17 Carnival Liberty Cruises for the Disabled Cruise Reviews

We got this cruise 2 days before it left and got the last room on the ship. We got #7335 which is listed as a handicap room and it is. The doors are on the side and both doors are 36" wide and the bathroom is very large. I didn't ... Read More
We got this cruise 2 days before it left and got the last room on the ship. We got #7335 which is listed as a handicap room and it is. The doors are on the side and both doors are 36" wide and the bathroom is very large. I didn't bring my mobility scooter because we were not sure the size of the room doors. There was enough room inside to put the scooter and access to a charging port. The crew is very helpful but I do not believe there are enough on the boat. It was like finding a salesperson in Lowes. We had many guests that were very rude and loud in the halls at all hours and no one helped. The battery in our door lock failed and it took 25 minutes to get someone there to replace it. Guy's Burger Bar is a new addition and they were very good burgers and fries. The pizza was not real tasty. The dining room food was good but in very small portions. We had 5 small shrimp in our appetizer the first two nights, and the last night we had larger shrimp, but only 3. The day in Bahamas was not great. Rain, the port walkways did not drain and were flooded, the tour bus was really small and cramped for me. The day at the private island was washed out by noon because of a major rain storm and everyone got soaked coming back to the ship. We enjoyed ourselves because we do not rely on any else entertaining us. We did our thing and the trip overall was good. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Ok we just got off the Carnival Liberty on their four day Bahamas adventure from Port Canaveral. 1. We got a Captain's Suite 9199. Nice cabin, best views of any cabin anywhere. But, if you want a view from the balcony, you will ... Read More
Ok we just got off the Carnival Liberty on their four day Bahamas adventure from Port Canaveral. 1. We got a Captain's Suite 9199. Nice cabin, best views of any cabin anywhere. But, if you want a view from the balcony, you will have to stand up. Had a tough time getting our steward. Yet, he was very nice. The only perks you get is getting on the boat. You can come earlier than your posted time. Starting at 10:30am. (Don't call Carnival. Their staff just looks at a computer FAQ base that you can access. They could help with nothing else.) No other perks but two water bottles. Oh, and we had to complain because of the sewage smell coming from the front bathroom. I really thought these reviews I read before couldn't be true, but they are. 2. Teen Club O2 total loser. We had three teen boys and the activities were like, "Choose your own.....this or that." So lame hardly anyone showed up on Memorial Weekend. 15 was max for Manhunt. Plus, they were closed......alot. 3. Someone please update the Fun Times online so people can get a glimpse of what a daily schedule is? Plus, is there a white party or a red and blue party? What? Make up your minds and let people know before they board. Put some things in the APP before you get on board. In your online check-in. Give us info please. 4. The comedy shows were fantastic. 5. Flick, the cast was impressive but the writer/producer sucks. As a writer/director, my job is to tell a story. What the heck was this story about? The song selections were OK but your transitions were unintelligible. Director, why choose songs that your cast have a hard time reaching the top notes? Several top notes just not there. Lighting great. Sound OK. Circular fan use for James Bond: Genius. Second fan use for wings: poor. Video projection use excellent. The guy at beginning with hat? The solo dancer guy? What is he trying to learn or find? Choreography fine except when adding the protagonist to the mix. Everyone one in our party enjoyed it but had no idea what it was about. About movies: Pure Imagination from Willy Wonka then to the next song, just weird. Horrible transition. The medley of science fiction was well done. Short thematic bursts, knowable movies and their songs. There are hundreds of more iconic movie themes. Two Whitney Houston songs from the Guardian? Really? That was just to show off the cast member. You choose music that propels the story, tell the story through all mediums available, then make sure song and cast meld, and you've got a great show. This could have been a highlight not a head scratcher. 6. America Rocks: Maybe, for an international cruise, rock and roll might have been a better theme (Then you could have used Elton John or Queen). Again, songs outside the range of the cast. Cast did well in spite of the producer. 7. FOOD. Breakfast: stick to the omlette station. Real eggs vs powdered. Stick with room service for the morning. Except our second room service: muffins hard, bread hard, apple juice mix waaaay off, and got the order wrong. Lunch: Terrible selections and taste for the Lido Buffet. Mongolian Bar good. Chocolate buffet great. The chocolate cake on Lido buffet as good as any dessert anywhere. Fruit boring mix of melons, I'll take the Norwegian Hawaiian cruise any day for the fruit. Here is the review of other options: Guy's Burgers-best thing on boat, Ol Fashioned BBQ aft deck 10, hard to find and get to, not really ol fashioned we have ten places better in our city. Did not eat Mexican. Deli is good (not the fries, stick with Guy's fries). Pizza was packed after shows because everyone wanted something but did not want to pay for room service. Always a long line. Dinner: We had the 6 o'clock dinner at the Silver Olympian Restaurant. Had to ask our waitstaff for almost everything. I had soda package and I had to request every time. Wife had hot tea, had to wave down and ask each time. Our boys had lemonade, they came to fill that fairly early. Big pet peeve: Guys are busy, but they should stop when you are talking to them. I had two requests and after I got the first request out all I saw was their backs. Stop, look, listen until customer is finished talking. I don't care how fast you are trying to get the first crowd finished to get the second crowd in. Otherwise, great service. Great desserts. Steaks tough generally. Italian, keep out the peppers and onions which flavored whole meal. Rattatoie: don't get. If you expect it like the movie, nope big chunks of green pepper, onion and tomato. 8. Room Service. NOT FREE after 10pm. Beware. Their free selection is pitiful too. Disney Cruise has free 24 hours and it has pizza, burgers, chicken fingers, sandwiches, ice cream bars, much better than Carnival. Their events are designed to be late to make sure you would not make it back to your cabin before 10pm. 9. Stops: Nassau is always good. Princess Cay is fine, but the snorkels sold out before we got there. Really? A chance to make money and they run out? They burnt their food so we came back for Guy's burgers at lunch. 