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235 Carnival Bermuda Cruise Reviews

My husband and I returned to Bermuda where we celebrated our Honeymoon almost 23 years ago. We had sailed on the Pride to the Bahamas and then the ship went into dry dock to revamp. So we decided to see what changes they made and booked ... Read More
My husband and I returned to Bermuda where we celebrated our Honeymoon almost 23 years ago. We had sailed on the Pride to the Bahamas and then the ship went into dry dock to revamp. So we decided to see what changes they made and booked the Bermuda trip.We left Baltimore with out any problems. I had purchased the Faster to the Fun option for the first time and I have to say it was worth the money. Our luggage was in our room by the time we got there to unpack and enjoy the vacation. We were assigned room 7132 and our room person Jose was very nice and took great care of us. We participated in all the shows and activities that we could that did not conflict. We loved Matey the Cruise Director. I won a bunch of money at Bingo where TJ the Bingo Bear and his team were amazing. We did not buy the excursions and we are glad we didnt because the weather was cloudy and windy and we decided to just jump into town and do what we wanted to do. It was amazing and I fell in love with my husband all over again. The weather going to and coming from Bermuda was ok. The wind made the ocean swell a little more then we would have like but it did not interfere with our fun. But we did not get to see a show because it was to dangerous for the actors to use the equipment on the stage do to rocking. The food was as amazing as we remembered and a lot of new things were added to make it different everyday. Again the faster to the fun is highly recommended and I dont think I will ever travel without it again because we were able to be the first group of people to get off the ship and Baltimore was smooth again. We are already looking into our next cruise next year with family this time!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was the worst experience i have encountered in 21 cruises. This could be my last if i ever recover. Day one the embarkation was the strangest i have encountered. We arrived at the port, by shuttle. Checked in outside and went and ... Read More
This was the worst experience i have encountered in 21 cruises. This could be my last if i ever recover. Day one the embarkation was the strangest i have encountered. We arrived at the port, by shuttle. Checked in outside and went and stood in the cold outside a fence for thirty minutes. Got onto the boat and went through check of luggage where my closed canned drinks were opened to check for alcohol, even though I told the checker that was not where i hide my alcohol. Allowed to start onto the ship and then waited another half hour at ramp going onto the boat. Being Platnium was not important, whoever was there went on. Went to Lido deck and half the first of many bad meals on this boat. Lido foo was not very good, Then had our safety briefing which was longest in several years. Went to dinner at your time dining. Food was better than Lido. but it did not have to go very far to be that. Food was cold when delivered. Day two sea day . rained and windy most of day. Normal day stuff was on boat trivia ect. Dinner was strange in dining room first time had hash bounds delivered instead of menu item of baked potato. Visited the Casino. Small and not very heavily used on most of the cruise. Day three arrived in Bermuda at 5pm. Raining again. stayed on boat this night Day four left boat and walked around dock area. Raining again. . Notified we would be leaving early the next day because of weather on return. Cabin was very loud, Found out that they were running thrusters to keep boat next to the dock. They did not make this known. Only way i found out was Carnival refunded part of my brothers money because of the noise and the smell on riveera deck. We left and found the bad weather on the next day. Very high winds and high seas. Bad for the sea sick folks. Went to show this evening and dancers sat to sing the show because of the rocking Overall the ship was in average conditions, the deck was not clean on many occasions The upper decks were closed on most of the sea days because of winds. Service on the ship was good on most occasions. Cabin was fine first time i have had interior cabin, space was fine only problem was excessive noise while docked over night. Did no excursions through Carnival, howver it was easy to get around and see different areas. Taxis, Ferries . I would not take this cruise again on the Ecstacy. The ship is not a very good product for Carnival. It is small, dirty . Port of Charleston obviously does whatever they can to discourage passengers from leaving there Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
I'm sure the decor of the boat fits someone's taste but not mine. From the first step on the boat, I found the atmosphere and decor to be very old fashioned and stuffy. The weather and sea were rough, there were so many people ... Read More
I'm sure the decor of the boat fits someone's taste but not mine. From the first step on the boat, I found the atmosphere and decor to be very old fashioned and stuffy. The weather and sea were rough, there were so many people who got sick. I know thats not Carnival's fault but the way they handled it was disappointing, they charged me for the medicine for sea sickness which was ridiculous to me. The dining room service was the worst I've ever experienced on a carnival cruise. No apology, no explanation. To give you an idea of what I mean, one morning at,brunch, we ordered eggs, pancakes, sausage and grits. The eggs, pancakes and sausage came but no grits. When ssked, they said, oh they're coming. The grits arrived just as we were finishing breakfast. The next night, our order didn't get taken for about 30 minute . It even went down hill from there. Not what we were used to. Bermuda offered no to little activity or excitement. The bestt thing about the trip was some of the entertainment. Both comedians were mediocre, wit one being extremely vulgar. Oh, the cabin was FREEZING, they gave us the thinnest blanket I've ever seen and couldn't fix the heat. I coughed and snifflEd the whole trip. To summarize, the trip was disappointing. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
This was my 3rd cruise on the Pride. We went to Bermuda, my first time there. I will start with the good things about the cruise. The other passengers on the trip were very friendly and very fun. I met many good new friends on the ... Read More
This was my 3rd cruise on the Pride. We went to Bermuda, my first time there. I will start with the good things about the cruise. The other passengers on the trip were very friendly and very fun. I met many good new friends on the trip, this is always the highlight of any cruise. My cabin Steward Nyomin did a great job and made sure that I always had a bucket of ice in my room, the one request I made when I met him on day one. The dining room staff with Juan Pablo as waiter and Nicolett as his helper did a great job. I was in the 8:15 seating and service and food were good. While not a major point Lobster was no longer on the menu for Formal night, one of many examples of small cutbacks Carnival is making that I noticed throughout the cruise. I also have to give credit to Nooky the Karaoke host who was closing up when a bunch of us came in around midnight one night, she reopened and gave us all a chance to sing a two, which was the highlight of the cruise for one of the new friends that I had met on this trip. Guys Burger's and the blue iguana were also nice additions to the ship both had reliable good fast food and were open whenever I felt like eating a burger. The green water slide was also a good attempt at trying to ad something to the ship. The concept of a really fast water slide which starts with a straight vertical drop seems good. However once the floor drops out and you begin to fall water jets up your nose as you quickly go down the slide. It is an adventure, but not really enjoyable. The weather on our trip was very bad on the voyage to Bermuda. the seas were rough and we were going against the gulf stream. There is really nothing the ship could do to counter this. On the first Sea Day the rough seas really made it difficult to do deck activities around the pool and the cruise staff had no contingency plans. Several people remarked about the lack of activities during the day, especially that Sea Day one. People just sat around and got sick since there was nothing else to do. Steve the Cruise Director had a kind of snarky sense of humor, when I talked with him he was a nice guy, but I just didn't get a lot of his jokes or quite know where he was going when he would try to MC some of the events. He also seemed to schedule most of the activities on the boat for the same time, between 8=10 Pm and there were a lot of dead periods where absolutely no activities were planned on the boat. Due to the rough seas and events happening