1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
Galveston port is a nice drive from San Antonio, our home. No flying required. Did this same cruise last year and enjoyed it too. We like the size of the ship, not a mega liner. Easy to maneuver and get around. We boarded the ship at ... Read More
Galveston port is a nice drive from San Antonio, our home. No flying required. Did this same cruise last year and enjoyed it too. We like the size of the ship, not a mega liner. Easy to maneuver and get around. We boarded the ship at 1PM, we didn’t want to board before cabins were ready. Enjoyed all speciality restaurants, but especially Giovanni’s where we had the same waiter the three times we ate there, ‘Sexy Melvin.’ Sabor, the Mexican restaurant had friendly staff and good food and very, very good margaritas. Chops was nice, but came in third of the three restaurants. The Saturday Night Fever show was very good in spite of some technical issues. Most fun evening entertainment, with out a doubt, was Quest. Adults only but tons of fun. Disembarkation was slow once off the ship to get through customs, nothing Royal Caribbean could do anything about. Porters were helpful and plentiful. We did private excursions. In Belize we arranged a private tour out to Mayan ruins which was outstanding. We’ve visited Routan 3 times and I think the next time we’ll just stay on the ship and enjoy the open bars and pools without the hectic activity ashore. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Booking - Online - Vacations to go. Boarding – We boarded in Galveston. It was a two mile trip from hotel to Cruise Port. The taxi meter read $9.00 when we turned into the terminal. It was a mob scene. It's hard not to ... Read More
Booking - Online - Vacations to go. Boarding – We boarded in Galveston. It was a two mile trip from hotel to Cruise Port. The taxi meter read $9.00 when we turned into the terminal. It was a mob scene. It's hard not to contrast this to the ease and efficiency I experience at the Cape Liberty (NJ) terminal last September. By the time we inched our way to the drop-off area, the meter read $15.00. Next time I'll go with Lyft. Check-in – Most of the details were done online at home so the process was quick. They X-ray every bag so open bottles must be left behind. What we didn't expect is that they X-ray the large bags you check with the porters. After supper I found a note on my door saying I had to go down to Deck 1 and claim my bag. It seems that the scanner detected the bottles of flavored water my wife packed. As I was leaving with my bag, I asked the security guy “what is the concern, flammables, explosives?” Nope! It's alcohol. Apparently some cruisers try to bring booze along to avoid the inflated on-board prices. It's like a guy at the movie theater checking handbags for a candy bar. Jeeeze! The Ship – Liberty is a large ship housing over 3600 guests. It was built in 2007 and refurbished in 2016. . It is well maintained with only the occasional scratch, ding or scuff marks. The design and structure is gorgeous. The shops (jewelry, perfume, etc.) are on deck five bordering an atrium designed to resemble a busy town square. It extends up 3 decks with interior stateroom windows overlooking the shoppers. There was a pizza shop a deli. For additional charge there was a cupcake bakery and a Ben & Jerry's. A clever way to provide a view to interior cabins. The Lido deck has three pools, an adult pool forward, a common pool and a kids pool with water slides farthest aft. The buffet extends from the kids pool to the stern. It's open about 14 hours. Oddly, there is no food available pool-side. One thing they do have in the pool area is four bars. Some unique features include giant water slides and a surf machine on deck 13. Deck five boasts an ice rink. Stateroom - Our cabin was a standard veranda class; it was about 170 sq.ft. Bed was OK, veranda had two chairs and a small table. At the desk were two 110v and one 220v outlets. The overhead lights were all linked together so you can’t turn on a light to see into the closet w/o lighting up the entire cabin. That’s a bit rough on a spouse who likes to sleep late. The bathroom was adequate but the shower was very cramped. There was no night light or even a place to plug one in which meant stumbling around at night. NOTE: many veranda cabins are adjoined. Since the door must be accessible, the loveseat common to most cabins is replaced by a narrow chair. There is no hassock so if you wish to sit with your leg elevated (my wife has a DVT) you're out of luck. Our cabin steward was pleasant. Dining – The main dining room is beautiful. It occupies the stern of the ship on deck 3 (open seating) decks 4 & 5 (fixed seating). From the lower deck an open area extends upward with a grand staircase at the stern. There's a grand piano on the landing half-way up. It's one of those places where a photographer would want to stage a wedding party. The food was very good. Nice variety and well prepared. Our waiter and busboy were excellent; the best we've had in the last several cruises. Even though we had open seating, we (six of us) were able to make reservations for 5:30 every night at the same table. The daily menu had 8 starters, entrees and deserts. A couple selections repeated every day. The menu also included three premium entrees available for a surcharge. The breakfast menu was a bit thin. I've seen more options on other cruise lines. We had a choice of apple or orange juice. No grapefruit, no tomato, no V-8. What they did have was pretty good. The Lido deck buffet was always very crowded. Dining area was nice, well attended by staff and always clean. The food was OK but the selections were a bit limited. There are 4 specialty restaurants, Chops (steaks) Giovanni's (Italian), Sabor (Mexican) and the less expensive ($11) Johnny Rockets, a 1950's style diner. Entertainment - Disappointing. They employ none of the full time singers/dancers that are common to other cruise lines. There were no lectures or cooking classes. They have a handful of musicians and they did bring a vocalist on for a show on Wednesday evening. One thing they seemed to have plenty of was trivia contests, like three per day. Excursions – Although we didn’t take any of the cruiseline excursions, our traveling party did. Their overall impressions were good. Summary – A good cruise but crowded. There were lots of kids which surprised me as it was the week after Christmas break. Maybe they’re all home schooled? Most were well behaved but it changes the experience if you’re used to a cruise line that caters to an older set. We’re grown accustomed to all those walkers – strollers, not so much. My wife and I have been on a dozen cruises in the last several years. Mostly with Celebrity and HAL. This was our first RCCL cruise since 1991 and it will probably be our last. It wasn't a bad cruise; we just expected better. Below is a list of things we found lacking. 1. The bathroom had a bar of soap and a pump bottle of shampoo. No conditioner, lotion or body-wash. 2. There were no bathrobes in the cabin. People traveled to and from the pool in their wet swimsuits. 3. Every ship we've ever been on had some sort of food available pool-side. Burgers, hot dogs & fries (Celebrity), great little pizzas (Princess) even a taco bar (HAL). Liberty has nothing. People had to come into the buffet. To compound the matter, the hot dogs and burgers which might appeal to the pool patrons were at the extreme stern of the ship. . 4. No mints on the pillows. Really folks, how much would that cost? 5. When we pay $43 each for a meal in a premium venue, I expect everything on the menu to be included. Not so! Several items were extra. 6. Entertainment was virtually non-existent. If you are looking to take your kids on a cruise that’s got plenty of fun things for them, this might be a good choice. If you older and don’t care to hear kids screaming and running around in the buffet, you may want to look elsewhere. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
My family of 4 (17 and 15 yr old boys) do like cruising. This is my 14th. We live only 30 minutes from house to Galveston terminals so do take advantage of the convenience. We did New Year's Eve on Voyager of the Seas several years ... Read More
My family of 4 (17 and 15 yr old boys) do like cruising. This is my 14th. We live only 30 minutes from house to Galveston terminals so do take advantage of the convenience. We did New Year's Eve on Voyager of the Seas several years back from Galveston and have always talked about that particular cruise. We've also done Thanksgiving and Xmas but prefer to be home for those. New Years, on the other hand, is a holiday that we do want to be out-and-about so finally booked another cruise. We chose RCCL as the Royal Promenade is the perfect setting for a "Time Square" type countdown party. We also booked Liberty sailing on July 29th so this is twice in 5 months on the same ship. Embarkation From the July 29th experience where we were dropped off at 10:35 am, that was the start of rush-hour-traffic and took us a good hour plus from walk in to fully boarded. The photo system in the terminal was broken so had to take picture as we boarded so that added to the length. This time we drove ourselves and targeted 10 am to enter the building...actual time was about 10:10. Galveston x-ray had 2 sections; 1 for Platinum and above, and the other for Gold and below. We are gold but only had maybe 5 families ahead of us so no big deal. Next was taking picture and getting room key card. This is early so there were much much more stations than people checking-in. Time is now 10:25 and at the waiting area to board. Again, 2 sections for Platinum & above and Gold & below. We've got boarding card "Gold 1". RCCL must have disembarkation down smooth as ship was cleared for boarding around 10:40. "Gold 1" was called at 10:45. On to the ship and arrived at Windjammer at 11:00 but sign said opening was 11:30. However, the doors opened at 11:10. Muster for the majority is outside area of deck 4 under the life boats. It was uneventful lasting about 15 minutes. Internet We pre-purchased 1 Surf & Stream account. From our rooms 8579 and 8581, we could login but couldn't get data flowing the first day. It did work at lunch in Windjammer as well as deck 4 main dining room. We called to complain and was given credit for the first day as it was working on morning of day 2. Internet speed was slower with frequent drop-offs compared to what we experienced in July where it worked well. On evening of last day, we couldn't login as it kept giving an error code. Employee didn't recognize code so we got credit again. Had we needed to check-in for airline flight, I'd be really unhappy. My only guess is that more people were using wifi and may have overwhelmed the system. RC Apps This is a new app recently released. Worked fine majority of the time for me but my wife had issues early on so she went back to the old "Cruise Compass". My only issue with the app is that employee must have treated it as beta-testing so time of events listed were not always accurate. For example, 2 different ice skating shows were listed at the same time and location. We attended thinking it was a different show than the previous day but turned out to be the same show. Seeing the menu for the main dining dinner was nice to help decide to go there or Windjammer for speedier meal. The Carnival app we used on our October Vista sailing was much smoother and more capable so hopefully RC app will get to that level. Meals We normally like "Traditional Dining" but ended only going on 1st night and 2 formal nights. We did Windjammer the rest of the time as there were lots of variety there and allowed us go get thru the meal and be off to evening events. Most notable was Windjammer dinner day 5 that had seafood (mussel, clam, shrimp, and stone crab claws). I had at least 15 if not more of the stone crab!!! Entertainments Platinum Theater production shows were "Saturday Night Fever" and "In the Air". We saw these in July but went again anyways. Comedian was there for 2 nights and was really good. Juggler on last night was very entertaining. Ice show was "Encore! An Ice Spectacular". We missed out of seeing this back in July so made sure we got to first showing on afternoon of day 2. Piano Bar which we spent so much time in July sailing had a different person who's music and presentation didn't appeal