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53 Carnival Bermuda Cruise Reviews

Everything was nice about this cruise except the comedy shows. They only had a PG show the first day. Everyday after that they were all R or X rated. 4 times a day, even at 7:15. We are not prudes, but we don't like hearing ... Read More
Everything was nice about this cruise except the comedy shows. They only had a PG show the first day. Everyday after that they were all R or X rated. 4 times a day, even at 7:15. We are not prudes, but we don't like hearing the F word a 100 times, and distasteful material. What happened to the funny shows? The main shows were good, Also we played some trivia games which were fun. There were many choices of food everywhere. Had your time dining, and getting a ticket on deck 5 was a snap. Also let us have a booth for just the 2 of us. Going to Bermuda was so much better than the short cruises that have gone up to Canada in the past. We stopped going on the short ones because we couldn't take Canada anymore. Tired of being chilly. So except for the complaint about the comedy, we enjoyed this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
My husband and I cruised out of Baltimore on the Pride to Bermuda on July 2nd. This was our second time on this ship, but it previously hadn't had the 2.0 upgrades. The ship has changed some, but most of the Renaissance decor is the ... Read More
My husband and I cruised out of Baltimore on the Pride to Bermuda on July 2nd. This was our second time on this ship, but it previously hadn't had the 2.0 upgrades. The ship has changed some, but most of the Renaissance decor is the same. The ship was definitely kept clean. I enjoyed most of the food, especially Guy's burgers and dinner in David's Steakhouse. We chose to do My Time Dining. We requested to be seated in Darell's section each night. Our steward, Ketut, was friendly and kept our room clean. The entertainment on this cruise was much better than what we've seen on Carnival in the past. I enjoyed all of the joys. The singers were phenomenal. We enjoyed Bermuda. It was nice being there for 2 overnights. We didn't feel that we had to rush. It was very easy to take the mini bus to Horseshoe Bay Beach, which was gorgeous. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
One of the reasons I booked a cruise from Baltimore was to "sail" down the Chesapeake Bay but since this cruise was delayed by 7 hours, it was dark when that part of the cruise finally happened. I leave on the West Coast now ... Read More
One of the reasons I booked a cruise from Baltimore was to "sail" down the Chesapeake Bay but since this cruise was delayed by 7 hours, it was dark when that part of the cruise finally happened. I leave on the West Coast now but am from the DC area and missing that Bay experience was really disappointing. The reason for the delay was a "medical deviation" so I cannot fault Carnival since the safety of guests must come first, even if it resulted in a reduced experience for my experience. That aside, as usual, the crew members of Carnival did an amazing job and it was a nice trip. The TV in my cabin flickered while watching the channel that shows the location of the ship and all the info, and that was a bummer. Since Carnival does not ask for feedback after a cruise, I have not reported that problem. Everything else on the Pride was fine and I loved Bermuda and having a cruise to be docked in a great location at Dockyard and being able to come and go 24 hours for three days. Rented scooter and loved being able to park it right outside the ship at night to jump on it the next day. I would do this one again but hopefully without a disappointing delay. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
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 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
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 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
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
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 is was our first cruise to Bermuda, first cruise on the Pride, my 4th Carnival cruise and the second for my DH. It was also our first from Baltimore. We are in our 50's and were really looking forward to spending 3 days in ... Read More
