Live From Carnival Liberty: 1 Big Greasy Triumph (Plus 6 Other Hits and Misses)

December 13, 2011 | By | 25 Comments

After spending a week on Carnival Liberty, I have to say that its Fun Ship 2.0 enhancements are pretty stellar. Of the new additions, none really miss the mark, but I can tell you which ones — like the burger joint (duh!) — are particular hits. Still (and you knew this was coming), there were a few little non-2.0 niggles throughout the ship that were bothersome. And, of course, I have to share.
Hit: Guy’s Burger Joint. This place is definitely at the top of the “hits” list. Every single one of the five burgers on the menu is delicious — greasy, but delicious. Choices include the Plain Jane, a plain cheeseburger; the Ringer, a cheeseburger with an onion ring; the Straight Up, which includes special sauce, lettuce and tomato; the Piggy Patty, featuring a burger and a second patty made entirely of bacon; and Chillius Maximus, basically a burger with the works. It’s also nice that you can build your own with the plethora of options offered at the nearby toppings bar. The best part is that you can eat as much as you want for no extra charge. I don’t recommend eating more than one in a sitting, however. It might leave you slightly incapacitated for the rest of the day. Just sayin’.
Miss: F-bombs on the Lido. I freely admit to cussing like a sailor at times, but I try to restrain myself when I’m around kids. I was sitting by the pool writing a blog post early one evening, and I was shocked to hear “the mother of all curse words” blasting across the Lido Deck — courtesy of the D.J. and an uncensored Eminem song — as children splashed in hot tubs and raced up the stairs to the waterslide nearby. One night prior to this incident, I noted with some confusion that a lot of the music played by the D.J. in the ship’s club late at night was edited, much to the disappointment of the 20- and 30-something regulars.
Hit: BlueIguana Cantina’s tortillas. They were some of the best I’ve tried, made fresh on-site in a special machine that you can watch in action. It’s able to crank out up to 700 of the flat flour wraps per hour, and the finished product is something that I could have eaten by itself without any toppings whatsoever. Although the burritos and tacos as a whole are ok, the tortillas stand alone. Bonus: There’s no extra fee to eat there.
Miss: Quarter-operated laundry. A cave-tubing shore excursion in Belize left my good running sneakers soaked and smelling like an uncleaned fish tank, and the humid sea air wasn’t doing much to help them dry when I tried putting them on the balcony. I decided to toss ’em in one of the ship’s self-service dryers. To my dismay, I discovered the machines don’t take Sail & Sign cards, and getting enough quarters for the $3 dryer fee was a pain, as there was no change machine in the laundry room. So, I bummed a plastic bag from one of the gift shops, shoved the shoes inside and attempted to quarantine them from the rest of my wardrobe until I got home.
Hit: Alchemy. This bar, just across the Promenade from the ship’s club, is both elegant and quirky. Ordering a drink there makes you feel a bit like an elite Manhattan socialite. However, you get to do so by choosing a beverage from one of the bar’s light-up menus or coming up with your own concoction and writing it down on a “prescription” pad. Apothecary jars and bartenders in white lab coats enhance the theme. Try drinks like the Cucumber Sunrise, the French Kiss or the Alchemist’s Sidecar, each from $8.95.
Miss: Spelling errors. This is probably of minor significance to most, but I’m unable to suppress my inner copy editor. I noticed several spelling mistakes on signage throughout the ship, and it bugged me. One sign, in front of one of the main dining rooms, declared “Silver Olympian Dinning Room,” and another, this one in the buffet, announced the presence of “Strawberry Cake Pop’s.”
Hit … and Miss: Cherry on Top. This little corner candy store on the Promenade Deck is just too adorable to not be a hit. It absolutely screams pink, and everything inside is sweeter than sweet. However, it’s also a bit of a “miss” because of the one thing it’s missing: gum. After one especially garlicky dinner, my travel companion and I searched the ship high and low for gum and were told that it’s not sold anywhere onboard (because less-than-courteous passengers tend to stick it on furniture and carpeting). We passed up some overpriced Altoids but were excited to see a giant gumball machine outside of Cherry on Top. We didn’t have any quarters (also the source of my laundry conundrum above), so we didn’t try the machine, but we were disappointed to learn that it actually dispenses … jawbreakers.
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    25 Responses to “Live From Carnival Liberty: 1 Big Greasy Triumph (Plus 6 Other Hits and Misses)”

