2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
Overall, this was a very nice, short getaway for a birthday celebration. Just me, and my wife, no kiddos. We came out of Port Canaveral, which I had never sailed from before. We stayed the night ahead at the Radisson Resort at the ... Read More
Overall, this was a very nice, short getaway for a birthday celebration. Just me, and my wife, no kiddos. We came out of Port Canaveral, which I had never sailed from before. We stayed the night ahead at the Radisson Resort at the Port. A very nice hotel for a quick stay. Pool area looked fantastic, but we didn't have time to really enjoy it. Looked very cool though. QUICK TIP: When choosing your transportation method to get over there from Orlando Intl Airport, there are a lot of options. Uber, Lyft, private shared ride shuttles, Cruiseline shuttles, etc. We flew in the night before and chose to do a one-way car rental from the airport, dropping off in Cocoa the next morning. It ended up being about the same price as an Uber, and less than the cost of the cruiseline shuttle for 2 of us. Plus then we had the freedom to hit Target in the morning for last minute stuff and a couple bottles of wine. We did the same thing on the way back too, so we could enjoy a day in Orlando. Embarkation went fantastic. We DID pay for the Faster to the Fun option which is ALWAYS worth it to me. We breezed through the document checks, went up to the waiting area, and within 30 minutes, we were boarding the ship. And of course with FTTF we were able to go straight away to the cabin to drop off our carry-ons. The cabin was just fine. Very clean, nice sized. Typical Carnival decor, oranges and corals for color. Plenty of space for all we needed it for: sleeping, changing, and storing our stuff. Always very happy with the amount of storage space in Carnival rooms. 2 big closets to hang stuff in, 1 with shelves, dresser space, and the beds are open underneath making the perfect spot to stash the suitcases. We went for a walk to check things out and go get a bite. The decor of the ship is very nice. It follows a Mediterranean type decor. Wrought iron accents, and beautiful candelabras and chandeliers along the promenade and atrium. Lighted up by these really fun color-changing bulbs. I could really just enjoy watching those for hours. Really cool following their patterns. The ship was kept nicely clean. Perhaps a bit of dating to it, but not overly so. Has all the newer amenities, Blue Iguana, Guy's Burgers, Alchemy Bar, etc. No Red Frog pub though. Kind of a bummer. That's a nice space we have enjoyed on other boats. Clean Lido, great Serenity area. Truly Overall, the ship was very nice. Dining: In our 3 days, we really did try about everything at one point or another. Guy's Burgers. Always a win. Decent burgers, good fries, fresh grilled and fried. No warmer trays letting the burgers get all soggy or gross. Nice crust, good flavor. Excellent selection of condiments and toppings. Really good option for lunches. Blue Iguana. I feel THIS is the real winner on the Lido deck. The tacos are good, the Taco SALAD is dynamite. A lot of folks love their burritos as well, but I've never done them. This place KILLS IT at breakfast. The breakfast burritos are amazing, and I personally have their Arepas every morning. Just great. Lido buffet was fine. Wide assortment of course. They did a good job keeping everything well stocked and clean. Attendants were on top of it, it seemed. Deli service was nice. Good sandwich, pretty quick order fulfillment. We did NOT do the pizza, sushi, or Seafood shack on this cruise. But we have on previous ones. They're always good. Sushi is totally worth the additional cost. The pizza is fine, but maybe not worth the typical wait it takes. Seafood shack is good, but unless you're really dying for some right then, it may not be actually worth the upcharge. MDR: This is really a spot I think Carnival needs to work on. The menu is the SAME. EVERY cruise... It's just getting pretty tired. I have pics of the menu from our honeymoon, 14 years ago, and it the same stuff still. Just getting a bit bored with it I suppose. It's all good, but there is nothing great, nothing exciting, no WOWs. Just pretty hum-drum. In all honesty, The best things on the menu every night are probably the Indian Vegetarian Curry plate (a ton of food, but pretty spicy), or the every day steak (much better than the Prime Rib even). Service was fine, but not exceptional. But I think there's a few things at play there. 1- on the shorter cruises, I just don't think the staff in general invests as much into getting to connect with you. You're going to be gone in a couple days anyways. But on a 5-7+ day cruise, It adds a certain charm to the experience, and probably helps THEM get through the long days as well. 2- We got seated at a 2-top table. I was ecstatic since it was just the 2 of us. However, I think iut harms service. Now you have a head waiter and assistant trying to manage 7-8 small tables, all of which are at different stages of their meal, instead of really caring for 2-3 large tables that are more synced up. They seemed distracted and perhaps a bit out-of-sorts. Diamond Steakhouse: Went on first night. TOTALLY WORTH the $35 per person. The food is incredible, perfectly executed, and the staff is on top of the game. Wife got Filet and Lobster tail. I got a rib-eye. I'm a big dude. But I could only eat half of my steak. It was ridiculous. But so perfect. And for dessert we got the Art-at-the-table. A chef came out and prepared an incredible work of art in plating right on our table, explaining every sauce, every