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  1. Florida, when reporting their numbers, reports both confirmed and "probable" Covid deaths. New York's official reporting only lists confirmed deaths which is arguably more accurate although makes comparing against jurisdictions impossible and in doing so is another way that media continues to spin the facts to match their narrative. A great source is https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/ See https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/us-data/ for an explanation on the different reporting methods. New York State Department of Health reports 24,814 deaths as of 6/26. This is the number accepted and reported on by the media. The website above, which uses the stricter and more widely followed CDC guidelines reports 31,421. New York and the media report 14 deaths on the 25th compared to 47 in Florida. Using the CDC's tougher guidelines Florida is showing 47 deaths (while being accused of shaving the numbers) while New York is showing 48 (while being championed as a model of getting the virus under control.) BTW there are more people in Florida than New York so per capita, New York is still consistently higher at per capita deaths due to Covid-19. Read the above links and see for yourself, I know it is hard to know who to believe and everyone on the internet claims to be an expert. I am no expert on anything, but I believe in reading all the facts available to me. New York is no safer whether 14 people died from Covid or 48 people died from Covid, but one official number being reported versus another official number sure changes people's perception of the situation doesn't it? And knowing that, maybe all states should be reporting only "confirmed" cases because it gives people a much better sense of security.
  2. I will reserve judgement until I have sailed, but from the videos and other research I've done on Mariner, I think you are right. I am really really looking forward to my trip 🙂
  3. You're Welcome! Thanks for reading and enjoy your cruise, this is a great itinerary. I have started my next review if anyone wants to read along
  4. Thank you! The next cruise was fantastic! Celebrity set the bar pretty high, hope I can readjust to Carnival and Royal. The Horizon is the only ship I have noticed empanadas on also. I love Jiji's and the only thing I would add to make the Dream class perfect would be a Jiji's. I am really surprised they are not being added to the Sunrise and Radiance during their refurb.
  5. Thank you! Liberty is my favorite ship for short cruises. Although that may change after my cruise on Mariner Of The Seas 🙂 Thanks for reading along.
  6. Piano Man, the piano bar. The Stage Bar. I am not sure what goes on here. The Victoria Lounge. This is where the comedy shows are held and is located at the far end of deck 5. I will pick up next time with the upper decks.
  7. Club 02, the teen club. The arcade. Hot & Cool, this is the nightclub. I have also seen them hold art auctions in here during the daytime. The view looking back towards the casino. Alchemy Bar. Very good drinks, and expensive so if you have Cheers! this is the best place to quickly get your money's worth! 🙂
  8. Casino Bar. I've only found this machine on Liberty. I finally found it on another ship but I can't remember which one, I think Glory which has since moved to Nola and now it is no longer on Liberty 😞 Promenade with a great seating area to people watch and listen to music in the evenings. Just past the casino, you will find the former future cruise desk. It was now used for something else, I think it was Dreams Studio but I could be wrong. The Jardin Cafe, which is the coffee shop.
  9. Very gorgeous decorations through this area. Absolutely mesmerizing. Looking down to the lobby. Cherry on Top candy store. Sports Bar. Casino.
  10. Passing through the dining room, you have Circle "C" which is the club for 12-14 year olds. Taken from a very bad angle because there were people inside. Next, you come to the area where they display the photos that they take of you around the ship. When they are open they will be displayed on those big empty boards. The library. Moving up to deck 5, the Promenade deck. This is the deck where most of the inside action is. Of course all the way forward is the top level of the theater. Then we move on to the shops. Lots of seating up here.
  11. Moving from back to front now, next we come to The Cabinet. I believe this used to be a cigar bar. It is now used as a karaoke bar. Stairs leading up to the Promenade deck. Tapestry Conference Room. I have seen crew training going on here before, but not sure what this would ever be used for for guests. Then we are at the upper level of the Golden Olympian dining room.
  12. Next was the Golden Olympian which is one of two MDRs. It is two levels with the bottom level for YTD and the top level being used for traditional dining. Right before you reach the MDR there are two small rooms off to each side. The Persian Room which I believe is where Chef's Table is held. Opposite it, was the Satin Room which is the Art Gallery. This is where things seem to get tricky. You cannot get from Deck 3 Mid to Deck 3 Aft. First you must go up a deck and then back down, or vice versa. This is because the Galley is located here and so you must use another deck. At the end of Deck 3 and 4 is the Silver Olympian Dining Room.
  13. The main lobby area. This is also where you board the ship at. There are some doors off to the side that lead to an outdoor promenade area that is excellent for taking in views and listening to the sounds of the oceans. Usually very few people around also. The view looking up.
