1,628 Carnival Liberty Cruise Reviews

Ship needs refurbishment badly. Rips, tears and holes in furniture throughout. Stained, dirty upholstery. Ripped, stained, faded flooring throughout. Chipped and peeling paint throughout. Broken window in the Silver dining room. Decor is ... Read More
Ship needs refurbishment badly. Rips, tears and holes in furniture throughout. Stained, dirty upholstery. Ripped, stained, faded flooring throughout. Chipped and peeling paint throughout. Broken window in the Silver dining room. Decor is very old, odd colors, strange designs. Water shut off during lunch hours two days into the trip for floors 8&9. 9 is Lido, the buffet. Sewer problem 1st floor. Oceanview rooms are on floors 1 & 2. Staff party hard with loud, thumping music, yelling and cheering until the wee hours 1am, 2:30 am. Their game room is mid ship, floor zero. So if you have a midship Oceanview room, good luck getting any sleep. Had to complain several times. Customer service is poor and many of them are seen walking around doing nothing or cutting up. A select few staff tried really hard to correct what the others lacked. Breakfast service and evening dining service in the Silver dining room was enjoyable. Staff were efficient. They could do without showtime because it just interrupts the dinner experience. They could really do away with elegant night. Not many people dress up anymore because most people vacation to relax. Pool areas were relatively clean. Photographers are pushy especially in the walkway on the 5th floor next to the casino. I felt like we were in Nassau being harassed to take photos. We didn’t care to have a photographer walking around the dining room trying to take pictures while we were attempting to eat. Lido buffet was always organized and clean. Food was good. Except for the barbecue upstairs. It was terrible-dry, greasy, overcooked. Overall the ship is ok. The staff needs to be trained in customer service. She ship needs the 2.0 upgrade and dry dock overhall. Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
Overall I enjoyed this cruise experience. Some things I really enjoyed about the Carnival Liberty were: 1) The inside stateroom (8250) was plenty roomy enough and everything worked as it should. Some newer ships have much smaller ... Read More
Overall I enjoyed this cruise experience. Some things I really enjoyed about the Carnival Liberty were: 1) The inside stateroom (8250) was plenty roomy enough and everything worked as it should. Some newer ships have much smaller inside rooms, but on the Liberty it was a perfect size. Not cramped for 2 adults. I also like that you can order a 12 pack of water prior to the cruise for a reasonable price and it is delivered to your stateroom. Other cruise lines rip you off for water, but carnival keeps the price fair. Our stateroom steward Pedro did an excellent job and was always cheerful. Really enjoyed having him take care of us! 2) This ship is very accessible for general cruisers, and by that I mean there are not a lot of areas reserved for guests who pay more. Some cruise ships I've been on feel like half of the top decks are reserved for people who pay extra, but not the liberty. You feel like everyone is treated the same with the same access to facilities. Very nice for someone like me who likes to keep things affordable. Space was never an issue. I never had a hard time finding space on the pool deck to sit down. Some of the hot tubes would get busy during the afternoon (especially since the main pools were too cold for most people to use in February). Same with the buffet area, I never had trouble finding a space to sit. I noticed on the Liberty they had a few extra buffet areas than on the sister ship Victory I've been on, and it is a better use of space and people spread out more. I enjoyed the extra buffet stations on the Liberty. 3) The cruise ship didn't stick of cigarette smoke with the exception of the casino. I've been on some NCL ships where most of the inside stunk of smoke, but the carnival does a much better job of keeping the smoke isolated to the casino deck. There is also a side of the ship where people can smoke outside, but as long as you avoid this you really don't notice it. Anytime I was at the pool decks (aft or mid) I never smelt smoke. I really appreciated this. 4) There was a variety of entertainment and was pretty easy to find something to enjoy. I really enjoyed the comedy of Vince Morris. This guy had skill and was very funny! I would watch him again. The other comedian, PJ Walsh, wasn't my style of comedy. The outdoor theater had a variety of new released movies which was nice. I got to watch Aladdin, Joker, Ford vs. Ferrari, and several others. I enjoyed this at night. My dad went to one of the broadway style shows featuring a laser light show and he enjoyed it. It wasn't advertised as having the laser show, so I didn't go, but after I found out about it I wish I had gone (it was advertised as bringing the silver screen to life through motion pictures (Flick)). 5) Some of the food was nice. I enjoyed Guy's burger joint, the pizza pirate shack, and the BBQ station above the buffet. For the sit down restaurant some of the food was good, and some was just average. 6) There were plenty of places to look overboard the ship from the outside. Some newer ships make it very hard to find a place to look out into the ocean, but this ship has plenty of space. 7) Our cruise director MarQ was amazing! I've had some mediocre cruise directors and some good ones, but MarQ was great. He had a good personality and was always very funny. When he hosted the 'newlywed game' he was amazing and it make it so funny! I actually enjoyed listening to his on-ship announcements. Excellent job! 8) The fitness area was good for me. It had everything I wanted (exercise bike and free weights). It also had free access to a sauna and steam room which was nice to see. It is a little hard to find because it's hidden behind the SPA (in the front of the ship). Some things I did NOT like: 1) We booked pretty late and did not have a choice of dinning times. My dad (senior citizen) and I wanted the early dinning time of 6pm because he has trouble staying up late and the 8:15pm dinning time wasn't good for him. He would not join me for the 8:15pm time and would only go to the buffet early, so we called a few days before printing boarding passes and they said they couldn't change it. On board the ship we asked various dinning room maitre de no less than 7 times over the course of two days and finally were able to get it changed. On the first night they didn't allow us to change but put us on a wait list. Thankfully we were able to dine early at the anytime dinning restaurant (golden restaurant). We went at the start (5:45pm) and there was plenty of room, but they would not let us do this again the next night so we had to go back to the other resturant (silver resturant) and ask again. On the second day we tried calling guest services to see if they could help, but they were not able to get a change. On the second dinning night we went at 6pm and waited for everyone to be seated to see if there was room. They let us in and sat us at the smallest table that sat 4 people and we were going to have dinner with 2 others. Thank goodness the other 2 didn't show up, because we were packed in tight! In fact, there were tons of large tables that were half full or completely empty. I don't like the way carnival reserves dinning rooms seating for people who *might* show up one or two nights out of the cruise. It really limits the availability for others who want to eat at a specific time. I MUCH prefer the way Norwegian does dinning where you just show up and get seated at a table. No reserved tables, no reserved times. Eventually we were moved to another private table for 2 and we kept this table for the rest of the cruise. It was a pain trying to get this change and wasted a lot of time and effort on our part. Neither of us enjoyed this aspect of the cruise. 2) Another aspect of the sit down dinning we did not enjoy was that around the main meal but before desert they would come over the intercom and interrupt everyone's dinner with silly messages and then blast this terrible music for about 10 minutes and have staff running around the dinning room dancing on tables and trying to get the guests to get up and dance. Some people might enjoy this, some people might put up with this, but I really disliked this. I want to go to the sit down dinning room to have a quiet dinner with my family, have good conversation, relax and enjoy a good meal. They interrupted us EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. During these daily disruptions food was slow to arrive and the remainder of your meal usually came out not fresh. For these reasons I give the dining the lowest score. Some of the buffet stations were good along with the specialty stations, but most of the main buffet was just average buffet food. 3) By the end of the cruise most people sounded sick with coughs (more than half). This was right at the beginning of the virus panic and I made sure to always wash my hands and use the hand sanitizer, but near the end of the 3rd day someone sneezed right on me. I would not recommend crusing during cold / flu season. That was a mistake we made. I caught a bad cold from someone on board and my dad caught it from me. Doesn't help that the first day they cram everyone into a small space for the lifejacket drill where you are literally touching everyone around you because they cram you in so tight. This was a bad end to our curise and I didn't feel good for 1.5 days of the cruise. Bummer. That sums it up. I would go back on this ship if I can find a good deal, but I would probably look for another time instead of cold / flu season. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We choose this cruise because it was an affordable quick getaway. Have been on the same RC ships several times and we wanted to be on a ship that was new to us. Carnival had a cruise that met our needs so we booked it. We had been ... Read More
