32 Bayonne (Cape Liberty) to Canada & New England Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas Cruise Reviews

Did the 9 day New England and Canada cruise on the Liberty of the seas. Overall, a good cruise. I had never cruised on a larger ship like the Liberty before, but it was great. Checked in and on the ship in less than an hour. In ... Read More
Did the 9 day New England and Canada cruise on the Liberty of the seas. Overall, a good cruise. I had never cruised on a larger ship like the Liberty before, but it was great. Checked in and on the ship in less than an hour. In stateroom by 1 PM. Had a stateroom with a balcony. Very comfortable, and our room attendant, Junior was great. Anything we needed, we got. Cruise ports were Boston, Portland ME, Bar Harbor, St. John New Brunswick, and Halifax Nova Scotia. Overall, good weather on the cruise, with the exception of one day in St. John where it was cloudy and sprinkled. (But of course, that was beyond our control.) Had 3 days at sea, with plenty of activities. My friend had fun in the casino, we did cupcake decorating classes which were a blast, The trivia contests were fun, and the shows were great. We especially enjoyed the ice show and Saturday Night fever. I wanted to see "Dancing with the stripes", a dance contest with the crewmembers, but unfortunately I missed it. I hear it was good. They had plenty of piano bars, bands, dancing and music. Also, lots of time to do absolutely nothing if you want. The promenade was good, with a good choice of shops. Food on board was good overall. We ate in the Botticelli dining room one night, and the lasagna was very good. Windjammer buffet was great for breakfast. Pretty much the same thing every day for breakfast, but they had a very wide selection. The made to order omelets were fabulous. Lunch and Dinner in the Windjammer ranged from good, to just OK. Wide selection of food, just as wide range of quality. We ate twice at Johnny Rockets, and that was also good. Extra charge, but reasonable. The two premier restaurants, Portofino and Especially Chops Grille were fantastic!!! The Italian food at Portofino was amazing, as were the steaks at Chops. So tender you could almost cut them with a fork. Chops also has a breakfast seating with steak and eggs that are also great. If you have onboard credits that you want to spend, I highly recommend Portofino and Chops. The sandwich shop in the promenade was good, little mini sandwiches when you needed to nosh on something, but Sorrento's Pizza was a wash out. Not good at all. Whether it was Sorrento's or in the buffet, the pizza on the ship was definitely not up to par. It was also nice to have an ice cream at Ben and Jerry's when I wanted. Extra price, but reasonable. Ports were great. We did all of our shore excursions via RCI, and while they were a bit expensive, they were overall worth it. We always book with the company, because if something happens and the tour is late getting back to the ship, you know you're covered. We did the Boston and Lexington/Concourd tour, Portland and Kennebunkport tour, Acadia Nat'l Park and Lobster Bake, Best of St. Johns, and Halifax/Peggy's cove. All tours but one from start to end covered the time the ship was in port, and were great tours. The only tour I didn't care for very much was the Acadia National Park tour in Bar Barbor. The Lobster Lunch was great, but the tour was a quick circle through Acadia, and only one stop. It didn't even go up Cadillac Mountain. In all ports, getting on and off the ship was easy, with not too much crowding. We only tendered in Bar Harbor. Tendering in Bar Harbor was also no problem. They had "Tender Tickets" for those who wanted to get off during the prime time in the morning, and the shore excursions had their own tenders. Also, they didn't use the smaller ship's tenders, but tour boats provided by companies in the port. They held a lot of people. Tendering back to the ship was also easy. Did the walk off with our own luggage. Had breakfast in the dining room which was good, grabbed our luggage, and no line to get off the ship. Much easier than leaving your luggage in the hallway the night before, and trying to find it in a huge room the next morning. Overall, a very good cruise that we enjoyed. We even went to the "next cruise seminar" and ended up booking an 8 night cruise out of Copenhagen to the Norwegian Fjords for next August. Looking forward to it. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Did the 9 day New England and Canada cruise on the Liberty of the seas. Overall, a good cruise. I had never cruised on a larger ship like the Liberty before, but it was great. Checked in and on the ship in less than an hour. In ... Read More
Did the 9 day New England and Canada cruise on the Liberty of the seas. Overall, a good cruise. I had never cruised on a larger ship like the Liberty before, but it was great. Checked in and on the ship in less than an hour. In stateroom by 1 PM. Had a stateroom with a balcony. Very comfortable, and our room attendant, Junior was great. Anything we needed, we got. Cruise ports were Boston, Portland ME, Bar Harbor, St. John New Brunswick, and Halifax Nova Scotia. Overall, good weather on the cruise, with the exception of one day in St. John where it was cloudy and sprinkled. (But of course, that was beyond our control.) Had 3 days at sea, with plenty of activities. My friend had fun in the casino, we did cupcake decorating classes which were a blast, The trivia contests were fun, and the shows were great. We especially enjoyed the ice show and Saturday Night fever. I wanted to see "Dancing with the stripes", a dance contest with the crewmembers, but unfortunately I missed it. I hear it was good. They had plenty of piano bars, bands, dancing and music. Also, lots of time to do absolutely nothing if you want. The promenade was good, with a good choice of shops. Food on board was good overall. We ate in the Botticelli dining room one night, and the lasagna was very good. Windjammer buffet was great for breakfast. Pretty much the same thing every day for breakfast, but they had a very wide selection. The made to order omelets were fabulous. Lunch and Dinner in the Windjammer ranged from good, to just OK. Wide selection of food, just as wide range of quality. We ate twice at Johnny Rockets, and that was also good. Extra charge, but reasonable. The two premier restaurants, Portofino and Especially Chops Grille were fantastic!!! The Italian food at Portofino was amazing, as were the steaks at Chops. So tender you could almost cut them with a fork. Chops also has a breakfast seating with steak and eggs that are also great. If you have onboard credits that you want to spend, I highly recommend Portofino and Chops. The sandwich shop in the promenade was good, little mini sandwiches when you needed to nosh on something, but Sorrento's Pizza was a wash out. Not good at all. Whether it was Sorrento's or in the buffet, the pizza on the ship was definitely not up to par. It was also nice to have an ice cream at Ben and Jerry's when I wanted. Extra price, but reasonable. Ports were great. We did all of our shore excursions via RCI, and while they were a bit expensive, they were overall worth it. We always book with the company, because if something happens and the tour is late getting back to the ship, you know you're covered. We did the Boston and Lexington/Concourd tour, Portland and Kennebunkport tour, Acadia Nat'l Park and Lobster Bake, Best of St. Johns, and Halifax/Peggy's cove. All tours but one from start to end covered the time the ship was in port, and were great tours. The only tour I didn't care for very much was the Acadia National Park tour in Bar Barbor. The Lobster Lunch was great, but the tour was a quick circle through Acadia, and only one stop. It didn't even go up Cadillac Mountain. In all ports, getting on and off the ship was easy, with not too much crowding. We only tendered in Bar Harbor. Tendering in Bar Harbor was also no problem. They had "Tender Tickets" for those who wanted to get off during the prime time in the morning, and the shore excursions had their own tenders. Also, they didn't use the smaller ship's tenders, but tour boats provided by companies in the port. They held a lot of people. Tendering back to the ship was also easy. Did the walk off with our own luggage. Had breakfast in the dining room which was good, grabbed our luggage, and no line to get off the ship. Much easier than leaving your luggage in the hallway the night before, and trying to find it in a huge room the next morning. Overall, a very good cruise that we enjoyed. We even went to the "next cruise seminar" and ended up booking an 8 night cruise out of Copenhagen to the Norwegian Fjords for next August. Looking forward to it. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
This was our first cruise from the very first moments of mass confusion once we boarded the ship set the tone for want was to follow for the next 10 days. There is very little, if any customer service available. The lines at the service ... Read More
