17 Bayonne (Cape Liberty) to Caribbean - All Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas Cruise Reviews

Liberty of the Seas is a beautiful ship. It is laid out so that guests have easy access to most areas. I loved the Promenade in the middle of the ship. There are the usual stores where you can purchase clothes or souvenirs, a Ben & ... Read More
Liberty of the Seas is a beautiful ship. It is laid out so that guests have easy access to most areas. I loved the Promenade in the middle of the ship. There are the usual stores where you can purchase clothes or souvenirs, a Ben & Gerrys, a pizza shop, plus a 24 hr coffee shop. The coffee shop was a favorite of mine and a nice place to meet friends. It has small sandwiches and desserts all day long. They have regular coffee as well as specialty coffees for a fee if you don't have the deluxe drink package. Regular coffee is no charge. There are three separate pool areas: Main pool, kids splash park/pool, and adults only. I really liked how the adults only pool area is set up. There is a small bridge over one end of the pool, where you could get out of the sun if needed. The lounges around the pool area are angled toward the pool and the pool bar is at the entrance to the pool. The entertainment on board was outstanding. The cruise director, Dru, seemed to be everywhere and was an active part of the activities. We saw a Journey Tribute Band - amazing - and Saturday Night Fever. We saw an ice skating show which was great and a spectacular aerial show, on par with Circque deSoleil entertainment. There was always something to do or see. We had late seating in the Michaelangelo dining room. Our main server was Anton Gomes, assistant server Mayur. These men were great. Very personable and accommodating to us. The food was very good but not great. I had heard that RCL beats Carnival's food but I did not find that to be the case on this ship. Our cabin steward on the third deck Aft was Menino. He was very efficient and always greeted us by name. Great at his job and very personable. Another great time on a cruise. Next up is Carnival Glory in February 2016. Can't wait! Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
We've cruise before and this cruise was totally disorganized. We basically paid Royal Carribean Price for a Carnival quality. Positive: -Embarcation and disembarkation were fast and easy. -Kid's activities were ... Read More
We've cruise before and this cruise was totally disorganized. We basically paid Royal Carribean Price for a Carnival quality. Positive: -Embarcation and disembarkation were fast and easy. -Kid's activities were great. -Stateroom attendant and waiter were very nice and attentive -Labadee was wonderful. -They got rid of cork fees, so we brought our own wine for dinner. Negative: -The early dining is now at 17h30 ( instead of 18h30) and we were not aware of that. So we had to stop all activities around 16h, in order to have enought time to shower and change. -Quality of food and variety on the menu were average. Windjammer was just OK. We were told the chef had a l budget of only 13$ day/person. -Keys were not working. (Not opening the door, not being able to purchase drinks or souvenirs). We had to return 8 times to change our keys, with all the waiting at the guest services it involves. The problem as ongoing for a few cruise and lot of guest were having the same issues. -Changing the keys meant we changed the folio number so the pictures department lost some of our pictures. -Luggage tags were torn, including my own personnal lugage tag that was solidly attached to the luggage. One of the luggage still has our name, but nobody was smart enough to look at the name and match it with a stateroom number. We end up having to look ourselves for our luggage at deck 2, where all the untagged luggages are. -Shows were generally average, generally playing twice during the cruise. -The shows were packed due to the facts that you ca not book them in advance (contrary to Oasis and Allure) -Late night shows (10hPM) with adult content were filled with children, and the staff did not care -Ice ring was packed to more than maximum capacity and some people were skating like maniacs, pushing others. The staff did not care. --Except for stateroom attendant and waiter, most of the people did not have that smile and looking to help you attitude . The "Wow" factor was not there Bottom line: We will not sail on Freedom class ship another time. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
This was my 9th cruise, first time Royal Caribbean. I have cruised Carnival, NCL, Celebrity and Princess. The ship was big. And I felt movement the second day at sea on our way to Bermuda. With 3600 people it never seemed crowded. ... Read More