10. Money. Carnival takes the opportunity to separate you from your money while on the cruise. Everything costs extra. Better steaks and items extra $20 at dinner. Anything they carry costs extra. Free drawings, got to go through auction first. The cost for evening room service, ridiculous. Money to get on board early. We were either presented with opportunities or commercials to spend more money constantly. Not quite as bad as a time share promotion. Spa, went on Day of Nassau,. Since pretty much everything was closed until noon, I thought I would get a massage. The online pre-rates were $103 to $126. They had openings but were $176??? I read a review about sales during excursion days. NOT TRUE. I asked about the lower rates, they said they were pre-cruise only. Nope, I turned around. 11. Accessibility. Great on the ship. Only one ramp unbreachable was the ramp into the boat itself. My electric scooter got caught going in and out. Plus, they do look out for you if you are a wheelchair party. Thank you staff. 12. Activities: Youth club terrible, even though it got high ratings from others. Trivia was fun. Enjoyed Hasbro's Trivial Pursuit, otherwise not a ton to do, especially for families. They only showed two movies a day outside. Could have been continuous. Cookie was the best cruise director ever. He deserves the promotion he is getting. 13. Layout. The Liberty is confusing. Decks 3-4 cannot be gone through since the Gold dining room takes up the middle of the decks. The only way from front of ship to back of ship is to go to the far elevators on other end on ship then go down. Main pool deck too small for all on board to gather for party. Can we say, Get a Theme. Gaudy and no consistency describes the decor of the Liberty. Especially the Theater. MOST of these items are minor and may not dissuade you from Carnival. If you want the best food: Disney You want the best shows: Disney. Best youth Club: Royal Caribbean. Coolest excursions: Norwegian. Best Dinner Staff: Disney. Best Suite perks: Norwegian. Sorry, but Carnival is not on the list. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
This 4 night cruise on the Liberty offered one day at sea & one day in Nassau & one in Freeport. I found the ship to be a little outdated as it is in dire need of a refurbishing...but, nevertheless, a nice ship...most important of ... Read More
This 4 night cruise on the Liberty offered one day at sea & one day in Nassau & one in Freeport. I found the ship to be a little outdated as it is in dire need of a refurbishing...but, nevertheless, a nice ship...most important of all it was kept very clean. The evening meals in the Golden Dining Room(all 4 nights) were prepared well & served hot & delicious. My favorite meal was beef & polenta with brown gravy. On the SezAnnie food score of 1-5, I give it 4.5; reviewing food is based on personal taste and subjective. The activities on the ship are plentiful & were enhanced by the ships Activities Director a young man named Cookie with a contagious smile who stole my heart. He was a fun guy to hang with. The two musical shows in the theater & the entertainers were as good if not better than some shows on Broadway. Great talent in every performance. If you are looking for a fun time & have the energy to fit the activities of a 7 night cruise into 4 nights....then you won't be disappointed on the Liberty. Go for it! SezAnnie Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
In a word....FANTASTIC! I would like to thank the Captain and the Crew for taking us safely from home port to home port....Thank You A special thanks to the Cruise Director, NONO, she was amazing.....Thank You The staff was ... Read More
In a word....FANTASTIC! I would like to thank the Captain and the Crew for taking us safely from home port to home port....Thank You A special thanks to the Cruise Director, NONO, she was amazing.....Thank You The staff was amazing, from the Chefs to the wait staff to the clean up crews, all were very accommodating and courteous at ALL TIMES. The food was good and plentiful. Was it excellent, no, but you could always find something to your liking. Except the Sea Food Shack...don't waste your money, food is terrible. So just relax and have a good time. Thank You Carnival for a wonderful and memorable NEW YEAR. Constructive criticism. Easier boarding for Handicapped/ disabled passengers. Easier de-boarding for handicapped/disabled passengers. Better Signage on board the ship and at the Florida Port for handicapped/ disabled passengers. Better luggage handling for the handicapped/ disabled. More compliance with the ADA. NO SMOKING in the Casino. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Had a great time on Carnival Liberty. Our cruise director Donkey was so much fun.The shows were Fabulous.Our head waiter Joseph and Team waiter Reeves made our dining experience wonderful. The menu that was served each night was over the ... Read More
Had a great time on Carnival Liberty. Our cruise director Donkey was so much fun.The shows were Fabulous.Our head waiter Joseph and Team waiter Reeves made our dining experience wonderful. The menu that was served each night was over the top! Especially Carnival's Chocolate Melting Cake.The Gold dining room was beautiful! We are from Crystal River Florida only 2 hour from the cruise port.This was my eighth cruise with Carnival and very affordable. We shared a inside Cabin which was very comfortable and perfect for our needs.Randy kept our room so neat and what I really appreciated was having clean towels at our disposal especially when there is 4 women sharing a room.This was my daughters first cruise, she has kidney Disease and you fulfilled all her expectations.Everyone was very helpful with Christina due to her being in wheelchair.Especially the entertainers in assisting her with to be able to see the show down in front.They made her feel special. Thank You Carnival for making our experience Wonderful!!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Carnival cruise lines offers the best bang for you buck! Where else can you visit a foreign country with transportation, lodging and food included for less than $400 each? Our mid-ship, deck 6 cabin was perfect for us. I did feel ... Read More
