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We enjoyed the Liberty of the Seas ship; not the biggest ship, but comfortable and well-maintained. A balcony cabin enhanced the cruise experience for us and was worth the additional cost. We booked this cruise, because we found an exceptional sale. The nightly entertainment was excellent. However, we would have enjoyed more shows, like other cruise lines offer, e.g. late-night comedy after a nightly show. The Saturday Night Fever show was phenomenal, as well as the Ice Skating show with Olympic skaters. Service was exceptional throughout the ship. The staff went out of their way to be friendly and courteous. AND they had a pleasant attitude while working long shifts. The staff on another cruise line acted like they were on a work-release-program---so unhappy and slow, so it was refreshing to find such wonderful service. Due to weather we only went on one shore excursion--Bamboo Beach in Jamaica. Skip this excursion! The beach is narrow, and the sea bottom is rocky! The beach chairs uncomfortable with no umbrellas or shade. It took 1.5 hours to drive there and another 2+ hours to get back, because of an "unscheduled/unplanned stop" at a local-high-priced-souvenir shop to fleece the tourists. In total we spent almost 4 hours driving and less than 2 hours on a crappy beach--not worth the time or the money. The lunch was unremarkable tapas. Five minutes of music and one island dance to satisfy the shore excursion description. It was definitely not worth the high price. Cozumel and Falmouth ports were clean and attractive. Plenty of shops for fine jewelry, crafts and tourist souvenirs. Margaritas in Cozumel were $3! Grand Cayman does not have a dock, so a lot of extra time was needed to ferry to the port. It rained on the day we were there, so we cannot report on the excursions...but we plan to go back. The food was surprisingly very good in the dining room. The buffet quality and variety was disappointing, but we did not starve. The service was outstanding in both venues. Drinks were high priced--about $12 each. So RC tries to sell you an unlimited drink package for $55 a day ($42 if purchased online before the cruise), which we calculated was more than we could drink in a day. Two days before the end of the cruise, they offered a 10-drink package to share for $75, which was well worth it for us. I would have bought a wine package, but the wine selections were limited. The three-bottle package only included one Pinot Grigio and two unknown red wines, and they did not allow customization, e.g. substitute a Chardonnay or skip the reds, since I don't eat red meat. So the packages did not work for me; I just drank wine by the glass at about $11 a glass. We would definitely sail on RC again, which is a good recommendation for us. However, we plan to book on one of their "mega-ships" for additional nightly entertainment and more venues. The main criticism is that we felt like RC was always trying to sell us something--a drink package, a dining package, items from the shops, spa experiences, etc. It seemed like the day-time activity schedule included more "seminars" on how to buy more stuff than entertainment...and there were a lot of annoying announcements to come to a special sale. At night we received personalized invitations in our cabin for discounts on jewelry to celebrate our anniversary and to come book the next cruise. THE OVERALL EXPERIENCE was POSITIVE. We had a delightful time.

Wonderful Experience / Exceptional Service

Liberty of the Seas Cruise Review by Holly1a

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We enjoyed the Liberty of the Seas ship; not the biggest ship, but comfortable and well-maintained. A balcony cabin enhanced the cruise experience for us and was worth the additional cost. We booked this cruise, because we found an exceptional sale.

The nightly entertainment was excellent. However, we would have enjoyed more shows, like other cruise lines offer, e.g. late-night comedy after a nightly show. The Saturday Night Fever show was phenomenal, as well as the Ice Skating show with Olympic skaters.

Service was exceptional throughout the ship. The staff went out of their way to be friendly and courteous. AND they had a pleasant attitude while working long shifts. The staff on another cruise line acted like they were on a work-release-program---so unhappy and slow, so it was refreshing to find such wonderful service.

Due to weather we only went on one shore excursion--Bamboo Beach in Jamaica. Skip this excursion! The beach is narrow, and the sea bottom is rocky! The beach chairs uncomfortable with no umbrellas or shade. It took 1.5 hours to drive there and another 2+ hours to get back, because of an "unscheduled/unplanned stop" at a local-high-priced-souvenir shop to fleece the tourists. In total we spent almost 4 hours driving and less than 2 hours on a crappy beach--not worth the time or the money. The lunch was unremarkable tapas. Five minutes of music and one island dance to satisfy the shore excursion description. It was definitely not worth the high price.

Cozumel and Falmouth ports were clean and attractive. Plenty of shops for fine jewelry, crafts and tourist souvenirs. Margaritas in Cozumel were $3! Grand Cayman does not have a dock, so a lot of extra time was needed to ferry to the port. It rained on the day we were there, so we cannot report on the excursions...but we plan to go back.

The food was surprisingly very good in the dining room. The buffet quality and variety was disappointing, but we did not starve. The service was outstanding in both venues.

Drinks were high priced--about $12 each. So RC tries to sell you an unlimited drink package for $55 a day ($42 if purchased online before the cruise), which we calculated was more than we could drink in a day. Two days before the end of the cruise, they offered a 10-drink package to share for $75, which was well worth it for us. I would have bought a wine package, but the wine selections were limited. The three-bottle package only included one Pinot Grigio and two unknown red wines, and they did not allow customization, e.g. substitute a Chardonnay or skip the reds, since I don't eat red meat. So the packages did not work for me; I just drank wine by the glass at about $11 a glass.

We would definitely sail on RC again, which is a good recommendation for us. However, we plan to book on one of their "mega-ships" for additional nightly entertainment and more venues. The main criticism is that we felt like RC was always trying to sell us something--a drink package, a dining package, items from the shops, spa experiences, etc. It seemed like the day-time activity schedule included more "seminars" on how to buy more stuff than entertainment...and there were a lot of annoying announcements to come to a special sale. At night we received personalized invitations in our cabin for discounts on jewelry to celebrate our anniversary and to come book the next cruise.

THE OVERALL EXPERIENCE was POSITIVE. We had a delightful time.
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Balcony view was excellent. It gave us extra opportunities to enjoy the Caribbean blue water and views during docking and sailing from ports--worth the extra money. We wish there were a coffee maker in the room for early morning coffee on the balcony.
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  • Beach
    Bamboo Beach. Beach was small and sea floor was too rocky to stand. Chairs were uncomfortable and there were no umbrellas nor shade. The beach is 1.5 hours from the port, and the return trip was 2+ hours for an unscheduled stop at a local high-priced souvenir shop designed to fleece the tourists. The food was limited with 5 small and unremarkable tapas. Reggae music was piped in pop music with a reggae rhythm. Island dancers? - Two one-minute dances to bongo drums. High priced and a lot of wasted time driving--4+ hours with only 2 hours on a beach you can't wait to leave.
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