Sail Date: February 2019
I chose this cruise because I don't have to fly and can use that money to upgrade the room. The cabin 1804 had the best view I've ever had on a ship. Look at the bridge cam and that's the view this room has! We-both in our ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I don't have to fly and can use that money to upgrade the room. The cabin 1804 had the best view I've ever had on a ship. Look at the bridge cam and that's the view this room has! We-both in our 60's have been on 20+ cruises with various lines so we either go for the ports or the ship. We've been on Liberty before and done all the ports our of Galveston so we go to have an enjoyable week of warm sunny weather and good food. This trip gave us both. The ship is 12 years old, but still looks good and has a smaller feel than the larger ships, but you'll still wait for an elevator. Our cabin was booked as an ocean view panoramic view suite which was later reclassified as a full suite so we were happy to get a gold card and all the suite perks. I had looked at pictures of the room on line to see how big it was and if the view was really worth the money. I was not disappointed in the view, the size of the room or all the closet space-more than we needed. The only disadvantages were it didn't have a tub, instead it had a full bathroom with a shower and a small 1/2 bath; when the ship was moving fast the bed vibrated and the rotating TV box rattled. We put a washcloth between the top axle ceiling mount and the TV box mount to quiet it and it was not close to anything so we walked a lot to get to meals, shows, bars etc. We loved going to the suite lounge- Anis is great and always had useful information. We'd go there after breakfast for better coffee and later after dinner for a drink.Happy hour was 4:30-8 pm, but it never seemed crowded. We went to the suite/pinnacle reception and the top tier reception -all enjoyable. We ate breakfast in the dining room because the Windjammer was too crowded. We ate lunch there also unless it wasn't open on port days. Dinner was in the Rembrandt DR on deck 3 where the food was good, sometimes great. We could always find something on the menu we liked. The first night DH thought he saw some onion rings, but they were calamari. The waiter said we could order onion rings with 24 hours notice so the next night and every night thereafter we had onion rings from Johnny Rockets. The service was always great. We liked the guitar player Manoelito. Since we had been to Roatan, Belize and Cozumel before we didn't do any shore excursions, but shopped instead. We also didn't site see in Galveston, but did drive in the day before and stayed at the Hilton NASA Clearlake which we have stayed at before. Embarkation was smooth. We had parked our car at a nearby parking garage and taken their shuttle to the pier. It took less than 20 minutes to drop off our bags and check in before going aboard. Disembarkation was even quicker since we did self-carry and were suite passengers. We had a great time. Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2019
This is our third time on this ship. We live in the surrounding Houston area, so it is a fast, inexpensive port to get to. This 7 day cruise went to Roatan, Honduras;Belize City, Belize and Cozumel, Mexico. We first dopped off luggage ... Read More
This is our third time on this ship. We live in the surrounding Houston area, so it is a fast, inexpensive port to get to. This 7 day cruise went to Roatan, Honduras;Belize City, Belize and Cozumel, Mexico. We first dopped off luggage at porter station by ship, then parked at parking lot B. The parking lot will shuttle you to the ship terminal. Traffic was terrible with everyone trying to get on or get off the port area. Allow at least one hour to manuver around all the people and traffic. Embarkation/checking in was very smooth and fast, maybe 20 minutes.This was around noon. We ate at the Windjammer buffet and wait for room to be ready. Room was ready around 1:30. The bars opened at 10:00 AM, but can only serve local beverages due to Texas Laws, while at port. Ship needs to be updated or renovated, it is starting to show at lot of wear and tear. The Main Dining Room and Promenade Decks were very nicely appointed and luxurious. The cabin needs major renovations and updating. Room 8366 was very spacious. This ship does a great job with drawers, shelves, mirrors and closet space. The shower was very narrow as typical of most ships. Bring your own body lotion and liquid body soap, since these are not provided. Entertainment was great. Loved Phil Anderson, the Piano Guy, at the Schooner Bar and the latin guitarist, Manoelito at Boleros. We went to the main show each night at the Platnium Theatre. I thought they did a great job. Each night was different and very entertaining. We didn't care for the food at the Windjammer. It was just too bland and commercial. The main dining room's food wasn't much better. The service was top notch, but the food really needs to be upscaled, taste modified, or more diverse with healthy alternatives. Cozumel was a great port, the other two stops aren't really that great. Debarkation was terrible. We were suppose to start at ten, but they were running one hour late. The crowds were getting mad from waiting. Very long wait at customs. Very disorganized. Take shuttle and luggage back to car. What a long morning. (3 hours!) My spouse and I had a great time despite the food. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
