505 Carnival Liberty Caribbean - Eastern Cruise Reviews

I give 4 stars since this cruise meets all the expectations of a short, close to home Carnival Cruise. I have cruised 16 times, on 3 lines. I'm not a novice. Carnivals food is on par and compares well with Royal Caribbean and ... Read More
I give 4 stars since this cruise meets all the expectations of a short, close to home Carnival Cruise. I have cruised 16 times, on 3 lines. I'm not a novice. Carnivals food is on par and compares well with Royal Caribbean and Princess. Their elective pay for restaurant was very good. Service is good, always good, but am a tipper. Folks on cruise ships don't make that much, a few tips here and there and remembering names, goes a long way. Cabins are always clean, and Carnival is a bit roomier, balcony wise than most ships. There is always plenty to do, and always the option not to do things. Since Carnival tends to be less pricey than other ships, expect clientele to be the same. Do you prefer the Four Seasons vs. a Hilton, well, the Carnival ships have some aspects of both, but the clientele will be more Hilton. This particular ship is clean, well maintained, and yes sometimes in places it's worn,but the crew is always fixing it, and keeping it up to par. I've taken 1st time cruisers on this ship to get them to experience cruising, and I always tell them the differences they will see on higher end ships. The crew is great, its fun to people watch, but honestly the only part of the cruises that is usually a bummer are the other people. I hate to see overly drunk people treating the staff like dirt, never tipping, etc. I found the bar service on this ship to be great, again, I tip. The Alchemy bar folks provide the nicest bar experience, but the other bars were just fine on service. I get the drink package, and still tip. Could this ship be refurbished, yes. Does it really impact the experience no. Great for the 1st time cruiser, particularly local to Texas. Easy inexpensive get away with someone else doing the driving! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This was our 11th cruise and first on Carnival. We sailed out of Barbados. We had some appartment in the middle of nowhere, even the taxi could not find it. Because there where only a few hundred people embarking, this was really fun. No ... Read More
This was our 11th cruise and first on Carnival. We sailed out of Barbados. We had some appartment in the middle of nowhere, even the taxi could not find it. Because there where only a few hundred people embarking, this was really fun. No lines, very quick. The cabine was already done before noon. Only the luggage took a while. We where hungry so we went to the lido. The breakfast was just gone, but the deli just started. We ate some warm sandwich with ham and cheese. When the luggage arrived we changed for the pool. The weather was perfect every day, just de last morning there was some rain in Barbados. We haven't seen many activities, not one show in the Venetian, only on the seaday we noticed some near the pool. On other cruises there was more activitie. The service was good. Shore excursions where okay, but getting to the busses was very chaotic. Sometimes you didn't know were to go. We had some long excursions and when we got back on the ship around 3 pm we had to hurry to get something to eat because the buffets in the Lido where all closing. Other cruiselines (Costa; Norwegian; Celebrity) do this much better. After closing the buffets, the lines at the deli, pizza and burger were very long. The cabin was fine, great bed, a lot of storage, and a very good cabin steward. Also there were many plugs, even one for 220volt. One of the main activities on board is dining, we had "on youre time" in the golden dining room, and that was really disapointing. The first day we ordered a steak, it was cold so it went back. The second day i ordered a steak and it was cold, the second one was over cooked (i want medium red), the head waiter went to the kitchen himself to look after the 3rd which was excellent. Day 3 we had enough from the dining room and went to the Lido. This was the worst diner we ever had on a cruise ship. I guess that carnival people only want to go to the silver and golden dining rooms. Day 4, we went back to the golden and we ordered a steak and asked the waiter for a warm peace of meat. When they put it on the table, the plate was really hot, but the meat on it was cold. The manager went to the chef and we got a new one, now it was hot. This was on feb 6 and my wife's birthday was the next day. So we had a table in the diamond steakhouse. I told them the day before that it was the birthday of my wife, they called me in the cabin and asked for her name, when we got there it was on the list, so everything was arranged. The waiters where really working hard to make it an excellent evening, the food was 100% better then in the main dining room. When we got the check to sign i asked him if he hasn't forget something. He said what? I said only: look at yous guest list. (there sang already for two people). We got a bottle of wine for the mistake. So day 6 we were again in teh golden dining room. We told our waiter about the cold steaks and he told us: you will get hot steaks. We got them and they went back, they were colder then ever. The canadian's next to us asked what happened and we told them the story. They agreed with us. When there food was standing there around for more than 10! minutes they yust eat it. They had a steak too. Most people are afraid to complain about something they paid good money for. Maybe when more people asked for warm food, the cruiseline would do a better job. On the norwegian spirit we got only one day cold food, after that it was always okay. (When the manager saw us he went to the waiter, wispering in his ear). The last day we went back to the steakhouse, and again the food was warm. Worth its money. Guys burgers were better then MC D. burgers, but not as good as in our home town. Deli made some nice sandwiches. The omelets for breakfast were well made. The mongolian wok was fine, only it took a while before you where gone. The rest of the buffet was not bad but also not good. Not really warm food, not much choice. What surprised us was the fact that we never had to search for a table. Not for breackfast, neither for lunch. On other cruises we sometimes had to search more than 5 minutes for a chair. The icecream was always available, never had a cruise were you could take icecream every minute of the day, and i love icecream. I was almost every morning in the gym, and what i saw there was not good. Most people didn't clean up after there exercise on the machines. Disembarkation was easy because only a few hundred of people went of the ship. We could stay until 1 pm, an after that we took a taxi to the airport. Besides the cold steaks it was a pleasant cruise. Overall it was not that what we expected. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
This was our second cruise and first on Carnival.We sailed out of San Juan, taking a taxi from the airport hotel just as embarkation was beginning. This part was a breeze, we were in our stateroom about 30 minutes after arrival. ... Read More
This was our second cruise and first on Carnival.We sailed out of San Juan, taking a taxi from the airport hotel just as embarkation was beginning. This part was a breeze, we were in our stateroom about 30 minutes after arrival. Disembarkation was also easy, although we were given a 9 AM departure time even though our plane wasn't leaving until 6:30 p.m. However you can stay on the boat until the last group is called, about 11a.m. The biggest issue I had was the lack of activities for people who either didn't go on shore excursions or who returned from them early as many trips were back by 1:00 or earlier. The St. Kitts day , the only activities were trivia contests, I like 'Who Wants to be a Milionaire ' as much as the next guy but more variety would be helpful. We were on a Costa cruise (in Europe) previously and there were dance lessons, arts & crafts and movies for the afternoon times. Also, the shows could have been a little better, there wasn't one until the 3rd night and they were hit and miss. Based on what I heard one of the singers say (from the stage), Carnival is slowly reducing /phasing out much of the live singing and dancing stage shows. One of the Liberty's features is the comedy club. We saw two comics but because of the big snowstorm that hit much of the country, three of them were unable to fly in (apparently they bring in two different comics for 2 day rotations) one of the comedians had to cover all the shows for the last 4 days of the cruise. He was funny and he was a good juggler, which he worked into his routine but he needs to update his material (in 2016, My Space jokes aren't going to cut it!). The layout of the ship also took some time to figure out, especially the Silver Dining Room and Decks 3-5. Essentially walk to the aft end of the ship and take the elevators up or down because you'll be blocked halfway there otherwise. They also really want you to go the MDR for supper as food choices are limited to one buffet, a small deli sandwich place, ( which was quite good) and the pizza place if you don't. The Guy Fieri hamburger place is good but my wife is diabetic and they limit no sugar added desserts to the MDR evening meal, and even then only one choice. Our cabin steward Adi was very polite and competent. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
