We went with a small group on the Oct 13 Liberty of the Seas cruise to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Jamaica. This review is a little late. I wanted to get a little distance from the trip before posting a review. It was not a good trip and I wanted to make sure I was fair to Royal Caribbean in my review.
I am a long time Carnival cruiser and this was my first RCI cruise. We chose this cruise for one reason. The 4BR Vista suite came open and it fit with our time frame. We had a total of 7 cabins booked for 14 guests and there were 8 of us in the suite.
It has been too long to really go into a lot of details on each day but I wanted to comment on the experience. I should have known this was not going to be a good trip as several things happened since we first booked. To start with the very next day we booked I suffered a stroke. Six weeks before the trip I was in an accident that tore up my shoulder requiring surgery. The day before leaving for the cruise I was hit on the way to work. That night I am informed my mother and step-father are not going because he suffered a fall, and no they declined to purchase insurance. All that being said I was still super excited to go. I was really excited out the suite and finally getting a vacation after everything that had gone on the previous 18 months. I also injured my ankle on day 1 which really clouded my experience which is primarily why I wanted to have a little time before writing my review.
Instead of giving a more detailed day by day break down of the cruise I am going to just comment on what I liked and disliked about the cruise.
First the things I really liked.
1 - The suite experience. It was amazing. The concierge, Nadja, was completely amazing and spoiled us. Anything we needed or any issue we had she fixed it. I can only imaging what a Genie is like on the bigger ships. We loved and enjoyed the daily happy hour in the lounge and the little extras that came with the cabin. We had dining room dinner delivered to the room one night which was a nice bonus.
2 - The service elsewhere was outstanding too. The dining room staff and stateroom attendant were attentive and friendly. We had My time dining and had the same time reservations every night and the same staff.
3 - I loved the adult pool on the ship. I am unable to easily get in and out of pools because of my disability but this one had steps and rails to allow me to easily enter and exit. Loved it.
4 - The quality of the shows was more than one step better than Carnival. It wasn't even close from what I saw. The only problem was I didn't get to enjoy them as much as I wanted. Didn't see any comedians and missed several shows I would have like to see.
5 - The internet service was way better than expected. Didn't really have any issues all trip. Several peple streamed football games on their devices. On Carnival I don't even bother buying service because it barely works. I was also able to VPN into work the first day and worked that morning with no issues. I also liked the way they sold the packages. Better service for a cheaper price because we had so many people and could buy multi-device plans.
The things I didn't like.
1 - The food. I didn't do any specailty dining outside Johnny Rockets. I didn't have any pizza so I can't comment. I felt the food in the dining room was bland and really not very good. The first night what I had was so bad I had to order a grilled cheese sandwich after dinner and even that was undercooked. I only had one good meal and that was the next to last night. The prime rib and lobster was very good. The rest of the nights were edible. That is the best I can say about it. Johnny Rockets was a decent hamburger but the fries were not very good. This was the one place where Carnival definitely has an edge.
Overall I didn't have a great vacation because my ankle injury on top of my disablility issues limited what I could do on the ship. As great as the cabin was the walk to the elevators was a little too much for me. Luckily my wife talked me into getting a foot and ankle massage on the next to last day and during the treatment she popped my ankle back into place. Swelling immediately improved. I was still sore but it was a major improvement which allowed me to do more the last day.
I am not completely sold on Royal Carribbean but I definitely want to do another one. I want to do one of the bigger ships and I will just be sure to include the unlimited dining package and just consider it part of the cruise costs. I also would want to do a suite. Nadja spoiled me.
Feel free to ask if you have any questions. Thanks for reading.