Sail Date: March 2019
We are a family of 5 (me, my wife, 2 sons (9,6) and daughter (3). We have been on multiple cruises to include Disney, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and Carnival at different points in our life. For our makeup as we are now this was an ... Read More
We are a family of 5 (me, my wife, 2 sons (9,6) and daughter (3). We have been on multiple cruises to include Disney, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and Carnival at different points in our life. For our makeup as we are now this was an amazing cruise. While the food and decor was not quite up to the Disney standard (it was not far off, and definitely much more return on investment for the price). Embarkation: We arrived the night before and stayed near Houston Hobby airport at the Springhill Suites (we had Marriott points so it was free). The hotel itself was fine, but the area around left to be desired. Our flight home the following week was late at night so we rented a car for the week so that we would be able to explore after debarkation. We drove to Galveston (approximately 45 minutes). This is where I made a mistake: I decided to try to drop the rest of my family off and the baggage then park the car. The line to drive up took a long time with the kiddos being able to see the ship. In hindsight I would have parked and walked with them because we parked at Galveston Park and Cruise which was directly across the street from the terminal (closer to the Carnival ship, but still very close). This would have saved me a lot of "are we there yets". We had prebooked parking and it was extremely easy. We stayed in a Grand Suite so we had expedited boarding and check-in. This was a nice feature. We checked in and punched holes in our Gold Cards (different color due to being in a suite) and attached them to our lanyards that we brought from home. Lanyards were key for our family and we liked that we brought different ones for each of us, but don't fret if you don't bring them they are for sale in the terminal and on the ship. I would recommend them and punching a whole in it to attach it. Note: There was a cold front when we were in Galveston so there was light rain and a high of 59, so we did not do outdoor activities on the first day. I imagine this would have been a good plan as discussed in many other reviews, but not an option for us. Once on we explored the ship a little, and then went with the rest of the masses to the Windjammer Buffet. The food here was definitely tasty. I have read lots of complaints about bland food, but we did not find this to be the case at all. We thoroughly enjoyed the food here and ate multiple lunches, most breakfasts (got room service on two days we had excursions, but more on that later) and one dinner (they had sushi that night). Finding tables in Windjammer especially on the first day was difficult. Luckily since we had our Gold Cards we could eat in either Giovanni's or Chops (depended on the meal and the day) with our plates from the buffet or order of a menu. This was a great and underrated perk of being in a suite. We could always find a table that was quieter, but still enjoy the choices from the buffet. Next we went to sign the kids up at Adventure Ocean (kids club). There are three different levels: Aquanauts (3-5), Explorers (6-8) and Voyagers (9-11). Due to age ranges all my kids were in different groups. This was not an issue for our kids, and they each made friends that they would chat with and hang out in the pool or outside of the kids club as well. **HINT: There were two different areas to check in (Aquanaut and Explorer Rooms). The Explorer room had a ridiculously long line, but the Aquanaut room had no line. There is no real introduction or anything at either room just a form that must be filled out. For Voyagers you can sign for them to sign themselves in and out. We told my oldest that he could not sign himself out, but we signed that authorization so that he could sign himself in. This was a time saver and a few times the other kids didn't want to go to the kids club and he did so he could go by himself to sign himself in. After that we explored the Royal Promenade and made our way to our room. The room was great for us. The balcony had two lounge chairs with a little table, and then two chairs and a large patio table where we ate a few times and enjoyed coffee daily before the kids woke up. Inside the room was a pullout couch where the boys slept and our room steward (Edwin) brought in a rollaway bed that we put beside it for our daughter. Then we had a bed to ourselves on the other side of the room that could be separated by a curtain. We had LOTS of drawers (so many we even had empty drawers even with 5 of us)! We had two sinks in the bathroom and a bathtub which was great for the little ones. We changed for dinner. I put on jeans (like every night except formal night) because it said no short pants and I am a rule follower, but as stated in other reviews outfits ran the gambit and anything goes. We went to our table which was by the window as I had requested and met our waiter Michael and his assistant waiter Joenel. They were both awesome! Great service. Joenel had our drinks waiting for us the next night so we could have our martinis while we read the menu. The food at the dining room was good. Was