little dessert treat he was plating. It was delicious, but the presentation was an absolute stunner! QUICK TIP: If you're going to do the steakhouse, you can reserve before you cruise online! Grab a spot, you'll be glad you did. Also, if you book for first night, you get a free bottle of wine with dinner. The entertainment was nicely varied and very good all around. The music acts were energetic and engaging. The DJ was on point keeping the vibe rolling wherever he was. My favorite though was a violin duo. They played such a diverse program through the 3 day cruise. Classics, newer age things, and the violin takes on modern pop songs. Terrific performers. The main stage had a good assortment of shows for a 3 day cruise. We took in the show Flick. (had already seen the other 2 review shows on a cruise n October). The show itself was beautifully choreographed and designed. Effects were stunning. Loved the subject material. You should see it if its on a cruise you are going on. Really nice show. Only complaint was that the male vocals were BAD... Really pitchy, kind of made me wish their parts would end so we could get back to the very talented female cast. They were STRONG vocal performers. Very talented dancers all, and commanded the stage and effects well, but a real mixed bag on the vocal talents. Hasbro gameshow is always a fun watch. Didn't get on stage this time but have 2 other times. It's a blast. Perhaps the Biggest 5 star experience on the ship though was the staff at the Alchemy Bar. The girls Marija and Kat were absolute stars. Incredible drinks, fantastic originals, great on-point recommendations, and that perfect mix of polite service and sass you want to have in an amazing bartender. We spent a lot of time there enjoying the beverages and just marveling at their work. I work in the specialty beverage business myself, so I appreciate their craftsmanship. These ladies were dynamos and I was impressed that they were assigned to a short itinerary ship. We did not take a scheduled Shore Excursion for our day in Nassau. Instead we just took it pretty easy. We grabbed a couple beers at Pirate Republic Brewery. Just 2 block up the road to the right as you exit the port terminal. Right by the big Harley store. Craft brews and bites. We did not get any food but the Conch Fritters looked really good. The beer is very nice. Maybe not something to write home about but still very good. Especially when you've been trapped on a boat with little crafty selection. We then walked a couple block to Bahamas Cookin Kitchen. A little restaurant. Quite a few local were hanging in here, and just a few tourists like us. The food was terrific. Conch Fritters, check. Cracked Conch, check. Steamed chicken, check. Yum all around. QUICK TIP: Theres a lot of choices for sides on your bahamian dishes. The Potato salad is boring old mustard potato salad. Don't bother. Fried Plantains are always delicious. In the Bahamas they tend to use darker ripe ones, so they are more sweet than starchy. And Rice and Peas is a must. It's not your typical sweet green peas. These are Pidgeon Peas, which are a bit bigger and more starchy. More like a bean. So its closer to red beans and rice than what you may think when you read Rice n Peas. We then strolled up to Junkanoo beach for a soak in the water till we decided to wander back. The beach was well tended and pretty clean. A bit of refuse like you would expect at a beach front this busy, but nothing to the degree I would call it dangerous, gross or bad. Just a couple aluminum bottles or cans here or there, but not a lot. And we saw folks actively trying to keep it cleaned up. The public restroom and changing area was VERY clean. The whole time we were there they had multiple staff there who were in constant action staying on top of it. It was one of the cleaner public restroom facilities I've ever seen at a beach. Domestic beaches included. Disembarkation was a nightmare as always. But I really don't think it is the ship's fault. It really come to us as the guests, just needing to be more patient, less pushy, and build in the time that we can do the ZONE check out. It is the self assist that turns into a rat race and slows EVERYTHING down for the entire rest of the process. Everyone just needs to be a little more calm, and have some chill. :) So, all in all, we had a great time. Tremendously relaxing. I had fun and loved spending my 40th birthday somewhere where no land was in sight. The experience of a cruise is hard for me to beat. I just love them, and will always look for reasons to be happy with them, as opposed to finding things to nit-pick. However, the bad vocalists, and the really tired menu in the MDR make me only give 4 out of 5. I love you Carnival, and I loved the Liberty. Don't worry, I'll be back. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
I chose this ship because I wanted a short, intermittent cruise and because Liberty had the eatery Mongolian Wok on board. This was my 34th cruise and although I'm a Diamond level cruiser on Royal Caribbean, I'm a Platinum member with ... Read More
