1,596 Carnival Liberty Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise and cruise line based on many great reviews that we read. We wanted something short as this was my first cruise and also we were wanting to bring our 18 month old. We were so excited to see they offered child care for ... Read More
We chose this cruise and cruise line based on many great reviews that we read. We wanted something short as this was my first cruise and also we were wanting to bring our 18 month old. We were so excited to see they offered child care for children and the rooms were very nice with a lot of toddler activities or so it seemed. We were extremely disappointed. They advertise child care but don’t advertise their hours. We called NUMEROUS times to get details on the day care and never really got a straight forward answer. SO, here is the TRUTH! They offer child care from 8-10 am. And 10pm-1am. Which are both extremely unreasonable. Our son is asleep before 10, and we wanted to spend time with him in the mornings before people got too crazy later in the day. So the childcare was not beneficial to us in the least bit. The drink package is nice but what they don’t tell you is once you reach your 15 drinks you aren’t even allowed to purchase anything additional. For most people this wouldn’t be an issue. For anyone who might exceed that, here was your warning, lol. Also, you might as well just find a place to sit for the day and make sure it’s near a bar. You have to wait 5 minutes between each drink with the drink package but it takes about 20-25 minutes to get a drink. The cruise director “No-no” is awesome and made every activity so much fun! Even to watch since we didn’t participate in any activities due to no daycare like they advertise. It would have been nice to be able to go to shows and drop the baby off for those times but that wasn’t the case. Every staff member we encountered was extremely enjoyable and you could tell they loved their job. The only exception to that is the bartender in the sky box. I didn’t catch his name but each time we went in there he was extremely rude and obviously overwhelmed. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose this cruise to celebrate our anniversary. We like the short itinerary because we had never been on a cruise, and I am super prone to motion sickness. My wife was super excited as we arrived at Port Canaveral. We went through ... Read More
We chose this cruise to celebrate our anniversary. We like the short itinerary because we had never been on a cruise, and I am super prone to motion sickness. My wife was super excited as we arrived at Port Canaveral. We went through the embarkation process and got on the ship in about 10 or 15 minutes, which was outstanding. We paid for the faster to the fun package, so we should have been allowed immediate access to our room, but we were denied entry by multiple people and had to drag our garment bag and carry on around with is through the crowded lido deck and attempt to get food separated from each other to have one person watch the luggage. That's not exactly the perfect way to start the cruise. As I stated before, I am super prone to motion sickness, so I prepared with the ginger pill dramamine, which did really well for me, but the waves were horrible and rocked the ship until we heard nothing but complaining about it from every cruisegoer we met. I realize this isnt Carnival's fault, but I thought it rich when the captain said we will be having just a light chop for the last day, and it knocked stuff over in rooms. The food was sub par on the buffet, Golden Corral is better, and the lines are shorter. The service is good at the tables, but there are very few things that can be done to make it more palatable because almost everything is pre made. (Even the employees will admit this.) The Silver dining are was fun, but 75% of our meals were just ok. The prime rib on formal night was a giant, universal, fail. We really liked our waiter though, shout out to Cuckoo...as he said he should be called. The room was small, but it said 170 sq ft, so, what do you expect? Well, the shower was clogged, the AC was horrible, and the sink had no water pressure. The AC was fixed on the third night of the cruise, the shower was same day, and the sink never was. Out room attendant, Michael, was quick to accommodate us with a fan and calling maintenance. Nono was the cruise director, and she was awesome. I have nothing but good things to say about her. Nassau was a disappointment, Princess Cay was awesome. The people for the most part were great, and the other parts were not. We will be booking again, but we will try other cruise lines before returning to Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This was a cruise to celebrate my sister's birthday. I've been on Carnival 7 day cruises before and had no complaints, but as soon as we entered our balcony stateroom, it was disappointing. The glass on the aft-balcony was ... Read More
This was a cruise to celebrate my sister's birthday. I've been on Carnival 7 day cruises before and had no complaints, but as soon as we entered our balcony stateroom, it was disappointing. The glass on the aft-balcony was dirty and stained brown to the point where you could not sit on the balcony and have any view looking through the glass portion. The balcony chairs and chaise lounge were also dirty. The carpet in the cabin....dirty as evidence from the bottoms of my slippers, so yes, bring slippers and wear them. Not long after sailing, there was a terrible gurgling noise coming from the bathroom. Water (including fecal matter) coming from drain behind the toilet and up from the shower drain. Called cabin steward, who contacted plumber. Came back to the room, and same thing!! Plus, bath mat was still soaking wet and dirty. Called cabin steward, who didn't seem to happy about it. Now, this was after his first appearance where he was laughing and when asked what was so funny, he just said oh the smell is terrible! Went to customer service to make sure this was taken care of and she said the plumber would meet us in the room. Met with plumber, who said the drains were functioning properly and hopefully wouldn't have a problem any longer (we did not, thankfully). Plumber had to call our cabin steward, at our request, to clean the floor of the bathroom and shower. He didn't seem too happy about it, but did it. I mean, there was p-o-o-p on the floor, why wouldn't you clean that? Needless to say, we wore our flip flops in the shower. Yes, bring a cheap pair of flip flops just in case! Seas were rough on our first night out but our room was the only one affected (plumbing issue) from what we could tell (in our general area, at least). There was a foul odor in various parts of the deck as we passed through throughout the cruise. Piano Bar....very tired looking decor. Misso Ferrer was a very good piano player, but his vocals lacked which was disappointing because on previous cruises, the Piano Bar was always a hopping place. America Rocks show with Carnival singers and dancers...Ok, two of the singers did a great job! Otherwise, reminded me of a high school performance. Comedian Michael Macy....very good, unfortunately did not make it to the adult shows. Hairy chest contest and newlywed game...need to be retired Food was good, but don't know why they had the "formal" night at our overnight stay in Nassau. We didn't make it back to the ship until 6pm anyway so opted for dinner on the balcony, which worked out fine. Guy's Burgers and BlueIguana Cantina, very good. Especially liked the breakfast burrito at the Cantina, no lines! Sandwiches and fries at the Deli were excellent. Kids unattended in the Lido whirlpools were crazy, diving from the sides in to the water with a carnival worker standing there doing nothing. Nassau was great. Weather was perfect. Did not do any ship sponsored excursions, opted to book on our own with a food tour. Had a great time and got a little shopping in as well. Would probably not do a three day cruise again, unless the price was right. This hasn't soured me on Carnival, but was overall, disappointed. The only thing that saved the rating from getting a "poor" was the food options, food quality and comedian. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
The only 3 Day available in my area. But we were very happy for the service and address of NoNo, who is an excellent director, demonstrates a lot of love for what she does and her joy and affection is for everyone, from children to the ... Read More
The only 3 Day available in my area. But we were very happy for the service and address of NoNo, who is an excellent director, demonstrates a lot of love for what she does and her joy and affection is for everyone, from children to the elderly. It really is very positive that they have people like her in the Carnival family. In addition, all the staff made us feel part of them and at all times were willing to help us. We are very pleased to have had this experience that will certainly not be the last. Thank you for everything you made us feel and for the energy and joy of your director NoNo. We love her. The attention of my dining room team was excellent: THW- Marcos, Jeffrey Jimenez. TW- Jele, Siphilisiwe, ATW- Chua, Hazel Ong. Something we don't like is the child care schedule that on their first day they only have to register them and very late for what is a day that children cannot enjoy that service they should think of a better schedule and that neither they offer children meals or snacks while they play. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I am a Diamond Member in the Carnival Loyalty Program, so I've sailed with this line at least 75-plus days. I live in Jacksonville FL area and it's an easy drive to both JAX Port and Port Canaveral. I like the character of the ... Read More