to us at so spent very little time there. Lots of movies shown throughout the cruise with afternoon in Platinum Theater then 2-3 more on the pool deck every day. One venue missing was a sports bar. With college football bowl games and NFL playoffs people had to deal with small TVs in Schooner Bar. It was good that the Cruise Director decided to cancel a poolside movie on the night of the Sugar Bowl as it was Texas vs Georgia and with this ship leaving from Texas, plenty of Longhorn fans wanting to watch. Of course the main entertainment we booked this cruise for was New Years Eve which was on evening of day 2. Dinner was formal with lobster and New Year's hat/tierra/noise maker. Compared to Voyager, seems like less balloons dropping from ceiling. Champagne was not freely handed out like in the past...available for purchase. Budget cuts with time but no big deal. The music and countdown was great fun. Port of Calls Cozumel: we went to our normal beach club...Paradise Beach. They has bad storms the previous few days to was was not clear for snorkeling from shore so this was a bust. The kids had fun playing on the inflatables in the water. Grand Cayman: we were supposed to arrive at 10:30 but the Captain sped up and got us there at 8:30 to give us extra shore time...excellent move. We took the "Public Bus" to 7 mile beach. With 6 ships there that day, the beach was packed. We rented 2 jet skis ($60/half hour each) and had fun. We went back to Georgetown around 1pm for some shopping. My older son and I went looking for the snorkel spot at Paradise restaurant and found it. Excellent snorkel spot with lots of corrals and colorful fishes right as you enter the water. This is a must do for us from now on. Jamaica: we only went for some quick shopping and lunch in the port area as the stories about aggressive locals kept us in the fenced area. Wouldn't mind if cruise lines traded Jamaica for 2 days in Grand Cayman instead. Ship amenities We did the water slides, etc...in July so didn't feel the need to do those again. I went in the Serenity hot tubs several times as well as the steam room in the gym area. Other than that, morning exercise walk on deck 4 everyday. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We chose this cruise because it sails out of Galveston, and since my family of 5 was all going, we did not want to have to pay air-fare to fly to Florida or San Juan. I read a lot of reviews before booking. Many of the reviews complained ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it sails out of Galveston, and since my family of 5 was all going, we did not want to have to pay air-fare to fly to Florida or San Juan. I read a lot of reviews before booking. Many of the reviews complained about the size (crowds) or the food (bad). Neither of these were problems for us. We sailed over Christmas, and while there were a lot of people on board, we NEVER had problems finding places to hang out, and we NEVER had a bad meal on this ship. The food was excellent in every dining room, including the Windjammer, the main dining room, and the specialty restaurants. (We ate in Chops Grille, Sabor, and Giovanni's Table - but did not eat at Johnny Rockets.) We purchased the drink packages, and never had problems getting drinks at the bars. We had 2 internal staterooms, which were small, but fine - as we were hardly ever in them. The entertainment was always good - and since this was the first time on this particular cruise, it was all new to us. The best part of this cruise by far was the wait service. Mark, head waiter, and Irelle, his assistant, were absolutely fantastic to my family. I cannot say enough good things about Mark - his character, personality, and genuine concern for us was above and beyond. Irelle was just as fantastic. We cried when we had to leave them!! Our stateroom attendants were also great - Floyd and Kar. Our rooms were always clean. I booked excursions outside of RCCL prior to the trip: zip and dip in Roatan, Honduras; Chocchoban ruins tour through the Native Choice in Costa Maya, Mexico; and the El Celio snorkel tour in Cozumel. Very glad I did this, as all 3 were great. It is a shame that cruise lines only allow "official" tours to pick you up at the port. We had to walk to some of our tours, but it was worth it. I only have one HUGE negative about this cruise, and about RCCL pricing policies in general. We paid for 2 staterooms - one for my wife and I, and one for our kids. It was an expensive trip. When you are on-board, there are MULTIPLE opportunities to take photos. Some of those photos were really good! But, because we were in 2 staterooms, and my 2 daughters were over 21, they wanted to charge us almost $500 ($299 + $149) to purchase the picture packages for both staterooms. Any pictures under my stateroom that did NOT include me or my wife could not be "purchased" as a part of our package - even though they were of my own kids! This policy discriminates against larger families. The only way to get around this is to book all family members in one room. As a family of 5, that would have meant we would have to buy a suite. The photographers were excellent, but this policy of unfairly charging for family photographs is despicable. I did not purchase ANY of the photos we took, and in my survey to RCCL, I told them I will do everything I can to discourage anyone else from purchasing them as well. If we ever cruise again, I will not allow the ship photographers to take ANY pictures of my family. It is good that I had my own camera, and got some pictures of my own for FREE. Shame on you RCCL, for taking advantage of us. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
We are a family of 20 ranging in age from 82 to seven. For a few of us, this was their first time cruising. Most of us have cruised 15 - 20 times. We think this is a great family vacation for a large group because there is always ... Read More
We are a family of 20 ranging in age from 82 to seven. For a few of us, this was their first time cruising. Most of us have cruised 15 - 20 times. We think this is a great family vacation for a large group because there is always something going on to suit each individual. We booked this 21 months in advance and had a string of Jr Suites on deck 10. We flew from Denver to Houston the day before sailing. We used Galveston Shuttle and Limo to pick us up from the airport and take us to our hotel in Galveston and again to pick us up from the cruise terminal and take us back to Hobby Airport. Both times they were exactly where they said they'd be and when they said they'd be there. Could not have been easier. We spent one night out at Moody Gardens in Galveston. We had hopes that some would want to wander out and see what Moody Gardens has to offer, but no one did that. Many of us did eat at the buffet that night and it was pretty good. A few used Uber to go into town to shop or go out to eat. Nice hotel, decent and convenient food, decent but overpriced bar. If we do this again, I might try to find another hotel. The next morning at 9:00 AM saw us taking a shuttle to the cruise pier. Check in for the cruise was very easy, we never waited in a line. We were seated in the suite area after check-in. All of the cruise and port personnel were friendly and helpful. We were able to board the ship at about 10:30. We headed up to the Windjammer for breakfast/lunch and to wait for our rooms. At the entrance to the Windjammer there was a gingerbread village that was very cute. We all ate then many of us wandered the ship until our rooms were ready. What a beautiful ship! The Promenade on deck 5 is gorgeous. There was a giant Christmas tree, garland, and poinsettias decorating the promenade. There were also some Christmas Trees made by the crew from recycled materials. It was fun to look at them and see if we could identify the materials. The pool areas are very nice, I especially liked the water park for the kids. Many hours were spent there by the kids in our group. Many of us did the slides later during the trip and most said it was fun, but the joints in the tubes kind of hurt. I think the Tidal Wave was the most fun of the slides. None of us did the Flow Rider. The Serenity pool is lovely and mostly peaceful. We got to go to our rooms at about 12:30. Really nice rooms, they were huge compared to other Jr Suites we've sailed in, and I really loved the walk-in closet. It was nice having that second dressing room and all of that storage space. After getting settled in the room we went off to explore the ship some more and take advantage of the drink package! I think most days we got our money's worth out of the drink package. We always got a latte in the morning, and multiple bottles of water throughout the day, plus four or five cocktails or beers in the afternoon and evening. The one rule when we are all sailing like this is that we all have to go to dinner each night. We can all do whatever we want the rest of the time, but we all get together that one time each day. We had three tables, one for 10, and two for six. We would all shift around each evening to mix up who we were sitting with. We had wonderful wait staff, Mark and Irelle are rock stars. The Maitre D' checked on us a few times and ensured we could keep our same tables and wait staff both weeks. I'm sure if we had wanted a change that would have been arranged too. Most of the food in the dining room was good. The menus week to week were mostly the same. The stand out meals were the lobster, the ravioli, the Wellington, and the beef tenderloin. I also really enjoyed the crab cakes, the shrimp cocktail, the Caeser salad, the warm chocolate cookie, Grand Marnier soufflé, warm chocolate melting cake, and the coconut shrimp. Our waiter, Mark, also worked in the Cafe Promenade early, then moved over to Sorrentos for lunch. He always treated us as family and we got extra attention from him. He was a delight. I was most impressed with the Headliner shows we attended. I think the entertainment as a whole was the best of any ship I've been on. We went to ice shows, comedy shows, small venue music, and In the Air. We didn't make it to Saturday Night Fever. Really, I was impressed with the quality of the entertainment. We also played trivia quite often. We never win, but we have fun playing. I think trivia should be moved to a bigger venue, the Schooner Bar just isn't big enough for everyone and if you're out on the edges it's really hard to hear. The game shows we saw were mostly fun and entertaining, as they should be. The only one I wasn't impressed with was the Family Feud and we left early. Our first port was Roatan. 12 of us did the BOSS Underwater Adventure. It was fun, but I don't think I'd do it again. We were herded around to see a reef and the staff were feeding so we had a lot of fish around. The air pressure filling the helmet was constantly bubbling out so it was loud. After the BOSS we could swim and snorkle, and that part was a lot of fun. Our second stop was at Costa Maya. It was a rough sea day so most shore excursions were cancelled. We had reservations at Maya Chan Beach and were able to add those of us with cancelled excursions to our group. When we found out about the cancelled excursions I emailed and texted the numbers provided and got responses back from both. They were happy to add more to our palapa. I really enjoyed this day. It's a small, kind of funky, beach club. There was a lot of sea grass that day, and it was windy, but we had a great time anyway. The food was excellent, the drinks were strong, and we were well cared for. I would go there again tomorrow if I could. Next we headed to Cozumel. 