Liberty of the Seas Review
October 2, 2016
Just The Facts
Ship: Liberty of the Seas
Sailing: October 2, 2016
Captain: Rune Johnsen
Cruise Director: Jeffrey Arpin
Weather: Very nice and avoiding Hurricane Matthew
This is my 21th Royal Caribbean cruise, second time on the Liberty of the Seas, and my 118th cruise overall. I am sailing solo.
|Manoelito's Classic Guitar in Boleros|
Day Two—Monday—at Sea
|The Ice Show: Encore|
|My San Miguel neighborhood|
Day Four—Wednesday—(Grand Cayman) - at Sea
|Mascot on Promenade Deck|
Day Five—Thursday—Falmouth Jamaica
|Falmouth: new Cruise Village & old Falmouth in background|
Day Six—Friday—at Sea
Day Seven--Saturday--at Sea
|Olive or Twist Lounge|
Smooth seas overnight and we were docked early before I was up and around. I was up early and finished packing. No room service on debarkation morning, but a full breakfast menu is served in the dining room. I am 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 (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. I went down to deck four about 8:10 am and the timing was fair, there were long lines but they moved fairly well all the way to customs. I took the EZ Cruise shuttle to the car and I was on my way about 9:00 am. (Galveston Raceway $1.92) I took I-45 through Houston and north then cross country on Hwy 7 to Hwy 6, Waco, then Bosque County. Home at the ranch about 1:30 pm..
The Liberty of the Seas is Royal Caribbean’s current ‘Texas’ ship sailing year round in 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.
I had cabin 8397 an interior on starboard side near the aft. 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. My cabin steward Lenny from Jamaica was very adequate, My MDR wait team, waiter Cesar and assistant Joy both from the Philippines, were very good. The two bartenders in the Diamond Lounge were fantastic.
My assigned 8:00 pm dining room was the Michelangelo Dining Room, deck four the mid level of the 3 level restaurant. The bread and appetizers were especially good, the entrees very good. The Windjammer is the buffet area and the quality of food was very good. Room service was always good but averaged an hour for delivery. Johnny Rockets is 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. The Cookies on this ship are outstanding my favorite was Oatmeal raisin.
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!!