13 Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas Caribbean - Southern Cruise Reviews

The cruise itself was ok, but I am writing to get the word out that ALL of my kids came home with bed bugs! I am freaking out and worried if we now brought them in our house. CDC.gov website says that it can take up to 14 days for bites ... Read More
The cruise itself was ok, but I am writing to get the word out that ALL of my kids came home with bed bugs! I am freaking out and worried if we now brought them in our house. CDC.gov website says that it can take up to 14 days for bites to appear once bitten, but Royal Caribbean is doing nothing about it since the bites appeared the day after we returned home. I reported it with our cabin number for inspection. I just don't want anyone else to experience this! We had two cabins with adjoining door. The kids all slept in one cabin (and all have the bites) and my husband and I slept in another and don't have any. Has anyone else experienced this on this cruise line? If so, anything else I should do or people I should report it to? Two of my kids suitcases were stored under the beds....which is why I am worried now about our home! All suitcases are now in the garage, but we have been home for two days!!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Me and my wife actually were recommended this cruise via a small tour company who we had used for booking Jamaica airport transfers and tours before when we went to Montego Bay, Jamaica. And it was our first cruise so we didn't know ... Read More
Me and my wife actually were recommended this cruise via a small tour company who we had used for booking Jamaica airport transfers and tours before when we went to Montego Bay, Jamaica. And it was our first cruise so we didn't know what to expect, but it turned out to be one of the most wonderful experiences of our lives. The customer service on the Royal Carribbean Independence of the Seas was pretty incredible and there was lots of nightly entertainment (music and dancing) and great food and drinks!; as well as some great swimming pools with water slides! However, the highlights of our 6-day cruise were the day excursions in Labadee, Haiti, George Town, Grand Cayman, and Falmouth, Jamaica, where we went zip-lining, river rafting and had lots of great local cuisine at each of these places! Highly recommend anyone going on a cruise to try this cruise out at least once in your lifetime! I promise you won't regret it or forget it! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
For those planning to sail in the LIberty of the Seas: EMBARKATION: BAD!!!! If it rains, you will get wet, waiting in line for almost 1 hour to get into the checking area (a warehouse) SHIP: BEAUTIFU!!! FOOD: HORRIBLE!!, pasta sauce ... Read More
For those planning to sail in the LIberty of the Seas: EMBARKATION: BAD!!!! If it rains, you will get wet, waiting in line for almost 1 hour to get into the checking area (a warehouse) SHIP: BEAUTIFU!!! FOOD: HORRIBLE!!, pasta sauce salty and rest of meals with no taste. Desserts ...well, what desserts? no variety, I had breakfast (good) and lunch (bad) at the Windjammer and dinners in the Main Dining Room (awful) The waiter, on the other hand, excellent!! CABINS: Very clean, service BAD, not that matters much to me, since this is my 18th cruise, and probably had seen them all, but no towels arrangements at all, I requested extra towels, it did not happen, but the worst, everyone had their suitcases, we had to go and pick them up ourselves, luckily, our cabin was almost in front of the storage for the luggage. CASINO: Ok, slots let you play, its no as tight as other cruise casinos, but if you get to win, keep your money, because the payouts are not great. ENTERTAINMENT: Promenade deck parades, very nice, ice skating show excellent, theater shows passable. Cruise director Dru, very dull, not funny at all and very arrogant. The worst I ever seen. EXCURSION: Now, this is a different story, the shore excursions were very good, well the ones we did, The tale of 2 cities, in Belize, shows you the old part (mayan pyramids) and the not so pretty city..... In Cozumel, we did the Jeep and Snorkel tour, also very good, The Mirador in Cozumel was beautiful. CONCLUSION: Considering this was my 18th cruise, I think I speak from experience, and can honestly tell you, that its not about the Cruise Line , is about the people in the Cruise Line, RCCL is just like any other Cruise Line, do not know what the big deal is. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
Just thought others should know what we experienced during this 5 night trip on the Liberty of the Seas just last week. AWFUL service from the staff all around, the ship was filthy with not even an appearance of staff trying to clean up, ... Read More