This is our second cruise with Royal Caribbean. Both times our family of 14 adults went on the cruise. I was concerned because when I booked this cruise, I went with my travel planners recommendation to get the cheapest booking available ... Read More
This is our second cruise with Royal Caribbean. Both times our family of 14 adults went on the cruise. I was concerned because when I booked this cruise, I went with my travel planners recommendation to get the cheapest booking available by not having an assigned inner cabin. When we were finally assigned a cabin, we were on the 2nd deck below the Karoke bar! I was concerned being on the lowest deck and also the music that may keep me up at night. I was wrong! It was quiet and because we were low and in the middle of the ship, there was hardly any movement. In addition, our stateroom attendant was phenomenal and went out of her way to accommodate us in any way possible. There were so many activities to do on and off the ship at port. We played dodgeball and swam on the ship. We played bingo and enjoyed the casino. We frequented the several bars and enjoyed the diverse music and dancing. We gathered with our family to play cards on several nights and enjoyed some shows and a comedian. Off the ship at port, we snorkeled, enjoyed the beaches,played with monkey's and held a sloth in Honduras. We visited some Mayan Ruins in Belize and went exploring on a scooter in Cozumel. Our Main Dining Attendants were very accommodating for our large crowd every evening. The food was tasty and the atmosphere was enjoyable. Our experience with Royal Caribbean has been so great! I doubt we will ever cruise on another cruise line. Thank you Royal Caribbean! Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2019
The ship is starting to show it's age. Furniture, carpets and other things are looking tired, worn and styles and fabrics are very dated, There are glass sculptures on deck 5 that have broken pieces and they have been that way for a ... Read More
The ship is starting to show it's age. Furniture, carpets and other things are looking tired, worn and styles and fabrics are very dated, There are glass sculptures on deck 5 that have broken pieces and they have been that way for a couple years. A few places like the Star Lounge have been redone and it makes a world of difference to compare those spaces to the original decor in other areas. One elevator (one of the only bank that goes up to deck 14) has been out of order forever. We were on this ship in September and it was out of order then. Now it is blocked off and the door walled off! With the increased number of folks with mobility issues, canes, scooters, chairs etc. as swell as physical size limitations makes using the elevator a real pain. On deck 14 you can wait 10 minutes for an elevator. We had a Junior Suite and loved the extra room. Everything in the room was original decor because we booked this in the inaugural year and I have the photos! Our room attendant was excellent and attentive. Same thing with our waiter in the dining room. The food was good and portions were fine. The selection of entrees continues to drop. There is very little variety from nite to nite. The "Classic Menu Offering" has disappeared. A couple of the items are offered every nite but they are listed to look like variety on the menu in terms of the evenings offerings rather than being standard and the menu having about six new items to choose from for that evening. I think this is intentional to push you to the specialty dining. RCCL just cannot get dining requests implemented. We booked this and requested My Time. We were assigned 5:30 dinner. This the fourth cruise in a row from RCCL where they just can't get the information from the booking to the onboard dining room.Folks this is not brain surgery. Then I stood in line twice because the first guy was only authorized to set up a queue to resolve passenger issues. He was difficult and I finally just left and ate when and where I wanted as the evenings progressed!! Oh well..Windjammer has a good variety and they are good at keeping the steam tables supplied. Omelettes in the morning were a