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7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Galveston

7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Galveston

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Galveston
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Roatan
  • Day 5
    Costa Maya
  • Day 6
    Cozumel
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Galveston

Liberty of the Seas

Liberty of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

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


Cruise Reviews

5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
This cruise was on Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas, seven days, starting April 28, 2019. This was our first cruise with Royal Caribbean. We have done three cruises on Carnival Freedom and Carnival Valor (twice), both are smaller ... Read More
This cruise was on Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas, seven days, starting April 28, 2019. This was our first cruise with Royal Caribbean. We have done three cruises on Carnival Freedom and Carnival Valor (twice), both are smaller ships than the Liberty of the Seas. This cruise left from Galveston, TX. We drove four hours from our home near Dallas and arrived late on Friday night before the cruise. We spent two nights in Galveston allowing us to spend all day Saturday visiting the sea wall, Pleasure Pier and shopping. We arrived at the cruise port approximately 10:00 AM on Sunday morning for departure. We purchased the Key package for this cruise. This program allows faster embarkation and debarkation right behind the platinum members. Perks of the Key program allowed us to drop our carryon bags at the theater to be delivered to our state room and a free lunch at Chops Grille. The Key also included internet service for one device for each person. We explored the ship and found it easy to get around and well kept. We found the ship layout easy to remember and navigate. There did not seem to be as much congestion at the elevators as we had seen on our previous cruises. There are six elevators near the forward theater and six elevators near the aft dining rooms. The ship was clean, I did not see any areas that needed attention. Some things to help you navigate is that you cannot walk from bow to stern through deck 3 due to the location of Studio B. Deck 14 lounges can only be accessed by the port side elevators at the aft of the ship. All of the food available on the ship was good, and the service was excellent. We had My Time dining reservations for 5:30 every evening in the main dining room. It was very easy to change the time or cancel our reservations as needed both on the app and at the dining room door. On the app you had to cancel your dining first then could schedule a new time. We ate in the main dining room three nights, specialty restaurants three nights and one night at the Windjammer buffet. For breakfast and lunch, we usually went to the Windjammer except for two lunches in specialty restaurants. On previous cruises, we usually eat every evening in the main dining room. This cruise was our first time using the specialty restaurants. We purchased the three dinner package for $79 per person. We ate dinner at Chops Grille (steakhouse), Sabor Modern Mexican, and Giovanni's Table (Italian). We had lunch at Chops as part of the Key package on embarkation day. We also took Sabor’s guacamole and margarita class on the last sea day, this class included a small margarita and lunch for $28 each person. At both Chops and Giovanni’s, we found the service to be excellent and the food good but not worth the price in our opinion. Sabor was by far the best meal we had on board. Both the service and food was incredible, but Mexican food is our personal favorite. We had planned on also enjoying Johnny Rockets but never did make the time to eat there during this cruise. We think the buffet food was slightly better than our previous Carnival cruises. And my wife enjoyed the extra flavor of free drink that changed daily at the buffet on Royal Caribbean. But we think the main dining room has slightly better food on Carnival. Although the food is very good in the specialty dining, we don’t think the specialty restaurants are worth the price if you are trying to stay on a budget. For entertainment we went to all the main shows with the exception of missing two late night shows when we had early mornings scheduled the next day. All of these shows were good as far as production value. Shows included: “In the Air”, “Saturday Night Fever” and “Encore! An Ice Spectacular”. Live music was available around the ship at scheduled times in several areas. We interacted with the shore excursion desk, main desk, and next cruise office while on board and they were all very helpful and responsive where they could be. At the Next Cruise office we wanted to see about upgrading our cabin on our upcoming December sailing, but they were unable to help with our existing booking. While I understand they are there to sell new booking, I wish they could also be able to modify existing bookings. Shopping and spa services seems to be equal in quality and quantity as other cruises. The Liberty of the Seas offered more fun features than our previous cruises such as two water slides, the Tidal Wave raft ride, the climbing wall and the Flowrider wave simulator. My wife fell in love with the Flowrider and that may be the deciding factor for our future cruises. The app available on our phones had some serious drawbacks. It was great for deck plans. The calendar of activities has potential but was inaccurate a lot of the time. Definitely check it against the Cruise Compass delivered to your state room as the app was missing activities and had inaccurate start times on several activities. The movies listed in the app were almost never the correct movie that was going to be showing. The sort feature on activities could only be sorted by one category at a time or “show all” and “recommended”. I would really like to see the ability to choose multiple categories to avoid having to do multiple searches. The “show all” on port days includes pages and pages of shore excursions in the list. Our first port was Roatan Honduras. We did an all-inclusive beach day at Sol y Mar. We think the cost was high for the limited features available. Not a bad location but I would suggest looking over all the levels of packages available and knowing what features are in your package before you arrive. And if you are interested in snorkeling have it included in your package instead of paying extra once you are there. The beach was nice but small. There is no pool. Lockers are not free. Waiters/bar staff are friendly and helpful. One waiter even waded out to waist level to deliver beers to our group. We were not expecting that and all of us rushed out to meet him. Second port was Belize City. We took the Barrier Reef Snorkeling Wonders excursion. It was a four-hour tour which consist of a 45 minute boat ride each way to a SMALL private island, 30 minutes of rushed, crowded