A group of 10 of us, all celebrating anniversaries, retirements, and birthdays, cruised to the Eastern Caribbean on the Carnival Liberty from 3/1/08 to 3/9/08. Flew in 1 day beforehand, and since you can't trust the airlines to get you anywhere on time anymore, this allowed everyone to be comfortable they would not miss the ship the next day. We stayed at the Renaissance Hotel, which we purchased through a bid on priceline for $119. Hotel was great, although they need more elevators at check out time. $10 cab fare for 2 to the Carnival Liberty from the hotel.
Having completed everything online before our trip, check in process was very fast, arriving at 11 a.m, and being onboard by 11:15 a.m. Great lunch served on Lido Deck, in our rooms with 1/2 our luggage by 1 p.m. The other 1/2 arrived by 3 pm. This was our 3rd cruise, and our cabin was on Lido Deck (where the big pools and buffets were located), front of ship. I did feel a difference on being in the front of the ship vs. the middle, as far as movement goes...you feel a lot more of it! But, never made us sick, thankfully. The ship is great, set up with a Roman or Grecian look, lots of "stone work". Plenty of room for playing, room was inside stateroom, but had plenty of room for everything to be stored. The guitar player/singer right across from the casino is GREAT, we loved singing along with him and this was a great spot to people watch. Shows were very nicely done, and there was a great comedian...Percy Cruz (?) if you get a chance to see him...grab it! The Spa is very nice, services offered and environment. We found a "hot pool" (small) and a cool-tub to use up there, never crowded. Go through spa, ask for locker key, enjoy the great workout areas, spa, etc. then be sure you have your stuff to take a shower in the locker rooms...very roomy and towels all there for you. Room steward, Roberto was efficient and rarely seen. We dined in Silver dining room, excellent service...Thanks GERMAN!!!! WE also dined at Harry's Supper Club one night, the best steak, ever! As per previous cruise critic information...steak in Silver dining room terrible and tough.
Shore excursions...arrived 5:30 San Juan...went to fort, closed at 6 and would not let us in. Walked around a little, did not feel safe, as a group, so we went back to ship and had fun. St. Thomas...did our own shore excursion to "Blackbeards Castle"...$8 cab ride for 2, $12 to get in. There is NO CASTLE! It is just a tower, but there are 3 pools, a bar/restaurant, and 4-6 "historic" houses to tour. The view was great, however and you could hang out there all day if you wanted. We took a tour $20 p.p. of island. Antigua...grabbed a cab for $20 and went to Jolly Harbor Beach...bar/bathrooms/chairs, etc. We spent about $50 for the day, wonderful beach, not very good snorkeling. Antigua was our favorite island for their beaches, very wide and clean. If we ever go back, we would go to Long Bay for the snorkeling, or buy a day pass to the Sandals resort. Tortola...toured island on own, $20 p.p. No great beaches here, wish we had gone to the Baths on Virgin Gorda...will next time. Nassau...toured Atlantis on our own, usually cost $32 p.p., but we had travel agents credentials, so got the tour free.Very nice place to see, I would even purchase a day pass to enjoy this place next time I go. This is the only place we purchased "Carnival Tours"...glass bottom boat...a big joke, they throw food out to try to attract fish, only one kind, saw all kinds of trash on ocean floor. Guys went on "snorkeling trip", only to find out they take them to beach for "treasure hunt" and you swim around in 2 foot of water and see nothing. My husband said he felt like a little kid...so maybe this would be good for kiddos.
Back on ship...the back pools and two hot tubs on the Lido Deck, where the pizzeria was located, was the least crowded. Plenty of room at all times to sit and eat. A cool thing we liked...watching movies on the BIG SCREEN on Lido deck in the evenings. You do need a sweatshirt and pants due to the winds up there. Disembarkation...we opted to try the self-checkoff since we had an early flight. We were down on bottom deck at 7 am, off ship by 7:10 am and in a cab ($10 to airport) by 7:15 am. When you self-checkoff, you roll all your bags yourself, but we just got on the elevator at 6:55 am, rode it till they would let us off on the bottom floor at 7 am and we were out of there with no hassle. We had a great time on the Liberty, would definitely go back on this ship. If you go, participate in the scavenger hunt on the 2nd day...it's a blast!