Liberty of the Seas

4.0 out of 5

Overview

Liberty of the Seas first set sail in 2007, and offers voyages to the western Caribbean from Galveston, Texas. The second of Royal Caribbean’s Freedom-class ships, Liberty and her two sisters were the largest cruise vessels in the world until Oasis of the Seas debuted in 2009. Holding 3,798 guests, there is a myriad of activities for fun-seekers to choose from, including the Tidal Wave boomerang slide, surf simulator FlowRider, bumper cars, ice skating, and a rock climbing wall. For activities that are a bit less heart-pounding, there are outdoor movie nights, cooking demonstrations, mini golf, and a mystery dinner theater. Kids will especially love the variety of swimming pools, ice skating shows, DreamWorks character meet-and-greets and parades, and the youth clubs. Adults can unwind and take a dip in the Solarium pool, get a massage at the spa, or take in a Broadway at Sea production.

Aboard Liberty of the Seas, every guest will find something to suit their taste buds. There are nine dining options to choose from, including modern Mexican eatery Sabor, Chops Grille steakhouse, Tuscany-inspired Giovanni’s Table, burgers and shakes at Johnny Rockets, and of course the main dining room and lido deck buffet. For an after-dinner cocktail, try the R-Bar, Latin-themed Boleros club, Schooner piano bar, or Vintages wine bar. Nearly half of the cabins aboard Liberty have balconies, and there is a variety of suites to choose from, including Royal Family Suites which hold up to eight people. One fun cabin “easter egg” that’s only found on the Freedom-class ships is the Ben & Jerry’s “Sweet”, or “cow butt cabin.” The window in this room overlooks the Promenade and sits right behind the cows that welcome guests to Ben & Jerry’s below. As a perk for taking this, erm, obstructed view cabin, cruisers enjoy a cow-themed room and free ice cream during the voyage.

Sails from: Galveston, Texas

Cruises to: Caribbean - Western, Caribbean - Bahamas

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

Ok Cruise

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Ok Cruise, older ship could use alot of updates and much better de-humidification they had fans blowing everywhere. missed the best port because of weather, but that is a risk this time of year.

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5 out of 5

Amazing Oct 1 Cruise

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Cruise was great, even if we did not get off at Cozumel. But the way we got off ship in Galveston, has me wondering if I ever want to do that again..... My grand children were abused, in that they were so sweaty and miserable, so were the adults! Much walking here and there, what in the world happened to the good old days... Wow that actually hurt to think about that Sunday morning!

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

Perhaps not my worst vacation but a very close second

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Code of Conduct: During my years of employment in the civilian world as well as the time I spent in the military there were always rules. Therefore I have no problem following rules. There were a number of rules that were posted on signs around the ship that, although clearly posted and in some cases in more than one language, were not followed nor were they enforced. Case in point; the Dress Code, and the lack of enforcement, I remember seeing a sign that stated that some type of cover up garment must be worn in the dining area after swimming. While I do not have a weak stomach I would prefer not to have to look at some obese person waddling through the buffet area with his large hairy gut hanging over the waistband of his ill fitted swim trunks as he approached and then the crack of his butt as he passed by. Another sign I remember seeing stated that shoes were to be worn throughout the ship; this rule also seemed to only apply to some of the passengers. You would think that this rule would be especially important in the buffet area. I believe that the Dress Code for the Formal Evenings was stated as suit and tie for men and dresses for the women, once again this seemed to be more of a suggestion rather than a rule; since many of the people in the dining room look as if they were on their way to Walmart rather than a formal dinner. Although I do not remember seeing a sign stating that children in the buffet area should be accompanied by an adult at the food serving lines, this is one rule that should be posted and enforced. On a number of occasions while dining at the Windjammer Buffet I came upon children unattended by anyone attempting to get food, or drinks on their own and leaving the food and the surrounding area a mess. Such that I bypassed that particular item and went in search of something else to eat. The cruise line could save a lot of money on sign printing since none of these rules seem to be enforced. I am not sure what my expectations were but the experience was more like being trapped in a crowded mall with no way out rather than a vacation. This was the first time my wife and I went on a cruise and I doubt that I will be signing up for another any time soon.

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4 out of 5

Very large ship, fore (cabin) to aft (dining) was a hike for my elderly mom. Ship is very well kept and staff is wonderful throughout. Most food is good, not great. Must try Giovanni's specialty Italian restaurant - the best of the lot!

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Very large ship, fore to aft (dining) was a hike for my elderly mom. Ship is very well kept and staff is wonderful throughout. Most food is good, not great. Must try Giovanni's specialty Italian restaurant - the best of the lot! Expect up-sell at every turn.

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5 out of 5

Great vacation.

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Very enjoyable and relaxing. Excellent dinner service. However, it seems that RC is always trying to get more money out of you through buying pictures, jewelry, expensive drinks, etc.

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  • Price: $

  • Size: L

  • Total Passengers: 3634

  • Total Crew: 1360

  • Crew to Passenger Ratio: 2.67

  • Built: May 2007

  • Refurbished: 7 yrs ago

  • Number of Decks: 14

  • Total Cabins: 1827

  • Cabin Categories: 28

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JohMarCruisers
Contributor Level: Purser
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.

jphd323
Contributor Level: Third Mate
Oct 12, 2016

If it is your first cruise watch the cruise ship channels. Pay attention to the port of calls and the map. Plan every evening for the next days schedule. You can't do everything so plan out your day. Take pictures. The ship is beautiful!

cable4401
Contributor Level: Purser
Jan 27, 2015

The ice show is great and very popular. It should be booked in advance so as to get a seat.

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