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Hometown: Halifax, NS
Joined: 05/02/2017
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About RGJoyce

From Nova Scotia, Canada. First cruise was in 2007 on Carnival Liberty but loved it so much. It took 10yrs for our 2nd but not only was it as great as I remembered but it was even better!


Cruise Lines: Carnival Cruise Lines

Destinations: Caribbean

Ports: San Juan, Puerto Rico


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Carnival Liberty

December 2007 - 6 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Liberty

1st cruise, loved it!!

This was our very first cruise, given to us as a gift from my husbands company. We had a wonderful time. We spent very little time in our room (interior) as we explored the ship as much as possible. We made sure to go to our dinner seating every night, this was something we very much enjoyed. Our servers were so friendly & great to chat with. We enjoyed the buffet for breakfast each morning, a huge variety to choose from. I am a picky eater but had no problem finding things I liked. Our first port was Nassau Bahamas, it was just a short stop so we explored the market for souvenirs mostly. Next was Grand Cayman where we went parasailing, that was an awesome experience! Lastly was Ocho Rios, we didn't get to enjoy this port for long, my husband had gotten sun stroke in Grand Cayman the day before & wasn't well enough to go ashore for long but we managed to explore for an hour before going back on board. We made sure to take in numerous events in the theatre (comedian, bingo, games, Christmas show) & thoroughly enjoyed them all.

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RGJoyce's Tips

Grand Turk Island - LOVED Grand Turk so much!! The aqua colored water was as warm as bath water & we saw fish! We didn't do an excursion, we swam to the left of the pier for a few hours then we had lunch in Margaritaville before making our way to Jack's Shack which is about a 15min walk up the beach.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - San Juan is stunning!! We explored on our own & made our way to the San Juan National Historic Site to explore one of the 2 Forts on site. The view from the top of the fort is amazing! We then made our way to a beach that was only a mile up the street from the Fort, directly across from the Capital Building. The beach was Playa Pena, a small private beach right off the side of the road. No lifeguard supervision here, it is use at own risk but it is worth it. It is gorgeous.
Port Canaveral, Florida - We didn't get to explore this port much or do an excursion, it was just our embarkation/debarkation port but it was beautiful & everything went smoothly.
Amber Cove (Puerto Plata), Dominican Republic - Loved this port, the pools area is gorgeous & we had so much fun relaxing in the pools. My daughter & husband also enjoyed the zipline which is a flat rate of $20/day so you really need to go a few times to make it worth it but they said it was a lot of fun.
Basseterre, St. Kitts - We thoroughly enjoyed Basseterre! We did a Carnival tour, Brimstone Hill Highlights & our tourguide Bertgrum was awesome. He was extremely funny & very knowledgable. He went out of his way to add on a little extra to the tour just so we had the full island experience. I highly recommend a tour while here.
Carnival Sunshine Carnival Sunshine - When you go to the Lido Marketplace to eat, immediately go find a table in the Havana Bar. We never had trouble getting a table there when the rest of the Lido tables were full. Even during the evenings when the Havana Bar were taking dinner reservations they will let you eat in there at the bar or any table without a table cloth.

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