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
    4.5
  • Cabins
    4.3
    4.5
  • Entertainment
    3.7
    4.0
  • Spa & Fitness
    4.0
    5.0
  • Family & Children
    3.7
    5.0
  • Shore Excursions
    4.0
    3.0
  • Enrichment
    3.5
    3.0
  • Service
    4.2
    5.0
  • Value-for-Money
    4.2
    4.5
Editor Rating
4.5
Member Rating
Why Choose Carnival Liberty?
  • 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

By Jason Frye, Cruise Critic contributor

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.

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By Jason Frye, Cruise Critic contributor

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HorseheadsCruiser
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
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Hi - I sailed on the Liberty the Monday before Easter with my wife and 15-yr old daughter. We have been on two previous Carnival cruises and one Celebrity, all week-long cruises. We chose this one because the itinerary worked out for ... Read more
teachercruiser94
Member Since 2017
1 review
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Sailed three weeks ago
Just got home from an amazing experience on the Carnival Liberty! Myself and another teacher from my school decided to get out of dodge for spring break. From the airport transfer driver to the time we made it on to the ship, every ... Read more
Medic9701
Member Since 2016
3 reviews
25 forum posts
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Background. We set sail on the Carnival Liberty while our four elementary school aged kids were out on Spring Break. We planned the trip in advance and took advantage of the Early Saver rate, so three of us per inside cabin amounted to ... Read more
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