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This was the seventh cruise for my wife and I and our sixth with Carnival. We traveled with two other couples (one couple were first time cruisers and the other couple had been on a Princess cruise). We are all in our mid to late 30's. We arrived in San Juan and spent two nights at the Hilton Condado Plaza before boarding the ship. We found this to be a good place to stay pre-cruise. It is an older hotel, however, more than adequate for us. Their pool and beach areas were great and you could see the cruise port from the hotel. We went over to the cruise port by taxi around 1:30pm on the day of embarkation and did not wait in any lines to board. We walked right on after picking up our ship cards and our rooms were ready! This was the 4th time that my wife and I had sailed on the Carnival Liberty. We really like the ship! It is starting to show it's age a bit and is likely in line for a refurbishment, however, was very clean and there were always people working to maintain the ship. We had rooms 9241, 9245 and 9249. These are balcony rooms that are located on the pool deck. We find this to be a great location on the ship! We had lunch at Guys Burger joint. Awesome burgers!! We got back off of the ship and did our own walking tour of Old San Juan. After the girls shopped and we stopped for drinks we boarded the ship again around 5pm. We had the late dining, however, we missed dinner in the dining room the first night. We did not realize that it was open seating that ended at 8:15pm on the first night as the safety drill was at 9:30 for the 10pm sailing. We ate dinner that night at the buffet. The buffet is decent and we enjoy it for breakfast, however, we prefer to eat in the dining room every evening. The safety drill was very long and it was very hot!! After the safety drill we attended the sail away party and had a few drinks before calling it a night. The next day we were in St. Thomas. This is a special port for my wife and I as we got married here in 2011 while sailing on the Carnival Glory. We took the gondola up the mountain for the morning. Took a few photos, had a few drinks and then jumped in an open air taxi that took us to Megans Bay beach. This is a great beach!! There were four cruise ships in port that day, so the beach was very busy. We took a taxi back to the cruise port around 4pm. The ship did not leave until 11pm that evening due to the Carnival Live Gladys Knight concert. I believe it normally leaves at 5pm. We relaxed on board for few hours and then got ready for dinner. The dinner that evening (and every evening) was excellent!! The Port of Call menu choices were good each evening. We left dinner and got the night going!! One of the girls on the trip was celebrating a birthday the next day (sea day) so we decided to make it a good evening. We went to the comedy club for the two adult shows. We left there around midnight and after stopping into the piano bar we went to the dance club. We were out until 3am celebrating!! We were slow getting started the next day, so we went to the sea day brunch in the dining room. It was great! S pent the rest of the day sipping drinks and laying in lounge chairs on one of the upper decks. Also tried out the mini putt and the bean bag toss. We had another great dinner in the dining room. It was a formal night and lobster was on the menu! More comedy that night. The next day we were in Barbados and we went on a Carnival excursion. It was the Tiami catamaran with snorkeling with the sea turtles. Highly recommend!! Snorkeled with the sea turtles and then moved to a different location to snorkel over two ship wrecks. Next, lunch was served and the bar was open!! We had time to swim ashore and check out a nice beach in this area. Then back on board and they raised the sail for a leisurely sail back to the dock with bar wide open. We were then transported back to the ship and after a walk through a few shops we boarded the ship. I think everyone required a nap before dinner after the catamaran day! We didn't eat in the dining room this evening, as we were signed up for the Chef's Table. The Chef's Table is a seven course (plus four appetizers) in a private dining room with a small group of people. There were the six in our group plus two other couples. There was also a tour of the galley and a demonstration on making the chocolate melting cake. I would highly recommend this experience!! It is a $75. charge per person. This is well worth it in my opinion. The next day we did a Carnival excursion in St. Lucia. We did the Rainforest ziplining and it was great! It was the first time ziplining for most of us. The runs were not too long and not to high. It was a great first time ziplining experience! We were transported back to the ship and after a Guys Burger for lunch some of the group went back onshore to check out some shops and some stayed onboard to relax. We watched the sail away from the pool deck. After dinner we went to the Love and Marriage show in the main show lounge. Always a funny show! The next day we docked in St. Kitts and we took a taxi to Cockleshell Beach! We had a great day relaxing and swimming before heading back to the port area. The scenery on the drive to the beach area is amazing!! St. Kitts is a volcanic island with black sand (very neat)! After a walk around a few shops we went back onboard for lunch. We had sandwiches at the deli (very good). We then realized I had lost my wedding ring! I had taken it off at the beach (so I wouldn't lose it!) and it must have fell out of our backpack somewhere. We went up to the pool deck for drinks and to watch the sail way! That evening was the second formal evening and dinner in the dining room was great (as always!). There were two new comedians onboard, so we went to both late comedy shows. The next day we were in St. Maarten, which is one of our favourite stops. We went to the airport beach (Maho Beach) and it was crowded!! We were able to get chairs and umbrellas and spent time swimming and taking pictures with the planes overhead. This was our second time visiting this beach. It is definitely a tourist trap, but worth seeing for sure! We spent the afternoon sipping Coronas and then took a taxi back to the downtown shopping area. St. Maarten has a large downtown shopping area. After a bit of shopping we took the short ferry back to the ship and got back onboard. Sadly, everyone had to go back and start packing as this was our last night on the ship. We had a great dinner and show in the dining room. There was a singing show (by the dining staff) every night during dinner. We strolled around the ship and went to the comedy club for the late shows again. We booked a Carnival excursion for our last day. It was very well organized. We met in the main lounge at 8:30 am and then were taken off the ship to meet our driver. We were taken on a short tour of Old San Juan (with time to explore) and then a tour of the Bacardi Rum Factory. This was a fun way to end the vacation. We were then dropped off at the airport where our luggage was waiting for us. Overall, we had a great vacation on the Carnival Liberty!! We had been on the Carnival Victory in 2012 for the exact same itinerary and loved it! We would do the same itinerary again in the future. Although the Liberty is starting to show her age, it is still a great ship and we would sail on the Liberty again as well. The ports are all very good with many options to fill the day. The two couples that were traveling with us thoroughly enjoyed their first Carnival cruise. It helps when you cruise in January to start from San Juan. The weather was excellent the entire cruise! We all thought that the food, service and shows were top notch!! The dining team of Frederich, Ronaldo and Diyoga took great care of us every evening. Uriel from Dominican Republic always found us for drinks on the pool deck or in the comedy club. Soneta (?) took great care of us during the Chef's Table and for room service as well! We all agreed that it was a great trip and wish were still there!!!

