47 Bayonne (Cape Liberty) to Bermuda Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas Cruise Reviews

Antonio took care of everything we asked for. The room was very clean and Antonio made sure that we were as comfortable as possible. The entertainment was great from the ice show to the very funny stand-ups to the El Gaucho show and not ... Read More
Antonio took care of everything we asked for. The room was very clean and Antonio made sure that we were as comfortable as possible. The entertainment was great from the ice show to the very funny stand-ups to the El Gaucho show and not least Saturday Night Fever There is always something to do. There were a few bars and they all had some form of entertainment. The pools were nice and the whirlpools were relaxing, especially when our drinks were brought to us. The buffets were better than the usual buffets, but the best were the evening main dining room meals. The service by Joao and Pong could not be possibly better. After the first night they knew exactly what we liked. Joao helped my wife peal her shrimp. I said I wish the platter was a bit larger and in less than a minute Pong served me another platter. All of the food was great, which actually prevented us from going to one of the specialty restaurants, there was no need. Food was available 24-7 on the busy 7th deck. The pizza was good and there was a large variety of salads and sandwiches. We purchased the drink package and spent time at the Hoof and Claw bar every day. The service by Robert and his crew was awesome. Never an empty glass! There seemed to be a lot of hurry up and wait getting on and off the ship, but with this many people it is understandable. This was a 5 night cruise and I wished it was longer. We spent a day at beautiful Horseshoe Bay, the water was clear and very warm. The entire bay area makes it a tourist friendly visit. Chair rentals on the beach, a changing area and food and drink are right there. Transportation to and from with local buses is easy. The sand is pinkish and soft. We enjoyed walking around King's Wharf, a lot of interesting shops, but again not enough time. We had a great trip and I highly recommend this ship and most importantly the crew. The cruise and Bermuda can't be beat. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
I loved everything about my cruise except for " no spunk from the staff"! Wonderful staff ,did their job very well....but no spunk! Im use to going on ships and the staff crew are getting you up to dance... Doing tricks with ... Read More
I loved everything about my cruise except for " no spunk from the staff"! Wonderful staff ,did their job very well....but no spunk! Im use to going on ships and the staff crew are getting you up to dance... Doing tricks with serving trays, live caribbean band all day ( on this ship they play more pop music than the caribbean music)...when im going to the caribbean on a ship i want to feel like im out of the u.s.a....i want that caribbean uplifted music that makes u want to dance,drink and have fun.....when u leave your room every staff you see is in such a good mood, they make you feel happy! Liberty staff they smile and they will talk to u but they are much more reserved than the other Royal ships ive been on. I usually come home talking about the ship,crew and places we seen....this time i came home talking about the ship and places ive been. Im just use to more spunk out of the crew on the other ships. But i have to express,the staff did their jobs very well! The staff/crew of the liberty had really good attitudes and their job performance was excellent...In my opinion,they should be "spunkier". Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Royal Caribbean's 5-day cruise to Bermuda October 17 to 22 on Liberty of the Seas was a frustrating and stressful experience for us almost from the beginning. This was not my first cruise, and that's a good thing, because I ... Read More
Royal Caribbean's 5-day cruise to Bermuda October 17 to 22 on Liberty of the Seas was a frustrating and stressful experience for us almost from the beginning. This was not my first cruise, and that's a good thing, because I probably would not have wanted to cruise ever again. And that would be a shame because our family has shared some absolutely wonderful cruises on other lines and often joke that if we had enough money we would probably just want to get on a ship and sail on forever. As cruisers go, we are a pretty laid back bunch. We don't complain about the occasional bad meal, one or two scheduling mistakes, missed ports, horrific weather conditions, etc. We've experienced them all, and still came away at the end of each cruise feeling sorry the trip had to end. We treat each cruise as an adventure, with the attitude that whatever happens we are still probably going to have a good time. That approach didn't work this time, for reasons detailed below. If you don't have the time or the interest in reading a lengthy review, I can summarize the three main areas of concern and you can move on: poor communication, bad management, and uncooperative staff. Yeah, I know. What's left? Well, to be fair there are a number of things that Liberty does well. They can cook you a tasty meal and serve it with a smile, pour you a well made drink, offer you pools and hot tubs to splash in, walls to climb and waves to ride, and provide you with places to go at night to listen to music or dance. If that's all you need from the cruise, you may have a pretty good time. Just don't ever, ever (did I say "ever"?) ask them for anything else, even services that are listed on their website. You will not get it, and if you ask why, they may become rude, defensive or even hang up on you. PROMISES,PROMISES Right before I put my deposit money down, back in February, I explained to the sales rep the purpose of this cruise: it was to function as a honeymoon cruise for my daughter and future son in law, as well as a family vacation. I told him I wanted to hold a small party for everyone before going to dinner at one of the specialty restaurants. I wasn't looking for anything elaborate - wine and cheese, some flowers, some music - and would be comfortable holding it in one of our balcony cabins, or out on the deck. Was there any problem with this? "Oh, no, ma'am, you can have whatever you want," he assured me. Not true. As the months wore on, and I invested huge chunks of time exploring my "options" it became apparent that I wasn't going to be able to get anything I wanted, no matter how much I was willing to pay. Trying to navigate my way through various customer service representatives - most of whom told me that wasn't their "area" and that I had chosen the wrong option on the phone tree - consumed some six hours of hold time alone. (That's not an exaggeration. As a former public relations accounts manager I'm in the habit of keeping a detailed phone log for every "project".) Eventually I was directed to the "Royal Romance" planners . Now, they would have been happy to sell me a several thousand dollar Wedding Package for 20 or more guests. When I explained that the couple was already married and we didn't have that many guests aboard, they quickly lost interest. OK. How about a Renewal of Vows? Oh,no, I was told. They couldn't qualify for a Renewal of Vows package until they had been married for longer than a year! WHHHYYY? Who could possibly be harmed by a young couple expressing a commitment to each other one more time? I never did get an answer to that question, but I did get hung up on. By the time the cruise rolled around, I had managed to put something together totally on my own, by going through "Gifts and Gear" and buying things a la carte. I never did get the cheeses to go with my wine, because the offered "Wine and Cheese" package wasn't adequate for the number of people, and couldn't be altered, the only way I could have music was to play it through one of our computers and the flowers had to be delivered to my daughter's cabin the day before. I know. Get over yourself. And I did, but I have never been able to shake the idea that if I had asked for these things through Holland or Carnival I probably would have been given something at least a little closer to what I wanted. In defense of some of the more pleasant and helpful customer service reps - and there were some - I believe part of the problem rests with RCCL's computer system. It's possible that some of the customer service people were as frustrated as I was, because the difficult in making any plans in advance was way harder than it should have been. RCCL strongly encourages you to make reservations for dinners, entertainment, and activities well in advance of sailing. Go ahead. Make them, if you can. Be sure to allow plenty of time for this, because it isn't easy. Go back on the website the next day, and they have disappeared. Now you are reminded that if you are having trouble, you can call the main number and someone will help you with this. When I called, and reached a rep - again after being on hold for 45 minutes - I got scolded for still having my browser open, and told I would have to call back again at a later time. I protested. Politely, I might add. That was the second time I got hung up on. Ah, well, but it's dinner we're talking about here. It's frustrating, but there's no real harm done, right? right! Well, but it all got worse. You probably saw that coming... ONLY FOR THE PHYSICALLY FIT? As luck would have it, over the summer a chronic knee injury took a turn for the worse. I've been through some long embarkations in the past, so just to be on the safe side, I called RCCL and talked to a genuinely kind woman named Felicia, who suggested I let her put me down for a wheelchair..."just in case". Great! I probably wouldn't need it but it was nice to know it would be there if I did. WRONG. After driving several hours to Bayonne, armed with a new knee brace and an injection a few days before, I got a little nervous when I saw the size of the crowd at the pier. I approached an RCCL rep and asked where i could pick up my wheel chair..."just in case" this process did involve standing for two hours, as it looked like it might. "Do I look like I have a wheelchair?" she