We choose this cruise because it was an affordable quick getaway. Have been on the same RC ships several times and we wanted to be on a ship that was new to us. Carnival had a cruise that met our needs so we booked it. We had been given a boarding time of 12:30pm because we had booked the cruise so late but when we arrived at 10:45am, we were allowed to board almost immediately. The buffet was set up already and the food was excellent. There was a huge array to pick from and everything was delicious. We ate and wandered around the ship to explore it. The ship was in average condition but it is very old so we expected this. The lobby was beautiful and the whole ship is decorated in French design and it was lovely. Our cabin was perfect and we had plenty of room and plenty of storage. The sink in the bathroom did not drain properly so we had to be mindful of this. The shower also did not drain properly. We ended up using our body towels on the floor after drying our bodies. They were needed to absorb the water that was on the floor after each shower. Our room steward was always kind and remembered our names each time he saw us. He had the cutest towel animals for us every night. Our cabin was spotless and I only wish I could remember how to spell his name. We were in room 6262. Be aware that this room is next to the storage area so there is occasional noise. We also could hear some of the lobby entertainment in our room at night but it did not last late into the night so it was ok. We ate at the buffet every night to give us more evening time. The buffet always served what was offered in the dining room so it was basically the same meals. We tried Guy's Burgers one afternoon and it was amazing. I thought it looked greasy and the fries looked too well done BUT that was wrong. The burger was not greasy and the fries were delicious too. I would recommend trying it. We did not do any excursions because we have been to the Bahamas several times already. We did get off the boat in Nassau and did a little bit of shopping. The lobby entertainment was great. Lots of different types of trivia in the afternoons and Lizzy did a great job of keeping us amused. She even took the time to talk to us afterward and what a lovely person she is. Rico Suave was also lots of fun. He took over the trivia one of the days we were there for some fun. I only used the pool once. The water was very cold and smelled strongly of chlorine. I expected it to be cold due to it being February. MarcQ is a wonderful cruise director. I am impressed that I could actually understand everything that was said over the speakers no matter where I was. This is the first time I have been able to understand what was being said whether I was in my cabin or on the deck. He is funny and very personable, which is not what we have found in a cruise director in the past. I wish all cruise directors were like him. We loved being at the Versailles Adult Area and service there was wonderful. Special shout out to Danilo at the bar. No matter how busy he was, he always found time to make sure you were taken care of and was pleasant and funny. He answered all our questions and was right to suggest the drink package to us. We looked forward to seeing him every day. Another shout out to the men who dished out the pizza in this same adult area. They were always busy and always served with a smile. Wonderful hard workers. I didn't think I could sit thru another Love & Marriage show on another cruise but I'm so glad we went to see it on this cruise. MarcQ was hilarious and we laughed the whole time. My husband used the spa twice and said it was amazing. He had gotten on the ship with some lower back pain and once he had a massage onboard, he was pain free. Great service at the spa. I would definitely go on another cruise on Liberty. Everyone on the ship was kind and helpful. Another surprise was that all the guests seemed happy. It was nice to have everyone always saying good morning and smiling at each other. I believe the guests were happy because of the wonderful service that was given on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We chose this cruise for our Anniversary since it left out of Port Canaveral. This is my third Carvnival cruise and have cruised on most other lines. We have been to the Bahamas but not overnight. The Liberty is a very nice ship. It ... Read More
We chose this cruise for our Anniversary since it left out of Port Canaveral. This is my third Carvnival cruise and have cruised on most other lines. We have been to the Bahamas but not overnight. The Liberty is a very nice ship. It was well decorated and did not appear to need updates as other reviews have noted. There was plenty of places to sit and relax. The pool area was laid out very nice with tiers and held lots of chairs. The only time it was overcrowded was during the sea day. We could not find a chair to sit, but found at least 100 empty chairs with blue towels with at least one person guarding entire empty rows. Although there was a sign not to reserve chairs, it was not enforced. They had a large movie screen over the pool with a good list of movies. The cruise is very nice for families with children. They have a Dr Seuss theme and it seemed like lots of activities for the kids. We did notice though the children tended to fill up the spas by the pool. But they have a very nice adults only section with two jacuzzis in the Aft of the ship. The food overall was better than most ships I have been on. We ate at Guys burgers and they had a Mongolian Wok that was open the first day and last day (it is not open all the time so go there when you see it open). The overall best meal went to Diamonds SteakHouse. We had Australian Wagyu and Surf and turf for only $38.00 each. This 5 course meal was better than most prime steakhouses I have been to. The service was excellent. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Honestly i did not have a great experience which really saddens me because it was our first cruise and we were very excited for my boyfriends birthday. I paid a good bit of money to have the room decorated for his birthday the day we got ... Read More
Honestly i did not have a great experience which really saddens me because it was our first cruise and we were very excited for my boyfriends birthday. I paid a good bit of money to have the room decorated for his birthday the day we got on and have cookies and beer in the room. When we got there it was decorated but no cookies or beer, i then had to ruin the surprise of those items by calling guest services in front of him and asked where they were. They brought the cookies a little bit later. An hour later still no beer so i called again, the worker on the phone was very rude to me and said it was on the way. Then a worker showed up asking to remove the beer from the room? Obviously some confusion, eventually he went and found the beer, it was delivered to a wrong room, we went to put it in the fridge and our fridge didn't work. We then called and let them know the fridge didn't work so they brought us a small bucket of ice. For his birthday I also had it set up for them to sing happy birthday and bring out a piece of cake in the dining room on saturday night and they never did that either. It smelled very bad of sewage right in and outside of our room so that kind of was a bummer too. When i checked in online it asked if i wanted two twins or a king bed i said king but when we got there it was just two twins pushed together so every night one of us fell in between the beds onto a wooden plank and needed to push them back together. Not carnivals fault at all but the excursion we had scheduled in the bahamas got cancelled as well so it kind of just continued to feel like a downward slope of events. If it wasn't for our room steward Luis and director MarQ i would say i didn't like the entire cruise but they were awesome and really made everything else enjoyable. But i will say me and my boyfriend both are very reluctant to ever cruise again sadly. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
This was our second cruise with Carnival on the same ship, Liberty the first cruise itself was better this one overall just left a bad taste in my mouth the alcohol package is outrageous and everyone 21 and over in your cabin has to order ... Read More