This is was our first cruise to Bermuda, first cruise on the Pride, my 4th Carnival cruise and the second for my DH. It was also our first from Baltimore. We are in our 50's and were really looking forward to spending 3 days in Bermuda. Unfortunately our cruise was delayed by 1 day, so our itinerary was cut short. We arrived at the Baltimore Cruise Terminal around 9 am, unloaded our luggage, paid to park and went into the terminal. The line was relatively short. We showed our boarding pass and passports and proceeded to the security line. We then went to the line to get our sail and sign cards. We were then allowed to board the ship, no waiting. We stopped and got our picture taken and then made our way onto the ship. My first impression of the ship was beautiful. We were allowed to go right to our cabin on the deck 6. It was an extended balcony, our first, but unfortunately we didn't use it much. The weather was not the greatest. Our cabin was spacious and clean and our steward and his assistant greeted us when we arrived. The cabin also had a lot of storage. It's very easy to navigate your way about the ship. It is well-maintained and the service was good. The staff-members throughout the ship were friendly. I didn't notice any damage from the previous cruise. Room service was prompt but my coffee was usually cold. We were always able to find a chair or lounge chairs in the adult's only Serenity area at the back of the ship. Food was good, though not exceptional. There weren't as many choices in the main dining room as I've seen before. The Mermaid Grille buffet was good and had a wide variety of choices. I just didn't like the layout much. I thought it was crowded in places. We had breakfast a few times in the restaurant and a few days from the buffet. I wanted to try lunch in the restaurant but never made it. We usually ate lunch from the buffet at a table in the Serenity area. We did have dinner one night in the Steakhouse. My DH ordered the porterhouse and it was excellent. I ordered the surf and turf and while tasty, my filet was very small and thin. Neither one of us were happy with our soup choice or our side choice. My French Onion Soup was burnt and DH's mushrooms were tiny little pieces. Entertainment was ok. The musicians we saw were good. I enjoyed some of the comedy shows. I only was able to see one production show Jazzin. The other show was cancelled due to rough seas. We arrived in Bermuda on Wednesday at 1PM and it took us until about 2:15PM to dock, clear customs and get off the ship. We hired a tour guide and did a short tour of the island. We made it to the Original Swizzle Inn, had the rum punch and went to Hamilton to catch the ferry back to the ship. On Thursday we were told we had to be back on board by 12:30PM because the ship was leaving early. We tried to do some shopping, but the shops didn't open until 10 am and everyone had the same idea so it was very crowded. The wind was also very strong so we went back to the ship and grabbed a lounger on the Serenity deck for sail away. Debarkation was easy. We put our luggage out the night before. We got up in the morning went to the restaurant to eat breakfast came back to the room to pick up our one bag, proceeded to the Serenity area and waited to be called to leave the ship. We were on the road by 10:30 am. I would definitely sail from Baltimore again on the Pride if the itinerary was right. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
We love Bermuda (this was to be our 5th visit), so when I saw that this was the last cruise to Bermuda out of Baltimore this year, I jumped on it. We are relatively experienced cruisers - we have been to Bermuda a cruise ships twice ... Read More
We love Bermuda (this was to be our 5th visit), so when I saw that this was the last cruise to Bermuda out of Baltimore this year, I jumped on it. We are relatively experienced cruisers - we have been to Bermuda a cruise ships twice previously, but we have never cruised on Carnival before. After we booked the cruise we found that Bob's brother also had a large group going. We have never managed to get on the same sailing with him before and we were looking forward to it. Eating with them made up for the somewhat disappointing food. I rented a scooter for our last cruise to Alaska and it worked really well, so I had bought a scooter and was going to try it out on this cruise. After we picked up the rental car Saturday and loaded all the luggage and scooter into it in preparation to driving to the port Sunday, we got a robo call notifying us that the ship was late. Normally we rent a car and drive to the port as this is cheaper than paying for parking. Finally I got an email from Carnival stating that we would board Monday morning 9-12 because the ship ran into the big low with seas of 20 feet and the young teen club and the arcade room on deck 4 were damaged. We live a good two hour drive (90 miles) from the airport. It would be difficult for us to get to Baltimore by 9 - I used to do it when I was working, but I had to leave before 6 a.m. After a lot of discussion, Bob thought we should turn in the rental car and drive my car up. I found a hotel (Country Inn & Suites near BWI) that had free cruise parking and made a reservation there for Sunday night. The room was $139 and we could leave the car for up to 20 days for free. This is a much better deal