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65 Carnival Bermuda Cruise Reviews

When it was time for Sail-Away, we all ended up by the smoke stack. The lights came on, and we watched as they lit up the sky as dusk turned into darkness. A bagpiper walked the decks as he played patriotic songs, and other melodies. It ... Read More
When it was time for Sail-Away, we all ended up by the smoke stack. The lights came on, and we watched as they lit up the sky as dusk turned into darkness. A bagpiper walked the decks as he played patriotic songs, and other melodies. It was a beautiful and moving moment, as Captain Alcaras stopped our ship in front of the Freedom Towers. Their red, white, and blue made the depature out of NYC more memorable. As I stood there, with the other Cruise Critic Members, and said silent prayers for those who perished, as well as the families who were left behind, I realized that I was lucky to be such a huge part of a rememberance of 9/11.I don't have any complaints about our cruise. The entertainment was great. I do give the person who was the juggler credit, as he had a few near misses, and played it off very well. That was at the later show. The other memorable entertainment was our Cruise Director, Malcom in the Middle's Silent Films Cast. He chose audience members to participate. The two shows we saw were very exciting. They were also very funny. I give them a lot of credit for having the guts to stand up in front of strangers, and making us all laugh.The Meet and Greet went well. The Cruise Critic Members all enjoyed themselves. The bar staff in Frankie and Johnnie's Jazz Lounge were wonderful, and served us with drinks throughout the one hour open bar. I must admit, they were also one of the reasons why I love Carnival. They really make the atmosphere a positive one. It's so nice to see their friendly and smiling faces, when they're so far away from their home, and family and friends. I never got tired of hearing them say, "Good Morning." I usually am the cherry one in the morning, even without coffee. It was nice to see so many happy people, who were working on the ship.The other events that the Cruise Critic Members had scheduled were a Cabin Crawl, where everyone went from one category to another, an independent trip to the Blue Hole Caves, and last but not least, a Slot Pull, where everyone loads their money into a slot machine, and they each get five pulls, at around $15 per person. We did miss meeting the NCL Gem Cruise Critic Members, as they got rerouted to Florida and the Bahamas. I missed having their ship in the dockyard with us.We were in the lovely Maria's path, and had a lot of gail forced winds, with a lot of water splashing up onto the pier. I didn't want to stay on the ship, or in the room for that matter. So, I wandered through the dockyard, and ran into some fellow Cruise Critic Members, who had the same idea. The staff and crew did their best to make sure that we were all safe getting on and off the ship. They all told us to be careful, and watch our steps, as they were genuinely concerned for our safety. A few of us ended up getting splashed with water from the ocean, as it came up on the pier. Another couple were standing by the edge of the water, on the pier, and ended up almost getting blown into the water. I'm so glad that wasn't George and me.The food was tasty. We never complained once about the quality of the food. We had Your Time Dining, and were always seated promptly. A couple of times we were handed pagers, but it didn't bother us one bit. We were glad to have the extra time to wander outside, and wait for them to beep us when our table was ready. The waiters and waitresses were wonderful as well. I was so glad that the Matire 'D was there to say hello to us. He didn't just pop up on the last night of the ship, with his hand out for the money. We were very pleased that he took the time to go out of his way to say "Hello".Captain Alcaras is a wonderful person. The Cruise Critic Members and I presented him with a plaque and a coin. The plaque had a picture of NYC's skyline, with the two lights that light up the sky. It reads "10 Years Later We Will Always Remember, 9/11 We Will Never Forget". The coin has the State of New York on it. They put it in the display case, where the stores are. It's all the way at the end, near the stairs and the water fall, heading towards the front of the ship. The stores are at Midship.I am very pleased that Captain Alcaras, the NYC mayor's office, The Port Authority, and the Carnival Administrators, all went out of their way to make our delayed sailing a reality. I'm especially thankful for the one and only, Cruise Director, John Heald, for keeping us posted as the details progressed. If it weren't for the wonderful staff who worked tirelessly to pull this off, the delayed sailing wouldn't have been successful.Also, thank you to all of the Cruise Critic Members in being instrumental in planning and setting up all of our activities. It's been a wonderful cruise. I am very glad that I was able to share some fond memories with my fellow Cruise Critic Members. If it weren't for all of you, we wouldn't have had the successful cruise that we all enjoyed and participated in together. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
This was our second cruise this year on the Pride. We enjoyed our first one very much, and decided to return to try their Bermuda cruise, never having been to that location. Embarkation was quick and easy. We arrived in Baltimore ... Read More
This was our second cruise this year on the Pride. We enjoyed our first one very much, and decided to return to try their Bermuda cruise, never having been to that location. Embarkation was quick and easy. We arrived in Baltimore just before 1, and were able to get on board with virtually no waiting. Went up to the Lido deck for lunch, and while waiting for our cabin to be ready, stopped at the dining room to change our dinner time. This was easy and quick, again no lines, and the maitre d' was very pleasant and efficient. Got to our room around 3 pm; our room stewart Angel was there to greet us, but unfortunately our luggage was not delivered promptly, and didn't arrive until after dinner. Angel did a great job of taking care of our room all week, though. Our first day at sea was extremely windy, with high seas. Most of the pools and hot tubs were closed, and it was very difficult to walk around the ship. The captain clearly did not deploy the stabilizers. I know that they do cut down on fuel efficiency, but felt they should have been used in this situation. Quite a few passengers were seasick. Fortunately, conditions improved by dinnertime, and after that evening, things went much more smoothly. It was interesting to compare this September trip with our July cruise to the Bahamas. Very few kids this time, so we were actually able to use the pools and hot tubs! We still were unable to get a lounge on the Serenity deck, though. People arrive very early in the morning and hog them all day. Tuesday night we had dinner at David's Steakhouse. The