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  1. soon to be mrs. k

    Miami Hotel

    Hello. Holiday Inn POM does not provide transportation service. However, they recommended the Miami Sunset, Inc. when I was trying to find a van service for my group. We had a total of 60 guests in our wedding and most of our guests are from out of town. All but a few stayed at the Holiday Inn. Here's their info. Looks like their website is under construction: Miami Sunset, Inc. sales@miami-sunset.com Monica and Jose Diaz 305-573-3454 Great group of people to work with. 1) Provided 2 airport shuttles for my incoming guests that were group of 10. 2) Service from hotel to the Port of Miami. 3) Service for my non-sailing guests from Port back to HI. 4) A SoBe excursion I put together for all our sailing guests after the cruise. My guests whose flight out were after 4:00pm. Miami Sunset was able to store our luggage in their moving van the whole time. From SoBe direct to Miami Airport. I LOVE THEM ALL. Very personable. Prompt. Vans are clean. Service is exception. I hope this helps.
  2. soon to be mrs. k

    Has carnival cut...

    11-8-08 cruise on Liberty: Classical Trio played at the Cabinet, Deck 4, during tea time on sea days, also at the Lobby, Deck 3 at 5:15 PM-6:15 PM and 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM. The Jass Buffet played at Cabinet, Deck 4, at 7:30-8:30 PM and 9:30 PM - 12 A.M. (check the Capers)
  3. soon to be mrs. k

    Carnival liberty wedding 11/8/08

    Forgot one thing, the bouquet was also supplied by the ship. My sister supplied the "silk flower" topping on the cake (she got it from Michael's), and she also got my bouquet from Michael's.
  4. soon to be mrs. k

    Carnival liberty wedding 11/8/08

    hi, i will ask my sister to reply to you regarding who did her hair and makeup. In May, she and hubby to be visited Miami on a reconnaisance tour, they were able to take a look at the hotel and also set up the Hard Rock Cafe, and also had a "practice" run with the hairdresser. Also, courtesy of her travel agent, she was able to "visit" the Liberty on a half-day tour of the ship, so they were able to familiarize themselves with the ship. She chose the Deluxe Package, and the reception was classy and so worth it. The entire wedding, from the ceremony to the reception didn't feel rushed. They were able to do what they wanted to incorporate in the wedding ceremony, and there were plenty of food and drinks at the reception. The cake was delicious, and the leftover cake was served the next evening in the dining room. We were in the reception room, until almost 20 minutes before the drill at 4 P.M. Of course, our non-sailing guests had to leave the ship by 3:30 P.M. Also, the Wedding Experience coordinators were there the entire time. Enjoy planning your wedding, the LIberty is one wonderful ship to have a wedding. Let me know if you have other questions, and we will get you answers and as much information as you want. [I]Sister of Mrs. K[/I]
  5. soon to be mrs. k

