Better Late Than Never Review: Carnival Liberty, May 10-17, 2015

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#1
Auburn, AL
300 Posts
Joined Aug 2010
Hello, everyone!

I am quite late in posting this review, but I know everyone always enjoys reading about the San Juan route, so here goes. I (30, female) traveled with four friends: three women (28, 29, and 36) and one man/husband (29 - not mine!). I apologize in advance if the embedded images are gigantic; Photobucket is not being very cooperative with my resizing efforts.

Three of the five in our group live in the Nashville area, and two of us live in Knoxville. We got a good deal on a Southwest flight out of Nashville, to two of us drove from Knoxville to Nashville the night before our flight. We had a 7 am flight out of Nashville on May 9th, with a layover in Orlando. Leaving early on a Saturday morning meant short, easy lines. We also had very cheerful TSA agents in the security line. One asked where we were going and then asked the "youngster" of our group, at 28, whether she was old enough to drink. Given the 4:30 am wakeup call, we all got a kick out of that! Soon enough, we were winging our way towards Puerto Rico.



The San Juan airport is/was apparently under construction. After some minor confusion, we finally found the correct baggage carousel and claimed our bags. Although the taxi line was a bit long, it was managed efficiently. Our taxi driver was friendly and professional. We had toyed with the idea of renting a car. I was glad, after this ride, that we did not. Driving in San Juan is not for the faint of heart!

We stayed both pre- and post-cruise at the Comfort Inn in the Condado area. The hotel is currently under renovations, but the parts that have been finished are quite attractive. The rooms were VERY small but clean and functional, which is all I really require from a short-duration hotel room. After dropping our bags, we headed out to explore the surrounding area. The beach was only a few blocks away.





The one male in our group, unable to contain his inner child any longer, dove right in (literally).



This beach is very windy, with high surf.



After a short walk on the beach, we were ready to eat. We decided to give Orozco's a chance, and it was an excellent choice! Food porn in the next post...
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Carnival Elation - May 2016 - Nassau & Freeport - Review
Carnival Liberty - May 2015 - St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, & St. Maarten - Review
Carnival Freedom - May 2014 - St. Maarten, St. Thomas, San Juan, & Half Moon Cay - Review
Carnival Paradise - August 2013 - Grand Cayman & Cozumel - Review
Carnival Fascination - October 2010 - Half Moon Cay & Nassau

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#2
Auburn, AL
300 Posts
Joined Aug 2010
First we ordered a couple of pitchers of sangria. Our "youngster" was the only one at the table who got carded. The first running joke of the trip had been firmly established.



I ordered the combination platter, with roast pork, rice with pigeon peas, fried plantains, and a corn cake. The pork was juicy and delicious, and I absolutely fell in love with the plantains.



One of my friends had the trifongo (no picture, sorry), and it was to die for. I highly recommend that dish to anyone who visits the restaurant. After dinner, we stopped at Walgreens to pick up our carry-on wine. We sat around the pool at the hotel for a little while, but we were all exhausted from traveling and went to bed early.

The next morning was embarkation day! We slept in, ate breakfast at the hotel, and caught a cab to the port at around 10 am. We dropped our bags with the porters and then headed into Old San Juan to explore.









One of my friends is a certified crazy cat lady, so she was in absolute heaven during our walk.
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Carnival Liberty - May 2015 - St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, & St. Maarten - Review
Carnival Freedom - May 2014 - St. Maarten, St. Thomas, San Juan, & Half Moon Cay - Review
Carnival Paradise - August 2013 - Grand Cayman & Cozumel - Review
Carnival Fascination - October 2010 - Half Moon Cay & Nassau

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#3
Auburn, AL
300 Posts
Joined Aug 2010




We walked over to El Morro. I was there last year, and one of my friends had just had knee surgery a month prior to the trip. I knew she wouldn't be able to handle all the stairs in the fort, so she and I sat near the seawall and did some people watching while the other three went inside.





Did I mention that it was a windy week?



After the rest of the crew finished their tour, we caught the free trolley down into Old San Juan.

