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Carnival needs to keep trying!!!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Liberty | Sail Date: May 31, 2014

We had a great time with our friends and college boys on this cruise but we did have 2 issues that you should know about.  The first problem was that we paid good money to take this cruise and the ship was unable to dock in Roatan Island due to winds.  This was very upsetting to us due to this being the  main reason we booked this ship and not the other ship leaving from Tampa.  The cruise line refunded us $14.00 per person for not docking.   Our second issue was that we booked an excursion in Cozumel and then the day was canceled because the excursion didn't fulyl book up even though we had 7 people in our party.  The captain's dinner was a disappointment.  We sailed awhile ago with Carnival to Canada and that captain's dinner was wonderful.  We asked about the captain at our dinner and was told by one of the staff that he was sleeping.  Why have a captain's dinner if he isn't going to at least walk around and greet the people.  If you plan on taking this cruise and have trouble getting off the ship onto a water taxi then don't plan on getting off the ship in Belize because the ship doesn't dock in a port.  So my only memories of Roatan Island will be the excursion tickets I purchased and never got to use.    The stewart for our room (Bee) was wonderful and greeting us all by name.  That was so unexpected and a pleasure.  Maybe next time and maybe another cruiseline.  D.Fortuna/new york

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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Liberty | Sail Date: Jun 28, 2014

We just returned from an 8 night Southern Caribbean cruise on Carnival’s Liberty out of Port Canaveral. It was our second cruise and the longest and it was great!

 

Instead of carrying all of our luggage on like we did last time, we checked most of our baggage and they made it safely to our room that evening. It made for a much more pleasant boarding. However, on disembarking my wife’s suitcase was misplaced and it took us about 30 minutes before someone was able to locate it.

 

The ship was considerably larger and more elegantly decorated than our first (Carnival Sensation…which we enjoyed, as well). We spent a lot of time in the Lido Pool (aft) which was adult only and on deck 10 above it which had both sun and shade all across mid-ship. It was more peaceful than the Coney Island Pool where all the people were who were looking to party! The Serenity Deck was very nice with pit groups, large loungers, hammocks, and Jacuzzis. But it was often too windy to be comfortable and a lot of the noise from the main pool still came through. The bar in the atrium was nice and they often had a singer with an acoustic guitar there when they were not having trivia contests.

 

We had a balcony room on deck 8 about mid-ship. The location was perfect and the view definitely made it worth the extra expense. And concerning the expense, it was probably less altogether than you’d spend on a week on the beach in Florida! Considering the fact that it was a ship instead of a hotel room, the size was pretty good. The bed was comfortable. As always, the bathroom was a little tight but it was OK.

 

The room steward (Manny) was great and always greeted us when we saw him. He made it seem like magic the way he always got our room ready each morning and evening and we rarely saw him! The towel animals were cute (the monkey, in particular) and the chocolates with the turn-down service and the next day’s activities were always there in the evening. I had a Trip Advisor Excellence in Service pin which I presented him and he definitely earned it (along with a little something extra)!

 

We initially had late dining and the maitre d'(Vasili) was very accommodating. He changed us to a private table for 4 and later (when one of our party was having digestive problems from eating too late) he arranged for us to eat at an earlier time. We were in the Silver Olympian dining room and it was beautifully decorated! The service was always excellent and the food was usually very good. Two dishes I would avoid are the Flat Iron Steak and the Lobster Bisque. As always, their signature dessert (Chocolate Melting Cake) was to die for! And I don’t know how they do it for three thousand people, but the lobster was perfect! Occasionally, the service staff would do a little show us for towards the end of dinner and it was always entertaining. The brunch on sea days was always very good as well.

 

We tried most of the other restaurants. The burgers at Guys Burger Joint were great! The burritos at Blue Iguana Cantina were OK but not as good as Moes. The thin crust pizzas at the Lido Pool were good. The Mongolian Wok was very slow (which, I guess, is the nature of this type of eatery) but good. And I like spicy food so I ordered the Szechuan sauce. But it was so hot (spicy) that I literally could not eat it! So be warned! The Lido deck buffet was OK and pretty much what you would expect. The Omelet station was good.