in the Harbor in Bermuda the boat arrive a few hours later than anticipated and the first day in Bermuda was essentially canceled out since most things there closed at 5 or 6 PM. This is not the fault of the cruise ship but something to consider if you are planning a trip to Bermuda an Arrival at 4PM only gives you one hour to see the sights or shop, so don't plan on doing a full days worth of activity. My biggest complaint on the cruise was the Casino Host. Whenever I asked her anything she was downright mean to me and stared at me like I was some kind of maniac. I expect to lose money in the casino, but at least say hi and be friendly. When I get the score which you publish and want the reward which I am supposed to get don't hide from me then complain about having to give me what your company promised. Overall the cruise was OK but she just left an overall terrible impression in my mind. I know I am throwing away money in the Casino but I expect a smile and at least a thank you for giving us your money. I hate to stop sailing carnival over one mean host who actually works for a contractor but she was so condescending That I will probably not go on Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Due to another Carnival ship being in the harbor because of weather, our time in port was cut very short. We were allowed to disembark at 4 I wasn't off the ship til 4:15 and everything closed at 5. We never did get to the pink beach ... Read More
Due to another Carnival ship being in the harbor because of weather, our time in port was cut very short. We were allowed to disembark at 4 I wasn't off the ship til 4:15 and everything closed at 5. We never did get to the pink beach but saw a lovely beach right in town. I am not sure I'd go in Oct again. Wind was high at I don't balance well when seas are rough. None of this is Carnivals fault, and mother nature does what she does. The bed room was clean and comfortable the food as always was excellent . Guys burgers is a hit. Shows were good. They said if you get a partially obstructed view it only means you can't look straight down. Well there is more than that. It eats up a good portion of your balcony space so be warned. The only other thing I noticed was bar tenders would often walk right past and not offer a drink unless you stopped them. This didn't happen in the casino or the smoking deck but I was at the bar in the lobby and the red frog and never got asked if I wanted a drink. Finally ( and it's kind of silly) But I was kind of looking forward to the sampling bar and it was never opened. All in all was a very nice cruise and I think if the weather had cooperated I would have had a better time. BTW Embarkation and disembarkation from port of Baltimore , Piece of cake! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
This was the first time we've cruised to Bermuda, and will most likely be our last! The seas from Baltimore to Bermuda were so rough!! A lot of seasoned cruisers were complaining about being seasick and rookies were downright ... Read More
This was the first time we've cruised to Bermuda, and will most likely be our last! The seas from Baltimore to Bermuda were so rough!! A lot of seasoned cruisers were complaining about being seasick and rookies were downright miserable! This was our 3rd cruise out of Baltimore and the first one with any kind of rough seas, so I suppose we've been lucky. The weather was cloudy and a bit rainy off and on, but the wind was relentless, which created the 6-8 foot seas we were encountering. I DO realize Carnival has nothing to do with the weather, so other than the roughness, things were, as usual, quite nice onboard the Pride. We have noticed the reduction of staff and services though, even to the point of asking when you want your cabin tended to, morning OR evening, not both anymore! The main dining room staff has also been cut, so the wait for meals is longer, athe quality of the food has gone down as well. But cruising with Carnival is still a great way to visit new (or old favorite) places and have a fairly affordable, relaxing vacation. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We are 65 yr.old fit seniors who booked this when first offered since Norfolk is 2 hours from home. We self-parked in the closest Main St. garage across from the Port at 10am for a flat cruise rate of $105. Convenient with easy walk across ... Read More
We are 65 yr.old fit seniors who booked this when first offered since Norfolk is 2 hours from home. We self-parked in the closest Main St. garage across from the Port at 10am for a flat cruise rate of $105. Convenient with easy walk across the street for embarkation. Service fast and courteous in the terminal. Onboard by 11:15am. First time on Carnival so wandered the ship. Older ship but clean. Once we figured out the layout it was easy to get around. Yep, lots of pink as well as smoke in the casino, but we knew that before arrival. Very friendly crew most everywhere. Were impressed to see constant cleaning - swabbing floors, wiping tables, walls, stairs, everything which continued throughout the cruise. Had "anytime" dining so were relegated to the Black Pearl Restaurant on deck 3 for dinner unless we chose Lido buffet or other Lido options. Dining room salmon and beef were fine. Enjoyed shrimp, spring rolls, salads for appetizers, all were good. Breads were quite tasty. Melting chocolate dessert was excellent, but the cheese cake was surprisingly "plastic". Other food was good enough in the Black Pearl but nothing to rave about. Interesting scramble for best table assignments each night but seems to work. Enjoyed the "intermission" dancing/singing by waitstaff! We had breakfast early from the Lido buffet. Mostly had omelettes (good) and cereal with good coffee. Lunch was often from the Deli at the stern (deck 9). Very good "to order" sandwiches. Note: lots of seating for Lido (deck 9) if you also include the convenient deck 10 mezzanine areas which overlook the buffet areas. Our cabin 7354 was fine even though it was just across from a crew service door. We found it to be quiet and comfortable with the best steward we've ever had (10 cruises). Pandita (and his team) were attentive, friendly with big smiles, careful to accommodate our "early to bed, early to rise" routine and had everything refilled and sparkling despite a bit of age on the room. What a treat! From our room we easily used stairs up or down to keep up our physical activity instead of using the gym. In Bermuda we bought passes (bus/ferry) and one day rode the bus from the Dockyard all the way to St. Georges, getting off in Hamilton to walk around and sightsee, again at the old Swizzler Inn, then on to St. Georges. Nice area with cobblestone streets and shoppes. Took the ferry back from St. Georges to the Dockyard. Another day we spent strolling the Dockyard and touring the national history museum which was very interesting! The rainy, windy third day we took the ferry to Hamilton and returned by ferry. Fun, easy trip to get us off the ship on that last day. Weather on the return to Norfolk was quite windy but we enjoyed sitting at the stern holding onto our hats, as did many others. Fun in the sunshine and hot tubs. We enjoyed some of the music offered in the atrium, laughed at one early comedy show, but otherwise did not participate in onboard entertainment. Mostly enjoyed reading, walking about, people-watching, and drinking beer/sipping wine at the stern or on our balcony. Disembarkation for us was a breeze. We didn't buy liquor onboard and were glad we didn't. Pickup was on disembark morning! and the line was very long which slowed many people down. We carried our own luggage and were off, in the car and on the road by 7:30am! We were glad to see Bermuda - clean, polite, saw no panhandling - and may visit there again, and would easily choose Carnival to get there. All in all, a good, comfortable, pleasant cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Just returned from a Bermuda cruise on the Splendor. We had a blast! Yes, it's the pink biscuit ship that needs a facelift, but everything was great on our trip! Our stewart Gede was fantastic! Our inside cabin was small of course, ... Read More
Just returned from a Bermuda cruise on the Splendor. We had a blast! Yes, it's the pink biscuit ship that needs a facelift, but everything was great on our trip! Our stewart Gede was fantastic! Our inside cabin was small of course, but had everything we needed. The food in the dining room was terrific as was our head waiter Jose. There were only 2 elegant dress nights and the rest were cruise casual, which was new for us and a nice addition. The Lido had Mongolian, Tandoori, Pizza, Bruger station, Rotisserie station upstairs and the poplular Burrito Bar. Everything was great and the staff were all very friendly! The shows were great, especially in the Punchliner Comedy Club! We had 2 comedians on the way to Bermuda and 2 new comedians on the way back to Norfolk. They were hysterical! They have PG shows early in the evening and 18+ shows later in the evening. Kevin the Cruise Director was very funny!! The pools and hot tubs were very popular! The last sea day, they had Towel Animal Theater....towel animals filled the Lido Deck in front of the movie screen! It was adorable! We loved getting a new towel animal every night! Bermuda was fantastic! We went to the Crystal Caves and Sea Glass Beach, which we had not seen on previous trips there. The bus rides were very long, but the drivers were always helpful and looked out for us so we would get off at the right stop. The locals were very friendly was well. We have already booked our next Carnival cruise to Alaska! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
