Sail Date: February 2019
Would never recommend to anyone to take this cruise. The ship is clean, but worn. The rooms are fine for a quick three day cruise. The staff was friendly and kept things cleaned and replenished. They only do room service once a day, but ... Read More
Would never recommend to anyone to take this cruise. The ship is clean, but worn. The rooms are fine for a quick three day cruise. The staff was friendly and kept things cleaned and replenished. They only do room service once a day, but for a short trip that was ok. We opted for mornings. The food was mediocre. They didn’t change the buffet offerings. They did have a Mandorin, pizza, bbq and burger station, but with the exception of the pizza station (another story), they closed at 5-6pm for the evening. Then your only food option was the buffet or dining hall. All day you could get pizza, however it was small 10” personal pizzas made in small quantities, and cut in half. Kind of made to order, but really slow, and had long lines. Their drinks are expensive, and they add a gratuity to each drink. Depending on your drinking habits the package CHEERS, maybe a better deal. We didn’t purchase but we’re way under had we purchased. They make both people in a room buy it, and if one doesn’t drink, you’re screwed. Embarking went well, and organized, however disembarking has a lot of room for improvement. They made provisions for wheeled chair people, but people with canes were pretty much on their own. We finally asked because two members of our party couldn’t walk the distance and a staff person cut us in line. There were lots of groups, wedding parties, bachelor groups, and mostly was an under 40 crowd. They do have an adult only area which we discovered on the day of the Bahamas, so we stayed on ship and enjoyed the area. They have a huge bottled water in your room and charge $3:95 to use it. That’s pathetic. Bottled water is so cheap, they should be giving them to each room. The band Blue Wave was very good. They are almost too talented for this ship, they were very entertaining. The first day out to sea they had dancing on the pool deck, they shot off streamers which went up and into the ocean. I was pretty appalled by that. That is an unnecessary activity. Personally this is one of the worst cruises I’ve ever been on. It was just a three day get away, but next time I will go on another line. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We chose this cruise because it was the Music City Concert Cruise. We didn't care which ports we were visiting because for us it was all about the concerts we were going to hear. It started from the beginning - with embarkation. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was the Music City Concert Cruise. We didn't care which ports we were visiting because for us it was all about the concerts we were going to hear. It started from the beginning - with embarkation. Due to an accident on the roadway we did not arrive at the ship until after 2:00pm. We had to carry all our luggage on ourselves. Thankfully we were able to go directly to the cabin and leave the luggage. The cabin was just about what we expected for an inside cabin. The carpet needed to be replaced as it was very stained and dirty. We went up to the Lido deck to have some lunch. The buffet was completely closed as was every other place to get any lunch. The only place with any food was the pizza place - with a line wrapped around the pool. You didn't get to order what you wanted - you took whatever came out of the oven next! This ship is OLD, very dark and extremely dated. I couldn't decided if the windows were extremely dirty or just so old they were marked. There was lots of heavy dark metal scroll work and the colors were terrible. Areas of the ship smelled of mold and sewer. This smell never did go away - it was there day after day. I felt sorry for the passengers who had cabins in that area of the ship. The service was very good. It seemed that all the staff went out of their way to try to please because they knew the ship was so bad. They all worked very hard to make sure we had everything we needed or wanted. The food in the dining room was surprisingly good. There were not a lot of dessert choices, but the chocolate molten cake was amazing! Also, the steakhouse was beyond great - the shrimp in the shrimp cocktail were huge. We had the 9 oz filet and it was grilled to perfection. The cheese cake was soooo good and was huge!! There was enough to feed four people. We did not engage in any of the activities on board as we were attending the concerts. Also, we only went to the "Love and Marriage" show - which we left. I understand this was for "mature" audiences however, simulating sex acts on stage is inappropriate for any age. We understand that Carnival is the "party" cruise line but again no class at all. We did not leave the ship as we had just been in Nassau in October and it was to cool for us to do any water type activities while at the island. Will think long and hard before going on another Carnival cruise. Maybe in a year and on a larger, newer, ship. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
Overall cruise was grate ...this is our first cruise with carnival and we had a blast... of course everything was not going to Be perfect, NoNo our cruise director was awesome she definitely keep me entertained.. as Long as she was apart ... Read More