it the most highend dinner...no, but it was good and if you take into account the number of people that are being cooked for during each sitting it was pretty darn good. Some of the presentation left some to be desired (shrimp cocktail is a bed of lettuce with 3 shrimp laid on it), but the flavors were good. We enjoyed all the meals we had there. My Family Time Dining: We selected the 5:30 seating so that we could utilize the My Family Time dining. I have not seen a good description of this in any of the other reviews so I wanted to explain this process. Starting the second night, you could tell your waiter that your kids were going to the kids club and they would ensure that they got their entire meal including dessert before they had to leave. Pickup was at 6:40 on the 4th deck (middle deck of the 3 levels of the dining room) outside the dining room. At 6:40 you take your kid(s) down to the counselor that was there and they check you in using a tablet then the parent can go back to their meal. We figured out that if we got to dinner around 5:40 this was about the perfect timing to ensure they got all their food, but not too much downtime after their meal before pickup. We also asked Michael to wait on our (DW and my) entrees until we dropped the kids off. This worked really well for us and gave us time to actually enjoy our meal too. If you don't use this pickup option, Adventure opens at 7PM. Adventure Ocean: All three of our kids loved their different areas. For the oldest group they seemed to play a lot of Gaga Ball (dodgeball, but you hit the ball instead of throwing it) and some other games. They were some more structured activities as well including facepainting and other activities. Having all kids enjoy themselves was a key part of us enjoying our vacation as parents. The boys did not enjoy their time at Disney in the kids club as much as they did here. Truth in advertising they were younger, but they all loved this so that is good enough for me. Pools: The pools were well maintained. My kids loved Splashaway Bay the best. It is a jungle gym with lots of spray and buckets and slides. This is right near the ice cream machine as well (my kids frequented this machine A LOT). There was a kid pool that was 2 feet deep, and it was great for my daughter to splash around and play in without a lifevest. There was a bar by all the pools so we frequented the Squeeze (the bar by Splashaway Bay) a lot. We had the drink package and for us we found it extremely beneficial. We definitely got our money worth. The two pools in the main pool area were too deep for my kids to touch, but we had them wear lifejackets that were readily available from Royal Caribbean by the towel stand. The screen here played the Final Four and a few movies, but most of the time it has videos from Chive TV (like youtube). The adult only area was good with two jacuzzis and a pool. This was a little crowded, but it was good overall. As previously stated by people: There is no food available on the pool deck besides ice cream so this was annoying, but not a major issue for us as we understood this limitation. Royal Promenade: There were lots of food choices at the Promenade Cafe (sandwiches, salads and baked goods) and Sorrentos (pizza, antipasto, desserts). The lines were long at Sorrentos, but they went much faster than they looked. There were different drinks at the different bars on the Royal Promenade. Note: Vintages has little to no choices that are covered by the drink package [you only have to pay the difference, but there are lots of other choices elsewhere that are covered]. My wife's favorite drink was at the Hoof and Claw Pub which was a mixed drink including strawberry, liquor and beer. It sounds odd, but it was delicious. Entertainment: We went to In the Air and it was amazing. It was really well done and had you on the edge of your seat at points. This was family friendly and my kids loved it as well. We also went to Encore (the ice show). It was also very good. It was fun and enjoyable and the kids also liked it. We chose to skip Saturday Night Fever as it is not for our kids and there were other activities we wanted to do. Other Activities: We did sports trivia at the Schooner Bar (where I got a great old fashioned and a brandy alexander), and Family Karaoke at On Air bar [where we had amazing service from Roger]. Roger always found us seats and ensured that my daughter had a martini glass full of maraschino cherries. We played mini-golf one day and it was fun. Cupcake Decorating Class: My wife and daughter did this class on one of the sea days. It was $30 per person, but since my wife was helping my daughter and not participating alone they only charge for one person. They had over an hour with the head pastry chef on how to decorate cupcakes and they made 6 cupcakes and were given two extras of different animals and colors. This was "the best $30 we have spent in a long time" according to my wife. Suite Lounge: This was a nice area to get away from the loud crowds. We went in there a few times during the day to play board games and relax with the view. Nightly there was a cocktail period with appetizers from 4:30-8. This was a great nightly routine to go get a drink and snacks (my kids loved the samosas so much they barely ate dinner on of the nights) and shirley temples