meal was delicious and beautifully presented. For breakfast we generally went to the omelet station in the Mermaid Grill -- sometimes the lines were a bit long, but the freshly-prepared eggs were a big improvement over the pre-cooked ones in the buffet. We usually had lunch in the grill as well; some of the buffet lines were long, but if you don't go when the buffet first opens, you can usually get your meal without too much of a wait. For dinner, we decided to try "anytime" dining for the first time, and liked it very much. Again, don't go when the dining room first opens and you won't have to wait in line. Dining room staff was very efficient. Several times we were in a bit of a hurry, and they always brought our meals very promptly. Our days in Bermuda were hot and sunny, and we really enjoyed spending 2 overnights in the port. In the future I will definitely look for cruises that have overnight stays. We had time to visit beaches and the city of Hamilton, but unfortunately didn't get to St. George because the ferries don't run very frequently. Wish we'd known that in advance, so we could have managed our time more efficiently. None of the shore excursions sounded very interesting, so we didn't sign up for any -- maybe we should have! Entertainment on the ship is very good. We really enjoyed Ron Joseph's Motown show, very entertaining. The Pride Showband also did a Motown night in the Starry Nights bar, and vocalist Kelsey really got the crowd up and dancing. On our last Pride cruise I complained that there wasn't enough of an opportunity to dance -- maybe somebody listened! We also attended some Karaoke and Superstar Live just to hear the band, even though I'm not a big karaoke fan. The stage shows are a bit dated but very well performed by the singers and dancers. Loved comedian Percy Crews, didn't see any of the other comics. Watched the Legends show on Saturday night; if you enjoy seeing your fellow guests get as wacky as they can be, you'll enjoy this. Most of them were not wonderful singers, though, and personally I prefer watching the professionals. Although seeing cruise director Brent as Dolly Parton was pretty funny! We used the spa several times; Daniella gave me one of the best massages I've ever had -- very relaxing and enjoyable. Went to the gym a few times, and everything there is in good shape. Without exception, the crew on this ship is wonderful. We make a point of talking to as many of them as possible, and were always greeted with a smile, and often by name. Some of them even remembered us from our last cruise. Debarkation went smoothly. We were one of the last groups scheduled to depart, so we took our time with breakfast in the Grill and relaxed by the pool for a while. We were off the ship by 11. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
What a wonderful and awe inspiring beginning to our cruise! Thanks to the "powers that be" we were privileged to have the best seats in the house for viewing the spotlight beams blazing into the sky in remembrance of those who so ... Read More
What a wonderful and awe inspiring beginning to our cruise! Thanks to the "powers that be" we were privileged to have the best seats in the house for viewing the spotlight beams blazing into the sky in remembrance of those who so tragically lost their lives on 9/11. Travel and Embarkation: Smooth sailing from start to finish. We drove from RI straight down 95, took the Henry Hudson Parkway south (9A south)straight to the pier. We recommend going straight to parking an not to the drop off point. Baggage handlers are at the parking lot to help. We processed through at about 1130 and got aboard at about 1230. Went to eat and dropped our stuff off at 1330. Cabin: Superb! Clean and more than enough room for the two of us. We really enjoyed the balcony. The steward from Indonesia was efficient--probably the best we have ever had. Food: Not a clinker in the bunch. The last time aboard I had little success with the beef dishes. This time was just the opposite. All meals, to include appetizers and desserts were great. I just can't figure out why people can't find something they like on the menu. The menu was extensive and varied. If you don't like something, send it back and try something else! The wait staff was superb and was the Maitre 'D. I also recommend getting one of the wine packages. It's a great deal if you enjoy wine. Entertainment: The juggler was great! The ventriloquist was not, but not for lack of effort on his part. I just didn't get fired up. Ticket to Ride was great as was the Generations show. One of our production shows got cancelled due to Maria. I didn't watch the comedians--way past my bedtime. Physical plant: The crew went out of their way to keep up with all of us messy folks. No complaints from us on cleanliness or availability of necessities. They took good care of us. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
This was our 10 year wedding anniversary so we were hoping to not be disappointed. In the the end we were more then happy. Both embarkation and disembarkation out of Baltimore were quick and easy. We really enjoyed our room which we ... Read More
This was our 10 year wedding anniversary so we were hoping to not be disappointed. In the the end we were more then happy. Both embarkation and disembarkation out of Baltimore were quick and easy. We really enjoyed our room which we thought was perfectly placed but there were times that you could hear carts from the floor above.The room steward was very nice and always had our room in tip top shape. Since we went after school was back in there wasn't many kids on board. Which helped make the cruise extra relaxing ( not that we are against children ). The ship was full but there were plenty of areas for everyone and it never seemed over crowded. I would say that the only exception to that would be the butterflies lounge for the comedians. I suggest that you arrive early to the comedy shows. And yes the comedians were extremely funny. I would definitely recommend the comedy shows especially the adult ones. All of the other shows and activities were fun. The main complaint that we had was the food. It wasn't bad but it wasn't great either. I do have to say that they have the best cruise ship pizza and Davids restaurant was excellent. The ships decor was also a little overwhelming. It wasn't what you would think as a decor for a ship sailing to bright sunny places. I also wish that they would have had more bands at the pool or at least a real dj, not just a guy selecting songs on a cd. Also as a final note, I would recommend Bermuda to anyone. It was a great port of call, with plenty of activities, and very friendly people. The island is expensive though so please make sure to take some extra cash. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
What was supposed to be a trip to Bermuda ended up being a trip to the Western Caribbean because of Hurricane Irene. The folks at Carnival thought it best to steer us directly into the path of the storm instead of sending us straight out ... Read More