Overall cruise was grate ...this is our first cruise with carnival and we had a blast... of course everything was not going to Be perfect, NoNo our cruise director was awesome she definitely keep me entertained.. as Long as she was apart of the events we where there outstanding job NoNo!!!’ Looking Forward to cruising with you again!!! We where looking forward to Princess cay, was not what We imagined the food was cold and I was not entertained.. but I am glad I experienced it so I know What not to do... once again thanks to NoNo and her crew for keeping us entertained while, our stateroom was lovely we had some awesome time on the Balcony we had a lot view, a day at see was jus relaxing Serenity area was just peaceful and beautifully we are very pleased with our trip everything flows grate from getting on coming off... Once again thanks NoNo for a wonderful experience!!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
We have not sailed on Carnival for the last 13 years. We actually started off on Carnival for our first 3 cruises and then we moved up to Royal Caribbean starting off with the 15th sailing of the Freedom of the Seas. We have stuck with ... Read More
We have not sailed on Carnival for the last 13 years. We actually started off on Carnival for our first 3 cruises and then we moved up to Royal Caribbean starting off with the 15th sailing of the Freedom of the Seas. We have stuck with RC ever since that sailing with the exception of one Disney Cruise in 2008, which was also very nice. With that said we will not be coming back to Carnival again. The service was horrible on the ship. Only one time the entire cruise did a service person ask if they could take away the dirty dishes from our table. The wait staff was slow and lazy and that is the kind of thing you get when an 18% tip is automatically added into a drink order. I think if the tip was discretionary then the service would be better. The buffets were horrible. But, I do have to say that I did like Guy's Burgers, the BBQ and the Pizza. Those were the food highlights for me. I saw way more drunks on board than any other of my 11 previous sailings on an ship. But, I guess that may be due to it being a 3 day getaway. We booked this cruise to take my expose my nephew to cruising as a treat. He loved it, but I guess that is because he had nothing to compare it to. I was okay with the size of the room also. The comedy club was good but the theater show performances were very below average with performers who looked like they were bored. I know the audience was. They were a perfect example of what most people think of when they think of cruise entertainment. But, that is not true on other lines. I would just rate the whole experience as okay. The ship is worn and dirty and needs to be shown some love and care. We made our trip fun and just had to laugh at the things we didn't like until we go on Royal Caribbean again in 2 months. I guess this would be okay for a brand new cruiser who just wants a cruise experience. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
This was my first cruise deciding if the whole lifestyle was for me decided on a short 4 day cruise to the Bahamas! There are great things about this experience and generally off putting things as well. First off the staff is very friendly ... Read More
This was my first cruise deciding if the whole lifestyle was for me decided on a short 4 day cruise to the Bahamas! There are great things about this experience and generally off putting things as well. First off the staff is very friendly and attentive. I had a balcony King cabin on the 8th floor which was roomy if not really ugly. It was so dated and garishly designed that I was shocked to learn it was renovated in 2011. You get the basics barely cooling fridge and extra firm mattress. The view was incredible but not so much the guests next door who were kind of loud and trashy. Must be expected on an economy cruise. Our drain was so slow that the bathroom flooded every day. Everything else worked well in the room and I did like that the towels were always clean and room service excellent. The ship itself is DATED, it's so old and at times really smelly. Again the staff goes out of their way to really impress you but seriously who picked out these colors??? Food wise nothing beats the Steakhouse hands down amazing. Lunch was great and breakfast too even though how can you ruin breakfast? Dinner at the cafeteria was atrocious and man non of the desserts we're good. Always make plans and pay for dinner and you will be ok. The pools were ok even though they are rusted. Enjoyed the casino but it smelled bad some nights but I won $100 on the slots so don't feel bad. I would cruise again but maybe just not on the Liberty right away, great for the budget conscious and actually a lot of fun with the staff always happy to see you. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
I recently returned from my 6th Carnival cruise. This one was aboard the Carnival Liberty. I have to say it was a perfect cruise. I was very happy with it from start to end. Boarding: I arrived at my selected check in time and was ... Read More
