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Thank you in advance for tuning in as I recap my second cruise on Carnival Liberty, my 5th Carnival cruise and 9th cruise overall.

 

I am 45 and I cruise with my beautiful Mom, who is 73, this was her 3rd cruise on Carnival and her 4th cruise total.

 

The last time I was on Liberty was last October with my boyfriend. He and I had a good cruise but I cruise differently when I am with my Mom. We have more fun and laughs and it's just very special.

 

My Mom and I both love cruising on Carnival for many reasons. it's fun, relaxed, and often filled with surprises. This cruise would be no different.

 

On the last Liberty cruise, I had an inside on Lido deck. Loved it. Having an inside cabin does not bother me a bit! It's dark, stays cool, provides a place to sleep and shower.

 

This time, Mom and I decided to go for a balcony on Lido. As time passed, we started to see the prices begin to drop. Having booked Early Saver, we were able to take advantage of these price drops, firstly by upgrading to an Aft Extended Balcony, and by the time sail date came, we had $244 OBC! We also have Verizon as our cell phone provider, and with their Smart Rewards program, we were able to purchase e-gift cards at discounted prices to use towards our on board expenses.

 

And so, our itinerary was to be 7 nights...depart Saturday, Nassau on Sunday, a day at Sea on Monday, St. Thomas on Tuesday, St. Maarten on Wednesday, 2 Sea Days Thursday & Friday, then return to Port Canaveral.

 

Without further delay...we start in Virginia, pulling out of the driveway at 4:30am Friday morning, with many stops along the way we arrived at our hotel in Cocoa Beach at about 5:30Pm.

 

The last time I stayed in Cocoa Beach pre-cruise was in 2003, I used Hotwire to book a hotel and it was great, nice hotel, nice location, parked our car for free and free shuttle to the ship. I have had amazing success with Hotwire. I decided to try my luck again, it did not go as well. I had decided that no matter what I would pre-pay to park at the port, so getting a hotel that would or would not let us park for free/discount was a non-issue. We just ended up at a 3 star property that looked and felt more like a 1 star. We were so glad it was just 1 night!

 

So, the night before the cruise, we were attempting to make due with our accommodations when I got a call from Carnival saying not to go to port until after 1pm Saturday because the ship would be late due to an emergency with a crew member. As it turns out the ship was not that much more late getting in than usual, when I heard that people were getting checked in at 10am, we decided to get a quick breakfast and go on over to the port at about 11am.

 

I had dropped off Mom and luggage and was parking at 11:20am.

 

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With Faster to the Fun, we had zero wait for security and no wait for check-in. In fact, as our check-in was wrapping up, FTTF was being called and security let us on through and we went on to the ship . We were at Guest Services redeeming our e-gift cards at 11:38am and buying Cheers at 11:52am.

 

Cheers was $303 and change each, yes they add tax to individual drinks while in Port Canaveral.

 

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We were in our cabin at 12:15. Cabin 7449, loved the location. I will get into that in more detail, but want to assure anyone worrying about cabin temps, that our cabin was cool, very cool, as long as we kept the curtains closed allll the way during daytime. We had a lot of direct sunlight. And no power outages during our cruise.

 

 

 

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I too, have found that "Liberty" is my favorite ship. I've sailed her 3 times already this year, and will be back aboard in two weeks! :cool: Can't wait for the rest of your review.

 

"SKY"

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And so we have a balcony, an aft extended balcony cabin 7449. Like I said previously, having a balcony has never been a priority. I have enjoyed inside cabins and the spirit class "French Door" cabins. The cabin is no bigger than a standard balcony room and is the same size as the French Door cabins.

 

We had 2 fabulous room stewards, one was "Johnson" and he really stood out. He brought us an ice bucket immediately upon getting to our cabin for the first time, and it was kept fresh throughout the day ever day. He caught on to our routine by Monday and he was visible to us and always addressed us by name and asked about or day.

 

 

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The balcony itself is larger than a standard balcony. There is room to stretch out a bit, we had 1 chase lounger, a chair, and a high back chair with an adjustable back, and a little table. The balcony felt cramped and we were often moving the chairs around.

 

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There are many advantages to having a balcony, but it's not everything, ya know? You get light, sun, a view, and air if you so choose. With an aft facing balcony, there can be advantages and disadvantages.

 

Direct sunlight in 85 degree weather with 93% humidity does not make the aft balcony a comfortable place to relax.

 

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Even a cold beverage is not much of a help.

 

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But oh those views...

