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Carnival Liberty

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Carnival’s newest addition to its Conquest Class, Carnival Liberty lives up to its definition of fun ship.

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There is activity, color, sound and movement everywhere—from the over-the-top decor to the 24/7 partylike atmosphere.

With a capacity of 3,700 guests and 13 decks, this cruiser holds 4 swimming pools, 22 bars and lounges, Harry’s upscale supper club, a palatial show lounge, a 13,300 square foot fitness facility and spa, a casino, and a vast video game gallery.

Pros

  • A cruise on Carnival Liberty delivers a lot for an affordable all-inclusive price.
  • The state-of-the art spa offers a wide range of treatments (including teeth whitening)!
  • There’s plenty to do, including deck contests and midnight buffets.
  • You can watch CNN with your morning coffee on the Lido deck's large-screen TV.

Cons

  • The Tivoli pool area can get loud and rambunctious; the Versailles pool area is quieter.
  • Large-screen videos, outdoor reggae, karaoke, dance shows at dinner can be distracting.
  • If you want old-style cruising and gourmet food, Carnival is not your gig.
  • The ship is big and busy, not small and intimate but lovers can find secluded areas.
  • Casual dress is interpreted as anything from a glittery skirt and top to baseball caps and tshirts.

Description

  • Carnival ships feature extensive interior themes using artwork from around the world.
  • The decor is often “off-the-wall” exotic with lots of ornate and colorful design.
  • Take time to explore the visually entertaining ship. Each public space is uniquely designed.
  • Ship architect Joe Farcus evoked pottery, photography, stone cutting and jewelry making crafts.
  • Food is abundant. A patisserie serves up huge slices of sweet cakes and frothy coffee drinks.
  • You can sit at the sushi bar or enjoy 24-hour pizza, ice-cream, and room service.
  • Funlovers like karaoke outdoors, Vegas-style shows, Motown 60s parties, and the long water slide.
  • You can shop for gold jewelry and gamble in a casino lit by a Russian-style chandelier.
  • When you want quiet, there are video games, a library, and an Internet Cafe.
  • There is assigned seating at dinner, with a few tables for two.

Guide Review - Carnival Liberty

We had a balcony stateroom on the Carnival Liberty. There is enough room for two people and cabins have ample drawers and closet space. Our balcony had a two plastic chairs (one lounge) and a table and room to look over the rail.

Staterooms have closed-circuit TV, in-room first-run movies, wireless access (throughout the ship), hairdryers, and baskets of amenities. Ocean view rooms provide robes.

The beds were comfortable—Carnival has upgraded its line of sheets and mattresses. The bathroom—well, you won’t get two in the shower, but you will get clean.

If you want to get married in port, you can have your ceremony performed anywhere on the ship. Popular places include The Stage Jazz Club, The Library, and The Cabinet, which pays homage to Biedermeier design.

Dining choices (and drinking venues) are plentiful. The main dining rooms serve four-course meals; the deck-grill has hot dogs, chicken, steak sandwiches; Emile’s buffet has everything from deli to a seafood area with fried oysters.

Harry’s is worth paying more for. A four-course, four-waiter meal in this sparkly restaurant that will trump most midtown eateries in the Big Apple is $30. We had creamy lobster bisque, spinach salad with warm blue cheese dressing, and porterhouse steak topped off with a lovely presentation of chocolate desserts and smooth vintage brandy.

Best for romantics: spa treatments for two, the bar at Harry’s with its live music and low lighting, and 24-hour room service.

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