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57 Carnival Bermuda Cruise Reviews

Just returned from Bermuda on Carnival Fantasy.....Not the best experience I have ever had on a Carnival Fun Ship and I have had 17. If you absolutely have to sail out of Charleston then I guess it will do.....If you have never sailed on ... Read More
Just returned from Bermuda on Carnival Fantasy.....Not the best experience I have ever had on a Carnival Fun Ship and I have had 17. If you absolutely have to sail out of Charleston then I guess it will do.....If you have never sailed on Carnival on the newer, nicer ships, I guess it will do........If you know the service that Carnival provides on other ships & if you know the usual condition of the ships and the "You are important to us" attitude on most of the other ships you will probably be disappointed on this ship. Trust me, make the drive to (at least) Jacksonville and Enjoy what Carnival REALLY has to offer! The Food was merely "OK" compared to other Carnival Ships. The Crew Members were "OK" compared to other Carnival Ships. If you want to Smell "Sewer Gas Smell" for your entire trip, This is the ship for YOU! If you enjoy waiting for an HOUR and a HALF for your main course at dinner, This is the Ship for You! If you like Balcony rooms DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON A SUITE ON THIS SHIP. I paid the extra for a special time and to get a suite and got nothing more than a min category balcony room on any other ship but yet paid for a suite...The Ship is in BAD need of repair. Don't waste your money on a suite....Balcony is SO SMALL you cannot sit in the chair and fit your legs between the chair and the rail. You have to turn your chair sideways to sit. We stacked ours to one side and at least 3 people could stand comfortably at the rail and look out. 4 could fit but BARELAY. The AC did not work properly and they checked it twice but said there was nothing they could do....We are paying for a suite and had to have an electric fan to keep from sweating in bed???? .... PLEASE ....If they paid $34 Mil to refurb this ship they forgot their change! Don't get me wrong I LOVE Carnival....I am a "Platinum" member working toward my "Milestone". but this ship was a real disappointment. I just sailed on the Fascination in July (which is a sister ship to the Fantasy) and the condition of the ship...the crew....the food...far surpass the Fantasy. We even had a crew member tell my daughter is law that she was lying about an issue that she was inquiring about. When I went and "called him out on it" he backed down and tried to be pleasant. However this same crew member handled me to purchase a certificate for a future cruise. This morning when we got up to leave the ship......You guessed it....NO CERTIFICATE.... The offer was only good while on the ship to get free on board credit with the purchase of this certificate. I guess he got the last laugh...Well...at least until I get Guest Services on the phone tomorrow. I have still not found out from my credit card company if he billed it but I should know that by tomorrow also. Anyway Like I said I love Carnival and I am not trying to "BASH" Carnival here. Just The Fantasy.....Do yourself a favor....If you live in Charleston (As I do) Drive to Jacksonville....You will be much happier. I plan on cruising again in February to take my grandson...You can bet I will make the drive to Jax or beyond..... Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
First of all, our sail date was out of NYC on 9/11/11, so I was a bit unsure how the feel would be in the City. But, all was well. Appeared to be just another day at the Pier. Embarkation was very smooth. We arrived about 11:30am. ... Read More
First of all, our sail date was out of NYC on 9/11/11, so I was a bit unsure how the feel would be in the City. But, all was well. Appeared to be just another day at the Pier. Embarkation was very smooth. We arrived about 11:30am. When we got to the line, we sailed right through as the attendant opened up another line at the same time we arrived. Once checked in, we were a bit confused where to go and ended up entering the ship before our zone was called. But, no one stopped us, so for us, it was a convenient mishap. Entering the ship we went right for a drink assuming it was too early to see our cabin. There were no signs or anything to let you know when it was best to go to your cabin, so we waited about an hr, then went, and it was ready. We were pleasantly surprised at the size of the room. One of the biggest balcony staterooms we've had on any ship so far. Plenty of closet and drawer space and even a roomy bathroom. Our attendant Daniel Lopez was AWESOME, super friendly and always had a smile on his face. We called him The Ninja, because even if we only left our room for a bit, when we came back our room had already been cleaned!! As for the ship itself, we found it to be a bit small for our liking. Now, I will say we may have felt that way because our last cruise was on the Oasis