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Liberty of the Seas Cruise Review

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Overall rating:

4.6 out of 5
Liberty of the Seas

7 Night Western Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip)

Sail date: August 25, 2019

Ship: Liberty of the Seas

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 6308

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Great quick getaway for us, got a good price too.

Embarkation

4 out of 5
Security lines can be long, but generally move steadily. In the past, we have been given priority due to our loyalty status, but now they’re limiting that perk to only the highest (Pinnacle) members and suite guests.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Overall the food was very good to excellent. Presentation in the main dining rooms is very nice. We didn’t dine in specialty restaurants, we feel the surcharge is excessive (especially since the “free” food is as good as it is). Variety in the Windjammer buffet is great, some days there was an additional “theme” or “special” option.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
We aren’t big “joiners” but there is something for just about everyone, indoors or out. Great people-watching opportunities and quiet places to sit and read are available. I like that Liberty is big enough to offer an outdoor “water park” for the kids as well as the traditional pools.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
I especially enjoy the stage shows/ singers and dancers. Have seen the Saturday Night Fever show on Liberty several times and haven’t been disappointed; their adaptation to a cruise ship stage is impressive. All the other performers this time were good also, we had a singer/ impressionist, comedian, juggler. Jeffrey, the cruise director, and his staff work hard to provide something for everyone. The lounges and bars offer music/ bands, we happen to prefer the quieter performers like the classical guitarist - the indoor venues just aren’t big enough for all that volume (for us senior citizens). The Royal Caribbean orchestra is excellent. And don’t miss the ice skating show, it’s a-ma-zing!

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
In my experience, the dining room staff and room stewards are terrific. Do you know how hard these folks work, taking care of us 24\7 for months at a time, working split shifts to make sure we get fed and our beds are made? And they still smile! If you’re lucky, you’ll get Arnold and Avishek in the Botticelli dining room. Hey, I’m on vacation, and I don’t have to cook a meal, wash a dish, make a bed, or clean a toilet - so what’s not to like?

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
I like Liberty’s size and design. It’s big enough that there’s something and somewhere for everyone. You can stroll or shop the Royal Promenade; plenty of outdoor/ water options; an ice rink! bars, casino. I didn’t see anything that appeared dirty. Maintenance is ongoing on all cruise ships, you will see crews working in various places. I think Liberty’s next big refurb will be in 2021, anything that gets used constantly as cruise ships do will eventually show some areas of wear, and Liberty is no exception.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Nice balcony cabin. Comfortable for two people. Showing a little wear, especially in the bathroom, but clean. Would be nice to have some kind of lighting inside the closet, can be hard to read the numbers on the safe and see the clothes on the shelves.

Ship tip

Don’t miss the ice show. It’s usually offered 3 or 4 times per sailing because it’s so popular.

Ports of call

Falmouth, Jamaica

5 out of 5
Royal Caribbean has spent a lot of money on this port. You walk through/ past all the shops to get to the buses for the excursions. We did the Blue Waters beach excursion through RC, recommended by the friends with whom we were traveling. It’s a quick ride from the pier. Clean and secure/ private, nice clear water but no fish to see, umbrellas or cabanas to rent, lunch and adult (or not) beverages included. Loud music if you’re near the DJ. Buy before you board to get the sale price if you can.

Cozumel, Mexico

5 out of 5
Plenty to see and do, again depending on your interests. The immediate port area has been built up a lot with familiar restaurants and the usual local shopping options. We did an excursion on our own, a local food tour through Cozumel Chef. Highly recommended, we’ve done it twice with guide Gerry. Get off the beaten path and eat like the locals, pace yourself because there’s a lot of food!

Galveston, Texas

4 out of 5
We always just go directly and board the ship, but there are things to see and do if you have the time/ interest before or after your cruise.

George Town, Grand Cayman

4 out of 5
Tender port, although we were told that they are considering building a pier to accommodate cruise ships - we’ll see. Very hot weather the day we were there, we tendered to port and walked around briefly, no excursion.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
This was our fastest ever disembarkation, even though we chose not to carry our own bags off. We had time to eat breakfast, then went to our departure lounge. When our group was called we walked off the ship with no waiting, found our bags immediately, waited less than 5 minutes at Customs. We were pleasantly surprised.
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