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Carnival Liberty Review

Launched in 2005 as the fourth vessel in the Conquest-class, Carnival Liberty was the first ship in Carnival's fleet to receive the cruise line's latest "Fun Ship 2.0" upgrade in 2011. Her interiors reflect some of the original theme—a sparkling

tribute to artists and craftsmen—but also features new dining options and poolside bars. Carnival Liberty alternates weekly sailings to the Eastern and Western Caribbean from her departure home port in Miami.

Taking Fun Ships to new lengths and widths, Conquest-class ships are among the largest in the Carnival fleet. They're basically larger and more feature-filled versions of earlier Destiny-class vessels. More space translates into additional decks, an upscale steak house, and even more bars and lounges; however, well-proportioned public areas belie the ships' massive size. You'll hardly notice that there's slightly less space per passenger after you take a thrilling trip down the spiral waterslide.

Public rooms flow forward and aft from stunning central atriums. Just off each ship's main boulevard is an array of specialty bars, dance lounges, discos, piano bars, and show lounges, plus seating areas along the indoor promenades. The promenade can get crowded between dinner seatings and show-lounge performances, but with so many different places to spend time, you're sure to find one with plenty of room and an atmosphere to suit your taste.

The world's largest cruise line originated the Fun Ship concept in 1972 with the relaunch of an aging ocean liner, which got stuck on a sandbar during its maiden voyage. In true entrepreneurial spirit, founder Ted Arison shrugged off an inauspicious beginning to introduce superliners a decade later. Sporting red-white-and-blue flared funnels, which are easily recognized from afar, new ships are continuously added to the fleet and rarely deviate from a successful pattern. If you find something you like on one vessel, you're likely to find something similar on another.

Each vessel features themed public rooms, ranging from ancient Egypt to futuristic motifs, although many of those elements are being replaced with a more tropical decor as older ships are upgraded. Carnival is also introducing features either branded by the line itself, such as the poolside Blue Iguana Tequila Bar with an adjacent burrito cantina and the Red Frog Rum Bar that also serves Carnival’s own brand of Thirsty Frog Red beer, or in partnership with well known brands, such as EA SPORTS to create EA SPORTS Bars at sea and Guy’s Burger Joint, in partnership with Food Network star Guy Fieri. Implementation of the new features is scheduled for completion in 2015.

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What You Should Know

Pros

  • The lounge chairs on the deck above the aft Lido pool are almost always quiet
  • Steak houses on these ships are some of the best restaurants—and dining bargains—at sea
  • The ships have been retrofitted with Carnival’s Seaside Theatres—the jumbo-size poolside LED screens

Cons

  • Cabins and balconies on deck 8 from mid-ship to aft are beneath the Lido and suffer from pool-deck noise overhead
  • Seating at the casino bar can be noisy with sound from the slot machines dueling with nearby musicians
  • Likewise, sound from the Seaside Theatre can be annoyingly loud
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 1,160
  • Entered Service 2005
  • Gross Tons 110,000
  • Length 952 feet
  • Number of Cabins 1,487
  • Passenger Capacity 2,974 (3,700 max)
  • Width 116 feet
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Feb 23, 2017

Review of Carnival Liberty

Melodie Shepherd Age: 51 Occupation:Nurse Number of Cruises: 2 Cruise Line: Carnival Ship: Carnival Liberty Sailing Date: 2016-06-28 Itinerary: Caribean We had unexplained itinerary changes prior to departure. Did not get to port in cozumel which is main reason for trip and we were told they were aware of the issue (ship thrusters ) prior to departure. . The only port we got to go to - Progresso is not worth going to, murky, dirty beaches. Long

lines, Mediocre food at best Average cabin Horrible , you can only sit through so many trivia and bingo games... very few pool activities , tiny, tiny pool , small water slide only open half the time Well since we had to cancel ours , due to carnival not going to port - No advice except don't book with carnival

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Nov 21, 2016

Crowded party ship

First cruise and based on the experience, maybe the last. It was crowded and the food was quantity over quality. Plenty of partiers but not much fun. Best entertainment was a casino band.