Just thought others should know what we experienced during this 5 night trip on the Liberty of the Seas just last week. AWFUL service from the staff all around, the ship was filthy with not even an appearance of staff trying to clean up, the ship is dated and used (the mini-golf grass area/lighting is worn through and broken), etc... This is our 4th cruise on RC - Liberty was our first cruise 5 years ago and we were WOWd at that time so we planned a FAMILY vacation with our two children & spouses & grandkids for a total of 4 rooms (it was our kids first cruise and probably sadly their last). From start to finish it was a horrible trip - 3+ hour wait in the cold while apparently the ship was being de-trashed from a heavy metal band who chartered it (of course when we booked the trip a year ago we were not told this or I would not have booked) to an unclean environment getting on the ship to poor service by the staff (the staff seemed completely disinterested in the guests and I overheard some of them and they were actually BAD MOUTHING the guests and laughing about it), to poor kids programs (the weather was bad but RC did nothing to bring excitement inside for kids or adults - no decent time 3D movie, repetitive kids movies on tv and NO in room DVD players for us to show our own movies, the kids program in general was LAME at best - my grandkids (6 & 9) were not thrilled, trash under our beds, black goo running down our bathroom wall, our balcony absolutely filthy with food, dried liquid, hair, etc.... Then we debarked from the ship passing what smelled like RAW sewage and more long lines only to enter into a holding area where customs was that had no floor coverings, the walls were tattered & unattractive, more filth, etc... My grandson (6) and I came away with the H1N1 Flu. This was absolutely a pitiful experience from Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and what is sad is that they probably don't care. Dry dock the ship and really do an upgrade (the website claims that Liberty has undergone an upgrade but if so I am not sure where). Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
I am a seasoned cruiser with a solid basis for comparison. I take my cruising, my money and my fun pretty seriously. Having said that, my first time adventure on the LOS was impeded by one speed bump after another. Speed bump #1: ... Read More
I am a seasoned cruiser with a solid basis for comparison. I take my cruising, my money and my fun pretty seriously. Having said that, my first time adventure on the LOS was impeded by one speed bump after another. Speed bump #1: Switch and bate cabins. If you are looking at RC's website for any indication of room specifications, don't bank of it. I upgraded from a deluxe balcony room to a superior balcony room (a modest monetary upgrade) for an overall increase in size and chaise loungers on the balcony. What I got was a standard balcony room and two upright chairs. When inquiring about this, our stateroom attendant told us that the balcony was not large enough to accommodate chaise loungers, and the type of room I was supposed to get is actually on the very back of the ship and they are full. She directed me to Customer Relations stating that if they said it was okay to exchange the chairs then they would do so. Customer Relations was quick to recite "unfortunately the pictures on the website are not representative of the actual room size and amenities" but they would have someone exchange the chairs on the balcony. While it left little room for movement on the balcony it did make all the difference in being able to actually spend long periods of quality time on the small balcony, which on this cruise was a blessing. While no further accommodation was provided with regard to the incorrect room type, the room was well appointed and comfortable. The shower in the bathroom was claustrophobic with room for rotating under the shower head only. PS: 'Do Not Disturb' signs on your door will not work. Speed bump #2: Luggage delivery. I arrived onboard at noon. My luggage arrived at 830pm. Need I say more? Speed bump #3: Dinner. Beware. If you choose to eat in the grand dining hall you better have reservations. Any time diners are pretty much SOL in this venue. The overly bright, noisy, chaotic, strict menu choices and general attitude of the staff is best described as 'sit down, shut up, eat up, get up, get out'. However, the Wind Jammer, Deck 11, offers subdued lighting, peacefulness, plenty of comfortable and private seating, with a buffet full of delicious choices from sushi to steamship round. I highly recommend the pan broiled pork chops! Since all of the ship's food is prepared in the same galley, the serve yourself, eat as much as you want, stay as long as you want and the pleasant attentiveness of the staff makes the Wind Jammer far superior to any grand dining experience! Portofinos and Chops are two exclusive restaurants available for dinner as well and both will take a sizable bite out of your cruise budget. Speed bump #4: Breakfast. There is a buffet in the grand dining room and the Wind Jammer every morning and both are very good. The speed bump is the grand dining room -- don't expect a quiet sit down with your morning coffee. And if you order off the menu versus serving yourself from the buffet, you most likely won't get what you order, and it will be cold. Your best bet is to head to the Wind Jammer to find the perfect table and partake of the many delectable options provided. PS: The fresh squeezed OJ is over $3 a small glass. Tip: The regular OJ is just as good with half the pulp and is complimentary! Gold Card Members have exclusive access to Portofinos and Chops for breakfast. Speed bump #5: Ala Cart. If your cruising budget is limitless, then you will love the many onboard Ala Cart options - dining, snacking, and gifting provided up and down the Promenade. 