  14. Ship Tour: Like I mentioned before, the Liberty is a gorgeous ship. The following are pictures I took of most of the ship's public spaces on my last two cruises on Liberty which I am going to share with you now. Starting at the bottom, Decks 1-2 are passenger cabins. We next move up to deck 3. All the way forward is the Venetian Palace which is the main show lounge on the ship. It spans decks 3, 4, and 5 fwd. Also located on this deck is the Shore Excursions Desk. Guest Services.
  15. After sail away I went to the coffee bar for a double chocolate frappe. I was deemed worthy of a straw but unfortunately it wasn't blended well and my sugar straw struggled with the large chunks of ice. Since I had cheers I got the Starbucks chilled coffees going forward. For dinner I grabbed a bite to eat at the Lido. I am bored to tears with Carnival's dinner menu so instead of going to the MDR I just made a quick stop at Lido. It was mostly the same foods but I was able to make a plate and move on with my night. Or so I thought. Unfortunately the seas were still pretty rocky just like my last cruise. Combined with an early morning and the drowsy motion sickness pills I took and I was just not feeling very good. I returned to the room where I had a towel animal. I laid in bed watching some TV for a little while but by 8:30 I was done and turned in for the night. Cheers was not off to a good start at all. Tomorrow we would be in Nassau and docked overnight so a better chance to be in the land of the living!
  16. Construction, I'm guessing the future home of the Mardi Gras. Two strange looking vessels in the water.
  17. Mariner of the Seas Victory casino boat coming back to port.
  18. I returned to my room until muster which was not too terribly painful thanks to the cooler temperatures outside right now. After muster I made my way back to the front of the ship to enjoy sail away from Port Canaveral. Mariner of the Seas docked just down the channel. Disney Dream where Elsa has now been replaced with the sounds of their muster drill.
  19. I relaxed in the room until after 1:30. I figured Lido would clear out once the rooms opened up. It was a little less busy when I went up. I got my taco salad I was craving. I grabbed an ice cream and walked to the front of the ship to get a better view of the Disney Dream docked next door. It's interesting the atmospheres the different ships try to create. On Liberty there was a man playing the steel drums on Lido. On Disney I could see Frozen being played on their big screen and could hear Let It Go being sung so loud it was as if it was being piped into our overhead system. I'm sure the kiddos love it but I can't imagine paying that kind of money to hear Let It Go on boarding day lol.
  20. The Liberty is gorgeous and sometimes I like to just stop and stare at its beauty. Passing through the casino I see they have a happy hour special going. I walked around the casino looking at all the fun games that I had to try and stay away from this weekend. I got a Gatorade at the coffee bar (I prefer Pepsi but I do miss the vitamin waters) and then went back to the room to unpack. I successfully managed to pack for this three day trip in just a simple beach bag that Carnival gifted me on a prior trip. I've used this before for two and three day trips. It is tight but I want to see if I can make it work on an upcoming four day cruise. I might be crazy but I'm gonna do it 🙂
  21. For my first lunch I was craving a taco salad but went with Mongolian Wok instead because there was no line and I knew that would likely not be the case again. I also started in on my cheers package with a refreshing Bahama mama. I had read on here someone was refused a sugar straw when they asked for one. That seemed outrageous so I tested the theory (plus I had forgot to bring my straw up from the room with me) and sure enough, I was told rather curtly that those are for frozen drinks only. This really rubs me the wrong way. I am going to move on with the review but I plan on expressing my opinion very strongly on this in my post cruise survey. Lunch was good and I followed it with some cake for dessert. The cake was also good. But... I can see it in the picture because I know where to look. There was a hair on my plate. It was not touching the food and it probably fell on the plate while table hunting but that sorta thing grosses me out. I was still a little hungry but Lido was starting to get busy and the hair thing was too much so I moved on for now.
  22. I was up way too early on Friday morning. It was 6am and I could not sleep. I knew I needed to sleep a little bit more but there was no point laying there when a fun ship was in my near future so I got up. By 8 I was on the road and at parking by 9:45. My memory is getting a little foggy but I was able to reread an old review to remember who I used so I could book them again, 528 Cruise Parking. I have have great experiences using this company and highly recommend them to everyone. There was a short wait for the next shuttle and then we were off. We stopped at Mariner of the Seas first where I got my first look at my next cruise ship out of this port. Next we were at Liberty where security was a breeze and nobody gave me a hard time about my large box fan I bring. I hope this trend continues. Another short wait and boarding began at 11:18. Strange how the larger Horizon turned around over a half hour quicker and I wonder if that means we will disembark a little later or if they just take longer to clear the ship. I plan to head into work on Monday after getting off so hope there is not a delay but no big deal if there is. My home for the weekend - 1251.