I recently returned from my 6th Carnival cruise. This one was aboard the Carnival Liberty. I have to say it was a perfect cruise. I was very happy with it from start to end. Boarding: I arrived at my selected check in time and was through the line in minutes and onboard the ship right away. Very smooth set up at Port Canaveral. I was very happy with the boarding experience. Public Spaces: I thought that the ship was very clean and maintained well. Pools were clean and always operational as well as all hot tubs on the ship. They could have been a bit warmer in my opinion but still everything was operational and very nice. Lines were minimal at the Lido buffet as well as Guys Burgers and Blue Iguana they did a good job keeping up with the demand. The set up for the deli was good too. Lines were fast as they typically had three people working in there. The fasted deli I have experienced on any of my Carnival cruises. The pizza pirate also was good the most of the day but got very busy late at night. Say close to 1130. I never noticed any foul smells around the ship anywhere like some have mentioned in the past. I also loved the decoration in the lobby area. All the iron work and the beautiful chandelier that displayed a variety of colors. It made for beautiful evenings in the atrium Entertainment: On my four night cruise the shows were Flick and America Rocks as well as Hasbro the Game Show. Playlist cast did a great job the performances were well done. Lots of energy and talent. In the atrium the onboard music group was the Blue Waves. Again they were also amazing and had quite a following every night. I very much enjoyed listening to their shows every night. Comedy was alright. Like on any ship be sure to arrive plenty early if you want a decent seat or even a seat at all. all shows I went to were standing room only. The cruise director for this cruise was Nono and while she has only been a cruise director for a little over a year she is incredible. Loved her energy and her passion for her job. She loved talking to people and taking selfies. She really brought the fun to the ship. I hope to sail with her again Main Dining Room: I had Your Time Dining. I typically arrived anywhere between 600 and 630 and never had a line or a long wait for my table. Two of the nights I had the same serving team. On all nights I ordered from the Port of Call Menu. Had some really good meals here. Everyone came out warm and delicious and flavorful. The port of call menu continues to be a favorite of mine on my Carnival cruises. Tender Process: On this cruise I tendered to Princess Cays. Again great set up. They arrived early and said if we were ready we could come on down to the gangway and board the tender with no stickers. So that’s what I did. No line at all and we were to the island very quickly. Again very pleased with the set up and how smooth it all went. Stateroom: I was in room 7232 on deck 7. I loved the location. Easy access to atrium and also the lido area. My room was also near the "Secret deck" all the way forward on deck 7. Always such a quiet place to go to get away from the crowd and watch us coming into and leaving port for the day. The room was great. It was clean and everything in working order. For the people who say there is only one outlet in the room and it’s by the desk area don’t forget that in the bathroom there is also an outlet. It’s near the ceiling but it works just fine and easy to use to charge your electronics. Again no issues with the stateroom everything was good and it was quiet even though close to the action. I was very happy with this cruise and the ship. I would return to the Liberty any day. I trust that anyone who sails on her will have a great time. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
My Husband and I recently returned from a four night cruise on the Carnival Liberty on January 20th. We have been on some ten previous cruises, mostly on Carnival. This was our worse experience on a Carnival cruise. Let me start by saying ... Read More
My Husband and I recently returned from a four night cruise on the Carnival Liberty on January 20th. We have been on some ten previous cruises, mostly on Carnival. This was our worse experience on a Carnival cruise. Let me start by saying it was not ALL bad. Here are the things that Carnival did well. Embarkation was quick and smooth. From the check in to the ship was maybe twenty minutes. We parked off site at Parc and Cruise- which we highly recommend. They provide great service and we would use them again if we leave from Port Canaveral. Our room steward was awesome. We were on the seventh deck with an inside cabin. Artewan always kept our cabin clean and replaced our towels often. The gifts I had pre ordered were in the cabin when we first got there.My wi-fi package was up and running by the evening. I just purchased the social plan (It's $27 total for the cruise) We were given two 1.5 liters of water complementary in our cabin as gold members. The ship is older, but was clean and pools and hot tubs were always open and not closed due to any maintenance issues.Our favorite hot tub spot is all the way forward on deck 14, part of the serenity deck. The show flick was excellent.Entertainment was a highlight, very good musicians. The life boat drill went smooth and Chris our muster drill leader made it very fun. If you have any issues with standing for a long time, arrive later for the muster drill. Last year on the Conquest, I almost passed out during the muster drill as we were stuck up against the wall of the ship, because we were one of the first ones to arrive to our muster station. (the musters are done outside on these ships) Debarkation went smoothly despite a storm in the area, that delayed our leaving the ship. We did not use self- debark, but waited in the aft pool area and then on the promenade desk overlooking the atrium. We were off the ship quickly once our zone was called, picked up our luggage, through customs and out the door to meet our shuttle from Parc and Cruise. Parc and Cruise had our car waiting for us under a covered awning so none of our luggage got soaked in the rain, -great service. Nassau was our first stop and we chose to walk to Senior Frogs for lunch. We had the nachos and wings (They have free WiFi there as well) We did a chocolate tour at Graycliff chocolates. It was very interesting and we got to sample