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Carnival Liberty Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 6

Overall Rating:

2.0 out of 5
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Sail Date: August 24, 2013
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 8450
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 3 years ago
We booked a balcony suite for our honeymoon, sailing the Western Caribbean to Cozumel, Belize, Honduras, and Grand Cayman.

While the excursions (booked through a third party site) were excellent, and the ports were a blast, the accommodations on board the Liberty were abysmal.

1. The decor was disgusting -not that that matters to many cruise-goers. Beetlejuice had a better color scheme.

2. Much of the food was inedible, for example around day 5 the breakfast bar served leftover hotdogs chopped up with leftover sausage, and leftover ground beef, all mixed together. It was quite obvious that it was a move to get rid of food, as I 'enjoyed' a hotdog from the deli the night before. Each night at the dining room, the staff regretfully had to say that the food was pre-prepared and could not remove items (nothing was fresh to order).

3. The people 'customers' on board the Liberty were probably recruited for a free cruise at Walmart. This is not idle snobbery, there were literal gang references from some of the 'guests' and roaming herds of buffet blockers at every pass. The ship was over-booked and full of rude guests, and many of the staff looked worn out.

4. There were no benefits for paying more for a 'better' room. We were further from every place we wanted to go, and had to walk through the other cabin floors to get from end to end or to debark or to dine. There were few places to go from end to end that didn't take you through the slums of decks 1-3 which featured a parade of garbage from all of the room service they were ordering and dumping in the hall.

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
Leftover or old/stale/tough

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Always something to do

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Great shows for the most part

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
I don't know

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Some of the army of staff were rude/rushed pushing their carts right through you if you didn't move

Ship Quality

1 out of 5
Hideous decor

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Stateroom was nice, but no privacy on balcony

Ship Tip

The Blue Iguana has the best food. Skip the buffets. Pay extra for the Diamonds' Steakhouse at least once. Go to the shows. Don't buy any jewelry until Wednesday. Stay away from Lido -it is always crowded, and the food is terrible. Don't buy the soda card, just buy drinks individually.

5 out of 5
No time; plan extra time and stay a while
5 out of 5
Worst prices on photos, best on food.
5 out of 5
Dangerous outside of tour.
5 out of 5
Very Western. Get off the boat early and stay the whole time.
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