Background Information: My husband & I took the kids & their wives on our first family cruise. My first experience (along with the kids) was over 10 years ago on a short 4-day to Bahamas on Carnival. That was not a good experience~ship was small, seas rough, felt sick & it monsooned! So, was very hesitant to do it again. But, SOOOO glad I did!! And now can't wait to do it again!!
Ship Info : On the Carnival Liberty. I found it to be very clean, well organized, but crowded. Pools were great, but unless you get out early, you wouldn't find a spot~same with the lounge chairs~people would put towels on & save them for hours. You really had to get out first thing.
Activities : We enjoyed the water slide & the puttputt course was really nice. We went to the gym a few times & my only suggestion would be to turn more of the equipment around so you can see out, & to extend the windows so when you are using the equipment you can see completely out in front.
Service : We found everyone to be extremely friendly & helpful. Our steward was wonderful!
Port & Shore Excursions : We booked our own excursions after much research from tripadvisor, & I've already written reviews on those~wonderful! Cozumel was beautiful~we went on a mud buggy excursion there with WildTours. It was a lot of fun~could have used more mud puddles, but lots of fun. We didn't get to explore Cozumel, however, as the tour took most of the time. Will go back to just tour. Belize was nice, but I'm not a fan of the tender process! I cuts a couple of hours off your time on the island. There is a lot of poverty~which I knew about~but we just grabbed a taxi guy, told him what we were looking for, & he took us to Old Belize, which was great! We pretty much had the place to ourselves, our own private beach! This is a man-made facility that borders the ocean. There is a nice lagoon with a swing so that you can swing out & into the water, & a massage water slide. There is volleyball, lounge chairs, bath & changing rooms, a restaurant & store. He took us through the city & told us about the history. Was great! Roatan was a paradise!! I can't say enough about this place! We hired Christopher Tours for the day, & our guide Kevin was wonderful! He took us on a tour, showing us his island, then we ziplined with SouthShore, which was AWESOME, went to the monkey farm, which was really cool, then to the beach for snorkeling! I could have spent much more time here!! Grand Cayman, I could have done without. Way too commercialized! Beach was pretty, but way too crowded! Shops expensive. Didn't spend but about 2 hours, then went back to ship. Again, not fond of tendering.
Travel To Port of Embarkation: Flew out of Charlotte,NC on USAir. My first flight!! Was beautiful! Took lots of pictures. Very smooth~on time.
Stateroom: Very clean & roomy. Had balcony. Was really nice to be able to sit out & watch
Dining: Food on the buffet & Guy's burgers was awesome! Breakfast pretty decent too. Dining room food was not as great as it could have been, and the service was a little slow at times, but overall good. Would have liked to have seen a little more exotic foods on the "didja" menu. The alligator & shark fritters were more like a deviled crab ball. Desserts were awesome! Took a long time from start to finish, esp. if you did dessert & coffee. Ice cream & pizza bar was awesome!!
Entertainment : Probably my least favorite. Not much to choose from, & the "Broadway" type shows were sorely lacking. Comedy was hit & miss. The singer in the atrium was the same every night~wish they would of changed that up. Karl, the cruise director, was funny & entertaining.
Disembarkation: Pretty time-consuming. We just sat up on the lido deck for a few hours & waited. The worst part was trying to get a van/taxi. Took forever!
Summary: Overall, awesome experience that we all thoroughly enjoyed! No real complaints at all. The ocean was like glass most of the time, & it only clouded up for about 15 minutes, at Cayman. So, PERFECT!