For most, being outside is where you will spend most of your time while on a cruise. So the outdoor areas need to be nice and have great views.
The main pool area features a large pool, a small pool and 3 hot tubs. If you are thirsty, you are steps away from the Red Frog Rum Bar and the Blue Iguana Tequila Bar. Hungry, grab a bite at Guys Burgers or the Blue Iguana Cantina. Love the burgers at guys. Need a towel, there is a towel station and also a rack for life jackets for the kids. And this is where you will find the big screen to watch Dive In Movies under the stars.
Of course the area with the biggest crowds especially on sea day is the Lido Deck Pool. One of the features of this area I really like is the tiered deck found on the Conquest Class ships and some other older ships. From deck 9 there are about 5 or 6 risers with deck chairs going all the way up to deck 11. This helps with crowds and on sea day the Lido Deck on the Liberty is very crowded. Not only because of the pool but because of so many activities like Groove for St. Jude, the hairy chest contest and ice carving. Finding a couple chairs together can be a challenge but if you have patience and time it right, you will find one. As every cruise does, there are the chair hogs who place stuff on chairs at 7 am but Carnival staff monitor this and remove it after a certain time.
Deck 10 is another area full of seating and where you will find the smoking area. It runs from the back of the ship up to the Lido pool area and over looks not only the Tides pool but the man pool as well. It’s a great place to watch sail away.
Located on deck 11 Aft is the sports court which features a single basket for basketball and a volleyball net. I did not use this since I am old with bad knees but did walk up there and was not impressed. The court really needs some work and there were no organized activities for adults there although I did see some Camp Ocean activities going on. Up above the court is the mini golf course which is circling the funnel. We played a couple of games up there and it was fun and even challenging. When we played, it was not very windy so that was not a factor like I thought it might be.
Toward the front of the ship on Deck 12, you will find the first level of the Serenity Area. This area is ages 21 and up and is a place you can get away from the hustle and bustle of the pool areas. There are padded chairs, hammocks, clam shells and a bar. As I said, there are 2 decks for Serenity, deck 14 (no 13 on Carnival) there is more seating and 2 hot tubs. This area does get crowded on sea days but on port days and in the evening, seating is wide open. I really like grabbing a drink and heading to the hot tub in the late afternoon. This cruise, I did not spend really any time up there but have in the past. My nephew is only 18 and wanted to make sure I was following the rules. Also on deck 14 though towards midship is the corkscrew slide which is a lot of fun and if you do it right, fast.
Another area that is great for walking and enjoying the view is on Deck 3 outside the atrium. This has a great view and is close to the water. This area is usually the busiest during the evening when people are congregating in the atrium.
Now for the secret decks. If you go to Decks 6 or 7 and walk all the way forward down the cabin corridor, you will come to a set of doors that will take you out to the front of the ship just below the bridge. Most people do not know about this are so sometimes you are completely alone. A big reason to go to this area is to watch the stars at night. Because you are under the bridge its dark so the moon and stars shine bright. Also an excellent place to watch as you enter a port.
I hoped this review was helpful and provided some valuable information.
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