16 of us went to Mr. Sancho's. Mr. Sancho's is always fun and we all had a good time. The coconut shrimp is outstanding, as is the shrimp cocktail. The whole fried fish was really good too. The mixed drinks are very weak, but they'll bring you all you want. Most of us paid the extra $12 for the water park and there was a lot of climbing and splashing going on. The beach massages are also really good here. I had a relaxing massage, 45 minutes for $60. It was worth every penny. The seas were still a little rough, but not too bad. After a couple of sea days we did turnaround day back in Galveston. We each received a note in our cabins explaining the procedure. We could either go down to guest services early and get our new SeaPass card if we wanted to get off in Galveston, which some of us did. Or we could meet in the Star Lounge to be escorted off and through customs. Most of us did this. It was all pretty smooth except that customs was a mess. It took over an hour to get through so that we could get back on the ship. After clearing customs we were invited to a private lunch in the dining room, which was very nice. There were maybe 30 of us that chose this option. With our new Sea Pass cards we were all given In Transit cards so that we could go back to our rooms before the rest of the rooms were ready. Our second cruise had one sea day then our first stop back in Cozumel. This time all 20 of us headed to Mr. Sancho's. More playing in the ocean, food, cocktails, and massages. Another good day in paradise. We then set sail for Grand Cayman. My four went to Sting Ray City on the Deluxe Stingray City Sandbar excursion. I would do this again, but I would try to find a smaller group. Our group had 102 in it and it just wasn't enough individual time. As a bonus we got to watch a small boat sink on the sandbar! We were all torn between watching the rays and watching the drama of the sinking boat. They were safe as they were on the sandbar, but I don't think their day got better after that. The police were there when we left. One of our guides was mad they were even there because they didn't have the right permits and then they sank a boat right in the middle of the sandbar. Our final port was in Falmouth, Jamaica. I had a heck of a time deciding what to do here. Most of the excursions are a long bus ride and many of them we had done before. I finally found Jamaica Culinary Tours here on Cruise Critic. It was outstanding! Our tour guide, Steve, met us inside the port. My four were joined by another couple and we set out. Some of the others in our family had tried to go out and walk around without a guide, but were constantly surrounded by people wanting to sell them something, braid their hair, take them in a taxi, etc. Because we had a guide that didn't happen to our group. Steve knew a lot of the people we saw and introduced us to many of them. We learned about the history of the area from the Taino natives to the slave and sugar trade to the Georgian architecture. We also stopped at street stalls for fresh fruit and sugar cane, coconut water and coconut, beef pattys (which are like an empanada or pasty,) we also had jerked chicken at Pepper's, and finished up with cookies in a lovely garden. The walking wasn't bad, you'd walk a few blocks then stop to eat something or stop to talk about a building or event. Really, really well done. I would do this again in a heartbeat! The last two days were sea days and we all got to relax and enjoy the ship before packing up to head home. As a whole, it was a fabulous trip. If we plan another big family trip like this we would consider the Liberty again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Liberty of the Seas, December 23 – 30, 2018 Route: Seven day cruise: Galveston-Roatan-Costa Maya-Cozumel-Galveston. 1. General Comments: A pleasant Christmas cruise. We are regular cruisers and while we have been on this ... Read More
Liberty of the Seas, December 23 – 30, 2018 Route: Seven day cruise: Galveston-Roatan-Costa Maya-Cozumel-Galveston. 1. General Comments: A pleasant Christmas cruise. We are regular cruisers and while we have been on this route before, this was our first time on this ship. Purpose of this cruise was to just RELAX. We booked a “spacious balcony” cabin on the seventh deck. We also used “My Time Dining,” and it worked perfectly. We had the same wait staff for the entire week. Besides booking shore excursions, booking My Time dining time and table size, as well as pre-ordering a bottle of champagne for Christmas Eve, all worked well. I had confirmation emails in hand, if needed, but all requests did make it into the ship’s system. 2. Embarking: We left our Galveston hotel at 11:15. Even with dropping off my wife and bags at the terminal, parking the car, taking a shuttle, getting through security, and checking in, we were on board around 12:30 and in our cabin by 1pm. Suitcases appeared at our door around 4pm. Comment: leave your ammunition at home, and do not try to bring it on board. One person ahead of us going through the security check point was having a rough time as the security personnel were removing the rounds from his carry-on. 3. The Liberty of the Seas: The cabin was comfortable for a one-week cruise. The cabin has a small safe and a small refrigerator (never used it). There is a TV that receives movies, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox, BBC, ESPN, shipboard activities, and other channels. You get a daily planner in your cabin the night prior. You need to read it carefully as there are very few announcements on the PA system. While you get a daily planner, there is no newspaper. You have to get your news from the TV. It takes a while to get a handle on what is where on the ship. Maps and interactive “help” panels are at each elevator lobby. There is a large children/teens area and programs for them. 4. Meals: Food in the Windjammer buffet - which almost everyone uses for breakfast and lunch - is good. There are plenty of choices at both meals, and you can eat as much or as little as you want. It is a bit hurried, though, and not a place for a slow meal. The dining room’s food was good but not imaginative. The Christmas dinner (turkey or duck, besides other choices) was fine, but certainly nothing special. We only used the dining room for dinner, although it is available with open seating at breakfast and lunch. Food portions are of respectable size, and if you don’t try to eat all the courses everyday, you should not do bad weight-wise. Wine steward duties were handled by our assistant waiter. This meant having to tell him what we wanted by the item number on the wine menu. We did not use the specialty restaurants on board.. There are other food outlets around the ship as well as a goodly number of bars including a pub, and a wine shop. You cannot go hungry or thirsty. 5. Dressing for meals: For this seven-day trip it was two formal, and all the rest casual. Formal attire for men appears to be defined by age: seniors are in tuxes or suits; next generation is in jackets and maybe a tie; youngest generation is in pants, shirt, and tennies. Maybe it’s time for RCL to drop the “formal” category. 6. Fellow Passengers: As this was a Christmas cruise, the ship was full (over 4,000 passengers). There were many large multi-generation family groups, both from the US and Latin America. You could recognize many of these families by the t-shirts they were wearing. 7. Shore Excursions: A word of advice: make your shore excursion reservations on-line! Otherwise you will have to stand in line at the excursion counter. The on-line billing goes direct on your credit card and not on your shipboard account. If you know the ports of call and want to travel by yourself, then, of course, you don’t need the ship’s tour office. RCL’s tour prices are not cheap; you are paying for the convenience of having the ship organize the tour rather than you doing it after you get ashore. Also, if you obtain your tour through RCL, you have support when there is a problem (see below). Our first stop in Roatan was interesting and we found a tour that took us to the eastern side of the island. While we were the only ship docked “at town,” two Carnival ships were docked at the Carnival-built resort area a short distance away. We have often visited Cozumel, so we just poked around the pier shopping area. We were seven ships in port: two downtown, two at our International Pier (Oasis was our neighbor), and three at what I call the “new pier” a bit south of us. We were three ships in Costa Maya, including the Oasis. This is where we had a shore excursion problem. Our bus was the all-day tour to two Mayan ruins sites we had never seen. About an hour into the two and a half drive, the guide received a phone call and announced there were “problems” ahead on the road, and we could not proceed. He continued that the alternative from his company and the ship was to turn around and go to another Mayan site, Chacchoban. As we had just visited that site last year, we objected and asked if there was a way to return to port. No. So, we went to the site, which was overrun with visitors from three ships, not only those scheduled to visit Chacchoban, but also all of us who had been diverted from other excursions. Added to the crowds came several sudden brief rain showers. All in all, an interesting experience. Back on board, we learned from the shore excursion desk that everyone received a credit for the difference between the two excursions. We complained about having already seen Chacchoban and not having a way to return to port. The shore excursion manager contacted the local company, and it appeared she could not get a straight story as to there being a bus for all who wanted to return to port and why this was not announced by our guide. We came to an amicable conclusion, and the manager apologized for the mess. As for the “problems” on the road, the manager said there was a strike going on and the strikers were blocking the road. Glad we did not proceed on that road. 8. Shipboard entertainment: The ship has a daily schedule full of activities for all tastes including the surf rider, the rock climbing wall, water slides, mini-golf, and pools. There are lifeguards on duty at all the pools. There is the ice skating rink, and there was a nicely performed holiday ice show. We did see “Saturday Night Fever” in the theater. The production, especially for being on a ship, was excellent and a lot of fun. My wife did observe that the lead, although very good, was “not John Travolta.” The casino was of good size and the payoffs did not seem to be much worse than Las Vegas. There will be plenty of opportunities for you to have your picture taken by the ship’s photographers--pricey, but a good souvenir. New for us was reviewing the photos taken. There are no boards with all the prints; you now have to view them on a computer screen. There are staff to help you through this 21st century system. There are various venues for night owls. The library is basically non-existent; bring your own reading material. 9. Tipping: Not a problem if you sign up for the recommended amounts (cover the cabin steward, waiter, asst waiter, and head waiter). The amounts are charged to your shipboard account, and the tips are taken care of electronically with the staff. You only need to tip separately (cash) the person who brings you room service. Your bar bill automatically adds 18 percent. 10. Settling of Accounts: During your cruise, anything you purchase on board is punched into a computer; you sign one copy of the ticket and you receive a copy. You can track your account on the ship’s TV channel. You are encouraged to review your account a day or so before disembarking so you can clear up any questions before Sunday. On Sunday morning you receive a paper final statement of your account. 11. Disembarking: On Saturday you will receive luggage tags with numbers. You also receive a sheet of paper telling when that number will be called for disembarking and where you have to be waiting in order to hear the announcement when your number can leave the ship. Your bags have to be out by 11PM, breakfast is early, and you have to be out of your cabin by around 9:00 and in your designated waiting area. Again, you will only hear the announcements in the waiting areas. This trip was not the quickest for disembarking. We got off 35 minutes late, and it took us an hour to get through baggage pickup and immigration. Texas Taxes: Don’t forget that any liquor and cigarettes you bring into Galveston will be taxed by Texas. The desk is just past the immigration counters and before you leave the building. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
This was my second cruise overall but my husband has cruised his entire life. This was our honeymoon cruise. We both hated this cruise! The food was horrible no matter where you ate (dining room, cafe, pizza). Coffee was horrible!!!! The ... Read More