I am a Diamond Member in the Carnival Loyalty Program, so I've sailed with this line at least 75-plus days. I live in Jacksonville FL area and it's an easy drive to both JAX Port and Port Canaveral. I like the character of the older ships based in these two ports, and they are kept ship-shape in every way. My 'outside' cabin was center ship, around the corner from an elevator, was well appointed with more than enough storage, and has a lovely ledge in the window which is large enough for me to sit in and enjoy the ocean view. The food served in the Lido is always enjoyable and there's plenty of variety for even picky eaters like me. There are also a number of alternate eateries. (I skipped the main dining room this trip, but know from past experience the food and service are top-notch.) The cakes served daily are some of the most beautiful and moist that I have ever had anywhere, land or sea. There is always something to do, and a place to do it, from casino action, to lounging in the quiet of the Serenity areas reserved for adults only. My fellow passengers at this time of year, when children are in school, tend to be mostly young adults who drink to excess, and behave badly. I stay away from the parties held on board, and the bars, but the foolishness creeps all over the ship by late evening. BE AWARE: the crew WILL NOT intervene. I avoid the fray by returning to my cabin to read or watch tv, and relax with a glass of wine. I have never let this flaw deter me from cruising with Carnival, and I plan to continue to sailing on their short trips to the Bahamas. If you're not a Diamond Member, be sure to buy the FASTER TO THE FUN PASS and avoid ALL lines and waiting! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
They do not know the meaning of "All Inclusive" or customer friendly. Everytime your turn around they are trying to charge you for something. Whether it be the seafood shack or steak house , they are charging you for something, ... Read More
They do not know the meaning of "All Inclusive" or customer friendly. Everytime your turn around they are trying to charge you for something. Whether it be the seafood shack or steak house , they are charging you for something, not just the drinks. Don't waste your money on a cruise with Carnivale , they just want to get you on the ship to sell you as much stuff as humanly possible. And, not to mention the cut one of our ports off because of Hurican Dorian, they spend that day trying to sell you more crap u don't need. Their customer service is crap. You tell them your issue and they repeat explanations, not helpful answers but robotic explanations. I was ready to go home the second day. Here's a idea Carnival, if you are going to cut someone's port for any reason, give them the option to either go or reschedule for another day. Oppps, but that may make you loose money and we know that your only concern. Not happy with my shortened trip. Do better Carnival, and stop nickel and diming your customers!!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I have to say I was happily surprised about many things that weren't like I had read on the reviews on this site. This was my husband and my 4th cruise and our two teenage daughters first cruise. We parked our rental car at 528 Port ... Read More
I have to say I was happily surprised about many things that weren't like I had read on the reviews on this site. This was my husband and my 4th cruise and our two teenage daughters first cruise. We parked our rental car at 528 Port Parking. We only waited a few minutes for the shuttle to Carnival Liberty. It was only $35 to park and the shuttle was included. We arrived an hour earlier than our boarding time but they sent us right on the ship. We went up to the Lido deck and had lunch. Most of the tables were full but the lines were short for food and moved quickly. We didn't check any bags so we headed to our room at 1:30, unpacked and went to the muster. This is a miserable process because it is hot and you are so close to so many people but it seemed to go smoothly. We chose anytime dining and chose to have dinner at 5:30 the first night. We were some of the first to arrive. The service was great, the food was hot and tasted good, the portions are small but I love that because you can try more things. We ate in the dining room every night. The menu was different each time. We even went at different times and we still had great service and great food. As far as other food experiences, we loved the burgers at Guy's, the pizza place was good, the crust was a little thin but we didn't mind that, the deli was good, I had a turkey avocado sandwich on a pretzel bun and it was really good, the breakfast burritos at the Mexican place were to die for (I even ordered an extra at breakfast and ate it for lunch at Atlantis), Sea Day Brunch is a must, I loved the 12 hour french toast, we had chocolate melting cake every night in the dining room, it is so good, the girls ordered room service one day and they liked it, I had read about long lines, we only experienced this at the pizza place once after everything else was closed. Many reviews talked about how old and run down Liberty is. You can tell it is an older ship but it is still nice. Some reviews talked about the workers not clearing tables or cleaning, I saw many of them clearing and cleaning up. Our cabin was an inside cabin and it was super crowded with 4 of us in there but we don't cruise to sit in our room so that didn't matter to us. The a/c didn't stay as cool as we would have liked but we really like it cool. The ship lay out isn't super easy to navigate but you learn quickly. The Carnival Hub app is awesome. I highly recommend using it. It helped with ship navigation but also help us know what activities were happening all the time. We liked the Rock show and the Hasbro Game show. We didn't attend any of the others. My husband went to the casino a few times. He lost his allotted money quickly so he didn't stay long. I played bingo once and liked it. We didn't go to any of the comedy shows. We did however watch movies on deck every night and we loved it. They have popcorn. The girls sat in the hot tub and I on a deck chair. We booked a room at Comfort Inn and Suites to get the free Atlantis tickets that they offer. It was much cheaper than buying through the ship or Atlantis. Book your room ahead of time though because they fill up fast. We had a great time at Atlantis, there were no lines, we loved the rapids river and the slides, we snorkeled in the Lagoon and spent some time on the beach. The water in Nassau is the most beautiful blue. We took a water taxi to Atlantis and we took a regular taxi back to the ship, it was about $20 each way for 4 of us. Make sure you have your sail and sign card and your ID to get back on the ship. Debarkation took longer than we expected but we were on deck 8 so we were the last to be called. We waited about 30 mins for our shuttle. We love cruising and it was fun to see our girls experience cruising. Oh, I almost forgot. I was given a $50 card to use at the spa from Carnival for my birthday that is this week. I had the most amazing combined facial and massage. TY Carnival for the cherry on top. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Reunion of our friends. we want to cruising to Bahamas. Because of Hurricane Dorian curies was divert to Mexico. planing days extended three days to six days. we wear bit of worried but it was safe journey and we all had a grate time. ... Read More
Reunion of our friends. we want to cruising to Bahamas. Because of Hurricane Dorian curies was divert to Mexico. planing days extended three days to six days. we wear bit of worried but it was safe journey and we all had a grate time. cabins are really good. change linen everyday. House keeping staff was very good.Specially Deva and Xavier Also dining and food was excellent. all seven days they didn't drop the quality. Staff was very help full and very friendly Specially Romeo and Sheela (Guess Service lady) we really enjoyed the staff was dancing on breakfast, lunch and dinner time Wilfredo - T-Hw, Shereme - Tiw, Jwayan in Golden Liberty they wear very good except Indian staff members they are not friendly at all. Entertainment and Fitness & Recreation are really good. Cruise Director (NO No) was wonderful and very friendly Also full of entertains. Front service desk staff are not much help full, anyway we were thoroughly enjoyed, had a grate time. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Chose this cruise as an alternative to a 4-day trip to Ocean City, MD. Celebrating the last week of summer vacation for my 8-year old grandson and my Birthday. Fun trip with LOTS of activities going on all day and night! Much more ... Read More
