Unbeatable value, relaxation, and fun!: Carnival Liberty Cruise Review by galian84

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Unbeatable value, relaxation, and fun!

Sail Date: September 2012
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
Boyfriend and I just came back from this cruise last week. Now, although we had booked this sailing 4 months earlier, we were still wary of traveling at this time because we knew it was hurricane season. But it was the only time both of us could get off work.

We definitely got lucky with the weather! Every single day was gorgeous, and we only got a little bit of rain when we were leaving Half Moon Cay. On board, we spent most of our time at the Nightclub, enjoying the Latin music (boyfriend is Latino so we danced salsa / merengue all night long, when we could), attended the shows and game shows, and hit the pool during the day...that is, when we weren't out enjoying the beaches and beautiful water =)

Great variety of food onboard, from fish & chips, to tacos and burritos, burgers, a buffet, Mongolian Wok (which even my vegetable-adverse boyfriend loved), 24-hour wood-fired pizza, and of course the dining room. Food was all good so definitely no complaints in that More department. Then again, I'm definitely not arguing about free food in general.

We enjoyed nearly all the comedians. They were all good, but our favorites were Adam Hunter and Happy Cole (whose shows were always packed, even 20 minutes early!). We also participated in karaoke and singing with the Big band.

The ship was always kept clean and the ship itself was gorgeous in terms of design. Venetian-themed.

We loved that Carnival allows us to bring 2 bottles of wine on board, so that definitely saved us money for 2 days' worth of alcohol.

Embarkation was a mess though! We arrived at the port at about 1PM and sat there for an hour. We got lucky since we were inside, but there was a long line waiting outside in the heat. Felt terrible for them. We didn't get to board until about 3pm. Definitely need a much smoother embarkation process. Debarkation was easy...we slept in until 10am and then just avoided the lines, so we were out relatively quickly.

Unfortunately, the worst part of the cruise was returning home. We had a blast and will be cruising again next year. We are definitely considering taking Carnival again. Less

Published 09/18/12

Cabin review: 1A Interior Upper/Lower

Had an inside cabin, but it was more spacious than we thought it would be. We didn't care much for having a view or a balcony; we never spend much time in the room, anyway. It was kept clean twice a day (though we were usually late risers, we usually only got our cabin turned down. Unless we were on port), our steward took the time to learn people's names and called us by name on day 1. I was impressed! All the stewards and stewardesses were also very helpful and friendly, since we had a lot of questions about everything. Water pressure was okay, but did the job. They put the beds together for us before we arrived in the cabin into a single king size bed (on the last cruise we took together, we did that ourselves), so it was a nice touch. The room fit our needs perfectly.

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LOVED Grand Turk, and again, beautiful weather to boot. We did the reef and rays tour, where we were able to swim with, and touch sharks and stingrays. Great tour for the $56/person we paid. The sharks and stingrays were gentle and they let you touch them. When we went to the stingray cove, our tour guides let us touch and kiss the stingrays, and then gave us a "stingray massage" (lol!). Another gorgeous island, and when we were on the beach we did a little snorkeling on our own. The only downside? My boyfriend got stung by a jellyfish on the beach :/

Perfect weather, though it rained a little bit as we were leaving around 4:45. We got off the ship at about 12. White-sand beach and crystal clear waters. We brought our own snorkeling set and saw a stingray out by the buoys. Water was warm, and we enjoyed watching the Funnelympics and Hairy Chest contest from in the water =) Being from NYC, we are not used to seeing fish swim around you as you step into the water. The lunch buffet was great! We just spent the day in the water and enjoying the food/music before taking the last tender back to the ship.

We were so excited to go to this port! We took the El Yunque rainforest drive excursion, and enjoyed it very much. Our tour guide was a riot and stopped over at the tourism center, the falls, the tower (I don't remember the name), and then off at a trail to walk around. The rainforest was absolutely beautiful, and breathtaking when viewed from the top of the tower. We had an hour left afterward so we asked the tour guide to drop us off at Old San Juan, which he happily did. We went over to a place called Raices for mofongo, alcapurria, and chicken with rice and beans for lunch. Too expensive for us, but we didn't know where else to go and my boyfriend had a craving for alcapurria :p There was a food court across the street, which we saw AFTER we left the restaurant (boo!) We wandered around the San Cristobal fort area and saw a couple of iguanas on our way to Old San Juan. We enjoyed our excursion here. Wished we could have stayed past 3pm, though, and wished we had eaten somewhere cheaper, instead. I really wanted one of those fresh coconuts but we didn't have enough time to look for one, sadly.
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Heard this place is great for shopping, but neither my boyfriend and I are shoppers. So we hit Coki Beach, where we wanted to snorkel. The taxis are great here! They took us to the beach for $10 a person, which is not bad at all. We spent about 3 hours at the beach, bought some fish food, put on our snorkeling sets, and went out to feed the fish. Lots of fun! Though a little scary when they swarm you. I did run into a moon jellyfish though...luckily I didn't get too close to it. The taxi driver also gave us a mini-tour of the island on the way to the beach, so that was nice.
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