than renting a car each way and MUCH MUCH cheaper than paying for parking at the pier. So we returned the rental car (it cost us $33 to drive 20 miles - from the rental place to our house and back), and canceled the other car which because it was pre-paid was $10 more. We drove up to the port Sunday, checked into the hotel and watched football. In the morning there was free breakfast and a free shuttle to the port. Embarkation at Baltimore is always good. The only glitch was that I have a new watch that set off the beeper (my old watch was plastic). I (on my scooter) scootered up the ramp and we found our room by 9:30 a.m. It wasn't quite ready, but they let us put our carry-on luggage in it. We liked our cabin. Even though it was not a handicapped cabin, there was plenty of space to walk around the beds whether they were configured as a king or as singles, and more than adequate storage. We told the stewards that we wanted the beds separated so that I could come in, do a three point turn and park the scooter against the wall at the end of the bed. There is a fridge but it is a good thing we don't want to use it because it is behind where we parked the scooter. We put the table and stool sideways under the desk to give us scooter room. Each bed has a small nightstand, but it does not have drawers. Above the section with the ice bucket and the safe is the TV which seems to have the Florida Channel 7 (good as it gave us news of Tropical Storm Sean in advance of the other channels) as well as Fox News. It also has a very good bow camera and a stern camera. However the software which showed the ship's position was extremely primitive and uninformative. There was a tiny bathroom with a shower in the corner, but there IS space to put stuff on shelves. The room stewards were really good, and made wonderful towel animals in addition to keeping everything spotless. I thought the decor of the ship was a little over the top with lots of Renaissance type paintings and other types of art - very explicit nudes and such things and the ship is showing a little wear. Bob thought that if they threw out all the fake columns and frames, the ship would be lighter by at least a ton. The elevators were small and I had to drive the scooter straight in and let others fit in around me (and the hold door open button did not work so I had to be quick to get in or the doors closed), but we rarely had to wait long for an elevator. There seemed to be nice music playing in the public room that was enjoyable to listen to. We did not go to any shows but the people that did seemed to like them. No one could sign on to the internet cafe on embarkation because the new people had not been entered on the computer. I actually won the raffle for free internet so I had a marvelous time posting photos etc. on this trip. The internet speed was at least as fast as usual on a cruise ship. Food - I had heard that Carnival had excellent food, but they changed their menus before this cruise and I was absolutely NOT impressed with the food, or the general service in the dining room. I hated eating in the Lido because there is no way to do this realistically with a scooter or wheelchair. Each food station has a line to wait in and I have the scooter because I can't stand for very long. Even though they have trays, when I manage to get food, I have nowhere to put it while I get to a table. We worked it out that Bob would get me a sandwich from the deli and some desert, or else we went and got hot dogs and chicken nuggets from around the pool. Breakfast was pretty good although I think the food would have been hotter and done more to order in the buffet. But as above, I never went to the buffet if I could avoid it. Lunch and dinner food was spotty in quality - some very good and some really awful. Seafood was less reliable than beef. I had snails once that were good and the next time they had a funny taste. I had Oysters Rockefeller and it was good but some people they were not cooked at all. The dinner waiters were better than the lunch waiters.To access the outside decks, I had to get off the scooter while holding the door open and push the scooter over the threshold as it was too high for the scooter and both the front and back wheels were off the ground. I liked that we could go all the way around the stern on the promenade deck, but not that we couldn't get closer to the bow. For the lifeboat drill I was not allowed to go outside for it and did it inside, which I did not mind at all. Since we left port about noon rather than at dusk, I was able to get some pictures of the port and bridges and lighthouses that I normally would not be able to see in the dark. It was a little rough going out to Bermuda, but we have no problem with rough weather and it was not as rough as some cruises we have been on. I wouldn't go so far as to say we like it, but we like the quieter ship that results from rough weather. Since we had been to Bermuda before and had seen most of the major attractions, I had a plan that did not involve ship excursions. Had been going to do an excursion I would NOT have picked any snorkeling, swimming or glass bottom boat excursions as I know from experience that this time of year the water will be too cold for swimming and too rough to see anything. We did this cruise back to back so we didn't get off in Baltimore. After everyone was off the ship (about 10:30), they escorted us off and back on again - very quick and nice. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
