We arrived by Southwest Airlines into Ft Lauderdale, caught the GO shuttle to Miami. Very easy to do! $20.00pp, 45 min & It dropped us off right in front of the terminal. Embarkation wasn't as much of a hassle as it had been in other ports, unless you are cruising on Carnival Liberty & you are holding up the security line because you are in the wrong terminal :}. That was all we had to wait on until we got to the front of the line. Our agent seemed a little new, as he was taking a bit longer to process us on & we had our paperwork done. Oh well, we got on. The ship was beautiful! Really loved the touch screens near the elevators. Made it so easy that you didn't have to carry a cruise compass with you.
Hmmm. Average is all I can say. Nothing stood out. Service was adequate. We had main seating. Took almost 1 hour each night to get appetizers. On the 4Th night, it took 1 15 min for salads. We finally got our main meal & it was wrong. Steak was cold. We left without eating main course & didn't go back. We opted for the Windjammer the next night. It wasn't fancy, but we got a selection & didn't have to wait.
Windjammer: A little more crowded than usual, but still was able to find seating without much of a problem. Food was ok. Coffee was very hot. Temp could be turned down a bit. We usually had breakfast & lunch. Although we ate dinner twice.
Cookies all day! What a nice place to catch a mid day snack & people watch. Also great for snack after you left the show. Good place for a light breakfast if you don't want to encounter a lot of people. Coffee was a better temp.
Now this was a meal!Service was excellent. Food was way above a 10! We would eat there every night if it didn't have a surcharge or possibly lower charge. But still it wasn't bad for $20.00 pp. We had the T Bone steak. I know what you're thinking. Portofino's is Italian. But the T Bone was truly magnificent. The Cesar salad could feed 3 people for each plate. The desserts... If you don't have room, take it with you! The couple we dined with had Tiramisu. I had Chocolate Mousse, My husband had the sampler. We made him order it so we could all try it. Portofino's is a definite THUMBS UP!
Yes,???? Very poor selection. Gordon the Cruise Director was not of our liking. He seemed to be sold on himself. I don't know if incorporating Dream-works had anything to do with the shows, but if it does, I hope it changes before I book my T/A on the Liberty. We went to the show every night, but we walked out after about 15 min except for 1 show (In The Air). There was a comedian scheduled on a night. Well he wasn't a comedian. He was a violinist. When we asked Gordon where the comedian was his answer was "If I announced he was a Violinist, no-one would come" Well wouldn't that be better than being on stage doing your performance & seeing 1/2 of the guests walk out. That seems a little embarrassing.
I was really disappointed in the low promotion of Make-A-Wish. There was a walk scheduled on our last day. T-shirts were not being sold like they were on the Voyager. We raised over $10,000 on the Voyager in 14 days. They really talked it up. We are with the Central Texas Make-A-Wish. Really disappointed. But this relates back to the Cruise Director. If it's not something you believe in or support, then there's no since in announcing it. This cruise had quite a few kids on it. What an opportunity to get involved.
Cupcake Cupboard was a true disappointment. We were looking forward to this. We didn't want to go on the Oasis to experience it. The cupcakes were cold inside as if they were frozen. That's not a problem. I work in a bakery & we make cakes & freeze them also. The problem is they were dry & had no taste. We got the Red Velvet & the Orange Creamsicle. Don't waste your money.
We will cruise on Liberty again despite the flaws. We are going to book a T/A Westbound in fall 2012. Hopefully there will be a better Cruise Director (bring Mercedes to the Liberty) & the dining room crew & staff will get their timing better to serve meals in the the allotted time correctly.