snapped. "Well, no, not you personally, but I thought you might know who I could see about this????" "Well, you should have put in for one long before this," she told me. Big sigh on my part. I dug around in my trip folder which was now the size of a small telephone directory, for about two seconds and pulled out a page sent to me by wonderful Felicia that did indeed show that I qualified for "Pier Assistance". She barely glanced at it,and shook her head. "Ma'am, you're going to have to move along. There's nothing I can do for you." Approximately two hours later, I limped onto the ship in considerable pain. My adult children were upset, and my husband was beside himself, and went around muttering about how much he disliked this cruise line, how nothing had gone as planned, etc. until we finally reached the dining room and were served a delicious and relaxing lunch by a charming and attentive waiter named Flavio. By the way, don't do that --mutter OR complain. Apparently, as we were boarding the ship, an unspecified crew member overheard my husband's remarks, reported them to another unspecified manager, who in turn reported us to Security!!! Three days later, we were "invited" into a tiny office, ostensibly to give our side of the story, and then never permitted to do that. Instead we were given a lecture on correct behavior on the high seas, and avoiding "offensive" remarks at all times, because "This is not the United States. We do things differently here." Oh, OK. Good to know! It turned out alright eventually, but for a few moments I was sure we had slipped into a time warp somewhere in the Bermuda triangle and were now back in Germany in 1939. I felt especially bad for my husband, who has one of the highest security clearances possible, and has on occasion provided security for the Vice President of the United States. He does indeed know what and what not to say in all circumstances, and stayed courteous and cooperative throughout the discussion, though I know he felt enormously frustrated. Complaints are not the same as "hostile" remarks - and if you are going to play "Whisper Down the Lane" with something you THOUGHT you overheard, please make sure you have a good command of the language while you're doing it. I could go on and on ...about the frequently out-of-service elevators. About the water being turned off for hours in the middle of the night. About the "Superior" Balcony room, which was the smallest and plainest I have ever seen, with no amenities beyond two Oreo cookie-sized pieces of soap, a refrigerator that never worked, and a broken intercom speaker which meant you had to run out into the hall every time an announcement was made. I could talk about getting information about shore excursions, or disembarkation, etc., but my heart isn't in it. I don't like to be petty, and had my cruise only involved problems of that nature, I would never have written this review. It wasn't any one thing that sank this cruise for us. It was the whole experience from beginning to end, and an uneasy sense that there was a pervasive attitude at the management and administrative levels here that was indifferent to the needs of the passengers. To Clement, our steward, Michelle from Portofino, all the wait staff in the Dining Room, Boleros, the Champagne Bar, the Piano Bar, and even the young Israeli man in Security (but not the other one!) NONE of these remarks apply to you! You were all wonderful and provided us with at least some happy and comfortable moments on this cruise. Anyone can have a bad cruise. I myself have read bad reviews of ships that I thought were excellent. Maybe the whole thing was just one big bad example of Murphy's law. It's possible. But if I believed that, i would not have written this review. "Caveat emptor" . let the buyer beware. Be prepared to ask a lot of questions. Read the fine print -- all of it! Then put a smile on your face, shut up as you board the ship, and you may have a nice time. Good luck! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
I just returned today from my cruise on the Liberty of the Seas to Bermuda which was my first time on Royal Caribbean. I have been reading reviews on this ship for many months before we left, and I must say that I CANNOT find anything to ... Read More
I just returned today from my cruise on the Liberty of the Seas to Bermuda which was my first time on Royal Caribbean. I have been reading reviews on this ship for many months before we left, and I must say that I CANNOT find anything to be negative about on this cruise ship. Everything from the food in the dinning rooms and the buffets, shows, entertainment around the ship, cleanliness, and above all the amount of activities on board all day and night are so plentiful. Everything was entertaining and the food was delicious. We did not go to any of the specialty dinning spots , not needed, the main dining room was wonderful. The windjammer buffet has so many selections for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that there is something for everyone. The entertainment on board is excellent, the ice show is a must as well as the Broadway show Saturday Night Fever was so good, the music was fantastic.. The casino is nice but it did take my money, no winner here. Still a great time Don't always believe what you read and give this boat a chance, you wont be sorry. My biggest complaint is that now its over and I wanted it to last longer.. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
I hadn't been on RC in a few years and was anxious to see if it would be as enjoyable as I remembered. My previous RC cruises were on smaller ships and I must say, I prefer the Voyager class. I was not impressed with the Solarium on ... Read More
I hadn't been on RC in a few years and was anxious to see if it would be as enjoyable as I remembered. My previous RC cruises were on smaller ships and I must say, I prefer the Voyager class. I was not impressed with the Solarium on Liberty, although to be fair, the weather was not conducive to enjoying any pool time...cool and very windy! Our Accessible Jr Suite cabin was wonderful, making it very easy for my friend to use the scooter she had rented. The balcony was twice as large as a regular balcony. The only problem we had with the room was that shower water wanted to spread out across most of the bathroom floor and needed to pushed back toward the drain...not the best scenario for a mobility challenged person. In regard to the quality of the food, we had mixed reviews. The food in Portifino's was very good and the fee worthy of what you received. Service there was also very good. Room service breakfast was very average with lukewarm food. Never ordered any other room service as the selection looked very limited. We were disappointed with the DR breakfast...juice was forgotten and the Eggs Benedict very blah. DR lunch salad bar was a good option. Great burger and onion rings at Johnny Rocket. Had a double portion of the Escargo in the DR as it was the best I have ever had, hands down! Seafood spaghetti was excellent. Rest of dinner items were average to above average, except for my Caesar salad which was limp and tasteless. Drinks were tasty, but pricey. Service overall was OK, with the bar staff being the friendliest by far. Service speed was usually fine except for the last night in the DR...slowest dinner I've had in 17 cruises. We really loved the ice skating show! Amazing performance! We also enjoyed Kim the Guy, the piano player in the Schooner bar, but by the second night his routine was already too predictable. I haven't been turned off from using RC, as I do have a short cruise coming up soon on Majesty, but now that I've tried Celebrity on longer cruises, I think I'll be sailing them more often than RC. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Had a great time on Bermuda cruise. And the reason why? The ship! Second time on Liberty, second time loving her. Weather was super windy in Bermuda so our excursion, and many others, were cancelled. After spending time on island ... Read More
Had a great time on Bermuda cruise. And the reason why? The ship! Second time on Liberty, second time loving her. Weather was super windy in Bermuda so our excursion, and many others, were cancelled. After spending time on island shopping, went back to the ship. They had plenty going on so the evening was not a disappointment after all! Room, JuniorSuite, was fantastic. Perfect for two people - even had a walk-in closet! Staff was fantastic - cruise director and staff were all fun. Even the staff in the dining areas were fun! Food - not the best I had, but ended up eating at windjammer quite a bit - which had improved immensely since our last time on Liberty. Choices in Mdr were ok, but not amazing. I am disappointed to see the ship go to Galveston - a port that I will probably never go out of. I would have placed her in Florida and sent one of the older, smaller ships to Galveston. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
My husband and I went on our third cruise to celebrate my 60th birthday. Our trip was perfect from start to finish. We joined the Crown and Anchor prior to leaving. This was a great move! We arrived at the port at 10:00 after staying at ... Read More
