Carnival Liberty Pool, Water Slide and Sunbathing
The Carnival Liberty has 3 pools plus a small "kiddy" pool for wading that is part of the Camp Carnival program. The pools are filled with saltwater and there is fresh water showers provided so you can rinse off. Reportedly, the maximum pool depth is 3' 8" -- enough to take a dunk and cool off, but, not really deep enough, or large enough, to swim in. Given this, the area around the pool is best suited for sunbathing on 2 tiered decks.
The main pool is "The Tivoli Pool" and is located in the middle of the ship on Deck 9. The main pool features two oversized whirlpool spas, and, is positioned below the 270 square foot LED TV known as Carnival's Seaside Theater. The TV runs most of the day and features sporting events, music videos, and in the evening, movies. With a 70,000 watt sound system, there have been complaints that the TV can be quite loud. At the opposite end of the Tivoli Pool is a stage which, during most hours of the day, there is some activity going on -- anything from a Caribbean band to a member of the ship's staff leading an activity or game. Typically, the Tivoli Pool hours are from 8 AM to 10 PM.
Located behind Emilie's Restaurant on the Lido Deck (Deck 9) is "The Versailles Pool". The Versailles Pool a smaller pool enclosed under a retractable roof and flanked with two oversized whirlpool spas. The Versailles Pool area is designated as "adults only", however it's suspected that Carnival's enforcement is haphazard of this policy. Carnival has yet to introduce their adults-only Serenity product onboard the Carnival Liberty; the enforcement of the "no kids" policy will certainly improve whenever that happens. Given the adults-only policy for the Versailles Pool, and the fact that there is no live music in the Versailles Pool area, this is your better bet for a quieter pool area. Typically, the Versailles Pool opens at 8 AM and closes at midnight.
On Deck 10 (Panorama Deck) is "The Coney Island Pool" which features one oversized whirlpool spa. The pool is located overlooking the Tivoli Pool and right next to the run-out for the water slide. Operating hours typically are from 8 AM to 8 PM.
Carnival Liberty added a Serenity Adults-only retreat in 2011. It is located in the forward part of the ship and is on decks 12 and 14 (remember, no deck 13's on cruise ships -- they are a superstitious bunch!). Hammocks, padded recliners, a full service bar and two whirlpools are featured in Carnival Liberty's Serenity area. There is no live music and no children allowed -- Carnival is serious about trying to keep the Serenity area a place of "peace and tranquility".
Carnival's Twister water slide is 214' long and the entry to the slide is located on Carnival Liberty's Deck 14 (Sun Deck). The slide is 3-stories high and empties out into its own separate pool. The water slide typically operates from 10 AM to 5 PM on days at sea and there is a 42" minimum height requirement.
There is a children's wading pool in the Camp Carnival area of the Carnival Liberty located on Deck 12 (Sun Deck).
Carnival Liberty Pool, Water Slide & Sunbathing Tips:
You can sign out a towel from the towel hut next to the pool area. There will be a $22 charge per towel to your onboard account for each towel you fail to return. These are huge, sturdy bath sheet towels and if you want to purchase one, you can from the order form in your room.
Carnival's official policy for babies & infants in pools is "no swim diapers, children must be potty trained". Camp Carnival stresses this point to all the families that bring their kids. We have not heard reports on whether the policy is strictly enforced.
Sunbathers start staking out their preferred lounge chairs for the day at around 8AM even though Carnival does its best to discourage this practice.
Smoking is permitted on the Port side of the Lido deck near the pool. The rest of the deck is non-smoking.