Sail Date: January 2018
I have cruised with Royal Caribbean many, many times and the Freedom class ship is my favorite. The ship itself is in very good condition, balcony stateroom and service was exactly as expected. I really appreciated the table and chairs ... Read More
I have cruised with Royal Caribbean many, many times and the Freedom class ship is my favorite. The ship itself is in very good condition, balcony stateroom and service was exactly as expected. I really appreciated the table and chairs on balcony, nicest I have experienced. The only disappointment is the quality of food onboard, both in Windjammer and dining room. Embarkation went very smoothly, although there were a few hiccups due to fog, so we embarked a little later than usual. Disembarkation is very quick if you choose to carry your own luggage off board. The ports of call were Roatan, Casa Maya and Cozumel. I found Roatan a destination I do not care to return to, Casa Maya has become one of my top 3 ports and Cozumel, We did not participate in any activities onboard, so I cannot comment on that. Sabor is a great place to experience something a little different, food is good and guacamole is superb. Onboard shopping can certainly be improved as there really isn't too much that hasn't been there for years. Actually I found the shopping onboard quite boring. The Promenade is wonderful place to sit and observe, play cards, and enjoy a drink or snack. Once again we are already beginning to plan our next cruise in 2019. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose this cruise to get warmer weather in the winter. It met our purposes wonderfully. The initial boarding was delayed due to fog, but Royal Carribean managed to board 4,000 guests - a full ship - in two hours. Our time from first ... Read More
We chose this cruise to get warmer weather in the winter. It met our purposes wonderfully. The initial boarding was delayed due to fog, but Royal Carribean managed to board 4,000 guests - a full ship - in two hours. Our time from first stop in traffic, to terminal, to park car, to return and check in and get on the ship was only 55 minutes. over half of that was in traffic before we even got to the terminal. The ship was clean. Staff is exceptionally friendly and helpful. There was a tour group of about 1,000 on the ship with its own entertainment plans and this was the only negative for us on the trip - negative only in that some of the big venues were not available for as many dancing options or entertainment options as there probably are on a cruise without a large group. (The group was very pleasant - they just did their own thing most of the time.) Ask when booking if there are any large groups booking just so you know. We had LOTS of deck chairs available at any time. The Windjammer had ample seating all the time - I think we got a window seat at every lunch. I highly recommend using the dining hall whenever possible - breakfast, sea lunches and dinner. The staff makes your dining enjoyable and easy. Don't forget to order what you want. And, try things you find unusual or odd. The cooks are excellent, and you will probably love it. (example - Banana - Mango chilled soup appetizer for dinner? I thought it was weird, and so I tried it. Excellent, and perfectly set the stage for the main dish.). if you are unsure whether to order the fish or meat, just get both! The staff will ensure you get all you want! (One man had 5 lobster tails on lobster night. Seriously, ask for each dish you want to try!) The body and raft tubes were a blast! Even for those of us in our 60's, these were fun. Try them - you will like them. The tubes and the sports court are least used on port days, so if you want short lines try them then. I was surprised that the Windjammer shut down at 9pm every night, with only the Pizza place and the sandwich shop open for food after that, but hey, we had eaten about 6 times by then. Pizza was similar to fast pizza at CiCi's, but really is very good. It always smells great and is open until about 1 am. The Promenade Cafe is a hidden gem that has desserts and sandwiches 24 hours a day and really fast, short lines. Coffee on the ship was excellent. I liked RC's coffee so much I never got a 'premium' coffee. I recommend spending all the time you are not sleeping or changing clothes on one of the decks or at one of the ship's many events. You won't need a large room. The disco is open during the day for quiet reading and has the best view of the ship and ocean. Deck 4 has an outside walking area that completely encircles the ship. Take stairs to the bow of the ship and you can lean out over the point of the bow of the ship and recreate the Titanic's iconic bow scene with a friend. I loves circumnavigating the ship on this desk at all hours - day or night. Two lounges near the bow are on the 11th deck, hidden by doors from the pool level. These outside lounges are so quiet you can hear the waves from 150 feet below Relax here at least once. Finally, the pools have lots of variety for young to old and hundreds of chairs. Enjoy the sun and light breeze, even when moving. We seldom found the winds too strong to sit anywhere. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Background information: My wife and I planned this trip to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. We hoped to spend a week playing in the sun, unplugged from the world, and the cruise was everything we hoped for. To start, we were ... Read More