of the Seas which is the one of the largest and newest ships out there. I also didnt realize at the time of booking that this was a spirit class ship and a bit older. Which was evident in the decor. There was a mildew smell on the lower decks, in fact at one point toward the end, they had the casino closed off for shampooing the carpets. The food wasnt much to our liking either. We're not much for the whole dressing up deal, so on previous cruises we've always pretty much stuck to the buffets for breakfast and dinner. After trying the buffet for 2 days, we couldnt stomach it anymore, so attempted the dining room for dinner. The 1st nite was the very best. Had the sweetest lobster ever, desserts were nice and the staff very attentive. We did the My time dining and had no wait time. On nights there after, food was bland. We often didnt finish any of our appetizers or dinners. Now, I will say, the staff were very concerned and often offered us other options, but we're not big eaters anyway so we would decline. Due to this experience, we were very looking forward to our night out at Nick and Nora's. But, disappointed once again. For the $30.00 per person cost, we werent impressed. I originally wanted the surf and turf, but it was a very small lobster that came with that option. When I asked if I could have the bigger lobster they told me it would be an additional $30.00. So I opted for just the larger lobster tail and no filet. I actually found the lobster I had in the main dining room a couple days before was much sweeter and a larger portion. Although the ambiance, location and view are the best on the ship!!! It didnt appear there were many activities during the day. After the 1st two days, we were a bit bored. The 2 pools were extremely small, and the people would go to the pool area very early, save seats, then not utilize them much of the day. The 2 jacuzzi's were full all the time. When we finally did get to go in one, it wasnt even hot. The attendants by they pool were exceptional. Always there and quick to return with our drinks. I found it funny though, that not many people hung out at the bars on the ship decks. That's where we had normally met up with new people on past cruises. It may have been because there was not much room since the decks chairs were so close by. Or many times, there was no bartender. Also the decks where the pools were located were super slippery. I saw several people fall over the course of 8 days. And heard many older people complaining about the conditions. They had staff trying to keep the area's dry, but to no avail. They should definitely look into this hazard. Our port of call was Bermuda and we loved it. (Tropical storm Maria and all.) We preferred to be off the boat and stayed on the island as long as possible. Horseshoe Bay is beautiful and Swizzles is a must. They have the best battered fish sandwich I've ever tasted. A trip to Hamilton is good is you like to shop. We had the best ever sushi at a place called Yashi. If you're a sushi lover, GO!! Back to the ship- Entertainment-I'll be honest we didnt see any of the shows in the Phantom theater. Didnt really appear to be any that we cared to see. However, we love, love, loved the comedy shows. We were a bit put out though, since this was the only entertainment we liked, we tried to stay for a 2nd show with another comedian, but were pretty much strongly advised to leave and let other's attend the 2nd showing. I can understand their request to a point, but felt we should have been able to stay if we wanted. (BTW, Shawn, the asst cruise director was a hoot as the host for the comedy shows). Stores were nice, prices pretty good. Everyone was pretty friendly except for the officers and security staff. Never smiled, never said hello. I was actually pretty surprised at the considerable presence of security on this ship. I thought it was because of higher security due to 9/11, but when I inquired, was told this is the way it always is. Maybe because it's the fun ship and it get's rowdy? I can say this was a very low key and keep to yourself kind of crowd. Or maybe the high security kept everyone more subdued. The best day we had on the ship was the last Sea Day. We took the Behind the scenes ship tour. We went to the bridge and met the captain and crew, where we were able to have group and individual pictures taken. Viewed the galley and crew eating areas, engine room, backstage of the phantom theater and spoke with a few crew members. It was an exceptional tour and a true highlight for us. Just a friendly reminder, dont take your cell phone or camera on this tour, you will be searched before the tour begins. Debarkation was smooth!!! We were off the boat by 9:am. Sad to say, it will probably be a while before I would try another Carnival Cruise. They kept saying this was the "fun ship", but I didnt see it or feel it. For the budget cruiser or 1st time cruiser it may be a different experience. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