This was our second cruise with Carnival on the same ship, Liberty the first cruise itself was better this one overall just left a bad taste in my mouth the alcohol package is outrageous and everyone 21 and over in your cabin has to order one even if they don't drink we weren't going to spend over $500 on alcohol for four days and each drink was almost $12, at the very end of the cruise we were going to purchase pictures we were told $500 for the stack, no way! We then asked to buy just the portion we wanted and they were all pretty rude and aggressive just kept repeating $500, $500. So we walked away and they just shredded your unwanted pictures anyway, pure greed! One nice thing was our stateroom attendant named Pedro from Nicaragua was absolutely wonderful, some other employees no so nice, probably because upper management slaves them 10 hour days, seven days a week with no real benefits, for the most part the employees are hard working people just probably trying to make a better life,they are from all different countries. Wasn't impressed with Nassau, Princess Cays was pretty but overall won't go back and most likely won't be using Carnival again That type of greed is unnecessary. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Went down for a long weekend visiting family and decided to extend our visit by booking a 4 night cruise on Carnival. Had a blast! Although we have cruised many times before, this is our third cruise on Carnival. From the time we arrived ... Read More
Went down for a long weekend visiting family and decided to extend our visit by booking a 4 night cruise on Carnival. Had a blast! Although we have cruised many times before, this is our third cruise on Carnival. From the time we arrived at the port, until the time we were sitting at a table nears Guys' was probably less than twenty minutes. Painless embarkation. Absolutely loved MarQ the CD. He was always a ball of energy! We enjoyed all of the food venues...especially Guy's Burgers. Pizza Pirate was ok but as a New Yorker, any pizza outside of the NY/NJ area leaves something to be desired. Wait staff in the dining rooms were attentive. We enjoyed the little shows every night. What I didn't like was that the maitre'd kept reminding us about filling out the survey that we would get at home and hoped his staff would receive 10's. We enjoyed the sea day brunch. We had an inside cabin on deck 1 which seemed roomier than the ones we have had on NCL. Excellent service from the stewards who always called us by name. We did not take any excursions and mostly hung out at the adult pool in the back of the ship. I was very impressed with the lifeguards who actually told parents that it was an adults only area and that their children weren't allowed in the pool or hot tubs. On other ships that has not been enforced. The shows were good. We especially liked the music trivia with MarQ in the lobby. Lots of fun! Disembarkation was not as efficient as embarkation but still not terrible. Went to the comedy club and wasn't impressed with the PG comedian. I understand that the over 18 show was better. I believe that I had seen the first comedian previously and didn't enjoy his show at that time either so I guess it is personal taste. Overall, we had a great time and I would cruise on the Liberty again! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Just back from our short cruise on the Liberty. I am a Platinum with Carnival, have been cruising with them for years. The last past two years we did cruise with Royal Caribbean, on the Oasis and then the Harmony because we wanted to ... Read More
Just back from our short cruise on the Liberty. I am a Platinum with Carnival, have been cruising with them for years. The last past two years we did cruise with Royal Caribbean, on the Oasis and then the Harmony because we wanted to cruise on the BIG ships. Anyway...we are booked on the Mardi Gras on 01/02.21 already. Now why I am writing this. We were not pleased at all with this last cruise. The only thing clean was our cabin. People that also traveled with us were not as lucky as we were with their cabin. The food was really bad, service was terrible. We have never had any of this before. In the dining room it took forever for our food to come and when it did it was not hot at all. The portions have been reduced to nothing at all. I mean my vegetable was broccoli, I had "one" little piece not as big as my thumb on my plate! As I said the food was not good at all. What a change from before when I use to brag about Carnival to others and got them to go on their ships. No more lobster nights either ! ! ! The buffet on the lido deck was no better, food was not hot and was NOT good. The BBQ was burnt and tasteless. The bake beans ...YUCK! Now we have had Guy's BBQ on other cruises and it was the best. Not this cruise. Each time we got Pizza it was brunt too (black Crust), hardly any cheese and toppings. The wonderful shows that Carnival use to put on are no more. The games and the Fun all gone. I have talked to a few relatives and friend's since getting back and they agree with me. Carnival has changed and not for the better. Since we are booked on the Mardi Gras next year we will give Carnival one more chance. Hopefully they will wake up. This is no way to keep them coming back like we have been doing for years and we take at lest one cruise a year. If the Mardi Gras disappoints us like this last cruise we will forever go with other cruise lines and tell others about how Carnival has forgotten about the FUN, and Value that they were know for. Clean up your ships, bring back the FUN to your cruises and PLEASE go back to your out of this world Food that you use to have. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Let me start by saying the best part of my cruise was my housekeeper Tony, he was awesome. The bad Had a handful of rude crew members, bars were way under staffed, slide shut down, 1 pool shut down ( the quiet kid free pool ), ... Read More
Let me start by saying the best part of my cruise was my housekeeper Tony, he was awesome. The bad Had a handful of rude crew members, bars were way under staffed, slide shut down, 1 pool shut down ( the quiet kid free pool ), customer service stations seemed to be closed more then open, ask crew about something and get wrong answer or a I dont know, Your Time Dining restaurant wasnt what we expected. 2 hrs plus for dinner after sitting down, took forever just to get a beverage at dinner, portions were portions for children so we learned to double everything we ordered. Plates and food thrown out in hallway from room service I suspect, left there for long periods of time. If on Lido deck and you were drinking alcohol you were treated differently then if you ordered a soda. If you ordered a soda they seemed to take their sweet time, look of disgust by them and I assume because Gratuities were not put on them if you had the soda package like alcohol if you had the Cheers package. Before booking I was looking at Royal Caribbean cruise lines and even called about Alcohol Package, wife dont drink I told them and they were willing to just let me purchase Alcohol package, Carnival when I called after booking due to liking the Itinerary better was told, no, anyone in room over 21 has to purchase as well. Told them wife doesnt drink was told it didnt matter. I knew I wasnt gonna drink $500.00+ plus of beer so I had to buy beer by beer to the tune of almost $8.00 a beer. It was my 1st cruise and prolly the last with Carnival. Half Moon Cay was awesome tho. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Beautiful ship! Crew is outstanding. Entertainment was awesome. MDR food - Breakfast- delicious, Dinner- little disappointed. Steakhouse -food AMAZING, service - not the best. Pros- the Crew and the decor of this ship!! Cons- not ... Read More
Beautiful ship! Crew is outstanding. Entertainment was awesome. MDR food - Breakfast- delicious, Dinner- little disappointed. Steakhouse -food AMAZING, service - not the best. Pros- the Crew and the decor of this ship!! Cons- not enough seating in Serenity, MDR food kind of blah. If you want to relax during the day and have a great time in evening, this is the ship. Embarking was a breeze. Disembarkation, not so much as people were all trying to leave at one time. Muster drill about 45 minutes. This ship had some of the best employees. Friendly, always smiling, and eager to help answer any questions. Overall had a fantastic trip. Planning on sailing on Liberty again. Layout is very easy to navigate, and the smoke from the Casino was minimal outside that area. I can’t stress enough; if you like to be treated like a VIFP, this is the ship. EXCEPTIONAL CREW!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
This was my first time cruising. It was awesome. MarQ was not only handsome but very entertaining. Our housekeeper Dewa was great as well. I knew as soon as I crossed into the ship I was gonna return very soon. One night we were in rough ... Read More
This was my first time cruising. It was awesome. MarQ was not only handsome but very entertaining. Our housekeeper Dewa was great as well. I knew as soon as I crossed into the ship I was gonna return very soon. One night we were in rough water and the entertainment still carried on as if nothing was happening. Our trip to Half Moon Cay got canceled because of the waters but MarQ kept us very informed as to what was gonna happen next and we never skipped a beat. We ended up in Freeport, Bahamas and had a wonderful time there too!! I cant wait to go on my next cruise wit MarQ again. I really enjoyed our formal night because they make you feel so elegant, almost like you're a movie star with paparazzi following you everywhere. the swim with the dolphin at Blue Lagoon was a bucket list of mine knocked off. I played with Goombay....something I dreamed of making happen and my sweetheart Lucius made that happen. We both thoroughly enjoyed it ALL and will soon return for another adventure with MarQ. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We got this cruise for free and loved every second of it! The ship has so much to do, we never had the opportunity to be bored and we loved it. Our favorite things were the entertainment, the customer service, and the ports and shore ... Read More