 

The drinks were good if a little pricey. I did the “Bubbles” adder since I drink a lot of soft drinks. But we didn’t do the “Cheers” adder that allows you up to 15 drinks a day because everyone in your stateroom has to do it as well and my wife doesn’t drink often. The Ultimate Margarita was exceptional and I did splurge and do the drink made out of a whole pineapple! The Blue Iguana Tequila Bar is really a misnomer. They have 7 or 8 tequilas and none of the really good ones.

 

The main shows in the Venetian palace were all quite good. They live band was excellent and I would encourage Carnival to NOT discontinue them as I hear they are about to do. The dancers and singers were very professional and entertaining and the production, sets, and chorography were all top notch (with only a few exceptions). There was one black performer they brought in for one night (whose name escapes me) who really brought the house down with his rendition of Nessun Dorma! We went to one comedy show and it was funny but seemed to work too hard at being vulgar.

 

The ports (Curacao, Aruba, Grand Turk) were all great! Curacao was a colorful little town. If you make port late (as we did), I suggest going directly to the Punda side of Willemstad since most shops close around 5:30 pm. Just across the Queen Emma pontoon bridge is a little sidewalk café that runs along the harbor called the Iguana Café which is a great place to have a drink and enjoy the view. The Rif Fort right at the port has some nice shops, bars, and restaurants as well.

 

In Aruba we did a day pass at the Occidental Grand and we enjoyed it! You can get the passes directly from the hotel or (like we did) through online sites like ShoreExcursioneer.com. Grab a short $14 taxi ride to the resort and they give you your bracelets at the front desk giving you complete access to their resort including unlimited food and drink! The staff was very friendly and helpful. The pool and the beach were wonderful! The food was good but…the drinks were not. They only had a limited selection of cheap liquors and things like daiquiris and pina coladas were premixed and they just poured some rum on top. Not very good. You’ll probably get asked about their timeshare at some point but that’s OK. However, we still felt it was worth it and enjoyed our time there. If you eat outside, be careful the birds or the iguanas don’t steal your food…they’re pretty bold!

 

Grand Turk was our favorite port! You walk right off the ship and onto a beach at the cruiseport! Just grab yourself one of the hundreds of lounge chairs waiting for you under one of the palm trees and enjoy! It’s what most people imagine when you think of a small tropical island…beautiful white beaches lined with palm and coconut trees and the water is the clearest I’ve ever seen! You can stand in the water chest high and still see clearly to the bottom! You don’t need snorkeling gear to see the multitude of fish swimming past you! But bring water shoes because there’s a lot of coral in the water. When you get off the ship, you can either go straight and check out the shops, turn left and go towards Margarittaville and their pool and beach area (expect locals to come by with offers for tours and timeshares), or turn right if you want a little more peace and quiet. There you will find a garden-like area under the palm trees with lounge chairs, a monument to astronaut John Glenn (whose capsule splashed down near there), a masseuse, and a quiet little bar. Just past the pier is a statue of a humpback whale (they migrate through there from January to April). If you walk past the pier and the whale statue about a mile or so to the point, you can often find large conch shells.

 

All in all, a great cruise and we hated to come back!

 

If you plan a long drive to Port Canaveral, Country Inn and Suites has a great Park and Stay package that allows you to leave your car there without paying a daily fee and use their shuttle to and from the ship (which we have taken advantage of on both of our cruises). While you’re there, the pier at Cocoa Beach is a great place to go for dinner or to watch the sunset while having a drink and listening to some live music.

 

P.S. One sour note. The way they did safety briefing this time was to require everyone to go to their muster station which was outside the ship where they would actually go to abandon ship. They then lined us up packed as tight as sardines and had us stand there until everyone on the ship was accounted for before showing us how to put on a life vest. It was extremely hot and uncomfortable and claustrophobic and completely unnecessary. There HAS to be a better way to do this! There’s no way older people and people with disabilities could endure this!

