79 Galveston Fitness Cruise Reviews

We choose to get away for a week and to see Mahogany Bay, Honduras, Belize and Cozumel, Mexico. The service on our cabin is excellent Darang provided us with everything we needed, clean our cabin and replenishes us with fresh towels ... Read More
We choose to get away for a week and to see Mahogany Bay, Honduras, Belize and Cozumel, Mexico. The service on our cabin is excellent Darang provided us with everything we needed, clean our cabin and replenishes us with fresh towels everyday. Our Dinning room experience was also magnificent we were served at the Reflection Dinningroom of 3 excellent waiters Wibiyantha, Surya and Joel. Who make sure that our dining experience is a marvelous one and an experience we will never forget. Our friend's birthday and they went and over in greeting her a happy birthday. At the Lido deck Raxel, Manilyn, Joel, Zandra, Carlos, and Levender are excellent in helping us out, clearing and serving us with good food. My friend forgot her cellphone and Levender found her phone and my friend was able to get her phone back. Hows that for honesty. The friendly Raxel was very helpful in providing us future cruise with Carnival. She demonstrated her friendly and willing to serve the customer in the Lido deck and cheering and playing with the kids. The Cruise Director Kyndall Fire is funny and entertained us in the show, and in Bingo. Myra and Cattleya t the Pixel assisted us in our pictures and tolerated our changeable mind and was very patient with us even we went back and fort with the pictures. We end up satisfied with our pictures which we end up getting 40 pictures plus our canvasses. Cloud 9 spa was excellent Tiffany gave me a good service with my Ionithermage. I feel fresh and with more energy and was able to do the gym. Excellent crew We will surely cruise with Carnival Vista again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
I am a former cancer patient. I entered remission just a few months ago and had my leg amputated. This was my first cruise. I want to start off with the musicians. There was music for everybody’s taste. But I enjoyed ALL of them. Luisa, ... Read More
I am a former cancer patient. I entered remission just a few months ago and had my leg amputated. This was my first cruise. I want to start off with the musicians. There was music for everybody’s taste. But I enjoyed ALL of them. Luisa, Juliana and Juan in the Accidental String Trio were just...the only word to describe it was beautiful. Neil was singing and Jammin’ the reggae hits on the steel drums. And Rob was rocking it on the guitar. DJ JD with the hits. The Brassaholics with the amazing Maroon 5 medley. And the Latin Band covering latin hits. Emma, Layla and Francois brought so much energy throughout the whole ship. Vargus Mason with the jokes! T.A. Williams at the Piano Bar. Diana and other bartenders tending the bar at the Lobby very well, including the bartenders on Lido who also bring their energy to the ship. I tipped what I could. Next I want to say how much I really appreciate how kind, thoughtful, and caring the staff was. They always offered help. I don’t usually accept help but I made some exceptions. I also made some friends on the cruise. The whole experience is one to remember. They always had smiles on their faces, and always greeted as we cross paths. And as you’re reading this to all of the staff, I just want to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart. I hope I get to meet you all again. Cheers "Let your smile change the world, don't let the world change your smile..." - unknown "My cup is full to the brim, I could go on and on, the full has never been told" - Buju Banton Side Note: Im looking for a job also (galvancromeo@gmail.com) all photos are unedited Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We choose this cruise because it was new to the Carnival fleet and new to Galveston. Wanted to try out the new "Adult Only" cabins (12 and older) with pool and hot tubs. We booked the Havana Patio on deck 5 and loved it. The ... Read More
We choose this cruise because it was new to the Carnival fleet and new to Galveston. Wanted to try out the new "Adult Only" cabins (12 and older) with pool and hot tubs. We booked the Havana Patio on deck 5 and loved it. The cruise director Matt Mitcham was the best I have seen in years. DJ Extreme was amazing. The Bartender at the 555 steakhouse really knew his wines. We not only went to Ivan in the steakhouse the first night of the cruise but went to 555 bar each night. He made us drinks based on what we liked. I was like have our own personal Alchemist. Boban our cabin steward was wonderful, and even gave us a business card with his number so we could contact him any time!. We had anytime dinning, but got Ahmad the second night and he remembered all 4 of our names and what we drink. Was so impressed, we kept going back to him. There was so much to do on the ship that we did not come close to doing what we wanted to do and will have to book another cruise on Vista. This is the first ship in the fleet that we would book a back to back on just to relax into it all. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Overall cruise experience was great! 6th time cruising and I have only cruised with RC. Food in windjammer was one of the best out of the 6 cruises I’ve taken. Entertainment was THE BEST out of the 6 cruises. MUST SEE – Saturday night ... Read More
Overall cruise experience was great! 6th time cruising and I have only cruised with RC. Food in windjammer was one of the best out of the 6 cruises I’ve taken. Entertainment was THE BEST out of the 6 cruises. MUST SEE – Saturday night fever and hyno-tainment! New to cruising – wait to shop on ship until end of cruise. They always run sales on clothing, bags, jewelry etc. Cabin -This is my 6th cruise, second time in an interior room and let’s just say I will not book an interior room again. Personal opinion, I felt like interior cabins got pushed under the rug - stains on towels & sheets. They didn't put a mattress pad on top of the two twins making a king, you had a valley where the beds met. Our lights in bathroom and desk area lost connection or breaker blew? Hair and dirt in drawers. Night before vacation was over - heard very loud noises coming from bathroom area – neighbors must have had an issue, couple of minutes later, our toilet overflowed/backed up causing water & other “things” everywhere which took over and hour and a half to get taken care & cleaned up around 10 PM night before getting off ship. On the bright side, everything was brought to staffs attention and every issue was taken care of immediately. Excursions - 1st stop - Roatan, Honduras - We booked last minute for the Gumbalima Park. HIGHLY RECOMMEND! such a cool experience. We already had a snorkel excursion planned and beach/speedboat excursion booked at the 2 other ports, so we thought to try something different. Bittersweet, again, excursion was awesome but knowing after the fact we weren’t able to snorkel at the other ports, I wish we would have went snorkeling. 