This was my and my husband's first cruise ever. Although we travel a lot we had never taken the "plunge" to get on a ship for vacation. After many cruising recommendations from some friends we decided to book on Carnival Liberty for a western caribbean cruise visiting Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Ocho Rios.
We Loved Carnival and the Liberty! At first I was worried with all of the people on the boat wondering how the service would be. Rest assured, our service was excellent. After the required safety briefing on the lifeboat deck (which was hot and very crowded) we went on deck to get a cocktail and were served by a waiter immediately. Then we went to check out our stateroom which was almost as big a a hotel room with a beautiful balcony to sit on. We recieved our luggage by our steward within a 1/2 hour which pleasantly surprised us because we expected to wait much longer.
At dinner we chose to pick our own seating time, which I guess is a fairly new option, and we never waited once for a table. On our very first night we were welcomed by Omar our maitre'd.
This boat is kept immaculately clean. It was nothing to see staff washing windows, hosing decks, and even painting. The ship is well cared for.
The staff was the best. They were friendly, helpful, and attentive. Many remembered our names which is impressive with the amount of people on board. Pedro, our steward was wonderful and the cruise director Butch was a riot.
Only two things were a bit of a downer. The small pools and now and then the buffet lines. On sea days you would literally sweat on deck. No room in the pool. People are crammed in like sardines. Some folks basically stood in the pool all day so it made it hard to get in. My suggestion is to get as much swimming in as possible when you are in port on the beach. You won't do it on the ship.