Carnival Liberty Cruise Review by Muffin369: Fabulous Vacation
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This was my 15 cruise, my third on Carnival; Carnival has the best price point for any destination that we looked at. I have found that all cruise lines do something very well and some just meet your needs. Carnival exceeded our expectation is all areas that mattered, Food, Room, best value for your money.
We arrived in Miami the night before our cruise and stayed at the Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel, we got in on a group rate through Cruise Critic. Our room over-looked the Bay and when we awoke in the Morning our shipped was docked right behind the Breeze.
Embarkation was easy and we waited in the VIP lounge due to our Ocean Suite. Once on-board we had to try "Guys" Burgers, they were delicious and managed to eat them a few more days during the week, the Fries are the best and we saw a lot of people just ordering the fries.
Our cabin was mid-ship 7279, it was clean and ready for us at 1:00PM, with our luggage arriving about 1:30PM, our room steward was More sufficient but not the best we have ever had, we had to ask for a few things, (room service menus, replace beach towels).
The Liberty conducts the Muster Drill on the decks, not as convenient as other ships with the Muster Drill held in one of the many lounges, after the drill we quickly headed to our cabin to sit and enjoy the sail away.
Our dinners were in the Silver Dining room, we lucked out with a table with a window seated with 6 other couples. The menu selections were the same as past years and some selections are better than others, you do not go hungry and if you do not like your menu choice, simply ask your server to bring you something else. Our servers were very attentive and quickly learned our names even though we sat in different seats every night to give all a view of the window.
Half Moon Cay - Great Island, we shared the Private Oasis with a group of 20, best value for your money, all you can eat and drink. Bathroom facilities were right in the Cabana; it was about 1600 square feet and came with a hot tub and a slide into the ocean.
St. Thomas - We chose the excursion through Carnival that is a Catamaran to St. John for snorkeling, great crew on the Catamaran, but it is more about the Catamaran than snorkeling, you spend 45 minutes sailing to St. John and 45 minutes back, so maybe 30 - 35 minutes snorkeling.
Puerto Rico- Loved the history the charm, the forts, the food, the cobblestone streets. Best value we found for shopping for souvenirs than any other port we visited. We did not book a excursion through Carnival, we just got off the ship and found a tour for half the cost, $20 per person for a city tour as opposed to $39 through Carnival.
Grand Turk - What a little piece of Paradise, we again took a snorkeling tour, Ultimate Snorkeling Adventure, great snorkeling, but way to many people, you were getting bumped and jostled and the water was a little choppy due to the boats going by. I would probably just go to the beach and snorkel off the beach in the future.
Debarkation was the quickest I have ever experienced, we had group 1, which was called at 7:50am, we elected to have room service and take our time getting ready, and we started making our way down to deck 3 at 9:00am and walked right off the ship and were in a cab heading to our hotel at 9:20am.
We stayed at the Hyatt Regency after the cruise, older Hotel, but the staff more than makes up for the age, very clean rooms, and wonderful bed linens. It had easy access to the People Mover which was accessible through the Hotel. Less
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