Chose this cruise as an alternative to a 4-day trip to Ocean City, MD. Celebrating the last week of summer vacation for my 8-year old grandson and my Birthday. Fun trip with LOTS of activities going on all day and night! Much more action going on late at night than the last 2 cruises that I booked (Royal Caribbean & Norwegian). This is a cruise for folks that want to be adventurous, dance, sing & see shows. Good family cruise Definitely purchase the "Faster to the Fun" Priority Pass. It is well-worth the $$. Boarding quickly and priority debarkation is awesome! We were literally on & off in 15 minutes each way. Great cruise director - NoNo kept the ship rocking (I mean rocking with her energy & fun dances, etc.) This is the first cruise that I actually can remember the cruise director's name. She is a blast with her Rock the Promenade Party, Dance Contests, Lido Deck Dance Party & Mardi Gras Party. Apparently folks know that she is good and book this cruise specifically to attend her parties. The "Burning Hot Brass" Trio are awesome. They play almost daily/nightly & are sure to entertain those that appreciate the horns. Entertainment shows were well put together, much better than those on Royal Caribbean and Norwegian. The singers had a tough time with some of their pitches but the choreography & lighting/sound were great. Deck 5 (Pool Deck) could use some additional shade due to super hot weather experienced by this sailing to The Bahamas. Maybe some beach umbrellas or sail-like canopies could be installed so that folks could actually sit out there and enjoy the pool while not necessarily being IN the pool? This is especially true for parents that want to see their kids play in the pool & watch the folks slide down the curvy slide but just could not handle the oppressive heat. Odors - periodically during the day/evening there were foul sewage odors that were noticeable on this ship. Does the sewage treatment plant need to be replaced on this vessel? I noticed the odor whenever near a bar and its spillage drain on the floor. Smell was also noticeable occasionally on the 7th Deck in the Halls. This is caused by the traps drying out on these drains. Carnival needs to continually dump water down these drains in order to stem the smell or do something else to avoid this situation. Empty cabins on-board also lead to this odor coming up from the shower drains in the staterooms. I dumped a glass of water down our drain every time that I came into the room just to make sure that our room stayed fresh smelling, also traveled with a Glade gel-type air freshener & a small Lysol spray can. Really, something must be done in order to avoid this odor from continually appearing in Carnival Cruise Critic Reviews. This is a multi-million per year business, correct? Camp Ocean was "okay" according to my 8 year old grandson. He really enjoyed the events but was unhappy about the poor behavior being shown by other children at the camp. Fighting among brothers/sisters and among traveling cousins made his experience memorable. He enjoyed the Magic Show and the Pajama Party until he was kicked in the face by another ill-behaved, "bad kid" according to him. Like I said, this was a family cruise and several generations were sailing together. Not all of the parents were "parenting" on this particular trip. I experienced some poor parent behavior myself during drop-off and pick-up. Children that are going to be dropped off need to definitely be pre-registered with a better system. The first 2 days of the trip it was a very lengthy process to drop-off my grandson due to the confusion created by 2 different "drop-off and pick-up lists" maintained by the Camp Ocean staff. All parents should be required to straighten this out during the check-in process at the port. It made the wait sometimes as long as 30 minutes for the other cruising parents/kids. It caused my grandson to miss half of the programs that were offered at their scheduled time due to this delay. Food was better on Carnival than Royal Caribbean or Norwegian. We enjoyed the Food Options provided by Guys Burgers, Blue Iguana Cantina (Tacos/Burritos/Taco Salads), Deli, Seafood Shack ($) and Pizza Pirate for lunch and snacks. Ate from the Buffet for Breakfast due to early morning shore excursions and the Golden Olympian Dining Room with "Anytime Dining" for Dinner. Dining Room food was good but portions were small. Order 2 entrees every night in order to fill your plate. Shore Excursions: Nassau Atlantis Beach Day. The actual tour bus ride to the Atlantis was great, once we were allowed to get on! The ridiculous waiting time outside in the broiling sun was horrific. This was the most unorganized shore excursion that I have ever taken. We got off the ship at 8:30 for a 9:15 departure to Atlantis. The tour guide needs HELP! She has 3 different tours actually going on and therefore needs 3 folks helping her. There was no paddle or flag indicating which line to be in for the various Atlantis tours. We ended up all being lumped together and figuring it out for ourselves while waiting in the sun without any shade or benches. This tour needs to be staged on-board the ship in different areas, wristbands distributed and folks called off the ship in groups as the tour buses arrive. The actual port is very dirty where the ships docked. The armed military guards were a little disconcerting at the re-boarding process. Atlantis is a sight to behold. Providing the day-beach goers with a map is necessary!! We wondered around aimlessly, not knowing where to go because we did not have a map. Atlantis itself needs wall-mounted maps spread through-out the park. Marking the various areas with their name (The Cove, etc.) would also be advisable. This is when you know that you are not in the United States - very friendly attendants & Security Guards but really not enough directional signs/instructions given to folks that are used to doing for themselves. Freeport - Dolphin Encounter. The arrival and staging of the excursions was much better at this Carnival owned port. Benches and Tents provided to stay out of the sun until your tour bus departs. Tour Bus ride was SCARY, HOT & DANGEROUS! 26 passengers were crammed into a bus with only seats for 20. Funky "jump-seats" folded down into the aisle in order to accommodate the extra passengers. Definitely not approved transportation in the U.S. Air-conditioning was not working, driver went through the only red-light that we encountered on this 20 minute ride to the other side to the island. This particular van needs to be removed from service. It is barely road-worthy and will definitely breakdown with cruise passengers on-board soon. Dolphin Encounter is run by "The Dolphin Experience" Unexso Grand Bahama Island. Really fun and educational event enjoyed by everyone. The covered boat ride out to the site is an adventure. The dolphins are fun and entertaining. Actually getting in the water with the dolphins was fun. This is sea water and there are small clumps of seaweed/alga in the water. There are other small fish in the water and some of the children were afraid of them. Do this adventure since it is a once-in-a-lifetime event. You will love it. Prepare to get wet by the splashing/playful dolphins. I highly recommend this adventure, but hope that you get on a safer van/bus! Overall, great value for the money. Only real negative was the odor that occasionally was present. The other cruisers on this ship were definitely in the party mood so this was a loud, boisterous cruise. We were looking for fun and this provided it. I do not know if this is typical of the type of cruisers on this ship but it was a blast for us. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
I went on this weekend away because my birthday was on Saturday. I signed up early for the Chef Table, having heard what fun it was. About 9 days before we sailed, I got a confirmation that our request for 2 at the Chef Table was accepted ... Read More
I went on this weekend away because my birthday was on Saturday. I signed up early for the Chef Table, having heard what fun it was. About 9 days before we sailed, I got a confirmation that our request for 2 at the Chef Table was accepted but it didn't specify the day, instead stating we would be told once on board. This cruise left on Friday afternoon, spent all day Saturday (including the night) in Nassau and then spent Sunday at sea. A short and sweet weekend. The problem was, once on board we were told the Chef Table event was going to be on Saturday and that we would need to meet Very early in the evening. Like 5:15 (dressed and ready) early. Couple that with arriving well over an hour late to port and our one stop was cut very short. Our reservation was confirmed that morning before we disembarked via telephone. We had already purchased a beach day ahead of time, not knowing that we would only get to spend about 3.5 hours there. I was super excited about my birthday "party" being a Chef Table event, however, so we happily headed back to the ship after just a few hours at the beach, not partaking in the free food so we could save up for the delicacies I had heard were waiting for me. Our other plans for dinner in Nassau had been cancelled by us that morning. We got back and dressed and down to the meeting area where we sat and waited for 45 minutes! Then we were moved to a sofa away from the bar and other people and left alone for almost another 30 minutes before the hostess brought us a glass of champagne. Then we were left alone- pretty much deserted. A few chefs came and mingled near where the hostess was for about 10 minutes talking and then all disappeared. We were not spoken to for quite some time and the hostess was now gone. I went to the bar and asked the bartender what was going on. He didn't know but said he would find someone for us. We certainly could have spent this hour and a half at the beach, not sitting alone on a sofa in a darkened room on the ship! Eventually, someone turned up and said the meal was cancelled. He walked us to the steak house where we got to eat "for free" instead of enjoying the companionship of others and having drinks and sampling a variety of food. We also just gave up a planned evening of fun at the ONE stop of the cruise, to eat in a dark corner overlooking a stack of tables and an old empty wait-station. They stressed how it was "free". Luckily we had a half bottle of wine left from the night before as no one even offered us a drink beyond the small half-glass of champagne a half hour earlier. The steak house was decent. The service adequate (by far, not great! Think Outback not Ruth's Chris) and the atmosphere a bit dreary. Not the birthday I had planned. I think the most disappointing thing is that they ruined the one and only stop- the whole point for the cruise- by being disorganized and inefficient, but didn't even TRY to make up for it. When I reported it to customer service the response was "you got to go to the steakhouse for free" ... really? I was gonna eat anyway so that $20 cost to them made up for my whole plan being derailed and impacting my lunch, beach day, other dinner plans on Nassau being cancelled, my almost 2 hours of time being wasted as we sat and waited for someone to tell us what was going on? Poor customer service, especially to someone who has taken 5 Carnival cruises in the last 5 years with another one coming up in December. Perhaps my last. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We got this cruise 2 days before it left and got the last room on the ship. We got #7335 which is listed as a handicap room and it is. The doors are on the side and both doors are 36" wide and the bathroom is very large. I didn't ... Read More
