1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
Overall great cruise experience. This was our second cruise - our first was also with Carnival. The shortness worked out for us as this was the second part of a longer vacation (stayed in Orlando for several days prior). We drove in ... Read More
Overall great cruise experience. This was our second cruise - our first was also with Carnival. The shortness worked out for us as this was the second part of a longer vacation (stayed in Orlando for several days prior). We drove in from Orlando the morning of departure and used Park N Cruise. Selected it mostly for price and location but also the frequency of shuttles and the ability to book online at a discount. Attendants were helpful and friendly. Had to wait maybe 10 minutes for the shuttle to get loaded and they dropped us off right at the terminal. Faster to the Fun was worth it in my opinion. Wanted to enjoy every minute of this short cruise and I really liked being able to carry my bags on and go straight to the room to drop off, freshen up, and change. The only downside was probably "user error" in that I didn't know the procedure for actually getting to the cabin as soon as we boarded. There were signs everywhere stating Do Not Enter until after 1:30. However, as the crowd was heading to Lido we went down to our deck (2) and one of the doors was ajar so we walked in. Our sign and sail cards were waiting outside the door and the room was ready. Cabin 2470 - odd shape but very spacious as we were on the corner at the back of the ship and so had an extra little bit of space. Ocean view and it had two windows which I really liked (had port holes last time). Concerns due to reading other reviews: noise/motion - I noticed some motion but not any more than previous cruise when we had a mid-ship ocean side. Engine noise was only noticeable late at night and was not even as loud as a fan or white noise machine might be. Smell: We did not notice any smell near our room, however, we did notice a sewer-ish type of smell on Deck 2 in the middle. Not overpowering but I was glad our room wasn't in that area. Entertainment - we loved the comedy shows, both the family friendly and explicit shows. KC from Canada was great - happened to witness her helping someone out who had apparently over-imbibed - she was gracious and friendly I doubt the guest even knew what was happening. Finally tried Guy's Burgers when the line was short - wonderful, definitely worth it. Of course, my main reason for returning to Carnival was the chocolate melting cake! Main Dining Room was good - since it was just the two of us we sat at a larger table and enjoyed meeting and talking with our table companions (who gave great tips for us relative cruise-newbies). Our head waiter, Jacob, struck me as a very prim and proper English butler type of person - until he got on the table during show time! Nassau, Bahamas - we had been to the Bahamas before and were not interested in spending money for a shore excursion. Instead we waited until after lunch and then walked around the port area doing some touristy shopping. Lots of "active selling" by shop owners and others on the street but no one was overly aggressive when we smiled and walked on - or politely said no thank you. We did enjoy talking to Ezekiel who was a wood carver and sold my husband a hand carved walking stick for his collection. Bargaining was friendly and I think we both came away satisfied. We messed up a bit when disembarking in that we missed the Faster to the Fun disembark procedure. That had already started calling decks, but a staff member helped us figure it out and got us into line. Next year cruising Alaska and can't wait! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
We have cruised with Carnival before and had a great time... NOT this time we went on a 4 day out of Port Canaveral to the Bahamas. What a waste of money, Freeport was a joke as most things weren't open except for some shopping. The ship ... Read More
We have cruised with Carnival before and had a great time... NOT this time we went on a 4 day out of Port Canaveral to the Bahamas. What a waste of money, Freeport was a joke as most things weren't open except for some shopping. The ship was nasty our hallway smelled like sewage the whole time, our air conditioner didn't work correctly and we told the front desk and nothing was done. Our room had a chair that when you sat down in it the back bent over so you would fall out of the chair if you weren't careful.(i have a video of the chair) I called upon return to tell them of our bad experience and was told they could give us $70.00 toward another cruise... I paid for 2 cabins and the second cabin had the same issue with the air conditioning but nothing done there either. The bar staff at the Flowers lobby bar were rude and very unfriendly. Only bright spot on the entire cruise was the comedy show. Will definitely be finding a different cruise line to use. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
I chose this cruise because my daughter and son, both adults booked this cruise and I wanted to spend time with them. It wasn't until I saw the customer service line that I was glad I purchased the Faster To Fun. I was then able to skip ... Read More