for the kids. Excursions: We did excursions at Roatan and Cozumel. We chose to stay on the boat in Belize. We wanted to spend on day on the boat when it was in port to enjoy an empty boat. It was great. My kids were able to ride the slides continuously for roughly an hour without any lines. Roatan: We did Big French Key. This was a good excursion. It is a 20 minute bus ride to the boat that takes you to the island. Our tour guide was very knowledgable and we learned a lot about Roatan during the ride. Then it was a 4 minute ride out to the island. there are two different excursions out this way. Big French Key and Little French Key. Big French Key had signifcantly less activities than Little French Key, but seemed more mellow. They share a lagoon so you see the other group. I would recommend water shoes as there were a lot of rocks. Not required because we did not have them, but it would have been nice. The food was included, but drinks were extra. We wanted a relaxing beach day for the kids, and that is what we got with Big French Key but if you want more action Little French Key looked like a better option. Our kids just wanted to chase fish and ride the little zipline so this was great for our family. Cozumel: We went to Nachi Cocom. I had read all the reviews about how great this place was, but it seemed like it was too good to be true. I was wrong. It lived up to all the hype and then some. We got a taxi ($23 each way since we had 5 people) and it took about 15 minutes to get to Nachi Cocom. Upon arrival we had our picture taken, checked in and then were escorted to our Palapa (palm tree that grows big enough to be like an umbrella) and our 3 beach chairs and met our waiter Carlos. We rented a float that could hold all 3 kids for $20. Then we started playing in the ocean. Then the kids wanted to shift to the pool which was fine with us as there was a swim up bar with all drinks included so the kids got to have virgin Pina Coladas and Daiquiris, and we had margaritas. Around 1030 the kitchen opens and you can order off the menu. The food was very tasty and delivered to us at the table we found at the pool by Carlos. It was great. Perfect and relaxing day. They only let in 130 people a day so it is a big spread out area and it felt like even less people than advertised because of this. We paid about $130 for all 5 of us since our daughter was free. This was extremely well worth it, and we will book there again on our next cruise. In conclusion: This was an amazing cruise for us. Where we are in life we could not have asked for a better time or ship. It was large, but small enough to navigate with many options of activities and our room was great for when we wanted to come and relax. We are looking at booking this again for next spring break. I cannot recommend this highly enough. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
The food and service were incredible. The ship is showing signs of age and will be refurbished soon. Entertainment and activities were on par with other ships. But there sin't seem to be as much live music on this cruise. One of ... Read More
The food and service were incredible. The ship is showing signs of age and will be refurbished soon. Entertainment and activities were on par with other ships. But there sin't seem to be as much live music on this cruise. One of the bands was really good but other that a DJ, not a lot of other good live alternatives. Some lines at bars at peak times, number of bartenders were good but some of the bar areas were small so not enough room for them to work efficiently. We did Chops the first night and it was probably one of the best fillets I have ever eaten. but then every meal in the MDR was exceptional. The Windjammer had a good variety every day with many new items at each meal. We have been on cruises where it was the same dishes every day and that gets old very quickly. Our Jr Suite was spacious and always clean (thanks Julian). It was close but not too close to the elevator. Noise was never a problem. Loved having a larger balcony and larger shower. The Casino was very smoky at times. People were wearing masks and covering their mouth and nose with napkins. A better air filtration system is needed or better yet make it non-smoking. the non-smoking section was a joke as the smell was just as bad there. Maybe even a non-smoking cruise!!! I am a former smoker but at times it really was a bit much. We did a private tour on Roatan through Victor Bodden Tours and it was great. At Belize we did the Lamanai Ruins. It was a great experience, but we tendered in just in time to run to the other end of the pier and arrived back with 10 minute to get onboard. So it being a 6+ hour excursion, we had no time to shop at that port. At Cozamel we simply shopped at the pier. Good variety of merchandise, but many of the shop owners/employees are, lets say aggressive in their sales techniques. We were on the ship before 1100 on embarkation day and chose to self checkout and were of the ship before 9 am on the day which was great as we has a long drive home. We parked at Park N Cruise right across the street, less than 5 minute walk from the ship. Good value and the car was indoors. All in all, was it the cruise ever, probably not. Would I do it again? I can be at the port again next Sunday!!!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
