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Liberty of the Seas Review

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Review for Liberty of the Seas to the Western Mediterranean
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Crissi the crazy cruizer
First Time Cruiser • Age 40s

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Sail Date: May 2014
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RCCL was the top of my choice list so there was no question which cruise line, just which cruise. It never let us down. We embarked in Rome for the 7 day Western Medditeranian. Embarkment in Rome was a small group of about 500 only and it was swift and efficient from the shuttle bus to the ship. We were sipping drinks by the main pool, 15 minutes after checking in. We chose Late May because we wanted less kids on this cruise (no school holidays)

POSITIVES: Where to start? to many to mention. Staff were absolutely OUT OF THIS WORLD. Friendly, happy and more than happy to go over and above their job. Honestly, Ive never ever experienced consistent service like this ever. The ports were great, and well coordinated with no wait time at all to disembark. Premium Drinks package: was well worth every single penny. It include all top shelf spirits and just about everything we wanted was available at any bar at all opening times including the casino. The cocktail waiters were creative and delivered all that i gave them on my own personal menu.

DINING: The food was totally amazing through and through. I heard a lot about Windjammmer which was not favourable, however for the breakfast we found it more than adequate and lunch and pre dinner ( ESP the Sushi bar) was amazing spread of food. Its a buffet, so for a buffet, it was super all in all. It catered to everyones palate. We chose not to dine in the other restaurants. Room service was exceptional and fast. The Rembrandt dining room was STUNNING, you really felt you were on the titanic in a very formal setting for dinner every night and of course, our table happened to be the most exciting with the most eclectic crowd of strangers, who were like old soul mates. RANDOM but AMAZING. I liked the set dining time but next time choose an earlier time as we missed a few shows having 9 pm dining. We just got lucky with our pot luck table of 10 amazing people, we really did. There was never a moment where the quality of food or service faltered in any of the dining rooms, bars, pool or our room.

Cabin Review

8275 promenade was next to a service area. We were not at all disturbed by any noise or any discomfort. It really does not matter where u stay as the lifts a a few short minutes walk either side. The room was perfect for what we required as we were hardly in it. In fact the size was much more spacious than i had expected. Enough coat hangers, but the 7 days cruise requires very little clothes, therefore ample room in the cupboards, wardrobes and bathroom. We found the sofa a welcome surprise. We decided for any future cruise that the promenade view was not worth paying the extra 200 or so dollars for as we got no direct sunlight and on the next cruise a inside room would suffice (unless we take balcony) and we would utilise the extra savings for a off shore trip or perhaps to try the other dining outlets on the ship. The hair dryer had ample power and coming from a hairdresser that says something. the power sockets provided us full charge on all devices. the bed was comfortable, however the room had a smell that seemed consistent throughout the toilets everywhere on the ship, which i think was drainage perhaps. The room was great value for our money, were were never in there so we slept and got ready and it was better than some of the hotels we stayed in in Europe for more that the same cost. Our steward was always smiling and happy and so over amazing with her service. Just again fantastic service from the housekeepers.

Port Reviews

Barcelona

disembarkments was a breeze. No takes outside the ship so we did the walk, a good half our over the bridge. (you can take a bus) We then did the hop on hop off for about 28 Euro and it was perfect. Time in Barcelona was short in this port so we had a very rushed day, but lovely as just wandering around in our own time with no tour restrictions.

Villefranche

we opted to take the train to Nice and the train to Monaco. We should have spent more time in Monacco but we got on the little hop on hop off bus and it was prefect. No taxis anywhere in sight, but the train was on the hop off bus stop so we go off there. Again not a lot of time in port but for a day we saw as much as we wanted to. Make sure you leave at least an hour to get back to villefrance from Monaco for final port tender. Not enough information at the Villefrance port therefore you have to play guess or just follow the crowd to the station. Not an easy task to the station for elderly or wheel chair bound. Train tickets are easy to purchase and the cashiers are fantastic help at this station. Nice was very sweet and the flower market was just gorgeous. its open every day. Monacco is a fairytale and ask for the menu before buying a drink, even water is 6 Euro in some places we were in

Rome (Civitavecchia)

BIG CAUTION watch your bags on the train, coming and going to Civitaveccia. never leave them out of your sight. there are networks of people who blatantly steal them in front of your face and none cares. We say it firs hand and alerted the conductor, who really could not do anything as it happens all the time. By the time you reach the station and go get your bags, they are gone and the train moves fast so you have no choice but to get off without your bags and the gypsys have your goods. Civitaveccia Station. has a lot of steps coming in from rome. if you have big cases this is not easy as there was no lift that we saw. Also the walk to the post is a good 20 minutes and with baggage an kids its not the most pleasant experience. We had no kids and it was tough as we had two big cases plus our hand luggage for the day. RCCL need to co-ordinate a bus from the station every hour from 11 am/ its that simple. We never went to Rome as this was our embarkment day

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