We just took our 3rd cruise on the Liberty this year. Our first was in Feb, with our family of 10. I have 2 granddaughters in wheelchairs with disease similar to MD. We had a waiter named Anselmo Miranda Gutierrez . He was fantastic! He ... Read More
We just took our 3rd cruise on the Liberty this year. Our first was in Feb, with our family of 10. I have 2 granddaughters in wheelchairs with disease similar to MD. We had a waiter named Anselmo Miranda Gutierrez . He was fantastic! He took such good care of our big family and helped my granddaughters with cutting their meat and other special needs , above and beyond his duties. He was so friendly, with a big smile and laugh always. We enjoyed him so much we came back just the two of us for another cruise in March. We got to know him even better and became very good friends. He is a god, decent , God loving Family man. Nov. 8-15 we returned for our 3rd cruise on the Liberty this year. WE went back just to see Anselmo Miranda Gutierrez again .He is such an outstanding person you are lucky to have that type of quality person in your service. Now the not so good part- The first night in cabin 2402 there was a lot of pounding noise all night, we reported it and they offered us a different cabin. I had just had 2 surgeries for breast cancer and not feeling too well .We had booked our cruise back in June before I know what I would be facing then . I was exhausted and the last thing I needed was to have to pack our things and move again in the middle of the night.. During that day Nov -9 th there was no noise all day the 2nd day or evening. 11Pm that 2nd night the pounding started again so we had no choice but to move our things about midnight.to Cabin 1268 Guest services Thelma Rustia sent someone with a cart to help move our suitcases and everything .It was not an easy task. We finally got settled in a new cabin and were able to finally get my much needed rest. She was very helpful to us on other things. I was too ill to enjoy the cruise and wished I had stayed home but we did enjoy the shows and seeing our waiter, Anselmo again, The reason we went.!!!! 3x Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We went with a group of six couples and had a blast! Loved the entertainment and CD "Wee Jimmy" made everyone have a good time, his bubbly personality was infectious. We had anytime dining but ended up going to the 6 pm early ... Read More
We went with a group of six couples and had a blast! Loved the entertainment and CD "Wee Jimmy" made everyone have a good time, his bubbly personality was infectious. We had anytime dining but ended up going to the 6 pm early dining each night to get a prime table for 12, right by the maitre'd desk up front. Our servers were exceptional and when my wife and I celebrated our 35th anniversary one night our waitress Rhia sang a beautiful long song just for us. Dinner menu always had a wide variety of choices and you can order 2 (or 3) entrees if you want. One of our group ordered 3 lobster tails, and another couple always had 3 desserts - served with a smile. We booked an inside cabin and it was very nice - the cabin steward worked hard every day to keep it fresh and clean, and he was always smiling and friendly. We like inside cabins because they are so dark, and with the comfy king bed it's perfect for sleeping. The cabin is a bit small but we don't spend much time inside the cabin. 8th floor was very convenient, we rarely took the elevator but just walked up one flight to the main Lido deck. The Guy Fieri Burger Bar is a treasure, the burgers are cooked fresh and there is an abundance of toppings. The Blue Iguana also offers made-to-order burritos - great for breakfast. There's an omelet bar on the side hallway and they'll custom make your omelets, a great way to start the day. We got to Ft. Lauderdale a day early and took an airboat through the Everglades - what a great time! Then we ate at the Greek Islands restaurant, which some people in our group consider a must-do. It was a great meal and a fun environment. On board the Liberty, the pool in the main deck was always packed, sometimes it was so crowded it was uncomfortable. The jacuzzis can also get crowded but it's a nice way to meet other passengers, just say hi and where are you from and the conversations flow. I always enjoy meeting new people. We booked an ATV trip on Grand Turk that was pretty good, but there's not much to see on the island. As others have mentioned, I think it's better to just hang out at the beach right off the pier (free lounge chairs and umbrellas) and spend some time at Margaritaville which is right behind the beach, with a free-form pool and great margaritas (of course!). Too bad Jimmy Buffett didn't show up and sing a few tunes (I'm dreamin'). We enjoyed Old San Juan, just walking along soaking up the scenery with cobblestone streets and huge palm trees. We took a taxi to one of the forts and it was awesome - especially the iguana that seems to enjoy being with people. It even climbed up one guy's pants leg and clung to his leg for a few minutes. On St. Kitts, we took a taxi to Cockleshell Beach and went snorkeling. The beach was nice, there's food and drink service, and the snorkeling was fine - the water was shallow and there weren't many colorful fish, and to make matters worse I stepped on a sea urchin and got 18 spikes stuck in my foot. I was being careful until I stood on a rock to call to a friend and the rock was covered with slippery moss, and my foot slipped and went straight into the urchin. Ouch, it really hurts. But it's not poisonous and eventually the spikes worked their way out - after about a month. Please don't do what I did - don't go barefoot, and be extra careful around those nasty little creatures (all my fault, not theirs, of course). The piano bar on the ship was a lot of fun, but it all depends on who the pianist is. Some just have that magic touch, while others are just average. This was our third Caribbean cruise - the first two were Western Caribbean trips. And we're setting sail Oct. 15 on the Carnival Glory. Can't wait to set sail! (And I feel so bad for cruisers who have to put up with Hurricane Michael, but I'm glad that mean ol' storm will be gone by the time we get there.) Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We have been on several cruises in the Caribbean and this is the best itinerary we have had (especially if you like beaches!). The ship was in good condition. We upgraded to a suite at the last minute. It was the largest room I have ... Read More
We have been on several cruises in the Caribbean and this is the best itinerary we have had (especially if you like beaches!). The ship was in good condition. We upgraded to a suite at the last minute. It was the largest room I have ever seen on a cruise ship. It was so worth the upgrade! We enjoyed the Serenity area to get away from all of the noise. We went to the steakhouse and the food was wonderful! The entertainment wasn't as good as we have seen in the past on other cruises, but I think it was because we weren't in the target age group. We didn't do very many excursions through Carnival because they seemed pricey. Although, we did do the Champagne Catamaran Sail to St John's and it was fantastic! The best excursion we did (not through Carnival) was on Barbados. We booked James and he took us on a private tour of the island. The island is beautiful!! We stopped at one of the beaches and wanted to stay, but some of our party wanted to go back to the ship, so James left us at the beach, took the others back to the ship and then came back and waited on us at the beach. He was very knowledgable of the island and took us wherever we wanted to visit. All in all it was a great trip. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
This was a wonderful, relaxing cruise, our perfect "Getaway!" The Liberty was clean and refreshed, the food was good, the crew was friendly and helpful, everything was great on board. We had a special deal and booked a suite ... Read More