What was supposed to be a trip to Bermuda ended up being a trip to the Western Caribbean because of Hurricane Irene. The folks at Carnival thought it best to steer us directly into the path of the storm instead of sending us straight out to Bermuda. Big mistake. There were many sick people and there were barf bags tapped up beside each elevator. I have been on six cruises and I have NEVER experienced rocking like that before. I was terrified. While I am still quite angry at Carnival and I am seriously questioning whether I would ever book with Carnival again, there were some positives. The ship is old, but it has been completely refurbished and it looks new. It is very clean and it has modern décor (not the tacky Vegas-like décor typically seen on older Carnival ships). There is even an adults-only area on the back of the ship called Serenity. It has very nice chaise lounges with cushions and umbrellas. My only complaint about Serenity is that there isn't a pool, only two hot tubs. Not comfortable when you need to cool off on a 90+ degree day. The food in the main dining room was excellent and I really enjoyed the anytime dining, although most nights we did have a wait (no more than 15 minutes). It was still nice to be able to choose what time we ate dinner each night instead of being restricted to one time. Most nights we had a table to ourselves, so no awkward conversations with strangers. The food in the lido restaurant was ok. Though they really need some new breakfast options. I have been on six Carnival cruises and they all serve the same exact thing for breakfast everyday. The shows were sub-par at best. The first show we went to was so crowded, we had to stand for the entire show which made it hard to enjoy. The second show was a Beatles themed show, which I had previously seen on another Carnival ship. They really need some new shows! The band in the lounge played a variety of songs and were quite good. I do have to mention that on the last two nights of the cruise, there was a sewage smell in my cabin. I am not sure if it was because the cabin was in the back of the ship or not. I did mention it to the cabin steward who said that he would look into it. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
We chose this cruise as it was a short drive from our NC home. Experienced cruisers, we had low expectations of Carnival and we were pleasantly surprised. Good service, lots of food and food choices, easy embarkation and debarkation. We ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it was a short drive from our NC home. Experienced cruisers, we had low expectations of Carnival and we were pleasantly surprised. Good service, lots of food and food choices, easy embarkation and debarkation. We will go again! Not all was perfect of course, but it was a nice getaway. Charleston streets are well marked for cruise traffic. The cruise staff was friendly, our room steward called us by name the first night, and unlocked the door for us several times when he saw us coming down the hall. We elected my time dining, never waited for a table, had various waiters who were friendly and eager to please. Cons: Only in Bermuda 24 hours. We knew this, but others on ship seemed disappointed. Bermuda closes shop after 5pm on Saturdays and on Sundays. However, several shops stayed open longer at the Dockyard because the ship was in port. Do your research folks! We did not go to shop. We took the Famous Homes tour which was informative, enjoyable and reasonably priced. We spoke with others who also took tours and enjoyed them very much. Henry at the piano bar was great. There was some type of entertainment for everyone. This was an older ship, but well maintained. We felt little movement for a smaller ship. Again, this cruise was enjoyable and relaxing. Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
The Carnival Fantasy cruise to Bermuda itinerary is basically a cruise to nowhere, but in a good way. You can have a wonderful getaway for a week, enjoy the scenery in Bermuda, without a lot of shopping. All the itineraries are Saturday ... Read More
The Carnival Fantasy cruise to Bermuda itinerary is basically a cruise to nowhere, but in a good way. You can have a wonderful getaway for a week, enjoy the scenery in Bermuda, without a lot of shopping. All the itineraries are Saturday 4pm to Sunday 4pm. This allows you about 1 hour to hit the specialty shops that are closed on Sunday. In other words, no time at all. This is not a problem for most of us that did our research prior to the trip, but many fellow travelers expected Carnival to do the research for them, and tell them ahead of time that the stores close on Sunday. I now realize why Americans have such a bad reputation overseas. The complaints were loud and obnoxious. I would suggest that Carnival place an "A-frame" just off the gangplank - or even an information sheet in your room - giving directions to the bus terminal, trolley stop, and taxi area to make it less confusing. Bermuda is a beautiful island, and after walking around the Royal Dockyard on Saturday, we bought bus passes ($12 each) and took the ferry to Hamilton, and the bus to Gibbes Hill Lighthouse. Horseshoe Bay beach is still very beautiful, but the sand is not as pink - hurricane damage? The lighthouse is not the same, a bit run down, and the Tea Room is gone. Still, the island is beautiful, with a lot of historical sites. Sunday ferries and buses are on a shortened schedule - something to be aware of when you visit. The Fantasy is one of the older ships in the fleet, but is very nicely laid out, and to me, a not so gaudy version of the rest of the fleet. We enjoyed the trip immensely. Much to do, which is typical of Carnival, excellent variety of food and drinks. The Bistro is top notch. We did the "your time dining", and prefer to have assigned seats, but this was not too bad - missed the show in the dining room, as you cannot see it from the side seating. We attended the Chefs Table, which was nice, but for the money, I would take the Steakhouse next time. The sea bass was excellent, but the Filet was the same that you get in the main dining room. I expected to have a steak similar to the filet I ordered at the Steakhouse on the Legend - which was wonderful. The chef went out of his way to make sure that I received a special sugar free dessert, and also a shellfish free meal. It was delicious, and the experience was great, but once you have done it, I don't feel the need to repeat the experience. I have the same comment as always about the crew - officers do not smile or even speak to the passengers. The "peons" are friendly, courteous, and go out of their way to make your stay wonderful. Our cabin stewards were great to us. I last traveled on the Fantasy in 1996, and remember paying $10 each time my sons lost a basketball overboard. Glad that court is gone! They made a few changes, but we enjoyed walking around and remembering the different decks and themes. All in all, it was a great trip, and we plan to make this a regular getaway for us. Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