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Jun 27, 2016

Caribean

We had unexplained itinerary changes prior to departure. Did not get to port in cozumel which is main reason for trip and we were told they were aware of the issue (ship thrusters ) prior to departure. . The only port we got to go to - Progresso is not worth going to, murky, dirty beaches. Long lines, Mediocre food at best Average cabin Horrible , you can only sit through so many trivia and bingo games... very few pool activities

, tiny, tiny pool , small water slide only open half the time Well since we had to cancel ours , due to carnival not going to port - No advice except don't book with carnival

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By Paco_CR

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Dec 17, 2015

Eastern Caribbean

This was the first time my wife and I had taken a cruise. We booked our cruise over the phone with a cruise specialist from Carnival who helped us make our cabin selection. It was our 30th anniversary during the cruise, which made this a very special event for us. All in all the cruise met or exceeded most of our expectations. Other than the muster drill and being stacked in like sardines for 30 minutes, it was a fun and exciting romantic adventure

for us. The food was average in the Lido Buffet. However the burgers from Guy Fieri's Burger Bar were very good. The burritos from the burrito bar were tasty also. Dinner in one of the main dinning rooms was spotty at best. Formal nights the service was a bit slower but nothing to get angry or upset about. We did choose one night in the steakhouse, which was worth the upcharge, as it was our anniversary night meal. Pizza was was hit or miss as were the deli sandwiches. Room service for breakfast was nice but the food was warm at best. The room met our expectations. Clean and roomy enough for two. We had a balcony room on the Panorama Deck (level 10). We were on the starboard side of the ship and were able to see Old San Juan the whole time we were sailing out of port. Our cabin attendants kept the room top notch the whole time and provided towel sculptures every afternoon after making up the room. Our son paid for a "Happy Anniversary" decor online for us as a gift, this was put up the afternoon of our anniversary. There were plenty of activities to take part in throughout the entire cruise. We watched a Rock-n-Roll show one night, went to the comedy club a couple of other nights, gambled in the casino several times. We even spent some time one evening watching a Filipino hard rock cover band in one of the small lounges. Most of the passengers were friendly and only a very very very small percentage were ever rude or rowdy. The Thursday night Spanish Trivia, Gender Challenge, Bingo and Marriage Game in the main theater were the highlight of the trip. Even though our Spanish was limited we did well for that contest. I played on the men's team for the Gender Challenge and assisted with a couple of tough answers to help with the win. We did not do well on Bingo but we were selected as the middle couple in the Marriage Game. That was the most fun we have ever had as a couple! Don't miss the very inexpensive cab ride to The Boatyard in Barbados.Only $10 to get there per couple by shared taxi. $20 pp entrance fee, gets you a free drink, chairs and umbrella on beach. Food was good, drinks were strong and sassy, beach was clean, water clear and calm. Free ride back to cruise ship included. The best $50 per couple investment for a great beach party!Beautiful ship, great staff, disappointing cruise. Expensive but worth it was the Dolphin Discovery Swim in Tortola from the St. Thomas port call. It was $150pp but included fast ferry to Tortola, expedited entry through BVI customs and immigration. Quick ride to Dolphin Discovery. Spent 30 minutes in water with 3 other couples and had a blast! Pictures available for purchase on CD were a bit pricey but worth it. Purchased lunch there for about $12. We also received a free marine biology class on dolphins that are kept there while waiting for ride back to ferry. Easy out through BVI customs and immigration. Quick and slightly choppy ride back to St. Thomas. Nice long and tedious wait to get through US Customs and Immigration - nearly 1 hour for the whole group was the only downside. This was the first cruise for both my wife and I, so we have no other similar experiences to compare other than land only trips to San Juan. We are a married couple in our early 50's from Texas. We arrived in San Juan early morning on Saturday and was granted an early check in a no extra charge at The Condado Lagoon Villas at The Caribe Hilton, which was just a short 5 minute ride to the cruise terminal in Old San Juan. this is very nice place to stay for a night or a week, which we have done several times. Day One - Sunday - Embarkation in San Juan We arrived at the cruise terminal at 12 noon and as expected the line to embarkation was already about 150 people long. The union porters took our luggage and tagged them with a colorful ribbon indicating "Faster to Fun" or F2F. A Carnival agent spotted our Cruise Critic hats we were wearing and asked if we were F2F (this was not the only time our CC gear garnered preferential treatment). We happily responded with a yes and were whisked to a much sorter line off to go left. This was one a couple if instances were F2F was worth the $50 fee. We proceeded through all the checkpoints quickly, received our Sail and Sign Cards and entered the ship within 15 minutes of arrival. Our cabin was ready to go as soon as we boarded, another F2F perk. The cabin door and interior were decorated with Happy Anniversary decor, which was pre-paid by our eldest son. The cabin, 1043, had a very nice balcony and great view starboard from deck 10, Panorama Deck. Our luggage had not yet arrived, so we decided to ho grab some food. We stopped off at Guy's Burger Joint and were very impressed by our meal. All staff interactions were met with great smiles an a willingness to exceed expectations. after lunch we tried to explore as much if the shop as possible, before