Liberty of the Seas Overview
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
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
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.
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
- 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