Carnival Liberty Cruise Review by tempocontour: Liberty Cruise Aug.17-24 2013 : Half Moon Cay, St Thoms, Grand Cayman,
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Liberty Cruise Aug.17-24 2013 : Half Moon Cay, St Thoms, Grand Cayman,
This was our 3rd Carnival cruise, with the Holiday back in 89(?) and Legend in 2010. The Liberty is a beautiful but confusing to navigate ship. Legend had a outside deck where you could have almost walk the whole length of the ship. Not the Liberty.
Grand Suite Rm 7306 had wall to wall sweet views, nice size balcony with chairs and reclining chairs. Great location at mid ship, very convenient to lido and promenade decks, fore and aft of ship. Double the size of your usual cabin with balcony. Balcony is double in length. Suite had a king size bed and a sofa with a pull out bed also about king size, 3 sets of dbl closets, mini refrig. filled with canned sodas and alcohol, dimmable down lights. But our mini frig wasn't working. We had it cleaned out of the beverages and would have used it to store goodies from the buffet. Wash room with sink-in-counter just outside of bath room which was also double in size with a jacuzzi tub with shower, toilet, double sink, and a bidet. On the More bathroom counter there was a bowl filled with little free stuff which consisted of Lipton powered tea, tooth paste, sea sickness pills, teeth brightner strips, breath right nose strips. Booked into the Grand Suite also gave you some privilege like first to board ship.
The food was pretty good up on Lido Deck where Guys Burgers, Mongolian Wok, pizza (which was very good), Fish & Chips (1 deck higher), and Emile's buffet and dinner down in the Silver Olympian dining room. Origami Sushi was practically closed most times, but when open had no sushi but some kind of taste bar was set up. Recent released movies shown on lido deck pool side giant screen. We had our dinner at the Silver dining room with our table tucked along the wall and a room was blocking most of out view of the rest of the dining room and had very limited view of the staff singing and dancing. I would have preferred a table out in the open.
Most staff was great. The staff from Asia was much more helpful and friendly compared to staff from Europe. Outdoor basketball was very small and confided with only 1 hoop. The netting over the court was too low to shoot basket ball the normal way. Did not try the miniature golf and fitness room.
Entertainment - shows and the comedians was very good. Cruise Director Karl was a blast! Karl had lots of energy and seem to love his job. He was everywhere! But I miss Ken Byrne the dining room singing matra'd who was on the Legend in 2010. Less
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Port and Shore Excursions
There was plenty of beach recliners for just about everyone for our ship. If there was another ship, it would have been very crowded. The water was nice to swim in as long as you don't twist an ankle walking in it. Under the water there are huge slates of volcanic rock which had holes and divots all over the place and slick with sea weed. Magaritaville was pretty cool with a bar in fresh water pool, t-shirt, jewelry, etc shops. Beyond a certain point along the beach there is a sign warning people that crossing this point you are leaving cruise company controlled area. Beyond that point you are hounded by people offering horse and inflatable boat rides, drinks, etc. Maybe if we had gone beyond Magaritaville and shops and explored outside of that area it might have been more fun.
Great beach! Plenty of beach chairs for 1 ship, but would have been very crowded if there was another ship. There is a bar and clothing/jewelry/etc shops. Free cooked hot dogs, hamburgers, ice tea, lemonade, etc was close by. We did the sting ray excursion on the other side of the island, free transportation was provided. I can't say enough about the beach. Fun time. What a blast! We booked the sting ray excursion and was provided with free transportation to the other side of the island. The sting ray was located in an enclosed pen which was fairly descent in size, the area was windy and made the water a little rough to swim and stand in. They provided goggles and mask for us to swim around and look under water at the sting rays other sea life. Food was provided and handed out to everyone to feed the sting rays.
We had no excursion booked for that island. We walked around the shopping district of Old San Juan and didn't really see much to shop for. All the buildings are in some form of disrepair. Right near the ship, before and after our walk we were hounded by mini bus drivers offering tours of Old and New San Juan for $10 per person which we finally agreed to do since we had nothing else to do. The tour was pretty informative but found it tough to understand the drivers broken english.
Coral World staff was professional and informative. The helmet dive was fun but restricted with you only able to walk under water around a circular path via under water hand rail. There were sea life that the dive instructor was able to pull out from under rocks and corals and the instructor fed some fish along the way via a cylinder. The helmet was restrictive in movement and in viewing angle. We did the snuba diving in Grand Cayman, that was lots of fun and I highly recommend that!
When you walk onto Coral World grounds you are immediately greeted by inguanas running all over the place! They have an netted area where you could feed lorikeet birds. They'll fly right to you looking for food! There's also a hands on tank for sting rays, another hands on tank that had star fish, sea slugs and large snails. Another enclosed area that had a couple of small sharks that they let you get into. And a trail to walk around the area.