We sailed on Carnival Liberty out of Miami on Saturday July 21st, 2012. We have sailed numerous times before, last time with Carnival out of San Juan, Puerto Rico last year. Two things about this cruise were lacking. Last time we sailed with Carnival it took us less than half the time to get on the ship than it did this last time. Unless they solve their problems, if you are making this cruise be prepared to wait in line for hours.
The cruise itself was as expected. Although a little loud for my taste the ship does have a section for grown ups where it is quieter. The cabin crew were not only nice a friendly but did a fantastic job keeping the cabin clean at all times. The dining room crew we happened to get was outstanding, were friendly, efficient and attentive, made the children love to go to dinner every day.
The worse thing about this particular cruise was the life boat drill. We were made to wait no less than 45 minutes on deck for less than 5 minutes worth of obvious and basic instruction on how to put a lifejacket on and although I know they are required to do this they totally misshandled it. We flew to Miami early in the morning out of Toronto and we (particularly the children)had been awake since 2 AM and were tired. I have been in about 20 cruises before and this was the worst lifeboat drill ever, there could be no possible justification to keep us standing on the deck for 45 minutes.
Of all stops San Juan was the mostinteresting from a cultural/historic point of view, the old walled city, its forts and old churches are definitely worth visiting. From the beach point of view Half Moon Cay was the best. Grand Turk and Caicos was a beautiful spot but the beach was too rocky. I was never there before but I was told by another passenger that in the past it did not use to be like this and that the rocks were uncovered due to a recent storm. Saint Thomas is always good for shopping and has beautiful beaches as well.