This was my second cruise overall but my husband has cruised his entire life. This was our honeymoon cruise. We both hated this cruise! The food was horrible no matter where you ate (dining room, cafe, pizza). Coffee was horrible!!!! The ice cream machine was broken or being cleaned every five minutes it seemed like so we only got it one evening. My strapless bra was taken from our room on Monday night and was never found again. They credited our account on the boat but not enough for me to replace it once we got home. The app never worked for us since we did not buy the wifi package (we never have) because typically the app will still work if you just connect to the open wifi thats available for the app users. Since it never worked, it never reloaded all the activities for each day since so many new ones were added once we left Galveston. The only way we found the times and places of things happening around the ship was if we were in our room watching the schedule on the TV. Which is extremely annoying as we wanted to be out roaming the boat. We tried asking customer service about the app but they were no help. We tried talking to the wifi people as they had a designated area on deck 8, right down the hall from our room. There was never a single person there the entire trip! We checked multiple times throughout the week. The entertainment was pretty poor. The comedians weren't great, expect for one who was a magician too, he was pretty good. We were very disappointed with the entire trip. Our excursions were wonderful but we booked those outside of Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
Because my parents in law 50 aniversary a cruise tavel was selected and RC Liberty was the choise. We are 15 (7 childs from 7 to 15) and 8 adults. Part of our family lives in Guanajuato, Mexico and the other come from Guadalajara, Mexico. ... Read More
Because my parents in law 50 aniversary a cruise tavel was selected and RC Liberty was the choise. We are 15 (7 childs from 7 to 15) and 8 adults. Part of our family lives in Guanajuato, Mexico and the other come from Guadalajara, Mexico. Rendezvouz point was Houston, From december 12 members of the family started arriving at Houston. We arrived December 15 by road from Guadalajara. Next day everybody woke up early and drove to Galveston, and parked. Took a van which drove us to the terminal. As an oline check-in were made previosly, it took us about 45 minutes to get inside the ship. Meanwhile the cabinets were open, we walked all the ship, Was Great. About 13:00 we were allowed to get inside the cabinet and wear some comfortable (most of us had winter clothes). And lift up to deck 11 on order to get luch at Windjammer. Even it was packed there was no problem finding tables for 15. The food here was delicious, every option looks good. We tried to assist all shows at Platinum, they were great. We saw some movies in 3-D here too. the problem was the lens were so dirty. Dining at MDR Every night. Great too. Asthon and Clifford from India were great .They make us feel happy and comfortable every day. We visited Cozumel , but was rainy, Cayman Island were beatiful, we went to the public Beach. And Jamaica. Where a nice girl show us the important places and sang for us. Friday 21 was parents in law anniversary, so we visited the little chapel on deck 15. We then went to platinum to see The Polar Express, but there were problems and the theather had to be closed for the rest of the day. It seems it was due to the weather. That day she ship rock a lot. Waves were furious. Saturday was better. Spent the day in pools. Sunday was crazy leaving the ships. But I guess we were many that is difficult for the port workers and customs. Everything was great. Never to forget. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We have traveled this itinerary several times and enjoyed being with our friends and just relaxing We just enjoyed the ports and did not take any excursions. There were a lot of children on this cruise - unfortunately not all of them were ... Read More
We have traveled this itinerary several times and enjoyed being with our friends and just relaxing We just enjoyed the ports and did not take any excursions. There were a lot of children on this cruise - unfortunately not all of them were well behaved!! The $2 mimosas were an affordable hit. The slot machines were lukewarm. The hot stone massage was heavenly and much appreciated. The library did not have much of a selection. Our Balcony cabin was fine (although our sliding door had an incessant rattle); stateroom attendant was fantastic; and dining room staff was wonderful. Buffets were very crowded and we ate most of our meals in dining room. I do hate to see so many people just piling up so much food on their plates. Miss the little extras that once were included. However because we can drive to Galveston port, we will definitely return again Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We decided on this cruise because of the ports of call and the ships amenities. Myself, wife, sons 18 & 20, daughter 14, and my son’s 20 year old gf. We stayed in two interior adjoining cabins which worked great for the group. We ... Read More
We decided on this cruise because of the ports of call and the ships amenities. Myself, wife, sons 18 & 20, daughter 14, and my son’s 20 year old gf. We stayed in two interior adjoining cabins which worked great for the group. We really didn’t spend much time there anyway. The cabin was clean, in good condition, and our cabin attendant Devin took great care of us and the cabin. The ship was still in great shape which I was wary of, due to a lot of negative reviews. The restaurants and dining rooms were very nice and food was always well prepared and tasty, again, was wary due to poor reviews that I’ve read. We started day 1 with 1st night done right at Chops (excellent dinner) highly recommend doing this on day one. We ate in the MDR the rest of the week until the final night, which we ate at Giovanni’s, again, excellent dinner, great service, very enjoyable experience. The week in the MDR was hard to beat, great service and excellent food. The entertainment was very good. Went to the ice show, a singer, a comedian, and the best by far was Saturday Night Fever. Very well done. Great musical acts around the ship. Did all RCL excursions due to the large group and ease of getting on/off the ship. We did Tulum Ruins in Cozumel, Stingray City and snorkeling in Cayman, and Dunn River Falls and Zip Line in Jamaica. My only complaint was the beach break/buffet that was connected to the Tulum Ruins. Food was horrible, and I wish they would have spent more time at the ruins and less at the beach. All crew men bets were incredible and friendly. Guest services helped us out with a couple items and were amazing. We got the picture package and had a lot of fun with the photographers. Overall amazing on board experience. Last but not least, getting on and off the shi was rarely effortless. Carried our bags off the ship, and was on the road before 8:30. Very smooth process. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
We were a couple with our college age children and found this ship relaxing, and surprisingly, it did not feel all that crowded. We were able to find pool chairs when we wanted, and spent most of our time in the adult Solarium. The ... Read More
We were a couple with our college age children and found this ship relaxing, and surprisingly, it did not feel all that crowded. We were able to find pool chairs when we wanted, and spent most of our time in the adult Solarium. The elevators were crowded and slow, but we prefer the stairs anyway, and our cabin on deck 7 made it so that nothing was too much of a climb. Our kids did the skating, rockwall, flowrider, waterslides and did not experience too much of a wait. The twin waterslides were the worst I have ever been on though. Super slow and we had to push our way down in some cases. I wish the flowrider and rockwall had longer hours though. Our favorite part of the cruise was the main dining room meals. The service was great ( thanks Sherika and Lawson) and the food was some of the best we have had on a cruise. Not once were we served something overcooked, and everything was very tasty. All the meats we tried were very tender. The Windjammer was average. Breakfast was the same everyday and lunch included a lot of variety. The pizza place and the cafe on the promenade had salads and sandwiches if you wanted a snack. There was never a long line at either when we went. We went to Johnny Rockets, but did not stay when we were told the 12 dollar surcharge did not even include the milkshake. The music was also very loud in there. Ben and Jerry's was a nice treat when we wanted ice cream. The shows in the main theater were good and so was the ice show. The Russian acrobats were awesome, and we also enjoyed the comedy/stunt guy the last night. We didn't care for the schedule though, as there was always a long gap after dinner (we were early seating) and the show. We would walk around the ship looking for other music, but much of that started later as well. The singer in the hoof and claw was good and so was the country band, but we never found that relaxing, sit and listen to music go to place. We were not really into participating in the dance parties on the promenade, but it was fun people watching from our promenade view rooms. We didn't do much in the way of excursions. Cozumel was socked in with rain, so no beach for us that day. Bummer for us since we like to snorkel and never been there. We planned to walk around and enjoy the town in Falmouth, but the vendors and taxi drivers were a too pushy for us. Two taxi drivers continued to follow us down the street and pester us even after we told them no thank you. Grand Cayman was our beach day. The bus was easy to use in Grand Cayman, and much cheaper than a taxi. We took it to Cemetery beach, where we did some snorkeling and relaxing. We appreciated the shady trees at this beach. It was a bit rocky here and there, but nice. You had to swim out quite a ways to get to the reef though and we didn't see too much, as the water was a bit cloudy the day we were there. We then went to the Royal Palms for lunch, which was delicious. The chairs/umbrellas there were very expensive, and with the small umbrella not really providing much shade at for two people, we decided to pass on that. We enjoyed the cruise, despite some poor weather and some rough seas. A few amenities that we missed (found on other cruise lines we have used) were an internal internet that could be used to text your family members and a self service laundry. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
This is a review about our first cruise. We are (wife) Lisa, (daughter 28) Natalie and myself Kevin. About 2 years ago, I asked my wife what she wanted to do for her 50th birthday which was on 21st December 2018. She said she wanted to ... Read More
