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Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival Liberty
by Carrie
Western Caribbean
June 21, 2008

Loved the Liberty.

We have been on 6 cruises -- 3 with Carnival (Fantasy, Glory, Liberty), 2 with RCCL, 1 with Celebrity.

We were on the Glory last May (2007). Glory and Liberty are practically identical, except for decor. I thought the food and entertainment was just fine on the Glory, but EXCELLENT on the Liberty. We went to all the shows and I thought the costumes and set designs were fantastic. We ate in the dining room 3 times, it was very good. We went to Harrys once, just hubby and me. It was delicious. Don't eat the whole day before you go to dinner, it's A LOT of food.

I was not crazy about the Cruise Director, Steve, but this was his last sailing on the Liberty. He was just annoying with his announcements, and he repeated himself constantly. But he seemed very nice.

A lot of people were complaining about the layout of the ship -- it is kind of strange, but we were used to it from being on the Glory last year. Just remember deck 5 goes all the way thru -- once you figure out what end your dining room is on, it's not that hard. You just go down from 5 one or two levels.

The casino was the tightest I have ever seen. I did not see anyone win or hear of anyone winning.

My daughter absolutely loved the Sushi, and the guy knew her by name after the 2nd day. I thought the Japanese station in Emiles (the buffet on the Lido) was awesome. There is a long wait because it's made fresh in front of you. You pick the ingredients. Watch out for the Thai BBQ sauce, my mouth was on FIRE. Then I tried the Black Bean Sauce, delicious and not too spicy. If you go right at lunch time it's about a 1/2 hour wait, I did that once. Then I waited till about 4:00, when everyone was getting ready to go get cleaned up for dinner. No line!

The ship was CROWDED, lines everywhere. This was the first time we have cruised when school is out, and probably the last. It was a bit too crowded for me. We always found chairs on the Lido Deck, but the pools and hot tubs were way too crowded to enjoy. I wish people would not let their little kids jump and splash in the hot tubs. But, the adults-only hot tubs on the back of deck 9, by the pizza, are much more enjoyable. So that's where I went a lot of the time. But you miss all the action by the main pool. For us September is the perfect time to cruise.

Drinks are EXPENSIVE. $6.95 for the special, from 10-noon you can get a bloody mary or mimosa for $3.50. I brought 2 bottles of Malibu Rum and 2 liters of Coke and a large thermal mug. We asked our room steward to give us ice everyday and he did. So that's what I will do from now on. Banana Flavored Malibu Rum and Coke is delicious! I saved a lot of money doing this.

Every single employee we came into contact with was friendly and smiled. Always a good morning. A very nice crew!

We loved Jamaica. We have never been there and so many people told us how "bad" it is. I thought the town itself was not nice, but the people we met were so laid back and friendly, no problem mon! We went river tubing (Carnival Excursion), and once you get out of town into the rain forest, it's gorgeous. If you are a nervous passenger, don't go. The drive was scary to say the least. But we laughed about it. The guides on the river are funny and friendly and very knowledgeable. We had our 3 kids with us -- 15, 12 & 9. They loved this excursion. We only do one excursion per cruise because they are so expensive. I was glad we picked that one. Then we went to Margaritaville. What a fun place! The kids loved the slide, and the food and drinks were great.

In Cozumel we went to Paradise Beach. I was not impressed. Very small, and the water is "murky", not the pretty water you expect in Mexico. The kids got the wrist bands and used the water toys. The Ice Burg climbing thing is dangerous. People can very easily jump on someone else and hurt them or themselves. The trampolines are ok. I will not go there again. The website makes it look much nicer than it is.

In Cayman we took a cab to the Ritz Carlton and spent a couple of hours on the beach. It was absolutely gorgeous. $11.00 for a beer, though! I drank ice water.

We did not use the spa, so I can't comment on that. I did get a mani/pedicure last year on the Glory and thought it was a bit expensive, so this time I did that at home before we left!

Embarkation was a breeze. We got to the port about 12:30, and were on the lido having a drink by 1:00. Debarkation, though, was not as good. We had a 1:30 flight out of MIA. We should have been in one of the earlier groups, but we were #26. By the time we got our bags, got thru customs, and waited on the bus, we just made our check in time with only 5 minutes to spare. The guy at curbside check in told us if it was five minutes later he would not have let us in. Watch your bags! The bus driver took all the bags off the bus before he let us off. Someone took one of ours and we still do not have it. It's been 3 days, so I think someone would have called by now if they intended to return it. This makes me want to cry because all our film was in that bag. We have no pictures from the entire trip. We have made a claim with Carnival and Greyhound.

E:mail me if you have any questions on the Liberty. My email is carrieerman@juno.com and I will be happy to answer your questions if I can.