Another Great Cruise on the Carnival Liberty!!

Carnival Liberty Cruise Review by zedster79

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This was the seventh cruise for my wife and I and our sixth with Carnival. We traveled with two other couples (one couple were first time cruisers and the other couple had been on a Princess cruise). We are all in our mid to late 30's. We arrived in San Juan and spent two nights at the Hilton Condado Plaza before boarding the ship. We found this to be a good place to stay pre-cruise. It is an older hotel, however, more than adequate for us. Their pool and beach areas were great and you could see the cruise port from the hotel.

We went over to the cruise port by taxi around 1:30pm on the day of embarkation and did not wait in any lines to board. We walked right on after picking up our ship cards and our rooms were ready! This was the 4th time that my wife and I had sailed on the Carnival Liberty. We really like the ship! It is starting to show it's age a bit and is likely in line for a refurbishment, however, was very clean and there were always people working to maintain the ship.

We had rooms 9241, 9245 and 9249. These are balcony rooms that are located on the pool deck. We find this to be a great location on the ship! We had lunch at Guys Burger joint. Awesome burgers!! We got back off of the ship and did our own walking tour of Old San Juan. After the girls shopped and we stopped for drinks we boarded the ship again around 5pm. We had the late dining, however, we missed dinner in the dining room the first night. We did not realize that it was open seating that ended at 8:15pm on the first night as the safety drill was at 9:30 for the 10pm sailing.

We ate dinner that night at the buffet. The buffet is decent and we enjoy it for breakfast, however, we prefer to eat in the dining room every evening. The safety drill was very long and it was very hot!! After the safety drill we attended the sail away party and had a few drinks before calling it a night. The next day we were in St. Thomas. This is a special port for my wife and I as we got married here in 2011 while sailing on the Carnival Glory. We took the gondola up the mountain for the morning. Took a few photos, had a few drinks and then jumped in an open air taxi that took us to Megans Bay beach. This is a great beach!! There were four cruise ships in port that day, so the beach was very busy. We took a taxi back to the cruise port around 4pm. The ship did not leave until 11pm that evening due to the Carnival Live Gladys Knight concert. I believe it normally leaves at 5pm.