This was my 9th cruise, first time Royal Caribbean. I have cruised Carnival, NCL, Celebrity and Princess. The ship was big. And I felt movement the second day at sea on our way to Bermuda. With 3600 people it never seemed crowded. Rather than write a long review I will stick to pros and cons. Pros Cape Liberty - through the line and straight onto the ship. Easy. off the ship and home within an hour…. Ports - Bermuda is always a great port. We had beautiful weather. St. Maarten - nice but I don't' know if I would want to go back there ( used Bernard's tours from cruise critic rather than boat excursion, check it out) Puerto Rico- they should rethink this port Labadee - their private island. Good weather, jellyfish in the water dining room my time dining - table 630 - Mohammed and Josefina- these two worked very hard and I would say the passengers were not always so nice. Lemonade was great. Food- I enjoyed it. The dining room I could always find something to eat. My sister didn't particularly like all the brown gravy. Adult pool - nice to not have kids jumping over your head. However people did save chairs and people would move towels. May have missed a few people almost fighting. Ice show - great, don't miss it. Most of the staff were pleasant which I am always amazed because I couldn't deal with the rude passengers. Chops - nice dinner for $35 pp. Overall ship - the promenade was just stunning. Surprised to feel the boat rocking due to weather. Cons Internet - false advertising- buy the 119.00 package per device the first day. The price doesn't change even though they keep saying it's only $15 a day. When I went to buy it 5 days into the cruise they still wanted $119. Rip off and false advertising. People at the desk were less than helpful. I wrote this up and turned it in expecting to hear back from someone and no one ever contacted me. Dining rooms/ buffet - back of ship so did feel the rocking and rolling of the ship. Probably better to have dining in the middle of the ship so we don't feel it. Entertainment - This ship has plenty of bars and places to have entertainment but didn't seem to use them. Schooner's bar had 7:30 music trivia. By the end of the cruise probably over 100 people trying to play standing up, overcrowded. Move this to the Sphinx so it's comfortable. Sam May in the Claw and Hoof was fun. 7;30-9;30 hard to find something to do. It would have been nice to have had perhaps a comedian in a smaller club, not the big show room. Spa - waited for 4 for $109 special. Wasn't that great, didn't leave smelling like frangiapani. May cruise again with Royal, perhaps… Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
It was the best of cruises, it was the worst of cruises. My wife and I were on our 5th cruise in the past 5 years, multiple lines, but after cruising on Carnival we cam back to RCCL so that we could enjoy the service we expect when ... Read More
It was the best of cruises, it was the worst of cruises. My wife and I were on our 5th cruise in the past 5 years, multiple lines, but after cruising on Carnival we cam back to RCCL so that we could enjoy the service we expect when cruising. That would have been great, if it wasn't for the fact that 70-75% of the crew were on their first or second cruise. It also didn't help that there is no limit on the Drink package and MANY people on the cruise were not afraid to put this to the test. The Good first. We had the most amazing waiter we have ever had, even more so because he was doing the job of his assistant as well. If you have any choice in the matter, ask for Michael Costa from Goa, India. You will not be disappointed and you will be amazed. He knew just what to suggest, he often brought an extra serving, or another entree, just because, and he was essentially working by himself. The other Rock Star was also from Goa, India. He was a pool server/Show server and his name was John. My wife has his last name, but she is asleep after a long drive and I am not going to wake her for a review. He remembered my name from the first day to the last and was always there to ask if we needed a refill. Ask him about Cricket and he will follow you around the deck to make sure your drink is filled. I did not have the drink package, but I did order the cooler of beer. I had left overs every time and the next day, when I got to the pool he came over and filled the old bag with ice. When we ordered another cooler, he took the old one and filled it and brought us a new cooler still wrapped. "For a friend back home" he said- Brilliant, I wish I had thought of it. The ship was on a whirl wind tour of the Caribbean. We stopped in Bermuda and just took the ferry across the water to walk around town. Nice trip, and again cheap beer on the boat (any one see a trend forming here, LOL). May be the friendliest place on Earth (Sorry Disney, I still love you!). Michael, in the English Sport Shop sold me on 2 pair of Bermuda Shorts, one formal and one casual, who knew? He also sold me the matching socks and an amazing Sports coat to go with the shorts. If I do say so myself, The ensemble was a hit on the second Formal night. Our stop in San Juan started at 7am. Nice if you are missing Starbucks, since it was the only thing open at that hour, including the tourism shop in town. We were able to wait a little while (drink coffee at Starbucks) until the Artisan tents opened up in a local square and got some great items that are certified to be made in Puerto Rico. We found this place on an earlier cruise and these folks are amazing! The shows were awesome, until we went to leave. The early show let out and the people for the next show HAD to get to their seats. With only 45 minutes between shows, obviously it is more important to get a seat than let a lady with a cane, or the people on the scooters leave the theater. My wife and I are thankfully not in this category yet, but we did have someone in our dining group who was. She was visibly shaken, but too quiet to say anything. This is not the case with my wife and I. We went to Guest relations, and were basically given lip service. After talking to the Restaurant Manager, Milton, another Rock Star, and then cornering the Hotel Manager on the pier the Guest Relations manager contacted my wife and the situation got resolved. Another great part of the trip was the walking tour of Labadee. This is RCCL's private stop, with everyone telling you the whole sea day before how everything there is free. Seems to me that I paid for the cruise, but that is my own pet peeve. our guide, was VERY proud of Haiti and with good and justified cause. He told us the story of Labadee and his village. He speaks French, Creole and very good English. He teaches English to other people in the village of Labadee, so that when RCCL comes and tests people for jobs on the site, they can get hired. Amazing man and his story will tough your heart. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
