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Sail Date: April 2019
So you think a cruise sounds great. So did I. Well, here is assessment for you to make an informed decision. First, the staff is amazingly friendly. Truly nice people looking to make your trip as good as pleasant as possible. We ... Read More
So you think a cruise sounds great. So did I. Well, here is assessment for you to make an informed decision. First, the staff is amazingly friendly. Truly nice people looking to make your trip as good as pleasant as possible. We had 5-8 ft seas and high winds most of the way to Yucatán. It really wasn’t a bad ride at all. Don’t worry about the waves unless 10ft plus. Here’s where the fun stops. The food is not bad; not great but not bad. You will need to decide whether you want a drink plan for alcohol. Buy individual or as a package for around $65/day per person. Just know that if you like beer, call brand bar drinks, and sugar drinks (pina colada, rum punch) then you’re fine. If you like wine, you’re out of luck. The best wine by the glass in red or white is Kendall Jackson. No wine drinker can drink KJ every day. Even though wine list shows a couple which seem better like a French Chardonnay, no bar has it. Only at formal dinner is it available. Oh, you can purchase bottles at restaurant mark up prices but not included in a drink plan. Activities. Movie at night is about as good as it gets. The land excursions are definitely to do even that hey are expensive. Carnival marks those up tremendously but at least they’re coordinated for you and safe. Otherwise, there’s really not much to do on the ship other than eat and drink (unless you’re newlyweds!). The Comedy Club is apparently fun too but you must get there 30-45 min early for a seat. Shopping: what do I say here... mostly junk and definitely not saving any money. The tourist traps at ports are fun but don’t expect good quality for low prices. And the duty free shops!!! They are a joke. Some prices are higher than a State Liquor store in Alabama (which by the way is higher than most states!!). For comparison: Johnny Walker Blue in Louisiana on land is $200-$230. In Alabama it’s $250. In the so-called duty free stores it was $290. Seriously? Okay, so you get idea. If you like to lay by pool and consume beer or island drinks all day for 5 days, a Carnival Cruise is for you. If you prefer a bit more atmosphere or posh settings, then trust me you will be disappointed. My overall assessment.... boring, overrated, and they charge for everything. You’d be better off booking an all inclusive resort or traveling to NYC, Paris, Napa, or Greenbo Alabama. Anywhere but a cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
We were offered a great deal on this 4 day cruise. We normally prefer the larger ships like Allure or Harmony, but this Freedom Class ship was excellent and a comfortable size. We opted for My Time dining but remained at the same table ... Read More
We were offered a great deal on this 4 day cruise. We normally prefer the larger ships like Allure or Harmony, but this Freedom Class ship was excellent and a comfortable size. We opted for My Time dining but remained at the same table every night because the waiter Hemanshu and his assistant Vijaysingh (VJ) were excellent. We are Casino Royale Prime members so drinks are free in the Casino for us. The bar was unusually busy due to the huge number of players in the casino--one of the bussiest I've seen in ages and we cruise a lot, like 5 times a year. Bartenders Hugo, Hugo2, and Elana could have used help--someone to schlep ice and glasses. They literally ran out of gin one night! Crazy! We only got off in Cozumel to buy vanilla and medical supplies. So much cheaper in Mexico. We are coming to Cozumel in June on the Allure with our grandkids, so we will do touristy stuff then. Independence premiered Grease on this cruise for the first time, and I have to say, it was as good if not better than the same show we saw last year on Harmony. The standing "O" lasted 5 minutes.There were 3 chances to see the Ice Show in 4 days, so it was not crowded. Another excellent show. I'm in awe of how RC books such great artists for such short cruises. As a side note, we were in the Sports Bar on Deck 4 when Tiger won the Masters. The crowd was out of their mind! Fun being in the middle of the chaos! Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2019
We arrived at the port a little before noon and boarded the ship within 10 minutes. Embarkation was quick and easy. We enjoyed a drink in the Viking Crown Lounge and rooms were ready by 1:30. Luggage delivered by 5:00. It’s a ... Read More