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Previously Sailed:
Carnival Dream - December 2016 - Mahogany Bay, Belize, & Cozumel - Review
Carnival Elation - May 2016 - Nassau & Freeport - Review
Carnival Liberty - May 2015 - St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, & St. Maarten - Review
Carnival Freedom - May 2014 - St. Maarten, St. Thomas, San Juan, & Half Moon Cay - Review
Carnival Paradise - August 2013 - Grand Cayman & Cozumel - Review
Carnival Fascination - October 2010 - Half Moon Cay & Nassau

Future Cruises:
TBD
#4
Auburn, AL
300 Posts
Joined Aug 2010
We intended to eat lunch at Raices, but the hostess said we would have to wait 45 minutes for a table, so we ate at a nearby restaurant called Genesis. I had the chicken mofongo. The prices were affordable, and the portions were generous. The food was good but did not compare to the previous night's visit to Orozco's.



Next, we headed over to Barrachina's for pina coladas. They were delicious and VERY strong, as anticipated. There was live entertainment and a huge crowd.



At this point, we were ready to board the ship, and the adventure began. On our walk down to the port, we ran into the infamous "Do you speak English?" guy. About one sentence into his spiel, I recognized the story and hustled my group away from him. It was mid-afternoon by the time we reached the port, and the lines were pretty short at that point. As we walked onto the ship, I was anticipating that familiar ding. Instead, I was greeted with an alarm and a very unhappy ship's officer. He immediately and aggressively demanded to know what I had packed that was not allowed on the ship. Now, anyone who knows me will tell you that I am most definitely Ms. Good Two-Shoes. The closest thing to contraband in my bag was probably my curling iron. I had no idea what he was talking about, and it was clear that he didn't believe a word I was saying. Finally, about five minutes into our altercation, he mentioned that it was ONE of the bags in our cabin (which I was sharing with the two other single women) that was a problem, but he wouldn't tell us whose bag contained the problem item. So, all five of us tromped down to deck 0 for a glimpse at the "naughty room". We were told that only one person could go and watch as the bag was opened, but they STILL refused to tell us whose name was on the problem bag. One friend had packed a rum runner and was convinced that she was the problem, so away she went...

...And we waited. And waited. And waited. Meanwhile, several other people had been sent into the baggage area and had come back with their now slightly emptier bags. Half an hour later, my friend reappeared from the elevator and said that it was the OTHER friend's bag that was the problem, so security was waiting for her. She had been gone so long because security wouldn't let her re-enter the ship the way she had left it, and no one told her that she would need her passport to get back on the ship, so a member of security had to escort her all the way up the gangplank.

Friend number two went off to see what the problem is. It turns out that she had packed a pocket knife in her checked bag. This was her first cruise, and it never occurred to her that the knife wouldn't be allowed Oops. Security offered to hold the knife for her for the duration of the cruise. I guess they thought it was a diving knife, because they offered to get it for her if she wanted it in port. She didn't want to deal with the hassle, but Every. Single. Time. we entered or exited the ship, that same alarm would go off. Extensive explanations would follow, while we held up the boarding/disembarkation line. It was certainly my friend's mistake to pack the knife, but Carnival surely could have handled the incident in a more efficient and less antagonistic manner.
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Previously Sailed:
Carnival Dream - December 2016 - Mahogany Bay, Belize, & Cozumel - Review
Carnival Elation - May 2016 - Nassau & Freeport - Review
Carnival Liberty - May 2015 - St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, & St. Maarten - Review
Carnival Freedom - May 2014 - St. Maarten, St. Thomas, San Juan, & Half Moon Cay - Review
Carnival Paradise - August 2013 - Grand Cayman & Cozumel - Review
Carnival Fascination - October 2010 - Half Moon Cay & Nassau

Future Cruises:
TBD
#5
Auburn, AL
300 Posts
Joined Aug 2010
At long last, we were ready to check out our rooms! The three single girls were sharing a balcony on the Lido deck, and our married friends were in a 4J (walkway view) cabin, also on Lido. I will never share a stateroom with multiple people again. While we all got along great, it was just much too cramped for my taste. Of course, my last cruise before this one was a solo trip in a balcony, so I might have been a bit spoiled.

I turned Gold on this cruise, which sailed shortly after all the bruh-ha-ha over the past guest party changes. I had no idea what to expect. Apparently there was some confusion during the switchover, because I was given the free bottle of water, my Gold pin, a free drink coupon, AND an invitation to the past guest part. Score! I actually didn't go to the past guest party because the timing conflicted with something else I had planned, but still...