 

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Great ship with an excellent itinerary - what's not to like?

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Liberty | Sail Date: May 09, 2014

We just returned from our 8-night Southern Caribbean cruise aboard the Carnival Liberty and had an excellent time.  The ship is very well maintained and we would sail her again in a heartbeat, the itinerary and ports of call are amongst the best we have ever experienced, and the entertainment was outstanding and much improved over other Carnival cruises we have taken over the last couple of years.  The new "American Table" and "American Feast" menus in the dining room had lots of variety and the food quality was very good.  Our Cruise Director was Brittany Boyd and we sailed with her last year on the Carnival Breeze.  At the time, Brittany was the Assistant Cruise Director and it was nice to see that she had been recognized for her hard work and enthusiasm and promoted to Cruise Director.  Brittany's personality is infectious and she is as genuine, sincere, and personable when you run into her on the ship as she is on stage.  She's the real deal -- a modern day Julie McCoy!  The Assistant Cruise Director was Sharlotte and she too was excellent.  Both Brittany and Sharlotte have bright futures ahead with Carnival.  The rest of the cruise staff, Misty and Christopher in particular, we could have done without and this was our first Carnival cruise where the entire cruise staff wasn't top notch.  Misty and Christopher, in particular, were arrogant, couldn't be bothered interacting with guests, and simply went through the motions of doing their job. When on deck together, they conversed amongst themselves and couldn't be bothered with the guests.  There was no doubt they would have rather been doing something else and in speaking with other guests they too felt the same way.  Misty was retiring after 10-years with Carnival following the end of our cruise and that was 10-years too late if you ask us.  Carnival will be better off without her than with her!  We had a balcony cabin on the Empress Deck (Deck 7).  It was well maintained and location excellent - only a couple of floors up/down from all the activities.  Our only complaint was our Room Steward, Marvin.  Marvin was very personable and there wasn't a moment that went by from the time we boarded until the time we disembarked that my wife and I were not addressed by our names.  Marvin meant well but he couldn't make a bed to save his life and he often left furnishings out of place after cleaning the room.  Marvin's a great guy but a bit of a fish out of water so to speak when it comes to being a Room Steward.  Sorry Marvin, nothing personal but we've had better.  Carnival would be well served keeping him onboard but not as a Room Steward.  Our only other complaint was with the Maitre D Goran in the dinning room, Deck 3, aft.  Our issue with Goran was his inconsistency in enforcing dress code rules on the two formal evenings.  Personally, so long as people look presentable I could care less what they wear to dinner.  My wife and I have been on more than a dozen cruises, most of them on Carnival,  and this was the first cruise we have ever been on where the formal dress code was enforced (or not).  The first formal night, I wore a nice polo shirt, dress shorts, and deck shoes.  On the second formal night, I wore the same and was REFUSED entry in to the dining room.  Not only was I refused entry, but Goran went out of his way to cite the requisite dress code from that day's Carnival Fun Times.  While the rest of our party was seated for dinner, I returned to my cabin, changed into slacks, and returned to the dining room.  When I returned, however, I noticed that others in dining room were wearing jeans, baseball caps, and also shorts -- all attire not permitted according to Carnival's stated dress code for the evening.  When I asked why jeans were allowed despite being expressly prohibited in that day's Carnival Fun Times, I was told they were permitted.  Confused, you bet especially since shorts and jeans are both listed as unacceptable attire and Goran made it a point to emphasize that.  Rules are rules and I don't have an issue with rules enforcement.  I do have an issue, however, when rules are not uniformly enfoced but rather enforced in a discriminatory manner.  Other guest who were present when I challenged Goran on the random manner in which he enforced the rules agreed with me but Goran could care less.  He was in charge and it was clearly his way or the highway.  Goran is another that needs to go.  Servers and wait staff, however, were excellent and did an outstanding job.   Hope this review is useful. We had a wonderful time and will definatly sail the Carnival Liberty again.

