7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip) Sail Date: May 24, 2015 Ship: Carnival Liberty Cabin Type: Balcony Cabin Number:9237 Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 2 years ago
The southern Caribbean was beautiful. The Carnival Liberty ship was so-so. The exhaust fumes were so thick you couldn't walk on the walking track which was on the upper level. The food was average. Even in the main dining room (not the buffet), the food tasted like frozen fast food. I had a grilled chicken breast that looked and tasted processed, not fresh like I expected. Therman (sp?) was a great waiter. You could smell sewage periodically throughout the ship and even in our balcony room. Although the strong smell didn't last long, it was very disgusting. Our toilet had particles that looked like coffee grounds in it even after flushing. We wondered if the smell was coming from our lavatory but smelled it throughout the ship as well. For those of us that don't "party", it was very annoying when the drunks would come down the hall at 1 - 2 o'clock in the morning, laughing, yelling and screaming. Another couple had decorations stolen off their doorway and placed on another doorway, just goes to show the drunken antics we experienced. I realize that Carnival has a "party" reputation, but if you want a peaceful experience, I would recommend another company. Overall, just a very average experience.
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
Disappointed, the main dining at night was poor quality. It looked and tasted like frozen, processed meat.
3 out of 5
We went to several "PG" rated shows. The comedians were good.
Service and Staff
3 out of 5
Not exceptional, just normal. We had trouble on several nights in the main dining room, just getting served iced tea and coffee. We had to catch our waiter as he would walk away from our table without even acknowledging us. Seems like we were ignored???
3 out of 5
The carpet and lamp shades were stained.
Cabin / Stateroom
3 out of 5
The balcony room was nice. The ships decks was so crowded and pools were small, it was nice having a quiet deck to get away from so many people.
The ship and food was average. The excursions were average as well. The descriptions of the excursions don't tell you the cost of a taxi fare or that the taxi drivers practically attack you for your business when you get off the ship.
We snorkeled looking for sea turtles at Buck Island. The turtles were small, brown dots on the bottom of the ocean floor. The ship's captain and assistant were excellent but didn't see the squid, octopus or anything else except a sea urchin.
This excursion was better. We did the "Ultimate Shipwreck and Snorkel". The sea turtles were closer to shore and you could actually see them fairly close. The ship wrecks were interesting. I would recommend this trip.
The Countryside Drive and Beach tour was not worth the $55 (each). It was educational to see how the people of the island live but boring. At the end of the tour, the bus driver dropped us off at a beach and then left! The beach (Pigeon Island) was not pretty, it was full of sharp lava rock. I did not enjoy this trip and cannot recommend it.
We did the dolphin encounter at St. Kitts. It was very disappointing as you may be in the Caribbean ocean, but it is still an enclosure and with only 1 dolphin. The excursion details said that you could swim with the dolphins - NOPE! You stand on a platform. The other detail that they interestingly forgot to tell you is that you cannot take your personal camera in with you. If you want pictures, it will cost you $35 for 1 picture of ONE person. Or $115 for the entire CD for 2 people, $175 for 4 people. So if you splurged on a GoPro like I did. Forget it. They make you lock it up.
We took the 4.5 hour bus trip around the island. Educational, but not exciting. We were able to see the main sites of the island and of course, the main shopping stops. The food was not good, a ham sandwich was $8 and had one thin slice of deli ham and the bread was so dry, you couldn't choke it down. Take your own snacks.
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