This was a wonderful, relaxing cruise, our perfect "Getaway!" The Liberty was clean and refreshed, the food was good, the crew was friendly and helpful, everything was great on board. We had a special deal and booked a suite for the first time. Nice stateroom, and great steward; Dennis was fabulous with responses to very minor issues. We will probably go back to a balcony next time when we will get to Platinum. The library had sparse books available. Carnival should encourage guests to donate books they finish. We have done so in the past but came without them this trip. The shows were FABULOUS on this cruise. The dancers and singers were impeccable! You won't do better on Broadway! Note on the last night show with cruisers portraying celebrities... Dump it! The last few have been a pain to sit through, and Brittany Spears is a has-been. UGH!! Maybe let it be an amateur night with the guests picking their own songs? How about a fresh idea, even if it's just a sing-along or something like the entertainment at the old previous cruisers party? Which ships have you cruised, dancing on stage, etc. Fun, not has-been tedium. St Thomas was a relaxing day- just shopping and Bushwackers at Paradise Point up the skylift. The turtle snorkel on Barbados was super - lots of sea turtles and fish, and a great catamaran crew! Got the T-Shirt! Our only issue was with a tour to "Snorkel Between the Pitons" on St Lucia. The tiny beach where we had to enter the water was a pile of small rocks, very steep and the undertow was really bad. A number of us (experienced snorkelers) had bleeding scrapes and bruises from falling on the gravel. The boat should unload in the water to swim to the area for snorkeling - gorgeous coral and fish in the protected area. Worth the trip, but maybe not the injuries. Maybe the cruise lines can work on this issue!! The train excursion on St Kitts was nice, even in the rain. Nice views of the island, and lots of Pina Coladas and rum punch if you desired. We saw the fort on a previous cruise and wanted to see the island. Good narration of the island history and fun train ride on the old narrow gauge rails. We took an island tour on St Maarten as we usually just chill on the Philipsburg beach. Not much history information, stops like Blu Mall were ridiculous, too much time at Sunset Beach waiting for planes to land, not much time in Marigot. They need to rethink the tour. Gorgeous island. next time a taxi to Marigot! Everything said, we had a great week. Thanks Carnival, for another great vacation! Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Check-in was chaotic and staff appeared ill prepared to handle the crowds. Sending people to wrong lines. Once on board, we attempted to buy the soft drink package and was told they could not activate our cards until we went to the guest ... Read More
Check-in was chaotic and staff appeared ill prepared to handle the crowds. Sending people to wrong lines. Once on board, we attempted to buy the soft drink package and was told they could not activate our cards until we went to the guest services desk. After standing in line for 10 minutes, the staff person at guest services said they could not activate the card and sent us back to the person doing beverage package sign up. Back in that line, the staff person "miraculously" was able to see that the card was indeed activated. The room was very clean and spacious, lots of closet and storage space. Down sides: the food on the Lido Buffet was marginal in terms of variety of selections and visual appeal. Except for Guy's Hamburgers, the food on Lido should be avoided. Service in the dining room was excellent. Especially enjoyed Tea Time on the at sea day. The ship interior design was not as glamorous as other ships I have experienced. The production shows were excellent- great set design, costumes, and great dancers. The lead singers were top notch. A musical group called Summer Breeze that performed in the atrium lobby was phenomenal. The female singer, Richel, had a vocal range like Whitney Houston. Many opportunities to have professional photographs taken but the cost was excessive. Loved the Serenity deck, a wonderful retreat for adults only. Would have loved more activities at night after the late theater show. The night life on board seemed listless and lacked energy and vibrancy. The cruise director was lackluster at best, not a high energy person. A good experience overall, but it was less than Royal. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Boarded the ship in San Juan Puerto Rico. Flew in the night before to explore a little of the island before we boarded. Embarkation was a breeze, started at 12:30 pm. Cabins were ready by 1:30. Husband and I were in an inside Rivera ... Read More
Boarded the ship in San Juan Puerto Rico. Flew in the night before to explore a little of the island before we boarded. Embarkation was a breeze, started at 12:30 pm. Cabins were ready by 1:30. Husband and I were in an inside Rivera deck mid ship cabin. To our surprise this was a great location. We did not feel the ship sailing at all. Food was great. Had a great variation. We purchased beers ahead of time and found them in our cabin the first day we boarded. I would recommend if you can purchase your drinks ahead of time. No need to purchase and lug water on to the ship. They sell a 12 pack of water for only $2.99 which you can also purchase ahead of time. We removed the items out of the the fridge and placed them on the top and filled the fridge with our beverages, which worked out well. Just don't forget to bring with you a bottle opener. Shows were great, music was also great, they had all types of music to please all crowds. Eastern itinerary was great with the exception of Barbados. We did an island tour with one of the locals and we were not empresses with island. Overall we had a great time on this cruise. Would recommend and for first timers with Carnival having cruised with Royal, Norwegian, and Disney. I cruise with Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
My wife and I just returned from this cruise. It was our 3rd cruise overall, second on Carnival. We are in our late 20s and not much into partying. This cruise was priced very well and the itinerary was excellent. There was a pretty even ... Read More
My wife and I just returned from this cruise. It was our 3rd cruise overall, second on Carnival. We are in our late 20s and not much into partying. This cruise was priced very well and the itinerary was excellent. There was a pretty even mix of couples, families, etc Overall we had a wonderful trip and highly recommend. Room: we were in room 2393 amidships. It was your standard Carnival oceanview room, relatively spacious and very clean. Our cabin steward Richie was great, he knew us by name on day one. Room was always clean. Most of my complaints on this cruise were about the room; there was a rattling noise at night and in the afternoon there was a foul smell in the halls. Also the ac was not cool enough even on the coolest setting. Didn't complain about it at the time. Food: excellent overall. As always buffets were hectic but they had good food options there. Room service and deli are standard. The blue iguana taco bar and Guys burgers were absolutely phenomenal, all items were fresh and you can add your own toppings. Don't miss fish and chips upstairs in the buffet! They had many good options also. Main dining room food and service was awesome. They had a great selection each day and the staff were super helpful. We did the my time dining so we had different waiters everyday but they were all nice. The one thing I didn't like is that even though you had a table for 2 it was on top of another couple. We usually went for dinner right at 545 to beat the crowds. They serve lobster tail on formal nights, had prime rib and filet mignon a few nights also. The steak was hit or miss in terms of cooking. If you have time eat breakfast in the dining room, its much better and quieter. Don't miss the sea day brunch either!! Filet mignon and fried eggs were amazing. We usually skipped dessert at dinner and got swirls later on. Day 1 boarding: our flight didn't come in until about 4 but it was a quick inexpensive taxi ride to the ship and we boarded in literally a few minutes. And our luggage made it to our room quickly, so we were at dinner before we knew it. The muster drill isn't until 930pm which is a stretch for those traveling all day; it went quick though. Day 2 St. Thomas: did Godfrey tour (non carnival), 35 pp for a 6 hour tour. We had a cool driver and he was very knowledgeable of the island, got to see many great sights. Got some free drinks at some of the stops also and they also provided beverages. Unfortunately we got some rain so we skipped the beach part of the tour but we still got to drive by Megan Bay and Coki to catch some pics. I highly recommend this tour its a great value. Day 3 sea day: sea day brunch is a must!! Get the steak and eggs. Pool area was surprising not crowded until mid afternoon. I like the layout of the sundeck. Serenity was closed due to wind. Formal night. Welcome aboard show was pretty good. To our disappointment the 2 older female comedians were not that good. Day 4 Barbados: Got off ship early to walk to the boatyard beach club. Beware after you leave the terminal the taxi drivers will harass you beyond comfort. Its about a 20 minute walk, it is a little sketchy in some spots, but all the locals are nice and it was a pleasant walk. Print a map if you want to walk, we had to ask a few people. The boatyard was a great way to spend the day; 15pp to use all their facilities plus umbrella and a drink was well worth it. Spent about 5 hours there and the taxi back is included. The water is clear and the beach is very clean. They