Liberty of the Seas Overview

By Cruiseline.com - Updated Nov. 1, 2019

 
Liberty of the Seas
Passengers enjoying activities onboard Liberty of the Seas. Liberty was refurbished in 2016, but will undergo Royal Amplified Renovations in 2021.
   

Despite its age, Liberty has proven itself to be a fan-favorite with Cruiseline.com users rating it as the best Royal Caribbean ship for both dining and service in 2018. In 2016, Liberty of the Seas underwent a major revitalization which added new waterslides, restaurants, and Splashaway Bay, an adult-free water park. Further renovations will take place in 2021, when Liberty will undergo additional modernization through Royal Caribbean's Royal Amplified program. Highlights of the multimillion-dollar effort include laser tag, an escape room, and Sugar Beach — a fully stocked candy store.

Like most of Royal Caribbean's fleet, Liberty of the Seas is designed for fun and adventure. Since its inaugural voyage in 2007, this Freedom-class vessel has been known for its revolutionary onboard experiences. Adrenaline addicts appreciate the ship's assortment of waterslides, which include The Perfect Storm dueling waterslides and Tidal Wave, the first-ever boomerang-style slide at sea. Younger cruisers can also join in the fun with the kid-friendly attractions in Splashaway Bay. Active travelers can catch a wave on FlowRider, Liberty's surfing simulator, or lace-up for a lap around the ship's ice skating rink. Liberty also boasts full-sized volleyball and basketball courts, bumper cars, and a 40-foot rock-climbing wall.

Itineraries and Departure Ports

Sailing from its homeport in Galveston, Texas, Liberty of the Seas offers 7-night round-trip cruises to destinations in the western Caribbean. Ports of call vary from cruise to cruise but often include stops in Belize, Cozumel, Montego Bay, and Grand Cayman.

Before You Book

This ship is best for: Designed for active travelers, Liberty of the Seas should appeal to adventurous cruisers of all ages.

You Should Know: With its array of pulse-pounding activities and active nightlife, Liberty of the Seas caters to the adventurous traveler, and with a capacity of nearly 4,000 passengers, activities and restaurants are often crowded. This mega-ship may not appeal to couples seeking a quiet, romantic getaway or travelers looking for a laid-back cruising experience.

Things to do on Liberty of the Seas

 
Flowrider on Liberty of the Seas
Flowrider surf simulator onboard Liberty of the Seas.
 

Liberty of the Seas is designed for thrills with activities to suit every mood. Passengers can treat themselves to a massage in the full-service spa. Choose to relax in one of Liberty's 4 pools or 6 whirlpools, including 2 cantilevered whirlpools that extend out over the ocean. Entertainment includes ice skating shows, Broadway at Sea productions, and special guest performers with each cruise. For avid learners, Liberty offers a variety of hands-on activities, including dance classes, scrapbooking workshops, and cupcake decorating. More adventurous passengers can even get SCUBA certified onboard.

For adults-only fun, cruisers can visit Liberty's many bars, lounges, and clubs. Travelers can join a sing-along at Schooner, the ship's nautically themed piano bar. Taste wines from some of the world's best vineyards at Vintages. Passengers looking for more spice can check out Boleros for Latin-inspired cocktails, such as Cuban mojitos. If they're feeling lucky, cruisers might try their hand at slots or enter a tournament in Liberty's Casino Royale. There are also plenty of activities to amuse young cruisers. Its award-winning Adventure Ocean program provides education and entertainment for kids ages 3 to 11, and teens will enjoy the ship's dedicated teen disco.