Carnival cruise lines offers the best bang for you buck! Where else can you visit a foreign country with transportation, lodging and food included for less than $400 each? Our mid-ship, deck 6 cabin was perfect for us. I did feel like the decor on the ship was a bit bazaar/eclectic. Our dining wait staff was perfect and we very much enjoyed our table companions. The food was also very good with only a couple of missteps. Our wait staff, Lino, Juan Carlos and Roman were fabulous! The entertainment on the ship was top notch. From the performers in various locations on the ship to the awesome music and dance shows in main stage area. We were very pleased with the quality of these shows. Our excursions were limited due to the weather, but we took an air conditioned van tour and were very happy with our tour guide. Traveling with someone in a wheel chair was difficult due to the requirement of elevator usage. At one port, we were misdirected 3 times to find an elevator that would take us to deck 0. Very frustrating. And attempting to push the chair back on ship in the driving rain up a 45 degree angle was impossible. No one from the ship offered to help me push and I kept sliding back down the ramp. If it were not for another passenger finally coming to my aid we may still be sitting there. There needs to be a review of boarding accessibility for handicapped individuals in port. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We went March 2017. Left from Port Canaveral to Nassau and Freeport. Breakfast we good, standard buffet style choices, Blue Iguana does have breakfast burritos. Lunch options were much better than other Carnival ships I've been on. ... Read More
We went March 2017. Left from Port Canaveral to Nassau and Freeport. Breakfast we good, standard buffet style choices, Blue Iguana does have breakfast burritos. Lunch options were much better than other Carnival ships I've been on. Guys burgers are very good, there is a BBQ restaurant hidden on the level above the lido deck in the dinning area, very good. The Main dining room for dinner was not as good as previous ships, service was excellent though. The offerings were a little strange and the quality of food was not up to the previous carnival cruises I've been on. The entertainment was very good. Fun shows!!! Ship was very clean and our room was small but nice. We had a inside room. My father in law had a handicap room and it was very nice. Bathroom was 3 times as large as a regular room. Donkey the cruise director was very funny. He put on good shows with the newlywed game and music trivia. Movies nightly on the big screen over the mid ship pool area. Very relaxing. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
My sister had used carnival cruise line before. She said that we needed to go on a cruise together taking our mom for mother's day. We left Galveston Texas on May 7, 2016 to go to Cozumel then to Progresso Mexico. Once on board we ... Read More
My sister had used carnival cruise line before. She said that we needed to go on a cruise together taking our mom for mother's day. We left Galveston Texas on May 7, 2016 to go to Cozumel then to Progresso Mexico. Once on board we were told that we informed that we would be going to Progresso first disappointed yes but not the end of the world. When it was time to depart Progresso Mexico they starting claiming that the winds were 30 knots and that we couldn't depart. 30 knot winds are roughly 38mph yet I was able to stand on deck next to the rail light and smoke a cigarette. Winds at that speed there is no way that my 120 lbs could stand in one place and smoke. I have pictures that are selfies taken over the water hair blowing but not more then when we arrived at port. The week before Carnival knew if not longer that thruster was not working so why were passengers not notified at that time to: A) change travel dates at no extra charge, B) refunded money, or C)to continue as planned. Better yet why did Carnival not bring in another ship for these cruise instead of allowing a damaged ship to be on the water especially knowing that it had steering issues. a 100.00 refund is not acceptable regardless. Half of our cruise together was taken because of faulty steering. Aside from all that Carnival charged extra for non alcoholic beverages on an all inclusive cruise then failed to provide those beverages after midnight. ie no coffee tea or sodas. I will find another cruise line to travel I hated this line. They are over charging and only providing you with half the experience that they offered. The food was horrible vey bland and flat. Pizza crust so thin and hard that it tasted worse than the cheapest frozen pizza you could buy in the store. The eggs were watery bacon was undercooked the only food that was good that we found was Guy's Burgers Thank God for them or we'd been hungry the entire trip. They did offer travelers the opportunity to disembark ship again in Progresso at about 9 PM how safe is that no security no transportation in a foreign county in the middle of the night. Casino was shut down and machines reset every night so that large wins were impossible to get. The cabin was clean and kept that away the entire trip. The steward was very hard to find so if you needed assistance in your cabin it was not an easy find. On deck ( 8 ) Eight there was a major water leak. now that we are here HOW SAFE DO YOU FEEL? Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was my second cruise and it was a party of 8 of us from Virginia. We reserved 4 cabins (an inside, ocean view, balcony and a handicapped inside cabin) We planned this cruise 6 months in advance and embarked out of San Juan, PR and ... Read More
This was my second cruise and it was a party of 8 of us from Virginia. We reserved 4 cabins (an inside, ocean view, balcony and a handicapped inside cabin) We planned this cruise 6 months in advance and embarked out of San Juan, PR and were set to sail on the Carnival Liberty. We were all very impressed with the welcome by the cruise staff, they had champagne/non-alcoholic drinks and lunch waiting for us when we arrived at about 1pm (ship was set to sail at 10pm). Carnival Liberty has all that one would need to enjoy a week aboard the ship, including some exciting ports and activities. Meals were some of the best times, Guys Burger Joint was fantastic! We enjoyed the seated dining each nice also, Our server Junior was awesome, very attentive! Our stateroom was spacious and very clean. I loved that our room was attended to in the morning and during turn down service at night. Our room attendant Duncan was very attentive and helpful in all we needed. We also enjoyed the nightly towel animal on our bed. We took in many shows onboard and enjoyed daily shopping at each port and the local beaches. With 8 of us involved, including teens and elderly adults there was plenty to do as well as plenty of relaxation time. Within a few days of being back we were already looking into our next Carnival cruise. Love it!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Overall it was a great ship. In my review, I don't plan on it being day by day but rather an overall. Again, there are so many recent Liberty reviews I don't want to be repetitious and want to hit upon concerns and topics ... Read More