I chose this ship because I wanted a short, intermittent cruise and because Liberty had the eatery Mongolian Wok on board. This was my 34th cruise and although I'm a Diamond level cruiser on Royal Caribbean, I'm a Platinum member with Carnival. I usually sail Solo but this time invited a friend to go with me. I don't understand the negative reviews about Liberty. This was my 1st time on Liberty and I didn't see what the naysayers were griping about. Liberty was tastefully decorated, very well maintained, and kept clean at all times. I found the staff to be super friendly, unlike other ships I've sailed. Even the Guest Services staff was polite and friendly. And I found my inside cabin (I usually book a Balcony cabin) to be quite roomy. I enjoyed the comedy show, Violin Duet, live bands and piped music. But most of all I was elated to see that Carnival hired yet another young, engaging, energetic and fun Cruise Director, Tiven (sp?), who was only on the job four days. He did an excellent job. Three years ago I met cruise director Matt on The Brreze, who was my first experience with a young cruise director. Way to go Carnival! I really did have fun. The reason for the 4-star rating - Buffet food was not impressive and vegetables were sorely lacking. I did not bother eating anywhere else. There were five ships in port at Nassau, which made for a very hot and crowded scene. I got back on the ship almost as quickly as I got off. Freeport was much more civilized. My biggest gripe was parking at the Port Canaveral Pier. BEWARE when you park. Carnival charges for five days of parking for a 4-day cruise, even though you're parked there less than 96 hours (4 days). In effect, Carnival is collecting a day's parking fee from both those disembarking and those embarking at the start of the same-day next cruise. Of course, Carnival is blaming the Port Authority for that double payment they're collecting. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the Liberty and the cruise. Ignore those negative reviews; just go and experience it for yourself. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
Im a first time cruiser so I chose a short cruise to test the waters. This was a group cruise,ages ranging from 5-62. GETTING TO THE PORT: We decided not to park at the port ($20/day), instead we parked a the hotel down the ... Read More
Im a first time cruiser so I chose a short cruise to test the waters. This was a group cruise,ages ranging from 5-62. GETTING TO THE PORT: We decided not to park at the port ($20/day), instead we parked a the hotel down the street,Country inn and suites ($6.95/day). You dont have to stay at the hotel to park. They provide a shuttle to transport you to and from the port. GETTING ON THE SHIP: We got off the shuttle checked our luggage and enter the security area. To my surprise, we were on the ship within 30 minutes. Our cabins were not ready yet so we hung out in the flowers lobby, got some drinks,and took some pictures. CABIN: I had an ocean view room. It was clean and smelled pleasant. I brought lysol and clorox wipes on board to wipe everything down. I met my room steward within the first hour. I didnt see him much but he did a great job keeping our room spotless and the ice bucket filled. FOOD: The food was just ok. Guys burgers is overrated. The blue iguana cantina was horrible for breakfast, the burritos for lunch looked good but I didn't try them. The buffet was good, except on the last night. The seafood shack was great. Carnival needs to better pizza. The dining was the best (must try the crab cakes). I didn't get to try the steak house. Only go to the Dr.Suess breakfast for the experience,not the food,it was cold and disgusting. The room sandwiches were good There is no sweet tea on the ship. ENTERTAINMENT: There is something for everyone to do. Read your fun times and I suggest downloading the app. Go to the shows and volunteer to participate. They give away great packages to the volunteers. PORT DAY: We walked the main strip in Nassau. We shopped for souvenirs. We also stopped by senor frogs, the liquor store, and Junkanoo Beach. Junkanoo beach was cool. We rented umbrellas and chairs. There are lots on vendors selling things but none were pushy. The water was clean. It was crowded. OVERVIEW: I think i like whole idea of a cruise,but next time I will try a different cruise line. I would definitely visit Nassau again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
This cruise was so confusing and it lacked directions. The Carnival Liberty was my family and I’s first cruise and we expected more directions from staff. We had no clue what to do or where to go most of the time. It wasn’t ... Read More
This cruise was so confusing and it lacked directions. The Carnival Liberty was my family and I’s first cruise and we expected more directions from staff. We had no clue what to do or where to go most of the time. It wasn’t until the third day we actually knew our way around which was the last day. Also, no one ever told us the cleaning people were going to charge $40 per person per room. That’s too high and no one warned us of this we had to figure it out on our own at guest services, which always has a long line. However, Alexandra was amazing. She worked at guest services and bought us all a drink and sent chocolate covered strawberries to our room. The Carnival cruise line needs more people like her. Going through security was confusing as well and the people who worked in it were rudeeeeeee. Nassau was fun and I am thankful for the trip but I understand why people give bad reviews now. PLUS there weren’t too many cute boys my age. ugh first world problems i’ll shut up now. One last thing, if you have less than $10 in your account on the last day you can’t withdraw it they donate it which is sweet but again, no consent. They act like everyone on that cruise had endless amounts of money. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
This is my 4th cruise to the Bahamas and my 2nd on Carnival. I went on this cruise with my best friend and her husband, this was his first cruise and she and I have gone on 2 others together. The overall experience was good but I was very ... Read More
