Liberty of the Seas 5-Night Bermuda 8/22 Review with Pictures

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We just returned from a spectacular 5-day cruise on Liberty of the Seas. The ship is absolutely gorgeous and beautifully maintained. She is almost identical to Explorer of the Seas just bigger by around 20,000 gross tons and equipped with a few more gadgets like the Flow Rider and a pair of cantilevered hot tubs at either side of the vessel.

Embarkation:
It usually only takes us about twenty minutes to get to Cape Liberty from Manhattan but, Saturday morning August 22nd we ran into a lot of traffic at the tunnel and it took us over an hour to get to the pier. Despite a slightly later arrival than normal within 40 minutes we were at check-in, flashing our boarding passes and riding the escalator to the gangway. A lone cruise pier representative alerted us “for pictures use the second gangway”. In my quivering pre-boarding excitement I thought he meant pictures of the gangway, as we die-hard cruisers enjoy snapping, however I later realized he meant boarding pictures which we saw decorating the boards in the photo area and wondering why we hadn’t paused for one ourselves.

Nothing Beats that First Glance of Your Ship from the Car Window - Magic!


Café Promenade – Lunch – Day 1
The Windjammer is the traditional first stop once on board, today however marked a break with tradition as my wife Elene and I entered our alter-cruise universe and did things a little differently.
Having witnessed a sizeable sum of passengers board ahead of us we opted instead to grab a bite at Café Promenade. This lovely restaurant is located along the Royal Promenade which at this hour was mostly barren save for a few voyagers like ourselves who had happened onto this ship board oasis.
Here in several glass cases a selection of delicious offerings awaited. We became immediate fans of the ham and brie. These triple-bite savory sandwiches on mini croissants were sublime, you couldn’t have just one, we didn’t. Another favorite was the Muffaletta this hearty sandwich consisting of salami and ham on a roll was very satisfying.

We thought we were finished with lunch when we were charmed by a warming tray of piping hot empanadas. It's worth skipping your traditional Windjammer lunch just for these, a tad spicy, a little sweet and delicious.

The Royal Promenade is a Welcome Sight After an Hour of Traffic to the Pier


There were several dessert choices lining the case the Led Zeppoles were particularly tasty. These tiny doughnut-like spheres are light and puffy and dusted with sugar. The more ambitious sounding Wonka Pie immediately summons memories of that candy coated land but alas this treat is nothing more than custard with chocolate chips. Have an extra zeppole and then explore the ship.

Stairway to Heavenly Desserts with a Led Zeppole at Cafe Promenade



If you board closer to noon make a beeline for the Café Promenade. It was practically empty, the food is delicious and the service was excellent. We visited the Café Promenade throughout our voyage and enjoyed it immensely. During an encore visit here we were treated Royally here by Pasha who delivered a trio of our beloved ham and brie sandwiches only moments after the display case was empty of them. “I remember you from earlier,” he said “you and your wife were here just after boarding at 12:15”. Remarkable.

Deck 11 – Cabin Wait.
Following lunch we ambled up to deck 11 to while away the hour until our cabin was available at 1pm. As a warm August sun bathed the decks and everyone on them you couldn’t help but, stop grinning as that most delightful of sensations took hold; Cruise Mode. That wonderful feeling where all is right with the world, the days of the week don’t seem to matter, the notion of work morphs into a strange figment deep in the recesses of your mind and you are hypnotized by this bright, sparkling ocean liner and all of those flashing cocktail glasses filled with frozen elixirs. Wow.