This is a review about our first cruise. We are (wife) Lisa, (daughter 28) Natalie and myself Kevin. About 2 years ago, I asked my wife what she wanted to do for her 50th birthday which was on 21st December 2018. She said she wanted to go on a cruise. So we started to look at different cruises and watched YouTube videos. We decided on Liberty of the Seas with a cruise itinery of Cozumel, Grand Caymen and Falmouth and a cruising date of 16th December and an end date of 23rd December which would mean we would aboard on her birthday. I booked it about March/April 2017 and was booked into an Owners Suite. One of the reasons we booked an Owners Suite was because of our disabled daughter who is fully mobile but has Autism with severe learning and communiction problems and epilepsy. The room is very spacious which suited our daughter becuase she doesn't like confined spaces. The other reason was it was a special treat for my wife. As the weeks and months rolled on we were looking every week on YouTube at different videos about Liberty and getting excited. I also signed up to Cruise Critic to gain other insights about cruising. We bought the drink package for my wife and myself and, I had to phone up about my daughter being disabled, telling them she wouldn't be able to have alcohol so she had the soft drink package. We are not big drinkers but the reasons why we bought the package was because we didn't want to have a bill at the end of the cruise and i've wanted to try different cocktails knowing that if i didn't like it I didn't have to drink it. We booked a dolphin swim, pull and push excursion at Grand Caymen and a Jewel Beach excursion in Jamaica. We booked the Playa Maya excursion for Cozumel but we cancelled it before we cruised. In January2018 we upgraded our seats on the aeroplane to premium economy for only an extra £100 each. We also booked to stay in a hotel near Heathrow airport the night before our flight. In September 2018 I paid for birthday room decorations to be delivered to our room on my wifes birtday. I also booked my wife in to have a Fire and Ice Pedicure and also paid for Voom and Surf for 2 devices which was a bit slow at times especially when trying to upload photos to WhatsApp. The months turned into weeks then the weeks turned into days until finally it was 14th December and we packed our cases and headed to the hotel near Heathrow airport ready to catch the aeroplane the next morning. Boarding went smoothly and soon we were in the air on a 9 to 10 hour flight. We landed at Houston airport (George Bush Intercontinental) about 2.00pm local time. We were met by a RCI representitive, and, were escorted to Houston Airport Marriott hotel where we stopped the nigh, before boarding a coach to Galvaston. Sunday (embarkation day) We boarded Liberty at about 11.30am and proceeded to the Windjammer for lunch. Just after 1.00pm the tannoy informed everyone that the state rooms were ready. We went straight there to drop our carry ons off and then went up to the pool deck and lay on some loungers for a while and had a Mai Tai cocktail each whilst our daughter had a lemonade. About 3.30pm we went to see if our luggage had arrived and whilst walking along deck 10 corridor we noticed some of our luggage half way along the corridor and not outside our room, so we took them to our room. We got inside our cabin and it was gorgeous and really clean and spacious We started unpacking and then heard horns blowing. I looked out of the window and said to my wife "we are moving" we both stopped unpacking and went to the balcony and watched as we sailed away from Galvaston. We were off. On the first night we went to the main dining room around 5.30pm (my time dining) and sat at a table for 8 people. We then had a walk around the promenade and then went back to our room about 8.00pm. Because of the time difference with the U.K. it was 2.00am to us in reality. With our daughter having epilepsy, she has to take two different medicines twice daily to try and control her seizures, and has to take them 12 hours apart, which meant that, because of her having them at 8.00am and 8.00pm U.K.time, it had became 2.00am and 2.00pm local time. This meant havng to wake her up every morning at 2.00am to take her medicines. Monday (sea day) Having booked a suite we were allowed to have breakfast at Giovanni's restuarant. We were first ones in on Monday morning and had breakfast of oatmeal and then bacon, eggs and sausages. Later we walked along the promeade again and had a photo underneath the Christmas tree. I went to the arcade and put $20 into a machine, I had gambled around $3 (still showing $17 in credit) when I went on a winning steak because I had won 10 free spins. It went upto $62 so i decided to cash out, not bad for a couple of minutes play time. Because I had signed up for the meet and mingle we went to the meeting at the Olive or Twist and met Enzo the cruise director. There didn't seem to be many there. We then went back later for a meet and greet some of the senior officers and other suite guests and met Enzo again. We then went by the pool area and it was a bit breezy, because my wife had only brought summer clothes with her we went down to one of the shops and bought a cardigan. We then went for lunch at the Windjammer. After luch we changed into our swimwear and headed to the pool deck and went to the section reserved for suite guests. It was still a bit chilly to get in the pool so we opted to get in the hot tub instead. At 4.30pm we went to watch the ice skating show which was really good. Monday was first formal night and we all showered and changed. I wore a dickie bow (which I tied myself after getting tutorials off YouTube in how to tie a dickie bow) with a suit my wife wore a long black evening gown dress. She dressed my daughter (as she cannot dress herself) in lovely black jumpsuit and went down for dinner. We were sat on the opposite side (starboard) to where we sat the night before (port) and met Calvert our waiter and Oscar his assistant. After dinner we had a walk along the promenade and was planning on going to the Headliner show at the Platinum Theatre. One look at my daughter who was walking around with her eyes closing because she was tired we decided to go back to our room and sleep. Got back and found an elephant made from towels off our stateroom attendant Diogo. Tuesday (Cozumel) We ordered breakfast to be delivered to our room this morning. When we arrived at Cozumel we were happy that we had cancelled our beach break because it rained all day. We still got off the ship and had a walk around the pier shops for about 40 minutes. We both bought a cap with Cozumel on, and then had a photo taken next to the large Cozumel sign before heading back to the ship. My wife and daughter went into the adult spa hot tub and I sat nearby reading a book I'd brought with me. We had a late lunch at the Windjammer before going back to the room to change, and then went to watch the 6.00pm showing of Saturday Night Fever. I had taken my wife to the West End on her 30th birthday to watch it when it first came out with Richard Garcia playing the lead role. It was a good performance considering it was on a ship. From there we went for dinner and was sat in the same place as the night before with Calvert and Oscar as our waiter and his assistant. Had our photos taken then went back to our room. Our daughter dictates what we do because she gets agitated if she gets tired or doesn't like things. Wednesday (Grand Caymen) Breakfast was at the Windjammer this morning and seemed to have more choice than Giovanni's. Went back to our room to get prepared for our excursion before heading to the Platinum Theatre where we had to meet for getting the tender boats. The process seemed a bit chaotic at times. Got on the coach after the tender boat and headed for the dolphins. After a long wait we finally got in the water and was pulled, and pushed and kissed the dolphin which was named Darwin. Because of my daughter's disability she hasn't got the understanding to hold onto the dolphin so she just had her photograph taken with it. The photographer wasn't very good, because he kept looking around, and wasn't concentrating as if he couldn't be bothered and Darwin's instructor had to keep shouting to him to take the photos. My daughter had 4 different encounters with Darwin. We had to hold our daughters hand to let her feel the dolphin and also to push her head in the direction of the Darwin so she looked as if she was kissing it. When we went to look at the photos, we were very disappointed with the results because, even though the photographer had taken numerous photos of my wife and myself, there was only a solitary photo of our daughters experience with the dolphin. We paid $100 for 6 photos. Got back to the ship and had a message waiting for us stating that our Jewel Beach shore excursion the next morning had been cancelled. We went down to guest services and found out that it didn't meet the required number, so we booked the Luxury Beach at Iberostar Suites. Went down to dinner and sat on the section next to Calvert, as we were a bit earlier than the day before because we were hungry having not had any lunch. Daughter was tired so went back to the room and she soon fell asleep. She fell asleep straight away each night and didn't wake up till morning (except when we had to wake up for her medication) which is very unusual for her because at home, my wife has to stay in bed with her until she falls asleep, sometimes it is a couple of hours before she goes. Other times when she has fallen asleep and my wife gets out of her bed she wakes up straight away. Tonight was the night when the waiters all wore Hawaiian shirts and gathered on the stairs and danced. It was quite a spectacle. Everyone cheered and clapped. There was another towel animal which looked like a rabbit waiting for us when we got back. Thursday (Falmouth) Breakfast at the Windjammer again before getting off the ship to get the transportation for the excursion. We seemed to wait a long time for the coach and it was a hot day. Our coach trip took us through different areas of Jamaica and our hostess was informing us all about Jamaica. She told us where Usain Bolt was born, about Blue Mountain Coffee, Jamaican rum, and where the filming of a James Bond film was made (Live and Let Die). The coach slowed down as we passed the location She also told us about the Jamaican currency and many other things I've forgotten. When we got off the coach we were gathered inside to have wristbands placed on us and told that everything was included, eat and drink as much as you want he said. We got our wristbands on and headed to the beach, When we went outside the view was gorgeous, we passed over a bridge which spanned a lazy river where you could get in a small inflatable and gently glide along the water. There were two or three pools and an infinity pool with a bar. We set our towels down on loungers underneath a palm tree on the beach. The sun was blazing and soon we were in the crystal blue sea. My wife said it was what she had always dreamed of being on a beach like this. We also had a lounge on the lazy river inflatables. The lunch buffet opened at 1.00pm and we headed there at about 1.20pm after changing into drier clothes. The food was plentiful and very nice with a huge selection. Their Pina Colada's were much tastier than the ones that we had on the ship. After lunch we found some loungers next to the infinity pool and relaxed until the coach came to pick us up. Back on the ship there was another message waiting for me. It said that the birthday room decorations were out of stock. WHAT!... I'd ordered them in September almost three moths BEFORE we sailed and they informed me the day before her birthday. I wasn't happy, luckily I'd bought a couple of banners with me just to compliment the other decorations that were supposed to there. We had a walk down towards the photo gallery to see some of our photos that had been taken and happened to see Enzo he said "hello, how's it going" and I told him that I wasn't happy, he apologised even though it wasn't his fault and said he'd look into it. We went down for dinner and sat next Calvert's section with Rusty and Jermaine. Another one of my daughters disability is dysphagia which means she has difficulty in swallowing. She hasn't got the understanding to chew food and we had told the different waiters that we had had. They were really understanding and they had her food blended. Jermaine was really bubbly and said he could do the moonwalk and showed us. I also said I could do the moonwalk and asked if he wanted to see it which he replied yes. I then proceeded to do a simulation of Neil Armstrong when he walked on the moon in slow motion which he thought was quite funny. As we were about to leave, the head waiter came along (forgotten his name) and asked us if everything was O.K. and said if we had lunch in the dining room the next day, he would prepare a special meal for our daughter and showed us the menu for the next day and said he could prepare something different for our daughter. Went back to the room and the captain announced that we were in for a rough time the next day with waves reaching 12 feet high, and would get worse as the day went on. Friday (sea day) My wife opened her birthday cards then went for breakfast at the Windjammer. We then had a walk along the bottom deck. The wind was really strong and the boat was rocking, part of the lower deck was closed for safety because of the strong winds. Even though the winds were strong the pool area was sheltered from it being a deck below, so we headed to section cordoned off for the suites and caught a few rays until about 1.00pm, then we went down to the main dining room for lunch. My wife and I had the Royal Burger which was delicious. We tried explain to one of the waiters what had gone on the night before regarding my daughter, and explaining that a meal had already been prepared for her there was a bit of confusion at first with him coming back to us a couple of times and asking us who had arranged it. We said we couldn't remember his name but was a head waiter. He finally came with our daughters food, and said it had already been prepared which was spaghetti