After reading some negative reviews of Pride (both prior to and following our particular cruise) I can't help but wonder what ship those folks were on because, from my experience, it sure wasn't the Pride. Some of these ... Read More
After reading some negative reviews of Pride (both prior to and following our particular cruise) I can't help but wonder what ship those folks were on because, from my experience, it sure wasn't the Pride. Some of these complaints and observances that I've seen are just ridiculous!For a nine year old ship it's in pretty darn good condition. We also sailed on Pride out of Baltimore two years ago and the ship looks as nice as it did then. Embarkment from Baltimore was a breeze. It took us 20 minutes to check in, go through security, etc...before we boarded the ship. Debarkment a week later was just as easy.The crew on Carnival Pride is wonderful. Everybody was so friendly and worked so hard to help make our experience a good one. The passengers on this sailing were really terrific as well. A very friendly bunch of people. We met some very nice folks.The food at the Normande Restaurant was fabulous every night. The service was great. We opted for Anytime Dining, (which works very well for us) so we did not have the same table and servers every night. We were seated in Roderick's section on three occasions and in Thomas' on two evenings. Every dining experience in there was top-notch. Can't recommend it enough. So very worth cleaning up for.Our stateroom service was excellent. Our steward was Serge and he was very personable and did a terrific job. We loved the two night layover in port @ Bermuda. We were able to come and go as we pleased at all hours of the day and night, so we never felt rushed in port to try and cram as much as possible into a 10 hour span. We were able to be relaxed and leisurely and it was a real pleasure. Also, Bermuda is beautiful and fascinating. It always helps to have a desirable port of call. JAll in all, a GREAT vacation and we can't wait to go again! Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
This was my first ever cruise, and we booked with Carnival because we got a good deal from my mother's friend who is a travel agent, and she was booking a group cruise, and if we booked with her, it was much cheaper, so for our family ... Read More
This was my first ever cruise, and we booked with Carnival because we got a good deal from my mother's friend who is a travel agent, and she was booking a group cruise, and if we booked with her, it was much cheaper, so for our family vacation, we decided to go to Bermuda, which was a 7 day cruise, and we were docked for 3 days in Bermuda, which I thought was nice, you got to spend more time on the island than on other cruises. EMBARKATION:We arrived in NYC at 11:30 am, the boat was scheduled to start boarding passengers at 1:00 pm. We got a ride from a relative, so parking was not necessary for us, and we went inside the terminal, and we got out boarding passes and we went through customs and security and got our room keys/sail and sign cards in under 20 minutes. We only had to wait to board the ship for about 10 minutes, and Carnival even opened the gang plank earlier so people didn't have to wait in the waiting area. The rooms wouldn't be ready until 1:30, so we all went to the Lido deck, and they already had a beautiful buffet lunch prepared, it was delicious, and we walked around the Sun Deck and explored, and by the time we noticed, it was already 2:00, so we went to our rooms. The rooms we got were Interior rooms, they were beautiful, I saw no need for a balcony or grand suite when everything was already in the room, and it was not cramped at all, and it was clean and beautiful!We had 2 fun days at sea, where we went to shows, which were beautifully done, very nice entertainment, except the one comedian I saw, every other joke was about bestiality and masturbation, he really didn't amuse me, but the show times were SPECTACULAR, we saw "Generations", "A Ticket to Ride", and some singer, I forget his name, but he was awesome! The entertainment was beautifully arranged.Meals at the Bacchus Dining Room were exquisite. The food was absolutely amazing, everything was hot and cooked and just tasted delicious, and there were tons of options for you, no one went back to the cabin hungry!The staff were just marvelous. Everywhere you went, they ALL send hello and how is your day, and it was just wonderful. We had a waiter, his name was Pande, and he treated my family like gold, we always requested him, he knew all of our named, knew my grandmother liked hot tea with her meals, and knew what we were all getting for dessert. We also had an assistant waitress, Mirjana, and she was WONDERFUL, she was very nice, and we called her my cousins' girlfriend, she was just wonderful. The bar tenders knew what we wanted to drink as soon as we came up, the staff I give an 11 out of 10. They were phenomenal, and I tipped everyone I saw, they deserved it!And another thing, the boat was CLEAN. There was absolutely NO DUST anywhere I went, the carpets were stain free, the chairs and couches and tables were always polished and smelled brand new, the beds and sheets were never dirty, I did not have one single complaint about the cleanliness of this ship, even the decks did not have one speck of sand or dirt on them, the windows were streak free, it was just amazing how hard these people worked.Our cruise director, Malcolm "woo hoo" was very informative and funny and always involved with cruise activities and very friendly, we were never left in the dark about anything, he always announced changes in the itinerary (which never had periods of time without activities) and he was just amazing throughout the whole cruises. The assistant cruise director, Leslie "Sparkles" was very helpful too, she helped throughout the cruise, and she was amazing all throughout Disembarking too. DISEMBARKATION:My family and I chose the self-assist program, which was carrying out your own luggage, and it worked out wonderfully. As soon as we docked back in NYC, we were called, and it was only a small line that went by very quickly to leave the ship, and it was great. It only took about 15 minutes to get off the ship and terminal and back onto land. Overall, this was a wonderful cruise for my first time. The boat was immaculate, the staff was impeccable, ALL of the food was to DIE FOR, and it was just an amazing experience for me, I wish I lived on that ship it was so nice! Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
I was unsure what to expect given the vast array of reviews...It became clear very quickly that some people who write reviews are just generally unhappy and unpleasable.My initial impression upon boarding the ship was that this ship is ... Read More