This is my second cruise on the Liberty of the Seas. I took my first one on her in May of 2018 and I thoroughly enjoyed that cruise, everything about it. This cruise was such a disappointment. I loved my cabin, I got the same one I had ... Read More
This is my second cruise on the Liberty of the Seas. I took my first one on her in May of 2018 and I thoroughly enjoyed that cruise, everything about it. This cruise was such a disappointment. I loved my cabin, I got the same one I had on the previous cruise, so I was happy. Many things have changed. I love to go to the library onboard, grab a hard cover book and read in my cabin. Liberty is doing away with the library, there were less than 50 books to choose from. I was so upset and I was told at guest services that everyone uses an E-Reader so they don't need that space any longer. Funny, I don't use an e-reader. On my last Liberty cruise there were lots of people in the library, checking out books and playing games. It was a wonderful, quiet place. Next the main dining room (MDR), the food is terrible and the portions are so little. I sat at a table with 4 other people, 2 couples, and it was the slowest, worst service I have ever had on a cruise and I have taken over 50 now. I had early dining, 530 pm and we never got out of the dining room until 730. The order went in but the food didn't come out and when it did it was terrible. Our waiter and assistant waiter could never get anything that was asked for to our table in a timely manner. We would ask for more bread, more water, more drinks and it would take 15 to 30 minutes to get them. The wait staff only had a total of 5 tables with 6 passengers each at them. The portions are ridiculous. There is hardly any food on the plate. Lobster night we were served one tail that had about 4 bites, when cut up. Everyone asked for another one but we were told that we had to wait until the whole dining room was served before we could get a second one, this was to ensure that every passenger got a lobster tail. That is an ordering problem. When you serve someone a item that has just four bites you should expect that this person will order another one. I started to complain and we finally got a second tail. The entertainment was lackluster, it seems that more attention is put into the Disney characters that do a 10 minutes show in the Grand Promenade nightly, then anything adult. There was one comedian who was excellent but that was about it. In the Windjammer there was a horrible odor. It smelled like sewage and many passengers commented about it. I stopped going for breakfast and went to the Diamond Lounge instead, no odor. There were so many little things wrong that it really made for a bad cruise for me. I was suppose to get $100 OBC, it was on my paperwork, but when I boarded the ship, my OBC was missing and after investigation with Miami office, it was never found, so I didn't get it even though I had paperwork proof. I spend a lot of time in the casino and I found the staff that took care of the machines to be very unfriendly and not helpful at all. I bought the WiFi package, I have my own business, and must keep up with it. Some times it worked, sometimes it didn't and it was terribly slow. RCCL advertises the WiFi as the fastest at sea and it wasn't even close to that. I spent lots of time just sitting and waiting for a connection. I loved the Liberty OTS last cruise, but there needs to be some changes. I hate when people say that cruise lines nickel and dime them to death but I felt that way on this cruise. It seemed that it was always about the bottom line, never about the passenger. As stated earlier I loved my cabin, my room steward and my Chops dinner but the rest was a big let down. I won't be cruising on Liberty again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose the Liberty after seeing her revitalization when she was docked alongside us in Cozumel while we were cruising on the Allure. We had sailed on Liberty twice before in 2008 and 2010 so had a good idea of what to expect. The kids ... Read More
We chose the Liberty after seeing her revitalization when she was docked alongside us in Cozumel while we were cruising on the Allure. We had sailed on Liberty twice before in 2008 and 2010 so had a good idea of what to expect. The kids pool area was really the biggest difference in our eyes as my son was too short and I was too big for the aft waterslides. As a whole, service was mediocre with a few exceptions, most notably Kadek in Giovanni’s who exemplifies the outstanding service that first attracted us to RC fifteen years ago. Food selection in Windjammer wasn’t stellar and quality was along the lines of a university dining hall. Despite the MDR opening at 5:15pm Windjammer didn’t open for dinner until 6pm and strangely on sea days didn’t open for lunch until noon. This created ridiculously long lines at Sorrentos on the promenade which also seemed to open late at 11:30. Tendering in Grand Cayman was better than expected and debarkation in Galveston was a breeze as well. We didn’t appreciate RC eliminating Diamond Plus from the priority security line at the pier, which took us 25 minutes to pass through when we arrived around noon. Once through security RC lumped Diamond Plus, Diamond and Emerald members together into one “priority” check in line, another disappointment. We enjoyed our interactions with our cabin steward but strangely didn’t receive the normal C&A welcome amenities or the canapes on formal night. Not sure if this was a change that we were unaware of or just poor execution. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