Overall it was a great ship. In my review, I don't plan on it being day by day but rather an overall. Again, there are so many recent Liberty reviews I don't want to be repetitious and want to hit upon concerns and topics that were not discussed in those reviews so you can really get answers that you might have been looking for and couldn't find on other reviews. Our group had 4 children (15, 11, 10 and 7 yrs old) and 3 older family members (77, 76 & 73) one of which needed a wheelchair/scooter (21 people total) ***EMBARKING DAY!*** A++++ to Carnival on this one... We were traveling in a group of 21 family members coming from NY. We took a very early flight (2 different flights actually) and took a coach bus to the airport. Some of us slept the night before some didn't. The limo picked up the first group at 2:45 am (I was part of this first group, with my 10 yr old daughter who has special needs, my husband, my mother and her boyfriend) and we then stopped at 3 other family members houses along the way until we finally reached the airport. Both flights were pretty uneventful (thankfully) and we made our way to the San Juan Port. There was what seemed like a long line outside the port but it moved pretty fast and we got into the terminal in about 15 or so minutes once arriving. ***Make sure you fill out your health form prior to getting to the terminal to avoid delays...they will not let you in the building unless it is already filled out*** ***DETAILS ON BRINGING A CHILD WHO HAS SPECIAL NEEDS:*** A++++ to Carnival again Now let me back track....we planned this trip 271 days prior and I had been on the phone with Carnival for months going over stuff for my daughter. It was very easy to get in touch with them if you called the special services department. She has many delays (kind of like autism but not so you understand what we are dealing with). Carnival was absolutely AMAZING! Each time I called they were able to pull up the prior conversation and everything was set for embarkment. They called us the day before the trip to tell us what we should do upon arrival to the terminal. The process was extremely smooth. We were set to be able to embark upon arrival and set up a private muster drill. Carnival did not disappoint! Now, the rest of my family did Faster to the Fun. I did not feel I had to pay the extra money being that we had "faster with the special needs child" lol. We were actually boarding before half of my family did. I cannot say enough about how Carnival handled everything with my daughter and cannot thank them enough. We were escorted onto the boat and right to guest services so we could talk about other accomodations and such for my daughter. Each person was nicer than the next. They called up to Camp Carnival where Alicia (the manager) wanted to meet up with us to discuss my daughter and find out what placement would be best for her (her chronological or ability age group). Our rooms were ready so we headed down to drop off our carry ons. We were on board and eating at Guys Burger Joint and drink in hand by 1:36. **special note*** DO NOT MISS OUT ON GUYS!!! IT IS AMAZING!!!***. Anyway. The boat was pretty empty most of the day on Sunday. I think a lot of people went on tours in San Juan or they were on later planes. It was great. We were able to do a lot without it being to crowded. The first day we brought her to camp (Monday) they gave us a cell phone that we could use to call anywhere on the boat and most importantly they could get in touch with us if anything happened with my daughter (thankfully it was rarely used but great to have). The private muster drill wasn't so private but it was better than the regular one. We were told to meet in the Cabinet room, which was not easy to find let me tell you. Once there they gave us a paper to read, some announcements were made and all of the kids in the room got a green wristband that they had to wear if they were going to camp carnival. Not to fear...if your child has sensory issues, you could take it off and only wear it at camp (it says your muster station in case of an emergency so the staff will know where to take your child to meet you). The really bad part about the muster drill on this itinerary was that it wasn't until 9:30 pm and being that most of our group was up since 2 am (children included) it made for a rough day/night for them to have to stay up so late). But...we lived to tell about it. **MY TIME DINING*** **C- to Carnival for this*** For dinner we choose My Time dining (or whatever it was called). My personal opinion was that I did not like it. Yes, it was nice to be able to eat at any time but you lost that personal interaction with your wait staff. I found out the last day that you could have requested certain waiters but honestly it wasn't until the second to last day that we had anyone who we got the "warm and fuzzies" over anyway. I feel like when you are in the same section with the same staff it is a completely different experience and don't think I would do that again. I 'think' that the golden dining room was specifically for this type of dining and the silver was for traditional dining but I could be wrong about that. It was almost like the staff knew that they weren't going to get tipped more because they wouldn't have the same people each night so they didn't try very hard. It took forever for us to get drinks from the bar (even soda) some times we had to ask several times before getting our orders. When you do the set dining time/waiters they get to know you and sometimes have your "usual" drinks waiting for you upon arrival. ***EA SPORTS BAR*** ***F to Carnival on this*** Now this part is from my husband as I did not step foot into the sports bar. He was very disappointed in it. They said that they "didn't have Hockey" so he couldn't watch that. He is a die hard sports fan (fantasy everything) so it was a huge let down for him. It was very small. They didn't serve much food (not even wings or nachos...you know...standard sports bar stuff). He would not recommend it at all. ***CASINO*** ***C to Carnival on this*** Again, I did not step foot in here but this was as per my husband who went every night. He felt that the dealers didn't know what they were doing. One actually left in the middle of a game because he had a headache and one called that he had one type of hand and then realized he had another and changed his mind to call that after it was already said. The rest of my family seemed to be ok with it...I didn't hear to many other complaints. 