    Carnival liberty wedding 11/8/08

    hello, the Holiday Inn Port of Miami is okay, nothing distinguishing about it except that it is across from the Bayside Marketplace. For one night, it should be acceptable. Also, it is a quick ride to the ship terminal. Bayside Marketplace has tons of places to eat and drink. There is a McDonald's at the back of the hotel, about 2 blocks away. Hope you have a good time with your cruise on the Imagination!!! Thanks for enjoying the pictures.
  6. [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]We had a family reunion, and also celebrated the wedding of my sister, on board the Carnival Liberty. I’ve posted the Wedding Review on the Honeymoon and Wedding Forum.[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]This post will cover our excursions that we did on own in Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Ocho Rios. Also I will include other highlights on board the ship as well. There have been other reviews of the ship’s interiors so will not include here. But feel free to ask questions.[/SIZE][/FONT] [SIZE=3][FONT=Times New Roman][B]Cozumel[/B][B] – Monday 8 AM – 10 PM[/B] – Weather was very warm, sunshine, blue skies. I’ve been in Cozumel before, and also lived and travelled in Mexico extensively. I am not fluent in Spanish, but could read and speak a bit. I decided not to do any ship sponsored excursion. My family members wanted to see Tulum, so I was designated as the “tour guide”. We got off the ship around 7:20 AM (Cozumel time, which is one hour behind ship’s time, always set your watch to ship time), walked about 10 minutes to get the taxi to the ferry terminal. The ship docked at the new terminal, Puerto Maya, which recently opened up after being destroyed by a hurricane 3 years ago. Lots of shopping places and places to eat and drink at this terminal. The taxi was about $2 USD/pp, there were about 13 of us, 4 taxis, and the ride to the ferry was about 15 minutes. The ferry’s departure time was 8 A.M, cost $12 USD/pp, and ferry ride was about 45 minutes to Playa del Carmen. Rough ride, thankfully no one got sick, but we all looked “green” and queasy. We didn’t buy a round trip ferry ticket, there were 2 ferry companies, and we didn’t want to wait for a particular ferry to get us back from Playa to Cozumel. Upon arrival in Playa, I again negotiated with a “taxi supervisor”, (they are by the ferry terminal, randomly picked one to talk to, everyone we encountered spoke English) about trip to Tulum, we had 4 taxis, cost was $20/rt USD/pp, they gave us 2.5 hours at the ruins, they will wait for us, and we did not have to pay them until we get back to Playa. It was a 45 minutes taxi ride. The entrance fee to the ruins was $5 USD/pp, there is a little tram that would take you to the ruins from the entrance for $2 USD/rt pp, they will give you a band to put around your wrist for the tram ride, for you can opt to walk for 15 minutes in the hot sun. If walking, be careful of snakes in the ground!! We saw one crossing the street from the tram, yikes!!! Bring plenty of water, as it was hot. At the entrance, there were guides for hire, you can bargain, I think people were paying anywhere from $20, but we didn’t hire a guide, we had a guidebook (borrowed from the local library before leaving home), and just self toured. The place is compact, although there is a lot of walking involved to go from ruin to ruin, and is very hot. We were there early in the day before the bulk of tourists and tour groups arrived, so we had plenty of opportunities to get some really good pictures. Saw a lot of iguanas, be careful sometimes they looked like stone statues, so make sure don’t sit on stone pillars, and check before stepping on the grass also. [/FONT][/SIZE] [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]The highlight of the tour was to be able to swim in the blue Caribbean warm water down by the ruins. We had an hour, we put our stuff by the rocks, there was a lifeguard by the tower, and this was also where we had our picnic “room service” sandwiches and fruits. Very wonderful way to spend a day. (There is a changing room/bathroom, but best to put on your bathing suit underneath your tank tops/shorts. Bring the carnival towels provided in your room. You can exchange for a fresh ones when you get back on board the ship.)[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]Back to the little tram to the parking lot to our waiting airconditioned taxis to take us back to Playa. We arrived in Playa around 2:10 PM, enough time for me to buy ferry tickets, ferry leaves at 3 P.M. for Cozumel, had tacos pastor and beer by the terminal, some went shopping a bit. We all boarded the ferry, and were in Cozumel around 3:45, took taxi back to ship, again paid $2 USD/pp. We stopped for beer and snacks at Fat Tuesday, then board the ship, had dinner and went back out for more shopping. Boarded the ship around 9:15, ship sailed at 10 P.M. Lots of shopping places in the new terminal.