1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
Ok we just got off the Carnival Liberty on their four day Bahamas adventure from Port Canaveral. 1. We got a Captain's Suite 9199. Nice cabin, best views of any cabin anywhere. But, if you want a view from the balcony, you will ... Read More
Ok we just got off the Carnival Liberty on their four day Bahamas adventure from Port Canaveral. 1. We got a Captain's Suite 9199. Nice cabin, best views of any cabin anywhere. But, if you want a view from the balcony, you will have to stand up. Had a tough time getting our steward. Yet, he was very nice. The only perks you get is getting on the boat. You can come earlier than your posted time. Starting at 10:30am. (Don't call Carnival. Their staff just looks at a computer FAQ base that you can access. They could help with nothing else.) No other perks but two water bottles. Oh, and we had to complain because of the sewage smell coming from the front bathroom. I really thought these reviews I read before couldn't be true, but they are. 2. Teen Club O2 total loser. We had three teen boys and the activities were like, "Choose your own.....this or that." So lame hardly anyone showed up on Memorial Weekend. 15 was max for Manhunt. Plus, they were closed......alot. 3. Someone please update the Fun Times online so people can get a glimpse of what a daily schedule is? Plus, is there a white party or a red and blue party? What? Make up your minds and let people know before they board. Put some things in the APP before you get on board. In your online check-in. Give us info please. 4. The comedy shows were fantastic. 5. Flick, the cast was impressive but the writer/producer sucks. As a writer/director, my job is to tell a story. What the heck was this story about? The song selections were OK but your transitions were unintelligible. Director, why choose songs that your cast have a hard time reaching the top notes? Several top notes just not there. Lighting great. Sound OK. Circular fan use for James Bond: Genius. Second fan use for wings: poor. Video projection use excellent. The guy at beginning with hat? The solo dancer guy? What is he trying to learn or find? Choreography fine except when adding the protagonist to the mix. Everyone one in our party enjoyed it but had no idea what it was about. About movies: Pure Imagination from Willy Wonka then to the next song, just weird. Horrible transition. The medley of science fiction was well done. Short thematic bursts, knowable movies and their songs. There are hundreds of more iconic movie themes. Two Whitney Houston songs from the Guardian? Really? That was just to show off the cast member. You choose music that propels the story, tell the story through all mediums available, then make sure song and cast meld, and you've got a great show. This could have been a highlight not a head scratcher. 6. America Rocks: Maybe, for an international cruise, rock and roll might have been a better theme (Then you could have used Elton John or Queen). Again, songs outside the range of the cast. Cast did well in spite of the producer. 7. FOOD. Breakfast: stick to the omlette station. Real eggs vs powdered. Stick with room service for the morning. Except our second room service: muffins hard, bread hard, apple juice mix waaaay off, and got the order wrong. Lunch: Terrible selections and taste for the Lido Buffet. Mongolian Bar good. Chocolate buffet great. The chocolate cake on Lido buffet as good as any dessert anywhere. Fruit boring mix of melons, I'll take the Norwegian Hawaiian cruise any day for the fruit. Here is the review of other options: Guy's Burgers-best thing on boat, Ol Fashioned BBQ aft deck 10, hard to find and get to, not really ol fashioned we have ten places better in our city. Did not eat Mexican. Deli is good (not the fries, stick with Guy's fries). Pizza was packed after shows because everyone wanted something but did not want to pay for room service. Always a long line. Dinner: We had the 6 o'clock dinner at the Silver Olympian Restaurant. Had to ask our waitstaff for almost everything. I had soda package and I had to request every time. Wife had hot tea, had to wave down and ask each time. Our boys had lemonade, they came to fill that fairly early. Big pet peeve: Guys are busy, but they should stop when you are talking to them. I had two requests and after I got the first request out all I saw was their backs. Stop, look, listen until customer is finished talking. I don't care how fast you are trying to get the first crowd finished to get the second crowd in. Otherwise, great service. Great desserts. Steaks tough generally. Italian, keep out the peppers and onions which flavored whole meal. Rattatoie: don't get. If you expect it like the movie, nope big chunks of green pepper, onion and tomato. 8. Room Service. NOT FREE after 10pm. Beware. Their free selection is pitiful too. Disney Cruise has free 24 hours and it has pizza, burgers, chicken fingers, sandwiches, ice cream bars, much better than Carnival. Their events are designed to be late to make sure you would not make it back to your cabin before 10pm. 9. Stops: Nassau is always good. Princess Cay is fine, but the snorkels sold out before we got there. Really? A chance to make money and they run out? They burnt their food so we came back for Guy's burgers at lunch. 10. Money. Carnival takes the opportunity to separate you from your money while on the cruise. Everything costs extra. Better steaks and items extra $20 at dinner. Anything they carry costs extra. Free drawings, got to go through auction first. The cost for evening room service, ridiculous. Money to get on board early. We were either presented with opportunities or commercials to spend more money constantly. Not quite as bad as a time share promotion. Spa, went on Day of Nassau,. Since pretty much everything was closed until noon, I thought I would get a massage. The online pre-rates were $103 to $126. They had openings but were $176??? I read a review about sales during excursion days. NOT TRUE. I asked about the lower rates, they said they were pre-cruise only. Nope, I turned around. 11. Accessibility. Great on the ship. Only one ramp unbreachable was the ramp into the boat itself. My electric scooter got caught going in and out. Plus, they do look out for you if you are a wheelchair party. Thank you staff. 12. Activities: Youth club terrible, even though it got high ratings from others. Trivia was fun. Enjoyed Hasbro's Trivial Pursuit, otherwise not a ton to do, especially for families. They only showed two movies a day outside. Could have been continuous. Cookie was the best cruise director ever. He deserves the promotion he is getting. 13. Layout. The Liberty is confusing. Decks 3-4 cannot be gone through since the Gold dining room takes up the middle of the decks. The only way from front of ship to back of ship is to go to the far elevators on other end on ship then go down. Main pool deck too small for all on board to gather for party. Can we say, Get a Theme. Gaudy and no consistency describes the decor of the Liberty. Especially the Theater. MOST of these items are minor and may not dissuade you from Carnival. If you want the best food: Disney You want the best shows: Disney. Best youth Club: Royal Caribbean. Coolest excursions: Norwegian. Best Dinner Staff: Disney. Best Suite perks: Norwegian. Sorry, but Carnival is not on the list. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
Sailed out of Port Canaveral on 5-17-2019 on a 3 day cruise, I’ve sailed a few other times with other companies, 5 cabins were with our party, it was my birthday and a present from my wife,my 3 children joined along with other family ... Read More
