21 Carnival Liberty Tips [PHOTOS]

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We’ve rounded up the best Carnival Liberty tips to help you make the most out of your cruise vacation. Carnival Liberty is one of Carnival’s mid-sized cruise ships, coming in at 110,000 gross registered tons, It carries 2,974 passengers, and some say it’s a perfectly-sized cruise ship. The vessel features venues that some of the […]

Dining Review: Orchid Garden & Sushi Bar on Norwegian Gem

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I fell in love with Norwegian’s Asian-fusion restaurant, Orchid Garden, on a cruise I took on the Norwegian Gem. The same restaurant or similar can be found on most of Norwegian’s ships, but always by a different name. One of the reasons I loved it is because it’s one of Norwegian’s few complimentary specialty restaurants, and […]

Review: Chibang! Chinese & Mexican Restaurant on Carnival’s Mardi Gras

Sometimes when it comes to dining on a cruise ship, the biggest challenge can be figuring out what everybody in your party is in the mood for. Main dining room menus do their best to offer a little something for everyone, but specialty restaurants — whether complimentary or at an additional charge — tend to […]

Review: Cucina Del Capitano & La Piazza on Carnival’s Mardi Gras

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I have to be honest: While I’ve been on Carnival Cruise Line ships which offer Cucina Del Capitano many times — and I’ve done the salad bar they offer as part of the free lunch — the dinner menu never inspired me enough that I was willing to pay the $15 per-person charge. But when […]

Review: Rudi’s Seagrill Restaurant on Carnival’s Mardi Gras

When Carnival was looking to expand their offerings onboard Mardi Gras, they wisely looked at the roster of celebrity chefs already working within the larger Carnival Corporation family and decided to give Rudi Sodamin a venue in which to serve his playful seafood creations. Already a member of the Holland America Culinary Council, Sodamin now […]

Review: Shaq’s Big Chicken on Carnival’s Mardi Gras

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Shaq first launched Big Chicken in Las Vegas in 2018, then on a Carnival Cruise Line ship. We sat down and reviewed this new complimentary dining venue on Mardi Gras. I don’t know about everybody else, but I wasn’t that excited when Carnival Cruise Line first revealed they’d be adding Big Chicken to the lineup […]

Review: Emeril’s Bistro 1396 on Carnival’s Mardi Gras

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When Carnival Cruise Line decided that one of the “zones” on Mardi Gras was going to be New Orleans themed, they knew there were several things they needed. Cool bars, jazz music… and a restaurant featuring the food of celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse. Thanks to the potent potions whipped up at the Fortune Teller’s bar, […]

Carnival’s Mardi Gras: Exploring Summer Landing

When Carnival Cruise Line designed their newest, biggest ship, they decided to try something totally different for the line. Mardi Gras would have six distinct “zones”: Grand Central, The French Quarter, La Piazza, Summer Landing, Lido and The Ultimate Playground. Each would feature restaurants, bars, attractions and decor based around a particular theme. In this […]

Review: Riding BOLT, the First Roller Coaster on a Cruise Ship

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, by now you’ve heard that Carnival Cruise Line’s biggest, newest ship Mardi Gras features a roller coaster that zips along the top deck. There was a whole lot of attention paid to the sea coaster before the ship’s launch, but does it live up to the hype? Having […]