I had cruised with Carnival 4 times before, so I was confident when booking the cruise to Bermuda aboard the Pride sailing out of Baltimore on September 18th. The service standards on previous cruises with Carnival had always exceeded ... Read More
I had cruised with Carnival 4 times before, so I was confident when booking the cruise to Bermuda aboard the Pride sailing out of Baltimore on September 18th. The service standards on previous cruises with Carnival had always exceeded expectations. However, on the Pride, I found the service to be lackluster. Drink service in the Serenity area would be spotty at best. In the gift shop, one lone crew member worked the register, even though the line would be out of the shop. Our servers at dinner were adequate and that's all I can say about the dining room staff. Never asked our names as had been done on other cruises. No one waited on our table until we brought the oversight to the attention to another server. We had ordered a cake that was never delivered. The young woman who took the bar orders in the dining room could use some manners. The table would be missed for picture taking and several bar orders. The room steward was nice - no more or less. Yes, we would have liked wash cloths and towels and clean glasses but I am sure the poor man had enough running around to do for others. As we were packing for the return trip, a quick look under the bed revealed a pair of men's flip flops. Leftovers from another cruise! No crew member was rude on this trip but no one went out of the way to make us feel especially wanted. I think next cruise, we will look elsewhere. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
We chose this cruise because of destination, Bermuda, and the fact it was only 52 miles from home. The trip to Baltimore was easy with plenty of time to spare. We arrived early, around 11AM. and were able to board early. very easy ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of destination, Bermuda, and the fact it was only 52 miles from home. The trip to Baltimore was easy with plenty of time to spare. We arrived early, around 11AM. and were able to board early. very easy embarktion, very smooth and courteous.We walked around and then went to the lido deck for lunch. The ship was delayed, and we watched while they loaded late deliveries. Our room was ready early and bags were there. Great service. Room was clean and spacious although the balcony could have been bigger. Room steward was super. Trip a bit rocky to start but smoothed out. The speakers throughout the ship need to be updated, as most times you couldn't understand what they were saying. Dinner was open time,and we never waited more than 5 minutes. Very polite service, but never got a hot meal in the dinning room. Hostess was very nice but the last two nights our serves were slow or non entities. Breakfast and lunches at the Buffet. Pools very small, Hot tubs even smaller. Shows OK but not as good as the other cruise. Casino very outdated and laid out poorly. Would probably go back, only if they go out of Baltimore and to somewhere we haven't been. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
This is my 5th cruise, 1st one with Carnival. The wait service and room service was excellent. Our balcony room was spacious and had lots of storage space. The wait staff worked hard and provided top service. The food was good. I enjoyed ... Read More
This is my 5th cruise, 1st one with Carnival. The wait service and room service was excellent. Our balcony room was spacious and had lots of storage space. The wait staff worked hard and provided top service. The food was good. I enjoyed my meals but my husband only enjoyed some of his meals as some were so-so bland. The dinning room has too many purple grapes, but the dEcor doesn't take away from the experience. There were many lounges; very nice. The entertainment was good on average. The hypnotist and comedian were fun but the musicals were just ok. We did not encounter any rowdy groups- an unwanted reputation I'm sure Carnival wants to shed. Not too many young couples without children. A various group of people ranging from seniors to families with children. I'm sure the boat is filled with children during school breaks. The trip had its frustrating moments. The ship didn't arrive in NYC until 6pm; 6 hours late. Embarkation was frustrating. We had a low number and still didn't get on ship for 2 hrs. We left NYC 5 hours late. I'm sure to make up time we sped it up. With already rough seas, the speed probably didn't help the extreme rockiness. Of course the weather is beyond Carnival's control. The mid-level staff/mgt did not impress us. The cruise just did not flow very well. It took 25 minutes to get off the ship and 30 minutes waiting in line to get back onto the ship. They only had one security gate working. It was so frustrating. This is my third cruise after 9-11 and the other lines used several security gates waiting 5 minutes tops. We also waited an additional 20 minutes for dinner seating at 8:15. Don't know why. Happened only