'Nough said. Speed bump #6. Climate control. This was without a doubt the hottest and most humid of all the cruise ships I've sailed on. My travel thermometer confirmed that while the temperature outside was a pleasant 70 to 75, the interior temperature of the ship ranged between 82 and 86. The elevators were totally deprived of oxygen and it did not seem to matter what time of day it was or how many people were in them. Speed bump #7: Bedding. The queen size bed, comprised of two twin mattresses, kept separating in the middle. When this was pointed out to the stateroom attendant she stated that someone forgot to put the mattress pad on the bed which held the two mattresses together. In 5 days, no one ever put the mattress pad on the bed, even after it was pulled from under the bed, laid on top of the bed, and followed up with a final request. Instead, the mattress pad was simply placed back under the bed and forgotten. Speed bump #8: Pool Deck Large Screen Television. One station only -- ESPN Sports -- ALL 5 DAYS. Given that the female to male ratio on my particular cruise was 3 to 1 it was extraordinary that the channel never changed. I did observe many female and family cruisers inquire of the bar tender controlling the remote about this, only to be told loudly and firmly that there were no other channels available on this particular screen. It was interesting to note that on the night of the "teen pool party" someone managed to put MTV on the deck's big screen television. Speed bump #9: Prepaid Gift Basket. Never showed up. Customer Relations knew nothing about it. A receipt for the same had no impact. After a ship to shore phone call to the RC rep, I was told "had Customer Relations checked their onboard email they would have seen the order. Unfortunately, RC would now have to refund the amount to my credit card." Speed bump #10: Internet Cafe. Don't bother. Customer Relations will tell you that this convenience is "self service and there is no one on board the ship to assist with any type of IT issues in the internet cafe" all the while the minutes kept adding up. You will be better off printing any boarding passes prior to getting on the ship or at the airport terminal following departure from the ship. A promised a refund for this expense by Customer Relations Manager Jose Gonzalez never came to fruition because Mr. Gonzalez "went home for the day" and/or did not actually exist according to two different Customer Relations staff. It was interesting to note that at any given time of day there were only 4 or 5 Customer Relations staff on duty for the 3000+ cruisers. Needless to say, long lines were not unusual as a result. Speed bump #11: Gold Card Membership. Royal Caribbean most definitely promotes the empirical class system onboard. Gold Card members have access to the highest levels (literally) on the LOS from which to look down on lesser grade passengers. Sounds like something from a bygone era doesn't it? Make no mistake about it though. My observation proved that the LOS crew are very serious about their "gold standards" and if you do not possess a Gold Card you will not be served and will be firmly escorted out of these areas, with or without your bathing suit top! Speed bump #12: Debarkation. Chaotic. Irrational. There appeared to be no logistical rationale as to where people were to muster versus where their rooms were located, or whether they were carrying luggage or not for post cruise excursions. The young man heading up the group I was in, led us all the way back through the casino in the direction we had all come from, past 2 sets of elevators and proceeded to direct us down 6 flights of stairs. Fortunately, some of us were wiser and took the elevators to Deck 1, where we arrived ahead of those still lumbering down 6 flights of stairs with their bags! The excursions were wonderful and I have to say that the LOS shipboard staff, including the Entertainment Cruise Director, could really take some lessons from Lupe and Juan, who with a boat load of snorkelers managed to entertain and dance their way into everyone's hearts, going and coming! I did make the most of any unpleasantness I experienced and turned any negatives into positives. I spent long periods of relaxation on my balcony chaise lounger, I enjoyed adventurous excursions with delightful locals, enjoyed live entertainment and people watching and delighted in wonderfully prepared dishes served in the Wind Jammer. It is unfortunate, but Royal Carribbean will not be added to my collection of cruise recommendations. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