I was unsure what to expect given the vast array of reviews...It became clear very quickly that some people who write reviews are just generally unhappy and unpleasable.My initial impression upon boarding the ship was that this ship is beautiful. Nothing in the week that followed changed my mind at all. The entire crew was there to make this a great vacation for all the passengers. I took the time to talk with many...usually at one of the many bars :-). They are, as you would expect from all over the world....Communication was not an issue as they all spoke English...and rather well too.Our cabin ( on deck 7 - 7220) It was truly mid ship near the main elevators. BTW...there are many elevator banks on this ship. The cabin was very roomy, incredibly clean and very well maintained by the cabin steward. The bathroom was just as clean and also had ample room to move around. The showers were great..(great pressure). We stored our 4 pieces of luggage under the king size bed...did not see them again till packing time... :-(Our cruise on April 17 set sail for Bermuda. I have been there before, several times. There is not really much to do there. A little sight seeing, a little shopping, although there are no real bargains there. We chose this trip because the dates worked for us. We really did not care where we went...We got off the boat at Kings Wharf, took a ferry to Hamilton (their main city). We had lunch and looked in a few shops. Other than that, we were happy to stay on board the ship as it tends to get very quiet on board at those port times. That was nice !!As for the food...it was very good. The Normandy Restaurant (dining room) had very good service and always aiming to please. We never had a bad meal there. In fact, I saw some people actually order 2 entries, or 2 starter apps simply because they could. The menu changed to some degree every day, but there were always some things that remained standard. We had dinner one evening in "Davids"...the steak house on deck 10. It was worth every penny. It cost $30 per person, but the food and the presentation were wonderful !It is true that the deck with the buffet could get a bit crowded at times, but there were always tables to sit at if you were patient for a minute or two...that's it. The food there was equally good. There were all sorts of stations set up...you just needed to walk around and see what each station had to offer...some stations always remained constant. This was simply not a big deal...some past reviews, I saw that people complained about the disorganization...this is simply not true or even a fair assessment. The deck is big and it was laid out well in my opinion.In thinking about the trip as a whole and really trying to critic it a bit...the only thing that I would have liked to see different, would be the Serenity Deck...This is the adults only area with lounge chairs, a pool, a hot tub and a great bar. There were also some nice comfortable chairs in the bar area in which you could lounge back on..just not in the sun. On the "sailing" days...you needed to get out there fairly early to secure a lounge in the sun or they were already taken...I guess what I'm saying is that i wish there was a bit more room planned for the adults only section. But if you don't mind kids, there were plenty of other pools and lounge chairs around the others decks to soak up the sun. I simply felt that I left my kids home for a reason...I preferred the Serenity deck. :-)We spent most evenings after dinner in the comedy club. They have several shows each night by several different comics. They include "rated R" shows so nobody under 18 were in those particular shows. Each comic was incredibly funny. If your not an uptight person...you will truly enjoy these shows. I laughed so much my cheeks hurt :-)Overall...We were very very pleased with The Carnival Pride and will absolutely consider Carnival again when planning another cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
This was our second Cruise on the Carnival Pride, and our second experience with the Port in Baltimore. And being a warm weather beach party kinda guy, was apprehensive about Bermuda. Bermuda being a "PROPER" country. We chose ... Read More
This was our second Cruise on the Carnival Pride, and our second experience with the Port in Baltimore. And being a warm weather beach party kinda guy, was apprehensive about Bermuda. Bermuda being a "PROPER" country. We chose this cruise because Baltimore is only 60 miles form where we live, and because of my wife's profession, Elementary School Teacher, this was the only time available, as it was spring break.First .. after the last cruise of staying overnight in a hotel in Baltimore and leaving our car at the Hotel during the cruise, we opted to park in the Cruise Line area parking lot. Reason was that when the cruise was over, it took the Hotel 2 hours to pick us up and return us to the Hotel to pick up the car.Our choice to park in the Cruise line Parking Lot worked out great. Sorta quoting a female Alaskan Vice Presidential Candidate - "I could see my car from the Lido Deck!"This cruise, due to finances, we opted out of booking a suite. Instead, we booked a Balcony Cruise. Turned out not to be a bad choice. Me being the VIP seeking person, who likes to get on the ship and of first, was concerned I would be waiting in long lines to board. Well a funny thing happened. If I had a way of posting pictures here I would show you. On the Cruise in Nov 2010 we had a Grand Suite. I took a picture of the Pride's Clock on the Lido Deck. As a VIP then we boarded first. This cruise we were in Group 8, and boarded after the VIP Guest. Upon reaching the Lido Deck, I took a picture of the Pride's clock. Both the Nov 2010 cruise and this one - twilight zone theme starts - Both showed 1:23 PM. From this point on, everything went well. Rooms were ready at the regular time. And unlike the Nov 2010 cruise, we actually departed on time.A couple days at sea before my dreaded expectations of going to Bermuda and spending about 48 hours docked their.So, being a person of chance, shown by my risk of picking a Bermuda Cruise, I wandered down to meet my old buddies ... The Slots. And in hand I carried a invitation in my hand that I found in my cabin that basically stated that because of my relationship with the slots on my last two cruises I qualified for the new "ON-US" program. Also Known as - Free Drinks while playing the slots. And I will leave the casino stories here with this - My Slot playing became a two way challenge. Would I lose to the slots or would Carnival Lose in then amount of free drinks. Results of this personal challenge for another day.My Expectations of Bermuda were, and I hate to admit it, wrong. It is a wondrous strange place. Seems all that Proper stuff with rules and regulations of proper dress, proper behavior, visitors can't rent cars, swim wear exposing to much skin beyond 25 feet of the actual beach water line, and more only extends from the water line inland. We took three excursion, two of which were booked via Carnival and one that we booked on our own.We spent From 1 pm April 19 to 5 PM April 21 docked in Bermuda. And other than the excursions, we never made it out of the Kings Wharf Area. The people of Bermuda, the people who ran the excursions, the People who we met in the shops on Kings Wharf, and my favorite place - The Frog and