We got this cruise for free and loved every second of it! The ship has so much to do, we never had the opportunity to be bored and we loved it. Our favorite things were the entertainment, the customer service, and the ports and shore excursions. I wasn't incredibly impressed with the ship and the staterooms. I felt that it was outdated and a little dirty, especially our rooms, left like I was stuck in a cheap tacky casino in Las Vegas. The activities and wonderful customer service definitely made everything better. We loved our excursions,due to bad weather we had to cancel one of our port days and the crew members were so good to make our experience wonderful and enjoyable and quickly changed the plans so that we could get to a location with better weather that we could stop and spend the next day at. Some of our favorite crew members were our steward, Akhmad, our waitress Pat, and our waiter Charlie. We went home and talked about Akhmad for days, we absolutely loved him and felt like we were so well taken care of by him. He made sure to call us by name every time he saw us. Every crew member that we came into contact with was incredible and made our trip so enjoyable. We were not impressed with the food either, the waiters and waitresses went above and beyond but the food, was Golden Corral worthy, even in the dining rooms. The only food that I truly enjoyed was the Burgers from Guys Burger Joint, the Tacos from Blue Iguana, the Pizza, and of course the free Ice Cream. I don't know if this is a normal thing for cruises but by day 4 I was completely done with all of the drunk people. Everyone was incredibly obnoxious and began to ruin our cruise, this ship was for sure a party cruise, full of loud music, lots of drinking and drunk people, if you are into that, this is your cruise! Overall had a great time. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Went on a quick 3-day on Carnival Liberty over the past weekend. This is my 10th cruise, 7th with Carnival. I am a teacher and a simple guy, so this is a review for regular people just looking to have a nice vacation. Embarkation ... Read More
Went on a quick 3-day on Carnival Liberty over the past weekend. This is my 10th cruise, 7th with Carnival. I am a teacher and a simple guy, so this is a review for regular people just looking to have a nice vacation. Embarkation Quickest I can remember. Literally took maybe 10 min. Amazing...and we were regular passengers, not elite members. Got there around 11 and were eating in the buffet not long after. Debarkation Took a bit. With it being a short cruise, many didn't check bags so that line was longer than those that DID. Smooth overall, people at port were really nice and it was not a problem. On Deck Not enough access to chairs. Ship wasn't all that crowded but too many inconsiderate people who leave their towels on chairs and have no intention of using the chairs. Makes it hard on everyone else. Also, the NEED to heat the pool in the winter! Pool was useless to everyone - rarely saw more than a person or 2 in any of the pools due to them being cold. Simple fix that needs to happen. One more negative....need to exclude kids from the hot tubs. Since pool was closed, kids monopolized the hot tubs and tried to use them as pools! Ridiculous. Ship Great ship overall. Can't expect it to be like Allure or a monster ship, but is very nice. Easy to navigate for the most part, clean and staff was helpful. Cabin Stayed in 7296. Beds were super comfy, nice pillows, temperature was good. Steward did a good job and was always asking how he could make it better. Dining Always amazes me that people complain about the food. Not sure how you eat at home, but I thought the food was really good and comparable to most any ship I've been on. MDR food was very good - prime rib was tasty, enjoyed the stuffed mushrooms and the desserts (Baked Alaska, Melting Cake, Creme Brulee) were incredible as always. Other dining was also good. Buffet was average at best, but Guy's Burgers are outstanding, Blue Iguana has good stuff, the Wok is fantastic and I really enjoyed the BBQ place. Had more food than I needed....and with the pizza place open all night (and with good pizza, I might add), I never struggled to find good food. Entertainment Shows were really good. I love the America Rocks show - excellent music, lot of energy. Flick was good too - definitely glad I saw them both and would highly recommend. Lady in the piano bar was excellent as well. Have to give props to the violinists in the atrium.....amazing! Hasbro Show was pretty decent as well. Activities Was disappointed as they had very little trivia and what they did have was on our one day on shore. Like trivia on the boat - that was sad. Didn't see many activities really - a little weak in that department I thought. Service Dining room is slow....but didn't really matter. Wasn't expecting speed and went to relax and have a nice meal, which I did every time. Great people, always willing to help. Did really enjoy Dinesh, who was a magician that came to our table on many occasions. Funny guy and VERY talented musician. Port Ports are what you make of them. We went to Arawalk Cay and visited Goldie's. I had Caribbean jerk chicken (outstanding) and some conch fritters (which I loved). Buddies had fresh seafood that they couldn't stop talking about. Definitely a homeroom. Also, went to Fort Fincastle and walked down the Queen's Staircase. Cheap (Fincastle was $3 and included a bottle of water) and we had a lot of history buffs in our group (I teach History), so we enjoyed it. Views from the Fort are incredible. Bought a Bahamas shirt (Hawaiian style) from a vendor and LOVE it - $15. Had fun - water was too cold to swim but was a nice day overall. OVERALL Had a great trip as I always do. Good friends, good food, beautiful location....tough to not love it. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We acknowledge that the staff really tried hard to make this a good cruise but it really just fell short of expectations. The food was really not that good for a cruise experience and fruits and vegetables were really limited. I feel like ... Read More
We acknowledge that the staff really tried hard to make this a good cruise but it really just fell short of expectations. The food was really not that good for a cruise experience and fruits and vegetables were really limited. I feel like our restaurant experiences were better than the food that was provided. The wait staff in the dining room did not pick up unused dishes even though there were many of them and I could not order a medium steak. The waiter told me I could only get medium rare or medium well? The shows on board were really low budget compared to other cruises we have been on and to no fault of the performers, just really weren't that good due to the production budget put into it. The comics made jokes with a lot of racial micro aggressions. The drinks in the dining room were really weak but ok elsewhere on board. The Serenity area was nice to be away from kids, etc. I would not go on this ship or recommend it to anyone again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Because I'm at Disney twice a year and because I don't like to fly just to get on my cruise, I booked this as a short trip for me and my adult children between days at Disney. I have some pretty severe back issues, and had ... Read More
Because I'm at Disney twice a year and because I don't like to fly just to get on my cruise, I booked this as a short trip for me and my adult children between days at Disney. I have some pretty severe back issues, and had reserved a scooter on embarkation. I also advised CCL that I had a CPAP unit. The price I paid was excellent for 3 people in an Ocean Suite.We are veteran cruisers of several Mass market lines, RCCL, NCL and Carnival. My thinking has always been that Carnival puts out a decent product at a fair price, tho one needs to be mindful of school schedules, spring breaks and shorter trips as your cruisemates change! Embarkation was amazingly quick and accommodating, as we were in a suite - NOT due to scooter/disability, etc. Carnival really has their act together at Port Canaveral! I will say I was asked 3x before boarding about my CPAP machine and my need for an extension cord, tho I never even requested one! This was followed by a call from Guest Services and a visit from the Supervisor of Stewards!!LOL - And I had brought my own! The ship was clean, yes, a bit worn here and there, but always crewmembers to be seen fixing and freshening, wiping and tidying. We made our way to Happy Hour at the Casino Bar and enjoyed champagne with some new friends. I also was told I had "Drinks on Us" but only when seated in the casino, not at the bar. I would enjoy 3 strawberry daquiris over the 4 days, paper straws only included upon request. In retrospect, it may have been a mistake to book the Specialty dining at Diamond Steakhouse for the 1st night. By far, it was the best meal I had during my entire vacation, including Disney's signature dining restaurants! I had French Onion Soup, mushroom risotto, Filet Mignon and baked potato and, finally, we shared Art on a Plate. My daughter is a vegetarian and they accommodated her through every course. The service was impeccable. Some people ask on the boards about the wine offer on the 1st night. The deal was one free bottle of house choice or 50% off any other bottle. They gave us the free bottle but had to open it first and recork for us to take back to our cabin and drink later. By far, an excellent meal all the way. What a wonderful surprise! EXCEPT!!! MDR calling for the next three nights. Our tablemates were lovely, and I love conversing with new folks when I cruise. And we all pretty much approached dinner the same way, which got rather comical at times. First of all, portions are miniscule, so almost all of us ordered two appetizers and often, two entrees each. Service is rushed and servers are stressed, overwhelmed and impatient. Desserts have to be ordered with the appetizers and entrees, a practice I detest. And then, there was the food.... palatable, tasty I guess, but often cold, raw (prime rib, and I am fine with medium rare - blue, no!) or barely visible. Mashed potatoes? literally maybe 2 Tablespoons. Broccoli? 