have happy hour specials and free shots, even the regular bar prices were a steal compared to the ship. Highly recommended Day 5 St Lucia: did COSOL tours. This was an awesome day trip around the island. It is very organized and you travel in a small group of 10 in a comfortable van. Our driver and guide was named Bumpy, he was a true professional. He would go out of his way for anything we needed, take pictures, and very nice overall. There were many turns on this trek so I did get a little nauseous despite 2 Dramamine. But the sights and stops were truly phenomenal. They also give you a local lunch and snacks and drinks all day. Truly enjoyed it and well worth the 75 pp. A must do!! Day 6 St Kitts: took it easy after a long day on St Lucia. The port was nice and there are many shops. Price around if you want to buy something, it may be a few bucks cheaper right next door. This happened to me for both liquor and clothing purchases. They have a lot of bootleg bags and stuff as well. There is a casino in port and there outdoor bar serves $1 Caribe all day. Great place to hang out for a few days. Free WiFi in some spots as well. Day 7 St. Marten: also a nice port for some shopping. Bought the all day water tax pass for $7 it was worth it just to take a nice boat ride into town. We walked around town a little which was nice and safe, and then walked along the boardwalk. The beach is right there but we choose not to swim. You can rent chairs cheap. There is a great bar right by the water taxi exit that has $2 rum drinks and $1 beers and free WiFi. Nice hangout. We went back to the ship for lunch and came back out after, it gets very hot! My criticisms were that the entertainment options at night were not that abundant compared to past Carnival experience. The comedians later on the week were much better than the 2 from earlier. I expect drinks to be expensive but they really overcharge compared to Norwegian. Many options off shore for cheap drinks, save the money. Overall this cruise is truly a great value and we had a great, memorable time. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
This was the first cruise for both my wife and I, so we have no other similar experiences to compare other than land only trips to San Juan. We are a married couple in our early 50's from Texas. We arrived in San Juan early morning ... Read More
This was the first cruise for both my wife and I, so we have no other similar experiences to compare other than land only trips to San Juan. We are a married couple in our early 50's from Texas. We arrived in San Juan early morning on Saturday and was granted an early check in a no extra charge at The Condado Lagoon Villas at The Caribe Hilton, which was just a short 5 minute ride to the cruise terminal in Old San Juan. this is very nice place to stay for a night or a week, which we have done several times. Day One - Sunday - Embarkation in San Juan We arrived at the cruise terminal at 12 noon and as expected the line to embarkation was already about 150 people long. The union porters took our luggage and tagged them with a colorful ribbon indicating "Faster to Fun" or F2F. A Carnival agent spotted our Cruise Critic hats we were wearing and asked if we were F2F (this was not the only time our CC gear garnered preferential treatment). We happily responded with a yes and were whisked to a much sorter line off to go left. This was one a couple if instances were F2F was worth the $50 fee. We proceeded through all the checkpoints quickly, received our Sail and Sign Cards and entered the ship within 15 minutes of arrival. Our cabin was ready to go as soon as we boarded, another F2F perk. The cabin door and interior were decorated with Happy Anniversary decor, which was pre-paid by our eldest son. The cabin, 1043, had a very nice balcony and great view starboard from deck 10, Panorama Deck. Our luggage had not yet arrived, so we decided to ho grab some food. We stopped off at Guy's Burger Joint and were very impressed by our meal. All staff interactions were met with great smiles an a willingness to exceed expectations. after lunch we tried to explore as much if the shop as possible, before making a late afternoon run to the CVS just a few blocks west of the terminal for few sundry goods and a case of bottled water. Upon our return our checked baggage had been delivered to our cabin door. We put away our garments and necessities and relaxed a bit in the cabin. Dinner was open seating on this first night and again our expectations were exceeded by the staff in the Silver Olympic dining room. Afterwards we decided to explore some more and found ourselves chilling at the Serenity deck right before being called for the mandatory muster drill. This was actually the only low point if the cruise. Even though it was mandatory to attend, the high humidity and temperature, even at 9:30 in the evening, combined with thousands of bodies in a tight space, made it very uncomfortable for many of us for well over 25 minutes. Due to our center location for muster we were unable to gain a decent rail view up topside, so we decided to do a more subdued send off from our balcony. We had a great view of the ship backing up and turning to port and watching Old San Juan fade away over the next 15-20 minutes. On a scale from 1-10, I would rate the first day as an 8 due to the "sardines in a can" feeling during muster. Day Two - Monday - St. Thomas We had pre-scheduled the Dolphin Discovery excursion to Tortola an had an 8 am call in the Venetian Showroom. We hit the Lido buffet at 7 am and found the varied selection for food quite satisfying an plentiful. Coffee was a bit strong but with some real cream and natural sugar, it was doable. We then headed to the Venetian and our group of about 24 followed our guide off the ship and straight to our ferry ride. We made the slightly choppy ride to Road a Town in about 45 minutes. A quick trip through custom/immigration for the BVI and then we loaded into a large limo van and headed to the Discovery location. After a brief discussion on expectations we were split into groups of about 8 people. Our expectation again were exceeded as we spent nearly an hour in the water with our dolphin, Gracia. We touched, held , rode on her belly and we were pushed from behind. I even was asked to give her some if her fish rewards. Afterwards we were able to purchase snacks and drinks while choosing if we wanted photos of the excursions, which were a bit pricey, but such a great keepsake on CD, thumb drive a 3 prints. We even received a conservation session which included the lineage of all the dolphins at this location. We then headed back to Charlotte Amalie where there were some computer snafus that delayed entry through US immigration and customs by about 30 minutes. Then back to the ship for some sun in the Serenity area. Dinner was at Diamond's Steakhouse, as it was our 30th Anniversary day. We enjoyed a nice and relaxed 3 course meal with excellent service. The food was top notch and the cheesecake was completely decadent. We then booked a couples massage at the spa for the next evening. We knocked off early at about 10 pm as the previous 3 days of non-stop action in San Juan and the Liberty had us drained. Day Three - Tuesday - Day at Sea We slept in a little and had breakfast on Lido deck. Omelette were very well prepared your way, coffee still very strong. We then proceeded to the Venetian for a very informative session on the various ports and excursions available. Felipe, the cruise director, discussed each port and the top 5 excursions for each. There was an excursion for each port of call given away via raffle after Felipe discussed the individual ports. We did some more exploration and found ourselves on the Serenity deck once more. Lunch was deli sandwiches made to order on the Lido deck. We rested some more on our balcony and then headed to our assigned dinner in the Silver Olympic dinning room. Tonight was elegant night and while most passengers were dressed appropriately, quite a few were not, which was a bit disappointing. We met our assigned waitstaff of Carlos, Abdul and Samuel. They never missed a beat, taking orders, filling glasses, pulling plates and changing flatware as needed. They took the time to ask about us and where we were from. We felt very welcomed by these gentlemen. They even sang Happy Anniversary to us! The food was great and we even made conversation with fellow diners nearby. We decided to eat light due to our scheduled couples massage later in the evening. Just before we left the dining room we were entertained by the entire waitstaff dancing all over the room. After dinner we strolled the Promenade deck and took in the casino for a few rounds of slots before heading to the cabin to change into gym clothes. The couples massage was just the right touch to end the day, I took the bamboo massage while my wife had the hot stone massage. When we booked the day before the staff at the spa knew it was our anniversary and offered an extra 25 minutes for both of us at no extra charge! After the pampering received at the spa we called it a night