As the title explains, this was not our best or our worst cruise on Royal Caribbean. Overall the ship was in great shape and well maintained by the staff, from the indoor public spaces to the pool deck. This trip was convenient being in ... Read More
As the title explains, this was not our best or our worst cruise on Royal Caribbean. Overall the ship was in great shape and well maintained by the staff, from the indoor public spaces to the pool deck. This trip was convenient being in New Jersey, and many guests were friendly, however I would like to remind all that when on vacation, this does not mean that your manners and respect are left home. As for the accommodations, our room was located in the back of the ship (Deck 10) and was perfect for the family and had a great view. Our room attendant, Richard was excellent and responded to all our needs and requests without a problem, and the room was always clean and organized. The breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer continues to be very "basic" across the entire Royal Caribbean Line, and is sufficient, however I do wish that they "changed" some of the choices each day. Maintain the standards, but add more "choices" each day to have some variety. (I doubt this will occur, as it has been the same for years - but hope) The Royal Promenade is an amazing part of the ship and is a daily place to visit, from sitting in one of the bars, to sitting along the center at Café Promenade. The energy in this area is great and the different "areas" (Shopping, Vintages, Sorentos, etc.) are always good places to visit. In regards to the shopping, as we have found on the other ships, the Royal Caribbean Logo gear is "lacking". As a regular cruiser on Royal Caribbean, I enjoy (and proud) to show my commitment by wearing something that has the logo on it, from hats to shirts. However, finding something on board (and website for that matter) is difficult. I was in luck on this trip to locate a Nike shirt with the Logo on it, but besides that item, nothing else exists. (I hope that Royal Caribbean changes that and has better options - a Dri-fit shirt with the Royal Caribbean name and ship would be excellent) Another disappointment was the offering of a Royal Caribbean Logo Tag Hauer watch. When we boarded the ship, they had signs posted and it was a topic of discussion one evening. I looked at the poster on the Royal Promenade and decided that I wanted this watch, and entered the store. However, when asked to see it, I was told "we don't have the men's watch on board, it might be on other ships", which was a big let down. (And poor marketing by Royal Caribbean) Now for the first time, I decided to purchase the "Ultimate Drink Package" on this trip in order to avoid the hassle of keeping track of receipts, etc. Overall this was a good idea as it made things easy when going into the different bars located through out the ship. Unfortunately I was given the impression sometimes that since I had the "UP", I was ignored in certain venues. As has been normal on past ships, each night I was offered a drink from the "bar" attendant in the main dining room. This trip (9 nights) I was offered a drink only two times in the main dining room (after making a point multiple times to ask), which has never happened in the past. On top of this, each night our wait staff clearly were not a "team" and the waiter was pretty much doing everything (orders, clearing the plates, delivering the meals, etc.) and the assistant waiter was doing very minimal (filling water glasses). Now as for the food, the menu has been the same for a long time now and I did notice they added (1) dish which appeared to be Indian food, but everything else can be found on other ships, which overall makes sense (ordering, etc.). I just wish, similar to the Windjammer, had more variety on the menu. As for the sports team (Flowrider), I will have to say they were all excellent (Tom and Anthony especially) and really took the time to be friendly and help teach. In closing, It was completely obvious that a new focus by Royal Caribbean is that all employees learn the guests names, but I think that this has become the main focus of the employees, instead of focusing on the service. Furthermore, I hope that the menu for all venues (Windjammer and main dining room) are reviewed and revised and that the options at Café Promenade are also reviewed and "changed" during the week for variety. (This trip, everything was the same each day) Finally, overall this was a great vacation and are looking forward to our next trip on Oasis in December. Thank you Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
First I must say that I have been cruising RCCL Sine 1989 and have diamond status and have not sailed Caribbean in many years since our last few have been in Alaska and Europe . We took this cruise just to relax and be with friends. The ... Read More