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A Cruise worth taking but there is room for improvement

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Liberty | Sail Date: Jun 28, 2014

 This journey to the South Caribbean certainly shows off the treasures of Curaçao, Aruba, and Grand Turk.  The dining experience was memorable, as well as the service provided.  Nightly entertainment was    somewhat weak due to limited variety and particular quality of some of the performers.  The casino was not even a possibility due to the clouds of cigarette smoke.  Finally. Bring a sweater or jacket since the ship's temperature is akin to being in a refrigerator.  Overall, a good time was had by all in our group.

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Carnival Liberty - A Free Cruise is Always Great

Ship: Carnival Liberty | Sail Date: May 24, 2014

Using Carnival Credit Card Reward points, we booked this cruise for free.  This was our second free cruise with Carnival using Reward Points.  Although this was our fourteenth cruise with Carnival - 47 cruises total, we had not previously sailed on the Carnival Liberty.  We chose this ship for its itinerary.  It had also, repositioned this year, to our local Port Canaveral.  On our seven-night cruise, we visited the ports of Nassau, the Bahamas, St. Thomas, the Virgin Islands, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Grand Turk and Port Canaveral, FL.  Since we have visited all these ports many times, we did not take any organized shore excursions through Carnival or with any private company. The close to 3,000 passengers on this Conquest Class ship were mostly Americans of various ages - many family groups, singles, young married couples plus some seniors like us.  The ship underwent extensive renovations in 2011.  

A local shuttle van service picked us up from home on Saturday, May 24 at 10:15 for the short ride to the port.   When we arrived at the terminal, Carnival informed us that boarding would be delayed because of a higher than normal outbreak of gastroenteritis on the previous sailing.  (No one that I knew personally got sick on our sailing, by the way.)  The check-in process went very smoothly.   While we waited for the ship to be completely sanitized, Carnival provided snacks and drinks for us.  Eventually, however, the terminal ran short on chairs and staffers had to scurry around to locate additional ones.  Since we are on Platinum Level with Carnival, we were among the first to board when the ship was finally cleared just before 1 PM.  We proceeded directly to Emile’s for a quick light lunch at the big buffet on the Lido, Deck 9.  There were no lines since we were the first to board.   After lunch, we sat by the pool until staterooms were ready for occupancy at 1:30 PM.  

Our Ocean View cabin #1424 was toward the aft of the ship. It was bright, large by industry standards and quiet.  Our king bed with its peach headboard was very comfortable.  Small end tables with peach lamps on either side provided storage for sundries and additional lighting.  A shelf inside would have been nice.  The peach leather sofa with underneath storage turned into a bed, if needed.  The oval coffee table was quite useful.  There was plenty of storage in drawers and closets for all our belongings.  The blond wood furniture and window provided an airy feeling to the cabin.  Be aware that you need to use a card with a magnetic strip to access your room safe.  That means that you cannot secure that card in your safe.  Consider bringing an old room key card or some other card with a magnetic strip.   In addition, if you wish ice, you need to tell your steward.  Ice buckets are only supplied at your request.  The cabin’s A/C unit worked well throughout the cruise.  The flat screen TV was interactive.  You can check your statements, book shore excursions, view meal menus, etc… right from your cabin.  Clean wall-to-wall carpeting, gold drapes and two wall art pictures completed the décor.  

The compact bathroom was fine for our needs.  It contained a fairly large curtained shower stall with a retractable clothesline and shampoo and shower gel dispensers.   Our ample supply of white towels and two large beach towels were regularly replaced as needed.  Carnival provided two white robes for our use during the cruise.  I missed the small bottles of conditioner, hand lotion and a sewing kit that are usually standard in staterooms.  There were some Breathe Right Strips that we did not use and a box of trial size toothpaste.    Glass shelves provide storage.

