November 2016 - Carnival Liberty to Caribbean
First let me say that this was a Thanksgiving week cruise that was originally supposed to go to Cayman, Falmouth, and Cozumel. Because of the Liberty's engine issues (operating at slower speeds) itinerary was changed to just two ports - Cozumel and Costa Maya. This also meant more sea days. Each cruiser is different on why they cruise, but we cruise for the ports and excursions and the ship experience is just secondary. That being said, the more sea days you have the more important the ship experience is. The Liberty didn't have a lot of things to do on the ship other than bingo, trivia, casino, and activities up on sports deck like mini golf and shuffle board and that was kind of windy. There is a pool with a water slide, but my older kids (13, 15) weren't feeling it. They also didn't really gel with the kids club activities for their age. The casino was so smoky and doesn't allow kids, so it limited anytime that we could spend there - sure wish some ships would offer non-smoking casinos. We had a balcony cabin and an inside directly across from it and they were fine, but I would do two balconies in the future. Our two ports were fine, we enjoyed both Costa Maya (did the waterpark there and had a great time) and Cozumel (tried the dolphin swim and while we enjoyed the experience would not do again because I felt bad for the dolphins). Always enjoy the Snuba in the past and may do that agan or do a beach experience. We were bored with 4 days at sea and spent much more on ship (bingo and casino) than we normally would because there wasn't anything to do. The shows were okay, not the level we've seen on other cruise lines but we enjoyed the comedian hypnotist and comedian ventriloquist. ALSO, because of the itinerary change, Carnival had Hunter Hays for a Carnival Live performance and he was great. I had heard of him, but never really saw him sing/play - great guitar player and he put on a great show - really enjoyed his performance and that was nice that Carnival did that. The food was okay - breakfast in the buffet was fine, like the tacos at Blue Iguana, did the brunch in main dining one day. For lunches the specialty areas were much better than buffet (burgers, pizza, tacos, seafood). Dinner was better in the main dining. We didn't do any specialty dining. I think if we do a cruise again we will pick a cruiseline/ship with more to do on board (that doesn't cost extra) and limit the sea days. Carnival was nice in allowing us to cancel cruise due to itinerary changes, but this was our vacation week and we weren't able to switch to xmas due to my husband's work obligations - so we decided to go anyway. It was rough because we got little compensation ($50pp) and yes, a 25% discount off FUTURE cruise - but would have been nice to have it off TH IS cruise - especially since we had to hear of hundreds of people getting this same cruise FREE - last minute because they wanted to fill up the boat. If they are willing to do that - why not just give a bigger discount/refund to those of us who paid and decided to sail anyway?