Carnival Liberty Cruise Review by Minnesotafreezebaby: Liberation on the Liberty
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Liberation on the Liberty
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
This was a fabulous cruise. The only downsides were debarkation and embarkation. We purchased transfers from the airport to the ship. We waited at the airport for 1-1/2 before a bus arrived. Upon our arrival to Port Everglades we were directed to stand in line outside of the cruise terminal. We stood in line for over 2 hours to "check in". I've been on many cruises and have never experienced this much waiting. By the time we finally boarded the ship we had one hour before departure from Port Everglades. Our arrival back to Port Everglades was better but we gave up on using our bus transfers and hired a cab to return to the airport. People where pushing and shoving and no one was there to direct the crowds to the proper buses. That aside we had a wonderful cruise!
We had a balcony stateroom which was wonderful. Even though they say the Liberty has some of the largest staterooms in the industry, they are still small, but functional. The shower was one of the best I've ever More encountered. No stooping to wash your hair, although shaving ones legs took some effort. The beds were the most comfortable I've ever encountered on land or sea. The bedding was high quality and the pillows were a dream. The doors to the balcony close rather loudly and our neighbors were constantly in and out the balcony door which became bothersome since they were night owls. We called the Purser about this and even though they couldn't do much they checked with us daily to make sure the noise hadn't worsened.
This was the cleanest ship I've ever been on. Our cabin was kept spotless by our Cabin Steward and every pubic area was just as clean. The food on Lido deck (the buffet) was just okay. If you love buffet food you will probably like it. Because the ship carries 3,000 passengers, the buffet lines can be quite long. We used open seating for breakfast and dinner but the food was not very good, nor where there many imaginative selections. We finally settled for the "Continental Breakfast" in our stateroom, which was better than the dining room or buffet as long as you don't want hot breakfast items. We had the early seating for dinner in the lower level of the Silver Olympian Dining Room. Food was extremely plentiful. One formal night featured lobster, my lobster tail was at least 10 oz. The prime rib was also very large and good. The "Starters" were much more imaginative than the entrees. The first night one dinner selection was talapia with a sauce. It was out of this world! Desserts were a disappointment. There would usually be 3 desserts only served for that dinner but the rest of the dessert menu never changed. The Chocolate Melting Cake was served nightly which some of my table mates ordered each night because the 3 featured desserts did not look very appealing. Service in the dining room was very efficient and our waiter was very sweet and attentive. The waiter that handled orders for wine and bar drinks was non existent. We finally would order a drink at the bar and bring it with us for dinner.
Getting off and on the ship at each port was very simple. We never had to wait for a tender or encountered long lines. We took shore excursions at each port that we arranged for prior to taking the cruise. One of the best shore excursions was the train tour on Key West. I would highly recommend the tour as we were taken all over Key West and saw things the normal tourist would never encounter.
Entertainment on the ship was a disappointment. They've cut back on the number of evening shows and daytime entertainment. The evening entertainment was on par of a high school production. One night the show was "Around the World" I saw many parents leave with their bored children about half way though the production. The "Broadway" production had more energy but still had room for improvement. This cruise was very enjoyable. While on this cruise I booked my next cruise with Carnival. Even though some of the food wasn't as good as I hoped, I would still highly recommend this cruise to others. Less
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