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235 Carnival Bermuda Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise for the itinerary. It wasn't a hit and run cruise but rather a stay put in one port get to really see the island type of cruise. We found our stateroom to be roomy and clean. We spent many an hour on our ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. It wasn't a hit and run cruise but rather a stay put in one port get to really see the island type of cruise. We found our stateroom to be roomy and clean. We spent many an hour on our balcony. It was unfortunate that we left Bermuda hours ahead of schedule kind of killing the last day that we had planned. But now we have a reason to go back! The food on the ship was both delicious and plentiful. And always came to the table hot, that is very important to us. The cocktails were well made and strong, the way we like them. We found the ship easy to get around after the first day or so. The nightly Dive In Movies were a great way to spend an evening if you're not into sitting in the lounges or piano bars. We would definitely recommend this cruise to our friends. And will plan other cruises on Carnival's cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I was very happy to sail on the Sunshine, Carnival did a wonderful job. We lucked out this week while others were unsure of their sailing to the Caribbean, Bermuda was beautiful. We did have rain the first day but that was it all other ... Read More
I was very happy to sail on the Sunshine, Carnival did a wonderful job. We lucked out this week while others were unsure of their sailing to the Caribbean, Bermuda was beautiful. We did have rain the first day but that was it all other days was clear sailing. Leaving out of NYC was good (I never experience a problem) we waited a bit for the ship to clear, and was boarding in no time. We went up on deck for lunch, the buffet had a variety of items and all that I ate was very good. We did sit in back as there was more seating. While we were eating the announcement stated cabins were available. We dropped off our carry on and began exploring the ship. I had an inside spa cabin 11004, this was a nice inside cabin, quiet and close the the spa. We did a spa tour and while I always felt the spa prices were higher than what I would usually pay I decided the special seaweed wrap was something I wanted to do but never did. My husband chose the hot stone and bamboo. He loved it. What I had was one of the most enjoyable treatments I had in a long time. It was 2 hours and when I was done, I could barely walk alone and my body was so relaxed. I would do this again. Check it out!!! and no I didnt buy the items suggested but it was one of the best treatments. We had anytime dining, I chose this because we were traveling with my sister and brother in law and was unsure of what time they liked to eat dinner. When you have this, you must go on deck 5 and get a reservation. The first night was the only busy night, we decided to use the Italian Restaurant as we had a free night there. While I heard poor reviews, I will say I thought the food was very good, service was excellent. So we made a great choice. Every other night the line for dinner was no more than a 10 min wait. We did eat one night at the steak house, as we were celebrating birthdays, and anniversaries. The food and service was excellent. I love the lamb chops amazing!!!. While we are talking about food, I enjoyed every dinner, the food was good and so happy to see the cold soups still on the menu!!. The first day we got to Bermuda, we decided to stay on the ship, and enjoyed the sunshine and spa. The next day, we did a Carnival tour, I still do Carnival tours instead of private the price is a few dollars different and its worry free. We did the 5 hour tour of Bermuda. I enjoyed this, we had time to shop and our tour guide was excellent. The next day we were going to plan a beach day but due to ships needing to come in due to the storm that week we had to leave early so we didnt do the beach. I was ok with it as I know I will be back and now I know what I didnt see and what I want to see in the future. Bermuda was very nice, expensive but I dont shop and I eat on the ship. I was looking for knee socks for my two little grandsons as I love the Bermuda attire. I want to share with you that the ship did not feel crowded at all. I loved the ship and the crew was excellent. not sure why people say horrible things about this ship because I liked it. If you are looking for a ship that you can walk through and enjoy this is a mid size ship. I am not a huge mega ship where if you are on the aft, it takes a long walk to get to where you want to go. I would also like to share, the martini bar was excellent!!! I would do another cruise with Carnival on the Sunshine again and again. You will love the cruise but remember, you make your fun, it's your vacation so enjoy it. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Before embarking on our cruise, I read a ton of reviews about the Carnival Sunshine and was shocked at how many were negative and sometimes over-the-top negative. It is a shame that those who felt the need to write such negative reviews ... Read More
Before embarking on our cruise, I read a ton of reviews about the Carnival Sunshine and was shocked at how many were negative and sometimes over-the-top negative. It is a shame that those who felt the need to write such negative reviews had such a miserable experience on what should be one of the best times of their lives. As with anything in life, our vacation was far from perfect but it was a heckuva lot of fun and I just wanted to share our mostly positive experience on the Carnival Sunshine as well as realistically and calmly addressing the less-than-perfect aspects of our cruise. We sailed the Carnival Sunshine 10/1 - 10/8 from New York City to Bermuda and back with 3 days in Bermuda. My wife and I were a little worried about this cruise since we have experienced crowded Carnival ships before with long lines and this ship recently added more cabins and took away common spaces when it was transformed from the Carnival Destiny to Carnival Sunshine. But, actually, we were pleasantly surprised with how well-designed the ship was. FOOD We rarely encountered long lines for any of the food we ate. Guy's Burger Joint is excellent and we were never more than 5th or 6th in line. Also, the line moves quickly and there are actually two lines approaching from either side of the place. The burgers are excellent, fresh and the topping bar lets you design it anyway you want. The Lido Buffet has multiple stations with the same food accessible from two sides so you can pick the quickest station and side. The assortment of food there is not great, much stuff gets repeated but there is usually a thing or two worth choosing. For breakfast, we would grab a thing or two from Lido then go to the Omelet station. There are two of them in the Havana Bar. We usually went to the one where Cucina Del Capitano is. We were never more than 3rd or 4th in line, each got an omelet then had them give us a few hash browns, sausage links, bacon, ham or whatever else they had there. We would eat in the Havana Bar which is quieter and more comfortable than the Lido eating area. For lunch, we alternated between Guy's Burgers or Cucina Del Capitano. At dinner time, Cucina Del Capitano is an upcharge restaurant but it is free for lunch. You get a menu from the maitre'd table, select your pasta and what ingredients you want in it including, chicken, garlic shrimp, Italian sausage, etc., then they give you a pager to summon you when it's ready. So you can go to the nearby Havana Bar, order a drink, take a few sips and then your lunch is ready. Their food is good and plentiful. For dinner, we would get a hot sandwich from the deli which only takes a minute or two to make and top that off with a few items from the Lido Buffet or just some pieces of cheese or bread if nothing looked very good. The deli hardly ever had a line and their sandwiches are very good, especially the turkey wrap or ham and cheese. We also got pizza once or twice. Sometimes the pizza counter had long lines but usually just a few people and it went fast. The pizza is nothing special but it's fine. We never set foot in the main dining room as we don't care about dressing up and we have no desire to sit an hour or two listening to the life stories of strangers while waiting for food that is overrated, over or under-cooked, often just lukewarm and sometimes cold, etc. We would rather get food that is not fancy but perfectly good so we can eat it and get back to whatever activities there are onboard. Each to their own. DRINKS We got the CHEERS drink program and were concerned about whether or not we would drink enough to make it worthwhile. It cost us $50 per day each plus gratuities for a total of about $690 