the chocolate as its being processed. It's not a Carnival excursion, we just walked there on our own and you can ask to take the tour. It's $10 per person. Princess Cays was the next stop and the worst. It is over rated. We have been to Half Moon cay, Coco Cay.,Grand Turk, and Little Stirrup Cay, before to compare to as far as private island experiences. There are many small shops near the beach area. One large shop sells souvenirs and shirts and anything else you might have forgotten and takes sign and sail cards as payment. The other shops are owned by locals so bring cash. The beach and water was too cold to enjoy.It was very windy when we were there and cloudy. We had booked the dune buggy excursion. originally it was scheduled for 1:30, but we were notified via the Carnival Hub app that it was rescheduled to 11:30. My advice is to get the free app. and check it often, as we never received any info otherwise about the time change. It was fun, but not worth the money ($179 per buggy) as they no longer take you to the lighthouse point, just a beach and the ruins of an old church. The town or hamlet you drive through is not the most scenic. It looks a bit run down and many houses there are abandoned. The ride is rough! My husband drove and I'm, glad he did, The steering is manual and you really have to fight the wheel, especially on the washed out and rough dirt road. It was very dusty the day we went, and we were given dust masks, but wish we had worn goggles as the dust gets in your eyes as well. Now to the bad.... The food was the worst I have ever had on a cruise. The barbecue on Princess Cays was terrible. Under cooked hamburg and chicken. Cold rice and cold sauteed vegetables and cookies and fruit. We tried to eat it but couldn't. My husband had a hotdog that was also ice cold. I had read other reviews from past cruises who said the same thing- I thought they were just picky people, turns out they were right! eat on the ship! The main dining room has been cutting corners on Carnival over the past few years-like no lobster on elegant night. Steaks have a $20 surcharge on them. On our last night of the cruise my husband had mahi-mahi which did not even look or taste like it. It smelled rancid and he pulled no less than five bones out of. I had fried chicken which had two small wing like pieces-I couldn't really identify what part of the chicken they were- and a half-dollar size dollop of mash potato and two, yes, only two broccoli flowerettes. We ate at the steakhouse on the second night of the cruise. It is an additional $38 per person charge. It was delicious, but I regretted it later as later that evening I got violently ill. Once everything I ate came up I felt fine. Sorry if that offended anyone, but I have never had that kind of experience before after eating on a cruise, and no it wasn't a virus or anything or from alcohol either. On sea day we attended the afternoon tea in the dining room. The scones were great, but didn't want to pay 1.95 per tea bag if we wanted to choose a tea from the wooden box- I remember when it was free. The service was bad, as a waitress reached across my plate as I was eating my cake to serve my husband. It made me wonder if the Liberty is a training cruise? We also had breakfast one morning in the dining room. I had the blueberry pancakes. I can't understand how anyone could mess up pancakes, but they did. it was like they forgot to put all the ingredients in the bowl. They tasted like paper. Very bad paper. The service was okay, but once they poured the coffee, they never returned with any more.Once again made me think the waiters were new to serving or something. I have to shout out what was good about the food service onboard- the burgers were good, the breakfast burritos and omelets were awesome. Overall the buffet on the Lido was good. Our head waiter Shawn was great,He always remembered to bring our drinks. It was mostly the quality and quantity of the food that was lacking. After having been on many Carnival ships before, I can compare with, even a cruise this past February 2018 on the Conquest, this cruise was a big let down. If it is your first cruise, you probably wouldn't notice, but it is making me consider my next cruise on a different cruise line.I should have listened to the reviews, before I booked about the food on the Carnival Liberty. Believe me we are not picky people, and we have enjoyed the dining and food on previous cruises and expected the same with the Carnival Liberty, but it disappointed us. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
First time on Liberty and the very last. It was so disappointing that our next cruise won’t be booked with Carnival at all. So much was wrong with it. The halls were stinky. Smelled like sewage everywhere. One bar smelled so bad that ... Read More