2 of my family members were "rewarded" with a free drink card (to be used only in the casino) because they gambled so much. Make sure to use your room cards when using machines because that is how they track your "points" and that is how you earn those free cards I believe. My husband was looking forward to doing the Texas Hold em tournament but it was a $150 buy in so that wasn't happening. Turns out that only 4 people signed up and the most they could have won was $200 so it certainly wasn't worth it. ***ELDER ADULT NEEDING WHEELCHAIR/SCOOTER*** ***C- FOR CARNIVAL ON THIS ONE*** They had an A until the disembarkment as you will see... Carnival (and our travel agent) recommended that we call Care Vacations to rent a scooter for my mom who is 73 and recently recovering from a mini stroke as well as other health issues. Care Vacations was amazing. We got her a scooter that was waiting for her in her room upon arrival and all she had to do was leave it in her room upon departure. I HIGHLY recommend this for anyone traveling with someone who has trouble walking. It enabled my mom to enjoy herself without having to worry about who was going to push her in a wheel chair the entire trip. She was able to take if onto shore (though she choose not to) I cannot say enough about this for anyone who needs it. A++++ to Care Vacations for that one. Anyway, back to Carnival....I called the Friday before we left to go over stuff for my daughter and also about getting a wheel chair for my mom to get on board. During the conversation I mentioned that we had ordered a scooter for my mom and they (Carnival) said that we had to fill out a form (keep in mind we were leaving on Sunday and the office was closed on Saturday) so we went into panic mode but managed to get it all done. So keep that in mind....if you are renting a scooter you MUST have a form filled out and on file with Carnival!!! Back to the story....my mom did do Faster to the fun but didn't have to because she was in the wheel chair and, like us, was escorted on board. It was very smooth and worked out really well. The last day WAS A NIGHTMARE!!! All of my family members had Faster to the Fun (except for my immediate family remember) and they were to disembark as one of the earliest groups (group 2 to be exact). Well...because my mom was in a wheel chair they had to escort her off the boat. On Saturday night she called guest services and arranged for them to come get her at 8 am. Long story short, we were off of the boat 2 hours BEFORE my mom was. It was horrible and we could not get any answers from anyone to find out where my mother was. We found out later that they completely lied to us several times. They told us that she was still in her room waiting for an escort to come get her and they told her we were waiting for her outside the terminal. (we were told this several times over the 2 hours). When she finally came out she told us that they came to get her at 8:40 and she sat in the Venetian lounge until they decided to bring her out. She never got a message from us. This was all completely unacceptable. She paid extra for FTTF and she ended up being on the boat (she is a diabetic and she hadn't eaten either mind you) for an extra 2 hours. ***FASTER TO THE FUN*** ***A To Carnival on this one*** Ok...as I said...all but my immediate family did the FTTF. Was it worth it....I guess. On this particular trip, when we got there, the terminal was pretty slow so they would have gotten on pretty fast even if they didn't have it. There were no tender ports on this trip so that was not an issue. The best part was that they didn't have to wait online for guest services (which by the last day was NUTS) and, if it wasn't for my mom and the issues listed above...disembarkment would have been great!. FYI being that we were with a large group and were being picked up together by a limo they allowed my immediate family who didn't have FTTF to go with them and gave us the #2 luggage tags without question! SO....would we do it again...probably...especially if they had to tender the boats as I have heard that FTTF people get first priority for boarding. ***CAMP CARNIVAL*** ***A+ for Carnival on this one*** As I mentioned earlier...we met with the manager of the camp on the first day. She was so great and greeted us each time she saw us around the boat with a HUGE smile and knew exactly who my daughter was. Though there are 4 different age groups at the camp and they say that they are very strict with them being separated, there was a good part of the time where they were together. My nephew was 7 and my daughter and niece are 10 & 11 respectfully. He was with them most of the time they were in camp. So it was nice for them to be able to play together. The camp was wonderful with my daughter and she loved being there. My niece and nephew were on the Night Owl part of Camp several times (my daughter needs to be in bed at a reasonable hour and close to her normal schedule as possible so we never brought her there after dinner). My niece and nephew seemed to love it and were there very late several times. If anyone would like I do have the camp carnival packet they give to you on the first day but for the 9-11 yr olds. I meant to take the other ages but forgot. Let me know if you would like a copy of it and I will post it. ***FOOD*** ***C for Carnival on this one*** Well let me start out by saying again that Guys Burger Joint was AMAZING. That is what brought the score up to be honest. The first night dinner was really good in the Golden dining room. I remember I had the post roast and it melted in your mouth. The bacon mac and cheese was awesome and we really thought we were in for a huge treat the rest of the week....sadly...not so much. Dinner was HORRIBLE and had no taste until the last night. Thanksgiving was such a let down. It was almost like a TV dinner. It wasn't "real" turkey...at least it didn't seem like it anyway. Everything was such a disappointment that night. One night they had veal parm and we were so excited...it too...was like a TV dinner. SOOOOO BAD!!! Desserts were a huge let down (unless you liked the lava cake, which, in general, I am not a fan but everyone else loved it). I also heard the bread pudding on the last night was great. The pizza was like pita bread pizza. In all fairness I am from NY and there is no pizza like NY pizza so it would automatically pale in comparison. I did hear that drunk it was good lol. ***The Alcohol Package*** Only my 1 niece got this package (mostly because there is a rule that if one person in a room gets it then everyone MUST get it and she was the only one who was in a room with underage kids so it made sense for her to get it as they wouldn't make the others in the room get it). I have to admit, it did come in handy especially when she got 50% off of the bottle of wine at dinner and shared with everyone. We did find out that on board it DID include the soda. On the website it says it does not but it does in fact include it and my niece was able to get a credit for the soda package that she had paid for prior as she was misinformed. ****Soda Package*** I got the soda package for myself (my husband and daughter drink iced tea) and I didn't get the full use out of it like I thought I would. I wouldn't do this again. I was drinking the lemonade most of the time which was mighty yummy!!! Most of the people in our party did not get that package either ***PORT INTENSIVE ITINERARY*** This was my 6th cruise and I had been to many of