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Old October 25th, 2005, 09:08 AM
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Default Daily Reports - Live from the Liberty - Atlantic Crossing

We’re getting “liberated? live.

In Italy, at least in the cities, the four land roads include an inside lane, an outside lane, a lane the scooter riders create on a whim, and another lane created by cars who’s drivers decide there’s a lane there.

After 3 pre cruise days in Rome, we along with 4 other cruisemates arranged for private transportation to the Port of Civitacechhia. About a 1 hr. to 1 ½ ride, depending on how “Italian? your driver is.

The embarkation for the Liberty is as efficient and as organized as any boarding process we’ve experienced. Plenty of check in agents working, and from the time we handed the porters our bags, through check in, and walking up the gangway less than 15 minutes had passed. Carnival could do well to follow this efficiency in their other embarkation ports.

As we walked onboard at 1:00 PM an announcement was being made that guest cabins were ready for occupancy, so our timing was very good. We found our way to the cabin, dropped the carry on luggage, and set out to Emile’s buffet restaurant area on Lido deck.

Those familiar with Carnival Destiny or Conquest class ships will feel completely at home with the layout, though as you board the staff hand out miniature deck plans to assist those who might become directionally challenged.

I have 16 days onboard to experience, form my opinions, and describe the interior design work in more detail, but to begin with let me say the initial impression is the Liberty is less “Farcusian? than past Carnival passengers might be used to, but even the more “Old Europe? feel of the design work may be slightly overdone.

Due to some flights delayed coming in from the United States the ship’s departure was moved back slightly over an hour. And the 4 set dining times were each moved to a half hour later. This caused minor confusion.

Those in our group were assigned tables at the stern of the ship in the “Silver Olympian Dining room, with expansive windows overlooking the wake. Our wait staff must have studied their passenger list, because as we sat down they greeted us immediately by first name; a pretty impressive beginning.

After dinner we headed for the first of likely many gatherings in the Piano Bar, with Cameron. Cameron got an early taste of what (or who) he’d be stuck with for the next 16 days. We had an enjoyable evening of Cameron’s song stylings, and abundant laughter.
The interior of the Liberty’s Piano Bar is the most vibrant, comfortable, and fun design work of any of the Carnival ships.

The story will continue in the coming days... come on back, and cruise along
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