making a late afternoon run to the CVS just a few blocks west of the terminal for few sundry goods and a case of bottled water. Upon our return our checked baggage had been delivered to our cabin door. We put away our garments and necessities and relaxed a bit in the cabin. Dinner was open seating on this first night and again our expectations were exceeded by the staff in the Silver Olympic dining room. Afterwards we decided to explore some more and found ourselves chilling at the Serenity deck right before being called for the mandatory muster drill. This was actually the only low point if the cruise. Even though it was mandatory to attend, the high humidity and temperature, even at 9:30 in the evening, combined with thousands of bodies in a tight space, made it very uncomfortable for many of us for well over 25 minutes. Due to our center location for muster we were unable to gain a decent rail view up topside, so we decided to do a more subdued send off from our balcony. We had a great view of the ship backing up and turning to port and watching Old San Juan fade away over the next 15-20 minutes. On a scale from 1-10, I would rate the first day as an 8 due to the "sardines in a can" feeling during muster. Day Two - Monday - St. Thomas We had pre-scheduled the Dolphin Discovery excursion to Tortola an had an 8 am call in the Venetian Showroom. We hit the Lido buffet at 7 am and found the varied selection for food quite satisfying an plentiful. Coffee was a bit strong but with some real cream and natural sugar, it was doable. We then headed to the Venetian and our group of about 24 followed our guide off the ship and straight to our ferry ride. We made the slightly choppy ride to Road a Town in about 45 minutes. A quick trip through custom/immigration for the BVI and then we loaded into a large limo van and headed to the Discovery location. After a brief discussion on expectations we were split into groups of about 8 people. Our expectation again were exceeded as we spent nearly an hour in the water with our dolphin, Gracia. We touched, held , rode on her belly and we were pushed from behind. I even was asked to give her some if her fish rewards. Afterwards we were able to purchase snacks and drinks while choosing if we wanted photos of the excursions, which were a bit pricey, but such a great keepsake on CD, thumb drive a 3 prints. We even received a conservation session which included the lineage of all the dolphins at this location. We then headed back to Charlotte Amalie where there were some computer snafus that delayed entry through US immigration and customs by about 30 minutes. Then back to the ship for some sun in the Serenity area. Dinner was at Diamond's Steakhouse, as it was our 30th Anniversary day. We enjoyed a nice and relaxed 3 course meal with excellent service. The food was top notch and the cheesecake was completely decadent. We then booked a couples massage at the spa for the next evening. We knocked off early at about 10 pm as the previous 3 days of non-stop action in San Juan and the Liberty had us drained. Day Three - Tuesday - Day at Sea We slept in a little and had breakfast on Lido deck. Omelette were very well prepared your way, coffee still very strong. We then proceeded to the Venetian for a very informative session on the various ports and excursions available. Felipe, the cruise director, discussed each port and the top 5 excursions for each. There was an excursion for each port of call given away via raffle after Felipe discussed the individual ports. We did some more exploration and found ourselves on the Serenity deck once more. Lunch was deli sandwiches made to order on the Lido deck. We rested some more on our balcony and then headed to our assigned dinner in the Silver Olympic dinning room. Tonight was elegant night and while most passengers were dressed appropriately, quite a few were not, which was a bit disappointing. We met our assigned waitstaff of Carlos, Abdul and Samuel. They never missed a beat, taking orders, filling glasses, pulling plates and changing flatware as needed. They took the time to ask about us and where we were from. We felt very welcomed by these gentlemen. They even sang Happy Anniversary to us! The food was great and we even made conversation with fellow diners nearby. We decided to eat light due to our scheduled couples massage later in the evening. Just before we left the dining room we were entertained by the entire waitstaff dancing all over the room. After dinner we strolled the Promenade deck and took in the casino for a few rounds of slots before heading to the cabin to change into gym clothes. The couples massage was just the right touch to end the day, I took the bamboo massage while my wife had the hot stone massage. When we booked the day before the staff at the spa knew it was our anniversary and offered an extra 25 minutes for both of us at no extra charge! After the pampering received at the spa we called it a night again at about 10 pm. Day Four - Wednesday - Barbados We awoke early and hit breakfast at 7 am on the Lido deck. We did not book an excursion and decided to grab a cab and head over to The Boatyard. It was a wise choice as we were able to split a cab with 2 other couples and only pay $5 each for the short 10 minute trip. Entry into the Boatyard was $15 each, which included a chair,an umbrella and return cab ride back to the ship. The water was very calm, clear and inviting. Food and drinks were available for purchase and there were clear restrooms on site. This was a very good bargain. We stayed about 4 hours and headed back for a late lunch on the ship. We decided to try Guy's again and were just as thrilled this time as we were on day one. We roamed around again and visited the Rum Bar for some Caribbean Coladas that hit the spot! Dinner again at our assigned table and with our 3 great servers. More merriment at the end with dancing and signing all around! We made the late showing of the Rock and Roll Show in the Venetian, which was well presented by some very talented singers and dancers. Afterwards we headed to the comedy club to Azeem for the last performance if he night. He