We live in So. Florida so for us the port was a hop skip and a jump. We arrived at the port at 11 A.M. and were on the ship by 11:30 A.M. The check in desk was extremely organized and moved quickly. once on the ship, we went to the ... Read More
We live in So. Florida so for us the port was a hop skip and a jump. We arrived at the port at 11 A.M. and were on the ship by 11:30 A.M. The check in desk was extremely organized and moved quickly. once on the ship, we went to the Windjammer for lunch. Many people, but all went smoothly. Food was good and service was excellent. Our cabin on deck two was surprisingly quiet and the view was outstanding. We never had a bottom deck before. All our previous cruises were balconies or outside cabins on upper decks. This was a last minute booking where we had know other choice but to take this last cabin available. We had a four foot port hole which was so relaxing to be able to watch the waves. From now on we will only book on lower deck towards the aft. The cabin had so much storage and was always kept clean. The entertainment was excellent. The Ice Show is not to be missed. Saturday Night Fever was fantastic. We did not use the dining room, and never do. The windjammer was wonderful and our waiter was the best. We sat in the same location every night so we could use him. He Did not know what more to do for us. The food for breakfast, lunch and dinner we found to be good. I did read other reviews where people complained, but some people you just can't please. We visited Haiti and Jamaica. Both port were remodeled and are beautiful. The activities were great. The Cruise, director Mike was outstanding and did a wonderful job entertaining the passengers. Disembarkation went smooth. We took our own luggage off. Royal Caribbean was so well organized. We are looking forward to returning again soon. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
Being first-time cruisers, we have nothing to compare our vacation to. Consequently, we immediately admit our review could be considered a bit naive. Nevertheless - this was an exceptional way to spend time together, meet some nice folks ... Read More
Being first-time cruisers, we have nothing to compare our vacation to. Consequently, we immediately admit our review could be considered a bit naive. Nevertheless - this was an exceptional way to spend time together, meet some nice folks and be a little bit pampered. Stayed the night before at the Sheraton, but won't do that again. Expensive, the cool bar closed early (the loud one was open, but very loud). The employees were accommodating but overall not a lot of bang for the buck. The transfer bus driver was a hoot - reassuring to a couple of first timers. We set our bags beside the bus and saw them next outside of our cabin. Note - believe the "how to" guides about carry on luggage. Our stress level was zero, knowing that we had the things we needed for the evening even if our main luggage was still on its way. Embarkation was painless. Again, read the how to guides and pre-sign everything. We were aboard within 30 minutes of arrival, and our stateroom was ready. We went to Windjammer for lunch, even though some of the reviews warned against it. Perhaps we had beaten the crowd, but the chow line was manageable, the food fine and the view breathtaking. We were delighted to be offered pina coladas, even though we had limited our bar budget and declined. The guys hawking the drinks were just so entertaining. The food - from fine to unbelievable. The Windjammer food was fine. Nothing special, but a decent variety. Ate breakfast and most lunches there for the convenience and also to limit our portion sizes. Dinner in the main dining room was excellent. Most everything was prepared and plated well. We were offered an extra lobster tail without asking, a nice gesture. We ate our last night aboard in Portofino and had exceptional meals. The service - outstanding. Very friendly crew, especially the wait staff in the main dining room. We heard a few complaints about slow service but, honestly.... We'd rather wait than have the next course arrive before the last was done. Beside - we were there to enjoy each other, not wolf down dinner and race to our next adventure. Our cabin steward kept our room fresh, our ice bucket filled and himself scarce. We never had a bad encounter with a crew member. The boat - seemed stable, even in some fairly rough seas. Some motion awareness, nothing close to illness. Easy to get around, easy to understand the layout. Clean, colorful and bright. Not cramped or crowded, even though the bigger boats got good reviews from fellow passengers. And the view from Windjammer as the bridge crew deftly backed us into the docking area on Cozumel was unreal. Getting on and off at our port calls was a snap. The shows - we saw the "Unexpected Boys" doing Frankie Valli, and the ice show. Both first rate, enjoyable presentations. Best thing about our vacation - there was so much variety aboard we could always find just the right place to be. Relax and read? The solarium always had an open seat. Couples massage? OMG, don't miss it! Gaze at the water? More than enough