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Liberty Review and Pics 02.23.2013

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In the airport FLL waiting for flight. Have to go through JFK and PIT before I get home. We had a great cruise. Rain all day yesterday for day at sea but we still had fun.

 

Great staff and beautiful ship. We had lots of fun at the ports. Have lots of photos to share when I get home. More details to follow....

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We are also at the Miami airport just off the Liberty. This was one if our best cruises. Time to start planning the next!

 

 

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We are also at the Miami airport just off the Liberty. This was one if our best cruises. Time to start planning the next!

 

 

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We booked on Pride for october while on the ship. Another countdown begins!:cool:

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Hello Uniontown neighbor! Can't wait to read your review! At least you aren't coming home to lots of snow, we just have a dusting and the sun is out:)

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In the airport FLL waiting for flight. Have to go through JFK and PIT before I get home. We had a great cruise. Rain all day yesterday for day at sea but we still had fun.

 

Great staff and beautiful ship. We had lots of fun at the ports. Have lots of photos to share when I get home. More details to follow....

 

Can't wait to hear about it. We're on the Liberty three weeks form today!! I can't wait!

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Welcome back! Sure you'll be able to make it until October till your next cruise? :) May need to sneak another one in there in between! :D Looking forward to another one of your great reviews!

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We are also at the Miami airport just off the Liberty. This was one if our best cruises. Time to start planning the next!

 

 

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that is great to hear!! We are boarding the Liberty one week from today!

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In the airport FLL waiting for flight. Have to go through JFK and PIT before I get home. We had a great cruise. Rain all day yesterday for day at sea but we still had fun.

 

Great staff and beautiful ship. We had lots of fun at the ports. Have lots of photos to share when I get home. More details to follow....

 

 

Can't wait to hear all about it. We board the Liberty one week from today!!!!

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Welcome Back to reality :) Have a safe flight.

 

 

We're one state over and it's overcast and 28` today. I'm sure that's not what you want to hear after basking in warm weather for the past week.

Nothing like nasty weather to help start planning your next cruise.:D

 

 

 

 

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In the airport FLL waiting for flight. Have to go through JFK and PIT before I get home. We had a great cruise. Rain all day yesterday for day at sea but we still had fun.

 

Great staff and beautiful ship. We had lots of fun at the ports. Have lots of photos to share when I get home. More details to follow....

 

Hello fellow NE Ohioian! Looking forward to your review. We have under 60 days until we go on the Liberty! :D

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:( Its cold here.

 

We finally got in last night around 9. What a mess that was! We had to change planes at JFK and the next gate involved going downstairs, going outside, getting on a crammed shuttle bus, hanging on for dear life, and an outdoor maze --- but we finally made it to Pittsburgh!! We dropped our friends off on the way home and I tried to unpack a little - but was zapped!

 

Anyway, I will try to give an overall "picture" of the review. This way, if you are not interested in the things we did, you don't have to read any further. Or if you are interested in the things we did not do, you won't be looking for it!

 

Here are things we did not do:

SPA. I did not use any spa services. I did use the gym one time though.

 

STEAKHOUSE. I do not like steak anyway, and am not a foodie. Give me pretty much anything and I will eat it when I am hungry. Just so long as it fills the void, its great.

 

SHOWS - We only went to one of the main shows. We started to fall asleep. Found it boring. I can only take so much singing and dancing. IMO, you've seen one show, you've seen them all. OH wait - we did go to another one. It was not singing/dancing - some type of a juggler. I am having a hard time remembering exactly what he did. How soon I forget. He did keep us entertained though. I really don't cruise for the shows, though.

 

BINGO - I am not a bingo player nor do I do table games. I do slot machines once in a while just for fun.

 

BUFFET - We only ate buffet once for breakfast, one time for lunch and I grabbed a salad around 8:00 one night. I can't really comment on the food there - pretty tough to ruin a salad. I will say that I am in the minority though and like the eggs at the buffet for breakfast.

 

COFFEE SHOP - I did attempt to purchase a coffee one morning, but the employee was very kind when she saw my tender ticket and advised it would be called soon, and I would not be allowed to take the coffee out on the tender boat. Glad I listened - soon after, we were called and off we went to GC.