2nd stop - Belize City, Belize - All water excursions were cancelled for Belize because of rough waters, luckily, we found out early morning the day before we were at port so we could rebook something else. We went to Kukumba Beach, it is a manmade beach which was pretty cool. The slide was awesome! There is a restaurant, bar and gift shop located at this beach. Tons of activities for all ages. I am also surprised they still tendered instead of skipping island because of the rough seas. The port is really nice, shops and bars! 3rd stop - Cozumel Mexico - always a great time in Cozumel! Again, water excursions were cancelled. Our excursion got cancelled but didn't find out until we were supposed to meet for our excursions at 10:15am, off the ship at 7:45am. We docked and were allowed off boat at 7:30am, RC made announcement at 8:30 am on the ship when more than half the boat was off that all water excursions were cancelled. When we finally were told our excursion was cancelled we had only 2 options to book, panoramic bus tour or dune buggies. We booked the dune buggies (4 people per buggy). Dune buggies was fun. It was called Dune buggies, beach and snorkel. Luckily since all water excursions were cancelled, we weren’t allowed to go snorkeling or to the beach. The beach is rocks…like big boulders covered in seaweed. The snorkeling…..doesn’t look great unless they take you away from the shoreline. Maybe it looks different if there weren’t rough seas but from what I saw, I am glad we didn’t “beach” and “snorkel”. The beach club you go to is ok. They have many mini stands (food, souvenir, essentials stand, bar and fish therapy). There is also a pool, but it looks like it’s just the ocean water. The beach club also shares an excursion with the captain your own speedboat. It might get busy there.. Food – We only ate in the windjammer and Sorrento’s. Some people say we miss out on the best part about cruising which is the MDR. However, it was so nice going to the windjammer every night on our time. Every night was a different theme, so you could get the same old thing (hot dog, burger etc) or mix it up every night. Dessert was always on point. Service was great. We have had no issues with breakfast lunch or dinner in the windjammer. The staff stayed on top of clearing tables during the busy time so everyone could sit. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
The entertainment was worth the cost of the cruise. The staff could not have been better. Wonderful week. The cruise director was so different than Amy other cruise director. He was funny, and his Morning Rant is not to be missed. ... Read More
The entertainment was worth the cost of the cruise. The staff could not have been better. Wonderful week. The cruise director was so different than Amy other cruise director. He was funny, and his Morning Rant is not to be missed. This is a large ship that regularly hauls 4,000 passengers, and it can sometimes feel crowded, particularly when you're waiting for an elevator or trying to angle for a slice of pizza in the Windjammer buffet. But while some areas of the ship feel cramped, others do not and once you get a feel for the flow of traffic and part ways with your at-home stress levels, you'll find the quieter, less traveled areas -- if that's what you want.One negative we had was getting off the ship was very, very slow. It seems like there could have been a shorter route or a faster way to get everyone to customs! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Great ship. Disappointed that the Dreamwork characters did not come out very much at all.Thought it would be more preteen friendly. Would like more family friendly entertainment. Could not wear prescription on any of the water slides and ... Read More
Great ship. Disappointed that the Dreamwork characters did not come out very much at all.Thought it would be more preteen friendly. Would like more family friendly entertainment. Could not wear prescription on any of the water slides and cannot see without glasses. That was not very enjoyable. Would like to see more healthier food choices. Poor choice for Royal Caribbean to add $7.95 room service fee per order. Did not like going to Belize at all. No beach and transportation to get to the beach was very costly. Will not go back there. Do not like how they try to stay after you go get your business on ports. Roatan was an ok port. Cozumel was excellent. So many choices of excursions and shopping to do there. Will def go back! Great staff! A bit pricey but an overall great ship and pretty good vacation. Taking same ship next year. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
After experiencing four consecutive cruises on Carnival ships, close traveling companions convinced us to try RC. Embarkation was a breeze. From the point we first entered the terminal and showed our passports, to boarding the ship, ... Read More
After experiencing four consecutive cruises on Carnival ships, close traveling companions convinced us to try RC. Embarkation was a breeze. From the point we first entered the terminal and showed our passports, to boarding the ship, took only about 30 minutes. Once we boarded, it took a while to get used to the way this ship is laid out. It’s quite different from Carnival ships. Our cabin was ocean-facing and clean. Because we booked less than six weeks in advance, this cabin was not one we would have chosen with a much earlier booking. It was located near the front of the ship on Deck 3. This was about as far away from the dining rooms as could have been. But the walk wasn’t bad. I was disappointed that there were very few venues onboard that were good places to watch sporting events. Considering that there were TWO Texas teams playing in the NBA playoffs during our sailing, I expected that there would be at least one sports bar on the ship. But, there was not. One bar had a game on, but the volume was low because karaoke was going on nearby. We only ate in the dining room twice (the first two nights). The food was okay. The Windjammer Cafe offered flexibility and sufficient variety to make it the best choice for us. The service in Windjammer was exceptional as well. On the night they served lobster tails in the main dining room, the manager of the Windjammer had the main dining room send up some lobster tails up to our table! Compared to our experience with Carnival cruises, sometimes this ship seemed to “go to bed early.