This was our first cruise from the very first moments of mass confusion once we boarded the ship set the tone for want was to follow for the next 10 days. There is very little, if any customer service available. The lines at the service desk were very long nearly every single day. The ship is in need of some attention. Some of the seats in the pizza parlor were taped together with duct tape. Most bathrooms throughout the ship, including our room, were dirty and very smelly. I finally cleaned our toilet myself with wet wipes to try to eliminate some of the odor. What was under to rim was disgusting. Staff were all over the ship trying to sell the drink packages, spa packages, photo packages, jewelry, and some of the most awful artwork I have ever seen. Do not expect to be pampered on this cruise, unless you pay, and pay and pay for each and every service. I am surprises we did not have to provide our own bedding and towels. The food in the dining room was mediocre, but little in the way of flavor or seasonings and got so monotonous we had to take a break from the dining room. The staff that we were in contact with such as dinning staff and room stewards were friendly, but stressed over and over again how important it was to give them a positive rating on the end of cruise survey, as their jobs depended on it. There was desperation in their voices. We never received a survey. The staff of the spa were placed all over the common areas selling their services, but the glum look on their faces suggested that this would no be a good experience. Finally, near the end of the cruise we decided to purchase one of the drink packages. The biggest rip off of this cruise line was the charge for the final day of cruise. We had absolutely no hope of using our drink package because we had to leave the ship by 8:45 am, and even if we could have consumed our $57.00 per day charge, there was no one to serve it. I wish there was as way to request a refund for this last day. This was a miserable, expensive experience. The entertainment was just below average - nothing I would ever go to see on land. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Food- Very disappointed with the food on the Liberty of the Seas. The food was terrible. The temperature of food in the Main Dining area was warm at best. Never hot. Beef was not edible. Looked like processed beef. Beef was full of fat and ... Read More
Food- Very disappointed with the food on the Liberty of the Seas. The food was terrible. The temperature of food in the Main Dining area was warm at best. Never hot. Beef was not edible. Looked like processed beef. Beef was full of fat and gristle that when you cut it out you had 4 bites of meat left. Steaks were 1/4" inch thick and like shoe leather. Lobster tail was tough and tasteless. Fish was dry. The variety was not there either. Breakfast was the same every day- no variety. Sorrentos Pizza was cold and bland, in a case with no heat lamps. Tasted like a slice of American cheese on top of cardboard. The wait staff would clear the tables at Sorrentos but never wipe them off, they were filthy. Same sandwiches every day at Café Promenade. No variety. Huge piece of bread with one paper thin slice of meat. Desserts at Café Promenade were terrible- tasteless. Same every day. Windjammer food was worse than cafeteria food. The food quality was a 0-1. We always looked forward to the great food on other cruises. Other passengers were all complaining about the food. Stateroom- Had an interior room overlooking the Royal Promenade. It was really nice. Stateroom attendant Barbara was really friendly and kept the room sparkling. Loved the animal towels Entertainment- Entertainment was fabulous. Shows were wonderful. Loved the Ice Skating show and Saturday Night Fever. Loved the comedians and impressionist. Last night show was terrific with the stunt comedian. Main Dining Wait Staff- Waiter Samantha and Asst Waiter John were wonderful. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Overall we were very pleased with our sail. However, as long-time, experienced cruisers, we were somewhat disappointed with certain aspects of our cruise. Staff: Customer service by staff was outstanding. Special kudos to Verina ... Read More
Overall we were very pleased with our sail. However, as long-time, experienced cruisers, we were somewhat disappointed with certain aspects of our cruise. Staff: Customer service by staff was outstanding. Special kudos to Verina Greaves, our stateroom attendant; Emelita Francisco, our Chops Grille waiter; Carlos, the server at Sorrento's Pizza; Fellington and Santosh, our waiters at Michelangelo, Table 103; Nadia, our dining room’s head waiter; and Ana Prce, our Loyalty Ambassador. Fellington and Santosh were always friendly, accommodating and entertaining. They truly cared about our dining experience and corrected any of our concerns, especially when the food was served cool-to-warm and not hot. Unfortunately it seemed the problems were coming from the prep in the galley. At the Windjammer Café, the greeter at the sanitarian station had personality plus. He was fun, outgoing, engaging and funny. He always put smile on our faces. On the flip side, the female greeter was boring and seemed unhappy to be there. It was quite a contrast in setting the mood for guests. Food: By far the biggest disappointment was the quality of the food served at various dining venues throughout the ship. (It should be known we are not picky eaters.) In the main dining room, the food arrived cool to warm at best. It was served hot only after our table complained several times. There were times when the food was very good, but it was not consistently good. Examples: - Expectations were squelched by inaccurate menu descriptions. For example, "Mile High” Lemon Meringue Pie was a piece of pie that was one-inch lemon with only a quarter-inch of meringue. Jumbo Asparagus at Chops Grille were skinny stalks that were about a quarter inch in diameter. The dining room’s Seafood Soup, which was supposed to include scallops, mussels, calamari, etc., contained only one small scallop. - Some of the deserts (pumpkin pie, cheesecake, lemon pie, and key lime pie) contained a thickening agent (perhaps corn starch) that had a chalky texture and caused the taste to be bland. - Most of the food was too salty. Taste aside, with about 75 percent of passengers being overweight or elderly, and probably on high blood pressure medication, medical safely should be a concern. Several times when ordering food we requested no added salt, yet our waiter never mentioned we could order a low-salt meal. It is our suggestion to lightly salt food and let passengers add more salt, if needed. - Mushy prawns at Chops Grille were inedible. - When ordering medium-rare meat, it was sometimes barely cooked (raw). - The beverages (iced tea, sugar-free mango and lemonade) in Windjammer were so watered down (even without ice) that they were flavorless and tasteless. Thoroughness: Attention to detail often appeared to be lacking. At times things were disorganized and shouldn’t have been. Examples: - One night the main dining room waiter provided our table with different menus. Even he was confused when we pointed out the inconsistency of menu offerings. - Too many typos on the menus and The Compass daily newsletter. One dessert menu listed “Coffe Cream Mouse.” - On other cruises we were treated to nightly towel animals and chocolate on our pillows. On this nine-day cruise, we had only four towel animals and no chocolate. It may not seem like a big deal, but it is the little touches that make the cruise memorable. - A big faux pas was announcing a time change the day before it was actually to take place. Very confusing to many passengers. - One shore excursion (Big Pink Hop On Hop Off & Bay, Code NB65A) was canceled, but we did not receive any notice from RC. We accidently learned about the cancellation by checking our account on our stateroom TV. - Most cruise lines provide food trays in the casual restaurants. Not so in the Windjammer. - Water from our shower leaked through an opening near the bottom because the water was slow to drain. Our stateroom attendant knew about the ongoing issue and “fixed” the problem by stuffing a cloth in the opening. - One edition of The Compass said to wear “smart casual/all white.” There was never any mention to pack all white clothes for this cruise. - Need a nightlight, or at least an electrical outlet for our own night light, in the bathroom. - Announcements did not always come through the room speakers regardless of where we tuned the knob. Other: When disembarking, we were not allowed to carry a paper cup of coffee off the ship. There doesn’t seem to be a rational reason for this rule. In addition, we should have been notified of this rule before purchasing our lattes onboard. We finished our coffee while waiting in line but were chastised by staff for having empty cups. Plus, there was no trash can at the exit to throw them away. Sprinkles, the ice cream station by the pool, had no toppings as the name implies. Therefore, why call it sprinkles? Drop the suggested dress code for the dining room, especially formal night. We agree caps, tank tops, shorts or bathing suits should not be permitted, but in this day and age, people wear what they want to wear when dining out. The ship should be no different. Make every night “business casual.” For men, slacks/khakis and a shirt with a collar. For women, slacks or skirt and a blouse or shirt with a collar. If people want to dress to the nines, let them do so, but at their own discretion. Need more than just two power outlets in staterooms for cell phones, tablets, laptops and other devices. We would have played in the casino had it been designated as a non-smoking facility. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Best part was Sam and Rig in the breakfast dining room. Our room attendant Clement was fabulous. We ate all our meals (except breakfast) in Windjammer everyday. The staff was wonderful. However the food was very disappointing. Variety was ... Read More
Best part was Sam and Rig in the breakfast dining room. Our room attendant Clement was fabulous. We ate all our meals (except breakfast) in Windjammer everyday. The staff was wonderful. However the food was very disappointing. Variety was slim. The food wasn't always prepared to perfection. The shows were exceptional. The day we disembarked we were put in a room and forgotten about. It felt totally disconnected from the cruise. We were to get off at 8:15am. We got off approx 9:15 which wasn't a big deal. What made it a big deal was not once did a staff member com in and give us an update. Many elderly were standing because there was no seating for them. Four times a staff person came through caring 4 straight chairs. The first time he came through we thought great he is going to give people seats. All four times he took the chairs to the stage. Not sure what he did with them up there as we couldn't see where exactly he put them. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
