A lovely first time cruising: Liberty of the Seas Cruise Review by Smithy1990
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A lovely first time cruising
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
As this was our first cruise, we decided to book the holiday as a package with Royal Caribbean (through an agent) which included flights and transfers. We flew from Manchester with Monarch airlines and had no problems. On arriving in Barcelona, we met a RCI rep who told us to hand our bags over to the waiting porter. Again, not a problem. The only difficulty was that passengers for a celebrity cruise were being collected at the same time, and people were getting a little confused as to which transfer bus they should be heading to. We got round this simply sticking close to the rep. Not a big More deal up a confusing. We were then taken to a different terminal to check in and receive our sea passes. After that we were back on the bus, 10 minutes later we were at the port and getting on the ship. As first time cruisers I was very impressed at how we were always given clear guidance with what we needed to do next, and arrived on board at exactly the scheduled time.
We saw the Saturday Night Fever and the In the Air shows. Loved them both. We did book tickets but when we went to the theatre, no one checked that we had them. Don't know if this is normal. Would probably recommend booking tickets anyway, as it only takes 30seconds online. But if you haven't got them I'd go anyway and see. Unfortunately we missed the ice show so cant comment. The bar singers and bands were also very good. We also enjoyed the poolside white party on the 2nd formal night. (2nd to last night)
Dreamworks character appearances with Shrek and Fiona, Puss in Boots, Alex the lion and many others were very popular with the kids, as well as the character parade at the end of the week.
We ate most breakfasts and lunches in the Windjammer Cafe. Even though it was similar things for breakfast everyday, there was so much choice that you could easily have something different everyday. For breakfast there was porridge, pastries, fruit, toast, pancakes, waffles, eggs station, cold meats and cheese, bagels, full English. At lunch there was always burgers, hot dogs and fries, carvery, veg and potatoes. Everything else changed daily. We ate breakfast in the MDR once but found it a bit awkward and much preferred the cafe.
We ate in the MDR every evening and the quality of the food varied. The 1st night the food was not at all good and I was pretty worried. However the rest of the week the food was really good. Until the last night when it was bad again. Portion sizes were good though and there were about 6-10 options for the mains. Our servers were Lynford and Catalino, who were both wonderful.
We had one evening at Chops Grille. We both had the 10oz fillet mignon and was possibly the best steak we've ever had. The starters, desserts and sides were also amazing.
The food at sorento's pizza, cafe promenade and johnny rockets was pretty good and made a nice change to the larger venues.
We had an interior cabin. It had lots of storage space and was perfectly clean. Terrence, our room attendant was excellent. We'd go to breakfast, and he somehow knew we had gone and had our room serviced before we got back 1/2 hour later. And yet we were never disturbed when we slept in. The large bed was really comfortable and the shower was spacious and powerful. The only issue we had with the interior cabin is that there was no daylight to wake up to in the morning, so you don't know what time it is. If you book an interior cabin, make sure you take an alarm clock.
Drinks were nice and strong with plenty of choice. However they were expensive. With every drink they add on 15% service charge and 10% tax (as the American system). For 2 drinks it cost between 15 and 20 dollars. This is not such an issue when there is only two of us and we are not big drinkers. But for large families or heavier drinks, this bill could really add up.
On this occasion we decided to purchase the soft drinks package. These are really good if your planning on spending plenty of time on ship. If your going to be out on excursions most days then individual prices will probably work out cheaper.
The only excursion we booked was in Rome. We booked with a company (English) called Cruising Excursions. They were very professional and cost half the price of the cruise excursions. Villefranche was also lovely. We didn't book anything but just got off ship and had lunch in the harbour.
Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our first experience of cruising. When we book our next one we will probably book with a different company. Just to have the opportunity to compare. But I'm sure we will be booking with Royal Caribbean again in the future. Less
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Liberty of the Seas July 2017