Suite experience on RCL: Liberty of the Seas Cruise Review by mike@sea

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Suite experience on RCL

Sail Date: April 2011
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Barcelona
We boarded Liberty on April 29th for a 5 day family cruise. We booked one Grand Suite and the Royal Suite, each occupied by three persons ( + one kid in GS, + one adult in RS ). Check In in Barcelona was a bit chaotic, they said due to a larger number of Russian guests on one hand, but only one Russian speaking agent on the other hand. Anyway, compared to previous experiences and especially compared to NCL a little stressful.

We then had to find our way on to the ship ourselves ( NCL escorts you !). Cabins were not ready till 1:00p.m , which is why we headed to explore the ship which was filling quickly. First thing I noticed, that it looked used and outworn in many places. Big surprise, because it was in dry dock only a few weeks prior.

The two suites were really nice, again a bit worn and tired in some areas. The cabin decor on all RCL ships is either tacky or outdated, except for the new Loft Suites on Allure/Oasis. Liberty was no exception here. Balcony furniture More in the GS very disappointing (and dirty) as no sunbeds. Shame. TV in GS not taken care of and it took 3 days to have it sorted so that picture quality was good.

Staff on ship as usual on RCL outstanding. We had a fantastic waiter/assistant waiter and head waiter in the dining room, who took very well care of us, my older parents and my little nephew. Excellent. As was the concierge. Food in the lounge is the same for years and very boring, but drinks were good and free, atmosphere nice despite of the small room.

Our RS cabin attendant was not the best, a disappointment if you have the best cabin on the ship. He did not really care and did not see things. Had to ask for an ashtray (which came dirty), and which never got cleaned, the extra bed had covers without(!!) a sheet, bottle opener nowhere to be found (and was never brought, despite asking for it ). Little things (except for the sheet), but then again, why call it Royal Suite if there is no such service involved.

Suite itself was nice and way too big, even for three people. A good bottle of champagne (Moet) was waiting for us along with red roses. Nice touch. Furniture on balcony was good in RS, including 2 comfy sunbeds.

Food was good, but same old same old. The one advertised "new menu" on day 4 turned out to be everything but new. Had it two years ago on Vision and it´s food did not improve since then. RCL, please get your act together and change your entertainment and menus at least every 2 years completely.

Dreamworks parade at 11:00 pm. Really ??!!?? What were they thinking. Disco never opened before almost midnight. Many people went in around 10:00, 11:00, only to find it deserted, no music, no staff. Again, what are they thinking.

Casino, prices are definitely up here compared to Caribbean cruise, with Minimum Bet higher , slots more expensive etc. Hmmm...

Shows were good. Ice show was good (not great), Saturday Night Fever was great, In the Air was good (not great), Headliner very good. Reserved seating for suite guests worked well, except for ice show.

Spa, sauna (free) and gym very nice, both in size and appearance.

Windjammer was mediocre at best. Food boring, repetitive and often not very appealing. Being able to eat Windjammer food inside Chops was another highly welcomed suite perk.

Overall a good cruise. Not sure if I want to go on Liberty or any ship that size again. Less

Published 05/20/11

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