Return to Cruising Ship Guide: Liberty of the Seas
When is Liberty of the Seas slated to resume operations?
Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas resumed cruising from Galveston on October 3, 2021. The ship is sailing a number of 7-night Western Caribbean itineraries, making port stops in Roatan (Honduras), Cozumel (Mexico), and Costa Maya (Mexico).
All Royal Caribbean guests ages 12 and older must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination, with the final dose administered at least 14 days before sailing. Guests under the age of 12 will complete COVID-19 testing requirements depending on the length of the cruise and departure port.
Royal Caribbean requires all guests ages two years and older (regardless of vaccine status) to complete a COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) taken no more than two days prior to the sail date, and present proof of negative results at the terminal at check-in.
Cruising on Liberty of the Seas? Here’s our guide to everything you need to know before you board.
About the Ship: Liberty of the Seas is one of Royal Caribbean’s large-sized, Freedom-class ships. The vessel was built in 2007 and last went through a refurbishment in 2017. Its latest update added new waterslides, restaurants, and a Splashaway Bay kids waterpark. At full capacity (prior to COVID restrictions) Liberty of the Seas can carry 3,634 total passengers and 1,360 crew members. There are 1,902 total cabins, broken down into 61 category types.
Activities + Entertainment: Like most of Royal Caribbean's fleet, Liberty of the Seas is designed for fun and adventure. The ship’s highlights include a FlowRider surf simulator, Tidal Wave (the first-ever boomerang waterslide at sea), dual-racing waterslides, a 40-foot rock-climbing wall, four pools, six whirlpools (including two cantilevered whirlpools, which extend over the side of the ship), the Vitality Spa, a casino, and kids and teens clubs.
Entertainment options on Liberty include live Broadway at Sea productions and Mystery dinner theatre shows. Adults looking for a fun night ‘out’ can sample cocktails and craft beers at the numerous lounges and bars onboard, or belt out their favorite tune at the karaoke lounge.
Dining: Liberty of the Seas dining options cater to both families and foodies. With a number of included eateries and specialty restaurants, there’s certain to be something to please palates of all varieties. Restaurants that are included for all passengers are the Main Dining Rooms, Windjammer, Sorrento’s Pizza, and Cafe Promenade. Specialty venues include Giovanni’s Table, Chops Grille, Cupcake Cupboard, Sabor, Johnny Rockets, and Chef’s Table.
Pricing: Sailings are filling up quickly with Liberty of the Seas return to cruising. With a high- demand from travelers to sail on this popular ship.
Right now you can expect to pay about $50 per person per night for entry-level accommodations. Considering a balcony cabin? For just a little bit extra, this class of room currently starts at around $85 per person per night and goes up from there based on location and category.
We recommend booking NOW as prices are likely to only go up!
What to Expect at Embarkation & Onboard Protocol
There are a number of evolving protocols that Royal Caribbean has implemented for the embarkation process. All guests ages 12 and older (regardless of vaccination status) will need to take a COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) with an accredited test provider no more than two days before arriving at the terminal for embarkation. Unvaccinated children ages 2 to 11 must show a negative test result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than three days before boarding day.
Prior to sailing, Royal Caribbean suggests passengers download the Royal Caribbean App to check into their cruise as well as select a time slot for arrival on boarding day. One day before departure, all guests must complete the app’s Guest Health Questionnaire. When you arrive to board the ship, all passengers should be prepared to present the following: Passport/Passport Card or a state-certified U.S. Birth Certificate, COVID vaccine card, COVID-19 test result, proof of travel insurance, and the completed health questionnaire.
When indoors on the ship, CDC guidelines require all guests two and older to wear masks unless they are actively eating or drinking. Per the guidelines, Royal Caribbean will make allowances for guests to remove their masks in venues and events dedicated to fully-vaccinated parties. Masks are not required in your stateroom when you are with your traveling party, outside on the open decks, or at Perfect Day at CocoCay unless in a crowded setting.
Relaxing, nice room. Enjoyed the shows and outdoor activities! - logryzek
It was amazing! Definitely will be doing another cruise with Royal Caribbean! Kids had a blast! Teenager had a blast! My husband & I had a blast! My parents had a blast! There was something for everyone. Definitely recommended. - lov3z1917
We chose this ship for our daughter’s 25th Anniversary celebration. It is an excellent ship for first-time cruisers with an awesome promenade, ice show, and entertainment, multiple pools and food. - saspanishdancer
With so much to see and do in the various Caribbean ports which Liberty of the Seas visits, we recommend planning your shore excursions before you get onboard. Top-rated excursions by port include:
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