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Royal Caribbean International: Liberty of the Seas

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Liberty of the Seas Review

Since her debut in 2007 as the second of three Freedom-class ships, Liberty of the Seas gained even more innovative features in 2012. The DreamWorks Experience includes characters such as Shrek and his pals; there's also a nursery and puppet shows. Digital signage makes navigating the ship simpler. Adults can finish the evening with a selection of reds or whites at the intimate Vintages wine bar.

Although they are no longer the world's largest cruise ships, the Freedom-class vessels live up to Royal Caribbean's reputation for creative thinking that results in features to stir the imagination and provide a resort-like atmosphere at sea. Whether you are hanging 10 in the surf simulator, going a few rounds in the boxing ring, or strolling the Royal Promenade entertainment boulevard, there's almost no reason to go ashore. The layout is more intuitive than you might expect on such a gigantic ship. A mall-like promenade is lined with shops and bistros, an ice-skating rink/theater, numerous lounges, and dining options, but these are not simply enlarged Voyager-class ships. With plenty of room, even the most intimate spaces feel uncrowded. A good fit for extended families, these ships have expansive areas devoted to children and teens and enough adults-only spaces to satisfy everyone.

Big, bigger, biggest! In the early 1990s, Royal Caribbean launched Sovereign-class ships, the first of the modern megacruise liners, which continue to be the all-around favorite of passengers who enjoy traditional cruising ambience with a touch of daring and whimsy. Plunging into the 21st century, each ship in the current fleet carries more passengers than the entire Royal Caribbean fleet of the 1970s, and has amenities—such as new surfing pools—that were unheard of in the past.

All Royal Caribbean ships are topped by the company's signature Viking Crown Lounge, a place to watch the seascape by day and dance at night. Expansive multideck atriums and promenades, as well as the generous use of brass and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, give each vessel a sense of spaciousness and style. The action is nonstop in casinos and dance clubs after dark, while daytime hours are filled with poolside games and traditional cruise activities. Port talks tend to lean heavily on shopping recommendations and the sale of shore excursions.

What You Should Know

Pros

  • FlowRider surfing simulator is exciting, even for observers
  • The H2O Zone is a fun place to beat the heat beneath a waterfall, in the fountain sprays, and along a lazy river
  • A sports pool accommodates water volleyball, basketball, and golf

Cons

  • The location of a self-serve frozen-yogurt bar near the kids' pool means that it often ends up messy
  • Hang on to your wallet—the malts in Johnny Rockets diner aren’t included in the price
  • On a ship this large, lines are inevitable, particularly at disembarkation
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 1,360
  • Entered Service 2007
  • Gross Tons 160,000
  • Length 1,112 Feet
  • Number of Cabins 1,817
  • Passenger Capacity 3,634
  • Width 185 feet

By Mary_CR

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Dec 11, 2016

Western

2nd time on RC won't go again , no value for the money , the food was just edible . The staff no one really smiled except for a few . Our cabin Stewart was very good . Good entertainment & The Cayman Islands was very nice . The ship was very nicely decorated for Christmas they had a Christmas parade & party which was excellent but overall wouldn't go on Royal Caribbean again like I said food is one of the nicest things of going on a cruise and

this one just did not meet anybody's expectations :(. Very bland food, just edible, we loved Sabor and Giovanni's and chops grill the steaks came out hard as a rock! Ok cabin, nothing special outdated & we had a balcony Yes they had a nice variety of shows and entertainment. Had a good time but like I said. this cruise was lacking

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By paul_CR

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Oct 12, 2015

New England - Canada

Except for the food, it was by far the worst cruise. One of the cheapest cruises, until you get the final bill. The only non-extra was toilet paper and hand sanitizer. They even refused pay port fees for a missed port, after they said the would.. Best part of the cruise was the food. The Middle Eastern food was surprisingly hot which I loved, but it may not go over for everyone. The worse meal was breakfast. To save a few bucks they used powdered

eggs. Also, expect to spend 2 hours for dinner. Small but clean cabin. The shower is so small, you have to get out to dry off, it was almost claustrophobic. Few activities that did not require spending money. Evening entertainment was good, not great, at least the few I saw. The first two nights dozens of people, including me an my wife, could not get seats. We stood in line an hour to an hour an 1/2 to get seats after that. The miniature golf course was nice and not crowded as the temperature was below 60 and the wind was over 10 knots. The one pool deck movie we watched (too cold) was interrupted so that a three piece band could play. Do miss any Royal Caribbean or Celebrity cruise. Is there a chance you could have a good time on one, sure, but you would have better odds in the casino, which has worse odds that land based casinos. Pay a little more for another companies cruse and you will probably end up with the same bill at the end.

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By greg_CR

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Sep 11, 2015

Bermuda

The overall experience is very disappointing and we will not recommend it to any of our friends. Before you spend your money - think twice as the price is not cheap, but the service is. Windjammer restaurant had almost the same food every day. The restaurant will have you use plastic plates (editors note: they are corelle dishes for breakage reasons), no trays, and cheap silverware. If you are looking for a fresh juice - it will be offered

for $3.50 a glass! But, this food is still better than what they serve in the Michelle Angelo's restaurant for dinner. The waiters were good, but the food - was blah! Their food can't stand competition with any food in 3 stars italian restaurant in NJ. The stateroom was below average, very worn out and old furniture and bedding that was changed only in the beginning of the cruise and the sheets had holes in them; the towels old; the shampoo was given only in dispenser and no conditioner; they don't give you an iron even on request (editors note: irons are a fire hazard on ships and not allowed in any cabin on any cruise line); the bathroom toilet bowl is so warn out that it is black inside.

