As a first time cruiser, I was very Impressed. More experienced cruisers were weary about us choosing carnival which concerned us but having sailed with carnival liberty we were not disappointed. We arrived in the last hour of embarkation and it was a breeze. Our room, an outside oceanview room with a window, was nice. Since we were on the first deck, we did feel quite a bit of vibration from the generation rooms underneath. Being midship was great because we felt the least amount of ship swaying relative to the aft and forward ship.
Breakfast had a lot of variety although didn't change much everyday: scambled eggs, boiled eggs, omelette station, bacon, ham, cottage cheese, cereal, deli, fresh fruit, pancakes, French toast, muffins, croissants, danishes, etc. There was a plated breakfast option on sea days. Lunch had different salad varieties, deli, and some hot food that changed daily. There is also a fish and chips station that most people missed out on. There was also Guy Fiery burgers (be mindful of how many you eat as the cruise director commented that each burger packs 2,400 calories), tacos, a sandwich station, Mongolian Wok, and a 24 hour pizza station. There was a dinner buffet option but we had the sit down dinner every night (American Table). There were a lot of fancy "rare find" appetizers e.g. Escargot, frog legs, duck, tiny delicious spinach cheese pies, as well as inspirations from each port and great tasty mains with lots of options: steak, chicken, lamb, pork, salmon, mahi mahi and prime rib/lobsters on sea days. The service in the dining room was great. Ahmed was our server and provided a great dining experience. He learned our names right away, our food preferences, how much we could eat etc. His team was great too, learning our drink preferences and always attentive. Coffee and tea are the two things that could use a lot of improvement. The coffee all over the ship was very weak and dilute and their home tea brand bigelow was no good.
There were a lot of enterainment options: lot of live music including in the lobby, in a spanish room, by the casino and sing-along with Jonathan who was entertaining and had great musical talent (there was a lot more talking than singing though), there were several comedy shows nightly, two shows nightly at the theatre, a night club, bingo, murder mystery amongst many other options. We usually frequented the same types of entertainment however found them repetitive/needing new performers. This is especially true for the performers at the Venetian theatre and the dances lead by the crew by the main pool.
There were several pools and many hot tubs and tanning chairs. They were all incredibly busy on sea days especially with people holding spots with their towels when no where in sight. There is a 40 minute rule that if you aren't by your tanning bed for 40 minutes your spot will be released. It was rarely enforced but I was very grateful for the one time it was as some fellow passengers were quite inconsiderate, holding spots they werent using all day. I was also very glad to find pools and jacuzzis on the ship that were adult only as there were over 600 kids on the ship out of 3000+ passengers. Also, this wasnt relevant to me, there were great kid sitting options for those who had kids and they were based on age, e.g. one for 6-9, one for 15-18 etc.
All-in-all, a great cruise. We had a great time, service was exceptional, dining and cleaning staff learned our names, rooms were spacious and clean,