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Chose this cruise as an alternative to a 4-day trip to Ocean City, MD. Celebrating the last week of summer vacation for my 8-year old grandson and my Birthday. Fun trip with LOTS of activities going on all day and night! Much more action going on late at night than the last 2 cruises that I booked (Royal Caribbean & Norwegian). This is a cruise for folks that want to be adventurous, dance, sing & see shows. Good family cruise Definitely purchase the "Faster to the Fun" Priority Pass. It is well-worth the $$. Boarding quickly and priority debarkation is awesome! We were literally on & off in 15 minutes each way. Great cruise director - NoNo kept the ship rocking (I mean rocking with her energy & fun dances, etc.) This is the first cruise that I actually can remember the cruise director's name. She is a blast with her Rock the Promenade Party, Dance Contests, Lido Deck Dance Party & Mardi Gras Party. Apparently folks know that she is good and book this cruise specifically to attend her parties. The "Burning Hot Brass" Trio are awesome. They play almost daily/nightly & are sure to entertain those that appreciate the horns. Entertainment shows were well put together, much better than those on Royal Caribbean and Norwegian. The singers had a tough time with some of their pitches but the choreography & lighting/sound were great. Deck 5 (Pool Deck) could use some additional shade due to super hot weather experienced by this sailing to The Bahamas. Maybe some beach umbrellas or sail-like canopies could be installed so that folks could actually sit out there and enjoy the pool while not necessarily being IN the pool? This is especially true for parents that want to see their kids play in the pool & watch the folks slide down the curvy slide but just could not handle the oppressive heat. Odors - periodically during the day/evening there were foul sewage odors that were noticeable on this ship. Does the sewage treatment plant need to be replaced on this vessel? I noticed the odor whenever near a bar and its spillage drain on the floor. Smell was also noticeable occasionally on the 7th Deck in the Halls. This is caused by the traps drying out on these drains. Carnival needs to continually dump water down these drains in order to stem the smell or do something else to avoid this situation. Empty cabins on-board also lead to this odor coming up from the shower drains in the staterooms. I dumped a glass of water down our drain every time that I came into the room just to make sure that our room stayed fresh smelling, also traveled with a Glade gel-type air freshener & a small Lysol spray can. Really, something must be done in order to avoid this odor from continually appearing in Carnival Cruise Critic Reviews. This is a multi-million per year business, correct? Camp Ocean was "okay" according to my 8 year old grandson. He really enjoyed the events but was unhappy about the poor behavior being shown by other children at the camp. Fighting among brothers/sisters and among traveling cousins made his experience memorable. He enjoyed the Magic Show and the Pajama Party until he was kicked in the face by another ill-behaved, "bad kid" according to him. Like I said, this was a family cruise and several generations were sailing together. Not all of the parents were "parenting" on this particular trip. I experienced some poor parent behavior myself during drop-off and pick-up. Children that are going to be dropped off need to definitely be pre-registered with a better system. The first 2 days of the trip it was a very lengthy process to drop-off my grandson due to the confusion created by 2 different "drop-off and pick-up lists" maintained by the Camp Ocean staff. All parents should be required to straighten this out during the check-in process at the port. It made the wait sometimes as long as 30 minutes for the other cruising parents/kids. It caused my grandson to miss half of the programs that were offered at their scheduled time due to this delay. Food was better on Carnival than Royal Caribbean or Norwegian. We enjoyed the Food Options provided by Guys Burgers, Blue Iguana Cantina (Tacos/Burritos/Taco Salads), Deli, Seafood Shack ($) and Pizza Pirate for lunch and snacks. Ate from the Buffet for Breakfast due to early morning shore excursions and the Golden Olympian Dining Room with "Anytime Dining" for Dinner. Dining Room food was good but portions were small. Order 2 entrees every night in order to fill your plate. Shore Excursions: Nassau Atlantis Beach Day. The actual tour bus ride to the Atlantis was great, once we were allowed to get on! The ridiculous waiting time outside in the broiling sun was horrific. This was the most unorganized shore excursion that I have ever taken. We got off the ship at 8:30 for a 9:15 departure to Atlantis. The tour guide needs HELP! She has 3 different tours actually going on and therefore needs 3 folks helping her. There was no paddle or flag indicating which line to be in for the various Atlantis tours. We ended up all being lumped together and figuring it out for ourselves while waiting in the sun without any shade or benches. This tour needs to be staged on-board the ship in different areas, wristbands distributed and folks called off the ship in groups as the tour buses arrive. The actual port is very dirty where the ships docked. The armed military guards were a little disconcerting at the re-boarding process. Atlantis is a sight to behold. Providing the day-beach goers with a map is necessary!! We wondered around aimlessly, not knowing where to go because we did not have a map. Atlantis itself needs wall-mounted maps spread through-out the park. Marking the various areas with their name (The Cove, etc.) would also be advisable. This is when you know that you are not in the United States - very friendly attendants & Security Guards but really not enough directional signs/instructions given to folks that are used to doing for themselves. Freeport - Dolphin Encounter. The arrival and staging of the excursions was much better at this Carnival owned port. Benches and Tents provided to stay out of the sun until your tour bus departs. Tour Bus ride was SCARY, HOT & DANGEROUS! 26 passengers were crammed into a bus with only seats for 20. Funky "jump-seats" folded down into the aisle in order to accommodate the extra passengers. Definitely not approved transportation in the U.S. Air-conditioning was not working, driver went through the only red-light that we encountered on this 20 minute ride to the other side to the island. This particular van needs to be removed from service. It is barely road-worthy and will definitely breakdown with cruise passengers on-board soon. Dolphin Encounter is run by "The Dolphin Experience" Unexso Grand Bahama Island. Really fun and educational event enjoyed by everyone. The covered boat ride out to the site is an adventure. The dolphins are fun and entertaining. Actually getting in the water with the dolphins was fun. This is sea water and there are small clumps of seaweed/alga in the water. There are other small fish in the water and some of the children were afraid of them. Do this adventure since it is a once-in-a-lifetime event. You will love it. Prepare to get wet by the splashing/playful dolphins. I highly recommend this adventure, but hope that you get on a safer van/bus! Overall, great value for the money. Only real negative was the odor that occasionally was present. The other cruisers on this ship were definitely in the party mood so this was a loud, boisterous cruise. We were looking for fun and this provided it. I do not know if this is typical of the type of cruisers on this ship but it was a blast for us.

