39 Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas Caribbean - All Cruise Reviews

I'd like to start off with the only reason I'm giving this a two and not a zero is that my stateroom attendant and the wait staff in the restaurants were awesome. The rooms were the standard cruise ship room so that was fine. ... Read More
I'd like to start off with the only reason I'm giving this a two and not a zero is that my stateroom attendant and the wait staff in the restaurants were awesome. The rooms were the standard cruise ship room so that was fine. The real trouble is with the lack of hospitality and entertainment. The shows are geared toward an older crowd. No magicians or comedians for the kids. Not to mention no movie theatre on the boat. They show the same movies over and over again down at the pool. If you are thinking about chilling and watching a movie in your room think again. I think there is a total of 20 channels...and 5 of them are about Royal Carribean. My worst experience was with guest services. We planned an excursion into Cozumel and the description of the excursion was incorrect. They failed to inform us that our excursion included a total of 3 hours drive time. This drive went deep into Mexico and this information was not on their excursion website or brochure. As you can imagine this is not something we would want to do with 3 kids ages 9, 11 and 13. When I discussed my issues with guest services they simply said they were sorry and they would be updating their brochure and website. Really??? Thanks for nothing! Oh, and don't even think about ordering room service. Ours took over 2 hours and my sister in law never even received hers. I'll never travel on Royal Carribean again!!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Liberty of the Seas Jan 2-8, 2017 Just back from a 6 night, seven day cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas. Bottom line we had a great vacation and great cruise. This was our second cruise so we are still new to the ... Read More
Liberty of the Seas Jan 2-8, 2017 Just back from a 6 night, seven day cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas. Bottom line we had a great vacation and great cruise. This was our second cruise so we are still new to the entire cruising world. Our first cruise was 2 years ago on a much larger vessel – the Oasis of the Seas out of Fort Lauderdale. We selected this cruise for two reasons: location and ports. Since we live 45 minutes from Galveston, we wanted to see what it would be like to cruise out of Galveston (and literally drive to the ship). We also were curious to explore the ports (Costa Maya, Belize City and Cozumel). We were a bit nervous when booking the cruise because it was a smaller ship than the first one we sailed and we had heard/read some mixed reviews about it. (I am an avid troll of Cruise Critic, Trip Advisor and others). But…we decided to go for it. It matched certain criteria we were looking for: convenience for location, good date and great ports. We also managed to get a mishap balcony room! Pre Cruise: Prior to boarding, I made sure to keep an eye out for deals, sales and read all I could about the various cruise options for dining, drinks, entertainment and excursions. I posted a variety of questions on message boards etc. My biggest concern was weather and seas. I am the type of person who gets motion sickness watching a video or driving a block. I don’t do medications much (am allergic to most) so was a bit worried about that too. Of course there were no guarantees that the weather would cooperate, I just needed to be prepared. Prepared we were. Not only did I have every over the counter motion sickness remedy known to man, I had all kinds of other cleaning supplies, medications, magnets, highlighters and other “tools” to use on board. The only other thing I need to do was book excursions, dinner and other packages. Kevin and I not beach people where we can hang out at a beach…we like adventure, nature and culture. The excursions we looked at all satisfied that criteria. Seeing that in Belize we would have to tender and in Cozumel we would also need to be shuttled to the main land for our excursions we booked everything through Royal Caribbean –and that was a VERY smart move. (I’ll detail that later). For dinner we were booked for early dining in the main dining room and I tried (but failed) to book My Time Dining for later. My preference would have been MTD but oh well….we stuck with the Main Dining room time. Our thinking was we wanted to eat and be at the 8PM shows. Different from the Oasis, you did not have to reserve seats for the evening shows. I was confused by that at first…but it all worked out. More about the shows below. For other packages, we took advantage of the Voom Internet special they ran and bought one drink package for non-alcoholic drinks. Kevin was fine with tea, lemonade and water served in restaurants and did not want frilly drinks or coffee ---yeah for me…cuz that’s what I liked! So with everything booked including port parking we were ready to go. Embarkation: The morning of our embarkation Houston and Galveston was hit by a freakish and fast moving storm. While it delayed us by about 45 minutes in getting to the port, it was windy enough to blow out any lingering fog, which may have delayed us from leaving port. The embarkation process was simple and we were on board in no time. (I think it took less than 30 minutes and most of that was waiting to go though security). Each and every person (staff) we encountered was very friendly and helpful. I wish every passenger we encountered were as equally friendly …but they weren’t. I was hoping perhaps people forgot some manners due to the sure excitement of boarding and starting their vacation. Only time will tell. ON BOARD EXPERIENCE: Once on board we were eager to explore the ship and confirm a few details about our vacation. Our first stop was Guest Services to confirm specialty dining reservations and ask a few questions. They were so nice and helpful. My only issue at this point was I had wanted to review the menus for the Main Dining Room for the various nights in order to determine which nights we wanted to book our specialty dining. Apparently, they do not allow you to see the menus ahead of time, so we just booked our specialty dining based on show or excursion schedules. (In truth it all worked out –so not sure why I even stressed about it). Between touring the ship, checking out or room the excitement of the cruise was hitting an all time high. All aboard and time for the Muster Drill. The humor about the Muster Drill is we kept watching the group next to us. Their staff was loud and fun. The running joke was we wanted to stow away with them rather than our group. I don’t mean to imply our staff was not good, I think the fault really lies with the passengers and their attitude. Several families would not stop talking and a few actually argued with the crew during the Muster. It is where I started to experience a theme that would pop up from time to time this week –entitlement. People talking over the crew announcements, passengers bumping and pushing others and not saying excuse me or pardon me, passengers talking back to the crew or exhibiting rude behavior. The same group who would not listen, stop talking or where challenging the crew during the Muster drill were the same families who (unfortunately) were in the cabins above us. For the first two nights they had raging parties in their room and on their balconies. It sounded like 8 people trying to squeeze onto the balcony all smoking cigarettes, laughing, screaming and singing to the music they had playing. While I would have liked to enjoy the night air, I didn’t venture out on the balcony much during their party after one of the passengers flicked their cigarette and it landed on my hair. (Not sure if someone complained or what happened …because after the second night –all was quiet above us). They were not the only folks who forgot their manners. I saw countless people who were rude to fellow passengers, rude to crew. With such a large group of people in a confined space, people need to learn patience and respect. It is not too hard to hold doors open, say please and thank you etc. Parents needed to refrain from screaming for their children down the hall, etc. One lady actually called another lady a B***** for not leaving enough room for her to squeeze into an already full elevator. UGH. So if there was ANYTHING that I have to complain about ---it’s the bad manners and behavior of some. THE SHIP Overall I enjoyed the Liberty. Yes smaller than the Oasis, but it was a different cruising experience for us. It was more relaxed. We did not feel we needed to run and do everything listed on the cruise compass. While an older ship, we also felt it was clean and well maintained. Our stateroom was clean as was