[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]We had plenty of time so we were able to do this on our own. Please remember as on any tour that you undertake on your own, you have to weight the pros and cons of going to the mainland or staying on the side of where the ship is docked, if you stay in Cozumel, there are lots of things to see and do in the island, and you don’t have to worry that something might happen and you will miss the ship. Also, if you take the ship sponsored excursion, if anything happens, the ship will wait for you to get back.[/SIZE][/FONT] [B][SIZE=3][FONT=Times New Roman]Cost of this excursion - $55 USD/pp – (taxis - $4 USD, ferry - $24 USD, taxis and tour in Tulum - $27 USD).[/FONT][/SIZE][/B] [SIZE=3][FONT=Times New Roman][B]Grand Cayman[/B][B] – Wednesday 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM. [/B]Weather was sunny, and warm. This is a tender stop. You go to the Venetian Lounge and get a ticket for when you can board the tender. They will call those on ship sponsored excursions first, then they will call the number of those who are not on excursions, but want to go on their own. The wait for your tender number to be called wasn’t long, about 15 minutes. The tender takes about 15 minutes. At the port, there are local people selling tours. We went with Linda of Soto Tours, we wanted to do the stingray/coral reef swimming tour. We agreed on a price of $400 USD for 13 people, this came to about $31/pp. We had about 45 minutes to wait for the van to take us to stingray city. We used the time to stop at the Tortuga Rum store across from the port, had tastings of rum and rum cakes, bought some rum, they will take it directly to your ship, Coconut Rum was $9/bottle, cakes were same priced as those on ship, although there were varieties to choose from. If you want to buy something for a snack, they have individual wrapped cakes for about $4. Delicious.[/FONT][/SIZE] [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]Linda gathered all of us and we were in the van and taken to where we had to board the catamaran, about a 20 minute ride out of town. There were snorkel gears and mask and water and juice on board the little boat. Took about 25 minutes to the coral reef, we were given 45 minutes to swim, then another 10 minutes to the stingray area, where we were given another 45 minutes with the stingray. Back to the van after that, and some of us wanted to be dropped off at the Royal Palm resort for a swim, and the rest were dropped off in town for more shopping and where you can also take the tender back to the ship. There is no admission charge to go to the Royal Palm, laid our ship beach towels, and had a wonderful time swimming. Very crowded with ships passengers, I think there were 5 ships in port that day. We ate at the restaurant, mediocre food and service, and expensive, drinks were okay but also expensive. Took a taxi from Royal Palm back to town, around $4. Did a little shopping and board tender back. Last tender at 3:45 P.M.[/SIZE][/FONT] [B][SIZE=3][FONT=Times New Roman]Cost of excursion - $31/pp (plus $4 taxi for those who were dropped off at Royal Palm).[/FONT][/SIZE][/B] [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3][B]Ocho Rios – Thursday 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM[/B]. Weather was warm, a little overcast in the morning, heavy downpour for about 30 minutes, and blue skies and warm in late afternoon. Again, we decided to take excursions on our own. I had been to Jamaica long time ago, did a land vacation, stayed in Ocho Rios for a week, and twice on cruise visits. The island is lovely, and remember it is a very poor country,. A lot of comments of this port stop is quite negative, but my experiences have always been positive. We got off the ship, I asked a port authority official what it would cost to do independent touring, and she referred me to Patrick, a local islander. Patrick gave us a summary of the tour, i.e. Dunn’s River Falls, countryside tour, Fern Gully, city tour, stopping at Soni’s for little shopping, and then back to the ship. We did not have a definite timetable, we can stop and leave anytime, we had the use of his services until we want to go back to the ship. This came to about $35 USD/pp, including the $15 entrance fee to Dunn’s River falls. Patrick bought the tickets, led us to a guide, and stayed with us until he was assured we were okay inside the park. We had fun climbing the falls, took our time, and then we boarded the van. Patrick took us by Fern Gully, also we stopped at local elementary school, had time to chat with the children, then we went on top of the hill to take pictures of Liberty below. Then Patrick led us to the Soni’ shopping, he guided us to what kind of coffee to buy, also what marinade and sauce to buy for the famous Jamaican “jerk”. He also led me to get some wonderful meat pies at Juicy’s, behind Soni’s, we bought meat pies and coconut soda, and we wanted him to take us to a jerk restaurant. We did not have enough time to eat at the restaurant, but had some Red Stripes. Patrick was wonderful guide, very knowledgeable and willing to share his birthplace, the school tour was a highlight, and we did not at all felt threatened or in danger. It was a good way to spend a day in Ocho Rios. We board the ship back around 3 P.M.