  23. I love traveling solo although the nature of the double occupancy penalty prohibits me from doing so often. I got a wonderful offer from Carnival for a casino rate as well as $500 OBC. Unlike fun play which comes with most casino offers, OBC is split between both occupants in the room meaning a quick three day trip that came in at or around $500 would be a perfect cruise to use this offer on for a solo trip. With that in mind I booked an old favorite that I've used twice before for inexpensive weekend solo trips - the Carnival Liberty. Total cost of this cruise with taxes was just over the $500 mark making the cruise essentially free so long as the casino did not take me for a wild ride. Then there was the internal debate of cheers VS no cheers. I have gotten cheers both of my other two trips on Liberty. The first time in April 2017 I made out okay but decided I would not do it again as I just don't drink enough ordinarily to make it worthwhile. Despite this I ordered it again on my next cruise on Liberty in September 2018. At best I broke even, and possibly came in a little short and I would say I regretted my choice as I felt a little pressure to meet my minimums to make it profitable. I decided I would not do it again for sure this time. Fast forward to the planning stages of this cruise and John Heald announced a price increase at the start of 2020 so I thought ok I am going to buy it anyway. But I forgot and the price increased before I could make my purchase. Ok, that settles it no cheers for me. Then I went on my cruise on the Horizon which if you read that review you know the seas left me feeling less than 100% most of the week. That definitely settled it, no cheers because I would hate to not be able to use it due to feeling unwell. Except I bought it anyway. With the price increase and of course the gratuities the price which in my head I still think of as $50 a day ($150) ended up being just under $200. I paused with the sticker shock especially knowing this was only to be a free cruise if I did not have a lot of extra expenses but in the end I booked it anyway. C'est la vie right. Stay tuned to see if I made the right choice or not.
  24. After spending 38 days at sea in 2018 I decided that I may need to have just a little more self control in 2019. I love my cruises, but every dollar I saved went into the cruise fund instead of more important things like you know, savings. Fast forward another year and after spending 41 days at sea in 2019 I decided not to kid myself into saying I would do better in 2020. Now that I have forewarned you that I am not a responsible individual I will go ahead and tell you I booked 6 cruises from January-May of 2020 totaling 35 days at sea. My bank account weeps for me. These will not be as through as the reviews I used to write but I do want to chronicle them for my own selfish reasons. My 2019 cruises are a bit of a blur as I only wrote a review to one of them and I love going back and rereading them and going "oh yea I remember that". If at least one person still finds these reviews useful, then it was worthwhile for me to share instead of just writing a journal or something for myself. This is part 2 of 6 of my 2020 cruise marathon which will include the following cruises: January 11- 8 Day Southern Caribbean on Carnival Horizon January 31- 3 Day Bahamas on Carnival Liberty February 21- 10 Day New Orleans & Mexico on Celebrity Reflection March 27: 3 Day Perfect Day at Coco Cay Mariner of the Seas April 23: 4 Day Mexico Independance of the Seas May 16: 7 Day Eastern Caribbean Carnival Breeze I have a very diversified schedule as I have started branching out from Carnival a bit. Three cruise lines, and only three repeat ports. Grand Turk, Nassau, and Cozumel will all appear twice. I don't really care too much about the ports though but am excited to mix it up a bit from just Carnival, although they do remain my favorite cruise line. About Me: I am 32 years old and am lucky enough to live in Florida so taking cruises is more affordable and easier to do than for many people. This was my 29th cruise, my 22nd cruise on Carnival and my third time on the Liberty. A couple disclaimers, I LOVE cruising and always have a good time. But I like to be honest in my review. Everything is not perfect on a cruise and I do intend to include the bad with the good. Just because I complain, does not mean I did not have a great time. Also, I may not hit on everything that interests you as a cruiser. I would say from reading many reviews that my cruise style is different from the norm, and that is okay. Please feel free to ask questions about something I do not cover and I will do my best to answer anything that you would like to know about.
  25. When you walk into the buffet coming from the outside Lido deck, it is in the first buffet station sort of in the middle next to the fresh ice cream stand. These were pretty good and definitely worth a try! Thanks for reading and if anyone has any more questions I will try to answer tomorrow before I head out but if not will reply when I get back from my next cruise! Thanks again.
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