Liberty of the Seas cruise experience & review day 2

On Day 2 (have you read about day 1 yet?), Royal Caribbean had a meeting to provide more information about Liberty of the Seas and to get feedback as well. One of the programs being introduced by Royal Caribbean is their ‘Vitality’ program, which makes it easier for passengers to integrate their personal wellness regimes into the cruise experience. For example, the menus have low fat selections marked with the ‘Vitality’ symbol (including vegetarian but not vegan selections), as well as the more traditional cruise fare.

This talk about ‘Vitality’ was inspiring, so we took off for the fitness center. There you can watch TV while you work out, or just look out at the ocean. Naturally, all the equipment was brand new and there was plenty of it. Liberty of the Seas even has a boxing ring in the Fitness Center!

Of course, the virtuous feeling you get in the Fitness Center can be offset if you stop at the Sprinkles soft ice cream machines near the H2O Zone water spray ground. The H2O Zone is very colorful, with fountains, spray characters, waterfalls, and a designated family swimming pool.

For this preinaugural cruise, Liberty of the Seas had opened several types of staterooms for us to see, and Royal Caribbean personnel were on hand to answer questions. The rooms were all beautiful. There was a Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom (like ours); an aft Family Suite with a master bedroom, a 2nd bedroom with pull down bunk beds, and a living room with sofa bed; a Family Stateroom with a bunk bed alcove and porthole style windows; a Junior Suite with a big balcony; a Grand Suite with a bigger balcony and a good size bar; an Interior Stateroom which is wheelchair accessible; an interior Promenade Stateroom and an interior Promenade Family Stateroom both with the views of the Royal Promenade; an Oceanview Stateroom, the elegant Owners Suite, and the very elegant Royal Suite and Presidential Family Suite with their own hot tubs on their balconies!

Since Liberty of the Seas is the biggest ship on the sea, walking around to all the open staterooms made us hungry. Lunch was being served so that was our next stop. There were several choices for lunch including the vegetarian & Vitality choices. There was one choice we didn’t recognize – Nasing Goreng – slightly spicy fried rice with a soft egg and skewered chicken. It was good! Our waiter told us it was an Indonesian dish.

We like T-shirts and always check out the gift shops, so that was our first after-lunch activity. No matter how old our children get, we still like to get them souvenirs and we found just what we wanted on the Royal Promenade.

Then on to RoyalCaribbean Online, the Internet Cafè. The computers were all in use and we hadn’t brought our laptops so we decided to try later.

We did look at some of the art that is all around the ship. For Liberty of the Seas, Royal Caribbean introduced the ‘Illusion or Reality’ art platform where what you see is not always what you think. Throughout the ship, there are pictures, sculptures, sculptural pieces which are transformed by a series of virtual animations, light as art, and even a classic Morgan sports car.

There was still plenty we had not seen yet. The Flow Rider water feature was a bit beyond our abilities, but it was fun watching some of the younger generation surfing right on board.

We were also in spectator mode for the Rock Climbing Wall which really looked high from up close. Liberty of the Seas also has a miniature golf course which was more our speed!

We wanted to stop at Johnny Rockets for a soda, but it was too windy for the tables outside and there was a wait to get inside, so that was a pass. There was loads of room at the Windjammer Cafè’s Afternoon Tea.

Dinner on Day 2 was formal and a lot of people were stopping by the Photo Gallery for portraits. By now, we knew the food would be excellent and it was. The specialty of the evening was Beef Fillet. The service continued to impress.

After dinner, the internet cafè had emptied out so we caught up on email before going to the evening’s main entertainment — Micky Dolenz.

Micky Dolenz was formerly with the Monkees and he put on a tremendous show. The Monkees had so many hits that we all know the music, and he also did some non-Monkees songs. The people with Micky Dolenz, including his sister Coco, were also very good, as were the Royal Caribbean Orchestra members who accompanied them.

Now we were getting tired, so we went back to our lovely stateroom and discovered two nice things. There were chocolates on our pillows and we could watch the Royal Promenade’s Dancing in the Streets live on TV.

The next morning disembarking was easy. We had only carry-on luggage and there was no customs procedure. Everyone was allowed to leave as soon as they were ready; no waiting for your floor to be called. It may be different when the ship leaves America for longer cruises.

We’d seen and done so much in our short two days and nights on Liberty of the Seas, and yet there was so much more to do. We needed more time to get to the On Air Club karaoke bar and the unusually decorated Catacombs bar (and many of the other bars). We needed more time to get to the Royal Caribbean Singers and Dancers show ‘EverAfter’. We needed more time for the seminars and classes that sounded like fun. We needed more time for the whirlpools and swimming pools. We needed more time for a whole list of other activities. A week might not be long enough to try all that Liberty of the Seas has to offer.

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would highly recommend Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas to anyone considering a cruise vacation.

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  1. crystal says:

    Was the cost worth the cruise?????

  2. James Trotta says:

    In this case there was no cost – When new ships are introduced, cruise lines normally offer a few free days to travel agents, writers, etc. That’s what happened here.

    I’m not exactly sure how much the cruises will cost but if it’s the same price as other cruises we think it will be well worth the cost.

  3. kathi says:

    I love this site, especially love the great wedding/honeymoon debate. Jim I am hoping to check on anytime soon and read that you have found the perfect getaway for a single mom who will experience an empty nest for a week in July. All 5 kids will be away for a week with their dad, and I think it’s a great time to pack a small suitcase or backpack and g-o go! Any ideas? Remember it’s mothers day Jim…..any and all requests should be considered. Thanks for all the good reading and great photos. Kathi

  4. Etta Sivertsen says:

    The Liberty of the Seas sounds like a ship I would like to cruise on. We just returned from the Caribbean on Crown Princess. We had a wonderful time and I am ready to return. We reserved the back to back and was gone for two weeks. 10 Islands…what an experience. I notice the Liberty is covering Islands we didn’t tour. Maybe the next Caribbean cruise will be on the Liberty of the Seas. Thanks for all your info. Etta

  5. Beno says:

    how do you receive the free travel offers from the cruise ships?

    do you have to sign up somewhere?

    just wondering… 🙂

  6. James Trotta says:

    No offense Beno but that payperpost stuff is ruining your blog… Anyway, there’s no signup I know of. Royal Caribbean contacted me after someone found this blog.

  7. Diana says:

    James, that payperpost stuff helped me pay my rent when I first got divorced. I am now remarried but am considering doing it again just for spending cash and for fun. It really is fun! You pick the advertisements you want and you never have to lie! If you are doing a review, you either already have the product or they send it to you. It really is a review.

  8. Paul says:

    Looking for three people to share a rome tour package on the liberty sailing 4-16 from Barcelona. Private 5 seat van

    Guide and driver, get in the back door, no waiting at sites. Pick up at ship 8am, return at 6pm. Approx $200 per person plus tip. Friends have gone with this tour group and have had rave reviews.

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