Liberty of the Seas Cruise Review by HRISGirl
- Sail Date: September 2011
- Destination: Western Mediterranean
- Cabin Type: Grand Suite
We booked a Grand Suite for a round trip cruise out of Barcelona. The embarkation process was extremely easy and fast. Almost too fast, the cabin wasn't ready so we had to tote our carry on bags with us for the first 2 hours. Getting off the boat was just as easy.
The cabin was wonderful, bigger than most hotel rooms and a very roomy bathroom. Very clean and comfortable. We priced a similar cruise on Princess and the cost for a Grand Suite with Royal Caribbean was the same price for a junior suite on Princess and RC suite was so much nicer than Princess!
The food was okay. We did not visit the main dining room because I scheduled long excursions everyday so we ordered room service most days. Room service was okay but every order was messed up - wrong items on the tray, no utensils, temperature, etc. Portofino's was good but Chops Grille was excellent. We ate there 2 nights and the Red Velvet Cake was the best I have ever had!
Learned a big lesson about booking excursions in advance. Don't book back to back 10 hour excursions or you will wilt by day 3! I wanted to see everything so we did! By the time we got back to the cabin at the end of each day, we ordered room service, took Advil and went to sleep! The excursions were good but it was very crowded in the Mediterranean so you had to keep moving.
Didn't really have a chance to visit the entertainment areas of the ship except a sports bar for drinks. The bartenders were very nice. The rest of the ship seemed pretty nice too.
Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
BarcelonaThis was our debarkation port. We spent the day on the hop on and off bus. The city is unbelievably beautiful. We only had one day to spend there. It is on our list of places to return to for a vacation.View All 1,869 Barcelona Cruise Port Reviews
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City TourNice. Not enough time to go in the Basilica so we walked around the perimeter and took pictures of the city. Lost sight of our guide and the bus wasn't where it was supposed to be. There were about 10 other passengers we recognized from our group who were also "lost". Not the cruise line or tour's fault, it was very busy and buses were being told to move so others could drop off and pick up.View All 52 City Tour Reviews
Amalfi CoastThe Amalfi coast drive was absolutely beautiful. It would have been better if we stopped more often to enjoy the views. I thought the Sorrento and Amalfi coast was more beautiful then the French Riviera.View All 216 Amalfi Coast Reviews
Pompeii Walking TourGreat excursion. A lot of walking but worth it. We had a chance to shop at the end of the tour. There are a lot of vendors outside Pompeii as well as shops. There was an optional cameo factory tour. It was really impressive but the cameo's are very expensive.View All 370 Pompeii Walking Tour Reviews
ColosseumThe Colosseum was awesome. The view of the ruins around the Colosseum was breathtaking. That was the highlight of our day.View All 150 Colosseum Reviews
Sistine ChapelNot as impressive as I thought it would be. The guards do maintain order and quiet.View All 97 Sistine Chapel Reviews
St. Peter's BasilicaThe Basilica is beautiful. They do allow you to take pictures inside but it was so crowded it was hard to take pictures. We had a meeting time so we could move around on our own.View All 110 St. Peter's Basilica Reviews
St. Peter's SquareSt. Peter's Square was also disappointing. The pope made an appearance in the morning so most of the square was blocked off and there were huge white screens everywhere so people could get a better view of the pope. Unfortunately, the view of the Vatican and the square was obstructed.View All 78 St. Peter's Square Reviews
Vatican MuseumsRome is very crowded which took away some of the pleasure of the excursion. The Vatican museum was disappointing. There were tens of thousands of people taking a tour and you had to keep moving. You really didn't get the opportunity to stop and really look around.View All 110 Vatican Museums Reviews
Area TourGreat excursion but this is a very strenuous excursion and we didn't prepare enough for it. I would say a couple months on the treadmill might get you in shape for it. Nice and Eze were very beautiful but the walk up to Eze is not for the faint of heart. Monte Carlo was beautiful as well but I'm not sure the walk up (and I mean up) from the port was worth seeing the Casino after walking thru Nice and Eze. A lot of fellow cruisers were looking for a bottle of water and place to sit.View All 9 Area Tour Reviews