Liberty of the Seas Review
September 11, 2016Just The Facts
Ship: Liberty of the Seas
Sailing: September 11, 2016
Captain: Rune Johnsen
Cruise Director: Jeffrey Arpin
Weather: Sunny with occasional clouds…Warm
I am cruising with my Dear Wife (DW) and another couple both good friends and experienced cruisers. This is my 20th Royal Caribbean cruise and first on the Liberty of the Seas. I had booked this cruise very early in order to get one of our favorite aft facing cabins with large balcony on deck seven.
|Liberty of the Seas - Promenade|
Day Two—Monday—at Sea
Day Three—Tuesday—at Sea
|I don't care for any|
|A friend at Mayan Eden Park|
Day Five—Thursday—Costa Maya
Day Seven--Saturday--at Sea
|Saturday Night Fever Show|
Smooth seas overnight and we were docked early before 6:00 am. I was up early and finished packing. No room service on debarkation morning, but a full breakfast menu is served in the dining room. We are doing the self debarkation and could debark early with the VIP groups, but have decided to wait until towards the end of self-debark to avoid the anxious guests crowding the passageways although the early arrival will help that usual problem (BTW-you no longer have to request self-debark and get a ticket at Guest Services the day prior.) They do a silent debark so a little harder to estimate debark progress from your cabin. We went down to deck four about 8:20 am and the timing was excellent even meeting our friends (on a different deck) at the elevator lobby area…and we were able to walk right off the ship and onto the gangway. We made our way down the new ramps and passageways of the terminal into a well organized waiting area to go through customs. A little delay at customs, but overall very smooth process. We took the EZ Cruise shuttle to the car and were on our way about 9:00 am. Got fuel at the Galveston Raceway ($1.89) and were off to Houston Hobby to drop our friends and head north to the ranch. We took I-45 through Houston and north then cross country on Hwy 7 to Hwy 6, Waco, then Bosque County. We did stop at the rural Kosse Cafe for lunch and DD in Waco. Home about 3:45 pm.
The Liberty of the Seas is Royal Caribbean’s current ‘Texas’ ship sailing year round in Galveston. Hopefully in two years it will be an Oasis class in Galveston, but the Liberty is currently the largest cruise ship sailing from Galveston. With a large ship there are a lot of people and the pools can be very crowded during peak times and the elevators are always full, but the additional size also means that there is room for an ice skating arena, the photo gallery, casino, bars, etc. without any one of them dominating an entire deck. The Grand Promenade is very impressive indeed and must be experienced. We couldn’t determine if there is theme to the ship but it’s decorated nicely. They have the Sabor restaurant, Diamond Lounge, and Digital photo displays on deck three, and much more.
We had cabin 7708 an aft corner port side with an oversized covered balcony…my favorite location on every ship in the fleet. The room is a standard size interior with: key pad safe, hair dryer, refrigerator (empty), small couch, full chair at vanity/desk, nice sliding shower door, and good lighting. Another great feature was the flat screen TV that could be adjusted to view from anywhere in the room. Very well designed. The air conditioning & water pressure worked well, but I’m glad I brought my personal cabin fan for circulation.
Overall very good, but the cabin steward was just adequate, Our wait team was outstanding, especially our waiter Robert from the Philippines. His assistant Wongtang from China was very good and the Botticelli Maitre’D Lucan from Romania was outstanding.
Our dining room was the Botticelli Dining Room, deck five the highest level of the 3 level restaurant. The bread and appetizers were especially good, the entree very good. The Windjammer is the buffet and the quality of food was very good. Room service was always good but averaged an hour for delivery. Johnny Rockets was a good alternative for lunch or afternoon snack. Lunch in the Sapphire Dining Room has the same menu each day with one special item that does change daily. There are several ice crème and yogurt machines. DW and I agree that the Cookies on this ship are outstanding…her favorite was Coconut macaroons and favorite was Oatmeal raisin.
Sailing with Friends
Complementary cocktails loaded on Sail Card for Diamond Guests
Production Show: Saturday Night Fever
Our excellent waiter Robert in the Botticelli Dining Room
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Thank you for reading. As an older/experienced cruiser my activities will be much different from a newer cruiser as I will be doing fewer things on board simply because of the 'been there done that' factor and frankly I don't have the energy as I once did... Priorities do change over time. I do love to cruise!!