bolognaise cut up in very small pieces 1cm across and small enough for our daughter to swallow. We went back to our room because I had booked my wife into the spa to have a Fire and Ice pedicure. Because she felt a bit sick she took a sickness tablet which I had bought previously from the airport hotel. I took her to the spa for her 3.00pm appointment then went back to the room and put the 50th birthday banners up which I had brought with me and waited for her return. She came back and said "oh they found some then" to which I replied "no I'd brought them with me from home." I had concealed them well in my suitcase. She said that she loved her foot treatment and that she felt relaxed after taking her tablet. She informed me that a man had been sick in the spa because of the rough seas and couldn't go through with his massage. Friday was the second formal night so we showered and got dressed. I wore the same as Monday with my wife wearing a shorter knee length black dress and my wife dressing our daughter in a black dress with a white and purple flower design on it. Before we went to lunch I had a phone call off Bernardo (part of the cruise directors staff) stating that Enzo had spoken to him about my wife's decorations and asking if there was anything he could do to make up for it, to which I replied no, not really. Tonight we were seated with Calvert and Oscar. We had to wait for a table at first and whilst we were waiting it was the chefs turn to gather on the staircase and get a huge round of applause. I had lobster for the first time which Calvert took off the shell for me and my daughter having her prepared meal of salmon with a baked potato. This is something which she doesn't have trouble eating because it is soft. Went back to the room to find a bottle of wine and a few other gifts from Enzo and Bernardo which we thought was very thoughtful and a small towel animal off our stateroom attendant Diogo. We went to bed with the ship really rocking and woke up to a calmer sea. Saturday (sea day) Decided to go to Giovanni's again today for breakfast, then went back to the room for a couple of hours before going up top for a bit of sunbathing. We went to the suites only section but, where the sun was positioned it was only catching one side of our body so, we went to the top deck where the running track is and the sun was directly in front of us. I was tempted to enter the belly flop competition which had been cancelled from the previous day because of the strong winds, but decided not to. We watched the competition and then went to the back end of the ship where flow rider and slides were. Didn't go on any and went for a late lunch instead in the Windjammer, then stopped on our balcony before showering and getting ready for dinner. Before going down for dinner we packed our suitcases ready to leave them out of the room before 11.00pm. Yesterday we bought a six photo package for $99 and went down to collect them before heading off to the dinning room. We had our last dinner with Calvert and Oscar again then after dinner said our goodbyes and went back to our room to relax a bit before our long journey home the next day. Sunday (departation Day) Being in a suite we had a special meeting place at the Schooner Bar whereby our concierge Anis was waiting to show us off the ship personally. We got off the ship found our suitcases, boarded the coach then headed back to Houston airport ready to catch our flight at 4.00pm. Whilst waiting at the airport and for all of Monday I felt myself swaying if I stood still as if I was still on the ship. Even when I was in a sitting position I still felt the same. It was a weird feeling. We loved the cruise but doubt if we would do it again with all the travelling we had to do, and because of the restrictions of what we could and couldn't do because of our daughter. Whilst on the ship we got to try a huge amount of different cocktails, but I still preferred the Bud Lite or the Miller Lite. The food in the dining room was very nice especially the spaghetti bolognaise (I had it 3 times). There was a huge selection to choose from in the Windjammer at breakfast and lunch, didn't go in there at dinner time, selecting to go to the dining room every night. All the waiters we had were very courteous and friendly as with all the crew we met. Our stateroom was always spotless when we got back to it after Diogo had been in to clean it. It was a very enjoyable holiday. Thanks for reading. Kevin, Lisa and Natalie. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We have been on the liberty three times. We booked it thinking it would fun to take our two girls now 5 and 7. Royal promenade room—- Noise, noise and noise. When we booked the lady told us it wouldn’t be a problem since I was ... Read More
We have been on the liberty three times. We booked it thinking it would fun to take our two girls now 5 and 7. Royal promenade room—- Noise, noise and noise. When we booked the lady told us it wouldn’t be a problem since I was concerned about this. No balcony rooms were available so we choose the two promenade rooms right together. I could hear the music playing constantly and esp at night when the bands play. We also heard noise upstairs every morning at 5, even though there were cabins above us. I won’t do that again. I asked if there was any way they could move us, and was given a bottle of wine. I asked again two days later, and he said he had a balcony room he could move us to. I called back and a different woman said no, the room was on the same level we were on now not a balcony. They did offer 15 percent off next cruise but I doubt we’ll use it. The two rooms together is good for kids though, with a door in the middle. Cursing during school breaks— the boat was at maximum capacity 4500 people and 900 kids. Everywhere was crowded and loud. It got to where I dreaded the windjammer and pool areas. If you like the quiet, it is hard to find here. Would rec going on an uncrowned time. Or get a balcony room so you can have quiet there. Dining room- great service. The menu has gotten more limited each time we go on this boat. It was mostly the same thing every night with a few other choices thrown in. Specialty dining- was wonderful. Pools- they heated the main pool but not the waterpark. We were so looking forward to taking them for the waterpark but it was too cold. Kids club- they would not allow kids to go together bc of age groups. They said to check back the next day. We checked back, they said they need to try their own class. They did have fun and if your kids are outgoing I bet they will enjoy but do not count on them grouping together , maybe on a less crowded time. Spa- the service I had was great. But— every time I go to a spa on ship they try to sell you all kinds of things at the end based on if you marked anything on your health sheet. It is annoying. I just wanted to relax. Ports- Cozumel was rainy but we usually go to playa Mia and have a great time. Grand Cayman - we wanted less crowded so we tried this cove. Smith cove. I think that was the highlight of the trip. Beautiful and quiet. Bring your own drinks. Falmouth- stay in the port or go on a RC excursion Or book thru a private reputable tour in advance!!! We took a taxi to a beach. Guy acted like he worked at the beach, took our money didn’t give our change back and then he wanted to ride with us back!! Yikes. I was so ready to get off the boat and RC did not wow us this time. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
My husband and I have never been on a cruise. A couple that we know have been on this particular ship before and made it sound as though it would be perfect for first time cruisers who didn't want to be around a bunch of kids. We ... Read More
My husband and I have never been on a cruise. A couple that we know have been on this particular ship before and made it sound as though it would be perfect for first time cruisers who didn't want to be around a bunch of kids. We decided to take this cruise along with them. We decided to book a Jr. Suite because online it had a bigger balcony which is what we were interested in. We made sure to add all gratuities with our fee. We also paid for the Alcohol beverage package and Vroom for two devices. We were pleasantly surprised with our Suite. It was extremely nice and worth the extra money. Having the Alcohol beverage package was also a good investment. The first problem we had was upon boarding. The only place you could go was the Windjammer. That is where EVERYONE went. There were no seats available. Families (which there was a lot of) would sit their two kids at a four person table while the parents sat at a two person table just next to them. This is why there were not a lot of seating available. Too many kids were on this ship. The elevators took forever and when you did get an elevator, it was usually packed. We squeezed into one elevator, only to have a woman with a double stroller force her way in with her two kids and as she shoved her way into the elevator, her stroller ran over my husbands foot. She didn't even apologize. Kids were running up and down the hallways and the deck areas. The hot tubs were full of kids, even parents with their infants who wear pull-ups, so you can only imagine what was in the water. The adult only hot tubs and pools were no better. There was a couple making out in the pool so we just decided the pool areas were not for us. The Windjammer was always dirty. It didn't matter what meal we were there for, every single table we sat at had to be cleaned. The music they play is some hip hop, rap, pop type. Why can't they play some smooth Jazz? People would cut you off while you are in the buffet line. Kids were running around people trying to get from one buffet line to another. It was a madhouse. The ports were the only places we could get away from these rowdy kids. Once we were back on the ship, we preferred to stay in our room because people on this ship are just inconsiderate and they don't tend to their kids. The other thing is we booked a Jr. Suite. Royal Caribbean's website states that anyone in a Suite would have access to the Concierge Lounge located on Deck 13. We tried to access this Lounge and were told it was for Grand Suite and above only. Their website didn't state that. They need to fix their website to make this more clear to anyone else who books a Suite. We will NEVER, EVER, EVER go on another cruise ever again. This was our first and last cruise. All you other people with Families and Kids can have the cruise ships to yourselves. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
We decided to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary doing what we love to do. Cruising! we were also joined by my cosin and his wife who were also celbrating their 50th. Being Diamond members and living close to Galvenston made the ... Read More
We decided to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary doing what we love to do. Cruising! we were also joined by my cosin and his wife who were also celbrating their 50th. Being Diamond members and living close to Galvenston made the decision to sail Liberty of the Seas very easy. Although the Galvenston termanal needs much to be desired, Embarkment was very easy. We were on the ship in no time at all. After getting a "qick bite" at the buffet it was off to or balcony stateroom. We were very satisfied with our stateroom apperance and layout. We then proceeded to get the layout of where everything was on the ship. The Promanade deck was decorated for beatifully for Christmas. Also expect to see an exellent varity of bars, shops, a cafe and a pizza resturant. I have to say the pizza was very good! also the cafe was very nice to finish off the day with a coffee or capiccino. Entertainment was OK. The had comedians and their big production was Saturday night fever. The dinning room is outstanding! Great service and great food. We had perks of a lunch and dinner at the specialty resturants. Nothing to brag about. Food in the main dinning room was of the same quality. Great gym! Disimbarkment was went well. GREAT CRUISE!! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Liberty of the Seas: December 9-16, 2018. My husband and I are 63 and 76 years old, and we were traveling by ourselves, although we were meeting up with friends whom we have met on other cruises. We chose this particular cruise because ... Read More
