December 2015 - 7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Liberty
Carnival Liberty has a great layout. Easy to find your way around. Aging but well cared for. And it goes really fast. We had a Spa deck balcony with 3 adults and a 4 year old bossy little granddaughter. No problems..plenty of room as long as we kept things picked up.
Staff was wonderful!!! Victor, Catherine, as heads of the late seating Silver Dining room, Indira, and Junior our wonderful waiters went waaaay beyond the norm to care for us. They dealt with our issues of having food allergies and a skittish 4 year old little girl with enthusiasm and grace. Our room steward Sari was kind and patient tho we assumed on her busy schedule many times. Olga, in the Alchemy Bar made the very best Cosmos we have ever tasted and was a real sweetheart. We booked 5 shore excursions at the desk on ship. The staff were terrific and right on with their advice. We liked the Fun Bus with Nick and Andre on Barbados the best because they were fun and informative. Beach is best on Barbados we thought. The St. Lucia tour was really lovely..It was a bus tour of the island, some historical houses, rum distillery (yum), and banana fields. Dina, our lovely tour guide who made us appreciate the island. On St. Kitt, we took a island tour and beach break. More prosperous..real estate not crops here. It was really great..tho the beaches on Barbados were better. St. Kitt was really beautiful. The St. Thomas tour was fine..we took the Sky Line. Was very nice but couldn't see much because of the rain that day. St. Martin was good..but seemed a bit grubbier and sleazier than the other islands. The people we met in St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Thomas, St. Kitt seemed down to earth, struggling, cheerful, hardworking, good people. No begging anywhere. The exchange rate is about 2.6 to 1 US dollar which makes it good for them and us.
The driver in St. Martin was very very nice, but some of the locals were persistent with begging. Was beautiful anyway. The restaurant on the beach included in the tour was terrific..staff was great there..except one..whom we mentioned to the driver...so he had us fill out a form, and Carnival moved him to a different job position.
The Airport Best Western in Kansas City, booked with before our
cruise was really good. Nice breakfast, nice clean rooms, prompt shuttle to the airport..only downer was they charge $6 per day to leave your car while you are gone. First time ever paid that..but they say all airport motels in KC charge for extended parking.
All in all a great vacation. and Carnival and Southwest combined to make a really really memorable vacation!!