This was our first time on SPLENDOR, and our seventh on Carnival, and I will have to say, the Fantasy and Spirit Class of ship is MUCH more to our liking. The first thing to hit you (slap you in the face kind of way) is all that ... Read More
This was our first time on SPLENDOR, and our seventh on Carnival, and I will have to say, the Fantasy and Spirit Class of ship is MUCH more to our liking. The first thing to hit you (slap you in the face kind of way) is all that PINK!!...from Deck 3 all the way to Deck 11. You enter the elevators, again...pink. You go to the MDR's (3 of them) Gold Pearl, Black Pearl, Pink Pearl, and they are all trimmed in.....pink. The room we had was quite nice, quiet, great view, and, amazingly, under the Gold Pearl MDR (lower level). Biggest problem here was we never met our room steward for the first time on day 3, and my wife on day 5. We had to repeatedly ask for ice, and one day all the lighting in our room went out. I was able, after a search, find our steward, and he went into some side room, diddled a few things, and the lights came on. Again, I had to go to him to let him know they were working again. The food was not up to the usual standard, and several times it was difficult to find what we wanted for dinner. Several times we didn't even finish what we ordered. The disembarkation was the only day that the buffet scrambled eggs were done correctly....otherwise I ordered "over easy" . The bacon was limp, but, when we talked to the Executive Chef, there is bacon nearby that is crisp...but you have to request it. If you want to play trivia, GREAT! It started early in the morning, and went on all day. Bingo was way overpriced, many times the games were the center 9 (small "X") and at $20 for the tickets (3) it got very expensive very fast. After talking to a few of the ship staff, I got the impression that the SPLENDOR is not a happy ship. Whether this is because of senior staff, or contracts, whatever the reason, there is a wave of discontent. Maybe the 2 days of sailing without passengers will help that. All in all, it was ok...not great, not the worst. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Carnival is reaching new lows each yr. Hard to book em any more, but we wanted to see Bermuda. The Food was a severe dissapointment. Service just as bad. We expect freshly cooked food in Dining Room, but this was not the case. ... Read More
Carnival is reaching new lows each yr. Hard to book em any more, but we wanted to see Bermuda. The Food was a severe dissapointment. Service just as bad. We expect freshly cooked food in Dining Room, but this was not the case. Entre's were all overcooked, dried out and obviously had been sitting under warming lamps for long times. Ordered a snapper entre that looked like dried out leather-rubbery. All meats are well done plus.. Lido buffet has long lines, dirty tables not bussed, and food that sits out way too long. Had a B-day and my wife ordered a whole chocolate cake to be delivered. Tried to cut into it and the entire icing layer peeled off like it was made of thin rubbery plastic. Awful .. Anytime dining means getting a beeper and sitting down 25 min later. Then having the staff rush your meal to turn the tables. They serve 2 dishes at once to each of us, even though we had no room at the small table for 2. Server puts dirty fork and knife on tablecloth instead of replacing or at least on the bread plate. The desserts look good but have no taste to them..do NOT order the Pumkin Pie if its on the menu..tastes like dried out zuccini clay. Coffee machines are out of order at lido for most of cruise. Had horrible sewage smell thruout the ship for a full night after leaving Bemuda. Casino full of chain smokers and staff take 30 min to get you a drink. Ship rocked continously every moment at sea..reminded me of the Miracle when they ran it for 4 months with an engine out of service on the Alaskan run. No more Capt reception with free drinks for GOLD members. only Diamond-Platinum. Soft serve ice cream machines often out of service. Always a wait for pizza, burgers cooked beyond well done. Splendor has turned into a cheap vegas style junket, where over half are cruising free or near free because of their casino credits. Its a sleazy experience . Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
The night before we departed I noted online they were still selling cabins. When we checked in I was surprised that the cabin was one Floor One (no longer using names). I stood in guest services trying to get that changed, to no avail ... Read More
The night before we departed I noted online they were still selling cabins. When we checked in I was surprised that the cabin was one Floor One (no longer using names). I stood in guest services trying to get that changed, to no avail since they lied and said they were full. After I left Guest Services I was told we were no longer going to Bermuda due to in climate weather, but rather to Puerto Rico, Grand Turk, and St. Thomas. (a far more inferior cruise). We were to be refunded $45.00 in port fees since we would not be staying in port at Bermuda for 3-4 days. Also, we were to be offered 25% discount on a future cruise with stipulations on length of future cruise. Our cabin appeared neat and clean. We noticed the reading light bedside was out and 3 work orders and 2 days later it was finally fixed. It took 24 hours to get ice delivered the room. The Lido Buffet never changed its menu the whole 8 days. Guys Burgers and the Mexican Restaurant were good. We were on a wait list for evening dining at 6 pm the whole cruise. We were to go to one floor, get a ticket, then go to another floor to eat in a dining room. The rolls were only French bread and a simple roll every night, no variety. One time I never got my Caesar Salad. Two baked potatoes were returned because they were not cooked through before she gave up. My cabin mate also returned her prime rib because she needed it a bit more cooked only to have the next prime rib delivered with GRAVY. In the dining room, Escargot was dripping in butter and had no bread crumbs stuffed mushrooms were only half of a mushroom surrounded in stuffing. Back up in Lido, they had to lines converge at breakfast time at the bacon platter...talk about a back up. The omelet stations (2) were well equipped with about 10 hot plates but only 1 man working at a station. After a long wait, I opted for the powdered eggs. In line, I was chatting with a lady with an omelet and asked her if she had waited long for her omelet and she said "No, but our breakfast ordered to the room never came." I heard that more than once...and another where they brought the coffee pot, 2 croissants, creamers, etc, but only one cup for the couple. The server never offered to bring another cup either. I wanted to watch the #1 College football team play on Saturday and went to the sports lounge only to have the bartender ask one man which game he wanted to watch and then switched to the game of that man's choice. I went to watch my game in my room. The activity selection was not bumped up even with 4 days at sea. If you did not play bingo or buy art, you were left out. I caught a show or two, but had seen another. The Piano Bar, my favorite night spot, had a uninspiring pianist with no personality. I went once. I enjoyed the Serenity Area. Immensely. But the water in the small pool up there was just too cold to stay in. The other Lido Deck pool was unsafe for most adults as the 115 children (out of 3,000 passengers) completely splashed everyone out. I went to 2 Tea Times. The first was very disappointing with a sliver of cucumber with BUTTER between bread and mediocre sweets. The second Tea Time I had been told the trick. The better treats were kept on the lower shelves of the rolling cart. Also, how often does the waiter ask what kind of tea you want instead of presenting the Tea Case. On one occasion, I asked again for my tea bag and he pulled it out of his front pocket. I have been cruising Carnival often lately and been very happy until this cruise. No one seemed to know what they were doing. Even at disembark, we were told to be ready at 7:30 am (early flight slot) yet it was between 9 and 9:30 before we were called. This was a special cruise out of Port Canaveral to Bermuda (first ever) and the ship was full of Florida residents and seasoned cruisers and most were very disappointed with the service, food, and compensation for our issues. There was no one to talk to who could change things, we were just given an 800 number to call when we returned home. How convenient for them. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
