Liberty of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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5 out of 5

First cruise, but not the last

Sail Date: February 28, 2016

Reviewed: 8 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

First time cruisers, so consider the source.

 

By far the best vacation we've ever had. Once the dust settled from embarkation and the muster drill, the cruise was nothing short of fantastic. The service was truly unbelievable. The food was never worse than good, and often was great. 

Cabin / Stateroom
Not nearly as small as we expected. The bathroom wasn't bad, either. Especially the shower. We were expecting the worst.

I'm not sure the expense of the balcony was worth it. We were deck 7, midship, port. Thus we saw great sunsets on the way home. But the dividers between the balconies are so thin that we could hear every conversation our neighbors had. It was so annoying it deterred us from going out on the balcony when the neighbors were out. When we did go we whispered so we wouldn't be equally annoying. But it wasn't our neighbors' fault. They weren't being loud, let alone rude or inconsiderate.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Embarkation was long, but bearable because we were about to go on a cruise! Disembarkation was long. We chose the self-assist method, but we arrived at the tail end of the window for self-assist disembarkation, and no one told us what was going on, so we stood around like a couple of idiots and got caught up in groups 1, 2, 3. Ugh. That probably added 90 minutes to the process for us. Stupid on us. But they could have done a better job of directing us. Maybe not. They claim once the new terminal is built all the problems will disappear. I hope they're right.
Ship Quality
I was amazed out how clean the ship was kept. The layout of the ship was impressive. So big, yet so easily navigated.
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Entertainment
The bigger shows were great. Nothing better than the game show for couples. So funny. Our favorite was Derek Lewis's "Adult Daycare at Night" at the Hoof and Claw. That guy is talented and funny. We laughed and laughed every night he played.
Service and Staff
Balram Sidnauth is the BEST. All the guys at Hoof and Claw were great, but Balram was a true joy. Our cabin steward, Karen Porter, was also great. Cruise director Jeffrey Arpin was also outstanding.
Food and Dining
Windjammer Cafe always had something good. Sorrento's Pizza always had some good offerings too. The main dining room was never a disappointment for dinner. We ate there once for breakfast, and it wasn't anything special.
Galveston, Texas
Rush to board and you will end up doing a lot of waiting. Go check out the beach instead.
Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras
We went to Tabyana Beach. Good but not great. Same with the food served there. The beach itself isn't very big, and there are way too many boats anchored on the shore. Beautiful clear water, but too many obstructions. I don't think we would go back.
Belize City, Belize
A pleasant surprise. All we did was hang out at the pier and shop. I'm not a shopper, but it was quite fun. The tender isn't a lot of fun, but it wasn't that bad. It's a 20 minute boat ride over some beautiful Caribbean water...it can't be THAT bad!
Cozumel, Mexico
Three ports in three days, so we laid low again. We took a cab to the forum shops and had a lot of fun.

Tip

We were advised to board the ship about one hour before the boarding window closed. Let the bulk of the people board and let the lines die down, then simply walk on. Well, we didn't heed that advice, but I wish we would have. We were also told to pace ourselves with the food. Thankfully we did that.



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