Carnival Liberty

3.7 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: L     Refurbished: 5 yrs ago    

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Carnival Liberty is a large ship, carrying 3756 passengers and 1180 crew, and sails from Port Canaveral, Florida.

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2 out of 5

Disappointed

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Best part was meeting new friends; however... There were several minor/major issues that made this particular sailing a disappointment. We understood that they were cancelling a port and we were fine with that. We were fine having nearly $400 of OBC and were happy that it would be on our Sail and Sign account when we boarded the ship (that is what we were told multiple times on the phone by several Carnival employees), but that isn't what happened we only had $75 ($50 from Carnival for our booking and $25 from ). We didn't get the rest of our money until until LATE the second sea day. However, they sold us by saying we would get more time on the ship on debarkation day (instead of early morning it would be later in the afternoon. They took the long way around to get to Cozumel for the first day so we arrived early evening leaving not much to do if you're not a drinker or a party goer. Our second day on our excursion we found out that Carnival will not allow them to serve shots (tequila, Fireball, mixed shots). We paid for all you can drink (not that we do lots of shots or drink a lot), a shot is still a drink. The description of the excursion did not provide a disclaimer of shots not being included or not allowed. We were celebrating our 12th anniversary and we were given a $50 spa credit. That is nice if there were something we could do at the spa. This is a terrible marketing scheme. If Carnival really wanted to do something special for people celebrating a special occasion (as long as mentioned at time of booking) a photo or a discount from from Pixels or something would be more appreciated. This tells me that Carnival didn't really want to do something nice for us, instead they wanted to gain from our very special occasion and that isn't acceptable. The hot tubs seemed to have problems throughout the cruise. There was a time when the hot tub was way too hot (I love a good hot tub), you could have poached eggs in it and many people were getting out because of the temperature. Then the hot tubs on Serenity deck just stopped working all together. We asked the crew to get someone to fix it and they didn't care (one even shrugged his shoulders and walked away). We called and still no sense of urgency to fix the problem (this is what I was looking forward to, getting away from the kids and talk with adults while relaxing). By the time it was fixed a heavy rain storm came through. Then there was the food... I've cruised on Carnival before and the food wasn't too bad, this time around food was sub-par most nights. I've had weight loss surgery and wanted to pre-plan my lunches (I knew I could find something at breakfast and dinner even if I had to eat the same thing everyday). I saw on the website that Fish & Chips was available and they had a steamed mix among a few other healthier things. I got on board to find out that had been replaced with a BBQ place that is the equivalent to eating at Luby's or Golden Corral (As a Texan, this is not good BBQ) and the seafood was now a place that required one to pay. Most days I didn't eat lunch because I can't have salad as it hurts my new stomach. Most everything is carbs and dishes covered in sauces. For the MDR we called to see if they could give me smaller portions so food didn't go to waste and I wasn't tempted to eat too much and they said "Yes, just tell your Head waiter and they will accommodate you." That is not what happened, they said no and gave me full size portions.  Lastly, this cruise seemed to have a lack of activities. On my last two cruises (7 day on Magic and 5 day on Triumph) there was always something to do and almost always had to pick one thing over the other, this was not the case this cruise. We really did love meeting new people and will likely plan a group cruise with some of them. Our room steward, Asep, was great and always greeted us with a smile. My husband and I believe that Carnival should do something to make up for our experience. We don't normally take time to complain because we rarely have complaints, this cruise just didn't make the cut and left us very disappointed to say the least.

 

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1 out of 5

The worst experience

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Unless your whole focus in life is to Drink yourself to oblivion, Eat yourself to death, and be roped in to nothing but tourists traps than I highly suggest that you do not  take a Cruise. As this was a Birthday Present for my Wife it became apparent very quickly that this was a mistake of epic proportions. First off, we were not informed until we were on board that our cruise Itinerary had been changed and limited to only one port as it was explained that the ship had engine issues and could not make the port of Progresso and Cozumel in the duration. Initially this seemed like a minor issue and that we would have over 24 hours in one location to explore. Unfortunately what we didnt realize at the time was that we were going to Port into Cozumel late in the evening, which limited time, and than we would be departing the following day at 2 pm. Again limited time unless you feel brave enough to explore a foreign country at 10 pm with no idea what the rules of the country are. Now let me  move back to the Ship, amenities, shows and the tourist trap that is Carnival Cruise. I was under the impression that vacations were for rest and relaxation.. This was by far the least resting and relaxing that I have ever experienced. When you have a stateroom that smells of old cigarettes, an adjacent room full of underage kids making all kinds of noise, hallways full of drunks raising hell all hours, constant announcements after 10 pm on the intercom, the other adjacent room smoking marijuana, rattling walls and housekeeping constantly knocking on your door to clean your room, than the answer is a swift NO. 

