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My husband chose the Liberty of the Seas as our Summer Vacation for our family, 2 adults and 3 kids, this year. We left Galveston with general expectations of the Island, since we live here. Disembarkation: Went smooth for us, as we showed up at 1030 AM. The guy came to take our luggage the second we pulled up and we began our way to check in. Derek was very kind, but I did notice the guy controlling the "line" of about 10 people, was not very kind to the guests. I would not have wanted to start my cruise with someone yelling at me to "GO BACK UNDER!", especially when they certainly were not skipping anyone in line. I get it, "crowd control" and all, but come on…. there has to be a nicer way. Cabin: Actually, we had a Suite with the panoramic view windows right in front of the ship! It was BEAUTIFUL! It accommodated all of our family, but only wish they would either INCLUDE the snacks they have in the little refrigerator, or leave them out…. as they became quite an argument with our kiddos. Dining: Our FAVORITE part! We had our reservations made for the week, and were seated at the same table, #300, every single night. We had the same servers, who by the way, were amazing! Iwayan and Rogelio treated us like family, knew us by name, greeted us with a smile, knew what kind of drinks we were going to order, made my kids origami gifts, laughed with us, talked with us, and were just amazingly kind to us every single night! We enjoyed all the food and were super satisfied at the end of every meal. We will actually miss seeing Iwayan and Rogelio every evening! Entertainment and Activities: We enjoyed the "Elton John" show as a family… as some of the content should not have been enjoyed by an 8 year old little boy. He now occasionally goes around talking about "electric boobs". It was still a lot of fun! Saturday Night Fever was enjoy by my 17 year old and myself, and we enjoyed it. The ICE SKATING show was phenomenal! We also enjoyed the belly flop contest. The Battle of the sexes, out by the pool, was a little much. We were all enjoying it, up until the balloon pop, which included them placing the balloons on another persons rear end and pressing their bodies against each other to pop the balloon. All the while, little kids string there watching this happen. Thank goodness that was the end of the battle. Let me not forget to give a shout out to the Cruise Director! He made us laugh every time we were in his presence! Service: I guess that this category is based on what you expect. I expected my room to be kept decent. It was kept immaculate! Thank you, Dhaneswan Cheyetun! I expect to be treated kindly. Exceeded my expectations! I expected my children to be treated kind. They were in every aspect. I expected to have a table to eat at every morning and evening. It was there. I expected the waiters to be kind to us and to bring our food in a timely matter. AGAIN, EXCEEDED my expectations! Iwayan and Rogelio are the BEST! The Windjammer, is the Windjammer. Come on people, it is a buffet made to feed 4500 people. Everyone that helped us in there was kind! We did not have problems with any of the service. Ports and Excursions: Cozumel- Second time that we have gone to the Tulum Mayan Ruins. The crowds were probably 20X more that they were the first time. They had weed eaters cutting the grass and even though the guides gave us earphones… the heat was so extreme that nobody wanted to keep them on their heads. And the thought that anyone had worn them before and sweated as much as you are, well, is a little disgusting. We then went to a little beach area where we were served lunch and were allowed to play in the water. It was very nice. We then loaded a bus and were rushed back… LATE… to stand in a line, with hopes that the ship will not leave us before we are ferried back to the ship. Thankfully it didn't. Grand Cayman- Terrifying!! and somewhat AMAZING! The bus driver/boat driver had ZERO concern for our safety. It was all about get you there, get it done, and get you back. If it had just been the adults, no big deal…. but my children were on that bus and boat too! When we got to the Stingrays, it was lightening and raining, and the guides still pulled everyone off the boats. I have to admit, it was absolutely an amazing thing to swim with the stingrays, but when you have nearly 10 boats floating around you and a couple about to float into and/or over your family…… safety becomes a factor. There was no real organization…. and as cool as it was, it is an accident/fatality/both, waiting to happen! Jamaica- My favorite! Shana-Kaye and Morrisa were our AWESOME guides (Yeah Mon), to Dunn's River Falls, which were BEAUTIFUL by the way! The bus ride is a little long, but they kept us busy talking about their way of life. Walking up the Falls was a ton of fun. The guides, I think were Murray and Warren…. They were very nice and helpful. They made sure everyone had a great time and helped everyone along the way. You should definitely buy the DVD. It is actually very funny to watch yourself go through it! The only problem we did have was one of the "vendors" making a rude comment because nobody was buying his stuff. We then left and went to Reggae Hill. It was relaxing and the performers were okay. They served us several different dishes and drinks, but we were ready to leave way before we actually did. It was a long day. The bus driver, David, was nice and safe, and got us back in enough time to do a little port shopping before getting back on the ship. Children: Yes. 8, 11, 17. Our children loved the ship! They loved the pool, the slides, the hot tub, the room, the arcade, the glass elevators, and visiting with Iwayan and Rogelio every night at dinner. They even enjoyed the Windjammer every morning. My oldest enjoyed the Teens activities, and stayed out most nights until curfew. All of their favorite excursion was Jamaica! Would I go Again? : In a heartbeat! Wish there was fewer people per ship, but it is what it is.