Sailed out of Port Canaveral on 5-17-2019 on a 3 day cruise, I’ve sailed a few other times with other companies, 5 cabins were with our party, it was my birthday and a present from my wife,my 3 children joined along with other family members. First afternoon out slide and pool got closed off. Saturday was spent all day in port, still not opened and they closed off basketball,volleyball and putt-putt. Went to complain and after asking to speak with supervisor they brought in 2 deck supervisor, after expressing my issue the pool deck supervisor smiled and said a kid puked in pool and they can’t discharge in port, although they had closed while out to sea the day before. All courts were closed due to rain shower while sutt was being released from the big whale tail which settled on floor of courts, which they were sweeping up around 11:30am no one returned for another 6 hours to mop the courts, finally opened courts, pool was not cleaned till 12:00-1:00 the last day of the cruise and didn’t open for several hours after that. Trip just sucked, and for the pool deck supervisor, to just stand there and smirk while I expressed my disappointment. Even after pointing out that she was smirking at me. Just really proves they have no compassion for there guests. I was very upset with them as it was very hard to entertain 3 kids for 3 days and for them to look at all the other ships at port with kids playing on water slides, basketball, volleyball and see the disappointment in there eyes just was heart breaking and again to have her keep smiling! If your going with children pick another cruise line, and if something goes wrong don’t expect anything from them. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
First Cruise for us a learning experience you might say. The idea of a cruise is neat but this particular one was a complete disappointment. Embarkation was super crowded and a bit confusing. Forget lunch on boarding day. The buffet was ... Read More
First Cruise for us a learning experience you might say. The idea of a cruise is neat but this particular one was a complete disappointment. Embarkation was super crowded and a bit confusing. Forget lunch on boarding day. The buffet was totally out of control, crowded, full of inconsiderate people and extremely long lines ( 20 minutes in the deli line - that didn't even move ) then after moving to the buffet line another 20 minutes to finally get to the food line with people butting lines to be with family. Cabin was nice, relatively clean and well appointed with a cool view from our balcony. Our Stateroom Steward Ady was pleasant and make sure our room was clean and stocked well. The bed which was supposed to be a King size was in actuality 2 twins together with a " gully" down the middle. We though peace would be on our balcony at sea. Not so some times, neighboring rooms though that it would be a great place to blast Rap music and smoke weed. Dining in the Golden Room was wonderful. Food was tasty and our Wait Staff, Oliver, Olaf and Benjamin were outstanding. Entertainment was okay more suitable for younger folks. So bottom line this kind of cruising is not for us. We'd rather spend that money on a nice resort where there are no unruly , inconsiderate crowds. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
I booked this cruise for my boyfriend's 30th birthday. It was my second cruise, both booked with Carnival cruise line. It was my boyfriend's first cruise ever. The day of embarkation, we were able to get on the ship before our ... Read More
I booked this cruise for my boyfriend's 30th birthday. It was my second cruise, both booked with Carnival cruise line. It was my boyfriend's first cruise ever. The day of embarkation, we were able to get on the ship before our check in time- which we appreciated. However, when we got on we decided to take a tour of the ship and were inside on level 4 when the power shut completely off. We were in pitch black darkness for about 5 minutes when the power came back on, then shut back off suddenly. The power eventually came back on. At that point, I was extremely terrified but my boyfriend convinced me not to let our money go to waste. Not one employee on the ship spoke about it, they acted like nothing happened. Aside from that, the ship is extremely extremely old and outdated. We booked about two weeks out and ended up getting an interior cabin on level 2. IF you decide to cruise on the Liberty, I HIGHLY suggest to NOT book a room on any level below 4 or 5. Aside from the fact that the ship rocked pretty heavily the entire duration of the cruise, our room rocked and vibrated the entire trip. We would get motion sickness on a higher floor and wanted to go lay down and rest in our room which only made us feel worse. The entire level 2 stinks like sewer. Our evening dining consisted of us sitting across from another couple at a booth which we were not expecting and did not like at all. Our sea day "open seating" brunch was not actually open seating. They sit you at a square or rectangular table with strangers and do not allow you to move seats even if you request to. Most of the employees did not speak English very well and weren't very helpful. I asked my housekeeper for a room service menu one of the nights and he said "it is in your room" and it wasn't. It wasn't a big deal at the time. But we later saw him in the hallway on the next night and asked him again and told him it wasn't in the room. It was like a battle trying to get the menu. My boyfriend spent quite a lot of money playing at the casino everyday and at one point the manager of the casino area offered us both free drinks. The waiter came around and I asked him for a menu for my order, he rushed me and said "every bar on the ship offers the same type of drinks, so what do you want?" rushing me. I tried to think, without a menu, what the name of the frozen drink was I had the night prior. He came back with a frozen virgin drink. This could have simply been avoided if the drink waiter would have brought me a drink menu. There was a massive amount of people this weekend and we were unable to even find a seat at the comedy shows, even after arriving 15 + minutes early to them. We missed out because we didn't want to stand during the comedy show. The embarkation process was HORRIBLE. They advised levels 1 and 2 to depart 1st. So, luggage in tow, we arrive to level 3 where we exit the ship to find that we can barely exit the elevator because the entire floor is crammed with people trying to get out. We didn't move for 15 minutes and had to squeeze our way thru. There was not ONE Carnival employee trying to guide people. We still tipped everyone that served us because that is the courteous thing to do. All in all, this trip was just okay because me and my boyfriend are very open minded and made the best of every single situation. However, I will NEVER cruise with Carnival again. And will tell this to anyone I know. I am so disappointed in the service that Carnival failed to provide. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
1) The ship: This is an old ship, pretty run down. The decor though is charming, in a kinda old world Titanic/Tiffany style. The best thing was the lighting and the quaint corners. 2) The dining experience: The dining room ... Read More
1) The ship: This is an old ship, pretty run down. The decor though is charming, in a kinda old world Titanic/Tiffany style. The best thing was the lighting and the quaint corners. 2) The dining experience: The dining room (Silver or Golden), if you get a table close to the window, is very cozy and makes for a nice romantic dinner with "candle" light. The food in the restaurant is decent. Nothing to wow, but the taste and presentation was good. The service was very good. Servers were extremely nice and accommodating. My partner is omnivore and I am vegan. The dishes they prepared for me were excellent, both in taste and presentation. However, there was just one dish (no choices) for me, and it was lacking in protein, with the exception of the last day. The tofu steak was absolutely delicious. They had no appetizers and no desert for me. Just plain salad and a bowl of fruit every day. My partner had a variety to choose from. Everything was good for him but nothing special. On the menu they had a vegan/vegetarian dish every day listed, but they didn't have it. With the exception of the last day, I got a variety of the same plate every day: plain couscous with tomato sauce and one small plain vegetable. No protein. 