Royal Caribbean Cured My Winter Blues
On April 2nd I was one sad New Englander. Our winter was long and I’d had enough! I couldn’t wait for the next day when I’d finally be a guest on Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas, heading to Cozumel.
This was my first cruise and I had no idea what to expect. I’d heard stories from my parents who have logged a few cruises over the years, but nothing could have prepared me for the amazing ship I was about to call home for the next five days.
The Liberty Of The Seas is a newly renovated member of the Royal Caribbean fleet. This queen of the ocean is the third largest Royal Caribbean ship at 1,112 feet long and 185 feet wide. I was in awe when I saw the ship in person. It has a crew of over 1,300 to serve you and contains 15 passenger decks, 10 pools & whirlpools, 3 formal dining rooms, 9 individual dining areas/restaurants, 13 bar/lounge areas, 2 theaters/studios… I can’t list it all. Let me show you.
Just walking onto the ship, it took my breath away. It was like a floating city. Everything from the decor, to the layout to the smiling staff made me feel like I’d just become royalty and this was my kingdom to explore. But what is a Queen without her private castle? I was eager to see the room I’d be resting in each night. I was not disappointed.
I’d heard horror stories about tiny cruise ship rooms with bunk beds and bumping into each other trying to brush your teeth. This definitely wasn’t the case on the Liberty of the Seas. I set my bags down in a beautifully spacious Balcony Stateroom and stood there, taking it all in. There was so much room!
Even the bathroom was very accommodating with plenty of room to move around both in and out of the shower. But, my favorite feature was the balcony. 65 sq. ft. to stretch out with your favorite cocktail and watch the water while you relax.
Once my roommate Jenn and I were settled in – it was time to explore. Walking the Royal Promenade was quite an experience. Each shop, restaurant and lounge had it’s own personality and design; giving the impression of being in a magical city as you walked along. It was like Disney World for adults.
Most of the dining and lounge areas were open to the walkway, making it easy to wander in and out or (my favorite) people watch while you sipped and snacked. I couldn’t believe the building faces, shops and more were all on one ship. And, even better, I could walk down and visit any time I liked. Got a craving for a frappe and cupcake at 8 pm? Slide on your flip flops, hop on the elevator and your wish is fact in a matter of minutes.
And after you’ve had that late night frozen treat, you can head to the full sized fitness center in the morning to work off the calories. Grab a treadmill facing the ocean, hit the heavy bag or even jump in the regulation size boxing ring.
When it’s time for a cool down, grab something cold to drink in one of the many bar and lounge areas. I was amazed at how fast and friendly the service was. I never had to fight my way to the bar or jump up and down to get a bartender’s attention. Being able to swipe your Seapass for your drink orders makes it even faster.
We couldn’t wait to hit the decks and find out where the sun and fun was. It’s hard to miss with 10 pools and whirlpools, upbeat music and a laughing crowd.
Fancy a round of mini golf? You got it.
Maybe rock climbing is more your thing. Don’t worry, there’s an ‘Easy’ side.
Royal Caribbean won’t forget the kids either, offering a large H2O Waterpark with spray machines, mini swirl pools and more.
If you want something a bit more laid back, don’t miss the Solarium – a pool area just for 18 and up.
The main pool area was always the place to be with top hit music, drink bars and a big video screen. There were also daily bingo games and other prize challenges throughout the trip.
At the end of the day, you can grab a soft chair in the poolside lounge area and watch the sun go down.
There were so many things to see and do, there’s no way I could shove them all into one article. Stay tuned for more sneak peeks at what Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas has to offer like dining, entertainment, port days and more.