We had steakhouse reservations for the first night, so we quickly unpacked and changed for dinner (the contraband-containing suitcase arrived at the last possible second, while the others were at the rooms by the time we finally got there). The food and service were outstanding. (I didn't take food porn pictures - sorry - because it was too dark.) The standout dish was definitely the lamb. I was sorry that I wasn't the one who ordered it! Once again, our "youngster" was asked if she was old enough to drink. We received two free bottles of wine, one white and one red, both of which we found decent enough.

The muster drill announcements began just after we finished dinner. Despite the majority of the announcements being made in two languages, the drill didn't feel significantly longer than any other I've been a part of. It seemed like people arrived more promptly than usual, probably because they just wanted to get the drill over with! We explored the ship a little and then headed to bed. It had been a long day.

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Previously Sailed:
Carnival Dream - December 2016 - Mahogany Bay, Belize, & Cozumel - Review
Carnival Elation - May 2016 - Nassau & Freeport - Review
Carnival Liberty - May 2015 - St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, & St. Maarten - Review
Carnival Freedom - May 2014 - St. Maarten, St. Thomas, San Juan, & Half Moon Cay - Review
Carnival Paradise - August 2013 - Grand Cayman & Cozumel - Review
Carnival Fascination - October 2010 - Half Moon Cay & Nassau

Future Cruises:
TBD
#6
Auburn, AL
300 Posts
Joined Aug 2010
The next morning, I awoke as we were pulling into St. Thomas. Our plan for the day was to relax at Sapphire Beach.









As we were walking out of the port area, we were met by a slightly aggressive cab driver who asked if we wanted to go to the beach. Figuring there was safety in numbers, we went ahead and climbed in. He immediately started trying to talk us into going to Coki instead of Sapphire, claiming that there was no snorkeling at Sapphire and we wouldn't like it very much. We remained persistent and eventually just stopped responding to him. He finally got the message and delivered us to the entrance at Sapphire Beach. We told him we'd like to head back to the ship around 2 pm, and he promised to come back and pick us up.

As we walked onto the beach, we instantly knew that we had chosen the right beach for the day. Sapphire is absolutely gorgeous!



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Carnival Dream - December 2016 - Mahogany Bay, Belize, & Cozumel - Review
Carnival Elation - May 2016 - Nassau & Freeport - Review
Carnival Liberty - May 2015 - St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, & St. Maarten - Review
Carnival Freedom - May 2014 - St. Maarten, St. Thomas, San Juan, & Half Moon Cay - Review
Carnival Paradise - August 2013 - Grand Cayman & Cozumel - Review
Carnival Fascination - October 2010 - Half Moon Cay & Nassau

Future Cruises:
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#7
Auburn, AL
300 Posts
Joined Aug 2010
The staff at the dive/rental shack were all very friendly. We rented loungers and snorkel gear and picked out a prime location in the shade. After receiving instructions about the best snorkeling spots, we hit the water. All of us are avid snorkelers, and we'd heard that Sapphire was a great location for snorkeling from shore. We weren't disappointed. The water was clear (maybe a little too clear - the sunlight was so strong that my photos are a bit washed out), the coral reef was extensive, and there was a good variety of sea life. It wasn't the best snorkeling I've ever seen, but there was definitely plenty to keep us occupied for a couple of hours. Despite my best efforts, I didn't find any sea turtles or rays in the sea grass areas, but some of my friends did. I will mention, though, that this location is not one I'd recommend for weak swimmers. The coral is very close to the surface, and the currents are pretty strong once you get out away from the shore. We had a blast, but I can see how others might struggle under these conditions.











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Previously Sailed:
Carnival Dream - December 2016 - Mahogany Bay, Belize, & Cozumel - Review
Carnival Elation - May 2016 - Nassau & Freeport - Review
Carnival Liberty - May 2015 - St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, & St. Maarten - Review
Carnival Freedom - May 2014 - St. Maarten, St. Thomas, San Juan, & Half Moon Cay - Review
Carnival Paradise - August 2013 - Grand Cayman & Cozumel - Review
Carnival Fascination - October 2010 - Half Moon Cay & Nassau

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#8
Auburn, AL
300 Posts
Joined Aug 2010


After snorkeling, we headed back to the chairs for lunch and relaxation. We had several visitors throughout the day.







