Liberty of the Seas
7 Night – Eastern Caribbean
San Juan, St Maarten, Labadee
This is my first review so I’ll try my best …
We flew into Ft. Lauderdale the Friday before the cruise. We arrived around 11am, and were in Miami by noon. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Port of Miami & it was HORRIBLE. The first room smelled like sewer and the sheets were wet. The second room they tried to put us in had crusty food on the bed. Finally, the third room was OK, nothing great, but by that point we didn’t care – it was a place to sleep. We spent the day/night at Bayside & met up with some people from cruisecritic and did some shopping.
Boarding/ Day 1:
I’d have to say this was the longest it had ever taken me to get on a ship. We got to the port around 11:30am and didn’t board until almost 1:30. The lady that worked there said they were having trouble with immigration because there were so many people not from the USA. When we finally got on the ship, the rooms were ready so we went to drop off our carry-on stuff and check out the room. From there we went to the Windjammer, then to see our dining room table, and explore the ship. When I went back to the room around 3:00 all the luggage had arrived, so we spent the time before the muster drill unpacking. After the muster drill we met friends on the pool deck for sailaway & stayed up there until we had to get ready for dinner. We had the second dinner seating (8:30pm). Our waiters Noel & Rohan seemed pretty cool, and the menu was great as usual. That night, I planned on going to the teen meet with my friend that was traveling with me and her friend .. but when we showed up it looked pretty boring. Everyone was just sitting in a circle in the living room. We decided we’d skip that night and head to Dusk the next night and meet people then. We spent the rest of the night wandering the ship.
Day 2: At Sea
I spent pretty much all day by the pool. The Mr. Sexy Legs contest was today, so that’s always a good time. I was tired from being in the sun all day so when I finally left the pool, I slept until dinner. This was the first of two formal nights. Tonight was Dusk at Fuel so we decided to go there. It was boring at first, but once people got dancing it was pretty fun. We met a few people and hung out with them for the rest of the cruise. Security shut Fuel down everynight at 1:00 for curfew and made us go back to our rooms so I usually just went to find my mom or went back to a friend’s room since I wasn’t tired yet.
Day 3: San Juan, Puerto Rico
It was overcast and rainy all day, so I spent most of it looking in the shops in the promenade. We didn’t dock until 3:00pm. There was another smaller ship in port with us, but I’m not sure what it was – not a mainstream cruise line. When we got to San Juan we headed straight to the COACH factory outlet. I got a big purse, wallet, sunglasses, and a wristlet for under $400 & my reciept said I saved $260.80 so I was happy :] After that, we brought my stuff back to the ship and then met up with people at Senor Frogs. That place is a blast!! We weren’t even there 10 minutes and they had the whole resturant standing on the chairs doing the chicken dance to the words “I don’t wanna go to work, I don’t wanna go to work, I just wanna stay drunk”. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard. We got something to eat, and then me and my friends danced for a little while. We went back to the ship around 7:00 so we’d have time to shower and get ready before dinner. After dinner we went to Fuel again, but nobody was really dancing. We ended up sitting in the awesome chairs (if you’ve been on this ship, you know the chairs) outside Fuel with the people we met until security made us go back to our cabins. They actually followed us to the elevators to make sure we got on, but as usual I just went and found my mom so I could stay up.
Day 4: St Maarten
The ship docked at 9:00am. We were in port with the Disney Magic. We had a private tour booked with Bernard & it was awesome. First he took us to Rima, a store where you can get just about everything. After that, he took us driving for a while showing us some sights. From there, we went to Orient Beach for about an hour and a half. There are some people who are just not meant to be naked in public :0 I decided to save my eyes and took a nap in the chair, lol. After Orient, Bernard dropped the two of the ladies off at a casino because that’s what they wanted to do, and took the rest of us to Sunset beach – where the planes land. We were in the van on the side of the beach when the Air France was landing (the biggest plane that lands there) & it looked like it was coming straight at us! I jumped out of the van and started running across the beach trying to get away from this plane but no matter where I ran, it still was coming at me. I gave up and just dropped in the sand. Obviously everything was fine .. but I have never been so scared in my life. Everyone said I was quite the sight. We ate at Sunset Beach Bar and watched more planes. The food was excellent. And, for those of you who don’t know, there is no drinking age in St Maarten
We left there around 3:30, picked the ladies up at the casino, and headed back to the ship. Before getting on the ship we looked around the shops near the port for a little while. When we got back on the ship, we went and watched the Flow Rider for a little while, then stayed on the top deck for sail-away & to listen to Disney play “When You Wish Upon A Star”. That night was the usual, go to dinner then head to Fuel. Fuel kept getting better everyday.
Day 5: At Sea
Once again, the day was spent by the pool. I actually got up at 6:30, went with my aunt to get pool chairs, went to the Windjammer for breakfast, and then sat by the pool all day. Today was the belly flop competition. I loved how the little tiny guys thought they were gonna win ;] The person that ended up winning was actually the two year champ. That was pretty entertaining. When I finally left the pool, I just wandered around the ship and took a nap until dinner. After dinner we walked around the top deck, and then went to Fuel until they kicked us out. The ship actually stopped in the middle of the ocean for about an hour … we never found out why. Then when I got back to my room, I went out on the balcony to find a helocoptor circling the ship with the spotlight in the water. We thought someone jumped or there was a medical evacuation. We called guest services, but they wouldn’t tell us anything. However, we found out the next day that it was just dropping off Mickey Dolenz from the Monkees because he was the guest celebrity entertainer.
Day 6: Labadee, Haiti
Labadee was deffinitly my favorite day. We took the first tender off the ship & got chairs at Nellie’s Beach which is the first one when you get off the tender. It was really cloudy all day but that ended up being good since I was so sun burned. I had a parasailing excursion booked at 11:00am. We were the last boat out before they cancled the parasailing for the afternoon due to weather. Parasailing was the most amazing thing I have ever done. It’s so quiet & peaceful up there. When we got back on the boat, the told us were were up 500 feet. The boat ride was scarier then the parasailing beacause the water was sooooo rough. After parasailing, we went back over to our chairs & I had a virgin Labadoozie and then headed back to the ship since the weather wasn’t good for enjoying the beach. My friends that we were traveling with did the zip line & said that was a blast too!
Tonight was the night that teens took over Catacombs (the adult club). This was by far the best night of the cruise. Everyone was dancing and having a good time & the DJ was great! We stayed there until they kicked us out, then went and got pizza at Sorrento’s before heading to bed.
Day 7: At Sea
I slept in this day since I hadn’t gotten much sleep most of the week. I finally woke up around 10:30 and didn’t get our of the cabin until around 11. We went up to the pool deck for a little while and watched the volleyball games. Then we went to the Windjammer for lunch with all the people we had met. I spent most of the afternoon packing. The final dinner was soo much fun. Me & my friends sat in the hallway outside the living room talking for a while. I left before everyone else to go say goodbye to the adults we had met. These people were awesome & deffinitly made the entire cruise. I stayed with them in the Hoof & Claw until around 12:30. We headed back to the cabin early since we had to be out of the rooms by 7:30am.
Getting Off: Miami
We had brown tags to get off at 8:00 am and we had a limo meeting us at 9:30. Every other cruise I have been on took about 20 minutes to get off and collect our luggage. This time took forever! We were in line for about an hour and a half on the ship waiting to get into the terminal. When we finally got in the terminal, we waited another 20 minutes to get up to customs. When we finally got through customs my mom ran outside to hold the limo & my aunt and I got the luggage. The luggage came pretty fast except one bag we had to wait a while for. We made it out to the limo a little before 10:00am. By that point we were exhausted. We had a day room at the Renaissance in Ft. Lauderdale since our flight home wasn’t until 4:00pm. We dropped our bags in the room, got something to eat quick, and slept by the pool until we had to go to the airport. This was so nice after going nonstop on the ship for a week!
Liberty is now my favorite ship! There was always something to do and it never felt crowded even with the number of people on the ship. However, I’d have to say it wasn’t a great group of teens. Me and the two girls I was with hung out with the same 5 people all week. It was very clique-y unlike my other cruises when everyone was one big group.
Overall it was a GREATT cruise. I probably forgot to put a lot of stuff, but this is good for now! If I think of anything else, I’ll add it. Feel free to ask any questions.