Two Can Have a Relaxing Day at the Solarium on board Liberty of the Seas



While tropical music boomed and happy cruisers cavorted nearby we sipped Pina Coladas and Wild Berry Lava Flows. The latter a very tasty concoction I was eager to try and did not disappoint with its smooth, creamy and berry flavor. Caribbean Sunshine was on tap in nifty Royal Caribbean embossed glasses that turn a shade of pink, green or orange when they are full. Throughout the cruise we enjoyed Frozen Mudslides and on the last day had the best BBC (Baileys Banana Colada) we’ve ever had anywhere. This delightful drink was expertly prepared by Devan at the Schooner Bar. “I like to make smooth drinks that people enjoy” he offered in his soothing Jamaican accent. Stop by the Schooner and have Devan brew one of for you. We watched the endless parade of mirth filled cruisers saunter by and drank in the moment. It is a memory I will often revisit as we countdown the days till our next Royal Caribbean adventure aboard Anthem in 167 days.

Mud Slide and Pina Colada - Cheers


At Cruising Speed and We Haven't Even Left the Harbor


To Be Continued..

Jonathan
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. Looks like a great thread. Thanks. We will be onboard early January from Galveston.
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Following.
Will be on in 6 days.

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We had an E3 cabin mid-ship. I was pleased to get a decent location having booked this cruise only a scant 107 days before departure. The room was adequate sized plenty of room for storage. The balcony is quite large, there are only two chairs and a small table but, there is plenty of room out there to relax and enjoy the scenery. The bathroom is quite small. The cylindrical shower tube isn’t quite as bad as it appears at first glance. The first night we played the scalding/freezing jamboree game but, soon after figured out the shower and it was quite refreshing. Our room steward Phales was friendly and only bestowed us with one towel animal but, more importantly tidied up the room in our absence and turned down the bed all but, one night.

Large Balcony Spans the Ship - They Open the Door on the Last Day


Calming Cabin Decks Put You In Relaxing Mood at Any Time of the Day


Muster Drill
At 3:15 pm we gathered along the promenade on deck 4. This was the most grueling portion of the cruise. Having arrived on time for this drill with the other 4,000 or so passengers we weren’t able to get underway until the full contingent of passengers was accounted for. After a pre-cruise night of barely any sleep and standing shoulder to shoulder with our fellow cruise mates in the hot sun we were longing to return a shady spot and order another wild berry lava flow to restore full cruise mode. Arthritis is never a pleasure but, in this case my wife’s sometimes painful affliction proved a boon as we were able to finish the drill in the comfort of the Rembrandt Dining Room.

Chair Hogs Stuck in Traffic?


Sail Away
Upon reading that several former Cruise Critic gatherings had occurred at the Sky Bar we chose this as our informal meeting place for Sail Away, but, for future cruisers I would advise against it. The Sky Bar is a neat little nook on a ledge just above deck 11 with only a small balcony area and very tight confines near the bar. At 4 pm it was packed with people failing to wear beads or pastel colored t-shirts made the job of locating our fellow Cruise Critics an arduous task. “Are you a Cruise Critic”? I inquired to a half-dozen or so revelers scattered nearby, fortunately my inquiries alerted at least one Cruise Critic from our roll call and before long at least 7 or 8 of us were holding court at the Sky Bar.

I would recommend picking a spot at mid-ship along deck 11 on either the starboard (smoking section) or port sides. There are cocktail purveyors roaming along here and it’s only a quick hike up a flight of steps to secure a more varied selection of beverages at the Sky Bar.

Container Cargo Rather Sublime When You're Relaxing in a Cantilevered Whirlpool on Liberty


Shortly after we were on deck 12 as Liberty of the Seas steamed for the mighty Verrazano Bridge. There she loomed before us a mass of steel and wrought iron beckoning us as we slipped effortlessly beneath bound for Bermuda. On our starboard side we cruised past the old parachute drop ride at the fabled amusement park and the shoreline of Coney Island. A pair of leviathan container ships glided past us their decks brimming with multi-colored cargo.




Far beyond us like a moonbeam on the horizon the NCL Gem led the way as we sailed for faraway shores and left New York, New Jersey in our bubbling wake.

To Be Continued...

Jonathan
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Originally posted by drychi
. Looks like a great thread. Thanks. We will be onboard early January from Galveston.
Thanks for coming along drychi.

