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Royal Caribbean issues Hurricane Harvey update for Liberty of the Seas


Royal Caribbean has issued a new update to guests that are onboard the current sailing of Liberty of the Seas, as well as the upcoming sailing on Sunday.

The cruise line has made no changes to Liberty of the Seas' schedule, but is actively monitoring the path of Hurricane Harvey.

Royal Caribbean's Chief Meteorologist, James Van Fleet, provided a bit more detail into what the cruise line is seeing.

Royal Caribbean will post another update on Saturday, August 26, 2017 by 12:00 PM CT.

Royal Caribbean monitoring path of Hurricane Harvey for Liberty of the Seas


The Port of Galveston issued an update today regarding the forecasted path of Hurricane Harvey and its impact on Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas.

The Port of Galveston issued an update on their Facebook Page to indicate no changes have been made yet to Liberty of the Seas' itinerary, but Royal Caribbean is monitoring the path.  At this time, Liberty of the Seas will keep her original schedule for Sunday’s turnaround in Galveston, TX. Should the cruise line make any changes to Liberty of the Sea’s itinerary, Royal Caribbean will make sure to inform their guests and travel partners.

Royal Caribbean will provide an update tomorrow, August 25th by 12:00 PM EST.

5 things to love about Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas


Liberty of the Seas is one of three Freedom Class cruise ships in Royal Caribbean's fleet, and offers some incredible amenities and activities onboard. Here are five really fun things to enjoy while aboard Liberty of the Seas.

5. Sabor

What can we say, we really like Sabor Modern Mexican on Royal Caribbean's shjps and if you happen to go on a Liberty of the Seas cruise, a visit to this specialty restaurant is a must do.

Sabor distinguishes itself by offering excellent quality Mexican food.  This is not a run-of-the-mill forgetful Mexican food. Rather, you get creative dishes made from fresh ingredients.

By far, the freshly made guacaomole is the star of Sabor. Sure, we cannot get enough ahi tuna tacos, Chicken-Stuffed Jalapeños or those wonderful margaritas, but the guacamole is just so good that it alone is worth the visit.

4. Splashaway Bay Aqua Park

Liberty of the Seas is one of the few Royal Caribbean ships to offer its guests the cruise line's newest take on aquatic adventure park.  In fact, Liberty of the Seas was the first ship in the fleet to recieve Splashaway Bay.

So what makes Splashaway Bay so cool? This fun spot is full of waterlides, water cannons, waterfalls and more.  It is the kind of place kids will never want to leave. The gigantic drench bucket and a multi-platform jungle-gym mean not only will the kids get (and stay) drenched while playing there, they are going to have a great time doing it.

What makes Splashaway Bay special is the fact it is the latest and greatest water play area option in Royal Caribbean's fleet.  Including some of the fun things to do included later on in this blog post, it makes Liberty of the Seas one of the best ships if you are cruising with kids.

3. Panoramic staterooms

If you think staterooms on a cruise ship are the same from ship to ship, then you need to see the panoramic oceanview staterooms on Liberty of the Seas.

A few years ago Royal Caribbean began adding staterooms that have floor-to-ceiling glass windows that provide a spectacular view.  Granted, these rooms lack a balcony, but having such an unobstructed view at your disposal is such a treat.

Ranging in size from 191 to 215 square feet, the panoramic oceanview staterooms on Liberty of the Seas offer lots of space and a view you never tire of seeing.

2. Saturday Night Fever

Select Royal Caribbean ships offer Broadway shows for their guests to enjoy, including Liberty of the Seas. Since 2011, Liberty of the Seas has been offering guests the opportunity to see Saturday Night Fever onboard, and the show is included with their cruise fare.

The musical depicts Tony, an ambitious Brooklyn teen who spends his Saturday nights disco dancing. It is a nostalgic look back to the 1970s with plenty of classic music to enjoy.

1. Waterslides

No sailing aboard Liberty of the Seas is complete without a few rides down its amazing "Perfect Storm" waterslides. 

Liberty of the Seas features the first Boomerang style waterslide at sea, named Tidal Wave.  The hair-raising slide features a steep drop that propels riders up a near vertical wall for a moment of weightlessness and into free fall.

There are also two racer slides, Cyclone and Typhoon, which promise even more thrills, as guests shoot down each slide for a wet and wild finish.

Your favorite

What is your favorite thing about Liberty of the Seas?  Is it on our list or do you have something you think is worth the cruise fare alone? Tell us about in this blog post's comments!

Royal Caribbean offering free balcony upgrades on Liberty of the Seas


For just a few days, Royal Caribbean is offering a balcony cabin for the price of an oceanview cabin on select Liberty of the Seas sailings, plus the current 1, 2, Free Promotion.

