based on which floor your cabin is on but we ignored it and arrived early, it looked like almost everyone else did too. Though there was a large crowd the staff was fantastic and kept everyone moving it may have been due to the fact that we were the only ship in port that morning but nonetheless it was a very smooth process. After boarding the ship we went straight to the Windjammer just like everyone else. Since we were still pretty early it wasn't too hard to find a table. We ate a quick lunch of salads and fried chicken and got out before the crowds started to develop. We brought our swimsuits in our carry on bag and went to the Solarium early. It was fantastic. We were able to get padded lounge chairs in the front row of the pool and enjoy the afternoon. There were only about twenty people in Solarium and even less in the other pools. We decided to try out the premium beverage plan and I am very glad that I did. My only complaint is that though they charge automatic gratuity in advance you are still forced to fill out a chit asking for an additional tip after every beverage. After enjoying a fantastic afternoon at the pool we went to watch sail away from our balcony. It was a very cool experience. This was my first time ever having a balcony and I probably will get one again. After sail away it was about time to start getting ready for dinner. This was our first time trying my time dining, I was very excited to try it. We are both 27 and though we are very social we were looking forward to having a table for two every night. The first night we had Shrimp Cocktail, Escargot, Lasagna and Garlic Tiger Shrimp. It was a great meal I would rate this meal a 7.5. After dinner we went to the English pub in the Royal Promenade for a couple beers and saw some of the Dreamworks Parade. The Royal Promenade is kind of like a shopping mall full of bars, shops, and small restaurants. It's the heart of the ship and a very cool place to be. Above the stores and restaurants there are a few floors of interior cabins that have windows that look out over the Royal Promenade. This looks like a very cool place for a cabin. After the parade we went up the Viking Crown lounge, Royal Caribbean's signature bar located at the top of the ship with amazing views of the sea and pool deck below. After a few cocktails in the Viking Crown we went to the Welcome Aboard Show. This show provided samples of what future shows would feature. It was very entertaining, the dozen drinks I had earlier may have made me like it more than I normally would but I was having the time of my life. Day 2 At Sea We slept in for the first time in over a year what a treat. Since Valentines day occurred during this trip I treated Katy, my wife, to a massage. She said she really enjoyed it. While she was at the Spa I went to the fitness center. The fitness center was amazing. The fitness center has a full size boxing ring, though I never saw anyone use it, it looks amazing! The cardio equipment all faces windows with breathtaking views of the sea. There is a good selection of weight lifting equipment available. My only issue is that they only have self spotting bench press machines. I'm not a fan but this is vacation right? I would give the gym a 9.5. After Katy's massage we met back at the room before heading to the pool. We went up to the pool deck around 11:30 and there were no chairs available anywhere. The chair hogs were our in full force. After wandering around for about a half hour we gave up and went to lunch in the Windjammer. The buffet was pretty empty at this time so we didn't have to wait at all for food. After lunch we went back to the Solarium to look for chairs and lucked out spotting two padded loungers right new to the pool. We jumped right on them and sat in the solarium for about 4 hours. We tipped Peter the bartender in the Solarium generously and he provided consistently fantastic service. After spending an amazing afternoon in the Solarium we went back to our cabin to get ready for dinner. This was formal night, I would guess that roughly %50 of passengers were in formal attire, %40 were in what normally be considered smart casual, %8 casual clothing and %2 were in cut off t-shirts or swimsuits. I saw no one turned away from the dining room though some should have been. Dinner was fantastic. We had scallops, shrimp cocktail, ceaser salad and beef tenderloin. This meal was a solid 10. After dinner we went back to Viking Crown Lounge and enjoyed some drinks before we went to the In the Air Show. This was a wild show, my wife enjoyed it more than I did but it was very cool. It was unlike anything I had ever seen before or even knew was possible. If you sail on a ship offering this show, check it out you wont regret it. Day 3 Labadee This was our first day in port and we were very excited. I woke up early and watched the Liberty of the Seas pull into port on a