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In fall 2011, Carnival Liberty became the first Carnival ship overhauled as part of the $500 million Fun Ship 2.0 initiative, a multi-year program focused on adding dining venues, bars and entertainment options to more than a dozen ships. Liberty offers charming, comfortably sized cabins and varied evening entertainment ranging from Vegas floor shows to jazz to the classics. Dining options include the for-a-fee Harry’s Supper Club and the new, free, Guy’s Burger Joint. Ultimately, Liberty offers a glimpse of what the Carnival ships with the overhauls look like – comfortable with a vibrant atmosphere and a few more menu options.

Accommodation

Carnival Liberty’s cabins cover the usual basic Carnival range (insides, oceanviews, balconies and suites) and are generally larger. Non-suites are typically about 185 square feet; balcony cabins range from 30 to 75 square feet depending on location. Cabins from the inside category to standard balcony category are adorned with pleasant combination of peach and soft yellow tones. Insides come with chairs; all others have seating areas with sofas and coffee tables. One way in which Carnival distinguishes itself is by offering beds that convert from two twins to a king. Carnival Liberty also has two large Penthouse Suites. Each accommodates five people and features a living area with a sofa bed, a separate bedroom, a balcony and two full bathrooms, including one with a tub.

Food

Carnival Liberty’s main dining rooms offer either a traditional dinner scenario with set times and table mates or flexible dining, via Carnival’s “Your Choice Dining” program. Check out the Silver Olympian and the Golden Olympian restaurants. Both offer the same menus. At dinner, low-carb and vegetarian fare is offered. The two-level Emile’s, a buffet venue, offers hot and cold fare for breakfast and lunch. The food is displayed mostly in cafeteria-style lines, with desserts occupying a kiosk of their own. A separate station also offers deli sandwiches. Another station offers varying international cuisines. For a more exclusive dining event for just 12 guests, book the Chef’s Table through the ship’s information desk. For $75, diners can attend a multicourse dinner, hosted by one Carnival’s master chefs.

Activities

The Beauty Salon has a wall lined by windows – a perfect scenic place for folks getting pedicures and manicures. Serenity Sun Deck houses the spa, gym and salon. The adults-only sun deck offers loungers, hammocks and couches for relaxation away from other cruisers. In addition to great views, you’ll also have access to additional hot tubs, and waiters will come around to take your drink orders. There’s also a jogging track for those who need to break sweat to keep their shape.

Families

Not just for the kids to enjoy but for the whole family, the play area features an arts and crafts centre, a video wall, a soft play area, a computer lab, PlayStation 2 consoles and a library, plus a wading pool just outside. There’s also a teen disco. Rather than lumping the teens with the rest of the kids, why not let them have their kind of fun? The dance floor is outfitted with special sensitive light panels that recreate your footprints as you walk across. Other features include a big juice bar in the centre, multiple video screens, flashing lights and arcade games. Next door is another area of arcade games, open to kids (and adults) of all ages. Group baby-sitting is available for $6 per hour for the first child, and $4 per hour for each additional kid in the same family.

Verdict

A fun ship with entertainment for all ages.

– Cruise Passenger 

“Offers a glimpse of what the Carnival ships with the overhauls look like – the same comfortable and unpretentious vibe.”

– Cruise Critic 

“Carnival Liberty is an ultra-colorful ship and is good for first-time cruisers.”

– Berlitz

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