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Jake

Age: 44

Occupation:professional

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Liberty

Sailing Date: 2010-02-27

Itinerary: western carribean

This was the first cruise for both my girlfriend and I. Normally we to the all-inclusive resort route. But after this cruise I can say that we are cruisers from here on out! We started from the port of Miami and for those flying in I would suggest getting there the day before and staying at a hotel (Airport Regency) so you are not rushed on cruise day. We embarked on a Saturday and that was about a 1/2 hour process waiting in line. We boarded the ship and it was HUGE! By day 6 we were finally used to the lay out of the ship. We got our our balcony room....loved it! Definitely worth the extra $$. The ship was beautiful. Rarely was it crowded all in one area considering the 3,000 plus guests. The pool areas were great. Get there early to get a chair. Our stops were in Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Coz and Grand Cayman were great. Jamaica was OK, but I hear cruise lines are starting to get away from this port. Great food, great shows, great staff. Debarkation was smooth and fast. I would recommend the self check out where you carry your own luggage off the ship. We were called at 745am to leave and we were at the airport by 9am.

The food was excellent, and plenty of it. Buffets had a great variety and the dining room food was excellent. They had different special dinners everyday, the usual fare, and a light menu. I'd recommend Harry's steakhouse. It is $30 per person but well worth it. Huge steaks, lobster tails, and as much as you want.

Our stateroom was great. Much bigger than I expected. We loved the balcony. The staff kept it clean and well stocked. I had a problem when we first got there; the mini bar was locked and the safe was locked. I called guest services and someone was there within minutes and unlocked both. They always brought around fresh ice, and we loved the turndown service.

There was plenty to do, or nothing to do. Your choice. The shows were well down, the pool activities were fun, and the many bars had their own entertainment. There was definitely something for everyone.

In Cozumel we rented a Jeep and headed to the east side of the island. Away from the beaches the other 9,000 cruisers were near the port. For $90 you get the Jeep for the day. The east side of the island has miles of free, beautiful beaches. We parked on the side of the road and laid down the towels and had the beach to ourselves. We hit 3 of the bars in that area; Mazcalito's, Coconuts, and the Rasta Bar. Be very cautious of the margarita's.....very strong! Spent 9am to 5pm at that side of the island, had the Jeep back for 6pm, hit the shops at the port, and back on the boat. Highly recommend this. Grand Cayman almost didn't happen. The ship usually anchors at Georgetown but the waters were so rough the captain either had to by-pass the port altogether or anchor on the opposite side of the island. He chose the latter and we had a great day on the 7-mile beach and in town. The tenders were quick and easy. Margarittaville in Georgetown is a must . The only excursion we did through Carnival was Dunn's River Falls and the bamboo Beach Club. It was pricey, but worth the experience. Jamaica is definitely not as nice as it used to be.

I would highly recommend this ship. It was great.

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