We arrived at the port a little before noon and boarded the ship within 10 minutes. Embarkation was quick and easy. We enjoyed a drink in the Viking Crown Lounge and rooms were ready by 1:30. Luggage delivered by 5:00. It’s a small ship and very easy to get around. Staff was friendly and accommodating. Everything was clean and well maintained Food in Main Dining Room was very good with different choices every night. Windjammer buffet had lots of different choices and was better then other Royal Caribbean ships we’ve been on. Main pool area was a little busy at times but never had a problem finding deck chairs. The adult only Solarium was always crowded but provided a quiet place to relax. Entertainment was good with evening shows and daytime trivia and family games. The also had late night adult shows with comedians and games like the Quest. The Vision is an older ship without all the bells and whistles of the newer “mega” ships but still had plenty for all to do. We would definitely do it again. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2019
The ship was old and the rooms were small, especially the restrooms. The decoration was old and tacky. I was afraid yo walk bare footed on the floor. There was no turkey bacon. The arcade was tiny with about 4 games, boring. Lane 12 ... Read More
The ship was old and the rooms were small, especially the restrooms. The decoration was old and tacky. I was afraid yo walk bare footed on the floor. There was no turkey bacon. The arcade was tiny with about 4 games, boring. Lane 12 during checkin back yo the U.S was slow. So much for a peaceful vacay. We went to Progresso where the locals asked you to purchase things while trying to relax at the beach. I don’t even know why the ship would take someone there on their vacation. It’s the same as taking a trip to the hood. The dolphin encounter excursions place wanted an arm and leg for keepsake photos. $40 per sheet! That’s a total rip off. Overall the trip was Terrible. If the staff wasn’t so perfect, I’d give Royal Carrot 0 stars. Royal Carribean wasn’t so royal. I won’t be choosing that place again. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
We chose this cruise because we wanted to check out the ship. We always purchase the drink package and three dinner specialty dining package. With those packages, our cruise is paid in full minus gratuities. We always leave an ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to check out the ship. We always purchase the drink package and three dinner specialty dining package. With those packages, our cruise is paid in full minus gratuities. We always leave an additional tip when visiting the specialty restaurants because service is top notch. This cruise we didn't enjoy the food at Jaime's but the service was great. We had a terribly meal at Chop's, which was a first for us, but they had us back for free on another night and the food was terrific. For reference, we have been on over 10 RC cruises and have never had a bad meal at Chop's. We were a group of four and sides were forgotten, steaks were all cooked incorrectly, shrimp was overdone and tasted like rubber and the sides we did receive were cold. They made it right and I am happy they did because we'll continue to eat at Chop's. RC, PLEASE play some music in the Solarium....for goodness sake, there are no kids so you can go all in and, instead, there is NO music. It sucks! Also, PLEASE do something about your pizza. It's terrible and since it is the only late night food available other than room service, it impacts us party cruisers greatly! Do go to the Vitality Spa and enjoy the smoothies and juices. I didn't care for the smoothie I got there but the juices were incredible. I started every day with one! Breakfasts are pretty bad on this ship too but the Windjammer staff was great and I always found someone to bring me a mimosa. My favorite breakfast on the ship was a pineapple, strawberry, cucumber and mint juice and a mimosa (while my husband had weird eggs). Must check out the tutti salad lunch on sea days in the main dining room...only runs from 11:45-1:15. They have the best desserts and buffet on the ship. They always had a flavorful curry and the caramel cake is to DIE for! Flan was good here too. No pool in the Solarium on this ship, a little disappointing and no music, as stated earlier. Loved the casino on this ship....the bartenders and the drink runners are all fantastic. Won bucks on the slots and tables here, which is always fun. The red party and white party were just okay. Karaoke is fun and the band Temperatures at Dazzles was fantastic!! Our favorite bars were Rising Tide and Trellis (went here every day for a before dinner drink). Oh, the specialty dining 150 was GREAT!!! That was my favorite specialty dining spot. The grey goose martini, bread, entree were the best. The fried cheesecake was off but not terrible. Give Harmony a shot! We all had a great time. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
this cruise was with a group on Utube ,however it turned out be a series of missed communications and bad service .nothing stands out about this cruise except the night we dined at the Crown Grill was fantastic ..My medallion did not work ... Read More
