Liberty of the Seas

Liberty of the Seas

I took my first ever cruise this year joining my husband, who was a guest artist on board the “Liberty of the Seas” Royal Caribbean International cruise ship – I wasn’t sure what to expect exactly, but as cruising seems to be gaining in popularity I was interested to find out what is was that brought people back time and again and I was pleasantly surprised by the whole experience.

Liberty of the Seas

We arrived in Pisa and took a taxi to Livorno, after an overnight stay in a hotel we transferred by coach to join the ship. I was absolutely amazed by the sheer size of it – it was like a vast floating hotel. Check in took a little while, but once we had been issued with our cards we were free to explore.

Liberty of the Seas

The Liberty of the Seas is a “Freedom Class” ship and as such benefits from additional features not found on lower class ships including The Royal Promenade, FlowRider Surf Simulator, H2O Zone, Rock Climbing Wall and Ice Shows! The Royal Promenade is actually a street through the centre of the ship complete with shops, pubs and restaurants. There is also a casino and a theatre on board, so that gives you an idea of how immense it is!

Liberty of the Seas Pool Deck

Food is served most of the day at The Windjammer Restaurant from breakfast to lunch and dinner and snacks in between, or you can upgrade to one of the other restaurants where you will be served at your table, and if you still managed to miss a meal, there might be a midnight BBQ by the pool or there was always room service. A paticular highlight for our eight year old was the ice cream dispenser by the pool and when the biggest decision of the day is whether to have chocolate or vanilla, well you can always have both!

Liberty of the Seas

We were lucky to have a suite with a balcony, but I had been concerned about being seasick, I have always suffered – was even seasick on a pedalo once – but I needn’t have worried the Med, in August off the coast of Italy, is as still as a lake!

Exploring Naples Liberty of the Seas

This sort of holiday is not for everyone, but if you’re looking for a completely relaxing, stress free holiday then perhaps you should look at taking a cruise. Where you can visit multiple destinations on a seven day cruise without having to change hotels. Wake up each morning in a different city, step out on your own to explore or take advantage of arranged excursions! Stay onboard to relax by the pool while everyone else is on shore, indulge yourself with a treatment at the spa or just generally take it easy, and although this holiday will please all it is especially suited to familes with fun activities and sports such as surfing, ice-scating to the games arcade including air hockey and Guitar Hero and the Dreamworks experience – plus if you need time to relax without the children then take advantage of the kids clubs! Asking my son recently what has been the best holiday for him and the “Libery of the Seas” Cruise was it!

Liberty of the Seas

Sagrada Familia Liberty of the Seas

Liberty of the seas

Our cruise ended in Barcelona and, as we disembarked early morning and had late flights booked, we took the opportunity to spend the day in this beautiful city. We found that you could drop your bags at the port and have them taken to the airport for around €9 per case – we picked them up outside of the terminal from the back of a lorry! It was a short bus ride to Las Ramblas and from here we walked to La Sagrada Familia, taking in the Gaudi architecture as well as shopping for gifts to take home!

Another Royal Caribbean ship “Allure of the Seas” is set to appear in Channel 5 programme Paul Merton’s Adentures the show, which begins Wednesday October 19 at 9pm, sees Merton declining an offer to zip-wire across the top deck and turn down an offer to participate in the belly-flopping competition!

Check out our website for other Cruise Holidays from the Med to Far East and everything inbetween!

 

Or contact us cobham@travelprofessionals.co.uk