I recently went on my first Royal Caribbean cruise. It was a nine day cruise out of Cape Liberty, NJ with ports in Boston, Portland, Bar Harbor, Saint Johns, and Halifax. I was cruising with two couples. This particular cruise was ... Read More
I recently went on my first Royal Caribbean cruise. It was a nine day cruise out of Cape Liberty, NJ with ports in Boston, Portland, Bar Harbor, Saint Johns, and Halifax. I was cruising with two couples. This particular cruise was chosen for the itinerary. The Good.... Embarkation was very smooth and did not take us too long to get through the lines and onto the ship. Great crew. My cabin steward was the most personable one I have ever had. All the members of the entertainment department were great. I had an ocean view cabin which was a good size for one person (although it was a quad room - I can’t even imagine what it would be like with four people in it). Loved the desk area which had plenty of useful storage space. The bed was very comfortable (as was the bedding) although the pillows left a lot to be desired (but I am very picky about pillows). The ice skating show was amazing. I am a trivia addict and there were lots of chances to play. RCI had fairly good prizes. We only had one tender port but tendering went smoothly both ways. The RCI tours we took were good but often too much was included so we only had a few minutes at some locations. The ship was in good condition. I liked the way the servers would bring you tea/lemonade/coffee, etc. to you at the Windjammer. The RCI Meet and Mingle was nice with a small gift for everyone and prizes. The average.... Food although it was better than I was expecting after reading comments on CC. We did not go to any of the specialty restaurants. Shops Shows were typical cruise ship ones (other than the ice skating). Not so good Since it was not a warm weather cruise, outside facilities were usually not a good choice for a quiet sit. I had a hard time finding a good inside, quiet spot to sit, perhaps read, and be able to look out on the ocean. The library had only about 350 books and 20 or so chairs (they were comfortable, however). The horrible My Time Dining. Let me preface this by saying MTD was the only available option when we booked six months in advance. None of us had done MTD on Royal and were not prepared for what we got. We thought we could eat when we wanted each night (which might be different each night due to to the activities of the day). First night the five of us showed up and it was like a Black Friday sale at a big box store - total chaos! There were two lines - one for those with reservations and one for those without. Even the people with reservations were being given beepers and told to wait. That system does not work. It is hardly fair for those who made reservations to have to wait when someone who doesn’t walks up to get a table. On the other hand, it is not right to let those who don’t have reservations have to stand around waiting an hour or more since reservations are not required. After the first night we made reservations but were only able to get the time we actually wanted twice. I also did not like having different servers every night. The internet. I have cruised 150 days in the last year and a half on three different cruise lines and have never had such horrible service. The signal in my cabin was dreadful. I never found an area with a very good signal but the Windjammer was fair. I was glad I bought the unlimited plan because if I had been paying by the minute, I might have gone bankrupt! I spoke to a number of people on board and all had similar issues. Elevators. There were only two sets (forward and aft) for a total of 14 elevators for over 3500 people. There was often a long wait to get an elevator. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We drove from Annapolis, MD to Cape Liberty in 3 hours. being a Gold member, we were on the ship on 30 minutes, checking in at 12 noon. Windjammer was packed, but managed to find a table. Stateroom was ready by 2PM, luggage was ... Read More
We drove from Annapolis, MD to Cape Liberty in 3 hours. being a Gold member, we were on the ship on 30 minutes, checking in at 12 noon. Windjammer was packed, but managed to find a table. Stateroom was ready by 2PM, luggage was already there. On a wait list for first seating in dining room until sailing date, but got it. First full day was at sea; time to relax for 4 continuous days at port. Only 50% of passengers dressed for formal night. Great autumn weather throughout cruise, but the fall leaves late in color this year. Rained only in St. John. Only used RCI excursion at Halifax. Others were overpriced compared to going on line and using outside vendors. Meals were average. Hit and miss in the main dining room for dinner, lunch and breakfast. Best meals were lobster for dinner and calamari salad for lunch. Staff were friendly. Some wear and tear noticed in public area. Stateroom was fine. Did the walk with your luggage. Off the ship at 7:45AM. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
This was another bucket list trip that we just loved. October is the best time to do this cruise and we timed the leaf change just about right. The ship was in great shape and the staff for the most part were friendly and responsive. ... Read More
This was another bucket list trip that we just loved. October is the best time to do this cruise and we timed the leaf change just about right. The ship was in great shape and the staff for the most part were friendly and responsive. Our table mates were the hit of the week. Having cruised many times, we found this group of 8 to have had the most in common and RCCL matched us up perfectly ! Our excursion choices were all spot on. Don't miss doing the Cog Train...great experience... Anyone can get off the ship and shop, but you would miss out on so much beautiful scenery and history of all of the ports of call. Explore and enjoy ! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
My wife and I sailed on the Liberty of the Seas (LOTS) from Bayonne, NJ on October 3. This was supposed to be a 5 night cruise to Bermuda, but due to Hurricane Joaquin our itinerary was changed at the last moment and we were diverted to ... Read More
My wife and I sailed on the Liberty of the Seas (LOTS) from Bayonne, NJ on October 3. This was supposed to be a 5 night cruise to Bermuda, but due to Hurricane Joaquin our itinerary was changed at the last moment and we were diverted to St. John, Canada instead. We have cruised many times in the past, including trips to both Bermuda and St. John, so for us this change was no issue. Our vacation was more about the voyage than the destination, as we were celebrating some milestones in our life. We are big fans of Norwegian Cruise Lines. Our only prior experience with Royal Caribbean was on the debacle known as the Quantum of the Seas. That ship, and that cruise, was so awful that we were reluctant to ever cruise on RCI again. But the convenience of leaving from Bayonne rather than Manhattan gave us pause to reconsider and give Royal Caribbean a second chance. All in all, we were happy with that decision. DEPARTURE: Driving to the Port Liberty Cruise Terminal from our home in western New Jersey takes only an hour. Parking in the lot on the pier is extremely convenient. The cost is $19/day, which comes out to $95 for a 5 night cruise. There are cheaper parking lots in the vicinity, but they all require use of a shuttle to get to and from the terminal. The added convenience of being able to walk a few hundred yards from the car to the ship without waiting for the bus to show up is worth the extra cost. The parking lot is safe and secure from what we can tell, and flooding is not an issue other than if there is a huge storm surge from a tropical storm pounding NJ. And if that is the case, you have bigger issues with which to contend. Embarkation was slow, painfully slow. I believe this was exacerbated by the fact that the LOTS arrived late from its previous voyage and was still disembarking the last of its passengers when we arrived at 11 AM. Dropping off luggage was a breeze, but it took over an hour standing in line waiting to check-in before we had our Set Sail cards in hands and were walking up the gangway. ITINERARY CHANGE: As previously noted, this cruise was intended for Bermuda. For several days leading up to the Saturday departure it was becoming more and more apparent that Hurricane Joaquin was going to impact the cruise in some form. Either we would have to divert our course to sail around her to reach Bermuda (and experience rough seas), or change to another port. As late as Friday afternoon, after calling Royal Caribbean to inquire about any itinerary changes and waiting on hold for 30 minutes, representatives were still saying that the cruise ship was going to go to Bermuda. This made no sense at all, as anyone following the weather closely could see by then that the hurricane and the ship were both heading to the same location at the same time. Finally, about 8 PM, we received a call, a text and an email from RCI informing us about the change. It gave us time to repack with more appropriate attire. The next morning at 8 AM we received yet another round of calls, texts and emails announcing that departure had been moved up by 2 hours. Again, no issue for us. But apparently a number of fellow passengers were never notified of either change – showing up at the pier only to be notified then of the itinerary change. This is the one area where I fault Royal Caribbean. Granted, they wanted to try to get us to the original destination, and waited as long as they felt that they could before calling it. And the decision to change from Bermuda to Canada was absolutely the right one to make. Anyone who has ever sailed before knows that. But in my opinion they were too slow in pulling the trigger. It was obvious by Friday morning that there would be a problem heading into the path of Joaquin. RCI should have started notification much earlier in the day. I do commend RCI, however, for providing a refundable credit to all cabins. For us, this was a $500 refund for the stateroom, plus another $65 refund for the Bermuda port fees. By comparison, the