June 2010 Cool Eastern Caribbean Carnival Cruise
Embarkation was uneventful just make sure you are in the correct line for US persons or non US. Get used to the line process you will be in plenty of lines throughout the cruise.
The Carnival Liberty was in excellent condition - Very clean and we all loved the bold decor. Our balcony room was a good size and had a queen bed with two bunk beds for our 9 and 8 yr olds. There was plenty to do but honestly sometimes we were not interested in the schedule events such as Bingo or special meetings (ie. listen to Carnival rep talk about Shopping day ahead.)We all minded that all pools had seawater in them. It stings the eyes and made swimming uncomfortable. The kids tried Camp Carnival and enjoyed it but after a couple of times they got tired of it.
The food quality was OK - a bit sloppy in the buffet area and servers appeared to mind serving us. However the food was very good at dinner (when you actually got a menu.) You need to try the Chocolate Melting Cake - AMAZING. More
Service overall was good, particularly in the Olympian restaurant. Crew were friendly in most areas.
I thought it was a bit much that Carnival tries to make so much money on the extras: Alcohol, photos, jewelry sales, soft drinks, excursions - they advertise alot and put things in your face so much that its aggravating.
Disemabarkation was organized just follow instructions. Less
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Port and Shore Excursions
Not much to do at Grand Turk - it wasnt a private island like Half Moon Cay but it also appeared that Carnival has a monopoly here. I strongly suggest that you take an excursion here since you may be bored just sitting by the beach or by Margaritaville all day. We actually booked the Captain snorke and hike adventure through the ship and we had an awesome time. 1st time when we felt like we had the place to ourselves since only a total of 25 passengers did this tour. The snorkeling was great we all loved the sealife. We took a small break to explore the island called Turk Key (funny name.) It was isolated but the sand and water were incredible and we all loved collecting seashells and dry coral on the beach. This was the best excursion!! Please take your camera everywhere on this excursion since there are plenty of perfect photo opportunities.
1st port was Half moon Cay in the Bahamas. It was Carnivals private island and we did not have to deal with alot of crowds. The beach was lovely and we had fun just playing in the sun. We rented a Cabana and would recommend it since we got a private little are to ourselves and had shelter when the sun got to be too much. Snacks were provided too.
San Juan was not the best port. Not sure why Carnival stops here other than to refuel and restock on food. Again we took a tour with local company that was available right at port. OUr guide took us to the highlights of he city and tried to make the city sights interesing. The city was crowded there was traffic everywhere and alot of construction. The best part was the Fort El Morro -the kids liked it. I'm sure Puerto Rico is lovely but we just didnt see it at San Juan.
St. Thomas was one of our favorite ports. We took a tour with a local company (they wait for passengers outside port) - we saved cash by going with them instead of buying ship excursion. They took us to the highest point to take some amazing photos. They droppoed us off at downtown to shop a little. We thought jewelry places were a bit overpriced but that was our opinion. Lots of people stocked up on liquor since you can take 4 bottles in to US. We ate a local restaurant called Coussens and loved all the seafood and cuisine. St. Thomas is definely a place to come back to.