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
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We have taken this cruise out of Galveston 4 other times during the last 6 years, but will never take it again. 1) furnishings everywhere are worn, stained, ragged, and in need of attention. We didn't see all those crew members ... Read More
We have taken this cruise out of Galveston 4 other times during the last 6 years, but will never take it again. 1) furnishings everywhere are worn, stained, ragged, and in need of attention. We didn't see all those crew members polishing and cleaning like they used to. 2) the floor and tables in the Windjammer (buffet style) were filthy. The tile portion of the floor was slick with dirty water that had been left behind from mops rinsed in dirty water. We saw servers reusing the same dirty cloths to wipe off multiple tables, leaving streaks and dirt behind. I tried not to touch the table when I was eating. 3) apparently children cruise for free with parents and the children were running and screaming everywhere. People even had their kids sitting AT THE BARS, or rolling around the floor in the bar areas. I thought bars were for adults. Our past favorite bar, Baleros, was the worst. 4) We don't know where all the smiling, joking servers and bartenders disappeared to, because there were very few who even smiled on this cruise. I could go on, but let me just summarize the the "special feeling we used to get when we boarded this ship was gone. We will be cruising other ships and probably other cruise lines from now on. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
We chose this cruise because it matched our kids' Spring Break and went out of Texas, which makes flights more affordable from California than Florida cruises. We absolutely loved their buffet, Windjammer Cafe. It almost turned us ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it matched our kids' Spring Break and went out of Texas, which makes flights more affordable from California than Florida cruises. We absolutely loved their buffet, Windjammer Cafe. It almost turned us off on day one when there was no seating, but we learned that if you ask staff there for help, they will find you something. Staff overall (aside from a grumpy lady at the rock wall) were extremely friendly and helpful. Entertainment was good and we looked forward to all of the main shows and smaller, interactive ones throughout the ship. It was worth splurging on the FlowRider extra -- my husband and kids spent a lot of time there. Waterslides were also fun, but we all seemed to have issues getting stuck part-way through the ride and had to push ourselves free (we're all average sized, from kids to adults). Our rooms were small, as anticipated, but always kept very clean. We booked rooms next to each other for us and the kids, since it was a ridiculous extra fee to get a room with a door between the rooms. It worked fine. Instead of knocking on a middle door, we went next door or called. We all slept great. Now, to the issues: 1. Royal Caribbean doesn't seem very big on tweens and teens cruising with them, at least outside their special rooms. Within our first 24 hours on the ship, our almost 13-year-old daughter was kicked out of the hot tub in the kids area by RC staffer, even though my husband was with her. There is nothing in that area saying a minimum age and when I pulled it up on my app, it says kids under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Well, decided to try again next day and the hot tub was completely overtaken by free range (no parents) preschoolers/under 8 set! (This seemed to be common among the travelers from Mexico ... parents in one area, kids off doing their own thing.) It was so bad I got out, not wanting to be responsible for their safety. The remainder of the trip, we observed tons of very little kids in the hot tubs not being hassled by staff. Our 16-year-old son, who is 5'11" and clearly an older teen, went into the 16+ pool with my husband and was asked his age. No big deal, he said he's 16 and my husband confirmed. They didn't believe them! Asked for the room number to confirm. Sheesh. He wasn't doing cannonballs or disrupting anyone. Our athletic daughter tried to use the gym but was told to leave because she's not yet 13 (minus 5 weeks). Rules are rules, but she struggled running on the running track that was overrun with slothy travelers and doing her workouts in her tiny room didn't go well. We went again and asked a staffer if she could at least use the workout floor to do her workouts and they said "maybe," so we let her do that. No one bothered her, although she got a couple stares. 2. SMOKE! Oh, the smoke. We live in California, where smoking hasn't been a thing in maybe 30 years. We had to traverse the ship on the 4th floor to get to our 3rd floor room and that meant going through the stinky casino. Had to plug my nose every time I went through there. And the biggest smoking zone? The kiddie pools! Not kidding, swarmed with parents smoking. It was the most bizarre thing. 