One of my friends and I split the mahi mahi sandwich. It was HUGE; sharing it was definitely a wise decision.



We enjoyed the whimsical napkin decor as well.

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Carnival Dream - December 2016 - Mahogany Bay, Belize, & Cozumel - Review
Carnival Elation - May 2016 - Nassau & Freeport - Review
Carnival Liberty - May 2015 - St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, & St. Maarten - Review
Carnival Freedom - May 2014 - St. Maarten, St. Thomas, San Juan, & Half Moon Cay - Review
Carnival Paradise - August 2013 - Grand Cayman & Cozumel - Review
Carnival Fascination - October 2010 - Half Moon Cay & Nassau

Future Cruises:
TBD
#9
Auburn, AL
300 Posts
Joined Aug 2010


All too soon, it was time to head back to the ship. Our surly taxi driver from the morning never showed up, but luckily one of the open-air guys offered us a ride back to the ship. He took us back in a different direction from our initial ride, so we got to see a bit more of the island, which was nice.

After we returned to the ship and cleaned up, we visited the Alchemy Bar before dinner. This would quickly become our favorite location on the ship. Annamaria was by far the best bartender I've ever had at ANY bar. She was funny, friendly, and definitely one of the highlights of our trip. As we were enjoying our first round, the Dr. Seuss parade came through. I was thankful that we didn't have a ton of kids on our sailing, because even this small group was LOUD.



This was our first dinner in the main dining room for this trip. We had late seating. I was hopeful that we'd be at a large table, but, sadly, we were placed at a six-top alone, right near the door. Our wait staff was friendly, especially the bar waitress, and the food was enjoyable all week, but I missed meeting people at dinner.

I don't remember anything special about that evening. The following day was a sea day. Other than the steakhouse cooking demonstration and high tea, we didn't have many plans. We spent the morning at the aft pool, which was PACKED. This was the first time in my cruising experience that I encountered chair hogs. I chose to sit at a table in the shade with my red-head friend while the other three enjoyed the sun. The wind was so strong that I spent most of the morning trying to keep the nearby chairs from blowing over.



I took the opportunity to enjoy my favorite frozen drink, a Kiss on the Lips.



Soon, it was time for the cooking demonstration. I was the only one in our group to make it to the steakhouse early, and I was the only one of us who was able to get a chair! Word to the wise: If you don't arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the demo, you will be shut out. This was a rapid-fire event, but the food was tasty (if a bit rushed).

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Carnival Dream - December 2016 - Mahogany Bay, Belize, & Cozumel - Review
Carnival Elation - May 2016 - Nassau & Freeport - Review
Carnival Liberty - May 2015 - St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, & St. Maarten - Review
Carnival Freedom - May 2014 - St. Maarten, St. Thomas, San Juan, & Half Moon Cay - Review
Carnival Paradise - August 2013 - Grand Cayman & Cozumel - Review
Carnival Fascination - October 2010 - Half Moon Cay & Nassau

Future Cruises:
TBD
#10
Auburn, AL
300 Posts
Joined Aug 2010
The first course was the mushroom cappuccino. It was fantastic!



Next up was a salad. I'm not a big fan of blue cheese, but it wasn't bad at all.



Then, we were served the most amazing chicken mac-and-cheese ever.



Our desert was a tiramisu, which was also delicious. It was the fastest four-course meal in history, but I still enjoyed the experience.



We soaked up a little sun on the Lido deck before heading to high tea. (My sea day basically consisted of traveling from one food event to another!)



I didn't take any photos at tea, but all the food offerings were tasty. Tonight was formal night, so we got cleaned up, took a few awkward photos, visited the Alchemy bar, and then headed to dinner.

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Previously Sailed:
Carnival Dream - December 2016 - Mahogany Bay, Belize, & Cozumel - Review
Carnival Elation - May 2016 - Nassau & Freeport - Review
Carnival Liberty - May 2015 - St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, & St. Maarten - Review
Carnival Freedom - May 2014 - St. Maarten, St. Thomas, San Juan, & Half Moon Cay - Review
Carnival Paradise - August 2013 - Grand Cayman & Cozumel - Review
Carnival Fascination - October 2010 - Half Moon Cay & Nassau

Future Cruises:
TBD
#12
South Jersey
41 Posts
Joined May 2013
Yay! Loving it so far. I'm thoroughly enjoying, and very grateful for, all of the great Liberty reviews going on right now. 38 days for us!
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#13
Auburn, AL
300 Posts
Joined Aug 2010
Next up was Barbados, which was the island I was most looking forward to visiting. My view upon waking up confirmed that the water was just as beautiful as I had heard.



