1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
This was our first cruise. I was afraid I would get seasick so we chose the 3 day cruise to the Bahamas with Liberty. I did not get seasick but I hated the cruise. The balcony room was fine but needs to be updated, carpeting is bad and ... Read More
This was our first cruise. I was afraid I would get seasick so we chose the 3 day cruise to the Bahamas with Liberty. I did not get seasick but I hated the cruise. The balcony room was fine but needs to be updated, carpeting is bad and shower kept overflowing because the drain was slow. Left notes in the cabin but nothing was done. Food at the buffet terrible, even Guy's burgers that everyone online said was terrific. Just a greasy mess! Food in dining room was better but still not as good as the restaurants I usually go to. Very disappointed. I absolutely hated Nassau. So dirty looking and traffic was very bad. The shops were dirty and junky merchandise. We went to Atlantis and what I saw on TV was not what was really there. It may have been terrific when it opened up but it is in need of painting and updating. We went to the aquarium and was talked into paying 45 pp for a ticket to see a world famous aquarium. It was hardly anything to talk about. I am originally from Chicago and our aquarium was top of the line compared to this small aquarium. I felt sad for the fish! The one thing I hated the most was all the lines, waiting to get on,waiting to get off the ship and lines everywhere on the ship. The small pools and hot tubes always filled and looking pretty worn. The windows have NEVER been washed so even in the dining areas looking out is the pits. The other cruise ships were washing all windows but the Liberty only washed the top of the lobby and that must be years of grime on all the other windows in the ship, adding to the need to refurbish this mess of a ship. No more cruising for me. They say the longer cruises and bigger ships are even worse with the lines and for me this is not a vacation. I needed a vacation after this cruise! They need to stay in port one day in-between cruises and clean everything. Not enough time to get this ship in shape and it needs it. Carnival only cares about money and not the people using this ship. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
We booked this cruise because we had a discount coupon from a problem on a previous cruise that expired this month. Let me start by saying that the onboarding experience was excellent. Carnival has streamlined this process to the point ... Read More
We booked this cruise because we had a discount coupon from a problem on a previous cruise that expired this month. Let me start by saying that the onboarding experience was excellent. Carnival has streamlined this process to the point where it was a joy! We practically walked through the whole process, despite the fact that we were 20 minutes early for our booked check in. I'm sorry to say that our experience (with a few exceptions that I'll comment on later) was downhill from there. Poor food quality, disappointing prize draws that required you spend money to redeem, ports a disappointment. Good points...I booked our cabin online so had no way of knowing that we would be directly under the galley. All night noises and no sleep. A visit to the guest relation's desk was an amazing surprise...Thanks to Louie Cardenas...moved us to a much better cabin and in a most accommodating manner...THANKS. Don't get me wrong, no carnival employee ever treated us with anything less than friendliness and warmth (shout out to Casey and Austin from Canada), but in our opinion, Carnival has lowered the bar too far. It felt like a money grab the whole cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
The food selection was good and you could eat as much as you wanted, which I did. The drinks had a generous amount of alcohol in them, which was nice. I was on floor 1 (close to the bottom of the ship), and had a very nice, clean room. The ... Read More
The food selection was good and you could eat as much as you wanted, which I did. The drinks had a generous amount of alcohol in them, which was nice. I was on floor 1 (close to the bottom of the ship), and had a very nice, clean room. The room service did a great job of cleaning and supplying plenty of towels. I really appreciated coming back to my room to a made bed. There was plenty of entertainment, however if you wanted a nice relaxing swim in one of the pools, it wasn't going to happen. There were just too many kids to enjoy being in the pool or even the hot tubs for that matter. Casino was nice, but only open certain hours of the day. I mainly enjoyed the movie matinees on the Lido deck (floor 9). Good movie selections! Overall, good experience for it being my first cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
My family and I are avid cruisers (I have taken over 12 cruises on Carnival, RCI, and NCL), and I can truly say that this was the worst cruise I have ever been on. First off, the menu in the dining room is shorter and shorter each time I ... Read More
