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Liberty of the Seas

November 2015 - Liberty of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

Worst Cruise I've taken out of 3 cruise lines

First, the redeeming qualities of this ship: The SHIP itself is big & beautiful, some of the evening shows were absolutely phenomenal, the rock wall climbing and on-board surfing simulator were challenging and fun, and MOST of the staff were SO awesome. But the food and desserts were AWFUL, and the same foods were served every day on the buffet deck. There were a FEW good things available, but MOST of the food was cheap and gross. (I asked around, and LOTS of other passengers, old and young, were very disappointed too) The soft-serve machine is ONLY open 11AM to 7PM - annoying! The hot tubs were closed even for the ADULTS before 9PM. (Carnival and Disney have 24 hour food and soft serve ice cream, VERY late night hot tub hours, and no fee for room service between midnight and 5 AM) The rock wall climbing and surf simulator are only open during certain parts of the day, rather than ALL day. The ice skating they brag about? Forget it. Only open for the performers, the teen group, and very specific activities for SHORT windows of time, on certain days. They don't just open up the ice for you to skate on when you want to during the day. The on board itineraries are lame. Prepare to be BORED, unless you want to spend ALL day doing nothing but gambling in the casino that reeks like an ash-tray, drinking, shopping, or spending money in the spa for some treatment, supplement or body care product. There were occasional, SHORT trivia games, scavenger hunts, and dancing activities each day, which filled up maybe 2 of the hours between 10AM to 6PM  (8 hours) until the evening shows began. You have to get tickets for the on board shows, within 2 hour windows on certain days. Otherwise you get bad seats, usually NOT beside your family or friends, and last-minute seating. Some people with tickets don't even show up for the performances. I think it should be first come, first served with no saving seats!  (That works great on Carnival and Disney ships) Large screen, outdoor movies were nice, but too infrequent, & overlapped with evening performances, which was SO unnecessary. (Disney has much better activities and many MORE, even for adults!) Our cabin attendant didn't clean our room for 3 days, (we found out LATER it was because my teenagers were in the room without me there when he came to clean - why didn't he just say something?) and we ran out of toilet paper twice, AFTER we had already reported that we were almost out. (3 girls in one room.)  Finally, we completely skipped our port in Honduras because; rather than getting a poor woman with a "medical emergency" a helicopter ride back to shore in a FRACTION of the time; we wasted 8 hours by turning the whole ship around and returning to Grand Cayman when we were 4 hours away! What kind of "medical EMERGENCY" can wait 4 freakin' hours?!!!! 

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Carnival Triumph

January 2014 - Carnival Triumph to Caribbean - Western

Need More Games & Activities!

OK, the food and service was fabulous. The game shows like "Game of Love" or "Battle of the Sexes" were a lot of fun, but there were not enough of them. The musical shows were good, but some of the constumes were pretty tacky/slutty - my adult brothers and my children didn't appreciate that. My teen-age kids loved all of the fun activites that were planned in club O2, and my nieces & nephews had a blast in Camp Carnival & Circle C - great job with pleasing the kids! I myself was pretty bored at times because the water slides were shut down, the hot tubs were crowded,& the only things to participate in most of the day are: gambling, bingo, trivia games & Karaoke. I like trivia & karaoke, but I don't drink & I don't gamble, so it would have been nice if there were MORE ACTIVITIES, BIG SCREEN MOVIES & SHOWS for the adults throughout the day. (Trivia games get old, people.) Finally, I didn't like singing karaoke with the smell of cigarette smoke in the air. DISGUSTING!!! Why they had us singing on the other side of the casino, I don't understand. The weather was lousy too, but Carnival can't control that - oh well. There's my review, folks.

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Carnival Magic

September 2013 - Carnival Magic to Caribbean - Western

Best Vacation Ever!

The service, food (better than Disney), and activities for my teens were all fantastic! My 15 year -old was LOVING Club O2!!! They kept her busy - and I NEVER heard "I'm bored"!!! I would have liked more family-friendly games, movies and shows for us to attend TOGETHER, and I'm NOT a fan of the casino, but I had a fabulous time anyway. I loved the fact that there were relaxing, comfy places for adults-only, and a place for every age-group to party! I enjoyed the special touches: chocolate on my pillow & towels folded into animal shapes, and an attentive steward. I felt like royalty in the dining hall, and enjoyed the flexibility of dining times. No major problems, and minor inconveniences were adressed immediately. Way to go Carnival - you nailed-it!

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ettcruisers's Tips

Liberty of the Seas Liberty of the Seas - Most important tip: DON'T CHOOSE ROYAL CARIBBEAN!!! RUN!!!!! Disney is the best, unless you have teens with you. If you do have teens, I'm telling you - go with Carnival. Carnival has the BEST teen activities.
Carnival Triumph Carnival Triumph - Go to the Lido deck for breakfast. Go to the spa on the last 2 days - the prices are lower! Carnival Magic ship is better. Bring a book or movies in case they shut down the water slides & pool, (Sometimes there's nothing going on but trivia games) Karaoke - sign up quickly if you want a turn!
Carnival Magic Carnival Magic - Bring a $2 bill with you, if you have little children! Also, wait till the last 2 days to book your spa treatments!

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received a helpful vote on their Liberty of the Seas cruise review - Worst Cruise I've taken out of 3 cruise lines

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received a helpful vote on their Liberty of the Seas cruise review - Worst Cruise I've taken out of 3 cruise lines

shared a quick tip for Liberty of the Seas "Most important tip: FIND ANOTHER CRUISE LINE! DON'T GO WITH ROYAL CARIBBEAN!!!!!!!!! In my experience, Disney is the best, unless you have teenagers. Carnival does it BEST for teens, seriously! (out of 5 cruises)"

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reviewed their Caribbean - Western cruise on Liberty of the Seas and gave it 1 star!