I think the number one thing which has been given a “you WHAT?” response when I’ve talked about my recent cruise with Royal Caribbean is that the ship we were on has 15 passenger decks. FIFTEEN!
I guess my idea of a cruise ship was based somewhere around a ferry given that is the only experience I have of being on any vessel to cross water.
But this monster; look at her! I stepped on board the Liberty of the Seas and was all ‘woh’. It’s size, it’s glitz and glamour, it’s cleanliness. And the sheer amount of stuff to do on there. I had no idea.
A library, a boxing ring, a gym, a spa, an internet cafe, numerous bars, restaurants, decks to sunbathe on, three pools, a sports deck, five separate children’s areas. All on one ship. And that’s not even touching the sides on what’s to do on there.
So I thought I’d give you a walk around. A little tour of this floating colossus where I spent five fabulous days as a guest of Royal Caribbean so I could report back and tell you what a cruise holiday is like.
Yes, the lifts get a mention. All gleaming glass, like the Great Glass Elevator.
Everything is spotless. And if you don’t fancy the lifts all the time, there are plenty of stairs to climb!
There were thousands of people on the ship – this photo was taken in the middle of the day out on the main deck!
Theatres, ice rink, casino, beauty salon, karaoke, night club, bars – and a pub. On a ship!
This right here is my friend English Mum riding some waves on the ship’s FlowRider wave simulator. Trust me, she’s making it look a LOT easier than it was!
I’m always a bit cynical about kids clubs. My kids hate them because they tend to be a room filled with stuff and you’re left in there to a. entertain yourself, b. make friends.
These kids clubs are NOTHING like that.
Well thought out, loads to do, very much tailored to the age groups they cater for and one of my very favourite things – they actually encourage parents to get involved.
An art station that would make my 7 year old’s eyes goggle and a bar for young teenagers – it’s an award winning kids club for a reason!
As well as the quite majestic main dining room and the help yourself buffet in the Windjammer (both of which are all inclusive), there are various other dining options to be had – for a small supplement per person.
There’s Johnny Rockets burger bar where the staff come out and dance to tunes such as Night Fever, and the quite special Italian restaurant Portofino.
I confess one of my biggest worries about being on a cruise was that I would get bored and, quite frankly, would feel like screaming at being surrounded by so many people and not being able to escape the masses.
But I didn’t once feel like that on board the Liberty of the Seas. She’s just so damn HUGE.