“ The first night, we walked past the pools and bars pool level bars and they were closed, We overheard several previous Carnival express disappointment that the ship wasn’t more lively the first night. It gradually improved as the week went on, though. We’d been to Cozumel and the Cayman Islands before with Carnival, so we knew what to expect. But, the Falmouth, Jamaica port was new to us. We decided to leave the gated area of the port for a short walk of the town. That was a big mistake. The street vendors and beggars were very aggressive and intimidating. I wished we’d had more of a warning about that before we attempted that walk. Debarkation was just as easy as embarkation. All in all, we had a good trip. We’re willing to give RC another try. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Several years ago, the wife and I took a Royal Caribbean cruise that fell below our expectations. After a few year hiatus from cruising, we decided to try a different cruise line. We settled on Princess Cruises and took back to back ... Read More
Several years ago, the wife and I took a Royal Caribbean cruise that fell below our expectations. After a few year hiatus from cruising, we decided to try a different cruise line. We settled on Princess Cruises and took back to back incredible vacations on board Princess, sailing out of Houston/Galveston, in 2014 and 2015 . We were disappointed to learn that Princess was no longer cruising out of Texas when we began our vacation research process. We strongly considered cruising out of a different port however airfare cost and the lack of discount for our 10 month old daughter, were the main reasons I chose to break from Princess and give Royal Caribbean another try. Terminal - The Galveston Terminal was a bit chaotic, however we were on-board the ship within 20 minutes. Princesses process took about the same amount of time however it felt more relaxed. Ship - The Liberty of the Seas is a gorgeous ship! From tip to toe the physical space, amenities, and condition of the ship exceeded our expectations. We felt slightly more bang for the buck as compared to our experience on two similar class ships on the Princess Line. The ONLY criticism I can offer in this category is that Liberty has a lack of outdoor quiet spaces. We always felt able to escape on Princess, however on-board Royal, there was a ton of people... everywhere. Cabin - Balcony, beautiful, good amount of space. Comparable to Princess. Dining - Although I consider myself a bit of a foodie, and usually scoff at buffets,The Windjammer on Liberty of the Seas is incredible. So much room and food selection. Way better then its comparable space on board Princess. We never waited for a table, never fought crowds, and always enjoyed the selection. The main dining room however was what I came for and unfortunately the opposite experience. Although the service was excellent, the food is significantly in need of improvement. Each evening I hoped would be better then the night before, however they all fell short. Mass produced food with a boring side dish and constant apps and deserts. Princess are years ahead of the competition in this regard. Entertainment - Wonderful shows, funny comedians, numerous activities on-board both lines. Service - This is where Royal Caribbean shines! Every staff member we encountered greeted us, smiled, helped, and made us feel like our daughter was serious royalty. Far and away exceeded our wildest expectations. Disembarkation back in Galveston was a nightmare. Its been well documented that if you have early flights forget it, you're going to miss them. Fortunately I was tipped off to this early and booked a later afternoon flight home. From the moment we assembled in our disembarkation group it was over 3 hours later that we were finally through customs and in a Uber heading back to the airport. All in all, Princess still remains our favorite, however Royal Caribbean had some shining features and others that need to be addressed. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Love the ship but it appeared service all around was not that good, We paid for the bottomless cheers for soft drinks and due to lack of help at Lido bar areas you literally waited 15-20 minutes each time to get service. There were ... Read More
Love the ship but it appeared service all around was not that good, We paid for the bottomless cheers for soft drinks and due to lack of help at Lido bar areas you literally waited 15-20 minutes each time to get service. There were numerous times when only one bar was open and 1 person working it. the staff would walk around asking if you needed anything but there was a couple of staff members that would take our diet coke orders and never return. My wife smokes and she found out that you can only smoke on one side of the Casino (no joke) or on the top deck (11th) but again only on one side (no joke) We watched movies on Lido deck at night and as on previous reviews it was mentioned that the large screen had burned out pixels. The poor girl that checked out towels or blankets on Lido deck was always by herself, she would get her lines so long and backed up from not getting any help. They would not start popcorn until after the movie would start @ 7:00 even later. They would run out fast. Food all around was fair, very bland, no seasoning, We only decided to eat two nights at the Blush but food portions were very very small. Shrimp cocktail both times was literally 5-6 very small pieces on a side of bowl with lettuce. At the beginning of the trip was hard to get ice in our bucket, we called room service which stated it would take about 20-25 min then had to call again and we advised it was already 25min then waited again 25min for ice so when I saw our room steward in hallway the next morning, she made sure we had two buckets full daily. Overall the staff in majority of the ship did not have a sense of urgency but just going through the motions. Coffee and the refreshment areas would be out of regular but they did have decaf. 