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The cruise line with the WOW factor

By LizTuesday 30th April 2013

entertainment onboard royal caribbean Guest post by Liz Jarvis I’ll be really honest – I wasn’t sure whether a Royal Caribbean cruise would be for me. I like to be quite mellow when I’m on holiday, and do things at my own pace. But every element of our experience on Liberty of the Seas was as perfect as it’s possible to get. Whether you’re travelling with your family, friends, as a couple or with several generations, there’s something for everyone, and the beauty is that you can do as much, or as little as you want. Here are just a few of my highlights:

Kids’ clubs

All age groups (up to 17) were very well catered for, with good ratios of staff to children, very clean facilities and lovely, friendly staff. My only criticism would be that there was no outside space at any of the clubs, although of course there are so many things for them to do on deck I can’t imagine they’d have any shortage of sunlight – particularly important if, like me, you’re the mother of a teenage vampire. Connectivity on board is good, too, meaning if you’re travelling with older teenagers they can still do some Facebook bragging to their friends ;)

Excursions

We enjoyed two excursions at both ports of call on our five-day Western Caribbean cruise. One in Labadee, where a motorised catamaran took us to a private beach where we swam in the jade green water and sipped rum cocktails under the palm trees. And in Jamaica, we went horse riding (and horse swimming – which is definitely more of a high octane experience), and climbed to the top of a waterfall. Definitely not something you do every day. Our guide was excellent and everything ran on time. Royal Caribbean cruise excursion

Entertainment and Activities

From the Encore! ice-dancing show (and anyone can have a go on the ice rink, too), to the Broadway musical-style production of Saturday Night Fever, to the Climbing Wall, the Flowrider and the cupcake-making classes, it would be impossible to ever run out of things to do and see on a Royal Caribbean cruise. Plus there’s the added bonus of the Dreamworks characters on board – you never know who you’re going to run into next. Plus of course there are three swimming pools on board and no shortage of places to chill out in the sun.

Food

For me, with the exception of the Windstar restaurant, which was fairly average, the food on board our Royal Caribbean ship was a total revelation. The Main Dining Room was incredibly glamorous, particularly on White Night, and the food very good indeed. Even better, though, were speciality restaurants Chop’s Grille and Portofino – although there is a cover charge for these it’s well worth it, with steaks and seafood cooked to perfection. The cocktails, too, are excellent, although it’s worth remembering that alcohol isn’t included so you may want to take a drinks package. We had the My Time Dining option, so we never felt pressured to eat at a certain time. The room service (complimentary) is excellent, too, in case you or your kids get hungry in between meals. Just remember if you order ‘two’ cookies they will bring you six, and you will want to eat all of them. And a really big plus is that the Dreamworks character breakfast is free for everyone – so your children can enjoy pancakes with their favourites from Shrek or Madagascar, and you can take some fabulous photos. Or pose yourself. The other Royal Mums and I cried the night before we were due to disembark Liberty of the Seas – this has never happened to me on a trip before. It was a truly magical cruise and I can’t wait to get back onboard with my family. Liz is a mum of one from London and blogs at The Mum Blog. You can follow her on Twitter @LizJarvisUK

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