Liberty of the Seas

Canadian review of Liberty of the Seas itinerary


Phil Reimer of recently took a cruise aboard Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas on a Mediterranean itinerary and wrote about his experience onboard. The cruise was out of Barcelona, Spain and visited ports in France and Italy.

Reimer shared his advice for those visiting Toulon, France and what he enjoyed, "The best place to start in this city of 200,000 is at the La Rotonde fountain, next to a tourist office and with a choice of five roads in the roundabout. If you pick Le Cours Mirabeau, you will quickly run into Les Deux Garcons, a brasserie that dates back to 1792, where Cezanne was a regular and luminaries like Pablo Picasso, Edith Piaf and - I was told - Ernest Hemingway hung out."

In Villefranche, Reimer enjoyed the variety of offerings to be found here, "From this port on the Cote d'Azur, better-known places like Cannes, Nice, Antibes, and Monte Carlo are all within reach. The train and bus stations are 15 minutes from the ship. The bus cost one euro, and in 20 minutes, I was in the heart of Nice."

Once Liberty made her way to Italy, the port of Livorno offered Pisa and Florence and Reimer tried to do both but regreted that decision, "I chose to visit both, but hindsight tells me going straight to Florence would have been a better idea, given the limited time."

For their stop in Rome, Reimer shared his plan for how he tackled this famous city, "From cruise ships, you walk 15 minutes from the Civitavecchia port gate and take the regular train to Rome for nine euros (return). You can get off at Rome's Saint Pietro station and visit the Vatican City to start your tour, or you can stay on to Romo Termini, the main station. The ``hop-on, hop- off'' buses take you right from there to watch your history lessons come to life - and to enjoy."

ZZ Top and Marshall Tucker Band to headline Royal Caribbean rock cruise


Classic rockers ZZ Top, Foghat, George Thorogood and other classic rock stars are set to headline a Royal Caribbean cruise in December.

Liberty of the Seas will host the Rock Legends Cruise for a 4-night cruise leaving December 1.  The rockers are also joining in on this gig raise money for the Native American Heritage Association.

The full list of acts include

  • ZZ Top
  • George Thorogood and the Destroyers
  • John Kay and Steppenwolf
  • The Marshall Tucker Band
  • Dickey Betts & Great Southern
  • Foghat
  • Molly Hatchet
  • Johnny Winter
  • The Edgar Winter Band
  • The Outlaws
  • Artimus Pyle
  • Blackfoot
  • Pat Travers
  • Devon Allman’s Honeytribe
  • SwampDaWamp
  • The Chris Hicks Band
  • Preacher Stone
  • Ryan Balthrop
  • Whiskey Myers
  • Crossfyre

The cruise will stop in Nassau, Bahamas and Coco Cay, Royal Caribbean's private island in the Bahamas.

If you're interested in booking, you can get more information on the Rock Legends Cruise site.

Two country music themed cruises in January 2012


If you're a country music fan, there are two Royal Caribbean cruises in January 2012 that could be perfect for you.

First up is "Country's Family Reunion and Larry's Country Diner Cruise" aboard Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas that departs January 16, 21012.  This five-night cruise to the Western Caribbean will feature Country Music stars

  • Gene Watson,
  • Larry Gatlin
  • Moe Bandy
  • T. Graham Brown
  • Barbara Fairchild
  • Teea Goans

The cruise will also include activities such as

  • 4 live shows (2 CFR shows and 2 LCD shows)
  • An exclusive cocktail party to meet the stars
  • Opportunities for photos, autographs and signings
  • Country music workshop

Another country music cruise is setting sail on January 28, 2012 aboard Voyager of the Seas out of New Orleans. The "Opry Country Classic Cruise" will feature  country music stars such as

  • Jean Shepard
  • Jeannie Seely
  • Jan Howard
  • Mandy Barnett
  • T.G. Sheppard
  • Host: Ralph Emery

Some of the onboard activities are

  • private shows where the artists perform their own hits as well as country classics throughout the wee
  • country karaoke
  • mingle during an exclusive cocktail party
  • meet the artists you enjoy

Video of the Day: Belly flop contest


Here is a belly flop competition on Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas to help with those back-to-work Monday blues!