challenge as they were prepared individually. Plenty of options for each individual taste. Tables were cleared and cleaned quickly to allow new guests to be seated. We booked Chops Grille one evening. Food was excellent but the menu and options continue to be more and more limited. If you want sea food or surf and turf get your wallet out AGAIN! Now remember that you have already paid for dinner as a part of your cruise fare, plus you paid an upcharge to go to the restaurant and now they want another $29.00 if you want shrimp with that steak. Ridiculous! Johnny Rockets the 50's diner used to be an up charge of $3.98. The charge now is $11.95/pp. Now that is for a hamburger mind you. An take into account you have already paid to have lunch so why do they need to gouge you again? It is just like the drink gratutities going up to 18%. There is no reason a small G & T should hit $15.00 and then if you order in port in Galveston the fine state of Texas tacks on a couple more bucks. Welcome to Texas! We had a couple good entertainers that were great. The other nites they insist on using the Royal Caribbean Dancers. One nite is sufficient. I don't care how many costumes you change or what song you choose - once I have seen that dance I don't care to see it three more times in a different costume with different music. Enough already. Book some entertainers with variety. They continue to do the Quest game show. I view it as raunchy, fraternity type drunken yahoos. It is not the scavenger hunt that is advertised since the repeat cruisers come with supplies and a game plan to get on camera. The other games shows - Love and Marriage, Battle of the Sexes etc. are getting very old. Clearly no effort has been put into developing some new material or new options. It is same old tired stuff with different passengers. The same goes for the daytime activities. Many of the things listed on the Cruise Compass as an "event - or thing to do" for that time slot is nothing more than marketing. A Tagguer Watch sale is not an "activity" it is an invitation to come drop some coin. The same with come to the spa for tips to bust that belly fat - oh seriously! Many times there is nothing going on on the ship and I venture to say they have zero planning for a rainy day or inclement weather. There is no additional entertainment staff offering enrichment lectures, new things to do, tours or activities. Just go entertain yourself or maybe spend some money in the casino. Poor way to treat guest in my view. This daily itinerary hasn't changed much in 10 years. Come on folks - make a little effort! Embarkation was a dream. Easy and efficient. Disembarkation was a nightmare. Took us over two hours to move from dining room to customs. That facility is not meant to handle a ship with that number of passengers -- especially when there is another ship in port. Too few customs stations and agents. Lines snaked back to the ship. Three lines would queue down to one agent. It was stupid. Add to that they did not enforce their own rules about going ashore when your number was called. If they did then numbers 23 and 24 would NOT have been off the ship and in front of us (No. 5) in the customs lanes. Traffic jam in and out of the port just prolonged the agony of getting out of the area. We will not sail out of Galveston again in Jan. Feb. or March. It is just not far enough South. You cannot count on warm weather on day of embarkation, disembarkation or the first day at sea. Takes longer to sail farther south to pool and summer type weather. Lesson learned! The loyalty program of RCCL is second to NO ONE. The Diamond Club social from 4:30 to 8:00 PM every nite is unparalleled. If you choose not to go to the club the perks are added to your card to use elsewhere on the ship. Nobody has as good a program. Add to that the free photo, the reduced internet program and other small niceties and they have a real winner. Photo options are good for the most part. The second formal nite we had at least 20 photos taken but as luck would have it only 2 had our feet on them! Not much point in wearing a gown so they can take your picture from mid knee up! They overdo the running around the ship and interrupting your dinner to get photos. We don't buy them but the prices are reasonable if you do want them. We no longer book he next cruise onboard. RCCL has gone to charging more than $100 per person for any changes you might need to make. It used to be free to change your mind or upgrade your cabin or change the date but not anymore. So we don't book onboard. We had a good time. We are booked for a different ship and different port in March. We will continue to cruise. Each line has it's good and bad. We think it is a good vacation but they really need to consider charging for the cruise and not all the nickel here and dime here once you are onboard. That gives a bad taste. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