[/SIZE][/FONT] [SIZE=3][FONT=Times New Roman][B]Cost of excursion - $35 USD/pp. for 6 hours[/B].[/FONT][/SIZE] [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3][B]OTHER HIGHLIGHTS[/B]:[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]We had a fabulous wedding reception at the Hot and Cold Disco for my sister’s wedding aboard the Liberty (Venetian Show Lounge) before the ship sailed. Had 60 guests, 46 sailed, and almost all are first time cruisers.[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3][B]The “special” dinner (Silver Olympian) and “special” breakfast (Golden Olympian) the assistant chef created for my family. We asked if this could be arranged through the restaurant hostess, and it was a thoughtful gesture from the chef to be able to do this.[/B][/SIZE][/FONT] [SIZE=3][FONT=Times New Roman][B]Silver Olympian[/B] - rack of lamb, petit filet mignon, shrimp cocktail, braised ribs, creme brulee, warm chocolate cake[/FONT][/SIZE] [SIZE=3][FONT=Times New Roman][B]Origami Sushi Bar[/B] for sushi, and warm sake. The sushi was free, there is a small charge for the sake. – The Origami opens from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM, deck 5, next to Hot & Cold Disco, near the Paparazzi Wine Bar.[/FONT][/SIZE] [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]The [B]Fish and Chips[/B] for fried oysters, ahi on top of watermelon, and bouillabaisse.[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]The [B]Taste of the Nation “Chocolate Buffet[/B]” for scrumptious lemon mousse and anything chocolate.[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]The [B]tea time[/B] by the Cabinet, Deck 4, on sea days. Delicious desserts accompanied by classical music[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]The grill area (11 PM – 1:00 AM) by the lido deck aft for grilled burgers, hot dogs and grilled chicken sandwiches.[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]The carving station for anything roast.[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]The sandwich station for vegetarian foccacia sandwich[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]Room service for coffee, juice, Danish and croissant for “wake-up” call breakfast[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]Room service for sandwiches to take to Tulum tour[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]The pizza place (open 24 hours) for goat cheese pizza, caesar salad and calzone after the casino closes at 3 A.M.[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]The Golden Olympian for breakfast of eggs benedict, bagels and salmon, waffles, French toast, chicken sausages, corned beef hash and fresh brewed coffee and/or cappuccinos.[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]Breakfast in the dining room (Golden Olympian) on the day of debarkation.[/SIZE][/FONT] [SIZE=3][FONT=Times New Roman]We had our own “entertainer”, Wayne, he used to work on cruise ships a long time ago, joined us on this cruise. We arranged to have the Piano Bar for 2 hours on one of the sea days for private party, the ship provided a complimentary cake for November/December celebrants. We also brought some of our wines, and the wait staff opened and provided us with glasses. Of course, we gave them tips. Also ordered drinks through them. [/FONT][/SIZE] [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]A one-hour private cocktail party with, again, lots of free drinks and appetizers for our group.[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]One of my niece was a finalist at the “Carnival Legends”. She didn’t win, but it was wonderful to hear her perform. She also performed with the “Music Man” band in the Atrium on the last night.[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]The Captain’s Repeat Guests Party, held in the Venetian Show Lounge, was very classy, lots of appetizers and drinks flowed freely. You can order drinks not on the drink trays that were being passed around. The pin on the special invitation was a nice touch.[/SIZE][/FONT] [SIZE=3][FONT=Times New Roman]This truly was a memorable family reunion, and of course, very special because of my sister’s wedding. All first time cruisers were impressed by the staff and crew, who were very accommodating, very friendly, and acted on our requests with promptness and efficiency. We chatted with the staff quite a bit and learned much about shipboard life. [/FONT][/SIZE] [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]In summary, we all are waiting for the Carnival Dream so we can do another family reunion cruise in 2010. In the meantime, I will try to cruise on another Carnival ship for 2009, or maybe go back to the Liberty for an Eastern Caribbean itinerary. Carnival Liberty truly surpassed all our expectations.[/SIZE][/FONT]
