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Getting there: Flew in to IAH, rented a car, drove to Galveston the night before the cruise. Had the car to sight see on the way, Stayed at the Inn at the Waterpark overnight, Next day parked at EZ Cruise Parking, took their shuttle to the pier. Hotel is a little run down. Parking was good experience. Porter took the suitcases right from the parking shuttle. Embarcation: long lines but moved fairly quickly. I think it took about 45 minutes to make it through security and to the desk to pick up our sail cards and get our photo taken. Then it was right on to the ship. Rooms were ready by 1:30. Food: Food on this cruise was above average and the dining room staff was the best. They cleared tables quickly and refilled drinks. Everyone had a smile. We ate a lot in the buffet for the variety and the quantity. MDR was elegant but seemed a little slow. Don’t go there for a quick meal. We had anytime dining so we didn’t get to know a particular wait staff. Pizza was popular, as was coffee drinks at the promenade café. Johnny Rockets seems very out of the way. I had the soda package which came with a refillable cup (that was supposed to be in my stateroom before sailing but wasn’t, and I had to beg a bartender to give me one). My daughter did get sick one night from what we think was bad shellfish in MDR. Entertainment: Catch “In the Air” the first day or two. It doesn’t repeat (which it should). The Ice Skating Show was great. Saturday Night Fever was good but not fabulous. Comedians were good. Other shows/activities were ok. There is music all over the ship. Would have liked more dance lessons (both quantity and variety) and they should be followed by a band playing some of the music you just learned to dance to so you could practice. Activities: Liberty is a great ship for water lovers: pools, hot tubs, water slides, two person tube slide, and a surfing simulator. Some reviews found that deck loungers were hard to find but this was not our experience most of the time (maybe a little on the last two sea days, when the pool areas were very crowded). Would have preferred much more variety in the outdoor movie selection, with a children’s movie early and a more mature movie late. My teenage daughter really enjoyed the sports deck. Remember you need socks for rock climbing and ice skating. The teen program really needs work. There wasn’t an adequate ice breaker / get to know you activity the first day, and the teen staff didn’t seem to like working with the teens. Also the rules were overly restrictive and sexist comments were made about the girls. After that, the teens largely organized themselves and spent their time together at the teen only times at the other activity centers rather than the teen room. Cabin: We stayed in room 2552, an 1N ocean view with two beds and two Pullmans. The space is better with the twin beds separated. It feels cramped with the beds together. Cabin is a little longer than some other ships I’ve been on, but no wider. The shower is really small. Not suitable for a large person. The bathroom was never properly cleaned. There was mold in the toilet (same in another room in our group). Our daughter threw up one night and it took a while to get someone from housekeeping to come change the bed linins. Rooms low down and towards the middle are less affected by ship movement and this sailing was as mild as they come. You can’t go from one end of the ship to the other on Decks 2 or 3 because Studio B (also the ice skating rink) is in the way. This is really inconvenient for getting to the other set of elevators. Excursions: Cozumel: We did the tour of the Mayan ruins at Chitzen Itza. To get there you take a 45 minute ferry back to the mainland (Playa Del Carmen) and then a bit of a walk to the depot, and then a bus a little over two hours to get to the ruins, where you spend about an hour. We had a great guide (Hector, the son of Hector – also a tour guide) who gave a lecture with slides (on a tablet) on the drive out, which was both informative and a good use of the time. The lunch provided was a cheap ham and cheese sandwich, chips, a small apple, and a juice box. Disappointing but necessary given the length of the excursion. There is a general store at the bus depot with cold drinks, snacks, and other items for sale. There is some shade at the ruins, but sun screen is a must. It seems a lot of transit time for a short time on site, but the ruins are really worth seeing with a good guide. Can’t say I saw any of Cozumel, as we had to get right back on the ship when we got back. Grand Cayman: We did the Turtle farm, Rum Cake factory, Hell, and Stingray City swim. Bring snacks, this one is a lot in the time allotted, and all are a drive around the island, which is good with a good guide calling out the sights. No other food was provided. We enjoyed all of it, but the swim with the stingrays was the highlight of the trip for us. Photos by the tour operator were better than the ones we tried to take. We would have liked to stay on Grand Cayman a little longer. Falmouth, Jamaica: Went on the CHUKKA Ziplining, River Tubing, and Adventure Falls with lunch. Had a great time in spite of the 1-hour torrential rainstorm. Great guides. Always felt safe and the staff were all about having fun. Lunch was traditional Jamaican fare. Had time for shopping in port before the bus left, but none on the way back (when we really wanted it). We barely made it back in time to get on the ship. Disembarcation was easy, but be sure to send in the form with your selection of how you are getting your luggage off to get the earliest time slot. Your room steward leaves it in your room. A bit of a line to get through customs, but it moved quickly.