Thanks for a great cruise!

Liberty of the Seas Cruise Review by hggalveston

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My husband chose the Liberty of the Seas as our Summer Vacation for our family, 2 adults and 3 kids, this year. We left Galveston with general expectations of the Island, since we live here.

Disembarkation: Went smooth for us, as we showed up at 1030 AM. The guy came to take our luggage the second we pulled up and we began our way to check in. Derek was very kind, but I did notice the guy controlling the "line" of about 10 people, was not very kind to the guests. I would not have wanted to start my cruise with someone yelling at me to "GO BACK UNDER!", especially when they certainly were not skipping anyone in line. I get it, "crowd control" and all, but come on…. there has to be a nicer way.

Cabin: Actually, we had a Suite with the panoramic view windows right in front of the ship! It was BEAUTIFUL! It accommodated all of our family, but only wish they would either INCLUDE the snacks they have in the little refrigerator, or leave them out…. as they became quite an argument with our kiddos.

Dining: Our FAVORITE part! We had our reservations made for the week, and were seated at the same table, #300, every single night. We had the same servers, who by the way, were amazing! Iwayan and Rogelio treated us like family, knew us by name, greeted us with a smile, knew what kind of drinks we were going to order, made my kids origami gifts, laughed with us, talked with us, and were just amazingly kind to us every single night! We enjoyed all the food and were super satisfied at the end of every meal. We will actually miss seeing Iwayan and Rogelio every evening!

Entertainment and Activities: We enjoyed the "Elton John" show as a family… as some of the content should not have been enjoyed by an 8 year old little boy. He now occasionally goes around talking about "electric boobs". It was still a lot of fun! Saturday Night Fever was enjoy by my 17 year old and myself, and we enjoyed it. The ICE SKATING show was phenomenal! We also enjoyed the belly flop contest. The Battle of the sexes, out by the pool, was a little much. We were all enjoying it, up until the balloon pop, which included them placing the balloons on another persons rear end and pressing their bodies against each other to pop the balloon. All the while, little kids string there watching this happen. Thank goodness that was the end of the battle. Let me not forget to give a shout out to the Cruise Director! He made us laugh every time we were in his presence!

Service: I guess that this category is based on what you expect. I expected my room to be kept decent. It was kept immaculate! Thank you, Dhaneswan Cheyetun! I expect to be treated kindly. Exceeded my expectations! I expected my children to be treated kind. They were in every aspect. I expected to have a table to eat at every morning and evening. It was there. I expected the waiters to be kind to us and to bring our food in a timely matter. AGAIN, EXCEEDED my expectations! Iwayan and Rogelio are the BEST! The Windjammer, is the Windjammer. Come on people, it is a buffet made to feed 4500 people. Everyone that helped us in there was kind! We did not have problems with any of the service.