all the common areas. Yes, I did see a stain here or there on carpet throughout the ship….but that is expected when you have 2000+ people every week carrying wine, coffee, soda….its bound to happen. We tried to experience every venue and activity. Some we just visited, others we lingered. I loved the Solarium and the whirlpools that jetted over the edge. We never found an issue finding a chair to lounge on in the shade either. I even loved the slides. I went down them a few times and they were a ton of fun. All the bars and music/entertainment venues were cozy. The casino was fun…. small…but fun. I got a kick out of watching people try to win those quarters. LOL. Even if you are not a slot person, the slot tournament was a kick. (Wish I would have won….but had a blast playing). FOOD Prior to sailing I read many reviews about the food. It is all subjective. Some love the buffet and others hate it etc. Over all I found the food good. Not outstanding but good. We found breakfast in the Windjammer to be better then in the Main Dining Room. While breakfast delivered to the room was ok, we loved the convenience factor better than the taste. (I liked the coffee yet some people thought it was vile). For lunch, we only used the Windjammer on the last day for a snack and never made it to the Main dining room due to busy schedules or away on excursions. I had wanted to try it but……didn’t happen. Dinner in the Main Dining room was good. Our waiter was good but slow. I think eh was disappointed because his section always seemed empty. The food was good not great. I liked the appetizers and desserts the belter than my main entrees. We had dinner once in Windjammer and I liked it. I think I liked the Windjammer not because the food tasted better but more because I am a grazer or snacker. I loved all the options and to be able to taste a little of this and a little of that. Twice we dinned in Chops. The first night was better than the second. We had a very fun and attentive waiter the first night and great dining neighbors. The steaks were cooked as ordered and LOVED the appetizers. I felt both nights the deserts fell short of good. The second night at Chops, our waiter seemed to have a bit of an edge. He forgot to put in our order and therefore we were served much later than the tables seated after us. The result was we missed the first 20 minutes of one of the shows – In the Air (and did not have a seat to see it). Other than coffee drinks at the café and one quick ice cream cone from the Sprinkles machine, we really did not partake in the other food options. ENTERTAINMENT and SHOWS I love parades but sadly we were off the ship or busy somewhere else that we missed the parades. Bummer. The other bummer was we were not able to see Saturday Night Fever due to an injury to the main role; the show was cancelled and replaced with a variety show. We really wanted to see Saturday Night Fever, but oh well….things happen. We ended up skipping the replacement show too. But of the shows we did see……all outstanding. I wish we had been on time to see the In the Air show. What little we did see we were very impressed. The headliner “concert” tribute Eagles band was a fun treat as was the comedian that night. Of course the Love and Marriage show and Quest kept us rolling in the aisle with laughter. The ice show and late night adult comedy were also enjoyable. The music in the other venues on the ship were good to. All in all I think the LOS does a great job with the entertainment options. (There were other things happening …but we did not partake---so I can’t comment on those). WEATHER and SEAS I was terrified that I might get seasick. I was worried that the seas would be rough or that I would not like the tenders. Sailing out of Galveston was awesome. Smooth sailing and warm weather greeted us when we woke up. The weather in our first two ports was stellar. Warm and sunny. The thought of taking a tender when we arrived to Belize was scarier than the actual ride. A word of caution though….the tender is very rocky as you wait for it to fully load. If you get motion sick…just stay in the open air and have fun. It is a slow ride…but so beautiful. The weather started to turn a bit when we arrived in Cozumel. The wind was picking up signaling a storm was coming (I cheated and knew that the big winter storm that slammed Texas and packing high winds was making its way south). Our captain let us know once we left Cozumel to expect rough seas. Traveling at a speed of 20 knots heading into 40-50 mile an hour winds we would experience potentially 14 foot swells. ----OH NO!!! As panic set it, I started to up the medication. I do not take Bonine, Dramamine, the patch etc. (I am allergic to them). I was wearing sea bands and had an arsenal of ginger candies, gum, drinks and Benadryl and anti-anxiety meds. I loaded up and braced for doom (or a bag). The seas were intense and angry. We pitched and bumped and rolled for over 30 hours. For the most part I did ok. Bobbled here and there as I walked down the hall, in the casino etc. I did my best to continue with the activities and “go with it”. Unfortunately something finally got to me and after 26 hours of being “ok” I got sick. It didn’t last but 2 hours….but was not fun. Had we not of hit just rough seas….the sea bands and ginger would have gotten me through just fine. I found once I did get sick, laying down, sipping mint tea and having cold rags on my head and neck helped. Bummed that “it” got me…but pleased that I did better than I feared. So anyone freaked out about getting sea sick….if this girl can handle it….you can too. If you can take the meds---take them. The sea bands work great as a non-medicated option. You will be fine. (Now if I can stop the swaying feeling on land----that would make my day!). EXCURSIONS: I highly recommend booking all of your excursions though the cruise ship. I know others may argue that there are cheaper excursions booking direct etc. While that may be true, two of the 3 excursions we were on ran late. They were ALL day excursions requiring a tender or ferry back to the ship. If we were on a non-RC excursion, we would have been left on the dock. Read more below. Costa Maya: We wanted to giggle and have a simple day so we selected the Mayan Kingdom Park. We went for the full package allowing us access to all of the slides, zip lines and water park. Yes, it was a man made jungle and park but we had a blast. I LOVED the zip lines. Kevin loved the slides and said a few of the ones I did not go one were super scary but fun. I would have enjoyed more time there…but oh well. The people in Costa Maya are lovely. Very nice! Belize: We selected Lamani and the Amazing River Cruise. FANTASTIC. Again because we booked this through the cruise ship, we were on the first tender off the ship. Everything was organized to a tee. Once off the tender, we met our guides Edgar and Gion who escorted us to a nice air-conditioned bus. The bus ride to the river is an hour long. While not tremendously scenic, it was informative as Edgar explained the history and culture of the Mayan people. It was wild driving in Belize. I am not quite sure there are speed limits or rules on the road. Never felt unsafe…but it was a crazy drive. We then arrived at the dock were we boarded a speedboat that took us on a tour (45 minutes each way) down the river to the Lamani dock. The boat ride was very interesting to see the landscape, birds and wildlife. We even saw an enormous black crocodile. Lamani was stunning. Edgar and Gion gave us great information about the ruins. We were even able to climb to the top of the temple. Unfortunately our tour ran late and rather than having a leisure lunch back at the dock, we had to take our food to go and eat on the bus. I am sure there will be others on the tour who will complain about it…but I would much rather eat my lunch on the bus than risk not making the tender back to the ship. We had about 30 minutes to spare to board the LAST tender. So again……book through the ship and you will be guaranteed not to miss the ship. Great tour…highly recommends it and hope you get Edgar and Gion as your tour guides. Cozumel: There were so many choices for excursions but we really wanted to see a cave. We therefore selected the Amazing Secret River excursion. KUDOS to the tour operator for a well-organized excursion. Again, we were on the first ferry to the main land to meet our tour. Once on Cozumel we were met by Vero and Miguel. They broke us into 4 groups for the duration of the tour. We were escorted to nice air-conditioned vans to travel to Rio Secreto. This is an AMAZING place. The cave and Secret River is one of the largest aquifers in the world. Our tour leader was Jorge. To be honest, I was terrified about this excursion. I am claustrophobic and have asthma. I was worried that I would get freaked out or have an asthma attack when we were