this cruise was with a group on Utube ,however it turned out be a series of missed communications and bad service .nothing stands out about this cruise except the night we dined at the Crown Grill was fantastic ..My medallion did not work very well it rarely let me into my room ,the apps were not working for me ,I had the medallion changed and reset but never really worked . However to be fair I never used the apps very much ,its just not convenient for me . The weather was great . The ports were very good but we never seemed to stay very long at them . We were in Mexico for about 10 hours . The use of tenders to get ashore although necessary was a pain . I did enjoy the comedian and the cover band . We did take two excursions one in Jamaica which was a tour of Islands wildlife. And one in Cozumel which was the sunset cruise .. All in all ok Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
We really enjoyed our cruise. If it hadn't been for the rain, it would have been amazing. The food was fantastic and served promptly. The servers (ours at least) were fun and friendly. Russtinov and Idewa. Our room steward was ... Read More
We really enjoyed our cruise. If it hadn't been for the rain, it would have been amazing. The food was fantastic and served promptly. The servers (ours at least) were fun and friendly. Russtinov and Idewa. Our room steward was friendly and attentive and did an amazing job for us. Valent was his name. The waitress in Sabor was amazing. Hunilyn, I think was her name. As far as the excursions, we over did it just a little but they were awesome. Even the walking in the rain to the bus was a neat adventure. The shows on board were very good and fun. Not sold on the hypnosis, but it was a fun show. Met some new friends and hopefully can stay in touch with them. Planning on another cruise sometime in the near future. Hopefully with some of our friends or family going with us. Enjoyed it throughly. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
I chose this cruise for the specific period of time I had available and the port it departed from. It started off great. The embarkment went very smoothly. When I got to my cabin it was clean and ready for my husband and me. Our ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the specific period of time I had available and the port it departed from. It started off great. The embarkment went very smoothly. When I got to my cabin it was clean and ready for my husband and me. Our cabin porter, Tom, was wonderful. Any requests we had he took care of in a timely manner. There was plenty of closet space for clothes,shoes and so on. There also were lots of drawers and a very nice writing area. The bathroom was well designed with good lighting and shelves. However, there was no shampoo or conditioner,and a very small soap that was not replaced until it was a tiny blob. TheThe entertainment was the very best I have experienced! The productions were out of this world, as good as the Vegas shows I have seen. We did not go on any excurisons but there was plenty to do on the ship, or just relax as we did. The ship was very nice, but was hard to find a nice quiet place to read. My major complaint were the meals for dinner. I cook at home and I was looking forward to great food and good service. The dinners started with a menu the looked like it was printed on the cheapest paper available. Although they offered a meat, fish,vegertarian and so on, there was usually only one choice of each, and not necessarly what one might want or like. I really wish that they would teach the servers not to reach across someone to serve another seated guest. If a nice dinner and service is important to someone as it was to me I would not necessarly recommend this cruise to a friend. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
We sailed with old friends on this brand new ship, which is the nicest I've been on so far (this being my third cruise). The cabins are well laid out with more than enough storage space for our things, with lots of plugs for our ... Read More
We sailed with old friends on this brand new ship, which is the nicest I've been on so far (this being my third cruise). The cabins are well laid out with more than enough storage space for our things, with lots of plugs for our electronic devices. The cabin stewards were amazing (thank you Bangbang and Adi) and always greeted us with a smile. As with previous cruises the food was great. But to me the highlight was the entertainment on board, which I found truly a step above what I have seen on other cruises. Dancing, an illusionist, a comedian, and every night some amazing bands (blues, rock, piano). We also loved the pool (which was bigger than I expected) and the hot tubs (2 small and one big). One disappointment was the sea was too rough to tender to Georgetown, Grand Caymen, but that's out of our control and we appreciate that the captain puts safety first. A good amount of the passengers are seniors, so I think it was a smart decision. Although I still heard some people complaining, which some people always do. We got a $50 credit on our account, so I was satisfied. Would definitely book again. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