Ship Highlights
  • Tidal Wave — the first-ever boomerang waterslide at sea
  • FlowRider surfing simulator
  • Dual-racing waterslides
  • 40-foot rock-climbing wall
  • Four pools and six whirlpools including two cantilevered whirlpools
  • Poolside outdoor movie nights
  • Mystery dinner theater
  • Broadway at Sea production shows
  • Full-service Vitality Spa
  • Casino Royale
  • Adventure Ocean program for children ages 3 to 11
  • Specialty restaurants, including Sabor Modern Mexican and Johnny Rockets

Cabins

Liberty of the Seas cabins offer four categories: oceanview, balcony cabins, and suites, plus budget-conscious interior rooms. Extended families or parents traveling with teenagers can opt for convenient room-to-room access with Liberty's connected staterooms. The ship also features specialty cabin categories like the Royal Family Suites. These specialty cabins accommodate up to 8 passengers. The Couples Retreat staterooms offer a spa-like experience appealing to newlyweds or luxury-minded cruisers.

Passengers have access to a variety of in-cabin amenities. These include 24-hour room service, nightly turndowns, and a stateroom attendant to assist with special needs and requests. VOOM high-speed internet is also accessible in the cabins, but it comes at an additional fee.

Dining

Liberty of the Seas dining provides plentiful options to suit everyone’s taste buds. Complimentary venues include Cafe Promenade, Sorrento's pizzeria, and the ship's three-tiered main dining room, which serves elegant, multicourse meals.

Travelers craving specialty cuisine can visit Giovanni's Table for Tuscan-inspired dishes. There's also Chops Grille for fresh seafood and steak. Diners looking for a more casual experience may prefer a burger and shake at Johnny Rockets. For dessert, cruisers can satisfy their sugar cravings with a cone from Ben & Jerry's or a confection from the vintage Cupcake Cupboard.

Liberty of the Seas Ship Stats

  • Price:
    $$$$
  • Size: L
  • Total Passengers: 3,634
  • Total Crew: 1,360
  • Passenger to Crew Ratio: 2.67
  • Built: May 2007
  • Refurbished: Jan 2011
  • Number of Decks: 14
  • Total Cabins: 1,902
  • Cabin Categories: 61
  • Gross Tonnage: 160,000
  • Length: 1,112
  • Beam: 127

Ratings:

  • Cabin / Stateroom 4.5
  • Children's Programs 4.1
  • Destinations and Excursions 4.1
  • Embarkation and Disembarkation 3.9
  • Entertainment 4.4
  • Food and Dining 4.2
  • Onboard Activities 4.3
  • Service and Staff 4.6
  • Ship Quality 4.6

Cabins

1902 cabins and 61 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
4.1
(377 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 194 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $96/night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
4.4
(112 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 220 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $115/night
Balcony Balcony
4.5
(384 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 199 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $150/night
Suite Cabin Suite
4.2
(73 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 747 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $265/night

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Dining

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Sabor Sabor
5.0
(12 Reviews)
Portofino Portofino
5.0
(1 Review)
Chop''s Grille Chop''s Grille
4.7
(18 Reviews)
Jade Restaurant Jade Restaurant
4.7
(3 Reviews)

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Onboard Activities

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Boleros Lounge Boleros Lounge
5.0
(7 Reviews)
Wipe Out Bar Wipe Out Bar
5.0
(1 Review)
Jewelry Shop Jewelry Shop
5.0
(1 Review)
Perfume Shop Perfume Shop
5.0
(1 Review)

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Great Caribbean Cruise by xmasborn57

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Had a great time. There is always something happening...take advantage of the fun!

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JohMarCruisers
Oct 17, 2013

You should plan ahead where to go before arriving on every port. Some are easily accessible through local trains & that will save you money.

jbanana64
Nov 09, 2017

make the most of your day, peruse your Cruise Compass that is left in your room for the next day so you don't miss out on anything that you would be interested in. Don't be afraid to try something new. You can bring onboard 2 - 750ml (standard size) bottles of wine per stateroom. we had a glass while getting ready for dinner in the room. You can also take it to the dining room and they will serve it with your dinner. Bring extension cords in your carry on, you will need them. And a night light if you have an interior room...it is pitch black when you turn off the lights.

MrChocoholic
Oct 26, 2014

Cupcake decorating is NOT just for kids. I'm 61 and loved it.

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