Carnival Liberty Cruise Review by Emerald Waters
- Sail Date: February 2012
- Destination: Western Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Premium Balcony
As to the ship itself we definitely saw some problems. We really liked that the Liberty was refitted with new restaurants and bars but the buffet at Emile's was disappointing. Breakfast meant cold food, and I don't mean fruit I mean eggs, bacon and toast, all cold. And the lineups were awful, even early morning when most people were still asleep there were long lines. We don't cruise and expect a 5 star food experience but the food should still be hot in the Buffet. As to the shows that are put on...we gave them a pass too. They just aren't worth the time, but we did do the comedy club as that was a little better. Having said this the people that take care of you on the ship were always courteous and smiling. I was ill on the cruise with a very bad ear infection and our room steward asked about me every day, sometimes twice. Our favorite bar server - Erwin from Peru - was great, always a smile and we even had him serve us at dinner time which was great.
Will we cruise Carnival again, probably, will we try another cruise line, definitely. We love to cruise and the only way to compare is to try different lines, so next for us is Royal Caribbean, we'll see if they can give us the experience we want.
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Grand TurkWe have done this port before and were disappointed then too. The beach sand is nice but the walk into the water is very rocky and if it is wavy like it was for us, can be dangerous as you can be pushed over by the water onto the rocks. Also a very large ship was in port the same time we were and there was really no room on the beach or at the pool for us. If we were to do this port again I would take the taxi into town and just walk around, because that has to be better than sitting in the sand with out access to a beach chair.View All 1,747 Grand Turk Cruise Port Reviews
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San JuanWe took a $10 tour after we left the ship. It gave us an idea of the old town and the forts. Then after we were dropped off in the center we walked around ourselves and looked at all the lovely buildings and statues. We walked around for about 2 hours and managed to see quite a bit. Taken on the cruise this excursion costs about $40 and you don't get to see the little things, like the dove cote along the fort wall or the cats that roam around the old city. We walked along the outer wall towards the fort at the entrance to the port and it was great. There aren't as many shops, or at least it didn't seem like there were like in St Thomas so that was nice too.View All 3,096 San Juan Cruise Port Reviews
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St. ThomasWe got off the ship and walked into Charlotte Amalie. It isn't a bad walk, it is about 1 to 2 miles, but it is along the water and a lovely walk. We walked through the town, then went up the 99 steps to Black Beard's Castle. We didn't go in as we had heard it really wasn't worth it, so I can't offer an opinion. We turned around and took in the view, which is spectacular. Then we walked down a road back into town. We did a little shopping, but it is basically the same on every corner...jewelery store after jewelery store and souvenirs. How many diamonds can a person really buy? One store that was very interesting was on the main drag and had antiques and artifacts for sale, that was cool.View All 4,106 St. Thomas Cruise Port Reviews
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