    1. Richard
      December 13th, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

      Paradise’s short trips to Ensenada from Long Beach featured a true “day at sea” return. That is, actual cruising far out to sea so as to stretch a short distance back to Long Beach.
      Now the policy is to anchor off San Clemente Island for the day, then make the short trip back to LB early in the morning at 5:00 AM.
      Well technically it was a day at sea, but I require a day at sea cruising so therefore I will no longer sail Paradise’s Ensenada trip until the policy changes, hang the price of fuel.

    2. Marty
      December 13th, 2011 @ 7:07 pm

      @Ashley, next time you do battle with a refugee bulb from Gilroy forget the gum; look on your plate. Although the sprig of curly leaf parsley may be missing from your plate surely the kitchen will have a sprig. Chew it thoroughly and swallow it down. One good sprig should clean your palate. That’s why a sprig was standard placement on a dinner plate. It was intended to be the last thing eaten to cleanse and refresh the mouth in anticipation of dessert or a fine glass of port or sherry.

    3. Brett
      December 13th, 2011 @ 8:37 pm

      Years ago (maybe 15?) I was on the Fascination and they were playing songs with F bombs in the buffet area. Not the classiest of lines . . .

    4. Odalis
      December 13th, 2011 @ 9:33 pm

      You can always get a roll of quarters at the casino. I always do laundry the last day at sea.

    5. Martha
      December 14th, 2011 @ 3:26 am

      It would certainly be nice if the laundry facilities accepted our sign and sale cards rather than having to use quarters. Carnival, are you hearing this?

    6. mike marr
      December 14th, 2011 @ 11:28 am

      I agree with your comment above about bad spelling: “Spelling errors. This is probably of minor significance to most, but I’m unable to suppress my inner copy editor”. But the CruiseCritic review of the Oasis of the Seas has: “Oasis-class ships. Scattered throughout the mass of steal, glass, wood and” STEAL?????

    7. Cruise Critic
      December 14th, 2011 @ 12:27 pm

      @Marty: Thanks for the tip! I had no idea — I’ll have to try it next time.

      @Odalis: Yeah, I just found it a little strange that they’d require coins for laundry but not for much else onboard. I was also feeling a bit lazy and didn’t want to hike down five decks to wait in line for them. :)

      @Mike: Thanks for catching that, but I just checked our review and was unable to find the reference to \steal.\ Is it in the professional review, or are you looking at one of the member reviews? If it’s in the former, I need to fix it immediately. Eeek!

    8. mike marr
      December 14th, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

      Sorry, it was the Allure Review (& comparing it to the Oasis)

      Allure of the Seas Expert Review

      By Dan Askin, News Editor

      But “sister ship” doesn’t mean “carbon copy,” and there’s little that’s ho-hum about this second of two groundbreaking Oasis-class ships. Scattered throughout the mass of STEAL, glass, wood and trees are variations that inform Allure’s unique personality, including new retail options (a Guess store), dining venues (a hot dog stand), shows (“Chicago”) and a recognizable green ogre, donkey and penguins culled from the DreamWorks stable. The line has also added 3D viewing capabilities to its movie offerings, iPod docks in every cabin and guest kiosks from which you can print boarding passes and keep tabs on escalating onboard bills.

    9. Steph
      December 14th, 2011 @ 1:40 pm

      Why would you put your dirty disgusting shoes in a dryer that people use to dry their CLEAN clothes? That’s not very courteous to your fellow passengers…

    10. ACruiseGuy
      December 14th, 2011 @ 3:24 pm

      ’16 things NOT to do in your cruise ship’s laundry room’

    11. CDamion
      December 14th, 2011 @ 5:41 pm

      Steph: GOOD POINT!!!!! I would be very upset to use a dryer to end up dirtying my clothes because of crap from shoes in there.