once, thankfully. We asked a question at the excursion desk on board and her answer was "It's my first day, I don't know. You'll have to ask the info desk on the island itself." Not acceptable. The info desk on the island was really only a place to buy transportation tickets; another 20 minute wait. It was not a tourist info desk. Finally, the pursers desk also gave us wrong disembarkment information and it affected our transportation arrangements. Also, the excursion trips were so expensive. We traveled to Aruba in Jan 2006 and the same kind of trip cost $45 less per person (a two hour sunset sail). Maybe it is due to economics or maybe due to Carnival. I don't know. Overall, it is hard to not have a good time on a cruise. We still enjoyed our vacation; however, I do think it is our last Carnival cruise. If you have had top quality cruises, you will be disappointed with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date April 2008
I booked a group cruise in the Carnival Legend to take me to our wedding in Bermuda. We had 8 cabins booked and 18 people traveling. This is a combination of everyone's recollections. The seas were very rough the entire cruise, ... Read More
I booked a group cruise in the Carnival Legend to take me to our wedding in Bermuda. We had 8 cabins booked and 18 people traveling. This is a combination of everyone's recollections. The seas were very rough the entire cruise, which I know can't be helped, but it still was unpleasant. For one of their newer and bigger ships, things happened that shouldn't have. To start with, our sail & sign cards were never activated, we had to go see the pursers desk to have them set up, even though we gave all the information at the desk before we even got on the ship. Then there were charges to 3 of my guest accounts that they didn't purchase. There was a photographer who was nasty when asked for directions around the ship, and worst of all--a bridesmaid had GLASS in her salad at dinner!! They "corrected" the issue w/ free champaign....not good enough--she broke her tooth!! Missing shore excursions b/c of being told to go to the wrong place, the dining room giving out the wine I ordered for the 4th night on the 1st night and giving out 1 cake when I ordered 3. They took us to Bermuda for Saturday afternoon and Sunday. All the shops in Hamilton were closed on Sunday, most of my guests traveled to Hamilton to find an abandoned city. Very disappointing that the ship didn't tell us this. It was just a poorly planned cruise all together all the way down to having to pass through immigration before leaving the ship in Rhode Island..understandable but, b/c of the line to get through immigration then waiting for a spot on the boat (the cruise ship was anchored in the middle of the bay--smaller boats had to take 2,000 people to shore)we didn't get to Rhode island until 1:00. I have many many more complaints, but you get my point. Everyone was disappointed with the Legend.Some positives, it's a beautiful ship. Lots of places to just sit back and enjoy the atmosphere. For the most part, they handled the many issues w/ a satisfactory outcome. Photographers took great pictures, spent lots of money on them. And the staff was very friendly to my 16 month old niece my sister had brought along. Read Less
Sail Date April 2006
On a scale of 1 to 10 I would rate this ship overall a "6". This is me and my husbands, fourth cruise (2nd with Carnival). Decor of the ship was beautiful, however, the food was not as good as I would of expected. The food in ... Read More
On a scale of 1 to 10 I would rate this ship overall a "6". This is me and my husbands, fourth cruise (2nd with Carnival). Decor of the ship was beautiful, however, the food was not as good as I would of expected. The food in the Unicorn Cafe (alternate dining) was greasy and not much better than buffets around my own home. The main dining room food for dinner was better, however, I felt rushed to get through the meal. The automatic 15% gratuity on all bar bills is not good. Service you get from the bar staff could of been better. Since the gratuity is automatically added, they have no incentive to go above the call of duty. I prefer to tip on good service. Drink prices overall are way too high. Weather was not real good, of course that was not the fault of Carnival. The shows were terrific, the best part of the whole cruise. Pretty good shopping on the ship. Was not impressed with Bermuda and the Royal Navy Dockyard where we docked. Embarkation from Baltimore was quick and easy, however when we returned it seemed to take forever to get off the ship. Everyone has to go through immigration and customs before anyone can get off. Then you take a bus to a warehouse to retrieve your luggage, then you have to get back on another bus with your luggage to get the to parking to get your car or to another lot if you are getting picked up. This was a pain. Added a lot of stress to the end of my vacation. Read Less
Sail Date October 2003
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