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Mrs H

Age: 25


Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Liberty

Sailing Date: 2009-05-26

Itinerary: Exotic Eastern Carribbean

We took this cruise to get married through Carnival's funship weddings. WHAT AN EXPERIENCE!!! My husband and I highly recommend a Carnival wedding. Like everything Carnival does, your wedding will be big, detailed and beautiful for a VERY affordable price (they even permit non-cruising guests to come aboard for the wedding).

We arrived at the ship in the port of Miami, FL early (10:30am for a 4pm sailing) with our wedding party and all guests. Our entire group was sent through VIP boarding (love that!) and straight onto the ship. The guests were permitted to wander the ship as the bride got ready and the rest of the wedding party ran through a short rehearsal. The wedding itself is handled by Carnival's subcontractor, The Wedding Experience. Wonderful ladies, that had the wedding down to a science and it went off without a hitch. They really cater to you! Our ceremony was short (the way we like it) about 20 min and then we were off to an hour and a half reception with plenty of food, cake, open bar and dancing in the Hot & Cold club (disco). A carnival photographer followed us every step of the way and we have tons of beautiful pictures because of it. When the reception was over, non-sailing guests disembarked and we went back to our cabin to change. The rest of the cruise/our honeymoon we had a blast! We traveled to Half Moon Cay, St. Thomas, Grand Turk and San Juan. What an amazing vacation and we left longing for more.

On top of getting married on the ship many of our guests also went on the cruise. Many of my friends questioned what it was like to go on your honeymoon with your friends and family. What I say to them is SPECTACULAR! On a ship of nearly 3000 passengers, there were times when we didn't see anyone we knew until dinner when we all sat together. Then dinner was great too, we got to blab about our excursions and all the phone things we had done that day. Everyone had a great time!

FYI: With 40 guests at our wedding, the entire wedding, reception, cruise, and excursions ended up costing us right at $4000. YOU CAN'T BEAT THAT FOR A WEDDING THESE DAYS. The kids that came to our wedding still rave about the light up dance floor. We joke and say we had a 7-day all you can eat wedding!

Food was great! Lots of variety and plenty available all the time. The only issue we saw was the number of people flocking to the chicken tenders, burgers and fries on the Lido deck. Clearly Carnival did not expect that area to be the most popular because it was always flooded with people waiting and a long line due to the limited size of that area. Luckily we weren't there for the plain old food and wanted to try things with more variety.
I've been on several cruises and we had some problem locating the Fish&Chips area. Sounds crazy, but it was right in front of us the whole time, we just didn't look up to see it.

Our stateroom was very clean and well taken care of. We arrived to two kissing towel swans, a towel heart, rose petals, champagne and mints. Granted we got married on the ship...but when booking tell them it's your wedding or honeymoon and they'll do the same.
As for size, it's just enough. If you're going on a cruise to stay in your room all the time (why are you going on a Carnival cruise then? You're better off on another more posh line), then upgrade to a suite. However if you're there to have a great time and enjoy the activities and inside cabin is perfectly fine! My husband is 6'9'' and 260lbs, it didn't even seem too small to him, just low ceiling for him in the bathroom.

Our inside cabin was right under the aft pool. We were not in the room much during the day so I can't tell you what it was like then...but at about 7am you could hear them getting the pool furniture out and dragging. Not terribly loud at all, but you would notice if you were a light sleeper. This was no problem for us as we are early risers.

Onboard activities were great...we're only sorry we couldn't participate in all! We were even in one of the game shows (afternoon entertainment). Evening shows were spectacular, we only wished we could have had more!

Dune buggies on Grand Turk were great fun. I highly recommend a more adventurous excursion there, the island is very depressed after all. The salt fields there stink a bit (think salt marsh) but it was wonderful getting muddy and speeding around! If you don't like getting dirty, don't do the dune buggies ;)

Half Moon Cay had great snorkling, but half the entertainment was watching a man pop out of the water and nearly walk on water to get away from a barracuda (a barracuda which cared nothing about us). If you have large feet (above a size 13 shoe) bring your own fins. They make you wear the fins and the largest size nearly cut off my husband's circulation (he wears a 16, we should have known). Half Moon Cay is also the best beach I have ever been to, the sand is like walking on clouds. The buffet lunch prepared by Carnival was delicious and the sights are wonderful.

San Juan didn't impress us and from what I understand from other people in our group that is because we did not tour the rainforest which they say was something they will never forget. We will do that if we ever go back.

St. Thomas was all about the shopping for us and there was plenty of it to do. We had great fun there and I got some nice jewelry.

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