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Carnival Liberty Cruise Review by PeowCat: Liberty Cruise Western Caribbean Comments


PeowCat
1 Review
Member Since 2008
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Cabin 5.0
Dining 3.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities Not Rated
Entertainment 2.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 4.0
Service 4.0
Shore Excursions 3.0
Value for Money 3.0

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Liberty Cruise Western Caribbean Comments

Sail Date: March 2013
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami

March 23 departure on board Liberty to western Caribbean. Scheduled stops at Cozumel, Belize, Roatan and Grand Cayman. During a spring break week.

Flew in Friday, rented car from FLL to Doral Marriott. Did you know the hotel is directly underneath the inbound flights to MIA? Wow, what a view. You can almost see the captain's face. Inside they only sounded like semis passing by. Our rooms were on the second floor or friends on the top floor. We slept fine, their room slightly lounder.

Returned rental car to MIA car rental building. From their the four of us hopped on a free Thrifty shuttle to the Port. About a 20 minute ride. Very nice option.

Boarding: Arrived about 1pm at port. We had priority boarding our friends did not. Made no difference, we both were in our rooms within minutes of each other. Very quick even at that early boarding hour.

Room: We opted for the Jr Suite with balcony, same as other cruises we've taken. Best room yet! Felt larger More than other lines. Definitely more storage areas, included two closets, lots of shelving, a dressing area, double sinks and Jaccuzi tub. Balcony was not deep but had three chairs, one that reclined.

Our friends had an interior cabin, twin beds. Very small by comparison. They were impressed when they saw our room.

Stewards: Ours were awesome! Extra tips awesome.

Dining: A big let down. We thought the food was mediocre at best. Avoid the fish, none of these dishes were well prepared including the lobster in the Steakhouse. Chicken was only marginal. Beef was the best choice but even this was hit and miss. Wait staff was hit/miss. Some made us feel welcome and happy. One creeped all of us out - both men and women. After the second experience we asked not to be seated there again and were accomodated, no questions, no problems.

Buffet and Lido deck: More mediocre food. Scrambled eggs were powdered. Omelettes, however, were worth the wait. Bacon was crispy. Beyond that, it was all routine fare. Nothing to inspire you. Best bets were Guy Fieri burgers and breakfast in the Golden with cook to your order eggs, etc. Guy's burgers were very tasty despite the look. Burrito bar was good too. Avoid the fish and chips place over the buffet. Not worth the walk up the stairs in our opinion. For your fries fix go to Guys.

Activities: Many activities for the younger sets. Special areas and activities for 8 and below, pre and younger teens, and older teens. I saw the younger set at some activities and they all looked happy. A teen girl asked our friends teen daughter if she wanted to come to the older teen dance and talked about how much fun it was. Imagine a stranger asking another stranger if they knew about this cool dance place and sounding really excited about it. Carnival was doing something right for this age group. (The friends daughter did not go)

Shows: Evening entertainment would have been marginal on a non-spring break cruise. But, this cruise was at least 1/3 people under 18. They are not interested in show tunes, ballroom dancing, floor show dance routines, and Sinatra and Sammy Davis impersonators. Frankly, I'm not either and I'm 60. On a positive note, the comedians were great, both the PG shows and adult.

Debarkation: Orderly and smooth. The only hold up has nothing to do with the cruise lines - customs can be slow and lines can be long. Less


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Cabin review: Carnival Liberty Suite Empress 7314

Carnival Liberty, port side, Jr Suite with balcony, #7314. Felt like the largest room we've been in of the mini-suite class. Two closets with adequate hanging rod and shelving space. Multiple storage locations within the room. Bed was comfortable, but not great. Bathroom was the largest yet and had double sinks and a Jacuzzi tub! Took a while to figure out the buttons for the lighting. Look for the switch to the mini-cans. It's also a dimmer and can serve as a low night light setting. Balcony was not deep but large enough to have three chairs including one that reclined and a table. We had two tables until they washed the deck on the port side and the furniture got rearranged with our neighbors. Flat screen TV with a VHS/DVD player. Sofa converts to a bed. Our room was in a quiet location.

Port and Shore Excursions


I really hoped to give this a better rating. The guides were helpful, friendly and knowledgeable about the sea life in the area. The Cay is nice mix of rocks and coral. It's worth a visit if all you want to do is float on the surface. I score this excursion low for two reasons. First, the life preservers are not the usual snorkel type that you inflate/deflate to swim down. These are like the preservers in your cabin, with foam. Try swimming down to get a closer look - it aint gonna happen. I took mine off, held the buckle end of the waist band and fought the tether to descend and take pictures. Very frustrating. I hated it. The tour operator, Hugh Parkey, should replace these with the type all the other snorkel operators use. Second reason is after the swim they take you to their private island for an unabashed effort to get you to buy drinks, food and souvenirs. Not much to see on this island and they won't let you explore off the wooden paths. I would have much preferred to be returned directly to the ship to eat the food there.

ATV Adventure

(5)
The four in our party loved this. Lots of fun. First time for three of the four. The company offers both manual and automatic shift ATVs. The route was all on dirt roads with potholes, gutters and rocks - in other words tons of fun. You ride to a sink hole and then a cave. You get off the ATV, walk a short distance to the sites and your guide provides historic background. Informative and entertaining. At the conclusion of the ride you are offered some nachos and an opportunity to buy pictures and video they have taken. The images and movies are good. We didn't buy them because they were too highly priced. I would have paid $50 for the full CD but not what they were asking. You are then taxied to a beach with lounge chairs, a restaurant and bar and souvenir shops. The prices are reasonable. No pressure to buy. Snorkel equipment is free to use. The pool is really just a little kid wading area. Beach is sandy, there is no coral formations close to beach but colorful fish can be seen. My best find was a small sting ray resting on the bottom. Small groups are then taxied back to the dock as they wish to leave.

Stingray Swim

No rating given because the tour was cancelled. This is the second time this has happened to me at Grand Cayman. If you book this and the weather is iffy have a contingent plan in mind. Maybe a trip to one of the beaches, a museum tour or even a walk around downtown. Another factor on this island is that some ships are not allowed to come into the main bay. Instead, they are sent to a tiny sandy area where tenders drop off hundreds of people into a corral where they have to fight for taxis or even seating waiting for a tour to leave. Taxis are $5US per person. A real disappointment if your ship can't get into the main harbor. Plan for long waits in the afternoon when 1000's try to board a few tenders back to their ships. Stress levels probably high as the ship departure time rapidly approaches. Both times I've been to GC we were not allowed to tender at the downtown site. I am not impressed with Grand Cayman's treament of these ships to the alternate site as second class travelers. It's a rich island, they should do something to improve this site.

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