Having sailed just two months previous with RCCL on Liberty of the Seas I had to book another one. This time we sailed the Mediterranean instead of the Caribbean. We arrived at the port at 11am and after a hassle-free check in and security check we were on board in no time. My boyfriend and another couple we were travelling with were first time cruisers, they were amazed at the size of the ship on arrival. We were not permitted to go to our staterooms until 1pm but this was fine as we had time to explore the ship and get some food in the Windjammer. We had been upgraded from an interior cabin to a promenade view. This was great as although it isn't a whole lot bigger but it felt more spacious with the bay window looking out onto the promenade. The pictures of the rooms on the RCCL website are quite dated as this is not the decor that is in the rooms anymore. The decor is exactly the same as the Liberty of the Seas pictures. I assume they redecorated during the Dry Dock last year.
The food in the windjammer was good, there was a lot of variety and always plenty of food. Staff were always very efficient at cleaning tables. The frozen yogurt that is in the windjammer and the pool deck is gorgeous (and low fat :P!!!). We only ever ate breakfast and lunch in the windjammer but could not fault it. There was always plenty to choose from for breakfast. It finishes at 11am and lunch starts at 11.30am. We availed of room service on one morning and this was excellent. We dined in the formal restaurant every evening. The one mishap was the timing. We had requested a 9pm seating. It stated in our cruise docs that we were guaranteed this. However, on arrival we discovered we were allocated 9.30pm. Which is very late. When we rang guest relations about this they informed us that we would have to go speak to the headwaiter on another floor to see if he could give us a table. This was disappointing as we thought they may have been able to do this for us. In the end we stuck with the 9.30 seating. We had requested a table just for the four of us when booking however we were assigned to a table with two other couples. Having seen this we were going to change, however the laugh w3e had with the other people made the holiday and there was noway we were going to change table. We were usually the last table to leave the restaurant each night. They had also requested the 9pm dinging but had been allocated 9.30. It seems that the middle floor is 9.30 whereas the 1st and 3rd floor is 9pm. We availed of the gold wine package which included 5 bottles of wine,it is good value because to purchase individual bottles of wine each night is expensive.
The staff throughout the whole ship were more than helpful. Raymond and Andre were our waiters and were superb, Raymond had a different trick to show us every night and was quite entertaining. Our stateroom attendant Celso was great, he was very accommodating, even though we did not leave our room until 1pm some days. He always remembered our names and we loved the towel animals he left us each evening.