This was my second time on Liberty of the Seas out of Galveston during Spring Break with this same itinerary. We obviously enjoyed it two years ago to do it again, and I would say this time was even better. We had a group of 9 people in 5 ... Read More
This was my second time on Liberty of the Seas out of Galveston during Spring Break with this same itinerary. We obviously enjoyed it two years ago to do it again, and I would say this time was even better. We had a group of 9 people in 5 cabins this time. We drove to Galveston from the Dallas/Fort Worth area the morning of our cruise, so we did not have time in our departure city prior to the cruise. We parked at Lighthouse Cruise Parking, and their service and location was perfect. They had a shuttle waiting for us and our luggage and took us straight to the port. Embarkation was much smoother this time that last. For a full ship at spring break, they got us through security and on to the ship in very little time. It was well organized and they had many people eager to help. We walked onto the ship at 1:00pm and headed up to deck 8 to see if our room was ready. We met our cabin attendant, Liliana, who was working hard and did have our room ready. She told us they were a little behind schedule because they had replaced all the mattresses on deck 8 (new bed for us!). It was also topped with a very nice mattress pad which made for a great sleep. We put away our carry on and headed to Sorrento's for some pizza. It was much less crowded than the Windjammer buffet and had great pizza, olives, and salads. We struck up a conversation with a crew member and he asked about our dinner plans. We had booked the BOGO offer where you dine in specialty restaurants nights one and two, but we had not received notification of which we were eating in that night. I let him know our preference and what time we wanted to eat and he made a call to make sure it was exactly as we wanted. When I returned to my cabin, I had a call waiting for me confirming those reservations he made. It was an unexpected level of service that started us off great. Our cabin was a balcony on deck 8. It was my first time in a balcony. Our room had an adjoining door to my parents room next door, so we had a chair in place of a couch, which gave us a little extra room. We also had our attendant open the divider for our balcony so we had a larger shared balcony. The bathroom was typical of cruise ships, small but efficient. Our bed slept great. There were lots of hidden cabinets and places for our things. Overall, the room was well appointed, efficient, and well maintained. We had many good meals on the ship during the week. Most mornings, we had the continental (free) room service delivered to our room. It was nice to sit on the balcony with a pot of coffee and some pastries to start the day. On port days, we would go have breakfast in the Main Dining Room. We found out that many people didn't know this was an option every morning. It was not ever very busy and we enjoyed the hot breakfast and great service. We also would have lunch in the MDR port days. Some others in our party would go to the Windjammer buffet and they said the food was very good. With the ship so full, it felt pretty crowded in Windjammer, so I opted for other dining locations. My son would get milkshakes daily from the Ben and Jerry's. They were an additional fee, but totally worth it. We also grabbed sandwiches and snack from Cafe Promenade, and the food was good. On night 1, we ate dinner in Chops steakhouse. The service and food were great. I had the filet, which was cooked perfectly and tender. My father had the ribeye and said it was delicious. The appetizers, salads, sides, and desserts were also wonderful. We left feeling very full and satisfied. Night 2 we ate at Giovanni's Italian. It was our favorite meal of the trip. The manager welcomed us and told us we were family and he intended to make us feel that way. Our waiter was incredible. They wanted us to try ALL the food, so they brought us all of the appetizer and pastas they offered. We only had to choose our entrees. I had the filet again that evening and it was even better than Chops. My son had the Eggplant Parm and he devoured it. My surprise was how much I enjoyed the octopus appetizer. I had never tried it before and would not have if they hadn't brought us everything. Any item that we loved and ate all of, they would bring more. It was a warm and fun dining experience. I can't recommend them more highly. All other dinners were in the main dining room. We had My Time Dining and I made reservations for all nights at 7pm for the 9 of us. Our servers were Ana and Paula and they took great care of us. My son started loving curry when we traveled on Brilliance of the Seas and was disappointed to not see it on the Liberty menu. Ana found this out and let him know they made curry each night for the crew and he could have some (which he did). If you are a curry fan, be sure to ask for it. They made