We got this cruise 2 days before it left and got the last room on the ship. We got #7335 which is listed as a handicap room and it is. The doors are on the side and both doors are 36" wide and the bathroom is very large. I didn't bring my mobility scooter because we were not sure the size of the room doors. There was enough room inside to put the scooter and access to a charging port. The crew is very helpful but I do not believe there are enough on the boat. It was like finding a salesperson in Lowes. We had many guests that were very rude and loud in the halls at all hours and no one helped. The battery in our door lock failed and it took 25 minutes to get someone there to replace it. Guy's Burger Bar is a new addition and they were very good burgers and fries. The pizza was not real tasty. The dining room food was good but in very small portions. We had 5 small shrimp in our appetizer the first two nights, and the last night we had larger shrimp, but only 3. The day in Bahamas was not great. Rain, the port walkways did not drain and were flooded, the tour bus was really small and cramped for me. The day at the private island was washed out by noon because of a major rain storm and everyone got soaked coming back to the ship. We enjoyed ourselves because we do not rely on any else entertaining us. We did our thing and the trip overall was good. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Just to put a few things in context- We are a family from the UK and have only ever done a 2 day mini cruise on Britannia. I'd call us pretty low maintenance! We wanted a short cruise just to break up the Orlando parks and ... Read More
Just to put a few things in context- We are a family from the UK and have only ever done a 2 day mini cruise on Britannia. I'd call us pretty low maintenance! We wanted a short cruise just to break up the Orlando parks and generally to see if we like cruising. Lets be honest that Carnival is the cheapest option for this kind of trip. A 4 day trip with RC would have been almost $900 more!! Over the last few months we were really concerned about the huge number of bad reviews and we seriously considered cancelling! I am so glad we didn't. We had a blast!! I noticed that many bad reviews started "this is our 8th cruise......" or "we wanted a last minute chilled out break.....". If that's the case then this cruise isn't for you (hence the title - do your research!). Its a mini cruise for first timers and extended families who want to eat and drink all day. Embarkation was a breeze. We were on the ship in half an hour. Parked easily on the car park, which was much quieter than I expected. We had an Ocean suite forward. Great location near the lift and stairs. Cabin was great. Good size and very helpful steward - Sherwin! In contrary to many other reviews - absolutely no smell in the room or corridors. Also fairly quiet since this is a busy 'party ship'. Pools very busy but no real issue with sunbeds. Its a party atmosphere. Bars are busy because everyone wants cocktails. I'd suggest a separate bottle bar for beers. Costs are about $6.50 for a beer and $9 for wine / cocktail. Movies or parties every night on the Lido deck. One issue - no bins for waste food. Therefore people leaving uneaten burgers and pizza everywhere and not enough staff to clear them up quickly. Food - Fantastic apart from the buffet. Constantly crowded. I mean all of the time. Just never lets up. Don't think we'll go for a late breakfast and miss the queues. You won't it will still be hammered with people ordering 5 omelettes. We had anytime dining in the Golden Olympic Restaurant. Great food, great staff, quick drinks! Staff are really outstanding. Nothing too much trouble. They always remember your name. Bars - apart from the busy tequila and rum bars, they were great, quick service reasonable prices. Loved the sports bar and lobby bar (where I stormed the rock music quiz!) We really enjoyed the entertainment which was a film based musical and rock show. Only 45 mins but did the trick. OK if you've cruised 8 times and seen Cirque du Soleil on RC you'll be disappointed, but we loved it. Our daughter used the kids club a couple of times and loved it. It allowed us to use the adults only deck. This was OK, just a sun deck, bar and hot tubs without any kids. The cruise was effortless ad you couldn't tell you were moving. But I think this ship moves slowly as we we quickly overtaken by other ship. Nassau was great. Very easy to get off the ship and you're right next to everything. Freeport less so. Not much to do. NoNo the cruise Director is great. She puts the hours in!! This has got us hooked and we're already looking for next year. This is only not a 5 Star review because of the constantly busy buffet and no bins for uneaten food. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
The cruise was a gift to me and my sister from our parents as a vacation. The four of us stayed in a balcony room which was beautiful and probably one of our favorite parts about it. Our housekeeper was Carlos and he did an amazing job. ... Read More
The cruise was a gift to me and my sister from our parents as a vacation. The four of us stayed in a balcony room which was beautiful and probably one of our favorite parts about it. Our housekeeper was Carlos and he did an amazing job. Always asking us about the cruise or if we needed anything when we saw him. On our cruise, we stopped off first at Nassau and then Freeport in the Bahamas. When we were in Nassau we did the mini-sub excursion and it was beyond amazing to be under the water like that. At Freeport, we took the jet ski tour around the Island which is not for the faint of heart, but still extremely fun. When not on either of the islands we were on the Liberty ship. The boat itself is very nice but so are the staff that we had while onboard. Our cruise director was No No, who you can tell really enjoys her job. She was always enthusiastic and eager to meet the people on the cruise and to make sure they had a good time. The other staff that I would like to thank are Warren and his team who were our waiters for the evening meal. They were very welcoming and always willing to let us know what the best dish was. Overall, this cruise was one of my favorite things that I have had the chance of doing. Between the ports, evening shows, amazing piano bar (which was my favorite-shoutout to Misso- thanks for the memories!), and the overall service that was provided; I wouldn't choose any other cruise line to go cruising with. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Overall we had a good time, but I think Carnival has many improvements to be made. Getting on and off the ship was very easy. I recommend doing the online check-in. You don't have to be there right at your scheduled time. We purchased ... Read More