1 machine had out of order the entire trip. So many people complained around me in the morning about no reg coffee. Every time Lee the activity director would make a page you could not hear him unless you opened your door to the hallway. If you were on your deck, forget it. We never understood why his page did not come through on the cabin ceiling speaker. Majority of the time we could not hear what he was saying. We purchased the Social data package which is a joke for Facebook etc (no instant messaging) because you could never get a connection!! We paid for the chat function using the Carnival Hub but it would never make a notification sound when someone was texting you from the ship. Majority of the time our friends would say, we text you but you never replied, that is because I would not get it until about 20-30 min later or when I would turn my phone off then back on again then I would get them. Guest service did credit us our $5.00 woo hoo I was unaware that they were going to clean our deck area so when I got out of the shower and opened the bathroom door only to find a guy and female cleaning, had to quickly grab a towel. Apparently they were going through a cabin and opening the partitions between cabin decks. Nice if we were advised in advance since our curtain was open. The cabin had lots of drawer / closet space for our things. Bed was very comfortable. Our hallway smelled like a toilet had ran over with poop because the second day at sea, we noticed they were doing a clean up and had floor blowers running. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Flights timing and price fit within our vacation parameters. Have never been to Houston/Galveston and was in the mood for an adventure with my youngest child who is about to turn 13. As with most vacations the people you spend time ... Read More
Flights timing and price fit within our vacation parameters. Have never been to Houston/Galveston and was in the mood for an adventure with my youngest child who is about to turn 13. As with most vacations the people you spend time with make or break the experience. This trip had mostly Texans and they turned out to be very nice and friendly people to us New Jersey folks. The staff was also fantastic and the entertainment wove the whole experience together into a smash hit vacation. The shore excursion was great. Snorkeling/Catamaran/private beach with all the beer and margaritas you can drink was the perfect way to spend 3.5 out of 7 hours in cozumel. Definitely will try t do this type trip again. The inside cabin was fine for us. We spent little time in the cabin and were able to sleep as late as we wanted without the light coming in. Service on boat was terrific. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
I have traveled with Royal Caribbean several times before and every time I have had the same excellent experience whether it be the staff, the food, or the activities I always am busy and have a wonderful time. It is a very good cruise ... Read More
I have traveled with Royal Caribbean several times before and every time I have had the same excellent experience whether it be the staff, the food, or the activities I always am busy and have a wonderful time. It is a very good cruise line for any size family, because they are really there to look out for you and your little ones no matter how old. I love the food and usually eat 5-6 meals a day stuffing myself each and every time. If you want to eat before dinner you can head to the windjammer and get in a snack before you sit down with excellent and friendly waiters. The ports of call are all set up very well with taxis waiting to take you wherever you want to go. I recommend this cruise and any Royal Caribbean cruise to anyone looking for a great time and friendly people to be around 24/7 (including the other guests aboard :) ). Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
I like the good service, excellent entertainment facilities, various activities,delicious food, and nice shore excursions,everthing is so good. The service of all the staff are very impressive. The ship is beautiful and clean.The ... Read More
I like the good service, excellent entertainment facilities, various activities,delicious food, and nice shore excursions,everthing is so good. The service of all the staff are very impressive. The ship is beautiful and clean.The waiters in dining room , the assitant waiters in winjama, the room attendant all provided exellent service, they make you feel like you are the most important person in the world.. There are various actives for everyone to do: Climing the rock wall, Boogie boards, slider, ice skating. and swimming in the swimming pool . I enjoy the hot spring very much. All the shows are so wonderful and stunning. the games are very interesting, the best part is the interation with the audience.The dining was fabulous.The food is delicous. Then we have each port, we visited Nassau, Bahama.It was clean and beautiful.Access to beaches and sea. and color of the sea is so beautiful. Everyone was happy and enjopy their trip . Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
there were over all great services and very sastify experiences. all crews member were very nices, polites, friendly and hard working. over all places very clean. this cruise ship provide lot of activies for kids and adults. Sure, we ... Read More
there were over all great services and very sastify experiences. all crews member were very nices, polites, friendly and hard working. over all places very clean. this cruise ship provide lot of activies for kids and adults. Sure, we will go again with Liberty of Sea and possible more friends. there were few things would like to make common 1. there were not enough seated in Windjammer dinning area. 2. should provide more various foods such Asian, Mexican food, not stuck up too much on Indian food every day. Also closed too soon (9:00PM) (should check with Carnival cruise) 3. Focus too much on sell products. 4. should provide more pool area entertainment (larger dance floor, check Carnival cruise ship). did not have speakers on the upper deck to hear movies. 5. As today technology, the cruise should provide multiple Kios (scan bar code on guest ID) to check stateroom balance and printing (option) for all guests who did not want stand in line for customer service. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We stayed in an interior stateroom - deck 8. Very nice, but the two twin beds did not work for us. My husband or I would end up in the "crack" the next morning. They do offer room service for a fee of $7.95, you can order ... Read More
