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Ineke Zweerus

Age: 56


Number of Cruises: 6

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Liberty

Sailing Date: 2011-04-2

Itinerary: Eastern Carribean

Overall, the Carnival Liberty was a great experience. The waiters and cabin staff were excellent. The food was great and plentiful and the entertainment was very good. We enjoyed the shore visits even though we did not sign up for any excursions on the ship. Concerns: you are able to bring a bottle of wine onboard ship. No one tells you, however, that the wine must be on your carryon luggage when you board. Although we had it in our carryon luggage, the luggage handlers suggested checking it when we arrived at the port and did not share this information with us so our wine was confiscated until the end of the trip. Also, the guest services staff were not always well informed and gave a person in our group inaccurate information about her debarkation at the end of the cruise causing confusion.

The food was excellent. You can choose multiple dishes; however, if you wanted steak with your shrimp, you would get two full meals and could not just get the extra steak or shrimp which was wasteful. The number of food stations was amazing. I was never able to get to all of them.

Our stateroom was clean and worked for 3 of us. There is however, only one outlet, so i was glad that I brought a powerstrip along. There is a mini refrigertator in the room stocked with liquor and soft drinks for a fee. Our cabin staff was awesome and our requests were handled almost immediately.

The onboard activities were fun. There were 3,500 passengers onboard ship and there was something for everyone. I enjoyed the wine tasting, bingo, casino, and nightly shows, piano bar, dance club and comedy acts.

We did not sign up for any excursions as we took advantage of some of them on our previous cruise. We were able to walk to downtown Nassau (a disappointment, expecially the famous straw market, burned down a few years ago, has not been rebuilt to its previous size is located under tents and very difficult to walk through the aisles...very unfortunate). Paradise Island can be reached via taxi for a few dollars and Atlantis is worth the visit. We also bargained for a taxi ride around the island of St. Thomas (nice tour and stops for photos, plus a 2 hour stop at the beach, for $15 a person). We took at tour when we debarked in San Juan for $20.00 and felt the tour was worth it. We were dropped off in Old San Juan for shopping and could walk back to the ship. Do wear a watch to insure that you get back on board ship on time if you don't take a ship sponsored excursion.

It was a memorable cruise and a pleasant surprise. Even though there were 3,500 passengers you never felt like there were that many people on board. There was plenty of on deck seating and a separate pool/bar area for adults. The number of food stations also kept congestion to a minimum.

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