Updated By Ashley Kosciolek, Copy Editor
Carnival Liberty Overview
The 2,974-passenger Carnival Liberty launched in 2005 as the fourth of five ships in the line's Conquest class, the series that preceded the splashy Dream-class trio. In fall 2011, Liberty became the first Carnival ship overhauled as part of the $500 million Fun Ship 2.0 initiative, a multi-year 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 new soon-to-be signature bars (at two of which you'll find an iguana and a frog doing battle), 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 of the future will look like following their similar overhauls (scheduled through 2015) -- 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 $11.50 per person, per day. The guidelines allocate $5.80 to dining room services, $3.70 to cabin services and $2 per day for alternative services, which include kitchen, entertainment, guest services and other hotel staff members. The amount is automatically added to your shipboard account, but can be adjusted in either direction at the guest services desk. A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to bar bills. Tipping for room service at delivery is expected (and appreciated) by the service staff.
Having sailed multiple times in the past, I tend to use our Princess cruises as the gold standard. This 8 day cruise on the Carnival Liberty failed to live up to expectations. Perhaps we were spoiled by previous cruise experiences (including ...continue
My first cruise experience was not necessarily a bad one, but I can think of several improvements or things I wish had gone differently. The first issue is with the Cheers program. It is $50 a day and if one person in a cabin buys it, the other ...continue
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Just off from an 8 day Southern Carribean cruise on Carnival Liberty.This was our 10th cruise. We have sailed on many different cruise lines. It was not the best cruise we have ever been on. The worst part of the trip was the vibration in our ...continue