So, the cruise from Miami started on Saturday 21st December. We arrived one day early and stayed at the Comfort Suites Miami Airport North. This is the motel that provides free transfer from motel to the Port of Miami. I thought i was the only smart one to book at this motel. But no - there were so many people staying at this motel - that they had to bring in a huge bus to take us all to the Port.! But the Comfort Suites is a newish Motel, the rooms were nice and clean, the beds were comfortable. The only issue I had was the breakfast area was small. There were so many families trying to grab their breakfast in a small area.
Once we got to the Port of Miami - we dropped off our luggage with the porters and headed into the Carnival complex. Checking was a breeze, they checked all our passports and paperwork and told us to wait for 1 hour.
We were on the Ship by 11:30am. Buying that Faster to Fun pass for $50 from carnival is a must. It allows you early entry to the ship and it gives you VIP status when you need to go to the Guest Services booth on the ship. If you do not get this pass, then you will be one of the unlucky ones standing in line for 15-20 minutes waiting to see one of the Customer Representatives. Just buy ones of these.
Ship Details: This ship was built in 2005..and I hate to say it..but sometimes it shows. We were on the Veranda deck - and the carpet looks old and worn thin. We were staying in a Balcony cabin - and that looked a little worn as well. Don;t get me wrong it was clean..but dated. The Balcony was really dirty - in fact they washed all the balconies in St Thomas..and good as well.
Food: The food wasn't bad. I tend to agree with other reviewers..the breakfast was the best meal of the day. The lunch was boring and un-imaginative. You either had the Mongolian Grill, or the standard buffet. Thank goodness for Guy's Burger Bar and the Burrito Bar (long lines for these)..otherwise it would have been miserable. The evening meal was "blah". We're vegetarian..and they didn't have a lot of choice, when we asked if the chef could make us something, we were told we ha to pick from the list! This never happened to us on the Carnival Splendor. But like I said it did not spoil our enjoyment.
Entertainment - That was awesome, the Cruise Entertainment Director, Josh and his people, Flower, Misty and Edwardo worked very hard to make sure that everyone on the ship had a good time. They were engaging, funny and just being with them was fun. We really enjoyed all the entertainment on the ship.
Spa - My wife went for a Spa and facial and she said that it was awesome and the people were very nice and friendly. We found the Spa to be reasonably priced as well.
Excursions - we went to Bahama's, St Thomas, San Juan and Grand Turk - we loved all of the places, the people were all friendly. Although we were concerned about Bahama's. We were told to be careful and be vigilant because tourists had been targeted previously. But we had a blast in the Bahama's.
Wrapping up - it was a great vacation. There were many things on the Liberty that did not live up to our expectations. But that's fine we didn't worry about them. The Ports of Call and the entertainment on the ship made up for all the shortfalls. This is our second cruise with Carnival and we enjoyed it.