Liberated on the Liberty: Liberty of the Seas Cruise Review by shecola

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Liberated on the Liberty

Sail Date: June 2009
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
Our cruise was June 6th, 2009. Our ports of call were St. Martin, San Juan and Labadee. Our family consited of  myself, my husband and two daughters ages 13 and 8.  We drove from Dallas, Texas. Parking at the port costs $20 per day. We arrived at the port around 2pm and were onbord abound 2:45pm. Just make sure you have your sea pass account filled out ahead of time.

The Ship: When we boarded the Liberty of the Seas, we felt right at home. The ship is magnificant and huge  We tried the flow rider, the golf course, the gym, the ice skating rink and the arcade and we enjoyed each tremendously and the wait time was minimal.  We originnaly had two rooms but ended up  staying in room 8521. Althought this a tiny inside double occupancy cabin, all four of us were able to stay there comfortably. Our room attendant Roger went above and beyond to make extra room and to make sure we had enough towels and ice and to entertain the kids. There is enough space in the More bathroom for personal items, there is a clothes line, a huge closet and lots of drawers and also space below the bed to store suitcases. The television only showed fox news, cartoons and RCCL highlights.

We had breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer buffet. I was impressed by the wide variety of food items. Greeters Tamara and Maureen made us feel right at home and they greeted us in a warm and friendly manner everytime. The food in the Windjammer was tasty and there was a wide variety. Our dining room was the Rembrnat on the 3rd floor. Our table was 353 and our waiter was Adrian. Once again the food was excellent even though the portions were smaller. Our waiter was excellent and friendly and did everthing to make us feel at home.

We attented most of the shows. Most memorable were the Happily Ever After show and a high flying acrobatic show. The ice skating show was second class and we left after the first skater fell within the first few minutes of the show.

We ate a Johnny Rockets and once again the food was excellent. The $4.95 cover charge actually is the price for the whole all you can eat meal. Sorrento's pizza is free we found that out on our second to last day of the cruise. The Windjammer closes at 9pm so if you are looking for a midnight snack or something to drink you would have to go to the Promenade Deck where you may have to pay.

If you do not want your kids to charge anything on their seapass card, make sure it is deactivated properly. Our daughter's card was deactivated and punched and she was able to charge $90 in video games. We went to guess relations immediately and they rectified the problem within 24 hrs and credited our account.The kids program for 6-9 age was fantastic and my daughter enjoyed it. They had a pirate show and clown show on the Promenade Deck and a talent show at the end.  They are opened on port days and you have to sign out your kids at 12pm (or you can pay $7.95 for them to stay for lunch), at 5pm for dinner (you can pay $7.95 for them to stay for dinner), and then at 10pm (or you can pay $5/hr for the late night party up until 2am). The teenage program for 13-15 age group was not fun since they all spent time sitting around and not speaking. When they did do activities like arcade and wii challenge, my daughter enjoyed it.

Our final port of call was Labadee, Haiti. This is a private island that RCCl owns. This is the only tendered port and it was a lenghtly process to make it to the tenders. Our tender was #13 so we had a lot of sitting around before our number was called. Then there was a mix up as to what door our tender would come to. So after leading us to one door we had to manuver to another door for the tender. The water in Labadee was calm and eventhough it was a bit overcast it was warm.  We stayed on the side of the island that had the aqua park but there is another side of the island that has the shops and hammocks and other things. If you are interested in doing the aqua park, let me warn you that it is not as easy as it looks on the TV. If you cannot swim or your kids are scared of the deep then do not waste your money on this. The aqua park is out in the deep water and you are given a life jacket. There is no rope, mat or anyone to guide you out to the floates. You have to swim out and then hoist yourself up onto the floats. After waiting a while for the kids to get comfortable in the water, my husband finally made it out to the floates with them. Another passenger came and held down the floats for him to get on and then he was able to pull the kids on. There was a BBQ on the island and once again the food was subpurb. The juice that they brought from the ship was watery. There is also a bar on the island and and plenty of beach chairs. Less

Published 06/18/09

Cabin review: N8521 Interior Stateroom

Our cabin was an inside N category double occupancy cabin. Me, my husband and two kids ages 13 and 8 were able to stay there comfortably. There is a huge closes with shelves, wall unit with drawers and plenty space in the bathroom for personal items.

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San Juan was our next port of call. This stop is a waste of time. The boat docks there from 8am to 1:30pm which is hardly enough time to do anything. This is not a tourist oriented place, most of the stores were closed and there were cops walking around advising passengers to stay close to the ship, there were four stalls on the streets that sold tee-shirts. Most people stayed on the ship and others just came off to make make phone calls, RCCL used this stop to test their life boats.

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Our first port of call was St. Martin. We booked a personal tour with Bernards. The cost was $35.00 pp. Our driver John took us around the island. Our first stop was Rima's. This is a must if you are looking for souviners. There are a lot of things and the prices are very reasonable. Wish we had stayed there longer. Our next stop was Maho Beach where we saw the planes landing right above your heads. There is a resturant to eat and a bar. We did not eat there. We swam but the water was a bit rough. After that we drove around to the Dutch sided of the island. The liquor is very cheap, so wait until you get there to buy your liquor. We enjoyed the island tremendouly.

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