3) Food during the day: Breakfast: The buffet was standard. For omnivores, eggs, bacon, baked beans, a variety of breads and pastries, cereals, etc. For vegans, just potatoes and baked beans or oatmeal and fruit. Non dairy milk had to be ordered and I stood there for a good while waiting for it. There was a breakfast burrito stand by the pool. No beans, so no vegan option. Only egg and meats for filling. They also had a small deli stand, but they also had no vegan options. Lunch: No options for vegans, besides a Mongolian wok. No protein option. Just noodles and vegetables. Omnivores could choose from chicken, beef, fish, or mussels. To my surprise they had no Indian or Vegan vegan dishes. All was very heavy meat oriented. No vegan pastries or baked anything. No tofu, no lentils or beans. No vegetable dishes without butter or meat. Just fruit for desert. They only had pizza available for times outside the buffet times (lunch until 3:30 am, dinner until 9:00 pm). The pizza was freshly made by one person, so the lines were very long. For vegan option they had a mushroom pizza without cheese that was actually very good. Regular pizza was ok. Thin crust and spare toppings, but fresh and not heavy. They also offered a gluten free crust. 3) Entertainment: This was the poorest category. No band, no music by the pool (besides a recording of an extremely annoying keyboard that one person pretend played with one finger), no games (besides one hairy chest contest which was blah). The pools were very small. The main pool allowed kids so it was usually full of them. Very small pool. The back pool was adults only, but it was also very small and there was zero entertainment. There was a comedy club with a comedian who pretty much repeated the same jokes. Humor based on obnoxiousness, which could be funny at times but, again, repeated every night so it would def be a one night kinda thing. The show was a rock performance with singers who were painful to listen to they were so off key. One really good dancer (wow). The rest not good and very much out of shape, huffing and puffing and sweating. 4) Ports: Nassau wasn't great. We walked to Cabbage beach, which was a nice 45 min walk through town. The beach was so so. Just very poor with local people trying to make a buck best they can. Everything looks run down and sad. Atlantis seems to have a monopoly and everything around it fell apart. Not worth to get off the ship. Freeport was much better. We took a taxi to a small beach called Paradise Cove, which was great. Low key. It is in an area away from tourism, in a zone called 8 mile where most locals live. They charge 4.50$ for beach access and a fee for locker, snorkeling equipment, kayak, chair, umbrella, etc. We brought our own snorkeling equipment. The beach is by Deadman's Reef. It is amazing for snorkeling since you can easily swim there from shore. It is seldom deeper than 4 ft until you get to the reef. There are no dangerous currents. We saw big sea turtles and a ton of fish along the corrals. They have a food stand where everything they offer is local and made from scratch. My partner had Concha and I had sweet potato fries. Delicious. It was 4 $ for local Bahamian ice cold beer. They offer excursions online there but don't buy that. It is much cheaper to get there on your own and if you bring your own equipment, its a fun afternoon for little money. We rather tip the locals than spending money on arranged shore excursions. Overall: Negative: The ship was run down and dirty. There was vomit on the stairs that stayed there for days. An invasion of love bugs that was only half way cleaned up. Rust and erosion everywhere. The food was below average, with little to no variety. No protein options, no variety, no deserts or appetizers for vegans. Little to no (or bad) entertainment. Sad, small pools look and smell like old city pools. Positive: Really nice room (balcony), excellent cabin steward, nice and friendly staff everywhere, really nice and hard working servers. The cocktails we tried (Mojito, Bloody Mary) were great. Strong and freshly made. Recommend this cruise? No, we will not repeat a Carnival Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
Chose this cruise as it was the only one available during our time frame leaving from Port Canaveral. I will say that the departure location is very good and if you pre-register and arrive at your designated time - boarding was fantastic ... Read More
Chose this cruise as it was the only one available during our time frame leaving from Port Canaveral. I will say that the departure location is very good and if you pre-register and arrive at your designated time - boarding was fantastic and fast. The ship is worn out and in need of new carpets, paint, beds ... pretty much everything. Beds were terrible! Windows were dirty. Entertainment was lacking - and ship was packed full. The dining room food was terrible in our opinion. The appetizers tasted and looked like they were out of a freezer box - awful. Food was cold and dining room service was severely lacking. We tried it twice and then decided we were better off eating at Guys Hamburgers/Taco Bar or buffet. Buffet food was decent. The carpet in our balcony room - level 7 - had a cord or something under it that was easy to trip on ... no idea what is was. The room servicing was good. - however they never cleaned up our balcony. There was a bottle cap on it when we arrived - and it was still there when we left. Debarkation was a nightmare - and nonsensical. People were sitting with their luggage in the elevator lobbies ... waiting and waiting. We finally asked to leave - and upon exit noted there was no waiting to physically leave the ship! Would not recommend unless you get this cruise for next to nothing (we paid premium). Did enjoy the ports. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
We cruise about four times a year, mostly with Carnival... We were given "special" recognition for a "Milestone" with them, our 25 cruise on Carnival... We can make an objective comparison.. First, the ... Read More
We cruise about four times a year, mostly with Carnival... We were given "special" recognition for a "Milestone" with them, our 25 cruise on Carnival... We can make an objective comparison.. First, the "muster" which we all dislike, was the most unorganized and delayed I have experienced. In addition to that we could not hear (legibly) any of the instructions. No one was around showing people how to put on the vest and MANY were on cell phones, talking in groups and one brought a beer....Next, we were scheduled to sail at 3:30... Muster lasted till after 4.. No sailing. Back to the room, waiting for the shops and casino to open.. No sailing.... It was three hours before we got under way. No communication; no explanation.. It doesn't seem like much to Carnival, but that was three hours out of our vacation. Many other "minor" inconveniences occurred, but time does not permit mentioning them. The day we had plans for Nassau, we requested room service breakfast so we could get out and start. Both my wife and I need food to take our morning meds.. We requested 8/8:30 delivery. At 9:15 I called and was assured it was "on the way"... An hour later my wife called and they were very apologetic, but again another two hours out of our vacation.... Finally, and most importantly, the casino is totally not what we expect and have experienced. I will not go into the MANY disappointments with the "Hosts".... hey seemed to cater to the "tables" and not put much attention on the "slots"... We spend more money than most table players and are much less obnoxious than some of them... But they made sure they were "taken care of". All-in-all, I will avoid the Liberty in the future. And this is a shame as there were MANY people that went out of their way to make us comfortable... Carnival, "for what it's worth"...... Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
We took a family Cruise for my moms 78th Birthday a group of 20 family and friends and I was very disappointed! The rooms were dirty I found clothes in there from the last person. Nothing was ever wiped down I never seen anybody cleaning ... Read More