I booked a last minute getaway for July 4 weekend. we were supposed to go to St John, New Brunswick, but were rerouted to Bermuda, to the delight of virtually everyone on board. Instead of the tail end of a hurricane in chilly seas, we got ... Read More
I booked a last minute getaway for July 4 weekend. we were supposed to go to St John, New Brunswick, but were rerouted to Bermuda, to the delight of virtually everyone on board. Instead of the tail end of a hurricane in chilly seas, we got a slightly bumpy ride down to beautiful weather. I have gone on 8 cruises on 6 lines, including one prior cruise on the Carnival Conquest. The Splendor is, by far, the ugliest ship I have ever seen. Carnival is known for its loud interiors, but this ship crosses the line to just plain hideous. The recurring theme is one pf big circles filled with pink and silver zebra stripe patterns. It is garish, and leave nowhere for the eye to rest. The designers must be colorblind, as must everyone in the company who approved this design. The buffet deck was always crowded, except when it was closed, which seemed to be scheduled for the convenience of the ship, and not for any concern for the passengers. From 2:30-5, lines for pizza, burgers and deli sandwiches were ENORMOUS, Soft serve "ice cream" was always available but rather nasty. If you wanted a salad or fresh fruit during those hours, you were out of luck (though I did consider ordering a salad at 3 PM, with instruction that it be delivered to the Lido Deck). Meals in the dining room were not impressive. You can tell that they are cutting back on food quality. The entertainment was pretty good. I appreciate that their comedians had "adult" shows. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
I just came home from this cruise with my family. Were were supposed to go to Canada, but due to the hurricane we went to Bermuda instead. What I liked: the room was spacious and the beds were comfy and service was decent. What I ... Read More
I just came home from this cruise with my family. Were were supposed to go to Canada, but due to the hurricane we went to Bermuda instead. What I liked: the room was spacious and the beds were comfy and service was decent. What I didn't like: The food. Some was inedible and the only food available 24/7 was pizza and ice cream and the ice cream machines were usually broken or just missing. There were only a few dinner items available on the menu at the restaurant each night and not many options for children or picky eaters. We went to karaoke and the DJ was awful. He never got the songs right and we spent a lot of time waiting for him to find the right song. A little girl went up to sing Under the Sea and he began to play Rihana. My fiance picked a song and after about 20 minutes, the DJ told my fiance he did not have the cd even though the song was listed in the book. By this time it as too late for him to pick a new song as karaoke was just about over. Other activities on the boat were uninteresting. There were other little things that bothered me, but these are my main concerns. If we didn't go to Bermuda, I would have totally hated this trip. I do not recommend Carnival Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
First we got to the port we were all a little nervous about the upcoming hurricane named Arthur heading right for Canada at that point and announcement came overhead but the itinerary had been changed from Canada to Bermuda I would say 90% ... Read More
First we got to the port we were all a little nervous about the upcoming hurricane named Arthur heading right for Canada at that point and announcement came overhead but the itinerary had been changed from Canada to Bermuda I would say 90% of us screamed with joy we get on the ship, and went up to the buffet and had a wonderful cocktail named the friendship I went with the Group of Seven we were so excited to finally be on a vacation together the food was just mediocre. We then went to our rooms in our luggage was already there we interior room which was spacious and the bed was extremely comfortable our friends were across the hall they had a wonderful balcony room we had a great Stewart who was very accommodating I will say that the service on that ship was outstanding you were made to feel very special the staff in the dining room was exceptional they cater to your every need and they knew everyone's name at the table. We loved the adult pool there was a bar and a deli right there with two nice hot tubs. The shows in the lounge were wonderful very upbeat and professional we also loved the punchline are funny comedians. There was so much positive to say about our trip and I have no complaints except for maybe one thing your feet burned we were walking barefoot on the deck but other than that it was a fantastic trip I highly recommend carnival and the splendor I would definitely go again Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
We were 6 friends waiting at Port and wondering why so long when it was announced we were changinging our iternary to Bermuda from Canada and away from the Hurricane. This is my 15th cruise having sailed with Carnival, Holland, Cunard and ... Read More
We were 6 friends waiting at Port and wondering why so long when it was announced we were changinging our iternary to Bermuda from Canada and away from the Hurricane. This is my 15th cruise having sailed with Carnival, Holland, Cunard and Nowegian. The FOOD was HORRIBLE in the main dining room for Every Meal. It is the same food as is being served at the Buffet. The Chefs don't care on Carnival. I really believe that Carnival will eventually go Buffet Only plus Pizza and Burgers. Carnival is joking with the patrons when the food is this bad. Carnival does not care, the food is of the lowest grade and cooked SO Bad. Did I say the FOOD was Bad, Horrible. You won't gain weight cruising with Carnival. Service was nice and attentive all over the ship. Our stewards did a nice job too. Bed was comfortable, AC first day was not very strong but did some work the second day and it helped. We had a Spa Balcony Room, nice size and gave us access to Spa with it's own large jacuzzi, sauna rooms and more. The comedians were good. The best part was being rerouted to Sunny Bermuda even if it was only for the day. I keep saying no more Carnival but they have the schedule I need. Our last 3 cruises with them the food has been as awful as the last. A pity as when we cruised with our kids in 1999 the food was suprisingly good. Also the wine list is low grade. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
Our family consisting of two grandparents, three adult parents, and three grand kids cruised July 21st to July 26th on a five day trip to the Bahamas on the Carnival Fantasy. Overall, it was an average cruise with some advantages and some ... Read More
Our family consisting of two grandparents, three adult parents, and three grand kids cruised July 21st to July 26th on a five day trip to the Bahamas on the Carnival Fantasy. Overall, it was an average cruise with some advantages and some drawbacks. Embarkation: We live in N.C. so Charleston is close and easy to get to. However, the Port of Charleston needs much improvement. Only one ship from one line visits the port and there has not been a large investment in infrastructure. It seemed unorganized and took more time that we were used to just to deposit our bags, park our cars, and get into the terminal. Debarkation on the other hand was efficient and went smoothly. The facilities just are not there YET, but I suspect things will improve as time goes on and if more ships/lines service the port. The Ship: The Fantasy is old but has been redone several times. Its biggest problem is its size and the number of PAX it puts on board. It is small and thus seemed very crowded especially at the pool and in the lido restaurant facilities. There were often long lines and insufficient tables/chairs. There is but one pool and the deck areas have insufficient seating. As a result, we saw folks quibbling over deck chairs. We saw two hot tubes which were always filled to the brim and had small children splashing about. They were definitely not adult friendly. There were so many people wanting to use the pool that one had to wait for a spot to open just to dangle your legs in the water. The biggest attraction for a family with children is the water park, a nice improvement, but if one wanted to watch the kids, there was no shade in the area so take the heavy duty sun screen. State rooms: Very clean, but not up to par with the newer ships. There was not even a small refrigerator in the room. When we arrived, the cabin had neither hair dryer nor hand soap, but this shortcoming was quickly fixed. Unfortunately, we were one deck under the galley and late at night there was a considerable amount of noise plus at times there were strong food odors that entered our cabin via the A/C system. The