This was my family's first time with RCI so we went in with a very open mind. Embarkation could not have been easier. Hubby dropped me and our 16 yr. old daughter off with luggage and went to park the truck at Light House parking. ... Read More
This was my family's first time with RCI so we went in with a very open mind. Embarkation could not have been easier. Hubby dropped me and our 16 yr. old daughter off with luggage and went to park the truck at Light House parking. We were in a suite, so there were no lines for us, we did arrive at port around 10:30 am. There was a delay to board that day due to the previous cruise having a problem locating a couple of people to have a zero count. After that was resolved, we were on board shortly after 12:00. Headed to The Wind Jammer and got a bite to eat. Cabins were delayed until approx. 1:30. No biggie. To my surprise though, our luggage did not arrive until after dinner. Our dinner was at 5:30, and we were dressed properly, it was just annoying having to unpack so late. Our room steward: Darius was fantastic, kept ice in my ice bucket and was always gracious. The suite lounge: was fun, the 2 servers were always in a good mood and Anis the concierge was always on hand to answer questions etc. Now the Chardonnay in the lounge is AWFUL!! Yuck! So if you like Chardonnay, you may look into ordering something else. We met some amazing Pinnacle members who were so friendly, and other Pinnacles' who were not so friendly. Just don't understand THAT mentality. From reading many boards on CC I've heard of this behavior but was truly stunned by it. The ship: in general was in good shape, you could see wear on carpets and upholstery on chairs, but it was always very clean. Dining: We chose to eat in the main dining room and did not do specialty dining. The food was hit or miss. Tuna was awful! Short ribs were amazing. Same thing with desserts. There is always the buffet or pizza if you get hungry later. We did order room service a few times, and found the food to be great. Entertainment: We enjoyed the shows very much. There was a comedian, an a cappella group that were very good. The ice show was good, the in the air show we thought was amazing! Saturday Night Fever was also very good. We also LOVED watching movies at night on deck. Tip: ask your room steward for an extra blanket, and use it to bundle up in while watching movies on deck. Ports: Cozumel: We booked Nachi Cocum. It was ok, I truly expected more. Their beach could use raking, there were sharp twigs and things that made it hard to walk barefoot. The bathrooms NEEDED to be kept up with all day and were not! The lady's got pretty gross and we were only there for roughly 3 hours. The food was good. The drinks were weak, but I wasn't looking to get drunk, it's just my observation. The push to buy extra activities got annoying. If we were back in Cozumel, I'd chose another place. The port is a maze of shops to wind through to finally find your way back to the ship. Did not appreciate how aggressive the men in the jewelry shops were. I enjoy shopping, but didn't appreciate being forced to walk through shops to get back on board. Grand Cayman: FAVORITE! beautiful, breath taking, no pushy sales people. My family stayed a week here before and absolutely love it. We booked the catamaran snorkel and cruise through RCI and LOVED IT. Luckily it was with Red Sail who we had used when we stayed on the island. They are the best! I highly recommend this excursion. Some people complain about having to tender, but for us, it was absolutely no problem. Jamaica: We only shopped inside the fenced in port area. We found the people to be very friendly and not pushy at all. The store to avoid is this big t shirt shop, I wish I could remember the name, the owner is not Jamaican and is very rude!! I hate that we bought a shirt there, but it was the only one my husband liked, so ... Misc: My family did a black and white portrait sitting and absolutely loved the pictures! The photographer did an amazing job, but....they are not cheap! so be forewarned. My husband chose to purchase 3 pictures to my surprise, but if you had paid for a sitting back in the states you'd probably pay the same. Also we were not really fond of any of the pictures the ship photographers had taken, so. Johnny Rockets: In my opinion is not worth the up charge. Service was painfully slow, and the food was ok. There were only 6 other people when my daughter and I went in and it took an hour to get our burgers. Mini Golf: It's cute, go play Slides: Hubby and daughter liked them very much, arch your back to go fast on the racing slides. Fitness Center: I paid for yoga, big mistake, the guy teaching seemed to be making it up as he went, so I can't recommend. They