Liberty of the Seas
7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise
Packing Essentials List
We took a trip on the Liberty of the Seas ship during Christmastime, 2017. The boat left out of Galveston, Texas. To get to Galveston you can either drive and park in a long term parking lot or fly into the Houston airport and take a shuttle, Uber, or taxi to Galveston which is 45 miles away.
The cruise itinerary was:
The ship itself entered regular service in 2007 and can accommodate up to 3,634 passengers as well as 1,360 crewmembers. It was renovated in 2011 and 2016 to add an outdoor theater, more cabins, new restaurants, and additions to the pool deck.
For this trip we decided to book a Grand Suite and once we got over the initial sticker shock of the price, we were happy that we did because there are a lot of fun perks that we discovered throughout our trip, such as:
Priority boarding and departurethat saves you a lot of time not having to wait in long lines, especially at the end of your cruise when you really want to go home.
Reserved VIP seating in the main theater for shows as well as making appointments onboard- *We didn’t take advantage of this.
Complimentary 24-hour room serviceat no extra charge- *We didn’t take advantage of this.
Personal key to the Suite Lounge where you can enjoy snacks, drinks, as well as a concierge to help with any issues or special requests.While we did not use the concierge services, we did enjoy relaxing in the Suite Lounge and getting snacks in an area of the shit that wasn’t as crowded on days at sea.
Welcoming amenities awaiting in the suite include
1 bottle of Chandon
1 bottle of still water
1 bottle sparkling water
Luxury spa bathrobes (for use onboard only)
Exclusive bathroom amenities, including hospitality-sized shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer and shower gel
* We had no idea until after we left the cruise that the water and wine were complimentary so we actually left them on the boat, which makes me super bummed.
Complimentary pre-dinner cheese plate on the first formal evening of the cruise. This showed up as a surprise at our door that our kids quickly devoured.
Complimentary ‘petits fours’ plate during turndown service on the last formal evening of the cruise.
Complimentary luggage and valet service.
Suite Cocktail Party invitation.
Pillow menu *We didn’t take advantage of this.
The cruise was also one of the Dreamworks Experiencethemed boats that we were excited to go on. I had envisioned a fully decked out ship similar to a Disney Cruise or the Legoland Hotel. I will say that I was disappointed to find that the boat just had a few characters walking around on occasion and a paid theme breakfast. You could have almost missed the theme entirely if you weren’t looking carefully.
Our favorite thing about the boat was the promenade that runs down the center of the ship with shops, restaurants, and entertainment. It is a Royal Caribbean staple that we enjoy because it makes you feel like you’re walking in a outdoor small downtown, instead of cooped up on a ship with thousands of other people.
Another great feature of the ship was all of the water slides, wave rider, and other fun outdoor activities. Most of the water fun was designed for kids and adults who are older than my kids, 4 & 6, but they did look very entertaining. My kids spent a lot of time with us watching the various shows and singers onboard as well as time in the kids club making friends, playing games, and doing arts and crafts.
The food on the ship was delicious. We enjoyed the included food options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as some of the specialty options. On Christmas evening we chose to feed the kids early at the buffet and then let them play at the kids club while we went to the Chops steakhouse. Our surf and turf dinner was exceptional and I could not even finish my meal. The kids loved the milkshakes at Johnny Rockets and we didn't mind paying the extra cost for such a cute dining experience.
Overall we loved our trip. We have already booked another cruise with Royal Caribbean and we will, once again, be staying in a Grand Suite to enjoy the additional perks that are given to suite guests.
It is important to remember that the holiday cruises tend to be more expensive than off-season cruises AND the larger rooms fill up very fast. So, if you want a suite, make sure to book your trip well in advance.