Jamaica wedding with family and friends: Carnival Liberty Cruise Review by mankato320
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Jamaica wedding with family and friends
Destination: Western Caribbean
We arrived in Miami very late but had little trouble finding the hotel shuttle. My review here is about the Liberty, however if you are looking for hotel info. we had so many problems with the Wyndham that I would highly recommend you stay elsewhere.
This was our first cruise; we loaded 13 people and enough gear for 30 people into 3 cabs ($24 per cab rate max 5 people), and headed to the Port of Miami. We arrived at the Port at around 11 AM and it was already a madhouse. Some of us had our bags tagged with our Carnival deck tags, some did not. I would suggest tagging your bags prior to getting there if you can. They do have very helpful Porters that are anxious to help you and do have extra More tags. Getting on the ship is a bit of a process and some waiting, but before we knew it we were walking onto the Liberty and the holy sh*t factor kicked in. We were amazed from step one onto the ship. The Liberty is a beautiful ship and well organized. For our family we had two Balcony Staterooms on level 6 starboard aft. Our rooms were spotless and perfect for us. Our room had 2 Twin Beds converted into a King, a single Convertible Sofa and an upper bunk. My wife and I and our two youngest were in this room and it worked very well. Every night while we were at supper the sofa bed and bunk were made up and every morning the bunk was stowed away for space. With two adults and two children in our room it often looked like a tornado touched down. Twice daily our room attendants made our room look spotless. Anything left out was picked up, folded, put away, and/or organized. We ordered room service every morning. We used room service as our alarm clock and had a small breakfast and coffee on our balcony. I must add, if your considering saving some money and going with an inside stateroom, DON'T! We had inside staterooms booked and changed our minds and will never regret it. With the sun rising, a hot cup of coffee in my hand, and in my Carnival robe, I stood on our balcony and watched us port in Cozumel, The Cayman Islands, and Ocho Rios and will not regret paying extra for the experience and view. Every day ended on the balcony reflecting and watching the waves in the glow from the ship lights. We went with the soda cards for the kids which are just stickers attached to your ID card. I believe it was $38 or $39 per child but well worth it if your kids drink soda. We thought about sneaking liquor on the ship but didn't only because our hotel wasn't near a liquor store. However, it would not have benefited us because our family hangout/meeting spot was next to a bar near the casino and there was no chance I was going back to our room to mix drinks. I drink beer or bourbon and rarely drank either on the ship. Since our excursion on Mexico I have become a Margarita fan. Speaking of excursions, DO NOT BOOK THROUGH THE SHIP!!(no offense Carnival). We booked on-line for Mexico and Grand Cayman.
On the ship we tried to take part in daily activities but there is indeed too much to do. We went to a comedy show, a musical production, and some other fun shows but we seemed so busy all the time we know we missed a lot. We simply were having too much fun in the sun, in the pool, eating, eating, eating, relaxing, drinking, meeting others. It was wonderful.
I don't think we over packed but I did spend the majority of my time on the ship in swim trunks, a t-shirt, and flip flops. We did two formal nights and wore suits and ties for the guys and dresses for the gals. The guys in shirts without jackets looked under dressed and the guys in tuxedos looked over dressed. The food in the Silver Dining Room was very good and changed often. I must thank our waiters Valentine and Avito for making our evenings so memorable. They were so good to us, we will miss them dearly. I read about the Chocolate Melting Cake before we cruised; yes, I agree you must have the Chocolate Melting Cake! Harry's...wow what a meal. You must try Harry's one night and do dress formal for the meal. We agreed we would have eaten at Harry's more had we known how good it was. It's not free at $30 something per meal plus tips and drinks, but man is it good. The buffet was as good as we expected. I loaded up on my favorites every morning and always found a spot to eat next to a window for my family. Lunch was an all day thing. We found ourselves eating burgers and pizza (dang good pizza!) all day. We had a buffet supper one night because we were to lazy to get out of our flip flops. We regret that night because the dining room is so much better for supper. My advice; daily room service for something light before breakfast, buffet breakfast and lunch, and your schedule dining room (Silver or Golden-same food) or Harry's at night. We did the late seating and would recommend it. One night at Sea my son and I felt sick. It happened to be the first formal night and we believe it had a lot to do with the mass of people moving to both dining rooms at the same time. After that we took a daily motion sickness pill just in case but it really wasn't that bad. It got a bit rocky at times but we were on a ship not land so it was to be expected. We all miss the ship and know we will go back as soon as we can. We talked about the people on board; I read some comments about Carnival and "white trash", etc. The people we met and the kids met were such good people and it was so relaxed on board that I would be nervous about going on another ship. I hope those that complain of "white trash" go on another ship because I don't want to be around people that complain about other people. It seemed that everyone on board wanted to have fun and get sun and we did just that. Thank you Carnival Liberty! Less
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