 

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We loved the location; it's pretty quiet, and our favorite places on Liberty are aft...the Versailles Pool (adult only pool), the Alchemy Bar, the comedy club in Victoria Aft lounge, the Silver Olympian ding room for Sea Day Brunch. It's easy access to the Promenade and does not feel like a long walk to the forward areas.

 

Many can become frustrated by the fact that the galley spans a good portion of deck 3 aft to mid ship, so the solution to getting to the Golden Olympian for dinner is a ride in the aft elevator from the upper or lower decks to deck 5, then walk the Promenade to the "Garden" elevators, take a ride down to deck 3, have a glass of wine while watching people and listening to the live entertainment before going in for dinner.

 

Am I "sold" on aft facing balconies? No. I really do not know if I will book another balcony again. We just used it for about an hour total each day. 10 minutes here, 20 there, 10 here, 20 there. But I will book aft cabins for now on.

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The aft facing balconies are not covered. When I am at the beach and have an oceanfront room with a balcony, it is covered, and I enjoy sitting out there watching and listening to the rain. Thankfully we did not have much for rain, but it was sail-away from port when it was lightly storming.

 

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As previously noted, we had an easy check-in and embarkation. Once we found our cabin and settled in a little, we were ready for a trip up to Lido to visit the Red Frog Rum Bar.

 

 

 

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We had plenty of time to explore, so we did just that.

 

 

 

We visited the Venetian Palace Theater

 

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The Golden Olympian

 

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Enjoying the review so far. Liberty is my favorite ship.

 

I have Verizon too. Please tell me more about that Rewards program.

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Keep them coming, excited as we are FIRST time Cruisers going on Liberty in Feb 2015.

 

Paul

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Enjoying the review so far. Liberty is my favorite ship.

 

I have Verizon too. Please tell me more about that Rewards program.

 

 

You earn point by being a Verizon subscriber and can use the points towards discounts on merchandise, entertainment, shopping, local deals, etc.

 

I got an email about it back in July or August, there is a section for Gift Cards and a subcategory for travel. That is where to find Carnival stuff, they have e-gift cards (1000 points and you can buy a $100 e-gift card for $90. For 5000 points you can buy a $500 e-gift card for $450.

 

 

https://rewards.verizonwireless.com

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A look down at the lobby and bar, DJ playing tunes...

 

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Cherry on Top

 

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The Casino

 

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The Casino Bar

 

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Coffee Bar's dessert case.

 

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The Taste Bar

 

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Hot & Cool Night Club

 

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The Alchemy Bar

 

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Victoria Lounge (Comedy and Super Star Live Karaoke take place here)

 

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The Stage

 

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EA Sports Bar

 

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DJ - throughout the week there was live entertainment here.

 

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Gift Shop....

 

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After running around a bit, we went to the room and unpacked and just relaxed for a short while. We needed to go to the Muster Drill, because of my Mom being 73 and wanting to avoid falls and mishaps, we made arrangement for her to attend with the "Special Needs" group. If you are not able to navigate stairs or have other ailments or disabilty, you can do that. We were in the Cabinet, Mom said it made her feel old. After that was finished, we were up for Sail Away.

 

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Always love Liberty reviews. Feels like I'm revisiting home :) Thanks so much for posting.

 

Sent from my phone. Typos are inevitable.

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we are in our hotel waiting for Liberty to come pick us up in the morning!!! Reading your review and looking at the pictures just 12 hours before we go to the port is making me more excited! :)

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we are in our hotel waiting for Liberty to come pick us up in the morning!!! Reading your review and looking at the pictures just 12 hours before we go to the port is making me more excited! :)

 

Have a great cruise, if you have anytime dining, ask for Bobby, and tell him Dana & Patricia say hi. Also at the Alchemy Bar, tell Parviz we said hi, too.

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Loving your review. My plan was to be on the Liberty sometime mid to late next year, as I've read such great reviews. I'm only an hour away from Port Canaveral you would think by now I've sail on it. Seems I will have to fly to Puerto Rico to sail on it. No worries. I haven't done that Southern Itinerary so it's a 2 for 1 in my book.

Great pics.

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I love the Liberty! Thank you so much for your review and your lovely photos. Brings back very fond memories:)

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Loving your review! We're sailing on Liberty next spring, out of San Juan! Cannot wait.

*Subscribing*

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My favorite ship. Really enjoying the photos.

 

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With sail-away and Port Canaveral behind us, we readied ourselves for dinner.