wonderful curry. Everything we ordered was very good. On formal night, I had prime rib with a side of lobster and they offered to keep bringing more lobsters. I appreciate the variety of foods from traditional to more exotic. The best appetizer I had was the burrata, which was as good as any I had in Italy. I found all food on the ship to be very good. We went to a few shows, but not all. Production value was very good. We liked the ice show a lot. Be sure to come early for a seat. It is a smaller venue and it fills up. The comedian was very funny. My aunt loved Saturday Night Fever and In The Air. My son loved getting to ice skate on the ship. He is a hockey player and brought his own skates. They have teen skating on night 2 and the open skating later in the week. This also fills up, so line up early. The climbing wall was fun and they have speed climbing competitions. Pools were full this week but many in our group still enjoyed them. This ship had many activities available like bingo, trivia, surf simulator, water slides, contests, and so on. There is truly something for everyone. On the last sea day, we did the Bottomless Galley Brunch. It gave us a galley tour, bottomless mimosas, and brunch. I had taken a galley tour on Brilliance that was very extensive, so I was surprised at how brief this one was. Still, it was enjoyable and the food was good. For our ports, we did Cozumel and Grand Cayman on our own and an excursion through Royal Caribbean for Jamaica. In Cozumel, we took a taxi to Nachi Cocom. Taxis are regulated and prices posted. It was a short ride to Nachi. We booked this several months in advance, which was a good thing because they were booked up. They only allow 130 people per day to visit. We had a beautiful spot on the beach with loungers, an umbrella, unlimited drinks, and lunch. They also had a big pool and hot tub with a swim up bar. For an additional fee you could snorkel, have a massage, or go parasailing. My son and uncle parasailed and loved it. The drinks were appropriately strong and very good. It was a calm and relaxing atmosphere. If you want loud music and a DJ, you should probably find another place. However if you want a day in paradise, visit Nachi. We enjoyed the meal in the restaurant. They also offered to bring us our food and let us eat at our spot on the beach. When we were ready to return to the ship, they got a taxi for us. I highly recommend this resort and I will return. In Grand Cayman, we booked the Rays, Reef, and Rum Point excursion with NativeWay Watersports. When we got off the ship, we found the white tent with independent excursions under it. Native Way did not have a sign, but after asking around we found them. Sharon welcomed us and got us connected with our driver. We were taken to the marina and boarded our boat for the day. We had a total of 25 people on our boat, which was far less than the ones with RC excursions. We started at Stingray City and had a great time. The crew was very informative and made sure we had safe and memorable interactions with the rays. They also took photos for us.The water was crystal clear and we had a beautiful day. After about an hour we went to a snorkel site. We were provided with snorkels, masks, flippers, and life jackets if we needed them. The fish were beautiful and the snorkeling was easy. We were the only family on the boat that had Rum Point and the others had Starfish Point, so we got to visit Starfish point as well. It was about a 20 minute stop and we did see starfish. The crew made sure that we knew how to handle the starfish in order to not endanger them. The crew seemed very concerned about making sure all the sea-life we encountered was handled in a respectful manner that did not harm them. We then went to Rum Point to be dropped off for lunch and the boat took the rest of the people back to the ship. Our meal was very good. I had jerk chicken which was better than what I had later in Jamaica. We also purchased mudslides, which were said to have been invented in the bar at Rum Point. At the designated time, Sharon picked us up and drove us back to the port with tales of the island. We had a memorable and fun day in Grand Cayman. In Jamaica, we went with the Royal Caribbean excursion called Blue Waters Beach Escape. It was an all inclusive excursion that included transportation, entry to the beach, lounge chairs, all we could drink, and lunch.There was not much shade on the beach and they rented out umbrellas or cabanas for additional fees. We found one of the few trees and set up under it. The beach was beautiful, but they were clearly packing as many people into the beach as possible. After we had our spot, they moved more chairs in front of us and set up umbrellas they had rented which blocked our view of the water. That was disappointing. We had a server that brought us drinks, but they were very small and not very good. We ended up getting a bucket of Red Stripe beer instead of mixed drinks after tasting them. We did get in the water some, but it was VERY grassy on the floor with lots of seaweed. We gave up on the water after about 15 minutes of trying to find a spot without vegetation. It was a windy day which made the water quite cloudy. At 11am, they told us to go eat. The food was weird. They had jerk chicken and curry chicken, but it was more bones