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Jan 6, 2015

belize-cozumel

Overall Liberty of the Sea Cruise in December 24-29, 2014: It is not a cruise I would take again. Belize was not worth the trouble of getting off the ship; the weather was not the best of the year ( cold); Cozumel excursion to Playa Mia was not worth the time and money; food in the ship was abundant but again, who prefers quantity over quality? I don't. Kids club was not what you would expect as a fun place to leave your kids; the way they rushed

you to get off the ship the last day was not a nice thing to experience. Gratuities and tips: we made the mistake to pay in advance during the book of our trip and in our final bill there were extra gratuities included. I would highly recommend not to pay the gratuities and tips during the booking process. It will cost you less if you pay there directly to your servers. So, if you are traveling with kids choose cruises that have higher ratings for kid's friendly environment. Skip beaches that do not have port or are poorly maintained like Belize. Go on cruises during seasons when the weather is warmer so you can enjoy the water activities. Don't pay for gratuities and tips in advance. Research before you get in the ship about the excursions to the islands you visit. Internet is expensive in the ship. About the all-inclusive food: Pizza available 24 hours but do not expect something that worth the calories. Breakfast with a great selection of fruits, beverage, pastries, etc. Dinner and lunch were not as delicious as the name of the dish sounded on the menu. Instead of quantity I would rather taste the quality of ingredients. Water bottles are for sale; not included. I was concern about the quality of the water served during meals but no problems with that. The alcohol beverages also not included and not interesting either. We asked for a "Brazilian caipirinha" which is basic vodka, lime and sugar and we could not recognize the flavor of none of the ingredients. We had a delicious meal at the steak house they have in there but we had to pay for that Small but very clean cabin. Kids club: I thought that would be the selling point of the cruise for us. Well, it was a regular place to drop off kids while you have dinner. Not much exciting things to do once in there. My kids find ok. And everyday they did not want to come back. I expected more exciting activities since they offered a "kid's club" style care. The arcade was lame. Several machines were out of order. My kids had a one hour cupcake class. I asked clearly to the person who was about to teach the class when should I come back to pick them up. He said in an hour. When I came back 8 minutes before the one hour the class was supposed to finish, my kids were waiting in a dark room. I found very inconsiderate with guests specially because they were children and I was not late. So, the level of professionalism and care of people who work with kids in this ship is very low. The water activities: water was cold. December might be not the best time of the year for a cruise like that. They have heated Jacuzzis though. But all the swimming pools had really cold water. Belize and Cozumel beaches : in Belize we could not even take a tour because they do not have beaches for tourists to visit. They have several excursion to see crocodiles, the blue sea hole, etc... Nothing we could do safely with kids. Besides that, the customer service people on the cruise let us know that Belize is not safe place to walk around. So, what's the point of making a stop there? Also, you have to get a small boat to reach the Island because they do not have a port. My opinion is that Belize is not interesting and not convenient for families with small children, seniors or people with disabilities. In Cozumel we bought the excursion they sold in the ship. The place was "Playa Mia". The food, beverage and bus transportation were included. Again, it was not a good deal. The food was bad in quality and variety. Beverages were made out of store bought fruit box; like the ones I send to school for my kids. And the person preparing the drinks poured the ice in my cup with his hands touching all other ice cubes stored in a big plastic bag. I was glad I had Hepatitis vaccine all up to date! Margaritas were served in plastic cups and tasted like really bad lemonade. We paid extra for the snorkeling and the experience was pleasant. I felt a little grossed out when the guy gave me the equipment coming out of a bucket with a soapy blueish water and said: "wear it!". Again, I was glad my Hep vaccines were up to date. Regarding hygiene and quality of services Mexican beach places are not close to US standards. So, watch out for that. The Cozumel beach Playa Mia was not bad but it was not impressive either. I bet if I booked another excursion directly on the Port I could get better deals and more beautiful beaches. Skip Playa Mia. Not worth it. I would not go with kids again to Liberty of the sea cruise.

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Apr 23, 2014

Cozumel

The food was okay. Not great but not bad either. The servers made the main dining room really fun. This was the best food of the day. We ordered room service every morning and ate it on the balcony. It came on time every day and was good. The Windjammer/buffet for lunch was the least impressive but you could usually find something suitable for lunch there. My son ate there every night before going to the kids club too and there was plenty

for kids for dinner on there as well. Stateroom was excellent. Very clean and comfortable beds. Our family of 4 shared a balcony room with a pull out couch. It was perfect for us and much larger than we expected. We were able to unpack and put all 3 suitcases under the bed and out of the way. Very happy with the room. Onboard activities were good. We used the kids club for our kids every session. They loved it and we were so grateful for the alone time. I got to work out and relax while they had fun. They kept them very busy and happy. We didn't do a ship excursion. We just took a taxi to a beach resort (Playa Mia) and was fine with it. With two small kids we couldn't do anything too adventurous. It served it's purpose. Pools, beach, food, clean bathrooms.

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