First I must say that I have been cruising RCCL Sine 1989 and have diamond status and have not sailed Caribbean in many years since our last few have been in Alaska and Europe . We took this cruise just to relax and be with friends. The line has seen tremendous changes in 26 years and most not for the better. Our last 2 cruises were in Europe and were done very well. This one not so much and I will have to try a different line. The only high point was our cabin steward Anthony . The food in any of the venues was mediocre at best. There were nights that we're ok and most pretty bad, nothing great. Service was spotty waiter and assistant never seemed to get it together. Windjammer service was non existent, dirty tables no beverage service, food terrible. RCCL spent most of the cruise trying to sell you something, their prices are good but don't be fooled you will spend a lot more when you get there. Things that used to be free now cost and things that had small cost have big cost. I would rather spend more in beginning and not feel like in car dealership all cruse. The things you get for diamond status are getting worse probably because there are too many of us. The diamond lounge is too small and of of the way. On a whole there has got to be a better line to try, so bye bye RCCL. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
RCI has greatest crew members and staff: everyone was fabulous. The ship is beautiful, clean, and well maintained. The food was very fresh and well prepared. The fitness center was large, well maintained and clean. We were very ... Read More
RCI has greatest crew members and staff: everyone was fabulous. The ship is beautiful, clean, and well maintained. The food was very fresh and well prepared. The fitness center was large, well maintained and clean. We were very disappointed in the only information obtainable was on all the items they want you to buy. It was easy to get information on the next cruise they wanted you to take or the spa, shore excursions or what was on sale at the shops. However, if you wanted to know what time you were docking, or any other port or disembarkation information, forget it. You could watch 5 hrs of RCI commercials hoping to catch some morsel of information, but who wants to sit in the room watching that for hours. The entertainment was average, they know they have a captive audience. The ship is completely geared to drink, gamble and sit by the pool. If that is your plan, go for it. Would not recommend anyone under the age of 21, just for that reason. I am also a non-smoker so was not happy that it is up to the passengers to address smokers who are smoking in "non-smoking" areas. There were several times i had cigar smokers (very easy to smell) walk by staff in main areas and no one was stopped or asked to get rid of there cigars. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
We got to the Port of Bayonne, after waiting for 45 minutes at the Parking Terminal for a bus to take us to the Embarkation terminal. It was Delta parking, so it had NOTHING to do withthe cruise. We waited on an extraordinary long line ... Read More
We got to the Port of Bayonne, after waiting for 45 minutes at the Parking Terminal for a bus to take us to the Embarkation terminal. It was Delta parking, so it had NOTHING to do withthe cruise. We waited on an extraordinary long line to check into the ship. We had previously been on the Quantum leaving from this terminal and we had the same issue. Check in took too long, as we are Emerald members, we expected to be checked in at a quicker pace. Once aboard, the cabin was ready and we were pleased with the cabin. When booking a cruise you get what you pay for. We had a balcony cabin, and there were no complaints. The ship though needs a refreshing, there were scuff marks int he cabin and there were chips in the paint, however, none of that had an effect on the quality of services in the room. The entertainment was FANTASTIC. The shows were great and the comedians were great. The food in the buffet was very MEDIOCRE. The choices were few, and the quality of the food should have been better. A cruise coming out of New York should have Lox on the breakfast buffet, and this ship did not have the Lox out, you needed to ask for it. The omelette station lines were shorter than on most cruise ships. There were several occasions where the buffet ran out of morning coffee. We ate most breakfasts at the buffet because the hours of service at the dinging room were short. In the afternoon at lunchtime, pasta was served on deck by the pool, to us that seems like a cost saving effort. It was difficult to get deck chairs, if you did not have your towel out by 6:30 am. The service and the dining room food was good, not great but very good. Overall, the staff on board were on that friendly. When you spoke to individual staff members, they were friendly 1 on 1 but as an overall crew they were not that friendly. We went on a holiday week (July 4) and were happy to pay the premium price for that week, but we did not receive premium service. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
This was my second cruise on a Royal Caribbean ship, and I must say, even for a slightly older ship, it was first class all the way! My first RC cruise was on the Quantum, which even though it was brand new, classy, and glamourous, the ... Read More
