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Liberty of the Seas Review

Liberty of the Seas
Liberty of the Seas
2019 Best for Entertainment
2019 Best for Fitness & Recreation
2019 Best for Shore Excursions

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Liberty of the Seas
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Pros

Great family-friendly programming on a large ship that is relaxing even with little kids

Cons

Food was underwhelming at times and the nightly entertainment was hit or miss

Bottom Line

Liberty of the Seas boasts a fresh feel and provides a fun vacation for all ages


About

Passengers 3,798
Crew 1,360
Passenger to Crew 2.79:1
Launched 2007
Shore Excursions 153


Cynthia Drake
Cruise Critic Contributor

Liberty of the Seas Overview

A member of Royal Caribbean's Freedom class of ships, Liberty of the Seas is a large ship that can feel crowded but is ideal for families and offers peace and quiet if you know where to find it. The ship's heart is in the central Royal Promenade. With glass staircases and bridges that cross from port to starboard lit in cool purple and blue tones, this area, which soars four decks high, comes alive with daily deal seekers and character parades. You’ll also find several bars here, perfect if you like lingering over a pre-dinner aperitif while people watching.

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Despite being 10 years old, Liberty of the Seas feels new and contemporary throughout most of the public areas (though the rooms are a bit worn). Cruisers on Liberty of the Seas can dine in style in a rich mahogany three-story dining room, each level named in honor of an Italian Renaissance painter, with sparkling chandeliers and romantic sunset views. And there are optional specialty restaurants, as well, making for an easy date night.

And when it comes to outdoor fun, Liberty's got it all with three distinct pool spaces plus an area for thrill-seekers who can't help but scream on the gut-grinding water attraction, Tidal Wave.

There are no two ways about it though: This is a large ship that regularly hauls 4,000 passengers, and it can sometimes feel crowded, particularly when you're waiting for an elevator or trying to angle for a slice of pizza in the Windjammer buffet. But while some areas of the ship feel cramped, others do not and once you get a feel for the flow of traffic and part ways with your at-home stress levels, you'll find the quieter, less traveled areas -- if that's what you want.

Liberty of the Seas is an ideal cruise for families, especially given the quality of the onboard programming for kids. You won't find a ton of bells and whistles, technologically speaking, in Adventure Ocean (the kids' club) or the nursery, but children always have a full slate of age-appropriate programming, and without fail, ours asked every day to go back. That leaves plenty of time for parents to relax at the adults-only Solarium pool, in the casino or at the spa. 


Inclusions

Included with your cruise fare:

  • Meals in three main dining rooms, the Windjammer Marketplace, and at Jade, Cafe Promenade, Sorrento’s Pizza, plus continental breakfast room service; also snacks at Sprinkles Ice Cream
  • Main theater production shows
  • Most activities and events onboard, including use of the Studio B ice skating rink
  • Fitness center use (except most fitness classes and personal training sessions)
  • Use of the Sports Court, mini-golf, water slides, flowrider surf simulator and rock climbing wall
  • Adventure Ocean kids' programming until 10 p.m.
  • Gratuities, only if you booked your cruise in Australia and New Zealand in AU and NZ dollars

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Daily gratuities ($14.50 per person, per day for people staying in Junior Suites and below; $17.50 per person, per day for Grand Suites and higher)
  • Auto-gratuities of 18 person on all spa, salon and beverages purchases, and all specialty dining venue reservations
  • Drinks, excluding water, tea (including iced tea), basic coffee and select juices from the Windjammer Marketplace buffet
  • Room service ($7.95 per order) excluding free continental breakfast
  • Dining at most specialty restaurants
  • Spa and salon treatments and services; most fitness classes in the gym
  • Select activities including arts and crafts classes, arcade games, bingo, sushi-making demonstrations, events at the onboard shops, the bottomless galley brunch, the behind-the-scenes ship tour and all alcohol tastings
  • Casino play
  • Nighttime (after 10 p.m.) group babysitting
  • Internet access and packages
  • Onboard art and photography purchases

Fellow Passengers

Liberty of the Seas' population is fairly evenly divided between young families and older empty nesters, which generally makes for a relaxed group of people that mixes well together. The ship's spaces and slate of entertainment reflects that generational divide, too. Liberty's home port is Galveston, Texas, which means it tends to draw a large proportion of Americans, and specifically Texans, so prepare to hear a few "y'alls" sprinkled into the conversation.


Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas Dress Code

Daytime:Casual clothing is the norm during the day.

Evening:The dress code on Liberty of the Seas is relaxed throughout the week, and passengers used to more strictly enforced cruise dress codes might be surprised at the shorts, tank tops and denim that their fellow passengers wear to the dining room -- even on formal nights (though technically these are against RCI's suggested dress code, no one seemed to be turned away). There are two designated formal nights on a seven-night cruise where women bust out their sparkly cocktail dresses and men don suits and ties for the pre-dinner photography (tuxedos are a rare sighting). And anything goes with kids' fashion.

Not permitted: Tank tops and shorts are prohibited in the main dining room and specialty restaurants at dinner. Shoes must be worn in all dining venues at all times.


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More about Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas

Where does Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas sail from?
Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas departs from Galveston.
Where does Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas sail to?
Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas cruises to Grand Cayman (Georgetown), Cozumel, Galveston, Belize City, Costa Maya, Roatan and Falmouth.
How much does it cost to go on Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas?
Cruises on Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas start from $385 per person.
Is Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas a good ship to cruise on?
Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas won 22 awards over the years, including Best for Entertainment, Best for Fitness & Recreation, Best for Shore Excursions in 2019.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2019 Best for Entertainment
  • 2019 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2019 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2018 Best for Dining
  • 2018 Best for Entertainment
  • 2018 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2018 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2018 Best for First Timers
  • 2017 Best for Entertainment
  • 2017 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2016 Best for Entertainment
  • 2015 Best for Cabins
  • 2015 Best for Entertainment
  • 2015 Best for Fitness
  • 2014 Best for Entertainment
  • 2014 Best for Families
  • 2013 Best Overall
  • 2013 Best for Cabins
  • 2013 Best for Entertainment
  • 2013 Best for Fitness
  • 2013 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2013 Best for Families

Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas Member Reviews

Liberty of the Seas
DottieKonderla
Sail Date: Jun 2019
Overall , Liberty of the Seas has a system to get a lot of people fed and entertained with having this gracious attitude that makes you feel special....Read More
Liberty of the Seas
JLM09
Sail Date: Sep 2019
Liberty of the seas balcony stateroom 8304 Embarkation was slow. We arrived at our scheduled time and it took about 2.5 hours to get aboard....Read More
Liberty of the Seas
Mortos13
Sail Date: Dec 2019
I looked it up, the Liberty of the Seas cost 800 million dollars to construct....Read More
Liberty of the Seas
n208bc
Sail Date: Sep 2018
Liberty of the Seas is probably my favorite ship out of the ones I've been on. Would highly recommend!...Read More

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