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Please keep in mind this review is rather dated and some events, destinations etc. may no longer be offered. We decided to take this cruise with a large group of our friends and because it was departing from Galveston, which we could drive to in around 5-6 hours. Pre-cruise Our large group met for breakfast in the Metroplex and then we caravanned down to Galveston in several cars. We all stayed a good distance from the port at The Four Points by Sheraton, which is close by Pleasure Pier and a number of good restaurants. Since we had all paid for parking at the port parking area, we dropped most of our passengers and all the luggage near the ship then drove to the lot. The parking lot has complimentary shuttle service back to the ship. Because there had been an issue on the ship on the previous cruise, the ship was delayed in getting people off and then boarding all from our group. As a result, we had a considerable wait until we could board. Meals We tried most every venue for food on the ship and found most to be average to above average. Since we were in a large group we decided to use the main dining room each night at 5:30 pm. We needed two tables to accommodate everyone. While I am not a big fan of group dining, I must say that because we had the same wait staff each night they learned our likes and dislikes and our drink preferences. The service was excellent. We also had dinner at our expense in Chops Grille, where we had a great steak dinner. We also ate at Johnny Rockets, which is like a 50s diner. This was also good but a bit noisy. The other venue we tried, again at our expense, was Sabor a Mexican restaurant. The food was also very good here and the service outstanding! Entertainment We really enjoyed the musical venues on the ship. We spent a great deal of time in the Hoof and Claw Pub, which was a small intimate English pub that featured very good musical entertainment every night. The musicians usually rotated from venue to venue and all were good. We especially liked Matt Wolfe on the guitar. We also spent a great deal of time in the Star Lounge where we saw a number of great acts. One of our favorites was the Legends of Guitar with Matt Wolfe and Lainie. The Cruise Director, who I believe was Jeffrey Arpin, did an amazing job! We also paid extra for a Lafite Wine Tasting Experience and it was excellent. Very nice wines and a very experienced and knowledgeable staff person made it one of the better ones we have attended. Venues and Excursions We had 3 ports of call for this cruise; Cozumel, Mexico, George Town, Grand Cayman, and Falmouth, Jamaica. We chose on this trip not to book any excursions and only shop and dine in the local areas. One standout place deserves special mention and that is Casanovas in George Town, Grand Cayman. We had to take a tender in to port but once there you go through all the shopping area to the street then turn left. A few blocks down is this Italian restaurant with a great view of the ships anchored off shore. The atmosphere and food are really good here. The other port we enjoyed was Falmouth as it was made specifically for cruise ships and was all pretty much self-contained. All in our group had a great time here. Other Galveston is not as modern as other ports we have embarked from and at times did not seem as orderly as other embarkations we have encountered. However, that may be more a limitation of the facility. We didn’t encounter any major problems other than the cruise prior to ours having a problem and being delayed, which in turn delayed ours. One of the things we really liked was how the Promenade was laid out on Deck 5. The layout was really nice and it truly gave you a feeling you were walking down a city street lined with shops. We had great service in all the bars and lounges. On this ship we didn’t have a complimentary drink package so we had to pay a hefty fee to get one. The nice thing about this package was it included water, unlike some packages on other lines. If we experienced anything odd that occurred, it would be that at times on our floor, in certain areas, there was a rather odd stench that was very unpleasant. We reported it to the crew but we noticed it off and on in certain areas of our floor during the entire trip. The other thing I didn’t like on this ship was the constant efforts to sell you on something. Every day we went to eat there were cruise staff at tables trying to get you to upscale to specialty dining or spa services. It was actually over the top and I felt sorry for the staff that they were made to do this. My wife and I on one port day signed up for a special couples massage and then she received a facial while I had foot reflexology. At the conclusion of her treatment, she was heavily pressured to buy these special facial products, which sounded nice, but which totaled up to over $300. We finally just had to walk out on them and they really seemed annoyed. Additionally, if you are used to beautiful scenery as you depart the port, such as in Miami, you will be disappointed with Galveston. The scenery is rather dismal as you set out to sea. We selected a mid-ship mini-suite with large balcony, Room 1684, and were not disappointed. The room was very nicely equipped and had a rather large balcony, which we thoroughly enjoyed. All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas and enjoyed not having to fly in to a port. We would highly recommend this ship

Western Caribbean Cruise With Large Group of Friends

Liberty of the Seas Cruise Review by Metroplex Man

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2016
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View Balcony
Please keep in mind this review is rather dated and some events, destinations etc. may no longer be offered. We decided to take this cruise with a large group of our friends and because it was departing from Galveston, which we could drive to in around 5-6 hours.