 

The Ship is Old... The Carnival Liberty is in serious need of a make over or blow torch. (Your Pick). Constant sewer smells, rattling of walls and fixtures, elevators being out of service, very thin walls all made the passing Oil Freighters and Fishing Boats look appealing. If your decor tastes are in the era of Threes Company, Casino, and Mardi Gras than welcome aboard! The signs everywhere are in a weird pee yellow green lighted dots that are unreadable. If you are looking for High Quality Entertainment than may I recommend The Towel Folding Class so you can make the weird towel animals the housekeeping leaves on your bed. The comedians on the Ship were one of the few high-points. The problem is the comedy club has a thermostat set at 58 degrees. Please bring full winter gear on your Caribbean Cruise.

Food.... Love Golden Corral??? Then again I say welcome!! The buffett was edible, the dining room was horrible. Guy Fieris Burgers were good as was the Steakhouse. It almost felt like "lets make the "all inclusive foods" so bad that they will kill for a reservation at the Steakhouse". 

 

And Now The Tourist Trap:

The on Ship "Shopping Director" actually focuses largely on the Jewelry Shopping in Cozumel. He was absolutely Giddy on how much money you can save by shopping at Carnivals Guaranteed Shopping Destinations. We were told to follow the map provided by the Ship and it was highly recommended to not deviate, get your shopping out the way tonight, and focus on "actual" sightseeing the following day. When we arrived in port what we experienced was a manufactured shopping mall that had the feel of getting all your money and funneling it right back to Carnival. Everything is man made and the furthest thing away from an actual cultural experience I have ever seen. Though it was disappointing, like the suckers that we were, we decided to head back to the ship to book a "Carnival Recommended" excursion to experience the "Real" Cozumel. All we wanted to see was beaches, maybe have a drink, look at the ocean and hopefully get some authentic Cozumel cuisine. What happened was a different reality. After being sold a $180.00 excursion to what was being dubbed as an all inclusive open bar beach resort with mini mayan ruins we were whisked away the following morning on what felt like a junior high school field trip. Again, everything was man made, the mini mayan ruins are actually plastic, the beaches are nothing more than 2 inches of sand over concrete, the open bar consisted of 7 drink options, and let me explain the "authentic" Mexican buffet. This lovely buffet consisted of Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Store Bought Tortillas, Some weird looking pork/chicken, fajita-ish choice, french fries, chicken strips, pasta and spaghetti sauce and my favorite canned nacho cheese that you get at the skating rink. Dessert was jello (not kidding), some weird looking pan that no one was going near, and fruit. Yummy... When we went back to the ship and decided to complain, we were told by the excursions desk that some peoples expectations can be unrealistic. I was needless to say taken aback by this comment and would have hoped that there would have been at least one part of the excursion to be "realistic".     

 

In closing, being criticized for having too high of expectations really put me over the edge. I actually questioned myself after this comment and reflected on everything that happened during this Trip only to come to the conclusion that if you have ANY expectation of quality, honesty, and concern for your enjoyment while on vacation than Carnival Cruise is not for you or me. But then again if you set the Bar at the lowest possible level, love hanging out at walmart, going to buffets for all of your meals, and wandering around a flea market than by all means take the trip. Not trying to be judgmental just being honest.

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5 out of 5

great cruise

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I can't choose only one thing about the cruise, but if I had to it would be the 21 and over area. I loved that there is a place just for adults. The only thing I didn't really like is they never really went up there much to get drink orders. I have already told family and friends to book a cruise. I even told them all the things kids can do. I'm pretty excited for our next cruise.

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1 out of 5

Felt like we were scammed

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

Carnival changed our itinerary a few days before the cruise due to a technical issue.  After speaking with shop owners near the port come to find out the Liberty has had this issue on the 3 previous cruises.  In order to make it right Carnival gave us a whopping 5% discount for a stop in Cost Maya instead of Jamaica and Cayman.  Spoke to a few people that weren't even notified until they showed up for the cruise.  What a joke!  We will NEVER travel with Carnival again.

