Carnival Liberty Cruise Review by papasprep
This was our first Carnival cruise. Overall, it compared well with the other cruise lines we have sailed with. The cabin and shower seemed a bit larger than other standard cabins on other lines. Makes a big difference. The food was consistently good, both in the dining room and on Lido deck. Plenty of variety. Service was also very good. Wait staff, cabin steward and other staff we encountered, were eager to please. They don't hover, but are always nearby. Didn't find there was much to do that was of interest on sea days, but that was fine with us. Also seems to be a bit less information, but there is also less pushing of the casino, so I was good with that. The one issue was noise while trying to sleep. We were on deck 2. Every night, there was those walking through the hallways in the berthing areas at 1-3am, speaking loudly in Spanish as they came through. When we spoke to the staff about this, they were concerned, and told us to call security, but that would be of no value as those making merry would be gone by the time they got there, on all but one night. We have taken cruises with other lines out of Puerto Rico and always on lower decks, and never had an issue til we sailed with Carnival. There should be signs or an announcement made early in the cruise to be quiet in the berthing areas. I suggested this and the lady at guest services said she would suggest it. I would definitely take Carnival again, but never again out of Puerto Rico.
One other note. We sailed over Good Friday. While they had posted LGBT gatherings every night, not one word or service was offered for Good Friday. Shame on Carnival.
papasprep’s Full Rating Summary
We had an outside cabin. Loved the window. It was wide enough you could sit up next to it. Bed was situated to the side of window which I liked. Room was larger than other standard cabins on other lines. Shower also seemed a bit bigger. Overall pleased with room. Two negatives. It's at the front of the ship. So when front of the ship rises up and falls on waves, it can wake a light sleeper, which I am. Also this cruise on Carnival out of Puerto Rico had people speaking loudly in Spanish in the early morning hours, waking even my hard-to-wake husband. Never has happened on other cruise lines.
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