the ports prior. My intent this time was to relax and I am sure glad we did this itinerary. My immediate family stayed on board most of the time. It was so nice when everyone was not on board and we really got to enjoy the ship. There was very little lines for food and my daughter really had fun without getting overwhelmed by tons of people. If you have a child with special needs...stay on the boat if you can. They can do the slide without long lines and really get to enjoy everything. We did get off in a few ports: St. Thomas (Megan's Bay), It was $8 per person each way. Get there early. There are showers, lockers, bathrooms, food. It was heaven! It didn't get overly crowded but we left around 11:45 so we could have lunch on the boat. The rest of my family went to Sapphire Beach and said it was great too. Barbados: (The Boatyard). It was $5 per person to get there and $15 per person to go on the beach which included cab ride back and a free drink...totally worth it. They had so much to do there, the beach was beautiful and we had an amazing time. St. Kitt: (Dolphin Cove). This was so much fun....my family did the encounter not the swim which worked out to our benefit because we had the dolphin to ourselves the ENTIRE time where the other group had to share the dolphin they had with 8 people. The place we went to was very clean and new (only opened in January) and everyone was super nice. I didn't do the encounter but they allowed me to be right there on the dock with them (no pictures allowed to be taken of course) which was really great. ***INTERNET PACKAGE*** ***B for Carnival on this one*** Ok, being that I have a child with special needs and a sports freak husband we decided to go with the top package for internet. I had with me a kindle, ipad 3 iphones and a lap top...I was set. If you bought the package from day 1 or 2 it was $99 for the week for the level I had. To be honest.....was it worth it...I would say probably not. At least one family member from each group we were with got the $5 per day pacakge (again, a bit cheaper if you bought it as a whole the first 2 days) and that was worth it. Being able to keep up with who was doing what and when with a large group was extremly helpful and I highly recommend it. Using the $5 per day package got you onto Facebook and other social media as well as enabled imessage for anyone who had iphones (which was all of us so that worked out well for us). The internet was intermittent and only 1 person from each group who was sharing the internet was able to be on at a time. I think I would just do the $5 package the next time. We were not able to Facetime with family from home most of the time which was a real bummer (especially on thanksgiving). So again, I don't recommend the highest package. OVERALL ***A- for Carnival. *** We had a great time and would love to sail the Liberty again (this was our second time on her). The ship is just big enough and so much fun. The staff is CONSTANTLY cleaning and I never saw anything that grossed me out or that I thought was inappropriate. We had a balcony room (8433 & 8437 as we were adjoined to my mother in law who was supposed to have my daughter in her room with her but that just never happened). We were on the port side all the way in the back of the boat. The only "complaint" I would have is that being under the lido was a bit noisy but mostly because of the chairs being dragged along the floor. We were under the adult pool so it was pretty quiet overall and being that we weren't in the main drag we didn't have the kids running in the hallways. I would get this room again but on the opposite side of the ship. We didn't get to many nice views while at port. Most of the time the ports were industrial so we missed out on the ooh ahh factor but it was fun seeing us dock and sail away each time. I highly recommend the balcony rooms. It took me forever to find the "secret deck" but I was on a mission and found it and truth be told...it wasn't worth finding lol. There were no chairs or benches so you couldn't stay there long unless you wanted to be standing the entire time....but I wanted to experience it...I did and don't feel like I have to do that again lol. The Serenity Deck was fabulous. If you want to just get away from it all this was the place to be. It was right outside of camp Carnival so you are able to drop your kids off and go have some quiet time without being to far away. The adult pool was great too. Kids came through to get ice cream or pizza but if any staff saw them starting to get ready to stay, they made them leave which was nice). Sports deck was fun but hot. The shows were OK...Nothing like they used to be. The best show was on the last night. The Legends Show. It was guest from the cruise dressing up to be famous people (my nephew was Frank Sinatra) and they did a whole show where they got to actually sing. It was so much fun. They pick people who go to the Karaoke nights (which was every night). Once you were picked they gave you an MP3 with the song you would be singing (they pick it for you) and the words so you could practice. (in case anyone was thinking of doing it). The Newleywed/Not so Newleywed game was hilarious as always, as was the battle of the sexes...they are all must see shows. Smoking wasn't so bad. I have a very sensitive smell so I smelled smoke as soon as I stepped on the 5th deck no matter what time of day it was, but overall I never felt like I was walking into a wall of smoke anywhere on the ship...not even in the casino when I was running in to get my husband or looking for another family member. I didn't feel like we had a personal connection with our room steward. I didn't even know their names. They were good but not as good as I have had in the past. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
The cabins were a good size bigger than I had thought. The staff was real helpful with my mom who had arrived in a wheelchair and need a cooler for her insulin. The excursions where a bit pricey but the guarantee that the ship ... Read More
