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Carnival Liberty Review

4.5 / 5.0
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A little disappointing

Review for Carnival Liberty to the Bahamas
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Tditchfield
6-10 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Nov 2019
Cabin: Interior

This was our first cruise with Carnival, so I don't know if our experience was typical of Carnival or just this ship. We had heard that the Carnival line caters to a younger crowd than other lines we sail on, and we found that to be true. (More strollers, fewer walkers.) I'm used to being pampered on a cruise, and I definitely felt less pampered on this sailing than any I've ever taken. The ship also seemed older than it is. It was built in 2005, but was refurbished in 2016. It reminded me of an aging Vegas casino (think Caesar's Palace.) Mind you, nothing was in disrepair or falling apart; the ship seemed well maintained. But things like dirty windows obstructing views gave a less than stellar impression. I realize sea mist makes windows salty and clouded quickly, but the windows in the dining areas had rust stains running down them, contributing to the overall feeling of an older ship.

There were some things we liked. They have a dedicated comedy club with a variety of shows, some family friendly and some adult later in the evenings. The Punchline Club was a great addition. The entertainment overall was first rate. Some of the shows were not my cup of tea, but all were exceptional and entertaining. The ship offers an downloadable app called Carnival Hub, whick contains ship information, activities, opening times, and most importantly, a chat feature so you can communicate and coordinate with other members in your party. This was the most impressive thing this cruise offered. Also, embarkation and debarkation was easier than we've ever experienced. It was fast and orderly, and we were on the ship and in our cabin (with our luggage) in a little over an hour after we arrived at the port.

But then came the muster drill. We were made to stand in crowded rows on the deck for over half an hour. This is the first time I've had to stand on deck for muster since my first cruise 27 years ago. I have foot and back problems, which left me in agony and almost in tears for the rest of that evening. This was by far the worst part of the trip, and tainted everything else for me. I understand that this is required by law, but it doesn't have to be done standing on the deck. On other cruises it is done in a lounge or dining area (with seating).

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Interior

An average sized interior cabin. One extremely poor shortcoming was that there were only two outlets in the whole cabin! One on the vanity and one in the bathroom near the ceiling. I even carry a multi usb charger when I travel, but the current it was able to pull was insufficient to charge anything. So we were left trying to charge our cell phones, tablets, my Gopro, my husband's razor, etc. 24/7.

Also, we requested the beds be separated (twin beds) for this cruise and they were not. We had one large bed, and this particular cabin would not accommodate any other configuration. Overall, very disappointing.

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