Bookings made between April 12 - 17, 2017 on sailings that depart May 28, 2017 through August 27, 2017 are eligible for a free upgrade from Ocean View to Balcony.

Free upgrade refers to booking a balcony room at the price of the ocean view room.

This offer also incudes the 1, 2, Free promotion

  • 3-5 Night Sailing – 1 Free Night
  • 6-8 Night Sailing – 2 Free Nights
  • 9-11 Night Sailing – 3 Free Nights
  • 12-14 Night Sailing – 4 Free Nights
  • 15-17 Night Sailing – 5 Free Nights
  • 18-20 Night Sailing – 6 Free Nights
  • 21-23 Night Sailing – 7 Free Nights
  • 24 Night Sailing – 8 Free Nights

1-2-Free is combinable with select promotions. 1-2-Free is not combinable with any other offer or promotion, including but not limited to, restricted rates (for example, Seniors, Residents, and Military), Standard Group, Interline, Travel Agent, Travel Agent Friends and Family, Weekly Sales Events, and Net Rates.

Offer open to residents of the U.S. and Canada.

Royal Caribbean changes itineraries for two Royal Caribbean ships due to tropical disturbance


Royal Caribbean was forced to change the scheduled itineraries for two of its cruise ships today, due to the predicted path of a tropical disturbance.

Royal Caribbean spokesman Owen Torres told Royal Caribbean Blog the change was made, "to ensure our guests enjoy a safe and comfortable cruise. Given the storm’s current location and projected path, we had no other option but to revise itineraries for Empress of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas."

Empress of the Seas revised itinerary will be

Monday, August 1: Miami, Florida
Tuesday, August 2: Key West, Florida
Wednesday, August 3: At Sea
Thursday, August 4: Nassau, Bahamas
Friday, August 5: CocoCay, Bahamas
Saturday, August 6: Miami, Florida

Liberty of the Seas revised itinerary will be

Sunday, July 31: Galveston, Texas
Monday, August 1: At Sea
Tuesday, August 2: Cozumel, Mexico
Wednesday, August 3: At Sea
Thursday, August 4: Nassau, Bahamas
Friday, August 5: At Sea
Saturday, August 6: At Sea
Sunday, August 7: Galveston, Texas

Royal Caribbean will continue to monitor the path and progress of the tropical disturbance in the Western Caribbean.

Spotted: Izumi sushi in Windjammer on Liberty of the Seas


Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas might not have the amazing Japanese specialty restaurant Izumi, but it is offering guests the next best thing: sushi from Izumi!

The Windjammer buffet on Liberty of the Seas has always had its Asian-cuisine section, known as Jade, where guests can sample various Asian food.  

While on Liberty of the Seas last week, reader Rob Chang sent us a photo of the new sushi options in Jade, which carry the Izumi branding.

Sushi from Jade on Liberty of the Seas

Rob reports the sushi tasting of a higher quality and being a better experience than what was there previously.  Plus, the sushi in Jade is still complimentary.

Sushi has been traditionally available at Jade on most evenings, but the quality of the sushi was never spectacular.

Sushi from Jade on Freedom of the Seas

It is not clear yet if this Izumi sushi on Liberty of the Seas is permanent or if it will become available on other Royal Caribbean ships that do not have an Izumi.

Tidal Wave slide is open on Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas


After months of delays, the Tidal Wave slide is finally open on Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas.

The first Boomerang-style slide at sea is now open to all guests and features a steep drop that propels riders up a near vertical wall for a moment of weightlessness and into free fall.

Royal Caribbean Blog reader Rena reported that the brand new slide opened the afternoon of June 3rd and was open all day yesterday.

Royal Caribbean refurbished Liberty of the Seas back in January, and added the Tidal Wave slide, but it never opened to guests in the sailings since the refurbishment work was done.

Evidently, there were additional issues with operating the slide safely, and Royal Caribbean opted to take additional time to perfect the slide experience and ensure it would be operating safely for all guests.

Royal Caribbean to open Tidal Wave water slide on Liberty of the Seas in June


The Tidal Wave water slide on Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas has never opened to guests, but there is a new opening date that points to when guests can begin riding it.

Royal Caribbean updated its web site to indicate the new slide, "will be available in June."

The Tidal Wave is the first Boomerang style slide at sea, but has never opened to guests following its addition to the ship earlier this year.

We have heard the reason the slide remains closed is due to concerns of guests' safety while riding.

Royal Caribbean has had to design padding for the areas where guests may impact the slide, and that is being built currently.