Today's plan was to visit The Boatyard and swim with the turtles. The taxi lines in Barbados are very regimented. Although we had to wait a bit for our van to fill, we headed out to The Boatyard in a reasonable amount of time. We were checked in quickly and guided to our chairs and umbrellas for the day. We wore wristbands, which allowed us use of the facility for the day. The host warned us that beach vendors are NOT allowed to approach patrons at their chairs and that we should call over a waiter if we were being harassed.





They also asked us not to take any turtle/snorkel tours unless we did so before checking in or when we were finished with our Boatyard visit for the day. (Apparently this is a liability issue for them, as they don't offer their own tours.) The host did show us where we could enter the water from the beach and swim out to the turtles, which we found very easy to do later that afternoon. First, though, we enjoyed the water toys and rope swing. For lunch, I had the flying fish fingers from the bar, and they were so good I could have eaten three more baskets easily.

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We saw a few turtles when we made our way down to look for them. I wasn't able to get an photos, but it made my day. The boats that do the tours don't go very far from shore at all; while I'm sure it would have been enjoyable, I don't know that we would have found it worth the cost.

When we were ready to leave the boatyard, it was very easy to join a group of cruisers on a (complimentary) ride back to the port. We continued our evening routine of drinks at the Alchemy bar, dinner, and a movie before bed.
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Previously Sailed:
Carnival Dream - December 2016 - Mahogany Bay, Belize, & Cozumel - Review
Carnival Elation - May 2016 - Nassau & Freeport - Review
Carnival Liberty - May 2015 - St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, & St. Maarten - Review
Carnival Freedom - May 2014 - St. Maarten, St. Thomas, San Juan, & Half Moon Cay - Review
Carnival Paradise - August 2013 - Grand Cayman & Cozumel - Review
Carnival Fascination - October 2010 - Half Moon Cay & Nassau

Future Cruises:
TBD
#15
Auburn, AL
300 Posts
Joined Aug 2010
Now, I have to admit that St. Lucia was the island I was least looking forward to visiting on this itinerary. I get horrible motion sickness, and all of the popular tours involve long van rides on what have been described as very twisty roads. We initially attempted to book a catamaran tour with Mystic Man, but we were unable to get a large enough group committed to book the trip. At the last minute, we booked Carnival's "Kayak Pigeon Island" excursion. We had a small group (maybe 20?) who met in one of the lounges and then boarded a van for a short trip over to our kayak launch location. Our van guide was a lot of fun and pointed out many areas of interest during the drive.





When we arrived at the kayaks, we were paired up and assigned kayaks. A mother/daughter pair in our group had brought their bathing suits instead of wearing them (WHY???), so the female guide kindly shielded them with towels while they changed. Word to the wise: There are no bathrooms at the launch location. After that, we were off to kayak down the coast. There was a significant current pulling us towards shore; it was quite a workout to keep going straight! Only one couple tipped themselves over on the journey. Another, elderly, couple found the trip too strenuous and were picked up by a guide in a small boat halfway through. We probably kayaked for about 20-30 minutes before we arrived at Pigeon Island. There, we were provided with beer, rum punch, and delicious local fruits.



There was also a floating bar servicing some visitors who weren't on our excursion.



This excursion only provides an hour or two of time at the Pigeon Island location. We were offered our choice of hiking to a small fort, snorkeling, or lounging on the beach (chairs not included in the tour cost). Most people chose the hike, but one friend and I decided to snorkel. Since we were strong swimmers, we were sent out sans guide. The snorkeling was WONDERFUL. I've never seen water so clear or such an abundance of marine life. The rocks and reef are very close to shore and very shallow. I don't think the photos do the experience justice.

