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Embarkation from Port Canaveral was fast and stress free, but it all went downhill after that. I was amazed by the pokiness of the entrance to the ship. It had very low ceilings and was dark and gloomy. Also the so called Atrium was so tiny that when you were going up or down in the Glass lifts the opposite wall of the Atrium was only a few yards away. Atrium consisted of a bar and a small floor space and a small amount of seating which was ridiculous for a ship carrying 3,000 passengers. There was no focal point on this ship and nothing was signposted so it was hard to get your bearings and find your way around. Passengers (like us) who hadnt been on board before couldnt find the buffet area which was in a very badly laid out corridor that seemed to go nowhere and eventually led to the pool area and from there eventually to the buffet dining room. The food was the worst I have ever experienced in cruising . Most notably, at breakfast, the bacon was strictly dished out by a crew member who was obviously told to give out as little as possible as all requests to her for an extra piece were met with total amazement and reluctance to give more than a couple of pieces. The pancakes were always hard and stale as if they had been lying for some hours on a heated surface. There was very little fruit selection. and many times they ran out of cups and glasses for beverages. The entertainment was abysmal. The one night there was a good show on, it was stopped halfway through due to technical fault, and then there was nothing else to do for the rest of the evening. We tried the comedy club but the comedians were not funny and simply tried bantering with the audience but failed to be funny. Also the temperature in this room was sub zero, land we were driven out early by the extreme cold. Even the performers commented on how cold it was. The only good entertainment for the whole cruise was the open Mic night with some of the passengers trying their hand at entertaining and it was very funny. Most of the time we walked around as we are not drinkers and didnt feel like sitting at the bars. There was very good music outside the casino by 4 oriental gentlemen. They played and sang really well and had a very good repertoire. I must say here that Corey, the entertainments Manager was tireless in his efforts to make the entertainment interesting , but I'm sorry to say that he didnt have a lot to work with. The shows were not on every night and when they were most of the seats were empty as people got fed up going. There was a hynotist on one night and he spent half an hour or more telling us that you cant really hynotise people and he had about 8 or 9 people sitting on the stage on chairs but he never got around to doing anything with them except talk, it seemed pretty pointless and got very boring so most people just left. The deck pool was ridiculously small and when we had days at sea it was standing room only in it, thats if you could even get a place to stand to cool off. The weather was extremely hot so everyone wanted to cool off in the pool but there was no room and of course the spa tubs were out of the question as the water was very hot in them. There was another small pool in the adult area but it was under cover and not very inviting. Even so that was inadequate too. There small shopping area had about 3 or 4 shops and the whole lot could be covered, taking your time, in under an hour, and thats it then for the whole week. They ocassionally had a few tables outside but people dont tend to buy watches for hundreds of dollars on cruise ships . I have sailed on Carnival before, namely the Ecstacy, and although it is a smaller ship and lower category than the Liberty , lit was a much better laid out ship with a fantastic atrium. However there was no entertainment on board the Ecstacy except for a comedian for one hour for two nights and it was very very boring. There wasnt even a theatre, There was a bar with theatre seating but there was only Karaoke on every other night for about an hour. They wouldnt give us My Time dining as they said it was full, and so we could take the early seating at 6 pm at a shared table or use the buffet. We decided we would use the buffet, but when we got to it, there was only one counter open and the selection was the same that had been there for lunch . The hot food was non existent, and we ended up usually getting something at the deli counter, this is not the way I expect to dine while on a cruise. Like all the other reviewrs I will say that Guys burgers were superb, but unfortunately it only opened from 12 noon til 4 pm. Overall I will never go with Carnival again, I will stick with Royal Caribbean, or Norwegian, lwho know how to entertain and have always had lovely food. . Our cabin was on deck 7 at the back of the ship so it had an external window looking out on to a deck. It was small but adequate. Although the entrance into it is very narrow because the bathroom is one side and the wardrobe the other. It was a job getting the cases in and out. It was very clean, although we never saw our cabin stewart from the time we got on the ship til we got off but the room was always nicely turned out and clean Overview of categories, Food, dreadful Entertainment. very poor, despite the superb efforts of Corey. He just wasnt given the material. Ambience of ship. Very poor,  