3. Lack of RC communication. We received zero information from them pre-cruise about formal nights, Caribbean attire nights, ship processes, etc. Just tons of emails begging us to upgrade and buy extras. We booked directly with RC, so this didn't sit well. 4. Disembarkation. It started with them giving our family with a teen and a 2:30 pm flight a 6 am disembarkation time! We got that moved to 7 am. Thank goodness we still were set early. It took 2 1/2 hours to get off! We went to our meeting spot when they called our letter to find the dining room completely backed up into the hall. We finally got into the dining room and it stalled. We sat there with our luggage for 2 hours with no explanation from (non-existent) staff. Finally got to customs and someone there told us it was due to our newly poor relations with Honduras and that delaying things. We didn't find a delay, though, once we reached the counter. They just wanted to know what we bought in Honduras and we were finally on our way. WAY smoother disembarkation with Norwegian. We also preferred their Freestyle Dining. Overall, none of the issues ruined our cruise, but we did finally understand why people pay a fortune for a Disney cruise, so the under-18 travelers aren't hassled. I wouldn't rule out traveling RC, but definitely prefer Norwegian. It was a more communicative cruise line and was a more positive experience overall. We even had ship envy when Breakaway pulled up next to our ship in port -- their kid zone on top of the ship looked amazing! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
We did not choose this vacation, but accepted an invitation from my son and his family; they were the ones who chose the ship, itinerary and departure port. We did not know what to expect, but it turned out to be a perfect choice. ... Read More
We did not choose this vacation, but accepted an invitation from my son and his family; they were the ones who chose the ship, itinerary and departure port. We did not know what to expect, but it turned out to be a perfect choice. Galveston is a great spot to spend a few days, parking was easy to find and the port was great with very easy embarkation and disembarkation. The ship was smaller than our last cruise, but I found it easier to get around and find things. The cabin was very nice, spacious ocean view. We noticed more rocking than usual but I am not sure if it's because we were at the back of the ship, or if it was due to weather. We were able to enjoy almost all of the shows and the staff was wonderful. The MDR was very good and our waiters were exceptional. I did find the menus a little repetitive as far as the regular meals go, and there was not as much of a variety as I would have liked but the food was very good. The WIndjammer was also great, although one day the food signs had been taken down a little too early and we did not know what was being served. Actually, I feel that there should be more sineage on the food stations so that we know what is being served before waiting in line for 10 minutes. Another example of this is the JADE/WINDJAMMER are together, as one restaurant, however they are listed as 2 restaurants, yet I am still unsure what the difference is in them. The pools were amazing - hot tubs HOT and pools comfortable. The usualy complaint here is that there are never enough pool chairs. Families put towels on them to 'save' them and they are saved and empty all day. The evening entertainment was very enjoyable and there was so much to do! A great variety of evening activities, with one of our favourites being the piano bar, even though we don't drink. Phil Anderson was an awesome entertainer. We were very happy with our itinerary choice. In Cozumel we went to Mr Sanchos and except for the rainy weather, we couldn't 'ask for a better all inclusive resort experience. Grand Cayman was also a beautiful island and Captain Marvin offered several different excursions. We chose the 2 stop and it was amazing. Jamaica however was a poor experience. We did not have plans for Jamaica so we took the cruise directors advice and took a drive with a local man, Le Roy, who did have a card to prove that he was legit. He explained that he was cheaper than the ship and he would charge $50 for both of us, and that we would see everything that the ship tours offer, for much cheaper. He did show us some nice views, but when we stopped at a fruit stand, it cost us $20 to taste coconut water and a banana. Then he brought us to the 'CHEAPEST souvenir shop on the island' which we found our later was the most expensive place to shop - all of their souvenir prices were 75% more than the local market. While we shopped, LeRoy left us at the store to pick up other clients and we had to wait over 30 minutes for him to come back. When he returned, LeRoy asked us to pay for his services at this very same souvenir shop and he charged us for 3 hours, $150 because he said we were with him 3 hours. We were with him 140 minutes (less than 2.5 hours) and 30 minutes of that was waiting for him to come back. When we reached the port we found much, much cheaper and nicer souvenirs, so we bought a few more things just to support the locals. We were very discouraged. It is VERY important that the Cruise Staff warn people about this kind of behaviour. We were trying to do the right thing by supporting the locals... and he was a fraud! All in all our vacation was awesome and we would do it again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
