So here's my review.
Liberty of the Seas June 23rd, 07
Boarding: The boarding information RCI gave out was to arrive at 2pm. We arrived at the port at 11am because we knew (from past experience), that there would be early boarding. Checking in luggage was easy and security went well, although I almost wish it would've been tougher (someone once pointed out that these big ships are easily becomming terrorist targets).
Now for my complaint in this area. When we went to the counter to get our seapasses, everyones seapass went smoothly except mine. Somehow they dupilicated my reservation. One with my full legal name and the other with what most people know me by. The lady was very nice and helpful in trying to get it fixed, and deleted one of the names from the system, but it happened to be the name with my charging ability. So long story short, we got on the ship and ran into more trouble, when apparently my sister also got deleted from the system, so she never even existed, but somehow managed to get on the ship?!
The entire boarding process as a whole I would give a 90%
And before I forget, I would like to point out that from the VERY beginning, Royal Caribbean (or at least this ship) was extremely sanitary. They had hand wipes available around every corner, etcc...i'm not sure if it's because they just had the noro outbreak 3 weeks before, but they were very clean.
The ship itself:
Obviously, BIG! One thing that I can say I liked was the deck space. They made available the bow (front part) of the ship, that hadn't been available on my other cruises. (So u could go pull a Rose and Jack like on Titanic if u wanted to)! The pools, honestly I didn't use that much, there were so many other things to do, and we spent time at a lot of beaches. But if you're into swimming and that stuff, theres not shortage in this category.
Fuel and the Living Room were great places to hangout and dance, I spent a lot of time here! Only thing I didnt like was how they had to scan our seapasses EVERY time we went in Fuel at night. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad they were secure and didn't allow lil 13 yr olds or parents in there, it's just that one time i lost my seapass and the guy didnt let me in even tho he knew i was of correct age!
The promenade was a nice place to hangout and walk around, etcc.. I love Ben and Jerry's ice cream! Sorrentos ended up being the food place of choice since it was the most available, and their Pizza WAS good!
The Food: AMAZING! This is one category that RCI hasn't yet let me down.
They had a wide selection in the dining room every night. The Windjammer(which in case you're wondering is in the back of the ship), also had great food, although many times it lacked variety..still good tho. And there were even 2 formal restaurants inside the Windjammer, and I really can't think of their names right now, but they were also nice.
Room service I never personally ordered, so I can't remark on that.
The Ports: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Our 1st stop in San Juan went well, getting off and on the ship at this port and the other 2 was easy as expected. I ended up hanging out with 2 of my buddies I met on board and we went to Senor Frogs the whole time!...THAT WAS FUN! My family did go to a lot of the old fortresses and spanish stuff, so if you're into history you'd enjoy that.
Philipsburg, San Maarten/San Martin
I would have to rate San Maarten as the best of the 3 ports. It's a shared island as a colony between The Netherlands and France, although, I saw very little difference when crossing from one side to the other. Everyone here we came into contact with spoke English (which I heard is dominant over Dutch or French). We ended up going to the beach and Parasailing (my 2nd time to do that) for the day.
If you don't like nudity, don't go to the beaches here. YEA guys, there were some nude old men we saw, GROSSS!
I really didn't care for Labadee to much, it was RC's private peninsula so everything was just as it was on the ship. We did go on the Jet Ski tour here through the reefs though. I also should mention that this was a tendered port, the tender process went without problems.
The return leg of the trip back to Miami was exactly the same as going, great service, etcc...
I should also take a minute to talk about the 18 and up areas of the ship. I'm lucky enough to look well over 18, so I was allowed in the night clubs and Casino. The Casino really wasn't anything special, it was just very BIG, much bigger than I've ever seen on any ship. And if you're wondering I ended up down for the week in Blackjack
The Catacombs night club was well designed and a great place for talking, dancing, or drinking, whatever floats your boat, (no pun intended lol).
As far as shows go, I really didn't see that many. I went to see the Ice Skating show, and farewell show. The Ice Skating really does take your breath away. It was AMAZING!!!!! Especially seeing people do those stunts on a moving ship! If you ever go on this ship, IT IS A MUST SEE!
We had excellent waiters and our head waitress was very helpful. We were in a group of 13 with 4 kids under age 10...imagine that. It happened to be my mom's birthday and parent's anniversary that week, so they were helpful in getting a cake and romance package.
DISEMBARKATION: Again we had a few problems. There was a computer problem at about 9am, so everyone still on board got delayed, and boarding for the next group was halted temporarily. So we didn't make it off the ship until around 11am! But Customs was the easiest i've ever experienced, and getting a car to the airport was also easy.
Now here's my biggest complaint.
It seemed to me and the rest of my family that the final morning (disembarkation) the service went from about a 95 to a 50 or worse.
I could only guess because they're trying to ready the ship for the next group, and I completely understand that, it's just that the way the waiters in the restaurant acted that morning was unsatisfactory. We ended up coming in to eat at 7am. They were serving from 630-730. And 1st they didnt have some items on the menu, ok no problem we dealt with it. Then at about 710 we had 4 more join us ( the ones that got up late), and the dining room staff seemed to be unhappy with this, and made it clearly obvious in the way the took our orders and in their presentation toward us.(In case you're curious, these weren't the same waiters we had all week). Anyhow, we were seated with the young kids at one table and the older kids and adults at one next to it. Before we had even completely finished our meal, they went over to the young kids table and made motions to get up (notice they didnt do it to us). SO anyway they got an earful from my uncle!
SO THATS MY REVIEW of LIBERTY OF THE SEAS.
If you have any other questions feel free to ask, and i'll be posting pics up really soon.
OVERALL: 9.5 outta 10
Just that last morning had lousy service and additudes from the crew.