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12/20/2008 Thru 12/27/2008 Cruise Review: Carnival Liberty 7 Night Western Caribbean Ports of Call: Miami, Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Ocho Rios, Jamaica Room: 7299 Cat: 12 Who are we? We are newly married in our late 30's with no kids from Tampa, Florida. In our business travel we like to stay with the Hilton family of hotels. In our weekend getaways we love the Ritz Carlton's in Florida. We enjoy excellent food and service when we go out but fine dining is not a must. We both love to play golf but took the Holidays off this year to go on a cruise. You don't have to join the conga line on the Lido deck to have fun on Carnival. We have categorized our review for your ease of jumping from subject to subject. Packing: Go to a couple of websites to find a packing list. The extension cords with multiple plugs are essential. Read below for booze and wine packing. Embarkation: Parking is a little slow so be prepared to wait 20 minutes to get into the parking garage. The embarkation is pretty seamless considering the amount of people trying to get on board. The staff giving directions doesn't really know where to send and seem somewhat confused. Bringing liquor and wine on board. We drove to our cruise so we packed 7 bottles of wine and 2 bottles of vodka plus all the mixers for the vodka. Also, we brought on our own water. Highly recommend bringing whatever you can fit into your suitcases. Do Not Carry any of these items on with you - checked luggage only. We were VIP passengers so we breezed right through the check in - VIP check-in is not very well marked it is a private room behind the standard check-in. Boarding in Miami is at 11:30am we understood it wasn't until 1:30pm. Stateroom 7299 (Cat - 12): It is a great room and well worth every dime we spent on the room. More cabinet, drawer and storage space than you could ever need. The bathroom was very nicely sized with 2 vanities and dressing area was right off the bathroom. The bed seemed like it was going to be very uncomfortable but we had many good nights of sleep. They do have DVD player in the room but they don't tell you that on any website. It is much nicer than the royal junior suite on Royal Caribbean. The deck was exactly double the normal balcony suite. Our room was located in the middle of the ship so when seas were rough we did not notice as much. The seventh floor (empress) is perfect with floors above and below so it is as quiet as possible. The floor is good for reaching all destinations promenade is 5th and lido is 9th. Food: Harry's Supper Club is a must if you like the fine dining experience. We have gone 4 times on our 7 day cruise. I would compare it to a Ruth Chris' steakhouse. They did charge us a corkage fee of $14 for the bottle of wine we brought ($30 per person each night for dinner). Every steak was superb and the overall dining experience was fantastic. Breakfast can be ordered via room service; we started every morning with continental breakfast and coffee on our balcony. Room Service was always prompt. The dining room has open seating which was fine. The buffet at Emile's was very good with an omelet station and egg making station so it didn't seem like a buffet. Hamburger's and hot dogs from the grill hit the spot for snacks and the deli did the same for grilled ham and cheese sandwiches. The pizza was much better than it looked and it is highly recommended. We did formal dining almost every night but spent one night in the room watching our DVD's and having pizza brought down from the pizzeria. Room service does not have pizza or the grilled food on their menu (basically no hot food). The ice cream (not soft serve) was excellent in the dinning rooms for lunch and dinner. They do have a new "open seating" policy that you can select. If you do not want to be seated with people that you do not know, and want to eat anytime, you should choose this option. On-board Activities: The casino was nice with a very accepting staff. The table games were kept at pretty low limits - Blackjack $5 and Roulette at $1 and it was pretty large considering. It is a smoking casino, so don't plan on wearing your clothes a couple times after being in the casino. It is very simple to find the smoking and non-smoking areas of the ship. You must get to the jogging track early because it will be very busy on sea days. The exercise room was well appointed but very crowded. The treadmills do have televisions attached. We would recommend exercising at off times. Everyone reserves beach chairs on deck you must get their early if you would like secure a chair on your favorite deck. The pools and spas are quite small so if you are looking to lounge in a pool go at off times. They have a "don't save deck chair police" but nobody enforces it! Go down early and save a chair with a towel and book...if not, by 10:00am you will not have a seat. Cozumel: You can book your excursions outside of Carnival for a cheaper experience. We did not participate in an excursion in Cozumel but did visit a restaurant in Cozumel. La Choza was fantastic. It is located a couple of blocks off the main shopping area in a new location. They were very warm/friendly and the food was fantastic (Fish Fajitas and Steak/Shrimp Fajitas). It is listed on "Trip Advisor" for dining in Cozumel and we were very pleased with everything they offered. The town is clean and very easy to get around. The people are very friendly and the shopping is good. Grand Cayman: We booked an excursion on-line; the Sea Doo (wave runner) experience ($180 for 2 bikes). It was about a 15 minute bus ride which was pleasant ($5 per person each way). The ride was a bit rough due to some high winds but it was very enjoyable. The bikes were new and well kept. The Sting Ray portion was interesting with a lot of tourists. You should not miss this! The stingrays are huge and very tame. A must see! Ocho Rios, Jamaica: This is not a great destination point for a cruise - The town is dirty and the people are extremely aggressive. We did not book an excursion but I did hear from people that went to Dunn's River Falls that it was quite boring. We did hear that the shopping is good but I would shop at other destinations because of the aggressive people! Debarkation: Not bad.....You can order room service in the morning and wait for your number to be called...nothing else to do but follow the rules.