The cabins were a good size bigger than I had thought. The staff was real helpful with my mom who had arrived in a wheelchair and need a cooler for her insulin. The excursions where a bit pricey but the guarantee that the ship won't leave without you is worth the extra insurance. They also have a price match program. The only downside I encountered was with the "CHEERS" program. I was not notified that I needed a signed doctor note from my moms doctor. She is a diabetic and can't drink. We rented the insulin cooler to boot and they still wouldn't let me purchase the "CHEERS" for myself. We were unsuccessful in getting in touch with the doctor to fax the letter. I didn't get to partake in the fun "CHEERS" with friends that I met on board. But, it did keep me from drinking too much as I refused to spend too much on the drinks. They were pretty weak in my opinion and not worth the full price I was paying. Drinks were about $8 to $12 each, Carnival automatically adds 15% gratuity to each drink order. The Punchline series is awesome. Of the 4 comics the ship had, 3 were very entertaining. The show with the Liberty dancers and singers was just OK. They did do a good job recovering in open choppy waters we experienced. Filipe was fun, engaging and entertaining along with his staff, most notably JC and Benjamin. WooHoo.... I enjoyed the Hot and Cool Club every night. I had a great time dancing. Wish there were more straight singles there. Another thing I liked is that the Liberty only had one sea day and we were in 5 different ports in 7 days. I feel it maximized my Caribbean experience. I would recommend this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This was the best cruise Ihave ever been. With my wife, we decided to spend our honeymoon on this ship and it was the best decision. There are just few things that will make your cruise unforgetable: First of all, food. It was ... Read More
This was the best cruise Ihave ever been. With my wife, we decided to spend our honeymoon on this ship and it was the best decision. There are just few things that will make your cruise unforgetable: First of all, food. It was delicious!!! During my bussiness trips I am used to eat in very expensive restaurants. The quality and the variety of the food was comperable. Also I really recommend to buy the wine package if you like to drink a wine. There is a lot of good wines to be choosed from. Second of all, the crew. They were amazing: Dickson (waitres), Norman (bartender), Luis (room steward), Danihel (salesman in funshops) and of course Felipe the cruise director (I will remember his who-ho for the rest of my life). After just one week, they were like a family to us. Of somebody of them is reading this, thank you very much guys ;) Last but not least, the atmoaphere on the ship. Everybody having fun. Waitreses dancing during the dinner, Felipe doing who-ho after each announcement, comedy shows, concerts, movies on the big screen watching from the hot tub, etc. Of course there were some things somebody will argue to be not very good, but personally for me, the 3 things above are the most important when I am going for a vacation. So, I would really really recommend to go with Carnival Liberty!!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This was our 13th overall cruise and 9th with Carnival. Embarkation - Requested wheelchair assistance at terminal. Was told wife had to walk into the terminal and pass through the security check before receiving wheelchair assistance. ... Read More
This was our 13th overall cruise and 9th with Carnival. Embarkation - Requested wheelchair assistance at terminal. Was told wife had to walk into the terminal and pass through the security check before receiving wheelchair assistance. Then once on the ship when we got to the elevators was told they could not take us any further. After telling assistant wife would have difficulty walking all the way to our cabin at the aft of the ship, they agreed to push wheelchair to our cabin where we had a rental chair in the room. Food. Was ok but nothing I would come home raving about. Did have fried oysters (Which I love) as a appetizer one night but only got 2 of them. Guess I should have asked them if could get more for my main course. Room Service. OK. Would not have met room steward expect met in hall a couple of times. We had early dinner but couple of times cabin were not service when we got back from dinner. Room steward said they thought we were at late dining. Not sure whey they thought that. Comedians - Attended the adult shows. I enjoyed them Singers/Dancers - Were good. Outdoor Movies. Really enjoyed these at night. Saw new Godzilla movie Not a whole lot of planned activities except the casino, bingo on sea days. This was disappointing given prior cruises we have taken Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
I will probably not go on the Liberty again. Too may rude guests and not enough to do. Too many things/services to sell listed for things to do and not enough entertainment to suit me. I am not one to just stand in a pool and drink all ... Read More
I will probably not go on the Liberty again. Too may rude guests and not enough to do. Too many things/services to sell listed for things to do and not enough entertainment to suit me. I am not one to just stand in a pool and drink all day. All ships personnel were outstanding. All appeared to want to be there and help where ever possible. All were nice and pleasant. The Cruise Director Corry was good and seen all over the ship. He reminds me of Drew Cary when Drew was a tad bigger lets say. Never saw the piano bar open with a player...he/she might be on vacation. The sit down restaurant was open all mornings, including last morning to feed all that could get in for 7-9am. I did the buffet 1 morning, but went back to the sit down restaurant the rest of the week. The MDR food was good all week and there was no reason for us to try the steakhouse. We were in and out in 1.5 hours. We were off the ship and in our car within an hour after leaving breakfast. They left from one pier and came back to another one, so they had to bus us all to the first pier. That was well organized and efficient. No issues there. I was less then 50 yards from where they parked, so it was smooth and easy for us...:) I saw a few families lugging their luggage up the ramp to the 2nd or 3rd level I guess....That sucks....We had a forward cabin on deck 6 and heard heavy banging from the seas on 3 nights that made us sleep less. Maybe if they had slowed down, they would not be banging so hard. Sounded like a cannon being shot off when the water hit the hull all the time. There was no timing it. It was sporadic all night Overall, we had a very relaxing trip except for those 3 nights of heavy and loud banging from the sea. O yea, and at 7:45am, there was a maintenance crew above us moving pipes and grinding over the balcony. Steel on steel banging along with the grinding so early in the morning put a damper on our relaxing waking time.... Lets just say, we have had better cruises with Carnival. With our next 3 on other lines, maybe we will find a home...maybe not. :cool: Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
We were persuaded to go on this cruise with our youngest son, his fiance and her parents. I never felt like we would enjoy a cruise, but tried to go in with an open mind. I was amazed at how organized they were in getting 3,000 passengers ... Read More