First time on Liberty and the very last. It was so disappointing that our next cruise won’t be booked with Carnival at all. So much was wrong with it. The halls were stinky. Smelled like sewage everywhere. One bar smelled so bad that I didn’t even feel comfortable standing in the area. The rooms are outdated. The drain in our shower was super slow and would flood outside of the shower room making the entire bathroom floor wet. We never met our cabin steward. He never introduced himself. We saw several men outside the room with carts but none of them ever spoke. I pre paid gratuities and this experience is the reason why I will NEVER EVER do that again. The pools looked disgusting. Several had rusty ladders and just looked old and in need of cleaning. Some pools and hot tubs weren’t working at all the entire cruise and the hot tubs that we tested weren’t hot at all. The pool area on the Lido deck just looked small and unappealing all together. We had dinner in the steakhouse the first night and were never told about the bottle of free wine or the 50% off a bottle. We asked about it on the way out and they simply told us we were supposed to have the wine for dinner and couldn’t take it out of the dining area (so in other words too bad for us). Other than that part the food in the steakhouse was the best the entire cruise. The food in the buffet was disgusting. I made entire plates and wouldn’t like even one thing on it. Pirates pizza was disappointing because they wouldn’t give out a whole pizza, only half. If you asked for more they looked at you like you were crazy. Once I just had to grab two plates to make a whole pizza because they wouldn’t offer it. Sometimes they wouldn’t even ask what you wanted, just come to the front with a bunch already made and see if you’d choose from what they had. Sea Day brunch was mediocre for what we’re used to. Several of the things we ordered were left out, my SO’s order came out wrong and it took until after our meal for me to get my mimosa. 20 minutes after actually after having to go to the front and complain about it. Only once I told them that I wanted to cancel the order did they finally bring it. The ship was also very boring to us. On our day at sea there were big blocks of time where it seemed like absolutely nothing was going on. At all. Then we couldn’t order movies in the room which sucked so we literally just sat there talking and playing cards for hours to pass the time. This is how we found out that room service was actually pretty good for the most part. I couldn’t find a good dessert on board for the life of me. Everything tasted as if it had been sitting in the fridge for a week. Some good things were, we boarded pretty quickly and got our bags really fast. The beds were comfortable. The comedians were funny. The steakhouse was a good experience. Other than that, this was the only vacation I’ve gone on where I was happy to be leaving. By the end we were so relieved to be going home and dreamt of being able to watch tv or have some type of entertainment for ourselves. Liberty is one and DONE. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
I could not believe how much the cruise industry has cut back. No entertainment during day at sea. No games, No line dancing. Absolutely nothing. We walked the ship all day. IT WAS BORING! I have cruised since the 90's. The food was ... Read More
I could not believe how much the cruise industry has cut back. No entertainment during day at sea. No games, No line dancing. Absolutely nothing. We walked the ship all day. IT WAS BORING! I have cruised since the 90's. The food was skimpy, and cold. 1 tsp of potatoes and A broccoli sprout. Desert was terrible. Not even cooked. They served fried chicken. I wonder if it was the pigeons from Port Canaveral. Did not taste like chicken. The Pizza was on such a thin crust with some cheese and a few drops of sauce. I actually asked them if my cardiologist called them before I arrived. I could not believe that that the staff did not go out of their way to help us. The floors were dirty. There was a dead beatle on the floor during the whole trip. Then we booked para sailing before we went on cruise with Carnival. When we arrived, the ropes were frayed. They had 1 rope holding up the parasail. I did not feel safe, so i did not do it. I paid $100. When we returned to the ship. I went down to the desk for excursions and informed the manager about my concerns. Apparently, they do not check to see if the excursions are safe. I was told by Michael, the manager, that he would contact me before we left the ship. I NEVER HEARD FROM HIM. Do yourselves a favor. Fly to a hotel, plan your own sightseeing tours. CRUISES ARE NOT WORTH THE MONEY ANYMORE! You get on the ship, and you are hostage until you get back. Our cruise director's name is NO NO. I guess that says it all Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
This was our 10th Carnival Cruise. Our last one was 3 years ago. I can tell they have definitely been cutting costs over the years. You now have to ask for ice and robes (which is an inferior quality than our first cruises). The rooms are ... Read More
This was our 10th Carnival Cruise. Our last one was 3 years ago. I can tell they have definitely been cutting costs over the years. You now have to ask for ice and robes (which is an inferior quality than our first cruises). The rooms are serviced only once a day instead of twice. Hardly ever saw our steward. Breakfast room service is still free but not other times. Food was about the same on previous cruises Just less selections. Guys burgers were great Getting on and off the boat was a breeze. They have streamlined that process. Still a great deal for the money especially if this is your first cruise and didn’t know what was offered years ago. Didn’t go to any of the shows but I heard the marriage show was hilarious. The hot tubs on the Serenity deck could have been warmer Rooms need to be updated. There is only one outlet in the room and none in the bathroom. Carpet needs to be replaced The beds were very comfortable Read Less
Carnival Liberty Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.5 4.4
Dining 4.0 3.8
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.5 4.2
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.0
Family 5.0 4.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.9
Enrichment 3.0 3.4
Service 5.0 4.2
Value For Money 4.5 4.1
Rates 3.0 4.3

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