down in the cave. I mentioned this to Jorge. He comforted me and let me know he was a certified cave diver as well as a paramedic. He encouraged that I bring my inhaler just in case. As we started the tour in the cave he kept me close by and checked on my frequently. After about 10 minutes I assured him I was ok and thanked him. He also kept another participant who did not know how to swim close by too. We all had life vests on but he wanted to ensure she felt safe. Safety is their number one priority. From ensuring we had the proper gear on (life vests and helmets with lights), they checked our equipment before we headed down to the cave. Once in the cave we traversed through looking at all the stalagmites and formations. We waded and floated through the water. The entire time a photographer followed us, snapping photos. While I would have loved to have my gopro with us, it is not allowed. Focus on where we are walking, making sure we are safe is the priority. The rock formations are sharp; there are rocks and some odd drops…that is why no cameras are allowed. Made sense to me. This is an outstanding excursion. I HIGHLY recommend it. One note: wear a bathing suit. Once family on the excursions for some reason did not wear or bring swimsuits. Not sure what they were thinking knowing we were going into water in a cave. Fortunately there was an option to wear a wet suit. (we chose not to wear a wet suit). Because it is a natural aquifer, you are required to “shower” before you go into the cave. So don’t even bother putting on sunscreen or bug spray. You will need to wash it off. After the cave exploration, they serve lunch. YUMMY. We have rice, beans, soup, pork, juice, fruit and salad. You also have an option to purchase the photos that were taken. We bought them and I am happy we did. Sure, some will complain about he cost…but……I wanted to capture the excursion. After lunch we were transported back to the shopping area of Cozumel. We had about 2 hours of free time before the scheduled ferry back to the island and our ship. The shopping time created some “issues” and anger from some. It was mentioned in the tour description that this tour included shopping in Play Del Carmen. For free time, you could shop, hang out at bar/restaurant or the beach. The ferry was a chartered ferry for LOS and was part of the cost of the excursion. The good news is the ferry held 300+ passengers and even though we were on the last one and it was 45 minutes late to the ship….the ship waited for ALL of us to get back. The bad news, it was the only option unless you wanted to take a public ferry and pay the difference. So just make sure you read the full description of the excursions you book rather than waste time/energy complaining. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Parked at Lighthouse Parking, lot one. This means you are above street level, and covered. Check in was very quick and the upstairs waiting area nice. On boarding was a bit delayed, due to a huge wedding party. We arrived around ... Read More
Parked at Lighthouse Parking, lot one. This means you are above street level, and covered. Check in was very quick and the upstairs waiting area nice. On boarding was a bit delayed, due to a huge wedding party. We arrived around 9:30ish, perfect time to beat crowds and lines. Cabin was nice. Food in MDR was good to great. Windjammer just wasn't good. We would find something to eat, but, most items were just not good. Service excellent over the whole ship. Walked the port only in Jamaica, found the craft market very interesting, and fun to talk to the vendors/craftsmen. Took the city bus to public beach, walked to cemetery beach and back. Lunch at Calico Jack's, and it was good. Went to Mr. Sanchos in Cozumel, PAYG side and it was perfect for us. Did order nachos and they were super! Nice and relaxing there. Taxi was $17.00 one way, less if you can find someone to share it with. Shows were very good and we enjoyed them. Would like to see more classes, etc., offered. We did attend the cooking class, but, it seemed to be more of advertising for the specialty restaurants. Did not buy pics, just weren't good enough for that cost. Danced at the Star Lounge and upstairs at Olive and Twist. Enjoyed shuttleboard, putt putt golf. Swimming area in Solarium was very nice and enjoyable, along with the hot tub Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We thoroughly enjoyed our July 31, 2016, cruise on the beautiful Liberty of the Seas from Galveston. We drove down and stayed in Galveston the night before and arrived at the pier at the time indicated on our documentation. For some ... Read More
We thoroughly enjoyed our July 31, 2016, cruise on the beautiful Liberty of the Seas from Galveston. We drove down and stayed in Galveston the night before and arrived at the pier at the time indicated on our documentation. For some reason, the woman who checked us in and handed us our cruise cards told us we would not be able to board until 1:30. She suggested we go back to town and have lunch and a glass of wine! We totally ignored her, went to the Diamond Plus waiting area and boarded promptly around 11:15. Her “advice” was very annoying and totally incorrect. One of the worst parts of this cruise was the muster drill. It was so hot, so crowded and so long, many people felt ill after it was finally over. Yes, it is summer in Texas, but how about trying to keep it brief? We had balcony cabin 8540 with Camilo for our Stateroom Attendant. He was one of the best we have ever had. My favorite towel animal was Jar Jar Binks. At least that’s what he looked like!! Camilo was friendly and professional and always had our cabin in perfect condition. We thoroughly enjoyed the Diamond Concierge, Anis, and his assistants in the lounge, Ni and Farrel. They were so friendly, so much fun, but always so professional. The balcony for the lounge is not finished yet, but we were a small group on this cruise, so seating was not an issue. Anis even arranged a cake for me in the lounge on my birthday – this was just amazing, and we really had fun! Our cruise was diverted from the original ports of Belize and Roatan by Hurricane Earl. Instead we sailed to Nassau, and our weather was beautiful. Captain James kept us updated on everything, and we felt very safe. We enjoyed all the entertainment and tried the 3D movie, Kung Fu Panda 3. The 3D glasses worked great and the sound system in the theater was awesome. Most of the specialty restaurants were open on sea days for lunch. We thoroughly enjoyed Sabor and Chops during lunch. Excellent food!! We frequently dined in the Windjammer, and the staff was very friendly and the food was always hot. Disappointed that our room service breakfast was ice cold. Disembarkation was the other unpleasant part of this cruise. We planned to carry our luggage off and lined up in the dining room as instructed. Lack of staff and lack of monitoring the passengers caused many people to breach the line, exchange unpleasant words, and become surly and aggressive. What a way to end your vacation, and it was so unnecessary. Come on, RCCL!! This is a beautiful ship with a wonderful staff. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
My husband and I have been on many many cruises with most cruise lines. We had sailed with Royal Carribean at least twice before. Our adult children and grand children had never cruised and we wanted to take them to celebrate two ... Read More
My husband and I have been on many many cruises with most cruise lines. We had sailed with Royal Carribean at least twice before. Our adult children and grand children had never cruised and we wanted to take them to celebrate two daughters and my birthdays (milestones). I picked RC because it should have been an upgrade over Carnival and those were the only two out of Galveston in June. We chose to go out of this port as we all live in Texas and it was the most economical for our daughters and their families. There were a total of 11 of us in three cabins. Ages ranged from 63 down to 3 years. Checking in was a disaster. I don't know why this port is so hard to get in and out. The port authorities would not let us wait inside until our entire party was present. My two son-in-laws were parking the cars and it was 100 degrees waiting outside. Very miserable. Once inside, we did not get to stay together after all the waiting outside. My husband and I were taken to the shorter line due to our RC status and our family was in the loooong line. We finally met up on the ship hours later. Ship: The ship was beautiful. I have nothing negative to say about its appearance or cleanliness. Cabin: We all were on deck 6. My husband and I had one grandchild with us, our 9 yr old grandson. We had a balcony which the gs loved. We had plenty of storage and our beds were extremely comfortable. I wish I could have taken it home! Even the