Grand Suite on the Liberty of the Seas

View looking toward the front door of Grand Suite Cabin 1298 on the Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas. Wife and kids not included with the cabin. You must bring your own.
View looking toward the front door of Grand Suite Cabin 1298 on the Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas. Wife and kids not included with the cabin. You must bring your own.

Earlier this week, I posted a video review of our Grand Suite (#1298) on the Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas for the 25 June 2017 departure out of Galveston. This was a great cabin for our family of 4. I know that many folks prefer to have text-based information, so…. here you go! This was a great cabin for mom, dad, and sons aged 9 and 11. The suite perks were also nice, but today I just want to focus on what the cabin itself was like. It was almost identical to the trip we took on the Navigator of the Seas in 2015 in another Grand Suite, although all of the pictures are from this sailing. Continue reading “Grand Suite on the Liberty of the Seas”

Are the Royal Caribbean suite perks worth it?

Royal Caribbean occupies an interesting niche in the cruise industry. Their closest competitor is probably Carnival, and each line offers a distinct sub-niche: Carnival offers an excellent budget value, and Royal Caribbean tends to offer newer ships with slightly more space. Royal Caribbean also does something else which Carnival is only starting to do– for guests in a Grand Suite or above, they offer a wide range of perks which make the cruise a very different experience. I have seen a lot of folks ask the question about whether those perks are worth it, and I attempt to answer that question here. Continue reading “Are the Royal Caribbean suite perks worth it?”

Casino on the Liberty of the Seas

I sailed on the 25 June 2017 sailing of the Liberty of the Seas out of Galveston. I have already talked about embarkation, specialty restaurants, the spa, and the suite lounge. I will keep writing as time allows, but for now I want to answer some of the common question a lot of folks will have about the casino. If there is something I don’t cover here, I hope you will post your questions. I will do my best to answer them. Continue reading “Casino on the Liberty of the Seas”

Suite Lounge on Liberty of the Seas

Entrance to the Suite Lounge on the Liberty of the Seas
Entrance to the Suite Lounge on the Liberty of the Seas

One of the perks of booking a Grand Suite or higher most Royal Caribbean ships is that you have access to a private lounge. The lounge has a concierge to hemp you avoid the line at the customer service desk, and it is a quiet space to sit with drinks and snacks provided for part of the day. The Liberty of the Seas used to provide this in a consolidated space on Deck 10. However, that old concierge lounge has been replaced by the Suite Lounge and the Diamond Lounge on Deck 14. The Suite Lounge is much nicer than the old space.  Continue reading “Suite Lounge on Liberty of the Seas”

Lunch in Chops Grill on the Liberty of the Seas

Chops Grille lunch menu on Liberty of the Seas, 26 June 2017.
Chops Grille lunch menu on Liberty of the Seas, 26 June 2017.

We always eat in the main dining room or the buffet on cruises. Our theory is that we paid for it, so we should eat what we paid for. On our June 25 cruise on the Liberty of the Seas we finally decided to try a specialty restaurant and enjoyed a lunch at Chops Grille. Priced at $19, it was a great addition to our cruise. While the menu was more limited than it is at dinner, that was a fine tradeoff for the lower price we paid. The food was delicious. Continue reading “Lunch in Chops Grill on the Liberty of the Seas”