We had the best time of our lives on Carnival Liberty ,so much so that we put a down payment on our next cruise which will hopefully be a 2 week back to back western/eastern caribbean cruise next year on Liberty. We flew to Miami the day before and stayed overnight at the Holiday Inn Express Miami airport ,quite reasonably priced with an IHOP next door for supper and a free breakfast the next morning . There was also a complimentary shuttle from the airport although it took us a while to find it . The next day we caught another shuttle $10.00 each to the pier ,pre booked upon check in at the hotel. We left for the pier at 1100 AM and got there at 1145 due to traffic .
Check in was smooth and easy and we were on the ship by 1230 ( nice and early) ,got a drink and food although our cabin wasn't ready until 1:30 so we had to keep our coats etc with us for a while .At 1:30 we went to our balcony cabin on the Lido deck to dump our stuff and I must say we were thrilled at the size of our cabin and the balcony .It was amply spacious with a good size bathroom and closet space .We then headed back to the Lido deck area for the sail away party and what a good time we had . We only got to the dining room once as we were on late dining and it was not convenient ,but it was an enjoyable experience . The rest of the time we got our food on the Lido buffet which was at times quite crowded . The hot dogs and fresh cooked burgers were delish as well as the pizza. The buffet was called Taste of Nations and if you were not an aficionado of that days offerings ,you were stuck with other offerings . We spent a lot of time on the Lido deck in the Tivoli area ,which at times was crowded and noisy and they could turn down the volume on the sound system a bit as it could be too loud .On the other hand the Lido pool was the hub of the fun and fun it was ,providing great music and entertainment .When it became too much I just retreated to our private balcony for peace and quiet . The main shows in Venetian palace were great and we didn't miss one . We had a comedian on board ,2 jugglers called the village idiots and a hypnotist for Toronto Canada and all were hysterical . We found the PG hypnotist show as funny as the R rated one .One of our stops on Grand Cayman was in doubt due to the large waves by Georgetown ,but our skilled Captain took the ship to the other side of the island and because he could not anchor,kept the ship at station keeping all day with the thrusters. One thing I did not care for was the lineups ,but most people took it in stride and being from a area with low population and few lineups ,I think it was just my issue.
Disembarkation was a bit late due to our late arrival as we had a medical emergency for which we had to backtrack to enable a coast guard chopper to evacuate the individual( who was in both our prayers).We were of the ship on time and sadly off to the airport by 1100.