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

Discussion in 'Community Message Board' started by Jamman, Sep 6, 2014.

  1. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

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    It’s Embarkation Day!!!!

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    We awoke to a sunny and very hot day. We had spent most of last evening repacking our suitcases from our Fascination cruise, but now they are retagged and ready to go.

    We are booked on the first shuttle over to the port at 10:30, so we have plenty of time to relax, and do some last minute checking. Patti took a drive over to the local Dunkin Donuts and brought us back some bagels and coffee.

    At 10:00, we loaded up the van, and drove our luggage up to the front of the hotel where the shuttle picks you up. Once unloaded there, I drove the van to the designated parking lot next door, parked, and then hoofed it back to the lobby. In the meantime, Patti had checked in with the shuttle coordinator, so now all we had to do was wait.

    The shuttle arrived a few minutes before 10:30, and once the driver loaded up the luggage we were on our way. It’s only about a five minute drive to the port, and once we pulled in the first ship we saw was the Carnival Sunshine…..

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    Right next door was the Disney Fantasy…..

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    Then finally our first view of the Carnival Liberty, our home for the next eight days…..

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    We were just about there, but then alas, we had to wait about ten minutes for a spot to open up to unload our luggage. Once we were allowed to pull in, the whole process went extremely fast. We made sure the porters put the orange Priority / FTTF tape on our bags, and then we tipped them. Security and check in was a breeze, and just as we were handed our sail and sign cards, the announcement was made that the Diamonds and Platinum’s could begin boarding. We joined the short line, took our embarkation photo, and we were on the ship at 11:15…..

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    You board the ship on Deck 3, and our first look at the inside of the Liberty, was of the Flowers Lobby and Bar at the bottom of the Garden Atrium…..

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    To be continued…..
     
  2. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Looking up the Garden Atrium....

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    Pretty wrought iron chandeliers, that changed color constantly.....

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    Patti and Ryan wanted to do the Behind the Fun tour on the last sea day, so because it is so popular, we went straight to the Shore Excursion Desk to book it.....

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    Shore excursion information.....

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    Behind the Fun Tour description.....

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    Our next stop was across the way to Guest Services, to get a cabin key made to "my" cabin for Patti. I guess I should explain. We booked this cruise about nine months out, using a casino rate that both Patti and I were given. In order to get that rate for the two cabins that we needed, I had to book myself and Kevin together in one, and Patti and Ryan were booked in the other. Once on board, Patti and Kevin would switch, so the boys would be together, and Patti would be with me. We would just get key cards made, and not switch the names in the system, so that when it came time to purchase the Cheers program, I would only have to pay for myself. So that is what we did, except that now Ryan had a cabin to himself, which he was OK with.

    It was time to drop our carryon bags in our cabins, so we made our way up to Deck 7. Here's a picture looking down at the Flower Lobby and Bar.....

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    To be continued.....
     
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  3. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    The Welcome sign on the heavy doors, letting Diamonds, Platinums, and those with FTTF know, that it is OK to go to your cabin now…..

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    We are at our cabins, 7201 and 7203, all the way forward on Empress Deck 7. These are the category 4J cabins, which are listed as an inside with a walkway view, the walkway being the not so “secret” deck. The doors to these walkways are down the hall on either side. First is Patti and my cabin, 7201…..

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    To be continued…..
     
  4. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Ryan's cabin 7203.....

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    He has the place to himself.....

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    Now that we have our bags dropped off, it's time to head up to the Lido Deck for some lunch. Just two decks up and to mid ship, our first view was of the Seaside Theatre.....

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    The waterslide.....

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    The Blue Iguana Tequila Bar.....

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    The Red Frog Rum Bar.....

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    To be continued.....
     
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  5. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    This was what I was waiting for, my first 2.0 experience, Guy’s Burger Joint. I was immediately drawn to the Pig Patty. Great burgers! I’ve had better, and I’ve had worse, but they sure hit the spot…..

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    Patti had gotten herself a Funship Special, and was enjoying her first drink of the cruise…..

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    Ryan’s stealing a sip of Mom’s drink!!

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    The Lido buffet area on the Liberty is called Emile’s. All the way aft is a Specialty Coffee bar…..

