Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas

Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas

This inclusive post will talk about everyyyyy aspect of my experience aboard Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas. It really is hard to write an entire post about such a massive vessel, but hey – I’m an overachiever and will attempt this. To make things easier, I’ll break everything up in categories? Sound good?

The reason for the trip…

Each year, a group of bloggers take a fun trip. It really is that simple. The idea was brought about by the ridiculously talented blogger behind MomDot.com (hey Trish hey!) and she wanted to have a “different” kind of blogger conference. Something fun, lighthearted and just…simple. And so Brandcation was born. Each Brandcation is held in a different city and with a different theme. The hashtag for this trip was #SeasTheDay and I don’t think that could have been more fitting.

Royal Caribbean Liberty and Brilliance

Wait, so you got on a ship with 39 other bloggers? Did you know any of them?

Well, I knew 2 but I didn’t really know anyone else. Pretty adventurous, huh? But hey…after you go to college and live in the dorms with strangers, you can pretty much do anything. And after I left the trip, I had a ton of new friends and bloggers to follow. It turned out better than expected.

What’s so great about Royal Caribbean? And this boat…how big is it?

First of all, it’s a ship. Or a vessel, if you want to be fancy. Having been on several cruises and with this being my first Royal Caribbean cruise, I will say that this is the BEST cruise line everrrrrr. Liberty of the Seas is the 2nd largest vessel in the world. Here are her specs…

Ship Information

  • 154,407 gross register tonnage
  • 1,112 feet long
  • 185 feet wide
  • 28 feet draft
  • 21.6 knots cruising speed
  • 15 passenger decks
  • 14 passenger elevators
  • 4 bow thrusters
  • 3,634 guests (double occupancy)
  • 4,375 guests (total)
  • 1,360 crew (International)

Staterooms

  • Total: 1,817
  • Ocean View: 1,084 (842 with balconies)
  • Interior: 733 (172 Promenade View)
  • Staterooms with third/fourth berths: 855
  • Wheelchair accessible staterooms: 32

What was the food like?

This is probably #1 question I get when those who have never taken a cruise before find out that I love cruises. And I get it. People are particular about their food. As they should be. Do know that your food is prepared in bulk when you’re aboard a cruise. Cruise lines aren’t just preparing a few salads at ones. They are preparing dozens and dozens of salads for lunch at around 6 in the morning.

Royal Caribbean kitchen

It is a smooth operation and having toured a cruise kitchen, I can assure you that the chefs and food handlers take all safety precautions. Food selections are diverse and my vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free conscious eaters will be happy to know that Royal Caribbean caters to you, too.

Royal Caribbean food

Every meal I had came with veggies. I also liked the many different dining options. You could get free room service, munch on pizza at the pizzeria, dine at Johnny Rockets, have a fancy meal in the main dining room or eat buffet style.

Royal Caribbean dining room

Whatever you’re feeling, Royal Caribbean makes sure that you have good eats. And around the clock!

Sooo, how small are the rooms?

Good question. Compared to the rooms that I’ve stayed in before, my room was massive! My roommate and I had plenty of space to move around. Royal Caribbean provided ample amount of storage space, which is appreciated when you’re away from home for 5 days.

Royal Caribbean room

The beds? Ridiculously comfortable and while small, the 3-piece bathroom was still easy to manuver around in. But here’s some advice, if you plan on cruising any time soon, pleeeease do yourself a favor and get a room with a balcony. The extra money is worth it because you won’t feel as claustrophic and you get views like this every evening…

Royal Caribbean on the water

Royal Caribbean sunset

What is there to do?

You’re kidding, right? There is SO much to do and I didn’t find any “bored” moments while aboard Liberty of the Seas. I’ll let the pictures speak…

Royal Caribbean rock climbing

Royal Caribbean golf

Royal Caribbean waves

Royal Caribbean pool

…the rock climbing wall, nine-hole mini golf course and FlowRider surf simulator doesn’t even touch the surface of what there is to do aboard the Liberty of the Seas. There’s…

  • DreamWorks Experience (including parades and meeting characters!)
  • VitalitySpa & FitnessCenter
  • Three Pools
  • Six Whirlpools
  • Sports Court
  • Nine-hole Miniature Golf Course
  • Ice Skating Rink
  • Jogging Path
  • Outdoor Movie Screen
  • Video Arcade
  • Boutiques
  • Art & Photo Gallery
  • Medical Center
  • Royal Caribbean Online Internet Center

And the shows…

Royal Caribbean shows

OMG, the shows rocked my socks. I saw 3 shoes and when I tell you that the performances were amazing, I’m not joking. The singing, the dancing, the little wow factors…they still resonate with me. There are also 22 bars and clubs and while I didn’t hit any of the clubs (I was too busy enjoying the shows), I heard the music was thumpin’ and the drinks were good.

A pretty fly by post of should a big ship, I know, but I wanted to give you folks an idea of what it was like to cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas. For more information about the ship and to find out even more details about what you can expect, visit their site here.

Disclosure: Through Brandcation, I received a press trip to travel on and explore Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own.

5 Ways To NOT Gain Weight On A Cruise

Did you know that it is possible to NOT gain weight on a cruise? I had no idea, but honey, I’ve done it! I managed to cruise for 5 days and not gain an ounce. This is a big deal because if you’ve ever been on a cruise, you know that they are notorious for feeding you. The portion sizes are massive, the food is generally delectable and you can get food 24 hours a day. You can get pizza at 2am, have ice cream for breakfast and eat dinner rolls by the basket. And it doesn’t stop. You try to convince yourself that it’s okay to stuff yourself full of food because, why not? You’re on a vacation! Who cares, right?

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Well, I cared. Which is why I tried my hardest to not eat like crazy and tried to get in fitness where ever I could. And here’s how you can do it.

Utilize the ship’s track – Almost every ship has a track. Use it. And daily. Walk or run at least a mile a day. I found getting up early in the morning was the best time to do this. I could to experience beautiful sunrises, cool breezes and I had a refreshing start to my day.

Just say no to desserts – It seems like a crime, but you CAN turn down dessert. At each dinner, you are offered a 3-course meal and some nights I just skipped the sweets. If you have to have that sweetness at the end, ask for a bowl of fruit instead.

Take the stairs – I lived on the stairs. Cruise elevators are usually always packed with people and if I had to get from the 4th floor to the 11th floor, I took the stairs. I almost died each time, but hey…I got in some extra exercise and usually got to the top quicker than the folx taking the elevators.

Royal Caribbean

Drink water. And only water – Some cruises offer soda packages and you know what? You don’t need it. You really don’t. I purchased a Bobble water bottle before cruising off and only drank water during meals and in between meals. I knew I was going to be eating more than usual and it made no sense to sip calories when I knew I’d rather be eating them. And speaking of eating…

Don’t eat everything on your plate – I haaaate being wasteful. But the portion sizes I got for each meal were way more than I would have ever eaten. I never finished my plate. I ate slowly, allowed my food to digest and would always be full before I was halfway finished with my meal. Also, to prevent myself from getting full off of the carbs, I always ate my protein and veggies first.

Of course these same tricks can be applied on land, too. But I found these tidbits were so useful when I was on the ship. It was a challenge, y’all. But, for me, one screw up can change my entire fitness/diet world and I didn’t want that to happen.

Have you ever lost any weight on vacation? Share your secrets!

Disclosure: Through Brandcation, I received a press trip to travel on and explore Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own.