again at about 10 pm. Day Four - Wednesday - Barbados We awoke early and hit breakfast at 7 am on the Lido deck. We did not book an excursion and decided to grab a cab and head over to The Boatyard. It was a wise choice as we were able to split a cab with 2 other couples and only pay $5 each for the short 10 minute trip. Entry into the Boatyard was $15 each, which included a chair,an umbrella and return cab ride back to the ship. The water was very calm, clear and inviting. Food and drinks were available for purchase and there were clear restrooms on site. This was a very good bargain. We stayed about 4 hours and headed back for a late lunch on the ship. We decided to try Guy's again and were just as thrilled this time as we were on day one. We roamed around again and visited the Rum Bar for some Caribbean Coladas that hit the spot! Dinner again at our assigned table and with our 3 great servers. More merriment at the end with dancing and signing all around! We made the late showing of the Rock and Roll Show in the Venetian, which was well presented by some very talented singers and dancers. Afterwards we headed to the comedy club to Azeem for the last performance if he night. He was freaking hilarious. Initially he followed his routine but not even 5 minutes into into if he was interacting with several guests and next thing we know us he was improvising god last 20 minutes with some extremely funny adult humor on the fly! After that we hit the casino for a while and then hit the hay. Day Five - Thursday - St Lucia The night before we booked an excursion through the TV in the room and picked a beach trip to the northern side of the island. Our tour guide LeeAnn, a native Lucian, met us in the Venetian and escorted us to our tour bus. She was very informative during our drive to the northern tip where we stopped to take pictures of some great breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea. We then headed to Pigeon Island National Park Beach, where we spent over 3 hours on a small secluded beach. Lounge chairs were included. We found a shady spot and enjoyed our time talking with fellow passengers in the very calm and clear water and on the beach. We then headed back to the ship and readied up for dinner. Again, we received excellent service as well more signing and dancing, afterwards we caught the tail end if Spanish language trivia in the Venetian, followed by name the TV theme song trivia. we stayed for the Gender Game, pitting a group of 15 men against 15 women answering opposite gender specific questions. I joined the men on stage for this fun event. After that we stayed to play some bingo and then waited for the Marriage game to start. Initially a couple with the least amount of married time was selected with only 3 days under their belts. Next came the couple with the most years, which happened to be their 50th anniversary. The final slot was contested by about 9 couple ranging in married time from 20-30 years. We decided to try for that slot. There was an initial "kiss off" that pared it down to us and another couple. The final "kiss off", Felipe the Cruise Director, challenged us to make it passionate. Well I just grabbed my wife and started kissing and spinning her around like ice skaters. We were selected based on our "high energy"! The game proper was similar to "The Newlywed Game" in that the husbands were led offstage and the wives answered 10 questions. Then while backstage the men were asked the same question. This led to some very funny and "R" rates responses. In the end all couple received a Carnival ship trophy, but the 50 year married couple also received some very nice jewelry for her, compliments of Felipe. We hit the sack again after all the festivities. One thing I noticed was that at all times there were staff members cleaning in all areas all of the time. Not once during the whole cruise did we see anything that could even be considered as dirty. They even painted the sides of the ship in every port where the tugs scuffed the white paint of Liberty. Most impressed by this attention to detail. Day Six - Friday - St. Kitts Breakfast in Lido again with omelettes. Very consistent with good food quality. We did a spur of the moment excursion to Cockleshell Beach in the southern part of the island . After a 30 minute twisty and up and Finn ride with outstanding views, we arrived at the beach. We received a welcome fruit punch drink and had access to chairs, umbrellas right on the water. We had a great view of Nevis about 3-4 miles way. The clear, warm and calm waters were just perfect. Our driver picked us up on time after a 3 hour stay. We caught late lunch again at both Lido buffet and Guy's. It was during lunch that several passengers recognized us from the marriage show as it was replayed on the ships channel all day long. We asked at guest services if a DVD was available of that event but was informed they stopped that program a while back due to very low interest. We hit the casino a bit before dinner. It was the second elegant night of the cruise. This time more passengers were better dressed for dinner that the previous elegant evening. More signing and dancing ensued and again another tasty meal. We spent some time walking around later as well as hit the casino again before going to sleep. Day Seven - Saturday - St. Maarten Breakfast as usual and a jaunt down to the cab stand for a cab ride to Maho beach. $8 each and we were grouped with 2 other couples. We were dropped off at the Sunset Bar and Grill. We laid $20 for 2 loungers and an umbrella. We watched the planes fly 50 feet overhead while landing at Princess Julianna Airport. We stayed from about 10 am until another 1:30 pm. Beach was quite rocky and inclined dramatically into the moderate surf. By the time we left the were about 600-700 people in the area, compared to about 50 when we first arrived. Lunch again on the ship at Guys and the spent the afternoon on the aft pool area which is adults only. Last night of dinner with the finest waitstaff afloat. They even got me get up and dance Gundham Style with them. Afterwards we said our goodbyes to the staff and fellow diners. Throughout the day debarkation instructions were on ships TV. We had F2F and need edit as we had an 11am flight out in the morning. We hit the sack about 10pm. Day Eight - Sunday - San Juan The ship arrived at about 6am to the dock. We hit the Lido buffet about that time and headed back to our room to take all our luggage to our assigned F2F area in the Olympic Gold dining area. At about 6:50 we were herded to Zero deck and we're off the ship and through customs by 7:30. Made it to the airport by 8am! All in all I would give this cruise 9.0 out of 10.0. Our cabin was kept tidy by our cabin steward and he provided some very cute towel animals and such. He kept ice in our ice bucket every evening and we never once had to call for service on the room. I used the Landry services to press my shirts, slacks and jacket and a nominal charge. I was not disappointed with this service also. Actually other than a couple of rude and obnoxious passengers and the muster drill, everything else exceeded our expectations beyond belief. We will cruise on Carnival again, as we decided this morning to come back in two years with our adult sons. Until then Bon Voyage to all who sail on Liberty" Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Thankfully we had cruised before, because this would put you off cruising for ever. The ship is "decorated" with so many different materials, textures, colours (we counted approx.11 in the lifts) that it assaults the eyes. The ... Read More
Thankfully we had cruised before, because this would put you off cruising for ever. The ship is "decorated" with so many different materials, textures, colours (we counted approx.11 in the lifts) that it assaults the eyes. The food was absolutely awful, my wife ordered her food and on 3 nights received MOST of what she ordered. I had the flat iron steak one night couldn't cut it due to gristle. On another night we recieved our starter course only after 80 minutes. Yes EIGHTY minutes. The buffet was like a pack of frenzied piraña fighting for the food, but the burgers were spot on as was the fish and chip shop. The cabin we had was very good plenty of space the balcony adequate for us. The ports of call were fantastic, entertainment was iffy. Also we are encouraged to use the hand sanitizers which are dotted all around unfortunately most were empty. All in all very disappointed won't cruise carnival again. Back to RCI, NCL & THOMPSON they aren't faultless but a heck of a lot better than carnival if liberty is the norm. Just a final remark made to us by an American couple who have over 10 cruises with carnival they said the standards of food, entertainment and general standard has dropped noticeably over the last year to eighteen months and they doubt they will cruise with them again Read Less
Sail Date May 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