This is the 4th cruise to Bermuda for my DH and I. Our 3rd from Baltimore. We couldn't be more pleased with the Baltimore Cruise Terminal. We have never had an issue at this port and would be happy to keep cruising from Baltimore ... Read More
This is the 4th cruise to Bermuda for my DH and I. Our 3rd from Baltimore. We couldn't be more pleased with the Baltimore Cruise Terminal. We have never had an issue at this port and would be happy to keep cruising from Baltimore as long as some cruise line keeps up with 7 day trips to Bermuda. This was our first Carnival cruise and we did like the ship. We had a cabin on the Riviera deck as I'm prone to seasickness. Our cabin was spacious and clean and our steward never left us wanting for anything. It was also a first for us in that we always had hot water for showers. Yay! Room service was prompt and the coffee was never cold. The decor of the ship is renaissance and seemed a bit dark, save for the Sunset Garden. Not much to do there but chill and enjoy the view, but it was bright and sunny. Yes, there are nudes everywhere you look, and some are pretty goofy. It's pretty easy to navigate your way about the ship and we only had to wait once for an elevator. There are plenty. We aren't much into ships activities. We saw the adult comedy show the first night and didn't go to any other shows, comedy or other. The comedian was crude and just not funny. We spent about an hour in the casino and lost but had a lot of fun. We did spend quite a bit of time in Serenity. The bartender was good (as was the bartender in the Atrium) and we were usually able to snag a seat. The hammock was comfy and in the shade. We had to shoo away smokers only twice which is par for the course. And they didn't put up a fuss. But don't worry if you can't find a place in Serenity. Really! Just go up a deck or two and there's plenty of deck chairs. Unlike the other ships we've sailed where you just give up after a while, I swear the Pride had a deck chair for every bottom. And Serenity is always playing a loop of music that we're pretty sure we heard several times a day. The other decks are much more quiet and I didn't have to turn up my IPod to drown out the competing music. There weren't many kids on our cruise so getting away from them wasn't an issue. And they were pretty darn cute anyway! And I almost forgot, we like to watch Karaoke but couldn't after the first night as the venue was a little ashtray the Pride likes to call the Starry Night. Note to Carnival, please don't put Karaoke in a bar that also houses all the cigar smokers. The Raphael Lounge was much better. I don't claim to be a foodie or a wine snob (but I really liked the Thirsy Frog beer on tap...yes, I'm a tappie) so I can't give a hard core review of the food. I'll say it was okay. I like to get meal time over with and go on to more interesting activities. But our best meals were in the Normandie and David's steakhouse. I didn't like the Mermaid Grille's breakfasts but lunch and dinner were okay. The pizza was good and hot, the paninis were super, and I'm a burger girl. And this burger girl says the burgers are good...just let us doctor them up ourselves. David's steakhouse was very nice but not worth the upcharge, even though we had our best meals there. The chocolate melting cake in the Normandie is everything you've heard it to be...and more. That's going to be my mission here at home...learn how to make that devilish dessert. Bermuda was lovely, as always. We visited St. George on our first day there. It's our favorite location in Bermuda. We just walked around and made our way to Tobacco Bay, St. Catherine's, and Achilles Bay. We visited Somer's Garden which we'd never done before and that was very pretty. Day two we went to Horseshoe Bay and had a great time, best ever at the beach. There was a rip current and threatening clouds overhead, but it was still perfect to us. We were docked in Kings Wharf and spent our last morning just walking around. We went to the sea glass beach and found some treasures, got our free sample of rum cake (not self serve anymore...they're on to me!)and got our last minutes soda and gifts. We didn't venture into Hamilton on this trip but if you want night life you have to go to Hamilton. We love seven day Bermuda cruises and sailing from Baltimore. Hint, hint to the cruise lines. We have been to Bermuda in May, July, and October and October is our favorite. All in all, we enjoyed our cruise and liked the ship better than RCI and NCL ships we've sailed. We would sail the Pride again but only to Bermuda. We like being in the same port for the duration. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
