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Carnival Liberty

June 2015 - 7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Liberty

Five great Caribbean ports...

Vessel sails out of San Juan at 10 PM which makes you count San Juan as an additional port to visit since you are sailing from Old San Juan. The selection of the other ports visited is great: St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, and St. Martin are all great ports. During my cruise the weather was excellent and awakening each morning at a new Island made waking up a day to look forward to a new experience. The vessel, though not new, is being maintained well and is clean, well staffed, and the food is good, too.

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Carnival Conquest

May 2015 - 8 Night Southern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Conquest

Good vessel, great ports, good service...

I have been on this vessel before and like its layout.  This cruise was available to me by the Casino Player's Club and I upgraded the inside cabin that comes with the reward, with a Balcony cabin on the 6th Deck for an additional small amount.  The Cabin is great, spacious and very well located.  I have visited all these ports before but I always like to return to Aruba and Curacao, two of my favorite ports.  Food was good and plentiful and the Carnival service as excellent as it is in all the cruises I do with them.

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Carnival Breeze

January 2015 - 8 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Breeze

Second trip on the Breeze better than first time

Now that I am more acquainted with the vessel, it was easier to move around this great vessel.  i was upgraded to a bigger and nicer cabin 3 days before I boarded the vessel, to a Deluxe outside cabin with a bath and a half. Very spacious and well located in the middle on Deck 1.  Quiet and very well maintained by the room steward that took care of me for 8 nights.  The ports we visited were excelled, especially visiting the port of Antigua, which I  haven't visited in a long time and found as pretty as I did when I visited it years ago.The rest of the itinerary was good too, I would have liked more time at Nassau and San Juan, which are favorite ports of mine, but the vessel has to be on the move in order to be able to arrive on time to visit the other ports.

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Paganson1's Tips

Philipsburg, St. Maarten - A favorite port of mine. The best shopping port in this cruise. Also has nice beaches and great tours.
Basseterre, St. Kitts - Dock area has a few shops but you can walk to town or take a water taxi to get downtown.
Bridgetown, Barbados - Again, no activities at Dock area. Need a tour, or a taxi to take you downtown.
Castries, St. Lucia - St Lucis is very pretty. Need to do tours to see the beauty of this place.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - Vessel docked in Old San Juan, near Morro and St. Christopher castles. Also near shopping areas, restaurants and other amenities. Sheraton Hotel accross from Dock pier has a great casino.
Carnival Liberty Carnival Liberty - Most of the tours should be done in the mornings since being summer by Noon is very hot. Bring plenty of water with you and comfortable shoes and make sure you were a hat to protect you from the sun.
Oranjestad, Aruba - Another favorite port. Great beaches, smaller than Curacao but easy to see, visit and walk around and do some shopping at good prices.
Willemstad, Curacao - A favorite port of mine. Great Beaches, good tours, The famous Pontoon Bridge and beautiful architecture. A pleasant place to walk and see all the beauty of this place.
Grand Turk Island - This port is a day at the beach. Also good for water sports activities and Margaritaville.
Carnival Conquest Carnival Conquest - Whenever you do a land excursion, keep in mind that the ship's restaurants do not open early nor they keep long hours during lunch. There will be long lines in the morning and at lunch time if you get back after 2:30 PM very few options available for lunch.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - One of my favorite ports, spent the least time there where there is so much to see.
Basseterre, St. Kitts - Small but pretty island. Have to do tours to get out of port area which has limited sites.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten - Great port. Take a water taxi from dock area and it will take you in the middle of downtown.
Carnival Conquest Carnival Conquest - Once thing that I head other passengers complain about was the opening times of the Buffet and or food service in the morning and also during lunch times. On the days the vessel was at seas, breakfast lines opened at 7:30 am and when vessel was in ports lunch was between 12 Noon and 2:30 PM .
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas - Been in St. Thomas many times. Shopping at Port expensive. Go to downtown and have more choices and better prices.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - On of my favorite ports. Vessel docks in Old San Juan, and because of the limited time in port, great port to walk to at least one of the 2 ports. El Morro is the best and largest. Good place to sample local foods and have a great Mohito.
St. John's, Antigua - I am glad that I visited Antigua again. Beautiful Island and a good Casino in the port area.
Nassau, Bahamas - Love Nassau. Like to go to visit Paradise Island and it's great casino. Vessel arrives too early in this port and most stores and services are closed until at least 9 AM, i always take a taxi to the Atlantis Hotel and on he way back take the Water Taxi back to the port.
Miami, Florida - Miami is great if you arrive days earlier than the vessel sailing. I have visited the city many times and arrive the same vessel sails.
Carnival Breeze Carnival Breeze - My only complaint is the opening hours for breakfast at the Market Place. Quite often it opened at the time that people who were doing tours at the port had to meet someplace in the vessel prior to arrival and they did not have enough time to enjoy their breakfast or even have one.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - Great Port but very little time there to really appreciate the beauty of this Island.
Basseterre, St. Kitts - You have to do a tour in this port, since the only thing available in the port area is a Casino (Great) shops and places to eat and drink. To see the Island you have to leave the port.
Carnival Freedom Carnival Freedom - Go to breakfast early when ship is in port and you want to make your tour time, since too many people will be there trying to eat at the same time.
Grand Turk Island - This is a very small island (13 miles X 7) where all activities happen at the port, mainly tour, diving, swiming and the Margaritaville experience.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - Could have used more time in port to see what great place is Puerto Rico to visit.
Miami, Florida - Been in Miami many times. Just check in and check the vessel out.
Carnival Breeze Carnival Breeze - Since a lot of passengers do not get early for breakfast when vessel is not in port, go to breakfast before 10 AM. When vessel is in port lines open early at the Lido (Market) dining room to make sure that you can make your tours.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - Always a great place to visit. Vessel docks in Old San Juan and everything is a walking distance.
MSC Divina MSC Divina - At breakfast time in the Buffet Deck go very early to make sure that they have the food of your choice. Anything after 8am not guaranteed all the foods are there, or available.

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