We took a family Cruise for my moms 78th Birthday a group of 20 family and friends and I was very disappointed! The rooms were dirty I found clothes in there from the last person. Nothing was ever wiped down I never seen anybody cleaning when walking around and if u did just looked like they were standing there. any other cruise i have been on I always seen some one cleaning!! Oh the public bathrooms One time there was pee all over the floor and it smelled so it had been there awhile!!! Never seen anyone cleaning them!! The partying was alittle out of hand!!! Fights everywhere!! Very loud!! The tweens were out of control and rude! It was so crowded you couldnt enjoy yourself!! Oh n lets not forget the overwhelming smell of sewer first thing when you open ur cabin door in the morning!! There were some staff members that really stood out but very little!! The entertainment didnt hold my attention but the preformers themselves were vary talented!! Blue igauna n guys burgers were good the buffet was good sometimes!! My family liked the food more then i did! No ice hardly ever!! Not enough variety in the buffet!!! Internet didnt work half the time!! Boat definitely some updating and more teaching of their staff!! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
My girlfriend wanted to go on a cruise and after reading some reviews we decided to try one with carnival. Since this was our first cruise we tried a short 3 day cruise and I’m so glad we only went for that long. Each bar only had one ... Read More
My girlfriend wanted to go on a cruise and after reading some reviews we decided to try one with carnival. Since this was our first cruise we tried a short 3 day cruise and I’m so glad we only went for that long. Each bar only had one bartender. If there was a second person behind the bar they were cleaning or doing something else other than serving the long line of passengers waiting for a drink. It would sometimes take 15 minutes just to be acknowledged. The food was terrible. I foolishly had two hamburgers the first day and was sick later that night. Perhaps sea sickness played a roll in this, however this was the only day I got sick. Everything at the buffet tasted awful, I’ve cooked food with no seasoning that tasted better. It took an average of ten minutes to wait for an elevator. There was NO clear information on anything. We were told nothing would be open the morning we were debarking however there was one buffet and a few bars open. One night they had an “elegant night” where people dressed up for dinner. When our meal arrived it was barely lukewarm. The waiters were carrying plastic trays with the food in them out from the back as if all the food was pre prepared. This would explain why it was cold but not why we still had to wait 30 minutes to be served after ordering. There were three pools aboard but you could only fit about 10 people in each. The hot tubs had cold water being pumped into them starting around 9pm. What is the point of a hot tub if you can only get in during the day when the hot sun is out. This whole thing was a terrible experience. I feel like there was no attempt to achieve guest satisfaction this cruise was simply for profit. Of course they need to make a profit, it’s a business. I just have no idea how they continue to do so with such abysmal service. Neither me nor my girlfriend will ever cruise with carnival or recommend them to anyone. This experience most likely ruined any cruises for us in the future not just with carnival. Housekeeping was the one positive. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
Traveled with another couple, the four of us had a absolute blast. Easy boarding from Port Canaveral, everything went smooth. From the moment we boarded we were greeted with the nicest staff eager to make our sailing vacation a memorable ... Read More
Traveled with another couple, the four of us had a absolute blast. Easy boarding from Port Canaveral, everything went smooth. From the moment we boarded we were greeted with the nicest staff eager to make our sailing vacation a memorable one. Our Room steward (Kadek) Room 9214 Lido Balcony Room, was the sweetest, hardest working gentleman I have ever encountered, he deserves a raise. Always remembering our names and details about our day, he even knew it was my birthday and left me a gift card to the onboard spa. Made the most adorable towels animals left daily in our very clean cabin. The other staff that stands out is Crimson, he was a waiter from the Lido deck bar. He was the kindness young man and talk about always moving! He continuously had a smile on his face and was always there to refresh our beverages! The Cruise Director (Cookie) was by far my favorite human being on this cruise. That young man definitely knows how to pull the fun outa people, even the most reluctant!As a matter of fact if your not participating he will seek you out and pull you into the action! Fun Fact: Cookie is related to Whitney Houston Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
This 4 night cruise on the Liberty offered one day at sea & one day in Nassau & one in Freeport. I found the ship to be a little outdated as it is in dire need of a refurbishing...but, nevertheless, a nice ship...most important of ... Read More
This 4 night cruise on the Liberty offered one day at sea & one day in Nassau & one in Freeport. I found the ship to be a little outdated as it is in dire need of a refurbishing...but, nevertheless, a nice ship...most important of all it was kept very clean. The evening meals in the Golden Dining Room(all 4 nights) were prepared well & served hot & delicious. My favorite meal was beef & polenta with brown gravy. On the SezAnnie food score of 1-5, I give it 4.5; reviewing food is based on personal taste and subjective. The activities on the ship are plentiful & were enhanced by the ships Activities Director a young man named Cookie with a contagious smile who stole my heart. He was a fun guy to hang with. The two musical shows in the theater & the entertainers were as good if not better than some shows on Broadway. Great talent in every performance. If you are looking for a fun time & have the energy to fit the activities of a 7 night cruise into 4 nights....then you won't be disappointed on the Liberty. Go for it! SezAnnie Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We picked this cruise because of the dates it was available. It was not picked for the itinerary because we have been to the Bahamas so many times and there is nothing to do there, compared to the other islands. The cruise itself was okay, ... Read More
We picked this cruise because of the dates it was available. It was not picked for the itinerary because we have been to the Bahamas so many times and there is nothing to do there, compared to the other islands. The cruise itself was okay, it is always good to be on the water. The weather was great. Food was the same old tired food as on every cruise (what is a flat iron steak exactly? It is a very cheap cut of tough meat). We would have starved if it had not been for Guy's burgers and the deli. The pizza was awful. Entertainment was the same as every other cruise, same jokes, same games. Maybe it is time to change things up a bit. Like every other cruise, the "attitude" was everywhere. People with no manners walking all over you and acting like they were the only person in board. Apparently common courtesy and decency doesn't exist anymore. If you can't at least act like a nice person, stay at home. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
I am choosing to writing to a review to help someone else who is researching this ship the same way that I did. I’m a mother of 4 and my children have only ever sailed with Disney Cruise Lines before.I have to admit I was a little ... Read More
