The weather is Miami was rainy and cool. Instead of letting us in the terminal, we were in a cattle line wrapped around the outside perimeter to wait to be processed. When we got inside finally, Carnival has improved boarding to quick self serve kiosks. If you checked online, you zip right through.
We boarded in the antrium area which is so gaudy. There was a huge dark unattractive chandelier hanging above with blue and pink lights illuminated at the same time. This area is so unappealing. The design of ship was so unappealing. You are welcomed to dining, dancing and elevator areas with faded, dusty, plastic artificial plants and foliage.
We were able to get into our rooms right away. Unfortunately, our room at the back of the ship lacked space in the entry area. This was taken up by wooden cabinet pulls that extend out about one inch. My husband cut his leg the first day trying to navigate around the bed. This pulls were recently replaced and not a good solution. Beware. The entrance is so narrow that if you have any girth, you would need vaseline to get in. The room had a rattle from the air conditioning area that could only be quieted if you held it!
The deli sandwich had HAIR in the bread. The roll up utensils had HAIR wrapped up in it.
The entertainment on board was very good. The theatre productions were superior but not well attended. The Punchline Comedy Club was a nice addition. Good talent on board. The cruise director was friendly but the usual stuff you see on every Carnival ship. Boring. It was funny to see Asian musicians belting out country songs along the side of the casino.
We dined at Harry's specialty steak house twice. Valentine's Day was incredible. Everything perfect. However, the second time, a nightmare. We were seated at a middle table even though many tables around the room were open. They did not bother to show us the meat selection or review the menu. I ended up sending my filet back three times. It went from very well done to rare rare, even though the request was for medium. The female server did not have any knowledge about how the steak should look at certain temperatures. My husband ordered a prime rib and got a ribeye. Their resolve was no charge for one meal and chocolate dipped strawberries sent to the room immediately upon leaving. This experience was so frustrating. When I asked for the chef to help correct our meals, he was a seemed to disappear.
Carnival published that if your items are left on the deck chairs for over 30 minutes the items will be removed and held for you. I did not see this policy enforced at all. The daily paper was well organized and informational. They did redesign its layout so you can cut the flap portion off to take with you for the list of onboard events.
The employees were friendly and efficient despite below par working conditions. The food in the dining room was marginal. Nothing stood out. Water glasses were dirty. It looked like citrus residue remained in the glass.
To disembark this vessel was ridiculous. Self baggage carry off was so frustrating. One person was trying to coordinate the theatre while everyone was herded in and supposed to leaving in group order. Ha ha ha! Not even close.
The Liberty should be skipped when planning your cruise vacation. On a scale of 1 > 10 I rank it a 2. We did not sink. I could not want to get off.