pull down was great. Our bathroom had a smell that was not always pleasant, but I think there was a broken seal in the toilet. My daughters rooms did not have that smell. Dining: We chose to eat at 5:30 each night in the main dining room. Our waiters were Marco and Ronald. They were excellent. With 5 children (17-3) in our group, they catered to them and kept them happy. Each night, they would bring the little ones a fruit cup before we ordered. The kids loved it. The food was good and the new cruisers all loved trying new dishes. To me and my hubby, it was just ok. We have had better. The prime rib I had one night, which is my favorite, was just ok. The negative I have is that if we wanted wine or alcohol, we had to ask each night. No one came around as in the past. However, I never had to ask for coffee with my dessert. Ronald brought it each night after the first. Entertainment: We enjoyed all the shows on the ship. The kids really liked the ice show and the ventriloquist. We didn't go to the Saturday Night Fever since it was on the night we needed to pack. It was very disappointing to me that they waited until the last night for the main event show. Service: Other than the service from the dining room, our room steward was not good. We had to ask for ice, toilet paper and soap when needed. We were not use to this as in the past these things were always kept stocked for us. I will add that I had told my daughters not to worry about bringing shampoo, conditioner or body soap as they would be in dispensers in the shower. Wrong! There was a two-in-one product in the dispenser, not at all what I have had on previous cruises. Also, why did they do away with the nice robes? I will address the customer service from the excursions below. Ports/Excursions: There was only one excursion that we wanted to do with the grandchildren and that was Stingray Alley in Grand Cayman. Being that we had a 3 year old in our group, there was only one that would allow him to come and it include a tour of the island and a visit to see the sea turtles. After touring the island and taking us to see things that were not on the description, our driver finally got us to the boat dock to go see the stingrays. He dropped us off and said he would be back in 2 hours. The lady working the dock was upset with him and told us she told him there was not enough time and not to leave us. There was another family with grandchildren like us, who wanted this event over all others with their family. We were all quite upset when she told us we would not be able to go due to the time. She called another van to pick us up and take us back to the ship, telling us we would get our money back. Ha! We immediately went to the excursion desk where we (both sets of families) were told we were lying. After going back two days in a row, we were told the manager would see us at noon the next day. We all arrived and he was not there. He was called and he said to come back at 6 pm. We refused and 1/2 hr later he showed up. He told us we would get back 1/3 of the cost which was not acceptable to us as the main part of the tour was cancelled due to time. The other family decided they would just get their tips refunded since we could not get the tour price back. My family did not want to do this since we did not feel it was fair to the staff. The manager told me that the tour company told them a completely different story. So much for believing your customers. Everyone we spoke to at the customer service desk was rude, called us liars and made us feel as though our presence on the ship was not wanted. I will never cruise with RC again. Cruising is not what it use to be. WE spent a lot of money to take 11 of us on this vacation. For our family, since they had never been, it was a great vacation. Don't get me wrong. WE had a blast with the family but the lack of service and downgrading of included items in cruises left my husband and I feeling cheated. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
The shows were excellent on this cruise and the food ranged from substandard to absolutely lousy. I have gone on Carnival and Princess ships for a few years and was ready to upgrade to something nicer than Carnival. The ship is ... Read More
The shows were excellent on this cruise and the food ranged from substandard to absolutely lousy. I have gone on Carnival and Princess ships for a few years and was ready to upgrade to something nicer than Carnival. The ship is gorgeous, though there are some areas where it will need new carpets and other minor details soon, but that's minor. The shows were great, especially the ice skating show, but the aerials and the musical were awesome. The occasional comedy act was ok. I missed the nightly comedy on the Carnival. But the biggest disappointment was the quality of the food overall. My son, my parents, and I were all disappointed. The Windjammer food quality is terrible. Carnival has so many lunch options, including good quality burgers, sandwiches, and pizza, as well as a nice buffet with some good desserts. EVERYTHING in the Windjammer is complete low quality dreck. The main dining room is slightly better. The appetizers were decent. The entrees were a far cry from the quality, variety, and foodie appeal of Carnival, and the desserts were not very good. The few that were pretty good were served in tiny portions. Disembarkation was terrible as well. Somehow the line was the longest winding line that never seemed to end of any ship, including bigger ships, that I have been on. Clearly, RC has determined its Texas customers don't notice food quality differences, unless it's this way on all RC ships. I would not go again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This was a last minute cruise we booked because we got a very good rate. We ate most of our meals in the buffet. The service was as good as in the restaurant. They had wait staff to find you a table and bring you drinks, dessert, or ... Read More
This was a last minute cruise we booked because we got a very good rate. We ate most of our meals in the buffet. The service was as good as in the restaurant. They had wait staff to find you a table and bring you drinks, dessert, or anything else you needed. They have an ice skating show that is fabulous. We liked it so much we went back and saw it again. They have kiosks where you can look at your pictures and they choose which ones you want. The drinks are very expensive. Most drinks are $10.00 each and when you add the 18% gratuity, they cost you $11.80 ea. We liked that they had a comedy show in the main lounge, as opposed to Carnival, which have their comedy shows in the smaller lounge. There is a volumn adjustment in your cabin, so if you want to hear the announcements you can turn it up, or if you don't want to hear them you can turn it off. There is only one ice cream machine on the entire ship and it closes at 9:00p compared to Carnival who has at least 2 machines that are open 24 hours. Several days the machine was closed before 9:00p. The buffet closes at 9:00p. The bars along the boardwalk are very small and karaoke was held in them several times, but there was no seating. Our room was in an awesome location. We walked out of our room and there was a seating area that overlooked the boardwalk. We were on deck 7 and boardwalk is on deck 5. The showers are extremely small. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Overall we really enjoyed our cruise on RC Liberty. The ship had ample entertainment and things to do such as rock wall climbing, surfing, water slides and sports etc. Entertainment shows were also good. Our stateroom #8283 was ... Read More
Overall we really enjoyed our cruise on RC Liberty. The ship had ample entertainment and things to do such as rock wall climbing, surfing, water slides and sports etc. Entertainment shows were also good. Our stateroom #8283 was a good size and layout with a window overlooking the promenade. However, I will probably not book a promenade window again simply due to the noise that comes in from the street below. Especially when music is blasting from the promenade. We also rarely opened the curtains due to people being able to see into our cabin with the lights turned on. Food Onboard. I honestly found the food quality to be poor to mediocre compared to other cruise companies. Breakfast was poor quality and room service, very limited options. I also could not believe the buffet closed at 9 pm! All other cruises, the buffet is open in some fashion until 11pm or midnight for when we get hungry. There is food available on the promenade level but is limited to pizza and sandwiches! Staff I found to be not as friendly as on other cruises but our room attendant was great along with some other staff members we met. I would sail again with RC Liberty but I am still searching for that perfect has it all cruise! Please be aware that Galveston Port is a complete gong show. I won't go into details but give yourself at least 3 hours for embarkation and exiting the boat. We missed our bus upon getting off the ship as customs took so long to process the 2,000 people. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Overall this was a good cruise. Our room was nice, 6624, assessable, as my husband has a mobility problem. Our room was very warm. I contacted maintenance and they seemed to think we had left our balcony door open, which we had not, and ... Read More