The passenger corridors were all bright with spaced monochrome wallpaper panels to break up the monotony of the long halls.  I wished that they were as colorful as the panels on the Carnival Breeze.  The busy public areas have a European feel to them with lots of black ironworks throughout the ship.    The 22 lounges & bars, the atrium, pool areas and Venetian Palace (Main Theater) were quite attractive, clean and comfortable.  Check out the unique and whimsical décor of the Piano Man Bar, Deck 5, aft.  My husband enjoyed stopping in at the Sports Bar nightly for the latest scores. Another fun bar is the Alchemy Bar with its unique light-up menus, pharmaceutically dressed mixologists and unique drinks. You can even create your own drink.  A large group of us met together here late one afternoon.   The Promenade is an active place especially in the evening.  The new Taste Bar, Promenade Deck 5, aft replaced the Sushi Bar.  We tried some meatballs one night.  They were spicy.   Each night a dish from a specialty restaurant is featured.  The teen disco was popular in the evenings.  The small library is lovely but has few books. There was rarely anyone there to open the locked shelves. The Coney Island main pool area was too crowded and noisy for us.  The music was excessively loud.  Chalk it up to my age. Families and the younger generation flocked to it.  We mostly relaxed by the Versailles Aft Pool and hot tubs.

Everyone on the energetic staff that we encountered during the cruise was friendly, helpful and polite.  Cruise Director Brittany did a good job but made too many announcements.  Our steward, Mylene, was so sweet that we wanted to take her home with us.  She efficiently cleaned our cabin when we vacated it and kept it spotless.  She fulfilled each of our additional requests daily. Her towel animals brought a smile to our faces nightly.  She always addressed us by name.   Our servers in the beautiful Gold Olympian Main Dining Room, (MDR) Deck 3 Forward were equally friendly and attentive.  Ringgo, Head Team Waiter, Glend, Assistant Waiter and “Chris” Assistant Waitress were polite, addressed us by name and welcomed us warmly to dinner each night.  We were entertained by their soft singing.  They kept us informed about what was especially good from the kitchen each night.  Our beverage glasses were always refilled without prompting.  Lorena de los Santos was also quite helpful with our wine choices.  We usually arrived for dinner around 5:45 so we could be sure to secure our favorite table #133 by the last window.  Even though we were on “Your Time Dining,” we always had the same servers. Assignments for “Your Time Dining” tables are on a First Come, First Serve basis.

Our party of four was usually pleased with our dinner choices and the quality of the food served on the new American Table and Feast Menus.  We all especially enjoyed the tender Prime Rib, which were large portions, cooked to our requests. Other very enjoyable dinner selections were Escargot, Fried Calamari, Maine Lobster Tail, Lamb Shank, Stuffed Shrimp, Shrimp Cocktail and Salmon (last two were always on the menu.)  We always quickly consumed the baskets of warm breads and delicious rolls.   Usually, we just ordered Butter Pecan Ice Cream for dessert since we were full after our large multi-course meals.   Some of the pies we ordered - apple and cherry in particular, were delicious.  The Warm Chocolate Melting Lava Cake was a menu staple.   I missed not having Baked Alaska or Cherries Jubilee on the menu.   In addition, Carnival did not have any cold soups that other cruise lines offer.  Be adventuresome and try some different regional specialties such as Frog‘s Legs and Alligator Fritters.

The food at Emile’s buffet for breakfast and lunch was fine if not inspired.  I really prefer dining in the Silver Olympian Main Dining room for better quality when that option is available.  There is more variety, however, at the buffet.  At very busy times, at the buffet, dirty dishes were sporadically neglected specifically on tables at distant locations from the bussing stations.  The staff was very helpful though and did their best to keep the areas clean and well stocked.  Sometimes, the staff circulated with a beverages and cookies cart.  “Seaday Brunch” is a great opportunity to dine in the MDR.  The menu includes Wacky French toast, Stack of Pancakes, Steak ‘n Eggs, Mac ‘n Cheese, Pasta, Salmon & Chicken Diavola.  The desserts are sinful.  At our table, we ordered Banana Cream Pie and the Caramelized Cheesecake.  Brownies & ice cream are also available.  We all used our free drink coupon here.  I really enjoyed the creamy thick frozen yogurt available at several machines near the two main pools.  There were no cones until our arrival in San Juan and occasionally one of the machines was not working properly.  Still, they were delicious especially during the hot afternoon hours.    Guy’s (Fieri) Burger Joint was quite popular and the burgers were delicious and fresh off the grill.  You can choose from five choices or build your own at the topping bar.  Try the Pig Patty made out of crispy bacon, melted cheese with lettuce, tomato, onion and a pickle for something a little different.  If you enjoy burritos, check out that station poolside.    Other food choices are the Deli, aft, Mongolian Wok, aft, Blue Iguana Cantina, FWD, all on Deck 9  plus the less used Fish & Chips, Deck 10 aft directly above and accessible from Emile’s Buffet.