Carnival Sunshine also had to cancel its visit to Bermuda because of Joaquin but only offered its passengers a 25% credit towards their next Carnival cruise. Granted, RCI probably intended for most passengers to spend this credit onboard, in the form of more drinks, specialty dining, spa treatments, and so forth. For the 2 sea days on the way back from Canada we were barely moving at only 9 knots, so there certainly was ample time to spend it. For us, however, that money got refunded back to our credit card the day we got back and will go towards a down payment on our next cruise. STATEROOM: For this cruise, we booked an inside cabin (Room 1277) on deck 10. Our assumption was that we would not be spending much time in the room, so did not need a balcony. It was a wise decision. The room was small, but had more than sufficient storage and enough space for two adults to move around without tripping over each other. The closet held our two suitcases, with enough shelves and hanger space for all of our clothes. It also had a room safe significantly larger than the one aboard the Quantum. In addition there were a half dozen drawers in the desk in the room, plus additional storage for incidentals in small drawers in night stands on either side of the bed and alongside the mirror. Built in night lights on both sides of the bed were a nice touch, as inside cabins are otherwise totally dark, even at midday. The bathroom was also small, but well maintained. During the voyage a maintenance crew came in to replace one of the shower stall panels which apparently was cracked, though we never even noticed. Our stateroom steward, Jeff O., did a great job keeping the room cleaned, our ice bucket filled, our champagne chilled, and providing some hilarious towel animals – including Halloween themed bats and a “towel man” sitting on the sofa watching TV with the remote in his hand. Nice touch. THE SHIP: The Liberty of the Seas is not a new ship, but has the most intuitive layout of any cruise ship we have been on so far. Getting around is easy. Both deck 4 and deck 5 provide a straight path from the theatre in the bow to the dining rooms in the stern. Large, open elevator atriums both fore and aft give the ship an impressive grandeur that is missing on new ships like the Norwegian Breakaway. Night clubs are kept out of site, thus reducing the amount of noise for other passengers. There are even little details everywhere if you stop to notice, such as the rug inserts in all of the elevators being changed every night to indicate the day of the week (e.g., Sunday, Monday, etc.). There was no problem with chair-hogs around the pool, as far as I could see, but then this was a cruise to Canada in October, so the pool deck did not receive that much play. In fact, all outside decks were locked down for about the first 24 hours of the cruise as we had 15’ seas and winds across the deck in excess of 70 mph while sailing east into a full gale. When they finally did open up the outside, the most amazing sight was the height of the waves IN the pools and hot tubs, with these emptying themselves all over the deck. Perhaps my favorite feature of the LOTS was that a person could go outside on deck 4 and walk the full perimeter of the ship, from the stern to the very tip of the bow. This is the first and only ship I have been on so far that actually allowed passengers up on the bow, with benches provided around the helipad to sit and enjoy the view. Very cool. If there was one disappointment on the ship, it was that the Solarium is not enclosed. There is no retractable roof as on some vessels, and no glassed in area. On warm weather trips this is probably not necessary, but on voyages to cool weather climates it would be nice to have an area that is warm and sheltered from the elements. Some previous reviews have indicated that passengers could detect the smell of raw sewage while onboard. I did find this on a several occasions, always in the vicinity of where maintenance was working on repairing something. Was it pleasant? No. But it was always confined to the immediate area and always dissipated shortly after the workers finished what they were doing. DINING: Dining aboard the LOTS was good, though a little hit or miss. Windjammer and Jade both offered an acceptable selection of food throughout the day, even if there was nothing spectacular. Breakfast and Lunch in the main dining room was a step up from the buffet both in terms of quality and selection. Service was slow at times, and a few times our orders were in error. But overall these meals were fine, too. Dinner was very good. We had a 5:30 seating and were always served promptly. The menu selection was excellent and the food ranged from good to excellent. Our meals were always the right temperature and generally were quite tasty. Some plates were a little salty, but such occurrences were few. Commendations go to our waiter, Tomislav, and assistant waiter, Elez. Both gentlemen were always prompt, courteous, and made us feel like special guests. Tom frequently made spot-on recommendations for the evening. When dessert came, he often brought us an additional item other than what we ordered for my wife and I to sample and share. Elez was quick to learn our preferences for rolls (the pumpkin seed rolls are outrageous) and tea after dinner – bringing us our favorites each night without even having to ask. That is what I consider to be great service. One disappointment with the main dining room is that lobster is no longer served on formal night. Instead, lobster is available every night in the main dining room, but for an additional fee. For $29.95 you can order a whole 1 ¼ - 1 ½ pound Maine lobster. And for $34.95 you can order a surf-n-turf plate consisting of a 6 ounce broiled lobster tail and a grilled 9 ounce filet mignon. And ordering these meals also means a 18% additional gratuity will be added to your onboard charges. Really? Charging for a meal in the main dining room? This seems like a significant reduction in the overall dining experience, especially for seasoned passengers who have come to expect 1 night with lobster tails on the regular, complimentary menu. Unlike many cruise lines that are pushing specialty restaurants for a fee, the LOTS only has 2 such restaurants – Portofino and Chops. Both of these are located adjacent to Windjammer on deck 11. There is also a Johnny Rockets, with a $6.95 cover charge per person, that does not include a milk shake drink. From what I saw through the windows while passing by, the food at Johnny Rockets was not significantly different from the hamburgers, hot dogs and fries in Windjammer and just not worth the additional cost. But everyone has different tastes and opinions. One additional note, we especially enjoyed the Café Promenade on the Royal Promenade, deck 5, as a place to get a midnight cup of tea in a travel cup to take out on deck. This was a nice touch that we have found to be missing on many other ships. ENTERTAINMENT: The entertainment aboard the LOTS was all enjoyable if not memorable. It was typical cruise ship song-and-dance lasting an hour, including introductions and conclusions by the cruise director. The main show on the cruise, “Saturday Night Fever – The Musical”, was good, and had some impressive props considering the venue. But in my own opinion, the disco craze and 70s fashions were short lived for a reason and a revival really is not needed, even if it is only 82 minutes in length. Other nightly shows included an a Capella boys group called the Cats Pajamas. They were OK, nothing special. There was an aerial act that was totally forgettable, a comedian who was funny but needs some new material, and a comic/juggler who was definitely enjoyable and perhaps the best of the main theatre shows. The best show of the entire cruise, and the only one worth seeing more than once, is the matinee ice show, Encore, in the On-Air ice rink. One form of entertainment that we stumbled upon by accident was the Dreamworks Move it! Move it! welcome parade the first night. This was on the Royal Promenade. Although it featured Dreamworks characters, such as Shrek, and probably was geared more towards kids, even as an adult it was fun to watch. And the energy level was infectious. Another form of “free” entertainment I would recommend is to visit the FlowRider in the stern to just sit and watch fellow passengers wiping out. PORTS OF CALL: What can I say about St John? It is a small, clean Canadian Maritime community. The emphasis is on the word small. One can easily walk around and see all of the main points of interest in a few hours. Having sailed here twice before, my wife and I took it as an opportunity to visit the shops, sit along the waterfront, talk with some of the locals, and most importantly purchase several tins of ice wine tea. This, and maple products, are the two best items that I would certainly recommend. DISEMBARKATION: While getting on the ship was slow, getting off of the ship was FAST. After one final breakfast in Windjammer, we gathered up our luggage and got on self-disembarkation line about 7:15. We stood around waiting for about a half an hour, but I do not count this in the time it took to get off as it was an opportunity to watch sunrise over the harbor and marvel at a container vessel heading out to sea right next to us, assisted by tugs. Once the ship was cleared by customs and the line started moving, we went from the ship, to the gangway, down the escalator, through the terminal, through customs, out of the building, across the street, and were in our car in 14 minutes flat. You cannot do that in Manhattan. OVERALL CONCLUSION: Was this our best cruise ever? Probably not. Was it enjoyable? Definitely. Is the Liberty of the Seas a great ship? Yes. Did Royal Caribbean redeem itself from our previous experience with the Quantum of the Seas? Absolutely. Will I consider booking my next cruise on the Anthem of the Seas to get back to Bermuda? The jury is still out on that one, but it is worth at least considering. Too bad NCL does not leave from New Jersey. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