do offer a free abs class, do it! If you work out on a pretty steady bases, this will still kick your butt. The machines were, ok. Some very old and should be replaced. My big disappointment was the lack of water! First ship ever that didn't offer water. I have to say we thoroughly enjoyed the perks that came along with staying in a suite. We found it not necessary to purchase the beverage package because of the daily happy hour, we loved the reserved seating for shows, and at the pool. The private lunches and also the reception we had in the suite where we were treated to hors d' oeuvers and had the opportunity to meet the Captain and officers. Disembarking: Was a breeze. We did self assist and with being in a suite we were the first group off the ship. We breezed through customs, and on out to the waiting Light House vans. BUT! It was POURING rain! So keep this in mind. The vans do not drive up to pick you up, you walk to them. So needless to say we were soaked by the time we got to them. Not their fault, it's just how it is. Overall we enjoyed RCI. The having to check out towels was an annoyance, but won't stop us from cruising with them again. The service was wonderful, always friendly smiling faces, we enjoyed ourselves immensely. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
Liberty of the Seas is a beautiful ship and the staff and crew is some of the friendliest of the many cruises we have done. Food in the dining room is delicious; in the Windjammer the choices are numerous and well prepared. We dined in ... Read More
Liberty of the Seas is a beautiful ship and the staff and crew is some of the friendliest of the many cruises we have done. Food in the dining room is delicious; in the Windjammer the choices are numerous and well prepared. We dined in Sabor one night and would definitely do it again. Excellent Mexican food prepared with fresh ingredients. We were with a group so did not take advantage of all the activities onboard because of group's schedule. The headliner shows with the singers and dancers were super. Other acts were okay, but we have seen more entertaining ones. Our biggest complaint (and it is a major complaint) is allowing smoking in the casino. Even though there is a "non-smoking area", the smoke has permeated the entire casino making it difficult to breathe. Ironically, we saw a person light up a cigarette in front of the no smoking sign. Casino is on deck four, but had to go to deck five to get from one end of the ship to the other and then down to deck four to avoid the haze. On several nights, the smoke smell wafted up to deck five. Beverage package was disappointing. We wanted a glass of wine in the dining room, but it was only sold by the bottle. Later that evening we were in one of the lounges and the same wine was sold by the glass. Ridiculous. We do like the freshly squeezed juices and bottles of water available with the package. Pretty expensive package for what you get. We will definitely think hard before doing another Royal Caribbean until the smoking policy is altered. Appreciate that not everyone is a non smoker, but having areas in the open air is more beneficial for all than in confined areas. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
We did a lot of cruising until about 6 years ago until this one. We noticed a big difference in just about every area. Bigger ships do not equal better cruising in my opinion. Too many details to list, but I think the biggest problem was ... Read More
We did a lot of cruising until about 6 years ago until this one. We noticed a big difference in just about every area. Bigger ships do not equal better cruising in my opinion. Too many details to list, but I think the biggest problem was the lines for elevators, the slow service in the dining room and the mass of people in the promenade. It felt like downtown Fremont street in Las Vegas. Our dining room waiter was brand new and had had no training as to where anything was. He was embarrassed as were we for him. My prime rib seemed as though it had not been cooked at all. It was ruum temperature. The shrimp cocktail had so sauce and we had to ask for it. It came after the fact. It got a little better as the week went on, but the night before we got off, the waiter spent at least 15 minutes apologizing and it seemed he was groveling for a larger tip. I'm sorry, but I think this is the last cruise for us unless we can find a smaller ship. Over 4,000 people is about 2,000 too many. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
My husband and I enjoyed this cruise. We were dropped off at 11:30 at the port. Embarkation took about 1.5 hours so we arrived at our cabin at 1 pm just as the cabins were open. I give Royal Caribbean very high marks for allowing water and ... Read More
