Returned from out very first cruise on the Carnival Liberty. Found boarding at miami very easy much like waiting to board a plane. Given Boarding number when we arrived at the port at 11am. and was on the ship by a little after noon.
We toured the areas of the ship when we first boarded, checked out the bars/casino , dining room, before finally stopping on the lido deck for a bite to eat. Relaxed at a table near the windows in Emile"s buffet until 2pm when are room was ready to unload our carryon.
First impressions of the ship was it was pretty easy to find your way around, simply go to lido deck and walk to the back of the ship , use elevators or stairways up or down to where you wanted to go. Dining rooms on Level 3 and 4 . Pool and Emile's on Level 8 and casino/bars on level 5 i think, if i remember right. Ship was very clean and our room although not hugh was plenty big enough on Level 6(6277) right behind the elevators, a good location and was quiet to sleep.)
Now for my opinion of the overall cruise. Food very good in the dining room, (Silver Dining room) .Service by wait staff was excellent! We ate Breakfast and Dinner all 7 days here as we found the service good and the food just better then the buffet, Better orange juice and the meal just overall hotter served to you for Breakfast. " Really can't understand why anyone would eat at the buffet for breakfast when the dining room took us only 20 minutes tops, why wait on yourself and lineup? Same for dinner , good selection to choose from and nice to sit and talk with others, after all isn't that part of the cruise idea? Saved the buffet for a quick bite at lunch / in between meals or at night.
Room 6277 very nice balcony room behind the elevators, only complaint is the orange couch is hard as a rock, not at all comfortable, the bathroom is small but very well organized and usable, The TV available simply put STINKS!!!!, stations from Denver is pitiful , couldn't even get proper news or sport highlights only incruise features were good. PS" even the Sports bar didn't play the NBA or Stanley Cup Playoff games at all. just Espn updates. Found the Sports Bar waste of space, hardly anyone there when i visited many times throughout the cruise to see if any games were shown(there wasn't) at anytime i visited.
Rest of ship, casino ok, didn't see any winners and besides not my idea of time well spent . if you want a casino go to Vegas, bars were ok music ok for dancing, Shows in the evening were good and shouldn't be missed especially the comedians. Also don 't miss the shows put on at the Victoria lounge.
Pool areas i found very small, but hey its on a ship but no reason for them being cold, Found the water temp maybe 70-75 in the pools and 80's in the hot tubs, Also the hot tubs were closed a lot of times for cleaning?Maybe had to do with the flu virus that hit the ship,we were the lucky ones it didnt hit us.
Ports. SanJuan 5 pm till 11 pm ok but not my idea of a great spot, found streets very crowded with carsand shopping only thing to do unless you wanted to try the casino in the hotel across from where the ship docks. St.Thomas , took a tour of the island , it was alright but again not a place i would spend a week at. Nice beaches in spots. St.Marteen '/phiilipburg took the water taxi across to the beach very nice spot and good shopping here, Overall 3 ports worth a visit. with St.Marteen having the best shopping by far in Phiilipburg.
So Overall being our first cruise we found it enjoyable, but didn't fall in Love with it like some do. Would we cruise again? Yes but not right away as found we missed proper TV to watch when you just wanted to watch something late at night or first in morning, the pools to crowded for our liking and too cold, and i could see us getting bored during the daytime at sea unless you have endless money to blow at the casino. We find land vacations more enjoyable, but still would find taking another cruise on maybe a different ship something we might find enjoyable at a later date.