halls were quite noise too. In fact, his was the noisiest ship I have been on in eleven cruises. The noise usually continued on our deck until about 1 AM. Attendants: Outstanding. Our steward on the Empress Deck, Mr. Mustika, went overboard in trying to please us and our table waiters were excellent. Everyone on the crew tried their best to make the cruise pleasant. They are hard working people who will do what they can to please you. Food: The evening meals were great, but the daytime food left much to be desired. There as a deli which served a limited selection and often the sandwiches were burned. The wok area had long lines, just as the hamburger and hotdog stand did. They were not worth writing home about. The lido deck buffet was limited and often closed. One thing I did like was the days at sea when the restaurants would open with a brunch which went from 9 AM to about 1:30 PM. It was geared mostly to breakfast, but the times were very convenient and the food was good. On the other hand, the lido deck breakfasts were only so-so. Entertainment: All too often we were forced to view the production shows at 10 PM which is late for some and other nights there were no shows at all. There were a variety of other endeavors, but no substitute for the theater show. We had two comedian presentations (family friendly) and two (adult) shows during the cruise. Overall: If you live in the Southeast and want a convenient port, Charleston is it. It is an older and smaller ship which tries to do a good job. The food during the day needs improvement and you will find it crowded. Would I do it again? Probably if there was not another ship doing the same thing. Every cruise has its good and bad and this was no different.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
Check In: Security was heightened because of the Boston Bombings but that didn't hold things up for us very much. We were at the port by 10:40, parked, dropped luggage off and were in line for check in by 11. Once checked in we had ... Read More
Check In: Security was heightened because of the Boston Bombings but that didn't hold things up for us very much. We were at the port by 10:40, parked, dropped luggage off and were in line for check in by 11. Once checked in we had a wait until boarding started but we got on the boat and were on the Lido deck by 12:30. Stateroom: we had adjoining balcony rooms on deck 8 towards the front. Rooms were typical staterooms. Location to the Lido deck, Golden Pearl and the Spectacular Theater was perfect but it was a long hike to the Black Pearl Dining room. Room attendant was attentive. No complaints about the room at all. Dining: We had two lunches and a few "snacks" on the Lido deck during the entire trip. The layout is not ideal as many people didn't realize there was a "back" part to the buffet with the same foods which made the main entrance area packed and difficult to navigate at times. Pizza was 24 hours but very slow. At times there were lines 20+ people deep. Decent variety of foods. Soft serve ice cream and yogurt were available 24hours. Black Pearl Dining Room: Food was excellent and with the exception of one dish, everyone enjoyed their meals. Even the Maine Lobster was delicious and wasn't the "typical cruise lobster" we were used to. Service on occassion was on the slow side but we weren't really in a rush to go anywhere so it was OK. Bar service was excellent and the kids had drinks on the table within minutes of arriving which was nice. Gold Pearl Dining Room: (Breakfast and lunch) Service was painfully slow here. If we weren't traveling with a child with a food allergy we probably would have eatten in the buffet. I ordered Belgian Waffles on a few occassions with Strawberries and every time they arrived without them. They did bring them when I asked again but that just meant waiting a bit longer. The Punchliner Comedy Breakfast was pretty lame. The first time the comedian told 3 short jokes and the second time we weren't there when a comedian was performing. Entertainment: We skipped the welcome aboard show as the kids wanted to swim. We did make it to 2 of the stage shows and they were OK. The first one was much better than the second one (a new "cast" had arrived for the second show). We also went to the juggling comedian who was excellent. There were a few other shows that we missed as well. Comedy shows were good although the family comedy show on night 7 was a repeat from night 6 which was a bummer. Kids Clubs: Younger kids tried the clubs on the first sea day and had a good time but were busy with other things on the ship and didn't go back. Oldest went to Club O2 every day and had a blast. Recreation: Lots of fun games and the kids really enjoyed paricipating in them. Hoola Hooping, Washer and Bean Bag Toss, Scavenger hunts etc., really kept the kids busy. The roof on the main pool was closed until the second day in Bermuda which was great. It was closed again on the last sea day but the pool was also closed because of rough seas. The basketball court was a disappointment. If the kids were on the court and a group of older teens/adults showed up they pushed them off. After the kids were sworn at we said something to security who spoke to them but also told us that "this always happens, when adults are on the court kids can't use it". I'm OK with that but many times the kids were there first and had only been there for a few minutes before the adults came. Either some monitoring or rules need to be posted so that everyone can enjoy it. Disembarkation: If there is one complaint I had about this trip as a whole it would be this day. Disembarkation was scheduled to start at 7:30 but we were late docking and then late clearing customs. Passengers doing self assist were supposed to walk off by deck number but once 8:30 hit and the staterooms had to be cleared it didn't matter what deck you were on, people just mobbed the lobby area, the stairs and the elevators. You couldn't even get through to the suggested waiting areas. We tried but the elevators were jammed and the stairs were packed. We got off the ship about 9 (about an hour later than anticipated) and our friends, who didn't do self assist, said that it was almost 10:30 when they got off with debarkation number 6. Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
We really enjoyed the Splendor and Bermuda from NYC. We found the Splendor to be very enjoyable. The ship was very clean and balcony stateroom fantastic. Although we have been on several cruises...this was our 1st balcony. Yes as ... Read More
We really enjoyed the Splendor and Bermuda from NYC. We found the Splendor to be very enjoyable. The ship was very clean and balcony stateroom fantastic. Although we have been on several cruises...this was our 1st balcony. Yes as previous reviewers have mentioned...the flow of the ship is a little odd but workable. Crew always friendly and made a point to say hi as you passed them. Embarkation: Arrived at the pier by 10:15 and breezed thru security and check-in. On the ship by 11:30ish! Cabin: A balcony cabin that we found spacious and very clean. Room Stewart's very efficient and quick to clean room. Room Service: Either on time or a few minutes early Food: We found to be very good with lots of choices on the Lido and MDR. One drawback was the anytime dining. We done this on other cruise lines and worked well for us then. We just found ATD appeared not to organized and wait times usually 20-40 minutes. A beeper is given and you can listen to the music in the Atrium. Entertainment: All shows were enjoyable. The juggler (Dana Tison) was the best and we both really enjoyed him. The comics were very good as well. Disembarkation: We choose not to do self assist this time and found the process went very smoothly. We were able to have leisurely breakfast in MDR and then sat in the Red carpet lounge to wait for our zone to be called. We were off the ship by 10:00 and on the road by 10:30. Bermuda: One word........Beautiful. Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
We booked a "spa interior" cabin for a very last minute deal - a huge bargain! (You could also go across the hallway for a spa/balcony if you prefer). I would *highly* recommend it!! We were spoiled and pampered! To say it ... Read More
