This last week I returned from a 4 night Bahamas Cruise on the Carnival Liberty. Sunday, August 26th, I sailed from Port Canaveral with my nephew who had never been on a cruise. We had a Fun Day at Sea and visited Nassau and Freeport. Our experience was awesome but I want to get into more detail starting with embarkation. This post will include embarkation and food.
The embarkation process was really smooth even though I did not have Faster to the Fun this time. We had a check in time of 11:30 and walked into the terminal on time allowing us to check in when we arrived. After a quick check in and security check, we sat in the waiting area for about 15 minutes before they called our group so we were on board by 11:50 or so. Of course the cabins are not ready until 1:30 but yes, we tried. I really just wanted to get my sail and sign card. See, Carnival places your sail and sign card in the mailbox outside your cabin rather than giving it to you at check in. It has really sped up the check in process so to me it was a great idea If you want to make purchases, you just use the bar code on your boarding pass.
As with all of my cruises, one of the first things I do is grab food. Before we did this, we walked around almost the entire ship. This was my second time on the Liberty and fourth time on this class of ship so I showed my nephew around. Its always a great idea to explore the first day so you can get a feel for the ship.
Lunch is when everything is open including the dining room if you wish to partake. Personally, I just want to grab and go for lunch. On embarkation day and Freeport Day, I had Guys Burger and as always it was awesome. This time, I asked for extra donkey sauce and loved it. On Sea Day, I enjoyed a Cuban sandwich from the deli. The only thing that bothers me about the deli is they are pre made. Still made on the ship and same day just not at the time you order. That being said, I didn’t notice a difference in the taste.
On Nassau day, after the beach, we were starving so we headed to the barbeque. I told my nephew how good the mac n cheese was and I was not wrong. He went back for seconds. The pork and the slaw were great but the bun they give you now is small compared to the rolls they used to give you.
For dinner, we had My Time Dining and went to the dining room 3 of the 4 nights. Now I have to say this. I read reviews about the food on Carnival and some will say its bland. Been on 11 Carnival Cruises and not once have I ever encountered this. We had a different menu each night and the last night is the only one I had a hard time finding something I wanted. The best meal I had was Teriyaki Salmon on formal night and it was amazing. Of course desert was incredible including the melting cake and baked Alaska. My only issue there was not getting to see the parade of baked Alaska lit on fire. Apparently they only do this during the main dining times, which makes sense.
Late night options include pizza which is available 24 hours a day, the deli open until 11pm and all the ice cream you can handle. I really like the pizza on Carnival despite the fact it thin slice and I prefer thick. But make sure if you go late at night, you are patient because once the comedy club lets out plus the bars, it gets busy.
The other food options I did not take in this time was the Seafood Shak which is an ala carte menu up charge restaurant or the Blue Iguana Cantina. But, I have had them in the past and would imagine they were just as good on this ship as others.
My next blog post will be a review of the entertainment so watch out for it.
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