Sail Date: April 2018
My husband and I were finally able to afford some time away. I had previously cruised with Carnival and enjoyed my experience. Embarkation took all of 5 minutes, even showing up a half hour before our “appointment” time. ... Read More
My husband and I were finally able to afford some time away. I had previously cruised with Carnival and enjoyed my experience. Embarkation took all of 5 minutes, even showing up a half hour before our “appointment” time. Disembarkation took a bit longer but still was very smooth. We had a balcony room, port side, and it was pretty roomy for 2 adults. We were supposed to have a king bed but it was left as 2 twins. It took 2 calls to housekeeping but it was fixed. Otherwise, everything was great! Donkey was an awesome cruise director—you can tell he loves his job! We had awesome table mates during dinner (late dining; Silver Olympian). The comedy shows with John MacDon were hilarious! Eric Schwartz....not so much. We visited Freeport and Nassau but only spent an hour or so roaming around. We bought drinks, Cuban rum, and Tortuga rum cakes! We would definitely cruise again, especially with Carnival Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
Myself and a buddy wanted to do a 3 day getaway. We had a blast! The Alchemy Bar and it’s staff are amazing. Drazen and Bojana are so good! The piano bar was a lot of fun too! Thank you Rebecca from Ireland! I’ve had ... Read More
Myself and a buddy wanted to do a 3 day getaway. We had a blast! The Alchemy Bar and it’s staff are amazing. Drazen and Bojana are so good! The piano bar was a lot of fun too! Thank you Rebecca from Ireland! I’ve had great experience previously with Carnival and this was no different. The on board staff do everything they can to provide an awesome and fun experience. I had 2 issues which we’re remedied nearly as soon as reported. Great service! What helps to make these short cruises are the great people that you meet! Lots of fun people! I thought the food was mostly good. I could have done without the lamb on the buffet. I guess I should have gone to the dining room every nite. Another surprise to me was the guy who did show tunes trivia. Not that I am into that kind of thing but he was really good! All in all a great experience! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
Just got off the carnival liberty yesterday was our 1st time on this ship I have to say I was very impressed . This was my youngest (7) 1st cruise and she had a blast. While I didn't utilize camp ocean a lot the times that she did go there ... Read More
Just got off the carnival liberty yesterday was our 1st time on this ship I have to say I was very impressed . This was my youngest (7) 1st cruise and she had a blast. While I didn't utilize camp ocean a lot the times that she did go there she had a wonderful time. We did the build a bear activity and the Dr. Seuss breakfast. Loved Guys Burgers and Blue Iguana. The cruise director Donkey was great and all the staff I came in contact with was wonderful. Our room steward Arta was the best I've ever had and he really went out of way to make myself and kids happy. Embarkation and disembarkation at Port Canaveral was a breeze! This was our first experience at this port as well. I used Park N Cruise and it was very easy and the shuttle was waiting for us as we got off the boat, They even had my car ready and loaded my bags for me. The only one thing I will probably not do again would be the aqua adventure excursion at Atlantis. Atlantis is such a beautiful place and I know they all have many different affordable excursions but I felt like with the water park option there just is not enough time to do everything in the water park and the lines are so ridiculously for the rides I think we did more walking than anything. Definitely want to visit Atlantis again but I will not be purchasing the water park excursion. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
This cruise has some negative recent reviews that made me nervous, but we had a wonderful time and I highly recommend, particularly if: 1.) you're on a budget or a time crunch but want to enjoy a vacation, 2.) you haven't cruised before ... Read More
This cruise has some negative recent reviews that made me nervous, but we had a wonderful time and I highly recommend, particularly if: 1.) you're on a budget or a time crunch but want to enjoy a vacation, 2.) you haven't cruised before and want to see if you enjoy it before booking a longer one, or 3.) you feel you have 'been there, done that' with cruising and are fine with a 3-day getaway but think you'd do something new with a whole week at your disposal (that's kind of where I'm at as this was my third cruise). Full disclosure: all my cruises have been with Carnival - you just can't beat the affordability - so I can't compare to other lines. However, my mom and I (her first cruise) had a great girls' getaway on the Liberty. Staff were more than friendly, and everything was quite clean. Others have said decor seems dated but I did not get that vibe. We always found a deck chair wherever we wanted, enjoyed Nassau and didn't experience any problems. Embarkation and debarkation were well-managed with minimal waiting. This cruise was so worth the affordable price. My only cons: there was an odd smell (kind of sewage-y) at times that I noticed on deck 2 (Main Deck) - never noticed inside our room and didn't smell it all the time. Con #2: Pretty long lines for food. I get they're serving a lot of people but especially on such a short trip, you don't want to wait half an hour for a hot sandwich or pizza because you missed the buffet lunch. Breakfast buffet lines got super long on port and debarkation days with everyone trying to eat at the same time. Food quality was okay - plenty of options and you won't go hungry though you might get pretty hungry standing in line. Some dining room food could have been more flavorful but I view cruises as a quantity over quality experience when it comes to the food. I don't cruise to be blown away by stellar cuisine. Con #3: I did't request it be