We booked a "spa interior" cabin for a very last minute deal - a huge bargain! (You could also go across the hallway for a spa/balcony if you prefer). I would *highly* recommend it!! We were spoiled and pampered! To say it was an "upgrade" from any other cabin we've stayed in is a major understatement!! The decor was swanky and sophisticated, inside the cabin and out in the hallway. Our room steward was seasoned and highly competent! We had a private entrance to the spa, which was good, because when we went to and from, we were only in our (provided) bathrobes and slippers! In addition to the bathrobe and slippers, we also had special beach towels that were a different color than most on the ship, and we didn't have to check them out, our room steward just replaced them for us when they were wet. We also had all the spa products free in our room - the soaps, the shampoo, the conditioner, the lotion, and even a fabreeze-like spray for "aroma-therapy"! We also received a 'couples' spa treatment 2 for the price of 1, which we gladly did on our first day at sea, and 3 free exercise classes (which we never did because they were early in the morning!). The entire spa area is 'adults only' and only a handful of guests have access to the entire area in comparison to the 3,000 people on the ship, so it was always a great way to get away from the crowds and find peace and quiet. But the best part of the spa cabin was the free access to the special 'members only' spa area that had many different rooms to relax in. My favorite was the the thelasso-therapy pool, a giant mineral bath with specialty nozzles to massage every part of your body. It was very quiet and never crowded and just hot enough to relax! You could lay back on the chairs inside the pool and feel the bubbles all over your backside, or you could move to the shoulder nozzles where you could get a great pressure massage on your shoulders, neck, and head. From there, we moved into the aroma-steam room, extremely hot and steamy, I could only stay in there for a minute or so before moving on to the next room. The beautiful oriental 'tepidarium' room with heated chairs that were designed to align your body as you laid in them. There was yet another steam room that wasn't quite as hot as the first, and then the final room, the 'lanconium', where there were heated chairs to relax in. All the rooms had PERFECT views of the ocean from the very tip-top of the ship where the spa was located. I never showered in our room because the spa had a beautiful locker room available with gigantic showers with benches and chairs that locked individually, towels and spa products provided. You could also spend time in the general waiting area, there were many chairs and even beds to relax on while enjoying the view and something cold to drink. Specialty water and fruit was provided in the waiting area. Obviously, the spa was the highlight of being on the Splendor. The major drawbacks of this ship include: 1. Terrible service in the Gold Pearl Dining room - we generally love the dinners in the formal dining room because we get to know our servers well and have fun interacting with them. We had three servers, none of which even tried to interact with us because they were so busy and didn't really speak English. My order was incomplete or wrong most of the nights. A huge disappointment. 2. The 'choppy' layout of the ship. The buffet area was divided into several parts, and many people didn't realize there was a "back" part to the buffet with the same foods which made the main entrance area packed and difficult to navigate at times. Pizza was 24 hours but very slow. At times there were lines 20+ people deep. In addition, there was no central open area to cross the ship. You always had to walk through the casino (smoky) to get to the other side. I had to hunt for the shops and photo shop, it is just all chopped up with only a small atrium in the center. 3. The library and web cafe were lousy. The library was tiny and had very limited hours, and absolutely no view. I didn't even bother to go into the web cafe because it was hidden inside one of the bars and not easy to find. 4. The adults only area was also very tiny and had limited chairs around the pool. It was right by the "Indian" food buffet so they entire area smelled like curry. In addition, the adult lounging area "Serenity" on the upper decks only offered seating - no pool or hot tubs. And the miniature golf course OVERLOOKED the adult-only area, so you constantly had kids walking above you, shouting and playing - didn't feel much like an adult area. I have no idea what they were thinking when they designed that! In spite of the drawbacks listed, I would choose Splendor over and over again for the Cloud 9 Spa Cabin! If you don't enjoy the spa, there would be no advantage to choosing this ship. Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
Very disappointing sums it up pretty well for the January 19 sailing of the Fascination. My expectations for this cruise weren't very high to start with because it was mainly to just get away for a few days. All I expected was just ... Read More
Very disappointing sums it up pretty well for the January 19 sailing of the Fascination. My expectations for this cruise weren't very high to start with because it was mainly to just get away for a few days. All I expected was just some decent entertainment and good food. I thought the worst was over when we finally boarded the ship 9 hours late but I was wrong. Just one suggestion to Carnival... offer the text notification during the online registration. Had we not been at one of the Park and Cruise hotels we wouldn't have known about the first delay. We did get a recorded phone message for the second and third. The entertainment was lacking in my opinion unless you consider infomercials (programs demonstrating products Carnival or their preferred vendors sell), bingo for an additional fee, or having portraits taken entertainment. There were three shows. A juggler who was good but not really enough to build an entire show around, the guest talent show was pretty entertaining, and the Motown show was good. There were two comedians, one funny, one not so much. Each performed 2 adult only shows. One had two different sets; the other seemed to only have one set. I only lasted a few minute into his second show because he was telling the same jokes as the first. The food overall was pretty good. We ate breakfast at the buffet every morning. It was standard breakfast fair and got much better once I found the made to order omelet station. Lunch was one day at the buffet, one day at the deli, and two days in the dining room. We ended up with dinner in the dining room all except one night. I went to the buffet the second night and the food wasn't edible. Pretty much everything I got at the buffet (whether it was breakfast, lunch, or dinner), with the exception of the made to order omelet, was cold or lukewarm at best. I wasn't expecting much from the ports based on past reviews. I did the walking tour of Nassau I found on Cruise Critic, did a little shopping and went to Junkanoo Beach, all easily done in the 8 hours we were in port and easy walking distance from the port. I went to Port Lucaya in Freeport. Overall it left me thinking I must not be up for all the fun on the Fun Ship.... Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
Won't take carnival again. If it's not for getting nickeled and dimed the whole the trip it's the general attitude of the employees and the company itself.Embarkation was a mess. They bumped the board time twice. Ended up ... Read More
Won't take carnival again. If it's not for getting nickeled and dimed the whole the trip it's the general attitude of the employees and the company itself.Embarkation was a mess. They bumped the board time twice. Ended up leaving late at 8pm. Got on board and found out they lost the 5 x $30 transaction for soda cards. Soda cards to not print out from documentation. Which led me to track everything on boat. The $15 bucks credit per passenger was two rather than three on the sign card review, then when we called they put it on, the next day it was gone. So they never credited it for us. The weather was rough going down, could not go in the pools for the rocking of the ship. There were about 87 kids in each hot tub. If you went to the one on the serenity deck, it was not open when you would want to use it. If you are in before, they dump your belongings on the deck (in high winds) rather than say anything to you or ask you to move it. I managed to get in a hot tub twice despite Carnival. Enrichment, there was one cooking class, otherwise non existent.. Rates per say were fine. It's the nickle and dimeing you to death when you are on ship. My sons bought two watches in ships stores, within an hour they were both broke. They got them replaced, by the end of the cruise the new ones were both broke. Dining. We went to our assigned dining room twice. The first time it took 20 min to get drinks (soda). The second time it took 45 min. The rest of the cruise we ate at the mermaid cafateria (which did not have soda's). One good thing were the shows. The hypnosis show was hillarious. Even though we paid the 'pre paid gratuities' you just don't get service unless you tip at the bars to get soda's (which we already paid for twice). Once I went to the bar in the promenade to get soda with my daughter and ex and they got soda's for my daughter and ex and then walked away leaving no one in the bar and me without a soda. It was my first cruise. It sucked. I've already booked with another cruise line, will not ever spend another penny where it benefits Carnival in some way. there are many other instances of poor service, or us getting ripped off by Carnival. I provided them a list and they have not responded. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