This was my second cruise on a Royal Caribbean ship, and I must say, even for a slightly older ship, it was first class all the way! My first RC cruise was on the Quantum, which even though it was brand new, classy, and glamourous, the service was not 100% there. I used to cruise on NCL, but after a terrible experience on the Gem, I will probably stick to Royal. This was a totally spontaneous, solo cruise. I needed to get away from N.Y.C. I purchased the last room on the ship. A junior suite, no less, the day before it was to sail, for a good price. I have been in a junior suite once before on NCL Breakaway, and was not impressed. It was really no better than a balcony room. I was excited to try a junior suite on RC. Embarkation was quick. I got there at 11:30, through a short security line, and even shorter priority boarding line. I was on the ship by noon. I went to their pizza shop on deck 5 instead of the buffet, of course, and waited till 1 for the rooms to be ready. Here is when I was totally impressed... The Junior Suite: when they say Royal Wow, they mean it. It was a really large room, two big windows, extra long balcony with a table, two chairs, and two loungers. The bed was huge! It also had a big sofa, lounger, TV, make up table, coffeemaker, cabinets, drawers, large bathroom with tub, and the coolest part, a big walk in closet! It had one side with metal racks, the other hangers, and a lot of floor space for my shoes, and luggage. The room attendant was great. He always had my room ready, clean, and with towel animals. I was alone half the time. I met up with some new friends along the way. The activities I attended ranged from interesting lectures, trivia, to dance classes. I love to dance, and the ship had some great parties at night. If not, at least there was a decent club to dance at. When I wasn't dancing, I was walking around, or at the gym to stay fit. The gym was a pretty good size, and had plenty of machines. Good time to be there was early afternoon. Less crowded. The food was pretty good, too. I would eat my breakfast at the Windjammer. I eat healthy, and found plenty of healthy options. Lunch was also at the Windjammer, or a slice of pizza at Sorrento's. Dinner was on my time. I had my own table every night (but would chat with people around me), at the Botticelli dinning room. I enjoyed most of the food. My waiter, Daryl, was fabulous! He always was helpful, and attentive. The entertainment was pretty good. I only missed out on the ice stating show, which I heard was great, but I'll check it out next time. Saturday Night Fever was okay, but I think I enjoyed Mama Mia a little better on my last cruise. The comics were funny, and they also had some good magic shows. Our port stops were Bermuda, St. Maarten, Puerto Rico, and Labadee. I have been to Bermuda before, but missed out on Horseshoe Bay. It was nice, but a bit crowded. I took a little bus there ($16). I enjoyed the hot beach, but went back early to do some shopping in Kings Warf. St. Maarten was great! It rained that whole morning, but I still took a cab to Maho Beach to watch the airplanes. I go to Maho Beach every time I'm there. I had plenty of time to walk around Philipsburg with my new cruise friends. In Puerto Rico, I took a bus tour of Old, and New San Juan. We also had time to check out the fort. I think I'll skip a tour next time, and walk around town on my own. We didn't really have time to do that since we were only there from 7 to 1. Labadee is really nice! I got a chair, and just relaxed till lunch time. They serve a good buffet on the beach. I didn't go on the zip line (next time), but walked around the shopping area. A word of advice: they are very pushy, so be careful. I did my usual New Yorker walk, and luckily wasn't bothered too much. Some people were forced into buying things. I'm skipping that area next time. I enjoyed my last sea days going to trivia, lectures, and dancing with friends. Didn't buy much in the shops. Mostly relaxed on my huge balcony with a book, or music. Disembarkation was actually semi organized. I left my room at 7 (self checkout), got in a long line (but we could put our luggage down, and sit), and was out just before 8. Security was a breeze, then out, and into my car, back to New York. I really enjoyed my vacation, and was really impressed with the service. Even though the price is a little more than NCL, I think it's worth it. For the foreseeable future, I will be sailing with Royal Caribbean. I enjoy the food, accommodations, and service. I will be sailing again on the Liberty in September, but to Canada/New England. This time in an interior room to save money for my next cruise, after that, on the Anthem. Stay tuned. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
It is OK for families but for seniors NO. Nothing interesting, no movies (except kiddie movies), cannot get lounge chair unless you get up at 7AM and save (supposely not allowed). waiting to eat, must make reservation (I could stay home ... Read More
It is OK for families but for seniors NO. Nothing interesting, no movies (except kiddie movies), cannot get lounge chair unless you get up at 7AM and save (supposely not allowed). waiting to eat, must make reservation (I could stay home and do that), There are buffets (also, I can stay home and do that). I want to be waited on. finally ate at 830PM. Had to see a show before we ate because nothing afterwards. $200 for wifi - ugh. Staff was good. Food so so. I returned twice. Drinks were watered down and expensive. More money if you wanted the glass. anyway, not recommended for seniors - too big for walking. For families I would say OK. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