My wife and I returned from our first Carnival cruise together on the Liberty and here are some of our observations. We were somewhat apprehensive and yet excited about this cruise over spring break. My wife paid the extra money for us ... Read More
My wife and I returned from our first Carnival cruise together on the Liberty and here are some of our observations. We were somewhat apprehensive and yet excited about this cruise over spring break. My wife paid the extra money for us to get into our Deck 6 midship balcony stateroom when we got on board. The documenting was same as other lines we have cruised on (sailing pass, receipts, etc). So our cruise folder was complete well before we left. PRE-CRUISE We flew into San Juan the day before the cruise (4/4/2015)...as we do not like travel hiccups. We stayed the night in a Condo area hotel and ventured out for our two bottles of take aboard wine. The remainder of our time was spent at the in the pool side and water slide...they also have a private Atlantic side beach that was jammed solid. (For those who are venturesome this cruise leaves Puerto Rico at 10 pm on Sunday so technically you could fly in on the day she sails but again there are those hiccups) We took a cab from the hotel to the cruise terminal in the morning and made it there just before 11 am. EMBARKATION We unloaded our luggage right from the cab to the porter.We tipped our porter. ( Always tip your porter.) Our checkin was seamless but we sat further away from the security checkpoint, so that when our group (Fun Group? or similar catchy phrase) we had a long line ahead of us. We had to wait just as we got to the x-ray machines for a "priority group" who bumped us. I hate that kind of stuff...one on pet peeves along with surly service. But we got through after them. The signs take you on a rather detoured route to board on deck zero. There is another entrance on a higher deck. THE SHIP Liberty is a classical lady...not modern but very stylish. Some may say that the main pool is smallish but the trick is to know when to visit (early after breakfast 9 am ish, later when people are at dinner, relaxing lazily on a port day when most people are at dinner). There are two hot tubs and two bars on the main pool deck. A nice feature of Liberty is the restrooms next to the burger joint and mexican food on the Pool deck although oddly enough they are not signed. Be observant as there is another small pool tucked just under the water slide. The water slide was so much fun...we went twice during a quiet port day in Barbados. Above the water slide is an adults area only called Serenity with hammocks for two and two hot tubs. Aft is another small pool and hot tubs. The ship has a central atrium, some shops, a large theater, a casino and a lot of other features to explore (for example running/walking track and putt putt golf. DINING OPTIONS Liberty has a wide selection of dining options from the free (Miles Lido buffet dining, Fish and Chips, Mikes Hamburgers, Blue Ignana Mexican, Silver and Golden Olympian) to the pay for (Steak place) Aside from the hamburger place we had good to above average quality food and the service was exceptional. Our main dining room (Deck 3 Table 187) staff Guillermo, Mayard and Aleksander anticipated our every desire and wish. Guillermo was very funny and knows his food. We really like the veggie curry and the prime rib was melt in your mouth. We only did one formal night but the entire wait staff performed. The chocolate lava cake dessert I would recommend but caution as it is still bubbling when served. We did the Your Time dining for two. We usually eat later 7:30 pm ish but this cruise we tried to be there at about 6:15 pm and while we did miss our table a couple of times we were still close by and had the same staff. PORTS (in a nutshell) St. THOMAS = Meaghan Bay and shopping BARBADOS = we are Barbados ed out....went to local port shops and came back....it rained that day ST. LUCIA = Horse back riding excursion...a first for both of us...excellent and would recommend DOMINIQUE instead of ST KITTS = off ship and back on in less than an hour ST. MAARTEN = stayed on board Am I missing one? One too many Margaritas... We also did the tour of the two forts of Old San Juan ( El Moro and San Christobal) and saw an ignana at each stop. If you have a late departing flight would recommend doing something like this instead of sitting for hours at the airport but you still will sit for a while...Our flight left at 5:30 pm. DEEM BARKING Ugh...it is never pleasant with the packing and etc. Since we had the San Juan tour we had the porters take our luggage the night before. Carnival should have a better system for getting to your luggage. Lines snake into lines. If you can exit with your own luggage that is the option to take. Customs was pretty quick but not like the ports if Baltimore or Cape Liberty. FINAL THOUGHT Far from the non stop partying we have heard about...Had a great cruise on Liberty! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This was our second cruise and first with Carnival. While I have nothing in particular to complain about, and I can’t put my finger on exactly what the issue was, there just seemed to be something missing. We had room 6319 that is ... Read More
This was our second cruise and first with Carnival. While I have nothing in particular to complain about, and I can’t put my finger on exactly what the issue was, there just seemed to be something missing. We had room 6319 that is in the middle of the ship so the main decks up and down were all easily accessible and we were about equidistant between two stairway/elevators. This is a balcony room that we both enjoyed. Our room steward, Mel, was great and he always called us by name when we passed in the hallway that made us feel appreciated. We had late time dining, which in retrospect was probably a mistake. While our waiter, Antonio, was great and we had no real complaints with the food, having this dining time impacted what entertainment we were able to see. On our previous cruise the main shows were held at the same time as the dining options so the late diners went to the early shows and the early diners went to the late shows. The more adult oriented entertainment was held after the late show had concluded. On the Carnival Liberty the early show was help at the same time as the late dining option with a second show help later in the evening making where we had to choose between going to the main show or going to see a comedian. The Guy Fieri Burger Joint and the Blue Iguana Burritos were both amazing, plus the food in the buffet area was also very good. My only complaint with the food is that my wife is diabetic and the choices she had were far more limited than on the previous cruise we were on. On the previous cruise we were on the captain was highly visible and was always present at the beginning of the shows, etc. When you passed him in the hallways he always spoke to you. On the Carnival Liberty this was not the case as we did not see the captain one time. The Cruise Director, Felipe, was very good but seemed to be stretched pretty thin. One thing I felt Carnival should do better is to better control who is in attendance at their adult shows. Could be handled much better than telling to “get the f out” if they are not of age. On the previous ship we were on their was an area of the ship that was set aside for these type of shows and the no one under 21 was allowed in that area of the ship which I found to be much better. All in all we had a good time, and we received good value for our money. But, my wife and I both felt that something was missing and we were somewhat disappointed. I want to make sure I point out that our disappointment in no way reflected the workers on the ship as they were nothing short of excellent, but the overall management of the ship and scheduling of activities left something to be desired. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
My family and my in-laws took a cruise on the Carnival Liberty between March 22nd and the 29th. I had read that this ship had received a 500 million dollar make over. This is very hard to believe with all the deterioration I noticed while ... Read More