I chose this cruise because my daughter and son, both adults booked this cruise and I wanted to spend time with them. It wasn't until I saw the customer service line that I was glad I purchased the Faster To Fun. I was then able to skip the entire line and go right up to counter to get speak with a representative. I feel like they rushed us through our cruise. They didn't re stack the claw machine until we were 2 days into our cruise and then it was just a 1/2 hearted effort, making it hard to win. Then, when they did re stack it, they shut the machines off, as if they were saving it for the next set of passengers. Also, the fact that they want you to start disembarking at 6:45 am on the scheduled day to leave, I felt rushed. Also, about the casino, the entire 4 day trip I didn't see any big winners or hear any of the machines go off. My fiance lost interest in gambling and said the odds were bad. I tried a little on the tables, slot machines and the claw machine, and just sank deeper and deeper. Eventually, having to quit playing because I went broke. (Spent between $500 - $700 without anything really paying out.) I didn't play bingo on this cruise because I've played on other Carnival cruises and the cards are so darn expensive and they don't pay well either. The $5000 bingo prize they try to suck you in with is damn near impossible to get. (A full card in 49 numbers or less.) I am an avid bingo player and know the possibility of this is slim to none. I booked a shore excursion at last minute and was glad I did because in Freeport there is nothing to do except maybe shop a little in the immediate area. I snorkeled with my daughter at Princess Cays which was a lot of fun. I enjoyed swimming with all of the colorful fish. Dining was OK, but for some reason when we ate in the silver dining room, I would start to feel sea sick and twice had to leave dinner early without eating, because I was feeling too woozy to stay. Eventually, that worked itself out. I booked the Dr Seuss breakfast and was first seated by the stairwell which was away from the activities going on and could not see. I complained and they were able to get me in a booth closer to the action. (Apparently, someone didn't show.) This was disappointing because that was one of the first things I did after boarding, sign up for this additional cost breakfast. Service is always good, no matter what department you are talking. The crew try real hard to make you feel welcome. The best part of the service is how they would all try to use your first name somehow, making it a real personal experience for you. All in all, I enjoyed the cruise. It was nice spending time with my family and though I seem to be complaining a lot, it could have been much worse. I just want to give my fair opinion on my cruise experience. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
My mom invited me on this cruise as part of a group of 12 teachers from the school she volunteers at. We are from St Augustine, so the drive to Port Canaveral isn't that bad. We parked in the garage, and read the sign that said to take ... Read More
My mom invited me on this cruise as part of a group of 12 teachers from the school she volunteers at. We are from St Augustine, so the drive to Port Canaveral isn't that bad. We parked in the garage, and read the sign that said to take your parking ticket with you, so we went back to get it out of the car before heading to the ship. Embarkation went very smooth, and we were on the ship by noon (we had an 11:30 slot for arrival). We headed up to the BBQ line for lunch, and it was pretty tasty. I had pulled port and beef, the baked beans were thick and spicy, potato salad had potato chunks too big and too much mayo for me, cole slaw was not sweet at all, the mac and cheese was great. My mom and I had an adjoining room with my sister and sister-in-law. We went to the room at 1:30pm and they weren't really ready. Randall tried to hurry and get it straightened out. We were in rooms 8433 and 8437. The balcony door in between our rooms needed to be opened. When it opened, it ended up blocking the door to one of the rooms, which I thought was an odd design for adjoining rooms. It would not have blocked the door if they had chose to make the rooms on either side of us adjoining instead, so that was odd. I enjoyed the room, but my mom had a very hard time sleeping. She said that she would wake up a lot during the night to the sound of furniture moving above us. I guess the staff would clean the floor in the dining room above us in the middle of the night since we were under the buffet dining area. I'm afraid the bed was too soft for me, and by Saturday, my back was completely out and I was in severe pain. I tried to adjust with pillows between my knees and a rolled up towel for my back, but it was too late. More on that in a bit... The muster drill was painful: hot, extremely long and no way to rest. My mom was taken to an air conditioned room where she could sit down. We should have went with her when we had the chance!! She was back to the room in no time while we waited and waited to be released. Our first night, we had reservations at the steak house. This was absolutely worth it! We each ordered surf and turf, and it was outstanding. I had the lobster bisque and risotto for appetizers, both were exceptional. We ordered the "Art at your Table" desert, and this was an event! The chef came out and created the desert in front of us. I highly recommend this. We did not bother with the free wine after reading the reviews, and my mom and I don't really enjoy wine. Our second day, we had breakfast in the dining room which was very good. We booked a the VIP Sailing and Snorkeling excursion which was awesome! We had a great time learning about who owned all the fancy houses, and the snorkeling was fantastic! They supplied the equipment and a simple lunch. The rum punch was very tasty, and they refilled to our hearts content. They threw bread out when we got there and attracted a lot of fish. The snorkeling was near Pearl Island. I highly recommend this excursion. We had dinner with our large group in the main dining room, anytime dining with no wait at all to be seated. We had a great time with Alexandar, our server both nights. The