Royal Caribbean launches Western Caribbean two day sale


Royal Caribbean launched a new promotion today for its cruises to the western Caribbean, departing between July 16, 2011 and May 27, 2012. Guests who make reservations on Wednesday (06/22), will receive $100 onboard credit per stateroom on all cruises aboard Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas of seven nights, and $50 for itineraries of five or six nights on sailings between November 12, 2011, and April 19, 2012 on the Liberty of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas or Navigator of the Seas.

The offer applies only to new bookings, and cabins must belong to the categories or suites with a balcony outside. The credit can be used to pay expenses of board and spa treatments, shopping in stores or in the casino.

Liberty of the Seas departing from Seyne, France in summer 2012


For the first time, Royal Caribbean will offer cruises departing from the harbor of Toulon, France next year. Every Sunday from June 3 to October 21, 2012, Liberty of the Seas will sail from the port of La Seyne-sur-Mer for cruises of eight days and seven nights in the western Mediterranean.

Commissioned in 2008, this giant 339 feet long and 158,000 tons in 1800 has cabins, a capacity of 3600 passengers in double. The cruises available with boarding at La Seyne will dock in Villefranche-sur-Mer, Livorno (trips to Pisa and Florence), Civitavecchia (Rome), Naples and Barcelona, ​​before returning to the harbor of Toulon.

Note that this year, the Liberty of the Seas is already visiting the port Var, without loading or unloading of passengers. 

Saturday Night Fever debuts on Liberty of the Seas


The hit Broadway musical "Saturday Night Fever" has debuted on Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas and is the first Broadway show featured on a Royal Caribbean cruise in Europe.

Performed in Liberty of the Seas' state-of-the-art, 1,320-seat Platinum Theatre, the musical depicts Tony, the ambitious Brooklyn teen who spends his Saturday nights disco dancing.  Tony is played by  the British actor Lucas Rush.

The addition of Saturday Night Fever to Liberty of the Seas marks Royal Caribbean's third full-length Broadway musical to be performed on its ships.  The two other plays are “Hairspray” performed on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas and “Chicago” playing on Allure of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean will offer 3-D screenings of Kung Fu Panda 2


Royal Caribbean will offer showings of Dreamwork Animations newest film "Kung Fu Panda 2" on some of their newest ships.

Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas will have the new film playing onboard from June through August 2011. In addition, there will be  a series of red-carpet premieres aboard each ship, which will be celebrated onboard Oasis of the Seas on June 4, Freedom of the Seas and Allure of the Seas on June 5, and Liberty of the Seas on June 18.

In coordination with the new film, Royal Caribbean is rolling out a new promotion called “Pandamonium,” which is a cruise promotion aimed at families who are looking to cruise this summer.  The package is available onboard the four Royal Caribbean ships that feature the DreamWorks Experience, and includes VIP seating at one of the onboard “Kung Fu Panda 2” premieres, exclusive meet and greets with DreamWorks Animation characters, two soft drink packages, two cupcakes from the Cupcake Cupboard, a complimentary family photo and a chance for guests to build their own Pets at Sea plush animal. The Pandamonium package can be booked using the promotional code YNOTxxPO.

Port of Barcelona will welcome Liberty of the Seas on Saturday


The Port of Barcelona will welcome on Saturday the largest cruise ship in its history and the largest in the Mediterranean: Liberty of the Seas. Liberty of the Seas is 339 meters long and can accommodate over 4,300 passengers and 1,400 crew members.

The ship is the third largest in the world and will operate from Terminal B Pier Townhouse to September period when Cruise made four, five and seven-night Mediterranean Barcelona port.

The ship has peculiarities as a surf simulator, a climbing wall, basketball court and ice, a theater for 1,350 spectators, 10 restaurants, 16 bars, basketball courts, mini golf, gym and spa, as well as an internal drive shopping longer than a football field.

Liberty of the Seas helps raise Valencia, Spain's cruise numbers


The Port of Valencia, Spain reached 37% of cruise passengers in 2009, putting it in fifth place in Spain's national ranking, after Barcelona, ​​Palma de Mallorca, Malaga and Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

With the arrival of Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas , the port receives 4,300 passengers and the Valencia Tourism Foundation has made ​​a special welcome, including on tastings of horchata.

The biggest cruise of the berth so far in Valencia, with 339 meters (more than three football fields in length), contains inside all sorts of attractions for passengers, suites, cabins three types, restaurants, swimming pools, pubs, nightclubs, shopping mall, casino and several sporting facilities, mini golf and boxing rings included.