My husband and I enjoyed this cruise. We were dropped off at 11:30 at the port. Embarkation took about 1.5 hours so we arrived at our cabin at 1 pm just as the cabins were open. I give Royal Caribbean very high marks for allowing water and soda to be brought on board. Norwegian doesn't even allow one bottle of water to be carried on. There are merchants who sell stuff before you get on the ship and and in the promenade such as sea pass holders but they leave before the ship sails. So if you want one, get it before the ship leaves port. The Windjammer was packed at 1:30 but we manged to find a table. Food was typical for a buffet and pretty good Breakfast in the main dining room was very slow one day and faster on another day. We arrived before 8 am both days. Dinner in the main dining room was good and by dining at 5:30, we were able to make the 6:45 shows. The water slides were smooth and the Tidal Wave was fun. But it often closed during sea days for safety reasons. Lots of lounge chairs on deck although it was too cold to sit out on sea days. We ate lunch one day at Chops which was very good and about half the price as dinner there. All the ship's staff were friendly. The skating rink is only open a couple of days. At a prescribed time you can get skating tickets (free) for a later session. I went to the last session and the ice was pretty roughed up by then. The skating show was pretty good but if you want to go to the early afternoon show, get there at least 45 minutes early. Like many cruises, Royal Caribbean charges for many extra activities. I paid $20 for a 35 minutes floor exercise class. But you choose what you want to spend extra money on. In Roatan, we went zip lining and on an eco walk through Shore Excursions. It was about a 15 minute walk from the ship to the correct booth. In Costa Maya, we went to Chacchoben through Native Choice (Shore Excursions). It was at least a mile to get to the office and took about 45 minutes to get there, weaving through all the shops. They used a large bus (about 56 seats) and the bus was full. At the site we were divided into 2 groups. There was water on the bus but no pineapple stops. Next time I will book through Royal Caribbean as I only saved a few dollars and it would have been much easier to find the meeting places. In Cozumel, we bought a glass bottom boat with snorkeling tour from a vendor at the port for $35 each. Nine people on our boat and they had good equipment with water and soda. The water is choppy so taking motion sickness medicine beforehand is a good idea. A photographer took underwater photos for an extra fee ($20 for me and $30 for a family). For disembarkation, we were in the C group (carry all luggage off the ship). We left a few minutes before the C group was called. We got into an elevator going up with our luggage so we could be in it to get to the lower floor. It took 2 hours of standing in line to get through customs. The was after the government shutdown had ended. You would think they would have it a better system as they do it every week. Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2019
We chose this cruise because of its size and that it was recently refurbished. The ship was clean and in good shape. This was our second time on Liberty of the Seas. We loved all the speciality restaurants. We have a tie between ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of its size and that it was recently refurbished. The ship was clean and in good shape. This was our second time on Liberty of the Seas. We loved all the speciality restaurants. We have a tie between Giovanni's and Sabor being our favorites! Chops is just ok. (Get the steak from Giovanni's! it's the best!) We are not fans of the Main Dining Room. We ate there twice and were not impressed. We have done Chef's Table multile times and decided to try it on Liberty. We were very disappointed (this is the first Chef's Table we were ever disappointed). The placement of CT was in the MDR. It was VERY loud and you could not hear the chef speak at all. At the end of the meal, we left wishing we saved our money. Overall, Libery is a WONDERFUL ship!! We will sail again! Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2019
We cruised on the Liberty of the Seas Jan 20-27. We are from Virginia Beach, VA and met our extended family from AZ to spend a week together on the cruise. My DH, 39 and I, 34, are Emerald level with RCI, and we had our 12 yr old son with ... Read More
