Eastern Caribbean Cruise ~ The Ship

I did a short highlight of our trip on Monday and promised to come back with two recaps: one of the ship and one of the ports of call.

We sailed on the Carnival Liberty for 7 nights which stopped in Nassau, St. Thomas, San Juan, and was supposed to stop in Grand Turk but we turned around as we were pulling into port (more on my extreme disappoint on that in my next post, and how Carnival has done absolutely nothing to compensate us for missing the stop we booked the cruise for).

The ship itself was nice (we sailed on the Dream a few years ago which was newer and nicer), and had recently gone under a major refurbishment which included the addition of the pool side Red Frog Rum Bar and Blue Iguana Tequila Bar as well as Guy's Burgers Joint *absolutely delish* and the Blue Iguana Cantina *awesome burritos and tacos*.

*Ready for the sail away party*

We chose a balcony on the 8th floor which was super convenient right underneath the lido deck where the pool and the buffets are. Once you go balcony you can't go back.... we always cruise in a balcony stateroom, and it makes such a difference having the extra space, natural sunlight, and your own outdoor balcony where we enjoy room service breakfasts (always free!) and pre-dinner drinks while getting ready or a night cap listening to the waves.

We brought 2 bottles of our favorite champagne, a case of water, and a case of energy drinks for H because apparently coffee isn't good enough. If you're cruising soon don't forget you can bring 1 bottle of wine or champagne per person, a case of water, and a case of soda or energy drinks on board with you, but they must be in your carry on luggage.

One of my favorite parts of the ship was the beautiful atrium, I was so bummed that Norwegian does not have this feature on their ships and really missed it when we sailed on the Norwegian Sky and the Norwegian Epic last year.

*Such a great spot to have a drink and listen to live music*

I loved the Alchemy Bar where the bartenders are mix masters in lab coats creating hand crafted martinis. There are also note pads where you could create your own martini.

One of my other favorite things about cruising is the food. Nothing beats getting dressed up and going to a nice dinner and a show every night. If you're a first time cruiser, I'll give you some advice... don't skip dinner! You'll have a team of fun waitstaff who sing and dance on certain nights, and you can order as much as you like. 3 appetizers? 2 entrees? 2 desserts? No problem!

*The waitstaff breakin' it down*

The shows are a must see! Even if Broadway style shows aren't your thing, it's so much fun to catch a show after dinner. The dancing, singing, and live orchestra are phenomenal! I also really enjoyed the Rat Pack tribute with a Sammy Davis Jr. impersonator, amazing talent!

Other after dinner entertainment includes comedy shows, jazz lounge, night club, the casino, deck parties, getting a drink while enjoying songs at Piano Man and other various bars throughout the ship.

*Deck Party*

I wasn't kidding when I mentioned getting dressed up and going to dinner and a show every night. There are 2 formal nights during a 7 night cruise, so we got a little fancy.

For the first time ever, I worked out while on vacation, and it honestly was great! We had room service deliver a light breakfast of yogurt, fruit, and cereal then I'd go work out and then on some mornings we'd hit up the "real breakfast" upstairs of bacon, pancakes, waffles, eggs, etc..

The gym and spa area was beautiful. Plenty of elliptical machines, weights, spin classes, yoga classes, a steam room, and a sauna. Yes... I shamelessly took pictures of said work out because I was so excited I actually had the motivation to get up there 4 times that week!

And my absolute favorite part of a cruise is lounging on the top deck listening to live music with a tropical drink in hand while mixing it up between the pools, the hot tubs, and the water slides.

And who can forget the adorable towel animals you get each night with a copy of the next day's schedule during turn down service?

Thanks for hanging in there for my ship recap, I'll be posting a recap next week of the islands we stopped at, and my explanation of why I'm upset that we didn't stop in Grand Turk. 

What are your favorite things about cruising? If you've never cruised before, what are you most looking forward to on a future trip or what's holding you back?


  1. Yup, you totally just made me want to go on another cruise this year! The last cruise I went on was for work and FAR from relaxing. We had all day meetings every day but one so I never got to enjoy just relaxing on the top deck, drink in hand. And ugh, the food. SO yummy! This sounds like the perfect vacay!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  2. looks like you had a good time so far! so many fun drinks and food. i feel a little stuffed just looking at it haha. glad you're back!


  3. It looks like SO MUCH FUN! And you're so right, that atrium is absolutely beautiful!! I want to go on a cruise at some point--it's been a loooooong time, and this post definitely makes me want to again

  4. You seriously have me wanting to book a cruise right now!!! When you said Lido deck...I couldnt help but think of Legally Blonde...tell me you know what I'm talking about!! I can't believe you guys didn't get to go to one of the port of calls...that is just not ok!!! Cant wait to see pictures of the islands!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  5. Looks like a blast, lady! That ship is amazing looking. We did Carnival a few years ago and were kind of let down because it wasn't that awesome. Smart getting the balcony, we did that on our Alaskan cruise and now for me it's the only way to go. I love the vibe on ships and the food, oh my goodness the fooood! sooo yummy!

    Can't wait to hear more. Sorry they turned the ship around, that sucks :(!

    I need to go cruising asap!

  6. This makes me so excited for my cruise I am going on in June!

  7. Look at you working out on vacation!! Give me some of your motivation! ;) Love love love cruising - this makes me want to book a trip. All of the food is the best part!

  8. I'm so sorry you missed Grand Turk, but it looks like a wonderful week otherwise. I agree, once you go balcony you can never go back!

  9. Such a fun trip!! I haven't been on a cruise since college, but I would love to do one again. I love all the good food options and always enjoy the night time entertainment. Somehow I always end up at the casino!! You looked fab for the trip and love the formal nights!!

  10. So fun! We did a Royal Caribbean cruise for spring break my senior year of college, and it was so much fun! Love these pictures!
    xo Southern Style

  11. I have never been on a cruise. It is on my list though! Thank you for posting this! I appreciate the tips!

  12. Sounds like such a fun trip and a beautiful ship. Bummer you didnt go to Grand Turk, and hope they do something to reimburse you.

  13. The ship looks really nice!! I have never been on a cruise but will probably do it at some point or another, I hear the food is amazing! And so is your room, it's not as small as I thought it would be. Definitely gonna get one of those when the day comes :)

  14. The ship looks amazing!! I want to go on a cruise so bad, especially after seeing the boat and the FOOD!!

  15. What a bummer they didn't stop there. That slide is epic!

  16. I loved reading this post. We were on the Carnival Conquest (i think that was the name) and it was a super similar ship and the same itinerary. I would have been so bummed to miss Grand Turk. I'm looking forward to reading your post to hear why you didn't get to stop there!

  17. I've never cruised before, but there is a Carnival ship that leaves right from Charleston that I'd like to try. I've heard so many mixed things about Carnival, and I look forward to reading your next recap post. At least your room, the ship, and the food look great. I had no idea you could bring your own water and wine - I'll remember that for sure.

  18. I loved Guy's restaurant and there was a Mexican spot right across I ate at daily lol. We did the balcony room too. I honestly sat out there for hours just reading and enjoying the breeze. You guys did so much on the ship, that's awesome!

  19. We went on our first cruise in May and absolutely loved it..so many things to see and do. Your trip sounds like you had a nice time on all the different areas of the ship! Loved your dresses!

  20. The pics of the cruise look fabulous. It is a real bummer they didnt compensate you for missing a stop though. I feel like that should be a standard policy. Even if its free dinner or something.

  21. What a beautiful ship and so many fun activities and shows! Can't wait to hear more about it and love your dress with the open back!