My husband and I went on our third cruise to celebrate my 60th birthday. Our trip was perfect from start to finish. We joined the Crown and Anchor prior to leaving. This was a great move! We arrived at the port at 10:00 after staying at the Courtyard Marriott near Newark airport the night before which was 20 minutes from the port. We zipped through security, spent brief moments in the check-in line and then had a seat in the waiting area. After waiting a brief 30 minutes they began to invite people to go on the ship. Our number was called at about 11:15. We immediately went to the Windjammer to catch some lunch. Our room was available at 2:00 pm just as promised. We were on Deck 10 - cabin 1604. The view from the balcony was outstanding. Plenty of storage. AC worked great. Our stateroom attendant Mee-tu was amazing from the first time we met with him. He made sure that we fresh ice every day, as well as extra pillows, wine glasses, and extra clean towels. Food in the main dining room was good - my husband actually thought his selections were great - but my fish choices were less impressive. We ate twice in Portofino and once in Chops. Our meals in Portofino were the best meals we have ever had on a cruise. Our server both nights was Vitale. We followed his suggestions for appetizers and dinner (Prawn Risotto and Osso Bucco). The second night in Portofino we celebrated my birthday and they really made the night special. Kim at the piano in the Schooner Lounge was great fun! The ice show and "Up in The Air" were very entertaining. Saturday Night Fever was okay. The Love and Marriage show was hilarious. Most of the bars - including Hoof and Claw and Boleros were hoping at night. We worked out almost every day - great selection of equipment. Nice view from the treadmills. Casino was fun. Mini golf fine for a shipboard course. There were multiple activities every day. One tip - DO NOT buy the watches on the sale. The Michael Kors were nearly full price - cheaper at Nordstroms during their sale. Bermuda was super despite weather being kind of iffy. We booked our own excursions. We did a six hour island tour with Ricky's Minibus Island Tours. He was excellent - very personable lots of information. We also did a jet ski tour at Somerset Bridge Watersports. Much cheaper than the jet skis at the boat dock and in a more sheltered harbor which made for great fun on a day that was extremely windy at the boat dock. Disembarkation was smooth and quick. We used a porter because we had so much luggage and we were able to skip to the front of the line! We were in our car pulling away at 9:30. Would highly recommend this boat and this cruise Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
This was my first cruise adventure of my lifetime. I was so impressed with the ship overall. It was impeccably clean and tidy from the moment we embarked to the time we disembarked. Dining was always first rate and the options were ... Read More
This was my first cruise adventure of my lifetime. I was so impressed with the ship overall. It was impeccably clean and tidy from the moment we embarked to the time we disembarked. Dining was always first rate and the options were limitless. Our cabin and cabin attendant was a highlight of our wonderful experience. The only thing I would change would be our room service experience. We did not receive the coffee we pre-ordered on the door hanger. In an effort not to be without coffee first thing in the morning, I just slipped out to the nearby dining room to get to go cups as needed. Bermuda was spectacular! Everything I had hoped and wished for was a reality on this beautiful little gem of an island. Looking forward to cruising with Royal Caribbean again in the future. I wish I had discovered cruise vacations years ago. I really is the ultimate package of everything you would want and desire during a vacation. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
My wife and I were looking forward to the trip as neither of us had been to Bermuda and that was the primary reason we had selected this sailing. Leading up to the trip, we started seeing reviews about the quality of the RCCL experience, ... Read More
My wife and I were looking forward to the trip as neither of us had been to Bermuda and that was the primary reason we had selected this sailing. Leading up to the trip, we started seeing reviews about the quality of the RCCL experience, but as a loyal RCCL cruiser, we just shook it off. We should have listen more. Overall, we saw a real degrade in food quality and service. Hopefully this is limited to just the Liberty since speaking to other guests, the Oasis and Quantum class ships are much better. For us, the issues started before we left home. With hurricane Joaquin churning, we knew our cruise could be impacted. We were upset though that the change to skip Bermuda and head to Saint Johns NB Canada was only told to us 8 PM on the night before the cruise. We had to scramble to repack clothes and adjust expectations. While this a great disappointment given Bermuda was why we chose this cruise, we have to give RCCL applause for how they handled the change on board. The captain did a great job of explaining why there was a need for the change, and RCCL offered us an additional OBC from 300 to 1200 per cabin, based on the category. We had a balcony room, so we received $800 OBC for the impacts of missing Bermuda. From there, most of the trip was just average at best. First off, food quality. What a disgrace for RCCL. We boarded and went to the Windjammer for lunch. The crowd was expected, but there was almost no support service, and the food was HORRIBLE. We heard it was bad at WJ, but this really exceeded those low expectations. But it wasn't limited to the day of boarding. We gave WJ a second shot on the next sea day with the same results. I really believe the team could take lessons from Golden Corral on how to prepare a buffet. I would take GC any day over the Windjammer experience. In the main dining room, the quality was much better. The first night was average, the others a little better. The service was excellent in the main dining room, so that saved the meals. We did an evening in the Chops Grille and that was excellent. The food and service was on par with any high end steakhouse experience. The fee of $35 per person impacts the value for the service since that i just below what we might spend out. But it was worth it none the less given the service and quality. We can't say the same for Portofino's. That dinner was not nearly as good, and was just average at best. In hindsight we should have stayed in the main dining room and saved our $25pp. Given the quality, we can see what Portofino's will be replaced on the Liberty in the coming months. From a cabin perspective, we had a balcony cabin and it was quite nice. Even with the rough seas from Joaquin, the captain did a great job in keeping the ship as stable as possible and the overall sleep quality was excellent. Entertainment is key on cruise and for this one, it was just OK. They had an voice group on board (Cat's Pajamas) which most people we spoke with disliked. We thought they we so-so, with a tendency to be overly cheesy. The Saturday Night Fever show was good, but the highlight was the juggling comedian (Chuck) and the ICE show. Both experiences were great. The juggler was the best show on board and really saved the events in the main theater. In general, the overall experience was below our expectations. We will give RCCL another try, but if we experience the same again on our summer cruise out of Florida, we will stop sailing RCCL and stay with Princess and NCL where we don't see the serious drop in quality. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We sailed on the Liberty of the Seas on the October 3rd sailing. We were supposed to head to Bermuda, but received a call from the cruise lines letting us that that there was a change in the itinerary and that our only stop would be Saint ... Read More
We sailed on the Liberty of the Seas on the October 3rd sailing. We were supposed to head to Bermuda, but received a call from the cruise lines letting us that that there was a change in the itinerary and that our only stop would be Saint John, New Brunswick with the remaining days at sea. I think it was a good call. I know that sailing through 90ft waves would have terrified me. DH and I decided to make the best of it and if anything, we could relax and enjoy all of the amenities the ship has to offer. RCCL did their best to ensure the happiness of their passengers and the onboard credit was a nice concession as well. First of all, my hubby decided to splurge this cruise and upgrade to a suite - I suppose you could say, he could not have picked a better time to upgrade. What a surprise! We enjoyed spending time in the room and on the balcony just relaxing and making the most of what we could have perceived as a huge disappointment. My philosophy, life is short – make the best of every day. Embarkation – Speedy and the new cruise terminal is lovely. Being Platinum members, we had priority embarkation. I think it took approximately 20-30 minutes to board. Boarding in my opinion was very fast and efficient. Stateroom – Absolutely lovely and our stateroom attendant Joy made certain we had everything we needed. Room was always neat and tidy. And, when we requested a special cleaning of our balcony in the middle of the day (due to a sea gull crashing into our balcony – RIP seagull), Joy was happy to oblige. She was so friendly and accommodating. On our sea days, we were blessed with amazing sun. We loved hanging out on the balcony with a nice glass of wine. We also decided this cruise to sleep in late and order room service for breakfast three out of the five days. That was fun. As I mentioned our goal was to RELAX! Dining – Not certain whey there are so many complaints relating to the dining and menu selection on this cruise. There may have been a chef replacement recently, but I thought the food was amazing. And if we requested any beef dish, the meat was cooked exactly the way we requested. I am from Montréal and we know our food. I have no complaints at all. Our waiters Djordje and our Assistant Waiter 'Z' (I cannot spell his name – so let's call him Z) were incredible. Our water glasses were always full, drink and bread were served promptly, food recommendation were on target and they made a great team, they worked so well together and sere so in sync. They both made it a joy to come to dinner every day. Thank you Djordje and Z for making our mealtimes so enjoyable! We did not do Chops of Portofino as we saw no need for it. Johnny Rockets was mediocre at best. The cafes in the Promenade were also OK. And, the Cupcake Cupboard – well disgusting (and I like dessert). Ship Common Areas – We did not make it to every show as we liked to hang out at Boleros and Olive or Twist to listen to live music. But Saturday Night Fever was amazing as well as In the Air. We also made it to the ice show which was very good. DH did the rock climbing wall, we play mini putt, lounged around, walked and enjoyed the ship. Port of Call – Well Saint John is not the most exciting place to visit, but once again we made the best of it. Walked around and enjoyed being on terra firma for a while. Stopped and purchased some incredibly amazing balsamic vinegar. Yummy! We also did a little shopping and had an amazing seafood lunch on the pier. I think unless you book a tour, Saint John is well a sleepy little place. But apparently they were the only port that could accept us on short notice. I am Canadian and can honestly say that the only thing beautiful to see in New Brunswick would be to book a tour to the Bay of Fundy – other than that, it's a little boring. Disembarkation – We carried our own luggage out so we were on the road back to Montréal around 8:30 am. The only complaint we have it with the crazy Jersey traffic, it took FOREVER to get home. We thought Montréal traffic was bad? In conclusion I have to say that this cruise was one of the best I have ever done, not THE best but one of the best ( I have done 15 so far – 10 on RCCL). Vacations are what you make them out to be be. Hey it's better than being at work ANYDAY!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