I am choosing to writing to a review to help someone else who is researching this ship the same way that I did. I’m a mother of 4 and my children have only ever sailed with Disney Cruise Lines before.I have to admit I was a little worried to try Carnival based on some reviews I read. We wanted to experience Disney Parks during our spring break but couldn’t tag the Disney Cruise line into our budget. Carnival Offered a great price for this 4 day Easter Cruise that we could afford. We used Mears transportation from a Disney’s Animal kingdom lodge to Port Canaveral. For $35 a person. We used Carnivals transportation back to MCO airport. You book that through the excisions. It was the same price I believe Both were great On board the Liberty we had 2 connecting balcony rooms on Deck 8 aft. Rooms 8378 and 8380. We had 2 adults and 4 children diving us into 3 in each cabin. The price per cabin was $1500. Excellent deal.the rooms were ready right at 1:30pm like stated upon checking in Prior to booking I started researching the Liberty and found some negative reviews here on Cruise Critic which had me very worried. I am also a Travel Agent so I consider myself a Travel Expert with a lot of knowledge when it comes to what to expect when it comes to Cruising. If you are familiar with Disney Cruise lines you know that they are top notch. High quality. I’m here today to let families know that the Liberty is a excellent ship and I give it 5 stars because even though it is an older ship the staff has done a great job at taking care of it. I constantly saw crew members cleaning, scrubbing grout, being attentive to guests as well as also being very friendly. The service was perfect! The crew members onboard this ship work very hard. The kids club with Dr. Suess was great. The dining room staff was great. The gym was great and very clean. We work out everyday and this was important to me. So I was very happy with the gym. The spa services as well. The evening entertainment was soooo good. The shows were very well done. (I’ve seen some cheesy ones on Carnival before) Lots of family entertainment as well as separate adult entertainment. The dive in movies were perfect choices and they give you a blanket and popcorn. Cookie the cruise director is the best cruise director that I have ever met. Seriously that guy is going to go far in life. He stated he has only been a director for a year. Find the ship that he is on and you aren’t promised a good time. Overall my entire family was very happy with the Carnival Liberty. Guys burgers are the best here as well as The Wok on the lido deck or you can grab a sub sandwich from the deli, pizza, seafood, soooo many choices of food on the Lido deck. We don’t drink alcohol so that is the only area that I lack an opinion on. However the bar service seemed to be very productive from what I could tell. We purchased the soda package and my family did get their sodas in a timely manner. We stayed away from the Casino so honestly we didn’t experience much of any secondhand smoke. Also one of my concerns. No need to worry We sailed to The Bahamas and at Nassau we did the Atlantis Aquaadventure. This was the very best time of the entire week! Highly recommend. Worth every penny For Freeport we did the Beach day at Lucaya for $44. Also excellent. We didn’t purchase the lunch package here. You don’t need it unless you drink alcohol. You are back at the shop early enough to eat lunch when you return. We order snacks and sodas from the bar area here and paid less that $10 for the snacks and the sodas were $4. Also bottled water here is $4 They give you a chair and a umbrella as part of your package. Beautiful beach with volleyball, basketball and straw market shopping. Very safe. Also the day of embarking was so easy and hassle free. The quickest check in I’ve ever experienced. I read other reviews that stated the ship smelled. We did not have that experience. At least not on deck 8 anyway. Our bathrooms in our cabins did not smell. One evening my shower drain clogged and I called maintenance. They were there within 10 minutes to fix it in a jiffy and all was good. I hope this helps a mom out there on a budget who is wondering if a Carnival Ship would be good for her family! I encourage you that it is. We’ve done 9 cruises and mostly all Disney as a family and my children loved this ship! We would sail The Liberty again! Thank you to every crew member onboard. They really do work hard. Also helpful hint I booked this cruise on Black Friday with a special price and gave it as a Christmas gift to my kids knowing we would have school spring break so this cruise served many great purposes for us and like I said was so very affordable Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
This was my first cruise and wanted to experience everything with my grandson who is 10 and my daughter who is in her late 30's. This boat had one of the best cruise directors, Cookie and the staff members were exceptional! However, ... Read More
This was my first cruise and wanted to experience everything with my grandson who is 10 and my daughter who is in her late 30's. This boat had one of the best cruise directors, Cookie and the staff members were exceptional! However, this cruise was overbooked with children and teenagers and there weren't enough events to keep them busy! Also, very long lines for food, no matter what type of the day it was. If you wanted to relax, this is NOT the ship to cruise on, especially during Spring Break. The majority of parents were angry due to the lack of activities for the "tweens" to do and we basically were babysitting.Also, we had a very bad experience at the hot tub due to the fact that there was no one to supervise any of the tweens who took over both hot tubs. There were several children in the hot tub who would not get out and were very loud and aggressive towards anyone, no matter what age they were and no one did anything about it despite the numerous complaints that were made! This cruise ship has a great cruise director but the team needs to get it together for ships during Spring Break because it clearly was a problem - we couldn't even enjoy the evening movies due to the fact that the kids were in the hot tub splashing and not respecting others around them! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
This was my first time on a cruise and did not have any expectations to speak of. I had heard many pieces of advice from friends, but decided to go with the flow. The overall experience was terrific - everyone (with the exception of one ... Read More
This was my first time on a cruise and did not have any expectations to speak of. I had heard many pieces of advice from friends, but decided to go with the flow. The overall experience was terrific - everyone (with the exception of one worker ) was gracious and friendly. The dining room staff was very nice as were the servers in the buffet. The ship was very clean and the house keeping staff were wonderful. The food choices were good although the last day I did notice substitution's in my meal and the wait staff offered to exchange it but it was tasty the way it was made so I said no. Our suite served us with plenty of room and the beds as well as the sofa were comfortable. The balcony was larger than expected although we did not spend much time there it was a nice addition. We enjoyed shopping on Nassau, I did not care for the straw market , I felt they were pushy and it was overwhelming. I did enjoy food and browsing the shops the locals were very nice and helpful in suggesting cafes. I would definitely take another cruise and was very pleased with Carnival. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We picked this cruise because DW, niece and nephew had never been on a cruise and we wanted to make sure everyone would be ok locked in on the water. Embarkation went very smooth in spite of us being late (or maybe because of it, the ... Read More
We picked this cruise because DW, niece and nephew had never been on a cruise and we wanted to make sure everyone would be ok locked in on the water. Embarkation went very smooth in spite of us being late (or maybe because of it, the world may never know) we had 11:30-12:00 check in but didn't arrive till about 1:00 and walked right on. Well after going through security and all of course. Guy's burgers were real good and the kids liked the hotdogs from the deli. Lido buffet seemed to be lacking in my opinion. Oh the food was good just seemed to be less verity than what I remember from my last Carnival Fantasy cruise. This could be from 1) my failing memory, 2) there really is less verity or 3) a combination of the two. We had anytime dining in the Golden Olympian and it was great. No lines, no waiting either night. Sorry if I offended anyone wearing my jeans on elegant night but we had decided while we were packing that we would eat on Lido that night but DW decided otherwise on the night of. Good thing it was cool the morning we left home or I wouldn't have had any long pants. DW did keep saying "I just don't understand the allure and all the hype of cruising" but as we were sitting discussing what we were having for dinner last night she said "too bad we can't just go to lido and pick up something, I miss that ship" so I think she is hooked. I see more cruises in our future! We only saw the America Rocks show which was pretty good, but if you go to the Venetian Palace to see a show, try to avoid the back seats on deck 3. The overhang from deck 4 will block part of your view and you may not be able to see the entire performance. Not sure about deck 4. The kids, 5 and 13, loved the kids clubs and didn't want to leave. Even the very shy 13 year old made friends. Now the 5 yo can make friends with a signpost so we knew that wasn't going to be a problem. Most people say not to take a 3 day weekend cruise, it's just a party cruise with a bunch of rowdy drunks, but I didn't see a lot of that, just pax having a good time and mostly respectful and polite to each other. Overall great cruise I just don't think I will do another short one. Just to much work (packing, driving, unpacking, etc) for the amount of relaxation time. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We had excellent service from Alam’s dining room service team and Adi’s attention to keeping our room neat and complete with fresh towels and always cute towel animals. Hong’s personality always kept us laughing as we sampled his ... Read More
