We sailed the Liberty in December 2013. This was our third cruise with Carnival. We arrived in Miami the day before, which is always recommended. We were a group of 14 ranging from 30-70.
Very smooth! Some pay for the FTTF. Save your money. Carnival has this licked! Smooth, fast and efficient. We were all on-board within an hour.
The ship is very clean. I am always impressed with Carnival’s cleanliness. We really enjoyed the 2.0 upgrades such as the Red Frog and Blue Iguana bars, Guy’s Burgers and Punchliner. This comedy club, vetted by George Lopez, is hilarious. We really enjoyed the adult comedy shows. We were extremely disappointed in the karaoke (which is held in the comedy club). The hostess was practically begging passengers to sign-up for the Legends show. The karaoke system is outdated, cannot hear yourself and the song selection is terrible. The Legends show is passé and needs to go. The piano bar is normally one of our go-to bars on the ship. On the Liberty, it’s not a ‘bar’, it’s a room with windows. The bar itself is behind closed doors and we had to wait quite a while for our drinks. Atmosphere is cold and not welcoming. The piano player would only play songs that HE liked. Big disappointment. Carnival should really open up this area to make it feel more welcoming and inviting. We found ourselves dancing and singing more with the casino band than the piano guy. The casino band was awesome and played really good classic rock and a good mix of other hit tunes! The best entertainer by far on this ship though was Andy Ferguson! We could not get enough of him and, in fact, we all bought his CD!
Food: Not overly impressed this time around. BIG disappointment with the pizza on the Lido deck. Carnival… what the heck happened??? Few toppings, the quality and quantity of the cheese has dissipated.
We are a large group and because of the dynamics of the group, we chose Your Time Dining. Never again. It does provide great flexibility and we didn’t usually have to wait for a larger table, but we are used to having an assigned table with the same wait staff each evening. I found that with the Your Time Dining, we lost out on the personal experiences with our servers. We are a fun bunch! On past cruises, we enjoyed getting to know them… have fun and mutual joking and teasing with our wait staff. Didn’t have that experience this time around. Servers didn’t seem to be overly happy with their jobs.
The food in the dining room was mediocre. I was more impressed with the food on the Legend and the menu didn’t seem to offer a lot of pasta dishes without seafood. Prime Rib was very fatty and not meaty whatsoever.
Because we really weren’t enjoying the food in the MDR this time around, some of us went to the upscale steakhouse. Worth the $30 cover! Cannot begin to tell you how delicious our meals were. [mouth now watering] Each night I ordered shrimp cocktail in the main dining room. Normally I expect shrimp no larger than thumb-size in the dining room. These were miniscule and luke warm! However, the place to go for shrimp on this ship is the steakhouse… bigger than jumbo, crisp and cold! YUM!
Ordered room service a few times… very good! In fact, I liked the fajita wrap better than my entrée in the MDR! Awesome BLT’s too!
Bed was comfy and, for once, we had no issues with room temperature. Plenty of closet space. Even though we were in an inside cabin with window walkway view (we didn’t have a couch) but seemed to have the same amount of storage and plenty of room for the two of us. Have always preferred the bathrooms on Carnival than Royal. Seem to have more storage and more spacious. The showers are much nicer too and seem to have more pressure. Oh… and can’t forget to mention that we LOVE having bathrobes in our cabins. Something we really missed on Royal. Sounds petty, but we covet the free product samples Carnival provides which USUALLY gives you a random assortment of toothpaste, lotion, Breathe-Right snoring strips, etc. This time around the product basket was quite stingy…big disappointment!
Most staff were sincerely friendly but can’t say the same for the wait staff in the MDR… which we found unusual. Perhaps it was because we used My Time Dining??? LOVED our cabin stewart, Pichet. He was amazing and always seemed to be one step ahead of us!
Went smooth. We took the Carnival transfer to the airport and all went well.
DH and I are not ritzy, nor do we go on the ship to be doted on. They are all trying to earn a living, just like the rest of us. We have been on enough cruises to expect to get what we paid for. Most importantly, met some pretty fun and fabulous people! Overall we had a good time, did not starve and really enjoyed each port. Loved the bars on the Lido! Going to try NCL next year and perhaps book a RCI cruise for this fall. Would not book a forward cabin ever again. We didn’t find ourselves missing the balcony, but the very front of the ship is loud when there are rough seas.