Overall this was a good cruise. Our room was nice, 6624, assessable, as my husband has a mobility problem. Our room was very warm. I contacted maintenance and they seemed to think we had left our balcony door open, which we had not, and did not respond. Thankfully I had brought a fan or we would have been miserable at night. The food on board at dining room and Windjammers was good. We really enjoyed the Mystery Dinner. Great fun and best filet mignon I've had! We did not eat at the specially dining rooms. The Liberty is a very well laid out ship and although there were 4000+ passengers, it never seemed crowed. Great slides and outdoor activities for kids and teens. The shows were excellent. Such a talented group of young artist! (Appear in more than one show! It's fun to pick them out!). I did have a top to toe spa which was nice although half of time was spent trying to sell their products. Would love to get a treatment and not have hard sale afterwards. We stopped in Roatan, Honduras, Belize, and Cozumel. Second time to Roatan and went into the inner island. It is as depressing as the port shops and Coxen Hole. Being billed as a resort island, I would think more attention would be given to, at the very least, cleaning the garbage and debris out of the streams and creeks. Belize was also a repeat port for us. If one doesn't like water activities, there's not much left to do. Cozumel is Cozumel; a Mexican port town full of pushy merchants trying to sell trinkets made in China. Disembarkation was a big problem. Rumor was the boat had problems being cleared into Port Galveston, therefore luggage was late to the terminal. I would definitely sail on the Liberty again, but enjoy the ship on port days! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Ship Information: The ship is gorgeous, and super clean. This is about our eighth cruise, first cruise out of Galveston, and it was the best of all. I loved lady Liberty. The ship isn't too big, or too small, it's the perfect ... Read More
Ship Information: The ship is gorgeous, and super clean. This is about our eighth cruise, first cruise out of Galveston, and it was the best of all. I loved lady Liberty. The ship isn't too big, or too small, it's the perfect size, therefore, it feels very personable. I enjoyed the entertainment, and the food the most. We also loved the personality of the captain, and the cruise director. They are very personable, funny, and caring. You will never get bored, there's tons of things to do or not to do. Numerous shows, and you don't feel like you have to rush because you won't get a seat. It's was very relaxing. We had a cabin on the 8th floor above the promenade. Our room was huge! I didn't feel as though our cabin steward did an excellent job cleaning it, but he did change the linens each night. The main dining room food was just ok, not spectacular. But, the speciality restaurants menu, and food was excellent, please try all three. You can make reservations before you arrive on the ship or you can wait until you're on the ship and make the reservations, with no problem. Super thumbs up to the crew in the buffet restaurant, they worked very hard to keep the tables clean after everyone finish eating, they would immediately clean the tables. No dirty plates on the tables...I love you guys for that!!!! I never eat buffet, but it was so clean that I ate breakfast there everyday, which was fresh, tasty, and clean. Keep up the good work. The shore excursions were awesome, try to make your reservations for them as soon as possible. Overall, it was the best cruise...my husband worked for the airlines, and we travel all of the world, and I must say Royal Caribbean has done an excellent job with the new Liberty of the Seas. Embarkation and Disembarkation was quick and easy! We were on and off the ship in no time. We had a blast In Honduras, Belize, and Cozumel!FUN, FUN, FUN Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
This was our second cruise Royal Caribbean. The first one was great. The second one aggravated me because of the service. Our room attendant who cleaned our room could not have been better, but service in the buffet, as far as taking ... Read More
This was our second cruise Royal Caribbean. The first one was great. The second one aggravated me because of the service. Our room attendant who cleaned our room could not have been better, but service in the buffet, as far as taking away dirty plates or asking if we needed refills on drinks was not good. In the casino, waiters only waited on customers who had Diamond ++ or better. One sitting next to me, and when I asked, he pretended not to hear me. This happened 3 times and I asked the person getting the drinks why he wouldn't wait on me, while I'm putting the same amount of money in the slot machine, and she said that she gets hers free because of the amount of cruises she'd taken. My husband, playing table games, had to stop playing to get his drink or wait to see if I came to his table. The same happened around the pools. I went to customer service and he told me the workers were probably busy. One couple who had 300 days cruising, said this was the worst cruise they had taken. I will continue to go RC, but a different ship and hopefully a different crew. I did ask for my gratuities to be removed from my bill, and I tipped to the few that were actually very good at their job Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
This was a repositioning cruise as this ship moves it's homeport from Newark to Galveston. A nice, primarily Eastern Caribbean itinerary with Curacao and Grand Cayman as well. Most of the passengers had flown to New York from Texas, ... Read More
This was a repositioning cruise as this ship moves it's homeport from Newark to Galveston. A nice, primarily Eastern Caribbean itinerary with Curacao and Grand Cayman as well. Most of the passengers had flown to New York from Texas, but there were also a fair number of Europeans on board, looking for some hot weather before their winter. They got it, as it was still quite hot in the Caribbean but no problems with rain, so pretty ideal weather throughout. The twelve night cruise had about half of the days at sea, which was pleasant and relaxing. The cruise director was one of the more personable ones and he even conducted several trivia games himself, which I don't recall ever happening before. In fact most of the trivia games and the staff that conducted them were far above the average for fun and creativity. The ice show was great, as everyone agrees. Can't understand why RC would build some of it's new ships without the ice rink! The other shows were pretty standard ones, except for Saturday Night Fever, which was a nice change, but not nearly as good of a show as Hairspray was on the Oasis. The classical guitarist was fabulous and his audiences showed their appreciation. It is nice to see this type of entertainer in the lounges again, as it provides a nice variety of music. Generally things were pretty good on the ship, but as a Diamond Plus level Crown and Anchor Society member who has cruised a lot with Royal Caribbean, I noticed that there seemed to be an inflexible attitude towards customer service and satisfaction, that must have come from the senior management of this particular ship. It wasn't noticeable from the majority of staff, really. But when you pointed out a problem, even if they followed up by checking with senior management, the final word on your issue boiled down to "NO." When questioned further they would say that things were as they were because of "a corporate decision." Therefore they could do nothing to change or alter a menu item ( this was the biggest recurring problem), excessive volume level on an empty of people pool deck or Royal promenade, or on a drink menu item. This is not consistent with my experience on other RC ships. It was really disappointing and I am at a loss as to why this was so different on this ship. Maybe things will improve when it homeports in Galveston! Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Liberty of the Seas is a beautiful ship. It is laid out so that guests have easy access to most areas. I loved the Promenade in the middle of the ship. There are the usual stores where you can purchase clothes or souvenirs, a Ben & ... Read More