Liberty of the Seas: December 9-16, 2018. My husband and I are 63 and 76 years old, and we were traveling by ourselves, although we were meeting up with friends whom we have met on other cruises. We chose this particular cruise because it departed from Galveston, which was within driving distance (less than 1,000 miles) for us, eliminating the need for us to fly. We were traveling for the ships, not for the ports, as we had visited them previously. We also like to travel in December, as the holiday decorations throughout Royal Caribbean’s ships are always beautiful, and we were not disappointed. We are Diamond Crown & Anchor members, and the benefits of our frequent floater status keep us pretty loyal to Royal Caribbean We pre-paid for parking in a garage located across the street from the pier. My husband dropped me off with our luggage at the check-in area, went back to park the car, and was able to re-join me within about 20 minutes. Pre-paying for parking allowed for a slight discount. Boarding in Galveston was organized, and the pier staff were among the most helpful and organized that we’ve experienced. Our Crown & Anchor status allowed us access to a shorter line, but all lines appeared to be moving quickly. The check-in staff were friendly and efficient, and we were aboard the ship within about 20 minutes of entering the building. The ship was pristine and beautiful, decorated for the holidays throughout. There was a beautiful tree in the Promenade, and a tree lighting ceremony was held on night #1. Poinsettias and garland decorated most of the pubic areas. Chilly, windy weather kept some of the lido deck facilities — the slides, the Flo Rider, and the climbing wall — closed for three of the seven days on this cruise. The hot tubs were full much of the time. Surprisingly, there were a lot of children on this cruise, and they were happy to filll the swimming pools, regardless of the cool temperatures. There seems to be a bit of a disconnect between RCI and Cruise Critic, and there was some confusion about the Meet & Mingle. I wonder if that may have been caused by the changes in the CC app that were made this fall. While I appreciate that the RCI staff are willing to put together the M&M’s, I wish that they would make a little more effort to introduce the guests in attendance. Our particular group wasn’t as enthusiastic as some, but I think if some introductions had been made, there might have been more of a party atmosphere. We chose early dinner dining with a table for 8. The food was delicious, and the dining staff were superb. We have never dined in any of the for-fee venues, and we are, admittedly, easily pleased. We love dining at the same table with the same people each night. During the day we alternated between the main dining room and the Windjammer, which was almost always extremely crowded. As we were fortunate to have a balcony, we chose to pick up food on several occasions and carry it down to our cabin, to eat outside. We enjoyed all of the shows, especially the ice skating show, Saturday Night Fever, and all of the entertainment in the theater. The arial show was unique and spectacular — much better than we expected. There were some fun parties held in the Promenade — a 70’s dance party, Christmas songs sung by the entertainment staff, the Captain’s cocktail party. Scheduling conflicts didn’t allow for us to do quite as much as we would have liked — which only indicates that there were so many things available for our entertainment that we couldn’t do them all! When the weather was good, there were tons of outdoor activities. But there was plenty to keep people occupied when it was unpleasant outside. We always enjoy Trivia, and there were a lot of games throughout the week. We spent quite a bit of time in the game room on Deck 10, but it was sometimes difficult to get a table. I wish that there were some additional spaces where games could be played. There were crowding issues for dining, let alone having room for game playing, in the Windjammer, and there are few game-size tables in other indoor public areas. We did not take any shore excursions. Cozumel and Falmouth both have some fairly extensive shopping areas on the pier, and that’s as far as we went in both places. We did not leave the ship at all in Grand Cayman, both due to the fact that it is a tender port, and also because we had been before. We like staying on the ships when most people go ashore! A couple of tips for first-time cruisers: If you use a CPAP machine, let your travel agent know, or call Royal Caribbean. They will provide you with distilled water and an extension cord. You can also easily arrange for a Sharp’s disposal if you’re using medical needles. We paid for 2-device VOOM (wi-if), and it worked OK. The price is absurd, but it was worth it for us. Pictures do not load well, but you have access within your cabin and throughout the ship. It’s purely personal choice, and that’s our primary indulgence. We like being able to communicate with friends while we’re aboard. The week flew by, and before we knew it, it was time to re-pack. We opted for self-assist disembarkation, and that went well. Specific, very clear instructions were left in our cabin. We didn’t have to put our luggage in the hallway on the night before, so we had to carry our own luggage off the ship. The most difficult thing about carrying one’s own luggage is catching an elevator. Of course, catching an elevator is always a challenge! But eventually we did, went to our assigned waiting area, joined the line, and walked right off the ship. Again, the pier staff were fantastic — organized, friendly, and helpful. There was a brief wait to get through customs, which was painless. I waited with luggage while my husband went to retrieve the car, he picked me up, and we were on the road and headed back to our home by 9:00 AM. And now we are home. There’s nobody to make my bed in the morning, nobody to bring me a meal menu, nobody to clean up after I’m finished. I definitely feel the need for another cruise! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
We chose this cruise because of a Regional At Sea Bridge Tournament, without much interest in the cruise ports, because we planned on taking advantage of the daily duplicate bridge sessions. Previous reviewers had given "OK" ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of a Regional At Sea Bridge Tournament, without much interest in the cruise ports, because we planned on taking advantage of the daily duplicate bridge sessions. Previous reviewers had given "OK" reviews for the ship, and mediocre reviews of the main and deck 11 dining venues. We were much more impressed with both the ship and the main and buffet dining venues than what we had read, possibly because the ship was refurbished about a year ago. We ate every dinner in the main dining room, and found the food to be the best main dining room food of any of our 15 or so cruises, with several meals rivaling the quality of specialty restaurants (e.g., tender and cooked to order prime rib, tenderloin, rack of lamb, and medium rare Ahi Tuna), with great starters and deserts, and great service from our waiter and the rest of the staff. The food at the Deck 11 buffet was also very good, with pork ribs, skirt steak, roast chicken, lovely Asian food, good Italian options, and great service from the staff, who came back repeatedly to offer drinks and refills on coffee, water, and such, as well as remove used dishes to keep things clean and comfortable. The major downside of this buffet was that one-half was always closed at noon, making it more crowded than necessary, and with the half facing shore closed, preventing an otherwise lovely view while in port. Given the large number of passengers, the buffet should have both sides open. Embarkation was a nightmare, mainly due to port security delaying embarkation, due to an issue with the incoming passengers or contraband (never found out exactly why), causing us to stand outside for 90+ minutes, during which the cruise line should have provided more information, as well as complimentary snacks or at least something to drink while we waited to get inside where others were sitting. Because of the delay, we had to go almost immediately to the life jacket drill, after which we discovered the the buffet closed at 3PM, leaving us only a couple of small complimentary dining options, or having to pay to relieve our starvation. The ship should have reopened the buffet after the drill, an "outside the box" response to delayed boarding that they couldn't control. Disembarkation was also worse than average, because the departure times of self-service passengers (with their own luggage) were not properly phased. Rather than have us wait comfortable in the dining room for our group to be called, groups were bunched up, and crowded into merging lines, taking about 30 minutes of standing and shoving, to get off the ship. If we had been held back, we could have walked smoothly off the ship, one group at a time. One more complaint: the flat screen TVs were fairly nice, but there were no free movie options (unlike several other mid-priced cruise lines), rather a selection of $12.99/move titles, or very limited entertainment channels (fewer than the numerous channels promoting shore excursions and future RCL cruises -- "tacky"). I suggest you bring your own DVD player & DVDs, or a streaming device and purchase the $90/week wifi (for one device). Nevertheless, unless your cruise runs into embarkation problems beyond RCL's control, I think you will enjoy the spacious, comfortable cabins, very good food and service, especially if you are traveling with youngsters who will enjoy the water slides, and many other activities designed for them. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
My husband and I went on the Liberty of the Seas Dec. 2 - 9. We enjoyed the cruise but there were some issues with the trip. The problems started with embarkation. Since we were gold members we got into a faster line and breezed though ... Read More
My husband and I went on the Liberty of the Seas Dec. 2 - 9. We enjoyed the cruise but there were some issues with the trip. The problems started with embarkation. Since we were gold members we got into a faster line and breezed though the check-in process until we went to go upstairs to enter the ship. The entire process came to a screeching halt. We waited upstairs in the lounge for almost 3 hours because of an issue on the ship with departing passengers or a kid with chicken pox (it all depends on who you talked to..I doubt that we'll ever really know the true story). The part that really irritated me was that Royal Caribbean never handed out water or food during that whole issue. People were hungry and tired from a long travel day. Royal handled it horribly. When we finally did get onto the ship, it was very nice, but I felt that it needed some fixing up. The carpets look worn and the seats in the theatre needed new upholstery. The tables in the card room were worn out. Our stateroom was on the 8th deck 8382. It had ample room to store our clothes in the cupboard and the balcony was a nice size. The washroom was tiny. The shower could not possibly be any smaller. The food was just ok. We've been on a number of cruises and each time we can see the quality of the food has declined. We ate in the Windjammer and the main dining room and the servers were all very nice and helpful. One night I didn't like what was on the menu and our server put in a special order for me and sure enough I got a nice people of salmon that wasn't on the menu. One night we ordered molten lava cake that was not molten in the slightest. You now have to specifically ask for garlic butter for the lobster and horseradish for the beef even though it was listed on the menu. The one highlight of the cruise was the entertainment. We really enjoyed all of the entertainment very much. One of the best shows was Nathan Osmond. He gave us a country music concert that was outstanding. We had booked a tour in Cozumel to see the Myan ruins and to a chocolate tasting that got cancelled. We ended up doing a tour of downtown Cozumel and a beach instead. I felt that the tour wasn't worth the money and we didn't feel safe walking around in the downtown area. The beach was very remote and not very nice. In Grand Cayman, we just walked around in the town and went in and out of the various stores. In Jamaica we didn't leave the port area. All in all, we enjoyed the trip but felt that the quality of the cruise has gone down a bit. There is so much emphasis on up selling that it wears you down after a while. Royal needs to get back to making the passengers happy and dial back the nickle and diming. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
