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Several vacationers say the Liberty of the Seas cruise is great for multigenerational families, so you can bring the kiddos as well as the grandparents. Supervised kids’ clubs give adults a brief break from family time, if desired.

Unlike Disney Cruises filled with princesses and Mickey Mouse, you won’t find DreamWorks characters all over the place. This can be a pro or a con depending on what you’re hoping to see during the trip.

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Entertainment: There’s always something to do on the Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas, whether you're looking to catch a flick in the 3D movie theater or have a meet-and-greet with popular characters from DreamWorks movies. Strengthen your muscles as you climb the rock wall, soar across the ice rink, or take it easy and relax during a soothing spa treatment or a soak in one of several whirlpools. You’ll also find live music, multiple water slides, a library, and plenty of bars and lounges.

Dining: You can get a real meal at one of the numerous on-site restaurants on this boat, but we’re most excited about the Ben and Jerry’s. If you don’t have a sweet tooth, grab some complimentary grub from Sorrento's Pizza or Jade Sushi. You can also treat yourself to baked goods or Mexican fare - and don’t forget to have coffee delivered straight to your room for an early morning pick-me-up.

Amenities: Don’t worry, you won’t have to share your shower with strangers on Liberty of the Seas. Each stateside room includes a private shower and bath, plus a TV and telephone. If you upgrade your lodging, you can request an Ocean View stateroom or get a room with a balcony that reveals the beautiful scenery outside. Most Suites include a complimentary concierge, private lounge area, and special seating during events, so keep that in mind if money isn’t an issue.

All rooms include electrical outlets, but some guests complain they aren’t compatible with their electronics. You may want to bring a converter strip just to be safe.

Childcare: Look, we get it: You love your kids, but sometimes you don’t want to be with them 24/7. Royal Caribbean understands that, which is why they offer several complimentary kids’ programs. There is a small fee if you drop off little ones at The Babies and Tots Nursery, but you can find plenty of free, fully supervised activities to keep kids age 3 to 17 busy during your trip. And if you're thinking your kids might complain that the programs are babyish, keep in mind there are tween and teen lounges just for older kids.

Price/Value: Prices range drastically depending on how long you travel, which room you choose, and whether you’re cruising during the off season. Generally, you can expect to spend between $450 and $1,500 per person, and that price doesn’t include passport fees or other expenses you might rack up, such as airline tickets. Cruise Critic says Liberty of the Seas is a good value for the money it costs, giving it 4 out of 5 stars in this category.

Aside from the travel-related expenses we discussed earlier, this price covers pretty much everything except taxes and port expenses (those generally cost between $80 and $100 per person, per trip). You don’t have to worry about paying extra for food, entertainment, or accommodations while you’re on the boat. Bring some spending money if you plan to buy souvenirs or participate in on-shore excursions.

 

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