Carnival Liberty Review
- Pros: The crew goes out of their way to ensure you're enjoying yourself
- Cons: Enrichment opportunities could be tailored to actually enrich the Bahamian experience
- Bottom Line: The carefree atmosphere and abundance of activities make it a great value
Carnival Liberty Overview
Launched in 2005 and refurbished in 2011, Carnival Liberty makes the most of its $500 million overhaul with crowd-pleasing options at ever turn.
Service is excellent onboard. At every dining venue the staff is attentive and courteous, doing everything they can to make your time on Liberty worth every penny and every second. That courtesy flows through to every bartender, housekeeper and deck attendant you run into.
In fact, it's as if the whole ship was designed around courtesy. The cabins are roomy and balconies a lovely addition (even if they can feel a little cramped); there are plenty of places on deck to lounge and laze and sun yourself; the entertainment options seem limitless. And the food is far better than expected, especially Pizza Pirate and Diamonds Steakhouse; the continued popularity of Guy's Burger Bar (that's Guy Fieri's burger project with Carnival) proves the ship's culinary offerings are in line with what passengers want.
The same can be said for most of the ship. Passengers look happy and never bored. Dive-In Movies (nightly on deck movies) are well attended. The comedy club is packed. Karaoke has a signup sheet two pages long. The casino is hopping every night. The dance parties and big Broadway-style productions are full to capacity. Even the teens and tweens onboard look happy to be there. The fact that they have their own lounges and hangouts goes a long way to say why.
All of this goes to show that Carnival is listening to and responding correctly to their passengers' desires for options in dining, activities and overall experience. No ship or sailing is without fault, but as far as value goes, there's not much Carnival is getting wrong on this one.
Carnival Liberty Fellow Passengers
Passengers aboard the ship are mostly Americans and are evenly distributed across families with kids, seniors, couples and small groups (think family reunions, social clubs and the like) traveling together.
Carnival Liberty Dress Code
Evening dress codes on Liberty come in two levels: Cruise Casual and Cruise Elegant. On each sailing there's one Cruise Elegant night on which most passengers get quite dressed up for the occasion, with many female passengers wearing floor-length gowns and most gentlemen donning suits (approximately a third wore tuxedos). The rest of the time, the evening dress code is Cruise Casual, which is to say resortwear. During the day the dress code is very casual. At night, and at all but the most casual Lido Deck eateries, the following are not permitted: cutoff jeans, men's sleeveless shirts, T-shirts, gym and basketball shorts, baseball hats, bathing suits and flip-flops.
Carnival Liberty Gratuity
Carnival suggests $12.95 per person per day for passengers in standard accommodations and $13.95 per person per day for passengers in suites. According to Carnival, this suggested tip includes gratuities for housekeeping staff, the dining team and other crew. These gratuities are automatically added to your Sail & Sign account. Gratuities are also added to beverage purchases, dinner in the steakhouse and for spa services to the tune of 15 percent. A cash tip for room service delivery is appreciated by the crew.