Last Week of Summer Vacation 2019

Carnival Liberty Cruise Review by lsoto

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2019
  • Destination: Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
Chose this cruise as an alternative to a 4-day trip to Ocean City, MD. Celebrating the last week of summer vacation for my 8-year old grandson and my Birthday.

Fun trip with LOTS of activities going on all day and night! Much more action going on late at night than the last 2 cruises that I booked (Royal Caribbean & Norwegian). This is a cruise for folks that want to be adventurous, dance, sing & see shows. Good family cruise

Definitely purchase the "Faster to the Fun" Priority Pass. It is well-worth the $$. Boarding quickly and priority debarkation is awesome! We were literally on & off in 15 minutes each way.

Great cruise director - NoNo kept the ship rocking (I mean rocking with her energy & fun dances, etc.) This is the first cruise that I actually can remember the cruise director's name. She is a blast with her Rock the Promenade Party, Dance Contests, Lido Deck Dance Party & Mardi Gras Party. Apparently folks know that she is good and book this cruise specifically to attend her parties. The "Burning Hot Brass" Trio are awesome. They play almost daily/nightly & are sure to entertain those that appreciate the horns.

Entertainment shows were well put together, much better than those on Royal Caribbean and Norwegian. The singers had a tough time with some of their pitches but the choreography & lighting/sound were great.

Deck 5 (Pool Deck) could use some additional shade due to super hot weather experienced by this sailing to The Bahamas. Maybe some beach umbrellas or sail-like canopies could be installed so that folks could actually sit out there and enjoy the pool while not necessarily being IN the pool? This is especially true for parents that want to see their kids play in the pool & watch the folks slide down the curvy slide but just could not handle the oppressive heat.

Odors - periodically during the day/evening there were foul sewage odors that were noticeable on this ship. Does the sewage treatment plant need to be replaced on this vessel? I noticed the odor whenever near a bar and its spillage drain on the floor. Smell was also noticeable occasionally on the 7th Deck in the Halls. This is caused by the traps drying out on these drains. Carnival needs to continually dump water down these drains in order to stem the smell or do something else to avoid this situation. Empty cabins on-board also lead to this odor coming up from the shower drains in the staterooms. I dumped a glass of water down our drain every time that I came into the room just to make sure that our room stayed fresh smelling, also traveled with a Glade gel-type air freshener & a small Lysol spray can. Really, something must be done in order to avoid this odor from continually appearing in Carnival Cruise Critic Reviews. This is a multi-million per year business, correct?