Overall we had a good time, but I think Carnival has many improvements to be made. Getting on and off the ship was very easy. I recommend doing the online check-in. You don't have to be there right at your scheduled time. We purchased the drink passes and found it to be well worth the money if you plan on having quite a few mixers. Beer drinkers may be better off paying per beer as they are only about 5 bucks. The bars were fairly quick, it was very annoying to have to sign a receipt every time you ordered a drink even if you had the drink package (you don't have to do that on Royal Caribbean). The buffet was always very crowded, long lines for food and trouble finding an open table. Guys burgers was awesome, as long as there is no line, the pizza bar was terrible, very thin burnt crust pizza. We had breakfast in the Silver dining room, food was great but the service was very slow. Late dinner at 8:15 in the Silver dining room was great. Service was fantastic and the waiters put on a great show for you. Food portions were very small but you can order multiple appetizers and entrees. We did not order room service because we had an interior cabin and did not spend much time in there. The main pool was a disaster. The pool is tiny and was covered up with kids. The music coming from the speakers was so loud you couldn't hear yourself think. The volume was excessive all the time. Movies music it didn't matter. The adult only pool, however, was great. Crowded at times and had its fair share of drunks by the end of the day, but overall was great, music was very low and seating was normally available. The bar there was great. I cant speak for the night life as we go to bed fairly early because we enjoy getting up early and watching the ship pull into port. We did not attend any of the shows or the comedy clubs but did hear good things about them from our family that attended. My favorite part of the ship had to be the casino. It was very open and not too smokey, the machines are spread out and the bar was great. It was the perfect spot to hang out before and after dinner in the Silver dinning room. We did get frustrated a few times especially on the first few days trying to navigate our way around the ship. Some places you have to go up or down a floor to get to them. Not many signs or helpful maps. The muster drill was not fun at all. They herd you out on the decks like cattle and make you stand way too close to other people. It was very hot and took forever as they only released certain stations at a time. The ship had very little movement that i noticed except for one night we had to go back to Nassau due to a medical emergency and the ship was moving a ton until we got back. Many parts of the ship you could feel a vibration especially towards the back from the engines. We were on the 6th floor aft, the room was nice and we didn't feel any movement, but certain nights they were having events in the atrium and at 10:30 at night it was very loud in our room. The room was great, could have used a few more outlets and the door did not seal well as we could hear everything in the hallway. They do not give you an iron in the room, and i was told there was only one iron per floor that you have to share with everyone else, which is ridiculous. We had to wear our wrinkly shirts we crammed into our one check in bag we were allowed. We did not do any excursions, Nassau was okay, the walk to the public beach is very long and not worth it. Free port we got off and just did some shopping close to the ship and got back on. Overall this ship is in need of some upgrades, you could see many rust spots on the outside of the ship and was normally the oldest looking of all the ships at port with us. For the price this cruise is not bad for maybe a younger couple looking to have a good time. For people wanting to relax I would take you money to another cruise line or a different ship. In my experience it has been well worth the money to book a cruise that will not be overcrowded. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We selected this cruise last minute as a birthday celebration and booked it only a few weeks before departure. We booked a Grand Suite and we really enjoyed all the extra space in the cabin. However, there are really no perks to ... Read More
We selected this cruise last minute as a birthday celebration and booked it only a few weeks before departure. We booked a Grand Suite and we really enjoyed all the extra space in the cabin. However, there are really no perks to getting a suite on this ship other than a few free bottles of water and priority check in. Embarkation is a breeze with priority check in. We went through security and right onto the ship. Our keys were waiting for us in the cabin. When did turn down service start on the 2nd night of the cruise? One of the biggest problems on this ship is muster drill. They are still lining you up outside in the rain by the lifeboats for 40 minutes. Being unable to manage stairs, we went down early to avoid the mandatory stair trip. So that added even more time to the lengthy stand against the wall with people 6 deep. People that would not shut up long enough to listen to the drill and leaders that did absolutely nothing to control these people. This experience had anxiety attack written all over it. Next we have the unending PA announcements at all hours of the day and night. This is absolutely ridiculous when you are trying to sleep and you have to hear about some activity that you "must" attend every 20 minutes. Or, the employee drills, is there a reason I need to hear this alarm in my room when I'm trying to sleep? Then we have the paper thin walls so that you can hear the toilet flush in the next cabin, or the loads of rude passengers running up and down the hallways and sometimes knocking on your door. Or blocking the hallways with their "get togethers" and impromptu conversations. There is a level of passenger on this ship that is not the norm of cruise passengers and I believe that is due to the price of the cruise and the locale. So, if you are used to a more reserved crowd that knows social etiquette, this is NOT the ship for you. I got to the point where I just didn't want to leave the cabin. On the food, well let's just say this, the grilled cheese on the room service menu is amazing! So, that's not saying much. The lines in the buffet were unending and poorly organized. They need more stations with the same food so that the lines are manageable. I should not have to wait 45 minutes for my runny fake scrambled eggs! They dole out the bacon 2 strips at a time and you have to wait in that line to get it. Or you can be like many passengers that just cut the line. In fact, I was getting my ice water and just about to put my glass on the ice dispenser when a woman jammed her cup in front of mine and took ice. The crowd on the ship reminded me of a frat house party and that is not limited to a certain group. 80% of the ship was at the party! And there was no limit to the amount of poorly dressed people showing all parts of their bodies with pride! The Diamond Steakhouse was nice, but the steaks are poorly seasoned and the lobster, while tasty is small. The Art at the Table dessert was very entertaining and beautiful. Service was also very good here. The Golden Olympian dining room had subpar cold food and the seating was awful. Asking for a table for 2 was futile as the next table for 2 was 6 inches away and so on. The internet on this ship is spotty and you have to reconnect often. Many websites are completely blocked, so be careful which plan you select. I did enjoy having the Carnival Hub on my phone so I always had deck plans and activity lists available to me. If you are used to sailing with more reserved passengers where you get a certain level of service (Celebrity), then this is not the ship for you! I had a run in with a store clerk where the sign on the display read 30% off, however the piece that I selected on that same display was only 10% off. I got nowhere with that person explaining you can't advertise 30% off and then pick and choose which items will be covered unless you list that it's 30% of on select items. The 2 comedians in the Punchliner Club were awesome and we'll be looking them up on YouTube, HBO etc. We saw them all three nights on the ship and each night was different material both family and adult shows. The Rock shows was embarrassingly bad with off key singing, old music and dancing that needs to be updated with more modern moves. As always, waiting for elevators is a challenge and when the door opens you have about 5 seconds to get in or out, because the doors close immediately. Not an exaggeration. Timing issues need to be resolved here so that there are no injuries. Once again, the empty elevator not stopping for you remains a mystery! Disembarkation was a breeze when you have all carry on luggage. We walked off the ship at 7am and went through customs and on to the car in about 15-20 minutes. There is a lot of walking so that would be most of the time. For a 3 night cruise, it's amazing how few people have carry on luggage, so crowds were not an issue. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Unfortunately not a lot great to say about Liberty. Getting on board was super easy but having never sailed with carnival nowhere in any of the countdown emails did it give us any info about our sail and sign cards being at our stateroom ... Read More
Unfortunately not a lot great to say about Liberty. Getting on board was super easy but having never sailed with carnival nowhere in any of the countdown emails did it give us any info about our sail and sign cards being at our stateroom once on board our state room was not ready so we swam for awhile until it was. We had selected early dining while our dining staff was awesome and the food generally good the portions were very small. After fist night we decided to try the buffet (big mistake) the lines are super long and the fare is just ho hum. For lunch Guys burgers are awesome but everything has huge lines. Our state room was nice we were on deck 10 forward. Our steward was good. We went on one shore excursion in Nassau to Balmora Island. While not Carnivals fault the staff for balmora and the ferry to get us there was incredibly rude. On the ship the biggest complaint other than lines is not enough pools and the super foul almost raw sewage smell on the lido deck especially noticeable around the rum bar. When attempting to take in a movie on deck at night (in between carnival commercials that were never ending) the smell was almost overwhelming. Overall the liberty is an old ship in need of a port stay for upgrades, painting, etc. A good value for maybe a weekend getaway cruise but I would not recommend it for a vacation. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
The service was awful the ship had an AWFUL smell. Only had lemonade, tea, & water to drink. The lemonade & tea taste like water. The food options was very slim, only one restaurant was open 24 hours which is unheard of on a cruise ... Read More
