Carnival Liberty Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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7+ cruises

Review
1

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4 out of 5

Great Value for Your Travel Dollar

Sail Date: October 18, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Be sure to spend some time in Puerto Rico, either before or after your cruise.  There is so much to do and see there.  We enjoyed Old San Juan, the beaches, Arecibo Observatory, and the Bioluminescent Bay. Because the cruise was shorter (6 days) than we would normally take, we coupled it with a week in an RCI Timeshare (Club Melia II at the Gran Melia). This allows the time necessary to adequately explore the island.  You may even want to do this with other ports of call.

Cabin / Stateroom
Our cabin was on deck #8, aft end of the boat located next to the suite on the starboard side. Our premium balcony was 50% larger than the other Aft-View extended balconies in that we had two chaise lounges in addition to two chairs and a table that were normally found on the other balconies, This room was a good choice since it is directly below the Versailles Aft Pool which was closed at about 9:00 PM. This made the room quiet at night as opposed to other location on board the ship.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Embarkation was a breeze. We went to the ship's terminal early (11:30 AM) and saw that they were allowing people to board the ship, so we went and got our luggage. We left our luggage with porters outside the terminal at about noon and within an hour we were aboard the ship. However, our luggage did not show up in our cabin until 6:00 PM or after. Disembarkation was the worst we have ever experienced and we have cruised at least 7 times before. We had to leave our luggage outside our room by 11:00 PM the night before and we had to be out of our cabin by 8:30 AM the next morning. Our disembarkation group was supposed to leave the ship by 9:00 AM but we were not called to leave until 10:00 AM. The breakfast buffets shut down at 9:30 AM and you couldn't even get something to eat after 9:30 AM. The luggage was placed in the terminal in groups. Each person had to find their own luggage which was almost impossible given the amount of luggage, the number of people and the little space provided. Everyone was pushing and shoving and trying to get into the line leading out of the terminal. Once in that line it took over an hour to get outside the terminal.
Ship Quality
The ship is only 10 years old, but looks older than it is. It is very dated. The design is OK and it is always maintained clean.
Destinations and Excursions
San Juan, St. Thomas, San Maarten were my favorite ports. If you are looking for shopping, we found San Maarten to be the best value for the dollar. When shopping for jewelry, ask for a free beer or rum punch. All the jewelry stores have it and give it away generously if you are buying jewelry. We went on the Harrison Cave Tour in Barbados. The tour of the cave lasted about 45 minutes and the overall excursion was about 3 hours. They take you down into the cave an a tram so it was not all that difficult. This was an excellent tour and a good value for your dollar. Dominica was the port we liked the least. We got off the ship and walked to the Botanical Garden which was not much to see. It is a dirty, fly infested port with not much to do unless you go on an excursion. It is not normally on Carnival Liberty's itinerary.
Onboard Activities
Not as many activities for an older couples to do as compared to other cruises. The Punchliner Comedy Club show occurred on two nights only and went on for 4 to 5 shows on each of the two nights. They could have stretched this over five nights. Most activities are geared towards spending more of your money on board.
Children's Programs Not applicable to this patron.
Entertainment
The comedians did a great job, however, the Comedy Club occurred on two nights only. The singers and dancers did a great job in their Tribute to Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra,
Service and Staff
All of the service and staff were friendly and very attentive to your needs.
Food and Dining
Dining in the Silver Olympian dining room was quite exquisite. The food was good and the staff was very attentive to your needs. Once I asked for lemon in my water or regular coffee, it was delivered to my table each night without asking. The waiting staff remembered your name and greeted you personally each night. The waiting staff performed a short dance for the patrons each night. They were really into this and it was quite entertaining. The buffets on the lido deck were less desirable; however, Fish N' Chips, Guy's Burger Joint, and the Taco & Burrito Bar were a welcomed alternative.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
We found a hotel (Chateau Cervantes) within walking distance to the cruise port which is very elegant but a reasonable price.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Dominica
The port is very dirty, fly infested with not much to do unless you go on an excursion.
Bridgetown, Barbados
The Harrison Cave Tour excursion is awesome and well worth the money.
Castries, St. Lucia
Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Tip

Don't buy the drink program. It costs $49.00 per person per day, and both individuals within the same cabin must buy it thus costing $98.00 per day. I can't envision anybody consuming $49.00 worth of alcohol a day.

Do attend Tina's Port Shopping show



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