 

LAUNDRY OR LAUNDRY SERVICE - That is the last thing I think about while on a cruise.

 

Here are the things we did:

 

We went with our friends - another couple the same age as we are. We are all aged 49...however, I started the cruise at 48! For the first few days, I sang a song: "one of these people is not like the other, one of these people is just 48" LOL. That quickly changed, though.

 

We did the Western Itinerary on the Liberty so the ports were:

Cozumel - we did Paradise Beach

Belize - we did cavetubing with Vitalino Reyes (cavetubing.bz)

Roatan - we did Jungle Top zipline and saw monkeys. (this was not preplanned)

Grand Cayman - we shopped around, had a local beer, and went to 7 mile beach for a while.

 

We had good service in the dining room, Anytime Dining. We ate there the majority of the time for breakfast and dinner. Our wait staff for dinner: Yaco, Antonio, and Aleksander. Even though we had anytime dining, we were seated at the same table every night, therefore keeping the same staff. They were friendly. Yaco asked about what we did at the ports, etc. When we missed on two different nights, they always said that they missed us. I wondered about this. Did they really? LOL

 

Our room steward was excellent. He was Castro from Costa Rica. He was friendly and efficient.

 

Oh, and we had an interior room on the Main Deck. We figured we wouldn't be in the cabin much - and we weren't.

 

Guys Burgers - Oh MY! Delicious. We ate these burgers on 4 different occasions! Wonderful. I want to add this: Guys Burgers closes at 6. NO Burgers offered at Lido for the late night snack (11;30-1:30). Choice of hot dogs, or some type of half-sandwich that appeared to be maybe ham and cheese. I did not try this. NO fries either at the late night snack - only chips. Still had cookies and the terrible brownies though. I skipped on both of these last two.

 

Pizza - we tried and I did not like. No calzones or salads offered, just the pizza with the ultra thin crust. I just did not care for it. DH had this late night a couple of times.

 

Drinks - I tried some of the drinks I had on my list to try such as: Dirty Banana, Twilight Zone, and French Martini. Found a few other new ones to try also - Punchliner - awesome! Drinks are Carnival are just great. So much better than anywhere else, or is it just because I'm on vacation???? And no, I don't want to think about the calories I consumed! Oh, and we did the Martini tasting at the Alchemy Bar. The employee there, Gabor, seemed a little standoffish, snide and sarcastic. We would have gone back for another drink there but he was always working and we just as well would have avoided him. One good thing - Martini tasting was lowered from $17 to $16! There's a shocker! I loved the chipotle martini and the "40 is the new 20". A couple others I had weren't so great, but I managed to get them in :D

 

Future Cruise Desk - we booked our next cruise for Pride in October. I think you should know ahead of time what you want to book and what cabin, etc. We didn't have any problems booking the cruise, but our friends went to inquire and they said that the woman was not very friendly and seemed to lose patience with them. But, they had not even looked beforehand and had no idea really what cruise they would like to choose. They did not book, as they want to think about it first.

 

Comedians - Average. We had Cowboy Bill in the beginning, I would say he was best of all of them. Also in the beginning was Marla Shultz. Fair. Later in the week, Valerie Storm and Doug Funk. Mediocre. Valerie was much funnier the first time we saw here. Doug, I just couldn't get into.

 

Comedy Brunch - we went twice at 9 am, for breakfast mostly. The first time we didn't even see a comedian. The second time, last sea day, Doug Funk came on at 10:00 am and wasn't all that great. I just find it really stupid that they do this in the first place. Just give me breakfast and be done with it. Why even mix breakfast and comedy? Doesn't make sense in the least to me.

 

Now, just some random thoughts before I get to photos:

 

Karl with a K, cruise director. He was great and very involved. Saw him many times, have some photos with him. Nice to have a CD that is involved and has some personality, IMO.

 

Lido Deck Parties - We didn't go to the Mexican buffet on Cozumel day, because we were tired and went to bed at 11! But, we did go to another deck party and found mostly teenagers...the Club 02 or whatever its called. They were basically taking over the party. It just seemed to me that instead of being a deck party, it was the teen party, they should have just advertised it as that in the fun times???