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Previously Sailed:
Carnival Dream - December 2016 - Mahogany Bay, Belize, & Cozumel - Review
Carnival Elation - May 2016 - Nassau & Freeport - Review
Carnival Liberty - May 2015 - St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, & St. Maarten - Review
Carnival Freedom - May 2014 - St. Maarten, St. Thomas, San Juan, & Half Moon Cay - Review
Carnival Paradise - August 2013 - Grand Cayman & Cozumel - Review
Carnival Fascination - October 2010 - Half Moon Cay & Nassau

Future Cruises:
TBD
#16
Auburn, AL
300 Posts
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Carnival Dream - December 2016 - Mahogany Bay, Belize, & Cozumel - Review
Carnival Elation - May 2016 - Nassau & Freeport - Review
Carnival Liberty - May 2015 - St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, & St. Maarten - Review
Carnival Freedom - May 2014 - St. Maarten, St. Thomas, San Juan, & Half Moon Cay - Review
Carnival Paradise - August 2013 - Grand Cayman & Cozumel - Review
Carnival Fascination - October 2010 - Half Moon Cay & Nassau

Future Cruises:
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#17
Long Island NY
653 Posts
Joined May 2007
Doing this cuise in Nov. Subscribing now.
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Imagination 9/2006 5 Day:Fort Lauderdale, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios
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Freedom 8/2010 8 Day: Fort Lauderdale,San Juan, St Thomas, Antigua, Tortola, Nassau
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#18
Auburn, AL
300 Posts
Joined Aug 2010


We ran across a few creepy looking eels.









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Previously Sailed:
Carnival Dream - December 2016 - Mahogany Bay, Belize, & Cozumel - Review
Carnival Elation - May 2016 - Nassau & Freeport - Review
Carnival Liberty - May 2015 - St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, & St. Maarten - Review
Carnival Freedom - May 2014 - St. Maarten, St. Thomas, San Juan, & Half Moon Cay - Review
Carnival Paradise - August 2013 - Grand Cayman & Cozumel - Review
Carnival Fascination - October 2010 - Half Moon Cay & Nassau

Future Cruises:
TBD
#19
Auburn, AL
300 Posts
Joined Aug 2010
This guy caused me to beat a hasty retreat at one point.



I could have happily stayed in the water all day, but we wanted to explore the area a bit before leaving. We walked over to the Atlantic side so that we could say that we had stepped in two oceans in one day. The difference in the number and size of the waves was remarkable.









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Previously Sailed:
Carnival Dream - December 2016 - Mahogany Bay, Belize, & Cozumel - Review
Carnival Elation - May 2016 - Nassau & Freeport - Review
Carnival Liberty - May 2015 - St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, & St. Maarten - Review
Carnival Freedom - May 2014 - St. Maarten, St. Thomas, San Juan, & Half Moon Cay - Review
Carnival Paradise - August 2013 - Grand Cayman & Cozumel - Review
Carnival Fascination - October 2010 - Half Moon Cay & Nassau

Future Cruises:
TBD
#20
Auburn, AL
300 Posts
Joined Aug 2010
I'm so glad that we visited St. Lucia! Let this be an example that you never know what to expect from an island until you've actually been there yourself. After our excursion, we shopped a little in the port area. Then we returned to the ship, where our group (although I can't claim to have helped at all) was victorious in the superhero trivia contest. That night, at our pre-dinner visit to the alchemy bar, we met...these people...



They were with a huge group of friends who apparently meet up every year to cruise together. While they were very friendly, they tended to disrupt a lot of common areas, as large groups are known to do. They had different theme outfits every night. We enjoyed our encounter with them very much - we found them hilarious - but I'm not sure that all of my fellow cruisers felt the same way.

Not surprisingly, we followed dinner up with a movie and then bed. This itinerary doesn't encourage a rocking nightlife on the ship, that's for sure!
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Previously Sailed:
Carnival Dream - December 2016 - Mahogany Bay, Belize, & Cozumel - Review
Carnival Elation - May 2016 - Nassau & Freeport - Review
Carnival Liberty - May 2015 - St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, & St. Maarten - Review
Carnival Freedom - May 2014 - St. Maarten, St. Thomas, San Juan, & Half Moon Cay - Review
Carnival Paradise - August 2013 - Grand Cayman & Cozumel - Review
Carnival Fascination - October 2010 - Half Moon Cay & Nassau

Future Cruises:
TBD