Background information: My wife and I planned this trip to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. We hoped to spend a week playing in the sun, unplugged from the world, and the cruise was everything we hoped for. To start, we were pleased with the level of communication that Royal uses. The Port of Galveston was closed for several morning hours on our embarkation day, making it impossible for the prior voyage to return. RCCL both texted and emailed us letting us know not to arrive early at the port, then eventually followed up with a notification of when to arrive and that the fog had cleared. Problems are going to happen that are out of the cruise line's control; how they handle them is key, and RCCL does a great job. The ship is in good condition and very comfortable. The layout is very similar to other RCCL ships, so it's easy to get around if you've ever cruised with them before. We always enjoy the RCCL service. Most of the crew work very hard to please you and are great to work with. We particularly enjoyed our main dining room waiter Ronald and his assistant, Sonny. We booked an RCCL excursion to Tabyana beach in Roatan before we left home. It was a good beach break, though not great. The food choices were limited and only OK. The beach area has lots of unauthorized vendors hawking their wares all day; kind of annoying. In Costa Maya we didn't leave the pier ... just a bit of souvenir shopping. In Cozumel, we had one of the best excursions ever. We went to Mr. Sancho's (http://www.mrsanchos.com) Beach Club. We booked the "Romantic Day at the Beach for 2" excursion on our own directly on the website. This includes all you can eat and drink, a nice beach, a half-hour massage, a private cabana, and great service. Well worth the money. You need to allow for a $17 cab ride each way, but the cabs were easy to find. We'll visit Mr. Sanchos again when we are in Cozumel. The only thing I would do differently is get there earlier ... we kind of slept in and should have gotten there when they opened so we could be there longer. Cabin: We splurged for a Junior Suite this trip. If you do it well in advance and look carefully at the prices (and have some flexibility on dates) you can get a JS for not much more than a Balcony room. The extra room is well worth it. Dining: Except for one evening visit to Giovanni's Table ($30pp + tip), we ate in the main dining room, early seating. We love getting the same waiter and assistant every night so that they get to know us. One mention of iced tea to drink on the first night, and it magically appears every night to follow. We also enjoy getting to know our table mates, so we ask for a large table and hope for some fellow travelers to share the experience with. Giovanni's steps up the service to an even more personal level and was well worth the cover charge. Entertainment: We always enjoy the RCCL singers, dancers, and bands. "Up in the Air" was a highlight show. "Saturday Night Fever" was something of a downer ... mostly because of the subject matter. We enjoyed the Wendy Thornton band several times ... good country / western dancing. Disembarkation: We used self service for the first time, and was surprised how easy it was. If all of your luggage rolls easily, you can get yourself off the ship first thing. We were in port by 8 am, then through customs and in our car by 9am. We had a great week... so good that we've already scheduled the Liberty for their alternate itinerary 7 months from now! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
I was looking to bump up to Diamond status before my upcoming transatlantic. I picked this cruise for a variety of reasons, including that it fit my personal schedule. Embarkation was rough, but only because the ship was delayed ... Read More
I was looking to bump up to Diamond status before my upcoming transatlantic. I picked this cruise for a variety of reasons, including that it fit my personal schedule. Embarkation was rough, but only because the ship was delayed getting into port due to fog. It resulted in a few hours of waiting, both inside and outside the port facility. The dining room food was excellent. The experience takes a hit because I ate every meal alone. Liberty of the Seas does not seem to provide shared group tables, instead focusing on couples dining. As a single traveler, this meant no dinner conversation. The service, both in the dining room and getting seated was uneven. I eventually learned to go late in order to avoid a long wait for a table. Waiters were mixed, some not asking for drink orders, some forgetting to bring butter or mint jelly to the table until asked. I received the incorrect main course once. The Windjammer food was nothing special. There were few outstanding dishes, though the lamb curry was good. I would have liked a wider variety of breakfast pastries. The entertainment was good. The highlights were the Saturday Night Fever musical and the Encore Ice Show. However, the rest of the acts were good. The impressionist was the best of the contract entertainers. I would have liked a stage magician, but the comedians were fine. Oddly, they had the only late night adult comedy on the last night of the cruise. I'll never figure out why they schedule it before a day where you have to vacate the stateroom by 9:00 a.m. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Another great cruise! Galveston has issues with fog and I say that Royal Caribbean handled in the best way they could. Our Embarkation was delayed due to fog, but Royal Caribbean processed everyone quickly and we walked right ... Read More
