This was our second cruise with Carnival and the first out of Miami. Let me start by saying that the Miami terminal folks certainly do have their act together. On and off could not have been quicker or easier. A world of difference over our experience sailing on Carnival Legend out of Tampa last year. Plaudits to Carnival's Miami port crew!
The Liberty was fresh out of a drydock refurbishing. From what we understood from talking with the crew, the garish, clashing colors were much muted as was the type and volume of on board music in the general public spaces. Several unique and welcomed eating venues were also added. We particularly liked the Fish N' Chips which remained largly undiscovered on Deck 10 above the Lido buffet area. Loved the fried oysters!
Our cabin (7341) was starboard mid-ship and typical of Carnival's balcony staterooms. We very much enjoyed it other than the fact that it is almost directly across the hall from the public laundry which, for whatever reason, serves as a late night congregational venue....quite noisy at times. We'd select a cabin on the other side or farther down the hall next time. Our steward, however, and her helpers were wonderful and added greatly to the enjoyment of our cruise.
We ate in the Silver Olympian Restaurant which has fantastic views from both levels aft. Our Head Waiter (Genesis) and his crew of Eduardo and Warso were a highlight of our entire cruise. They were not only highly professional and efficient, but also caring and just plain fun to spend time with each evening.They are the best wait staff we have encountered on any ship and most on-shore restaurants. The quality of the food was very good with interesting new selections each night. They could, however, put a bit more effort into their creation of sugar free selections which are more and more wanted/needed by the general public.
Other highlights of the ship and cruise: Fewer smoking areas, a wonderful and congenial casino staff, great Vegas type shows, Harry's Steakhouse.....a "must do" with the only draw back being its location. Harry's has wonderful, large windows....unfortunately most dinners opted to have the curtaind closed because cruisers from the pool (in pool attire) walk freely back and forth two or three feet from your table. Poor design choice! The wait staff was second to none and the food was everything we had expected. Worth every additional penny.
Overall, we very much liked the ship, its layout, staff and activities. We would sail on her again in a heart beat. The cruise was a good value.