We stayed in an interior stateroom - deck 8. Very nice, but the two twin beds did not work for us. My husband or I would end up in the "crack" the next morning. They do offer room service for a fee of $7.95, you can order anything you want. Takes about 45 mins. IT IS SO GOOD! If you work out - visit the gym! Very nice and clean! Took a foot assessment with Patrick and come to find out I have issues because of my feet! Thanks Patrick! I did receive a message - I waited until Saturday (they offer deals at the end of the cruise) - Originally valued at $149 all week - I paid $99.00. The food in WJ is so good! They service burgers and hot dogs until dinner...which we had no idea until a couple of days in. The bloody mary bar outside of WJ is sooo good! You must purchase the All Inclusive Drink Package if you like to drink cold beer and alcoholic beverages! They are sooooo good! Excursions: Roatan - Zip Line (wait until you get off the ship...we bargained and we got ours for $60/pp whereas ship they were booking for $124) (GORGGGEOUS BEACH! YOU HAVE TO SEE IT) We were told by the taxi driver, there is no crime in Roatan Island because they make their lively hood on tourists - now the mainland is a different story. The island is 36 miles long and 2 miles wide, everyone knows everyone. The taxi ride may seem sketch but it was clean, comfortable and worth it! (We used the first booth on your left as you start seeing the vendors (brown shirts). Well worth our money! Costa Maya - Beach (booked outside of ship - they charged it to our room $54/pp) was worth every penny - beach is gorgeous, drinks unlimited and the food (chips, guacamole, shrimp cocktail was so good!) Cozumel - ATVs - they were so much fun! We had Pedro as our tour guide - he rocked, you make a stop along the trails to discuss the history of Cozumel. After the excursion we headed for the beach at San Francisco Resort. This resort is sooooo sketchy! Left a bad taste in my mouth for Cozumel. Food was awful - people trying to sell everything and more (drugs). People smoking pot and snorting cocaine like no big deal. Bad when you have kids...This place is right next to Carlos and Charlies. AVOID IT. I will be posting my 2 cents on TripAdvisor too because it appears people just print TA stickers and put out on the front of their sign to get your business. Take dollars - you have to tip for everything and they expect a tip! Taxi, Excursions tour guides, bus drivers, everyone expects their $2/$5. Understandable. Just be prepared. We payed in US $ for our excursions off ship. When they charge to your room they ask for your room number and they apply it. Was hassle free. I can not wait to go back on another cruise! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We had a great time, I'd been on Carnival two years ago, it had nothing on Royal Caribbean. This cruise was a birthday gift to my husband. He had never been on a cruise. We were amazed at the service and the ports we went to. Our ... Read More
We had a great time, I'd been on Carnival two years ago, it had nothing on Royal Caribbean. This cruise was a birthday gift to my husband. He had never been on a cruise. We were amazed at the service and the ports we went to. Our cabin steward Caesar on deck 9, October 8,2017 was awesome. Cruise director and entertainment director kept everyone busy, laughing and were the best at their jobs. Hats off to all the staff.!! All of the shows were very professional. Food was good, he's a picky eater, but they had everything he likes.The tender to Grand Cayman was ok, but the ships way of getting everyone off could have been a little more organized, took too long to get off ship. The parents on the ship let their children go wild, running all over the place especially the evenings. We are going again in October 2018, same ship just the other direction. Can't wait Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
This was our first Cruise and it exceeded all our expectations. Starting in Galveston the parking and getting on the ship was easy and pretty quick. We enjoyed the entire staff, but especially our room attendant and head waiter. The ... Read More
This was our first Cruise and it exceeded all our expectations. Starting in Galveston the parking and getting on the ship was easy and pretty quick. We enjoyed the entire staff, but especially our room attendant and head waiter. The entire staff was always very helpful and friendly. We had a room with a view and next time we are going to get a room with the balcony, but our accommodations were great. The food was great. Windjammer was sometimes crowded but had lots of variety and you could eat at about anytime. Evening Dining was always good, but we always went with our waiters recommendations and he was always spot on. We enjoyed the work out facility, it had all the latest workout machines. We enjoyed the pools and the sundecks. The Deluxe drink package was a big plus and I think we got our money out of that. The Ports and Excursions were fun, we loved the Dolphins in Cozumel, and also the Blue Water Beach Club in Jamaica. Getting off the ship back in Galveston went very smoothly and surprisingly quickly. We really enjoyed our Cruise, and can't wait to book another one for next year on the Liberty of the Seas. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
My family decided to take a cruise for the first time during 8/21-8/26 a time when we didn't put much thought into having one of the worst hurricanes to hit Houston in a 100 years be the week we were to take our vacation. On that note ... Read More
My family decided to take a cruise for the first time during 8/21-8/26 a time when we didn't put much thought into having one of the worst hurricanes to hit Houston in a 100 years be the week we were to take our vacation. On that note we were beyond disbelief when we got word that there would be a hurricane headed straight for the Houston when we awoke to begin the first day of our 5 day cruise. We went about our cruise with all the expectations that the storm would be finished by the time we got back to the Port of Galveston on Saturday, well when a hurricane comes to the state of your port all bets are off that you will return on time. I have to say we weren't thrilled as you can imagine that we may be at sea for a few more days which turned in to an additional 7 more days but we just wanted to make sure that we would be safe, so it didn't matter much and we stuck it out. First and foremost I have to give Captain Rocco Lubrano and Captain Salvatore Messina our deepest thanks for doing everything right to keep us out of harms way of the storm. Second to our cabin steward I-Mate who took great care of our cabins during the 12 day duration. Third my family and I spent a large part of our cruise in the casino and this is where we received the most of our enjoyment from the staff that took all the thoughts of any disaster that may be going on back home far from our minds. I have to say we received 5 star treatment from al everyone one that was on the casino staff Kyle, Euvey, Enola, Regina, Kasigo, YuTing, Robert, Vladen, Menzi, Ricardo (El Chapo), Lee, Yolanda. I have to say because of my circumstances with my business in Houston I don't take vacations as often as I would like but this one will be one of the ages that I will cherish and hold in my heart for the rest of my life thanks to the fine people on your staff. Thank you Carnival for all the joy you provided for my family and the memories we will hold dear to our hearts forever. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
