PatongDave

PatongDave

Purser
Tampa, FL
Joined 12/2021

10

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2

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17

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Past cruises

Carnival Liberty

January 2022 - 4 Night Bahamas (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Liberty

Very low occupancy - but still enjoyable

We've been on the Magic and Mardi Gras within the past 4 months, so we're a bit spoiled with the new ships. We were last on the Liberty about two years ago, so we knew what to expect. I think in the future, we'll stick to the newer ships. This cruise was different in that there were so few guests onboard. With a capacity of 2,900+ I don't think was more than 1,000 guests. It seemed that there was actually more crew than guests. Never any lines anywhere, and the main dining room and Lido restaurant were nearly empty. Very few people were using the deck chairs around the pools and the Serenity areas, which are normally full. Of all the times we used the elevators each day, there was only one time that we "shared" an elevator with someone else. Normally, you would think that a low occupancy would be good for guests, but it seemed a little eerie and I was concerned about the crew being compensated from gratuities with so many cabins being empty and so few people in the MDR. Even with so few guests, as a credit to Carnival, every station on the ship was fully staffed, even if it meant that some crew members would be spending most of their time doing nothing.

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Mardi Gras

November 2021 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Mardi Gras

Well-designed, Large Ship Doesn't Feel Crowded

A beautiful, big, new ship with intelligently designed buffet and public spaces. For a ship with such a large guest capacity, it never felt crowded. Staterooms have an updated, modern feel as do the various restaurants and bars. There are some new features that are unique to this ship - one being the Summer Landing area that feels a lot like a large neighborhood bar and includes Guy's Pig & Anchor BBQ as well as the onboard brewery. A great laid-back place to listen to music or watch a game on one of the big screen TVs.

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Carnival Magic

October 2021 - 5 Night Bahamas (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Magic

Carnival Liberty

November 2019 - 4 Night Bahamas (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Liberty

Carnival Conquest

November 2017 - 8 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Conquest

Carnival Glory

October 2016 - Eastern Caribbean Cruise on Carnival Glory

Carnival Sunshine

September 2015 - 8 Night Southern Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Sunshine

Carnival Conquest

June 2014 - 7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Conquest

Carnival Freedom

September 2013 - 6 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Freedom

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras

Sail date: November 20, 2021

Well-designed, Large Ship Doesn't Feel Crowded

A beautiful, big, new ship with intelligently designed buffet and public spaces. For a ship with such a large guest capacity, it never felt crowded. Staterooms have an updated, modern feel as do the various restaurants and bars. There are some new features that are unique to this ship - one being the Summer Landing area that feels a lot like a large neighborhood bar and includes Guy's Pig & Anchor BBQ as well as the onboard brewery. A great laid-back place to listen to music or watch a game on one of the big screen TVs.

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Carnival Liberty

Carnival Liberty

Sail date: January 24, 2022

Very low occupancy - but still enjoyable

We've been on the Magic and Mardi Gras within the past 4 months, so we're a bit spoiled with the new ships. We were last on the Liberty about two years ago, so we knew what to expect. I think in the future, we'll stick to the newer ships. This cruise was different in that there were so few guests onboard. With a capacity of 2,900+ I don't think was more than 1,000 guests. It seemed that there was actually more crew than guests. Never any lines anywhere, and the main dining room and Lido restaurant were nearly empty. Very few people were using the deck chairs around the pools and the Serenity areas, which are normally full. Of all the times we used the elevators each day, there was only one time that we "shared" an elevator with someone else. Normally, you would think that a low occupancy would be good for guests, but it seemed a little eerie and I was concerned about the crew being compensated from gratuities with so many cabins being empty and so few people in the MDR. Even with so few guests, as a credit to Carnival, every station on the ship was fully staffed, even if it meant that some crew members would be spending most of their time doing nothing.

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Cruise tips

Nassau, Bahamas

We've been to Nassau many times before, most recently about 6 weeks earlier on another cruise. We enjoyed our time spend on the ship instead of going ashore.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Old San Juan is one of our favorite ports for self-guided touring. The El Morro fort and Castillo de San Cristobal are both within walking distance of the port, as are the beautiful streets of Old San Juan.

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras

Get to the Grand Central/Center Stage area early to see one of the shows to ensure you get a seat at one of the tables, or in the limited amount of theatre-style bench seats.

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