  7. My sister finally got married on November 8 aboard the [B]Carnival Liberty[/B]. We had 60 family and friends who attended the wedding, and 46 also sailed with bride and groom. Most are first time cruisers. We booked rooms at the [B]Holiday Inn Port of Miami[/B], some arrived 3 days before the wedding, most arrived the day before the wedding. We had guests coing in from Costa Rica, the Netherlands, Vancouver, San Diego, New Jersey, New York, Florida, Detroit and of course from Raleigh, NC. My sister arranged for pick-up for people who arrived in Miami through Miami Sunsets. The company also provided the service of taking all the guests to the cruise ship the next day. For me and 2 of my traveling companions, we arrived in Ft. Lauderdale, and I arranged for [B]SAS Transportation, [EMAIL="sas9897@aol.com"]sas9897@aol.com[/EMAIL], 954-600,0240 at $15/pp[/B]. We also used the service coming back from the cruise to Ft. Lauderdale. The service was very good, and very prompt. We didn't wait for any more than 15 minutes at the most for pick up at Ft Lauderdale, and then coming back from the cruise, the van was waiting outside the cruise terminal. [B]Friday[/B] - some of us had lunch at [B]Versailles in "Little Havana[/B]". We all took a van, which was parked near the hotel, there were 15 of us, and cost $30. We had a wonderful Cuban lunch. After lunch, we all went back to the hotel and waited for other family members and friends to arrive. At 5:30 PM my sister arranged a meet and greet and pre-wedding reception at the [B]Hard Rock Cafe, at the Bayside Marketplace[/B], which is across the Holiday Inn. This is a very good idea, as it gave everyone a chance to get to know one another, and my sister and groom had a chance to spend more time especially with 15 friends who were not going to sail. She arranged a 2-hr reception with open bar, food and a private room (outside by the terrace). We had so much fun, she extended the party for one extra hour. The café was very generous with food and open bar. Very well done. After the reception, everyone went to party some more, and some of us found a very good liquor store, which was behind the hotel, and bought some stuff for the ship. I bought a Baileys, wrapped it in some bubble wrap which I brought from home, and packed it securely in my suitcase. Don't worry, the ship made enough money on us with pictures, souvenirs, casino, etc. , we didn't feel guilty about bringing some little nightcap!! [B]Saturday[/B] - it was exciting to wake up and watch the Destiny and other ships come in the harbor, I think it was 6 A.M. when I saw the Destiny made a U-turn to go to its berth. The hotel arranged to have a breakfast coupon we can use in the restaurant, $7 for continental breakfast, and $9 for full breakfast. Wasn't too hungry, and we were all getting excited. Found a Mickey D behind the hotel, got some coffee and hash browns. At 9 A.M. we started to go down the lobby and Miami Sunsets started loading the van with luggage, and everyone got on to the cruise ship by 10 A.M. My sister had a hairdresser come to the hotel to do her hair around 6 A.M. Everyone was dressed and ready to see her wed. When we arrived at the terminal, checked in was fast, of course everyone had their passports, fun pass and credit cards for the registration. At the registration desk, we were greeted by The Wedding Experience staff, Raven, and we also met the officiant, Sr. Rollo. My sister, and myself were whisked to the VIP lounge, and the groom and other members of the family and friends were whisked by another representative to the other area. Raven told us what was going to happen, the officiant and my sister went through the ceremony, and everyone was very accommodating to my sister's wishes and what she wanted to happen at the ceremony. And to think that we just met the coordinator and the officiant in less than 15 minutes, and it felt like we've been corresponding with them for a long time. We had time to relax in the lounge, and then it was time to board. Of course, we all had priority boarding, my sister, mom, 3 friends and I were all whisked to my sister's cabin. The cabin was on Deck 