My family and I are avid cruisers (I have taken over 12 cruises on Carnival, RCI, and NCL), and I can truly say that this was the worst cruise I have ever been on. First off, the menu in the dining room is shorter and shorter each time I cruise with Carnival, and the quality of the food has diminished. The breakfast menu is the same EVERY MORNING, the pizza is very thin, the alcoholic beverages are watery and flavorless (and pricey) and the ice cream is extremely watery. Ultimately, there is not much variety of food, as I felt as though I was eating the same thing for 4 straight days. The entertainment was very disorganized and outdated, the same shows that were playing 10 years ago are still running today. In the bingo session, they no longer give away a cruise, which was the main reason I always paid to play bingo with my family. With regards to the stateroom, though spacious and updated, it was only cleaned TWO out of the four days (could you imagine having a family of four in one stateroom without fresh towels?). Princess Cays was very pretty and relaxing, but the tender was rocky due to inclement weather. Freeport was FREEZING, as its proximity to Southern Florida makes it vulnerable to chilly temperatures, so take a sweater! The photo backgrounds are the same as 10 years ago, the music is extremely outdated and the disembarkation progress was chaotic. Overall, I do not think this was an enjoyable experience and I will not be cruising with Carnival ever again. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
I chose Liberty for the decor and it didnt disappoint. It's of garden type theme with Spanish style of iron railing and lights. Not over the top and gaudy like some carnival ships but also has a wow factor. We did 4 night Bahamas cruise ... Read More
I chose Liberty for the decor and it didnt disappoint. It's of garden type theme with Spanish style of iron railing and lights. Not over the top and gaudy like some carnival ships but also has a wow factor. We did 4 night Bahamas cruise to princess cay and Freeport. The pros The decor The food was great The shows were okay The staff were not in my face when asking to do photos or buy drinks The blue waves band were great doing old faves Love the carnival hub app The cons Smoke from casino bar drifts into promenade The photographers blocking promenade too much Buffet only worth going to for lunch Spa had no great advertising or specials Some rooms didn't seem to be used so lack of variety of places to go in evening Need to have more info on princes cay e.g. we took beach towels ashore when we didn't need to Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We choose this cruise due to proximity of our Thanksgiving Holiday and timing of the trip. We ignored some of the less favorable reviews hoping they were exaggerated. Boy was that mistake. Day one, we get food poisoning from the Pizza. ... Read More
We choose this cruise due to proximity of our Thanksgiving Holiday and timing of the trip. We ignored some of the less favorable reviews hoping they were exaggerated. Boy was that mistake. Day one, we get food poisoning from the Pizza. Ended up puking in the room for the first 24 hours. Told half dozen staff members about it. Nobody seemed to care. Nothing was done to address the problem that I am aware. Did not even receive an apology from anyone. I also observed that most of the hand sanitizers were empty around the ship as I tried to use them. The food in general was a huge disappointment. Buffet was mostly salad bar without good toppings. No cheese or bacon bits here. They did offer large bowls of plain kidney beans, garbonzo beans, sliced cucumbers and plenty of radishes but the ranch dressing was always empty. The semi-edible food like tacos and seafood cost extra, including room service. Soup was watery and the meats looked like pre-packaged lunchmeat from the grocery store that was laid out on a slab. The burgers were literally the only thing we could stomach. Those were served from noon to 6pm only. Ice cream machines were often empty and not once did I see an actual cone available. We ended up eating ours from coffee cups. If you like toppings, better bring your own and after 7pm they only offer one flavor. The rest of the deserts were in the back of the Lido with a sign on them saying "buffet closed". In other words, never available. Breakfast meat was literally cut up hot dogs with what looked like left over peas from the night before, not kidding. Gross! I went for a bamboo massage which they charged almost $200 for. The facility was a far cry from spa like. The locker room reminded me of my high school gym locker. They did not offer a robe for me to change into for my service. I was shuffled into the massage room and asked to hang my stuff on a hook on the wall next to the shower stall. The therapist raked bamboo over my spine and it ended up bruising a vertebra so badly that I get a severe migraine headache. I was confided to my room for 48 hours before it subsided enough for me to leave. I reported that incident four times over a two