deck chairs to go around. A quiet drink? The jazz bar. Night life? Bolero, hands down, with the live music as good as any salsa venue at home. Shut out the world? The balcony cabin was far beyond our expectations - a great place to be alone and watch Cuba glide by. Downsides - the smoking "regulations" were apparently unenforced. We get it that nonsmokers can't impose their choice on others, but tell us what the rules really are so we can make informed decisions. Getting off at the end - really?! "Because we visited Belize, Immigration is going through all of the bags." Once we finally found our way to the front of the hour-long line, an especially surly Customs guy (some kind of collar brass suggested he was a supervisor) gave a perfunctory glance at our passports. Maybe they searched our bags before we got there, but.... Was this the first time this boat has gotten home? Everyone could have done better. Final word - we would definitely go aboard Liberty again. We would definitely cruise Royal Carib again. We had a great time! Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
Embarkation was fairly easy - arrived at the port 11:15 and were on within 30 minutes. Although the ship is in very good condition, I probably won't sail her again...I was on the Allure during her maiden voyage and was a bit spoiled! ... Read More
Embarkation was fairly easy - arrived at the port 11:15 and were on within 30 minutes. Although the ship is in very good condition, I probably won't sail her again...I was on the Allure during her maiden voyage and was a bit spoiled! It seems RCCL is cutting back to curb costs. I missed the pillow chocolates, I did not miss all the paper promotional materials that are usually left every day. Only recieved the cruise compass, so glad to see they are going greener. I'm an Emerald member, but received a gold coupon booklet instead - and no robe. My cabin steward was quick to remedy that. I believe they didn't use the equalizers (I think I got that word wrong) that keep the ship from rolling - it didn't bother me but I heard many others complaining of the movement. Never ate in the Windjammer - thought food in the MDR was adequate. I loved the salad bar in the afternoons where they mix your salad choices. I stopped a couple times at the promenade cafe for small sandwitches. We ate at Portofino which was a fantastic three hour dinner. We had two appetizers each and the main being the seafood 'sword'. They insisted bring dessert which included a sampler (order this!) tiramisu and chocolate covered strawbs. The lounge I enjoyed the most was Boleros. Live latin music nightly - was very popular, but smaller because it's split with a staircase in the middle. Too bad they ran out of mint for mojitos on the 3rd night! Ice show was fantastic as was 'Air'. Labadee is always nice - we go to the beach on the far right - no rocks. Falmouth was very nice if you stay inside the complex. We chose 'jamaicaforaday' and went to all inclusive Hilton - very nice pools, water slides and lunch and drinks included. I had an 11:00 flight out of Miami, so took my luggage off in the morning about 7:15 a.m. and was at Miami Intl by 8:30. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
We arrived by Southwest Airlines into Ft Lauderdale, caught the GO shuttle to Miami. Very easy to do! $20.00pp, 45 min & It dropped us off right in front of the terminal. Embarkation wasn't as much of a hassle as it had been in ... Read More
We arrived by Southwest Airlines into Ft Lauderdale, caught the GO shuttle to Miami. Very easy to do! $20.00pp, 45 min & It dropped us off right in front of the terminal. Embarkation wasn't as much of a hassle as it had been in other ports, unless you are cruising on Carnival Liberty & you are holding up the security line because you are in the wrong terminal :}. That was all we had to wait on until we got to the front of the line. Our agent seemed a little new, as he was taking a bit longer to process us on & we had our paperwork done. Oh well, we got on. The ship was beautiful! Really loved the touch screens near the elevators. Made it so easy that you didn't have to carry a cruise compass with you. Dining Room: Hmmm. Average is all I can say. Nothing stood out. Service was adequate. We had main seating. Took almost 1 hour each night to get appetizers. On the 4Th night, it took 1 15 min for salads. We finally got our main meal & it was wrong. Steak was cold. We left without eating main course & didn't go back. We opted for the Windjammer the next night. It wasn't fancy, but we got a selection & didn't have to wait. Windjammer: A little more crowded than usual, but still was able to find seating without much of a problem. Food was ok. Coffee was very hot. Temp could be turned down a bit. We usually had breakfast & lunch. Although we ate dinner twice. Promenade Cafe: Cookies all day! What a nice place to catch a mid day snack & people watch. Also great for snack after you left the show. Good place for a light breakfast if you don't want to encounter a lot of people. Coffee was a better temp. Portofino's: AWESOME!!!!! Now this was a meal!Service