for the 7 day cruise because we couldn't start using it until the second day due to some New York state law. We ended up getting about 75 drinks, almost all of them alcohol drinks so we figured we about broke even. The thing that made the CHEERS program worthwhile was that we never gave a thought to the cost when buying drinks. If we thought we only want half a drink or so, instead of not wasting the money, we just got it because it was already paid for. It gave us a kind of drink freedom. We read about it being tough to get a drink due to crowding at bars. That was occasionally true but not often. If we saw a bar that looked too crowded, we just looked for another bar. There are plenty of them. The drinks were uniformly excellent and the bartenders work very hard to make them so good. It is amazing the amount of work that goes into making some of the drinks and I was very impressed with the quality of the drinks and professional abilities and demeanor of the bartenders. ENTERTAINMENT We were disappointed a bit with the shows. The Playlist Production singers/dancers were just okay, nothing special. They did do a great job with the Epic Rock Show on the last night of the cruise. There was no magician on this cruise which was unusual. The shows are only about 45 minutes long which is shorter than they used to be but for the quality of these shows, it was about right. We enjoyed greatly the Hasbro Game Show and Love & Marriage show, mostly due to cruise director Emma Nixon's hosting ability and charm. She was delightful but I didn't see as much of her around the ship as I have of previous cruise directors. As to her staff, I saw very little of them also. Everything you read in reviews about the Limelight Lounge is true. You have to get there 20-30 minutes early to get seats where you can see the stage. If you get there too close to showtime, you will have to sit off to the side and watch the show on a TV screen. We saw two comedians, Larry Omaha and Lenny Schmidt. Lenny was okay but he had the bad habit of complaining when people didn't laugh at a joke he thought was funny. Larry Omaha was very funny and did a great job interacting with audience members without being mean-spirited or embarrassing them too much. Other than production shows and comedy, there were the usual trivia games where you honestly answer the questions, get 17 right out of 20 and lose to somebody who wrote the answers in as they were given. That gets old. They had a band called Deja Vu that sounded fairly good as we passed by them playing in Ocean Plaza a couple of times but we never caught there full act. We should have. Patrick is the piano player in the Piano Bar 88 and he is kind of snarky but very affable and entertaining. Beware, he has rules that must be obeyed! SMOKING We are smokers. Don't hate us. We were disappointed at how few places there were to smoke. You can smoke in about half of the casino and casino bar. If you are smoking on the wrong side of a pole at the casino bar, they will make you move. I enjoyed playing the poker machines (and did fairly well on them). There are 12 poker machines - 6 on each row back-to-back. The weird thing is that you can smoke at the 6 machines on one side but not the other. The casino was the only place you could smoke inside the ship. There were a lot of smokers on the ship so we were packed like sardines into one side of the casino bar and scattered around on empty slot machines, window sills, etc., anywhere we could find an ashtray. Outside, you could smoke in a small section on one side of deck 3 and a small section on one side of deck 10. There really should be one more bar in the ship, probably the sports bar since it was right off the casino, where smokers could smoke. POOL AREAS We didn't spend much time around the pool as we are not ones to bask in the sun but it seemed like a nice area and I often saw empty chairs. The Serenity Deck is fairly nice but it is hard to find an unoccupied chair near the pool on that deck. The one time we used the Serenity Deck pool, we used a couple of chairs just down the steps from there as they were the only ones available. Forget about getting the comfortable looking clamshell loungers as they are always taken or reserved. The serenity deck bar is kinda boring looking and since we couldn't smoke up there, we only got a drink there once. STATEROOM We had previously sailed on the Carnival Miracle and Legend which are similarly sized ships. The Carnival Sunshine is a bit smaller but it didn't feel small at all until we got to the stateroom. We had a balcony stateroom, number 8181, and found it to be smaller than ones we had on the other ships. Even though it was smaller, it still was more than adequate and, as always on Carnival, laid out intelligently so there is plenty of storage. The shower was a good size but the shower sill is right where your left foot would go when sitting on the toilet which was a bit inconvenient but hardly a deal-breaker. The bed was comfortable as always but the pillows were not firm enough for our liking. We ordered coffee, apple juice and danish from room service each night for the next morning and they were always on time or close to it. The coffee from room service is actually pretty darn good. I tried to get coffee from the Java Blue Cafe as that was included with our CHEERS package but they don't have regular coffee there. What they do is mix espresso with hot water and pass it off as American coffee. It was awful. However, their milkshakes which are free with the CHEERS package were excellent. Dadan was our room steward and, along with his assistant Anthony, they did a wonderful job keeping our room clean, our ice bucket filled, our towels replenished, answering our silly questions and of course, creating towel animals. Dadan is not the most expert towel-making steward we ever had and never stuck eyes on any of our towel animals but we enjoyed the animals and photographed them just the same. We left tips in an envelope with a thank-you note written on it every other day of the cruise. I am always concerned that if we don't leave our tip until the last day that the room steward will get concerned that we are going to stiff them and I don't want them worrying about that. EMBARKATION & DEBARKATION Embarkation felt like a nightmare as we stood in line for our Sail & Sign cards for about 45 minutes. While we stood in that line like cattle, people with disabilities were summoned in front of us as well, I imagine, as people who purchased the Faster to the Fun program. It seemed like we were there for an eternity. However, once we had our cards, it was not long before we were in line to board the ship and the whole process from parking lot to ship took a little over an hour which is probably not so bad. But it's so hard to just stand there and watch people who arrived after you get ushered past you. Debarkation was pretty smooth. We each had one suitcase and one carryon. We checked our suitcases in for embarkation but walked them out for debarkation. We stayed in our cabin until the last minute before we were supposed to leave at 8:30. We found an elevator to the atrium lobby after a few minutes and found a couple chairs there to wait. Deck 8 was supposed to leave the ship at 9:15 but a Carnival employee came up to us at about 9:00 and told use we could disembark. After a long walk along the ship and a long cattle call round-and-round to hand our declaration slip to Customs, we were up to the parking lot by about 9:30. An hour from room to parking lot is not bad. BERMUDA & SCOOTERS We never ever do cruise line shore excursions. We do not enjoy being led around and subject to the whims and schedules of others. We prefer to find our own way around and enjoy the freedom to explore when and where we wish. Again, each to their own. Bermuda is beautiful! It's a fairly long walk from where the ship is docked at Kings Wharf to the stores and ferry but not too bad. They had a free shuttle but it didn't seem worth the wait to us. On our first day, we took the ferry to Hamilton to shop. We walked around Hamilton for a couple dozen blocks and did not find much interesting in the way of shopping. We did stop at a nice Irish pub named Flanagan's for a drink on the balcony overlooking the street and harbor which was pleasant. On our second day, we rented scooters to tour the island. We had read many reviews about how dangerous it is to ride scooters in Bermuda and were a bit nervous. My wife was not that experienced as she had only ridden a scooter once before years ago but the instructors at Oleander Cycles there at the port were very friendly, patient and helpful. They had her ride around the block three times before declaring her fit to ride. We decided to go to the Bermuda Aquarium & Zoo which was almost 17 miles away. That ride took us about an hour and a half as we kept pulling over to let traffic go by as it got nerve-wracking with so