6, balcony, the bed was made up with rose petals, towel "swans", bottles of champagne, strawberry covered chocolate, bottle of wine, and other stuff. The rest of the sailing guests were able to go their rooms and dropped off their hand-carries, and everyone was able to go and have something to eat and tour the ship a bit. The coordinator also told all the guests where to meet, and the wedding will be at 1 P.M. We were the only wedding on that sailing!!! [B]THE WEDDING[/B] - My sister got married at the [B]Venetian Show Lounge[/B], it was spectacular setting, the stage was decorated with beautiful white roses, my sister's bouquet was white roses with flowers in yellow and red incorporated. Very classy. Before the wedding, we had a 15-minute rehearsal with the officiant. My sister did a wedding ceremony booklet, which was given to all the guests, we had almost a "traditional" church wedding, but minus receiving the sacrament. My sister incorporated a rose ceremony, to remember dad who was no longer here, and to remember groom's mom, who also was no longer here (groom's brother walked down the aisle to place the rose in an empty chair). My sister walked down the aisle with mom, and my mom placed the rose in an empty chair in memory of dad. We had a ring exchange, coin exchange, candle ceremony where my mom and groom's dad lit the candles and my sister and groom lit the 3rd candle. My niece sang a song in the middle of the ceremony, and my brother gave the prayer blessing before the officiant declared them "married". All the music we requested were played. We had time for pictures at the Venetian with family members, and friends, before everyone headed to the Hot and Cold Disco for the reception. [B]THE RECEPTION[/B] - The reception was held at the [B]Hot and Cold Disco.[/B] Again, a very classy affair, the liquor, wine, champagne were ever present, the food was delicious, and the waiters kept replenishing the buffet table. I happened to be standing by the table and was looking for the mozzarella and tomato appetizer, and the waiter came running out of the kitchen with the food. The buffet table was always full, the carved ice was beautiful, everything was so beyond our expectations. We managed to all dance, have the "pin the money" ritual, removing the "garter" ritual, and throwing the bouquet ritual. Also, there was a bar set up and if you want something that wasn't passed around, you can go and order from the bar. It seemed the reception went on for a long time, we were not conscious of time running out. Finally, time to say goodbye to non-sailing guests, went to cabin to don life vest and went to muster station for drill. I will post on shore excursions that my first time cruisers went on, the so-called "personal tour"! During the week, we arranged to have a special 2-hour get together at the Piano Bar, we brought our own "entertainer", where we celebrated November and December birthdays for some of our guests who had birthdays coming up, cake was provided free of charge, and we had a wonderful photo shoot of all attendees by the atrium one night. The assistant chef made a special "ethnic" dinner one night (we were at the Silver Olympian), and special "ethnic" breakfast one morning in the dining room (Golden Olympian). The weather all week was spectacular, except for a little downpour in Ocho Rios, was warm and sunny. We did our own touring in Cozumel (visited the Tulum ruins on our own), did Stingray/Coral reef tour in Grand Cayman, and had a wonderful guide in Ocho Rios, who took us to Dunn's Riverfalls, countryside tour, city tour, stop at shopping plaza, and a meat pie run at a local place. All these we did on our own. Some of our guests took the ship sponsored tour, some just relax on the beach and/or shopping, and everyone had the chance to do things on their own, and everyone had a grand time!!! This truly was a wonderful wedding, and family reunion, as well. Our first time cruisers were now converted to cruising, our family are planning future family reunions onboard the Dream in 2010. The Wedding Coordinators, and the officiant were very receptive to the changes we made at last minute, and Carnival staff, and crew were unflalingly very accommodating, helpful, friendly, and met our needs beyond expectations. We bought tons of pictures, the photographer and a videographer did an outstanding job, very difficult to pick pictures to buy, but my sister had a beautiful CD, pictures and videograph of her very special day. Some pictures are at [URL="http://www.kodakgallery.com"]www.kodakgallery.com[/URL], my email is [EMAIL="brings4447@mypacks.net"]brings4447@mypacks.net[/EMAIL] and password is oaxaca89. Please enjoy the pictures. To all brides to be, enjoy planning your wedding!!!! Please send me an email if you have questions.
  8. soon to be mrs. k

