Day 1: Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas experience and review

Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas is new and big! It’s the largest cruise ship at sea. This preinaugural trip for travel agents, writers & multiple support service people left from Bayonne NJ at 5:00 PM May 7th 2007. We sailed from May 7th to May 9th. The ship was very impressive as we approached, although we were wishing we’d used a car service instead of driving ourselves.

The boarding process started at noon, and it took a little time to go through the security procedures, which included getting a room key card which can bring up your picture on security computers. This was all fine as we are in favor of tight security.

Once on board, we found we had a beautiful room, a Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom, on deck 9. There was a sliding glass door to a balcony with 2 chairs and a small table, and privacy glass on each side. Since Liberty of the Seas is a new ship, everything sparkled! The blackout curtains & bedspread were in a very pretty fabric. The bed was king sized and there was a plush sofa, plus a closet and a dresser with a neat design for opening without knobs. The room had a small safe and a very pretty bathroom with a shower. The swivel TV had regular programming as well as channels devoted to the ship for safety and other information. We liked everything about the room!

We’d seen some info on line and were looking forward to seeing the whirlpools that overhung the sides of the ship, the FlowRider surfing simulator, the huge Rock Climbing Wall, and other attractions – but first — lunch.

The buffet was open and so were the pools and whirlpools. As soon as we ate a very nice lunch, complete with strawberry daiquiris, we headed for the whirlpools. We wanted one of the cantilevered whirlpools that overhang each side of the ship. Since we were still in port, we made sure we went into the one on the water side. There were 10 people in it and still room for more. It was very relaxing.

Next, everyone congregated on the top decks to celebrate departure. The captain took us close to the Statue of Liberty as we left, and that was an exciting sight. Then under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and off to sea. The Captain said that the top of the ship cleared the bridge by approximately 8 feet.

There were some private cocktail parties for different groups, and we were invited to the one for Royal Champions Рaka internet partners. Live music, an ice sculpture, canap̩s, drinks, a goody bag, and chats with Royal Caribbean International personnel made for a pleasant time.

We were in the early seating for dinner. The dining room is enormous, but the design still made it seem cozy. It’s a magnificent 3 decks high with a grand staircase, live music, a huge chandelier, delicious food and impeccable service.

By the time we finished a sumptuous dessert — raspberry panna cotta (Italian pudding) – the casino was open. We had a few tries at the slot machines before moving on to the Ice Show.

Yes, Liberty of the Seas has an ice skating rink! This show was called “Encore! an Ice Spectacular” and it was very enjoyable. The skaters went all out to entertain. This is not the place to see Olympic type jumps, but just to enjoy the talent, choreography and costumes of the international ice cast and special guest stars.

There were many activities to choose from, and after the Ice Show we opted to hear the Swingin’ High Quartet at The Sphinx Lounge. We also made it to the 1970’s Street Party in the Royal Promenade. The Royal Promenade has shops, Seattle Coffee, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Sorrento’s Pizza and more. It runs through the center of the ship with plenty of horizontal room for dancing in the street and plenty of vertical space above for banners and platforms. It was like walking down a busy city street lined with shops. There are many interior staterooms that have bay window views down onto the Promenade.

Next we went to the well appointed arcade. Unfortunately the Ferrari F355 ride simulator was not working, but the Taxi Driver game was loads of fun. The arcade was one of many activities geared to young passengers. While there were not many kids on this preinaugural trip, we could see there were plenty of play areas and computer stations designed for younger guests.

Our last stop for Day 1 was the piano bar at Olive or Twist. A very pleasant way to wind down.

Stay tuned for day 2 experiences and more pictures!

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  1. DAVID CULP says:

    THIS SHIP IS HUGE!SO MUCH MORE TO DO I CAN NOT BELEIVE IT WHIRLPOOLS THAT OVER HANG ON THE SIDES OF THE SHIP,ICE SHOWS WHAT WILL ROYAL CARIBBEAN THINK OF NEXT . SPECTACULAR!

  2. Elinda Drake says:

    My goodness!,I envy you. I will be traveling on Carnival in December, but we are planning a trip on Royal Carribbean for 2008. Maybe this ship will be ready, I so want to see the whirlpool. Looking forward to reading day 2.

  3. Melissa says:

    este barco liberty of the seas quisiera saber cuanto es el costo? porfavor me lo pueden mandar por su e-mail

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