Carnival Liberty Cruise Review by dlht: Carnival Liberty Winter Escape
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Carnival Liberty Winter Escape
This was my 5th cruise and so far the best. The Carnival Liberty has a lot to offer. Very clean ship. Great crew. Wonderful cruise director. In fact, Tod is the best cruise director of any of the ships I've cruised with before. He was very visible and did a great job. The entertainment was typical cruise ship style--some shows better than others, but the final Legends show is a "do not miss." Tod and the other activities directors made it very memorable. The comedians were good, although we were surprised to find the family shows to be a bit funnier than the late night shows. See Tommy the bartender for some fun--across from the karaoke room. He sings and jokes while making drinks and makes it a great place to go for a nightcap.
We had a balcony on the 8th deck. It was a good choice--only one deck up to the pool where we spent a lot of time. It was also near the buffet, which made it convenient for breakfast and lunch--or even going for a walk and getting a quick cup of More coffee to bring back to the room in the morning. In general, the food was far, far better than Norwegian, as good or better than Royal Caribbean. The people serving drinks in the pool area were visible and available, but never intrusive or annoying as I've found on other ships. We had breakfast in the Silver Olympian Dining Room once--a nice change from the buffet. Dinner was in the Golden Olympian. The headwaiter named Can made dinner an adventure. He was very attentive, experienced, and took time to get to know us. He also a great sense of humor. Because we were on the flexible dining schedule, we needed to request him and did so whenever possible. Make sure to get the chocolate melting cake for dessert at least once.
Half Moon Cay is by far the best beach day of all the cruise lines. We were a group of 6 women, all family--ages 29-74. We all had a wonderful time and found plenty to do that was fun for all our ages. A highlight was dressing up in western garb for some fun pictures. Elegant/formal night was another highlight of the trip. Bingo was expensive, so we didn't play this time. The casino is small with very few of the video games that do the fun bonuses. Still, there was plenty of activity there without being too crowded.
All in all, this was a great cruise. If I have to find a criticism, it would be that there weren't as many choices for onboard activities as I would have liked. Having said that, however, the activities that are planned are executed well by the staff and a lot of fun. I just wish there were more of them. I would definitely do this cruise again. Less
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Cabin review: Carnival Liberty Balcony Empress
8248--Good location with plenty of space in the room. Nice bathroom. Close to elevator. One deck below the pool and buffet. Safe in the room. Shower gel and shampoo in the bathroom (no hair conditioner.) Clean room. Nice size balcony. Able to take nice pictures from the balcony at every port.
Port and Shore Excursions
Four members of our group went on a snorkeling and hike excursion. The boat ride to the site was indeed "exhilarating" as promised, and included rum punch to drink while going to the site. Snorkeling was good and the group elected to forego the hike in favor of extended time in the water.
The other two members of our group went on the Historical Homes and Churches tour. This was ok, but not great. It was basically a bus/van ride with a few stops. At age 51, I was by far the youngest one on the bus and I think I would have preferred snorkeling with the others in my group instead. My 74 year old mother-in-law, however, loved it. There are a lot of cows, burros, and goats in the streets when you leave the pier/beach/shopping area. The lighthouse was not much to see. The church was pretty. The museum was the most interesting part of the excursion if you like history. A very knowledgeable guide told us about the history of shipwrecks and there were some interesting things to see in the museum.
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