was excellent. Food was way above a 10! We would eat there every night if it didn't have a surcharge or possibly lower charge. But still it wasn't bad for $20.00 pp. We had the T Bone steak. I know what you're thinking. Portofino's is Italian. But the T Bone was truly magnificent. The Cesar salad could feed 3 people for each plate. The desserts... If you don't have room, take it with you! The couple we dined with had Tiramisu. I had Chocolate Mousse, My husband had the sampler. We made him order it so we could all try it. Portofino's is a definite THUMBS UP! Entertainment:? Yes,???? Very poor selection. Gordon the Cruise Director was not of our liking. He seemed to be sold on himself. I don't know if incorporating Dream-works had anything to do with the shows, but if it does, I hope it changes before I book my T/A on the Liberty. We went to the show every night, but we walked out after about 15 min except for 1 show (In The Air). There was a comedian scheduled on a night. Well he wasn't a comedian. He was a violinist. When we asked Gordon where the comedian was his answer was "If I announced he was a Violinist, no-one would come" Well wouldn't that be better than being on stage doing your performance & seeing 1/2 of the guests walk out. That seems a little embarrassing. I was really disappointed in the low promotion of Make-A-Wish. There was a walk scheduled on our last day. T-shirts were not being sold like they were on the Voyager. We raised over $10,000 on the Voyager in 14 days. They really talked it up. We are with the Central Texas Make-A-Wish. Really disappointed. But this relates back to the Cruise Director. If it's not something you believe in or support, then there's no since in announcing it. This cruise had quite a few kids on it. What an opportunity to get involved. Cupcake Cupboard was a true disappointment. We were looking forward to this. We didn't want to go on the Oasis to experience it. The cupcakes were cold inside as if they were frozen. That's not a problem. I work in a bakery & we make cakes & freeze them also. The problem is they were dry & had no taste. We got the Red Velvet & the Orange Creamsicle. Don't waste your money. We will cruise on Liberty again despite the flaws. We are going to book a T/A Westbound in fall 2012. Hopefully there will be a better Cruise Director (bring Mercedes to the Liberty) & the dining room crew & staff will get their timing better to serve meals in the the allotted time correctly. Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
My company had a conference with about 350 people sailing on this ship. I had a less than satisfactory experience on the Vision of the Seas this summer, so RCI wouldn't have been my next choice for a cruise if the meetings ... Read More
My company had a conference with about 350 people sailing on this ship. I had a less than satisfactory experience on the Vision of the Seas this summer, so RCI wouldn't have been my next choice for a cruise if the meetings weren't on board. And, although I have have been on almost 3 dozen cruises, I had never been on a ship as large as Liberty. My roommate was a Canadian lady I had met in a company chat group. She was wonderful! Overall, I was pleased with the Liberty of the Seas. Although she is large, the only times I felt it were in the windjammer and at final disembarkation. Other than that, there were plenty of places to disburse the crowds and plenty of elevators as well. We stayed overnight at the Marriott by the airport. Our company (USANA) had a day long meeting the day before. (BTW, the swordfish and the mojitos were excellent there!) The Embarkation was ok. We got there about 12:30. It is hard for me to judge because on Princess I go on the elite line and am on board in minutes. For Liberty, there were lines by deck. I think we waited 20-30 minutes to check in. Not bad because we were busy chatting with those around us. We got on board after 1:00, so our cabin was ready. We had a very nice mid ship balcony. The stewards in our area were all from Jamaica and Costa Rica and they were cheerful and friendly and helpful. We had Wilma from Costa Rica and she was lovely! She even made some towel animals I hadn't seen before (a sphinx and a bat) We stopped at the spa desk to use our 10% off coupons we had received by emails, but instead, both of us decided on the 10-20-30 deal. Just make sure you book your most expensive treatment last so you get the biggest discount on it. I was pleasantly surprised because the ship was just lovely! Well cared for and the Promenade is very impressive. Although, the shops carried the same old cruise ship wares. There were so many little places to hang out that the Promenade never felt crowded. I liked the Cafe Promenade where you can get a bite to eat (all included, except for the special coffee drinks) Very much like the International Cafe on Princess. I didn't try the pizzeria, although I was told it was good. There was also a Ben & Jerry's ($) and some small bars. The Guest Relations (Purser's) desk always seemed to be well staffed so the lines moved fast. I didn't use the Shore Excursion desk