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Liberty of the Seas Cruise Review by Cruise4vaca

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Trip Details
Getting there: Flew in to IAH, rented a car, drove to Galveston the night before the cruise. Had the car to sight see on the way, Stayed at the Inn at the Waterpark overnight, Next day parked at EZ Cruise Parking, took their shuttle to the pier. Hotel is a little run down. Parking was good experience. Porter took the suitcases right from the parking shuttle.

Embarcation: long lines but moved fairly quickly. I think it took about 45 minutes to make it through security and to the desk to pick up our sail cards and get our photo taken. Then it was right on to the ship. Rooms were ready by 1:30.

Food: Food on this cruise was above average and the dining room staff was the best. They cleared tables quickly and refilled drinks. Everyone had a smile. We ate a lot in the buffet for the variety and the quantity. MDR was elegant but seemed a little slow. Don’t go there for a quick meal. We had anytime dining so we didn’t get to know a particular wait staff. Pizza was popular, as was coffee drinks at the promenade café. Johnny Rockets seems very out of the way. I had the soda package which came with a refillable cup (that was supposed to be in my stateroom before sailing but wasn’t, and I had to beg a bartender to give me one). My daughter did get sick one night from what we think was bad shellfish in MDR.

Entertainment: Catch “In the Air” the first day or two. It doesn’t repeat (which it should). The Ice Skating Show was great. Saturday Night Fever was good but not fabulous. Comedians were good. Other shows/activities were ok. There is music all over the ship. Would have liked more dance lessons (both quantity and variety) and they should be followed by a band playing some of the music you just learned to dance to so you could practice.

Activities: Liberty is a great ship for water lovers: pools, hot tubs, water slides, two person tube slide, and a surfing simulator. Some reviews found that deck loungers were hard to find but this was not our experience most of the time (maybe a little on the last two sea days, when the pool areas were very crowded). Would have preferred much more variety in the outdoor movie selection, with a children’s movie early and a more mature movie late. My teenage daughter really enjoyed the sports deck. Remember you need socks for rock climbing and ice skating.

The teen program really needs work. There wasn’t an adequate ice breaker / get to know you activity the first day, and the teen staff didn’t seem to like working with the teens. Also the rules were overly restrictive and sexist comments were made about the girls. After that, the teens largely organized themselves and spent their time together at the teen only times at the other activity centers rather than the teen room.

Cabin: We stayed in room 2552, an 1N ocean view with two beds and two Pullmans. The space is better with the twin beds separated. It feels cramped with the beds together. Cabin is a little longer than some other ships I’ve been on, but no wider. The shower is really small. Not suitable for a large person. The bathroom was never properly cleaned. There was mold in the toilet (same in another room in our group). Our daughter threw up one night and it took a while to get someone from housekeeping to come change the bed linins. Rooms low down and towards the middle are less affected by ship movement and this sailing was as mild as they come.

You can’t go from one end of the ship to the other on Decks 2 or 3 because Studio B (also the ice skating rink) is in the way. This is really inconvenient for getting to the other set of elevators.

Excursions:

Cozumel: We did the tour of the Mayan ruins at Chitzen Itza. To get there you take a 45 minute ferry back to the mainland (Playa Del Carmen) and then a bit of a walk to the depot, and then a bus a little over two hours to get to the ruins, where you spend about an hour. We had a great guide (Hector, the son of Hector – also a tour guide) who gave a lecture with slides (on a tablet) on the drive out, which was both informative and a good use of the time. The lunch provided was a cheap ham and cheese sandwich, chips, a small apple, and a juice box. Disappointing but necessary given the length of the excursion. There is a general store at the bus depot with cold drinks, snacks, and other items for sale. There is some shade at the ruins, but sun screen is a must. It seems a lot of transit time for a short time on site, but the ruins are really worth seeing with a good guide. Can’t say I saw any of Cozumel, as we had to get right back on the ship when we got back.