Onion - were unbelievably awesome. Having my expectations of Bermuda shattered, I find that I will return someday to see and do what I did not have time to do on that long docked period.My only negatives about the cruise was, that during the long docked period on Bermuda, the activities available on the Cruise Ship Pride seemed to shut down. Being On Board during that time was a bit ... BORING!And as with my first cruise on the Pride ... She Shows (stand by for blunt criticism)were .. well let me just say the Simon Cowel of American Idle and Nigel of - You Think you could dance, would have eliminated them on the initial try outs. And if you know Simon's way of doing this .... He would have said it in a way that I could, but will not say here.Note - The shows do not include the Comedy Club Shows. They, as always were great.And I will leave it here. Would I go on the Pride again? Yes! Will I go on the Pride again? Most likely not! Why? Moving from Northern Va to Florida in the next few months, and my options are now open to checking out other Carnival Cruise ships withing Driving distance.And that's the way it was... No complaints! Steve Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
Big Positive:We usually enjoy our cruises, but there are some usual malfunctions that we must overlook to have a good time. And after traveling on NCL, we had almost given up on Carnival. BUT the Carnival Fantasy fixed them all! The ... Read More
Big Positive:We usually enjoy our cruises, but there are some usual malfunctions that we must overlook to have a good time. And after traveling on NCL, we had almost given up on Carnival. BUT the Carnival Fantasy fixed them all! The mattresses are usually the biggest problems with any cruise line: We were surprised and delighted by the "new" (new to us) mattresses. Frankly, the rest of the cruise improvements were just the icing on the cake after getting good sleep and rest breaks on those mattresses. The new (to us) wall papers and colors throughout the ship were a treat. The Fantasy still looked and felt like a Carnival ship, but she really had changed our ideas about Carnival. How great is that!Small Negative: The new computerized system in the casino was not very "user-friendly." But we usually do not gamble, so this was only a minor distraction on an otherwise great cruise.Bermuda, as always, was the best! Not a single "Senor Frog" or "Emeralds International" in site! Wish we could live there. Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
This 3 day cruise was my second cruise and my husband's first. We selected it mainly to find out if he would like the atmosphere, experience and being on the water for so long. We are not fancy people. When not working, (I'm a ... Read More
This 3 day cruise was my second cruise and my husband's first. We selected it mainly to find out if he would like the atmosphere, experience and being on the water for so long. We are not fancy people. When not working, (I'm a teacher, he is a general contractor) we prefer jeans, shorts, classic cars, his Harley. I have my eye on several longer cruises, down the road, and we had to find out if he would share my enthusiasm. I could make a long story short by saying that he loved it but I have too much to say to do that! We flew into Fort Lauderdale at 10:10 am, waited for awhile for a shuttle bus to arrive and then fill up, and arrived at the Port of Miami at 11:30. Because we had booked a suite (the only cabin category on this class of ship to have a balcony), we were whisked through VIP boarding. By 11:45, we were aboard the ship and making our way to the Lido deck to check out the buffet. There were quite a few people on board already, with some in the pool, others already having lunch, a few sunning themselves on loungers. I immediately felt that we were "on vacation". After eating lunch at the buffet, we found the most outrageous dessert! A creamy, dark chocolate, puddingish cake with a raspberry on top. If you see it, get it! It was our favorite dessert offering of the trip and we never saw it again after that first lunch! We toured the sports deck for awhile, (miniature golf, basketball court, jogging track) then made our way to our cabin at 1:30. It was bright and airy, nice bathroom, plenty of closet space and great bedding! (My husband slept straight through for 8 hours on the first night, something he has never come close to doing in the 19 years that I have known him!) We took a nap, went to the muster drill and then headed to the dining room after the ship left port at 5:30. (We were supposed to embark at 4:15 but the ship waited for 7 late passengers! We never heard the details about that situation but assumed that the passengers must have been late due to Carnival error for them to have waited so long for them!) Maybe because we had only left port a few minutes earlier (5:45 seating in the Imagination Dining Room), there were very few people in the dining room. As time passed, more arrived, but we wound up only having 6 at our table for 10. We were seated with two nice couples, one of which we had so much in common with, we were amazed. Dinner was great! Strawberry soup, pumpkin soup were both pleasant surprises. We both had the lobster tail (Maine) and tiger shrimp, both of which were excellent. The chocolate melting cake was good but did not compare to the yummy chocolate with raspberry cake we had found earlier. As it turned out, we never made it back to our scheduled dining time. On Day #2 we were not onboard at dinnertime and on Day #3, we were too stuffed from overindulging earlier in the day to sit down to a big meal again! Suffice it to say that we enjoyed all of the food, from the dining room to the buffet, to the 24 hour pizza and 24 hour room service. There was always a wide selection of salads and desserts at the buffet as well as different selections of meat, fish, pasta, rice and vegetables every day. We were never at a loss for something good to eat! In Nassau, on the second day, we took the #10 Jitney bus ($1) to the Wyndham Resort Hotel on Cable Beach. After paying $15 per person, we had unlimited access to their nice beach, nicer pool (towels and chairs were provided) and hotel and casino areas. It was a nice way to spend several hours. We returned to the ship, had lunch and a nap and took a taxi to Atlantis. ($4 per person and they do wait for several people to get onboard before they leave the pier.) Needless to say, we were not as successful at the Atlantis casino and returned to the ship by 9:30 pm. (In time for the show that night!) We went to the ship's casino 3 times during our trip. It was also great, in my opinion. It was larger than I had expected and that loud slot machine/ gambler combination sound that I love filled the air! The slot machines were not cheap in paying out, either. I had expected to be really disappointed with that but was pleasantly surprised. I saw, heard, several people with big wins and I, myself, left all three times on the plus side. I was up $220 by the end of the trip. We went to one Bingo event and only one show, The 80's