My partner and I traveled to Bermuda on Liberty of the Seas this past week. It was our 8th cruise, and 4th with Royal Caribbean. We boarded Liberty of the Seas at Bayonne Cape Liberty around 11am with ease. As Gold members, we were on ... Read More
My partner and I traveled to Bermuda on Liberty of the Seas this past week. It was our 8th cruise, and 4th with Royal Caribbean. We boarded Liberty of the Seas at Bayonne Cape Liberty around 11am with ease. As Gold members, we were on the ship in just 20 minutes! The excellent staff at the Cape Liberty cruise port were kind and efficient. The ship is very large, and, although her decor is showing some age, she is kept absolutely spotless by her incredible hotel staff. The ship was impeccably clean and sparkling throughout the journey, and cleaning staff were visible all day, in every corner of the ship. Liberty is easy to navigate with her signature Royal Promenade cutting through the middle of deck 5, and leading to dining rooms in the stern, the theatre in the bow, and multiple venues in between. Our cabin was a balcony stateroom on deck 8. The furnishings are a bit dated, but our cabin attendant (Emancia) kept everything tidy and very, very clean. In fact, Emancia was a key part to our experience -- she was so kind and friendly, and she really made our stay on the ship comfortable and homey! The bathroom and the entire cabin was well-designed, and the two of us had more than enough room to get comfortable. The balcony was a fine size as well, and we spent many hours enjoying the views from our secluded little space above the sea! The entertainment on the ship was SUPERB! From the ice show to the musical (Saturday Night Fever) to the smaller jazz sessions -- RCI really has the best entertainment out of all cruise lines we've experienced. Our fellow passengers were all courteous and well-behaved. I mention this because, on other cruise lines, we've been annoyed by the class of people...those that are obnoxious, messy and/or just plain rude. Not on RCI! Perhaps the fact that this ship departed from the NYC area had something to do with the good group of passengers, but I believe RCI simply attracts a better-mannered crowd. The dining on Liberty was mediocre at best. We had read the reviews of the poor dining options before we booked, so we told ourselves we'd set low expectations. You will need low expectations indeed in order to not be disappointed by the offerings. The Windjammer serves something just above cafeteria food, with no variety and few options for fresh vegetables, fruits or healthy fare. The main dining room offerings for dinner were acceptable, but certainly nothing special. Even the steaks and sides in the Chops Grille restaurant (which is supposed to be an elevated dining experience, at $35/person) was mediocre. The steaks were bland and the sides were less interesting than something you would find at a Longhorn Steakhouse or Outback Steakhouse type of restaurant. Main dining room breakfast was essentially the Windjammer buffet food plated and served, so don't go to the effort to get up early to make it to the "formal" breakfast in the main dining -- just go to the Windjammer at your leisure. Main dining room staff were superb! We were never wanting of water, wine, etc., and everything was served with a smile. They also greeted us by name every evening, and made sure that we were content with our choices. Windjammer staff (many of whom are assistant waiters in the main dining room in the evenings) were also superior -- cleaning tables as soon as passengers vacated, and even serving drinks and refills! Bermuda is a simply fabulous place, and we were really pleased that RCI enables passengers to spend nearly 2 full days on the island. The island is alive with natural beauty, and all of the locals are kind and helpful. Any beach you choose to visit you are sure to find enchanting! Disembarkation was even easier than embarkation! We chose to carry off our own luggage, and simply walked off the ship at our leisure. I don't usually include the following sentiments in reviews, but I must say that my partner and I felt very comfortable on this ship as a gay couple. Everyone was accepting, and the environment was never hostile or uncomfortable. We were pleased to find that RCI included LGBT meetups every evening -- this small touch helped us feel included and welcome. BOTTOM LINE: Liberty of the Seas is a fine ship with plenty of entertainment and clean, open public spaces. Service, entertainment and programming are excellent and exemplary. Don't go in with high expectations for the food; you'll certainly be disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
This was our first cruise without friends and family. We were very impressed with the quick and easy embarkation process. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. The Liberty of the Seas is a gorgeous ship and it was spotless and the staff ... Read More
This was our first cruise without friends and family. We were very impressed with the quick and easy embarkation process. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. The Liberty of the Seas is a gorgeous ship and it was spotless and the staff was very welcoming. The cabin was ready for us earlier than we expected, and it was clean and very roomy. We had chosen My Time Dining and found the hostess extremely courteous and helpful as we changed our dining times to match our activities over each of the 5 days. There were so many delicious choices for dinner each night it was always difficult to make up our minds. Everything was wonderful. The desserts were amazing. Our servers knew us by name and had our beverage preferences memorized by the 2nd night. They made our dinner experience special. We really enjoyed the entertainment. The dancers and singers were great and the ice show was very impressive. Our favorite evening show was a juggler/comedien named Marcus Monroe that was hilarious. We laughed so hard, a very talented young man. We had massages in the spa which was a wonderful experience. A fun treat was the soft serve yogurt/ice cream available at the pool deck....very yummy! The Cruise director Dru was very funny and truly seemed to enjoy his job, we especially enjoyed the Seinfeld and TV theme songs trivia games. A beautiful ship, extremely courteous crew and staff, plenty of delicious food, and fun entertainment. Then to top it off we got to spend two days in Bermuda enjoying th most beautiful beaches we have ever seen. A fabulous cruise, RCCL receives an A from us. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
As a diamond member i always enjoyed rccl..but this time around they fell short,very short of being a favoriite...let me begin by the good...embarking was well managed & even smooth....my balcony cabin was exceptional...nicely laid out ... Read More
As a diamond member i always enjoyed rccl..but this time around they fell short,very short of being a favoriite...let me begin by the good...embarking was well managed & even smooth....my balcony cabin was exceptional...nicely laid out decks....easy to locate various venues... Now the not so good-----while the food looked good, it was far from being edible...more than once recieved the wrong items (first seating main dining room)what i did recieve was cold, and the steak was more like shoe leather...the assistant waiter had a major bad attitude, when asked for anything...finally i spoke to what i believe was the matre'd,about the situation.. They send up a beautiful looking tray of huge chocalte covered strawberries, to my cabin as an apology,...nice jesture, while my 5 yr grandaughter came to visit asked for a strawberry....unfortunatly covered in "furry" as my grandaughter says,lol...needless to say her father grabbed it away and took it down to guest services...another fiasco...out of the 6 berries 5 were furry... Windjammer----try to get a decent burger---not happening...they prepare maybe 24 at a time and place them in a silver pan, kept warm by sterno..the ones on bottom hockey pucks--the ones on top---gray in color...salads were ok... Pool area---as on prior cruises the cruise director was interacting w/ guests/games/etc...not this time...the music was so loud---not enjoyable. Even tho i have privledges as a diamond memeber, it will be a long long time before i return to rccl...not worth it...carnival has passed this one out by leaps & bounds this time around... Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
My daughter and I just returned from this cruise. We were anxious to go to Bermuda, and that was the best part of the cruise. We loved our time together (Mother/daughter) but it wasn't because of this cruise. Forget eating on this ... Read More