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2 out of 5

Not Happy

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)

Less ports same money no concessions booked 4 months early, the options were taken away from us yet charged the same money, would not recommend . We were on a free drink comp yet they stopped us from drinking, the food was always cold with limited options for room service, especially breakfast, we need eggs and bacon options for room service.

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2 out of 5

Thank goodness for friends

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

I'm an avid cruiser, but this was my first Carnival cruise and now I know why.  Changed the itinerary 8 days before sailing and offered up a $50 credit for losing Jamaica and Caymans.  The Liberty was an old ship and it showed.

 

 Very smoky even though the Casino was the only place where you could smoke.  Since it was central to the ship, it permeated from decks 3-7 with the Casino on 5.  

 

We planned this trip 18 months ago with 14 people ( 8 adults, 6 kids) for 40th birthdays.  We confirmed multiple times our dining requests, yet the messed it up and moved us to Anytime dining.  

 

The staff and crew were friendly and did make us feel welcome, but the food was like eating at Golden Corral for a week.  When Guy's Burger Bar is your best bet on a boat, that's a problem.  They were good burgers though. 

 

Kid's Club didn't do many activities, just threw the kids in a room and let them play video games for as long as you wanted them in there.  

 

If it wasn't for the company I went on boat with, I wouldn't have enjoyed this vacation.  Carnival's pathetic attempt of making up the itinerary change w/ a $50 credit and some no name country "star" for a free one hour concert was insulting.  It will take a lot for me to spend my money with them in the future.  

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2 out of 5

Carnival Liberty

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

Staff was very friendly, but probably will not take Carnival again.  Carnival management did a poor job of taking care of its existing customers.  Gave away tons of free cruises but only gave guests who paid for the cruise $50 per person credit for changing 2 destinations.  A little frustrating since I would never have paid full price for the cruise had I known where we were going on a broken boat.

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1 out of 5

Shame on you Carnival Cruise Lines

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I am so disappointed in this cruise.  To find out a week before the cruise that everything had changed and to be unable to cancel due to the fact that my son was getting married made it especially disappointing.  The wedding was suppose to be a beautiful and special occasion, instead we were given 20 minutes to get ready, sent to the wrong location on the ship and rushed through the ceremony.  Then to spend a week on a rocking, slowly moving vessel was not necessarily fun.  On top of that, to find out the numerous people were given free trips to fill the ship, when we had to pay full fare.  So wrong.  Won't be traveling Carnival again unless they do something to make this right.

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2 out of 5

liberty

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Hello,

 

we decided to take a cruise at the last minute (3 days).  We picked

liberty because it sailed from Galveston, near our home....

 

We were disappointed in many things.   The ship itinerary was changed

because of some operational problems...(only two ports NOT three). 

The ship appeared clean, but in terrible shape.   Little tiles missing from around the pools, scrapes and scars on some of the walls and general tiredness in the decor.   

 

The Buffet food was very disappointing.   The specialty food stations and the

steakhouse were much better...

 

Hunter Hayes was an unexpected treat...  and the ships singers and dancers

were entertaining....

 

overall we enjoyed the last minute get away, but probably won't be booking a

carnival cruise again.  and certainly not on Liberty

 

 

 

 

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3 out of 5

Not bad for the price...

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Stay away from the buffet but the dining room and Guys Burgers will suffice.

 

Dining room waiters were too busy to be friendly but our Porter Mohammed and his kind accommodating assistance made up for it.

 

Dining room also forgot about our Birthday celebration even though it was confirmed prior.

 

Cozumel is a favorite port.

 

 

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Jnlnorman
Contributor Level: Third Mate

The pictures are very expensive and if you want to drink bottled water take your own. The tours were awesome. Don't worry about tips on board - Carnival automatically charges them to your tab. I would do most of my shopping before Costa Maya.

Coloradoskiers
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Plan out your day somewhat. There is so much to do, you'll miss it if you don't, but be flexible to changes.

rbrumbelow
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If you want a quiet place to relax and unwind, check out the Serenity adult lounging area. The activities around the main pool are fun to watch for a while but can be a bit much.

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Size

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Built

5 yrs ago

Refurbished

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Total Passengers

3.18

Crew to Passenger Ratio

13

Number of Decks

1489

Total Cabins

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