Liberty of the Seas is a beautiful ship. It is laid out so that guests have easy access to most areas. I loved the Promenade in the middle of the ship. There are the usual stores where you can purchase clothes or souvenirs, a Ben & Gerrys, a pizza shop, plus a 24 hr coffee shop. The coffee shop was a favorite of mine and a nice place to meet friends. It has small sandwiches and desserts all day long. They have regular coffee as well as specialty coffees for a fee if you don't have the deluxe drink package. Regular coffee is no charge. There are three separate pool areas: Main pool, kids splash park/pool, and adults only. I really liked how the adults only pool area is set up. There is a small bridge over one end of the pool, where you could get out of the sun if needed. The lounges around the pool area are angled toward the pool and the pool bar is at the entrance to the pool. The entertainment on board was outstanding. The cruise director, Dru, seemed to be everywhere and was an active part of the activities. We saw a Journey Tribute Band - amazing - and Saturday Night Fever. We saw an ice skating show which was great and a spectacular aerial show, on par with Circque deSoleil entertainment. There was always something to do or see. We had late seating in the Michaelangelo dining room. Our main server was Anton Gomes, assistant server Mayur. These men were great. Very personable and accommodating to us. The food was very good but not great. I had heard that RCL beats Carnival's food but I did not find that to be the case on this ship. Our cabin steward on the third deck Aft was Menino. He was very efficient and always greeted us by name. Great at his job and very personable. Another great time on a cruise. Next up is Carnival Glory in February 2016. Can't wait! Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
We've cruise before and this cruise was totally disorganized. We basically paid Royal Carribean Price for a Carnival quality. Positive: -Embarcation and disembarkation were fast and easy. -Kid's activities were ... Read More
We've cruise before and this cruise was totally disorganized. We basically paid Royal Carribean Price for a Carnival quality. Positive: -Embarcation and disembarkation were fast and easy. -Kid's activities were great. -Stateroom attendant and waiter were very nice and attentive -Labadee was wonderful. -They got rid of cork fees, so we brought our own wine for dinner. Negative: -The early dining is now at 17h30 ( instead of 18h30) and we were not aware of that. So we had to stop all activities around 16h, in order to have enought time to shower and change. -Quality of food and variety on the menu were average. Windjammer was just OK. We were told the chef had a l budget of only 13$ day/person. -Keys were not working. (Not opening the door, not being able to purchase drinks or souvenirs). We had to return 8 times to change our keys, with all the waiting at the guest services it involves. The problem as ongoing for a few cruise and lot of guest were having the same issues. -Changing the keys meant we changed the folio number so the pictures department lost some of our pictures. -Luggage tags were torn, including my own personnal lugage tag that was solidly attached to the luggage. One of the luggage still has our name, but nobody was smart enough to look at the name and match it with a stateroom number. We end up having to look ourselves for our luggage at deck 2, where all the untagged luggages are. -Shows were generally average, generally playing twice during the cruise. -The shows were packed due to the facts that you ca not book them in advance (contrary to Oasis and Allure) -Late night shows (10hPM) with adult content were filled with children, and the staff did not care -Ice ring was packed to more than maximum capacity and some people were skating like maniacs, pushing others. The staff did not care. --Except for stateroom attendant and waiter, most of the people did not have that smile and looking to help you attitude . The "Wow" factor was not there Bottom line: We will not sail on Freedom class ship another time. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
This was my 9th cruise, first time Royal Caribbean. I have cruised Carnival, NCL, Celebrity and Princess. The ship was big. And I felt movement the second day at sea on our way to Bermuda. With 3600 people it never seemed crowded. ... Read More
This was my 9th cruise, first time Royal Caribbean. I have cruised Carnival, NCL, Celebrity and Princess. The ship was big. And I felt movement the second day at sea on our way to Bermuda. With 3600 people it never seemed crowded. Rather than write a long review I will stick to pros and cons. Pros Cape Liberty - through the line and straight onto the ship. Easy. off the ship and home within an hour…. Ports - Bermuda is always a great port. We had beautiful weather. St. Maarten - nice but I don't' know if I would want to go back there ( used Bernard's tours from cruise critic rather than boat excursion, check it out) Puerto Rico- they should rethink this port Labadee - their private island. Good weather, jellyfish in the water dining room my time dining - table 630 - Mohammed and Josefina- these two worked very hard and I would say the passengers were not always so nice. Lemonade was great. Food- I enjoyed it. The dining room I could always find something to eat. My sister didn't particularly like all the brown gravy. Adult pool - nice to not have kids jumping over your head. However people did save chairs and people would move towels. May have missed a few people almost fighting. Ice show - great, don't miss it. Most of the staff were pleasant which I am always amazed because I couldn't deal with the rude passengers. Chops - nice dinner for $35 pp. Overall ship - the promenade was just stunning. Surprised to feel the boat rocking due to weather. Cons Internet - false advertising- buy the 119.00 package per device the first day. The price doesn't change even though they keep saying it's only $15 a day. When I went to buy it 5 days into the cruise they still wanted $119. Rip off and false advertising. People at the desk were less than helpful. I wrote this up and turned it in expecting to hear back from someone and no one ever contacted me. Dining rooms/ buffet - back of ship so did feel the rocking and rolling of the ship. Probably better to have dining in the middle of the ship so we don't feel it. Entertainment - This ship has plenty of bars and places to have entertainment but didn't seem to use them. Schooner's bar had 7:30 music trivia. By the end of the cruise probably over 100 people trying to play standing up, overcrowded. Move this to the Sphinx so it's comfortable. Sam May in the Claw and Hoof was fun. 7;30-9;30 hard to find something to do. It would have been nice to have had perhaps a comedian in a smaller club, not the big show room. Spa - waited for 4 for $109 special. Wasn't that great, didn't leave smelling like frangiapani. May cruise again with Royal, perhaps… Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
It was the best of cruises, it was the worst of cruises. My wife and I were on our 5th cruise in the past 5 years, multiple lines, but after cruising on Carnival we cam back to RCCL so that we could enjoy the service we expect when ... Read More
It was the best of cruises, it was the worst of cruises. My wife and I were on our 5th cruise in the past 5 years, multiple lines, but after cruising on Carnival we cam back to RCCL so that we could enjoy the service we expect when cruising. That would have been great, if it wasn't for the fact that 70-75% of the crew were on their first or second cruise. It also didn't help that there is no limit on the Drink package and MANY people on the cruise were not afraid to put this to the test. The Good first. We had the most amazing waiter we have ever had, even more so because he was doing the job of his assistant as well. If you have any choice in the matter, ask for Michael Costa from Goa, India. You will not be disappointed and you will be amazed. He knew just what to suggest, he often brought an extra serving, or another entree, just because, and he was essentially working by himself. The other Rock Star was also from Goa, India. He was a pool server/Show server and his name was John. My wife has his last name, but she is asleep after a long drive and I am not going to wake her for a review. He remembered my name from the first day to the last and was always there to ask if we needed a refill. Ask him about Cricket and he will follow you around the deck to make sure your drink is filled. I did not have the drink package, but I did order the cooler of beer. I had left overs every time and the next day, when I got to the pool he came over and filled the old bag with ice. When we ordered another cooler, he took the old one and filled it and brought us a new cooler still wrapped. "For a friend back home" he