Ports and Excursions: Cozumel- Second time that we have gone to the Tulum Mayan Ruins. The crowds were probably 20X more that they were the first time. They had weed eaters cutting the grass and even though the guides gave us earphones… the heat was so extreme that nobody wanted to keep them on their heads. And the thought that anyone had worn them before and sweated as much as you are, well, is a little disgusting. We then went to a little beach area where we were served lunch and were allowed to play in the water. It was very nice.

We then loaded a bus and were rushed back… LATE… to stand in a line, with hopes that the ship will not leave us before we are ferried back to the ship. Thankfully it didn't.

Grand Cayman- Terrifying!! and somewhat AMAZING! The bus driver/boat driver had ZERO concern for our safety. It was all about get you there, get it done, and get you back. If it had just been the adults, no big deal…. but my children were on that bus and boat too! When we got to the Stingrays, it was lightening and raining, and the guides still pulled everyone off the boats. I have to admit, it was absolutely an amazing thing to swim with the stingrays, but when you have nearly 10 boats floating around you and a couple about to float into and/or over your family…… safety becomes a factor. There was no real organization…. and as cool as it was, it is an accident/fatality/both, waiting to happen!

Jamaica- My favorite! Shana-Kaye and Morrisa were our AWESOME guides (Yeah Mon), to Dunn's River Falls, which were BEAUTIFUL by the way! The bus ride is a little long, but they kept us busy talking about their way of life. Walking up the Falls was a ton of fun. The guides, I think were Murray and Warren…. They were very nice and helpful. They made sure everyone had a great time and helped everyone along the way. You should definitely buy the DVD. It is actually very funny to watch yourself go through it!

The only problem we did have was one of the "vendors" making a rude comment because nobody was buying his stuff.

We then left and went to Reggae Hill. It was relaxing and the performers were okay. They served us several different dishes and drinks, but we were ready to leave way before we actually did. It was a long day. The bus driver, David, was nice and safe, and got us back in enough time to do a little port shopping before getting back on the ship.

Children: Yes. 8, 11, 17.

Our children loved the ship! They loved the pool, the slides, the hot tub, the room, the arcade, the glass elevators, and visiting with Iwayan and Rogelio every night at dinner. They even enjoyed the Windjammer every morning.

My oldest enjoyed the Teens activities, and stayed out most nights until curfew.

All of their favorite excursion was Jamaica!

Would I go Again? : In a heartbeat! Wish there was fewer people per ship, but it is what it is.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Tulum
    Took bus ride to Tulum Mayan Ruins… Way too hot, way too many people. Weed eaters going all over the place. Went to beach after, and it was beautiful. We were late being taken back to the ship. Thankful they did not lead us.
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  • Dunn's River Falls
    We actually did Dunn's River Falls and Reggae Hill.

    Our guides were amazing from Reggae Hill… Shana-Kaye and Morrisa. Our bus driver, David, was kind and safe. It is a long ride, but the guides kept us busy! YEAH MON!
    Dunn's River Falls was beautiful and Murray and Warren were helpful and kind! I recommend buying the DVD as it is really neat to see yourself and family enjoying climbing up!
    The only problem we had a t the Falls is one of the vendors making a rude comment to us because we did not want to purchase his things.
    Reggae Hill was relaxing and they served us a variety of foods and drinks. Entertainment was good. They returned us with plenty of time to shop at the port.
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  • Galveston
    We live here! We know what to expect… :)
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  • Stingray Swim
    Bus driver/ boat driver had no concern for our safety.. a get in, get it done, and move on to the next group kind of thing.
    Swimming with the stingrays was amazing! Almost being hit by floating boats engines, not so amazing. A guide on another boat was actually putting the stingrays in his mouth! Can't be good to make one of these things mad, when you have around 100 people in the water with them. This is an accident waiting to happen. They certainly need to be more cautious and safe with their customers. Don't get me wrong, it was really cool…. but we left safe. I guarantee something bad will happen here.
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