many cars, trucks and buses coming up on us. The aquarium/zoo was fairly small but only cost $10 each and was absolutely delightful. The had seals, an alligator, flamingos, tamarin monkees, giant tortoises, parrots, and assorted other colorful birds, reptiles and fish. We really enjoyed ourselves there. The snack bar was expensive but the burgers and fries were tasty. After leaving the zoo, we headed to Horseshoe Bay Beach. If you go there by bus, they let you off at the top of a long, steep hill which you have to walk down and back up again. With scooters, you can go to the bottom near the beach to park. The beach was spectacular! The water was a perfect temperature even in October with nice waves for body surfing. The sand is supposed to be pink but it looked like regular sand to me with red grains in it which I guess gives it a pink hue in certain conditions or lighting. We then headed back to the ship and ended up putting 35 miles each on our scooters for the day which doesn't sound like a lot but we felt every mile of it. Three times during our trip when we stopped, Bermudan citizens turned around and came over to check on us to see if we needed anything. Twice, a couple of nice Bermudan gentlemen also on scooters gave us helpful directions. The third time, it was a woman in a car with her friend who saw us looking out over the water toward the Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas which was leaving the port and the woman thought we missed our ship. She was prepared to give us a ride or offer whatever help we needed. The citizens of Bermuda are the friendliest we have encountered in any of our travels. The scooters we rented were for 24 hours so we were able to park them at our ship and go out the next morning to do some shopping around the port before returning them to Oleander Cycles. Overall, we found the scooters to be an incredible adventure that we will always remember. It is hard to get used to driving on the left side of the road but we did. There was one time I looked the wrong way and pulled out into oncoming traffic that I hadn't noticed. There was one time where a truck came way over into our lane and almost ran us off the road. The reason why we found the scooters to be a great adventure is because we survived the experience without falling or getting hurt. We realize that we were lucky as many people do get hurt on scooters in Bermuda and we would think very hard before taking that chance again. Still, though, a great memory! We were planning to rent a Boston Whaler on our third day and tool around the harbor but Carnival decided to cut our day short by 5 hours due to perceived threats from Hurricane Matthew and Tropical Storm Nicole. Neither storm was anywhere near the vicinity and we felt it was just Carnival preferring we spend that extra 5 hours worth of money on their ship instead of in the port. Hurricane Matthew never did threaten Bermuda but Tropical Storm Nicole became a hurricane a week later and did substantial damage to Bermuda. I hope the nice people we met and everyone else there came through as best as can be expected. OVERALL EXPERIENCE My wife and I have thoroughly enjoyed all four cruises we have taken and plan to cruise again. We may try the Norwegian Breakaway as they also sail from New York and we have never sailed on anything but Carnival but we would not hesitate for a second to cruise Carnival again or the Carnival Sunshine. I believe to give something a five-star rating, it has to be just about perfect and few things are. I gave this cruise four stars but if I had the option, I probably would have given it 4.5 stars. I hope this review has been helpful and I hope everybody who reads this review will enjoy their cruises as much as we did. Bon voyage! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was my second Carnival cruise, but the first leaving from Manhattan. Living in NJ, it was very convenient. I opted for car service over the train and it worked well. The first time a I traveled solo and this time I traveled with a ... Read More
This was my second Carnival cruise, but the first leaving from Manhattan. Living in NJ, it was very convenient. I opted for car service over the train and it worked well. The first time a I traveled solo and this time I traveled with a coworker/friend. We had the 1-1:30 embarkation window and arrived pretty much at 1pm. There were lines, but that was not unexpected. Embarkation went smoothly. By the time we go on board, the rooms were ready so we directly there. I was pleased with the room (more below). It was a cool, gray day but we did head outside to take in the sights heading out of the city. It was warm enough to lay out at the pool starting the next morning and through the final sea day of the cruise. Spa--we were in a spa room so I took advantage of what came with it. I used the Thermal Suite as much as I could and did 2 free yoga classes (one class was cancelled since the ship was rocking too much). I also did 2 sessions of "Body Sculpt Boot Camp" -- great workout, but walking was not fun after the first session (pulled muscles). I also took advantage of the free sunrise stretch class and the free abs class as much as possible. To reward myself, I did get a mini-facial and reflexology on a special. Dining-We at in the MDR, Lido buffet and had room service. The food was fine. I was able to find something to eat wherever we were. We had your time dining and only waited on line once to check in for dinner. Enjoyed an adult milkshake at the coffee/dessert cafe on deck 5. Also enjoyed cocktails at the Alchemy Bar. Entertainment-My friend saw the show on the first night and said it was ok. I went to the rock show and left. I thought is was pretty bad. I did go to a trivia game and had fun. On sea days, laying out at the pool was our main form of entertainment. Service-No complaints. Bermuda was the only port on this cruise. We didn't book any excursions through the ship, so I can't speak for how they went. We booked a rum cruise ahead of time as well as a walking tour in St. George. While on the island, we booked a glass bottom boat tour (nighttime). I was pleased with all. It was really hot and humid, so sightseeing was a sweaty venture! We used the public ferry and bus to get around. Unfortunately our last day in port was cut short (noon instead of 5pm) due to the storms in the area. We visited the National Museum which is very close to where we docked. I recommend for the views alone! Debarkation went smoothly. We arrived home to the same gray, cool day as the day we left. Four ships were docked the same morning, so there were a lot of people out on the street. Even so, I would leave from NYC again simply because I don't have to worry about a flight. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was my third cruise, all with Carnival. The Sunshine is a beautiful ship, and very nicely remodeled. We did a 7 night cruise from NYC to Bermuda in October. Yes, risky weather, but all in all very good. Cabin - we had an inside ... Read More
This was my third cruise, all with Carnival. The Sunshine is a beautiful ship, and very nicely remodeled. We did a 7 night cruise from NYC to Bermuda in October. Yes, risky weather, but all in all very good. Cabin - we had an inside cabin, deck 8 forward - best place ever to have a room. It was centrally located, and only one deck from coffee. NIcely appointed, and plenty of room for the two of us. I mean, you only sleep and shower there. Our housekeeper was only seen once, on the 2nd day, when we happened to run into her. The towel animals were always there. I was disappointed that they no longer give you chocolates at turn down. There are no ice buckets unless requested. Overall, clean and nice. Casino - I don't gamble, but my one comment about the casino is that it needs better ventilation. The smoke easily wafted several floors up, and there was no way to get to the other side of the ship on deck 5 than to go through it. So we basically ran and held our breaths. Food was very plentiful, and pretty good. There is only 1 buffet area on Lido, with two identical stations in the middle for carving. Desserts, as normal, looked pretty but didn't have much taste. It was a pleasant surprise to see Eggs Benedict on the breakfast buffet. Plenty of choices. My only issue, if I had to think of one, was that finding fresh fruit after breakfast was difficult (unless you wanted melon pieces). Beverages were standard, although for tea you now may choose only green or Lipton. The MDR had a nice menu. They had the American Table menu most nights. Had 2 elegant nights, one with lobster, the other with prime rib. Our waitstaff was wonderful, as always. They always knew our names and were very friendly and attentive. There were only 2 evenings that I recall having a 'didya ever' appetizer. I actually steered away from the chocolate melty cake because the doneness is so unreliable. Once