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    To be continued….
     
  6. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Here is the Cheers Table. I had never purchased the program before, simply because Patti is not a big drinker, but since we are in "separate" rooms on this cruise, she doesn't have to purchase it, so I was going to go for it. It must be my lucky day, because starting with this cruise, the price per day had dropped from $49.95 to $37.50. So my cost for this cruise was $37.50 X 8 = $300. Plus 15% gratuity = $45. For a total of $345. Let me tell you that I finished well ahead of the game on this cruise! Let me just inform you in advance, that while you are in Port Canaveral, and until you are out in the open sea, you will be charged local taxes on a per drink basis. I think it was about 30 cents a beer.

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    Here is the Versailles Pool, all the way aft on Deck 9.....

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    The Pizza Pirate is also back here.....

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    Coffee and ice cream are available here.....

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    Also back here is the Versailles Pool Bar, on the port side. Here I am there showing off my white Diamond sail & sign card. I became Diamond on this cruise, but the real reason I'm showing off the card is because of the blue "Cheers" sticker on it!

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    My first drink of the cruise....

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    It was time for our roll call informal meet and greet and this is where we were going to meet. About 20 or so showed up, and we spent the time up until the muster drill, getting to know each other. We would be meeting again tomorrow for the cabin crawl, then later in the week for the slot pull. Meanwhile, Patti, as she loves to do, used this time to start her photo tour of the ship, which you will see on the following pages.

    To be continued.....
     
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  7. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Carnival Liberty bench.....

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    Versailles pool and hot tubs.....

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    The Carnival Sunshine in Port Canaveral.....

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    The Disney Fantasy in Port Canaveral.....

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    This way to the Sports Deck.....

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    To be continued.....
     
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  8. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Basketball Court…..

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    Volleyball Court…..

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    Mini Golf around the funnel…..

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    Looking forward from Deck 10 aft, starboard side…..

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    The Waterslide and Coney Island pool…..

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    To be continued…..
     
  9. Krazy Kruizers

    Krazy Kruizers Holland America Specialist

    Loving the review and the pictures.
     
  10. connie seabee

    connie seabee Well-Known Member Community Sponsor

    Patty has done a great job taking pictures of the ship. I'm enjoying your review.
     
  11. Christoffer

    Christoffer The Euro Connection Special Contributor

    Nice work, feels like we all are aboard.
     
  12. gottagoacruzn

    gottagoacruzn Well-Known Member

    Yup, sure does make me wish I was aboard, just got home from work...

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  13. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Patti continues with her photo tour of the ship. The Lido Pool.....

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    The Coney Island Pool.....

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    Here are some views of Serenity, located on Decks 12 & 14 Fwd.....

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    To be continued.....
     
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  14. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Here are some more Serenity views…..

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    Looking aft from Deck 14 fwd…..

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    Another view of the Disney Fantasy docked next door…..

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    For those with young children, a section of Camp Carnival pictures…..

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    To be continued…..
     
  15. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Continuing the tour of Camp Carnival…..

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    Spa Carnival, located on Deck 11 fwd. Sauna and showers…..

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    To be continued…..
     

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  16. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Here are some pictures of a place I should visit more often, but somehow never get a chance to. Spa Carnival gym, Deck 11 fwd.....

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    To be continued.....
     
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  17. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Looking down to the Lobby of the Garden Atrium…..

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    The Venetian Palace Show Lounge, Decks 3, 4, & 5 fwd…..

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    Venetian Palace chandelier…..

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    The Golden Olympian Dining Room, Decks 3 & 4 mid…..

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  18. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    A couple of more shots of the Golden Olympian Dining Room.....

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    Circle "C" ages 12 to 14, Deck 4, Garden Atrium.....

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    To be continued.....
     
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  19. Krazy Kruizers

    Krazy Kruizers Holland America Specialist

    ​Great pictures.
     
  20. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    The Antiquarian Library, Deck 4, Garden Atrium…..

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    The rest of the pictures on this photo tour were taken on the Promenade Deck 5. For those with a sweet tooth, there’s Cherry on Top…..

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    Patti’s favorite places, the Fun Shops, located around the Garden Atrium…..

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    To be continued…..
     

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