2 tiny trees. Sad. A highlight was my daughter's Indian vegetarian dish, which she enjoyed for 2 nights, one taken to go and very hot temp-wise. Go figure. Other food venues were more satisfactory. Plates were cleared quickly, servers at the buffet were very accommodating, serving, re-stocking and cleaning with a smile.Blue Iguana staff could use some burrito rolling lessons, but tasty nonetheless. I had one Guy's burger mid-afternoon - always popular and crowded and there was a break to enjoy it. No breakfast on this ship at my time of sailing. Pepsi products, however, on the menus. I'm a DP fan so I appreciated not having to carry onboard. Shows and entertainment in the theatre were enjoyable, a little cheesy but expected. Love and Marriage show is always fun. Activities seemed limited, but I enjoyed participating in several trivia games, meeting shipmates and trying to help the adorable woman running it whose English was less than stellar. My kids noted repeatedly that the crowd on this trip was older - MUCH older - than their previous cruisers so that they felt bored at times. They enjoyed movies outside, tho, as well as the late night comedy. I can't say too much about ports and excursions, as I've "been there, done that" years ago. My daughter and I roamed around Nassau a bit to shop. My son booked an excursion to Atlantis because he loves checking out new casinos, and although he could have hopped on a water taxi for $8 RT, he is mildly disabled (ASD), so we both felt more secure with the ship's "tour". He enjoyed it. Overall, better than expected. I's book more specialty dining next time, some feel strongly that it's like paying twice, but I don't think that way. At $38 a person plus tip, it was a steal in my book. Just my opinion. I regularly drop that for just an entrée at Disney and this was far superior! Don't be afraid to book this older ship. Yes, it's missing the glitz of the newer ships, but it was a fine short trip. A bad day at sea is better than a good day at work, right?? Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Almost everything about this cruise was better than expected. We arrived 15 minutes prior to our 11:30 appointment to board and were ushered straight though the line and were onboard within 10minutes! We went straight to Guy's ... Read More
Almost everything about this cruise was better than expected. We arrived 15 minutes prior to our 11:30 appointment to board and were ushered straight though the line and were onboard within 10minutes! We went straight to Guy's Burgers and started gaining weight! We were told we couldn't get to our rooms until 1:30 but then at about 1:05 a staff member came up to us by the aft pool and told us the rooms were ready and we proceeded to find our sail and sign cards in the slot next to our door and we were in. Our checked luggage arrived outside the room about 3:30. Muster drill was very orderly and lasted only about 20 minutes and we were off. The entertainment was good but could have been better. The welcome aboard show was nothing special. Flick had great special effects but not all the performers were the best. America Rocks was the best of the 3 shows with additional cast as band members. The comedians in the comedy club were the best and we made it to almost every show. My only suggestion here is to do it in the Venetian theater to seat more of the audience. The Victoria lounge is too small for the comedians which are the best show on board. The buffet was always great with lots of choices and great deserts. Guys was awesome, the deli was good and so was the late night pizza. We did not try the Blue Iguana nor the Seafood Shack. Nassau was beautiful and we originally booked the Sea Turtle and Snorkel excursion but it was cancelled due to high winds and waves. We then went to Atlantis instead and did the walking tour. We had a great tour guide and after the informative tour we went off on our own to explore more of the aquariums and even took a free hotel shuttle over to the Dolphin Cay to view the dolphins interacting with hotel guests. My wife went to spa at the end of our day in port as there was a "special" valued at over $300 for only $169, she loved it. On our day at sea we watched the Hasbro gameshow and played bingo. Both were entertaining but we didn't win anything. Meals in the main dining room were very good, I just miss the steak and lobster on elegant night. Komang in the Gold dining room was awesome and always remembered our names and preferences as well as joked with us when appropriate. We had anytime dining but usually showed up right at 6 and were seated in the same place each night by ourselves. The ship did not seem full and the dining room was always somewhat empty. Chocolate Melting cake is always to die for. Strawberry bisque soup is awesome as well. The last morning of the cruise we slept in until the call to exit the cabins, 8:30 and then proceeded with our small bags up to the buffet for breakfast. We stayed there until called for our "zone" for checked luggage around 9:45am and then went down to deck 3 and walked right off. We only had to wait in line about 20 minutes to walk thru customs and out to the shuttle to get to the Alamo office to pick up our car back to the airport. We had a flight the next morning so we weren't in a hurry to get off the ship and never encountered any of the lines mentioned in other reviews. We explored the space coast with our rental car and headed to the airport early the next morning. The ship overall shows its age and had some rust stains on the hull as well as around the pools but other than that still looks great for its age. We never encountered anything broken and never dealt with the sewage smell mentioned in other reviews. For a heavily discounted cruise, we loved it. We paid only $179/pp plus taxes and fees for a 3 night 3.5 day cruise and could not have been happier with what we experienced. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We choose Liberty because of convenience to where we live and price. This ship despite its age is still beautiful and majestic. We were 6, 5 adults and 1 12 yr old. 2 Retired teachers, Phd. Chemistry professor, CIO of major University and ... Read More
We choose Liberty because of convenience to where we live and price. This ship despite its age is still beautiful and majestic. We were 6, 5 adults and 1 12 yr old. 2 Retired teachers, Phd. Chemistry professor, CIO of major University and a beauty salon owner. The renovations are very good but some areas need improvement. Our cabin was 2214 and at times when leaving the cabin the smell of backed up sewage was quite noticeable. This smell was noticeable in deck 1, where other family members had their cabin. At times, the smell of dead fish appeared but only lasted a few seconds. We choose You Time Dining and I would give it a B at best. The service is slow and we noticed that those who purchased drinks or wine were served first and attended quite a bit more than others like us that do not drink except water and coffee. On our second night, gala night, the server presented himself and asked what we wanted to from the bar. We said nothing and he then assigned another server and never came back. It took at least 10 minutes before he came and served us bread and water. Took our order and after 20 to 25 minutes no server. I went to the Maitre’D and he tried to speed up things. He apologized and said that he would send a food gift to our cabin, but nothing ever came. He just lied to try to appease us. Well the food finally came and it was cold. Apparently, it was sitting somewhere. We tried to eat and the server never showed up again. The Maitre’D also never showed face again, avoiding to pass by our table. At times, we thought that maybe it was because we spoke English and Spanish, I do not know. Well after waiting again for another 10 to 15 minutes, we just got up and left. Very disappointing since we have been on 20 cruises different cruise lines before. The entertainment was excellent. BlueIguana on Lido deck is excellent. The breakfast huevos rancheros are a must try. The Guy hamburgers are excellent. They are big and there are always a small line of folks. The music throughout the ship was quite good. My 12 year old granddaughter loved the Camp for her age group. Made some new friends. The shops were as always, on board shops. Nothing new or special to buy. Clearance sales was just old stuff that no one wants to buy. They need to lower the price quite a bit if they really want to sell. The food on the Lido deck was quite good, varied and good tasting. Although they close rather early 11pm (at least for us), the Pizza is always open. Their Pizza was excellent. The pool area was great and so was the outdoor cinema. The service to clean tables in the Lido Marketplace is slow. Maybe they are understaffed or just walk slowly. We had to clean for the most part to use a table. The cruise director is very good at entertaining and moving people to dance and just have fun. The port Nassau was nice. This was an overnight stay. We went to the Jankatoo beach, about 10 minutes walking from the ship. The service on the beach was excellent, since these are mainly young locals that want your business. Leaving and returning to the ship was quick and easy. Overall, the cruise was enjoyable. Personally I would only return if the price really goes down. Almost forgot, the brunch was excellent. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Please consider that this cruise was a gift and it was during the NYE week. We read many reviews, mostly negative, about the Liberty before we departed. Our expectations were probably a bit on the low side, but the price was right! Some ... Read More