We are a married couple in our 50's who sailed on Liberty of the Seas April 7, 2019. This is our 4th cruise out of Galveston. Embarkation: Embarkation was a breeze. We arrived at the cruise terminal at 10:30 A.M., handed our ... Read More
We are a married couple in our 50's who sailed on Liberty of the Seas April 7, 2019. This is our 4th cruise out of Galveston. Embarkation: Embarkation was a breeze. We arrived at the cruise terminal at 10:30 A.M., handed our bags to a porter, and found no line at security or the Platinum check-in line. We sat in the waiting area for approximately 15 minutes, and were on-board at the Hoof & Claw Pub by 11:00 A.M. having a pint. Unfortunately some heavy storms came through later in the day causing the captain to suspend the boarding process for a period of time. Our luggage was waiting in the hallway when we went to the room at 1:00 PM. Royal Caribbean seems to have really streamlined the luggage delivery process on our last two cruises. I don't know how they do it, but we were very pleased and impressed. Stateroom Attendant: Our stateroom attendant "Gevin" was one of the best we have ever experienced on Royal Caribbean. Anytime, and I mean anytime we left our cabin, he would go in and freshen it up. I'm not sure we had a piece of trash in our trash cans for more than a few minutes at any time during the cruise. It was wonderful taking an afternoon nap, stepping out for a few minutes, and returning to a remade bed. We called him the "Stateroom Ninja", because he was quiet, always in there without us seeing him, had the place looking clean and immaculate, and always had the ice bucket loaded with fresh ice. Dining: We ate every night at the 8:00 P.M. late seating in the Main Dining Room. I know food reviews are subjective, but we agreed the food on Liberty of the Seas was a substantial step down from the food we had in the Main Dining Room on Adventure of the Seas last April out of San Juan. While we enjoyed most of the items we had, several pieces of meat were very small and overcooked compared to our previous cruise. My lobster on formal night was so small, several of us took photos of it. It looked like a crawfish. It was no big deal and was actually pretty funny, but our waiter appeared horrified by how small it was and compensated by bringing several more lobsters. Like I said, we enjoyed most things we tried, but noticed a big difference between the food on Liberty and Adventure. Drink service in the Main Dining Room was excellent. We enjoyed Sorrento's Pizza and the offerings at the Promenade Cafe as well. We typically avoid the Windjammer like the plague, but did enjoy the one lunch we had there. As usual though, we had a difficult time finding any seating. Shows: My wife was thrilled to see there was a Lionel Richie tribute show. I had to admit it was pretty darn good with a very talented entertainer. The "In the Air" show was impressive. I would make an effort to see that one. We didn't see any other shows. Cruise Director: Jeffrey was a highlight on the cruise. I think he mentioned that he has been working for Royal Caribbean since 1989, and we found him very funny, informative, and entertaining. We found ourselves glued to the cabin TV every morning to watch his "Morning Rant" program. I loved all that he did for veterans on the cruise. He was a straight shooter who gave a lot of non-revenue generating advice which was much appreciated by this cruiser. Pools: Chair hogs were out in force on sea days. I'm not sure what Royal Caribbean can really do to fix this. Too many people for too few seats. We were unable to find chairs on any sea day at 10:30 AM in either the main pool or the Solarium. Honestly though, we don't care. I don't want to get up at 7:00 AM and stress about claiming territory on the pool deck. We don't like to sit out there all day. We store our belongings in a corner, climb in the Solarium pool with some cocktails, meet other cruisers and people watch. After noon on a sea day at the main pool area is like Thunderdome. We walk through the area every now and then just to see how many people can fit on a pool deck or cram into a hot tub, It has become part of our visual entertainment on a cruise. Cozumel: We hired a driver named Leonardo ("Leo") through Tours Plaza and did some bar hopping along the east side of the island. It was a beautiful trip with a lot of pretty scenery, big waves and fun bars. We hit Mezcalitos, Senor Iguanas, Coconuts, and Rasta Bar. I'd have to say Senor Iguanas was our favorite. It has good food, cheap beer, a beautiful view, and is run by two brothers who we enjoyed meeting. Leo our driver was fun to hang out with, plays on a local baseball team, and was clearly very excited to show off his island. Be aware that you need cash at the bars on the east side as there is no electricity and none of the bars accept credit cards. Grand Cayman: We took a mile and a half walk from the cruise pier to My Bar at Sunset House. It is a beautiful bar/restaurant that is built on the edge of the