Carnival Liberty Cruise Review by swimmer11: Carnival Libery Cruise
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Carnival Libery Cruise
Destination: Western Caribbean
We had a great time on the Carnival Liberty! We loved all of the Fun Ship 2.0 upgrades.
Guy's Burger Joint is the best burgers you'll ever taste! I've been wanting one very badly ever since the cruise ended. The fries are great also.
BlueIguana Cantina was also very good. The chicken tacos were great.
The buffet was pretty good during breakfast, though we almost always had Guy's Burgers for lunch and ate in the dining room for dinner. The fish and chips upstairs were delicious even though Guy's fries are much better than theirs.
We ate dinner every night in the Silver Olympian dining room. Tony was the best waiter we ever had. He was the waiter who sang and danced every night. We know he's not on the Liberty anymore though because our friends who were on the ship with us had him on the Glory just about a week ago.
The shows were okay. We're not that into the production shows. The juggler guy was very good More though.
The new Punchliner Comedy Club was great. All the comedians were hilarious and the comedians switched out so we had different comedians all throughout the week.
The piano bar was fun when we sat in there a few nights.
The pools were nice but they were crowded and it was hard to get a lounge chair. Most people end up sitting in random places not near the actual pool.
The waterslide was fun but there was always a long line so we didn't go on it much.
The EA Sports Bar was a fun place to go before dinner to watch any game that was on or play their trivia games.
The shops had sales throughout the week and we went shopping there a few times.
We got an email a day before we boarded saying that the propulsion system was damaged so they were running late and we would have to wait longer to board. We got there at about noon and though they told us we couldn't board til 4 we were on by 1 and had the ship to ourselves as many people left the terminal until 4. Embarkation was fast besides the ships delay. We were each given $20 to spend onboard for this delay.
We left to disembark around 8 after breakfast and it was very fast.
Cozumel was great. We highly recommend going to Paradise Beach just a few miles from the port. It's a beach with a pool, bars, a restaurant and a bunch of floating waterslides out a bit off the shore. For just $2 each you get access to a chair and the pool and it's just $10 for the water toys for a day. It's not very crowded either and you get great service from the bartenders.
It didn't seem like there was too much to do in Belize. After the very long tender ride you arrive in a port area. This area is behind gates to separate it from the very third-world city. We never left the area because you were told it was unsafe unless you have an excursion booked with local guides. We just shopped at the shopping area within the port which was actually very nice and went to the chocolate factory in the port area (with lots of samples!).
Roatan is not much besides the beautiful beaches. We took a bus tour of the island that ended with a beach day at West End beach, which is much nicer and less crowded than the Mahogany Bay beach near the ship. If you walk to the far left of the beach there is the best snorkeling I've ever experienced! It's amazing. I definitely recommend snorkeling here. Unfortunately though, it started to rain. On the way back, we stopped at the old tower thing (I forgot what it's called) and climbed it and also went to the rum cake factory across the street. Also very third-world, Roatan was nice to visit and our tour guide Melanie, I think, spoke great English and was a great guide.
Grand Cayman was fun. We did the Stingray City tour which was great. We booked through Captain Marvin which is highly recommended. This was much cheaper than Carnival's excursion and had less people on a larger and nicer boat which was very nice. Stingray City was a great experience and the boat also went to snorkeling at the Coral Gardens. This was okay but did not even compare to the great snorkeling the day before in Roatan. If you're planning on Stingray City Captain Marvin's is the way to go.
Overall this was a great vacation and I would recommend the Liberty and this itinerary to anyone. Don't listen to bad reviews unless you're expecting butlers and five-star dining. The ship is very nice, still looks new and we love the 2.0 upgrades. This was probably my favorite ship based on layout, room size, food (Guy's Burgers!), and overall experience than any other cruise I've been on. Less
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