It was a huge difference from just 8 months ago! Apparently the Pride has changed its executive staff and the ship has gone down hill ever since. First off, sailing out of Baltimore is great! They really have their act together at ... Read More
It was a huge difference from just 8 months ago! Apparently the Pride has changed its executive staff and the ship has gone down hill ever since. First off, sailing out of Baltimore is great! They really have their act together at the port. Getting on and off the ship is one of the best I've seen and the port workers are friendly and helpful. The ship itself needs some cleaning up and maintenance. It's still nice, but the wear and tear is showing. My biggest complaint is the executive officers and their assistants. My wife and I work different shifts and when we go on vacation we devote all our time to just ourselves. The very first thing I do when I get on the ship is wait in line, 'over an hour' to see the matradee and get our dining assignment changed to a private table. I've never had a problem on 10 previous cruises until this one! Now this "my time dining" has consumed most of the private tables so the chances of getting one are very slim. Some people might call it petty, but that's my vacation! Quiet and private! I will say the room stewards were good and the waiters were excellent. But the new Matradee and his staff are rude, don't follow through with their promises and treat you like a pest. I was also amazed at the officers in uniform drinking at the casino lounge for over an hour on the last night! If your off duty, at least take the uniform off! A lot of people were taking notice to that, doesn't give you that comfy felling after they just had another ship sink because of a cowboy captain! I'm done with cruising for awhile. Going to try flying to a resort next time and see how that goes. Cruising was great just a few short years ago but the cutbacks on the food and service has taken it's toll on me. I would rather pay a higher price for excellent service like it used to be. I'm sure the newbies won't understand that! Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
Since the Carnival Pride cruises to Bermuda only once a year (or maybe never again since the Splendor is going there next year), I'll just give some points/observations re' our cruise + the ship and a hint of our Bermuda ... Read More
Since the Carnival Pride cruises to Bermuda only once a year (or maybe never again since the Splendor is going there next year), I'll just give some points/observations re' our cruise + the ship and a hint of our Bermuda activities. We arrived in Baltimore a day early to stay @ the Days Inn in Glen Burnie. We had a "package deal" (from STAY123.com) that includes a night's stay, parking @ the Day's Inn for the duration of the cruise, shuttle TO and FROM the pier plus continental breakfast for about $125. When you consider that the pier parking by itself is $105, the package is a good deal. We opted to stay at the Days Inn after the cruise ended to avoid the long drive home on debarkation day. While the hotel is not 5 stars, it fits the bill for thrifty travelers. There is a Giant grocery store next door, lots of eateries within walking distance and a Wal Mart about 2 miles away. There is even a "package" store to buy beer, wine, hard liquor about ½ mile down the road. Embarkation: The port people have this down to a science. It took about an hour from arriving at the terminal to getting on the ship. Bing, bang, boom -- and friendly/helpful people too!! Debarkation was a mirror image of the embarkation -- EZ......a bit lengthy but easy esp Customs. The ship: The decor was interesting but if it were not so noticeable, people would/might complain about it being bland. Different strokes for different folks. Personally, I was reminded of my college Art History classes. We had been on Pride's sister ships before so we knew how to find our way around. Booking an aft cabin lets you get to the MDR and Lido Buffets easily via elevator. On good weather days, the Serenity Area (Deck 9 aft) is the place to be -- provided you can find a place to sit/recline. There is part of the Serenity Area that is out of the sun so you can enjoy the kid free atmosphere without getting sunburned. The cabin: We had a balcony (7329) on Verandah (Deck 7 aft) -- very comfortable and a few steps from elevators and the Lido buffets. We had the option of an upgrade to deck 8 but the idea of listening to the staff moving table and chairs overhead at night was not appealing. Mr. Alfred and Mr. Gusti (stewards) were very friendly and while we aren't demanding people, they did help us with the few issues that we had. Thumbs up to these unseen, overlooked and unsung heroes! The cruise itself: The weather was pretty bad on the way there -- rainy, very windy but there's not much you can do about Mother Nature. The trip back was a little better but not by much. No chance to spend much time on deck. Take an adequate supply of Dramamine (drowsy or non-drowsy) or drink heavily! Normandie Dining Room: We only ate here on formal nights. The 1st formal night included lobster (yummy!) while the 2nd featured chateaubriand and a fish dish. We found the food to be warm/hot and the service to be very good. Don't forget to order the Chocolate Melting Cake. Mermaid's Grille: Some of the several stations changed offerings depending on the time of day. The Continental Breakfast station became the Sweet Shop later in the day. Chopsticks: Great Oriental food. Other ships cook the food for each person but on the Pride, they cook the menu choices in small batches continuously ensuring hot, fresh portions. I made it a point of eating lunch here every sea day. Carvery: As the name implies, a cook carves the meat selection of the day and the rest of the line contains the veggies and other meat(s). We ate here most evenings when we weren't at the MDR. On the last afternoon at sea, this station changes to the Chocolate Extravaganza. I'm not a chocoholic, but my wife enjoyed it. . Deli: GREAT sandwiches and wraps! Mid day/late night offerings from here were very enjoyable. Open until 11PM made this a favorite. Italian: Didn't do this one -- not enough time. LOL Pizza Pirate: What can I say? Great slices, open 24/7 and Caesar salad -- what a combo! American Grill: We utilized the omelet station just about every day -- not just for omelets but also for custom made REAL fried eggs. Other than that, there was way too much food, not enough time! Sweet Shop: Desserts galore -- more calories than Weight Watchers would ever admit to. Room Service: Didn't do this one -- we'd rather walk off some of the calories. Ice cream machines: Didn't do this either. In short, there's always something to eat... Entertainment: Comedy club: We went to 2 adult shows and they were entertaining. "Dumb" contests/deck activities: Hairy chest etc.... I took naps or went to the gym instead LOL. Bands etc: Most bands have been replaced with DJ's, single entertainers, or karaoke. I guess management needs to pump up the "bottom line". Shows in the main lounge: We saw one show and it was enjoyable. Spa/Gym facilities: I used the gym every sea day and on two shore days. I went during the early afternoon and there was never a crowd. The equipment is good quality and there were just one or two machines that were "out of service". Bermuda: So much to do, so much to see. The temperature was in the low 70's and the water chilly (mid 60's?) with a slight breeze all the time we were there. Maybe not the bet tanning weather, but enjoyable for me. A light jacket or sweatshirt is recommended in the later afternoon and evening this time of year. The people in the on shore visitor centers were very helpful in setting up places to visit along with maps, what buses to take, beaches to go etc. Unless you use a taxi or motor scooters, take a shore excursion to get an overview of what's on the islands. We took a van trip (Carnival shore exc) along the South Shore and Hamilton to get an overview and then purchased one day passes ($12 pp good for buses or ferries) for a ferry to St George's. In St George's, we took a tram ride ($25 pp) around the area to see places you couldn't get to if walking. Beautiful beaches open to the public (no lifeguards) but you need to take a taxi or bus to get there. In the King's Wharf area we visited (and bought from) the Bermuda Rum Bakery and the Glass Works -- both in the same building. I went snorkeling @ Snorkel Beach Park (no admission + short walking distance) which featured a shallow snorkel area that was good considering it was free. We purchased a rum swizzle afterward for $9 but it seemed a good tradeoff for the free use of the beach. And no Bermuda visit would be complete without a beer @ the Frog & Onion -- although $7 for a beer is a little steep. We ate no meals in town b/c the prices are so high. Everything (except some brands of rum) is brought in by ship adding to the expense. There a multitude of places to see and even 2 ½ days were not enough just for this one place. I suggest getting the free booklets/pamphlets and planning your adventuring ahead of time. WOULD I/WE DO THIS AGAIN? In a heartbeat! we're thinking of booking on the Splendor for Bermuda in 2013. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