We cruised on the Liberty of the Seas Jan 20-27. We are from Virginia Beach, VA and met our extended family from AZ to spend a week together on the cruise. My DH, 39 and I, 34, are Emerald level with RCI, and we had our 12 yr old son with us this time. We flew in Friday evening due to the crazy snow heading for our connecting city of Chicago, so we changed our flights from Saturday to Friday - kudos to Southwest for allowing us to change our flights for no cost due to the impeding storm - which ended up cancelling our original flights. We landed Friday night in Houston, and made our way to Galveston Saturday morning. It was freezing cold and very windy on Jan 19. We stayed at the Courtyard Marriott and Town Place Suites on the sea wall the night before our cruise. Our Courtyard room was an ocean front suite with a large balcony. The weather was cold and windy all day. Temps in the 30s and 40s. Not much for walking on the beach weather... The outdoor pool was heated, but it was way too cold and windy to use, plus one of the two pool heaters was broken. The wind was crazy - gusting to 50 mph wind chills in the high 20s..... Not a great introduction to Galveston. Sunday morning we drove to Lighthouse covered parking and parked with no issues. Super friendly and would recommend them, they shuttled all 8 of us to the port . We arrived at the terminal around 1015 am. We checked in vey quickly as we went in the Emerald check-in line. Our extended family are new cruisers and they were checked in within 25 minutes of us. We were so excited and ready to board the ship and hurried upstairs to wait..... and wait.... and wait. What we were told would be ~15-20 minutes before we could board turned into 90 minutes. We were seated in the Emerald/Diamond seating and that filled very quickly and soon the entire holding area was filled with thousands of people. Twice a employee took to the PA to address the crowd - requesting everyone to be seated and that she had no idea of what the delay was. Finally just after noon they began boarding - suites first, then the Key, then by loyalty tier. We were in the Jr. Suite and were allowed to board with the first group. We went to the Windjammer - found a table for 8 and waited for our extended family. They boarded almost an hour later - and were annoyed at the entire process - they have 3 young kids and the excitement was dwindling quickly. This was the worst embarkation we've ever had on our 8 RCI cruises. Again - not a great introduction to Galveston. Weather was terribly cold- highs in the 40s and still incredibly windy. We ate, changed and jumped in the hot tub to get a head start on our vacation. Getting out was painful -due to the chilly weather - we did have the hot tubs all to ourselves and stayed in the Solarium - which is still open to the elements. Our room was Jr Suite 9580, Deck 9, Port side. This was the best Jr. Suite we've ever had. The room was large, had a full tub, tile vanity, huge walk-in closet - again the largest closet we've ever had. The balcony was wonderful - two chairs- one table and two loungers. Very roomy, very nice. Totally recommend this room. Quiet, convenient, and roomy. Our son slept on the sofa bed and it was kept out all week, and there was plenty of room with the bed out. Our room steward was Jackson - very nice, got us ice and robes and kept the room looking lovely - he left us towel animals throughout the week too. We toured the ship with our family to try to get them a layout of things and went to the muster drill. It was freezing - windy and cold, and we were out on Deck four for 30 minutes. Felt kinda bad for a few people just out of the hot tub/pool, and were dripping wet for an extended time. We left the port extremely late - over 90 minutes late.... not sure why - but we left well into our 5:30 dinner seating. Dinner in the dining room, on deck 5, was good. Our waiter, Don, was outstanding. Very personable and passionate and good at what he does. My DH and I noticed some changes to the quality of food and well as number of choices had decreased. Food was okay; a B- overall. Service was great every night - including cutting the steak/chicken nightly for our young cruisers. First day at sea = cold and windy and the boat was rocking and rolling all week. Long pants and windbreaker jackets were common and still not enough for some. The hot tubs in the Solarium were overflowing due to the weather, while the ones completely outside were barren. The kids splash park wasn't open due to the cold weather. The slides were closed due to wind - overall a wash of a day for those looking to enjoy the pools and waterslides. Second day at sea - more of the same. A little warmer; still windy, and still rocking and rolling. The water slides were open, and the splash park was open. The flowrider was open, and we tried everything - but hurried to get our towels because it was so cold. Our son enjoyed the basketball court - but said even there, at the stern of the ship, it was incredibly windy. Formal night - we were dressed up, ate dinner, danced, met the captain, and went to the show. We had an awesome time together. Our son was a little disappointed with the teen program - as he loved the Adventure Ocean program from previous cruises, but the