Originally posted by WeatherFx
Following.
Will be on in 6 days.

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Fancy meeting you here George. You will love the Liberty, she's a beauty!

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Originally posted by Lady Hudson
Thanks for the review. Leaving on 10/3!
Me too! Me too! ☺️
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Looking forward to the rest of your review. Thanks for posting.
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Awesome start...keep it coming
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Originally posted by cincicruisers
Looking forward to the rest of your review. Thanks for posting.
Originally posted by fish6;Awesome start...keep it coming
Awesome start...keep it coming
Thank You Cincicruisers and Fish6.

Originally posted by danidanielle
Oh Jonathan
Oh, Marietta

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http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2253857

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I was on this cruise too along with my hubby--enjoying the review, now I get to relive our trip!! Those were yummy empanadas on boarding day😀. We were there shortly after 12 too! Looking forward to more!
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Wonderful Review. Looking forward to more.
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Originally posted by ChristyLNDRN
I was on this cruise too along with my hubby--enjoying the review, now I get to relive our trip!! Those were yummy empanadas on boarding day😀. We were there shortly after 12 too! Looking forward to more!
Great cruise wasn't it? That's the fun part about writing a review, to relive all those memories. I never saw another empanada the rest of the voyage, I wonder if that's a special embarkation tradition, if so I'm in! [quote]

Originally posted by ILuvCuisin'47602099
Wonderful Review. Looking forward to more.
Thank You IluvCruisin', me too.

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Liberty of the Seas Review - 8/22/15
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2253857

Live from the Explorer of the Seas - 2/16/14
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1990840

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http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=749667

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Celebrity
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Originally posted by Lady Hudson
Thanks for the review. Leaving on 10/3!
Originally posted by fish6
Me too! Me too! ☺️
Me three!! Looking forward to the next installment!!!

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Originally posted by Anubi
Me three!! Looking forward to the next installment!!!

The Three Musketeers, my favorite book! Hope to have the next installment up soon, thanks everyone for following along!

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Liberty of the Seas Review - 8/22/15
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2253857

Live from the Explorer of the Seas - 2/16/14
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1990840

Live from the Noordam Transatlantic - 4/5/08
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=749667

Cunard
QM2 x 7 - QE2 x 3 -
Franconia x 1 - Queen Elizabeth x 1
Royal Caribbean
Explorer x1 Liberty x 1 Quantum x 1 Anthem x3
Princess
- Regal x 2
Holland America Line
Rotterdam x 1 - Noordam x 2 - Eurodam x 1
Celebrity
Summit x 1
Royal Viking Line x 1
French Line - SS France x 1
Italian Line - Leonardo Da Vinci x 1
Mississippi Queen - x 1

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Great review! Will be on Liberty in February. Keep the tips coming!
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Originally posted by Kcjarvis
Hey Jonathan - Fantastic start - keep it coming!!!!!!!
Thank You Ken, I appreciate it, especially coming from you, I've always enjoyed your cruise travelogues.

Originally posted by Beachiekeen
Great review! Will be on Liberty in February. Keep the tips coming!
Thanks Beachiekeen, great CC handle, you will Love Liberty.

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Liberty of the Seas Review - 8/22/15
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2253857

Live from the Explorer of the Seas - 2/16/14
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1990840

Live from the Noordam Transatlantic - 4/5/08
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=749667

Cunard
QM2 x 7 - QE2 x 3 -
Franconia x 1 - Queen Elizabeth x 1
Royal Caribbean
Explorer x1 Liberty x 1 Quantum x 1 Anthem x3
Princess
- Regal x 2
Holland America Line
Rotterdam x 1 - Noordam x 2 - Eurodam x 1
Celebrity
Summit x 1
Royal Viking Line x 1
French Line - SS France x 1
Italian Line - Leonardo Da Vinci x 1
Mississippi Queen - x 1

Cunard Line - Platinum
RCCL - Emerald