My daughter and I just returned from this cruise. We were anxious to go to Bermuda, and that was the best part of the cruise. We loved our time together (Mother/daughter) but it wasn't because of this cruise. Forget eating on this cruise. It's basically inedible, Vile, processed and tasteless. You can not overeat. The ships staff works hard at keeping the boat clean. the rooms clean. But they are not interested in offering you anything to enhance your trip. The on board activities were basic, and the only interesting activities were up charges. The evening entertainment was good. The show Saturday night Fever a must see! but after that you are better off staying in your room and watching TV. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We last sailed with RC out of Bayonne NJ on the Explorer in 2013 and enjoyed every facet of that particular cruise but, sadly, our experience on the Liberty was not the same. We just disembarked this morning after five nights and walked ... Read More
We last sailed with RC out of Bayonne NJ on the Explorer in 2013 and enjoyed every facet of that particular cruise but, sadly, our experience on the Liberty was not the same. We just disembarked this morning after five nights and walked off the ship thoroughly disappointed. Let's start with the boarding process - it takes forever to get up to the counter to obtain your SeaPass and it left us feeling sympathetic for the many seniors and people with small children who had to endure the 1.5 hours standing in line. The current practice is dysfunctional and needs to be rectified. On the bright side, parking at the Bayonne facility is super simple and adjacent to the pier for only $19 per day. Dining - mediocre to simply bad in the all-inclusive, non-premium restaurants. It seems that quality has taken a real backseat here. The Windjammer Cafe, a buffet where we twice had lunch, was geared towards children and take-out food lovers. The main dishes were primarily cut-rate fast food fare - pizza, hamburgers, hotdogs, greasy stir-fry and casseroles. Seating was tough to find and there were not enough employees to keep the tables tidy. The main dining rooms are not much better - the food quality is far below what they were serving just two short years ago. Our server was excellent but he had to deal with inexperienced bus boys and inattentive barmen, embarrassingly apologizing to us and diners at adjoining tables each night. After our first two nights we didn't return, instead dining twice in Bermuda and on our last night in Portofino, the premium ($25 per person) Italian specialty restaurant. Portofino was absolutely worth the added cost but left us feeling that the initial money you're paying for your cruise package is significant and should include at least occasional foods equal to "premium" quality. The cabin - not too bad overall but not without some minor issues such as frayed bath towels and inoperable plumbing. There was a decent sized stain in our rug and our bedroom divider curtain was improperly hung but these points are trivial. The bed was comfortable, the room quiet, the safe and television worked well and there was ample closet and drawer space for two adults. Our room attendant was very good, always available to assist. Entertainment - the Saturday Night Live show was really very good, as was the ice show. These were the highlights of the entertainment as the lounge musicians and trivia hosts we experienced were not so dazzling. Our cruise director, who admittedly has a tough job, seemed to be trying but did not possess the personality and energy we've witnessed from past directors. Room service - when we ordered breakfast I had to wipe out the coffee cups with the bathroom washcloth - a noticeable film of residue appeared on the washcloth so please take note but the service was prompt and, other than the powdered eggs, the food was reasonable. Disembarkation - oddly the most efficient process of the trip. We walked off with our luggage and arrived at our car in under 15 minutes. I wish my review had a better story to tell, but several of the staff we spoke with over the five days lamented that RC is cutting costs and that it has negatively impacted both their performance and the guest experience. That's too bad - we liked the brand but they're no longer what they once were. The casino - Smokey, very smokey. The table operators were all very friendly and professional. The exterior lounges and pool areas - hard to find an unoccupied chair, generally loud, and somewhat unkempt. Lots of clothes, shoes, towels and pooled water about, making walking an occasional challenge, and few deck hands to manage the crowded conditions. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
I am not sure that I would sail with Royal Caribbean again as I totally lost my faith in this cruiseship. We just came back from Liberty of the Seas - the overal experience was very poor - we compared it with our prior sails with ... Read More
I am not sure that I would sail with Royal Caribbean again as I totally lost my faith in this cruiseship. We just came back from Liberty of the Seas - the overal experience was very poor - we compared it with our prior sails with Carnival, Princess, Celebrity - it's down there, far away from what we had so far!:( The food in the Windjammer restaurant was basically the same list of food every day as except for eggs and sausages there's nothing else to offer, and the fresh orange juice has been offered for $3.50 a glass!!! I'd like to mention that on your vacation that you paid big price for you are given cheap plastic plates, no trays in Windjammer reastaurant. But, this was still better than the food in the main restaurant for dinner - our waiters were excellent, but the food was absolutely tasteless and did not raise up to as "high class restaurant" food that you expect to see on Royal Caribbean cruises. The entartainment was on a cheap side - except for Michelle Balan, there was nothing to see. Everything else - was very primiteve and boring. Shame, Shame, Shame!!! The rooms had worn out towels and bedding (with holes in them) that were changed only before we came on board, the shampoo that always were given as complimentary samples, on this ship was in a dispenser and no conditioner was provided; the toilet bowl was warnour and black from scratches, the garbage collector in the bathroom - all chipped, the sofabed so old that it should have been replaced at least 5 yrs ago. The stores on the ship - there are basically one jewelry store that has nothing to offer and one store that sells cheap bags and beach stuff. The boarding experience - it just took us two hours to get on the ship. I think that says it all. Overall - this trip was the worst we had so far. Royal Caribbean is loosing their face and it is a shame that for rather expensive offers you provide a cheap service. Sorry, but this is an honest opinion and no, we will not recommend any friend to waist their time and money! Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
This was our 10th cruise, 6th on Royal Caribbean. We have sailed to Bermuda before, with a 3 day stay in port. This 5 day was a perfect get away cruise. Embarkation was a breeze. We were on board by 11:10. Having lunch by 11:30. WE ... Read More
This was our 10th cruise, 6th on Royal Caribbean. We have sailed to Bermuda before, with a 3 day stay in port. This 5 day was a perfect get away cruise. Embarkation was a breeze. We were on board by 11:10. Having lunch by 11:30. WE walked off the ship with our luggage. Easy to do . If you don't want to eat in the Windjammer there is always the café or Sorrentos.{free} We enjoyed a wonderful dinner with exceptional service in Portofinos.{ extra$}. Well worth it. We found all our meals were well prepared, served hot and timely. Service was excellent in the main dining room. The dock yard where you dock, is beautiful. Many shops. A really special craft market. Don't miss a chance to play the best mini-golf course I have ever seen. Called" Fun Golf". Located in the dock yard. Bes,t was playing at night with glow in the dark golf balls. The main show was Saturday Night Fever. It was well done and very enjoyable. Unlike the "big" ships , no reservations are necessary. Shows are first come , first served. We observed many people, young and old, in wheelchairs. Everything is accessible for them to get around the ship. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
My family and I have taken a number of cruises now so we have a pretty good idea about what to expect in service, food, amenities and overall costs, Liberty of the Seas did not disappoint. Embarking--Driving and parking in the port is a ... Read More
My family and I have taken a number of cruises now so we have a pretty good idea about what to expect in service, food, amenities and overall costs, Liberty of the Seas did not disappoint. Embarking--Driving and parking in the port is a bit time consuming, given the traffic, number of passengers and there is one way in, one way out. Although it was a little slow but manageable and realistically you are on vacation no need to rush, take your time and be a little patient. Check in--this was the slowest part of the process, due to the fact the camera's were down/computers down for about 20 mins/half hour...Royal should have come around and told people this to avoid passengers from getting too annoyed...things happen, welcome to the computer age. Royal could have also created two lines--one for those that had pictures taken, and one for those that still required pics this could have made the process flow a little better. Ship Amenities--this ship had lots of great things to do from flow rider, H20 park, rock climbing etc, exactly what I expect on the Royal ships. Next trip--I did book a time to review upcoming sailings with the hope of booking another cruise but the deals just were not there. Almost no onboard credits, rates the same as if I called on the phone, the only good thing was the smaller deposit--in the end not worth the time or RC getting my business just yet. Shows--Royal should try space out the show offerings a little more. Ice shows seemed to be in the afternoon, on the one day only, then Saturday night fever again 2 shows on the last night. I would have liked to have seen the frequency more spaced out so you didn't feel rushed all on the last day. Comedy was good, could use another show or two with new material, other ships do offer comedy every night and that is well received by many guests. Shows were fabulous though and well worth seeing. Cabin-We had our usual oceanview, on the 6th floor, at the back of the ship, our first experience on the lower deck and at the back. Engines were a little noisy for my liking but livable . Other than that great location for restaurants and main hub of the Promenade. Food--As per our expectation the food was very good. The main dining room always offered nice meals, well paced, with plenty of variety. As I say, if you can't find something you like to eat on a ship there is something drastically wrong. For all those complainers out there, and we had some on board, if you can't find something palatable to eat stay home. Buffet-- the food was good, typical buffet lots of choices, sometimes I found food warm, not hot but again all tasty with enough variety that you could enjoy it. Drinks--expensive. If you like your alcoholic bevies and pop, bottled water get the drink package and save yourself the shock of your bill at the end. This is the best thing RC could have done giving passengers this option. Even the drink package isn't cheap but think it is worth the money in the end. Couples package would be a nice option too, my husband drinks more than I do, I will have maybe one drink or two every couple days so two get two packages just isn't worth it, so some opportunity of sharing a package would be good. Departure--smooth, quick and hassle free. Royal keep up the good work, offer better deals to repeat customers and you will continue to have a following even when other cruise lines offer deals too. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Took this cruise with my husband and another couple for a quick getaway without our children. We are all in our mid 40's and we all enjoy cruising. We are the type of people that rarely complain and we always seem to make the best of ... Read More
Took this cruise with my husband and another couple for a quick getaway without our children. We are all in our mid 40's and we all enjoy cruising. We are the type of people that rarely complain and we always seem to make the best of any situation. With that said, within the last five years we have sailed on the Disney Fantasy, NCL's Dawn, Gem, Breakaway & Getaway and this cruise by far can not compare to them. Day 1: Embarkation was good. Waited 25 minutes in the platinum line and boarded the ship around 12:30. They had sanitizers out when we boarded the ship. There was no real welcome when we boarded, just an employee trying to sell us the drink package which we already purchased online. Not a big deal that we didn't get a warm welcome, but something we are accustomed to on other cruise lines. We then headed up to the Windjammer Cafe which was the first red flag of the cruise. I have read many bad reviews about this area on the ship, I think people were being too kind in their reviews. I'm not a big fan of buffets, but I could deal with above average crowds and foods. This was just the most unorganized 3 ring circus I have ever seen on a cruise! It took over 1/2 hr to find a place to sit so two of us stood at the bar area and two of us found a seat. At one point they were making announcements over the loud speakers for guest to please get up from their seats if they were finished eating so other guests can sit. If they know that this is a problem, why wouldn't they open the main dining room for lunch on the first day? Food selection at the buffet wasn't the greatest. Also I noticed replenishment was slow throughout the cruise. Our room was ready at 1:30 p.m. It was very clean, excellent location and comfortable. Our room attendant Jr. was excellent. We ate at Portofino the first night and was not really impressed with the food. Coming from an Italian family(that always cooks) I like to think I know the difference between risotto and rice a ronni. That's just one example of the type of food that was given to us. We've had much better at Olive Garden with the kids in Orlando. Day 2: We tried the breakfast buffet for the first and only time on the cruise. Pretty much the same situation from the day before. Crowds, Crowds & more Crowds!!! Then we headed over to the adult pool area and that is where the action was. If you want to see a great show just sit there on sea days and watch how grown adults fight over lounge chairs. Deck patrol was out taking away chair hog's towels. I'm all for the 30 minute rule that your stuff gets moved if you are not in your chair. But, if you leave to grab lunch just kiss your chair goodbye because it's going to take you a 1/2 hr just to walk thru the crowds in the buffet! We saw the early Saturday Night Fever show and we all thought it was very good!!! Then we headed to the main dining room for the first time for the late seating. We had requested months ago a table for 4 being that we were on vacation without our children. We were surprised to see that we were going to be seated with 4 other passengers. We kindly asked the Maître d if we could have a private table being that we requested it months earlier. He got very nasty with us and his response was just because you requested a private table doesn't mean you will get one. He didn't even make an effort to try to accommodate us. He said the only way to seat the 4 of you together would be to switch to my time dining at 9 pm. We proceeded to the my time dining room and the Maître d up there was much more accommodating. They gave us a table for 4 and we were able to eat at 8 pm the rest of the cruise. The first Maître d gave us mis information and we were not surprised by this because he seemed to have a a Royal attitude. Food was good in the main dining room. Two from our group thought the food was a little salty. I think the portions were a decent size. Colleen from the Philippines was our server and Yuen Yuen was her assistant they were both excellent. Later that evening we went to the adult comedy show and he was very funny. Day 3: Took a taxi to Horsehoe Bay beach and spent the day there. We ate at Chops Grille that evening and our Server John was very good. We all thought the food was very good. Unfortunately later that evening my husband and I got very ill. We think we may have had a case of food poisioning because we both got sick within an hour of each other. Our friends did not get sick and the only thing we ate different from them were the crab cakes. One thing that we found odd is that my husband and friend both wanted to order one of their drink specials from the menu, but our waiter John informed us that they didn't have all of the ingredients for the drink. Day 4: We missed this day due to our illness. We started to feel better later in the evening, but stayed in our cabin just to play it safe. Day 5: Went for a 75 min massage at the spa. It was good not great and they try to sell you products. Not a big deal to me because all spas on cruise ships do they same thing. My friend had to speak to the front desk about a discount she was suppose to receive and the employee seemed annoyed with us. This was the second time on this ship that we witnessed the employees having a Royal attitude. We then went by the adult pool and again witnessed adults fighting over chairs. We saw the ice skating show which was very entertaining. We went to dinner at the main dining room and food was good (too salty for my husband). We then saw the In The Air show which was excellent. Later that evening we went to the adult game Quest which was hysterical!!! If you want to have a ton of laughs don't miss this show!!! Overall Review: Pros Shows were excellent Food was ok Cruise Director was very good Room attendant excellent Waitress in My Time Dining excellent Waiter at Chops Grille excellent Cheese cake pops are very good in Promenade / good luck trying to get one as they are served in a very limited fashion Cons Wind Jammer needs to be have more seating and more variety of food Noticed many staff members with attitudes and not accommodating ( not just to us, other passengers as well that we witnessed and spoke to) Several times bars didn't have certain types of liquor readily available (grey goose just as an example) Complimentary coffee wasn't good Be careful with Ultimate drink package/ does not include the $5 large Evian water ( waiter at Portofino served it to us and then charged us) TV stations frequently lost satellite connection . The interactive menu did not work on our TV. Elevators were usually slow at all times In conclusion, we had sailed with RCL many years ago and it was a wonderful experience. I know things change with time but usually for the better . Unfortunately, this was not the case for us this go around. RCL clearly needs to prioritize its passengers needs and staff needs to be more understanding, knowledgable and receptive. There are many other cruise lines out there that go out of their way to make passengers feel Royal. Bon Voyage RCL! Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
We had a very disappointing five days on this ship sailing from New Jersey, US to Bermuda. This was our first cruise, and I will never cruise with Royal Caribbean again. While the staff was always helpful and hard working (especially in ... Read More
We had a very disappointing five days on this ship sailing from New Jersey, US to Bermuda. This was our first cruise, and I will never cruise with Royal Caribbean again. While the staff was always helpful and hard working (especially in the main dining room), the ship was overcrowded. We waited on line for two hours to board the ship at the terminal in New Jersey. And, once we were on the ship, we waited on line for everything from towels, to breakfast, to customer service. There were never enough chairs for the passengers to sit comfortably and relax. It was impossible to find a quiet spot to sit and enjoy the beautiful views. The music from the children's pool area was deafening. The food was average, and the entertainment was mediocre. This was a budget cruise experience with a luxury cruise price tag. The worst part was that there was an ever present smell of sewage in the hallway on our floor. The best part was that the early disembarkation was quick and we could get off the ship soon after we docked. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