Revival Show. It was very good, quite crowded. We had gone in early and had great seats. It was a lot of fun. They had a lot of things going on every day on the Lido deck, like Ice Sculpting and Hairy Chest Contest which were fun to watch. People watching was also a favorite pastime with a nice mix onboard. I'd say 25% between 20 and 30, 30% couples or singles between 30 and 40, 30% above 40, and the rest kids and teenagers. We never saw anyone disagree or raise their voice unless cheering a favorite competitor. We had occasion to ask for information at the Purser's desk a few times and found them to be very helpful. We purchased our limits at the Duty Free Shop on board and printed our boarding passes for the plane in the internet cafe, 24 hours before our flight home. In general, both my husband and I felt that this was the perfect long weekend vacation for us. Once the muster drill was out of the way, we were on our own schedule 100% of the time! We ate, slept, sunned, socialized, left the ship, toured the ship whenever we wanted to. All of the Carnival employees were very friendly and courteous. The ship was clean, spacious, not crowded at all. Although it was filled to capacity, we never had a problem finding choice locations for our loungers, easy seating in the buffet, someplace to hang out by ourselves, other than our cabin. We loved having the balcony, loved the robes and the comfy duvet and pillows. We have both decided that cruising will now become our main way of traveling (other than Las Vegas and visiting the kids in Tn, Ca, Mt and Fla). I am already looking into rebooking on the Fascination next Spring for the 4 day trip, and will try to get the same cabin. The location was perfect. We loved the ship and will definitely sail her again. Carnival has won couple of new customers! Read Less
Sail Date May 2007
This is our 6th cruise, 3rd with CCL. We are a couple, early 40s travelling without the kids. Embarkation was the easiest ever. We arrived at the port at 12:15 dropped off our bags, had the car valet parked for us and went inside. There as ... Read More
This is our 6th cruise, 3rd with CCL. We are a couple, early 40s travelling without the kids. Embarkation was the easiest ever. We arrived at the port at 12:15 dropped off our bags, had the car valet parked for us and went inside. There as no line so we were through check and we were on the ship within 10 min. We had an ocean view room on the main deck aft. We had no problems with noise or roughness. The room was 186sq ft with the newer bedding. Our room steward was efficient and we had turn down service and towel animals every night. No foul smells or clogged toilets, the ac worked perfectly, so all in all we were pleased with the room and the steward (nelson). The room had robes, a safe but no fridge. Overall, we thought the ship was in good condition considering it is 16yr old. We did see a few cracked windows (out of the few thousand on the ship) and some stains on the carpet but I have seen worse on other older ships. We ate breakfast every morning on the lido deck, typical breakfast buffet. My only complaint is that the eggs were usually a bit runny on the omelets greasy but apparently not enough to cause me to not eat them every day. Lunch had different buffet items every day and of course there were always burgers, hot dogs, pizza and sandwiches available. Overall, I would rate the lido deck food on par with other cruises but give the sandwich bar a B+. I would like to point out, that unlike some of the new larger ships with 2x the amount of people, we never had to wait longer than 5 min in line at the buffet. We ate in the Jubilee dining room. The menu was good, I don't eat sea food or 'fru fru' food so luckily there was steak on the menu every night. My wife ate the sea food and the funky soups etc most nights and said they were good. I had no problems with the steaks and pastas. Service was good and I was pleased to be able to get ice tea with dinner.(for some reason, on the triumph last year, getting ice tea with dinner apparently was a major hassle for the wait staff) I told the waiter (Darius) on the first night that we would like tea every night and they kept the tea glasses full every night. The waiter and assistant were pretty sharp, not real outgoing but you could get them to talk a bit. We ate with a honeymooning couple from detroit. They only ate in the dining room 2 nights so for 3 of the nights we had the table to our selves. Luckily there was very little dancing and singing done by the waitstaff. They did some but they didn't have big extended 'shows' going on in the dining room. Room service was pretty efficient, we only used it for coffee and they only messed up once out of the 4 mornings we used it. Since I am not a singing and dance fan, we did not go to the main shows. The entertainment was pretty thin on this cruise. 3 nights of singing and dance productions, 1 night of guest talent show and 1 night with a magician and comedian. We did not go to any of them. We did go to a late night comedy show and I didn't think the guy was too funny. For you football fans, you do get an abc and I think a cbs station so I was able to get sun afternoon games. We couldn't get monday night though because there was no sat signal, however if they do get a signal you would be able to see the game in the majestic bar. We also skipped the bingo and most of the other organized activities. We did watch the hairy chest contest and the love and marriage game. Although they are both cheesy, the are funny. The casino was not very friendly, I guess that I ended up being about $100 down over the entire week. Luckily I won $80 on the last night to make it a bit less painful. The pool area was nice, I did not see much if any chair hogging. We are able to find chairs near the pool every time we wanted and there were always open tables on the lido deck. The slide was open till 5 every day including the 1st day. Also, the staff in the pool area and in the windows by the sea were very quick to clean tables which of course made it easier to find one. I think since this was a fall cruise, with mostly middle aged passengers without the kids made this a more laid back and calm cruise than some of the others I have been on. Saw very little drunkenness and no buffet line cutters, seat saving or other rude behavior. Our first port was grand turk, or ccls' other private island. Grand Turk is basically a tiny island which is only of interest to divers. When you get of the ship, you go trough a little shopping area which I am guessing is mostly carnival owned. My wife went to Margaritaville which she said was a total blast. That is where the 'party people' were hanging out. The drinks were 7.50 but strong. I had heard in the past that the DJ was real crude, my wife said he was not and actually was having to keep the passengers in line. Overall, my wife said it was a real fun place but the drinks caught up with here and she was asleep in her room by 2pm! I did a 2 tank dive with blue water divers. It was a very, very nice wall dive. I will post more about