The "Calgon" Cruise
Sail Date: September 01, 2008
Reviewed: 7 years ago
Traveled As: Couple
Room Type: Balcony
We arrived at the Port of Miami at 10:30 A.M. Check-in was swift and painless; we were on the ship by 11:45 A.M. Our cabin was 8350, a D2 Superior Balcony room, our Steward Dona was friendly, courteous and friendly. We ate at the Michelangelo on deck 4 (the dining room is on decks 3 5) table 491. Our wait staff was Georgia and Carlos, they were terrific.
Instead of a lengthy review, I will make it brief, BUT informative, for more details you can e-mail me. The Navigator of the Seas is big, this is much bigger. I shutter to think of the Oasis of the Seas (YES I will eventually sail on her). The lay-out is easy to learn, complaint # 1 no personal map to help navigate the ship (as Captain Charles informed us she is a ship not a boat, A ship has a captain, a boat has a frustrated husband). The promenade is amazing, the ship is beautiful.
The food was good, the portions were fine, for the whiners, Stop whining, you can have as much as you want. Room service was good, but usually gets the order wrong, sigh. The Windjammer was good the staff was excellent. The clubs were great, as were the activities. The comedians were great. Sorry the production shows, though visually amazing, were lacking, they are better on the Carnival Ships. The Ice Show was fantastic as was the game Quest.
I promised brief so here we go! Complaints: 1) no personal map, 2) the Gala Buffet was a regular buffet on a busy night, so you missed a good portion of it. Also most of us had to get up very early for Puerto Rico, the next night would have been better, 2) the ship tended to be warm, 3) Captain Charles was very informative, but not the cruise director James, except for the Compass you were on your own, and 4) though disembarking the ship was fast and painless, most of the passengers, including us, had to wait over an hour for the luggage. Pros: 1) the staff was the best we ever experienced, 2) the lifeboat drill was done, clever, kept most of the passengers in the theaters, 3)the clubs, 4) the promenade, and 5) the ship itself. Ok, I tried to keep it brief.
I highly recommend The Liberty of the Seas. I would sail on the other Freedom Class Ships.
Pros: The staff, the ship itself
Cons: Room Service, communications, Gala Buffet