Best of three cruises thus far: Carnival Liberty Cruise Review by Islander-09

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Best of three cruises thus far

Sail Date: April 2010
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
This was our third Carnival cruise and we have enjoyed all of them; but, overall the Liberty's Western Caribbean cruise from Miami is the best we have had thus far. The other two cruises were a Bahamas three-day cruise on the Carnival Sensation and a Southern Caribbean seven-day cruise (a different port every day) on the Carnival Victory. Liberty's Western Caribbean itinerary of having a sea-day after most of ports of call was great. We were able to relax/recharge our batteries and get ready for the next port of call.

We normally fly out the day prior to embarkation. However, this time we took an early morning flight into Fort Lauderdale (FLL was less expensive than flying into MIA) the day of embarkation. Using a local transportation company (i.e., SAS, $15/pp) the drive from FLL to the Port of Miami was about 40 minutes, by noon time we were at the Port of Miami. From our two previous embarkation experience (i.e., San Juan & Port Canaveral), the embarkation in Miami More was the best in terms of expeditiousness. By 1:45PM we had already had lunch and were in our cabin.

The cabin was excellent, very spacious Ocean suite (275 sq. ft + 65 sq. ft balcony) and elegant dEcor. Our cabin steward and room service were outstanding! For example, on several occasions we ordered breakfast or a late snack (e.g., 11:45PM) in all instances we were served within thirty minutes of ordering. Overall our experience with the service of the Liberty staff/crew was always courteous, friendly, and attentive to our every need. The lunch buffets at the Lido deck were good. The menu provided variety of choices and the Mongolian Grille was excellent! The only problem was the long lines which we mostly avoided by eating a bit later in the day. In the evenings, we had late dinner time at the Silver Olympian Restaurant. The dining room crew and our Maitre d' were very attentive and in a word fantastic. However, dining room meals were mediocre. The vegetables or for that matter many of the food seem bland. One good note to our evening dining experience was dinning at Harry's Steakhouse. Harry's is a reservation-only restaurant which specializes in quality cuts of filet mignon/porterhouse/NY Strip, lobster, veal chops, etc. The cost was $30 per person; but, the five-star gourmet experience and excellent service was certainly worth the price and we highly recommend it. The night entertainment was OK in terms of shows at the Venetian Palace. We mostly enjoyed the great atmosphere and dancing in the various clubs such as the Hot & Cool dance club and the Stage Jazz bar. Less

Published 05/05/10

Cabin review: OS7272 Ocean Suite

The cabin was excellent, very spacious Ocean suite (275 sq. ft + 65 sq. ft balcony) and elegant decor. Plenty of closet space (three), a large vanity/dressing table, mini bar, DVD/VCR, and whirlpool bath.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Cozumel: We spent most of the day at Nachi Cocom Beach Club. The resort is about a 20-minute taxi ride south of the port. Cost of transportation is $15 for 1-4 passengers. The beach is beautiful, with tranquil crystal clear water, white sands, and a relaxing atmosphere. There is a pool and Jacuzzi; but, we spent the day basking under the sun or relaxing under the shade of Palapas or palms while Don Manuel kept bringing us Margaritas. The food was very good; we ordered steak/chicken fajitas and chicken champagne. By 3:30PM we were "margarita-out" and headed back to port for some shopping. Bottom-line, next time we are in Cozumel we will certainly head back to Nachi Cocom.

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Grand Cayman: We had reservations through a local company (i.e., Fat Fish Adventures) for a guided-tour using wave runner to Stingray City. However; that morning Stingray City experienced rough waters and the local authorities closed the area. Nonetheless, we enjoyed the day snorkeling at several locations along Seven Mile Beach (e.g., Wreck of the Gamma & another location near Cheeseburger Reef (next to a Burger King)). We closed the day shopping for souvenirs & rum cake at George Town. Note, most of George Town prices are on the high side, so we recommend doing most of your shopping in the other Ports, exception to this rule is the rum cake.

Jamaica: We had read many reviews on the aggressive local vendors and constant begging for tips, well we certainly experienced both. Nonetheless, we enjoyed and highly recommend an excursion to the famous Dunn’s River Falls. This time around we booked our excursion through the cruise line which included a 25-minute ride on a Catamaran to the Falls enjoying the Jamaican coastline and the party atmosphere on board.

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