it was perfect, next time it wasn't even cooked - it was just warm puddingish cake. We were placed in the Sunset dining room. The 'dine at your time' people were placed in the Sunrise (2 story) dining room. I would prefer to see that arrangement switched, but the food would be the same in either. Guys burgers were good, fries were tasty, but burgers were greasy. For lunch, try the Mongolian Wok stir fry or the Cucina pasta bar - they're both free for lunch, but extra for dinner. Havana bar has nice munchies for lunch too for free. Can you tell I don't like to spend extra when I get comparable items for free? I spend wisely. My biggest gripe - I look forward to the tradition Afternoon Tea that they do on sea days. First, you have to dig for it in the FunTimes - it's buried in the 'Still Hungry' section, and not even listed in the itinerary. We arrived to find that you must now pay $1.95 if you want anything other than green or Lipton tea. I understand doing that on the buffet, but for Teatime? I was appalled that they'd nickel and dime us over a teabag. and $1.95? I can buy an entire box of teabags for that. Shows - The Hasbro game show and the Love and Marriage shows were both great. They should do those more often. The production numbers weren't so hot. There is no live music, it's all recorded. They've done away with their sets - only one or two movable pieces, or just risers most of the time. They have a flashy video wall that changes images constantly. I wasn't impressed. And the talent was mediocre. For the 'Rock' show they couldn't even harmonize. The comedians were good - they need to be put in the main lounge instead. We didn't have comedians on the 2nd half of the cruise because we had to leave Bermuda early due to weather heading up the coast. The activities crew did an awesome job as always. I finally won an authentic 24 karat gold plastic ship on a stick! The sportsquare is a lot of fun for all ages. Two pool tables (don't expect to play a real game of pool - the balls rock with the boat). Bean bag toss, twister, shuffleboard, basketball - all good fun. The waterslides were a blast. The skycourse was an adventure. From the floor it looks easy peasy. Once you're up there, those 15-20 feet make a big difference. And there's no turning back once you start. I'm happy to say I completed it! The Rockin 80s glow party on Lido was a blast. Emma is a great CD. Lots of pep, energy and personality. We decided not to do any Carnival excursions, and just wandered on our own. The bus/ferry pass was a good bargain $31 per person for 2 days. The shops at Dockyard are interesting, and there are the standard 'carnival hawked' stores like DI, etc. But there are a few local stores as well. Most shops close around 5ish, which is closer to 4ish. The towns are nice, people are friendly. Food and goods are expensive, as everything is imported from (mostly) the US. The Glassworks was a favorite place of mine. Snorkel Park Beach at the Dockyard is ok if you want a beach and a beer, but definitely get out to the other beaches like Horseshoe Bay. If you get 4 or more people together you can get a taxi directly there for 7 each - faster than bus. Overall, the Sunshine has been my favorite ship to date, and the cruise was wonderful. They utilize every single inch of that ship, sometimes too much so. There is no room to get around to the Lido buffet except to go through the Guy Burger line. And on Deck 4 trying to get from one end to the other requires that you go through the Limelight Lounge (where they do comedy). Which isn't bad until there's a function in there, and you have to jump decks. The new internet plans are cool too. I would definitely recommend a cruise on the Sunshine! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I been on many cruises. This was the best to date. This is one ship I will be looking to sail with again. The crew works hard, and all are very friendly. There is many food choices for anytime you think you need to eat. Many of the crew ... Read More
I been on many cruises. This was the best to date. This is one ship I will be looking to sail with again. The crew works hard, and all are very friendly. There is many food choices for anytime you think you need to eat. Many of the crew you talk to remember you name. The drink waiters were not pushy, you are not bothered all day asking if you are thursty. I found that to be very nice, some ships I been on, If you didn't have something in your hand, they bothered you untill you did. The layout of the Sunshine is good. Easy to find your way around the ship, without getting lost at every corner. My only complaint is that anytime you got near the casino, you knew it by the smoke smell. The casino could be ventalated beter. Hope to be onboard again soon. Thanks for reading Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I will start with arriving at the Baltimore Port Parking Lot. Some of the workers were not happy to be at work and were less than helpful. Some of them were helpful and made up for the ones who weren't. We were scheduled for ... Read More
I will start with arriving at the Baltimore Port Parking Lot. Some of the workers were not happy to be at work and were less than helpful. Some of them were helpful and made up for the ones who weren't. We were scheduled for the first check-in time and got through the line and were waiting until we were able to board. However, there was a police situation on 95 which forced the closure of 95 and the entry into the port for the returning ship. So, the ship was delayed probably about an hour and a half. I'm glad that we were sitting and not standing in line waiting to check in. In any case, that was not Carnival's fault and I think that they did the best they could, under the circumstances, and we actually were able to board a little earlier than they expected the delay to cause. This is my third time cruising on the Pride and the one thing that I like about it is the layout. I like to walk in the morning. The Pride has a smaller walking deck, but you can also walk on deck 10 all they way around. We were able to have lunch up by the pool before we got into our cabin and met a lot of people before we checked in to our room. Everything was delayed. My friend and I were seated at dinner with 4 other women and we had a great time with them and met them for other things during the week. We've planned to get together again after our cruise. Our wait staff was a lot of fun and took very good care of us. My friend had never been on a cruise before and she enjoyed the entertainment during dinner. The shows were very good and afterward we went to the Red Frog and saw a very good band, Adiktion, and danced a lot. We got to know many of the people in the Red Frog. Our itinerary was changed because a hurricane was on the way. We arrived in Bermuda a day earlier than expected. Arrival day started cloudy and ended up with rain. We did manage to get to Horseshoe bay and it is beautiful! It poured the following day, but then the weather changed and the third day we had sun and they actually extended our stay by 4 hours. Bermuda is lovely and it was on my bucket list. We took the Famous Homes and Hideaway excursion. It would have been better if it wasn't raining, but it was still very educational and it was, after all, Bermuda. :) I really learned a lot about the island. Definitely worth the money. We visited the Bonefish Grill near the port one night and they have a dj and food and outdoor seating. The staff was very nice. This cruise I also took advantage of some of the spa informational programs. They had one about skin care, acupuncture and posture. I learned a lot. I also had a mini massage outside of the spa on the first day for free and one by the pool on a sea day for $30. They were heavenly. I think that Carnival does a good job of providing a great vacation. Bermuda was on my bucket list, but I'm not sure that I would go there again. I will probably go on another Carnival Cruise, though. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We had a great time on our 25th anniversary cruise. We had a balcony stateroom on the 4th deck aft starboard side - very convenient for getting to the 2nd deck where all of the action was. This cruise's schedule was disrupted by ... Read More