Another great cruise! Galveston has issues with fog and I say that Royal Caribbean handled in the best way they could. Our Embarkation was delayed due to fog, but Royal Caribbean processed everyone quickly and we walked right through! The ship was in great shape. she looked like a new shinny penny. Our cabin was a typical balcony cabin and good for the two of us. The food was OUTSTANDNG! from the Windjammer to Chops! The best steak I have ever had was in the Chops grill! It is worth the extra cost love, love, loved it! Loved having breakfast on our balcony each day! We had the opportunity to see Saturday Night Fever and it was GREAT! When you are on the Liberty, I highly recommend seeing the Ice Show, Amazing what they can do in a small space and on a ship, just amazing! our service on board was great, friendly servers We will do it again and again! Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2018
We had a great time on Liberty of the Seas. My wife and I had been on 5 cruises prior but this was my 11 year olds first cruise. I didn't know what to expect as my prior cruises were mainly on Celebrity and 12 years ago. We chose this ... Read More
We had a great time on Liberty of the Seas. My wife and I had been on 5 cruises prior but this was my 11 year olds first cruise. I didn't know what to expect as my prior cruises were mainly on Celebrity and 12 years ago. We chose this cruise mainly because the departure port is close to us in TX and because of all the slides and kids attractions on this ship. The cruise exceeded my expectations in all categories and my wife and I would be hard pressed to find anything to really say negative at all. My son had a blast and can't wait to cruise again. We were 3 in a Deluxe Bacony cabin on Deck 8. The layout was good as we had a converted couch as the extra bed vs a bunk bed setup. I had read some negative on the RC Main dining room food quality but came away very impressed with the food and service. Our waiter, Robin, on Deck 3 (My Time Dining) was really outstanding. Everything I ordered was high quality and prepared as ordered. Robin was quick to offer a replacement if someone didn't like something. Overall service throughout the ship was great. We were constantly greeted throughout the ship and every crewmwmber we came in contact with was helpful and friendly. Ports: Roatan - Did a private tour with Victor Bodden tour company - Excellent - I Highly recommend. We did Ziplining and snorkeling along with our tour of the island. The driver stayed with us the whole time and brought us to a great place for lunch. Costa Maya - Used Native Choice for a tour of the Mayan ruins - Also Excellent Cozumel - Went to Paradise Beach - Highly recommend for families - My son spent 6 hours in the water and it was hard to get him to stop for lunch. Beach is beautiful and the wait staff are ready for drink and food orders. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Traveling with my husband and 8 year old son. My husband and I have been on 3 previous cruises, 2 on Carnival and 1 on Royal Caribbean. This was my son's first cruise. We are pretty "go with the flow" types on vacation and not ... Read More
Traveling with my husband and 8 year old son. My husband and I have been on 3 previous cruises, 2 on Carnival and 1 on Royal Caribbean. This was my son's first cruise. We are pretty "go with the flow" types on vacation and not much bothers us to a point where we can't figure out a way to have a good time. Overall this cruise far exceeded our expectation! We flew into Houston Hobby on Saturday and took an Uber to Galveston. We stayed at Inn on the Waterpark. Decent hotel, no frills, cost effective, and they had a shuttle to the ship the following morning. Embarkation was a breeze. We arrived at the port around noon and were onboard around 12:30. The ship was very clean and the staff was wonderful! We had a balcony room on Level 8 port side and it was very comfortable, even with the 3 of us. My son loved the pullman bed above our bed! We had the room steward leave it down the entire trip because he enjoyed being up there when we would go to our room during the day! Usually the steward would put it back up during the day. We headed to the dining room every night except the night we were in Grand Cayman due to getting back late. Our dining room servers were amazing and really went out of their way to make sure our son had memorable dinners! One thing we did notice in the dining room was that some people are extremely rude about getting to dinner on time! We had the early dining at 5:30 and we would see people coming into the dining room for dinner as late as 6:15. This really disrupts the servers dinner flow! We were never in any significant hurry and told our server this so