Carnival Liberty Cruise Review by idjaffe: Liberty!
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Destination: Western Caribbean
Quick review of the Liberty - overall had a GREAT time, the ship is in very good shape, and the activities are (as almost always) a ton of fun. Couple of (picky) thoughts/suggestions:
Burrito bar needs to be open longer than 2:30 - AND should still serve tortilla chips - all those great sauces and toppings need some chips with them.
Sandwich bar no longer has potato chips (crisps) as it did for a while - kids missed the salty munchies.
Kids and wife loved Guy's burgers (I don't eat red meat) - but would have loved a grilled chicken breast "burger" - HIGHLY recommend adding this to the grill (Like it was at the regular grill....got to believe that Guy has a good recipe for chicken!)
No football on the big screen on Sunday/Monday night - Boo.
Themed movie nights are a good idea - but some of the movies are 10 years old...need recent films.
Stateroom 6292 needs some sound insulation from below - OR the EA sports bar needs to regulate the More sound level after 11 PM. They have a great new sound system - and love to use it to its fullest ; Had to go down at midnight one night and ask them to lower the volume - expected to find a full bar - but there was only 3 ppl in there...so there was really no need for having the sound on "11".
Not a huge fan of the new menus - my wife and I struggled a number of nights - granted we are picky "foodies"; but other than beef - there are not a lot of non-fried, non-cream sauced proteins. Had the pork chop one night, the lobster, and the grilled shrimp - but the other nights had trouble finding something on the menu. Didn't want to order the plain grilled chicken breast each night...that said, we know that we are picky....
In general anytime dining is great - but we should not have to wait for a table for 4 more than 40 minutes the first night, and over 1 hour on the second! After that it got better. DID appreciate that Carnival recognized the issue (without any verbal complaints from us) and sent a "we're sorry" note to the cabin with some additional treats. Felt like the dining room was understaffed - tables could not get cleared and reset fast enough, and servers were running around even more than usual.
Shows - are feeling a little tired - time for some new ones (even Legends is still the old version). Also - I have seen Edge on almost every Caribbean cruise I have been on (he can be good, be he can also be nasty to the audience)....with the number of repeat guests you need to find some new performers.
For some reason on this cruise the Camp grouped the a large bunch of the kids together for many activities - 6 - 11 yr olds doing the same thing at the same time. Sorry - but there is a huge difference between a 6 yr old and a 10 yr old. After the 2nd time this happened, my kids would not go back to be with the "babies".
Now for the good stuff:
LOVE LOVE LOVE the new smoking polices - we were able to enjoy the piano bar, the punchliner showroom and the casino without hacking up a lung and smelling like an ashtray! So much more fun for the whole family.
Service in general was fantastic! Moses on the Lido deck knew that I had a soda card - and after the first day knew checked in on almost every pass to see if I needed another glass...our cabin steward saw that we brought wine on board, and made sure to have 2 clean glasses waiting for us each day.
Butch was great (as always) - love the fact that he is always out and around on the ship - much more than most CDs...really gives a face and attitude to the ship. Amy - 6'3" is terrific as well...
Customer Service was very good - had an issue with OBC, they sent e-mails, followed up, and got the issue cleaned up within 24hrs - AND followed up with a message to our stateroom - so we did not have to go back to the desk.
Embarkation, Debarkation, and tenders were the best we have seen in a long time...everything was very smooth and orderly.
Internet manager was able to fix a small issue on my iPad - and was very efficient.
Carnival (once again) proved to be a great value for the dollar....and gave us a wonderful vacation. Less
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