day period before anyone bothered to call and ask me what happened. Don't get me started and the so called entertainment. Build-a-bear was the big event one day. One musician in the casino was playing guitar against a recorded track. At one point he just gave up and let the recording play solo. I actually had to walk up and ask him to start playing his guitar again. The piano player asked for requests and then did not know how to play any of them. Rock music on the back of ship was blaring from what sounded like blown speakers. I think the smoke eater in the casino was broken as you could smell the cigarettes smoke on that entire floor and on the steps leading to that deck. There were three female violinists that were lovely to listen too. That was literally the only pleasurable entertainment experience we had. The facilities themselves were very sad and not well maintained. The backs of the booths were falling off. They napkins actually looked like used oil rags, as pictured. The closets smelled like other peoples dirty clothes. We assuming the bed sheets were very clean as they reeked of bleach. Gift shop was devoid of anything I would want to have, cheap quality all the way around. The caliber of this boat is beyond bad. Rude people, nasty old boat, terrible food and rotten entertainment choices (except for violinists). We actually felt like prisoners trapped in a nightmare we could not escape from. We couldn't leave fast enough. I wouldn't wish this vacation on my worst enemy. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Travel agent had cruised Liberty in advance.Personal acquaintance & trusted her recommendation.1st day-exciting on the Lido deck. Nono & the staff-great job.Kids loved Guy’s burgers.Our room was inside-due to motion ... Read More
Travel agent had cruised Liberty in advance.Personal acquaintance & trusted her recommendation.1st day-exciting on the Lido deck. Nono & the staff-great job.Kids loved Guy’s burgers.Our room was inside-due to motion sickness.No complaints at all.Herald was our contact if we needed anything & was superb.Cleanliness-excellent.Could smell sulfur water in halls from time to time.Not a problem smells like Fla.Dining rooms-really nice.Buffet had many choices for our very picky G-son.Food on the deck-very good. Kids loved ice cream-no toppings.I enjoyed deli for light meal.Desserts-good.I tried things new to me-no disappointments.Moving around the ship took some research.Get familiar with how the decks work ahead of time.Nassau excursion-excellent.4 hr tour-got what we paid for. Entertainment was available for all ages. Son & fiancé went on the swim with dolphins, stingrays, seals etc. If it’s in your budget they highly recommend.Coffee-no complaints(dark roast).No pressure to buy cocktails.All staff was excellent.Embark/debark easy w/staggered times. So glad I did not take all the negative reviews at face value. I know things happen. I am ok with accidents as long as things get rectified. We had no requests not met. Room service-on time & as requested. Kids enjoyed the pools & poolside lounging.We all enjoyed Bingo, even won. Not fond of all the cigarette smoke in the casino area. Did not go in the shops on board. A little pushy to make jewelry sales so I never went inside so I could keep walking. If the prices were good deals I will never know since I am not comfortable with aggressive sales people. Some passengers don’t make it easy for the staff. People would just leave dishes & food in places that I would not have. That’s just me. IE: dishes at elevators where someone could trip over them, sat unfinished ice cream cones to melt where people would step in. Staff was quickly cleaning up those types of things! Breakfast buffet was overwhelming! So many great choices. Had some good chats with strangers. Our son, daughter-in-law & grands did the Segway excursion & had a blast. Kids enjoyed the pizza in the evening. I would do it all over again! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We choose this because we have never been to the Bahamas and it fit in with a school schedule. This Carnival cruise was budget friendly for a party of 9( 3cabins). We did enjoy our trip, but the pizza line was always seemed to be long ... Read More
We choose this because we have never been to the Bahamas and it fit in with a school schedule. This Carnival cruise was budget friendly for a party of 9( 3cabins). We did enjoy our trip, but the pizza line was always seemed to be long and the wait time consuming. When we went to order a whole pizza we were offered what the available. It was like the person at the counter did not understand what we were trying to order. The ones we got tasted good, just not the way we want it. Our cabin steward was very good as were our wait staff at dinner. We had asked our cabin steward of he would put a chocolate on the pillows of our granchildren. We did bring a bag of chocolates and he did. Actually he put both morning an evening . (Yes I did too him extra). My biggest item. Is the flavor of some food was very blah. This was our 3rd Carnival cruise and was probably our least favorite food. Why do they have to layer all their cakes 5-6 high. Too much frosting. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
