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Carnival Liberty Cruise Ship Tour

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Carnival Liberty - Introduction and Overview
Carnival Cruise Lines' Carnival Liberty cruise ship

The Carnival Liberty at the dock in Cozumel, Mexico. The Carnival Cruise Lines' ship looks gorgeous, doesn't she?

Carnival Liberty (c) Linda Garrison
The Carnival Liberty was the first of the Carnival Cruise Lines ships to undergo its FunShip 2.0 renovation. Carnival announced in 2011 that the company is investing over $500 million to enhance its fleet over the next several years. I sailed the western Caribbean on the Carnival Liberty not long after the first of the 2.0 changes were made to the ship, and I'm happy to say that the cruise line has some winning ideas. I had previously sailed on the Carnival Liberty in 2006, so it was interesting to see the changes made to the ship.

First, Carnival has partnered with some big names to bring new entertainment and dining options to the ships. Comedian George Lopez will consult on the hiring of comedic talent, and Food Network television star Guy Fieri will introduce a new free outdoor grill on the ships called Guy's Burger Joint. Videogame fans will recognize the name EA Sports. Carnival has worked with this company to develop a new sports bar concept, aptly named the EA Sports Bar. This bar is next to the casino where the former sports bar, Gloves, was located. This new bar has a whole wall of flat screen monitors for watching sports action, playing trivia games, or competing in videogames. Finally, under license from Hasbro, Inc., Carnival will create Hasbro, The Game Show, a new series of entertainment activities based on the popular Family Game Night television show from The Hub.

In addition to the big-name consultants, Carnival added two new outdoor bars to the Carnival Liberty. These fun spots are located next to the Lido deck pool. The RedFrog Rum Bar is a pool-side version of the RedFrog Pub on the Carnival Magic. Rum may be a popular Caribbean libation, but tequila is also a favorite. So, Carnival has also added the BlueIguana Tequila bar on the Carnival Liberty on the opposite side of the pool. I love Mexican food, so was delighted to see the new BlueIguana Cantina. This complimentary poolside dining destination offers freshly made burritos and tacos on homemade tortillas, along with a nice salsa bar with a variety of toppings.

Overall, I loved the enhancements made to the Carnival Liberty, and I think my fellow cruisers on our western Caribbean cruise did too. The new bars were packed with patrons, and the new dining venues were terrific. Although some of the entertainment changes will evolve over the next few months and years, the plans are intriguing and the future looks FUN for those who sail with Carnival.

Let's take a tour of the Carnival Liberty.

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