This is my 4th cruise to the Bahamas and my 2nd on Carnival. I went on this cruise with my best friend and her husband, this was his first cruise and she and I have gone on 2 others together. The overall experience was good but I was very disappointed in the SPA treatments. We arrived on Thursday afternoon to board the ship and once aboard explored the different areas to get a good idea on what was offered and where it was located compared to our room. As we explored we took the SPA tour where after the tour I purchased 3 of the seaweed body wraps and full body massages for us and I also booked a mani/pedi treatment and facial for myself. One of the best things about cruising is to be able to treat yourself with SPA treatments to add to your relaxation and vacation experience. My friend and her husband had a couples experience for the seaweed wraps and massages and besides the water being too hot they really enjoyed the treatment. I on the other hand had a less than desirable experience. First off my appointment for the seaweed wrap and massage was scheduled for 8:30pm the first evening, I wanted to start off the cruise relaxed, but when I got there I was told that they had is scheduled for 8pm and that I was late. I produced the appointment slip they gave me earlier in the day stating 8:30pm and they asked me to have a seat while they straightened it out. A few minutes later I was told I was only booked for a half body treatment instead of the full body treatment, which I had scheduled the full body. It took about 15 minutes but they were able to adjust and correct their mistake. In doing so I missed out on the heated water bed that was supposed to be apart of the treatment but they extended the hot stone massage to be full body to make up for that. However they were clearly not prepared for this and the whole first half of the treatment I was extremely uncomfortable. I felt rushed with the wrap and when it came time to shower off the water was cold (couldn't get it warm, didn't matter what I turned the knob to) and there was no towel left for me to dry off. So when I laid back down on the table for the massage portion I was wet and so cold my whole body was shivering and nowhere near relaxed. The massage however was amazing. Once my body warned back up under the hot stones and oil I was finally able to relax and enjoy myself. It was definitely not worth the money that I paid for the whole treatment and I would not recommend the full treatment to anyone but I would consider doing just a hot stone massage again as that portion was lovely. The next day I had my mani/pedi nail treatment and I was really looking forward to it. The actual treatment was lovely and very relaxing. My only complaint is that the paint on my nails were chipping and cracking within 24 hours! With the amount of money I spent on the treatment the product should of lasted much longer so it was very disappointing and sadly I will never do this again on Carnival. I ended up cancelling my facial appointment as I was so disappointed in the SPA and I'm now rethinking my plans for my next Carnival cruise in September. The rest of the cruise was very nice. As it was only a Thursday - Sunday cruise it was a nice long weekend get away filled with wonderful food, very friendly staff and just enough entertainment choices. Every night at dinner the food was superb and the wait staff was excellent (we were at table 337 in the Silver dinning room). The buffet on the upper deck was always freshly stocked and I have to say the entire ship was kept very clean (well done Carnival). Our cabin was a decent size (room 6448) and I was pleasantly surprised to find a small refrigerator in the room. As for entertainment I feel Carnival did a great job trying to accommodate 3500 guest with having a little something for everyone. The "Broadway" style shows were fun, there were movies being played on the big screen by the pool, Bingo was a blast and they had the night club and comedy clubs with events throughout the cruise. So overall it was a good cruise. A fun get away. I just wish the SPA experience was what was promised and not as disappointing as it was. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
My sister bought me this cruise. It was my first and last on Carnival. The staff was rude. The food was terrible. My room was dirty. The last night's entertainment was good other than that it was horrible. Never again.... I would not ... Read More
My sister bought me this cruise. It was my first and last on Carnival. The staff was rude. The food was terrible. My room was dirty. The last night's entertainment was good other than that it was horrible. Never again.... I would not recommend this cruise line. The one male staff member actually push me while I was waiting for my sisters. That is not acceptable. I have called to report so of this. The food headband and the same breakfast everyday. The only good food was Guys burgers. I bought a ring and when I went back the next day the man I bought it from was rude. I wanted to return it because it hurt my finger and he was rude about it but I did get a refund. The ice cream machines were always dirty. Never enough Cones or dishes. I will tell everyone on Facebook not to use Carnival cruise lines. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose this cruise because of the week we needed. This was my husband and I's third cruise, but the 6 people with us were on their first cruise. I would guess none of them will be back and I don't know that my husband and I will ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the week we needed. This was my husband and I's third cruise, but the 6 people with us were on their first cruise. I would guess none of them will be back and I don't know that my husband and I will either. 