Pre-cruise

Our large group met for breakfast in the Metroplex and then we caravanned down to Galveston in several cars. We all stayed a good distance from the port at The Four Points by Sheraton, which is close by Pleasure Pier and a number of good restaurants. Since we had all paid for parking at the port parking area, we dropped most of our passengers and all the luggage near the ship then drove to the lot. The parking lot has complimentary shuttle service back to the ship. Because there had been an issue on the ship on the previous cruise, the ship was delayed in getting people off and then boarding all from our group. As a result, we had a considerable wait until we could board.

Meals

We tried most every venue for food on the ship and found most to be average to above average. Since we were in a large group we decided to use the main dining room each night at 5:30 pm. We needed two tables to accommodate everyone. While I am not a big fan of group dining, I must say that because we had the same wait staff each night they learned our likes and dislikes and our drink preferences. The service was excellent. We also had dinner at our expense in Chops Grille, where we had a great steak dinner. We also ate at Johnny Rockets, which is like a 50s diner. This was also good but a bit noisy. The other venue we tried, again at our expense, was Sabor a Mexican restaurant. The food was also very good here and the service outstanding!

Entertainment

We really enjoyed the musical venues on the ship. We spent a great deal of time in the Hoof and Claw Pub, which was a small intimate English pub that featured very good musical entertainment every night. The musicians usually rotated from venue to venue and all were good. We especially liked Matt Wolfe on the guitar. We also spent a great deal of time in the Star Lounge where we saw a number of great acts. One of our favorites was the Legends of Guitar with Matt Wolfe and Lainie. The Cruise Director, who I believe was Jeffrey Arpin, did an amazing job! We also paid extra for a Lafite Wine Tasting Experience and it was excellent. Very nice wines and a very experienced and knowledgeable staff person made it one of the better ones we have attended.

Venues and Excursions

We had 3 ports of call for this cruise; Cozumel, Mexico, George Town, Grand Cayman, and Falmouth, Jamaica. We chose on this trip not to book any excursions and only shop and dine in the local areas. One standout place deserves special mention and that is Casanovas in George Town, Grand Cayman. We had to take a tender in to port but once there you go through all the shopping area to the street then turn left. A few blocks down is this Italian restaurant with a great view of the ships anchored off shore. The atmosphere and food are really good here. The other port we enjoyed was Falmouth as it was made specifically for cruise ships and was all pretty much self-contained. All in our group had a great time here.

Other

Galveston is not as modern as other ports we have embarked from and at times did not seem as orderly as other embarkations we have encountered. However, that may be more a limitation of the facility. We didn’t encounter any major problems other than the cruise prior to ours having a problem and being delayed, which in turn delayed ours.

One of the things we really liked was how the Promenade was laid out on Deck 5. The layout was really nice and it truly gave you a feeling you were walking down a city street lined with shops. We had great service in all the bars and lounges. On this ship we didn’t have a complimentary drink package so we had to pay a hefty fee to get one. The nice thing about this package was it included water, unlike some packages on other lines.

If we experienced anything odd that occurred, it would be that at times on our floor, in certain areas, there was a rather odd stench that was very unpleasant. We reported it to the crew but we noticed it off and on in certain areas of our floor during the entire trip.

The other thing I didn’t like on this ship was the constant efforts to sell you on something. Every day we went to eat there were cruise staff at tables trying to get you to upscale to specialty dining or spa services. It was actually over the top and I felt sorry for the staff that they were made to do this. My wife and I on one port day signed up for a special couples massage and then she received a facial while I had foot reflexology. At the conclusion of her treatment, she was heavily pressured to buy these special facial products, which sounded nice, but which totaled up to over $300. We finally just had to walk out on them and they really seemed annoyed.

Additionally, if you are used to beautiful scenery as you depart the port, such as in Miami, you will be disappointed with Galveston. The scenery is rather dismal as you set out to sea.

We selected a mid-ship mini-suite with large balcony, Room 1684, and were not disappointed. The room was very nicely equipped and had a rather large balcony, which we thoroughly enjoyed. All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas and enjoyed not having to fly in to a port. We would highly recommend this ship
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Ocean View Balcony
Cabin 2D 1684
We selected this room for its spaciousness and very large balcony. The room was more than adequately equipped and we had no problems with it during our entire stay. I would select this type room again if taking this same ship.
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