Camp Ocean was "okay" according to my 8 year old grandson. He really enjoyed the events but was unhappy about the poor behavior being shown by other children at the camp. Fighting among brothers/sisters and among traveling cousins made his experience memorable. He enjoyed the Magic Show and the Pajama Party until he was kicked in the face by another ill-behaved, "bad kid" according to him. Like I said, this was a family cruise and several generations were sailing together. Not all of the parents were "parenting" on this particular trip. I experienced some poor parent behavior myself during drop-off and pick-up. Children that are going to be dropped off need to definitely be pre-registered with a better system. The first 2 days of the trip it was a very lengthy process to drop-off my grandson due to the confusion created by 2 different "drop-off and pick-up lists" maintained by the Camp Ocean staff. All parents should be required to straighten this out during the check-in process at the port. It made the wait sometimes as long as 30 minutes for the other cruising parents/kids. It caused my grandson to miss half of the programs that were offered at their scheduled time due to this delay.

Food was better on Carnival than Royal Caribbean or Norwegian. We enjoyed the Food Options provided by Guys Burgers, Blue Iguana Cantina (Tacos/Burritos/Taco Salads), Deli, Seafood Shack ($) and Pizza Pirate for lunch and snacks. Ate from the Buffet for Breakfast due to early morning shore excursions and the Golden Olympian Dining Room with "Anytime Dining" for Dinner. Dining Room food was good but portions were small. Order 2 entrees every night in order to fill your plate.

Shore Excursions:

Nassau Atlantis Beach Day. The actual tour bus ride to the Atlantis was great, once we were allowed to get on! The ridiculous waiting time outside in the broiling sun was horrific. This was the most unorganized shore excursion that I have ever taken. We got off the ship at 8:30 for a 9:15 departure to Atlantis. The tour guide needs HELP! She has 3 different tours actually going on and therefore needs 3 folks helping her. There was no paddle or flag indicating which line to be in for the various Atlantis tours. We ended up all being lumped together and figuring it out for ourselves while waiting in the sun without any shade or benches. This tour needs to be staged on-board the ship in different areas, wristbands distributed and folks called off the ship in groups as the tour buses arrive. The actual port is very dirty where the ships docked. The armed military guards were a little disconcerting at the re-boarding process.

Atlantis is a sight to behold. Providing the day-beach goers with a map is necessary!! We wondered around aimlessly, not knowing where to go because we did not have a map. Atlantis itself needs wall-mounted maps spread through-out the park. Marking the various areas with their name (The Cove, etc.) would also be advisable. This is when you know that you are not in the United States - very friendly attendants & Security Guards but really not enough directional signs/instructions given to folks that are used to doing for themselves.

Freeport - Dolphin Encounter. The arrival and staging of the excursions was much better at this Carnival owned port. Benches and Tents provided to stay out of the sun until your tour bus departs. Tour Bus ride was SCARY, HOT & DANGEROUS! 26 passengers were crammed into a bus with only seats for 20. Funky "jump-seats" folded down into the aisle in order to accommodate the extra passengers. Definitely not approved transportation in the U.S. Air-conditioning was not working, driver went through the only red-light that we encountered on this 20 minute ride to the other side to the island. This particular van needs to be removed from service. It is barely road-worthy and will definitely breakdown with cruise passengers on-board soon.

Dolphin Encounter is run by "The Dolphin Experience" Unexso Grand Bahama Island. Really fun and educational event enjoyed by everyone. The covered boat ride out to the site is an adventure. The dolphins are fun and entertaining. Actually getting in the water with the dolphins was fun. This is sea water and there are small clumps of seaweed/alga in the water. There are other small fish in the water and some of the children were afraid of them. Do this adventure since it is a once-in-a-lifetime event. You will love it. Prepare to get wet by the splashing/playful dolphins. I highly recommend this adventure, but hope that you get on a safer van/bus!

Overall, great value for the money. Only real negative was the odor that occasionally was present. The other cruisers on this ship were definitely in the party mood so this was a loud, boisterous cruise. We were looking for fun and this provided it. I do not know if this is typical of the type of cruisers on this ship but it was a blast for us.
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Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin 8C 7207
Cabin is satisfactory but the couch (extra bed) needs to have its back cushions replaced due to stains. Bathroom is definitely dated on this ship - blue tile floor & funky green sink vanity. Curtains could use a washing.

Sherwin the Cabin Steward was very nice & did a great job.
Verandah Deck Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins