written by Sara Toerner, Travel Specialist
I had a wonderful time on the Liberty of the Seas this past week. The ship is beautiful and the oceanview cabin was quite nice — I was concerned that I’d miss a balcony, but it was great to wake up each morning with a view of the ocean right at the head of my bed.
I was very impressed with the quality of entertainment on the Liberty. I didn’t anticipate it being as top-notch as it was — the performers were high-energy and truly very talented. During the evening performances (Up in the Air — an aerial show, and Saturday Night Live the Musical) and the ice skating shows, I was amazed and wowed on so many occasions. What a treat! I felt as though I had paid hundreds to witness world-class performances in New York — they were THAT good!
My daughter, Audrey, enjoyed the kids club very much. In fact, she met a lifelong friend — a girl, also 7, from El Paso, whose family was seated with us at dinner each night. Audrey and Sophia spent hours each day in the kids clubs — they were so anxious to see what games the club staff would organize next. I even took advantage of the after-hours care on several nights (at $7 per hour — not bad!). The counselors were engaging with the kids. There were active games, science projects, and family activities that encouraged kids and parents to have fun together. I didn’t expect the kids clubs to be so large — there were separate rooms for the “Babies and Tots”, 3-5 year olds, 6-8 year olds, teens, and tweens. Each was a decent size (dare I say larger than kids clubs I’ve seen on “Fun Ships.”
The staff on board made the experience even better. Our stateroom attendant, Thomas, made a special creation for Audrey each and every day. Sometimes twice a day. He greeted us by name, asked about our day, and was a delight. Best cabin steward I’ve ever had, I’d say. There was one evening where I had “misplaced” one of Audrey’s favorite toys…..she asked me to hold it while she was in the kids club. I accidentally left it in the casino. Big oops. Within minutes, the casino staff, Guest Services staff, housekeeping staff, custodial……everyone was looking for her precious wooden snake. I took the opportunity during the Captain’s Talk to express my appreciation to the entire staff for going above and beyond, truly caring that Audrey’s snake was found (which it was….at a cards table a few hours later). Their genuine concern and empathy is exemplary of RC’s dedication to guest satisfaction.
I feel that a cruise vacation is a genuine bargain and a true “vacation” from the stresses of life — my experience on this Royal Caribbean cruise is evident of that. I have found Royal Caribbean to be priced appropriately based on the service, amenities, activities, and food on board. I will continue to recommend it to clients who are searching for cruises with a quality experience within budget. Of course, there are certainly perks to Suite categories too…. ? and I’m always sure to communicate that. Cruisers who are looking for a nice vacation on a well-maintained ship with a balance between fun and relaxation (not too much “party” and not too much “quiet”) — Royal Caribbean is perfect for those cruisers. This cruise line effectively caters to the needs/interests of families, couples, honeymooners, and seniors. It’s a well-rounded vacation experience.