day at sea on Saturday, I spent in the spa trying to get some relief for my back. I had an acupuncture treatment and a hot stone massage. I spent the rest of the cruise in an insane amount of pain. Our big group sat in the beautiful flowers lobby to listen to the violin/string group. We were laughing and having a great time when the person working at the excursion desk came over to tell us we were being too loud. This caused a big uproar with my group (my group included several at diamond level who had the poshest suite). They complained immediately and left this employee arguing with her boss I think about whether we were allowed to be loud. This really riled up the vips in our group, but it really didn't affect me much; I just thought it was odd that we couldn't laugh loudly at the bar. We were definitely not louder than the electronically amplified music. This was cruise director Tevin's last night which messed up the entertainment schedule quite a bit. They ended up throwing him a party, but didn't notify anyone to adjust the schedule. My group ended up waiting for 45 minutes for karaoke to start, and when it finally started, they shut it down early so only a handful of people got to sing (none of our group). This was very disappointing for our last night. Disembarkment was a big disaster, with one line (not ours) moving very fast and our line moving insanely slow. I'm not sure why the port had 3 stations for one line and only one station for the other. We couldn't tell this was the case until we were a lot closer to the counters. We really did have a great time despite my back and a few strange quirks. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
I was worried going on this cruise after reading all the reviews, but we had a great experience. We had an oceanview cabin (220 square feet) because we were worried about getting a balcony with our four year old. The room was nice enough. ... Read More
I was worried going on this cruise after reading all the reviews, but we had a great experience. We had an oceanview cabin (220 square feet) because we were worried about getting a balcony with our four year old. The room was nice enough. We definitely could not have done any of the smaller rooms on the ship. 220 square feet was tight for a family of four ... especially since we had the top pullman out and the couch converted to a twin for the duration of our cruise. There were some signs of wear to the ship, but not nearly as dramatic as some of the more critical reviews. The only really noticeable I caught was some around the pool areas (of course ... they get used and abused) and the mirror in our cabin. The food is not amazing, but it is good and abundant. We wouldn't do the steakhouse again. In our opinion, it wasn't worth the price. But, I would order a nice steak again in the regular dining room Our favorites were the Mongolian Wok (you do get veggie withdrawal at times) and Guy's Burger Joint. Even when there was a long line, you could get Guy's burgers fast. We only did the pizza place once as the attendant spoke virtually no English and it was hard to get a correct order. I did see people eating it in abundance so I assume was good. Our favorite adult experiences were the comedy shows and the piano bar. We stayed out of the casino except to pass through as every smoker on the boat seemed to be lighting up in there constantly. The comedians (John and Percy) were absolutely hilarious at both their PG and R shows and each day was new content. Gilbert, the piano player, was absolutely awesome and entertaining. We enjoyed the Love and Marriage Show alot as well. Our kids absolutely adored Camp Ocean. They were only together during the "Kids' Choice" times as we have a four and seven year old. But both loved their groups and activities and they complained when we came to get them. We even went on-island one day without them. The staff fed them lunch and they were as happy as can be. Both came home with prizes from playing bingo and with the various crafts they created. We were nervous about if they would like it, but each night at dinner they both wanted to skip the dessert course so we could get them to the Camp Ocean ASAP. Hope that gives other parents some comfort. I will recommend getting day passes for the British Colonial Hilton when in Nassau and skipping the Carnival-hosted excursions. My kids had an absolutely amazing time going back and forth from their beach lagoon and the pool. Additionally, the faster to the fun is worth it with small kids. Stateroom is ready when you get onboard and getting on and off the ship is a breeze. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Wow so much to say. Upon arriving on the cruise ship there was this smell throughout the whole ship and my family was told they had plumbing issues. Ny husband and I checked into the room upon entering the room I checked thr bathroom it ... Read More
