After just 24 hours on Carnival Liberty, I’m exhausted. (Waiting until the last minute to pack and then pulling an all-nighter to do so probably wasn’t the best decision I’ve ever made.) I’m slowly recovering from the effects of an early-morning flight, confusing embarkation and tracking down the list of venues Carnival has added as part of its fleetwide Fun Ship 2.0 initiative (but more on that later). The onboard atmosphere is lively and chic, and the dining options are intense, but at the moment, I’m smitten with one thing:
My balcony. I’m totally in love. A habitual cheapskate, I always thought anything more than an inside was a waste since I don’t spend much time in there anyway. A verandah virgin until now, I think I may have discovered why so many people insist balconies are essential. This is one crazy ship — music everywhere, lots of dancing, holiday decorations and lights that make me feel like I’m sailing inside of a pinball machine (which is a good thing by my standards) — and my balcony gives me respite when crowded elevators and pushy people at the buffet become too much to handle. It also provided a great view at sailaway and ensures I won’t have to deal with deck-chair hogs if I want some fresh air. That’s right. I have a balcony. A balcony! And it’s all mine. For a week.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m about to grudgingly leave it behind to go stuff my face with burgers at Guy’s Burger Joint, a brand-new onboard burger eatery, backed by Guy Fieri. The challenge: Eat at least four burgers in one sitting, thereby retaining my title of “Burger Girl.” Check back later today to see if I’m successful.
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