After a week in Miami with family, my mom and brother drove my travel BFF and I to the port of Miami where we would be boarding the Carnival Liberty. Like most ships, we had to be there around 1pm. Neither of us have ever cruised before so everything from here on out was a completely new experience to us! We went through security and made it on the ship within 45 minutes. By 1:40pm, we had navigated our way from the lobby down to the main deck where our state room was located!
Our first dinner was technically “cruise casual” but we felt like dressing up a tiny bit! We enjoyed a beautiful sunset, some good food, and our first drinks of the cruise: the most amazing chocolate martinis basically ever. I took a picture of the ingredients to try and re-make the drink at home!
Our first full day on the ship was what they call a “fun day at sea”. We spent the entire day cruising the caribbean, enjoying the gloriously hot day, and laughing at the ridiculous games that took place on the Lido Deck. Although we’d investigated other areas that were much more quiet, we both quickly realized that the jam-packed action of the Lido Deck was where all the fun was at! There were contests, competitions, and flat out hilarious-ness all day. The main downside of this ship was that this was the ONLY pool onboard. Throughout the week, it was never more empty than this, unless we were docked at a port of call. We tried to get good lounge chairs nearby because every day was scorching hot and frequent dips were necessary!
Despite the insanity, I still grew rather attached to the Lido Deck! From the rum bar, to Guy Fieri’s burger joint, the taco/burrito stand, and of course, the water slide, there was ALWAYS something interesting to watch (or eat!)
By the end of our first day and a half, I think it’s safe to say that we had settled in rather nicely to cruise life. Because I had already spent a week relaxing on the beach I was getting very excited to disembark at our first location, but I loved getting to know the cruise ship and eating whenever I wanted. It definitely felt like I was back at an all inclusive resort. Between the entertainment staff, the food, and always being close to whatever you may need, it was easy to see right off the bat why people love the cruise lifestyle so much.
I was happy to feel NO motion sickness whatsoever. I often forgot I was even on a ship! We definitely felt the rocking of the boat more as we went down to the lower levels for dinner, but otherwise? Nada. It was such a relief!
First stop in the morning? Cozumel, Mexico!