We had a great time on our 25th anniversary cruise. We had a balcony stateroom on the 4th deck aft starboard side - very convenient for getting to the 2nd deck where all of the action was. This cruise's schedule was disrupted by Tropical Storm Karl - but Carnival did a good job of keeping us up to date on the changes. Things we really enjoyed: Alchemy Bar - we first saw this on our last cruise and enjoyed it there - and also loved it on the Pride. Very creative martinis and great bartenders. It was popular almost every time we passed it - partly because it is right next to the dining room entrance so people go for a before dinner drink. Chef's Table - this is the first time we have done this and we really enjoyed it. Wonderful food and a great atmosphere with only 12 people. Wine and champagne are included with the dinner. It is pricey at $75 per person but we thought it was worth it. Most of the others that were doing it had done it several times before. Steakhouse - We did this the first night and really enjoyed it as usual. So much food but it is wonderful. If you go the first night of the cruise, it is a free bottle of cheap wine or half price of any wine they have. Trivia Games - we love these, lots of fun as always. Bermuda was nice - though the weather was rainy. We did an all day tour with a non-Carnival supplier - it was very nice and took us all over the island. It was called Hidden Gems of Bermuda. The area around the King's Wharf had quite a bit of shopping as well as a small beach - so if you didn't want to go far that was nice. Overall we had a great time and would highly recommend this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We picked this cruise due to easy port to drive to for us, and also we had never been to Bermuda. We have been on about 5 ships in the Carnival fleet and 1 royal Caribbean. The embarkation went fine due to times now being assigned for ... Read More
We picked this cruise due to easy port to drive to for us, and also we had never been to Bermuda. We have been on about 5 ships in the Carnival fleet and 1 royal Caribbean. The embarkation went fine due to times now being assigned for check in, I was not a fan of this new process but hey I can admit when something works, good call. I almost rated this ship below average due to the lack of attention to detail with the staff. We have been in an extended aft balcony for the cruise prior and I was able to have a sun lounger brought up so that I did not have to go up on deck and fight for a seat. When I asked the steward to please bring one up he said no it is not allowed, I said really because the last cruise we had same type cabin and they put one on our balcony just fine. Hmmmm. Also Carnival no longer leaves the little toiletries in the bathroom for you, so hope you do not forget anything. Of course it is available in the fun shops if you want to pay that much. Dinner service was SLOW , we only went 5 nights and 4 of those nights it took over 2 hours for us to eat. I will not go into detail about all the little things like forgetting to refill drinks or not bringing bread. They do not serve the bread anymore just put a basket on your table. We went to sit down breakfast and several of the other couples who had also cruised carnival before stated they noticed all the little things that were no longer a part of cruising on Carnival. The entertainment was good but has been better in the past on other ships. The punchline comedy club is newer and was always packed for the later shows.. maybe they should move this to a larger area on the ship instead of making sure not everyone gets to enjoy it. Well at least they still do the towel animals. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Only problem we had was getting booked for late dining which we didn't do - too late. All other aspects were wonderful. Great excursions, great ports, had a great time. We went into Key West, Freeport and Nassau and did ... Read More
Only problem we had was getting booked for late dining which we didn't do - too late. All other aspects were wonderful. Great excursions, great ports, had a great time. We went into Key West, Freeport and Nassau and did excursions at Freeport and Nassau. In Key West we did a hop and ride which worked out well for us. Visited with Jacques for a haircut in the spa and enjoyed different eating areas then they had on the Magic last year . The Magic was out favorite of the two but since it has moved to Florida. We ended up booking a cruise to Alaska next year while we were on board. Liked the adult patios, the comedy clubs, had had some exceptionally good drinks while on board. The veterans tribute was very nice for my husband. Everyone was very nice, treated well, room well maintained by our Steward. Tracy Adkins came on board for a live concert although we didn't attend we heard it was very good. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
This was our second cruise on Carnival, we sailed last year same time on the Glory and couldn't say enough good things about that ship, that is why we booked again with Carnival. We were seriously disappointed with our cruise this ... Read More
This was our second cruise on Carnival, we sailed last year same time on the Glory and couldn't say enough good things about that ship, that is why we booked again with Carnival. We were seriously disappointed with our cruise this time around. ROOM: Room was great location, a balcony on Deck 7 and no rooms across the hall, very quiet. I was not extremely satisfied with the cleanliness of the room, I had to wipe down the shelves in the bathroom bc there were rings of scum where previous guests belongings were. The toilet was also dirty with a mold ring inside. I was aware before we sailed that we would only have once a day steward service. We managed ok with 4 people in the stateroom, but it was much more enjoyable with service 2 times a day. As far as a I know this is the only cruise line that has changed to once a day service. Dining: We had any time dining for the first time on Carnival and it was terrible! You had to wait in long lines to be seated and if you wanted to eat when they opened you had to wait in line 45 minutes before opening. Once seated it took forever to get your food, we spent 2 hours or more each night at dinner. Yes, we complained many times to Sasha the assistant Maitre D, who could seem to care less and just offered the excuse, we are very busy. The only time we saw the Head Maitre D and complained suddenly our food flew out to the table. My kids had the soda plan and could not get a soda served until halfway through their meal and if they wanted a refill that was not happening. We asked other cruisers that had set dining times how their service was and it was almost as bad. Breakfast was just as bad, anytime you showed up during breakfast hours there was a line wrapped around the outside waiting to get in. Then service took forever at breakfast as well. Once again complained to Sasha, same response, we are very busy! They only had the bottom floor of 1 dining room open for breakfast, which was crazy to me if they had such long lines. It seems they have cut back majorly on staff and can't handle the amount of guests on board. Entertainment: It was ok, we would have loved to see more PG comedy but couldn't get out of dinner in time to make it to the show. The venue they used for the comedy shows was way too small, if you didn't get there a half hour before you wouldn't get a seat. Don't even get me started with the adult shows, you had to line up outside after each show and the line went all the way back to the casino. Doesn't that tell them they need a bigger venue for this? We ended up seeing 3 PG shows and 1 adult show the whole 9 days! They had a whole red carpet club with lots of space and seemed never to be in use. Hint Hint... maybe have a comic in each venue...The shows were ok, love Epic Rock, saw it on the Glory too, saw the 80's show was pretty good too, not really interested in the other shows they had. They did need more kid stuff to do during all the sea days we had. The crew worked hard but the short staffing reflects badly on them. We had already booked a 70th bday cruise in July for my mom before we went on this one or I surely would never have done that. I can only hope that Carnival gets in together by then. One last thing, the ship is definitely in need of a make over, the furniture in all public areas are very worn and need replacement, not just repair as seen on the many sewed up couches. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We sailed on the Carnival Journeys 9 Day Cruise on the Splendor. We sailed from Miami to Bermuda, Grand Turk, and Amber Cove (Dominican Republic North Shore). We had a great time! We had a total of 10 in our group. Some of us drove, and ... Read More
