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We cruise out of Galveston often because our whole family is from Texas and Arkansas. We have a long history of cruising with Royal Caribbean because my grandparents started cruising with them back in the 90's and the rest of us sort of followed suit. Given our almost exclusive experience with RCCL, I can't comment too much about how it compares as a cruise line to other cruise lines, but I can let our 20+ years of sailing with Royal tell the story. Always top-notch service and we can't say we've ever been disappointed by them (well, except for a few little things, but that's going to be the case no matter who you sail with). So now for this particular cruise. We planned this trip for this week because I go to school in Dallas and we have a fall break the first week of October. Galveston is by all means a world-class departure port and it keeps getting better. The time for us from when we arrived at the port to when we were walking up the gangway was no more than 30-45 minutes. For smooth embarkations such as this, I suggest arriving at the port around 10:30-ish for a 4 o'clock departure. By that time, most if not all of the previous week's passengers will have left, but it's earlier than most of your fellow cruisers will have arrived. The ship itself is nothing short of amazing. It's recently been upgraded and is beautiful, shiny, and has just about everything on board that any of the new megaships have on them. I love being at sea and the whole maritime experience, so Liberty to me is the perfect balance between being large enough to have enough things to do to keep you entertained all week, but not so big that you lose the true oceangoing experience. With that being said, you won't feel the seas on this ship at all. I just enjoy feeling like I'm on a ship and not in another city haha. The staff was second to none. Our waiter, Mark Batoon from the Philippines, was a truly amazing person. We had the pleasure of getting to know him a little bit in between his service to other passengers. By the end of the week we felt like we had known him for years. He provided the best service I've ever seen just about anywhere, so if anyone from Royal Caribbean happens across this review, please give this man a raise. Y'all really have an asset in Mark. Also, something that I would say to other cruisers regarding this is try to get to know your staff. You never know the amazing people you'll come across. On the topic of wait staff, I don't see what all the fuss is about with the food not being good. I didn't have a dish the whole week that wasn't at least good. Most of them were excellent. I mean, sure, when you go to the Windjammer buffet and get a steak you can't expect something like what you would get at Saltgrass, but for what it is I thought it was as amazing as ever. The main dining room food was excellent all around. For it being included in your cruise fare, you can't beat it IMO. We didn't really do any excursions this time around, which is rare for us. It was kind of nice to be able to just walk around and enjoy the ports and then head back to the ship whenever we got tired. All in all, it was a 10 out of 10 experience. Liberty of the Seas is probably my favorite ship out of the ones I've been on. Would highly recommend!

Another great experience from Royal Caribbean

Liberty of the Seas Cruise Review by n208bc

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2018
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View Balcony
We cruise out of Galveston often because our whole family is from Texas and Arkansas. We have a long history of cruising with Royal Caribbean because my grandparents started cruising with them back in the 90's and the rest of us sort of followed suit. Given our almost exclusive experience with RCCL, I can't comment too much about how it compares as a cruise line to other cruise lines, but I can let our 20+ years of sailing with Royal tell the story. Always top-notch service and we can't say we've ever been disappointed by them (well, except for a few little things, but that's going to be the case no matter who you sail with).

So now for this particular cruise. We planned this trip for this week because I go to school in Dallas and we have a fall break the first week of October. Galveston is by all means a world-class departure port and it keeps getting better. The time for us from when we arrived at the port to when we were walking up the gangway was no more than 30-45 minutes. For smooth embarkations such as this, I suggest arriving at the port around 10:30-ish for a 4 o'clock departure. By that time, most if not all of the previous week's passengers will have left, but it's earlier than most of your fellow cruisers will have arrived.

The ship itself is nothing short of amazing. It's recently been upgraded and is beautiful, shiny, and has just about everything on board that any of the new megaships have on them. I love being at sea and the whole maritime experience, so Liberty to me is the perfect balance between being large enough to have enough things to do to keep you entertained all week, but not so big that you lose the true oceangoing experience. With that being said, you won't feel the seas on this ship at all. I just enjoy feeling like I'm on a ship and not in another city haha.

The staff was second to none. Our waiter, Mark Batoon from the Philippines, was a truly amazing person. We had the pleasure of getting to know him a little bit in between his service to other passengers. By the end of the week we felt like we had known him for years. He provided the best service I've ever seen just about anywhere, so if anyone from Royal Caribbean happens across this review, please give this man a raise. Y'all really have an asset in Mark. Also, something that I would say to other cruisers regarding this is try to get to know your staff. You never know the amazing people you'll come across.

On the topic of wait staff, I don't see what all the fuss is about with the food not being good. I didn't have a dish the whole week that wasn't at least good. Most of them were excellent. I mean, sure, when you go to the Windjammer buffet and get a steak you can't expect something like what you would get at Saltgrass, but for what it is I thought it was as amazing as ever. The main dining room food was excellent all around. For it being included in your cruise fare, you can't beat it IMO.

We didn't really do any excursions this time around, which is rare for us. It was kind of nice to be able to just walk around and enjoy the ports and then head back to the ship whenever we got tired.

All in all, it was a 10 out of 10 experience. Liberty of the Seas is probably my favorite ship out of the ones I've been on. Would highly recommend!
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