This Liberty of the Seas sailing was our first Royal Caribbean cruise in many years so we weren’t sure what to expect in terms of experience. Not only that this was a larger ship than my husband and I usually sail on so I was worried about crowding.
As it turns out, those worries were baseless.
The ship is elegant and no venue (other than the Windjammer for the embarkation lunch) ever felt overcrowded.
This type of promenade was a first for us. I enjoyed it but it does feel disconnected from the ocean.
This couple even brought their car!
The tree was gorgeous, but I wonder why the didn’t center it more; it blocked some of the seating at Sorrentos (pizza place).
The Next Cruise office didn’t seem busy at any time.
We never get Ben and Jerry’s but I would like to stay in the cabin right behind the cows some time for the suite and free ice cream perks.
The promenade had a map of the Liberty’s itineraries.
The ship’s design resulted in smaller bar venues that at times were pretty crowded.
We never had a drink at Vintages which is a wine bar. Mostly because Steve doesn’t drink wine.
I think they have tapas for sale around dinner time.
We did visit Boleros once or twice and enjoyed the live entertainment in the evening.
We also visited the champagne bar a couple of times.
The schooner bar had the best drink menu but I’m not a fan of the decor. It seems old-fashioned.
I really liked how you could view and buy photos on the terminals in the photo shop.
I only walked through the casino but it seemed pretty busy every night.
There were also electronic displays showing current position. The ship had digital wayfinders on most decks.
I preferred this kind.
The pools were great! Here are a couple of views of the main pools.
My favorite was the solarium (adults only) pool.
I didn’t get photos of the kid’s water park area but it looked pretty nice and a great option for kids.
We had a interior cabin overlooking the promenade. When we booked they were the same price as regular interiors. I would definitely book these again as having a window at this price was great.
The view from our cabin was the cafe and I could see Steve waiting there for me most mornings with his coffee. (Notice you can see inside the cabins across from us with the curtains open).
The room had more than enough storage for a one week cruise and we enjoyed having two couches essentially with the window seating. The TV was the biggest screen I’ve had yet at sea and a great quality although I think I watched less TV on this cruise than any other.
The bed felt comfortable but it was too soft for my back; I woke with backaches after a couple of nights.
Our only real complaint was the size of the shower. It was small! None of us could bend down to wash toes in the showers but we all dealt with it and it wouldn’t keep me from booking this type of cabin again.
I regret not getting any photos of our dining room wait team or room steward. They were fantastic and I did give them high marks on our post-cruise survey.
I found service very good everywhere EXCEPT the champagne bar where it was difficult to get service two nights (in fact we left the second night after waiting 10-15 minutes for a server to even glance our direction).
We were originally booked on a Carnival ship this week but after our food experience on the Carnival Miracle last year, my husband said we had to book another cruise line. This is just to convey that food is an important part of the cruise experience to us.
This cruise didn’t include any specialty dining other than Johnny Rockets for one lunch. We found the found to be good to excellent in all venues (main dining room, Sorrentos, Promenade Cafe and the Windjammer. I’m not a buffet person but really liked the Windjammer.
Even our choosiest family member enjoyed the food while it had enough variety on the menu to let the adventurous eaters try new things.
Liberty of the Seas offers entertainment we’d never experienced before — ice shows! Was it Ice Capades quality? No, but what they could do in that tiny rink was amazing and very entertaining.
I also enjoyed the full length musical, Grease, and the aerialists in Up in the Air. All quality shows! Unfortunately, the dancing didn’t start until I was snugly asleep so I didn’t get to experience the live music in larger venues but we did enjoy artists in bar venues a couple of nights.
All six in our had a fantastic vacation on the Liberty of the Seas. I’m looking forward to someday cruising again on this ship or one of her sister ships.
If you missed the other parts of the recap the links are below.
Next Vacation: Liberty of the Seas
Fairfield Inn Houston Hobby
Liberty of the Seas Embarkation
Liberty of the Seas Sea Day 1
Liberty of the Seas: Cozumel
Liberty of the Seas: Grand Cayman
Liberty of the Seas: Falmouth, Jamaica
Liberty of the Seas: Sea Day 2
Liberty of the Seas: Sea Day 3
Liberty of the Seas: Disembarkation