Why did I quit cruising?: Carnival Liberty Cruise Review by tabmab1978
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Why did I quit cruising?
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Cabin review: 8263
We loved this cabin. It was right next to the elevators but we never 'elevator noises'. It was also right next to the atrium. We could walk out of our cabin and look down into the atrium to see what was going on there. If we liked the entertainment, we could go down and have a drink and enjoy. The deck was also very convenient because just one floor up was the LIDO deck where you could find the buffet, the specialty lunch spots, two bars and the main pool. Perfect location!!!
Port and Shore Excursions
The tour was advertised as snorkeling and beach at Paradise Cove for $75 per person. The group of around 15 people were loaded unto a bus and taken to a beach about 30 minutes from port. The group was then given a 30 minute instructional talk on snorkeling on dead man's reef-- what dangers lurked in the water and what to watch out for. The instructions scared me off -- but my husband went for it. (I have snorkeled many times before) The snorkelers were taken as a group to the reef with the instructor. A guy on a jet ski followed to rescue anyone in trouble. So this was a very structured, safe activity. I stayed on the very small, but beautiful, beach area. There was a small snack bar and gift shop on shore. The whole tour, including transport, lasted around 4 hours.
The tour guide, Dennison, was informative and passionate about the beauty and history of Key West. However, the pace was very slow -- even for two folks in their late 50's. We'd probably have done better renting bikes and trekking on our own.
Upon recommendation of friends, we did not book a shore excursion for Nassau through the cruise lines. We walked off the ship and a guy hit us up for a tour of Nassau, including Atlantis, for $20. We took the offer. We were driven around Nassau in an air conditioned van with 5 other people. We were allowed to visit a couple of beaches and walk around a bit. We were also taken to a shopping area where the driver's wife just happened to have a booth. We were dropped off at Atlantis for about an hour with no instructions. And, we were not allowed to go into the several areas of Atlantis so the visit was limited to the shops, the marina, and the casino. Overall, it was a nice easy day and well worth the $20 per person.
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