We were persuaded to go on this cruise with our youngest son, his fiance and her parents. I never felt like we would enjoy a cruise, but tried to go in with an open mind. I was amazed at how organized they were in getting 3,000 passengers on and off the ship. It never really felt that crowded when we were on board. The crew were extremely helpful and friendly. The dinner was five star dining all the way. We had heard the food was good, but it exceded our expectations. The at sea brunch was also excellent. Breakfast and lunches were okay, nothing spectacular--but you had a lot of choices. We had a room with a balcony. While the rooms are relatively small, the organization was excellent and it seemed much bigger than it really was. Don't know how they did it, but regardless of when we left the room in the morning, it was always made up when we returned. The shore excursions are a little pricey, and you probably can do better on your own. Only one problem in the room, only one electrical outlet. I would recommend you bring a electrical strip along for charging your electrical devices. Another complaint, way too much smoke in the casino. They need a better ventilation system. All in all we enjoyed it thoroughly and are going back again, just not from Miami. The port is a little too hectic for us. Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
Embarkation: We boarded the Carnival Liberty in Miami around 12:30 PM. My parents had Platinum status, so we got to go in the VIP Lounge for the first time. Our room wasn't ready until 2 PM, so we ate lunch on the Lido Deck in ... Read More
Embarkation: We boarded the Carnival Liberty in Miami around 12:30 PM. My parents had Platinum status, so we got to go in the VIP Lounge for the first time. Our room wasn't ready until 2 PM, so we ate lunch on the Lido Deck in Emile's. We went to the safety briefing in The Cabinet lounge, for the disabled passengers. Tilting: The ship tilted on Sunday morning about 40 degrees. Stuff fell off the shelves in our room and the water from the pool went everywhere, so the crew had to clean up a lot. We were told it was a "Technical error." Kinda scary, especially after hearing about the Costa disaster in Italy. Room: We have a cabin on the eighth floor, right under the lido deck. I love staying on the eighth floor, cause I can just run upstairs and get a drink or and ice cream cone for Mom. We were on the starboard side, so we were able to see all the sail away action from our room. It was pretty quiet except for the rolling carts above us. Our room always felt hot even though the air conditioning was at full blast. Our balcony wasn't very smoky either, but the door clicked during the middle of the night. We never met our room steward. Must be one who hides under the bed while you're in there. Silver Dining Room: We were seated for dinner at table 334 in The Silver dining room with 5 people who only spoke Japanese and the service was pretty slow, so we asked for a seat reassignment. We got changed to table 551 in the same dining room. We had Ralph from Jamaica as our new waiter. He was very funny and even helped my mom with her wheelchair every night. Food: On the lido deck, they mostly served American, Italian, and Caribbean food. The fruit soups were my favorite starters. The fried shrimp, the pasta, the meatloaf, Chateaubriand with Bearnaise sauce were my favorite entrees. The Bitter and Blanc, the cake pops, Warm Chocolate Melting cake, and the Chocolate Raspberry Vanilla Cream Cake were my favorite desserts. The Burritos at Blue Iguana and Guy's Plain Jane burger were good as well. Entertainment: We went to Karaoke, Bean Bag Tournament, The 70's dance class, Game Show Mania, Name that 80's tune trivia, Wonderful World, The Gender Showdown, the MJ dance moves competition, and the Big Hair competition. We skipped Singin' with the Big Band with Christopher Alan Graves, because we have seen it twice already. The four comedians were great and Just Rock was my favorite show. I didn't watch any movies at the seaside theatre. Staff: Butch Begovich was the cruise director and one of the friendliest I have had. I enjoyed the social hosts, such as Josh and Marie as well. I only saw Amy one time at Bingo. Roy from Indonesia helped me lift my mom's wheelchair up the ramp at every port. Shopping: The watches for $10 and the sets for $19.99 are a rip off. Mom opened the bag her watch was in and it was sticky where the side things had fallen off, so Dad went back to the shop to return it. When he came back with a new watch, the second hand was broken, so he had to go back to the shop and get another one. We did buy some t-shirts and two of the sea glass animals they were selling. Debarkation: we debarked the ship in Miami at 7:30 am, due to my parent's Platinum status. It was one of the fastest debarkations I have had. Read Less
Sail Date January 2012
This ship, like the other 2 we were on, provided us with a spacious, fully wheelchair accessible cabin. In this instance we were near midship (Room 6286, I think). This was a great cabin to be in. When we first arrived, our beds were ... Read More
This ship, like the other 2 we were on, provided us with a spacious, fully wheelchair accessible cabin. In this instance we were near midship (Room 6286, I think). This was a great cabin to be in. When we first arrived, our beds were separate and I pushed them together so we could lie down and rest before supper. We were up early to catch a 5:AM flight out of Houston, TX to Miami, FL. The long flight was tiring and we wanted to rest. I mentioned to my room steward, Eva, that she could fix the bed up in the morning. When we returned from dinner, our two beds were one. I was impressed. The next evening we arrived in San Juan, P.R. at 5:PM. Our next stop, St. Thomas, was great! We docked early in the day and spent a glorious morning shopping right at the port. We went next to St. Maarten (the Dutch side of the Island). We tendered in, and the tender boat personnel lifted my husband onto the boat in his chair. Now, back to the ship. We did not do the formal dinner thing at all this time. We were tired of it after two cruises. I will say that the buffets were excellent. The bacon was thoroughly cooked. We are both bacon lovers, and this is the first time I did not have to search through the bacon bin for pieces that were fully cooked. The staff was all very friendly, and spoke to us like old friends. The casino was lots of fun. We went to karaoke, and it was great. We took pictures, and bought some. Everything was spotlessly clean. We had no trouble getting in and out of the ship at any port. We had no trouble finding accessible restrooms at all on the ship. We were so completely pleased with this cruise, that it is incredible!!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2008
Carnival Liberty Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.5 4.4
Dining 4.0 3.8
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.5 4.2
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.0
Family 5.0 4.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.9
Enrichment 3.0 3.4
Service 5.0 4.2
Value For Money 4.5 4.1
Rates 3.0 4.3

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