This is our second cruise on the Miracle and the ship is starting to show her age. The staff was wonderful and the captain kept us updated on the weather events due to Maria. The storm hit the second day in port with Maria 150 miles west ... Read More
This is our second cruise on the Miracle and the ship is starting to show her age. The staff was wonderful and the captain kept us updated on the weather events due to Maria. The storm hit the second day in port with Maria 150 miles west of Bermuda. There was alot of wind and rain; you were not allowed on open deck. The crew added many activities for the majority of cruisers who stayed on the ship and did not adventure into port. The ship rocked and rolled on our return to NY. Every day at 4:00 PM, for approx. 15 minutes, our cabin smelled like grilled onions. We questioned guess relations and they stated that it was due to the outside air return in the AC system. Strange people that we are, we started to look forward to the smell every day. Our biggest complaint is the dinner menu and the food in the main dining room. The selection is limited and the quality of the food poor. (except for the bread and rolls which were great). The fish choices were either over or under cooked. The flat iron steak was tough and the fried chicken was dry and all crumbs, no chicken. Your best dessert selection is at the buffet at lunch. The deli and the grill were also good. The comedians on the return to NY were FUNNY! Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
This was the most relaxing cruise I have had. There was alot of older folks on this cruise - some even on walkers and canes. Hardly any children - 65 total. We were able to get on the ship within 30 minutes of driving into the terminal ... Read More
This was the most relaxing cruise I have had. There was alot of older folks on this cruise - some even on walkers and canes. Hardly any children - 65 total. We were able to get on the ship within 30 minutes of driving into the terminal parking lot. Bus driver was very friendly and cheerful. The ramp used to enter the ship was a hike - especially for the older folks. We saw several older people stop for a break. One couple had trouble because they carried on luggage. My husband offerred to carry it the rest of the way - they were very grateful. Carnival should have an employee on the ramp for situations like this. Food: All our meals were very good - whether we went to the buffet or dining room. Our dining wait staff was a little slower but very nice and apologetic - I think they were new. They also didn't get the orders right - but always corrected it immediately. If you get a chance, try out the cakes in the coffee area (not far from the casino) - the charge is under 3.00, but the portions were huge and both cheese cake and chocolate cake were incredible. Entertainment: The Beatles show was great - enjoyed the film before the show - so get there early. I heard the Cowboy comedian was great too. Casino was disappointing - everyone in our group lost a good deal of money - not making that mistake again. Combined with our travel agent foul up, we had bad rooms (location) which we paid good money for and the losses in the casino, we are rethinking a cruise for next year. Bermuda: Disappointed with 1 day in Bermuda (coming in on Saturday at 4 and leaving Sunday at 4). We left the ship at 4 and took a bus to Hamilton - food was great at Hog Penny - was the best fish and chips and large portion too. Reasonable prices. Went to several bars and headed back - next day we went to Horse Shoe Bay - its a public beach but pay for food and chairs - they have bathrooms and showers. One problem - walking down to the beach was a breeze but the hike back up was harder - you can pay $2 to be driven back up. This was a quick trip - left ship at 9 to have enough time and get back to the Dockyard by 1:30 so we could fit in a little shopping - the shops there were ok for the normal tourist stuff. I think another day in Bermuda would have been perfect - 4 days at sea is too much - but if you want to wind down and relax - it will force you to do that! Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
On 15 September I was on the Carnival Fantasy to Bermuda. They don't call these the "Fun Ships" without good reason and thus the line's reputation for a mandatory good time is merited. The Fantasy is the oldest ship in ... Read More