than meat. They also had fettuccini noodles with hotdogs (odd) and a huge amount of bland beans and rice. We tried the food, but didn't eat much of it. We ended up getting an early shuttle back to the boat. Probably if our first two port excursions hadn't been so amazing, it wouldn't have been such a contrast. Still I found I much prefer independent excursions to ship excursions. My son (14 years old) traveled with me. He really enjoyed the ship. He does not like youth programs on ships, so he didn't participate in the teen program. He did do the teen night for skating and the teen rock climbing competition. The staff made him feel like a king. Anything he wanted, they made happen. It was hard to leave the ship the last morning because it felt like we were leaving family. Disembarkation was very easy. We did the self carry option off the ship. We all went down for breakfast in the main dining room at 7am and it wasn't crowded at all. We had a very nice final meal on the ship. About 7:45am we went to our cabins, got our bags, and walked off the ship. We were through customs and picked up by Lighthouse Parking by 8:15 and on the road at 8:30. Very smooth and easy. I look forward to having another great Royal Caribbean experience in the future. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this cruise because we live in Texas and could drive to Galveston. We stayed overnight in Galveston and ate at Shrimp and Stuff which was very good. We parked a the hotel and they took us to the ship which was cheaper than other ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we live in Texas and could drive to Galveston. We stayed overnight in Galveston and ate at Shrimp and Stuff which was very good. We parked a the hotel and they took us to the ship which was cheaper than other parking options. Below are the good and bad parts of the cruise: Good Parts: a. Two of three RCL excursions were awesome. We really enjoyed the Jewell in Jamaica and Stingray City. b. We enjoyed the juggler and the comedian on two different nights of the cruise. c. Ship staff were friendly and our balcony was great. d. Food in the MDR was above average. e. Able to bring on a case of bottled water and 12 pack of soft drinks without a problem. Bad Parts: a. Always had to fight for a table in Windjammer and lines for food. Avoid this place if possible. b. Jeffrey is not a good cruise director. c. People were hoarding good pool chairs. d. Beds were really hard but I brought a foam pad. Should not have to though. e. Sabor specialty restaurant was barely average. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Quick overview: My DH and I are 53 and 48. This is our 9th cruise, 5th Royal, and second on Liberty. We had the drink package as we don't like worrying about a bill at the end. We had a wonderful time. It was Spring Break in Texas, ... Read More
Quick overview: My DH and I are 53 and 48. This is our 9th cruise, 5th Royal, and second on Liberty. We had the drink package as we don't like worrying about a bill at the end. We had a wonderful time. It was Spring Break in Texas, which is why we could go as I am a teacher. Lots of kids but most were well behaved. There are always rude people who try to get on the elevator before you get off so the kids weren't to blame. Galveston embarkation was a piece of cake. Arrived in Galveston at 10:00. Parked at Lighthouse parking. Shuttled to the ship, through security and waiting by 10:25. As Platinum members, we were in Windjammer having lunch and a cocktail by 11:10.Our cabin was a port side hump balcony. One of our favorites. Close to the aft elevators and very convenient to all venues. Liberty is in great shape for her age. Were there some worn spots? Yes. Enough to ruin things? No. We had the three night dining package and ate at Chops all three. Food was great all three times. Service was ok the first two nights but our last night it was wonderful. Ishyta (Ishy) was wonderful! We will look for her on our next Liberty cruise. The MDR food was also excellent. Huge variety? No but that's what the Windjammer is for. We ate breakfast at Windjammer most morning and a couple of lunches. Good food and we did not think it was tasteless. Ate lunch in the MDR twice. Love lunch there! Food was excellent and service was excellent. We saw both comedians and Saturday Night Fever. All three were great. The Quest was a bit tame but still quite a lot of fun. Jeffery is the CD and we love him. His morning rant is fun even for experienced cruisers. I know some do not like him, but we find him to be a very nice person. My husband is a Navy veteran so we attended both get togethers. If you are a veteran, you must go. Royal has refreshments and Jeffrey attended both times. We spent a lot of time at Hoof and Claw. Great pub! Danis and Yati were awesome. They made the best cocktails on the ship. We challenged them to make dirty martinis and they were both spectacular! Casino was a bit smoky but we still enjoyed it. Our ports were Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Falmouth. "Traditional" itinerary but we had fun. We rarely book excursions through Royal. We ventured around Cozumel and had excellent guacamole and a couple of beers at Ernesto's about a two block walk from the pier. In grand Cayman, we went to Paradise where hubby could snorkel and I could a beverage or two. Husband said the snorkeling was great and we were close to the tenders. We also went to Churchill's our favorite Caribbean cigar shop. In Falmouth, we went to the Royalton resort. It was nice. Food and drink were plentiful but lots of kids in adult only areas. Not sure if we'd go there again. Overall, we had a fabulous cruise. We booked our next one for December 2020. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2019
