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This was our fourth Royal Caribbean Cruise and our first on Liberty and the first time sailing out of Galveston. Liberty has a great layout. The sports court, climbing wall, water slides and Flow Rider are in same location of the ship. This is where our kids spent a lot of time so it was convenient to have them all together. The pools and hot tubs were nice but very crowded on at sea days. I only spent a little time in the adults only Solarium it was attractive and had great bartenders. The evening shows we went to were okay but not quite the caliber of the bigger RC ships. The ice show was very good. We did enjoy the adults only game show Crazy quest but it is definitely an over 18 show. We did not go to Saturday Night Fever. My younger son really enjoyed the cupcake decorating class. My older son enjoyed the teen zone and the Flowrider the most. The cons of this cruise: the ship is showing a little wear and tear with it’s furnishings and carpet. The Windjammer buffet seemed to have shorter hours than other ships we’ve been on resulting in long lines at Sorento’s the pizza place. This was especially noticeable on port days when hungry people were coming back from the excursions. We did have a great time the Fury Catamaran excursion in Cozumel. The snorkeling was decent and the private beach area was great. All the activities at the beach were included. The drinks soda, margaritas and beer were included. Food was extra but we had the morning excursion time so we didn’t eat anything. The crew was great and made sure everyone was safe and had a good time. In Grand Cayman we went on the Stingray City and Starfish sanctuary excursion. Stingray City was great the stingrays sail right around you and you can feed them if you want. The starfish sanctuary was a disappointment. Not that many starfish and there were a lot of jellyfish so we got back in the boat after a few minutes. It’s also a very long boat ride. I would recommend finding a Stingray City excursion without the Starfish Sanctuary to go on. We stayed on the ship for The Falmouth, Jamaica port day. We’ve been there before and don’t really care for Jamaica. We probably won’t sail out of Galveston again since we can fly to Florida more easily but this is a great port option for Texans and other western states. We did have a disappointing problem with disembarkation. We settled our account early in the morning but then when it was time to get off the ship they said we still owed and wouldn’t let us off. My husband had to go back to customer service and show them our receipts before they would let us off.

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Liberty of the Seas Cruise Review by Cwmatthews

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This was our fourth Royal Caribbean Cruise and our first on Liberty and the first time sailing out of Galveston. Liberty has a great layout. The sports court, climbing wall, water slides and Flow Rider are in same location of the ship. This is where our kids spent a lot of time so it was convenient to have them all together. The pools and hot tubs were nice but very crowded on at sea days. I only spent a little time in the adults only Solarium it was attractive and had great bartenders. The evening shows we went to were okay but not quite the caliber of the bigger RC ships. The ice show was very good. We did enjoy the adults only game show Crazy quest but it is definitely an over 18 show. We did not go to Saturday Night Fever. My younger son really enjoyed the cupcake decorating class. My older son enjoyed the teen zone and the Flowrider the most.

The cons of this cruise: the ship is showing a little wear and tear with it’s furnishings and carpet. The Windjammer buffet seemed to have shorter hours than other ships we’ve been on resulting in long lines at Sorento’s the pizza place. This was especially noticeable on port days when hungry people were coming back from the excursions.

We did have a great time the Fury Catamaran excursion in Cozumel. The snorkeling was decent and the private beach area was great. All the activities at the beach were included. The drinks soda, margaritas and beer were included. Food was extra but we had the morning excursion time so we didn’t eat anything. The crew was great and made sure everyone was safe and had a good time. In Grand Cayman we went on the Stingray City and Starfish sanctuary excursion. Stingray City was great the stingrays sail right around you and you can feed them if you want. The starfish sanctuary was a disappointment. Not that many starfish and there were a lot of jellyfish so we got back in the boat after a few minutes. It’s also a very long boat ride. I would recommend finding a Stingray City excursion without the Starfish Sanctuary to go on. We stayed on the ship for The Falmouth, Jamaica port day. We’ve been there before and don’t really care for Jamaica. We probably won’t sail out of Galveston again since we can fly to Florida more easily but this is a great port option for Texans and other western states.

We did have a disappointing problem with disembarkation. We settled our account early in the morning but then when it was time to get off the ship they said we still owed and wouldn’t let us off. My husband had to go back to customer service and show them our receipts before they would let us off.
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Cabin Review

Interior
Cabin 3V 9363
We had interior adjoining rooms. We had plenty of storage space. Not too cramped but it is a
Cruise ship so not a spacious room. It worked well for us. Our shower did seem to flood the bathroom almost every time. The decor is showing it’s age.
Deck 10 Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Catamaran tour
    Fury Catamaran snorkel and private beach excursion. Cozumel ha beautiful warm water. The snorkeling was decent. The beach had several inflatables in the water to climb and play on. There were also kayaks and paddle boards. Nice white sand beach. There were hammocks in the shade. Soda, beer and so-so margaritas were included. The crew were great. They cared about safety and were really fun. On the way back to the shop they had a dance party and got everybody involved!
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  • Galveston
    We stayed in Galveston the night before the cruise. We walked to Pleasure Pier but it was $10 per person to just walk out on the pier so we skipped that. The beach is wide and hard packed which made it easy to walk on. The water was not clear or pretty like a Florida gulf beach.
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  • Star Fish Point
    Not that many starfish to see. They told people they could pick up the starfish but to keep them in the water. Apparently people don’t understand what that means and kept lifting them all the way out of the water. There were jellyfish in the water so after seeing a few starfish we got back on the boat.
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  • Stingray Swim
    This part was great. The sandbar is offshore a mile or so. The stingrays come right up and swim around you. You can stand no swimming required. Snorlpmasked provides so you can get a closer look if you want to. Go to Stingray City but skip the starfish.
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