7 Night Classic Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Sail Date: February 07, 2009 Ship: Carnival Liberty Cabin Type: Oceanview Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 9 years ago
This was our second Carnival cruise, the Liberty, having cruised the Triumph in 1999, 12th cruise overall. We needed a getaway from the stresses of work and this was the right dose of medicine. We liked the itinerary but most importantly the three days at sea. No schedules, no rushing into port, just plain relaxation. We always felt that cruising is the best value for the money. Getting on the ship was a breeze. However, we had an early flight home and were given #31 for getting off the ship, the second to last. Passengers with later flights had numbers before us. We had to scramble to catch our flight home.
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
You can't go hungry on a cruise. There is something for everyone at any time or place. We had the Total Choice option, even though we were booked for Early Dining. It turned out to be better because you went to the dining room when you wanted. We even had a table for two. The food was okay.
5 out of 5
We couldn't keep up with all the activities on board. The shows were excellent and professional.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
The ship's staff was excellent. Our cabin steward kept our room immaculate. Wait staff in the dining room very courteous.
3 out of 5
We did not like the layout of the ship at all. You could not get from front to back without going up and over or under and through. We never got it right even at the last day. Very frustrating. The decor was a little bit too gaudy for me. All public areas were clean. Keeping children under the age of 16 in the hot tubs was not enforced and I got into two altercations with parents who did not read the rules posted on the wall who dropped their kids off and left. At one time there were 8 little kids and 4 adults in one hot tub. One kid was diving under the water. I finally went to the security guard who didn't know what I was talking about. Children have no business in a hot tub. It's not enjoyable for adults.
Cabin / Stateroom
3 out of 5
We had an oceanview room which was quite bigger than other cruise lines we've been on. Very comfortable bedding.
We've also been to St. Maarten before and it is our favorite port. We were supposed to go on a catamaran tour, but it was too windy and all water tours were cancelled. We went to a hotel and relaxed on the beach but we couldn't stay too long because of the wind. Then we went by water taxi to Philipsburg, had a drink at a beachside bar and walked around town.
In San Juan we took the tour of some sights of the city and then to see Juan Carlos and his flamenco show. He was absolutely fabulous! Don't miss it. We've been to San Juan before and our tour allowed us to walk around the city for awhile.
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