Background: Couple in our mid-50s. This was our 16th cruise, ostly with Princess and Royal Caribbean. We have also recently cruised Celebrity and in the past cruised with Carnival and NCL. So we have some good perspective with which to compare. The week before this cruise we took a 7 day eastern Caribbean cruise on Allure of the Seas, which probably influenced the time we had on Liberty.
Pre-cruise stay at Hyatt Regency Pier 66. We had a King tower room facing the port. This gave us incredible views of ships leaving port as well as an overall city view. Would definitely stay here again providing we could get the same room/view. I mentioned we cruised Allure the week before. There was a day in between so we had to stay in a hotel.
Embarkation: We arrived around 10:30 and went through a short line for security and another line for check-in. We had a Jr Suite so we waited for about 15 minutes in the priority boarding area. We go onboard about 11:20 and were pretty much the first people to the Windjammer for lunch at 11:30 when it opened.
We were in 9626, a junior suite on deck 9 just forward of the hump. This being our first foray into a any type of suite, we were really looking forward to this large room. The cabin was very roomy but had some downsides. For one, the bed was so hard it was like sleeping on plywood. We asked out steward for an egg crate topper but whatever he added made no difference. Sleep was hard to come by. I had researched the room location as I wanted to make sure we weren't below the pool deck. There was a suite above us so I though we would have some quiet. However, evidently, the occupants of said suite had little kids who apparently liked to play soccer and run around the room until midnight on most nights. To top that off, the balcony doors do not seal out sound, so the neighbors who liked to sit out on their balcony until 3-4 AM every night talking as loud as they could made for many sleepless nights. I would not book this cabin again primarily due to the hardness of the bed. One can't account for other cruisers and that was the worst part of this location.
Stayed at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 prior to the cruise. Had an outstanding view of the port. Ate at Bimini Boatyard for dinner and was slightly disappointed in the service and food selection.
I think if you're a beach person or willing to spend a lot on zip line, this is a great place. For us there just wasn't much to do other than walk around. The Artisan market might be very cool were it not for the super aggressive hawkers trying to get your attention. It makes it tough to shop in peace when they're all trying to pull at you.
Although there were many shops, they all had the same stuff. If we were to do this again, we would definitely book an excursion. We did Dunn's River Falls on our first cruise a long time ago.