Carnival Liberty - Western Mediterranean: Carnival Liberty Cruise Review by lonig
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Carnival Liberty - Western Mediterranean
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Rome (Civitavecchia)
We booked our flight with Carnival and arrived in Rome about 9:30 am the day of the cruise. We picked up our luggage, met the Carnival tour rep and proceeded to a bus to be taken to the ship. It took about an hour and 20 minutes to get to the port. Embarkation was a breeze, we were on board with our sail and sign card in hand in 20 minutes. We were not allowed in our cabin until 12:30 so we went up to get something to eat and then proceeded to the cabin, met our cabin attendant and unpacked.
This ship is beautiful. The Murano glass, paintings, and decorations truly embodied the European flair. There was a great variety of decorations in bar areas and the More Silver Olympian dining room was very nice. The Maitre D' in this room was the best of any ship I have ever been on. His announcements were humorous and he participated in many of the dances with the staff. We sat at a table for ten at the 6:15 pm session. The time was adjusted each day based on the port activities and the time the ship left the port. The staff was engaging, although some nights we seemed to wait a long time for our entrees, however, the company was fun and we knew meals would last almost two hours. We always found something good to eat and many nights the food was outstanding.
Harrys is not to be missed, it was the hi-lite of our eating experience. Even the cocktails were premium and the best on the ship. The $30 charge is well worth the adventure.
We choose to do all excursions with Carnival since we were three females traveling by ourselves. Based on what others told us about their tours with outside companies, and the price they paid in Euros which was 30% + over the dollar prices paid on the Liberty, we were very happy with the tours.
In Naples we saw Herculaneum, the restoration of the site is wonderful. Dubrovnik was clean and one of the nicest places we visited, your dollar stretches farther here too. In Venice we walked to the vaporetta station the first day and did the city on our own. We rode the vaporetta its entire length, about 1 hour and then it turns around and comes back. We got off at the Rialto stop and wandered around the city for a couple of hours. Then we ate at a canal side cafe by the Rialto Bridge and watched the people, gondolas and boats go by. The second day we toured all the major sites with an organized group. The English speaking guide was excellent. Messina was great, Barcelona we toured the city highlights and shopped, and then to Cannes, France. We took a tour of Monte Carlo and Monaco, saw the palace, the casino and ate at a wonderful French restaurant. The shopping was good too. Our last trip was in Livorno and we went to Florence, you must see Michelangelos David the statue is amazing. The tours were walking intensive, and we thoroughly enjoyed the 3 sea days to rejuvenate and sleep in.
We saw all the major shows and the seating in the lounge was good from just about every angle. We played bingo and my sister won the $1000 jackpot and was very happy. We did not win at the slots but enjoyed playing. The casino was the center of activity at night. We stayed two extra days after at a hotel near the airport because we had a transfer back to the airport from the ship after we debarked. We took a shuttle from the airport to our hotel, checked in, and the concierge arranged for a car to take us to downtown Rome about noon and to pick us back up at 9:00 pm near the Piazza Navona. We toured the coliseum, walked to Trevi Fountain, the Spanish steps and ate at a café next to the piazza. The next day we had arranged for a tour of the Vatican in the morning, and in the afternoon we rode the double decker bus all around town. We had arranged a shuttle to pick us up and were back at the hotel for late dinner. The next morning we left for the airport about 7:00 am and came back to reality.
This was an excellent trip and we could do it again and take different excursions and it would be a completely different trip. The itinerary is intensive but very satisfying because we saw so much in such a short period. The weather in late June and early July was hot but then we had expected that so we stayed hydrated and used lots of sunscreen, it rained a little one morning but we had lots of sunshine the rest of the time. Less
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