The Carnival Liberty is an Affordable Ship with Great Perks: A Photo Tour
We boarded Carnival Liberty from the Miami Port in Florida. It was luckily a sunny day and we could make our way straight to the Lido deck for a lunch at Guy's Burgers, a specialty burger joint located on the main deck near the big screen. We were able to already start our vacation by relaxing on a lounge seat with our food and drink in hand and a live caribbean band playing on a stage.
The Liberty has a long water slide that drops into a salt water wading pool below. The slide is located behind the larger pool on deck 9. There were people already in bathing suits lounging in the one of the two large whirlpools on that main deck.
The Liberty is the larger of the Carnival boats in the Conquest-class and there were plenty of lounge chairs and seats circling all around the boat deck. This was the spot of the Seaside Theater, a large outdoor theater showing nightly movies and sometime live sporting events. A pizza place called Pizza Pirate which was open 24 hours as well as Guy's Burger Joint were also on this main deck. The 11th deck, top level on the boat, has a mini-golf course and a basketball court. The 10th deck has a super large size chess board with pieces 3ft tall as well as a ping pong table.
There were two major dining rooms on the Liberty, the Golden & Silver Olympian Restaurants. We were able to book our cruise early enough that we could have open dining, meaning we could dine anytime between 6 and 9pm rather than being forced into a certain time. We were always accommodated quickly for a two person table and never felt overcrowded during our meal. The food choices were extraordinary and ranged from frogs legs as an appetizer to a Strip Steak for Dinner. We were never disappointed by our meals and the service was unbeatable.
The elevators seen in the main level travel from the 11th floor to the main one level, which is the fourth floor.
Our first stop on the Liberty cruise was Carnival's Private Island, Half Moon Cay. The beaches here were pristine with white sand, and thousands of lounge chairs lining the sand there. They held various competitions and activities on the main beach, but, not to worry, there's plenty of beach to relax on with a drink or food from the vendors in almost perfect quiet.
The excursion options on this island ranged from snorkeling to horseback riding in the water along the beach. As this was our first stop on our cruise, we decided to skip the excursion in order to relax and just explore on our own but I do wish we did a half day activity there such as the horseback riding. They have food on the island which is all inclusive as a part of your boat reservation. There were also rental opportunities for floats or paddle boats and snorkel gear.
The sports bar is located adjacent to the Casino on the 7th deck and here you can watch live games ranging from baseball to basketball. The ticker in the bar showed scores from all sports venues.
The Lido deck had hammocks and lounge seats peppered around the deck, if you can find a free one. Around the side of the boat, away from the main pool, you can find some peace and quiet quite easily.
The casual dining options ranged from French to American to Asian cuisine. And not to worry, every seat in the house is oceanfront.
A favorite spot of ours was a table located in the very back of the boat. Here is also a whirlpool Jacuzzi and bar away from the more busy areas of the boat. It's a great spot to just watch the ocean leave behind us, onto the next destination.
Our interior room was surprisingly comfortable and the bathroom was quite large. There isn't much room to move around the bed but we never felt confined here. Plus, you don't spend much time in the rooms on this cruise boat with so much to do anyway.
On the Carnival Liberty, there are two types of nights: the nights with the deck parties and the movie nights. A huge jumbo screen allows passengers to watch movies under the stars with complimentary popcorn available. On most nights at an at-sea day there are the infamous deck parties. The Carnival crew hand out fun favors including glow sticks, beads and noisemakers. They usually have a crewman leading a dance party on the main floor and it's just one big party.
The nighttime entertainment included a number of clubs and bars. There's one exclusively for teens and others for the dancing crowd. The comedy club is a must visit but you need to get there early because this is the most popular nighttime activity on the boat.
The piano bar was also a frequented favorite with a live piano player filling the bar from Billy Joel classics to Queens's Bohemian Rhapsody to R&B favorites.
This cruise was not our first with Carnival but it's definitely one of our favorites, not only because of the amazing destinations and excursions, but because of the accommodations, food options and overall experience on The Liberty Carnival cruise boat.