    12. Sonya Sherow
      December 14th, 2011 @ 6:48 pm

      A good burger is a greasy burger! LOL! I have always heard if you plan on doing any kind of laundry take plenty of quarters. Glad to hear overall you had a great time. I did hit the spell check! (Giggle)

    13. lewis
      December 14th, 2011 @ 7:59 pm

      EEEK nasty shoes in CLEAN DRYER
      Please say you were going to wash them first.

    14. Rob
      December 15th, 2011 @ 7:03 pm

      Another miss, no Veggie burger option at Guys…Thats a real disappointing miss Carnival…

    15. Gregg
      December 18th, 2011 @ 12:05 am

      Rob…cut me a break. A Veggie burger is not a burger. It’s what California, tofu eating, carrot juice swilling people decide to dine on for lunch.

      For me, I’ll take a Piggy Patty with a side of fries and I will wash it down with a Michelada or two from the Blue Iguana Bar.

    16. Paul
      December 18th, 2011 @ 8:56 am

      Why would anyone go to a burger joint and pretend to have a burger?

    17. Rachel
      December 18th, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

      Gregg & Paul, there is no reason whatsoever to be rude to someone based on the fact that they like vegetarian food. It’s their personal choice and yours is to eat meat. It does NOT mean that you can be mean to someone. Grow up and realize you’re not the only people who matter :)

    18. KenSanDiego
      December 19th, 2011 @ 11:46 am

      A quick note about censored music; Most professional DJs in a public setting will use censored music (or ‘Radio Edit’ as they are called) because the most popular music subscription service, Promo Only, provides it that way. The profanity filled album versions are best left to each individual to ‘enjoy’ in the privacy of their own listening environment. With digital rights issues in the forefront, it is expensive enough for a DJ to maintain a large legal music library without consumers demanding we carry two versions of each song.

    19. Brian H
      December 19th, 2011 @ 2:54 pm

      @Rachel…. You tell ’em. I was Vegan/Vegetarian in the Midwest working with Teamsters and would get all kinds of flack for my choice…. Bullies are everywhere

    20. Cruise Critic
      December 19th, 2011 @ 5:28 pm

      @Mike: Thanks! All fixed.
      @Steph, ACruiseGuy, CDamion & lewis: Relax. I didn’t say they were dirty. I said they were wet. I actually thought the same thing and rinsed them off very thoroughly in our bathroom sink before heading to the laundry room.

    21. Ed
      December 19th, 2011 @ 7:13 pm

      How rude to put your dirty shoes in a dryer that other people will be using for their clean clothes. I guess some people just think they are at the center of the universe, and nobody else matters. Very sad.

    22. Spoarzy
      December 20th, 2011 @ 11:45 am

      Ed, read the comment before yours!!! Very rude not to read all comments!!!! lol

    23. Kat
      December 20th, 2011 @ 12:53 pm

      I was on the Liberty last week loved the ship had a wonderful time enjoyed the burgers, new bars and all of the shows. I was very disappointed when we left Grand Turk that we did not have a sail away party like our sister ship Azura it was fun to sing along with them but the singer on the Lido deck was drowning out their music I and many more quests were on deck 10 waving back and forth and singing with the Azura they were having a great party but our Cruise Director Butch let the ball fall we had no deck party and none of the Cruise Driector staff could be found anywhere lots of quest were very upset. Jad a great criose amuwau amd this was my 9th cruise with Carnival and we had the best waiter Robert fr Jamacia been with Carnival for 20year he was amazing.

    24. Paul
      December 26th, 2011 @ 6:02 pm

      I was not bullying I simply asked a question stop being overly sensetive.
      Eat all the veggies you care to it makes not one bit of difference to me nor do I think anyone less manly or womanly for their choice to go vegan.
      I am curious though as to why Guy’s burger joint should be considered a miss for not offering a veggie burger? Vegetarian offerings are available at many other venues on the ship.It is not necessary that every venue be all things to all people.

    25. Kerry
      December 26th, 2011 @ 10:31 pm

      I am SO with you on the laundry requiring quarters. This has never made sense to me. It would be an ideal place to use a Sail & Sign card. Finding quarters can be difficult. Now I know to bring a roll with me.

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