Just back from Carnival's only trip to Bermuda this year on the Pride out of Baltimore. My wife and I are in our late 20's/early 30's, and we actually took this trip with my parents and friends of theirs, all wanting to do ... Read More
Just back from Carnival's only trip to Bermuda this year on the Pride out of Baltimore. My wife and I are in our late 20's/early 30's, and we actually took this trip with my parents and friends of theirs, all wanting to do the unique Bermuda trip. This was my 8th Carnival cruise and my wife's 6th. Some highlights below.... EMBARKATION We drove up from South Carolina and stayed at a local hotel for a park-and-cruise rate. They brought SUV service to the hotel at designated times and drove us to the port, which worked out pretty well. My parents were in a suite/VIP, so we tagged along with them for check-in. Really, we just got in a shorter security line, had a quick check in, and sat in a separate area while waiting for boarding. Nice, but nothing overly advantageous for being VIP. Once the ship opened, we did go on first, however. Once on, we went up to the Lido to eat, and wait, as rooms would not be ready until 2:30. It was miserable outside, so we walked around the ship a bit until the muster drill before leaving. We got our luggage in a reasonable amount of time, however we had one bag that went missing. Apparently the printed-out luggage tag with the room number came off, and they had to hunt down where it belonged. Just as we left the cabin to go ask about it, they came down the hallway with it. CABIN We stayed in a standard balcony on Deck 6 forward. Decent cabin and location which suited us just fine. We did get to see my parents suite cabin down the hall, and it was a bit larger, nicer, and had a lot more storage space. THE SHIP Our last cruise was on the Carnival Dream, so this was a big step-down in size, however we have been on the Legend (sister ship to the Pride) a few years ago. Overall, I thought the decor of the ship was very nice -- certainly not flashy like some other Carnival ships. However, it had a definite renaissance art vibe with a lot of nude artwork, which made me wonder what questions some parents were getting asked by their kids during the week! The Serenity area out back was nice as usual, but was typically crowded as this was a decidedly adult cruise. When the weather was nice, we generally hung out on deck 10, which was a little less crowded. Layout of the rest of the ship was standard Carnival. Only negative I saw was that as Carnival moves to pushing their comedy program, the lounges on these smaller ships can't handle the crowds that show up for the shows. THE FOOD We are not typically very picky food people. We did miss some of the things the larger ships had (dedicated Pasta bar, etc.), but in general the Lido buffet food was fine. For lunch, enjoyed the deli station and Caribbean days the most. Breakfast for us was split between Lido and sit down in the dining room -- both were acceptable but nothing overly spectacular. I never had a bad dinner in the dining room, but I don't know if there was one thing that I considered "best ever" or anything like that. We did eat in the additional cost steakhouse one night, which everyone seemed to enjoy. Food is presented and prepared better than in the regular dining room. No matter where, there was certainly plenty of variety in the food choices. THE STAFF Staff was generally excellent, as usual. Dean and his crew in the dining room always had our food out right when it was expected, and was very personable. Everyone called us by name, even staff who barely knew us or we rarely used. Our cabin steward and crew were very nice, and were always cleaning, but we just barely saw them and really didn't get to know them. I think we were at the end of their hallway, so we didn't pass them a lot. We actually got to know my parents cabin stewards better. Brent, the cruise director, was capable and personable, but I don't know if I'd rank him up there among the best we've had. ENTERTAINMENT Well, there was always something to do. I don't think we spent as much time in lounges, bars, or seeing the ship band/singer/piano player as we normally do, so I won't comment on that. Production shows were very well done, but they may have been rotating some cast members during our week, as there were always a lot in the audience. They had 3 main ones (related to Jazz, Around the World music, and rock). Another show was one guy singing Motown songs, which seemed hastily put together or something, and I didn't care for much. The last show was the Carnival Legends/amateur show, which we did not see. The comedy shows in the secondary lounge were a huge hit. There were four comedians during the week, and they all put on family shows as well as adult shows. We saw all but one of the guys, and were pretty entertained all the way through. THE PORTS Different cruise for us, as there was just one -- 2 and a half days docked in Kings Wharf, Bermuda. This was kind of cool, as you didn't have to stress about getting back on the ship in a certain amount of time each day. We were docked in the Royal Dockyard area of Bermuda, which is the extreme western tip of the island. It's a nice little area, as there is some shopping, a few restaurants/pubs, a museum, and a small beach/snorkel park. The first morning we got off, we went right up to the transportation hut and bought 2-day passes which were good for unlimited rides on the ferrys and buses. We took the ferry to Hamilton in the center of the island (20 mins) and walked around and shopped for a while. We ate lunch at Flanagans, a local pub, which was mostly English/American food. Then we found the bus out of town that took us east along the south shore road, and stopped at Horseshoe Bay. You had to walk down a hill from the road to get to it, but it was very picturesque. This was probably one of the more crowded beaches, and there is a hotel nearby, and there were a lot of cruise passengers. We eventually took a bus directly back to the ship, took a break, then came back out to have some local drinks (Dark and Stormy!) at one of the pubs before going back onboard for dinner. The next day we took the ferry to the extreme eastern side of the island and the town of St George (45 mins). This was more historical and quiet than Hamilton -- very cool to walk around. Eventually ate lunch on the waterfront. Then we took a nice half mile walk to Tobacco Bay beach. Had a few cruise passengers but wasn't bad -- it's just a very small strip of land. It did have a snack bar and facilities though. We ferried back to Dockyard and stopped for some drinks and a snack at another one of the restaurants. We stayed on the ship until after dinner, when we came back out at dark to walk around and take some pictures. The last half-day didn't provide a lot of time to go anywhere, so everyone mostly walks around Dockyard and shops. We also sat on the beach for a bit before getting back on the ship to leave. Overall, our first time in Bermuda was very enjoyable, and we were glad we got to see both the major cities and a couple beaches. A lot of people seem to rent scooters, but we got around just fine using the local transportation. The buses run fairly regular, as does the ferry to Hamilton. The only tricky place to get to was St George, as the ferry times were pretty sporadic, and a bus ride was almost 2 hours. The other notable thing about Bermuda is the cost -- everything is more expensive than the States. A decent lunch for 2 is easily over $30, and we heard of some people having dinner and drinks in the hundreds. One thing to watch is that tips are included in restaurant bills, unlike the States. DISEMBARKATION This one was a little odd. First of all, we're used to docking at 7 am and being stopped when we get up, but this cruise didn't dock until almost 9 am, so it seemed like there was extra waiting in the morning. We did manage to find a table on Lido and eat breakfast. It seemed like a lot of people did the self-assist disembark, and most of them were off by 10:00. Again, we tagged along with my parents for the VIP disembark, in which they got a letter saying to meet in a special room and they would be escorted off as soon as they started calling zones. However, no employee ever came to the room, and we ended up just getting off with the first group of zones called, which wasn't a big time saver. Still wasn't terrible in the end. The customs line was long but moved quickly, however they wouldn't let us use cell phones to call the shuttle service while we were in there. In the end, we had another very enjoyable cruise, even though the weather coming and going wasn't that great and created a bit of a rough ride on a couple days. We were glad to get to experience Bermuda and do an itinerary that isn't common, and we're looking forward to the next one! Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
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