My wife and I sailed aboard Liberty of the Seas Dec. 2-Dec. 9. The ship offers many unique experiences including a water park, two water slides, a tidal wave ride, flow Rider and a new 9-hole miniature golf course. The entertainment was ... Read More
My wife and I sailed aboard Liberty of the Seas Dec. 2-Dec. 9. The ship offers many unique experiences including a water park, two water slides, a tidal wave ride, flow Rider and a new 9-hole miniature golf course. The entertainment was great...In the Air was a show based on Cirque Du Soleil and we had Nathan Osmond, Donny and Marie's nephew, a budding country artist on board. The Dubois brother-sister combo performed magic and a Cirque Du Soleil act as well. The food was great!!! Lots of options but perhaps more snack options like potato chips could have been made available. Excursion options were married at the three parts of call including Cozumel, Falmouth and Grand Cayman. Our Mayan ruin tour was cancelled for Cozumel due to low registration but we picked up a city / beach combo that was good. We had a long wait in boarding the ship in Galveston due to an incident beyond Royal's control. No OBC was offered for the inconvenience as a result unfortunately. But beyond that, the organization and execution was spot on. We enjoyed the cruise overall. We enjoy ships in the Freedom class and this one did not disappoint. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
From the beginning we had bad experience with the service personnel before boarding, very unprofessional and unwelcoming. Plus, we had a delay of more than 4 hours without water or food provided. Internet is a jock, extremely slow, ... Read More
From the beginning we had bad experience with the service personnel before boarding, very unprofessional and unwelcoming. Plus, we had a delay of more than 4 hours without water or food provided. Internet is a jock, extremely slow, dining times are set and they are not friendly if you want to change it. And all the services have different times so be sure you prepare before you use them. Lastly, the organization for disembarking on the last day is just poor. I felt like I was in a ship tour with all my luggage, everyone was complaining. Won’t do this again for sure. 1. extremely late boarding on the 1st day without providing water or food, no consideration for families with kids. 2. incredible unprofessional and not welcome personnel on land (1st day) we didn’t receive our boarding tag so everything took longer. 3. extremely slow internet on board, you should not advertise this service. 4. it took us 4 days to change our dining time, too little too late, you should understand families with kids. 5. terrible organization for disembarking on the last day. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
Liberty of the Seas is an excellent ship that is well maintained. It lacks a little bit on activities but was quite nice. The Windjammer buffet was good for breakfast or dinner but fell short with its lunch fare. The MDR was a bit ... Read More
Liberty of the Seas is an excellent ship that is well maintained. It lacks a little bit on activities but was quite nice. The Windjammer buffet was good for breakfast or dinner but fell short with its lunch fare. The MDR was a bit disappointing but I guess that is just the offshoot of having specialty dining options. Overall it was a fun cruise and would recommend. Ports of call included Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Jamaica. The entertainment was a little bit hit and miss. The Saturday Night Fever show was hokey and not scripted very well. We enjoyed both the Ice Show and the aerial acrobats. The main headliner was Nathan Osmond and just was not very good. Son of one of the legendary Osmonds, Nathan is a country wannabe with karaoke level talent and comes across as a lounge act trying to do country. Would definitely go again but hope the MDR improves with its dinner choices and quality. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
My wife and I have been wanting to go on a cruise for years but never had the nerve to go cold-turkey. A couple at church mentioned that they were going on their 4th Cruise and invited us to join them on Royal Caribbean Liberty of the ... Read More
My wife and I have been wanting to go on a cruise for years but never had the nerve to go cold-turkey. A couple at church mentioned that they were going on their 4th Cruise and invited us to join them on Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas. Our travel agent helped us select a basic cabin on deck 2 that had a view to the ocean. The room was about the same size if a typical hotel room and was adequate for our needs. We did read up on a lot for the Cruise Critic email that had many suggestions on how to make better use of the room. The magnets really made a difference. I even used one to hang my seapass when it was not around my neck. The dining was fabulous, we used the buffet for breakfast so we wouldn't miss our shore excursions. We utilized the MyDining, but make reservations on the first day so we would have the same waiters each day. Our waiters we the BEST. Agnelo (from India) and Alejandro (from Philippines) were very attentive. The choices of entrees were so good that there were times we could not decide which one to order, and Agnelo would order two entrees (or desserts) for us! As first time cruisers, shore excursions created a little stress. It was difficult at times to keep with our group (there were so many people on one excursion that they split up our group in 2 tinders and RC had a hard time getting us back together. We had also booked one of our excursions outside of RC and were fearful that we would not get back to the ship in time. It ended up that our worries were unfounded and we had a great time at port and had no issues getting back on board. In fact, the first day at port, there was a couple that was 45 minutes last and the ship waiting for them. We had such a good time that we are already looking for our next cruise! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Great service and great staff. The ship rocked and had a lot of vibration and we were on 6th floor mid ship . The whole time you could feel some vibration and on 2 nights we were rocked almost out of our bed. December is a windy month we ... Read More
Great service and great staff. The ship rocked and had a lot of vibration and we were on 6th floor mid ship . The whole time you could feel some vibration and on 2 nights we were rocked almost out of our bed. December is a windy month we were told. The entertainment was great and all the bartenders knew us by name. The drink package is definitely worth it. You can have soft drinks, coffee at the Starbucks on board which was awesome and all the alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks you want . The tender we had to use to visit Grand Cayman was rough we were the first on board and had to wait for 200 more patrons to board so we were rocked a lot!! Bonine is a great help for all the rocking , and Sea bands also helped. We enjoyed everything except the rocking so don't believe it when people say you cannot feel a thing that is a LIE !! Go prepared to feel the ship rocking Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
We had a balcony cabin on deck 9 toward the front of the ship. It was a very nice cabin. It was a short elevator ride to get to pool, but buffet and main dining room are at the back of the boat. The buffet food was good but I got bored ... Read More
We had a balcony cabin on deck 9 toward the front of the ship. It was a very nice cabin. It was a short elevator ride to get to pool, but buffet and main dining room are at the back of the boat. The buffet food was good but I got bored eating the same breakfast items everyday. Sorrentos pizza was just an elevator ride down to the 5th deck as well as the Star and Platinum theatres as these are in the front of the ship. The pizza was very good. Johnny Rockets was excellent. For a flat fee you can order anything you want off the menu. The kids like the slides and flow rider, which on on the very back of the boat. The kids pool was very good. The music on the pool deck was a nice touch but way too loud! Couldn't even talk to people next to me. The dining room food was good but we didn't get spoiled as we did on other ships. We were a tad disappointed. I did hear others say they had great waiters. Nice size ship but my group of 23 say they prefer the smaller ships, but I believe that is due to the excellent personal service we received on Enchantment of the Seas 2 years ago. The shows were all excellent. Disembarkment took a long time due to back up at customs. If you need to catch an early flight, elect to take off your own luggage so you get off first. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
This was my 5th cruise but first time on RCI. We sailed November 25th on Liberty of the Seas. It was really a great cruise. I see people give negative reviews and complain about how bad it was and I don't really understand. My ... Read More
This was my 5th cruise but first time on RCI. We sailed November 25th on Liberty of the Seas. It was really a great cruise. I see people give negative reviews and complain about how bad it was and I don't really understand. My thoughts are how could anything be that bad I'm on a cruise!! I've had a bad one but I was still happy just cruising. So this last cruise did not disappoint. Let's start with the cabin...6372 spacious oceanview w/ balcony it was a nice cabin, good bed and a little larger than the regular balcony but what made it even better was our steward Made'. He was awesome he kept ice in my ice chest, very friendly and checked on us often. Everytime I needed anything he was right there. Moving on...I really like the way the Promenade is, it's like a street with all the shops on 1 deck the length of the ship. They had parade's and one night was a 70's street party and the next night it was 80's so don't forget to pack some platforms, concert T's and denim lol. The food was nothing spectacular most of the dining options are extra, the sprinkles ice cream isn't open late enough. Don't even get me started about how much they charge for water it's just ridiculous or that they don't have pepsi products. If I wouldn't have had a voucher for specialty dining I would have to say it's not worth the added expense. We did the Mystery Dinner which was fun but the food at Giovanni's not so much. Chop's was good but not worth the expense. MDR was good but sure hated they didn't have salmon at all. First cruise I've been on that didn't offer salmon in MDR. The Windjammer was good well at least what I had was good. Oh and sushi from Zumie's Express on the promenade was good. It was food I paid extra for 3 times lol. Had a blast in the cupcake decorating class making puppies and a Christmas tree and they even tasted good. I wish I would have done it earlier in the week so we would have had time to eat on them all week. I just left them for Made' to eat since I had no way to carry them off the ship...we self disembarked. The whole crew was very friendly and helpful. The shows are pretty great. I wanted to try to ice skate but since i never have and my parents and husband thought I would break something I decided not to try it. I won a little playing bingo can't say the same for the casino lol. I picked a week that I knew most kids would be in school...I left mine at home but taking the place of the kids were walkers, wheel chairs and scooters lol. Liberty is in the freedom class so it's not overly huge like the oasis class/mega ships but it's big enough that you don't really feel it even in really rough waters. Let me add, this was my parents first cruise and they enjoyed it enough that we're booking another in January on Liberty of the Seas. If you go with patience and a positive attitude you can't help but have a good time cruising...it's a vacation after all and I love it. Read Less
Liberty of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 3.5 4.0
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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