Liberty of the Seas - 9/17/11 - 9/24/11: Liberty of the Seas Cruise Review by Pushkin

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Liberty of the Seas - 9/17/11 - 9/24/11

Sail Date: September 2011
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Barcelona
My husband and I booked this cruise for our anniversary celebration. It was my second trip to Europe and his first. We arrived in Barcelona a day early and had a good time.

Embarkation: We arrived at the port around 1 p.m. and it was very crowded so would avoid at 1pm.. (by 2 p.m., there were no crowds). It took approximately an hour from arrival at port to getting to Windjammer.

Food: Windjammer: food was good enough (Honey stung chicken really is excellent), but not as much variety as we have had on other ships. Main Dining Room: The food ranged from ok to really good. Our waiters were excellent and made the whole dining experience very enjoyable. We did not go to Portofinos or Chops. During the day, the various eating places opened and closed at different times which was aggravating. Several of the sea days, we would return to the ship around 5 and find nothing opened except the Prominade Cafe. This is a very, very small eating place for a ship with 4,000 More passengers! Windjammer closes between breakfast and lunch and again between lunch and dinner. I have never seen that on a ship!

Cabin: We had a great aft cabin (1400) and our cabin steward (Jack) was one of the best we have ever had. I was again amazed to find that there were no toiletries in the cabin other than a shampoo dispenser in the shower. What the heck? 2 star hotels provide toiletries! No robe either.

Entertainment: This is not a big one for us. We did see Saturday Night Fever which was very good. I was surprised that I never once saw a band playing at the pool. I can't imagine they did not have music by the pool sometimes, but it could not have been that often. I also enjoyed listening to the person playing classical guitar, but not much else.

Staff: The staff were generally very pleasant and greeted you.

Disembarking: Kept our bags with us and were off the ship in a matter of minutes (around 7:30 a.m.)

Overall impression: We will probably not sail on RC ships again. I think they are more suited to young couples with children, and 20 -30 year olds. Also, on this itinerary, the vast majority of pax were foreign speaking which resulted in less comraderie with other passenger - we felt a little isolated. Having to check out towels with your seapass card was bothersome, as well. Just think we are more suited to other cruiselines. Less

Published 09/28/11

Cabin review: D11400 Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony

Cabin 1400 on Liberty of the Seas. This was a great aft cabin in the starboard corner on Deck 10. It is a D1, I believe. It is about the size of a hotel room, which is quite a big larger than an average balcony cabin. There is a pole in the cabin, but that was not a problem. The balcony was larger and very nice since it has a shaded area as well as a sunny area. It is under the windjammer, but we were never bothered by noise from above. Great cabin!

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Port and Shore Excursions

We used Rome in Limo for this tour as well. It is actually very economical after learning the prices of the ship excursions. Our driver at this port was Giovanni. He picked us up at the port and went immediately to Pompei. We also hired a Pompei guide (the drivers cannot go into the actual sites such as the Vatican museums, the Coliseum, Pompei). Lucia was our guide in Pompei and she is highly recommended. Pompei is a very large attraction, but during our 2 hrs with Lucia we saw many of the highlights. Again, you learn many more details with a guide. Pompei is a must-see. We then drove through the mountains to Positano. This area is stunning. Comparable somewhat to Highway 1 from San Francisco to Los Angeles. We told Giovanni we would like to have lunch in a restaurant overlooking the sea and did he every deliver! Our lunch at this charming family-style Italian restaurant was a highlight of the entire cruise. The food, the wine, the music, the atmosphere was perfect. After out leisurely lunch we were driven to Sorrento to do a little shopping. Sorrento is also a charming town with many Lemoncello, gelato and leather goods stores. Then we were picked up by the driver for the 1-hr drive back to the ship. Giovanni played wonderful Italian music on the way back. A wonderful day!

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For this port, the 6 of us hired a driver from Rome In Limo (Mauro). It is a long ride (approx 1-1/2 hrs) and Mauro provided alot of history on the area during the ride in. We first went to one of the Pope's basillicas (not sure which one), but it was beautiful. We then went to the Coliseum. We had prepurchased tickets and our driver somehow got us to the front of the line. We were there about 45 minutes. Our driver picked us up in front and then we drove around many of the sites in Rome. We were dropped off near Trevi Fountain for a short while (got gelato!), threw our coins in the fountain, and then drove to a few more sites. We had lunch at an outdoor cafe near the Vatican before our 2 p.m. tour of the Vatican (prepurchased tickets). We hired a Vatican guide (Maximo) for 100 E. This was well worth it! I had been to the Vatican once before without a guide and learned so much more this time. Also, having a guide seems to let you bypass many of the crowds. Maximo was very interesting and we had a lot of fun with him. You learn so much more with a guide -- it is well worth it. After the Vatican/St. Peters, it was back to the ship with most of us using the time to take a nap!

We (6 of us) hired a private car/guide for this port, which proved to be an excellent decision. We had Ingrid from Kultours. She met us right off the ship with a van. We first went to Nice which had an open market going on. This was on a Monday, and I'm not sure if it operates every day. It was similar to an outdoor antique market in the US. Ingrid them walked us around Nice giving us some history and pointing out interesting historical sites. We then went to St. Paul de Vence which was amazing! It is a charming walled city with eateries and shopping. We then went to Monte Carlo/Monaco and just drove around while Ingrid spoke about the history and interesting tidbits about the royal family/grace kelly, etc. We then went to Eze, which is another small charming town. We came back to Villefranche and enjoyed a bottle of wine at a waterside cafe.

Toulon (actually dock at Le Seyne Sur le Mehr (sp?)); This is a port you can miss. The little port town is actually a 20 minute walk. It is cute, but not much to see. You can take a water taxi to Toulon (inexpensive). Do not try to walk to Toulon!!

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