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Carnival Liberty Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating
1,597 Reviews

Great Ship from Port Canaveral for Families who want to do Disney and a Cruise

Carnival Liberty Cruise Review by Disneyhanks

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Apr 2019
  • Destination: the Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Balcony

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

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Cabin Review

Cabin 8D 8380

Very clean cabin, comfy beds and housekeeping was great here. Bathroom was also very clean.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Port Canaveral (Orlando)

We stayed at Disneys Animal Kingdom Lodge. We used Mears transport to Port Canaveral


Beautiful beach very safe and transportation provided was excellent from the port.


By far the best excursion

Atlantis Aquaadeventure

I would not walk the Nassau area here. Didn’t seem safe

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