water. Reasonable beer prices, and very good Indian food. The walk was a little trickier than expected as there were portions of the road that had no sidewalks. We needed the exercise, but most would probably want to take a short cab ride there instead of walking.. Jamaica: We booked "A Place in the Sun" through Royal Caribbean. I usually don't book through the cruise line due to previous poor experiences, but I thought I would give them another chance. Unfortunately I couldn't find an online review of this excursion before taking it. Just for fun, here is the Royal Caribbean description of this excursion: "Depart the cruise ship pier in Falmouth in your air-conditioned coach and enjoy the scenic drive to Montego Bay, passing Great Houses, hotels and golf courses. Upon arrival at the famous Hip Strip in Montego Bay, browse along the row of shops; shopping for souvenir items. Stop in at Margaritaville to enjoy one of their notable concoctions on your own. Next, visit Doctor’s Cave Bathing Beach and stroll the world`s most famous white sand beach; the warm Caribbean waters beckons for a relaxing 3 hours. Let the sand trickle through your toes at the water`s edge, relax, take a swim or have an optional lunch at one of the 3 restaurants located on the beach." We were able to find the loading zone for the bus without any major problems. Just follow the signs in the cruise village. It was a long walk to the excursion area, and a bit of a mad house once we arrived to the departure area, but nothing we couldn't handle. The bus left on schedule at 8:35 A.M., but had the strong smell of cigarette smoke throughout it. After an unremarkable drive of about 35 minutes we were dropped at an awful strip center for a "shopping opportunity". We stepped over trash exiting the bus, and were directed through a dirty parking lot to a strip mall containing some sort of tourist shop located between a grocery store and an off track/sports betting parlor. This was not near the Hip Strip or Doctor's Cave Beach as advertised by Royal Caribbean. The local police car with emergency lights on that pulled into the parking lot while we there was a nice touch that kind of completed the whole crime scene feel of the location. I don't know what caused the police to come, and I really didn't want to know. It was a TERRIBLE stop. Why on earth they would make us burn 45 minutes of valuable beach time on this hell hole of a place is beyond me. I'm assuming the tour operator gets paid by the store owner to stop there, but it is just an educated guess. After the 45 minute strip mall from hell stop it was another 10 minutes or so to the drop off point at Doctor's Cave. We arrived a little after 10:00 A.Mm to the beach club. The $6 per person admission fee was covered. It costs $6 per chair and $6 for an umbrella. The beach club was very clean and pretty. Chairs and umbrellas were in very good condition. Food and beverage service wasn't too outrageous. ($5 Red Stripe, $2 bottled water, mixed drinks $7-$9). The only negative to be aware of is that when arriving with a large group on a bus, there will be a long line waiting to rent umbrellas and chairs. We were fortunate to helped quickly, but many others waited in a fairly slow moving and lengthy line. The bus loads up outside the beach club entrance at 1:00 PM sharp for the return trip. We'd have been much better arranging our own transportation to Doctor's Cave. Had I known about the shopping stop far from the Hip Strip and Doctor's Cave I'd have never done this excursion. We had been led to believe any shopping stop would be within walking distance of the beach club so we could skip it. This was an absolute waste of time. We would definitely do Doctor's Cave Beach again, but I would caution to check out the number of ships on the island before committing. The beach is much smaller than I expected. On Thursday, April 11, 2019 there was only one cruise ship on the entire island of Jamaica. I'm not sure this would be a good spot if several ships were around. Disembarkation: We were expecting the worse, and were pleasantly surprised by how easy this was. We've had some rough experiences getting off ships in Galveston over the years, but this one was wonderful. They were an hour ahead of schedule. We had a nice breakfast in the Main Dining Room, cleared out of our cabin at 9:00 am, sat in the Bolero Bar area for about 15-20 minutes, then made our way out the sliding glass door on Deck 4. It was about as quickly as we could walk to the luggage area. Our bags were there, and we waited behind one other couple in the customs/immigration line. The easiest experience we have ever had in Galveston. Overall, we really enjoyed this cruise. We found the Liberty of the Seas to be a well-maintained and luxurious ship. The crew did a great job keeping the public areas clean and tidy, and we appreciated the emphasis on providing hand sanitizer everywhere. Royal Caribbean seems to take the risk of norovirus very seriously. Read Less

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