Carnival Liberty Review

Editor Rating:  4.5
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Carnival Liberty Ratings

  • Category
    Member
    Editor
  • Dining
    3.9
    4.0
  • Public Rooms
    4.3
    5.0
  • Cabins
    4.3
    5.0
  • Entertainment
    3.7
    5.0
  • Spa & Fitness
    4.0
    5.0
  • Family & Children
    3.7
    5.0
  • Shore Excursions
    4.0
    3.0
  • Enrichment
    3.4
    3.0
  • Service
    4.2
    5.0
  • Value-for-Money
    4.2
    5.0
Editor Rating
4.5
Member Rating
Why Choose Carnival Liberty?
  • Pro: Cabins are pleasantly larger than the industry average.
  • Con: Despite the ship's bells and whistles, there are few enrichment opportunities.
  • Bottom Line: This refurbished ship looks younger than its years with modern bars, restaurants and entertainment.

Carnival Liberty Overview

Updated By Ashley Kosciolek, Editor

The 2,974-passenger Carnival Liberty launched in 2005 as the fourth of five ships in the line's Conquest class. In fall 2011, Liberty became the first Carnival ship overhauled as part of the $500 million Fun Ship 2.0 initiative, a multiyear program focused on adding "signature" dining venues, bars and entertainment options to more than a dozen ships. Among Liberty's plethora of new offerings, passengers will find a candy store, four signature bars, comedians approved by George Lopez and burgers backed by the Food Network's Guy Fieri.

Like its Conquest-class sisters, Liberty also boasts a decent ratio of cabins with private balconies, a library, an ornate three-deck theater and a series of shops. The hard-to-please teen set get their own nightclub, too (which is located along the promenade with the rest of the "adult" fare).

On the new(er) Carnival Liberty, the experience is quintessential Carnival blended with a handful of twists. The "old faithfuls" are still here: personal and efficient service; comfortably sized, charming cabins; and varied evening entertainment ranging from Vegas floor shows to jazz to the "piano man," who packed in the crowds with his group singalongs. Cuisine often exceeded expectations, particularly at the for-fee Harry's Supper Club and the new, and free, Guy's Burger Joint -- not to mention Emile's buffet, the fish-and-chips bar, the sushi station and even in the dining room, where the waiters sang and danced. (Sadly, the 24-hour pizza joint missed the mark.) And the new EA Sports Bar, with its video games, flat-screen TV's and beer, has to be the best man cave at sea.

Ultimately, Liberty 2.0 offers a glimpse of what the Carnival ships with the overhauls look like -- the same comfortable, unpretentious vibe but with a few more menu options and, in the form of Guy Fieri and George Lopez, a few more recognizable faces.

Carnival Liberty Fellow Passengers

Expect mostly Americans to join you on the ship's Eastern and Western Caribbean sailings out of Miami. Age-wise, the audience for this ship literally runs the gamut from families with small kids to seniors -- and just about everybody in between.

Carnival Liberty Dress Code

There are two formal nights on each seven-night trip, and most people really do dress up. (About 30 percent of men wore tuxedos.) The rest of the time the dress code is country-club casual. In the daytime, dress is very casual.

Carnival Liberty Gratuity

Carnival recommends $12.95 per person, per day, for gratuities ($13.95 per person, per day, for those in suites). The guidelines allocate a portion to dining room services, cabin services and alternative services, which include kitchen, entertainment, guest services and other hotel services. The amount is automatically added to your shipboard account, but it can be adjusted in either direction at the guest services desk. A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to bar bills and spa treatments. Tipping a couple dollars for room service at delivery is appreciated by the service staff.

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Updated By Ashley Kosciolek, Editor

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Sherilynn3
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This was my second Carnival cruise, but the first for my husband and kids. I was very discouraged after the switch from Valor to Liberty, and the bad Liberty reviews didn't help at all. Every week I would visit different sites hoping to ... Read more
lesro67
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I sailed on the 3/9/17 cruise to Nassau. It was a 3 day cruise that left from Port Canaveral. I am 25f and went with a group of 7 other women for my best friend's bachelorette party. Almost all of us have been on multiple Carnival ... Read more
Cruise Queene 55
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Sailed three weeks ago
This was my first cruise in the US. We paid 299 each for a balcony room. The room was huge compared to my cruise on Princess. There was a long bench built into the wall, and plenty of storage place. My one complaint about the room is that ... Read more
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