We had excellent service from Alam’s dining room service team and Adi’s attention to keeping our room neat and complete with fresh towels and always cute towel animals. Hong’s personality always kept us laughing as we sampled his creative after dinner shots. How do the serving staff get up on the tables and dance? We were completely entertained. The shore excursions were well suited for a 4 day cruise. Our day at Princess Cays was just as we remembered. The beach volleyball is always my husbands favorite part of the trip. Unfortunately, one of our group was pushed into a sea urchin by a wave while he was snorkeling. The lifeguard was very helpful getting him help quickly. The lines for the shuttles back to the boat always move too slow and get extremely hot and uncomfortable due to making sure they’re “loaded to capacity.” The unlimited bubble cards weren’t accepted at the bars on the island even though the bar was staffed by ship employees? Minimal areas for improvement. Thank you for thinking of everything to make our short cruise enjoyable. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
This was my and my husband’s 2nd cruise, but first for our boys (9 & 11). Getting on board was easy and quick. We were in room 1295. It was clean, so no problems there. Occasionally the shower drain would get backed up and overflow ... Read More
This was my and my husband’s 2nd cruise, but first for our boys (9 & 11). Getting on board was easy and quick. We were in room 1295. It was clean, so no problems there. Occasionally the shower drain would get backed up and overflow into the bathroom, but thankfully there’s a drain next to the toilet, so it wasn’t too bad. Our bags arrived quickly and we grabbed some food. The buffet usually had a nice variety and everything seemed fresh. Pizza was made to order and tasty. My boys loved the burgers at Guy’s. I had a half sandwich at the sandwich shop once, but the line was usually long, so after that I opted for other things. BBQ pork and Mac n cheese were good. I didn’t care as much for the Mexican spot. I got chicken tacos and the chicken seemed dry. I’m not a big Mexican food fan though. We ate in the dining room twice, but service was a bit slow. Food was tasty. Only one thing I had issue with was the crab cake. It came with a few little dots of sauce alongside it that seemed as though they had been sitting out for a while. I’d give the dining room maybe 3.75 stars. The first day was overwhelming - so many people and kids and with the party on the Lido deck the noise was overwhelming. I never saw any bad behavior, but my boys wanted to enjoy sitting in the hot tubs and couldn’t bc kids were splashing around like they were swimming pools. They also didn’t like that the pools were salt water. We didn’t do much in the way of entertainment, but we did attend a few all ages comedy shows which were funny despite being all ages. My boys checked out the kids club, but weren’t that impressed, so they didn’t go back. I didn’t think there was anything bad about it, they just hate that kind of thing. No biggie - we let them do their own thing as long as we knew where they’d be, but most of the time they stayed with us. The ship itself is starting to show its age a little, but they’re doing a great job of maintaining it and keeping it clean. Common areas are nicely decorated and not nearly as dated as the Sensation which my husband and I sailed on a few years back. Service was great everywhere we went. Our favorite waiter was Danny from Peru. He was incredibly patient with my kids ordering and so friendly to us all. Our room steward, Harry, from Guyana, was fantastic. Always taking the time to stop and chat with us about our day and see if we needed anything extra. He also gave us some tips on things to check out at our ports. We’d definitely sail with Carnival again as a family. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this cruise as a short getaway during Spring Break. Everything was simply beyond expectations. This was my 5th and best cruise yet. The ship overall was in excellent condition, clean, and sported a friendly atmosphere. ... Read More
We chose this cruise as a short getaway during Spring Break. Everything was simply beyond expectations. This was my 5th and best cruise yet. The ship overall was in excellent condition, clean, and sported a friendly atmosphere. The cabin exceed our expectations. We signed up for a TBD cabin as it was the cheapest option when we booked the cruise and we really do not care what our cabin is since we don't spend much time there. We were very pleasantly surprised!! We ended up assigned to 1202. It is an interior cabin on deck one, but it was huge! If you look at the deck plan, you can see it was an odd shaped room compared to a standard interior. I've stayed in a junior sweet and interior rooms and this was the largest cabin I have been in. We absolutely loved it! The location at a dead-end, kept it very quite from outside traffic in the hallway. We heard some hull noises maybe called by water hitting the hull, but only once or twice and it was not intrusive. No vibrations, no engine noises, just nice and quite. Dining options were excellent and we did not eat in the same place twice over the three days. The entertainment was amazing. Nono, the Cruise Director, was the best of my cruising experience. She was friendly, high energy, helpful and funny. The crowd was younger with many college and younger kids. But everyone was friendly, well mannered and fun! The shows were amazing! We partied like rock stars! We didn't do an excursion in Nassau. We just walked to the public beach, relaxed, shopped, and casually strolled around. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
Bottom line of this review: You get what you pay for and WASH YOUR HANDS. This was my third cruise with Carnival, with my other two sailings on Miracle. I've never cruised with anyone else. My partner and I chose this cruise because ... Read More
Bottom line of this review: You get what you pay for and WASH YOUR HANDS. This was my third cruise with Carnival, with my other two sailings on Miracle. I've never cruised with anyone else. My partner and I chose this cruise because we wanted a quick getaway and couldn't commit to a 7 or 10-day sailing. We understood Liberty was not one of the newer ships, and amenities/cabins may be outdated, and that the entertainment may not be Broadway-worthy. Embarkation was a breeze - even for being Spring Break season! It seemed like it took us less than 20 minutes to get on board. All Carnival staff were kind and helpful during this process. The only thing we wish we would have remembered was to tip the gentlemen that help with your luggage before you embark, even if it's just a dollar or two. Definitely choose the Balcony cabin. Totally worth it. Our stateroom steward was fabulous! The room itself is nothing to write home about - clearly outdated. To me, all dining was mediocre and got old quickly. Guy's Burger Joint was delicious. The best entrees were the prime rib and the leg of lamb with curry sauce. I ordered the surf n' turf dinner the last night.... very underwhelming and not worth it. My steak was sirloin and not filet mignon. I cannot comment