There were plenty of activities to do throughout the day and into the wee hours of the night.   During the day, passengers kept busy on outside decks with Live Music, Pool Games & Contests, A Seaside Theater, Golf Putting and Volleyball.   For those more interested in staying in the A/C areas, there were daily Shopping Sales, Trivia Contests, Charades, Texas Hold ‘Em Tournaments, Art Actions,  Karaoke, etc…  One day there was “Groove (dance) For St Jude” to benefit the children’s hospital.   A variety of classes was offered in Towel Folding, Health/Medicine, Arts & Crafts, Walking, Art History, History, Jewelry and Dancing - nothing too heavy.  I wished that there had been an iPad class offered.  Mostly, on sea days we relaxed on lounges by the salt water Versailles Aft Pool & Hot Tubs enjoying the relatively quieter atmosphere.  The towel exchange station unfortunately was a distance from it.   I appreciated that there was a dome ceiling over that pool.  They closed it briefly one time when it started spritzing outside.  It was hard to find a very quiet spot to read anywhere on the ship.  One activity that I really enjoyed was the ice carving demonstration.  I guessed quickly that it would be of an Indian Chief. Another enjoyable activity was the cooking demonstration.  Bingo did not seem too popular, which surprised me.  Perhaps it was too expensive.

One of the reasons that I enjoy cruising besides the fine food and visiting different ports is the entertainment.  The most outstanding show in the three-deck Venetian Palace Main Show Lounge (Theater) on the Liberty was “Wonderful World” with it’s pyrotechnics, laser displays, multiple set changes and scenery, beautiful costumes and the fabulous talent of the Carnival Dancers & Singers and Liberty Orchestra.  Be sure not to miss the extravaganza that highlights the culture of various countries though song and dance.   Another enjoyable Venetian Palace Lounge Stage Show was “Just Rock” with the Carnival Singers and Dancers plus the Liberty Orchestra.  Christopher Alan Graves starred one night in his own show, Singin’ with the Big Band, “A Tribute to Frank Sinatra & Sammy Davis Jr.” with the Carnival Liberty Dancers and the Liberty Big Band.  We had seen this professional singer previously on another ship in a different (solo) performance.  The following night we had a chat with him when he attended an evening performance sitting in the audience right behind us.  He was very friendly and showed his appreciation for the performance throughout that show.  Since we have seen “The Welcome Aboard Show” so many times over the last five years on various Carnival Ships, we did not attend this performance on the first night nor did many other passengers.   I hope that Carnival changes this show soon, although it is cute.   Courtney did a fine performance in her “A Night of Music with Courtney & The Liberty Band” but I felt that this was just a filler.  Courtney had great stage presence throughout her show.  The other two night’s offering in the theater did not interest me at all.  They were fellow passenger shows called “Love & Marriage” and “Legends.”   Perhaps you would enjoy them, as they were very entertaining, I was told.  Most other cruise lines offer such entertainment after a professional performance rather than as the main offering for the evening.  This was a major disappointment for me.  I also was disappointed that there was no special observance on Memorial Day.  