We relaxed on board for few hours and then got ready for dinner. The dinner that evening (and every evening) was excellent!! The Port of Call menu choices were good each evening. We left dinner and got the night going!! One of the girls on the trip was celebrating a birthday the next day (sea day) so we decided to make it a good evening. We went to the comedy club for the two adult shows. We left there around midnight and after stopping into the piano bar we went to the dance club. We were out until 3am celebrating!! We were slow getting started the next day, so we went to the sea day brunch in the dining room. It was great! S

pent the rest of the day sipping drinks and laying in lounge chairs on one of the upper decks. Also tried out the mini putt and the bean bag toss. We had another great dinner in the dining room. It was a formal night and lobster was on the menu! More comedy that night. The next day we were in Barbados and we went on a Carnival excursion. It was the Tiami catamaran with snorkeling with the sea turtles. Highly recommend!! Snorkeled with the sea turtles and then moved to a different location to snorkel over two ship wrecks. Next, lunch was served and the bar was open!! We had time to swim ashore and check out a nice beach in this area. Then back on board and they raised the sail for a leisurely sail back to the dock with bar wide open. We were then transported back to the ship and after a walk through a few shops we boarded the ship. I think everyone required a nap before dinner after the catamaran day!

We didn't eat in the dining room this evening, as we were signed up for the Chef's Table. The Chef's Table is a seven course (plus four appetizers) in a private dining room with a small group of people. There were the six in our group plus two other couples. There was also a tour of the galley and a demonstration on making the chocolate melting cake. I would highly recommend this experience!! It is a $75. charge per person. This is well worth it in my opinion.

The next day we did a Carnival excursion in St. Lucia. We did the Rainforest ziplining and it was great! It was the first time ziplining for most of us. The runs were not too long and not to high. It was a great first time ziplining experience! We were transported back to the ship and after a Guys Burger for lunch some of the group went back onshore to check out some shops and some stayed onboard to relax. We watched the sail away from the pool deck. After dinner we went to the Love and Marriage show in the main show lounge. Always a funny show!

The next day we docked in St. Kitts and we took a taxi to Cockleshell Beach! We had a great day relaxing and swimming before heading back to the port area. The scenery on the drive to the beach area is amazing!! St. Kitts is a volcanic island with black sand (very neat)! After a walk around a few shops we went back onboard for lunch. We had sandwiches at the deli (very good). We then realized I had lost my wedding ring! I had taken it off at the beach (so I wouldn't lose it!) and it must have fell out of our backpack somewhere. We went up to the pool deck for drinks and to watch the sail way! That evening was the second formal evening and dinner in the dining room was great (as always!). There were two new comedians onboard, so we went to both late comedy shows.

The next day we were in St. Maarten, which is one of our favourite stops. We went to the airport beach (Maho Beach) and it was crowded!! We were able to get chairs and umbrellas and spent time swimming and taking pictures with the planes overhead. This was our second time visiting this beach. It is definitely a tourist trap, but worth seeing for sure! We spent the afternoon sipping Coronas and then took a taxi back to the downtown shopping area. St. Maarten has a large downtown shopping area. After a bit of shopping we took the short ferry back to the ship and got back onboard. Sadly, everyone had to go back and start packing as this was our last night on the ship. We had a great dinner and show in the dining room. There was a singing show (by the dining staff) every night during dinner. We strolled around the ship and went to the comedy club for the late shows again.

We booked a Carnival excursion for our last day. It was very well organized. We met in the main lounge at 8:30 am and then were taken off the ship to meet our driver. We were taken on a short tour of Old San Juan (with time to explore) and then a tour of the Bacardi Rum Factory. This was a fun way to end the vacation. We were then dropped off at the airport where our luggage was waiting for us.

Overall, we had a great vacation on the Carnival Liberty!! We had been on the Carnival Victory in 2012 for the exact same itinerary and loved it! We would do the same itinerary again in the future. Although the Liberty is starting to show her age, it is still a great ship and we would sail on the Liberty again as well. The ports are all very good with many options to fill the day. The two couples that were traveling with us thoroughly enjoyed their first Carnival cruise. It helps when you cruise in January to start from San Juan. The weather was excellent the entire cruise! We all thought that the food, service and shows were top notch!! The dining team of Frederich, Ronaldo and Diyoga took great care of us every evening. Uriel from Dominican Republic always found us for drinks on the pool deck or in the comedy club. Soneta (?) took great care of us during the Chef's Table and for room service as well! We all agreed that it was a great trip and wish were still there!!!
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We had room 9245. This is a balcony room that is located on the pool deck. We find this to be a great location on the ship! It is nice to have a couch in the room. We met with our group each evening before dinner and it was comfortable to socialize in this room category. This room was located past the elevators, so there was minimal traffic going by. I would recommend this room location.
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