Great Ship and Amenities, Poor Food

Liberty of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean


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Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Vote: 1

Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
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7 Night Western Mediterranean (Barcelona Roundtrip)
Sail Date: September 08, 2012
Ship: Liberty of the Seas
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 5 years ago
This was our first Royal Caribbean and first Mediterranean cruise. We had been on Carnival before, but only in the Caribbean. Our first stop upon embarking on LOS was at Windjammer/Jade Buffet. My first impression was, "This is much more intimate and classier than Carnival!" However, upon sampling the buffet fare on a fairly regular basis, we were soon disappointed as the selection was quite limited and unimpressive. There were many stations, but the food was repeated throughout the stations. There was a little of everything...Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Vegetarian, American, but nothing tasted fresh. The Chinese food was often over-salted. Japanese fare consisted of the same makis evening after evening. Burgers looked and tasted like they were steamed. Carnival was far supreme in both the buffet and dining room offerings, as they offered freshly grilled burgers/ hot dogs, limited but freshly made sushi, sandwiches and wraps were made to order, fried fare, such as fish and chips were made to order. Chinese stir-fry was done teppanyaki style so it was always fresh and hot.

The dining room fare was better, but not by much. The grand decor and friendly staff did make up for the lacklustre food. The best dishes were the giant shrimp and scallop entrees. Lobster was available, but at any an additional charge of $20+.

Though the food was by far a disappointment, I LOVED our cabins. We stayed in the Promenade rooms which overlooked the Royal Promenade. From the comforts our sitting area, we were able to watch the busy activity of people shopping, dining, drinking and having a great time. Our party of 6 (2 seniors, 2 adults and 2 young kids) booked 3 cabins which was the best decision we made. The 3 rooms cost the same as 2 interior rooms as we got a resident special so definitely be sure to look out for specials. Canadians also qualify for residency discounts.

The sports amenities were also great. We only had 1 day at sea, b

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
The food was the greatest disappointment. I had read prior reviews with similar feedback, so I didn't have high expectations, but I was still disappointed nonetheless. When you first enter Windjammer, you see a lot of food stations, but you soon realize that it's the same blah food. The Jade (Asian area) has 4 Asian dishes which are poorly made and often over-salted. The soups are always either too creamy or too salty. The dessert and fruit offering was also quite limited. The one bonus in the buffet area was the made to order pasta.

The dining rooms were grand and immaculate. However, the quality of the food could have been improved. The best and likely the most expensive dishes were the giant shrimp and scallop entrees. If you wanted lobster or a good piece of steak, you would have had to pay an extra $20. In addition, most of the food available in the dining room was available at the buffet.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
I expected the shows to be a little better b/c there was so much emphasis on making pre-cruise reservations, however, the only show that was packed was the ice-skating show. The ABBA show and the last show featuring the 2 guys from Argentina were great. The In the Air show was average, but the Saturday Night Fever show was comparable to Broadway musicals.

Loved the sport activities such as Flowrider, ice-skating, rock-climbing and the 3D movies. The water in the pools and H2O waterpark were too cold for little kids.

I selected the LOS for the ports of call and Dreamworks offering, however, the Dreamworks cast was really only there for photo-ops. The Dreamworks breakfast was a little lame. The characters only showed up for 5min for photos. Other than that, you would only see them in the Promenade for photoshoots, but other than that, there is no real interaction with them. The "Move-It, Move-It" parade with all the decorations was great though. Great way to end the cruise!

Children's Programs

1 out of 5
We actually didn't use any of the kids' facilities other than the H2O zone. However, we did visit the toddler and 6-8 yr old room just to see what they offered. We were quite disappointed by the lack of toys and materials available. The rooms were virtually empty.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
The dining room staff were very friendly and helpful. Super impressed by how the buffet staff and sales staff remembered our kids names. I think that is their motto, "it's the ship that will remember your name"

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
The decor was great and clean. Loved the Royal Promenade and the 2 cafes available (Sorrento's and Cafe Promenade). It was spacious and easy to get around. Even though the ship was big, it was never difficult to find anything.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
LOVED our Promenade rooms. The entry way was somewhat narrow though. We could barrow fit our umbrella size Maclaren stroller through the doors. However, there was a nice sitting area by the window which was a really nice addition.

Pros: Great Ship and Amenities, Poor Food

Cons: Buffet Fare

Recommends Liberty of the Seas? Yes!

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