Embarkation was smooth and didn't take to long. We did have one problem, the person checking us in was in training and did not activate our credit card, no biggie but just another chink in the Liberty's armor.
Now we had a good time overall but everything (except the kids programs) was below what we have come to expect from a Carnival cruise. Never say the room steward to request needs and missed putting things in our stateroom several days, like the carnival capers. Were seated at a booth with a chair at the end to make a table for 5. This left us cramped. In order to get to a table that actually sat 5 people we had to make the shift to late seating. This was an inconvenience since we requested early seating especially with 2 young children. The service was so bad at the early seating it helped make the decision to swap to the later times. After the swap the service was much better, not the best but much better.
Food was mediocre, nothing special, food was ok. Almost of an Applebees / Ruby Tuesday's quality. Was expecting much more but the chef's here have a lot of room to go to get to the level of the Miracle or Glory from previous sailings. The dessert menu has been chopped in half, but you can get warm chocolate melting cake every night (and I did because nothing else was really appealing). Would someone please teach Carnival how to make a decent cheesecake (NY style please).
Rooms were nice and typical carnival. The beds were not so good though. It is true that Carnival has great sheets and a wonderful comforter, but if the mattress is worn and has indents from the rest of the 5000 people who have slept there then no sheet or comforter will improve the nights sleep.
Shows- absolute worst I have ever seen on any Carnival ship ever. I attribute this to the overall scripts and choreography not the dancers or singers. These shows need to be replaced with better ones. Way to much dancing with no purpose.
Cruise Director- Steve- unless it was a show never saw him around the ship. His staff was constantly yawning at the trivia games like they were bored and were doing this because they had to. A little excitement would have been nice, I felt like a burden to their time off and not a valued customer.
The ship is beautiful, well kept and very clean. I loved this ship, it wasn't over the top like the Miracles dining room or some of Joe Farcas' designs.
Camp Carnival was wonderful, my kids had a great time. Since this was their first time fully using Camp Carnival I have nothing to compare it to. They always came away with smiles and lots of fun stories and art creations.
Was going to try Harry's supper club but decided that $30/pp was not worth it.
In summary we are long time Carnival Cruisers, and really enjoy them however this ship was not up to the standards we have come to expect from this Cruise line.