the dives on the scuba board. Half moon cay is a nice place. The further down the beach you go, the less crowded it gets. We rented a clam shell ($15) and it was worth it. There is no beach snorkeling though, it is shallow and sandy bottom for a long way out, so if you want to snorkel, sign up for a tour. The water and beach are beautiful though. CCL serves burgers, jerk chicken and hotdogs for lunch on the island. I did another dive here which was nicer than I expected, I will post more on that in the scuba board. I will say that it was not a cattle boat operation which is what I was expecting. Overall, half moon cay is a very, very nice beach day. Nassau was, well Nassau, this was our 3rd time here. We did sign up for the catamaran snorkel trip. It was ok, not worth the $45pp unless you are seeing the underwater life for the 1st time. We went a bit outside nassau harbor and snorkeled on a shallow reef for about an hour. There were alot of reef fish so as I said, it would be worth it for a newbie. After the snorkel trip, we got a few t-shirts, booze and then jumped back on the ship. Here are some random thoughts, normally we don't get hyped up about the shopping and spa 'specials' but we did pick up matching his / her watches for $30 for the set. The sale is on the Half moon cay day. Formal night, most people wore suits, there were very few tuxes that I saw. Overall dining room attire was dockers and a polo shirt, There were a few people wearing shorts but in all honesty, I really don't care about what others are wearing. The weather was perfect, hot as hell but no rain, little wind and the seas were the smoothest that I have every seen on a cruise. If you want quiet spots, the back of ship on decks 10 and 11 were pretty deserted. Most of the day time action was of course the main pool area and at night midship on deck 9. Overall, we were very happy with the cruise, normally we do a western during spring break time which is more of a party atmosphere and more active. This cruise is all about beaches and relaxing. So if you are looking for alot of sun, sand, water in a low key atmosphere, this cruise would be perfect for you. As I mentioned, this was our 6th cruise and I would rate it as our 2nd favorite. Overall it was a very quiet, relaxing cruise. CCL seemed to be on top of their game, everything went perfectly and flowed smoothly. I would do this trip again in a heartbeat. Read Less
Sail Date September 2006
This was my second cruise ever (first was also on Carnival-the Sensation) and both my boyfriend and grandmother's first. My parents are avid cruisers and Bermuda is a favorite port of call for them-it was their honeymoon destination. ... Read More
This was my second cruise ever (first was also on Carnival-the Sensation) and both my boyfriend and grandmother's first. My parents are avid cruisers and Bermuda is a favorite port of call for them-it was their honeymoon destination. Embarkation: We booked through a airline-employees travel agency (my father is employed at an airline) so we received our confirmation information and such a little differently. As a result, my boyfriend and I were unable to book a room together, however, during embarkation and check-in, the staff happily switched our rooms around so we were able to be registered in the same room (We were going to stay together anyways, but at least this way the information would match up.) It was fast, polite, and within a matter of a half an hour we were onboard the boat. The Ship: Amazing. I read some reviews before I left, and a couple people mentioned the decor being somewhat cheesy. I thought otherwise, it was new and exciting (so much better than the "outdated" Sensation) and to the person who thought there were one too many urns throughout the ship-Get over it and enjoy your vacation, there are too many fun things to do to even notice such things. When we took our trip, the ship was practically brand new, all the surfaces were impeccable (nothing was ever dirty). My boyfriend and I ran around like little kids, exploring everything from the arcade to the casino (and hitting a few of the really fun bars in between). As far as stability goes, my boyfriend Josh, is not a huge fan of water, and a lot of times he'd forget we were hundreds of miles away from land, the boat seldom rocked. The rooms were more spacious and modern then I could've imagined, it was a hotel room, not a cramped claustrophobic compartment. The Food: So good. My boyfriend is a pretty strict (read: picky-just cheese and junk) vegetarian. A lot of the vegetarian entrees were just too different for his tastes, but our waiter always offered him a pasta choice or something else which made him very happy (and me too :o). The veggie burgers on the ship were amazing as well, it was so nice to get vegetarian fare outdoors on the BBQ. The Destination: Bermuda is possibly the most beautiful place on earth. The ship docked at the Royal Naval Dockyard, which was nice, although their wasn't much to do their besides go to the fort/marketplace and the Frog and the Onion Pub. Anywhere else on the island requires transportation by ferry, taxi or bus. All the buses are air-conditioned and quite comfortable. The ferry stops running out of Hamilton to the RNDockyard at around 9:30 P.M. so Josh and I were forced to make the most out of the few hours we had in Hamilton before taking the ferry back. The ferry ride after a few (6) drinks was pretty rough, albeit, a lot cheaper than taking a taxi. While we were in Bermuda, we all went out to the Bermuda Aquarium/Zoo, which was awesome. The exhibits and animals there were well taken care of and very interesting (especially the Australian Tree Kangaroo). After the aquarium we went to the Swizzle Inn, a MUST for anyone going to Bermuda EVER. My parents told me stories about going to a pub, having their signature 'Bermuda Rum Swizzle' and then writing their names and a passage in the giant logs the restaurant kept from years past. The Swizzle Inn is a giant pub with open-air and indoor seating. The place encourages you to deface it (Josh and I carved our names into the table we were sitting at while our waitress looked on approvingly). There's writing on the walls (and it's not just in the bathroom) so bring a business card (to tack to the ceiling) a marker (to write on the walls) and an appetite (they have amazing pub food). While there my father was able to find the log book from their honeymoon and 5th anniversary trip. I took a page from my parents and copied it "IN Bermuda, In Love, will come back within 10 years, still in love" and Josh and I signed it. We can't wait to return and find our table, our cards and write some more in the logs. In conclusion, this cruise was as close to perfect as I could've wished (without the sun rash I got from sitting out too long :o( If you're lucky enough to sail on the Legend, enter the couples slot tournament, perhaps luck will be on your side as well-Josh and I walked away 500 dollars richer!!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2003
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