Carnival Liberty Cruise Review by Karen Holmes
- Sail Date: February 2018
- Destination: Bahamas
- Cabin Type: Ocean View
I have avoided Carnival because I have heard bad reviews and that the overall atmosphere is geared toward the "party crowd". I took this cruise because I won it, so it was free. I was apprehensive, but went into it with hopes that Carnival would rise to the occasion and impress me, which for the most part, they did. The staff was outstanding! They were not only friendly and helpful, but very knowledgable! The ship was in surprisingly good condition and well maintained and clean! Yay! I did not care for the design as much.. It was difficult to get form one end of the ship to the other without going through the casino and breathing the second hand smoke. Yuck. And we went to talk to the crew about re-booking another cruise, but it was right next to the casino and the smoke was just too much. We said we'd come back, but never did. The food was ok. It was better in the Dining room than in the buffet. The Guys Burger joint was GREAT!! And the pizza was pretty good too. Service was excellent, and the shows were really good!! I was quite impressed with the production quality, given their space and technical limits. They did an outstanding job! The talent in the shows was fabulous!! We had the pleasure of meeting one of the performers- Naomi Murray. She is incredible! Beautiful voice, bubbly personality, and excellent performer! Meeting her and seeing the shows was definitely a highlight of our trip! We also saw the comedians at the Comedy Club. The new club manager, Kasey for Canada is charming and so funny!! She made everyone feel right at home!! And the best comedian i've seen on a ship was Doug Williams! He was HILARIOUS!!! We only went to his PG shows, and we were rolling in the floor! We really enjoy comedians who are funny without relying on crass humor and bad language. That is REAL talent!! Good job Doug, and thank you Carnival for continuing to offer PG shows!! There were some things for young children, like the Dr Seuss parade and story time. Also there was a build a bear workshop that was fun for little ones. We didn't see very many teens on board, and there's a reason for that. There is just not much for teens. It is definitely a party ship... There were always fun games and entertainment in the main lobby, usually hosted by Cookie, the new cruise director. He is HILARIOUS and SO FUN!!! The music trivia games were always packed to the top balcony with people on all levels dancing, singing and participating! He does a great job getting everyone involved and having fun!
Our cabin was quite spacious with plenty of storage space. I thought the bathroom was quite adequate for a ship, except i prefer a split bath. Our cabin steward Apollonio? was great!! Always smiling when we saw him and he cleaned our room and left the most adorable towel animals!! I even did the towel folding class and bought the book!
Overall, i was really impressed and had a great time. My biggest complaint (and i wasn't alone- i heard people commenting on this the whole cruise) was the lack of hand cleaning before dining. I've been on other ships where a crew member stands just outside the dining room / restaurant and dispenses hand cleaner to EVERYONE as they enter. I'm shocked that in the midst of flu season, they didn't do that, and some of the hand washing facilities near the restaurants didn't even work very well. I asked one of the crew who was working the food service on the buffet line why there weren't crew members making people sanitize their hands as they entered, (especially in a buffet!) and he said, "Oh we only do that if there's a Government Inspector onboard". That is not ok.
The major drawbacks (aside from the hand cleaning neglect) were the smoke from the casino, the layout of the ship which makes it had to get around without going through the casino, and the attire of some guests. I don't understand why it's ok for guests to were thong bikinis at the family pool area. I guess if they want to wear them, the adult area would be ok, but I don't want to see people's butts when i'm walking around the ship or swimming in the pool, and how is that sanitary for them to be sitting in chairs like that?? Ick. Also, i hated the spa. The atmosphere was not at all soothing or relaxing feeling.. it doesn't even LOOk like a spa. The staff in the spa were the only rude people we encountered on the ship. The sauna, however was the nicest one i've ever seen! I was disappointed that my husband and i couldn't together in the sauna, there are separate sauna for men and women. Sad face.
Our excursion was to Atlantis for Beach Day. I would NOT recommend paying for the water park there if you are on a cruise, you can't get off the ship before the park opens and by the time you would get to the waterpark, the lines are already long. The price for the waterpark for cruisers should be considerably less. If i were staying at the resort a night or two, i would totally pay for the waterpark. But for cruising, i think the beach day is the best for the price (for Atlantis). The beaches are pristine, the aquarium and exhibits are really nice and fun to explore! Very Disney! On the beach, of course the vendors are very aggressive. You have to just smile and say "no, thank you" over and over. But it didn't bother me. They are just trying to make a living, and they aren't rude, just persistent.
And I HIGHLY recommend pay for Faster to the Fun!! We zipped through embarkation, debarkation, and lines at Guest Relations, easy peezy!! And there were a few other perks... Totally worth it!
Karen Holmes’s Full Rating Summary
I LOVED this cabin! It was a unique shape since it fits around a stairwell... Felt so much bigger! WE had two windows and plenty of storage space. I thought the bathroom was a decent size for a ship, however I do prefer a spilt bathroom. But i was very happy with our cabin! It was pretty far to the back of the ship and I was worried it would be noisy.. maybe too close to the engines, but it was not at all noisy, very peaceful! The bed was quite comfy! My only complaint about the room is that there is only one outlet, and it is split american and european, so we could only plug in one device at a time. My husband sleeps with a CPAP mask, so we couldn't charge our phones overnight. I have since invested in a European outlet converter, but still, one outlet is just not enough these day.
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