I took my children and grandchildren on the liberty of the Seas for a 9 night Bermuda and Caribbean cruise. I have cruised loyaly with Royal for the past 12 years approx 25 cruises. About 3 years ago I started seeing their standards ... Read More
I took my children and grandchildren on the liberty of the Seas for a 9 night Bermuda and Caribbean cruise. I have cruised loyaly with Royal for the past 12 years approx 25 cruises. About 3 years ago I started seeing their standards lowering and on this cruise it really showed. Of course we still had a nice trip but it wasn't the fabulous trip of years past. Let me start by saing the ship is clean and beautiful. The staff was friendly but not as friendly as years past. Now to the bad things. I prefer the windjammer buffet but the food was nothing short of terrible. Two nights I could not find anything I liked and one night ate only bread. That is hard to do at a buffet. The chef had no creativity what so ever in the menus. I have been on other ships where the buffet was wonderful. We did 3 nights in the main dinning room and didn't do much better there. Service was fine but the same can't be said for the good. Tough prime rib and aged steak was thin as a pancake and tough as well. My soufflé for dessert smelled like a hard boiled egg so couldn't even eat it. I had tortellini which was the only good main dish for all three nights. The shows were another issue. The ice show was great but the main shows were fair to poor. A juggler, magician, singer and a puppeteer. Ooh please can Rccl do better then that. Not even a late night comic this trip. The day time activities were also lacking and found many hours at sea with nothing to do. Now let's get to the day at st maarten. They were so unorganized that people were lined up in the theatre and up two floors of steps for over 1 hour making every tour approx 1-1/2 late even though we got cleared in port20 minutes early. All of this to get a sticker and for them to scan for towels. Total chaos. In all my years of cruising with Rccl I never saw anything like it. I guess Rccl feels that people will still pay for poor quality food, shows and customer service so why do all the extras that they use to do. I am so very saddened to see this but the writing has been on the wall for the past 3 years. I am only a couple cruises away from being a diamond plus member and as of 3 years ago only had positive things to say. After reading this review with all the negatives from someone that was one of Rccl biggest supporter you have to believe that Rccl is walking down the wrong path and will be losing business from those who know what "real cruising" means and not third rate cruising which they are quickly becoming. Move over carnival Rccl is pulling up along side you in the not to distant future. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
The food was mediocre at best, the itinerary was boring, the entertainment (with the exception of the Ice Show) was laughable, and the casino was very disappointing! The public areas of the ship were well maintained and clean. ... Read More
The food was mediocre at best, the itinerary was boring, the entertainment (with the exception of the Ice Show) was laughable, and the casino was very disappointing! The public areas of the ship were well maintained and clean. Aesthetically, the cabin (balcony room) was okay. However, I almost got scalded in the shower on several occasions (maintenance fixed the problem), and then, one night my husband and I had to sleep in another cabin because the dividers on the balcony kept sliding back and forth making a horrible noise. Maintenance tightened the divider in the morning and from then on it was fine. Our waiter was awful but I think that was because he had too many tables. Our assistant waiter was lovely and tried her best to pick up the slack. One evening we never even got our desert and coffee because the kitchen was closing. I believe the staff said they lost a key employee the day the ship sailed. I do believe, if Royal Caribbean spent more time "looking over the ship" between sailings (approximately 8 hours between sailings), many of the problems my husband and I experienced would never have occurred. Also, not one "Staff Member" actually inquired about how things were resolved nor did anyone offer us so much as a "free drink" for the imposition. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
I must start out by saying a good cruise beats a good days work any day. After cruising out of Bayonne on the beloved Explorer for many years, the upgraded Liberty was a welcomed arrival. We arrived at the terminal about 1:00 pm. ... Read More
I must start out by saying a good cruise beats a good days work any day. After cruising out of Bayonne on the beloved Explorer for many years, the upgraded Liberty was a welcomed arrival. We arrived at the terminal about 1:00 pm. embarkation was quick and easy in the new terminal, and our stateroom was ready as soon as we boarded. Service on board was excellent in all departments. This was a Bermuda / Caribbean cruise. We did not stay in any of the ports for more than a few hours, which disappointed some passengers. We enjoy the relaxation of the cruise and chill most of the time. We really enjoy the Solarium and like going for an after dinner drink on the 13th floor. A lot has been written about the food in the dining room, which we always enjoy. We were on board the Explorer when RCCL first rolled out the new menu, a few years back. Everything was so delicious. I could not wait to get back on the next cruise for that pork chop that I had the first night in the dining room. Sadly as time went on those great meals weren't as "great" anymore. That been said, there is always a "good" meal to be had on the ship at every venue. We are going on the Liberty of the Seas again in September because the Pro's out weigh the Con's. And I can't wait for the cruise after that one. Because my wife and I love cruising RCCL out of Bayonne! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
