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First of all we sailed on the Liberty of the Seas. This was a very nice ship. I guess the only complaint that I would have about this ship is the food wasn't up to the standards that I have been accustomed to from the previous Celebrity ships and Princess ship. Other than that I loved the ship.

We started off in Barcelona. What a great city this is. The architecture on the buildings were spectacular. We spent two days before our cruise and two days after our cruise in this great city. We used the Hop on Hop Off bus and saw things that we could have never seen without doing this. It was a great way to see the city on a open top bus with great views. This city was so clean! We loved everything about it. Everywhere we ate was good. We rented a two bedroom apartment that was convenient to the buses and train.

On our first stop on the cruise was Toulon, France. We opted for the excursion through the ship to go to Cassis. We were going to try to get there on our own but decided it would be to hard to find the train stations. This is a neat town to visit, but we didn't have enough time there on the excursion.

Our 2ND stop was Villa France. We took the train on our own to Monaco and Monte Carlo which was a short train ride. We had no problems on our own. The only thing that happened when we tried to return on the train to Villa France was that the girl at the train station told us to stand at one end of the station for the train but the train always stopped in the middle of the station so we missed the first train and had to wait for the next one. This took us a total of 1 1/2 hrs waiting. Monaco and Monte Carlo was very nice. I would suggest to go to Monaco for lunch because it had more choices by the water and better prices. Villa France is also a neat place to explore. We stopped and had crepes before getting back on the ship.

Our third stop was Pisa/Florence. We did an excursion through the ship. We went to Pisa and had about 1 hr on our own and then to Florence and had about 3hrs or a little more to explore on our own.

Our forth stop was Citi Vecchi Rome so we decided to take the train on our own again. This time we took the fast train (45 min)and it left the train station at 9:30 am and returned at 4:40 pm. This was easy to do on your own. When we got to Rome we did the Hop on Hop Off bus and this was a great way to see all of the sites. This was a great stop.

On the fifth stop we were in Naples. We did the Amalfi Coast/Pompeii by motor launch. This was wonderful! We had a very nice boat ride to Amalfi and stopped for about an hour and back up the coast to Sorrento and then to a castle perched high on a hill for a wonderful view and lunch. Then back on the bus to Pompeii. All the way from Naples on the bus you could see trash everywhere. I have never seen so much trash in a city. Just don't be so surprised to see home made houses with trash all around. Naples is a very dirty city. I just wanted to get out of it and do an excursion. I'm sure it was a lot safer.

Then it was back to Barcelona off of the ship and another two days to enjoy this city.

Over all this was a wonderful vacation!!

Wonderful Mediterranean Cruise!!!!

Liberty of the Seas Cruise Review by byrde

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First of all we sailed on the Liberty of the Seas. This was a very nice ship. I guess the only complaint that I would have about this ship is the food wasn't up to the standards that I have been accustomed to from the previous Celebrity ships and Princess ship. Other than that I loved the ship.




We started off in Barcelona. What a great city this is. The architecture on the buildings were spectacular. We spent two days before our cruise and two days after our cruise in this great city. We used the Hop on Hop Off bus and saw things that we could have never seen without doing this. It was a great way to see the city on a open top bus with great views. This city was so clean! We loved everything about it. Everywhere we ate was good. We rented a two bedroom apartment that was convenient to the buses and train.




On our first stop on the cruise was Toulon, France. We opted for the excursion through the ship to go to Cassis. We were going to try to get there on our own but decided it would be to hard to find the train stations. This is a neat town to visit, but we didn't have enough time there on the excursion.




Our 2ND stop was Villa France. We took the train on our own to Monaco and Monte Carlo which was a short train ride. We had no problems on our own. The only thing that happened when we tried to return on the train to Villa France was that the girl at the train station told us to stand at one end of the station for the train but the train always stopped in the middle of the station so we missed the first train and had to wait for the next one. This took us a total of 1 1/2 hrs waiting. Monaco and Monte Carlo was very nice. I would suggest to go to Monaco for lunch because it had more choices by the water and better prices. Villa France is also a neat place to explore. We stopped and had crepes before getting back on the ship.




Our third stop was Pisa/Florence. We did an excursion through the ship. We went to Pisa and had about 1 hr on our own and then to Florence and had about 3hrs or a little more to explore on our own.




Our forth stop was Citi Vecchi Rome so we decided to take the train on our own again. This time we took the fast train (45 min)and it left the train station at 9:30 am and returned at 4:40 pm. This was easy to do on your own. When we got to Rome we did the Hop on Hop Off bus and this was a great way to see all of the sites. This was a great stop.




On the fifth stop we were in Naples. We did the Amalfi Coast/Pompeii by motor launch. This was wonderful! We had a very nice boat ride to Amalfi and stopped for about an hour and back up the coast to Sorrento and then to a castle perched high on a hill for a wonderful view and lunch. Then back on the bus to Pompeii. All the way from Naples on the bus you could see trash everywhere. I have never seen so much trash in a city. Just don't be so surprised to see home made houses with trash all around. Naples is a very dirty city. I just wanted to get out of it and do an excursion. I'm sure it was a lot safer.




Then it was back to Barcelona off of the ship and another two days to enjoy this city.




Over all this was a wonderful vacation!!

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Cabin #8313. We could hear the TV from the room next to us and also talking.I think the room next to us had the TV on the wall where our bed was. We saw the room when it was opened. They should put beds with headboards back to back on walls so you don't hear TV's on all night. Room was big enough for what we expected.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Barcelona
    Wonderful!! Spectacular architecture, so much to see and do. Loved all of it. We did the Hop on Hop Off bus and this was a great way to see the city. We couldn't have seen all of what we saw with out doing this. We rented a two bedroom apartment that was near the trains and buses and easy walking to many areas. All of the food was good everywhere we ate.

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  • Florence (Livorno)
    We did Pisa/Florence through the excursion from the ship. We had about 1hr on our own in Pisa and a little more than three hours on our own in Florence. We loved Pisa and wished for a little more time. We had plenty of time in Florence since we didn't go to any of the museums. It was a nice city.

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  • Naples
    I'm not rating this high for Naples but for what it has to offer outside of Naples. We did the ships excursion Amalfi Coast/Pompeii by motor launch. This was a great excursion. We went to Sorrento to get on a boat and sail along the Amalfi Coast and stop in Amalfi for about an hour. We got back on the boat and went back to Sorrento to get back on the bus to head up the mountain to a castle for lunch. Great views up there!! Then on to Pompeii for the rest of the trip. On the way back to the ship by the port you could see make shift houses and trash everywhere. This had to be the most trash on streets of any port or city that I have ever seen. It's a shame that you have to go through Naples to get anywhere else.

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  • Rome (Civitavecchia)
    We took the fast train to Rome (45 mins)on our own. $15 Euros Round Trip. We did this on our own. When we got there we did the Hop on Hop Off bus and this was a great way to see the city on an open top bus and get on and off when ever you want. The return train (only one time for fast train) left at 4:40pm. so don't miss it or you have to buy slow train ticket for next train.

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  • Villefranche
    The train was easy to find at this port. We took the train to Monaco/Monte Carlo. We spent the day on our own exploring. If you want lunch is seemed to be cheaper in Monaco right on the water front. On the way back at the train station the lady in the train office told us to stand at one end of the train station but it turned out that the train never stopped there. It always stopped in the middle. So, we missed the first train and had to wait for the next. Other than that is was a great day.

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