Liberty of the Seas knows how to implement the Key program flawlessly!!! We got the Key on a black friday sale. I think we paid about $20. We took it easy on this cruise, but it was my 50th birthday cruise, so we decided to go for it because it was a special occasion. We were already getting internet for the two of us so it was not a whole lot more.
We used the Key previously on Harmony and had a few implementation issues (program was newer then). That would be my only hesitance in getting the Key is whether the ship would recognize the benefits. I did not see a lot of reviews about Liberty. We found that the features we used were implemented flawlessly.
To start out, we passed a mass of people in the regular line to get up to the scanners for security. After getting the luggage on the shuttle, that alone was an amazing perk. After going through the scanner, we went right on to the ship. Looking back at the masses still waiting in the endless line, I was so grateful to start my cruise off without extra hassle.
Then, we went and put our carryons with medication and essentials at the dining room. Those were delivered to our room promptly. Just a note here, on Harmony, they were left on our bed so we did not think to look in the closet and only discovered our bags hours later. Our fault, not theirs. Look in the closet. They were on time and that was so helpful.
We LOVE the Chops luncheon. The steak was great. The jumbo shrimp cocktail is excellent. During this luncheon, we were asked to purchase the 3 night dining package. The lunch was SO good that we signed up for 3 nights of dining and did them ALL at Chops. Just excellent food.
We also used the priority at ports. Another excellent benefit if you have an excursion. We had a tender port in Grand Cayman. It was so simple to get on the early tender. We did not have to stand in the long line to get a tender pass assignment that morning. We just showed up at the designated meeting place and were led down to the tender boat - perfection!
We did not do the shows or the activities. We did get to pick our time off the ship. Our luggage was left out the night before with Key tags - no trying to get a certain time. We had a nice exit breakfast at the MDR and were led to the lines to get off the ship. Because of how Galveston is set up, this isn't quite as slick as getting on, but still a benefit. Our luggage was in a special key area and we were able to get to the parking shuttle fairly quickly.
I know there is usually a big debate on whether the Key is worth it. My husband and I do not drink. I always wonder why people pay hundreds of dollars for alcoholic drinks. I share that because it is highly personal. If you don't drink, it seems ridiculous to spend hundreds on alcohol. If you do drink, it may seem entirely frivilous to spend money on the Key. For me, it is not whether you should get the Key or not. You have to decide what is of value to you in your personal cruise experience and then create that. As I said at the outset, however, I want to know the particular ship will give me the benefits I paid for. I do NOT want to pay for these perks and then have to fight to get them. I am sure you understand. With that in mind, I will say that the Liberty delivered the Key program flawlessly for our purposes. If you feel like the Key would personally be a benefit to you, I feel confident that the Liberty of the Seas team will provide. Just a great experience for us.