    Burnt out RCCL cruiser

    Carnival Liberty Dining Highlights: Silver Olympian Dining Room - racked of lamb, filet mignon, braised ribs, creme brulee, special dinner we ordered previous night - delicious.. Origami sushi bar - open only from 5:30 to 8:30. Very good sushi, on Deck 5, next to Hot and Cold Disco. Tea time only during sea days - Deck 4 - Cabinet - the desserts were very good, although the teas were the bagged variety. The classical musicians were very good. Fish and Chips - 11:30 - 3:30 - fried oysters, ahi sushi, boullabaise Breakfast in the dining room - french toast, waffles, eggs benedict, bagels and salmon, chicken sausages, fresh hot coffee Vegetarian foccacia sandwich by the sandwich place Roast carving station by the buffet Chocolate desserts during one lunch day, esp the lemon chocolate mousse The grilled chicken, burgers and hot dogs at 10 P.M. next to the pizza place Of course, goat cheese pizza and caesar salad at 2 A.M. after the casinos are closed. "Wake up call" service of coffe, fruit and danish/croissant And our highlight - we requested a special "ethnic" dinner and special "breakfast" served to our group (we had wedding of my sister, attended by 46 sailing guests!!!), and the assistant chef was very accommodating, and the food served was delicious on both times. The executive chef came by, and the servers were all wonderful.
  9. soon to be mrs. k

    Past Guest Party

    On the Carnival Liberty, the Captain's Past Cruisers Party was held at the Venetian Show Lounge. Tons of delicious appetizers, and drinks were available, never waited more than 5 minutes for waiters to come with drinks. Had campari and soda, not on the "regular" list of drinks, but you can order separately and the waiter was very accommodating, and also some bubbly. The party was very well attended, the show was very good, and of course, the Captain was very welcoming and gracious host. The highlight was they showed all the Carnival ships, and people who have sailed on them have to acknowledge by clapping. The Carnival pin that came with the invitation was a nice touch. :)
  10. soon to be mrs. k

    Miami Hotel

    Hi Lowash67, I booked my entire group at the Holiday Inn Port of Miami Downtown last November 5-9, 2008. We booked 22 rooms for 55 guests. We had 2 or 3 occupants in some rooms. I like the variety of room configurations at the Holiday Inn. All of our guests traveled from The Netherlands, Costa Rica, Canada, San Diego, San Francisco, Iowa, New Jersey, New York and Raleigh. This hotel worked perfect for us because of the location of the Bayside Marketplace. Our guests enjoyed the close proximity of shopping, Bongos and a taxi ride to SoBe. Most of all, I love the staff! Tania Corea, the Sales Assistant is an angel! She is fantastic. The front desk staff is used to handling large groups. Breakfast is excellent. Gym and Business Center is good. I highly recommend this hotel to anyone who will be sailing out of the Port of Miami. It is one of the smallest hotels on the Biscayne Blvd but the location and service are excellent. If you plan to provide transportation for your guests, please let me know. I can recommend a good van service. Also, they provide service for the Holiday Inn guests. We also had a welcome reception the night before the wedding. I will be more than willing to give share our experience. Good luck... I hope you enjoy planning your wedding as I treasured every moment of arranging mine. Edna Kaufman
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    Tulum on our own?

    You are absolutely correct, we decided to do the Tulum tour on our own because we were in port from 8 A.M. until 10 P.M. Also, I have an adventurous streak, I have never taken any sponsored excursions of any kind, and have traveled all over the world. Travel adventures always carry the risks that something might happen, and if you do not feel that you will enjoy the experience for fear of someting happening, then it is not worth to tour on your own, no matter how much time you have in port, and it is safe to just stay on the side of Cozumel and enjoy the island. Or you can take the ship tour, and be assured that if anything happens, the ship will take care of you. I posted my experience to share with those who might like to try to tour on their own. Happy cruising everyone, and always have a safe and enjoyable cruise...
  12. soon to be mrs. k

    Tulum on our own?