We have sailed on Liberty of the Seas several times and were very surprised at the change in service, food and general appearance. The food in the dining room was almost inedible...I sent my dinner back more than once and finally settled ... Read More
We have sailed on Liberty of the Seas several times and were very surprised at the change in service, food and general appearance. The food in the dining room was almost inedible...I sent my dinner back more than once and finally settled on eating a salad. I never had dessert as nothing offered looked at all appetizing and was the same thing as always, no changes. I am a diamond plus member and when I spoke with others in the diamond lounge they stated that they would not go to the dining room at all but eat at the specialty restaurants (of which there are only two). Our stateroom was less than clean and bits of things left over from the previous guests were on the floor. The hot tubs were not hot. Lots of complaints about that from other guests. The drink prices have increased since February. The internet situation is ridiculous. As a diamond plus member you are given two free days of internet which must be used continuously. You cannot sign on and off and save the minutes. If you are on a longer cruise you must purchase additional internet minutes. I guess that is the point! The walk for wishes has been discontinued which is a big disappointment. We thought this was a great way to raise money for this worthy organization. I am a loyal Royal Caribbean cruiser but wonder if this line is so intent on bringing out bigger and better ships that they are neglecting the ones they already have. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Hello everyone, I recently went on this cruise with my family which included a 13 month old. RCL and it's staff were excellent. My GD has major egg allergy, and they helped in every way they could with her diet. The "rent a ... Read More
Hello everyone, I recently went on this cruise with my family which included a 13 month old. RCL and it's staff were excellent. My GD has major egg allergy, and they helped in every way they could with her diet. The "rent a toy bag" was excellent. We did not try the diaper and food program, but spoke with others that did,and they found it wonderful. When ever milk was needed it was available. Loved the ice show, and the major productions, did not like the adult time comic, not funny and not appropriate. Bermuda was lovely, family went on a snorkeling tour, and loved it. Did not make it to St Martian as there was a medical emergency. Captain did the right thing to bring patient back to Bermuda. Not a lot of happy campers, but then again it was not their family member that was ill. I am an avid cruiser, this is the first time with extended family and an infant. Would do it again in a heart beat. My son loved the water sport surfer in the back and top of the ship. The staff was encouraging and helpful. Have been on many cruises, alot of Celebrity cruises. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
I took the Royal Caribbean ship, Liberty of the Seas, from Bayonne, New Jersey, to Bermuda on August 8th, 2015. I travel solo and this was my first cruise so I was really excited when I first saw the ship in port in NJ. It was H-U-G-E and ... Read More
I took the Royal Caribbean ship, Liberty of the Seas, from Bayonne, New Jersey, to Bermuda on August 8th, 2015. I travel solo and this was my first cruise so I was really excited when I first saw the ship in port in NJ. It was H-U-G-E and beautiful!!! I am a seasoned teacher not afraid to try new things and meet new people. I took Amtrak into NYC from CT and that was lovely. I am partially disabled, walking with a cane, and Amtrak took good care of me at Penn Station to help get me and my big suitcase up to the main station platform. My daughter and son-in-law met me at the station so we could enjoy the day together in the city. The next morning we rented a zip car and drove to the ship. Directions to the ship were easy to follow. The only surprise was the $14 toll for the tunnel into NJ. We pulled right up to the ship's terminal and unloaded my suitcase with the help of a porter that we tipped. He directed that they drive me up to the entrance door so I could get help with embarkation. I had called RCCL weeks earlier to request assistance with embarkation and debarkation of the ship. They had a wheelchair for me and they took me right up in front of a totally separate line where I only to to wait for a couple of minutes before they checked m That was a major perk in being disabled, no waiting in very long lines like everyone else had to. Cool! The porter rolled me all the long way up into the ship which was so exciting!!! I tipped him well. I had him bring me right to the Windjammer so I could start relaxing and get some lunch. It was busy but not too crowded further in to Windjammer's. The food was nice, many choices. Since it was only 1pm when I finished I walked around the ship a little bit. AMAZING! I felt like I was in a hotel or a shopping mall, not on a ship. They announced that rooms were open so I hustled myself to my stateroom. As I walked in I saw clear thru the balcony window. Awesome!!! I couldn't believe it! There she was, the new World Trade Tower, right there in front of me, towering away up into the sky. What a unique view of NYC. The stateroom was sweet, perfect in size. The drapery and carpet were a little dated in style but clean and neat. I loved the good lighting in the room, especially over the desk/vanity area where I could do my make-up. The TV worked well with limited channels of course, and no news stations, which to me was a good thing to help me relax while on vacation. The bathroom was small but comfortable. I enjoyed the little tubular shower stall. I had no trouble standing in it, without my cane for balance, because it was small. I moved some things over from the little frig so I could put my water bottle and bottle of wine that I brought in (you can bring two per stateroom). There was one double wall outlet on the desk. Just enough for me and my alarm clock and curling iron. I enjoyed the couch while watching TV and had my cabin steward bring me an extra blanket to keep on the couch for when I felt chilled. I had also splurged and ordered a cute floral bouquet for the room. That was in the room when I arrived. The chocolate covered strawberries were not there at arrival, a disappointment. When I first met my cabin steward I gave him a $20 extra tip. I left him a note the first morning about leaving all towels as they are unless I place them on the floor, to leave the balcony furniture set-up as I like it and to keep my ice bucket filled. He was always very gracious to me. I am so glad I splurged on a balcony room and will never get anything else. I loved having the fresh air and light come into the room. Another great feature of my room was that it was right at the port side elevators, PERFECT!!!!!! location all around. Less rocking too. I brought one larger suitcase with enough clothes to change into if I wanted to for dinner, which I did most nights, just because it was fun to do..... I chuckled at the critters towel sculptures that Junior, my cabin steward, left for me, a very sweet touch. It was exciting watching the ship leave port and head out to sea. I thought of how my grandmother Tilly once arrived here into NY over a hundred years ago when she was 16 and alone, and here I was alone heading outwards from NY just to have fun on a ship, pretty inspiring to think on the significance of the legacy she left me. Going under the giant bridge was en event and everyone cheered when we made it. The ship blasted it horns too making it all very dramatic. I had made all of my "My Way Dining" options on-line but called and made a reservation for the last night of the cruise in "Choppes", which turned out to be a good move. I didn't mind sitting alone most times but also enjoyed sitting with new people. I may try regular scheduled dining times for me next cruise so that I always sit with the same people and get to know them better. I never felt lonely cruising solo because there was always something to do. I love the arts and had fun at two different art auctions. They auctioned off really good quality prints of famous and not so famous art works. Do not think that these are the real thing, the real painting or print/etching, they are good copies on good paper, nice framing choices too. I actually bought a large framed print to hang up over my bed at home. They ship it for a really reasonable fee. One of the gallery clerks was extremely knowledgeable about art and artists, impressive. I am an art teacher so I already know a lot about art but I learned even more from her. Oh, I also won a bottle of sparkling wine at one of the art raffles during the auction. I cannot understand how anyone can do karaoke when they cannot sing but it sure was fun watching them, LOL! I tried an evening of bingo but was disappointed that a teenager won the free cruise and then another teenager won hundreds of dollars. I don't understand why they allow underage children to participate like that, or maybe they were 18? It was tough to find an empty chaise to sit out on by the pools and tricky for me to actually sit in on trying to maneuver in between the tight set-up of the chairs, with a cane. I felt awkward here and didn't try it again. Although I wasn't into it they had a fun parade for kids with Universal movie characters one night. Nice touch for families. Plenty of happy music playing in different venues. My favorite spot to sip a drink, people watch, scenery watch was up on the top deck 14 at "Oliver & Twists". Lovely spot, bright and cheery. That's where I perched myself the night we left Bermuda as the ship did a tight 90 degree turn out of port. I didn't discover this spot until the day before but this is my favorite place to sit back and relax on the ship. I visited the spa three times. The first night I had a gel pedicure. The night in Bermuda I took advantage of a discount on a massage by the best masseuse ever, Bronka. I've had lots of massages but she is the best. I also had a facial the last day as a final treat for myself. I felt like I had gone away to a spa retreat for a few days, decadent. I am not a gambler