Carnival Liberty Cruise Review by tabmab1978: Why did I quit cruising?
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Why did I quit cruising?
My husband and I took a 5-day cruise to Key West, Nassau and Freeport Bahamas. The ship cleanliness was unsurpassed. The housekeeping crew was out every morning cleaning the public areas. Our cabin was extremely clean. I took a package of clorox wipes and went over the entire cabin upon check-in and the only areas that picked up any dirt was the window sill and the phone. Both embarkation and disembarkation were organized and efficient. We needed to meet our transport to airport at 9:00 and went to desk services to get an earlier disembarkation time which was handled seamlessly -- no fuss, no hassle. I was very impressed with the ship's entertainment. The musical show was accompanied by a live orchestra. Very nice! In addition, there was live entertainment going on everywhere -- from pool-side to promenade around the casino and the atrium area. We also enjoyed the female comedian on two nights -- she was hilarious! The assigned dining was good (not great) and we were seated with two More
lovely couples that were delightful company. We indulged on the steak house one night and it was a foodie's delight!! We also thought the burgers from Guy's were delish!!! In our opinion, the shore excursions were overpriced and so-so. We took the bike ride in Key West and the guide, Dennison, was cool, but we probably could have done more by renting bikes and trekking on our own. In Freeport, we paid $75 for a beach and snorkeling excursion. The trip to the beach took about 30 minutes and the snorkeling instructions took another 30 minutes. Next time, we'll probably just take a cab to a beach and go it on our own. But back to the positives, the ship was fabulous fun with things going on all the time. The entire ship had a great vibe and we'll definitely try it again. Less
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Cabin review: Carnival Liberty Balcony Verandah 8263
We loved this cabin. It was right next to the elevators but we never 'elevator noises'. It was also right next to the atrium. We could walk out of our cabin and look down into the atrium to see what was going on there. If we liked the entertainment, we could go down and have a drink and enjoy. The deck was also very convenient because just one floor up was the LIDO deck where you could find the buffet, the specialty lunch spots, two bars and the main pool. Perfect location!!!
Port and Shore Excursions
The tour was advertised as snorkeling and beach at Paradise Cove for $75 per person. The group of around 15 people were loaded unto a bus and taken to a beach about 30 minutes from port. The group was then given a 30 minute instructional talk on snorkeling on dead man's reef-- what dangers lurked in the water and what to watch out for. The instructions scared me off -- but my husband went for it. (I have snorkeled many times before) The snorkelers were taken as a group to the reef with the instructor. A guy on a jet ski followed to rescue anyone in trouble. So this was a very structured, safe activity. I stayed on the very small, but beautiful, beach area. There was a small snack bar and gift shop on shore. The whole tour, including transport, lasted around 4 hours.
The tour guide, Dennison, was informative and passionate about the beauty and history of Key West. However, the pace was very slow -- even for two folks in their late 50's. We'd probably have done better renting bikes and trekking on our own.
Upon recommendation of friends, we did not book a shore excursion for Nassau through the cruise lines. We walked off the ship and a guy hit us up for a tour of Nassau, including Atlantis, for $20. We took the offer. We were driven around Nassau in an air conditioned van with 5 other people. We were allowed to visit a couple of beaches and walk around a bit. We were also taken to a shopping area where the driver's wife just happened to have a booth. We were dropped off at Atlantis for about an hour with no instructions. And, we were not allowed to go into the several areas of Atlantis so the visit was limited to the shops, the marina, and the casino. Overall, it was a nice easy day and well worth the $20 per person.