The service was awful the ship had an AWFUL smell. Only had lemonade, tea, & water to drink. The lemonade & tea taste like water. The food options was very slim, only one restaurant was open 24 hours which is unheard of on a cruise ship. Most crew members was very rude couldn’t speak English the drinks were watered down. The crew half way clean my cabin. The tables in the restaurants where half way cleaned. This was my first and last time cruising with Liberty. The floors was nasty went to lunch and they still had food from breakfast on the floor. The ice machines were out most of the cruise. It was just an awful experience. Being this was my husband first time cruising, awful first impression. The only thing we enjoyed was the club, the deck party, and getting off the ship to tour Bahamas. Other than that it was an awful experience. Not worth my money at all. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
I went on cruise with family members and the food was not that good. Guy hamburgers was very good. Nothing to eat but pizza after 11pm. Carnival liberty employees damage my luggage and didnt replace anything. I had just purchased luggage ... Read More
I went on cruise with family members and the food was not that good. Guy hamburgers was very good. Nothing to eat but pizza after 11pm. Carnival liberty employees damage my luggage and didnt replace anything. I had just purchased luggage for my trip and they advise me to get it fix and send them the bill. Where can i get someone to fix my luggage at i dont know. They could have just replaced the bag because they damaged my luggage. They also need better food selection. On sunday evening they closed the mexican resturant down early and wouldnt serve anyone else. It was not what i expected. I will stick with royal carribbean from now on since i havent had any problems with them. Sorry carnival cruise line i tried to get your customer service to fix the problem but they refused. We will have 50 cabins next year cruise and it want be booked with carnival crusie line. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
I was expecting a repeat of the last Carnival cruise we went on which was AHHHHHMAZING. We were a group of 17, 9 adults and 8 kids varying in age from 2-14. Our cabin was great with a friendly steward. First time in an aft room, will ... Read More
I was expecting a repeat of the last Carnival cruise we went on which was AHHHHHMAZING. We were a group of 17, 9 adults and 8 kids varying in age from 2-14. Our cabin was great with a friendly steward. First time in an aft room, will never make that mistake again. You feel everything. Embarking and disembarking were smooth. However, as we arrived on the ship we were ready to be in vacation mode and wanted to grab a drink. There were plenty of drinks being served as well as TOO much upselling being done with no real explanation. What cup can get what refill for what price, it was all just too confusing. I found this to happen throughout the trip. Make your drink a double for $3 more, but not if you have the drink package, buy a bucket of beers instead of 1 get a pitcher at the comedy club...too much upselling with too many rules. The night of the deck party the bars on the lido were closed. The whole drink/bar experience left a bit to be desired. Let's talk food. The breakfast buffet lines were way too long. So we ordered room service 2 days but it only arrived 1 day. As far as room service goes, I distinctly remember the last cruise having a menu with everything included. Now there's a pay side to the menu. The 24 hour pizza is tasty. But from midnight -2ish when people really need a bite after drinking and having fun the line is long. I believe part of the reason is because for $5 you can have pizza delivered to the room. They are so busy keeping up with the deliveries, they cant keep the line short for people to grab and go. Guys burgers are a must! Our dinners in the silver room were good, but not great. The wait staff was nice and friendly. I found it again annoying that they had food options for a $20 charge on the menu. A money grab that Carnival should be embarrassed about. The menu varied each night but it was nothing to write home about. My husband decided on fried chicken from the menu our last night that was dry. Entertainment gets a mixed review. NoNo, the cruise director is fantastic. It's like this job was made for her. The DJ and steel drums by the lido were great. The singers outside the casino also super, the Hasbro game show was super fun. Both comedians on board killed it, could not laugh more if I wanted to. The triva games in the flowers bar area were good too. The show Flick earned 5 minutes of my time. Lyrical dancing to decent songs gave it a big cheese factor so I ended up not going to the America show. The guy playing at the piano bar was not my cup of tea. The deck party was fun, the kids loved it. The hairy chest contest is always big fun. The dinner entertainment is the same they were doing 6 years ago. Guest relations told me since my 12 and 14 year old were already registered they could go to evening activities when they were ready. So I went to comedy show and when they showed up they were not allowed to participate bc they were told they needed to be signed in. In Nassau we just went to a public beach. For $20 we rented chairs that were set up. Nothing special, but a couple hours at the beach was fine then back to the ship. A HUGE disappointment was the Princess Cay, their private island. The beach was nice. The BBQ had overcooked burgers, blah jerk chicken and it was super smokey. It was $2.50 for a can of soda but $3.95 later in the day. I guess they needed to money however they could as the island emptied out. And on a 4 day cruise (or any amount of days for that matter) when you buy the drink package, it does NOT include drinks there which is ridiculous since it is their island. Staff was ok. I'd go with a 70/30 split on friendly and helpful to just there to do a job. The friendliness was not enough to impact cruisers to feel special. Biggest take aways...lots of lines and lots of upselling which felt like a money grab with overall underwhelming experience will definitely impact me to book a different cruise line before booking carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
It was difficult to navigate the ship with limited direction, very few signs, some staff could assist others didn’t have a clue. Housekeeping staff was awesome. We paid for excursions, although the money spent for the benefits received ... Read More
It was difficult to navigate the ship with limited direction, very few signs, some staff could assist others didn’t have a clue. Housekeeping staff was awesome. We paid for excursions, although the money spent for the benefits received was severely overpriced. No guidance was provided on what to do, where to go or how to get there. Our evening dinners were great.. there we a few oddities with the proteins on the menu on what you thought you were expecting versus what was actually served. Chalk it up to American cuisine and what others believe it to be. All in all I would rate the service staff outstanding. There needs to be a “1st time cruisers” class on how to get the most out of your cruise. We bought “faster to the fun” option. Only thing it got us, was on the boat quicker, no benefit to any excursion and didn’t help with debarking the ship as we were promoted through the line to get off the boat and out the door with no mention on when we we to get our bags, as they had been picked up earlier the night before, needless to say, if you don’t have them in hand before exiting customs, you’ll have to wait at least ‘3’ hours to get them, after everyone else has left the ship, gone through customs and are well on their way home. The note we recurved the night before told us what to do to get off the boat, but no additional mention, of what to do when you get to the terminal.. We don’t travel internationally very often, so we were oblivious as to what was expected. (It always helps to know how to Stop before pressing the gas). Will we cruise Carnival again? Maybe? Did we have a good time? Mostly. Was the drink package worth it? Absolutely Was the excursion worth the cost? Nope Were the meals good? Mostly Was “Faster to the Fun” worth the cost? Don’t feel so. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Ok we just got off the Carnival Liberty on their four day Bahamas adventure from Port Canaveral. 1. We got a Captain's Suite 9199. Nice cabin, best views of any cabin anywhere. But, if you want a view from the balcony, you will ... Read More