So... went there with my mama and my papa. 10 days cruise from Cape Liberty. It was great. I believe we booked the last room available on the ship for that cruise, because I kept looking after booking the cruise and they kept saying all ... Read More
So... went there with my mama and my papa. 10 days cruise from Cape Liberty. It was great. I believe we booked the last room available on the ship for that cruise, because I kept looking after booking the cruise and they kept saying all the rooms were sold out. We booked a little bit late and had to take what was left, but we don't regret it since we don't have much time to travel otherwise. Embarkation was really fast and easy, took less than half an hour, toilet excursion included (it's free too). First thing to do when you get onboard - Windjammer baby! Buffet was great the first 7 days. Got tired of all the food after that. Don't think it's RC's fault. Shouldn't have eaten 3 plates at every meal... again, toilet excursions are free onboard! The boat was really nice. Much nicer than our previous cruise boat (Majesty of the seas). Among my favorite places on the boat : Royal Promenade, Spa in the adult section, Fitness center, Ping pong center, Flowrider, Ice cream station, Toilet center. The ship was clean. You can tell that those people are working hard to keep it clean. They even take the time to say Hi most of the time. But does that worth 400 canadian dollars of gratuities? I guess so. The places we visited were amazing (Bermuda, St-Monokini (St-Marteen), San Juan, Labadee). If you do your homework before the cruise, you can absolutely plan your own excursion and profit from what the locals have to offer. Buses tour were 7 $ each way per person everywhere... That's really cheap to me... Just plan where you really want to go and it'll be great. The most beautiful place we've been to is Horseshoe Bay Beach, in Bermuda. If you never been to the Bermuda, I believe it's the first place to go. This is also were I saw the most beautiful girl I've ever seeen!!! She even smiled at me and set herself just in front of me on the beach. It was the most beautiful day of my life. Back on the boat, I realized she was cruising on the same boat... with a crew member... almost ruined the rest of my cruise... just kidding... plenty of fishes in the royal caribbean seas. Service was better on the Majesty of the seas since I believe people are more happy on cheaper cruises... that's just my opinion... Average age on the boat was, maybe... 83 years old... Haha! There were many old people. I believe we were 6 people under 30 yo. But, every cruiser were really nice on that boat anyway. So, the cruise was really nice. Nothing to complain about, since there's much bigger problems in life than cruising on one of the biggest ship on Earth. If you can't enjoy a cruise, I believe you have to get yourself a different set of value... Only regret... should have taken a shot on that girl... Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
After our last disastrous cruise on MSC Divina, we decided to try out Royal Carribean and we are SO PLEASED WITH our experience !!! So happy that we have booked a 24 nighter for next year! From the moment we arrived to the moment we left ... Read More
After our last disastrous cruise on MSC Divina, we decided to try out Royal Carribean and we are SO PLEASED WITH our experience !!! So happy that we have booked a 24 nighter for next year! From the moment we arrived to the moment we left we enjoyed every minute of the cruise. No shortage of things to do for young and old aboard Liberty. Our only small hiccup which we felt could have been handled better by the cruise line was the first night shore excursion in Bermuda. A beach bonfire in the middle of our pouring rain in the dark was NOT fun. The tour description said "a guided walk through the dockyard". The tour guide ditched us halfway in the rain and said "just keep walking straight and you will find it". She then left. The cruise line knew it would be raining so they could have exchanged our beach tickets for the following day. We got rained out completely. The free drinks were WATERED DOWN by the barmen at the beach club. The barman realised we were watching him and he said we shouldn't be watching him so closely. The rest of the cruise we basically did our own exploration on shore. As far as the crew on the ship go, all of them speak english and were always polite and helpful except for one waitress in the main dining room who treated us like schoolkids. We complained and the next day the entire atmosphere in the dining room was a happier one. Food in the dining room and buffet was pretty good. On the last morning they told me the eggs benedict was finished. When my food arrived they had done their best to makeup eggs benedict with toast instead of a muffin and it was delicious. Shops and sales were great but the clothing boutique could have had more variety. Jewellery shop could have had more promotions and sales. I think they would have sold much more. Cupcake shop decorating lesson was loads of fun ! Entertainment was great although the "Elton John" show did not wow me. The ship never seemed overcrowded, very spacious. Cabins and general areas very clean, except on disembarkation morning. Restrooms were left dirty with tissue and toilet paper lying all over the floor and toilets not flushing. Cabin was excellent, nice large balcony. I would recommend cabin 7590. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Just came back from May 6th 10 days cruise - that was not too bad - except for rains, shorts stops, mediocre bar music (except for Manuelito Guitarist), messed up shore excursions (I did not go, but overheard a lot of people complaining), ... Read More