was freaking hilarious. Initially he followed his routine but not even 5 minutes into into if he was interacting with several guests and next thing we know us he was improvising god last 20 minutes with some extremely funny adult humor on the fly! After that we hit the casino for a while and then hit the hay. Day Five - Thursday - St Lucia The night before we booked an excursion through the TV in the room and picked a beach trip to the northern side of the island. Our tour guide LeeAnn, a native Lucian, met us in the Venetian and escorted us to our tour bus. She was very informative during our drive to the northern tip where we stopped to take pictures of some great breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea. We then headed to Pigeon Island National Park Beach, where we spent over 3 hours on a small secluded beach. Lounge chairs were included. We found a shady spot and enjoyed our time talking with fellow passengers in the very calm and clear water and on the beach. We then headed back to the ship and readied up for dinner. Again, we received excellent service as well more signing and dancing, afterwards we caught the tail end if Spanish language trivia in the Venetian, followed by name the TV theme song trivia. we stayed for the Gender Game, pitting a group of 15 men against 15 women answering opposite gender specific questions. I joined the men on stage for this fun event. After that we stayed to play some bingo and then waited for the Marriage game to start. Initially a couple with the least amount of married time was selected with only 3 days under their belts. Next came the couple with the most years, which happened to be their 50th anniversary. The final slot was contested by about 9 couple ranging in married time from 20-30 years. We decided to try for that slot. There was an initial "kiss off" that pared it down to us and another couple. The final "kiss off", Felipe the Cruise Director, challenged us to make it passionate. Well I just grabbed my wife and started kissing and spinning her around like ice skaters. We were selected based on our "high energy"! The game proper was similar to "The Newlywed Game" in that the husbands were led offstage and the wives answered 10 questions. Then while backstage the men were asked the same question. This led to some very funny and "R" rates responses. In the end all couple received a Carnival ship trophy, but the 50 year married couple also received some very nice jewelry for her, compliments of Felipe. We hit the sack again after all the festivities. One thing I noticed was that at all times there were staff members cleaning in all areas all of the time. Not once during the whole cruise did we see anything that could even be considered as dirty. They even painted the sides of the ship in every port where the tugs scuffed the white paint of Liberty. Most impressed by this attention to detail. Day Six - Friday - St. Kitts Breakfast in Lido again with omelettes. Very consistent with good food quality. We did a spur of the moment excursion to Cockleshell Beach in the southern part of the island . After a 30 minute twisty and up and Finn ride with outstanding views, we arrived at the beach. We received a welcome fruit punch drink and had access to chairs, umbrellas right on the water. We had a great view of Nevis about 3-4 miles way. The clear, warm and calm waters were just perfect. Our driver picked us up on time after a 3 hour stay. We caught late lunch again at both Lido buffet and Guy's. It was during lunch that several passengers recognized us from the marriage show as it was replayed on the ships channel all day long. We asked at guest services if a DVD was available of that event but was informed they stopped that program a while back due to very low interest. We hit the casino a bit before dinner. It was the second elegant night of the cruise. This time more passengers were better dressed for dinner that the previous elegant evening. More signing and dancing ensued and again another tasty meal. We spent some time walking around later as well as hit the casino again before going to sleep. Day Seven - Saturday - St. Maarten Breakfast as usual and a jaunt down to the cab stand for a cab ride to Maho beach. $8 each and we were grouped with 2 other couples. We were dropped off at the Sunset Bar and Grill. We laid $20 for 2 loungers and an umbrella. We watched the planes fly 50 feet overhead while landing at Princess Julianna Airport. We stayed from about 10 am until another 1:30 pm. Beach was quite rocky and inclined dramatically into the moderate surf. By the time we left the were about 600-700 people in the area, compared to about 50 when we first arrived. Lunch again on the ship at Guys and the spent the afternoon on the aft pool area which is adults only. Last night of dinner with the finest waitstaff afloat. They even got me get up and dance Gundham Style with them. Afterwards we said our goodbyes to the staff and fellow diners. Throughout the day debarkation instructions were on ships TV. We had F2F and need edit as we had an 11am flight out in the morning. We hit the sack about 10pm. Day Eight - Sunday - San Juan The ship arrived at about 6am to the dock. We hit the Lido buffet about that time and headed back to our room to take all our luggage to our assigned F2F area in the Olympic Gold dining area. At about 6:50 we were herded to Zero deck and we're off the ship and through customs by 7:30. Made it to the airport by 8am! All in all I would give this cruise 9.0 out of 10.0. Our cabin was kept tidy by our cabin steward and he provided some very cute towel animals and such. He kept ice in our ice bucket every evening and we never once had to call for service on the room. I used the Landry services to press my shirts, slacks and jacket and a nominal charge. I was not disappointed with this service also. Actually other than a couple of rude and obnoxious passengers and the muster drill, everything else exceeded our expectations beyond belief. We will cruise on Carnival again, as we decided this morning to come back in two years with our adult sons. Until then Bon Voyage to all who sail on Liberty"

