Never thought I'd Love a non-port-intensive cruise!: Liberty of the Seas Cruise Review by flsun

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Never thought I'd Love a non-port-intensive cruise!

Sail Date: September 2010
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
We booked this cruise as a last-minute getaway. Hurricane season offers great prices and a bit of motion, but it's a ship, on water, right? Movement is part of the package.

Check-in took longer than expected due to long lines at Security. RCI check-in was fast, though.

Liberty is a beautiful ship and was immaculate throughout the cruise. We never saw a single thing out of place, which is surprising with that many cruisers aboard. The length of the ship offers lots to do and does a good job of making the ship feel less crowded. We only saw the Production shows, and they were really, really good. Other reviewers feel differently, but I think this is one area where RCI really shines.

Chops was by far, the best restaurant aboard. We ate there more than once, and the service and food were perfection. It is worth the additional charge - a $100+ meal for $25. Portofino recently changed its menu, and all in our group were disappointed. An Italian restaurant with More no pasta dishes?

This was our first experience with My Time Dining (MTD). It is apparently very popular, as many were wait-listed for it. Eating when we were ready was a huge benefit, and we will definitely do it again. Main dining room food and service when you want it!

Bar service was excellent, and we were impressed that servers remembered our names after one visit. Throughout the week, and around the ship, they would call us by name to say "hello". Very impressive.

Labadee is not listed here as a port to comment on, but I could not go without saying it was absolutely beautiful! The service on Labadee was outstanding! As always, RCI was offloading relief and building supplies for Haiti during our port time. It was good to see RCI's continued support of Haiti in that way.

The lack of ports ended up being a real plus, as we came home relaxed rather than exhausted. 2 days at sea allowed us to relax and unwind, and short port days kept us from too much heat and sun. RCI got this one right when choosing the itinerary. Less

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Port and Shore Excursions

Having only a morning in San Juan, we chose to see the Bacardi factory (Casa de Bacardi, to locals). We passed on the ship's tour and headed to the ferry to buy our 50 cent tickets. A short $3 cab ride took us to the location where we toured right along with the ship's tour. We waited for the crowd to clear, had our 2 free drinks, and relaxed before returning to Old San Juan.

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If you can't find something to love in St. Maarten, you've not left the ship. Beaches, tours, diving, zip lines, a zoo, and, oh yeah, shopping - the shopping here has taken over St. Thomas in quality, price and atmosphere. Front Street is lovely, varied, and friendly. This is the only place we buy jewelry in the Caribbean. Rima's is just blocks away, and you can buy directly from him the Caribbean clothing you'll see in stores and markets on other islands.

People in our group chose to use the beach on the Boardwalk. For $15 you can get 2 beach chairs, an umbrella, and 2 drinks. Deal! Local businesses even allow you to use their bathrooms.

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