This was an excellent cruise line. Me and all of the family loved every moment of the cruise. The personnel was exceptional. The stateroom help was the best I have ever encountered. I would recommend this cruise for the family, ... Read More
This was an excellent cruise line. Me and all of the family loved every moment of the cruise. The personnel was exceptional. The stateroom help was the best I have ever encountered. I would recommend this cruise for the family, parties, and just fun cruise. The ship was very, very clean and the crew help was constantly cleaning and fixing. The food in every area was just superb. The embarkation was all on point and smooth. The off shore site and excursions were all very interesting and timely. The entertainment and all of the activities wer intyeresting. The clubs were more than interesting and fun. I would recommend the clubs to any one and all ages. The pools and pool activities were all very entertaining and interesting. If anyone is ever interesting in taking a cruise, please do not think or consider taking a cruise trip with anyone else but the cruise line. Honestly the best!!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Reservations My daughter had been bugging me about going on a summer trip, bringing a friend, and having her own room. I don't like having to pay for a second room when we vacation, so we looked into a cruise. We both scuba and I ... Read More
Reservations My daughter had been bugging me about going on a summer trip, bringing a friend, and having her own room. I don't like having to pay for a second room when we vacation, so we looked into a cruise. We both scuba and I found a RCCL cruise out of Galveston that goes to both Roatan and Cozumel, both being big scuba destinations. We opted to go with a travel agent at: cruiseone.com. They have ship walkthru videos on YouTube and guaranteed the lowest possible price after we booked the cruise. We were happy with this agent. We saved hundreds of dollars with the travel agent over going direct to RCCL. Note that cruises are charged by person, not by cabin. You can book mutiple cabins for the same price. If your kid brings a friend on the cruise, you need 3 notarized letters from the parents: one letter to allow the child to travel in/out of the country, one for medical care, and the last one to allow you to give the child permission to participate in the ship's activities, such as the rock wall and Flowrider. After the cruise is booked, go to the RCCL site and buy drink, food, and internet packages ahead of time. You will save money over buying on the ship. The internet package is worth it if you want to use your phone on the ship. Apple iMessage and FaceTime worked great with my teen. We checked the ship's location at cruisemapper.com. We used email to setup last-minute excursions. My teen said the video streaming was good. The water package is hugely overpriced and the ship's water is perfectly safe. Water dispensers can be found at the bars, the coffee shop, and Sorento’s. Bring an aluminum Yeti/R-Tic cup onboard for both hot and cold drinks. Packing Some handy items include 2 bottles of wine, wine opener, binoculars, sunscreen and bug spray (for excursions). For arrival day, pack anything in a take-on bag that you will need before 10pm. Baggage delivery is erratic. Cash Bring plenty of cash. I didn’t realize that our Cozumel scuba excursion was cash-only, because it starts in a boat harbor. Another place for cash is the casino. There is an ATM on the ship, but it is a $6-7 fee, along with what your bank charges you. Note that Guest Services can break your large bills into smaller bills for excursion tips, etc. Parking The best option is to buy parking early and print your receipt. RCCL and the cruise terminal advise you to arrive after 11am, but we arrived around 10:30 and did not have to wait long. For Texas residents, use the self-carry luggage option while disembarking. We were at home in Katy by 10:30am. Dining Room We loved the staff in the main dining room. Pedro and Yogesh were incredible. If you don't have young kids, sign-up for later dining. Early shows are easier to get into. We started with the "My Way Dining", because we didn't know what time we needed. After dining the first night, we decided to stay with our servers at the 7:45pm time slot and reserved the table through the end of the week. Note that MWD cruisers check-in on deck 3. Food choices on the dining room menus were very good, including fish, duck, escargot, steak and lobster. The main dining room breakfast options could be better, but I did enjoy the Salmon Eggs Benedict. My wife thought the regular Eggs Benedict needed more hollandaise sauce. Formal night attire is suggested for dining on the two assigned formal nights. Jeans are ok for the other dining nights. We packed business casual and were ok for both formal nights and our first night in Chops. Premium Dining Buy the "First Night Done Right" dining prior to your trip and pack some business casual clothes in your take-on bag. The reservation will randomly be made at one of the 3 premium restaurants. When you get on the ship, immediately go to Chops Grille and change your reservation for CG and possibly a better time. My family is from Texas and we didn't see a reason to pay a premium at a high-end Mexican restaurant (Sabor). We were completely fine with the regular, high-quality, dining room options the rest of the trip. Buffet Awesome breakfast choices in Windjammer (such as the omelette bar). The food options are similar to what you will find in a premium Hilton or Marriott breakfast buffet. We could not find sandwiches (other than burgers) in WJ for lunch. One night after a tiring excursion day, we attended WJ and had some fresh Mongolian Barbecue. Take advantage of the on-order grill area. Weight Gain With all of the rich food and dessert options, I made it a challenge to not use the elevator on “at-sea” days. This, along with spin classes, helped to limit weight gain from the cruise. Other Dining The coffee house (Café Promenade) always has good dessert snack options, such as cookies, macaroons, and cakes. They also offer sandwiches. Sorento's is a good afternoon