about the bar service as we maybe had three drinks the whole time. We purchased the Bottomless Bubbles package and would recommend it if you like sodas/juices. The cocktails we had were definitely strong. The entertainment was fun and lively, but not 5-star. The "Flick" production was a little awkward but the singing/dancing was great. Our cruise director, NoNo, is fabulous and will always keep you entertained! The comedy acts were excellent. Everyone showed up for the deck parties and had a fantastic time. The service was absolutely wonderful. Every staff member smiled, waived and said "Good morning/good evening" when you walked by. Always greeted with a smile. One of the highlights of the sailing, by far. The day at sea was a little underwhelming. We mostly stayed in the Serenity area which was wonderful. The cabanas were awesome and very private! I've been to Nassau before - it's a beautiful and fun port, but make sure to have something to do. We didn't have anything planned and decided to wing it... a little bit of a mistake on our part. We went to the nearby Tiki Bikini beach hut - lots of college kids there so be warned. $30 for two chairs, an umbrella and free WiFi for the day. If you do this, don't leave your beach chairs unattended for too long. They forgot we purchased the chairs earlier in the morning and accused us of not paying. Freeport was really run-down, but the weather was beautiful and our excursion was lovely. We did the private beach and open bar package through Carnival. If you go with this excursion, do yourself a favor and purchase the buffet as well - it looked delicious and we really wanted to try it! The beach was gorgeous and the staff was super friendly. The buses were not very well-organized but we got back just fine. The bus driver also gave us a very informative tour on the way there which we loved. Now on to the absolute worst part of the cruise, which might change my mentality about cruises (and Carnival) forever. My partner and I both contracted norovirus or food poisoning while aboard... so ALWAYS wash/sanitize your hands and be careful with what you eat! We most likely got this from lettuce, fruit or any other uncooked food. I spent the last evening on board (which happened to be the roughest water) exploding from both ends for HOURS. One of the worst nights of my life, and made traveling the next day absolutely dreadful. I would cruise Carnival again, but not for a while. Might try Royal Caribbean, Holland America or Celebrity next time. Most are owned by Carnival, but whatever. The last night on board just put a bad taste in my mouth... literally and figuratively. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this trip because of Value for the money and high ratings. We have no regrets on our choice. The trip was full of activities and events. We did one shore excursion on Nassau but stayed on the ship at Freeport, still could not ... Read More
We chose this trip because of Value for the money and high ratings. We have no regrets on our choice. The trip was full of activities and events. We did one shore excursion on Nassau but stayed on the ship at Freeport, still could not cover the activities. The violin concerts by Eureka Strings were the highlight of our cruise. We attended those all 4 evenings. The kids' Camp Ocean was wonderful too. The teachers there were caring and helpful. Our 3 year old was happy being there 2 hours at a stretch. Food was really good, wide variety for vegetarian dishes, service was great. I would definitely recommend shore excursions through Carnival especially for folks with kids so that you are back before the ship leaves. The exceptional part of the cruise was courteous and welcoming staff. It was a fantastic experience as 1st time cruisers. We will definitely go again! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We called ourselves "Chicks On the Run" and a group of girlfriends decided to take a three day cruise and have fun, play cards and enjoy music and laughter and girl company. Boy were we in for a negative surprise!! We chose ... Read More
We called ourselves "Chicks On the Run" and a group of girlfriends decided to take a three day cruise and have fun, play cards and enjoy music and laughter and girl company. Boy were we in for a negative surprise!! We chose the line and ship so that we did not have to drive eight plus hours to south Florida. First the room attendant only gave us one small bar of soap for two guests. Towels were gray and rough and even though we asked for extra towels we never received them nor did we ever get a bucket of ice in our room. Dirty glass was left for us to clean??? . Cabin was kept clean, however the vinyl couch left much to be desired and one would never want to sit on it! Dining room staff gave us terrible service; so bad that we complained at Guest Services. Wine was brought to the table after we had finished most of our meal and the table was still filled with dirty dishes while the the waiter was serving us our dessert. Steak was tough, prime rib was tough and they do not know what au jus is. We received gloppy beef gravy for the prime rib. Breakfast was not much better in the dining room, as you had to ask for every little thing, including jam, butter and little pastries, just to name a few. Lunch at the buffet was good. Guy Fierrri's burgers were the best and the line to get a burger proved it. The Mongolian Wok station was also very good, however long, long lines to have your selections cooked. Dirty floors all around the ship, lack of help all over the ship was quite obvious. Do not get the "Drink Package" as you will never get the service to order the drink and if you do, you will not receive it, way within an hour! Daylight savings time and the ships clocks were never corrected, so we got our wakeup call an hour late! Public bathrooms were nasty. Needed a luggage tag for disembarkation, go get it yourself! I am still waiting for credit for my beverage package that I was told would be credited to my account!! The best part of the cruise was being with friends! Carnival was to give us a "Cocktail Party with dry snacks and drinks. It turned out to be drinks we really did not want and not even a cracker was to be found! Desserts were good. So I guess the saying "Let Them eat cake" is the way Carnival thinks!!! Smoke was terrible wherever you walked on the public areas of the ship. Felt bad for the staff that had to inhale all the second hand smoke around them. I have sailed over 25+ cruises, including Carnival and I have never been on a ship as bad as this. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
My husband and I needed to get away for a few days to totally unwind and we did just that. Now just so you know this was our 32 cruise and this was our 6th Carnival cruise and majority have been with RRCL. What does anyone really expect to ... Read More
My husband and I needed to get away for a few days to totally unwind and we did just that. Now just so you know this was our 32 cruise and this was our 6th Carnival cruise and majority have been with RRCL. What does anyone really expect to get for three days? We expect a clean room #1, ice bucket kept full, room steward to provide us with clean towels and good food. Our room was clean but never to my standard so I Clorox everything that's a solid surface and fabreeze all materials - now I know it's halfway clean. Room steward asked when we preferred to have him to service our room and we opted for mornings - choice was morning or afternoon. A little strange for us as we are accustomed to twice per day. First day it's now 2pm and room is still the same as we left it. We saw steward and he asked if he could clean our room and we asked for just clean towels seeing it was so late and we had stayed away thinking he would clean the room "in the morning". We rarely saw him for the rest of our cruise. We would get our own ice and kept the room pretty clean and he would bring clean towels sometime during the evening when we were out. Food - 1st night we ate at the Diamonds steakhouse and my surf and turf was excellent, but my husbands prone rib not so much. Should have been better seeing that we paid for this meal. Other meals were in the cafeteria and it was horrible - not many choices here and the same food day in and day out and they