We sailed on the Carnival Journeys 9 Day Cruise on the Splendor. We sailed from Miami to Bermuda, Grand Turk, and Amber Cove (Dominican Republic North Shore). We had a great time! We had a total of 10 in our group. Some of us drove, and some flew into Miami. I was in a group that drove down from Atlanta. We stopped over in Tampa the night before. We got up and headed toward Miami in the early morning of the embarkation day. There was an accident that shut down the highway near Fort Myers. We bailed off of I-75 at exit 131 and trekked on some state roads back to Alligator Alley. This cost us some time. We intended on getting to the parking garage at 11:00AM, we ended up there around 1:10PM. Premiere Cruise Parking We parked at Premiere Cruise Parking in Miami (www.premierecruiseparking.com 1415 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33132). We had a great experience with them on embarkation day. We parked in the covered area of the garage, and were shuttled to the port in a timely fashion. We took our keys with us. Others told us that they had to leave their keys with the attendants. So, keep this in mind if you choose to use them. When we returned from the cruise we waited 1 1/2 hours for a shuttle to take us back to the garage. This was mainly due to port authority issues. When we got our luggage and went to the meeting place there was a van waiting. Unfortunately it was full, and it left. Then we waited in the hot sun on a concrete island. Bad experience, but I do not think it was their fault. Many other shuttles were delayed just the same. Some people were waiting longer than us for other services. Also, when we got back to the garage there was a LONG line waiting to be shuttled to the port. It was 11:30AM by the time we reached the garage, so these people should have been moving already (first shuttle TO the port is at 11:00). I guess overall this was a mixed experience, some great, some not. Embarkation We got to the port around 1:30PM. We had selected earlier boarding times, so we were allowed into the security area without waiting. Security checks went quickly. We then headed upstairs for check-in and received our sign and sail cards. They were still calling boarding numbers, but we were too late to get a number. We had to wait in the chairs until the last numbers were called, then they let everyone else board. I still think I was on the ship by 2:20PM. The good news was that my cabin was ready, so I dropped my carry on luggage and headed to the lido. I located my wife and brother and waited in line for food. I chose the burger line since it was the shortest. I stood in one place for at least 10 minutes, then moved a few feet. This guy behind me flagged down an officer in white and let him know he was unhappy with the slow lines. The officer said "let me fix this" and went behind the scenes. He came back about 5 minutes later and said he handled it. The good news is that he did, we were moving right nice after that. I think I got into line at 3:00PM and had a burger by 3:30PM. This is not an exaggeration. The lines were LONG and SLOW. Alas, it will take more than that to kill my vacation. The rest of the times (not Embarkation) the lines were not cumbersome. Cabin We had an inside cabin on deck 7. Cabin 7279, first cabin aft of the glass elevators. Great location for the most part. No noise from the lobby/atrium area since they close the hall doors at night. The cabin was clean and kept that way by or steward. His name was Pan, and he took excellent care of us. The only downside of this cabin location was that we had dinner in the aft restaurant, so we had to hike the hallway all the way back to the aft elevators/stairs to get to dinner. It was quick to get to the casino/promenade and quick to serenity and lido decks. Also very convenient to Customer Service desk. The only negative thing about the cabin was the fridge was not "cold". It was more "cool" than "cold". We brought along a fan so the cabin was cool enough while we were sleeping. The last night was a little warm as we had to pack up the fan with our luggage. Sea Days The sea days were a mixed bag. Some were very windy (also fog/mist/rain), and others were no wind, and almost too warm. I still enjoyed them. Ports of Call Bermuda Day 1 - we took a van from the port to Horseshoe Bay for $7 a head. We rented two lounger chairs and an umbrella for $25. The weather was perfect. We went swimming in the main beach area and enjoyed it. Then we went around the big rock and found the secluded cove. This was amazing. We swam and snorkeled there. It was a bit rough beyond the boarder rocks. Did not see too much other than a few fish and some rocks. Still I really enjoyed this beach. Day 2 - we walked around the dockyard shops and clock tower mall. We took the dockyard trolley train off the pier. This was nothing but a ride. No narration, etc., but still pretty fun. The shops were nice (a bit pricey). My wife enjoyed it. Once again excellent weather. Grand Turk My wife and brother went to the pool at Magaritaville. My friend and I snorkeled. We went to the right of the pier (heading off pier from ship). We found some cool coral and fish and urchins along the rocky shoreline. We then headed to the beach area and roped off swimming area. We found a cannon and anchor that were planted there. They were still cool to see. A bunch more fish and some corals and sponges. BE CAREFUL ON THE ROPE, we were both stung by the rope. Jellyfish like stings. Didn't ruin our fun, but definitely let us know not to touch the rope again. Great weather again. Amber Cove We had a poolside cabana. WE LOVED IT. It included free wifi and zipline use. It also has pool floats and noodles. We had "P-11" which is the furthest from the bar building. They brought six sodas and six waters and put them in the fridge. Also some snacks. Nothing to curb your hunger. I went back onboard the ship and got some burritos for our lunch. The A/C for the cabana is way undersized. It doesn't blow cold or really get rid of the humidity. It made some difference, just not enough. All of the staff were helpful and polite. No begging for tips. So, guess what, we tipped them well. The only begging we heard was for us to return to Amber Cove as they really need us tourists. Did I mention the perfect weather once again? It was. Ship Very clean and kept that way by the staff. Most Carnival ship decor is way too gaudy, and the Splendor is too. I did enjoy the hall art of the "Brat Pack" era. That was nice. The decor didn't really bother me, just the norm, albeit very pink. The Serenity deck does not have a pool or hot tub. It did have a shower, but it is no fun hanging out in the shower on deck. The chairs were generally full, but you could find space. We were only able to score one of those round covered chairs the last day. Lido Pool has a siding cover for inclement weather. This means the big screen is lower and harder to see. It kind of has the old Fantasy Class feel to it, a pool surrounded by upper decks. It was OK, but few loungers and you had to get there early if you wanted one. The staff did a great job of placing "chairing is caring" stickers on the lounge hoarder's towels. Rear pool was fantastic. Very open and breezy. Spas here were luke warm. Lido buffet was great. Fresh food and hot at times. Burrito bar was great. Deli was too. I did not get tot the Mogolian Wok, Rotisserie, or Tandoori. Long lines for these, or weird hours. Dining room food was great as well. We had two lobster days since it was a Journeys cruise. Journeys Cruise They had some special seminars onboard. I missed them all. I also did not notice the "local musicians", they all seemed the normal variety cruise ship performers. We did have a few dishes on the menu one night that were "local". Other than that it just seemed like a longer cruise than a 7 day cruise. This was fine for me, but it did seem to be missing the extras that a Journeys Cruise is supposed to have. Staff Cabin Steward was fantastic! He came around with the list to choose "morning" or "evening" service. I told him I wasn't used to having to make a choice. He said, "then choose both." So, I did. He greeted us by name in the hallway. He also opened our cabin door for us if he saw us heading that way. Auto tips and extra tips for him! Dining Room servers were great. Roxi, Akrem, and Jose knew us by name after the first day, and pretty much guessed our preferences. They handled all the special requests with smiles. Auto tips and extra tips once again! Cruise Director Chloe Loddo was our cruise director. She did a great job. She came to the Cruise Critic meet and mingle. She also brought along the senior officers of Hotel and Food. It was great to meet them all. A fellow mingler complained about something and the officer brought in free bar servers for us. So, we had free drinks at our M&M! Bad Stuff I hate to mention bad stuff when I take a cruise, but the bottom line is that this cruise felt understaffed. The staff were way overworked. The cabin steward had twice the cabins. The waiters had three times the tables. We felt it most during the dining. It took at least 25 minutes to get the appetizers after ordering. We had the early seating, assigned dining. We rarely finished eating before the late seating folks were lined up outside. I'm not sure our wait staff could have physically served everyone any faster. There were just too many seats to feed per staff member. You could also see the "stress" they were feeling. They always smiled, but the underlying stress was definitely there. Debarkation I had zone 6 debarkation. We were released from the ship around 10:00AM. I went to collect my bags from carousel "C" as instructed on the signs. I collected three bags, once from "C" and two from "B". What a madhouse. I also could not get a porter to help me with the bags. My wife hurt her knee and was flying home. So, I had to handle her baggage. I ended up stacking and pushing and pulling four bags through customs and out to the curb. All of the porters I saw were busy helping others, and I couldn't flag one down. None of the Carnival staff could get me one either. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
