Had a wonderful time for our second cruise on the Liberty. Embarkation seemed to be easier this time with no lines. We took a cab from MIA for $25.00 and split with another couple going to the port. Our balcony cabin, 1030, was one of just a few staterooms on the 10th deck. This was close to pool and activities, as well as buffet. It was very quiet, no noise from above or below. The bed was comfortable and the linens were very nice and changed daily. Bathroom adequate with small shower and plenty of hot water. Enough storage space for all our stuff, and room under the bed for suitcases. Had a nice couch and table and 2 chairs with 1 table on the balcony. Our cabin stewards were very friendly and accommodating.
We had second seating in the silver dining room. Our water, Ismael, did an excellent job as well as his staff. All of the food was well prepared and the presentation was beautiful. There was a variety of items to choose from, and a "didga" appetizer, as in did ya ever? This included frog legs, escargot, and sushi choices. I had seafood most nights and was very good, no fishy taste. The buffet is pretty standard. They have a Mongolian section where food is cooked to order, but this had long lines. The sushi is now on buffet, the regular sushi bar is now a "taste bar". This was a huge disappointment for us. Guy's burgers were also disappointing. Not cooked fresh, just sitting there. The pizza is vastly improved, made to order, with a nice variety of choices and thin delicious crust. The fish and chips was very good as well, although a bit greasy. All in all, food gets A+.
The entertainment was OK. The production shows were the same as last year and have improved some. The comedians were hilarious, and the entertainers brought in special (a blues singer and juggler) were better than Carnival's cast. The 10 piece band is terrific. Some of the singers throughout the ship, such as lobby and Blue Iguana were pretty terrible. The piano man did a wonderful job.
We went to 3 ports. The fourth, Grand Cayman, was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy. Obviously this wasn't Carnival's fault, however, they were still giving out tender tickets in Victoria Lounge, while crew by deck 0 said shore was cancelled. Guests were all over the ship with their gear, trying to figure out what they were supposed to do, and the official word came over intercom about 45 minutes after crew told us shore was cancelled. We felt this was a major mistake on Carnival's part.
We carried off our bags, do disembarkation was extremely easy. All in all, we had a wonderful time and recommend this cruise.