My family and my in-laws took a cruise on the Carnival Liberty between March 22nd and the 29th. I had read that this ship had received a 500 million dollar make over. This is very hard to believe with all the deterioration I noticed while cruising aboard the Liberty. The outside decks are in disrepair where the spacing gaps in between the decking was notably higher than the decking itself. The decks were completely worn. Many of the steps while walking outside were in need of repair. The non slip material on the steps was either severely worn or absent completely. I personally called a safety officer over to show him a step that was broken. In my stateroom which was a outside balcony cabin the toilet had broken twice. On our floor alone I noticed the toilets overflow down the hall 3 times. There as a fire on a lower deck on the second to the last day and the cruise director made light of the incident. The Captain however did send out an apology for any inconvenience . Now all this may seem bad but I will say that the food was exceptional and the staff were very kind and helpful. I know this may seem meaningless compared to the rest of my report. Overall if not for its itinerary I would never sail on this boat again until repairs are done. I will sail with Carnival again because I feel as though they have made major improvements in their food and staff have always been friendly to my family.Here's what we look for • Travel To Port of Embarkation ,, U.S. airways, unfriendly staff, delays everywhere, would not use them again. • Hotel Info stayed at the Cocoa Beach Raddison. Excellent family hotel. • Embarkation, not problems boarded ship no issues • Stateroom, poor condition, dirty windows dirty, fridge door coming off hinge fridge help up on 2x4, not a joke. We called front desk, they never fixed fridge however room was cleaned, the toilet broke x 2 as well as others on our floor, overflowing into hall. True I'm not making this up. • Ship Info, ships in is dis repairs. I read a report the ship had a 500 million dollar make over. This is false. This ships needs repairs everywhere you walk. Pools steps staterooms. Etc.. • Dining, excellent food great staff. • Activities,, we chose to do our own activities. We did enjoy as a family the outdoor movies that the ship showed each evening. • Children's Clubs, we looked the facilities were clean and staff friendly, however out kids are not the type to stay in this sort of environment. • Staff & Service, overall staff were friendly and curteous. • Entertainment, we went to a couple shows. Rate from average to excellent. • Shore Excursions, book early or you will have little to do upon getting off the ship in each port. We chose to make our own plans thru trip advisor. It work out better and cheaper. • Disembarkation only issue here was that the staff are in a rush to get everyone off the ship. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
My family and my in-laws took a cruise on the Carnival Liberty between March 22nd and the 29th. I had read that this ship had received a 500 million dollar make over. This is very hard to believe with all the deterioration I noticed while ... Read More
My family and my in-laws took a cruise on the Carnival Liberty between March 22nd and the 29th. I had read that this ship had received a 500 million dollar make over. This is very hard to believe with all the deterioration I noticed while cruising aboard the Liberty. The outside decks are in disrepair where the spacing gaps in between the decking was notably higher than the decking itself. The decks were completely worn. Many of the steps while walking outside were in need of repair. The non slip material on the steps was either severely worn or absent completely. I personally called a safety officer over to show him a step that was broken. In my stateroom which was a outside balcony cabin the toilet had broken twice. On our floor alone I noticed the toilets overflow down the hall 3 times. There as a fire on a lower deck on the second to the last day and the cruise director made light of the incident. The Captain however did send out an apology for any inconvenience . Now all this may seem bad but I will say that the food was exceptional and the staff were very kind and helpful. I know this may seem meaningless compared to the rest of my report. Overall if not for its itinerary I would never sail on this boat again until repairs are done. I will sail with Carnival again because I feel as though they have made major improvements in their food and staff have always been friendly to my family. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
2nd time on the Liberty. Since we were with a party of 11 and 1/2 were either in college or had just graduated cost was a major factor. Embarkation was a breeze. Our cabin steward was excellent. The waitstaff in the main silver dining ... Read More
2nd time on the Liberty. Since we were with a party of 11 and 1/2 were either in college or had just graduated cost was a major factor. Embarkation was a breeze. Our cabin steward was excellent. The waitstaff in the main silver dining room were very nice and prompt. We traveled with a friend that is visually impaired and whenever he asked any Carnival staff for help they were always very helpful. We took inside staterooms. We have cruised many times and the inside rooms are the most quiet for sleeping. The adult comedy shows were great. The stage shows were average for this type of cruise. The 24 hours pizza was great for a late night snack. The ship was very clean for an older ship. The 2 stop snorkeling excursion on Grand Turk was just average and no "rum punch" a bland crew. However, it's a great deal for a little over $500.00 Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
My husband I got married on 03/14/15 and the next day we hopped on a plane from Maryland to sunny Florida for our honeymoon cruise! Since we always take the time to read reviews of ships, we wanted to give our input. This was our third ... Read More
My husband I got married on 03/14/15 and the next day we hopped on a plane from Maryland to sunny Florida for our honeymoon cruise! Since we always take the time to read reviews of ships, we wanted to give our input. This was our third cruise with Carnival and so far our favorite. We are already planning our next vacation for next year with Carnival! Our transfers from the airport to Port Canaveral were a breeze. Embarkation at Port Canaveral seemed very organized, especially compared to Baltimore - we quickly boarded the ship and were able to go right up to our room. The ship was just lovely! We had 6348 - the best room - right in the middle of the ship so the main decks up and down were all easily accessible and the stairway/elevator was right around the corner. Not really much noise, either. We had a balcony room which is always nice. I spent several hours out there reading for pleasure, enjoying the sea breeze! Our room steward, Yugi, took great care of us. No complaints there. We asked for extra pillows and got them with no problem. They had to fix the shower drain on the second night and we got that fixed right away, too. We had "Your Time Dining" and this was the best option - we could go whenever we wanted and get a table. It was a different table each night, which was nice. Once one of the Dining Room Managers, Joyce, recognized us on the 2nd day, she made sure we were sat at a very nice table. The food was varied and delicious! We didn't pack any formal clothes (we dress up every day for work) so on the formal nights we ate up on the Lido deck, which was also a nice change. We'd get a salad and load it up with all sorts of buffet items and just enjoy the view. I probably gained about 10 pounds eating on this cruise! The Guy Fieri Burger Joint and the Blue Iguana Burritos were also amazing. The burgers and fries reminded us of Five Guys Burgers. The Breakfast Burritos were amazing as well. You can have as many as you want but we only ate one per sitting - so much food! My husband got the Endless Bubbles drink package and he used it to get sodas and fruit juices. I bought about 2 frozen/mixed drinks a day (usually the special). We were both happy with these choices. My drinks were about $10 each, plus tip. We enjoyed all of the lovely ports of call, but our favorite was San Juan. We didn't book any excursions, except for the Journey Concert (which was amazing) so we just got off the boat and wandered around the tourist sections of the ports. The Journey Concert was great - except they kept telling people to NOT take photos/videos and people did anyway. When guests violated this rule, crewmembers didn't do anything to stop them. It was quite rude and kinda ruined it for alot of people, I think. Journey performed a fabulous show either way! We got the pre-sale on the tickets for only $60 each which was a steal! The entire crew and staff that we interacted with, especially the Cruise Director Felipe and the Asst. Cruise Director, Ben, made us feel very welcome and helped us to celebrate our honeymoon. The soloist Tim Lucas played several songs in our honor several nights, which was really special. Everyone we met was just so warm and welcoming! Also, Pascale of Guest Services helped us out a few times when we had some questions. We went to all of the shows and enjoyed them, though we had seen the same shows on the Carnival Pride two years ago. It was still different though and we had a great time. We really enjoyed the 2.0 Fun Ship upgrades and can't wait to go again! Thank you! Ricky   Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Overall, we enjoyed the cruise but only because we made it so ourselves. The ship was nothing special. I did not take one picture of any places on the ship, This was a first for me! The ship crew were friendly enough but no one went out ... Read More