Never again with Carnival

Carnival Liberty Cruise Review by rosred

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2014
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Interior with Picture Window (obstructed views)
Embarkation from Port Canaveral was fast and stress free, but it all went downhill after that.
I was amazed by the pokiness of the entrance to the ship. It had very low ceilings and was dark and gloomy. Also the so called Atrium was so tiny that when you were going up or down in the Glass lifts the opposite wall of the Atrium was only a few yards away. Atrium consisted of a bar and a small floor space and a small amount of seating which was ridiculous for a ship carrying 3,000 passengers.
There was no focal point on this ship and nothing was signposted so it was hard to get your bearings and find your way around.
Passengers (like us) who hadnt been on board before couldnt find the buffet area which was in a very badly laid out corridor that seemed to go nowhere and eventually led to the pool area and from there eventually to the buffet dining room.
The food was the worst I have ever experienced in cruising . Most notably, at breakfast, the bacon was strictly dished out by a crew member who was obviously told to give out as little as possible as all requests to her for an extra piece were met with total amazement and reluctance to give more than a couple of pieces. The pancakes were always hard and stale as if they had been lying for some hours on a heated surface. There was very little fruit selection. and many times they ran out of cups and glasses for beverages.
The entertainment was abysmal. The one night there was a good show on, it was stopped halfway through due to technical fault, and then there was nothing else to do for the rest of the evening. We tried the comedy club but the comedians were not funny and simply tried bantering with the audience but failed to be funny. Also the temperature in this room was sub zero, land we were driven out early by the extreme cold. Even the performers commented on how cold it was. The only good entertainment for the whole cruise was the open Mic night with some of the passengers trying their hand at entertaining and it was very funny. Most of the time we walked around as we are not drinkers and didnt feel like sitting at the bars. There was very good music outside the casino by 4 oriental gentlemen. They played and sang really well and had a very good repertoire. I must say here that Corey, the entertainments Manager was tireless in his efforts to make the entertainment interesting , but I'm sorry to say that he didnt have a lot to work with. The shows were not on every night and when they were most of the seats were empty as people got fed up going. There was a hynotist on one night and he spent half an hour or more telling us that you cant really hynotise people and he had about 8 or 9 people sitting on the stage on chairs but he never got around to doing anything with them except talk, it seemed pretty pointless and got very boring so most people just left.
The deck pool was ridiculously small and when we had days at sea it was standing room only in it, thats if you could even get a place to stand to cool off. The weather was extremely hot so everyone wanted to cool off in the pool but there was no room and of course the spa tubs were out of the question as the water was very hot in them. There was another small pool in the adult area but it was under cover and not very inviting. Even so that was inadequate too.
There small shopping area had about 3 or 4 shops and the whole lot could be covered, taking your time, in under an hour, and thats it then for the whole week. They ocassionally had a few tables outside but people dont tend to buy watches for hundreds of dollars on cruise ships .
I have sailed on Carnival before, namely the Ecstacy, and although it is a smaller ship and lower category than the Liberty , lit was a much better laid out ship with a fantastic atrium. However there was no entertainment on board the Ecstacy except for a comedian for one hour for two nights and it was very very boring. There wasnt even a theatre, There was a bar with theatre seating but there was only Karaoke on every other night for about an hour.
They wouldnt give us My Time dining as they said it was full, and so we could take the early seating at 6 pm at a shared table or use the buffet. We decided we would use the buffet, but when we got to it, there was only one counter open and the selection was the same that had been there for lunch . The hot food was non existent, and we ended up usually getting something at the deli counter, this is not the way I expect to dine while on a cruise. Like all the other reviewrs I will say that Guys burgers were superb, but unfortunately it only opened from 12 noon til 4 pm.
Overall I will never go with Carnival again, I will stick with Royal Caribbean, or Norwegian, lwho know how to entertain and have always had lovely food. .
Our cabin was on deck 7 at the back of the ship so it had an external window looking out on to a deck. It was small but adequate. Although the entrance into it is very narrow because the bathroom is one side and the wardrobe the other. It was a job getting the cases in and out. It was very clean, although we never saw our cabin stewart from the time we got on the ship til we got off but the room was always nicely turned out and clean
Overview of categories,
Food, dreadful
Entertainment. very poor, despite the superb efforts of Corey. He just wasnt given the material.
Ambience of ship. Very poor,
 
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