Royal Caribbean Cruise line to Jamaica & Haiti

DSCF7543Royal Caribbean Cruise line to Jamaica & Haiti – Review

Where do I start?

We had received a voucher for a discounted cruise a year ago.

We had always planned on visiting Jamaica as part of our world trip, but when we couldn’t get there from Cuba, I was so disappointed.

Then when we were in Nassau I saw the cruise ships come in every day.

That was it.  I decided my birthday present to me was going to be a cruise.

So the last day in The Bahamas I booked a last minute special.

It meant we had less than 48 hours to get there.  Oh my – nothing like winging it when we travel.

And with less than 48 hours we came on board.

Here is what we found.

Accommodation Name: Royal Caribbean Cruise line Liberty of the Seas

Location:  departed from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Telephone:  +1 (305) 341-0204

email: reservationroyal@rccl.com

Web-site: http://www.royalcaribbean.com

Date stayed: January, 2014

Breakfast: yes

Wi-fi:  additional

Child friendly: definitely!

We are collected from our hotel  at 10:30 a.m. by shuttle van for $6 each – well worth doing.

As we arrive, we are extremely pleased with the service.

The bag handlers sort out the fact we have no paperwork, and make tags for the luggage.

We are usher to the front of a very long queue because we have no documentation – yeah!

Customs is a breeze.

We can’t enter our stateroom until after 1 p.m., but we didn’t know the fun had already started, and so we headed to the Windjammer for lunch.

Now one reason we selected this cruise is that water, lemon drinks, coffee, tea, milk, chocolate etc is included.  Many cruises don’t.  Lunch was a massive choice, and it was 5 star quality and service.

When we received our luggage, there was plenty of room to unpack.  It was quite a long skinny room, but it was one of the most comfortable beds I have had in ages.

We checked out the decks and generally got lost – the fun part for any kid.

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Now we raced around booking things. Enrolling my son in Kids club, booking ice skating and other shows, and checking out where everything was.  Explorason was in full form, and loved it.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Royal Caribbean – Liberty of the Seas – our little home on the sea

Once we had unpacked it was time for a quick swim.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Royal Caribbean – Liberty of the Seas – Fun in the Sun #1
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Exploramum and Explorason – Royal Caribbean – Liberty of the Seas – Fun in the Sun #2
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Exploramum and Explorason – Royal Caribbean – Liberty of the Seas – Fun in the Sun #3
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Exploramum and Explorason – Royal Caribbean – Liberty of the Seas – Fun in the Sun #4

Next we had the emergency drill. Again I was impressed the kids were double tagged, and it showed so many what to do.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Royal Caribbean – Liberty of the Seas – emergency drill

 

As we set sail, we were waved off by many on shore.  My son was jumping with joy. He loves anything classy, and after too many third world countries, he is ready for some class

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Exploramum and Explorason – Royal Caribbean – Liberty of the Seas – off we go!

There was a wonderful parade, and many areas had glass stairs, and lit bridges and overpasses.

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It really is a beautiful place.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Royal Caribbean – Liberty of the Seas – inner beauty of this cruise liner

 

That night we went to our first show.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Royal Caribbean – Liberty of the Seas – one of the shows #1
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Exploramum and Explorason – Royal Caribbean – Liberty of the Seas – one of the shows #2

By now we are racing for dinner.

Everywhere there is professional photography, but we opt to conserve our funds and do our own.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Royal Caribbean – Liberty of the Seas – love this photo

Next morning we head for some sun.

There is a wave rider pool on the top floor, but we were so busy he never got to surf that one.

There was a swirl pool downstairs.

I sat and tried to read, while he made new friends.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Royal Caribbean – Liberty of the Seas – More fun in the water #1
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Exploramum and Explorason – Royal Caribbean – Liberty of the Seas – More fun in the water #2
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Exploramum and Explorason – Royal Caribbean – Liberty of the Seas – More fun in the water #3

Love the fact they had a hot family Jacuzzi section so the kids felt special too.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Royal Caribbean – Liberty of the Seas – More fun in the water #4

 

That afternoon we decided on a a 3D movie, and so Man of Steel was it.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Royal Caribbean – Liberty of the Seas – Ice-skating spectacular #1
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Exploramum and Explorason – Royal Caribbean – Liberty of the Seas – Ice-skating2 spectacular #2
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Exploramum and Explorason – Royal Caribbean – Liberty of the Seas – Ice-skating spectacular #3

After that was the Ice spectacular.  There were 2 Russian performers that included audience and were awesome.

Time for the formal dinner.  I really didn’t have formal clothes being a world traveller, but we did OK.

