Overall great value just needs a few fine touches: Carnival Liberty Cruise Review by keriwhit

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Overall great value just needs a few fine touches

Sail Date: August 2017
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
We just wanted a short, fun getaway for the holiday weekend, and I would say overall we did get that. Having just cruised Royal Caribbean last October for our anniversary, we chose Carnival for pretty much one thing: the food. We were so disappointed with the food on RC, and decided to choose Carnival for this little escape. Hands down, Carnival always has the best food, whether in the buffet or the pay restaurants.

The ship:

Liberty is a smaller ship, and she's showing her age in some spots. Getting on board was painless after navigating the super-crowded terminal area. Getting off the ship when we returned home was confusing and at times chaotic. This is where we learned if you get off the elevator at the stern of the ship on the 3rd or 4th deck, you can't make it back to the mid-ship where debarkation was happening. 2 pools- a small "adult only" pool aft, and the larger, party pool midship. Both of these are on the 9th deck. 1 bar at the adult More pool, 2 at the party pool. We didn't disembark in the Bahamas, choosing to stay onboard and enjoy the pool.

Our cabin:

We had a balcony room at the aft on deck 8. Remember the pool is on deck 9? Well, every morning between 4 and 5am, the crew arranged deck chairs by dragging and clanging them around so much so that I had to call guest services on both Friday and Saturday to ask them to stop-which, amazingly, they did. The doorways are extremely narrow in the cabins. Keep this in mind when it comes to room service or large suitcases. Plenty of closet space and hangers. The bathroom is surprisingly spacious, but with just a shower curtain to contain shower spray, the entire floor will get wet, and the little bath mat they give you won't keep up. Balcony was nice, bed was amazing and soft, as were the pillows.

The food:

Nothing comes close to their food, IMO (see comments above). Probably my favorite surprise was the Guy Fieri burger bar, where hamburgers are hand-made (not frozen patties), and they offer a toppings bar that includes peppers, real crumbled bacon and sautéed onions, among other things. There is also a deli, omelet bar, and a BBQ buffet on the 10th deck above the buffet restaurant on the 9th with outstanding brisket, ribs and pulled pork. And, if you like chocolate, they offer a chocolate buffet on the "sea day" (Saturday) with all things chocolate: cakes, pies, cookies, drizzles and sauces, ice creams....I could go on. And lest we forget the Carnival Melting cake...

The entertainment:

We caught the R rated comedy act on Friday night, but I was disappointed that the show was only 30 minutes long. We got to see several musicians at various spots, and they were all very good. We did not, however, see either of their 2 headliner shows, but heard they were quite good. The casino is a good size, though smoking is allowed and by the end of the night you will be hot, sweaty, and smell like an ashtray. But, the slots liked to pay out, so at least there's an upside to that! They offer many table games including roulette, craps, poker and blackjack, and there must've been some winning going on there too because we heard several excited folks yell out.

The service:

So, aside from the food, I will have to admit this the second amazing thing Carnival has going for it. Rarely saw a crewmember without a smile. Our steward "Deny" did an amazing job with our room. We were surprised by two 1 liter bottles of water in our room for being "returning guests". Most notably, however, was guest services reaching out to us regarding being rudely awakened at 5am two mornings in a row. They apologized profusely, and comped us a steak dinner at their steakhouse. Again-incredible food. But I was more impressed at how they took accountability of the situation. Less

Published 09/07/17
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Cabin review: 8N8461 Aft-View Extended Balcony

For future sailings, I personally will make sure I'm not under a pool deck. Also, the pool machinery room was directly across the hall from our room. On Friday, there was a lot of in and out of that room by crew, and when that door slams, it's pretty loud.

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