lack of other kids his age, and the lack of 'things to do' for the teens was disheartening to us. He said there was one other kid his age - but never saw him again after the teen open house. He had a good time - hanging out with us and his cousins. One thing that was outstanding on this cruise was the entertainment - we went to 3 different comedians' shows, the ice show, the air show (Cirqu O le style show), and the Edge effect show - and all were great. This was an improvement over the last three or four cruises we've been on. Roatan - enjoyed a warm, sunny, empty ship kinda day. We did the water slides, again and again, had the Flowrider all to ourselves for 40 minutes - kudos to the flowrider instruction staff - they made each of us feel safe, and helped each of us - DH, myself, and our 12 yr old- to achieve near mastery at the Flowrider - it was awesome. The pools and hot tubs were empty and we enjoyed no lines for anything all morning and most of the afternoon. And it was sunny and warm! Hurray! Costa Maya- again - enjoyed the empty ship, and the warmish, cloudy weather. We ice skated, did the water slides and flowrider agan and again and had free run of the ship. I took a multi hour nap in the hammock on our balcony - that was so nice. We enjoyed a movie in the hot tub - but getting out was awful due to the chilly weather. Cozumel - We booked Playa Mia through their website. This was our 3rd time there- probably our last. There were 10 ships in port that day, and even though we were early - arriving at Playa Mia before 9am - the place was mobbed, and continued to get more and more crowded during the day. It was extremely windy - yellow flags flying at the beach front and cloudy and not very warm. DH and our son took a sailboat out on their own (the reason we keep going back to PlayaMia) and they had great wind and were out for a few hours, while I kept the drinks in my hand on the shore. The waterslides were fun, food was mediocre, drinks -watered down, but plentiful. I couldn't believe how more and more and more people kept coming. All the water toys had lines of people waiting. We did the aqua park - fell down the back slide of a slide onto some smaller people, due to the crowding at the top of the waterslide. Due to the black clouds and winds picking up -we decided to head back to the ship around 1:30. The rain came just as we got out of the taxi and came down in buckets. We boarded the ship drenched - but still smiling- and hung out on our dry balcony in the continued downpour. We were parked next to the Oasis of the Seas and had a few conversations with a few cruisers on their balconies. Last sea day - broken record - cold, windy, rainy and rough seas. We were the only ones in the hot tubs before 8 and had them to ourselves through 10. Very cold, the slides were open for a short time and the flowrider was busy even though it was cold. We ice skated again and this time it was very crowded, but still fun. Back to Galveston - we chose self debarkation- had our bags ready to go and at 845 were in the "C" group ready to get off the ship. Everything was going well, until we got into the port building, where the lines stopped. We waited in the narrow hallway line for 45 minutes with out moving. We finally got through with our porter to the Lighthouse parking waiting area at 1030.... Again - not a great reintroduction to Galveston. Overall this cruise was fun - we had a great time with the people we were with. We've been to all these ports multiple times and enjoyed the near empty ship during two port stops. The food quality has decreased- I believe to push more and more specialty restaurants, and the selection has gone down. I particularly missed the chilled fruit soups. The coffee card - purchased before the cruise for $30 was worth it. I used all 15 punches on the card and enjoyed the cappuccinos and mochas and iced coffees. The ship was about average in terms of looks - starting to show age, especially the carpet in public areas and the d├ęcor in the stateroom was dated, but she was always being cleaned by the crew anytime we looked around. I've given the cruise a 4 out of 5. I don't think we'll go out of Galveston again, especially in the winter, and the Freedom class ships are just the right size for us. The weather was tough, and the seas were rough - no fault of RCI, but made it a little harder to enjoy ourselves outside. We're booked for next year on the Allure transitioning cruise, and looking forward to that. Read Less
Liberty of the Seas Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 3.5 4.0
Entertainment 3.5 4.1
Public Rooms 4.0 4.4
Fitness Recreation 4.5 4.3
Family 4.5 4.3
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 3.5 3.7
Service 3.5 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.1

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