    Just came back on the Carnival Liberty 11-8 Western Caribbean itinerary. I did the Tulum tour on my own, with 13 family members and friends joining. We got off the ship, 7:20 A.M. Coz time (8:20 A.M. ship time), walked 5 minutes from ship to where taxis were parked, we were able to get van and one taxi (cost was $2 USD pp), 10-minute ride to ferry terminal, bought ferry ticket one way ($12 USD/pp or 140 Pesos), ferry leaves in the AM every hour on the hour, there are 2 ferry companies, one leaves 8 AM, the other leaves 9 AM, etc. Ferry ride was about 40 minutes, that day 11/10, ride was not smooth, thankfully, no one in the group threw up, but we were all feeling queasy. Upon arrival in Playa del Carmen, I talked to taxi driver, bargained taxi ride to Tulum - cost is $20/PP round trip, they will wait at the Tulum ruins for return back, at the ruins as we did not have pesos, taxi driver asked us if we wanted him to buy the admission ticket, $5 USD/pp, and $2 USD/pp for the little tram ride up the ruins, or you can walk (about 15 minutes in the hot sun, and you might also encounter snake in the road!, so be careful). Total cost per person for this wonderful do it yourself excursion was $27 USD. There were 4 taxis for 13 people. We had a leisurely tour of the ruins, we had a guidebook that I borrowed from my hometown library, took tons of pictures, and then for the highlight of our tour, we were able to swim at the beach for about one hour!!! We were in Tulum from 11 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. Back in Playa around 2:10 P.M., bought another ferry ticket for the 3 P.M. ferry to Cozumel. Some went shopping, I sat and had leisurely tacos pastor and Modelo by the taco place near the ferry terminal. Best to buy ferry ticket one way, so you don't have to wait for ferry, you can catch whatever ferry is heading back to Cozumel. Ride back was much better and smoother than in the A.M. Was back in Cozumel around 3:40, took cab ($2 USD/pp) back to ship. Was in the ship terminal by around 4 P.M. Had time for beers at Fat Tuesday (our ship didn't leave until 9 PM, Cozumel time, which is 10 PM ship time. Ferry in the afternoon leaves every 2 hours after noon. Just for comparison, my sister and hubby took the ship sponsored excursion, cost $81 USD/pp, they arrived in Tulum much later than. we were already on our way to the beach when we saw them, coming back they were rushing for their "yellow ship" to go back to Cozumel, and I was leisurely eating my tacos and drinking my beer. TOTAL COST = $55 USD - $24 for ferry ride, $20 for taxi to Tulum and back (2.5 hrs in Tulum), $5 entrance to ruins, $2 for little tram, $4 taxi in Cozumel to and from ferry terminal. Savings from ship excursion - $26 We never felt unsafe, taxi drivers were polite and honest, and all local people were helpful. They all speak English, too. Also, there are "guides" at the ruins, but we elected to self tour.
  13. soon to be mrs. k

    Carnival Liberty wedding on Nov 2008

    Congratulations!!! You must be pretty excited. My sister and future brother in law were able to do a ship visit last month, they were pretty excited, she was not able to spend much time on the ship, they "played" travel agents and were treated to sit down lunch. But at least she got an idea of the ship, she said it was gorgeous. If you can share the details of your wedding, we would appreciate very much. Again, thank you, and have a wonderful wedding and of course honeymoon!!!
  14. soon to be mrs. k

    Welcome Letters

    Hi Is it possible to get a copy of your template? I really like it. here's my email address: ednalita@jdkaufman.com Thank you Edna
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    Recommended photographer aboard Carnival Liberty

    Hi maddam_5maria, I am under the impression that there will be one specific photographer assigned to us during the wedding and reception. I am curious whether there's anyone out there who can give me a name.