Liberty was disappointing!: Carnival Liberty Cruise Review by emamle

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Liberty was disappointing!

Sail Date: June 2009
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
We traveled on the Carnival Liberty on June 13th, 2009 for 7 nights.  I previously sailed on the Liberty in April of 2008.  Let's just say that something drastic must have happened in between those dates.  In April of 2008, we couldn't have been more pleased with the sailing.  In June, it was one fiasco after another.  The children on the ship were allowed to just run everywhere without any adult supervision whatsoever.  Carnival did nothing about them being in clubs they were not allowed to be in, pools they were not allowed to be in and they were constantly in the casino. 

As for the dining, the food was okay but nothing to write home about.  We ate most of our meals in the dining room and had the late seating.  We were never out of the dining room before 10:30 at night.  It took forever for our food to be served and it seemed like our waiter had no help from an assistant at all.  He did everything.  The one night More that we decided to eat at the buffet after a long day of excursions, the food selection was poor.

Our cabin was located at the back of the ship and the noise and movement was unbelievable.  We tried our best to stay out of the cabin as much as possible.  The karaoke lounge was directly below us and we could not only hear the music but feel it also.  That ran until about 2:00 in the morning every night.

Because of the swine flu, our port of Cozumel was switched to Roatan Honduras.  It was the best port we visited.  We took a ferry over to Fins and Flippers which is a private island with activities, restaurant, beach, pool and animals.  We loved it.  The cost was about $20 per person and well worth it.  We spent the entire day there.  The food and drinks were very reasonable.

Overall, we were very disappointed in the Liberty.  This was my 23rd cruise and my 10th on Carnival.  Most of our cruises are on Royal Caribbean and I'm guessing after this experience we will be heading back to them.

Embarkation took forever.  We got there around noon and there were tons of people there.  I have VIP status and they take you to a private lounge to check in.  That even took a long time.

Debarkation was a nightmare.  Your luggage goes on carousels now just like the airport and trying to wait and find your luggage backed everything up.  Then you had to wait in long lines for customs.  We were called off the ship at 9:45 and did not get through the luggage and customs until 11:30.  We've never had to wait that long. Less

Published 06/23/09

Cabin review: 8F6489 Balcony

Cabins on the back of the ship have a larger balcony but the cabin was very narrow.  The doorway was only about 2 1/2 feet wide and you couldn't even get the suitcases through.  Could not open a closet door and the bathroom door at the same time.  Not much closet space and not enough hangars.  Very noisy due to the club below.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Did the usual tour of the island visiting the Turtle Farm and Hell.  We had not been to the Turtle Farm for quite some time and they have totally re-done it.  Much better than in the past.

Ocho Rios has a new excursion was the Jamaican Bobsled.  We did a combo of Dunns River Falls and the Bobsled.  Well worth the money, had a blast.

As I stated above, we visited Fins and Flippers on our own, not through the cruise line.  Had a great time and would definitely recommend it.

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