he didn't worry that we were unhappy having to wait a bit to order or between courses. These were mostly tables of adults meandering in late with beverages in hand, not families with young kids they were trying to wrangle to the dining room! Food in the dining room was really good to great. I thought there was a decent variety, usually 6 or so rotating entrees, plus some standard options including steak and chicken. Appetizers were good. Desserts were hit and miss but I will say we never left hungry. Windjammer was also good for the most part. They had a decent variety, though I would have liked to see a more robust salad bar. They had the normal burgers, hot dogs, pizza, as well as some international options and some special options. The made to order omelettes were a great option for breakfast and they always had a good variety of fruit. My son went to Adventure Ocean several evenings and always had a good time. We would go in to pick him up and he would ask us to come back later. They played a variety of games, did projects and just had some time to hang out with other kids! We did a couple of family events as well which were a lot of fun and well organized. Because of the week we went, there were not a lot of kids his age. I would estimate there were probably 30ish kids in there each evening. The one disappointment we had was with some of the evening entertainment. Most nights it was a comedian, most of which were ok. It was just hard to take our son to these as it was not as entertaining for him. The Ice Show was awesome as was "In the Air." We watched a bit of Saturday Night Fever and left, only because the story line was a bit slow. The performers were doing a good job. The other ship highlight for us was the Move It! Move it! parade which was very well executed and probably one of the highlights on the ship for our son! We planned ahead and went to the promenade about an hour before the parade was to start and played a family card game so we would have a good seat. It was not as busy as we expected, but again, there were not a huge number of kids on the ship. They had scheduled character meet and greets but I do wish the characters had just been around the ship a bit more than they were. The character breakfast was good for a more personalized interaction with the characters but our servers this morning were pretty terrible. We made the best of it and our son enjoyed dancing around with Po from Kung Fu Panda and King Julian! Ports: We had been to Cozumel and Grand Cayman several times and have been to other areas in Jamaica. In Cozumel and Grand Cayman, we felt really comfortable doing our own thing. We had perfect weather for all 3 of our port stops! Cozumel: We took a taxi to Chankanaab Park and had pre-booked the Manatee Encounter with Dolphin Discovery before going. The cab was $8 for the 3 of us and was about a 10 minute drive. The manatee experience was wonderful and I would highly recommend it to anyone! Yes, they try to get you to buy insanely priced photo packages. We anticipated this and had decided prior to going we would just get 1 photo of our son so he had a memory of the experience. We ended up spending about $20 more to get 3 photos instead of 1. We then enjoyed the day in the park. We enjoyed the beach chairs near the bar, where we could swim in the lagoon and have lunch on the beach then walked around the park, did a bit of souvenir shopping and headed back to the port area. We walked through a few shops and stopped at Margaritaville for a snack before getting back on the ship. Grand Cayman: My husband got up early to get an early tender ticket number. We were on shore by 10:30am. We took the public bus to the Turtle Centre. We had read some mixed reviews but my son loves turtles and was so looking forward to this day and swimming with the turtles. This place is not exactly what I anticipated but for my 8 year old it was absolutely perfect! The highlight was being able to snorkel/swim with the sea turtles. They had a large lagoon, snorkel gear and inflatable jackets to help you float. There were some areas with lots and lots of turtles and my son was in heaven watching them swim to the surface and being face to face with them! He and my husband went through the aviary and really liked it as well (I don't like birds so wandered around taking some pictures). They have some touch tanks and wading where you could pick up and touch turtles. The only thing I wish was that there had been more educational information as we walked through. Jamaica: We did not plan an excursions because we didn't want to have to drive a long distance and everything seemed to be at least a 45 minute drive. We got off and walked around the port area for a couple of hours then enjoyed the day on the ship. Ship Photos: Because I knew we would have a lot of photos we would want, we decided to splurge on the photo package. They ran a deal for the first 2 or 3 days. I did not see any additional sales on it through the rest of the trip. It was so nice to not have to carry my camera everywhere or worry about not having all 3 of us in the pictures! We took full advantage and had the ship staff take photos at every opportunity. We ended up with just over 100 photos provided on a flash drive the last day. Best money we spent! Formal night, dining room, character experiences, character breakfast, swimming, mini golf, port days, ect. Well worth it if you have a family!! We did arrive back to Galveston later than planned due to fog. Ended up back in Galveston about 11:30. We had a low luggage tag number and were off the ship by 1:00 or so. Uber back to Hobby airport was a breeze. I would recommend a slightly later flight out if you travel out of Galveston in the winter. We talked to several people who had been on the ship previously and had an extra day onboard due to fog! We booked our next cruise while onboard. The Next Cruise staff was great and helped us find exactly what we were looking for! Looking forward to Harmony of the Seas Feb 2020! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
