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We were going to travel with old friends but they had to cancel at the last minute so traveling on this itinerary was no big deal, we have done it before several times. We always like meeting new people and finding new things to do and like the Liberty (this was our 5th trip on her) so off we went. We stayed in Seabrook, a smaller City north of Galveston, however only about 30 minutes from the port. An easy drive down, left the hotel about 9:45 am and dropped off the bags and wife dockside at around 10:30 am, went to park the car across the street and were onboard by 11:00. Really easy....no waiting. Embarkation was a breeze. We checked out the ship, mostly to re-familiarize ourselves with the Liberty and to confirm our reservations at the specialty restaurants. Then it was time to go have some adult beverages and relax at the pool deck. One note of an upcoming problem that we noticed at the pool deck was tons of children. Now don't get me wrong here, I like kids, have a number myself, just don't like bunches of them and particularly other peoples.....that is why we typically cruise in January - April or September - November timeframes. Usually the kids are in school. We found out later that Royal had a "Kids Sail Free" promotion to help them fill up the ship. We were unaware of the promotion and we were not notified nor was our TA since the promo happened after we booked. Lots of unruly 3 - 5 aged kids with parents that just didn't seem to care. Thanks Royal! We had MTD and it was OK, used it 3 times during the trip for dinner, Windjammer for dinner once and Specialty Restaurants (Chops, Sabor, & Giovanni's). Main Dining service was hectic and the food was cafeteria-ish at best....food cold to warm, never "hot". Windjammer food was actually not bad, particularly if you got there just after opening a service. All of the Specialty Restaurants were good. We were in a Jr. Suite and our Attendant was not very good but did an adequate job of keeping the room clean but nothing else. On a scale of 1 - 5, she would get a 2, certainly not one of the better ones we have had over the years. The shows were good, In the Air was good, Saturday Night Fever was OK, plenty of energy but the lead was not as strong as he could have been. The comedians were good, the classical guitarist was excellent, the guy in the Schooner Bar was not very good, the guy in the Hoof & Claw wasn't too bad. Our Cruise Director Brian was pretty good, he was around everywhere and was accessible as was his staff. Plenty to do, if you wanted to do everything or you could just chill as well. We did some of both. We were warned that there were a large number of top tier members onboard and Royal would be extending the Diamond Lounge to include the Olive or Twist Lounge during the evening happy hour, however, to the extent of just how many top tier members was not discussed in the email. WOW.....we never got a seat any night, standing room only! I sat at the bar in Olive or Twist 2 times until I finally gave up. I talked with the Concierge Nadja Djurdjevic about it, she apologized but really said nothing she could do. Nadja was wonderful and was leaving after 20 weeks onboard. It's sad to be a Diamond Plus and not be able to use one of the perks available. We even tried to get to the lounge at 4 pm (that's opening time), already packed, lesson learned. We talked with the Next Cruise Desk about all of the new ships coming in to Galveston. It's really exciting to see the new activity in the area. Unfortunately, all of the destinations go to the same old places (Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Belize, Cozumel, Roatan, and to add spice Key West). For us, we have been there, done that and will have to fly somewhere to get a different itinerary. I wish they would do a longer itinerary and go farther south somewhere....ABC maybe. Disembark was fairly painless. We grabbed breakfast from the Windjammer, went to our assigned station, was only there for about 5 minutes before our number was called. Went thru security on the ship and we were out of there. Next cruise in August 2020....going to Rome!!!

We Have Done This One Before

Liberty of the Seas Cruise Review by Ron Don

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We were going to travel with old friends but they had to cancel at the last minute so traveling on this itinerary was no big deal, we have done it before several times. We always like meeting new people and finding new things to do and like the Liberty (this was our 5th trip on her) so off we went.

We stayed in Seabrook, a smaller City north of Galveston, however only about 30 minutes from the port. An easy drive down, left the hotel about 9:45 am and dropped off the bags and wife dockside at around 10:30 am, went to park the car across the street and were onboard by 11:00. Really easy....no waiting. Embarkation was a breeze.

We checked out the ship, mostly to re-familiarize ourselves with the Liberty and to confirm our reservations at the specialty restaurants. Then it was time to go have some adult beverages and relax at the pool deck.

One note of an upcoming problem that we noticed at the pool deck was tons of children. Now don't get me wrong here, I like kids, have a number myself, just don't like bunches of them and particularly other peoples.....that is why we typically cruise in January - April or September - November timeframes. Usually the kids are in school. We found out later that Royal had a "Kids Sail Free" promotion to help them fill up the ship. We were unaware of the promotion and we were not notified nor was our TA since the promo happened after we booked. Lots of unruly 3 - 5 aged kids with parents that just didn't seem to care. Thanks Royal!

We had MTD and it was OK, used it 3 times during the trip for dinner, Windjammer for dinner once and Specialty Restaurants (Chops, Sabor, & Giovanni's). Main Dining service was hectic and the food was cafeteria-ish at best....food cold to warm, never "hot".

Windjammer food was actually not bad, particularly if you got there just after opening a service. All of the Specialty Restaurants were good.

We were in a Jr. Suite and our Attendant was not very good but did an adequate job of keeping the room clean but nothing else. On a scale of 1 - 5, she would get a 2, certainly not one of the better ones we have had over the years.

The shows were good, In the Air was good, Saturday Night Fever was OK, plenty of energy but the lead was not as strong as he could have been. The comedians were good, the classical guitarist was excellent, the guy in the Schooner Bar was not very good, the guy in the Hoof & Claw wasn't too bad. Our Cruise Director Brian was pretty good, he was around everywhere and was accessible as was his staff. Plenty to do, if you wanted to do everything or you could just chill as well. We did some of both.

We were warned that there were a large number of top tier members onboard and Royal would be extending the Diamond Lounge to include the Olive or Twist Lounge during the evening happy hour, however, to the extent of just how many top tier members was not discussed in the email. WOW.....we never got a seat any night, standing room only! I sat at the bar in Olive or Twist 2 times until I finally gave up. I talked with the Concierge Nadja Djurdjevic about it, she apologized but really said nothing she could do. Nadja was wonderful and was leaving after 20 weeks onboard. It's sad to be a Diamond Plus and not be able to use one of the perks available. We even tried to get to the lounge at 4 pm (that's opening time), already packed, lesson learned.

We talked with the Next Cruise Desk about all of the new ships coming in to Galveston. It's really exciting to see the new activity in the area. Unfortunately, all of the destinations go to the same old places (Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Belize, Cozumel, Roatan, and to add spice Key West). For us, we have been there, done that and will have to fly somewhere to get a different itinerary. I wish they would do a longer itinerary and go farther south somewhere....ABC maybe.

Disembark was fairly painless. We grabbed breakfast from the Windjammer, went to our assigned station, was only there for about 5 minutes before our number was called. Went thru security on the ship and we were out of there.

Next cruise in August 2020....going to Rome!!!
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