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Carnival Liberty
Carnival Liberty
Member Name: IanAber
Cruise Date: October 2013
Embarkation: Miami
Destination: Western Caribbean
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 5+
Entertainment 5.0
Spa & Fitness 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 5.0
Embarkation 5+
Service 3.0
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates Not Rated
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The party ship, not for the discerning cruiser.

Information about ports of call was sparse at best with no maps of any real use. It was just about the organised trips which while good are too expensive to rely on for every port of call.

Afternoon tea, held at 3:30 not 4:00 as is customary where such practices were developed, was very disappointing. Instead of scones and cream with jam they had 'scones' that were more like cookies and filled with cream cheese. Others sweet treats were laden with fake cream and sickly frosting. I am not one to complain about food but nobody we met who went to the tea was impressed by it. Carnival should not have bothered. Compared to the equivalent on the Carnival cruise we took out of Jacksonville of a couple of years ago it was a total flop.

Many of the announcements made in the theatre and elsewhere were done by people who have English as their second or third language. A valiant effort on their part but it results in total confusion as most English speaking people were having great difficulty understanding them.

The Serenity area aimed at those adults who don't want to be subjected to the mega-noise of the party ship was arranged right next to the children's play area. We found ourselves being stared at and giggled about by little kids peering through the divider. Whilst they were not out there all the time, when they were playing the pool it was hardly serene!

The cabin itself was very nicely appointed and quite spacious but there was constant noise from the disco four floors above and the mechanicals below. We were in 1397.

Beware of the buffet open times. Despite many people trying to get something to eat and the fully stocked buffets having plenty of food, they were all closed promptly at 2:30PM leaving only a couple of speciality options such as the deli and the pizza. On a sea day this resulted in much consternation from frustrated guests who were turned away. Not just a couple of people here but loads of them. Activities were arranged at meal times that made it difficult to eat and partake, eg. the Art Auction on the second sea day.

Dress code enforcement in the dining room was non existent with everything being tolerated. Youths with Jeans, hooded sweatshirts, hood up, and earbuds in at dinner is not socially acceptable in a classy restaurant.

If you are a party animal who doesn't go in for dressing up, fine food or etiquette. If you don't need sleep at night and you love to drink to excess then this is probably the perfect cruise for you.

Some aspects of the cruise were very good. Getting on and off the ship in port was very efficient and the entertainment in the theatre and comedy lounge were well above average although the timings could have been better arranged to allow more to be enjoyed. Many of the staff tried very hard but you did get the feeling that they were not impressed with the level of the guests and had little respect for many of them. I am not sure that all the guests really deserved respect though to be fair.

Disembarkation, or debarkation as the Americans insist on calling it for some odd reason, was incredibly slow due to the Miami authorities. This was not Carnivals fault at all of course but nonetheless caused much frustration for those of us who just wanted to get on our way. It was after midday by the time the last of us made it out to the ground transportation.

Publication Date: 10/19/13
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