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Carnival Liberty Cruise Review by 2 from Tampa

Trip Details
12/20/2008 Thru 12/27/2008 Cruise Review:
Carnival Liberty 7 Night Western Caribbean Ports of Call: Miami, Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Ocho Rios, Jamaica Room: 7299 Cat: 12
Who are we?
We are newly married in our late 30's with no kids from Tampa, Florida. In our business travel we like to stay with the Hilton family of hotels. In our weekend getaways we love the Ritz Carlton's in Florida. We enjoy excellent food and service when we go out but fine dining is not a must. We both love to play golf but took the Holidays off this year to go on a cruise. You don't have to join the conga line on the Lido deck to have fun on Carnival.
We have categorized our review for your ease of jumping from subject to subject.
Packing: Go to a couple of websites to find a packing list. The extension cords with multiple plugs are essential. Read below for booze and wine packing.
Embarkation: Parking is a little slow so be prepared to wait 20 minutes to get into the parking garage. The embarkation is pretty seamless considering the amount of people trying to get on board. The staff giving directions doesn't really know where to send and seem somewhat confused. Bringing liquor and wine on board. We drove to our cruise so we packed 7 bottles of wine and 2 bottles of vodka plus all the mixers for the vodka. Also, we brought on our own water. Highly recommend bringing whatever you can fit into your suitcases. Do Not Carry any of these items on with you - checked luggage only. We were VIP passengers so we breezed right through the check in - VIP check-in is not very well marked it is a private room behind the standard check-in. Boarding in Miami is at 11:30am we understood it wasn't until 1:30pm.
Stateroom 7299 (Cat - 12): It is a great room and well worth every dime we spent on the room. More cabinet, drawer and storage space than you could ever need. The bathroom was very nicely sized with 2 vanities and dressing area was right off the bathroom. The bed seemed like it was going to be very uncomfortable but we had many good nights of sleep. They do have DVD player in the room but they don't tell you that on any website. It is much nicer than the royal junior suite on Royal Caribbean. The deck was exactly double the normal balcony suite. Our room was located in the middle of the ship so when seas were rough we did not notice as much. The seventh floor (empress) is perfect with floors above and below so it is as quiet as possible. The floor is good for reaching all destinations promenade is 5th and lido is 9th.
Food: Harry's Supper Club is a must if you like the fine dining experience. We have gone 4 times on our 7 day cruise. I would compare it to a Ruth Chris' steakhouse. They did charge us a corkage fee of $14 for the bottle of wine we brought ($30 per person each night for dinner). Every steak was superb and the overall dining experience was fantastic. Breakfast can be ordered via room service; we started every morning with continental breakfast and coffee on our balcony. Room Service was always prompt. The dining room has open seating which was fine. The buffet at Emile's was very good with an omelet station and egg making station so it didn't seem like a buffet. Hamburger's and hot dogs from the grill hit the spot for snacks and the deli did the same for grilled ham and cheese sandwiches. The pizza was much better than it looked and it is highly recommended. We did formal dining almost every night but spent one night in the room watching our DVD's and having pizza brought down from the pizzeria. Room service does not have pizza or the grilled food on their menu (basically no hot food). The ice cream (not soft serve) was excellent in the dinning rooms for lunch and dinner. They do have a new "open seating" policy that you can select. If you do not want to be seated with people that you do not know, and want to eat anytime, you should choose this option.
On-board Activities: The casino was nice with a very accepting staff. The table games were kept at pretty low limits - Blackjack $5 and Roulette at $1 and it was pretty large considering. It is a smoking casino, so don't plan on wearing your clothes a couple times after being in the casino. It is very simple to find the smoking and non-smoking areas of the ship. You must get to the jogging track early because it will be very busy on sea days. The exercise room was well appointed but very crowded. The treadmills do have televisions attached. We would recommend exercising at off times. Everyone reserves beach chairs on deck you must get their early if you would like secure a chair on your favorite deck. The pools and spas are quite small so if you are looking to lounge in a pool go at off times. They have a "don't save deck chair police" but nobody enforces it! Go down early and save a chair with a towel and book...if not, by 10:00am you will not have a seat.
Cozumel: You can book your excursions outside of Carnival for a cheaper experience. We did not participate in an excursion in Cozumel but did visit a restaurant in Cozumel. La Choza was fantastic. It is located a couple of blocks off the main shopping area in a new location. They were very warm/friendly and the food was fantastic (Fish Fajitas and Steak/Shrimp Fajitas). It is listed on "Trip Advisor" for dining in Cozumel and we were very pleased with everything they offered. The town is clean and very easy to get around. The people are very friendly and the shopping is good.
Grand Cayman: We booked an excursion on-line; the Sea Doo (wave runner) experience ($180 for 2 bikes). It was about a 15 minute bus ride which was pleasant ($5 per person each way). The ride was a bit rough due to some high winds but it was very enjoyable. The bikes were new and well kept. The Sting Ray portion was interesting with a lot of tourists. You should not miss this! The stingrays are huge and very tame. A must see!
Ocho Rios, Jamaica: This is not a great destination point for a cruise - The town is dirty and the people are extremely aggressive. We did not book an excursion but I did hear from people that went to Dunn's River Falls that it was quite boring. We did hear that the shopping is good but I would shop at other destinations because of the aggressive people!
Debarkation: Not bad.....You can order room service in the morning and wait for your number to be called...nothing else to do but follow the rules.
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If you like to spend leisure time in your cabin or on your balcony...CAT 12 is the way to go - Very spacious and comfortable!
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