Ok we just got off the Carnival Liberty on their four day Bahamas adventure from Port Canaveral. 1. We got a Captain's Suite 9199. Nice cabin, best views of any cabin anywhere. But, if you want a view from the balcony, you will have to stand up. Had a tough time getting our steward. Yet, he was very nice. The only perks you get is getting on the boat. You can come earlier than your posted time. Starting at 10:30am. (Don't call Carnival. Their staff just looks at a computer FAQ base that you can access. They could help with nothing else.) No other perks but two water bottles. Oh, and we had to complain because of the sewage smell coming from the front bathroom. I really thought these reviews I read before couldn't be true, but they are. 2. Teen Club O2 total loser. We had three teen boys and the activities were like, "Choose your own.....this or that." So lame hardly anyone showed up on Memorial Weekend. 15 was max for Manhunt. Plus, they were closed......alot. 3. Someone please update the Fun Times online so people can get a glimpse of what a daily schedule is? Plus, is there a white party or a red and blue party? What? Make up your minds and let people know before they board. Put some things in the APP before you get on board. In your online check-in. Give us info please. 4. The comedy shows were fantastic. 5. Flick, the cast was impressive but the writer/producer sucks. As a writer/director, my job is to tell a story. What the heck was this story about? The song selections were OK but your transitions were unintelligible. Director, why choose songs that your cast have a hard time reaching the top notes? Several top notes just not there. Lighting great. Sound OK. Circular fan use for James Bond: Genius. Second fan use for wings: poor. Video projection use excellent. The guy at beginning with hat? The solo dancer guy? What is he trying to learn or find? Choreography fine except when adding the protagonist to the mix. Everyone one in our party enjoyed it but had no idea what it was about. About movies: Pure Imagination from Willy Wonka then to the next song, just weird. Horrible transition. The medley of science fiction was well done. Short thematic bursts, knowable movies and their songs. There are hundreds of more iconic movie themes. Two Whitney Houston songs from the Guardian? Really? That was just to show off the cast member. You choose music that propels the story, tell the story through all mediums available, then make sure song and cast meld, and you've got a great show. This could have been a highlight not a head scratcher. 6. America Rocks: Maybe, for an international cruise, rock and roll might have been a better theme (Then you could have used Elton John or Queen). Again, songs outside the range of the cast. Cast did well in spite of the producer. 7. FOOD. Breakfast: stick to the omlette station. Real eggs vs powdered. Stick with room service for the morning. Except our second room service: muffins hard, bread hard, apple juice mix waaaay off, and got the order wrong. Lunch: Terrible selections and taste for the Lido Buffet. Mongolian Bar good. Chocolate buffet great. The chocolate cake on Lido buffet as good as any dessert anywhere. Fruit boring mix of melons, I'll take the Norwegian Hawaiian cruise any day for the fruit. Here is the review of other options: Guy's Burgers-best thing on boat, Ol Fashioned BBQ aft deck 10, hard to find and get to, not really ol fashioned we have ten places better in our city. Did not eat Mexican. Deli is good (not the fries, stick with Guy's fries). Pizza was packed after shows because everyone wanted something but did not want to pay for room service. Always a long line. Dinner: We had the 6 o'clock dinner at the Silver Olympian Restaurant. Had to ask our waitstaff for almost everything. I had soda package and I had to request every time. Wife had hot tea, had to wave down and ask each time. Our boys had lemonade, they came to fill that fairly early. Big pet peeve: Guys are busy, but they should stop when you are talking to them. I had two requests and after I got the first request out all I saw was their backs. Stop, look, listen until customer is finished talking. I don't care how fast you are trying to get the first crowd finished to get the second crowd in. Otherwise, great service. Great desserts. Steaks tough generally. Italian, keep out the peppers and onions which flavored whole meal. Rattatoie: don't get. If you expect it like the movie, nope big chunks of green pepper, onion and tomato. 8. Room Service. NOT FREE after 10pm. Beware. Their free selection is pitiful too. Disney Cruise has free 24 hours and it has pizza, burgers, chicken fingers, sandwiches, ice cream bars, much better than Carnival. Their events are designed to be late to make sure you would not make it back to your cabin before 10pm. 9. Stops: Nassau is always good. Princess Cay is fine, but the snorkels sold out before we got there. Really? A chance to make money and they run out? They burnt their food so we came back for Guy's burgers at lunch. 10. Money. Carnival takes the opportunity to separate you from your money while on the cruise. Everything costs extra. Better steaks and items extra $20 at dinner. Anything they carry costs extra. Free drawings, got to go through auction first. The cost for evening room service, ridiculous. Money to get on board early. We were either presented with opportunities or commercials to spend more money constantly. Not quite as bad as a time share promotion. Spa, went on Day of Nassau,. Since pretty much everything was closed until noon, I thought I would get a massage. The online pre-rates were $103 to $126. They had openings but were $176??? I read a review about sales during excursion days. NOT TRUE. I asked about the lower rates, they said they were pre-cruise only. Nope, I turned around. 11. Accessibility. Great on the ship. Only one ramp unbreachable was the ramp into the boat itself. My electric scooter got caught going in and out. Plus, they do look out for you if you are a wheelchair party. Thank you staff. 12. Activities: Youth club terrible, even though it got high ratings from others. Trivia was fun. Enjoyed Hasbro's Trivial Pursuit, otherwise not a ton to do, especially for families. They only showed two movies a day outside. Could have been continuous. Cookie was the best cruise director ever. He deserves the promotion he is getting. 13. Layout. The Liberty is confusing. Decks 3-4 cannot be gone through since the Gold dining room takes up the middle of the decks. The only way from front of ship to back of ship is to go to the far elevators on other end on ship then go down. Main pool deck too small for all on board to gather for party. Can we say, Get a Theme. Gaudy and no consistency describes the decor of the Liberty. Especially the Theater. MOST of these items are minor and may not dissuade you from Carnival. If you want the best food: Disney You want the best shows: Disney. Best youth Club: Royal Caribbean. Coolest excursions: Norwegian. Best Dinner Staff: Disney. Best Suite perks: Norwegian. Sorry, but Carnival is not on the list. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Sailed out of Port Canaveral on 5-17-2019 on a 3 day cruise, I’ve sailed a few other times with other companies, 5 cabins were with our party, it was my birthday and a present from my wife,my 3 children joined along with other family ... Read More
Sailed out of Port Canaveral on 5-17-2019 on a 3 day cruise, I’ve sailed a few other times with other companies, 5 cabins were with our party, it was my birthday and a present from my wife,my 3 children joined along with other family members. First afternoon out slide and pool got closed off. Saturday was spent all day in port, still not opened and they closed off basketball,volleyball and putt-putt. Went to complain and after asking to speak with supervisor they brought in 2 deck supervisor, after expressing my issue the pool deck supervisor smiled and said a kid puked in pool and they can’t discharge in port, although they had closed while out to sea the day before. All courts were closed due to rain shower while sutt was being released from the big whale tail which settled on floor of courts, which they were sweeping up around 11:30am no one returned for another 6 hours to mop the courts, finally opened courts, pool was not cleaned till 12:00-1:00 the last day of the cruise and didn’t open for several hours after that. Trip just sucked, and for the pool deck supervisor, to just stand there and smirk while I expressed my disappointment. Even after pointing out that she was smirking at me. Just really proves they have no compassion for there guests. I was very upset with them as it was very hard to entertain 3 kids for 3 days and for them to look at all the other ships at port with kids playing on water slides, basketball, volleyball and see the disappointment in there eyes just was heart breaking and again to have her keep smiling! If your going with children pick another cruise line, and if something goes wrong don’t expect anything from them. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
First Cruise for us a learning experience you might say. The idea of a cruise is neat but this particular one was a complete disappointment. Embarkation was super crowded and a bit confusing. Forget lunch on boarding day. The buffet was ... Read More
First Cruise for us a learning experience you might say. The idea of a cruise is neat but this particular one was a complete disappointment. Embarkation was super crowded and a bit confusing. Forget lunch on boarding day. The buffet was totally out of control, crowded, full of inconsiderate people and extremely long lines ( 20 minutes in the deli line - that didn't even move ) then after moving to the buffet line another 20 minutes to finally get to the food line with people butting lines to be with family. Cabin was nice, relatively clean and well appointed with a cool view from our balcony. Our Stateroom Steward Ady was pleasant and make sure our room was clean and stocked well. The bed which was supposed to be a King size was in actuality 2 twins together with a " gully" down the middle. We though peace would be on our balcony at sea. Not so some times, neighboring rooms though that it would be a great place to blast Rap music and smoke weed. Dining in the Golden Room was wonderful. Food was tasty and our Wait Staff, Oliver, Olaf and Benjamin were outstanding. Entertainment was okay more suitable for younger folks. So bottom line this kind of cruising is not for us. We'd rather spend that money on a nice resort where there are no unruly , inconsiderate crowds. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