My first inside cabin had bugs at night from the first night I was on the cruise. Linens soiled, towels stained, pillow had yellow stains form saliva. I got nothing unless I tipped. Like soap, shampoo, lotion, shower cap, pen, pad. I ... Read More
My first inside cabin had bugs at night from the first night I was on the cruise. Linens soiled, towels stained, pillow had yellow stains form saliva. I got nothing unless I tipped. Like soap, shampoo, lotion, shower cap, pen, pad. I had taken 40 cruises, this was the worse one. Service good cause I constantly tipped. Shows very good. Food a step up from hospital cuisine. I liked going off the ship in MAINE to LL BEAN. Like the ports. Going out to eat in MAINE was delicious. Johnny Rockets on this cruise was my fav food. Servers at all areas of food, terrific!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We traveled to the Port by car traffic on Thursday morning was heavy, but we arrived in plenty of time. Check in went really well no problem with check in went up to the Windjammer for lunch it was a beautiful sunny day so clear you could ... Read More
We traveled to the Port by car traffic on Thursday morning was heavy, but we arrived in plenty of time. Check in went really well no problem with check in went up to the Windjammer for lunch it was a beautiful sunny day so clear you could see the Lady Liberty, got some really good pictures of her. We got in the room at about one thirty just like the said. Long waits the first day for elevori were very slow. Went ot dinner are first time with my time dinning, Service was great, Nice menu a lot to choose from. When we got back to are room one of are luggage was missing. Are Steward Daryl was right there said all of luggage has been delived. He than said it was probly on deck two with a missing tags Daryl took me down and found are bags. He could of just sent me but he didn't, than said he would take it back to my roon so I could enjoy the rest of my night. It would of been nice if some one at check in told us about the change in Ports. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We ave been on 12 cruises before. We drove into Bayonne from Virginia. The drive was not to bad but be prepared for the toll roads. Some of the tolls were $14.00. Overall we paid about $65.00 in just tolls. We parked with premier parking ... Read More
We ave been on 12 cruises before. We drove into Bayonne from Virginia. The drive was not to bad but be prepared for the toll roads. Some of the tolls were $14.00. Overall we paid about $65.00 in just tolls. We parked with premier parking not at the cruise port. They were $12.00 ad day compared to the cruise port of $19.00 a day. This ship was the largest we had been on to-date . The promenade was a nice change. We had great sailing super smooth for most of the trip. Coming back from Boston we ran into a northeaster storm followed by hurricane Joaquin. We had 48 knot winds most of the time back , some more than that. We had waves breaking over our windows on the 2nd floor room 2664. Yes the ship did move around some but not as bad as I would have expected with sustained winds of 55 MPH. That is gale force winds. We also has some at over 60 MPH. In Virginia when the hurricane came thru many years ago did lots of damage with winds much less than what we had on this cruise. We never saw anyone get sick or green around the gills.LOL. This ship has (4) stabilizers that had to be working overtime. Our stateroom 2664 was very quiet and very convenient to most everything. The food is the normal cruise food. No where as good as 8+ years ago. Even the on board paid steak house & paid Italian restaurants were not great just ok. The people working the ship were always nice and helpful. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
I’ve sailed with Princess on different ships many times. I enjoyed every cruise on Princess. Thought I would give Royal Caribbean a try for a change. I sailed on it once years ago on a short trip on their Radiance of The Seas. Was not ... Read More
I’ve sailed with Princess on different ships many times. I enjoyed every cruise on Princess. Thought I would give Royal Caribbean a try for a change. I sailed on it once years ago on a short trip on their Radiance of The Seas. Was not very impressed with that one, but thought it was a short cruise and the ship was smaller. This Canada and New England cruise is on Liberty of The Seas for 9 days, so I was expecting it to be a much better experience than the Radiance of The Seas, and hoping it would be comparable to all the Princess cruises I have been on. Wrong! Things already started out wrong before the sailing. I booked this cruise for September 24 sailing back in January this year. The itinerary listed 5 ports of call with 3 sea days. I didn’t think anything about the itinerary until 2 weeks before the cruise when I printed out all the paperwork to get ready to go. The itinerary only showed 4 ports with 4 sea days. The port of St. John New Brunswick was deleted and replaced with another sea day. Called RCCL and unable to get a straight answer of why the port has been canceled and why I wasn’t notified at all. The RCCL customer rep said it was canceled in March, and he could not find any record of sending out any email notification to me. I did not pay the balance until July. If I had known about this cancellation, I could have changed to another sailing with St. John on the itinerary, or find another cruise line to sail altogether. Nobody would prefer another sea day over a port visit. I paid for 5 ports when I booked, but only ended up with 4 ports. I emailed RCCL’s corporate guest relations to complain about the problem, but only received a generic reply from this “resolution specialist” that they have the right to cancel port, and if there is any overcharge on port charges, it would be credited to the ship expense account. Of course I didn’t get any credit at all. While on the ship, even talked to the ship’s business liaison person. Got the same run around as before. She said the land office should take care of these credits and she can’t do anything on the ship! I understand they have in fine print that they have the right to cancel a port any time. I know the port charges may be minimal, but that’s the least Royal Caribbean can do to pacify the customers for canceling out a port without notice. It is the principle of doing the right thing that counts. If only I knew about the cancellation, I could have changed to another cruise with St. John. I sailed a European cruise on Princess that 2 ports were canceled due to weather, but Princess replaced us with 2 different ports instead, and we were all happy again. This is just simple business tactics to gain customers’ satisfaction and loyalty. Royal Caribbean evidently doesn’t care for losing one customer because they think I’m just a drop in the bucket for them. Things did not get any better on the ship either. The food is the absolute worst I have seen on any cruise I’ve sailed. The dining room food is terrible. Samples of the dinner main course menu are BLT salad, Caesar salad with chicken, none of the surf and turf, halibut, orange roughy, sea scallops, clams, king crabs, large prawns I’m so used to on all Princess cruises. Surf and Turf was available for $$$! One night there were “tiger shrimps”, but the plate came out looking pitiful because the shrimps were so small and not fresh at all. I was shocked at how small they looked, for a cruise dining room dinner? The assistant waiter tried to show my sister how to remove the shell, and he even couldn’t do it because the shrimp was so mushy. It was embarrassing. On the second formal night, they did give us lobsters, but it didn’t taste very fresh. My sister’s lobster was even mushy when the head waiter tried to remove the shell. He made the waiter take it back for another one. Evidently their limited seafood supply was not fresh at all. The last night seafood platter was a joke. The menu said “fried fish, sea scallops and shrimp”. The plate presented was exactly like a frozen tv dinner heated up. The fried fish were definitely packaged ones because they looked uniformly same shape and size, with only a thin piece of fish between thick breading. The so called sea scallops were fake, fish products shaped like sea scallops, breaded and fried! The accompanying vegetables were few diced carrots and peas, like those Birdseye frozen peas and carrots. I would feel better if the menu just say “imitation sea scallops”. Then, I won’t feel being deceived purposely. The appetizer crab cake before this seafood platter was another letdown, just a glob of seasoned breadcrumbs with flakes of imitation crab product. Desserts were pitiful too. All they had were wimpy mousse and puddings. These remind me of those desserts in a Chinese buffet restaurant. At first we thought Royal Caribbean doesn’t have a pastry chef on their ships. Then, when we saw the advertised flyers of their paid restaurants showing fancy desserts, we realized that there was a pastry chef, but those fancy desserts were only available for paid dinners! On Princess there is unlimited supply of all sorts of fancy desserts, artfully presented – free! The Windjammer buffet had the same so so food every day. As someone has said in another review, I felt like going to Golden Corral. While eating in Windjammer, we were being approached a few times by their staff trying to push their paid restaurants. The pizza in Windjammer and Sorrento (their Italian café on deck 5’s Royal Promenade) looked and tasted like heated up frozen pizza, and worse. The edges tasted like cardboard and the middle was always soggy. I wonder if Royal Caribbean gave us such poor dining room food in order to make people go to their paid restaurants? It’s ashamed to waste such a beautiful dining room setting for what they are serving. Entertainment is another disappointment. There were three big shows on this cruise – Ice Show, Saturday Night Fever, Unexpected Boys (Jersey Boys). Getting a seat was ridiculous. We went 30 minutes ahead of show time, yet we couldn’t find any seat but ended up standing for the whole show. For the other shows, we went an hour ahead waiting for the doors to open in order to get a seat. Even though Royal Caribbean gave us big shows, but having to waste an hour to secure a seat is unacceptable, total waste of time and unnecessary stress on a vacation. I’d rather watch less known yet still great production shows on Princess and not having to worry about getting a seat an hour ahead. The comedian on this cruise was very bad. Cabin room amenity is also lacking. There were no hand lotion, no pen and notepad supplied and no night time chocolate when the beds were turned down. Also lacking was the complimentary tote bag for shore excursions that Princess Cruise always supplied. Having fine dining experience on a cruise is very important to me. It is something I look forward to every night after a long day at sea or visiting a port. On Princess I always feel like I’m eating in a five star restaurant, yet on Royal Caribbean, it’s worse than a cheap buffet restaurant. If you don't mind their sub-par food, difficulty in getting a show seat and poor customer relationships, go for it. I have to admit it's a beautiful ship. This is definitely the last time I cruise on Royal Caribbean. Back to Princess which I can trust every single time, plus I get more than enough free internet minutes being a Platinum member on Princess, whereas on Royal Caribbean, the only perk for a Platinum member is two $3 slot machine chips! Go figure. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Fastest onboard process ever. Oldest overall passengers ever, not a problem with them; but not enough venues on ship to accommodate a predominantly indoor activity seeking age group. Had to get to the show 45 minutes early to get in, so ... Read More
Fastest onboard process ever. Oldest overall passengers ever, not a problem with them; but not enough venues on ship to accommodate a predominantly indoor activity seeking age group. Had to get to the show 45 minutes early to get in, so we were not able to get in to see all the shows. Clean, comfortable ship, about to go in to dry dock for major changes/updates. Creepy stairwell art prints, which I notice because I use them as my landmarks for getting around the ship. Friendly staff, working fast and hard. Windjammer overcrowded, but we did have a couple of cool, rainy at-sea days. Food appearance is outstanding, but quality is just pretty good, in general. Coffee was par, but readily available. Wine selection in dining room, very good; but very slow delivery. Excursion disembarking/embarking and tendering process very smooth; as well as final day self disembarking. We self-purchased all of our excursions directly from vendors. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We had a junior suite on deck 9. The embarkation was very efficient. We were on the ship in about twenty minutes. The suite was spacious and all that we expected. The ship was large - very large. The closet made home keeping very easy. The ... Read More
We had a junior suite on deck 9. The embarkation was very efficient. We were on the ship in about twenty minutes. The suite was spacious and all that we expected. The ship was large - very large. The closet made home keeping very easy. The room steward was very good. The main dining room was rather routine. The menu was not apealling and the staff seems to realize it. Room service was good and the Chops restaurant was very good. Will probably go back to the smaller ships. Even with the nice amenities, the size of the ship limited the things we could get to (we are a 66 year old couple). Good cruise all in all. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Been on several cruises and this was my favorite ship. Easy to find venue locations and love the promenade concept with various eateries to just sit at and relax. Lots of comfy places to just hang out. Saturday Night Fever show was really ... Read More
Been on several cruises and this was my favorite ship. Easy to find venue locations and love the promenade concept with various eateries to just sit at and relax. Lots of comfy places to just hang out. Saturday Night Fever show was really good and enjoyed ice skating show. The singers and dancers were above Carnival level. Headliners were average except a group called the Un something Boys that were a group of Broadway performers who had great voices and very enjoyable. Balcony room was nice and plenty of room for two of us. Dining room food was way above average. Windjammer room for all day casual dining was normal with wide variety of average food. After 5 days you have sampled just about all choices. Very nice employees in all areas. Cruise director was the best ever...not the usual hokey guy. Think his name was Dru Pavlov (know the last name is right). He was funny and friendly and seemed to be truly enjoying his job. He's worked for RC for over 15 years. We were unable to go to St. John's due to tide but felt very satisfied w the itinerary. Plenty of time to do excursions at all ports, which we did, and not all were booked thru RC. Highly recommend the bike tour thru Acadia. Leaves had not changed colors (darn) but it was beautiful 60 - 70 weather the entire trip. Can't control nature! Ship pools were nice (no solarium pool) but too cold on this trip. Excellent fitness center that was quite large on very front of ship w great view. Many took advantage of the numerous hot tubs. Most of the clientele was in mid 60s to 70s so be prepared for some wheelchairs, walkers and slow walking. We learned to maneuver when we needed to get to a popular venue a little early. Ship employees very adept at handling elderly needs at all ports. Take the stairs to burn off the calories and save time by avoiding the really popular elevators. We are in our late 50s so we felt like kids! Met lots of nice people and no complaints about our fellow passengers. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
this was my 2nd time sailing to Canada / NE from Bayonne. I've cruised about 17 times now -- majority with RCCL and a few with Celebrity. Diamond status - they shifted the lounge from wall of windows / outside deck floor 14 ... Read More
this was my 2nd time sailing to Canada / NE from Bayonne. I've cruised about 17 times now -- majority with RCCL and a few with Celebrity. Diamond status - they shifted the lounge from wall of windows / outside deck floor 14 for cocktail hour to the dungeon of Catacombs on deck 3 ..smelly and dreary place with no view of the outside ...we chose instead to have our drinks elsewhere at night to watch the sun set. age 47 - traveled with husband - this was his 2nd cruise - his first was on Quantum this past Feb. Decent price at $1400 each in a balcony cabin = $2800 total for 2 people this price included the gratuities. Easy to say getting bored with older RCCL ships especially after sailing Quantum last year. But living in NJ it saves the hassle of airport travel / baggage fees etc 9 nights is relaxing -- 4 ports - 5 sea days Tried Chops for 1st time and definitely felt it was NOT worth an additional $35 each for the meal. Felt like we wasted $70 - would never return to a specialty restaurant after that disappointing experience. Service good overall on the ship for meals and drinks. Bar Harbor tenders take up a lot of time...plan at least 1 hour each way to get on and get off the ship as they load up the boat and then wait 30 minutes before moving. Peggy's Cove in Halifax has gotten so much worse since my last trip there -- had to be about 30 tour buses there with us and it is a very very small area to see. Waste of $65 each on ship tour for 45 minute visit...but my husband had never been there. Boston pier was far away at Falcon Terminal ... rccl used to go to a different closer to the town pier the last time I did this sailing ... not very good signage and quite a long walk back to ship. But it was a nice day and we had 4 hours before ship left with nothing else planned so we walked it... I felt bad for the older guests with walkers, mobility issues .. it was exhausting just to get from ship to street level to get a taxi on the end of the pier. Overall nice trip but I think RCCL is just not "Wowing" me anymore .... older ships feel dated now ..... after being Quantified my expectations are higher to what can be offered for ship venues (270, music hall) , eating venues (loved café 270 and the new and improved WJ). Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Royal Caribbean Is a big ripoff. Just did a New England/Canada cruise and the cruise line canceled one of the ports for a trumped up reason, which I found out later. Then, they did not find another port in its place, there was at least one ... Read More