I did enjoy all the Comedy Punchliner Shows in the lovely Victory Lounge, Deck 5, aft.  Wes on the entertainment staff was very friendly and helpful before performances.  I was surprised to hear that he did not have any aspirations of becoming a comedian himself.  The several comedians were all so funny and interacted with the audience during acts.  Be sure to sit up front if you want to be part of the Family Friendly and Adult only Shows.  I wished that they had these acts nightly.  On nights when there were no comedy acts, there were parties - “Mardi Gras Celebration” with bead throwing and dancing, “Blue Iguana’s Latin Fiesta” with prizes & give-a-ways fiesta style, “Red Frog’s Caribbean Beach Party” with Caribbean mood music, dancing, prizes, give-a-ways and “Meet the Captain’s Celebration” with the Senior Officers plus live music, drink specials and photo opportunities.   Lounges had live entertainment throughout the evening and the professional photographers were kept busy taking portraits.  I did attend the wonderful Past Guest Cocktail Party with complementary served hors d’oeuvres and drinks.  The event included live entertainment on stage.  

We loved the itinerary on this sailing.  Since we had been to all the ports previously, we just did our own thing in ports.  In Nassau, we walked to Junkanoo Beach just outside of town.  In St. Thomas, we shopped in the Dockside Haversight Market.  In San Juan, we visited Casa Bacardi Distillery on our own taking the ferry and a taxi van to get there.  The tour was complementary and included two drinks.  The gift shop was very popular with visitors.  We also rode the complementary trolley around town.  In Grand Turk, we relaxed on beachside lounges provided by Carnival, shaded by swaying palm trees and swam in the refreshing water in view of our ship just offshore - paradise!  There is also a huge, very lovely pool, a Margaritaville Restaurant with a D.J. and a wonderful shopping village.  I always buy something here and this time was no exception.  Carnival now has a nice Shore Excursion Best Dollar Guarantee on pre-booked excursions.  If you find a lower price elsewhere (privately,) Carnival will give you 110% of the difference as onboard credit.  

During the cruise, a crewmember needed medical attention, so the ship diverted to Grand Turk to drop him off.  The captain kept us apprised of the reason for the change in course and did so throughout the delay.  He made every attempt to make up the time and extended out time on shore in our next port, St. Thomas to compensate for our later arrival.  

Bottom line is that I felt that Carnival is cutting back in many areas, I guess to keep prices low.  Non-the-less, I really enjoyed this less glitzy Carnival ship and the fun cruise.  Carnival still gives the best value for your money.  There were some other minor things that bothered me; some that I liked.  Passengers who enjoy the more casual atmosphere on Carnival ships will enjoy the less formal attire required on formal nights.  I saw many shorts worn in the MDR especially on the second formal night that occurred the night we left Grand Turk. I appreciate that Carnival guests can bring onboard two bottles of wine per cabin and a reasonable amount of soda and water.  Even with this liberal policy, I saw plenty of guests ordering drinks - many purchased the Bottomless Bubbles Soda Program and the Cheers (spirited) Beverage Program. I also enjoyed the outdoor SeaSide Theater that shows movies, sporting events, concerts and ship programming.  The screen was bright even in strong sunlight.  The Taste Bar was a nice addition but it never opened at 5:30 as listed.  Although smoking is restricted to certain areas, the smell of smoke bothered me on this cruise. The comfortable Venetian Palace Lounge is beautiful with its large central Murano Glass chandelier but the floor is not pitched which affects the enjoyment of performances.    I can hardly wait to go on my next Carnival cruise even if it will not be free.  I have not been on the new Carnival Sunshine so I am keeping my sights on that ship.   

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Popular Tips for Carnival Liberty


Plan out your day somewhat. There is so much to do, you'll miss it if you don't, but be flexible to changes.

The lounge chairs by the beach & pool dockside in Grand Turk are complementary. Sit near Margarettaville to hear the music.

The top of the kids slide was the best place to lay out with an amazing breeze while cruising. Also, the popcorn is hidden behind the bar on the same deck as the outdoor movies.



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Carnival Liberty
84
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8 Night Exotic Eastern Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Sep 13, 2014
Ship Name: Carnival Liberty
84 Ship Mate app members

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Carnival Liberty
57
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7 Night Western Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Oct 04, 2014
Ship Name: Carnival Liberty
57 Ship Mate app members

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Carnival Liberty
55
Members on Cruise

7 Night Western Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Sep 06, 2014
Ship Name: Carnival Liberty
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