Carnival Liberty - Western Caribbean: Carnival Liberty Cruise Review by love2cruise

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Carnival Liberty - Western Caribbean

Sail Date: April 2006
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
My husband & I have been on 2 previous cruises, 1 NCL & 1 Carnival, before cruising on the Carnival Liberty. We arrived the day before and took the hotel transfer service to the pier. Arriving at the pier and getting into the line made us think of queuing up for a Disney ride. There were a lot of people but it didnt really take as long as it looked like it would. We were actually on board in an hour. The stateroom was really nice and the balcony was wonderful. Plenty of closet space and drawers which was really good since we brought enough clothes for a 16 day cruise instead of an 8 day.

Our room steward Roberto was very friendly and the room was always clean. Chocolates on the pillow every night, along with the towel animal & the newsletter for the next day activities. Couldnt ask for anything more.

The ship itself is beautiful. The lights in the atrium changing colors looking like a rainbow. It was very easy to find everything; we wandered around More the ship just to make sure we didnt miss where anything was. Just loved the big screen on the Lido deck. Watched movies 4 of the nights on board. The only problem & I guess it wasnt really an issue, but teenagers (and there were lots of them) would stand on either side of the Lido deck yelling back & forth to each other& hard to watch the movie, but honestly they were on vacation also so I guess a little slack is in order. The cruise Director John Heald was very funny & easygoing. The shows were enjoyable and well produced. We looked forward to the shows each evening. Our dining was in the Silver Olympian and we had the early seating. Our waiter & assistant waiter were very friendly but the service was a little slow at times. One time they gave us the wrong dessert menu and after we ordered & waited a long while they came back with the correct menu. Another time they brought us the wrong desserts. A couple of the entrees were a little out of the norm for our palates, not sure we would want to have them again. But overall the dining was good. The buffet was actually very good with a lot of selections. The pizza, hot dogs, ice cream & fish & chips were so great. Hunger was definitely not a problem.

Lots & lots & lots of children on the ship with most of them running wild. This surprised us but with the sailing being Easter week we should have expected it. Not sure were the parents where must have been hiding and letting their children go. Heard a lot of complaints about this.

Ports: Costa Maya was a typical Mexican seaside resort. The water was turquoise blue, absolutely gorgeous and the shops all had their little thatched roofs. There was also a pretty cool pool that went up to the bar. The swells were a little rough and some of the tours were cancelled. We didnt sign up for a shore tour just walked around the little area looking into the souvenir shops.

Costa Rica was the next port of call. This was a working container port & not a seaside resort. We took the Green Train ride into the interior. The cost was $139 for the 2 of us and it was interesting to say the least. The train had open windows, not real comfortable and somewhat noisy. The guide, who was sweet & friendly, had to mostly yell over the noise of the train. It was really interesting though to see the banana plantations. When we arrived at the end of the train ride we took the bus (air conditioned  yea) to a small shop area for a rest stop and then back to the port. The guides were very knowledgeable and we learned a lot about Costa Rica.

Panama was the last port. Colon, the port on the Caribbean side, was a depressed city. We took the train ocean to ocean trip to the Pacific side. The train was very comfortable. When we got to the Pacific Side we went to Miraflores locks and saw the working of the locks up close. The bus then took us into the old Canal Zone to Amador, were we saw the Bride of the Americas & the outline of Panama City. The trip was very nice; cost was a little high at $310 for the 2 of us.

Overall, the entire cruise was wonderful and I would definitely cruise Carnival again. Less

Published 05/14/06

Cabin review: 8c

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