This being my first cruise, I truly did not know what to expect from a ship of this size. I was simply overwhelmed with the ship itself and all the activities one can participate in, if one chooses. My main objective on this cruise was to relax and perhaps participate in some of the activities offered. I managed to do both and was not disappointed. With a ship this size, I was a little worried about all those passangers wanting to be at the same place at the same time, but because the ship is so LARGE, I never felt it to be overcrowded. The only negative aspect was the continuous music (not enough variety to satisfy all tastes) throughout the ship. "We will rock you" blaring loudly out ot the speakers before my first coffee was a little too much. We did manage to find some areas on deck where the music was not as noticeable.
I loved the ship it was great for teenagers and people of all ages there was always something to do and you never got bored. The only complaint i have is is dinner. The servers were excellent they got everything for you no questions asked, but the food was not very good at all my pasta was very salty and whenever i ordered meat i would order medium rare and the meat would come out all red. Other then that it was a great cruise!
This was our 10th cruise , 3rd on Royal Carib. This ship is a larger Navigator but with lots more people. Very nicely done but with to many people. The shows were average with the exception of the professional acts.Took a while to find a purser who knew how to send a fax,but was taken care of. Got a haircut but barber did not do what I asked and cut it way to short, but it will grow back. Overall, the ship is nice with lots to do but also a lot of people to do it with.
food was great, service was best i have ever had. Didnt like the cover charge in johnnie Rockets but they have the best burger i have ever eaten. It would help a great deal if they had a grill in the pool area like other ships do. There were 4,200 + pasengers and not enough tables in the Windjammer cafe. It seems the smaller ships have always had ample seating.
This was our second RCCL cruise. We had a wonderful time. The ship is extremely beautiful. Preston Jack, our bar runner was with us from day one when we boarded the ship and even when we did not need anything he would always stop to speak with us. He was the best. Georgia, our waiter explained in detail everything about each nights menu. She took special care of our daughters pickey eating habits. Give this ship a try, you will not be dissapointed.
The boat's layout and activities are what to be expected on a Royal ship. What I did not expect was the rude service that we received from our stateroom attendant and the bar staff in the Olive or Twist Lounge. These two awful experiences really ruined what was to be a great vacation. Our dining room staff was amazing, as well as the Spa staff. Having sailed with Royal over 8 times, I was very surprised at the treatment of the guests. Elderly guests that could not walk down the stairs to disembark at a port were yelled at and told they had to go back up the elevator and walk down the stairs. I could not believe how the activities staff treated the guests. My experience on this vacation really makes me want to rethink the trip I have booked with them for next year. I am not going to pay my hard earned money to be mistreated. The disembarkation to go home was out of control. People were everywhere and our time to get off the boat was pushed back an hour and a half. The staff did not know what was going on, so they did not know how to deal with the people that were asking questions about when we would be able to get off of the ship. This is not that new of a ship and they should have those kind of issues worked out already. I know that this is a mega ship, but they have Oasis coming out soon and how do they expect to get all of THOSE people off the boat in a timely fashion? It is not going to happen!
The boat's layout and activities are what to be expected on a Royal ship. What I did not expect was the rude service that we received from our stateroom attendant and the bar staff in the Olive or Twist Lounge. These two awful experiences really ruined what was to be a great vacation. Our dining room staff was amazing, as well as the Spa staff. Having sailed with Royal over 8 times, I was very surprised at the treatment of the guests. Elderly guests that could not walk down the stairs to disembark at a port were yelled at and told they had to go back up the elevator and walk down the stairs. I could not believe how the activities staff treated the guests. My experience on this vacation really makes me want to rethink the trip I have booked with them for next year. I am not going to pay my hard earned money to be mistreated.
This was our first cruise to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We went to the Western Caribbean in Dec. 2008.
From the moment we boarded we were made to feel like we were "royalty" or "special" passengers.
We selected this cruise because we saw the Sammatha Brown show on the Travel Channel and she was on the Liberty of the Seas and went to the Western Caribbean. We knew they did alot of special things for her, but then we realized the ship staff did the same for us.
Can't wait to go on our next cruise.
The best vacation we have ever experienced.
amazing in everyway, everything about this ship is unbelievable its hard to believe the size of it for a start and the fact that it can actually move! the quality of the staff, food and service was great i cant believe people are saying about the quality of the food on this ship, although i did think that the price of the photographs were a bit high at $20 per pic especially if you dont want them they just throw them away its such a waste if they even offered them at a lower price i am sure that people would buy more and they would make more profit, apart from that the best holiday ever!! looking forward to going again this year! loved the ice show and theatre shows again i think people forget that they are watching a live ice show on a moving ship ... amazing!
Gigantic! This ship has it all. From pools to bars to ice rinks to flow rider.... The list go on & on & on. Very clean. Gold anchor service is nothing short. Our room attendant knew our names the first 5minutes we were on the ship.
Before we begin, first a brief history, we our in our 50s and stated cruising on July 2000. This was our 9th cruise, our 3rd with Royal Caribbean. We sailed on the Grandeur of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas and now the Liberty of the Seas. We also sailed on 5 Carnival ships and one Princess ship.
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.
Although it was an extremely large ship and capacity was at its maximum when we sailed, never did we feel crowded on-board. The only downside we found was the small bathroom and lack of bathroom toiletries (ie: only a bar of soap and generic shampoo were provided). The photo kiosks on the ship did not work when we tried to order our photos. Our dining room waiter and assistant waiter were marvelous, as was the room attendant. The cruise director and his staff were hilarious and amazing.
THE SHIP WAS BEAUTIFUL;SPACIOUS AND CLEAN. DINING WAS EXCELLENT FROM FOOD TO SERVICE. ALL STAFF WERE PLEASANT AND APPEARED TO ENJOY THEIR REPECTIVE JOBS. LOTS TO DO ONBOARD FOR COUPLES AND FAMILIES. WE ENJOYED THE STATEROOM AND BALONY..WELL EQUIPED WITH MINIBAR AND SAFE.BOTH THE ARRIVAL CHECK IN AND DEPARTURE WERE VERY ORGANIZED AND WENT SEAMLESSLY FOR US (CONSIDERING THE SHIP HAD 4,000 PASSAGERS)
We were very excited to be sailing on this "BIG" ship. I loved it but I must admit that I could NOT see or feel a big difference from the smaller class of Mariner or Navigator. So in that respect it was not worth the extra money. The service was excellent and being so new was very clean. I would sail again on this ship in heart beat as I can always find a way to be in a quite area away from kids. I loved the gym but missed having more aerobic classes that were FREE. I have read that RCL is moving toward family friendly ships so I may have to try a different line to get way from so many kids or travel at a different time of year.
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