I want to start with the positives. * The comedians (Vince Morris is a true standout!), manager, and staff at the comedy club were terrific. * Our room was fine and our room steward was terrific. I'm sorry that I don't recall his ... Read More
I want to start with the positives. * The comedians (Vince Morris is a true standout!), manager, and staff at the comedy club were terrific. * Our room was fine and our room steward was terrific. I'm sorry that I don't recall his name. * The drinks were made with plenty of liquor (or maybe it was the fact that we tipped on top of the bill because of the Great Gratuity Debate). * Embarkation and Debarkation were seamless and easy. Our only delay was in Nassau and Carnival was not to blame (please remember to take your room key with you every time you debark the ship folks). Much better than our previous experiences. Nassau was interesting. We chose to walk it instead of go on a tour. We don't regret it. This can be a fun way to explore a new area. We live in FL, so a tropical beach isn't a novelty for us and we know that you don't truly see a city until you get beyond the tourist areas. Now for everything else (in no particular order). Most of the food was passable, but bad. The 3 exceptions were the Seafood Shack and Guy's Burgers which were very good; and the Tex-Mex place that took bad food to a completely new low. My husband and I didn't share a single ingredient in common and we both found it utterly disgusting. It was like eating pure salt and had no discernible flavor that we could identify. I know that it's supposed to be a party boat, but good gravy! Folks need to have a bit more sense in public. I know it's casual. I'm flip flop girl, but I have limits. Please don't forget that there are young children on the ship as well as seniors. This may have just been the group that was on our particular ship and from what I'm reading, that seems to have been the case. The smell of a special smokable product was strong in certain parts of the ship and I'm not talking about the 3 designated smoking areas. Just in general. Clearly the cruise line doesn't mind it. Speaking of smoking areas, the deck area on the 3rd floor smelled like sewage during the entire cruise. Even on windy days. The state of the ship itself is quite sad. Broken public bathrooms, entire floors that just reeked (2, 4 and 6). Broken displays, lighting grates fallen to the ground (in defense of maintenance on this one, they genuinely appeared to be working on this particular issue each day), and covers to cabinets secured with bungee cords or rope. This ship desperately needs to be docked for at LEAST a full month of top to bottom maintenance. With the exception of the comedy club and the music in the bars, the entertainment was pretty terrible and lacking. One day, I just gave up and took to my room and watched the 4 channels they had on the television that weren't advertising. By the way Carnival, you aren't fooling anyone by calling one of the channels TCM. Shame on you! Robert Osborne must be turning in his grave. No wonder they use Disney for their annual cruise. This wasn't our first cruise and we went on the boat to celebrate our 20th anniversary, expecting good things. I had heard a lot of positive comments from people I know about Carnival. I may try a longer cruise with them some day, but it won't be anytime soon. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
They push alcohol on you, so much so that my daughter in law is pregnant and others within our party didn’t know...after telling our waiter in the dining No to shots several times my daughter in law said “I’m ... Read More
They push alcohol on you, so much so that my daughter in law is pregnant and others within our party didn’t know...after telling our waiter in the dining No to shots several times my daughter in law said “I’m pregnant”...waiter left, only to return 2 minutes later with “are You really pregnant”?? Really???!!! I called prior to our sailing date to check attire for steak house as I had made reservations for my husbands birthday dinner...they wouldn’t let us in. I went to Customer service who claims they emailed the managers and would make an exception for us and get back with me by 4:00, they never followed through. The day of departure was a nightmare! Staircases blocked by staff, all locked in hallways like caged animals since you must leave your room by 8:30, if people are ready to get off the ship, let people off!!! Especially those who spent money for a balcony room and spent over $3000 in the casino! Why do the lower floors exit first and each floor takes about 30 minutes to get off, yet they kick you out of your room at 8:30 to stand in a hallway!!! NEVER EVER again will I cruise with Carnival! Read Less
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 4.3
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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