Wow so much to say. Upon arriving on the cruise ship there was this smell throughout the whole ship and my family was told they had plumbing issues. Ny husband and I checked into the room upon entering the room I checked thr bathroom it was bowl movement in the toilet then I went to sit on the bed were my leg was scrap because the springs in the bed were sticking out to I got cut on my leg I called down to customer care waited for 25 mins no answer so I went down stairs to the desk. A customer care Rep came to the room with me and she notice the smell in the room the toilet the rug was so nasty that my husband had only took his shoes off for 20 min and his white socks were black at the bottom. The customer care Rep walkie talkie someone and 3 people came up . Floor manger and 2 housekeepers we lift up the bed and found someone diets underwear some shoes dirty party towels a knife and some other things that were disgusting all this happen when the Rep was standing in the room. The sofa in the room was so dirty and look like a child was in the room how sticky the sofa was so of course that had to bvb e cleaned as well. So they asked if I could go to the lido deck and wait for the room to be clean I said I had 4 more rooms on here I'll go to my sister room and wait well it took them 1 hour 20 mins to clean the room which I was ok with after that . Moving along to my other complaint we went to the burger shop and they were putting molded cheese on the sandwiches and my husband stop them and the guy stated what do you think cheese is made out of I'm like wait would you eat it? NY husband went and got a manger and they threw it all away the cheese and burgers and started over which I have pictures and a recording of so that really made me upset I'm 20 weeks pregnant and this is what I get not even the 2nd day on the cruise so now that leads me to my 3rd complaint it was the captain's ball night we all got dressed and walked down to meet the Capitan I had my mom,brother and nephew with me who was thier first time cruising eveyone elese we had cruise before so I asked which was the capital the actual captain pointed to another man and in reading the badge it dont say Capitan so why would the Capitan point to this guy I walked down stairs took a pic of the Capitan picture off the border behind customer service desk walked back upstairs and recorded that as well I asked the Capitan why he lied about not being the Capitan " he stated I didnt want to take the picture but an older couple comes up and he take the picture with them I just walked off and put that with my notes. Then dinner time 8:15 we recieved bloody fried chicken that had to be sent back twice then we we ate steak I asked for well done my steak was bleeding the waiter stated that's the best way to eat the steak I'm like wow ... I just ate cold shrimp all my dinner nights then when I return back to my room customer care called and asked did I want champagne and strawberries for my inconvenience I said no thank you I cant drink I'm 20 weeks pregnant she stated that it's ok to have 1 glass I'm like no it's not ok in my book. I left out the room and came back at 2 am and guess what champagne and molded strawberries were on my table when I left the boat on the 6th it was still there I never took it with me. When I got off the boat I was so happy to be off I felt dirty I was scared to bring my clothes in my home . I reported my issue while at the airport the only thing they gave me was a cruise in board credit my question is how do you know I will return back on the cruise that means if I don't return then its forget my problems the guest care on the phone stated we would love to have you back but that's pretty much a lost I'm like wow.. even after they recieved my pictures and email and all that's all she had to say was " the turnaround time to clean the rooms are time sensitive and people make mistakes" I asked was I not important enough? They also stated that half the ship was down because they was remodeling the ship also the fun shop was close the entire time .. it was a bad experience... Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
Went on this cruise with my brother and sister..never been to princess cay and won’t be going back there... so many rocks...you are in waist deep water step on a rock and you step off rock and is over your head.... when you are ... Read More
Went on this cruise with my brother and sister..never been to princess cay and won’t be going back there... so many rocks...you are in waist deep water step on a rock and you step off rock and is over your head.... when you are stepping in the water the sand is knee deep... take water shoes you will need them.... also the food menu in the dining room was not good choices as in the past... I don’t think the coffee bar should be extra... I will say the suite we were upgraded to was nice but the jacuzzi tub did not work .. my family was also disappointed in the appearance of the outside of the ship .. needs painting and windows in dining area was filthy ....saw out room attendant twice .... free drinks in the casino was nice after we reached 1000 points... overall I would think twice about going again ... only perks we got with the suite was early boat to shore Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
We are a family of 4 and were excited to set sail on a Carnival cruise. It was our anniversary and we take a trip every year to celebrate as a family. When we arrived at the cruise port I was very happy to be able to drop our bags off ... Read More
We are a family of 4 and were excited to set sail on a Carnival cruise. It was our anniversary and we take a trip every year to celebrate as a family. When we arrived at the cruise port I was very happy to be able to drop our bags off and then park our car in the parking garage. The check in process went fairly smooth. Once we arrived to our room we noticed that the couch was stained and the room appeared out dated. Our cabin steward met us and introduced himself. He was very nice and asked us about any specific needs. We had a difficult time finding food as our entire family was very hungry for an afternoon snack. Once we found the food it was overall good. The ship was very crowded at this point and there were lots of people in the pools and out and about. A big disadvantage for this ship is the fact that they have very small pools and only 3. We did not have a chance to swim in the pools at all during our cruise due to the fact that they were small and over crowded. The food was our favorite part about the cruise. Our dinner was good each night and