Would you believe my son picked up a Gap shirt in Ecuador, and a Polo Ralph Lauren vest in Antigua, Guatemala.  He just lacked the formal trousers and shoes.  My jewelled shoes came fro a clearance sale in The Bahamas – am glad as I only wore them once and gave them away in Jamaica as they were toe cripplers.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Royal Caribbean – Liberty of the Seas – Dressed for dinner

The banana soup was absolutely fantastic.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Royal Caribbean – Liberty of the Seas – Banana soup!

 

3 lovely restaurant floors were serving dinner, and we were assigned to the top floor. It was really lovely.  One thing I didn’t know was you can opt to share tables and get to know other guests. We only found this out on the last night, but we did find we were always talking to people on the next table anyway.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Royal Caribbean – Liberty of the Seas – the staircase

 

After dinner we walked The Prominade.

A really lovely area of the ship.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Royal Caribbean – Liberty of the Seas – more of inside #1
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Exploramum and Explorason – Royal Caribbean – Liberty of the Seas – more of inside #2
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Exploramum and Explorason – Royal Caribbean – Liberty of the Seas – more of inside #3

 

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Exploramum and Explorason – Royal Caribbean – Liberty of the Seas – cruise liner model

Each floor is equipped with 3D maps, and touch screens to tell you what is on now, and how to get there.

One afternoon we had the biggest blast. We joined the family time Scavenger Hunt.

We came second – later we found she marked a question wrong and we should have been first, but Explorason just loved racing around the ship finding things and answering questions.  How proud he was when we won second place and he received a medal.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Royal Caribbean – Liberty of the Seas – winning a medal

 

It seemed like we had just eaten, and it was dinner time again!

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Exploramum and Explorason – Royal Caribbean – Liberty of the Seas – dinner

 

Of course the medal had to be worn with absolute pride.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Royal Caribbean – Liberty of the Seas – medal pride #1
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Exploramum and Explorason – Royal Caribbean – Liberty of the Seas – medal pride #2

 

The night after we went to Haiti (separate blog) we enjoyed a laser juggling show.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Royal Caribbean – Liberty of the Seas – another great show #1

 

My son says this was one of his two favourite things on the cruise.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Royal Caribbean – Liberty of the Seas – another great show #2

 

We came back to a gorgeous towel bunny made by the room attendant.

Gratuities are prepaid for restaurant and attendant staff, but there is definitely a focus on excelling to receive extra, and well worth it I think.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Royal Caribbean – Liberty of the Seas – bunny towels #1
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Exploramum and Explorason – Royal Caribbean – Liberty of the Seas – bunny towels #2

 

On our last day at sea we went to one of the Dreamwork’s breakfasts.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Royal Caribbean – Liberty of the Seas – Dreamworks breakfasts

 

Next we sat and made silly things with serviettes.  People might say this is a bit lame, but my son likes paper folding and likes to do fun things at the dining room table, so he enjoyed it.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Royal Caribbean – Liberty of the Seas – even kids like napkin art

On the last day it really was a packed agenda.

The 13th floor is a sports floor. There is mini-golf (we never had time to even play that) and a rock climbing wall.

I was super impressed at my 8 year old giving this a go.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Royal Caribbean – Liberty of the Seas – climbing #1
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Exploramum and Explorason – Royal Caribbean – Liberty of the Seas – climbing #2

 

It was also Chinese New Year, and the staff involved my son with the cutting of the massive cake. It was so yummy.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Royal Caribbean – Liberty of the Seas – Chinese New Year

 

Being the last afternoon, my son decided he anted to go to Kids Club.  This was great as I had to pack the room as luggage is collected after 7 p.m.  He also won a bunch of prizes and he was pretty thrilled with that.  He has been upset lately because he never wins. Being a world traveller he has no trophies for sports, or certificates of achievement he might get if we had the standard home life.  We have talked a lot about him feeling a bit of a loser. So this was perfect. He won a beach towel, and at Family Bingo we won a Royal Caribbean Slapper watch. Plus another medal.

I had time to finish off the day in the super hot jacuzzi / spa.  This is a glass atrium that hangs over the sea.  It is a great place to talk and make friends too.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Royal Caribbean – Liberty of the Seas – Jacuzzi time!

 

On the last night we went to watch a love performance of Saturday Night Fever.

We ended up levying about 1/2 way through as it became age inappropriate, but it was a pretty good show.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Royal Caribbean – Liberty of the Seas – Saturday Night Fever

 

We headed out for our last dinner.

As the clothes were packed this was a casual night.  But we shared a table and met lovely people.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Royal Caribbean – Liberty of the Seas – Gorgeous staircase

 

 

I can’t believe how quickly 6 days went by.

Thinking of a Royal Caribbean cruise?  I would definitely recommend it!

We both thought it was wonderful from start to finish – well not the finish – we hated the finish.

 

 

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