We traveled on the Carnival Liberty on June 13th, 2009 for 7 nights. I previously sailed on the Liberty in April of 2008. Let's just say that something drastic must have happened in between those dates. In April of 2008, we couldn't have been more pleased with the sailing. In June, it was one fiasco after another. The children on the ship were allowed to just run everywhere without any adult supervision whatsoever. Carnival did nothing about them being in clubs they were not allowed to be in, pools they were not allowed to be in and they were constantly in the casino.
As for the dining, the food was okay but nothing to write home about. We ate most of our meals in the dining room and had the late seating. We were never out of the dining room before 10:30 at night. It took forever for our food to be served and it seemed like our waiter had no help from an assistant at all. He did everything. The one night that we decided to eat at the buffet after a long day of excursions, the food selection was poor.
Our cabin was located at the back of the ship and the noise and movement was unbelievable. We tried our best to stay out of the cabin as much as possible. The karaoke lounge was directly below us and we could not only hear the music but feel it also. That ran until about 2:00 in the morning every night.
Because of the swine flu, our port of Cozumel was switched to Roatan Honduras. It was the best port we visited. We took a ferry over to Fins and Flippers which is a private island with activities, restaurant, beach, pool and animals. We loved it. The cost was about $20 per person and well worth it. We spent the entire day there. The food and drinks were very reasonable.
Overall, we were very disappointed in the Liberty. This was my 23rd cruise and my 10th on Carnival. Most of our cruises are on Royal Caribbean and I'm guessing after this experience we will be heading back to them.
Embarkation took forever. We got there around noon and there were tons of people there. I have VIP status and they take you to a private lounge to check in. That even took a long time.
Debarkation was a nightmare. Your luggage goes on carousels now just like the airport and trying to wait and find your luggage backed everything up. Then you had to wait in long lines for customs. We were called off the ship at 9:45 and did not get through the luggage and customs until 11:30. We've never had to wait that long.