Overall, we enjoyed the cruise but only because we made it so ourselves. The ship was nothing special. I did not take one picture of any places on the ship, This was a first for me! The ship crew were friendly enough but no one went out of their way. Let me correct that, one afternoon we were playing cards and needed a pencil, I asked one of the guys that was on cleanup if he had one. He did not but, he took the time to run one down for me. I am sorry to say, I did not get his name. Since tipping is required, I am wondering if they are taking them for granted?? The entertainment was the worse we have ever had on any cruise. They did have comedians that were very good but there was never room for the crowd. We got to see one comedian one time! Why not have them in a larger venue, was it because they had bingo in the larger theater? The ship dancer/singers were good but, we didn't want to watch them every night! It would have been nice to have a choice! The food in all the dining areas was good except the desserts. The desserts were awful! One evening we ordered chicken, mixed in it was a piece of rabbit. For us it was OK, we like rabbit but for someone else, this might have been a problem. We thought "this ship needs a new cruise director and pastry chef"!! Oh, if you like the soft serve ice cream/yogurt, this is the ship to be on!! They have several machines and they were always working!! 5 stars here!!   Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
A little background: DH and I are both 26. This was our 11th cruise, our 8th on Carnival. We live in Orlando, Florida and booked this cruise very last minute. This was a repositioning cruise. It started in Florida (Port Canaveral), went ... Read More
A little background: DH and I are both 26. This was our 11th cruise, our 8th on Carnival. We live in Orlando, Florida and booked this cruise very last minute. This was a repositioning cruise. It started in Florida (Port Canaveral), went to St. Thomas, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, and Tortola, and ended in San Juan. We had an interior cabin, midship on Deck 1. We usually prefer balconies, but I couldn’t pass up the price for interiors on this cruise. It was actually nice to have an interior. We were hardly in the room. This room was much cooler than our previous balconies too, so that was a plus. We left our house around noon to head to Port Canaveral. Got there around 12:45. We were on the ship at 1:05. Check in was quick and painless. Side note: The people next to us in line were able to sail only with their birth certificates. I don’t know the laws, but I was under the impression that repositioning cruises required passports, even if both the start and end ports are U.S. ports. Guess I was wrong about that ☺ We had just been on the Liberty’s sister ship, Glory, in December, so we didn’t need to explore the ship. I don’t think this ship was sailing full. There were less people everywhere we turned. The Promenade never clogged up like it did in December. We never had a problem finding a chair by the pool, even when we went at noon. No lines in the buffet or at Guy’s. We were seated with one other couple at a table for 10 at dinner. In fact, I don’t think any table was full at our dinner. Granted, we had the late seating, which usually isn’t as full as early or anytime, but it just seemed like there were less people. Service was top-notch. Our dining room servers were the best of any of our cruises. Funny, engaging, and genuine. Our tablemates were also great, making dinner something to look forward to every night. Our cabin steward was a little shy, but he introduced himself the first day, kept our ice bucket full and our room spotless. The bartenders at Alchemy were fantastic, as usual. There was never a line at guest services (surprisingly) and everyone was very nice and helpful. I played a bit in the casino while DH was watching sports in EA, but didn’t win anything. The casino was not very busy. Never a problem finding a slot machine to play. The tables were rarely full. We only went to one show. It was okay, but not great. The singers at the casino bar and in the lobby were better than the “main” singers. The food was good. We aren’t picky eaters. Never had a problem finding something on the menu to eat. In St. Thomas we taxied to Sapphire Beach. We love Sapphire…probably one of our favorite beaches. $10pp each way for taxi. $9pp for a beach chair. Sapphire is under construction. There are bathrooms, but we didn’t use them so I can’t speak to their condition. Not much food around, although later in the day someone from one of the hotels came out to the beach with menus. In St. Kitts we did the Scenic Railway. They have a No-Compete agreement, so we had to book the excursion through Carnival. It was interesting. 45 minute drive on an air conditioned bus with a tour guide pointing out all the sights. About 2 hours on the train, going all over the island. The train ride wasn’t narrated, but there wasn’t much to see on the train ride, other than pretty scenery. Alcohol was included, so that’s a plus. Don’t think I would recommend this excursion though. Kind of boring after the first 30 minutes on the train. In St. Maarten we taxied to Orient Beach. $7pp each way. $14 for 2 chairs, an umbrella, and 2 drinks. Lots of naked people, but I expected that. They did not enforce the “no nudity on the left side of the beach.” I probably wouldn’t take my kids there. Everyone was very pushy. It was hard to relax because every 5 minutes someone would try to sell you something or offer you a massage. It got really annoying. We went there in 2007 and remember the water being much calmer. The waves were much higher this time. Apparently there was a small fire onboard as we pulled in to St. Maarten. I heard a few announcements for “Alpha Team” but I mostly slept through it. When we got off the ship, we smelled smoke. We got a letter from the Captain later in the day saying that it was small and easily contained. It didn’t slow us down at all. We left on time and made our next port as scheduled. In Tortola we took the Carnival excursion to the Baths. We’ve done this excursion before and we loved it. No different this time. Be warned though, this excursion is not for people with mobility issues. You have to hike down, climb through the caves if you want to get to Devil’s Bay (which is absolutely stunning), and hike back up to the top. One lady on our tour (who was in her 60s) had some issues. I would definitely recommend this excursion. I wish we could have stayed for a little longer, but we still had a great time. Debarkation was a nightmare. They started self-assist at 7:00am. We had a 3:00pm flight, so we weren’t in any hurry. They didn’t call our number to get off the ship till 12:00pm. Customs took another hour and we didn’t get to the airport till 1:45pm. Luckily we breezed through agriculture and TSA, otherwise we would have cut it really close.   Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
I admit...I read as many reviews as I can. You can glean alot of information and if you remember that not everyone is going to have the same opinion on the same situation you should have a decent idea of what to expect. So ... Read More
I admit...I read as many reviews as I can. You can glean alot of information and if you remember that not everyone is going to have the same opinion on the same situation you should have a decent idea of what to expect. So therefore...here's My review on the Liberty. Embarkation: Can it be any easier? From time we were dropped off til we got to our room wasRoom: 8236 on the Verandah deck. Port side...clean, functional and enough space for 2 women and all thier stuff. My stepmom uses a CPAP machine and we ran an extension cord from socket to her bedside. That was our only complaint...need a socket nearer to the bed. Our cabin steward was great. The entie ship was always clean...you always saw someone cleaning/freshening up areas. Food:Ate at the buffet for brakfast and luch. Silver dining room for dinner. The staff in all the venues were friendly and helpful. the food was delicious and plentiful. We also ate in the Steakhouse one night...amazing food and service. LOVED the fresh tacos for lunch!! Entertainment: The shows were good and everyone seemed to enjoy the dancing/comedy and other venues onboard. Casino: Fun staff!! Slightly smokey. Ports of call: bahamas...was OK StThomas...very pretty and the views from up the mountain were amazing. Locals very nice and helpful. Enjoyed walking about the town. San Juan...AMAZING!! We loved every minute. Great tour by Bruno. scenery was fabulous...food was to die for. Would love to go back. did not get to Turks and Caicos...too rought to dock. Had an extra sea day. SeaDays: liked to relax aboard the ship. Serenity area was so nice to relax and read. Disembarkation: We were one of the last groups off...no rush...bags waiting, customs quick and easy..family waiting to pick us up. Shopping on board: Good deals on jewelry sets and bracelets were to be had. this was our 2nd cruise with Carnival and we had a great time. Planning an Alaskan cruise for 2016. I fely like we got a good value for our money and we will cruise with Carnival again.   Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
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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