snorkeling with not much to see (fire coral way to close for comfort) and then two hours of beach time with no amenities and limited seating available. Beautiful island but very rocky. Make sure you keep your swim shoes with you as you have to give up your fins before coming out of the water. It was very painful to walk back to our bags. Food and drink was available at extra cost. The tour did pick us up from the ship and deliver us back to the ship without the need to tender to get to the tour. Once back on ship we took a tender to the port to do some shopping. Very little to do around the Belize City port and shopping prices were high. Our third port day was at Cozumel, Mexico and was the very best excursion we had. We did the Three Reef Snorkel by Boat. Three and a half hours and we were never out of view of the cruise ship so travel time was very short. Almost the entire excursion time was in the water snorkeling. We joined the excursion at the end of the pier and walked a short distance to the excursion boat. We went out to the first location as the crew distributed snorkeling gear and assisted anyone new to snorkeling with the gear. We had about 45 minutes in the water drifting with the current as the guide showed us the wildlife. Then we grouped up and the boat came to us to pick us up. We moved onto a new location with again about 45 minutes in the water before boarding the boat again and heading to the third location. Each area was a little different and interesting. There was a crew member taking pictures with very reasonable prices on the photos to be sent via e-mail. We had our photos in our e-mail the very next day. Crew members were available to accompany anyone that needed to stop early and head back to the boat. There were bathrooms available on the boat. Water and soda’s distributed halfway through the day. Two fresh water showers at the aft of the boat when we were done for the day. The boat usually holds up to 60 people and only 21 were on our excursion so it might feel more crowded in during busy seasons. This was the best snorkeling excursion we have taken yet. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Liberty is clearly showing age and wear. With that said, I found all areas to be clean, neat and tidy. Crew is putting forth a strong daily effort to keep standards high. We stayed in cabin 8334. Perfect location for exploring any ... Read More
Liberty is clearly showing age and wear. With that said, I found all areas to be clean, neat and tidy. Crew is putting forth a strong daily effort to keep standards high. We stayed in cabin 8334. Perfect location for exploring any section of the ship. If your health allows taking the stairs is quick and easy. Elevators can be stuffed and wait times long. Our cabin attendant was Raul. Could not have been more helpful. Always provided us with information, answered questions, kept cabin perfect. Found the Dining rooms to be above average in food quality and service. Windjammer can be crowded but always found seating by simply wandering. Main dining was "My Time" at 7:15 pm. We were able to walk right in for our table. Time put us after the 5:15 pm rush and prior to the 8:00 pm seating. Each night when we finished there was a considerable line of guests waiting. Would suggest making reservations ahead in Cruise Planner. Enjoyed the nightly music in several areas. Found bar service a little slow, bartenders not as open or friendly as I expected. Might be over reaching here as I was in the restaurant industry for 40 plus years. Only real complaint I would put forth is the Casino smoke. We considered dining in Sabor but from the time you pass by Photo Gallery, smoke is overpowering. Did not feel we could enjoy dinner. Will state I am a non-smoker so this may only apply to me. Enjoyed Galveston, every minute spent on the cruise, and have high praise for the entire staff. This was our 8th cruise with RC. We have Cuba booked next in Oct. Hoping the Government does not cancel. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We booked with a travel agent, supposed to have dinners paid for. This was our first cruise, nobody explains anything. Didn't know were we supposed to eat. Sunday night we had the Mystery dinner theater. It was at Giovanni. It was ... Read More
We booked with a travel agent, supposed to have dinners paid for. This was our first cruise, nobody explains anything. Didn't know were we supposed to eat. Sunday night we had the Mystery dinner theater. It was at Giovanni. It was good. Food was good , we had wine. Everything was good so we decided to eat at Giovanni monday night. Had glasses of wine. When we signed the ticket, no charges for the dinner or the wine. Tuesday was our 37th anniversary. So Monday night we tried to look were we supposed to eat. Guest services said you dont have reservations. So they booked us at Giovanni, my app on my phone showed no reservations so we said ok. So Tuesday night we ate at Giovanni and had wine they did not tell us it was a charge for the wine. So when we got back to the room, my phone beeps and I look at it, showed that we were supposed to be at Rembrandt. Looked on the tv for our account, they charged me $158 for dinner an $75 for the wine! If we knew there was a charge for the wine we wouldn't have ordered it. So Wednesday morning we went to guest services , (be prepared if you talk to guest services, you never talk to the same person twice,) they said that they would take off the $158 for dinner but said they would not take off the wine. Well we went to Rembrandt and the head waiter. Alvaro said he would take care of it. It finally was taken off Saturday night. Another problem, my husband played on the poker tournament on Wednesday, he won the first round. The final round for championship was Saturday night. They were playing for a cruise. He won Saturday night. They gave him the paperwork and said when we got back home to call and make reservations. So Monday he called they said ok. Our paper shows leaving on Harmony of the seas on December 1, the lady came on and said no a different ship on December 2 for slot tournament. My husband doesn't play slots! The confirmation number they put on his paper was the wrong one. They have no idea what they were doing. Now when the lady we talked to says that we can book the room but they can't guarantee that we won't have to pay for the cruise ourselves. That is not right. It is like false information. My husband was so ecstatic about winning the cruise. We chose a cruise to celebrate our anniversary and to just get away from all the stress for a week, instead of getting away it was more stressful. NOT A VERY GOOD 37TH ANNIVERSARY. We did have a great room attended, joe, he was awesome. Always cheerful and greeted us by name. We meet Alvaro, head wait staff at Rembrandt. He helped get the bill straighted out and made the rest of the cruise enjoyable. Our waiters Bin and Zinzin were great. My advice for first time cruisers. Do your research. Check your bill every day. Read Less
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