 

Ship general maintenance and staff - mostly friendly, Found a couple of sourpusses. LOL Ship was mostly clean. I had the roughest and ugliest lamp shade in my cabin! I have pictures of it. It had stains and it was torn in places. I have photos of it, DH said, wow, that should be just in the general maintenance. Minor detail but noticed. Also, I found a spot on the carpet near the edge of the bed that looked like food had been stuck there, with mold growing on it (yuk). I tried to ignore it and wasn't going to let it bother me. Our friends had problem with the drain backing up in the shower, so it was flooding their floor. They called and it was promptly attended to.

 

 

Okay, so I'm importing photos to Facebook and only 215 out of 555 came in?? Going to have a look and see what's up....then will get on with it - even before laundry ;)

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We are also at the Miami airport just off the Liberty. This was one if our best cruises. Time to start planning the next!

 

 

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Butterbean, didn't see ya on the cruise! Were you at the meet and greet?

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Hello Uniontown neighbor! Can't wait to read your review! At least you aren't coming home to lots of snow, we just have a dusting and the sun is out:)

 

Don't try to sugar-coat it! It sucks! Thanks for watching over my house ;)

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No, I couldn't remember what time it was for. I kept doing "drive by's" on the lido all afternoon and couldn't find it. We also had Yaco and his team for dinner. We loved him. Our canon steward never introduced himself to us and we rarely saw him. He did keep our cabin well stocked and clean. I think his name was Carlos. We were on the port side of the Panorama.

 

 

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FEBRUARY 22 2013:

 

We awoke very early. We're talking middle of the night early. We arranged to pick up our friends on the way to the Pittsburgh Airport, so we told the we'd be there at 4:30 AM. We collected them and went to a nearby Dunkin Donuts for coffee and a donut.

We then proceeded to Pittsburgh and dropped our trailblazer off at Charlie Brown's parking. Love them. They have a shuttle bus to the airport terminal, and they are always prompt.

We get through security and on to our 7 AM flight. I was hoping to sleep a little and maybe dozed for 10 minutes, that's it.

We had a slight layover in Atlanta. We grabbed a bite to eat and waited

 

Here is DH with friend, waiting around

 

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Finally, we make it to FLL! I had rented a car with Thrifty. We catch a shuttle to the rental car location and pick up a vehicle. I had reserved a Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo "or similar". LOL. We all kept joking about the "or similar" part. I said maybe we will get a smart car, who knows? LOL

 

In the end, we had a Chevrolet Traverse LTZ and it was nice, leather seats and all. I got in on a sale, it was 49.99 for the day (we returned next day at Miami), but with taxes, fees, and this charge and that charge, and because my name is Brenda charge, (lol) the FINAL GRAND TOTAL was around 80.00. Not bad, since we had another couple to split the cost with.

 

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Don't know why the picture of the vehicle posted so large! That's the thing, sometimes when I copy photos from Facebook, some of them are larger than others. So I guess you will just be surprised at the size of the photos!

 

Anyhow, after we were all loaded up in the car, we used our phone GPS to find our hotel. We had made reservations through the Last Minute travel website. We didn't want to go too pricey since we just wanted to sleep there for one night. We found LaQuinta on Peters Road in Plantation area for $93 a night. This was not the best hotel, nor the worst. It was fine for one night. Next time, I think it would be worth paying slightly more if I could find something a little nicer. For February though, in Fort Lauderdale area, this was very inexpensive.

I chose a double room, rather than a King. I like to stretch out in my own bed at night.

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We were given a room on the fourth floor, and I originally thought, great higher level = less traffic, less used room = better. Not so, burn holes in floor. Very well used.

 

Sorry this is dark

 

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After a while at the hotel, we decided to venture out. We found our way over to Hollywood Beach area. We were so happy to be in sunshine and warm weather. And of course we were very excited to start our vacation.

 

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Are these photos showing up too large for everyone, or is it just me? Any advice on how to make them smaller, I am just copying and pasting from Facebook. Thanks.:)

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We found something to do while at Hollywood Beach! We thought we could use a little exercise. We were surprised to find that after 30 minutes of this, we were worn out!! :eek:

 

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Whew!