Please consider that this cruise was a gift and it was during the NYE week. We read many reviews, mostly negative, about the Liberty before we departed. Our expectations were probably a bit on the low side, but the price was right! Some of the reviews we read indicated strong smell of sewage, dirty dishes left on the tables, embarkation and disembarkation issues, none of which we found to be true. What we found to be true was that the ship is a bit out of date but generally clean. Food is mediocre, service is average, staff friendly. We found most of the bar and food staff to basically be just going through the motions. Bar service was slow, they need more staff behind the bar and out and about taking drink orders. The HUB app was good for keeping up with daily activities but the chat feature did not work. We ate at the Steakhouse one evening and it was a huge disappointment. Portions were small and taste/quality of the food was mediocre. Entertainment was excellent, MarkQ the cruise director did a great job and the signers and other performers were excellent. Overall for us the price was right but when searching for our next cruse, Carnival will not be our first choice. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We just got back from our 3rd cruise with Carnival and it was our worst so far. We took my parents for their first cruise so of course, nothing went as well as we talked it up to them. There were multiple arguments had during our short ... Read More
We just got back from our 3rd cruise with Carnival and it was our worst so far. We took my parents for their first cruise so of course, nothing went as well as we talked it up to them. There were multiple arguments had during our short cruise and so many rude people. During the elegant night, we were one of the few groups of people dressed up, there were multiple tables of people in hats and bathing suits. None of the staff or security seemed to care about two drunk women screaming about a cheating boyfriend during the middle of our meal so us and several other people got up and walked out during dinner one of the couples stopped by our table and shared how disappointed with the cruise they were as well. The food was mediocre, we mainly lived off of salad and Guy's Burgers which is always good. The Carnival Hub App had so many problems with Chat on this cruise most of the time we were unable to send/ receive messages. Our steward was awesome and very helpful. Debarkation on this ship was the worst we've ever had. Nobody followed directions on waiting to be called and everyone was shoulder to shoulder pushing and yelling at each other to get off. We were planning on taking another Carnival cruise at the beginning of next year but we will be considering another cruise line. I know most of the problems we had were because of the guests but Carnival seems to just ignore the problems. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I found an incredible deal on a 4 day cruise so I took my sister with me and got on board. The boarding process was quick and easy with plenty of smiles to go around. Only 4 days means you can carry everything on so you can avoid the whole ... Read More
I found an incredible deal on a 4 day cruise so I took my sister with me and got on board. The boarding process was quick and easy with plenty of smiles to go around. Only 4 days means you can carry everything on so you can avoid the whole checked bag system that is often a nightmare. The ship itself (Liberty) is fairly small, which can be an advantage, and never felt overcrowded except once on sea day when it was 65 degrees outside and most people were trying to stay inside. The room attendants all appeared to be happy and friendly, saying good morning to everyone that passed by them. The room was kept tidy and I liked the towels. The layout of this room, non-converting twins, was roomy and spacious for sisters not wanting to sleep three inches apart or in bunk beds. So, that was the good. The bad was a little more extensive and the meh is even more so. Our cabin, 2201, was freezing, with the AC stuck to full on. Did I mention it was in the 60s on this cruise? So inside the cabin was probably in the low 40s. We kept on shoes and jackets and propped the door open a little. Once we ran the shower on hot for 10 minutes to heat the room so we could change our clothes. When we reported it we were met with “how cold exactly?” Like we carry a thermometer... the next day, water started pouring out of the light fixture above one of the beds. The cabin steward acted fast and drug the mattress off the bed and put a trash can there, calling for an emergency maintenance crew. They had the leak fixed in about 4 hours and we were allowed back into our room. We were glad to get to put in our bathing suits finally so we could find a hot tub- our air was still cranking out at super-freeze temps- but right when we made it to the hot tub on our at sea day, I was told I couldn’t get in because they were about to close them. Now the two by the main pool were full of the 8-10 year old crowd, and one in the Serenity adult area was roped off and taken apart- the whole cruise. So, no hot tub for us... Cold in the room wasn’t all bad though, because I keep my medication refrigerated and the “cooler” in the room was warm. Not like upper 60s warm, like 78 warm. We reported it and were told “it’s not a refrigerator, it’s a cooler” by everyone we told. So, we hunkered down for another freezing cold night in the room after reporting once again (4 times total) that it was too cold and we couldn’t get the cold air to stop. The next day, we came back from breakfast and a walk into our port location to find workmen in our room with the ceiling taken apart. All good signs, but we had already been kept out of our room the day before. One guy said 15 minutes. We came back a few times over the next 5+ hours as they installed a new AC fan unit and finally at 4:30, they had our room vacuumed up and blessedly the same temp as the hallway! So much for not doing a tour so we could get a nap in. That takes us to the end of our second full day (day three they call it) and we are now able to use our room. Our cooler still isn’t cool. Day four in the room is uneventful. The horrid pink trim still clashes with the burgundy and gold carpet (which was only squishy wet until we woke up on day 3 from the previous day’s flood), the ceiling was still scratched and rusty, and an entire wall was just a big empty, plastic wallpapered ugliness. Mixed with the old dim lighting fixtures, it is pretty grim despite the lovely layout. The meh is all the service. We stumbled upon a few crew members that were smiling and friendly, but for the most part, outside of the cabin stewards who all seemed very friendly, they walked around doing a resting-*itch-face impression. The food was OK. The portions were way too big, the service was slow and sort of polite- at best. They take your entire order, including dessert and drinks all at once, stack up old dishes-including scraping old food into one big pile- right next to your table and leave it there for your whole meal. Yuk. There is always a line of an hour or more for customer service, the library is not well stocked at all, and the cakes they put out at snack time were frozen solid so the servers couldn’t even cut many of them for hours. There were dozens more of the meh variety but this is getting long, so suffice it to say, the service wasn’t the end of the world, but it wasn’t good. In the end, what did they give me for not having a good or working or accessible cabin for well over half the cruise? A $20 meal upgrade in the main dining room and a drink. Just one drink. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
The price was right. It was a good start for my friends first cruise. The service was very very good and the food was excellent. Especially enjoyed the Silver dining room where there was an excellent variety of food choices. Fortunately we ... Read More
The price was right. It was a good start for my friends first cruise. The service was very very good and the food was excellent. Especially enjoyed the Silver dining room where there was an excellent variety of food choices. Fortunately we had good weather and enjoyed the sun bathing and the pools. Nightly entertainment was average at best. We were totally disappointed with the full day Atlantis tour at 195.99 in Nassau. A total waste of money. We could have taken a 5.00 cab ride there and seen the same things for the same amount of time spent there. We walked 10,000 steps trying to figure out what to see and do. That’s a lot for two seniors.The aquarium was very disappointing as were the lunch passes we received. Many of the lunch option locations were closed. We got a wrap, drink and chips for our 195.99. Freeport was pleasant where we experienced the local vendors and a beer at Senor Frogs where the entertainment was fun. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We had the best time with the music entertainment Rubber Duck and Hot Brass. They were amazing! Kelli and Matthew front singers were awesome. We got to know them a bit more personally as we followed them to all of their performances. I ... Read More
