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08/22/2011 04:21 pm ET Updated Oct 16, 2011

The Carnival Liberty: A Huffington Post Travel Cruise Ship Guide

The Carnival Liberty is a popular floating resort. The waters are crowded with sea-worthy vessels, so to make planning easier, we've done all the prep work for a cruise vacation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on cruise ships, here is a tip sheet offering all the key information one could ever need to know about the Carnival Liberty.

Caribbean Destinations

The Carnival Liberty sails from Miami to the Caribbean on seven-day cruises. The ship docks at large ports like Cozumel in Mexico, Nassau in the Bahamas, and St. Thomas. It also stops at smaller ports like Roatan Island, Honduras, and Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

Grand Ship

The Carnival Liberty is a Conquest-class cruise ship, with more room than earlier Destiny-class ships. Carnival prides itself on providing all passengers with a fun cruising experience. Recent modifications to the Liberty show Carnival's commitment to fun family experiences.

Special Features

A recent addition to the Carnival Liberty is Twist and Shout, the ship's three-deck water slide. Families can also relax under the stars as they watch movies on the 12-by-24-foot LED on-deck screen. Younger cruisers have special places set aside for them in Camp Carnival, Circle C and Club O2. Adults can relax at the spa or try their hand at poker and blackjack in the casino.

Accommodations

Cabins on the Carnival Liberty are roomy in all classes. More than half of all staterooms have a view of the ocean. Balcony cabins offer larger verandas than other ships in the industry. Two penthouse suites that offer more than 650 square feet of living space will be added in October 2011. Cabins have luxury linens and are decorated in pastel tones and light woods.

Cost

All Carnival Liberty cruises are seven-day trips. The price varies based on season and itinerary. A cruise to the Western Caribbean may cost as little as $329 per person for an inside cabin, and $789 per person for a suite. A cruise to the Eastern Caribbean may cost as much as $729 per person for an inside cabin, and $1,879 per person for a suite.

Excursions

Carnival Liberty passengers recommended the rain forest and Old San Juan tour on Puerto Rico. As reviewers describe, this tour combined the natural beauty of the rain forest with the man-made wonder of the El Morro Fort and other old buildings in San Juan. The excursion gives visitors an inside glimpse of San Juan's culture.

Dining Experience

The two main restaurants on the Carnival Liberty are the Golden Olmpian and Silver Olympian. These restaurants offer early and late seatings. Carnival has "Your Time Dining," which gives passengers more flexibility in seating times. Harry's is the ship's premium steakhouse restaurant. It features gourmet dining and requires a reservation. Emile's on the Lido deck serves more casual fare, including made-to-order options. The Liberty also offers 24-hour room service.

Maiden Voyage

The Carnival Liberty was christened on July 20, 2005, and its "godmother" is actress Mira Sorvino. The ship is scheduled for renovation in October 2011.

In The News

MSNBC reported in 2006 that the Carnival Liberty was struck with an outbreak of norovirus. According to the Washington Post, 29-year-old science teacher Scott Durbin tried to launch one of the ship's lifeboats after an evening of drinking with friends in 2007. When ship personnel approached him, Durbin jumped into the ocean. The crew threw life rings and contacted the Coast Guard, which picked up Durbin within the hour.

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A tour of the Carnival Liberty.

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