said- Brilliant, I wish I had thought of it. The ship was on a whirl wind tour of the Caribbean. We stopped in Bermuda and just took the ferry across the water to walk around town. Nice trip, and again cheap beer on the boat (any one see a trend forming here, LOL). May be the friendliest place on Earth (Sorry Disney, I still love you!). Michael, in the English Sport Shop sold me on 2 pair of Bermuda Shorts, one formal and one casual, who knew? He also sold me the matching socks and an amazing Sports coat to go with the shorts. If I do say so myself, The ensemble was a hit on the second Formal night. Our stop in San Juan started at 7am. Nice if you are missing Starbucks, since it was the only thing open at that hour, including the tourism shop in town. We were able to wait a little while (drink coffee at Starbucks) until the Artisan tents opened up in a local square and got some great items that are certified to be made in Puerto Rico. We found this place on an earlier cruise and these folks are amazing! The shows were awesome, until we went to leave. The early show let out and the people for the next show HAD to get to their seats. With only 45 minutes between shows, obviously it is more important to get a seat than let a lady with a cane, or the people on the scooters leave the theater. My wife and I are thankfully not in this category yet, but we did have someone in our dining group who was. She was visibly shaken, but too quiet to say anything. This is not the case with my wife and I. We went to Guest relations, and were basically given lip service. After talking to the Restaurant Manager, Milton, another Rock Star, and then cornering the Hotel Manager on the pier the Guest Relations manager contacted my wife and the situation got resolved. Another great part of the trip was the walking tour of Labadee. This is RCCL's private stop, with everyone telling you the whole sea day before how everything there is free. Seems to me that I paid for the cruise, but that is my own pet peeve. our guide, was VERY proud of Haiti and with good and justified cause. He told us the story of Labadee and his village. He speaks French, Creole and very good English. He teaches English to other people in the village of Labadee, so that when RCCL comes and tests people for jobs on the site, they can get hired. Amazing man and his story will tough your heart. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
As the title explains, this was not our best or our worst cruise on Royal Caribbean. Overall the ship was in great shape and well maintained by the staff, from the indoor public spaces to the pool deck. This trip was convenient being in ... Read More
As the title explains, this was not our best or our worst cruise on Royal Caribbean. Overall the ship was in great shape and well maintained by the staff, from the indoor public spaces to the pool deck. This trip was convenient being in New Jersey, and many guests were friendly, however I would like to remind all that when on vacation, this does not mean that your manners and respect are left home. As for the accommodations, our room was located in the back of the ship (Deck 10) and was perfect for the family and had a great view. Our room attendant, Richard was excellent and responded to all our needs and requests without a problem, and the room was always clean and organized. The breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer continues to be very "basic" across the entire Royal Caribbean Line, and is sufficient, however I do wish that they "changed" some of the choices each day. Maintain the standards, but add more "choices" each day to have some variety. (I doubt this will occur, as it has been the same for years - but hope) The Royal Promenade is an amazing part of the ship and is a daily place to visit, from sitting in one of the bars, to sitting along the center at Café Promenade. The energy in this area is great and the different "areas" (Shopping, Vintages, Sorentos, etc.) are always good places to visit. In regards to the shopping, as we have found on the other ships, the Royal Caribbean Logo gear is "lacking". As a regular cruiser on Royal Caribbean, I enjoy (and proud) to show my commitment by wearing something that has the logo on it, from hats to shirts. However, finding something on board (and website for that matter) is difficult. I was in luck on this trip to locate a Nike shirt with the Logo on it, but besides that item, nothing else exists. (I hope that Royal Caribbean changes that and has better options - a Dri-fit shirt with the Royal Caribbean name and ship would be excellent) Another disappointment was the offering of a Royal Caribbean Logo Tag Hauer watch. When we boarded the ship, they had signs posted and it was a topic of discussion one evening. I looked at the poster on the Royal Promenade and decided that I wanted this watch, and entered the store. However, when asked to see it, I was told "we don't have the men's watch on board, it might be on other ships", which was a big let down. (And poor marketing by Royal Caribbean) Now for the first time, I decided to purchase the "Ultimate Drink Package" on this trip in order to avoid the hassle of keeping track of receipts, etc. Overall this was a good idea as it made things easy when going into the different bars located through out the ship. Unfortunately I was given the impression sometimes that since I had the "UP", I was ignored in certain venues. As has been normal on past ships, each night I was offered a drink from the "bar" attendant in the main dining room. This trip (9 nights) I was offered a drink only two times in the main dining room (after making a point multiple times to ask), which has never happened in the past. On top of this, each night our wait staff clearly were not a "team" and the waiter was pretty much doing everything (orders, clearing the plates, delivering the meals, etc.) and the assistant waiter was doing very minimal (filling water glasses). Now as for the food, the menu has been the same for a long time now and I did notice they added (1) dish which appeared to be Indian food, but everything else can be found on other ships, which overall makes sense (ordering, etc.). I just wish, similar to the Windjammer, had more variety on the menu. As for the sports team (Flowrider), I will have to say they were all excellent (Tom and Anthony especially) and really took the time to be friendly and help teach. In closing, It was completely obvious that a new focus by Royal Caribbean is that all employees learn the guests names, but I think that this has become the main focus of the employees, instead of focusing on the service. Furthermore, I hope that the menu for all venues (Windjammer and main dining room) are reviewed and revised and that the options at Café Promenade are also reviewed and "changed" during the week for variety. (This trip, everything was the same each day) Finally, overall this was a great vacation and are looking forward to our next trip on Oasis in December. Thank you Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
First I must say that I have been cruising RCCL Sine 1989 and have diamond status and have not sailed Caribbean in many years since our last few have been in Alaska and Europe . We took this cruise just to relax and be with friends. The ... Read More
First I must say that I have been cruising RCCL Sine 1989 and have diamond status and have not sailed Caribbean in many years since our last few have been in Alaska and Europe . We took this cruise just to relax and be with friends. The line has seen tremendous changes in 26 years and most not for the better. Our last 2 cruises were in Europe and were done very well. This one not so much and I will have to try a different line. The only high point was our cabin steward Anthony . The food in any of the venues was mediocre at best. There were nights that we're ok and most pretty bad, nothing great. Service was spotty waiter and assistant never seemed to get it together. Windjammer service was non existent, dirty tables no beverage service, food terrible. RCCL spent most of the cruise trying to sell you something, their prices are good but don't be fooled you will spend a lot more when you get there. Things that used to be free now cost and things that had small cost have big cost. I would rather spend more in beginning and not feel like in car dealership all cruse. The things you get for diamond status are getting worse probably because there are too many of us. The diamond lounge is too small and of of the way. On a whole there has got to be a better line to try, so bye bye RCCL. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
We got to the Port of Bayonne, after waiting for 45 minutes at the Parking Terminal for a bus to take us to the Embarkation terminal. It was Delta parking, so it had NOTHING to do withthe cruise. We waited on an extraordinary long line ... Read More
