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Carnival Liberty
4.5 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating

By Jason Frye
Cruise Critic Contributor

Carnival Liberty Overview

Launched in 2005 and refurbished in 2011, Carnival Liberty makes the most of its $500 million overhaul with crowd-pleasing options at ever turn.

About Carnival Liberty


The crew goes out of their way to ensure you're enjoying yourself


Enrichment opportunities could be tailored to actually enrich the Bahamian experience

Bottom Line

The carefree atmosphere and abundance of activities make it a great value

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Service is excellent onboard. At every dining venue the staff is attentive and courteous, doing everything they can to make your time on Liberty worth every penny and every second. That courtesy flows through to every bartender, housekeeper and deck attendant you run into.

In fact, it's as if the whole ship was designed around courtesy. The cabins are roomy and balconies a lovely addition (even if they can feel a little cramped); there are plenty of places on deck to lounge and laze and sun yourself; the entertainment options seem limitless. And the food is far better than expected, especially Pizza Pirate and Diamonds Steakhouse; the continued popularity of Guy's Burger Bar (that's Guy Fieri's burger project with Carnival) proves the ship's culinary offerings are in line with what passengers want.

The same can be said for most of the ship. Passengers look happy and never bored. Dive-In Movies (nightly on deck movies) are well attended. The comedy club is packed. Karaoke has a signup sheet two pages long. The casino is hopping every night. The dance parties and big Broadway-style productions are full to capacity. Even the teens and tweens onboard look happy to be there. The fact that they have their own lounges and hangouts goes a long way to say why.

All of this goes to show that Carnival is listening to and responding correctly to their passengers' desires for options in dining, activities and overall experience. No ship or sailing is without fault, but as far as value goes, there's not much Carnival is getting wrong on this one.

Fellow Passengers

Passengers aboard the ship are mostly Americans and are evenly distributed across families with kids, seniors, couples and small groups (think family reunions, social clubs and the like) traveling together.

Carnival Liberty Dress Code

Evening dress codes on Liberty come in two levels: Cruise Casual and Cruise Elegant. On each sailing there's one Cruise Elegant night on which most passengers get quite dressed up for the occasion, with many female passengers wearing floor-length gowns and most gentlemen donning suits (approximately a third wore tuxedos). The rest of the time, the evening dress code is Cruise Casual, which is to say resortwear. During the day the dress code is very casual. At night, and at all but the most casual Lido Deck eateries, the following are not permitted: cutoff jeans, men's sleeveless shirts, T-shirts, gym and basketball shorts, baseball hats, bathing suits and flip-flops.

Carnival Liberty Gratuity

Carnival suggests $13.99 per person per day for passengers in standard accommodations and $15.99 per person per day for passengers in suites. According to Carnival, this suggested tip includes gratuities for housekeeping staff, the dining team and other crew. These gratuities are automatically added to your Sail & Sign account. Gratuities are also added to beverage purchases, dinner in the steakhouse and for spa services to the tune of 15 percent. A cash tip for room service delivery is appreciated by the crew.

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Riviera Deck
Main Deck
Lobby Deck
Atlantic Deck
Promenade Deck
Upper Deck
Empress Deck
Verandah Deck
Lido Deck
Panorama Deck
Spa Deck
Sun Deck
Sky Deck

Carnival Liberty Ship Stats

  • Crew: 1,160
  • Launched: 2005
  • Decks: 13
  • Passengers: 2,974
  • Registry: Panama
  • CDC Score: 92
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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Carnival Liberty Member Reviews

Carnival Liberty
Sail Date: Jan 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...Read More
Carnival Liberty
Sail Date: Aug 2018
We just got off of the Carnival Liberty. It was our first cruise and everyone in my family loved it! We took Cortrans shuttle to the pier and they dropped us off in plenty of time for our 11:30 arrival...Read More
Carnival Liberty
Sail Date: Dec 2018
This is my second Carnival cruise. The service is never good. The food is bad. I won't sail on another Carnival ship ever again. To me I don't go on a cruise to eat hamburgers and deli sandwiches. Buffet food is sub...Read More
Carnival Liberty
Sail Date: Feb 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.....Read More

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