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Carnival Liberty Trip Report: Day 3 – Fun Day at Sea



It’s hard to believe this is already the last day of the cruise. It goes by so quickly. The last sea day is a good day to try to check out all the things you haven’t gotten to do on your cruise.

The day started out with Sea Day Brunch in the main dining room. This brunch is offered fleetwide every sea day. It’s served from 8:30 am to 1 pm in the aft dining room. I did a veggie omelet and turkey bacon. I was able to use my free drink voucher during brunch and got a mimosa. Actually, it was more like a glass of champagne with a splash of orange juice.

It was a little breezy outside but very sunny and clear. I walked around the ship and found a spot to camp out for a little bit. It was on an aft facing lounger overlooking the ocean. It was awesome, but a bit chilly. To fight off the chill I headed up to the adults-only Serenity area to hop in the hot tub. There were a handful of people in each hot tub, so we asked if we could join and stayed there for close to an hour. A lot of people I talk to aren’t fans of cruise ship hot tubs; I don’t mind them long as they smell like chlorine and don’t have a film of sunscreen on top of them.

For years I’ve walked past the coffee and bakery shop on the promenade deck but I’ve never stopped for a treat. It figures that the time I’m watching my weight, I crave sweets. So I went with a strawberry chocolate cupcake-type thing. It was $2.25. Talking about it doesn’t do it any justice. You have to see it to believe it.

Later on in the afternoon, we hit up Harry Potter trivia, which I knew nothing about… unlike the country music trivia on Carnival Vista, which I dominated.

They had this watch sale happening on deck five outside of the shops and I really need a new watch. I’ve been wearing a cheap Casio sports watch for the past year, so I picked one up. It said it was 75% percent off for the sidewalk sale. The same watch sells for $15 on eBay. Oh well.

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On this cruise I had early dining, which means 6 pm, and because of the Tim McGraw concert last night, tonight was elegant night. It’s been awhile since I’ve taken a cruise ship formal night photo. And it looks like it will continue to be that way; the lines for photos were super long.

Dinner in the main dining room was awesome. I went with a ceasar salad, scallops, prime rib, and a baked potato. For dessert I went with coffee and creme brulee. By the end of the meal it was showtime where the waiters sang Leaving on a Fun Ship, their take on the old John Denver song. It’s so funny how much everyone gets into the singing and dancing in the main dining room. I found myself enjoying it way too much!

After dinner we went to a show onboard that was a decades type show. After seeing a handful of those shows, you’ve seen them all so it kept my attention for about 10 minutes and then we left to head to the comedy show. I watched three comedy shows back to back in the theater. Michael Macy’s family friendly show, then Killer Beaz adult show, followed by the adult show from Michael Macy. All three shows were super funny. I can appreciate a comedian that doesn’t have to drop the F-bomb every other word and still make you laugh. I found the PG show funnier than the adult shows several times.

I wound up checking a bag for tomorrow morning and will do Zone 1 debarkation.


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Carnival Raises Faster to the Fun Price



The good news: When sailing on most Carnival Cruise Line ships, you can still purchase the Faster To The Fun package. The bad news? On many of those ships, taking the happiness highway’s express lane is gonna cost you a little extra.

How Much Faster To The Fun Went Up

Carnival quietly boosted the price earlier this week, although news of the change spread quickly across social media. Some proclaimed that they didn’t mind paying the extra fee for the program — which offers numerous benefits, including priority embarkation — while others thought there were better ways in which they could spend the money.

So how much did the price go up? Previously, the cost — which is per cabin, not per person — ran between $49,95 to $79.95, depending on the ship and the length of the sailing. The price has now gone up to between $69.95 and $99.95.

The Breakdown


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  • The program will cost $69.95 on 5-day sailings, except on the Sensation, where the price is $59.95.
  • For 4-day cruises on Carnival Conquest, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Liberty, Carnival Paradise, Carnival Triumph, Carnival Valor and Carnival Vista is $69.95.
  • For 6- and 7-day sailings, Faster To The Fun will cost $89.95.
  • On sailings lasting 8 days or longer, the package will now cost $99.95.

When Carnival first rolled Faster to the Fun out in 2012, it was $49.95 per stateroom across the fleet. In 2016, the line switched to the tiered pricing system which remains in effect to this day.

