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Our Lovely Liberty cruise (with pics) 8/9/14

Jamman

Carnival Specialist
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The wait staff performed for only the third time this cruise, singing "Leaving on a Fun Ship".....





Followed by dancing "Gangham Style"......



Soon it was time to say our goodbyes. Maribel didn't want to let us go!! Here is Ryan with Maribel and Laurean.....



Afterwards, we all just decided to call it a cruise, head back to the cabin, put out our luggage, and then go to bed. Here is our last towel animal of the cruise.....



I was up at 6am to watch us sail back into Port Canaveral.....



To be continued.....
 
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Jamman

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Passing the Victory Casino ship.....



A new cruise terminal is being built.....



Grill's Restaurant and boat ramp.....



The Exploration Tower....



Fishlip's.....



We're almost home.....



To be continued.....
 
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Jamman

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There are three other ships in port with us today. The Freedom of the Seas.....



The Carnival Sensation.....



And the Disney Dream.....



Here's another view of the Freedom of the Seas.....



Our destination.....



The stern on the Carnival Sensation.....



To be continued.....
 
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Jamman

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The sun is rising in the east…..



Patti has joined me on the not so “secret” deck…..



Officers on the bridge, watching us back in to our berth….



Another sunrise view….



The Carnival Sensation docked at Port Canaveral…..



I am sad that the cruise is now over. It is 7:15am…..



We are to meet in the Gold Olympian Dining Room at 7:45 for priority debarkation, so we had some time to go up and have a quick breakfast. They started the self debarkation just minutes after docking.

After we ate, we stopped back at the cabin to pick up our carryon bags, and make our way down to the Gold Olympian. When we got there, we found that they were already letting Diamonds and Platinums off the ship. It was 7:50am when we dinged out.

Once in the terminal, we had to wait a few minutes before they opened up the luggage area, but once they did, Ryan quickly spotted our luggage.

We grabbed a porter, and within minutes we were through customs, out the door, and on the shuttle back to the Radisson.

Once back, we packed up the van, made a stop at a local Dunkin Donuts, and then headed towards Orlando to continue our vacation! The End.

A couple of final thoughts. I thought that this cruised ranked in the top 5 of my cruise history, for a couple of reasons. First was the itinerary. Being able to visit a couple of islands in the Southern Caribbean, without having to leave from San Juan, and not being on a port intensive cruise, was a definite plus for me. I need my sea days!!!

I loved the ship! Yes, all the Conquest Class ships are laid out the same, but the décor caught my eye, especially the wrought iron, rails, light fixtures, and accents.

I loved the crew!! Nothing but positive, pleasant, interactions

The 2.0 upgrades. I didn’t use them all, but I was glad they were there. I wouldn’t pick a ship because of them, but they do enhance the experience.

I don’t know what the fuss is all about concerning the new menus. I am not a foodie by any means, but I had no trouble at all finding something that I liked to eat, and a lot of my old favorites were still there. I liked the fact that you can order Steakhouse entree’s for twenty dollars. I didn’t do that because I did eat in the Steakhouse one night, but if I was on a ship without a Steakhouse, I probably would try it one night. It’s great to have choices. The more the better! Oh, and for those who care, there were tablecloths every night.

The Cheers Program. This was the first time I had purchased the program, and I saved a little over a hundred dollars. That’s not bad, considering I didn’t have ANY drinks on board the day we were in Aruba, and just a few the days we were in Curacao and Grand Turk.

Embarkation day, and the four sea days, were another story. I was in double digits every one of those days, maxing out three times! At $37.50 a day it worked out for me, but if it was still $49.95, I would have been about even.

I think the only thing that disappointed Patti and Ryan, was that most of the bingo sessions, especially the ones with the higher payouts, were scheduled while we were eating dinner, so they missed them all.

I think that’s about it. If you have any questions, ask away, and I’ll do my best to answer.

So after 38 days, 220 pages, and over 1,300 pictures later, I have finally completed my almost back to back Fascination and Liberty reviews. Not to mention the countless hours writing text, selecting, cropping, resizing, and uploading pictures, then posting them here, and another site. Copy and paste, copy and paste, a click click here, a click click there, here a click, there a click, everywhere a click click. I enjoyed every minute of it!! I hope the reviews were helpful in some way and entertaining as well. I have a great respect for those that did picture reviews before me, and for those that will follow. My hats off to all of you!!

Thanks to my lovely wife Patti, who is my lead photographer. We took over 3,000 photos during the two cruises, and most of those were hers!

Thanks to everyone for their kind thoughts, words, and prayers, over the last few months. They meant more to us than you will ever know.

Next up for me, will be the Carnival Splendor repo from New York to San Juan on October 24th. I will be doing this solo, since Patti is a teacher, and she can’t take the time off. Can’t wait until she can retire and join me on these off peak, inexpensive cruises!!

Of course I’ll have my camera in hand documenting the journey to share with all of you. So until then, may you have clear skies and calm seas. Happy Sails!!
 
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TexasSue

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Re: The final page of my Liberty review

You trips reviews are wonderful and it seems like I was there with you. Thanks so much for doing them. Will look forward to the next one. Again Thanks for taking the time.

Susaan
 

Christoffer

The Euro Connection Special Contributor
Re: The final page of my Liberty review

It's been a joy to follow this. Thank you for letting us take a peek into your vacation.
Looking forward to your future cruises and trip reports.
 

connie seabee

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Re: The final page of my Liberty review

Bravo for doing such a wonderful job. I enjoyed reading your reviews and viewing those fantastic photos. Thank you for taking time out to share with us.
 

seamom

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Re: The final page of my Liberty review

Thanks for the cruise! It was so inexpensive to travel on yet I think I enjoyed every perk and great company! Susan
 

Corky

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Re: The final page of my Liberty review

Thank you so much, your reviews have been awesome to read. Thank you for taking the time to share your almost b2b. :biggrin:

:spyglass:
 

Jamman

Carnival Specialist
Community Sponsor
Thanks for reading everyone! I will be back on the Splendor in three weeks, so I get to do another one. Stay tuned!
 

Lurline63

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Thank you, Jeff. I know the effort that goes into these.

I look forward to your Splendor review. I toured her last week -- yet I would still look forward to your review even if I hadn't!
 

bob

Community Manager
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Little late jumping in but great pics and review Jeff, thanks.

Then again, you've never had a bad cruise..................................