would serve you the food I guess cost more like bacon.....weird. Tables weren't cleared off and half the time we never saw workers at all. I felt that we were to totally take care of all our needs everywhere on this ship. Staff never made it a point to say hello and ask if we needed anything as if to avoid having to do anymore than needed. Food wasn't good but we didn't starve either. Shows were ok,but the one thing that was above and beyond our expectations was the cruise director Nono she was fantastic in engaging with everyone especially after the shows in the Atrium I think it was called Flowers we had a fantastic evening on the last night - thanks Nono!! We had a balcony and it was filthy of course a good wash down was needed and you couldn't even see out of the windows when you sat in the chairs. My husband cleaned them with soap and water which was much better. Neighbors above us, left and right were loud and fowl mouthed - could have done without! You pay extra for a balcony so clean it up people....bottom line I really felt like we weren't on a cruise that service was a priority from the staffing. What a shame! Again three days what should you expect? Service wasn't anything to write home about, cleanliness overall the public areas were clean but lacked in our stateroom/balcony. Food - nothing special at all. Would I do this one again.... NOPE! I would not. I'll pay extra to be on RRCL. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
everything went smooth it was my first cruise and I think I chose a great one.. the cruise director was awesome ,energetic, and very informative on all events that went on throughout the whole four days. just me and my wife cruised, and ... Read More
everything went smooth it was my first cruise and I think I chose a great one.. the cruise director was awesome ,energetic, and very informative on all events that went on throughout the whole four days. just me and my wife cruised, and would gladly go again. plenty of great entertainment, and a good variety . cabin was very clean. the buffet was great . didn't really like the dinning room experience. not a lot to choose from. the ports were also clean and comfortable to explore. had a ball on the beach. it was very relaxing. the service there was also great. the excursions were reasonable and comfortable as well. loved the music, and the dj that set the atmosphere. that was really my highlight . embarkation went well lines moved rather smooth. debarkation also surprisingly went smooth. I will definitely recommend this cruise to anyone asking for a cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
We just got off the 3 day Liberty, and had a great time. DH and I booked this because I wanted a getaway for my birthday and after pricing a few places in FL, we decided that cruising was as cheaper or cheaper than getting a nice beach ... Read More
We just got off the 3 day Liberty, and had a great time. DH and I booked this because I wanted a getaway for my birthday and after pricing a few places in FL, we decided that cruising was as cheaper or cheaper than getting a nice beach condo, eating out, and doing something special for entertainment. We live in Central FL, so it's easy for us to book last minute. I love the relaxed feel of a cruise. It's so nice to unplug from social media, the news, and work. Hubby and I spent a lot of time relaxing with a good book on Serenity Deck. We also enjoyed chatting with fellow cruisers in the hot tubs on Serenity and at dinner. We got great exercise walking around the ship and climbing stairs. We got to Port Canaveral at 11:10 for our 12:30 boarding appointment. We were hoping we might get on a little early. There was no line at all and we walked right in. We were on the Lido deck eating lunch shortly after 11:30. That was a nice surprise and a great way to start our weekend! Our first day for lunch we had Blue Iguana. I didn't want the tortilla shell, so they put the beans, rice, chicken, and pico de gallo on a plate, and I got tomatoes, crema fresca, and limes from the salsa bar. So, so good! By the way, the next day for breakfast, I got mexican style scrambled eggs from Blue Iguana. There was no line, and the eggs were delicious! Again, I didn't want a tortilla, so they just put it on a plate for me. Lunch the next day was a yummy Guy's burger. No bun, even though the server teased me, "no bun, no fun!" I put plenty of bacon and tomato on it, which made it fun for me. We always indulged in desserts from the buffet. Later in the afternoon, we had ice cream with a couple of salted dark chocolate cookies from the deli. Yum! We'd heard several of our new Serenity deck friends talking about how good the Cuban sandwich was in the deli, so that was lunch the third day. They were right; it was goooooood! Also that day was the chocolate buffet on Lido. The peanut butter chocolate cake wasn't great, but the blackberry chocolate was. Hubby loved the triple chocolate cake. We ate in the MDR two of our three nights. We both loved our food the first night. Hubby had the beef brisket and it was tender and delicious! My mahi mahi was good too, but his beef was wonderful. I had the orange and grapefruit fillet salad for my appetizer that night and enjoyed it. The second night, we both had the meatball soup as our appetizer. I thought it was good, but hubby didn't care for it. We were both mystified because there were NO meatballs in it. It had a meatball flavor, but no actual meat in either of our bowls. I had delicious prime rib for my entree. Hubby had the stuffed peppers. He wasn't impressed. By the third night, we were ready for a more relaxed dinner where we didn't have to wait on the waitstaff to bring us menus, bread, water, etc, so we ate at the buffet. Several of the entrees and appetizers on the buffet were the same as they were offering in the MDR. We weren't disappointed with the food, and were actually surprised at how crowded the buffet was that night. I sure did miss my chocolate melting cake, though! We loved the two shows in the main theater (Flick and America Rocks). The main male singer is especially talented, wow! These are far from the cheesy shows of yesteryear. We enjoyed the Motown trivia time in Flowers lobby as well as the violin trio. We saw 2 PG shows in the comedy club. They were both ok. We also saw Hasbro, the Game Show. It was cute and good for a few laughs. We hung out in the Piano Man bar one night. I didn't like the guy who was there nearly as much as the Irish gal who was on the Liberty last April when a friend and I went. This guy was a little too snarky for my taste. Nono, the cruise director, had great energy. All the staff are nice and very helpful. Fortunately, the weather was wonderful our three days. We met lots of cruisers from up north (we live in Central FL). I know they were glad to have the warm weather and sunshine! Debarkation took a while. We decided to check our luggage, so we put it out the night before and chose debark #14. There must have been a delay at the port because people who were carrying their own luggage were supposed to debark starting about 7am through 8:30ish, but I don't think they started with Deck 1 until almost 8. Then it took a long time until they called Deck 2, and another long time until they called 6 and 7. Again, this was only those who were carrying their luggage off. They were supposed to be calling #8-11 of people who checked their luggage at about 8:30, and #12 and higher starting at 9:30. By 9, they were still working on the people who were carrying their own luggage off, and finally at about 9:45, they called the last 3 decks of people carrying their own luggage, plus all of us who had checked our luggage. They must have realized that they needed to clear the ship for the next group! But the line moved fairly fast, and we were in our car by about 10:15 and headed home. This cruise was the perfect blend of fun and relaxing! Can't wait to start planning my next cruise! Read Less
Carnival Liberty Ratings
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Cabins 4.5 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.5 0.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 0.0
Enrichment 3.0 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.5 0.0
Rates 3.0 0.0

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