We had the best time with the music entertainment Rubber Duck and Hot Brass. They were amazing! Kelli and Matthew front singers were awesome. We got to know them a bit more personally as we followed them to all of their performances. I will most definitely try to follow them to the location of their next contract!! YES that is how good they are!! Both beach stays were awesome. Cabbage beach is our favorite in Nassau. Princess cays was beautiful and fun to swim and snorkel. We rented chairs at cabbage beach. We are both professional chefs so food was important but we feel that the quality could use some work and giving a couple of more simpler dishes and also make portions are slightly larger. Drinks were great and late at night when hungry couldn’t find much to eat. There is pizza but it takes forever to get it. What happened to the ‘midnight buffet’????? Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
PROS: ENTERTAINMENT/ACTIVITIES: enough to cater to all tastes, from funny and wild dancing on the Lido Deck to calm, piano or violin music in the lobby and walking areas on Deck 5. The comedy club was great, loved the ambiance and ... Read More
PROS: ENTERTAINMENT/ACTIVITIES: enough to cater to all tastes, from funny and wild dancing on the Lido Deck to calm, piano or violin music in the lobby and walking areas on Deck 5. The comedy club was great, loved the ambiance and lounge atmosphere. The shows we saw were entertaining with the America Rocks show being our favorite. We missed the Love and Marriage Show, but we were told this was a must-see, as the passengers said they laughed and laughed. The Cruise Director (Donkey) was funny and seemed to really enjoy his job and interacting with the passengers at all of the events. CLEANLINESS: We never noticed any area as being dirty and staff were constantly cleaning everywhere. HUB APP: It is free and was very helpful in getting information about anything you needed. GUY’S BURGERS: very fresh and cooked within minutes of when you get it. This place really makes up for what the buffet lacks. You can go here and get exactly what you expect for taste, quality and convenience. PASSENGERS: All were on vacay mode and everyone was friendly and happy. Very relaxed dress code, but not so relaxed that you think you are in Walmart lol. DIVE IN MOVIES: located on the pool deck-volume was loud enough to hear but not too loud, they provided popcorn and blankets for each movie. The movies were current and good, clear screen. SMOKING: Smoking allowed on one side of Deck 10 overlooking the pool/movie area where you can still enjoy watching the activities and movies. Smoking area on Deck 3 just off the Lobby is perfect for a nice, quiet area to smoke and enjoy the ocean sounds and just relax. There is a smoking area in the casino also, on one side of the bar furthest from the open walking area. FOOD: buffet, Mexican, Mongolian grill, Pizza Pirate, steakhouse (upcharge of $30/person), main dining room, unlimited tea/coffee/juices/lemonade. STAFF: all very friendly, helpful and speak to you when you pass. They truly seem happy to be there and not just putting on an act. CABIN: we were on Deck 2 in an interior cabin with portholes. Not as small and cramped as we thought, the shampoo and body wash was surprisingly good quality and smelled really good. Cabin steward was always on time, kept the room very clean morning and night and delivered cute towel animals each day PORTS: The ports on this cruise were Nassau and Princess Cays. Nassau is definitely a tourist area with lots of shopping and Junkanoo beach is not far away (about a 15 minute walk from the ship). The beach was clean, water clear and blue, plenty of food and drink to choose from for a fee that wasn’t too outrageous. A little bit of selling at the entrance of the beach, but not annoying and we were pretty much left alone to enjoy a day on the beach. DRINKING/BARS: Lots of choices of drinks and very tasty. Bartenders were working their butts off the whole time, trying to get to each customer quickly. CONS (my very subjective review): ENTERTAINMENT/ACTIVITIES: So many to choose from! The ship does a great job of letting you know what is offered and times; however, you can’t possibly see them all, so choose wisely and get there at least 30 minutes early to ensure you have a seat. They fill up fast. The shows in the Venetian (Flick and America Rocks) were good. Don’t expect a full-on Broadway show with top, seasoned performers. They were good and put on a good show, but you can tell some still needed time to perfect their voices. I can’t carry a tune, so who am I to judge lol. CLEANLINESS: Not really a cleanliness issue per se, but there was a strong smell of sewage on the 2nd level hallway that just would not go away the whole trip. Seemed like the higher the floor, the less the smell. Choose a higher deck if you get sick on your stomach easily. We were in the very front of the ship and it was a VERY LONG walk from the elevator to get to the room. If we rode a bike down the hall, it would have taken us about 2 minutes to get there, it is THAT LONG! You can feel the ship rocking way more in the front. One night is was choppy waters and we could hear the waves hitting against the ship, which woke us up and sounded like really hard rocks hitting the ship hard. Scary if you aren’t expecting it. HUB APP: If they had a GPS on the app to help you find your way around this huge ship, that would save a lot of walking and sore muscles for us out of shape old folks with bad hips and feet! The ship is HUGE and there is a LOT of walking involved to get where you want to go. There are maps at the elevators that show you where things are located, but most of the time we didn’t know if we were near the front or back of the ship. PASSENGERS: We were entertained people-watching; however, if you are looking for a more calm, sophisticated crowd, you may want to consider another cruise line. There’s lots of drinking, loud dance music (we liked it, but some people don’t) and lots of younger women who liked to flaunt their bodies (fine for them, not so much for kids, etc if you are more conservative). CABIN: The only noticeable thing that could have been better was the mini fridge was not really cold. The sewage smell on Deck 2 where we stayed was very strong and was there the entire cruise. FOOD: Don’t expect to be able to eat what you want at all hours. The buffets, Guy’s Burgers and other food areas are NOT open 24 hours. Pizza Pirate is only good for a quick meal if you are hungry-it is open 24 hours but since the other areas aren’t open, there is a LONG line and the pizza is not what you’re used to when ordering from the name brand pizza places. The buffets will suffice when you are hungry, but they don’t have a huge amount of veggie choices and limited meat choices. Breakfast bar has the instant scrambled eggs, which I can usually eat at other restaurants, but I found these yucky, so I opted for omelettes made with the real eggs instead. The omelette outlet has a line, so be prepared to wait for it. Other food outlets looked to be better quality food/taste, but there is an upcharge for them (sushi, steakhouse, etc). The Blue Iguana Cantina looked yummy (tortillas, taco salads, salsa bar, etc), but every time we went they were either closed or closing. PORTS: Nassau is HEAVILY a tourist area and the people selling are VERY pushy, will get in your face at times trying to sell you this or that, following you as you walk. There were TONS of taxis lined up where you first enter the sidewalks and every other seller seemed to be yelling at us to either use their cab or buy their wares. If you aren’t firm with a “No, thank you” they will hound you a little bit. We walked to Junkanoo Beach, which was about 15 minutes from the ship. After a few minutes of walking and getting hounded, we got really annoyed by all of it. Princess Cays: we chose not to go because we heard it was very rocky and you can’t get to it unless you take a water taxi provided by the ship, so we chose not to go. Other passengers that went said they saw a lot of neat fish and sting rays when swimming and snorkeling, and all of them said it was really rocky to walk without water shoes. DRINKING/BARS: DO NOT BUY THE SIGNATURE DRINK THEY PASS AROUND AT THE BEGINNING OF THE CRUISE! We got two tumblers of Rum Punch and were charged $58 (our fault for not asking the price or looking at the receipt we signed)! The itemized cost was 1) the punch itself, 2) the tumbler, 3) the lid (yes, the lid!) and 4) a $7 fee for the tip for the little guy that gave it to us! We planned to get a little smashed on the trip but it never happened. I do not drink mixed drinks, but I decided to get some on this trip expecting to have one or two as my limit since I am a lightweight. I NEVER felt buzzed at all. I began suspecting the liquor was watered down somehow. I watched the bartenders as they poured the correct amount into each drink I ordered, too. Beers are $7 each and up and mixed drinks that we ordered were $9 and up. That is BEFORE the automatic tip (18%) is added to your bill, each time you order. PREPAID