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Carnival Liberty an hors d'oeuvre

Our cruise blog teammate Phil Reimer, who has been writing about ships and ports and the eateries and people on both, has spent this week on the Carnival Liberty. His impressions are posted daily on his cruise blog, portsandbows.com.

The Liberty is the first Carnival ship to go 2.0.

In Celebrity’s world, this is called “Solsticizing.” In Carnival’s world, it’s called “Fun Ship 2.0″ and the idea must be that it’s more intuitive for the young people that is Carnival’s client base.

This is a huge project — the price tag is $500 million — and that’s only for the first phase, which won’t be completed until 2015. It includes personal endorsements or participation from celebrities Guy Fieri (a food man), DJ Irie (a dance man) and George Lopez (a laugh man).

Our pal Phil, who loves food and laughter, is a cinch to enjoy at least two of them. During his week on the Liberty, he was able to get a taste of Fieri.

“I don’t claim to be a burger expert but Guy’s Ringer ranks with the best I’ve ever enjoyed,” Phil says.

The Liberty is simply the hors d’oeuvre when it comes to Fun Ship 2.0. The main course is the Carnival Breeze, still a few months away from its launch. It will have all the features that eventually will become upgrades, and don’t be surprised if Fieri, Irie and Lopez are all there to break a bottle of bubbly on the bow.

Besides the food, which Carnival hastens to point out is almost all included with the cruise fare, Phil seems enamored with Deck 9 on the Liberty. It’s the “funnest” place on this Fun Ship — he calls it “party central.”

Hmm…maybe he’ll like the dance man, too.

Carnival Pride
7 nights
February 5, 2012
Baltimore (return): Port Canaveral, Nassau, Freeport
Inside $449

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