changed, but our table location in the Silver Dining Room felt pushed into the corner and I feel like I never got a sense of what the room even looked like. Con #4: I found the ship difficult to get around and wasn't the only one. You can only get to certain parts of some floors from some parts of other floors, and everything kinda looks the same on different decks. We spent a lot of time trying to figure out where we were going and the maps by the elevators weren't that helpful. Elevator waits could get long at times with so many people using them. Guests were diverse and of all ages (though I didn't see many couples, seemed to be more families, groups of friends, bachelorette parties, etc., and I have to hand it to Carnival that anyone on-board can surely find some activity they'll enjoy. All the bands were good, and we enjoyed piano bar, nightclub, comedy and more. Overall great time! I wished we had one more day as a 3-night cruise really is quite short especially if you travel far to get to Port Canveral. But hey, I always wish vacation were just one more day! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We needed to choose a cruise that fit a time slot on our calendar. WE SAID WE WOULD NEVER book Carnival again after the last 2. We are pleased we did. The reason we said no to booking again (mom and I).....was because the craziness, loud ... Read More
We needed to choose a cruise that fit a time slot on our calendar. WE SAID WE WOULD NEVER book Carnival again after the last 2. We are pleased we did. The reason we said no to booking again (mom and I).....was because the craziness, loud crown, lower class of people, and not so clean ships last go around. I am not knocking those who book, as I am one of those who booked, but there is a difference in the crown you get for the lower price. I am thinking more of a party crowd pays for the lower price. We are not a party crowd, therefore our expectations of a cruise are more middle upper class, relax, etc. We really wanted to go and this was the only one near us during the time frame we had so we went for it. Highlights- There is an area for adults to go to get away from loud and crazy crowds (Serenity Deck/area) Food was fantastic in dining room and good on buffet. Food in the pay area (steak house) was so delicious for an additional $20. Sushi bar (pay about $5 to $8 per roll) super worth it. I enjoyed the music during the entertainment and shows, the comedians on board, etc. I did not feel like we waited much for anything but the buffet...go early and that problem is solved. The staff....SOOOOO nice around every corner. Arcade on this ship was so awesome- so expensive though....be prepared! Low Points- LOUD cruise director (fun guy) but not that classiness you get on other brand cruises. Guests seemed younger and more pushy?! Maybe due to the class/age etc. (but avoidable if you stayed in earlier and away from casino bar etc) The smoke seemed overwhelming in the casino floors for some reason...more so than any of the 15 to 20 other cruises I have been on. Many, many kids.....not that this is bad, but when you have a teen and are past the little ones ages, it does make a little difference. NOTE- this is NOT a super ship. If you are looking for ice skating and surfing etc. this is not for you. If you are looking to cruise, have some fun in casino and in arcade, and sit and chill indoors or on the deck, and possibly get away to the adult hot tub and relaxation deck...this may be for you:-) Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
I've cruised on about 12 cruises and the Carnival Liberty was the dirtiest boat I have ever been on. The window sill in the buffet and main dining rooms were not only dusty but had food all over them. Throughout the boat the windows were ... Read More
I've cruised on about 12 cruises and the Carnival Liberty was the dirtiest boat I have ever been on. The window sill in the buffet and main dining rooms were not only dusty but had food all over them. Throughout the boat the windows were all very dirty. There was even a piece of plywood on a large window in the back near the pool area. The fitness room was dirty, unmanned, and there was a layer of dust on all of the treadmills. The food was ok but there was a lack of selection available. Our stateroom was in a good location but was very dated and dingy. On a cruise your cabin is normally serviced in the morning and turned down at night. On this cruise, you had the option of EITHER morning or night....yet, they charged you the same gratuity that other cruises charge for both services. The crew were pleasant but did not go out of their way to make you feel welcome. Had a massage in the spa and the window shade was broken and left up....the Massage Therapist tried to assure me that no one could see in. I realize that Carnival is a budget friendly cruise line but I thought, in general, that the experience as unacceptable. It is worth it to pay a little bit more and cruise on the other cruise lines. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
We chose this cruise because it was a short cruise that met the needs of our traveling friends, and left from close to their home. Carnival Liberty had the best Cruise Critic reviews of any 4-5 day cruise out of Port Canaveral about the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was a short cruise that met the needs of our traveling friends, and left from close to their home. Carnival Liberty had the best Cruise Critic reviews of any 4-5 day cruise out of Port Canaveral about the time we needed. The ship was a very pleasant surprise. The decor was quite unique (sort of a real carnival motif) and it was a refreshing change from the ultra-modern looks of many newer ships. It was immaculately maintained, and looked like it just came from dry dock (cabins and public areas). Even with a younger crowd for spring break, it did not seem crowded or noisy (except see cabin rating). Food was surprisingly good in selection and taste in the sit down restaurant. The breakfast buffet was easy to navigate, but was very ordinary. Use the service restaurant