the breakfast buffet was pretty good each morning. We felt that our dinner service was good. The cruise director (Tevin) was very annoying and was constantly making announcements. He made announcements throughout the ship until 10 p.m. This was a problem for us as we have children and they went to bed around 8:30 each night. Also, the activities planned were more geared to those who like to party. This was advertised as a family cruise, but it was far from this. They had several Dr. Seuss themed activities but these were very minimal and were usually only in the morning. We did attend the Dr. Seuss breakfast on Saturday morning and really enjoyed it. The breakfast cost an extra $5 per person. Each night we got woke up multiple times throughout the night due to loud people in the hallway returning to their rooms from partying. We would get woke up around 12 midnight and even as late as 3 am. The worst night was Friday night when there were many people outside our cabin door. A random guy came knocking on our cabin door at 4 a.m. of course my wife and I awoke and were a little startled, but we thought no big deal he will go away. The man then began using his key card multiple times and was somehow able to open our room door. He then proceeded to come into our room and I yelled out at him. Thankfully he did leave and I did not have to physically confront him. The next day we reported the incident to the guest services desk. The woman at the desk looked very concerned and called security. Once we discussed this matter with security and filled out a report the security guard said he would make sure people were not in our hallway being loud on Saturday night and that he would follow up with us about the man getting into our room with a key card. The security officer never followed up with us and we were still awoken multiple times after midnight on Saturday going into Sunday. The shore excursion was a waste of money. We did the Atlantis Aqua-venture excursion. This was supposed to be the highlight of our trip. In short it rained and stormed for a short period of time and all of the attractions were closed for a long while. We got maybe 1 1/2 hours to play in the pools and ride some of the attractions until we had to leave. When I complained at the excursions desk they told me that they are not responsible for inclement weather and that we would not get any credit or money back. Overall I was disgusted with this cruise and will never travel with Carnival again. There are not enough family activities and this was more of a booze cruise than a family adventure. Also, my daughter became ill on the last night of our cruise. She began to run a fever and was throwing up. I called the medical department and was told that I would be charged $60 for her to see a nurse. I did not pay the extra money. Medical care like this should be included. If someone came down with something serious or very contagious, then the medical staff would need to know about it. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
We just returned from our cruise and we had a great time. No rain. There is a tropical storm out there now so we got lucky. We were in Ocean View room 2284 I highly recommend the room.It has a king or two twins and it has a couch and ... Read More
We just returned from our cruise and we had a great time. No rain. There is a tropical storm out there now so we got lucky. We were in Ocean View room 2284 I highly recommend the room.It has a king or two twins and it has a couch and table and lovely room to move around. It is close to the elevators. Everything is clean on the ship and the food was excellent. We did regular dining the first night, steakhouse the second and chefs table the third. If you can splurge I highly recommend chefs table. It is a seven course meal with 10 other people. You get tour of the galley and kitchen. Very cool. I am coming back April 2019 but 2284 is already booked but I got a few doors down. The staff was awesome on the ship. Highly recommend this cruise. Liberty out of Port Canaveral. Ship itself is clean and very pretty. We paid for faster to the fun. I highly recommend that. Getting on the ship took ten minutes. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
The food was excellent in the restaurants. Better than some of the more expensive cruise lines. Hats off to the chef! Did not try the Lido buffet except for breakfast and for desserts. Omlet was very good there too and desserts were ... Read More
The food was excellent in the restaurants. Better than some of the more expensive cruise lines. Hats off to the chef! Did not try the Lido buffet except for breakfast and for desserts. Omlet was very good there too and desserts were actually better at the buffet than the restaurants except for captians nights baked Alaska. that was delicious! The comedy club shows were very good. Only attended family show so can't remark on 18+ but heard it was good. The hypnotist show was hilarious! Best I've ever seen. Spa is way over priced. Noisy during massage and table too small. Couldn't even lay my arms down to the side without falling off the table and I'm not a large person. Also there were very few colors to choose from for mani/pedi. Didn't even have french tip reg. polish!? That being said, the techs were very professional and did a good job with what they had to work with. Read Less
Carnival Liberty Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.5 4.4
Dining 4.0 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.5 4.3
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.0
Family 5.0 4.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.9
Enrichment 3.0 3.5
Service 5.0 4.2
Value For Money 4.5 4.1
Rates 3.0 4.3

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