GRATUITIES: These are NOT including bar tips, so be prepared for that. CUSTOMER SERVICES: LONG lines and a wait each time we went, especially on embarkation day and disembarking to settle your account the night before or the day of. The staff did come around to the line and try to help the passengers in advance of reaching the desk, which was great. SELF SERVICE KIOSKS: Both kiosks on Deck 3 and Deck 5 were not working the first day. Usually there’s a line to use them, so be prepared to wait a bit. ATMS: $6 fee to get cash, so get your cash before you board if you don’t want to pay that fee. OVERALL IMPRESSION: We went to relax, escape and disconnect and weren’t disappointed. The cons served as a learning experience for us as new cruisers and were things we learned to expect when we cruise again. We will adjust our choices to allow for those, but none of the cons were so much that it would stop us from cruising on the Liberty again. We learned that the drink package is a must if you are a drinker, even if you don’t plan on drinking 15/day, the tips will get you even if you are buying less than 15/day and are on a budget. THINGS WE WILL DO DIFFERENTLY ON OUR NEXT CRUISE: 1) Pack lighter and only bring a few clothing changes. You really don’t need as many clothes as you think you will. I heard this advice many times before our trip but didn’t listen. I will next time. We will be bringing carry-on luggage only on our next trip just for the convenience and ease of moving around with it. 2) Bring a sweater, hoodie, or something to allow for the slightly windy evenings on the deck. 3) Buy the drink package 4) Get to shows about 15-30 minutes before they start to get a good seat and/or not be turned away because they are full (particularly true for the comedy show). 5) Bring a lanyard for the Sail and Sign card. You need it for practically everywhere you go and it saves you time digging it out. 6) Bring a power strip for the room so you have more plug ins for charging phones. 7) Book a room close to mid-ship/elevators to cut down on long walks and easier access to the action. Book a room on a higher deck to escape the sewage smell. 8) Learn the layout of the ship prior to boarding to save time wandering around looking for things. 9) Learn the open hours of each food station to avoid getting there and seeing they are closed. 10) Study the activity schedule more closely and plan ahead for what we want to do so that we don’t miss out on things we would have enjoyed. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
This was our first cruise with Carnival, so I don't know if our experience was typical of Carnival or just this ship. We had heard that the Carnival line caters to a younger crowd than other lines we sail on, and we found that to be ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Carnival, so I don't know if our experience was typical of Carnival or just this ship. We had heard that the Carnival line caters to a younger crowd than other lines we sail on, and we found that to be true. (More strollers, fewer walkers.) I'm used to being pampered on a cruise, and I definitely felt less pampered on this sailing than any I've ever taken. The ship also seemed older than it is. It was built in 2005, but was refurbished in 2016. It reminded me of an aging Vegas casino (think Caesar's Palace.) Mind you, nothing was in disrepair or falling apart; the ship seemed well maintained. But things like dirty windows obstructing views gave a less than stellar impression. I realize sea mist makes windows salty and clouded quickly, but the windows in the dining areas had rust stains running down them, contributing to the overall feeling of an older ship. There were some things we liked. They have a dedicated comedy club with a variety of shows, some family friendly and some adult later in the evenings. The Punchline Club was a great addition. The entertainment overall was first rate. Some of the shows were not my cup of tea, but all were exceptional and entertaining. The ship offers an downloadable app called Carnival Hub, whick contains ship information, activities, opening times, and most importantly, a chat feature so you can communicate and coordinate with other members in your party. This was the most impressive thing this cruise offered. Also, embarkation and debarkation was easier than we've ever experienced. It was fast and orderly, and we were on the ship and in our cabin (with our luggage) in a little over an hour after we arrived at the port. But then came the muster drill. We were made to stand in crowded rows on the deck for over half an hour. This is the first time I've had to stand on deck for muster since my first cruise 27 years ago. I have foot and back problems, which left me in agony and almost in tears for the rest of that evening. This was by far the worst part of the trip, and tainted everything else for me. I understand that this is required by law, but it doesn't have to be done standing on the deck. On other cruises it is done in a lounge or dining area (with seating). Overall, the crew looked tired. These people work long days seven days a week. I guess it's a wonder they don't look exhausted on every cruise. But many of the crew looked like they had been run ragged. We even overheard one crew member say "Five more to go!" after that unmitigated disaster that was muster call. We were definitely feeling her pain. Our cabin steward Hamidi was a bright spot. He was extremely helpful and always called us by name after introducing himself. He kept our cabin neat and tidy and always stocked. Another thing that concerned us was the lack of emphasis on cleanliness. On previous cruises there have always been crew members stationed at the entrance to dining areas encouraging people to wash their hands, and areas provided to do so. On this cruise, not only was it never mentioned, but the "washing station" did not work and the hand sanitizer dispenser at the beginning of the buffet line was empty for at least one day. The buffet seemed very limited compared to other cruises we've taken. One buffet line that fed from both sides, compared to six different lines on our previous cruise, all containing a variety of international dishes and a dedicated dessert buffet. And at least half the restaurants were an additional charge. For that matter, many of the activities were an additional charge as well. All cruises offer these premium activities, but I would say at least half of what we wanted to do had an upcharge. I can't speak to the food in the dining room, as we didn't eat there at all (we rarely do because of schedule conflicts). But overall, the food was unimpressive. Nothing you can't find at your local buffet restaurant. The excursions were what you would expect - shopping, snorkeling, glass bottom boats and beach games. One notable standout was the Sting Ray Encounter on Eleuthera. This was amazing and educational, but we also had access to this island and this excursion through the Princess cruise we took to the US Virgin Islands in March. So you might be better served to sail that itenerary if you want to see this amazing excursion. Perhaps this ship, or the Carnival line for that matter, offers exactly what young families need (like the very popular Guy's burger joint). But this cruise had very limited appeal for my husband and me, and we have likely taken our last Carnival cruise. This cruise was booked last minute as a quick getaway before the Christmas rush, so we thought we'd give this line a try. It was by no means awful (except for that muster drill), but we will probably not be sailing with them again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We chose this cruise because we were looking for a cheap weekend getaway, preferably out of Port Canaveral as we drive down from metro Atlanta. The old adage you get what you pay for should have been popping into my head. We tried Carnival ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we were looking for a cheap weekend getaway, preferably out of Port Canaveral as we drive down from metro Atlanta. The old adage you get what you pay for should have been popping into my head. We tried Carnival because I had sailed to Cozumel many years ago on Sensation and remembered it fondly. After this sailing it all makes sense why. When I sailed on the Sensation, I was in my early 20’s and enjoyed partaking of the wild and crazy party atmosphere, not so much in my late 30’s with my 11 year old daughter. The ship is definitely showing her age, especially in the cabins. Worn, lumpy mattresses and dingy carpet. The colors are borderline offensive to the eye and there were several places on the ship where the smell could only be compared to a port-o-John, including the bathroom in our cabin. The food in the MDR was decent and both of our servers, Warren and Elmer(they switched our table after the first night) were great. The food elsewhere was ok when it was available (we came back to the ship from Nassau at 6:30 PM and most dining was closed) but there was always an extensive line. We were really hoping for a good experience but in hindsight, I wish I had spent a couple hundred more to sail on Mariner of the Seas instead. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Carnival Liberty Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 4.5 N/A
Dining 4.0 3.8
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.5 4.2
Fitness & Recreation 5.0 N/A
Family 5.0 4.0
Shore Excursions 3.0 N/A
Enrichment Activities 3.0 N/A
Service 5.0 4.2
Value for Money 4.5 N/A

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