 

We were then very hungry! We found a restaurant called Little Venice. I had a Stromboli, which was excellent. Cant remember what DH had. We had a pitcher of beer, which tasted very watered-down. I've had much better beer. But, the food was good and we left and were on our way!

 

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We left after walking around a bit more. We ended up at a Seminole Casino, then the Hard Rock Casino and shopping area. We all came ahead at the first casino, but I lost it all at the Hard Rock. We are not big gamblers anyway, we just do slots for a little fun.

 

I had never been to the Hard Rock casino area, there are a lot of nice shops there. Plus, it just looks like a fun place to hang out for a while. But, we didn't stay long, we were tired and wanted to get to bed.

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Great review! The pictures are large, but I like large pictures. I'm sorry I don't have a fix for you.

 

Thanks, you are in luck then! I did just do another post and the pictures weren't quite so big. Don't know what I did differently??? :confused: Oh well, carry on!

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:D I woke fairly early. I didn't sleep all that well either. My fibromyalgia was bothering me and my legs hurt. I was so excited though! Couldn't wait to get on the ship!

 

DH decided he would go to the workout room :rolleyes: Made me feel guilty. I went on a treadmill at a brisk pace for about 15 minutes, and decided I had enough of that!

 

We had the breakfast at the hotel, I had yogurt and an apple, and lots of coffee! I think I gave in and ate a muffin too.

 

Then we went back to the room to get cleaned up and ready to go!

 

Sorry but I laughed so hard at this photo. Looks like DH is a ghost :eek: I guess I've been watching too many ghost hunters, but really, what happened to this photo! He doesn't have a complete head!!! LOL!

 

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Outside of the hotel:

 

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Loading the rental car with the luggage:

 

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We were finally ready to leave! It was about 10pm. There was a grocery store nearby (Publix), we had went there the night before, I bought some Coke Zero and a toothbrush, LOL.

 

So we knew where 95 South was, we just had to get over there. We got on the highway...and waited. Waited and waited. Slow moving traffic came to a halt. There was an accident and highway was closed further down!! We used our phone GPS apps once again and discovered another route that ran parallel to 95. Trouble was, that was full of traffic too. We realized it was going to take much longer to get to POM that we thought because of the traffic situation. We still had to return the rental car, and get the shuttle.

 

We finally made it to the Miami airport area, returned the vehicle, and found our way to the shuttle bus. It didn't take that long.

 

Here is the inside of the shuttle bus

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We get to the terminal, I wish I had had a better seat in the shuttle bus, but I was not in a very good place to get pictures. I did get a couple.

 

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Embarkation was very painless. We arrived, stood in a short line, showed our passports and boarding documents, went upstairs, stood in another short line, had a photo, got our S&S cards, and we were on our way. We stopped for those photos they take, and walked onto the ship at 11:23 am. Not too bad considering we were in traffic for a while. If we had arrived earlier, there may have been more of a wait. So I guess our timing was perfect!

 

We were so excited to explore the ship!

 

I was snapping my camera everywhere, sorry if the photos are blurry. My camera takes a minute to focus, and I hastily pushed the button on some of them.

 

Atrium upon entrance:

 

 

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DJ!

 

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Some photos on the way up to Lido deck

 

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Lido wasn't all that crowded yet:

 

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We then got hungry and decided to have a Guy's Burger. YUM YUM! Delicious!

 

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Tom picked up some dessert:

 

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Can't wait for the rest! and I agree on your pre-review points especially the steak house

 

Thanks for reading the review, I am happy that I am not doing all this for nothing :)

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Thanks for reading the review, I am happy that I am not doing all this for nothing :)

 

You're doing a great job, per usual!

 

 

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DH picked up a copy of the FunTimes somewhere along the way and I attempted to get photos, hope that they are helpful to someone.

 

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You're doing a great job, per usual!

 

 

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Thank you, Mr. Fun in the Sun. Maybe one of these days we will have Fun in the Sun together. ;) LOL, I mean that in a "just friends" way, of course! I am a married woman! LOL

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Nice start, looking forward to the rest. Bummer about the cranky bartender at the Alchemy Bar, we spent a lot of time there on our last cruise and I was looking forward to many trips there this May...maybe he'll be somewhere else come when it's our turn.

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