We were trying to find a Family cruise, that was easy to get to, the month and the price.We wanted something for our grand children 7,6,5,3 and our older kids..We looked for months..We decided on Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Sea..Could ... Read More
We were trying to find a Family cruise, that was easy to get to, the month and the price.We wanted something for our grand children 7,6,5,3 and our older kids..We looked for months..We decided on Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Sea..Could not have been a better choice..My wife and I have been on lots of cruises and this one turned out perfect..The ship had so much to do..It had a great play area for the little kids and better area for there parents..In the kids area they had small slides and different swallow pools for small kids..and a hot tub they could go in..In the back of the ship it was great for older kids and adults..It had 2 tall water slides, a flow rider, part of the time you could knee board and different times they had surfing. Also the tidal wave..A 2 man raft the went , almost straight down at one point and back up.almost strait up at one point...I"m 65 and did it all..It was SO MUCH FUN.. Also the ship had a rock climbing wall and an ice skating rink..We didn"t eat at the specialty restaurants,but everywhere else..The food was great in the main dinning room,and remember on lobster night you can have more then one.The buffets were good lots of variety..The ship was so awesome..The staff was all great and very nice..The only negative was .The cruise ended... Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
I chose this cruise because of the destinations, we have never been to Belize or Roatan. I was nervous because I heard the cruise was sold out and all I kept thinking was 4000 people on the boat was going to be chaotic. Fortunately I was ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the destinations, we have never been to Belize or Roatan. I was nervous because I heard the cruise was sold out and all I kept thinking was 4000 people on the boat was going to be chaotic. Fortunately I was wrong, it never felt overcrowded and we enjoyed a whole week on this ship. We had my time dining and the first two nights we went at 5:45 and our server was OK, then we switched to a later time which was better for us and our new server was fabulous! Our dining experience was amazing. He made the best recommendations he went above and beyond to make sure our dining experience was fabulous and it was. We watched InTheAir performance, it is a great show do not miss it! We enjoyed the comedy shows. We did not make it to Saturday night fever so I have no opinion on that. My son loved the Flo Rider, he said the slides were too slow but we had something to do everyday. It was a great week! Glad we went on LOS Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
Native Houstonians, we had never sailed out of Galveston before. Embarkation (and debarkation) were a breeze. This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise and we had some misgivings about the age of the ship. We had a junior suite which was ... Read More
Native Houstonians, we had never sailed out of Galveston before. Embarkation (and debarkation) were a breeze. This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise and we had some misgivings about the age of the ship. We had a junior suite which was a bit worn, but otherwise just fine. We liked the Promenade concept and overall layout. What we didn't like (and thus the B-) was that the ship vibrated the entire cruise, except in port, of course. Never experienced this on any cruise before. Distracting. Food was on average, well, average - with the exception of the Italian specialty restaurant, Giovanni's, which was fantastic. Not that impressed with Chops or Sabor, but then its hard to impress Texans with steak or Mexican food. Only went to the main dining room on lobster night, which was good, but not great. Johnny Rockets was pretty good. The bright spot was service. Everyone, and I mean everyone, was friendly, attentive, and professional - best we have ever encountered. They made the trip enjoyable! Kudos! My parting comment was nothing to do with the ship. We have always cruised with our son, now 19 and in college. This was just the two of us, though sailing with friends taking a parent on a birthday cruise. Let's just say at 68 years old I was probably in the younger half of the demographic. Very different from screaming kids. Live and learn. Read Less
Liberty of the Seas Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 3.5 0.0
Entertainment 3.5 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.5 0.0
Family 4.5 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 3.5 0.0
Service 3.5 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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