We got to the Port of Bayonne, after waiting for 45 minutes at the Parking Terminal for a bus to take us to the Embarkation terminal. It was Delta parking, so it had NOTHING to do withthe cruise. We waited on an extraordinary long line to check into the ship. We had previously been on the Quantum leaving from this terminal and we had the same issue. Check in took too long, as we are Emerald members, we expected to be checked in at a quicker pace. Once aboard, the cabin was ready and we were pleased with the cabin. When booking a cruise you get what you pay for. We had a balcony cabin, and there were no complaints. The ship though needs a refreshing, there were scuff marks int he cabin and there were chips in the paint, however, none of that had an effect on the quality of services in the room. The entertainment was FANTASTIC. The shows were great and the comedians were great. The food in the buffet was very MEDIOCRE. The choices were few, and the quality of the food should have been better. A cruise coming out of New York should have Lox on the breakfast buffet, and this ship did not have the Lox out, you needed to ask for it. The omelette station lines were shorter than on most cruise ships. There were several occasions where the buffet ran out of morning coffee. We ate most breakfasts at the buffet because the hours of service at the dinging room were short. In the afternoon at lunchtime, pasta was served on deck by the pool, to us that seems like a cost saving effort. It was difficult to get deck chairs, if you did not have your towel out by 6:30 am. The service and the dining room food was good, not great but very good. Overall, the staff on board were on that friendly. When you spoke to individual staff members, they were friendly 1 on 1 but as an overall crew they were not that friendly. We went on a holiday week (July 4) and were happy to pay the premium price for that week, but we did not receive premium service. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
RCI has greatest crew members and staff: everyone was fabulous. The ship is beautiful, clean, and well maintained. The food was very fresh and well prepared. The fitness center was large, well maintained and clean. We were very ... Read More
RCI has greatest crew members and staff: everyone was fabulous. The ship is beautiful, clean, and well maintained. The food was very fresh and well prepared. The fitness center was large, well maintained and clean. We were very disappointed in the only information obtainable was on all the items they want you to buy. It was easy to get information on the next cruise they wanted you to take or the spa, shore excursions or what was on sale at the shops. However, if you wanted to know what time you were docking, or any other port or disembarkation information, forget it. You could watch 5 hrs of RCI commercials hoping to catch some morsel of information, but who wants to sit in the room watching that for hours. The entertainment was average, they know they have a captive audience. The ship is completely geared to drink, gamble and sit by the pool. If that is your plan, go for it. Would not recommend anyone under the age of 21, just for that reason. I am also a non-smoker so was not happy that it is up to the passengers to address smokers who are smoking in "non-smoking" areas. There were several times i had cigar smokers (very easy to smell) walk by staff in main areas and no one was stopped or asked to get rid of there cigars. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
This was my second cruise on a Royal Caribbean ship, and I must say, even for a slightly older ship, it was first class all the way! My first RC cruise was on the Quantum, which even though it was brand new, classy, and glamourous, the ... Read More
This was my second cruise on a Royal Caribbean ship, and I must say, even for a slightly older ship, it was first class all the way! My first RC cruise was on the Quantum, which even though it was brand new, classy, and glamourous, the service was not 100% there. I used to cruise on NCL, but after a terrible experience on the Gem, I will probably stick to Royal. This was a totally spontaneous, solo cruise. I needed to get away from N.Y.C. I purchased the last room on the ship. A junior suite, no less, the day before it was to sail, for a good price. I have been in a junior suite once before on NCL Breakaway, and was not impressed. It was really no better than a balcony room. I was excited to try a junior suite on RC. Embarkation was quick. I got there at 11:30, through a short security line, and even shorter priority boarding line. I was on the ship by noon. I went to their pizza shop on deck 5 instead of the buffet, of course, and waited till 1 for the rooms to be ready. Here is when I was totally impressed... The Junior Suite: when they say Royal Wow, they mean it. It was a really large room, two big windows, extra long balcony with a table, two chairs, and two loungers. The bed was huge! It also had a big sofa, lounger, TV, make up table, coffeemaker, cabinets, drawers, large bathroom with tub, and the coolest part, a big walk in closet! It had one side with metal racks, the other hangers, and a lot of floor space for my shoes, and luggage. The room attendant was great. He always had my room ready, clean, and with towel animals. I was alone half the time. I met up with some new friends along the way. The activities I attended ranged from interesting lectures, trivia, to dance classes. I love to dance, and the ship had some great parties at night. If not, at least there was a decent club to dance at. When I wasn't dancing, I was walking around, or at the gym to stay fit. The gym was a pretty good size, and had plenty of machines. Good time to be there was early afternoon. Less crowded. The food was pretty good, too. I would eat my breakfast at the Windjammer. I eat healthy, and found plenty of healthy options. Lunch was also at the Windjammer, or a slice of pizza at Sorrento's. Dinner was on my time. I had my own table every night (but would chat with people around me), at the Botticelli dinning room. I enjoyed most of the food. My waiter, Daryl, was fabulous! He always was helpful, and attentive. The entertainment was pretty good. I only missed out on the ice stating show, which I heard was great, but I'll check it out next time. Saturday Night Fever was okay, but I think I enjoyed Mama Mia a little better on my last cruise. The comics were funny, and they also had some good magic shows. Our port stops were Bermuda, St. Maarten, Puerto Rico, and Labadee. I have been to Bermuda before, but missed out on Horseshoe Bay. It was nice, but a bit crowded. I took a little bus there ($16). I enjoyed the hot beach, but went back early to do some shopping in Kings Warf. St. Maarten was great! It rained that whole morning, but I still took a cab to Maho Beach to watch the airplanes. I go to Maho Beach every time I'm there. I had plenty of time to walk around Philipsburg with my new cruise friends. In Puerto Rico, I took a bus tour of Old, and New San Juan. We also had time to check out the fort. I think I'll skip a tour next time, and walk around town on my own. We didn't really have time to do that since we were only there from 7 to 1. Labadee is really nice! I got a chair, and just relaxed till lunch time. They serve a good buffet on the beach. I didn't go on the zip line (next time), but walked around the shopping area. A word of advice: they are very pushy, so be careful. I did my usual New Yorker walk, and luckily wasn't bothered too much. Some people were forced into buying things. I'm skipping that area next time. I enjoyed my last sea days going to trivia, lectures, and dancing with friends. Didn't buy much in the shops. Mostly relaxed on my huge balcony with a book, or music. Disembarkation was actually semi organized. I left my room at 7 (self checkout), got in a long line (but we could put our luggage down, and sit), and was out just before 8. Security was a breeze, then out, and into my car, back to New York. I really enjoyed my vacation, and was really impressed with the service. Even though the price is a little more than NCL, I think it's worth it. For the foreseeable future, I will be sailing with Royal Caribbean. I enjoy the food, accommodations, and service. I will be sailing again on the Liberty in September, but to Canada/New England. This time in an interior room to save money for my next cruise, after that, on the Anthem. Stay tuned. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Liberty of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 3.5 3.9
Entertainment 3.5 4.1
Public Rooms 4.0 4.4
Fitness Recreation 4.5 4.3
Family 4.5 4.3
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 3.5 3.7
Service 3.5 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.1

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