First of all let's talk about good things.This cruise has everything you expect in a cruise. Irtinirery was excellent normally you do not see Bermuda Cruise from Miami and normally it's only Bermuda but in this cruise there were ... Read More
First of all let's talk about good things.This cruise has everything you expect in a cruise. Irtinirery was excellent normally you do not see Bermuda Cruise from Miami and normally it's only Bermuda but in this cruise there were Three ports Grand Turk and Aber Cove(Dominican Republic).Service was excellent all the staff were outstanding.The best thing was that they had Indian Food Buffet for lunch everyday and in Dinning room also Indian dinner choice every day also they had sandwich shop that serves best panini i ever had also at the Burger place they had Veggi burger.so if you are vegetarian you have good choice in the booths but not in Lido buffet they had hardly one vegetarian entree. Our Room was very spacious and our room attendent(Patama) was very nice and also in Dinning Room our server Fernando,marcello and Sila was excellent they were very friendly and very attentive.Entire ship was very clean. Now let's talk about bad thing.I did not find entertaintment was not to the par it was boaring.Normally in a Theater in every show should be full but since the show choices weren't good half of the theater was empty.This is the first time I seen like this this is our eighth cruise.On the third floor(Main entrance) the singers were good.Less choice for vegetarian in lido buffet. They should have more laundromat.There were only three place had laundromat in entire ship( totalling 9 washers).Ship lloks like recently renovated but not very good choice(everything is pink) overall I was very happy. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This cruise was planned because of the port of Bermuda. However it should have been scheduled for a different day as Bermuda stores were closed the first day there. We toured the island and took a sunset sail that evening. It is a ... Read More
This cruise was planned because of the port of Bermuda. However it should have been scheduled for a different day as Bermuda stores were closed the first day there. We toured the island and took a sunset sail that evening. It is a beautiful Island. The other ports of call were also nice. A lot more affordable. The entertainment on the ship was fantastic. We had shows almost every night. Dances in the dinning room every night too. The cruise director Chloe was super. Saw her every day. She was out there mingling more than I have seen other CD's do. Even her assistant Caitlyn & staff Sean, Eric & B-Lo were around every corner. Kept us busy. It was a nice change from other Carnival cruises I've been on. The cabins were small but all I did was sleep there. The shore excursions were a different story. In Amber Cove, the description said moderate walking. That is not a problem. But no where, on internet, or fun ashore booklet did it say there were stairs to climb on every stop, So I either sat on the bus, or outside the excursion stop. That was really a lot of fun, NOT. Would I go again, most definitely. But I would plan for a different day of the week & choose different excursions more suited to people with mobility problems. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
My Sisters and I had a wonderful time on the Splendor, We loved Bermuda, and all of the tours that we took. It was warm over there but we enjoyed ourselves, the people were friendly and the service was great. We missed the meet & ... Read More
My Sisters and I had a wonderful time on the Splendor, We loved Bermuda, and all of the tours that we took. It was warm over there but we enjoyed ourselves, the people were friendly and the service was great. We missed the meet & greet, we did not get the final information on where to meet, but we met some wonderful people on board. We enjoyed t;he ports of call, and look forward to our next adventure. One of my sister's took to the night life in Bermuda, it was really nice, and the weather was just right. We also enjoyed our tours on the different Ports of Call. I liked they brought back the midnight Ice sculptures and and food fare, took some nice photos. Overall we really enjoyed this trip, even though the Freedom in Europe is still my favorite. Happy sailing until our next trip somewhere Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We chose this cruise because of the destinations, Bermuda was beautiful and Amber cove was interesting. The shows were excellent food was good staff was very pleasant. Alll in all I had a great time. Chloe the cruise director was ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the destinations, Bermuda was beautiful and Amber cove was interesting. The shows were excellent food was good staff was very pleasant. Alll in all I had a great time. Chloe the cruise director was fantastic always everywhere warm and engaging. Caitlyn the assistant cruise director was very pleasant and helpful. The wait staff in the dine at any time dining room was great including Martin and iketet and Luis. Hostess Andrea and Maria were very kind and helpful. While my wife was at the jewelry counter in the lobby, I talked to Thalia who taught me Spanish while I taught her some English. The shows were excellent, the singer's and dancers very nice. I enjoyed the show 88 keys the most as it featured pianos and dancers. The activities on the ship were great especially the crafts. The contests were different and the staff was always present. It was the finest cruise of the 15 cruises that l have been on. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We took this cruise mainly because it was going to the port of Bermuda. When we arrived to get on the ship, there was a lengthy delay. We were told the Splendor had gotten in later than expected. But everyone waited, very patiently, and ... Read More
We took this cruise mainly because it was going to the port of Bermuda. When we arrived to get on the ship, there was a lengthy delay. We were told the Splendor had gotten in later than expected. But everyone waited, very patiently, and all got safely aboard before she sailed. We were surprised to find out that our cabin would only be cleaned either in the morning or in the evening, but not both. After 25 cruises, on various cruise lines, including Carnival. That was a first. All the crew worked very hard and were very friendly, but as has been the trend, they are responsible to clean more rooms and serve more tables. We arrived in Bermuda on Sunday morning. The main shops in town were closed, but those around the port were open so you buy just about anything you might want. Monday, we took a 51/2 hour island tour. It was a very nice way to see Bermuda. Bermuda is a beautiful Island. Clean air, water and the people were so nice. The other ports of call (Grand Turk and Amber Cove were also very clean and nice, but we had been there before and reviewed them before). The entertainment on the ship was very good. We had shows almost every night. Dances in the dinning room every night, as well. The cruise director, Chloe, was super. We saw her every day. She was mingling more than I have seen other Cruise Director, as well as her assistants This was a Journeys cruise and there was a lot of extra presentations that you normally do not get. We highly recommend taking a Journeys cruise. We missed the first half of the Cruise Critic's Mix and Mingle. We were at another presentation that got out late, but we were warmly welcomed and had a nice chat with other Cruise Critic members. There was lots to do, or, if you wished, nothing to do aboard ship. There were the usual trivia games, but they were themed to appeal to many ages. For example, there was a Diva's songstress trivia, along with a Harry Potter and a Game of Thrones trivia. There have been comments about the food and entertainment on board. We found the food and entertainment very good. For lunch, the Mongolian Wok was worth the wait. I think the longest we waited in line was about 10 to 12 minutes. Remember, this is having your food cooked in front of you as you wait. The Lido deck had themed lunches that changed each day (Italian, French, Mexican, Caribbean, American, etc., all were good with lots of variety of choices. There have been some who thought the Splendor was decorated too pink. Don't know what they must have thought when they arrived in Bermuda. Lots of pink, lite blues, greens and other pastel colors on the shops and homes. Once the Splendor finishes the last of it's scheduled sailings, it will be headed to China. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Just returned from an awesome cruise to Bermuda on the Carnival Victory. This was my 11th cruise overall and my 6th cruise with Carnival. Firstly, nothing can top the Mediterranean Cruise I took in 2007 on the Carnival Freedom; which was ... Read More
