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Liberty of the Seas Arriving in Galveston November 13

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Cruising in Galveston is getting bigger and better.

On November 13, Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas arrives in port, replacing the Navigator of the Seas. The ship marks a new standard in Galveston cruising. As the first Freedom-class ship Royal Caribbean ship to sail from the island, it’s a signal that Galveston is no longer a small-town port.

We’ve looked into the new ship and have all the details of what you can expect when sailing.

The Ship

The Liberty of the Seas is the largest ship ever to sail from Galveston. At 1,112 feet, it is approximately 90 feet longer than the Navigator and carries over 3,600 passengers.

On board you’ll find no shortage of things to do. In addition to the now standard rock-climbing walls and mini-golf course, Liberty has a FlowRider surf simulator, ice-skating rink, full-sized basketball court and even a boxing ring. And don’t forget the staggering 10 hot tubs and pools on board.

As for dining options, you’ll have your standard dining room and Windjammer Cafe (buffet). But you also have Sorrento’s Pizza, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, and The Cupcake Cupboard. Of course, premium restaurants like Chops Grille, Portofino and Johnny Rockets are also available.

Some other cool features include the outdoor poolside movie screen, a new 3D movie theater, and a 10,000 square foot casino for adults.

For more on what you can expect on board, check out this video tour:

The Cruises

Liberty of the Seas will sail primarily 7-day cruises to the Western Caribbean year-round, much like the Navigator of the Seas does currently. Trips on the Liberty will visit ports like Roatan, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Falmouth, Jamaica. Most trips sail Sunday to Sunday. In addition, there are a couple of 8 and 9-day itineraries available for those who want longer cruises.

Right now there are very reasonable fares available aboard the ship. Trips departing between Thanksgiving and Christmas are as low as $429 per person. In general we expect prices to be in line with past Royal Caribbean cruises.

What it means for Galveston Cruising

Getting the Liberty of the Seas to homeport year-round in Galveston is a big deal. This is the largest cruise ship to sail from Galveston and a concrete symbol of how much the port continues to grow as a cruise destination.

With the Bayport Terminal in Houston ending cruises for the foreseeable future, the expansion of the second cruise terminal, and the talk of building a third cruise terminal, it’s obvious that Galveston has enormous momentum in cruising. That means the potential for more cruise lines, sailings, and lower prices in the future.

Photo: Roger W.

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