but did try a slot machine for the first time ever. I went in with 4 dollars and left with 5, not bad. It was a penny machine, just enough for my wild ways. I did get seasick twice, on each leg of the sea journey. The seas were rough. I did take motion sickness medicine and wear seabands called "Queazy Beads" but none of that helped. The ginger ale that my assistant waiter brought over to me did help a little the second time around. Food was good, not great, good. I had three dinners in the Main Dining room and several breakfast there too and found the food kind of bland, sorry to say. My waiter was really slow with me, not sure why, but I had to wait longer than other folks. My assistant waiter was a dream, always attentive, sweet, helpful. Windjammers, as a buffet, was okay too. I was often stopped and asked by staff if I wanted help carrying my plate, which I gladly accepted. I would have loved some fresh grapefruit at breakfast and nice fresh eggs. All tasted a bit cafeteria, which is good, not bad. I tried some of the food at Sorrentos a couple of times. It filled me up but was just ok. I really enjoyed "Choppes" my last night as I watched the sun set below the sea. The food was really tasty and fresh and it was expensive, for sure. But I had two appetizers and two salads with the entree and two desserts. luckily the portions weren't ridiculous or I wouldn't have had ordered so much. That was extravagant. The entertainment shows were really good on board. I saw the ice show, which was beautiful and "Saturday Night Fever" which was just like a Broadway show. I didn't do any of the shore excursions, most were too physical for me or expensive or uninteresting, or I had done before in other places. I went off on my own and took the shuttle mini van for $7 (plus $3 tip) to Horseshoe Bay beach. I especially enjoyed the winding ride to the beach past the houses, schools, towns, shorelines. The beach chair was $11 with 5 back on return. They weren't renting out umbrellas because it was too windy, which I didn't agree with, so I placed my chair by the shade in the rocks to get out of the hot sun. Crowded beautiful beach. Did not look pink at all but a creamy color. Next day I took the ferry ($4.50 cash each way) to St. Georges. It was a sweet cobble-stoned, historical town to wander thru. I stopped at the local grocer and got some fresh fruit to munch on as I walked around. If I had had more time I would have rented a cab and taken a ride out of town. I met a local watercolor artist when I stopped in the post office to mail some post cards. She told me how expensive it was to import art supplies onto the island, among other things. I later saw her beautiful, little, watercolor paintings in the shop next door, very, very nice work. I love meeting people from places I visit, best parts of any trip I take. It was anti-climatic heading back into the NJ harbor. I did not leave my suitcase outside my door for them to pack out. I had the porter take it with us when they wheeled me off the ship. All I had to do was wheel it down to deck 4 to wait for the wheelchair to arrive and I was off the ship by 8:30am, just in time to meet my driver from the car service that would bring me to Penn Station for $50 plus toll and tip. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
I wanted to preface this by saying, whomever gave this trip one or little stars, needs some serious mental help. Everything was amazing. Every little detail, from the steward, Verge, to our wait staff. We sailed out of Bayonne, NJ to ... Read More
I wanted to preface this by saying, whomever gave this trip one or little stars, needs some serious mental help. Everything was amazing. Every little detail, from the steward, Verge, to our wait staff. We sailed out of Bayonne, NJ to King's Wharf Bermuda. The staff remembered, every detail. The most minute of preferences was never over-looked. The ship was gorgeous. My fiance and have traveled extensively, world-wide, and this ship definitely had the WOW factor. The ship was immaculate, the port of call was beautiful. It may not be big on kid-friendly things to do, so if that's your beef, go with another cruise line that caters to JUST that. My fiance' and I enjoyed every minute. The details are too extensive to get into, but the hot tub, the food, the entertainment, the staff were AMAZING. I would definitely go again, without hesitation. Beautiful trip. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
My wife and I sailed out of Ft Lauderdale to Cozumel back in April on Liberty of the Seas. We liked it so much that we booked a second trip for August so I could take my kids on their first cruise (they are 15 and 18). We live in ... Read More
My wife and I sailed out of Ft Lauderdale to Cozumel back in April on Liberty of the Seas. We liked it so much that we booked a second trip for August so I could take my kids on their first cruise (they are 15 and 18). We live in Ohio so we opted to drive to the port. Well, sort of. What we actually did was drive from Columbus OH to Hamburg PA the day prior, staying overnight, then driving the last 90 minutes or so the morning of the cruise. This went very smoothly. I had booked parking with a place called "Premier Parking", and while it seemed to be a bit "fly by night" when we arrived there, it proved to be an adequate solution. The shuttle transfer to and from the port went smoothly enough without much waiting. We arrived at Cape Liberty port around 11:15 am, and after a relatively pain free 15 minutes in line, we were crossing the gangway and entering the ship. The cabins weren't available until 1 pm (we knew this ahead of time), so we took the kids to Windjammer to eat. We finished by 12:30 and walked around on deck 11 and 12 until 1 pm. Promptly at the aforementioned time, the doors to the cabin corridors were opened and we went to our rooms. My wife and I had room 1230 (Deck 10), which is the front most cabin on the starboard side. We were able to choose the room when we booked the cruise. My kids had the room across the hall, 1231, which was a handicapped room that they ended up not needing. We were told when we booked that they could be moved if they had need of it. The front cabin is nice because it is about as private as you can get. There is no one above you or to the left of you. Just in case you care about those things! The kids' room had a very "big" roll in shower and a bit more square footage than our balcony room, otherwise they were furnished the same. Nothing special. Room was well maintained and basically holding up pretty well. The ship is nearing a decade of use so I would have expected to see a little more wear in the cabins. (Maybe it's been remodeled?) The ship is crowded, no doubt about it. Thankfully I'm not a huge sunbather so it didn't really bother me that sun chairs on deck 11/12 are hard to come by. It does get old dodging people in the promenade though. Do yourself a favor and avoid it when they have the shirt sales. The food is just average. Whether it's the windjammer, Sorrentos, or the dining rooms. One of these days I need to try Chops, but paying more money after dropping $5000+ on the cruise is not something my wife was a fan of. I do like the cold soups though. They always have one on the dinner menu and they're all good. One other note about food: I have celiac which requires a gluten free diet. The dining room people are very knowledgeable and cater very well to this dietary restriction. They always have 3 types of gluten free bread too. Both times we've been on Liberty we have had fantastic waiters. The first time was a gentleman by the name of Suresh. We liked him so much we requested him again, only to be told he had been promoted and was no longer serving. Well somehow word got back to him and he surprised us with a visit and some chocolate covered strawberries in our room. The second time we had a gentleman named Bajuu, and he too was awesome. I mentioned that I liked indian food, and each night he brought my wife and I two types of curry dishes on top of whatever we ordered. The curry was actually the best food I had on the ship so I really appreciated that. All that said, I do like the ship. After being on it twice in the span of 4 months, it feels almost like I belong there. In spite of that, I won't book another cruise on Liberty (or her sister ships) if I can help it, solely due to the fact I'd like to see what else is out there. As for Bermuda, it's a nice place. We docked at King's Wharf, which is a bit of a pain because there really isn't much around there to do. You'll have to pay for a ferry / bus / taxi to go to the good beaches or into Hamilton or St Georges. We took a bus all the way to St Georges and that was interesting just as a way to see basically the entire island. I'd recommend taking the ferry back though. Horseshoe Bay is a great beach, though a bit rough when we were there. There are some big rocks you can jump off of on the North side of the beach. I'd say the best spot is about 15 ft high and the water below was around 10 ft (I suppose that's tide dependent). Compared to other Caribbean destinations, Bermuda is much nicer and safer. The entire island is well maintained and none of it seemed dangerous or dirty. Hamilton was a surprisingly bustling city and I get the feeling that Bermuda doesn't depend solely on tourism to survive. We did not pay for any shore excursions on this trip. We have our own snorkeling equipment so we just did our own thing, which reminds me. King's Wharf does have one interesting thing, and that is Snorkel Beach. $5 per person to get in, another $5 to rent equipment if you don't have it. It's worth it as it has a very nice coral reef right there. Plenty of diverse fish, coral, and other colorful stuff I don't know the name of. Go spend an hour or two there if you can. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Liberty of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 3.5 3.9
Entertainment 3.5 4.1
Public Rooms 4.0 4.4
Fitness Recreation 4.5 4.3
Family 4.5 4.3
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 3.5 3.7
Service 3.5 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.1

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