for breakfast if you want a good variety. The lunch buffet options were superb satisfactory (deli, pizza, burgers, burritos). Never had a problem with finding a seat at the buffet (or at the pool or in the theater). Embarkation was the best of any line we have traveled with. Since Liberty does not have a stop to pick up room cards (they are delivered at the cabin), it took less that five minutes from clearing security to being on board - without any "special status". The only negative that dropped a star was the inconsistent services in the restaurant. Of four evening dinners, coffee was not offered at two. Once it was not supplied even after we asked. A real black mark was that the servers at several meals required us to use the same silverware for all courses. When you are home, do you use your appetizer fork for entree and dessert? Be ready to do so on Liberty, particularly at breakfast. All That said, it is worth choosing Liberty if you like the Bahamas itinerary and only looking for a 3-4 day trip. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We chose this cruise for dates available and the home port. We needed a cruise between 3/10 and 3/18. This cruise was 4 days departing 3/11. We live near Tampa Florida, so leaving from Port Canaveral was convenient. We bought Faster To ... Read More
We chose this cruise for dates available and the home port. We needed a cruise between 3/10 and 3/18. This cruise was 4 days departing 3/11. We live near Tampa Florida, so leaving from Port Canaveral was convenient. We bought Faster To The Fun and embarkation was a breeze. We were on board the ship around 11:30. Our luggage arrived shortly after we got to our cabin. We found the crew to be very friendly and helpful. Our cabin steward was very attentive and provided us with everything we needed. We booked the two Vista aft wrap cabins on deck 6. Loved the balconies. The weather was not the greatest, but we still had a great time. We had a 7 year old boy and two teen girls with us. They did not want to participate in the kids programs so I cannot speak to them. Overall the food was good to excellent. Most of the meals in the MDR were good. I did order one dish, lamb shank, that I did not enjoy. The food in the steakhouse was excellent and the sea day breakfast was very good. We found the wait staff to be very good. I had heard that beverage service in the MDR was poor, but I did not find that to be the case. We were provided with a wine list upon being seated at the table. The bar orders were taken promptly and drinks delivered promptly also. We had Anytime Dining and did not have to wait at all for a table on 2 nights, waited approximatly 10 minutes 1 night and ate at the steakhouse the other night. The most disappointing thing was the production shows in the theater. Not what I consider professional. More like a high school performance. Even my 15 year old granddaughter said it was not very good. She is a dancer. A string trio that played in the atrium in the early evening were excellent. We really enjoyed their music. The ship could use a face lift. Our balconies had a lot of rust and chipped pain, Some inside areas were worn. I had not problem with the cleanliness of the ship. I would cruise with Carnival again and would sail on the Liberty with a different itinerary. I think Freeport is a waste of time. We did not book excursions through Carnival. We booked a day pass at a hotel resort in Nassau, which was nice. We stayed on the ship in Freeport. , Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
Going with a large group. They had available and our vacation specialist, Gabe, went the extra mile. We had several events on the cruise and the support was overwhelming. we are a band and we wanted to perform on the ship. for every 8 ... Read More
Going with a large group. They had available and our vacation specialist, Gabe, went the extra mile. We had several events on the cruise and the support was overwhelming. we are a band and we wanted to perform on the ship. for every 8 cabins we were afforded one free fare. Over 100 joined us on our first cruise. You can search for Tallahassee Nights Live! Carnival Liberty on social media to see some of the performance. Over 400 people filled the room to witness it. It was awesome and the staff of the Liberty treated us like royalty. We also receive amenities for traveling with a group. Each room per double occupancy received a Carnival tote bag, a bottle of Chardonnay and we had a specialized 2 hour private cocktail reception with unlimited drinks. Many of our cruisers were first timers and they are ready to go again. Our next cruise will be announced the 1st week in April. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
I cruised on Liberty on 03/08 thru 03/11 and found the cruise overall to be fine and average. BUT here were my problems. 1) The internet access that you pay extra for does not work. It was a joke and very frustrating to have to deal ... Read More
I cruised on Liberty on 03/08 thru 03/11 and found the cruise overall to be fine and average. BUT here were my problems. 1) The internet access that you pay extra for does not work. It was a joke and very frustrating to have to deal with and the problem was ship wide. We also was never offered a refund for the useless internet. 2) Several times on the trip the ship lost its power and lights leaving people having dinner in total darkness. It happened again in the casino. So bring a flashlight! 3) 95% of the staff were helpful and friendly, however we found the entertainment director to be rude. 4) Carnival boosts about all their eateries that are offered as part of your cruise experience. The problem is that some were never open which meant longer lines in the ones that were. Quality of food was above average, but be ready for long lines on the buffets. You are welcome to spend several hundred dollars to pay for food and over priced drinks. 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 4.0
Enrichment 3.0 3.5
Service 5.0 4.2
Value For Money 4.5 4.2
Rates 3.0 4.3

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