1ST Carnival Cruise aboard the Liberty after sailing with Princess for 4 cruises. The cruise was not great but it was a nice relaxing time on board. Embarkation in Miami was about 30 to 45 minutes once we got off the transfer bus. It might have been better to get a transfer from EASY EXPRESS service out of Ft. Lauderdale or Miami, since they can pick you up and take you to the port for the same amount of money as a cruise line sponsored transfer. The rooms are not ready until 1:30ish so after we got onboard and ate we had killed enough time to go to the room. Our luggage showed up about an hour after we got into the room. The room was not spacious but we are only in the room long enough to shower, change clothes, and sleep so a massive room is not what my wife and I need. The bathroom was standard and the shower seemed a little bigger than other ships. TAKE A POWER STRIP because there is only ONE electrical outlet in the room located at the desk. If you have several electronic devices that need charging, the more outlets the better. Luggage fit under the beds so they were out of the way and one of the bags was the dirty clothes hamper.
The ship is not passenger friendly; lots of dead ends with things stuck in out of the way places. You have to go through the cigar bar to get to the internet cafe. The dinner rooms cause the decks to be cut-up. We walked through the Golden dinning room twice to get to where we wanted to go and that was the easiest way to get there.
The refrigerator in the room is locked because it is a mini-bar. We asked our steward to open it and then we were able to use it to keep water and mile for coffee cold.
Room service delivered 2 of 5 orders wrong. We did not bother to call to get the right order since we were close to the Lido Deck and Emile's.
There is only 1 area setup for an anytime dining and we were able to have early assigned seating which worked out OK. Our table mates were friendly and we had lots to talk about.
The desserts were not anything to have two of. Ensure you try the Chocolate Melting Cake with vanilla ice cream.
The breakfast omelets were better at the outside grilles vice inside at Emile's. We ate from the more forward outside grilles because the chefs put in more ingredients there. To get to the "Fish and Chips" restaurant, got to the very aft stairway and go to the top most deck. You can walk around to the left or right to get you there. Lots of people didn't eat there since they couldn't find it.
If you can, eat at "Harry's" once as the food there is excellent. We didn't see and problems with the wait staff there and they too were very professional for the additional $30 per person.
The debarkation went smooth for us. They push the self-assist disembarkation, which is carrying off your own bags vice having them picked up outside your room and taken to the storage area the night before you pull in at the Port. That actually worked well for us and for most people. The only problem is that people line up to get off the ship early and there is no real waiting area other than the hallways and by the 3rd deck dance club.
Steve, the cruise director did a very good job and kept us entertained. On the first night, ballroom dance lessons were held and the instructor did not know the steps she was trying to teach us. There are not any ballroom dance areas to go to and when we found “Just Us Two” in the lobby, we were able to dance to the music they provided.
Being this was out first Carnival cruse, it was a learning experience for us. We were very comfortable with the ships of Princess and there were new things for us to learn being a new ship for us. We will most likely take another Carnival Cruise and the next one should be better. Enjoy your trip on board Liberty.