Our cruise started with wind and rain. This was no way Royal Caribbean’s fault. I will not be reviewing this cruise based on the rough seas, high winds or the rained out excursions. Instead, I will base it on the the ship and room and ... Read More
Our cruise started with wind and rain. This was no way Royal Caribbean’s fault. I will not be reviewing this cruise based on the rough seas, high winds or the rained out excursions. Instead, I will base it on the the ship and room and on board entertainment. Our stateroom-1812. Very spacious and the floor to ceiling window was amazing. Plenty of space for a family of four. The in room refrigerator, large flat panel television and safe are great accommodations to the room. Our room tenant was great and very accommodating. And that is where the pros end. As I started, we encountered bad weather on this trip and during high winds, the window created a howling sound and as bad as that may seem that was nothing compared to the creaking sound caused by the gap along the wall/ceiling. This noise was so loud we were unable to sleep and went to guest services first thing in the morning to complain and possibly get a different room. We were willing to downgrade to get out of that horrible room. Unfortunately there were no available rooms or so they said. They acted as if this was the first complaint about the room but from the looks of the gap it had tons of paper wedges into the gap I am assuming to eliminate that horrible creaking. In calm waters neither of these problems were an issue. The staff and all the entertainment on the ship was awesome and would recommend this ship just not the room. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
We really enjoyed our cruise. If it hadn't been for the rain, it would have been amazing. The food was fantastic and served promptly. The servers (ours at least) were fun and friendly. Russtinov and Idewa. Our room steward was ... Read More
We really enjoyed our cruise. If it hadn't been for the rain, it would have been amazing. The food was fantastic and served promptly. The servers (ours at least) were fun and friendly. Russtinov and Idewa. Our room steward was friendly and attentive and did an amazing job for us. Valent was his name. The waitress in Sabor was amazing. Hunilyn, I think was her name. As far as the excursions, we over did it just a little but they were awesome. Even the walking in the rain to the bus was a neat adventure. The shows on board were very good and fun. Not sold on the hypnosis, but it was a fun show. Met some new friends and hopefully can stay in touch with them. Planning on another cruise sometime in the near future. Hopefully with some of our friends or family going with us. Enjoyed it throughly. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
We are a married couple in our 50's who sailed on Liberty of the Seas April 7, 2019. This is our 4th cruise out of Galveston. Embarkation: Embarkation was a breeze. We arrived at the cruise terminal at 10:30 A.M., handed our ... Read More
We are a married couple in our 50's who sailed on Liberty of the Seas April 7, 2019. This is our 4th cruise out of Galveston. Embarkation: Embarkation was a breeze. We arrived at the cruise terminal at 10:30 A.M., handed our bags to a porter, and found no line at security or the Platinum check-in line. We sat in the waiting area for approximately 15 minutes, and were on-board at the Hoof & Claw Pub by 11:00 A.M. having a pint. Unfortunately some heavy storms came through later in the day causing the captain to suspend the boarding process for a period of time. Our luggage was waiting in the hallway when we went to the room at 1:00 PM. Royal Caribbean seems to have really streamlined the luggage delivery process on our last two cruises. I don't know how they do it, but we were very pleased and impressed. Stateroom Attendant: Our stateroom attendant "Gevin" was one of the best we have ever experienced on Royal Caribbean. Anytime, and I mean anytime we left our cabin, he would go in and freshen it up. I'm not sure we had a piece of trash in our trash cans for more than a few minutes at any time during the cruise. It was wonderful taking an afternoon nap, stepping out for a few minutes, and returning to a remade bed. We called him the "Stateroom Ninja", because he was quiet, always in there without us seeing him, had the place looking clean and immaculate, and always had the ice