Background info, DW 7 I have sailed 9 times now, 4 with Carnival, this is our 2nd sailing on the Liberty, we sailed her back in '07.
Hotel, we stayed at the Hilton Downtown Miami on Biscayne Blvd. $12.00 cab ride to the port, $22.00 cab ride to the airport. It's a beautiful hotel and we able to get port side rooms at no extra cost, the clerk said $5.00 more but never charged us. The friends we were traveling with were generous and booked us rooms pre & post cruise with their Hilton points. We got some great pics of all the ships in port.
The Liberty, The kiosk check in is so easy, even I could do it. You got to the kiosk, swipe your passport, then your cc, take the little piece of paper to the section it tells you and they give you yous S&S cards. Then once your zone is called, you get to go aboard where they put your pic on the card, and you're done. We arrived at the port 10:55 and were on board at 11:50, not too darn bad. We had cabin 8244 for the 4th time, we also stayed in the cabin on a b2b on the Freedom. We really like this location, gee can you tell? Great ship and well maintained. Never an oder, or a mess. The staff were cleaning all the time. Lido deck table cleaners could have been a little faster though.
We went to the piano bar once, Brad was funny. We only went to the Motown Show in the theatre, it was very good. We saw a couple comedians and there were both very good. They had a deck party the night we left and another one, the red, white & blue deck party, on the Wednesday, that was a lot of fun.
Our dining room staff weren't on their game at the beginning of the cruise, but it did get much better. The food as always good to very good, all over the ship. We again never got to the pizza, even though we thought about it. Our friends went to the fish & chip and said it wasn't great. Deli was always good, as was the burger grill. Went to the dining room for breakfast and lunch once each. As for the line ups at the buffets and different stations, they were never that long. I even noticed the Mongolian grill with no line up once, in the middle of lunch service.
Our room stewart was Romolo and he was very good. Never needed to ask him for ice or anything. Always a towel animal and chocolates. Pursers desk staff were always pleasant, as were any other staff we encountered. We enjoyed the live music everyday, most days twice on the Lido deck. Lido deck games were fun to watch. On the Lido Deck we met Komang, one of the waiters, he was great. We got to know him well. He was the only Bar waiter I've ever given an extra tip to. Our friends did also. Search him out and please say Robin, Kim, JoAnn & Fred say hi. At one point Fred was in his cabin and JoAnn told Komang to phone him. So he did, " Fred this is the Captain, we need you on the Lido deck", too funny.