Liberty of the Seas Cruise Review by laqueviaja
- Sail Date: July 2014
- Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
HOTEL: We stayed at the BAH - Barcelona Airport Hotel for 5 nights prior to the cruise departure and then another three nights post cruise. The hotel is out of the limelight of Barcelona, around 10 minutes by car to Las Ramblas; but, the shuttle service provided met most of our needs to get around. We also got a family/friend rate, so it was a huge incentive to stay there. Even with paying taxis, we were way ahead by staying there versus closer in to the city. The hotel was clean, comfortable, the included breakfast was fantastic and the service we received was wonderful. I would certainly recommend it to anyone and I would certainly stay there again.
SHIP: As I first mentioned, this is not my (our) first cruise. The Liberty of the Seas is a lovely ship. She has many amenities and should suit just about anyone.
ACTIVITIES: The "Flow Rider" surf simulator was a hit with a majority of the younger crowd (17 to 35) who travelled with us. I am 55 years old and also tried it. Not my finest moment, but it was fun. The rock climbing wall, basketball court and mini-golf course were also put to use and enjoyed. The gym was well equipped and we normally used it after coming back from our excursions and it was usually not busy at that time. We did not participate in any of the "additional cost" classes, so can't comment on those.
SERVICE: Overall, I would have to say that the service was "good" with a shrug. Our embarkation was quick and without any problems. We arrived at the port just before 11 AM and were on board within 10-15 minutes. Being Crown and Anchor members took us straight to an empty counter to be served, but to be fair, the port was not too full. So, honestly, even if we were not C and A members, we would have still boarded the ship rather quickly.
PORT AND SHORE EXCURSIONS: We did all the excursions on our own. Do your research and save money. Highly recommend Med Tour while in Villefranche and LimousInRome 39 338 8209157 Roberto Brunetti, when in Civitavecchia.
CABIN: We had a Promenade Stateroom. I do not recommended these cabins. The large window is lovely, except everyone can see you when the drapes are open - you can wave to your neighbour across the Promenade. Also, the band music played at nights can be heard in your cabin. The music does not stop until 12.15 AM and one night it was 12.45 AM. So, if you want an early night, you are out of luck. We had two cabins, the second one was on deck seven, and although tucked away, was very quiet.
DINING: Our group was seated in the Rembrandt Dining Room. We had the 9 PM seating. Our first dinner was one of the worst. The escargot appetizer was ice cold. The butter had hardened and we had to send it back. It came back hot, but it unfortunately a terribly first impression, especially for first time cruisers. The table was not set properly. Some guests had wine glasses, others did not. Some guests had water glasses, others did not. One of the glasses looked like it was from the previous seating, as it had lipstick on it. Our servers were very nice, but they had too many people to attend to at a time. They served two tables of ten, and I believe, a table of four. So, they had to turn over 24 people in around 2 hours; serving them varying amounts of appetizers, entree's, desserts, bread, drinks, etc. The kitchen staff has to ensure that the food is piping hot, so that by the time the server has brought it to the guest it is still hot. On our last evening, the table was finally set properly, the food was great and I guess this is the company's way of hoping to leave a lasting impression. Unfortunately, for this traveller, the first impression was the lasting one. I give their food a four out of ten and the service a 6 out of ten.
CHILDREN'S CLUBS: Did not use
ENTERTAINMENT: Our favourite was the ice skating show and the magic show. Try not to miss the magician.
DISEMBARKATION: We woke up at around 7.45 AM. Had our breakfast and walked off the ship, with our suitcases, at around 9.15 AM. We had no issues getting an elevator to bring down our suitcases. The queue to get a taxi out of the port is quite long, so get ready to wait. If you do not enjoy a long queue, perhaps pre-arrange your pick-up.
SUMMARY: Overall, we had a great time. The areas which require improvement are the food and service in the dining room. It would also be nice to get some more bath amenities - body lotion, for instance. We travelled on Princess last year, and I must say, they win this round. It is also very disappointing how much is charged for the drink packages. I realize this is how cruise lines make their money, but it really feels like highway robbery. When my husband requested an espresso one night after dinner, he as told it would be extra. While on the cruise one does feel that at every turn you have to pay extra for something. We just adapted and did without the espresso or other "luxuries", but it would be nice to have certain touches without feeling fleeced. It was almost comical to see guests going to Guest Services to complain about their outrageous bill and then being told that "well, yes, that is what you owe". All the extras add up quickly and can put a dent in your wallet if you are not careful. We will try a river cruise next, as most is included up front. Not saying good-bye RCL, but not for a while. Cheers!
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