Carnival Liberty Western Caribbean 7-day: Mostly Excellent : Carnival Liberty Cruise Review by eastloveswest09

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Carnival Liberty Western Caribbean 7-day: Mostly Excellent

Sail Date: March 2012
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
Embarking was rather painless process, quick and efficient even after one couple in our line ended up having 4 agents assist them for whatever reasons that tied up our 'station' line for about 10+ mins.

The ship was absolutely beautiful, clean and friendly staff.

Casino staff: Very personable, friendliest of staff ever witnessed in a casino. Get to know your pit bosses, casino & shift supervisors, bar staff and dealers. Friendliness begets friendliness.

Steward and housekeeping: Pleasant and enjoyable.

Shops were nice with again, great staff.

Food and beverages: All the bars, eateries, food stations on the lido deck were fabulous selections. Only downside to the buffet were the eggs in the AM were a bit watery and most foods were warm instead of piping hot. Sushi, buffets, Guys Burgers, Blue Iguana Cantina were all great food and fun hangouts. Bottomless Bubbles was a great investment.

Entertainment: The on-board entertainments More were great. Karl with a K is an exquisite cruise director, Piano man Bob was entertaining and great with getting the crowd engaged, Punchliner comics were great the first half of the cruise, did not care for the second string comics the later part of the cruise. Atrium singer and entertainment were good, she needed to let loose a little and get excited about her songs instead of just singing them. Peter Gross the magician and comic was great. Again, excellent entertainment.

Dining room staff: Slow due to not properly staffed. Bar orders, even soft drinks, were slow to get delivered after ordering. Sometimes it felt like they had to go to other end of the ship to get your beverage order unless it was tea or water. Time between courses were slow and timely, again, due to not properly staffed. Our table assignment got changed 4 times due to various reasons. It was irritating dining table assignments changes and yet humorous as well.

Other cruisers:
It was spring break, lots of "I'm entitled to my spring break fun" teens and pre-teens with mentalities and attitudes on the ship.
200-300 20-30yr old Singles on the ship that kept calling it 'their Singles cruise ship'. It wasn't a take-over of singles. Again mentalities, some singles acted worse than the teens and pre-teens in maturity.

Smokers, loud neighbors, chair hogs and balcony door slammers:
Smokers didn't pose an issue to us being non-smokers except the bar at the front entrance of the casino.
Loud neighbors: Couple of times I wanted to knock on their door and say shhhh.
Chair hogs: I have no issue with them, my take. You may 'reserve' your chair but if I am looking for a chair for myself and/or spouse or friend and their are obviously no 'usage activity', it's mine. Sorry, I can move if needed. But when it comes to an unused chair, I will not circle an area like a hawk looking for prey as I search for a chair.
Balcony door slammers: (the ones that allow the door to go from open to air-suction slam close as they enter or exit their balcony) This only caused an issue once or twice at night or early AM during sleep that sounded like WWI cannons going off but it was irritably tolerable. Less

Published 04/13/12

Cabin review: 8E8327 Balcony

We love to be located a couple+ floors from dining, entertainment, casino and a floor or 2 from the main lido deck. We were just down the hall from the stairs and elevators... perfect again. Cabin had a couple of issues with drawers off the tracking but all in all, great cruise and room.

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Port and Shore Excursions

We purchased Cave Tubing with lunch via the ship. The ship was anchored out what appeared to be 5 miles out, tendering to and from was OK, only lengthy process was loading and unloading the tender. Instructions of to and from bus, days event expectations, how, when and where for facilities, lunch and meeting point was not clear or fully explained. We were not grouped or told these are your travel mates/group or to keep up with one another until after we arrived at the excursion point, too late. This should have been done on the pier before we entered the restroom. The bus left some people as we were in the restroom with our group that we had not been introduced as a group. The hour long bus ride with a slow driver was interesting, yet long. The city itself was poor and non-interesting. The excursion was interesting and educational but not fully as expected in excitement value. Lunch was unorganized, slow and confusing as to the process. Last tender was suppose to be at 4:15 and an hour later, they were still tendering back to the ship. As we left our excursion point late with a slow driver, we got back to the pier at 4:30 to find a line about a 1/2 mile long awaiting for what appeared to be one tender running.

Beach Break

The beach was a great location about 5 miles away from the pier and set-up was very nicely done. We were the only ship in port so the crowds were non-existent. Snorkeling was fabulous. Having all inclusive was great to not have to rent a chair, umbrella of the likes. The pier entertainment, restaurants, shopping were all very interesting, fun and enjoyable. Could have stayed longer.

Beach Break

Travel via bus to the beach resort was educational and fun. The beach was beautiful but was not all inclusive as advertised. We had to buy or rent snorkel equipement, rent chair umbrella. Beach itself was fun, enjoyable and great snorkeling day but did not like having to pay more for items expected to be included. Surprised lunch wasn't extra.

Beach and surrounding areas were immaculate. The service was prompt and friendly. The atmosphere was grand. Could have opted to stay much longer. Relaxing under a palm tree with newly made friends sharing life doesn't get any better than this.

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