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What does Faster to the Fun include? 

A limited number of Faster To The Fun passes are sold, which is one of the reasons many believe it to be worth the price, as it allows for faster boarding thanks to separate security screening lanes and an express boarding lane upon embarkation. Those who purchase FTTF also have immediate access to their staterooms, which generally are not available immediately upon boarding. The perk also includes priority luggage handling, access to priority tendering in ports where applicable, a choice of disembarkation times and priority dinner-time assignments.

Do you generally purchase Faster To The Fun? Will the change in price impact your decision to do so in the future? 

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Queen Latifah Named Carnival Horizon’s Godmother



The newest ship to join the Carnival Cruise Line fleet also just became the coolest with the news that Queen Latifah has been named the Carnival Horizon’s godmother.

When The Queen Will Reign

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Beloved by millions, the actress/singer/author/businesswoman said it was “an honor” to be selected, especially given the line’s longtime association with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, “a cause that is very near and dear to my heart.”

Christine Duffy, President of Carnival Cruise Line, said that “with her fun-loving spirit and positive, can-do attitude, Queen Latifah embodies our brand and knows how to Choose Fun in everything she does. Knowing that she is a long-time supporter of St. Jude and has performed on and won Lip Sync Battle made her the ideal candidate to serve as godmother on our newest ship.”

READ MORE: Sneak Peek At The Carnival Horizon [Photos]

Latifah will officially assume her duties at the naming ceremony, which is set to take place during an invitation-only overnight gala being held on the Carnival Horizon in New York City on Wednesday, May 23. During the ceremony, St. Jude will be presented with a check representing funds raised at various Carnival events, both on ships and on shore. The atrium-grounding Dreamescape funnel will also feature artwork created by dozens of St. Jude patients.

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The gala will also see Latifah taking part in a special event titled Lip Sync Battle: Horizon which will showcase the ship’s authentic reproduction of the hit TV series.

Over the past few years, Latifah has… well, pretty much done it all. She’s won awards from groups as diverse as the Teen Choice Awards and the Screen Actors Guild, not to mention a Grammy, an Oscar nomination and two NAACP Image Awards. She was also the first hip-hop artist to be honored with a star on the world famous Hollywood Walk of Fame, and now runs a production company — Flavor Unit Entertainment — which produces a wide variety of programming.

After The Gala

Following the naming ceremony and Gala on May 23, the Carnival Horizon will spend the summer sailing out of New York City before relocating in September to Miami, where she’ll sail year-round cruises to the Caribbean.

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Carnival to Offer New Cuba Cruises in 2019



Carnival Cruise Line will be offering 17 new sailings to Cuba aboard Carnival Sensation in 2019. The five-day voyages will be the line’s first to operate round-trip from Miami and feature a day-long call in Havana as well as stops in other popular ports.

The voyages complement a series of sailings to Cuba departing from Tampa aboard Carnival Paradise taking place in 2018 and 2019. Sensation‘s Cuba schedule includes:

  • four 5-day sailings to Havana and Grand Turk departing May 20, Sept. 9, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16, 2019
  • five 5-day voyages featuring Havana, Nassau and Half Moon Cay departing June 17, July 15, Aug. 12, Sept. 23, and Nov. 4, 2019
  • a 5-day cruise to Havana, Nassau and Princess Cays departing April 22, 2019
  • seven 5-day cruises to Havana and Grand Cayman departing May 6, June 3, July 1 and 29, Aug. 26, Oct. 7 and Dec. 2, 2019

A Cuban taxi driver, piloting a vintage car, pulls up to the El Morro Castle while the Carnival Paradise cruise ship is docked in Havana, Cuba. (Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Line)

The 2,052-guest Carnival Sensation underwent a massive dry dock last year and a variety of venues were added, including Guy’s Burger Joint, BlueIguana Cantina, BlueIguana Tequila Bar, RedFrog Rum Bar, Alchemy Bar, and Cherry on Top. Already onboard was a Serenity adults-only area, 24-hour pizza, the WaterWorks aqua park, and the Seuss at Sea program.

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Guests sailing on Carnival’s cruises to Cuba can choose from almost 20 shore excursions that showcase the island’s culture, beauty, and architectural landmarks. There will also be Cuba-themed parties, games, and activities onboard. To learn more, visit

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