The cruise was sub-par when compared to similar options. The food was mediocre and with few options and the service (overall) was poor.
The fact that they pre-charge the tips clearly is a factor (a negative one) affecting the performance of the staff. They have no motivation to provide anything beyond average service since they know beforehand that they will get the same gratuities regardless of their performance. In fact, some staff were actually rude and mostly not interested in resolving issues.
The ship's size is on the smaller end of today's mega-cruisers which to me, was a PLUS. It felt less congested although even despite this relatively lesser number of passengers, embarkation and disembarkation (particularly in those portes with tender service) was chaotic and slow.
Grand Turk Island - Not much to see on this island othet than the very touristy "mall" by the pier. The "stingray" tour was a complete disappointment with just ONE stingray showing up and the tour guide handling it all the time for some 20 people.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - Where's the beach? There is something missing when a cruise does not offer a beach experience on island as nice as Puerto Rico. We managed to solve this problem on our own, but I am not sharing my secret. Sorry.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas - very nice for SCUBA diving; the shopping "experience" was disappointing with prices similar to those in the mainland without the taxes. better deals in other islands.
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island) - Beautiful place and enough time to enjoy it. The horseback riding and swim tour was excellent. Fun, well organized, and different to the typical "horsie" tours.
RafaelE added Apr 16, 2011 cruise on Carnival Liberty to their profile.
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