Grand Cayman: We did the Turtle farm, Rum Cake factory, Hell, and Stingray City swim. Bring snacks, this one is a lot in the time allotted, and all are a drive around the island, which is good with a good guide calling out the sights. No other food was provided. We enjoyed all of it, but the swim with the stingrays was the highlight of the trip for us. Photos by the tour operator were better than the ones we tried to take. We would have liked to stay on Grand Cayman a little longer.

Falmouth, Jamaica: Went on the CHUKKA Ziplining, River Tubing, and Adventure Falls with lunch. Had a great time in spite of the 1-hour torrential rainstorm. Great guides. Always felt safe and the staff were all about having fun. Lunch was traditional Jamaican fare. Had time for shopping in port before the bus left, but none on the way back (when we really wanted it). We barely made it back in time to get on the ship.

Disembarcation was easy, but be sure to send in the form with your selection of how you are getting your luggage off to get the earliest time slot. Your room steward leaves it in your room. A bit of a line to get through customs, but it moved quickly.
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Cabin Review

Ocean View
Cabin 1N 2552
Room is adequate size if you are not spending too much time in it. It feels bigger with the two twin beds separated than with them together. Mattresses were soft, thin, and hard underneath. Two pillows per bed. Large suitcases fit under the beds. Decent closet space. Had a vanity/desk with chair, another chair and end table, as well as two small bedside tables. Safe in the closet. Shower feels really small. Room Stewart was underwhelming and the bathroom needed better cleaning. You can't walk the length of the ship on decks 2 or 3 due to Studio B / Ice Rink being in the way. This was really inconvenient when needing to get to the elevators on the other end of the ship.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Mayan Ruins
    We did the tour of the Mayan ruins at Chitzen Itza. To get there you take a 45 minute ferry back to the mainland (Playa Del Carmen) and then a bit of a walk to the depot, and then a bus a little over two hours to get to the ruins, where you spend about an hour. We had a great guide (Hector, the son of Hector & also a tour guide) who gave a lecture with slides (on a tablet) on the drive out, which was both informative and a good use of the time. The lunch provided was a cheap ham and cheese sandwich, chips, a small apple, and a juice box. Disappointing but necessary given the length of the excursion. There is a general store at the bus depot with cold drinks, snacks, and other items for sale. There is some shade at the ruins, but sun screen is a must. It seems a lot of transit time for a short time on site, but the ruins are really worth seeing with a good guide. Can't say I saw any of Cozumel, as we had to get right back on the ship when we got back.
    View All 369 Mayan Ruins Reviews
  • Tubing
    Lots of fun. Class 1 whitewater (Ripples to small standing waves). Good guides.
    View All 74 Tubing Reviews
  • Ziplining
    Went on the CHUKKA Ziplining, River Tubing, and Adventure Falls with lunch. Had a great time in spite of the 1-hour torrential rainstorm. Great guides. Always felt safe and the staff were all about having fun. Lunch was traditional Jamaican fare. Had time for shopping in port before the bus left, but none on the way back (when we really wanted it). We barely made it back in time to get on the ship.
    View All 56 Ziplining Reviews
  • Hell
    Short stop. Not much to look at. You can have your passport stamped from here. Mostly gift shops capitalizing on the name.
    View All 100 Hell Reviews
  • Rum Cake Factory
    We did the Turtle farm, Rum Cake factory, Hell, and Stingray City swim. Bring snacks, this one is a lot in the time allotted, and all are a drive around the island, which is good with a good guide calling out the sights. No other food was provided. We enjoyed all of it, but the swim with the stingrays was the highlight of the trip for us. Photos by the tour operator were better than the ones we tried to take. We would have liked to stay on Grand Cayman a little longer.
    View All 59 Rum Cake Factory Reviews
  • Stingray Swim
    This was awesome. Bucket list. The highlight of the trip.
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