bucket loaded with fresh ice. Dining: We ate every night at the 8:00 P.M. late seating in the Main Dining Room. I know food reviews are subjective, but we agreed the food on Liberty of the Seas was a substantial step down from the food we had in the Main Dining Room on Adventure of the Seas last April out of San Juan. While we enjoyed most of the items we had, several pieces of meat were very small and overcooked compared to our previous cruise. My lobster on formal night was so small, several of us took photos of it. It looked like a crawfish. It was no big deal and was actually pretty funny, but our waiter appeared horrified by how small it was and compensated by bringing several more lobsters. Like I said, we enjoyed most things we tried, but noticed a big difference between the food on Liberty and Adventure. Drink service in the Main Dining Room was excellent. We enjoyed Sorrento's Pizza and the offerings at the Promenade Cafe as well. We typically avoid the Windjammer like the plague, but did enjoy the one lunch we had there. As usual though, we had a difficult time finding any seating. Shows: My wife was thrilled to see there was a Lionel Richie tribute show. I had to admit it was pretty darn good with a very talented entertainer. The "In the Air" show was impressive. I would make an effort to see that one. We didn't see any other shows. Cruise Director: Jeffrey was a highlight on the cruise. I think he mentioned that he has been working for Royal Caribbean since 1989, and we found him very funny, informative, and entertaining. We found ourselves glued to the cabin TV every morning to watch his "Morning Rant" program. I loved all that he did for veterans on the cruise. He was a straight shooter who gave a lot of non-revenue generating advice which was much appreciated by this cruiser. Pools: Chair hogs were out in force on sea days. I'm not sure what Royal Caribbean can really do to fix this. Too many people for too few seats. We were unable to find chairs on any sea day at 10:30 AM in either the main pool or the Solarium. Honestly though, we don't care. I don't want to get up at 7:00 AM and stress about claiming territory on the pool deck. We don't like to sit out there all day. We store our belongings in a corner, climb in the Solarium pool with some cocktails, meet other cruisers and people watch. After noon on a sea day at the main pool area is like Thunderdome. We walk through the area every now and then just to see how many people can fit on a pool deck or cram into a hot tub, It has become part of our visual entertainment on a cruise. Cozumel: We hired a driver named Leonardo ("Leo") through Tours Plaza and did some bar hopping along the east side of the island. It was a beautiful trip with a lot of pretty scenery, big waves and fun bars. We hit Mezcalitos, Senor Iguanas, Coconuts, and Rasta Bar. I'd have to say Senor Iguanas was our favorite. It has good food, cheap beer, a beautiful view, and is run by two brothers who we enjoyed meeting. Leo our driver was fun to hang out with, plays on a local baseball team, and was clearly very excited to show off his island. Be aware that you need cash at the bars on the east side as there is no electricity and none of the bars accept credit cards. Grand Cayman: We took a mile and a half walk from the cruise pier to My Bar at Sunset House. It is a beautiful bar/restaurant that is built on the edge of the water. Reasonable beer prices, and very good Indian food. The walk was a little trickier than expected as there were portions of the road that had no sidewalks. We needed the exercise, but most would probably want to take a short cab ride there instead of walking.. Jamaica: We booked "A Place in the Sun" through Royal Caribbean. I usually don't book through the cruise line due to previous poor experiences, but I thought I would give them another chance. Unfortunately I couldn't find an online review of this excursion before taking it. Just for fun, here is the Royal Caribbean description of this excursion: "Depart the cruise ship pier in Falmouth in your air-conditioned coach and enjoy the scenic drive to Montego Bay, passing Great Houses, hotels and golf courses. Upon arrival at the famous Hip Strip in Montego Bay, browse along the row of shops; shopping for souvenir items. Stop in at Margaritaville to enjoy one of their notable concoctions on your own. Next, visit Doctor’s Cave Bathing Beach and stroll the world`s most famous white sand beach; the warm Caribbean waters beckons for a relaxing 3 hours. Let the sand trickle through your toes at the water`s edge, relax, take a swim or have an optional lunch at one of the 3 restaurants located on the beach." We were able to find the loading zone for the bus without any major problems. Just follow the signs in the cruise village. It was a long walk to the excursion area, and a bit of a mad house once we arrived to the departure area, but nothing we couldn't handle. The bus left on schedule at 8:35 A.M., but had the strong smell of