treadmill, it was a fantastic experience. I went back down to the room to shower and get ready to head to the beach. We ate breakfast in the Windjammer and it was very crowded as usual. As much as I loved the main dining room, the Windjammer was always way too crowded. After breakfast we decided to go straight to Labadee but there was only one problem, we couldn't get a towel and we weren't alone. There were about one hundred people in line waiting to get towels to take to the beach on deck two, after waiting over twenty minutes we gave up and went to the pool deck but they were out of towels there too. We waited about a half hour and finally someone came out and told the thirty of us or so that there were towels available on deck 2. We got our towels and got off the ship. We took the ferry over to Columbus Cove and a very helpful man got us two chairs right next to the water. We tipped him a few dollars and it was well worth it. The beach was amazing and the water was just right. It was very cool to have the Premium Drink Package because it also works at Labadee. We had a few Labauzzi's and Corona's on the beach. We ate lunch at the free buffet on the beach. This food was about what you would expect. There were Burgers, Hotdogs, Chicken and potato salad. I would only give this meal a 6. We stayed on the beach as long as possible, I mean it really is paradise in Labadee. I was not ready to leave. I would not recommend going to the small market, the locals selling goods were overly aggressive. That night we ate dinner at Chops Grille. This was the best meal of my life. We had shrimp cocktail, crabcakes and steakhouse bacon for appetizers and filet for our main courses. If you haven't tried Chops yet, you have to try it. I know it's a little expensive at $35 per person but it's definitely worth trying once per cruise. This meal was a solid 10! After dinner we went down to the Vintages Wine bar for a few glasses of wine after dinner. It was a magical night and one of the best days of my life. Day 4 Ocho Rios This morning we slept in and I didn't work out, I was too hungover. After breakfast in the Windjammer we got off the boat early. I'm a huge fan of Jimmy Buffet so we went to Margaritaville. This Margaritaville had a free beach with water trampolines and other beach toys. We got lounge chairs right in front of the water for free as well. As fantastic as the beach was at Labadee this beach was even better. The sand was super soft and the water was the perfect temperature. For the first three hours there were less than thirty people on the beach. As the day progressed and shore excursions finished up more people started gathering on the beach but it never felt crowded. We ate and drank at Margaritaville, we probably should have just gone back to the boat because we spent over $100 off frozen drinks and two burgers but it was also one of the best days of my life. We went back to the ship for dinner. This night I had everyday choice strip steak and Katy had the Linguini with tomato sauce. Both were very good but it's hard to follow the legendary meal we had the night before in Chops. I would give it a 7.5. After dinner we went to the Cattacomb's night club. This was our favorite venue on the ship. We actually went to this bar every night but I failed to mention it earlier. It was usually our last stop before bed. I've heard that on other Freedom Class ships this venue is being replaced with Sabor Modern Mexican and I think this is a huge mistake. The Cattcomb's was crowded every night. It is themed with the quality and details you usually only see in a Disney park. Day 5 at sea This morning began with sadness because we knew it was the last day of our vacation. We once again struggled to find chairs at the pool. Eventually we found chairs in the H2O zone but they weren't in the sun. We decided to go back to our room for a nap but we lucked out and our balcony was covered in sun. We laid out on the balcony for a few hours and enjoyed our last chance to soak it up. That night at dinner it was lobster night and it was fantastic. I only had one but the guy at the table next to me had four, so I guess that squashes rumors that Royal Caribbean is now limiting guests to two lobsters in the dining room. This dinner was another 10, I mean it's hard to beat Lobster tail and Creme Brulee right? Final thoughts This was the best trip of my life. It provided an amazing opportunity to get away from work, the Ohio Winter and the responsibility of parenthood for a week. I can't wait to book my next sailing. I'm thinking either the Independence of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas or Carnival Breeze.   Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
Liberty of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 3.5 4.0
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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