Just returned from an awesome cruise to Bermuda on the Carnival Victory. This was my 11th cruise overall and my 6th cruise with Carnival. Firstly, nothing can top the Mediterranean Cruise I took in 2007 on the Carnival Freedom; which was in service for a mere 7 weeks. I had a wonderful time on the Carnival Liberty in 2014. It was the fellow passengers who made it such a pleasurable cruise. I was pleasantly surprised with the Victory after reading the negative reviews. I enjoy cruises due to meeting new people and experiencing new places and cultures. I feel, if one wants to cruise for peace and quiet, to read, or to be glued to a cell phone and the internet, then cruising is not for you., Boarding was typical, but I am disabled and use a mobility scooter. However, the staff could not have been more accommodating. Once on board, the ship had a bit of a funky smell, but air freshener was. release shortly thereafter, and I had my travel size Febreeze with me to counteract any foul odors in the cabin. I booked a disabled cabin and had been used to booking a balcony on decks 6 and 7. However, this cruise, the only available disabled cabins were inside cabins with a picture window in the bow. I booked my 94 year old mother and her CNA in disabled cabin 6205 on the Upper deck and my sister and I in cabin 10-02 on the Panorama deck. I was skeptical about being so high up on deck 10, but we sailed through a terrible thunder storm one evening, and the ship barely rocked. I will definitely consider the Panorama deck in the future. The Panorama deck is a very short deck, so it was a short walk to the Triton pool and a jacuzzi. I was in a party of 2, but the cabin could accommodate 4 people. It was very spacious and included a full-sized sofa.. I had a beautiful view of the ocean and there was a door nearby which led to a small deck ion the bow of the ship. Our cabin steward was average, but when one finds staff such as this, one needs to be proactive and ask for what one needs. She complied with all of my request.s I had the early seating in the Atlantic dining room. I had only one bad entree during the entire cruise; which was the prime rib on the last evening. Whether I ate in the dining room for dinner or the buffet for lunch, I found the entrees to to be of quality ingredients. Throughout the cruise, I ate lobster tails, leg of lamb, roast pork loin, beef stroganoff, flat iron steak, and more. Each piece of meat was tender and contained minimal fat. I told my travel companion what I thought of the meals, and I maintained, "so Carnival doesn't serve Beef Wellington or Chateaubriand, but the quality can be found in the food." Lo and behold, that evening Chateaubriand was on the dinner menu. I ordered it, and it was as tasty and tender as a finest fillet mignon. My waiter Herculean, head waiter Joel, and the dining room maitre'd were superb. I don't know the spelling of the maitre'd, but he circulated the dining room and visited each an every table during every meal to be sure that the guests meals were satisfactory. I saw 3 shows and the 2 with the Carnival singers and dancers were spectacular. The dancers were professional and the costuming was magnificent. I attended one comedy show and found the comedian to be fair. If one sails on the Victory, be sure to stop by the Irish Seas piano bar with Rob; as he is hilarious and very genuine. The Alchemy Bar serves up some mean martini tastings. My destination Bermuda was very beautiful. As is typical of ports, there is much shopping. I found Bermuda to be quite pricey; particularly with Bermudian made items. I toured the island for 6 hours with 11 other passengers with Ricky's Island Tours. Ricky is a congenial, fun person to be with. He is very knowledgeable and intelligent. He left the corporate world some years ago to become a tour guide. Ricky truly loves what he does. The cost of the tour was a mere $60.00, which is a far cry from Carnival's 5 hour island tours at #100.00 and $110.00. I was saddened to disembark the Victory and I certainly would not hesitate to sale her again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was just an awesome 8 day cruise from Port Canaveral to Bermuda. The ship was very clean and the crew was always seen everywhere around the ship keeping it clean. We had a balcony cabin on the Upper deck and it was a nice size with ... Read More
This was just an awesome 8 day cruise from Port Canaveral to Bermuda. The ship was very clean and the crew was always seen everywhere around the ship keeping it clean. We had a balcony cabin on the Upper deck and it was a nice size with more storage than we could possibly use. Even though Carnival only makes up the room once a day, our room steward Nina did an excellent job and supplied us with ice both in the morning and evening. There was never a line for food in the buffet and the food in the buffet and the MDR was excellent. The only problem with dinner in the MDR was if you sat at a table with 6 or 8 people, than it took about 2 and a half hours to eat. Because of this we opted to eat alone a couple of nights although you still sit close enough to other people to strike up a conversation. We had my time dining, so some night we had to wait for 20 to 30 minutes for a table. We usually sat in the Serenity area and had no problem finding a lounge. There are two huge hot tubs there that are the hottest hot tubs on a cruise ship that we have been on. As for lounge chairs on the rest of the ship, there was no problem getting one wherever you wanted one. There are 3 big pools on the ship {one with a retractable cover for if it rains}. Don't worry about the little pool up by the serenity {it,s about 2 feet deep and if it was working, people probably wouldn't use it}. It's just something for people to complain about. My biggest complaint is probably that the Casino is very cold although from day 2 I had free drinks in the casino for the rest of the cruise. People complain about the boat rocking.....believe me, we spent 4 days at sea and the boat hardly moved at all. To wrap it up, Bermuda was beautiful, although we did have some rain and we couldn,t have asked for a more awesome cruise........THANK YOU CARNIVAL!!!!!!!!!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Check in was a snap, within 15 minutes of entering terminal I was walking on the ship. We were quite early so rooms weren't ready, we headed up to the lunch buffet and after lunch rooms were ready. I was guiding a group of 28, ... Read More
Check in was a snap, within 15 minutes of entering terminal I was walking on the ship. We were quite early so rooms weren't ready, we headed up to the lunch buffet and after lunch rooms were ready. I was guiding a group of 28, everyone was pleased with their rooms specifically the size and cleanliness. What was a shock and disappointment was that our room stewards informed us that they would only service our room once a day. I figured it was a cost cutting measure but am greatly disappointed in the service. Dining room service and quality of food were more than adequate but each year it seems Carnival cuts more services or "nickels and dimes" more and more. For instance for a good steak there is a $20 surcharge. The quality of drinks at the bars were excellent, prices higher than average but not overly high. The evening entertainment was varied, lots of options and excellent. Because we were at the dock in Bermuda for 3 days we opted out to contact directly suppliers for our shore excursions. We had a half day tour of the island and a half day sail on a private yacht (Sail Bermuda, Cpt. Caleb--I highly recommend him). The prices were much less than what Carnival offered and there was absolutely no danger of missing the ship. Debarkation went smooth as well. Carnival seems to have coming on and leaving well planned and executed. I remain disappointed in the "Generate Revenue 24/7" philosophy of Carnival. Constantly we were bombarded with offers to buy products and services. Cruising is certainly not as upscale with Carnival as with the other big box lines I've cruised with. If you are looking for a low cost, no frills cruise with a main goal of value I can highly recommend Carnival. Bermuda is spectacular, if you haven't visited there make it your next trip. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
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