 

As always, we chose Anytime Dining, because we do not like to be confined to a schedule while on vacation. We get into a routine, but for dinner especially, we go when we are ready, not when told.

 

This first night of the cruise, we requested a table for 2 and had no wait.

 

It's tradition for us to officially kick off our cruises together with an adult beverage at dinner. Mom had a glass of Prosecco, I had a Martini!

 

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This is our first experience with the new menus. For the most part we really liked the choices of appetizers, but not so much the entrees or desserts. For me, I am a strict land lover, I do not eat ANY seafood, there are more seafood choices on the menus than what I remember from the old menus.

 

Tonight I had the Pear & Walnut Flat Bread. It was pretty good, but the bread did not taste fresh. (Our dinner basket rolls/bread were always warm and tasted fresh) The flat bread choices are small, just the right size for an app.

 

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Salad...it had toasted bread with a spicy spread that was delicious!

 

 

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Mom had the corn chowder, which she loves. I tasted it, was very good.

 

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We both had the Braised Beef Brisket with Corn Pudding & Grilled Red Onions. We both thought it was good, the corn pudding was more like cornbread.

 

 

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No dessert tonight. Why? Because our service went from good to non-existent once our main entree arrived. This was, undoubtedly, the worst dining room service we have had on Carnival. Our DR table neighbors who arrived after us got their orders taken after us and got their food before us. They got dessert menus and we did not. We waited and no one came to take their orders and without menus we just got up and left. One of the servers came rushing after us and almost begged us to go back to our tables but we declined. No we did not complain, we had places to go and drinks to see. We knew that the next night we would have a different table/team :):D.

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After dinner we missed the Welcome Aboard Show and decided to walk off some of our dinner, it's always so refreshing to get in the night air and see the ship lit up with its sparkling lights.

 

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And so the plan was to go to the 10:30PM Comedy show, but we stopped at the Alchemy Bar and ...met on old friend. Last year while on Liberty we had a bar waiter at the aft pool who was very energetic and personable. His name is Parviz and he is now working at the Alchemy Bar and is training under Tatiana, he will eventually move on to another ship to be an Alchemy Bar lead, I told him we will look for him on Pride next year and he said that is a very good possibility he will be there. He was so surprised that I remembered him, and was so apologetic that he did not remember me, he is doing a great job! I never forget a face and so I have met a few waiters/servers/entertainment staff on one cruise and again on another. That is always fun.

 

Mom chose French Kiss....she loved it!

 

 

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I chose the Quick Fix. I love Midori and it sounded unique, it certainly was!

 

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At about 10PM we made way to the Piano Bar, I have never really been into it and Mom had never been to one, so we grabbed a seat and ended up staying much longer than anticipated.

 

 

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By the time we realized it was 10:30, I was not hopeful about getting into see the the comedy show as they are so popular, as expected it was jam packed and people were standing to the side of the lounge because there were no seats, so we decided to call it a night and head to the cabin.

 

Again, we had an excellent cabin steward. Our room was always tidy and we always had ice, we never asked for it, but we always got it. It's those little things that make a difference.

 

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Mom and I have both been to Nassau, most recently in January, and with our long drive from VA to FL we had decided long ago that we would use the day for some R&R.

 

That being said, we were up early and had a decent sight of the moon.

 

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We were being backed into port....

 

 

 

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We had planned to spend significant time on the balcony today, so we ordered a light breakfast of coffee, banana and croissants....

 

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But, because our backing in and direct sunlight, there was no way we could spend time out there.

 

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Mom decided she wanted to go to the dining room and get some eggs, and a Bloody Mary.

 

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I decided to get the Classic Cruiser

 

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Bacon and a cheese omelet. The bacon was good, the omelet was nothing special.

 

 

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Nice Review and pics.

 

The pics are amazing...what type of camera are you using?

 

Looking forward to the rest of the review.

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Loving the picture quality and the review in itself.

 

You and I are very similar. I use the balcony maybe 45-60 minutes a day. Why pay the extra $450 a person?!? I love the inside rooms, as I just use them to sleep and shower. But I would like to try an aft balcony someday ....

 

Really love the review. Want to try Liberty from San Juan sometime, but I sail on Glory to Nassau and St.Thomas, as well as San Juan and Grand Turk in 26 days !! St.Maarten is also on my must-see list.

 

Thanks so much, I'll be following this review !! Glad to see you enjoyed the vacation !

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What a great review- we had 6449 when we cruised Liberty April 2014, it wasn't extended but it was great non the less.

 

Thanks for taking the time to share your experience.

 

Happy Sailing!

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