Just came back from May 6th 10 days cruise - that was not too bad - except for rains, shorts stops, mediocre bar music (except for Manuelito Guitarist), messed up shore excursions (I did not go, but overheard a lot of people complaining), extremely unfriendly overworked service personal, horrible frozen food in MDR (I can eat TV dinner in my wheelchair at the convenience and cheapness of my home), dirty tables in WJ All in all - if RCCL will continue to charge premium prices for far from premium services - they lost me as a customer and with Anthem coming into NJ to replace Liberty - that might just seal the deal ... of no dealing with RCCL anymore ... just when I started to enjoy diamond level.... ... good for corporations that people who still remember the meaning of the word "good" are quickly dying out and new crowd accepts "mediocre" as new normal... Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
We were on the may 6 cruise. Loved it! The ship was big and beatiful. They had a lot to do and the shows were fantastic. We met so many nice people. The ship was sold out but never felt overcrowded. We never had a problem getting a seat at ... Read More
We were on the may 6 cruise. Loved it! The ship was big and beatiful. They had a lot to do and the shows were fantastic. We met so many nice people. The ship was sold out but never felt overcrowded. We never had a problem getting a seat at the shows. We made reservations for the ice show online weeks before the cruise. Same for reservations for my time dining. The first few nights had a line for people with reservations but that got better as time went on. Our waiter and assistant were great! Staff was friendly and helpful. Our room attendent was superb. The food overall was pretty good. My only complaint was breakfast in the windjammer buffet and breakfast room service. It was really quite terrible. If we would of woken earlier we may have made it to the main dining room for breakfast but since we stayed up so late, waking early wasn't happening. We eventually just skipped breakfast and ate lunch in main dining rm. We ate at portifino one night. The first night of the cruise the my time dining room line was extremely long and disorganized. They offered us half price dining that night at portofino. How could we resist! We had a great dinner! We enjoyed lunch and dinner in the main dining room. We had no problem eating on the cruise. The coffee on the promanade was horrible! Other than that we loved the promande. We spent a good bit of time on the promande. We got an inside cabin facing the promanade. It was pretty cool but we enjoy cabins facing the outside better for the sun light. It was very dark in the room since it was technically an inside cabin. This made waking up even harder. Weather was cool heading to bermuda and in bermuda. The ocean was cold! We still went in of course. We've been to bermuda a few times before and love it. It is a beautiful island. We only had rain the night we docked in bermuda and some of the morning in san juan. The heat started once we approached the carribean. Then we were out using the pool. In st. Maartin we did a beach tour with diedricks sms tour (not through rcl). It was just the two of us so it was like a private tour. Our driver was great! We did 3 beaches on the dutch side of the island. The water was calm, warm and beautiful. Since the ship docked at 1pm we missed most of the planes at maho beach by the time we made it their. We never got off ship in san juan since we docked at 7am. Labadee was beatiful but try to stay away from the area where the local vendors are set up. They are very aggressive and it was a bit uncomfortable walking by them. All other parts of the island are beatiful. We snorkeled. Watch out for coral because i found an area near some of the cabanas with fire coral. I never knew what fire coral was or even looked like. Well i got stung on my leg. It really hurt and i still have a big round rash on my leg a month later! That did not ruin my time on the island. I went right back into the ocean. Nothing was going to get in the way of having a good time! My husband tried the flow rider on the ship. We found out he is not a surfer! At night we enjoyed the piano player in the schooner and danced in the catacombs club. The crowd was younger in the club after midnight but we didn't care. We won twice at pre dinner trivia. We enjoyed the champagne bar since it wasn't too crowded. We also like the hoof n claw bar which had a guitar player playing classic rock songs at night. We definitely kept busy on the ship. We had fun. We wouldn't hesitate to go back on her again. 11 days wasn't long enough for us! Read Less
Sail Date May 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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