The highly anticipated (okay…maybe just 3 people were waiting…lol) and long overdue review of our time aboard the Carnival Liberty.
January 19, 2013
The day we have been waiting for, for months has finally arrived!!!! We woke up to find that it was raining but we weren’t about to let that put a damper on our day. We grabbed some breakfast and then relaxed in our room until about 9:30 and then went to check out and wait for our cab. We left the hotel about 9:45 and arrived at port much faster than we ever imagined thanks to our Indy car driving taxi driver. (lol) We were amazed to see SEVEN ships in port all facing out and ready to parade down the channel. We dropped our bags with the porter and walked right up to have our passports and boarding pass checked, had a 2 minute wait for security and breezed right through with our 2 bottles of wine and a 1 liter bottle of water. They didn’t ask or even look at our water and off we were to check in.
We had purchased the Faster to the Fun option which essentially gives us the perks of being VIP (well most perks). We felt that it was worth the money but was quickly tested on that thought when we waited for about 10 – 15 minutes to check in while the line for everyone else kept clearing out. We eventually checked in, received our sail & sign cards and found some prime real estate for people watching.
As the time passed, our friends from our cruise critic and *gasp* Facebook roll calls started arriving. It was like a family reunion. We were cleared for boarding just after 12pm and I immediately headed to the shore excursion desk to select our cabana for Half Moon Cay, Eric headed to our cabin with our carry-on bags and then the plan was to meet on Lido at Guy’s Burgers. I was through the shore excursion line and process of selecting our cabana in about 5 minutes (we got cabana 8) and then it was up to Lido to meet (or beat as it turns out) Eric.
We grabbed our burgers and fries, hit the condiment bar and found a table along the windows.
(A quick rewind…we had received earlier in the week the infamous “please arrive between 1 and 3pm” email and phone call but who really pays attention to those… 😉 While we were enjoying our burgers we saw the line for security extending out and around the building…. those people obviously paid attention to the email and phone call. (lol) We enjoyed chatting with the couple next to us and eventually ran into another friend from our roll call and then decided to head to our cabin to unpack and relax a bit before muster drill and sail-a-way.
We headed to muster around 3:30 and felt like it took much longer than it did in October on the Ecstasy. Once the muster drill concluded, we headed to the “secret deck” on 6 for sail-a-way. As we entered the deck we saw the Celebrity Reflection making her way down the channel. Before long we were pushing away and entering a horn battle with the Carnival Breeze. We passed the Breeze, another Celebrity ship, the Norwegian Epic and then the Costa Mediterranea. As we started to pass the Costa Mediterranea we entered another horn battle. I love horn battles. Also in port with us was the Disney Wonder.
We enjoyed sail-a-way with folks from our roll call and then headed to The Alchemy Bar to join up with the rest of the roll call for our official (yet unofficial) meet & greet. We had a crazy good time and proceeded to party.
Pictures from sail-a-way and The Deal Closer from The Alchemy Bar:
We opted to do the steakhouse tonight since we usually don’t find anything we like on the main dining room menu….plus the free bottle of wine doesn’t hurt. 😉
We were presented with an offering from the chef. I had the chilled tomato soup while Eric had the firecracker lobster balls. We then both started with the crab cake, followed by the Caesar salad and I had the filet, while Eric had the lamb chops. We finished our meal with the assortment of ice creams and sherbets. Tonight they had homemade maple walnut ice cream, strawberry cheesecake ice cream and raspberry sherbet. All were delicious and just the perfect dessert.
We headed down to the atrium lobby for a bit to do some people watching but were quickly chased away by the duo that were attempting to sing.
While it may not seem like we did a lot, it has been a pretty full and eventful day. We are enjoying the quiet of our cabin and each others company.
Tomorrow we call on Half Moon Cay and we look forward to enjoying the crystal clear water, the company of those around us and knowing that all of our cares and worries are miles and miles away.