Carnival Liberty Cruise Review by DJGag: Carnival Liberty - Eastern Caribbean
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Carnival Liberty - Eastern Caribbean
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
We drove ourselves to Port Everglades and after getting through security (no problem except for waiting in line) my husband dropped the luggage, my daughter and I off while he parked in the nearby garage. We waited in a long line that moved along at a steady pace. The pictures started even before we boarded the ship. Once on, we went to deck 9 in search for something to eat. Of course there was a line but it was manageable. There was hand sanitizer at the beginning of each buffet line. Afterwards, we went to search for our room. Our luggage was already there. I was pleasantly surprised by the size of the room (by ship standards that is). There was lots of storage and the bathroom had glass shelves to hold all of our toiletries as well as ample counter space. We had a balcony (with two chairs and larger then needed table) and it will be hard to take a future cruise without one. The room came with terry robes and beach towels with a note saying that we would be charged if either was More
missing at the end of the cruise. We purchased one of the towels ($22.00) as a souvenir. The bedding was wonderful and you could purchase that too. My daughter and I always managed to flood the bathroom when we showered. I learned that you had to turn the water off whenever you weren't rinsing, to avoid the flood. I guess the water couldn't drain quickly enough. There was a locked fridge that the steward never offered a key for and we never asked. We loved the location of our room since we only had to go up one flight to reach the lido deck which served the buffet meals and had the pools. I liked the multi-tiered decks to view the huge outside movie screen. They showed concerts, football games and movies each day. Like I read in so many reviews, the food was mediocre. We expected better especially in the dining room. The service was great but the food was quite bland. But I do have to admit that they went out of their way to make sure my daughter who has food allergies had a variety of food to choose from. The chocolate melting cake was her favorite. I too, thought it was delicious. Let me warn you that you can not go from one end of the ship to another on many of the decks. We learned to reach our destination by first going to deck 5 Promenade and then going up or down from there. My 13 year old daughter took advantage of the teen club. She wasn't old enough to go into the Without Batteries club but was able to go into the Hot & Cool dance club from 9-10:00 each evening. After that it switched into an adult club. She said the activities were pretty lame (her words) but they allowed her to hang out with kids her age. Usually, she would meet up with kids that she liked and then they would leave and hang out elsewhere. The kids her age (12-14) were allowed to come and go as they pleased. As parents, we made her meet us every few hours at a scheduled location and she had to stay in a public location. We brought walkie talkies but they didn't consistently work. The ship offered them for rent but they were out by the time we asked. I was actually disappointed that they didn't offer a Broadway type show more than twice during our cruise. And the first show called, Wonderful World wasn't that wonderful (my daughter and I picked out a few mistakes made by the dancers). The other show, Rock Down Broadway was much more entertaining. All of the comediennes were funny although I had trouble staying awake for the midnight showing for two of them. I thought the guest talent show was bad excuse for the main entertainment for the evening. The cruise director, Todd Wittmer grew on me as the week went on. He wasn't as funny as our last cruise director but he was entertaining. All in all we enjoyed our cruise on the beautiful Liberty. The people were friendly and the service was good. Disembarkment went very smoothly. It was very organized and once off the ship the crowd thinned out so it was easy to find our luggage and get through customs. Less
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