I booked this cruise for my boyfriend's 30th birthday. It was my second cruise, both booked with Carnival cruise line. It was my boyfriend's first cruise ever. The day of embarkation, we were able to get on the ship before our ... Read More
I booked this cruise for my boyfriend's 30th birthday. It was my second cruise, both booked with Carnival cruise line. It was my boyfriend's first cruise ever. The day of embarkation, we were able to get on the ship before our check in time- which we appreciated. However, when we got on we decided to take a tour of the ship and were inside on level 4 when the power shut completely off. We were in pitch black darkness for about 5 minutes when the power came back on, then shut back off suddenly. The power eventually came back on. At that point, I was extremely terrified but my boyfriend convinced me not to let our money go to waste. Not one employee on the ship spoke about it, they acted like nothing happened. Aside from that, the ship is extremely extremely old and outdated. We booked about two weeks out and ended up getting an interior cabin on level 2. IF you decide to cruise on the Liberty, I HIGHLY suggest to NOT book a room on any level below 4 or 5. Aside from the fact that the ship rocked pretty heavily the entire duration of the cruise, our room rocked and vibrated the entire trip. We would get motion sickness on a higher floor and wanted to go lay down and rest in our room which only made us feel worse. The entire level 2 stinks like sewer. Our evening dining consisted of us sitting across from another couple at a booth which we were not expecting and did not like at all. Our sea day "open seating" brunch was not actually open seating. They sit you at a square or rectangular table with strangers and do not allow you to move seats even if you request to. Most of the employees did not speak English very well and weren't very helpful. I asked my housekeeper for a room service menu one of the nights and he said "it is in your room" and it wasn't. It wasn't a big deal at the time. But we later saw him in the hallway on the next night and asked him again and told him it wasn't in the room. It was like a battle trying to get the menu. My boyfriend spent quite a lot of money playing at the casino everyday and at one point the manager of the casino area offered us both free drinks. The waiter came around and I asked him for a menu for my order, he rushed me and said "every bar on the ship offers the same type of drinks, so what do you want?" rushing me. I tried to think, without a menu, what the name of the frozen drink was I had the night prior. He came back with a frozen virgin drink. This could have simply been avoided if the drink waiter would have brought me a drink menu. There was a massive amount of people this weekend and we were unable to even find a seat at the comedy shows, even after arriving 15 + minutes early to them. We missed out because we didn't want to stand during the comedy show. The embarkation process was HORRIBLE. They advised levels 1 and 2 to depart 1st. So, luggage in tow, we arrive to level 3 where we exit the ship to find that we can barely exit the elevator because the entire floor is crammed with people trying to get out. We didn't move for 15 minutes and had to squeeze our way thru. There was not ONE Carnival employee trying to guide people. We still tipped everyone that served us because that is the courteous thing to do. All in all, this trip was just okay because me and my boyfriend are very open minded and made the best of every single situation. However, I will NEVER cruise with Carnival again. And will tell this to anyone I know. I am so disappointed in the service that Carnival failed to provide. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
1) The ship: This is an old ship, pretty run down. The decor though is charming, in a kinda old world Titanic/Tiffany style. The best thing was the lighting and the quaint corners. 2) The dining experience: The dining room ... Read More
1) The ship: This is an old ship, pretty run down. The decor though is charming, in a kinda old world Titanic/Tiffany style. The best thing was the lighting and the quaint corners. 2) The dining experience: The dining room (Silver or Golden), if you get a table close to the window, is very cozy and makes for a nice romantic dinner with "candle" light. The food in the restaurant is decent. Nothing to wow, but the taste and presentation was good. The service was very good. Servers were extremely nice and accommodating. My partner is omnivore and I am vegan. The dishes they prepared for me were excellent, both in taste and presentation. However, there was just one dish (no choices) for me, and it was lacking in protein, with the exception of the last day. The tofu steak was absolutely delicious. They had no appetizers and no desert for me. Just plain salad and a bowl of fruit every day. My partner had a variety to choose from. Everything was good for him but nothing special. On the menu they had a vegan/vegetarian dish every day listed, but they didn't have it. With the exception of the last day, I got a variety of the same plate every day: plain couscous with tomato sauce and one small plain vegetable. No protein. 3) Food during the day: Breakfast: The buffet was standard. For omnivores, eggs, bacon, baked beans, a variety of breads and pastries, cereals, etc. For vegans, just potatoes and baked beans or oatmeal and fruit. Non dairy milk had to be ordered and I stood there for a good while waiting for it. There was a breakfast burrito stand by the pool. No beans, so no vegan option. Only egg and meats for filling. They also had a small deli stand, but they also had no vegan options. Lunch: No options for vegans, besides a Mongolian wok. No protein option. Just noodles and vegetables. Omnivores could choose from chicken, beef, fish, or mussels. To my surprise they had no Indian or Vegan vegan dishes. All was very heavy meat oriented. No vegan pastries or baked anything. No tofu, no lentils or beans. No vegetable dishes without butter or meat. Just fruit for desert. They only had pizza available for times outside the buffet times (lunch until 3:30 am, dinner until 9:00 pm). The pizza was freshly made by one person, so the lines were very long. For vegan option they had a mushroom pizza without cheese that was actually very good. Regular pizza was ok. Thin crust and spare toppings, but fresh and not heavy. They also offered a gluten free crust. 3) Entertainment: This was the poorest category. No band, no music by the pool (besides a recording of an extremely annoying keyboard that one person pretend played with one finger), no games (besides one hairy chest contest which was blah). The pools were very small. The main pool allowed kids so it was usually full of them. Very small pool. The back pool was adults only, but it was also very small and there was zero entertainment. There was a comedy club with a comedian who pretty much repeated the same jokes. Humor based on obnoxiousness, which could be funny at times but, again, repeated every night so it would def be a one night kinda thing. The show was a rock performance with singers who were painful to listen to they were so off key. One really good dancer (wow). The rest not good and very much out of shape, huffing and puffing and sweating. 4) Ports: Nassau wasn't great. We walked to Cabbage beach, which was a nice 45 min walk through town. The beach was so so. Just very poor with local people trying to make a buck best they can. Everything looks run down and sad. Atlantis seems to have a monopoly and everything around it fell apart. Not worth to get off the ship. Freeport was much better. We took a taxi to a small beach called Paradise Cove, which was great. Low key. It is in an area away from tourism, in a zone called 8 mile where most locals live. They charge 4.50$ for beach access and a fee for locker, snorkeling equipment, kayak, chair, umbrella, etc. We brought our own snorkeling equipment. The beach is by Deadman's Reef. It is amazing for snorkeling since you can easily swim there from shore. It is seldom deeper than 4 ft until you get to the reef. There are no dangerous currents. We saw big sea turtles and a ton of fish along the corrals. They have a food stand where everything they offer is local and made from scratch. My partner had Concha and I had sweet potato fries. Delicious. It was 4 $ for local Bahamian ice cold beer. They offer excursions online there but don't buy that. It is much cheaper to get there on your own and if you bring your own equipment, its a fun afternoon for little money. We rather tip the locals than spending money on arranged shore excursions. Overall: Negative: The ship was run down and dirty. There was vomit on the stairs that stayed there for days. An invasion of love bugs that was only half way cleaned up. Rust and erosion everywhere. The food was below average, with little to no variety. No protein options, no variety, no deserts or appetizers for vegans. Little to no (or bad) entertainment. Sad, small pools look and smell like old city pools. Positive: Really nice room (balcony), excellent cabin steward, nice and friendly staff everywhere, really nice and hard working servers. The cocktails we tried (Mojito, Bloody Mary) were great. Strong and freshly made. Recommend this cruise? No, we will not repeat a Carnival Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
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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