and late night snack option, but the pizza tasted like it had fake cheese. Sorrento's does have other options such as mussels. My kid liked having a hamburger meal at Johnny Rockets. I purchased the premium coffee card ahead of the cruise date. The coffee card is well worth the money. We used all 15 card punches with my family. Both hot and cold cappuccino bevarages are included. You will easily save half over individual drink pricing. Tipping It's common that workers on cruise ships are not paid very much and hugely overworked. They depend on tips, but RCCL distributes automated tips to all of the workers on the ship. You can go to Guest Services and complete a form to directly allocate your tips to specific RCCL personnel, such as your room attendant, server and assistant server. Cleanliness The ship looks worn in places, such as carpet needing to be replaced. Overall, the ship is kept very clean and the staff works hard in the wee hours of the morning to prepare the pool area for the next day. Towel service The towel service is very handy. Leave your beach towels at home. RCCL will scan your SeaPass account and give you as many towels as you need. This is nice feature when you leave the boat on port days. Towel distribution is available for the ship pools on deck 11. Note that you will be charged to unreturned towels and I did see quite a few stray towels on the ship. Activities Lines were too long to enjoy onboard activities, such as rock climbing and the surf pool. Spin classes in the gym were very good. Sign-up for gym classes at the fitness center immediately when you get on the ship. If you like spin classes, bring your SPD cleats with you. My wife had a foot massage at the spa, but was heavily cross-sold on other spa services afterwards...an instant put-off. Movies did not have enough flexible show times. Activity variety overall could be better, but I did like the variety of wine and liquor tastings. Casino The casino was small, but did have a good variety of games and beginner classes. I would have liked to learn Caribbean Poker...it was not an option. The craps table only has even odds on the betting…not even close to Vegas odds. Some casino table games are actually twice the minimum bet (e.g. Ultimate Texas Holdem). Check the compass for "Low Limit Table Games" on at-sea days. I never saw an open craps table on low-limit days, but did play single deck BJ and Ultimate Texas Holdem for $5. Merchandise Quality was good. We liked the "2 for $20" RCCL T-Shirt special. I could not find quality tequila in the onboard shop for a cruise that had two stops in Mexico. We liked the free raffles. Shows The first and last days of the cruise have the best shows. The ice show was geared towards small kids. The comedians were good, but there were too many comedy shows. There is a Mystery Dinner Theater option that looks interesting, but it costs $75 a person. Must see: Saturday Night Fever musical. Arrive early. Ports Roatan: Roatan is mostly a poor island, but has beautiful beaches, incredible scuba diving, and nice people. Not overly commercialized like Cozumel. Many Americans are living there. Look for the passport stamper kiosk in the port shopping center to get a Roatan stamp added to your passport. Recommended excursion: Coconut Tree Divers for scuba. Costa Maya: Fairly new port. Shopping area has a swim area, but overly-expensive Mexican food (e.g. $18 for a half-order of quesadillas). Recommended excursion: Chacchoben Ruins. Local company Native Choice is recommended for excursions. Cozumel: We enjoyed the port shopping talks on the ship, but were not warned about being scammed on prices at the shopping centers that Royal Caribbean recommends. I paid way too much for tequila that is cheaper in the states, but could not do the appropriate research at the time of sale. TripAdvisor also has the bad tequila store on a "recommended shopping" list. The harbor where we left for our scuba excursion was a 2-minute drive from the cruise dock. Always ask the rate before getting into a cab. The ride out to the harbor was $10, and the return ride was $8. The Cozumel port shopping center has a Senor Frogs bar that has been popular for years. Recommended excursion: Cozumel H2O for scuba. Excursions Following online advice, we opted to book our excursions outside RCCL. I followed TripAdvisor user rankings and was not disappointed. Photos Tip: Check your photos on the last cruise day. It's sad that photos are not available once you depart the ship. RCCL needs to change this dated policy and have photos available for online purchase. Cruise Compass Daily schedules are posted on a 4-page sheet that is delivered to your cabin nightly. Past compasses can be viewed on royalcaribbeanblog.com. The compass is only available in an electronic version on kiosks by the elevators and the RCCL phone app is usable on specific cruises (not LOS). Use your phone to take pictures of the daily schedule for handy viewing. Technology RCCL is still living in the dark ages. True, the high speed internet works great, there are large, touch-screen monitors near the elevators, and you can use your SeaPass card to charge purchases, but that's about it. If you have ever used the DisneyWorld app, there is so much more this cruise line can do. RCCL is in dire need of electronic appointments, personal schedules, photos, alerts, messaging and activity wait times. Best of all, this app should be FREE to use. Summary The only other cruise ships we have been on were Disney, which has better shows and pool activities. LOS has a casino, possibly larger cabins, cheaper overall cost and better schedule from Galveston. Both companies cater well to families. I would take this cruise again, but next time to Grand Cayman and Jamaica. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
This cruise was a family celebration and included my husband and I (late 50s), our adult sons and their wives (late 20s/early 30s) and their baby daughters (ages 11 and 14 months.) We chose this particular ship because it had a splash ... Read More