This was a wonderful cruise! This was my 6th cruise (second with Royal Caribbean) and I was very pleased with the ship. There were limitless options of activities to do onboard. The Rock Climbing Wall, Flowrider machine, Ping Pong tables, ... Read More
This was a wonderful cruise! This was my 6th cruise (second with Royal Caribbean) and I was very pleased with the ship. There were limitless options of activities to do onboard. The Rock Climbing Wall, Flowrider machine, Ping Pong tables, waterslides, pools, and fitness center all provided plenty of activities to keep us busy. The ship itself was very modern and well kept. It was always clean and you could tell that Royal Caribbean takes pride in keeping the Liberty of the Seas on top-notch condition. Dining service was fantastic. It took us a few nights to build a good relationship with a main-dining room staff, but after that they were the best. Food was decent (either hit or miss), but overall it was enjoyable. Bar service was also great and the drinks were made strong. My only complaint is that some bars do not offer full service, but you will not know that until you ask for a drink. Overall this was a fantastic cruise and I would highly recommend the itinerary and ship! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
My husband and I booked this cruise as our first real big trip together (we weren't able to do a traditional honeymoon) and we couldn't have been happier with our experience. My first priority wasn't itinerary or ports so much as it was on ... Read More
My husband and I booked this cruise as our first real big trip together (we weren't able to do a traditional honeymoon) and we couldn't have been happier with our experience. My first priority wasn't itinerary or ports so much as it was on recommendations of the ship by friends and reviews. We had friends that cruised on the Liberty in March of 2017 and after they recommended it so highly we looked up the reviews and booked our cruise! We liked sailing out of Galveston (as opposed to Florida) because that meant flights were less expensive for us. We into Hobby which I definitely recommend as it's closer to Galveston than George W. Bush and it's a nice airport. If you do stay in Galveston overnight, try to stay close to the port - it's a cool area! Embarkation went smoothly, but I think we zipped right through it because we were in a Junior Suite. The cabin was great, and I loved the upgrade and extra space, but more on that below. Disembarkation was stressful because we were delayed due to fog - nothing the crew could have done to prevent that! The ship overall was very nice, though I thought it was older than 11 years old (first sailed in 2007 I believe) based on the decor. But maybe that's just our taste (we're late 20's). However, I was pleasantly surprised by the entertainment - the performers were AMAZING. Don't miss their show "In the Air", it was our favorite. The service from both our room steward and the dining staff was absolutely wonderful! We asked for ice once and our room steward, Yogi, had it for us every time we came back to our room! Our servers Bryan and Vishal were amazing and always were happy to see us. The food in the main dining room was also very good. The buffet was just that - a buffet. Finally, our ports of call and excursions. In Cozumel we did an excursion through the ship with Cancun Adventures and our guide was great! We chose the snorkeling in Turtle Cove and swimming in the Cenotes (river caves!) and it was amazing! 10/10, would recommend that excursion. We also met some fun people around our age and saw them throughout the rest of the cruise. In Grand Cayman someone told us to just get a taxi to the beach and that was perfect! The beach was beautiful and I was able to rent snorkeling gear for $15 and a paddleboard for $30 - so worth it. There was coral RIGHT off the beach so I'm sure I was snorkeling there for hours! So beautiful! In Jamaica we heard you definitely wanted to do some sort of excursion if you wanted to leave the port for security (and we were glad we did). We did the "Exclusive Blue Waters Beach Club" and I was unimpressed. The beach wasn't as nice as Grand Cayman but the people were really friendly. I would just recommend another excursion like a tour, ziplining, or something else! Read Less
Liberty of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 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 4.0
Rates 4.0 4.1

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