because I booked my trips online before I left and also there was the option to book trips on the TV. I liked this feature because I could also see my bill on the TV. The first night, I saw the ice show. It was hard to find Studio B (Ice Rink) and I just stumbled upon it. I was so glad I did because the show was spectacular! Don't miss it! The ice rink is small and I didn't get a chance to skate later in the trip because it was too crowded. The flowrider and the rock wall were both extremely popular! And, Johnny Rockets was up on the deck near them. A 50's diner on a cruise ship! Sea days for me were spent in the Platinum Theater for my company meetings. Very comfortable seats! I spent the afternoon camped out on my balcony with a book. We had second seating. Our wait staff was Long (from China) and Carlene (from Jamaica) They were EXCELLENT! Sunil, our head waiter was very helpful and pleasant too! The food was good, but not fantastic. Desserts were very tasty. We had dinner one night at Portofino's. Staff there was also great. Food was delicious. I had shrimp risotto for an appetizer and the seafood brochette for the main course. Sampler for dessert. All excellent, although, I do like Sabatini's on Princess better. Windjammer is very big and had lots of stations to disburse the crowds. It was always busy. Unlike Princess, it was not open all of the time. I didn't spend much time at the pools, but the kids pool was very impressive! So was the whirlpool that jutted out a bit and had a glass roof. Ports: Costa Maya: I found out about the Tropicante Restaurant in Mahahual here on Cruise Critic. Steve Uhl is the owner. He is from Texas and he knows how to treat his guests right! His staff was wonderful and not pushy. The food was inexpensive and delicious. We reserved beach loungers in advance and he had them ready for us. Please visit Steve in Costa Maya! http://sandalsandskis.com/Tropicante.html I had a massage on the beach for $20 for an hour and it was heavenly. There were nice shops along the beach, a lot less expensive than the shops by the pier. Cozumel: We took the Mexican Cuisine class at Playa Mia. It was a ship excursion and we loved it! Luis, the chef, was knowledgeable and so much fun! After, we got to use the beach and pool at PlayaMia. They also have shops. Note: this excursion took almost the whole time we were in Cozumel so if you want to shop at the pier, do it before you leave for the excursion. It was windy and the water was rough so all snorkeling for this port was canceled. It was a "red Flag" today so we couldn't swim on the beach either. Belize: We did the Lamanai Ruins and New River safari excursion from the ship. Four Stars! We were bused (an hour) to a lovely thatched roof (open sides) restaurant where there were snacks and drinks waiting. Then, we got on open boats (with a small covering) for the 40 minutes high speed ride to Lamanai. We did stop for wildlife sitings. Try not to sit in the back seat of the boat. Very loud and fumes from the engine! The ruins were so interesting and we had a fantastic guide. Be sure to stop in the little shops there for handmade goods, especially those made by the women's cooperative. Upon our return, we had a lovely lunch before we boarded the buses. Again, this took all day so not much time for other shopping or sightseeing. If you need anything from the "farmacia" I noticed the prices were cheaper in Belize than in Mexico. Grand Cayman: the port was closed because of high winds so we enjoyed another sea day. I've been there before though and I highly recommend swimming with the stingrays! I only saw 2 shows in the theater. The last night, I saw "Ever After" which is a new show. It was highly enjoyable! I had no problem finding a seat. the other show was the magician and comedian. Plenty of empty seats. I think that was because there were a lot of passengers whose first language is not English and they may not enjoy this type of entertainment if they don't understand the language that well. I didn't have much contact with the cruise director or his staff except for playing Bingo one day. I enjoyed the past passenger party. The champagne tower with the different color champagnes was lovely! I took a cooking class with Chefmakers (an outside vendor on board) We made "small bites." This cost $99, including wine or beer and I got a bottle of champagne to bring back to my cabin as well. It was fun and informative. Our chef/ instructor, Andrew was informative and accommodating to different needs. We ate what we made (crab cakes, little lamb chops, tuna, salsa on brochette, plaintains wrapped in bacon or zucchini and pastries for dessert) After this, I couldn't eat my dinner! I highly recommend this activity! Final disembarkation was a long process. And, the taxi line was very very long. The driver wanted to charge us double because we were going to different terminals, but we agreed on paying just $10 more (there were 4 of us) I was at the airport at 11:30. Read Less
Sail Date December 2010
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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