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  Liberty of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International)

Liberty of the Seas | Royal Caribbean International
Liberty Of The Seas docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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Liberty of the Seas | Royal Caribbean International
Liberty of the Seas in Southampton
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Liberty of the Seas | Royal Caribbean International
Liberty of the Seas docked in Cozumel, Mexico.
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LIBERTY OF THE SEAS FACTS

Description
The young Liberty of the Seas is one of the fairly recent additions to the Royal Caribbean fleet, joining the family in 2007. When it was launched, it was considered as the second largest cruise ship afloat and belonged to the largest cruise ship class, the Freedom class, before it was displaced by the Oasis class. In early 2011, the Liberty of the Seas took a hiatus to have renovations made. The DreamWorks Experience, originally designed for the Oasis class, was added to the ship, upgrading its many wonderful offers to its guests.

Destinations
The Liberty of the Seas divides its time between the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. In 2011, the ship is set to sail on its maiden European season from Barcelona and travel to Palma de Mallorca.

History
The Liberty of the Seas was built by Aker Yards of Turku, Finland for Royal Caribbean International’s Freedom class. It was launched in May 2007, although it made its first port of call while on a promotional visit from Southampton to Cape Liberty Cruise Port in late April of the same year. The ship left on its maiden voyage on May 19, 2007, and was christened a day before by Donnalea Madeley. At first, Royal Caribbean planned to call the ship “Endeavour of the Seas,” which was later changed to Liberty of the Seas.

Dining
Onboard dining options include some free offers as well as for-fee selections. These are available at the three-level main dining area. Guests who are in the mood for something different can choose from other dining offers, such as the Asian-themed Jade Café, the Italian Sorrento’s Pizzeria, the nautical-style Windjammer Café, the Chops Grille steakhouse, the Italian Portofino Restaurant, and the diner-style Johnny Rockets. Ben & Jerry’s ice cream is available for some dessert.

Entertainment
Based on its roster of entertainment offers, the Liberty of the Seas seem designed specifically for families out for a taste of adventure. Entertainment and sports activities onboard are centered on the top two facilities of the ship, namely the FlowRider for surfing at sea and the H2O Zone water park for kids. Other sports-oriented amenities include an ice skating rink, a boxing rink, a volleyball court, and a basketball court. Many guests have also raved about the two iconic and beautiful whirlpools that project out to the sea for an unobstructed view of the ocean below it. Health buffs can also keep up with their regimen at the expansive fitness center onboard. The Vitality Spa is also ideal for those looking for a relaxing and rejuvenating time.

After its recent renovations, several new facilities were added to the ship. The biggest change was the addition of the DreamWorks Experience, which debuted in January 30, 2011. The DreamWorks Experience allowed guests to watch parades and meet various DreamWorks animated characters. Some of the characters even joined guests at their tables during meals, a feature unique to the Liberty of the Seas. DreamWorks movies were also shown on stateroom TVs and 3D DreamWorks movies were available for everyone to enjoy. Aside from the famous DreamWorks Experience, some facilities such as the Tot’s Nursery and the Cupcake Cupboard were also added to make the ship friendlier to travelers with small children.

Cabins
There are four stateroom categories onboard, namely inside, oceanview, balcony, and suite. The Liberty of the Seas cabin configuration is quite popular among Royal Caribbean’s fleet, mainly because almost half of its cabins have balconies. Balcony choices include Deluxe with a 74 square feet balcony and Superior with a 68 square feet balcony. All the cabins feature an elegant peach and teal color scheme and are fully furnished and equipped. The top-class accommodation include Junior Suites, Owner Suites, and one Royal Suite. There are, however, four additional Royal Family Suites, which are designed for eight people and come with their own private verandahs.

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Ship Summary
Operator:Royal Caribbean International
Built by:Aker Yards of Turku, Finland
Date Completed:2007
Gross Tonnage:154407
Length:338.91 m
Width:38.6 m
Decks:18 total decks, 15 passenger decks
Passengers:4370
Crew:1360
IMO:9330032