This cruise was a family celebration and included my husband and I (late 50s), our adult sons and their wives (late 20s/early 30s) and their baby daughters (ages 11 and 14 months.) We chose this particular ship because it had a splash zone for the babies in diapers. It also offered a drop-in babysitting service for children ages 6 months - 3 years. While those were the primary reasons for selecting the Liberty of the Seas (few cruise ships cater to babies,) we were also thrilled that they catered to active adults. The water slides, wave pool, rock climbing wall, etc. were all things that all adults in our group enjoyed. The evening entertainment was on par with great Broadway and Vegas shows. Between loving the ship's amenities, along with the outstanding crew, we now consider ourselves a cruising family. While on last week's cruise, we scheduled our next one for next April. We chose the Liberty of the Seas again, and hope to get the same wait staff that we had this past week. Next time, we will also bring along my 90-year-old mother. This ship is truly one for all ages! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Food was good. Dining service was excellent. However, felt hard sale on shops merchandises . Open eating area on 11th floor only open till 9pm & charge on room service Ask tips for casino bar on screen when viewing ... Read More
Food was good. Dining service was excellent. However, felt hard sale on shops merchandises . Open eating area on 11th floor only open till 9pm & charge on room service Ask tips for casino bar on screen when viewing electronic photos on computer & charged on our accounts ,take advantage of our loose attention. Quite crowded felt on the ship. Free lessons activities like dancing gathered in odd hours, 8:30am (early morning )or 12:30pm(lunch time) Didn't know need to make reservation for dinning until on the 2nd day Starbuck coffee card could not be used on the last morning though the coffee bar is open Too much paper inserts with different sizes along the daily info sheets, better if all paper can be stapled together or with the same sizes in a booklet format. It will appreciated if more clocks or time indicators are provided around the ship, especially if there's time zone change or difference occurs. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
This was my first cruise. I didn't experience any sea sickness. There were plenty of activities to choose from such ice skating, riding wave rider, going to the gym or spa. Or something low key like reading in the library or at the ... Read More
This was my first cruise. I didn't experience any sea sickness. There were plenty of activities to choose from such ice skating, riding wave rider, going to the gym or spa. Or something low key like reading in the library or at the pool. There was plenty of lounge chair seating. It felt like we had five star dining every night in the main dining hall. It was nice to see people go all out on formal nights. The comedy shows were hilarious. I especially liked the jokes about the staterooms they must of had an interior stateroom like ours. We didn't spend much time in the room, so it didn't bother us. The activities and entertainment were fabulous from having an art auction, game show, comedy, and theater productions! They have an if can be imagined then it can be done attitude. We had a wonderful experience and will most likely go on another Royal Caribbean Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
This was a last minute decision to take this cruise, just 2 weeks prior to departure date. Every single staff/crew member were so kind and happy to help at any time. The meal selections were beautifully prepared, served and delicious. ... Read More
This was a last minute decision to take this cruise, just 2 weeks prior to departure date. Every single staff/crew member were so kind and happy to help at any time. The meal selections were beautifully prepared, served and delicious. Dining room environment and service were first class. The entertainment and shows were exceptional, some equivalent to Broadway. Even while at sea, there was always something to do. We selected Royal Caribbean excursions in the ports of call and were very pleased with our decisions. Great variety of excursions for all activity levels. The Cruise Director was very entertaining throughout the cruise and especially looked forward to the informative morning "Rant". Most especially, my room steward, was extra kind a took very good care of us; he always looked happy to see us and hear about our day. I have raved during my drive home from Galveston to many family members and we are now planning a large family cruise vacation soon. Many thanks to Royal Caribbean for a spectacular and memorable vacation. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I chose this cruise line because of the price then the date and location. I looked over many reviews before choosing this line. I was amazed! I was told I would be bored and ready to get off the ship on a 7 day cruise and that was not the ... Read More
I chose this cruise line because of the price then the date and location. I looked over many reviews before choosing this line. I was amazed! I was told I would be bored and ready to get off the ship on a 7 day cruise and that was not the case at all. There were a few things I wasn't able to do. I did do a lot of relaxing. The food was pretty good. I try to eat healthy and they accommodate that. The bad food was tempting :) There was so much to do and the staff was super friendly. I definitely want to go on another one. I asked many questions from others that have done a Carnival cruise and they said carnival is more of a party ship. I'm not much into that these days so I was glad our ship wasn't like that. If your familiar with the Galleria in Houston then I would say it's like the Galleria/Casino on a ship with lots of things to do. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We had a good time at the ship, it was a family vacation with kids between 7-8 years old, and the entertainment and activities fit us very good. The ship looks and feels really new, with a lot of things to do for all ages. The cabin ... Read More
We had a good time at the ship, it was a family vacation with kids between 7-8 years old, and the entertainment and activities fit us very good. The ship looks and feels really new, with a lot of things to do for all ages. The cabin was good enough for a party of 3 (one kid), with a nice view and a smooth bed. The food. I would say that this is a all experience for me, this was my second cruise and feels like they lost the touch at the buffet, the food was just good and I remeber it use to be awesome. The dinner it's completely different, they deserve all my respect since the waiters until the gourmet plates. This ship is really big and sometimes that makes really hard to get out at the port, and for the same reason the pool/dinning room/casino is almost always overwhelmead. We went to Cozumel, Cayman Island y Jamaica, and in every one we did a shore excursion wich it was great. Finally I still recomend Royal Caribbean because it's commited crew. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017

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