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By Tina_CR

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Sep 15, 2015

Caribbean

This was my first cruise. It was ok because of the travel group I was with. The travel group regularly books trips throughout the year with Carnival. Every day the group had their own fun activities planned (line dancing, dominoes, card games ect) and every night there was a theme party. This was the best part of the trip. Had I not been with the group I am positive I would not have had as much fun. The group already has their 2016 Carnival cruise

planned and I would love to share their company again but I cannot see spending money with Carnival. Real Low Budget Experience. After the third day, I was tired of the same menu. The food was warm when I picked it up. By the time I sat down, it was cold. On one occasion during breakfast, I had to get another serving of food because the eggs were cold as well as the pancakes. During the formal dining nights, the service took forever and once again the food was barely warm. At some point I decided to skip formal dining. Late one night, I decided to get a snack. The only thing available was pizza which was paper thin and unappetizing. Not to mention having to stand on line for 25 minutes. As for fish, there were only two options. Barely warm fillet from the buffet or heavily battered greasy fried Talapia. I had no choice but to purchase dinner when visiting the ports or eating wraps which I eventually got tired of like the rest of the food. The alcoholic drinks were watered down and over priced. The stateroom was clean but there was rust on the balcony which indicated the ship was in need of a serious make over. The onboard activities were boring and anything worth doing was crowded. For the type of money spent, Carnival provided a low budget experience. When purchasing duty free liquor on the ship, I was informed that Carnival changed the policy and no longer delivered purchases to the room the night before departure. Instead you had to stand on a line on the morning of departure to retrieve your liquor. I was on line one mile long from 6:30 am until 8:30 am. The whole procedure was chaotic. People who purchased liquor on Carnival were able to go to the front of the line whereas those who did not purchase liquor on Carnival had to wait. Need I say the amount of tension surfacing from those on the line. It was as if Carnival was punishing patrons for purchasing alcohol outside of the ship. The entire system was disorganized. Over all, I made the best of it but I would think twice before going on another Carnival Cruise.

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