Royal Caribbean Is a big ripoff. Just did a New England/Canada cruise and the cruise line canceled one of the ports for a trumped up reason, which I found out later. Then, they did not find another port in its place, there was at least one other available. Then, although they told me, and my travel agent, that the port fees and taxes would be added to our on-board account, that did not happen. Then they The fees and taxes came to somewhere around $96 or more, times 3000+ is a nice profit. The Liberty of the Seas was home ported out of Bayonne, NJ. and was sailing nine days to New England and Canada. We were to make stops in Portland and Bar Harbor, Maine, Saint John NB (Canceled), Halifax, NS, and Boston, Massachusetts. Turns out we only went to four ports/port days in 9 days (Average of 8 hours in Port), we spent more day time at sea than in port. Compare that with the two other cruses (with other lines), 7 days, 5 ports/port days (Average of 9 hours in Port) and 15 days, 12 ports, 14 port days (Average of 10 hours in Port). But, at what was a average speed of just under 10 knots, we were not getting anywhere fast. Lots of time to play the slots, and buy paintings and booze. Royal Caribbean is known for nickel and diming (more like $500 and $1000) you to death. While other cruise lines are starting to offer reduced or free WiFi, they have one of the highest rates. While other cruise lines offer free or low cost water, juice and soda, Royal Caribbean charges one of the highest rates. And from the look of it, the alcohol packages (I am not a drinker) are also very high. The Activities were below average. RC was my first cruise where I was unable to see two of the nightly shows because there were no seats left. That was the first two nights, after that we stood outside the venue for over an hour to be sure to get a seat. Do not expect a good payout in the casino, from what I read the cruise line is committed to the 85% or better that U.S. casinos are held to. But all land casinos pay out much higher, up to 99%, while RCCI payout is closer to the 85%. The cruise had plenty to do as long as you had $$$ in your pocket. I counted one day and there were 72 activities, only 27 of which did not have a fee or were an advertisement for one of their paid services. With at least four of those 27 happening twice that day. I did, however, enjoy most of the food on board, and they kept the food coming. The Indian and other eastern dishes surprised me with the amount of heat, loved it. not sure others would. The one huge exception to the good food was the powdered eggs, shame on RC. Expect to be at dinner for over 2 hours. The service was good. The staff could learn a little more English, but then I do not speak any of their languages. The ship was to sail to the Caribbean for its next cruise. All customers were informed, two days prior to departure, that due to the weather they were heading to New England instead. I have seen where, because of the weather, they could not go to ANY port, so they sailed at sea for seven days, then returned to home port. And one instance they sat in port for the cruise. I do not know if they had a separate kids club, but I did notice that they had a lot of coin (I should say dollar) operated machines. I may be old fashioned, but $1.75 a game seemed like a lot. Embarkment and Disembarkment were good considering the 3000+ people. RC purchased tours were good, but you can get the same tours on-line for less. In conclusion, the ship has too many passengers and not enough to keep them busy unless you pay for it. Although RC is one of the cheaper cruise lines, they make it up in charging for everything as well as not paying back what they said they would. With the exception of the food, there were far too many negatives to give RC a passing grade. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
My husband and I sailed for the first time on RCCL. We sailed on Liberty of the Seas out of Bayonne NJ to Canada and New England 9/10-9/19. We have sailed with Princess, Norwegian, Disney and Celebrity. Embarkation - Easy drive ... Read More
My husband and I sailed for the first time on RCCL. We sailed on Liberty of the Seas out of Bayonne NJ to Canada and New England 9/10-9/19. We have sailed with Princess, Norwegian, Disney and Celebrity. Embarkation - Easy drive from northeast PA. Got to Cape Liberty around 10:30 am. Dropped off luggage, parked, checked in and on board ship by 11:30am. Quick and easy! When you check in you are given a number for boarding. They are called in order. There is an area for you to sit and wait for your number. Tip: get there early if you can. If you get there too early there is a Dunkin Donuts in the mall by Cape Liberty you can have breakfast. Ship/cabin: Ship shows her age but is very clean. Wide hallways. Had cabin 9384 balcony on 9th floor. Balcony good size. Cabin always kept clean. A lot of space for clothes. Bed not comfortable. Bathroom good size with walk in shower. Pomenade was fantastic and fun. Flow rider was fun to watch. Elevators slow and crowded especially on formal nights and after shows. Food: Windjammer buffet not very good. Same food every day not good variety and taste okay. I am a vegatarian and love salads and fruit. Very limited choices of salad fixings. Seating was challenging just not enough seats for everyone especially on sea days. Buffets on other cruise lines we traveled much better. We chose My Time Dining but made reservation before sailing. Glad we did because as we were in line others did not make reservations and had to wait until after 8:00pm. TIP- make reservations for main dining room if you chose My Time Dining. You have one hour window with your reservation. Food in main dining room was good not great. Service was very good. Sorrentos pizza okay they also had salad and bruschetta. Coffee shop was good place to get a coffee in the morning without dealing with the frenzy of the buffet. Coffee Shop also had sandwiches and desserts. Did not eat at Johnny Rockets but a great view on deck 12. Entertainment: In the Air, Saturday Night Fever, comedians, Quest and Dancing with the stripes all very good. Other entertainment in lounges was below average always the same music. Parades and shows in the promenade were very good. Lounges: Hoof and Claw good beer selection. Skooners good drink selection. Champagne Bar limited beer and martini selection. Boleros good for tequila drinks but not good selection of beer and Martinis. Vintages specialized in wine. Seems each bar has its speciality but Hoof and Claw could make any drink. Ports: tendering in Bar harbor was great they used local tour boats instead of life boats. Held a lot more people. Easy on and off. Good idea RCCL! Portland fun city make sure to go up top of ship when leaving Portland to see the most beautiful lighthouse Portland Headlight. St. Johns NB okay, Halifax great walking city and Boston took trolley tour and then walked to North End Little Italy. Debarkation- carry own luggage off. Lined you up in dining room on floor 4. Was congested with people and luggage. Started at 7:15 leaving people off ship. Did best they could but people got anxious. Got off boat, through customs in car by 8:00 am Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
This is a review of our recent 9/10/15 cruise to NE/Canada. This was our 26th cruise on RCI and pleased overall with some issues. Embarkation/Debarkation Embarkation was easy compared when we arrived for Quantum earlier this year. ... Read More
This is a review of our recent 9/10/15 cruise to NE/Canada. This was our 26th cruise on RCI and pleased overall with some issues. Embarkation/Debarkation Embarkation was easy compared when we arrived for Quantum earlier this year. Luggage drop and parking was quick and check-in was performed quickly. Debarkation started a few minutes earlier for Priority 11 and we left the Sphinx lounge by 8:05 AM. Getting luggage was quick this time and porter got us through Immigration fast. Lines for non-porters where long and another couple with us said the lines did not move for 20 minutes for some reason. Porter wanted to take us only to the parking gate entrance but we convinced him to take us directly to our car on the far side of the parking lot. Cabin Stayed in 7310 (E1). Balcony and view was pleasurable and room was OK. Sink drain was not working properly and one of the dresser mirror knobs was missing and not usable. Brought both to the cabin attendant’s attention but neither were fixed during our cruise. Service Our first seating dining was the best in many years. Kudos to our waiter Johnathan and his assistant Dominic at Table 425. The head waiter, Habib, was very visible at our table. Our Room Steward ensured a cable extension and distilled water was provided for our CPAP machine but otherwise adequate. Food As mentioned by other reviewers, breakfast at Windjammer gets monotonous after the fourth day of the cruise but the quality was good. The buffet lunch had good selection on most days. The quality of the food served at dinner was better than our most recent cruises (Enchantment and Adventure) but for C&R repeaters, the menus for Mojo, Pomodoro, etc is getting quite boring. We mentioned this at the Captain’s Q&A meeting and his Hotel Manager said RCI is modifying its menus but may take 18 months before it is changed across the fleet. We ate at Chops one night and the entrees and desserts were wonderful. The appetizers were not as good and the side portions were surprisingly small. Entertainment Surprisingly the entertainment during this cruise was great. The Saturday Night Fever musical was a better performance than we have seen on Broadway. The ice show was entertaining although the performers slipped several times due to the poor ice. Comedian Jeff Nease was the best we have seen on our 26 cruises with RCI. Singers and dancers were first rate. The pianist, Linda Gentile was a change from past and plays pops and musical tunes. The only act we didn’t care for were the aerialists. For most shows you need to be in there at least 45 minutes before show time to get good seats. The Cruise Director Dru Pavlov was visible. Don’t miss his jokes. Ports Portland - good Kennebunkport bus and boat tour (with RCI) but guides seemed confused on the time allowed for Dock Square and the tour boat was late in picking us up. The 50 minutes allowed for Dock Square is insufficient for shopping and eating purposes. Great seafood in Portland. Old Port was disappointing for shopping. Bar Harbor - Great tour guide (Peter) on Oli’s Trolley for Acadia Park and Cadillac Mt. (2 ½ hrs.). Unfortunately the Park and Mt. were not viewable because of the overcast. Good shopping and seafood can be found in the town. St. John’s - just walked around the town. Some folks love the tours with the locals but to us this is not a port with great attractions and you must leave port early. Halifax - lovely town. The shopping on the boardwalk was limited but worth walking the one mile length. Boston - shopping around the Market Place has been reduced due to several vendors being closed. Lots of eateries to satisfy everyone. Note there is a second floor eating area above the lower level eating place. We went to the NE Aquarium and highly recommend if you have time. Kind of pricey for $27.00 for adults ($25. For Seniors) . Immigration took about 1 hr. before the ship was released. Passengers had to line up on the deck 4, snake its way past the casino slot machines and then eventually enter the dining room where you seen and released by the agents. Reboarding was not an issue as the prior cruise but maybe because we returned earlier than most others. Ship Capt. Extended port hours while in Boston. A solid 4 out 5 for this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We were impressed with the cleanliness of the ship, its size and the many different venues. Plenty to do on board. 3,600 passengers but didn't feel crowded. Never had trouble getting pool loungers. The cantilevered hot tubs in ... Read More
We were impressed with the cleanliness of the ship, its size and the many different venues. Plenty to do on board. 3,600 passengers but didn't feel crowded. Never had trouble getting pool loungers. The cantilevered hot tubs in Solarium were awesome. Chops great as always, but cover charge keeps creeping up. Starting to become a questionable expense. MDR good, Windjammer not so much. Vintages five course dinner/wine pairing was pricey but a good experience. They give you much more wine than advertised (the two-ounce pours were more like four, the five-ounce main course pour was about seven and they added three other "treats" with wine so all-in-all well over a bottle of wine per person). It's wise to not have anything to drink beforehand in order to fully enjoy the evening. The shows were all high quality with the exception of Saturday Night Fever. A technical glitch five minutes in caused them to have to re-start. More than that, forcing the show into an eighty minute run time means songs are prominent at the expense of story. Ice show was outstanding. Cruise demographic decidedly older. I would guess only a few hundred people were under 50. We felt like youngsters at 58. We enjoyed every port, meeting relatives in Boston and Portland, renting cars in St. John and Halifax and taking a trolley tour in Bar Harbor. Bay of Fundy scenic trail had several good hikes. The drive to Lunenburg in N.S. well worth it. Such a pretty town. Fall foliage hasn't quite gotten there yet but we pretty much knew that would be the case when we booked. Lobster, lobster, lobster day after day but so fresh and good we were happy to have it. Customs and Immigration was disjointed and, from a security standpoint, inadequate. We spent 1 1/2 hours in line before disembarking in Boston for an immigration check, but didn't clear customs with our bags until end of cruise in Bayonne. Someone wanting to bring bad things into the US from Canada could have a field day with that set-up. Bottom line, we had a great cruise punctuated by a spectacular sunset at sea in the final night. We've already re-booked for next year! Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Having worked on cruise ships for the past ten years I was looking forward to just being a passenger. I had never been on the Liberty of the Seas and didn't realize how many people could be aboard it. Since this was the last week ... Read More
Having worked on cruise ships for the past ten years I was looking forward to just being a passenger. I had never been on the Liberty of the Seas and didn't realize how many people could be aboard it. Since this was the last week before school started, there were loads of children on board. My first complaint was the embarkation process. There were very long lines and it took forever. The second complaint was the lack of elevators. There was always a long wait after each event let out (shows in particular). Because the ship was full, the shows were crowded and they had to put on extra performances of the ice show and one of the big shows. The ship had very little for seniors to do on sea days. The music was loud and noisy in the the atrium and there was not much quiet space to sit with a group of people to have a relaxing conversation or play a game of cards. The food was OK except for the first meal. Nearly everyone at our table returned the main course which was supposed to be prime rib. The remaining days the food was good. The entertainment was also very good although you had to get to the theater 45 minutes before the show to get a good seat. The service in the dining room and Windjammer was outstanding. I would say that our waiter and assistant waiter were some of the best I've ever had. Our cabin steward as also outstanding. The cabin (veranda cabin) was adequate although the shower was small. We took a few of the ship excursions and they were very good. We normally go on our own but decided to relax this trip. Disembarkation was a breeze. No problems. I would not recommend this cruise at the time for seniors. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
My wife and I took our 3 boys (4, 2, and 1) on the 9 night New England and Canada cruise out of Bayonne. We had cruised Disney two times prior (one time with all 3 boys) and decided to give Royal Caribbean a try since they cruise out of ... Read More
My wife and I took our 3 boys (4, 2, and 1) on the 9 night New England and Canada cruise out of Bayonne. We had cruised Disney two times prior (one time with all 3 boys) and decided to give Royal Caribbean a try since they cruise out of New Jersey where we live. Overall we were very impressed. Rooms - We had two balcony rooms that were connected on Deck 10. Kids like to run around and there wasn't much space, but this was expected. Our room steward Jason, was great. Our kids looked forward to the towel animals he left in the rooms each night. We also had quite a mess kids eating food etc., but our rooms were always spotless thanks to him. The only drawback was that there was no bathtub. Again, we knew this beforehand. Kids Pools - This area exceeded our expectations. It was very very large. The 2 and 4 year old had access to a massive splash zone with many water spraying obstacles. It was bigger than the kids areas on the Disney Fantasy and Magic. The kids also had access to a 5' pool and to another 4 foot circular pool. The baby could crawl around in a separate heated baby enclosure. We never had any problems finding deck chairs. In fact, most days the pools were not crowded. Kids Clubs - We enrolled our 4 year old in the Adventure Ocean program. The program has 3 sessions daily. You can attend any amount of time that you want. Our son ended up loving the program and participated in the Pirate Parade. We were very happy with the size of the space and range of activities. We also enrolled our 2 year old and 1 year old in the Royal Tots Nursery on 4 of the days. We needed a break even though we were still on the ship. They were often the only kids there, but the space was large and there were quite a bit of toys. The women who ran the Nursery were all great. I wish we could take them home. Windjammer - This was the only disappointing part of the ship. The food was the same for every lunch and every dinner. Very little variety and no ethnic foods (curry dishes, Mexican, spices etc). Same thing every day. As such, we looked for lunch at the 5 port stops and frequented the Johnny Rockets and pizza shop on board. Embarkation - We waited in line about 2 hours to board the ship. It was not a great start. However, disembarkation only took about 20 minutes total. I was in my car within 20 minutes of them scanning my Seapass card. Note that I had 3 kids and 5 bags too. We did not watch any of the shows, but did use the sports deck and casino. Both were above average for a cruise. In room TV was lacking, especially for kids. My wife and I had previously cruised on Celebrity with our 4 year old when he was 1 and the other passengers seemed to be annoyed that we had a baby. They were also very patronizing and would frequently tell us how to parent our son (ie "Your son is licking a banana peel" or "watch out your son is holding a fork"). Nothing annoys me more and it is one reason I will never cruise Celebrity again - even without kids. On Celebrity this happened almost once a day. Royal Caribbean was very different. While there were many seniors, almost nobody took issue with our kids. Many of them were very friendly. One time someone commented in an elevator that I should be careful of my son's feet (he was in a stroller) near the elevator doors, but that was it. I still have no idea what he was talking about since we were in the back of the elevator. One would think that if you are taking 3 little kids on a cruise you have a pretty good idea of how to manage your kids. Another time someone asked me if my kids would remember the trip. I told them I don't remember trips I took 5 years ago and that's what photos are for. I no longer let these comments bother me. I just try to turn them around. I would say that 99% of the passengers were very friendly and understanding. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
nice ship friendly crew. Navigation of ship good. Maintenance problems like non working safes and balcony doors took days to resolve. Food choices were cheap and not very enjoyable. Boarding took 4.5 hours for gold members. Platinum ... Read More
nice ship friendly crew. Navigation of ship good. Maintenance problems like non working safes and balcony doors took days to resolve. Food choices were cheap and not very enjoyable. Boarding took 4.5 hours for gold members. Platinum took 1.5 hours. Worst in many cruises I have taken. There were 4.5 hour delays in Boston because of poor planning by RCI planning team who should have prenotified Boston authorities about use of second gangway. Tour desk staff were not trained on cruise ports. Their answer was we never were there before. We paid for a professional cruise. Someone at RCI should have provided training before the maiden cruise by Liberty to New England and Canada. Debarcation was a debacle. No provision was made for early departures, and room service breakfast was cancelled on the last day without notification. Activities team did a great job, and shows were professionally done. First and second seating dinner service was excellent. Breakfast and lunch in the dining room was iffy at best. Orders were lost, service was not professional. Windjammer buffet was smooth, although seating was sometimes scarce. 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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