2 nd floor smelled like sewage, internet was very expensive and did not work hardly at all. The spa personnel are very pushy trying to sell extras and I was even charged for something I didn't get....nor did I sign for it. We were also woken up 3 times 3 am.....4 am ...announcements in the hall looking for a passenger.....then at 5 am the announcement came through inside the room still looking for a lost passenger. I am really sorry and hope they found this person T.B. but we spent the day tired and out of sorts from lack of sleep. Not all of us stay up partying all night, I can only imagine where this person made off to or passed out at. Swimming pools are very overcrowded...we didn't have these issues on the 6 and 7 night cruises, I first thought because of price..but this cruise wasn't that much cheaper than the other two which were awesome experiences. If you don't sit on the 3rd floor of the shows, sit on 4th or 5th floor you aren't included in the show activities nor do they sell you a beverage...so bring your own or go thirsty. Bingo is ridiculously expensive for the number of games . Most of the crew were very nice and helpful. Customer service desk were exceptional, as I had to go see them regarding the issues mentioned above. I think I will choose a different vacation next time...as this one was a bust. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
We choose the carnival Liberty as our first ever family cruise while we were visiting Orlando . Drove to the ship from international drive which took about an hr it wasn’t the best sign posted place but we found the parking ... Read More
We choose the carnival Liberty as our first ever family cruise while we were visiting Orlando . Drove to the ship from international drive which took about an hr it wasn’t the best sign posted place but we found the parking eventually. Embarkation went very smooth. Our cabin was 6426 near the back of the ship with a balcony. Our room was nice very clean decor could do with updating but had everything we need. We dined in the main dining room first night which was lovely food was very tasty and waiting staff very attentive and friendly. In fact we couldn’t fault any of the staff onboard everyone was friendly and couldn’t do enough to help us. Buffet food was also good we always found something we liked and I’m not usually a buffet kind of person. Pizza at pizza pirates were lovely freshly made. Kids club team were also really good they even tempted my 3 year old that has never been left with anyone to stay for a few hours to play. We done the Atlantis aquaventure when in Nassau which was quite expensive but we had such a good time spending the day on the water rides and using the beach and looking at all the sharks and fish. Lunch was usual snack bar type burger/ fries but was very tasty and perfect to grab a quick bite in between rides. The only negative we really have of the whole cruise is that I pre registered my credit card before arriving and had constant problems when trying to buy anything using my sail and sign card. I was at guest relations 4/5 times each time I was told my card was authorised and should be good to use but when I went to buy anything it declined. This wasted a lot of time back and forward to guest relations and in the end I ended up using cash. Overall though a really great cruise with a great atmosphere onboard with really great staff. Definitely looking to do a longer carnival cruise in the future. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
We just left our 4 night cruise on the Carnival Liberty. To sum up our cruise in 1 word "disappointing". Our stateroom smelled like sewage. Most of the 2nd floor odd side smelled like that. The food was less than exciting. ... Read More
We just left our 4 night cruise on the Carnival Liberty. To sum up our cruise in 1 word "disappointing". Our stateroom smelled like sewage. Most of the 2nd floor odd side smelled like that. The food was less than exciting. The desserts were not decadent at all. We only ate in the dining room twice. (After that we stuck to the buffett) The first night our kids were served 1st and finished eating 15 minutes before we were served our appetizers. The waiter kept serving them extra fries....but really...how many fries can a 5 and 8 year old eat. When we finally recieved our main course is was not hot.. it was like warm and just okay. The second night the service was a little better in the dining room, but the food was just. Not. Good. The pools are small and wildly overcrowded. So-much-so, that its gross. The mixed drinks are over priced and mediocre. We did the Dive in movie, but my husband missed the first 20 minutes waiting in the popcorn line. We purchased the internet for 1 day @$16.00 and it was so poor we could not even use it. The "free room service" was a joke. The free items were peanut butter and jelly, BLT,...nothing you really want. The good stuff costs extra. The good points were Camp Ocean for the kids, guys burger joint and the shows. We were happy to be back on land and likely will not cruise again. Read Less
Carnival Liberty Ratings
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Cabins 4.5 4.4
Dining 4.0 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.5 4.3
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.0
Family 5.0 4.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.9
Enrichment 3.0 3.5
Service 5.0 4.2
Value For Money 4.5 4.1
Rates 3.0 4.3

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