cigarette smoke throughout it. After an unremarkable drive of about 35 minutes we were dropped at an awful strip center for a "shopping opportunity". We stepped over trash exiting the bus, and were directed through a dirty parking lot to a strip mall containing some sort of tourist shop located between a grocery store and an off track/sports betting parlor. This was not near the Hip Strip or Doctor's Cave Beach as advertised by Royal Caribbean. The local police car with emergency lights on that pulled into the parking lot while we there was a nice touch that kind of completed the whole crime scene feel of the location. I don't know what caused the police to come, and I really didn't want to know. It was a TERRIBLE stop. Why on earth they would make us burn 45 minutes of valuable beach time on this hell hole of a place is beyond me. I'm assuming the tour operator gets paid by the store owner to stop there, but it is just an educated guess. After the 45 minute strip mall from hell stop it was another 10 minutes or so to the drop off point at Doctor's Cave. We arrived a little after 10:00 A.Mm to the beach club. The $6 per person admission fee was covered. It costs $6 per chair and $6 for an umbrella. The beach club was very clean and pretty. Chairs and umbrellas were in very good condition. Food and beverage service wasn't too outrageous. ($5 Red Stripe, $2 bottled water, mixed drinks $7-$9). The only negative to be aware of is that when arriving with a large group on a bus, there will be a long line waiting to rent umbrellas and chairs. We were fortunate to helped quickly, but many others waited in a fairly slow moving and lengthy line. The bus loads up outside the beach club entrance at 1:00 PM sharp for the return trip. We'd have been much better arranging our own transportation to Doctor's Cave. Had I known about the shopping stop far from the Hip Strip and Doctor's Cave I'd have never done this excursion. We had been led to believe any shopping stop would be within walking distance of the beach club so we could skip it. This was an absolute waste of time. We would definitely do Doctor's Cave Beach again, but I would caution to check out the number of ships on the island before committing. The beach is much smaller than I expected. On Thursday, April 11, 2019 there was only one cruise ship on the entire island of Jamaica. I'm not sure this would be a good spot if several ships were around. Disembarkation: We were expecting the worse, and were pleasantly surprised by how easy this was. We've had some rough experiences getting off ships in Galveston over the years, but this one was wonderful. They were an hour ahead of schedule. We had a nice breakfast in the Main Dining Room, cleared out of our cabin at 9:00 am, sat in the Bolero Bar area for about 15-20 minutes, then made our way out the sliding glass door on Deck 4. It was about as quickly as we could walk to the luggage area. Our bags were there, and we waited behind one other couple in the customs/immigration line. The easiest experience we have ever had in Galveston. Overall, we really enjoyed this cruise. We found the Liberty of the Seas to be a well-maintained and luxurious ship. The crew did a great job keeping the public areas clean and tidy, and we appreciated the emphasis on providing hand sanitizer everywhere. Royal Caribbean seems to take the risk of norovirus very seriously. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
The ship was wonderful and easy to navigate. The ship was beautiful and clean and the staff was super. There are a few recommendations that I would give. 1st buy the KEY card, this gives you priority everything and a free meal. Buy the ... Read More
The ship was wonderful and easy to navigate. The ship was beautiful and clean and the staff was super. There are a few recommendations that I would give. 1st buy the KEY card, this gives you priority everything and a free meal. Buy the drink package and then find Roberta. She is the female version of Tom Cruise from the movie "Cocktails". She is so much fun and everything you want when you belly up to a bar. And buy the dinner package and experience everything. And when you get to dine at Giovanni's, which is the best restaurant on the ship, ask for Vitalii. My husband and I went to all of the restaurant's on the ship and he was the absolute best. I promise you that you need to ask for Vitalii for the absolute best service possible. The outdoor activities were so much fun. They had bands at the pool with fun contests. The water slides were so much FUN! I can just go on and on, but it would be best for you to just book it and see for yourself. Read Less
Liberty of the Seas Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 3.5 0.0
Entertainment 3.5 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.5 0.0
Family 4.5 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 3.5 0.0
Service 3.5 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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