On 15 September I was on the Carnival Fantasy to Bermuda. They don't call these the "Fun Ships" without good reason and thus the line's reputation for a mandatory good time is merited. The Fantasy is the oldest ship in the fleet being over 20 years old, however she doesn't look the part, largely from a 2008 refurbishment. There are many things to appreciate about this ship. *** Activities are plentiful day and night. The day provides almost endless trivia and other games. The party goes into the early morning hours. ***The super slide in the Carnival Waterworks is one of my favorite slides anywhere...land or sea. *** Some people live to eat, while I tend to eat to live, so of course I found the food more than meets my needs. Carnival's new main dining room menus are two sided....one is traditional favorites which are every night and the other half being nightly specials. Chocolate Melted Cake is available every night !! *** Food always seems to be available on the Lido deck. *** The two big bang production shows provide energy and sizzle. The first one is "Nightclub Express" with a talking sofa which promotes music of varying genres. The Second show is "Ticket To Ride" and is understandably a Beatles tribute. *** The staff, as always seem to truly enjoy their jobs and I enjoyed their camaraderie. *** Both embarkation and debarkation were simple and relativly quick under somewhat odd restrictions due to being in a historic district. While the Fantasy worked, Carnival's Bermuda itinerary just didn't function so well. The biggest problem with the Charleston to Bermuda itinerary was it allots one day in port, which is hardly worth the two days at sea effort. Unfortunately that one day in Bermuda was a Sunday when much of the island shuts down. On Saturday evening, I enjoyed a Carnival excursion on a glass bottomed boat. For Sunday I did the ship sponsored island tour which was rush, rush, and rush ! While we visited the Gibbs lighthouse, there wasn't sufficient time to actually climb up. While we stopped for a photo at a beach, there was not enough time to enjoy that beach. We were allotted 15 minutes in Saint George, which ironically enough was sufficient since the town was largely closed down for Sunday. The tour stopped in Hamilton for about 30 minutes. There is a majestic cathedral there of which I took some photos, and then got back on the van. If one wishes to cruise to Bermuda I highly recommend at least 2 days in port, preferably *not* on a Sunday. Hamilton seems to be a better of call than the Dockyards where we docked. While the dockyards are picturesque; they appear to still be developmental stage. It would be advisable for Carnival to make Charleston-Bermuda into a 7 day cruise ( not 6) where one gets two full days in port. Pre-cruise I spent an extra day in Charleston where I stayed on Meeting Street and walked to historic sites. I can highly recommend that future cruisers absorb this great historical city as part of their vacation. Between the ghost tours and the authentic Low-Country cuisine, I found Charleston to much more fulfilling that Bermuda. In summary, I can highly recommend the Carnival Fantasy and Charleston, while we needed more time in Bermuda. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
This was our 13th cruise - our third on Carnival. We chose this cruise because of the price, the timing, the embarkation port, and the itinerary - three days in Bermuda. We were very impressed by the way Carnival made note of the ... Read More
This was our 13th cruise - our third on Carnival. We chose this cruise because of the price, the timing, the embarkation port, and the itinerary - three days in Bermuda. We were very impressed by the way Carnival made note of the 10th anniversary of September 11 - not only did they gain permission to delay sailing and, in fact, brought the ship to a dead stop just off of Manhattan, so that we might pay our respects at Ground Zero at twilight, but they brought on a bagpiper to play appropriate musical selections as we were alongside. It was a moving experience, marred only by the loudly-inappropriate NYC-based family who kept prattling on with inane discussions about anything but the topic at hand, as they kept elbowing me and my husband at railside. We had an extended balcony cabin, forward midship portside, Empress deck. It was a spacious room, tastefully decorated. My husband missed having a second row of drawers on one side of the vanity, which was taken up by the minibar/fridge. I appreciated having a third closet with deep shelves for storage. This was our first balcony stateroom and, while I enjoyed being able to sit outside quietly reading a book from time to time or watch the sunset, we suspect our cabin choices in the future won't be bound by the experience. The "Carnival Comfort Beds" are a little soft for our tastes -- but then again, we prefer firmer mattresses. We could not have asked for better service from everyone we had the pleasure to interact with - Miastra and his assistant steward were absolutely flawless; our dinner service team, Edwin, Donald, and Ladislau, equally so; and the many requests we made of the maitre'd, Drasko, to adjust table assignments and acknowledge special occasions were met with smiles and alacrity. The casino staff we worked with for our Roll Call slot pull; the internet cafe manager, who credited us with extra minutes for promotions even if we signed up early to keep in touch with inlaws caring for a sick pet; and the friendly folks at the purser's desk who graciously helped with extra quarters for the laundromat and handing off an errant rental cell phone accessory bag to the port agent . . . every person we interacted with was gracious, smiling, and service-oriented. The Lido menu was straightforward with no surprises nor disappointments. Alas, we cannot say the same for the new dining room menu, which greatly restricts the variety of dishes offered each evening, as well as the widely-varying quality of said meals. One table-mate had to send pot roast back as it was tough as shoe-leather; the 'tiger shrimp' was really not what we expect to see in terms of size -- the servings of seafood, especially, seemed less than generous. However, we never left the table hungry - we just wished we had had more options from which to choose. We cannot comment on the shows, as we choose late dining and rarely make them; the new comedy club was a nice option —- my husband said that the comedians were passable, but the emcee went a bit overboard (no pun intended) in setting the "R-Rated" context of the performance by being overly crude (much more so than the comedians themselves). We were impressed by two performers, however; Dave Fulton and The Miracle Orchestra, along with their vocalist, Crystal, were a pleasure to hear; and Taylor, the petite auburn pianist/vocalist who often held court in the Metropolis atrium, was delightful. This was our second trip to Bermuda and we thoroughly enjoyed it, even as one day was full of rain and wind due to Tropical Storm Maria. We made the most of it, though - spending time at the National Museum of Bermuda (formerly the Maritime Museum) and falling upon a one-time deal at DolphinQuest because of cancellations from the weather, that ended up being the highlight of our trip. We heard from other Carnival cruisers that they found Bermuda too expensive for their tastes in terms of 'cheap souvenirs', but for us, we enjoy the unique pieces of pottery, jewelry, perfume, and other experiences that make the island what it is. We were very grateful that Carnival chose to head to Bermuda instead of heading south as Maria made up her mind which way to go, but there was no mistaking the rough seas reminding us that bad weather was beside us. We also had two medical disembarkations - one via helicopter that diverted us to outside of Norfolk the first morning of our sailing; the second, as we were readying to depart Bermuda that delayed sailing. Neither impeded our ability to arrive on time, but it did impress upon us how important travel insurance is. And, thanks to the tropical storms along the coast, the ride back was quite the adventure. In summary, I would say that if haute cuisine is not your highest priority, Carnival is certainly a fine way to travel to Bermuda and back. The excellent service we received and spacious cabins definitely makes up for the lackluster menu offerings in the main dining room. . . . and the lengths to which Carnival went to recognize the 10th anniversary of 9/11 will not be forgotten by us. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
I did a very detailed review with about 250 photos of the ship, Bermuda & the food, glorious food. You can find it on the Carnival boards titled "Fantastic Miracle to Bermuda, 9/27 LOTS of photos & food porn warning". ... Read More
I did a very detailed review with about 250 photos of the ship, Bermuda & the food, glorious food. You can find it on the Carnival boards titled "Fantastic Miracle to Bermuda, 9/27 LOTS of photos & food porn warning". A quick overview, we had an OS cat 11 cabin that was great. Good steward & lots of room. Enjoyed the whirlpool tub & double sinks, as well as the dressing area with vanity & extra storage space. The closets in the dressing area were showing some wear & tear, they were super hard to slide open & closed. Food was good to very good. There were few disappointments. The steakhouse food was excellent, but a word of warning... the NOISE/music from the atrium bar rockets up into this otherwise perfect restaurant. Its the reason we didn't go back at least 1 more time. Room service food was decent and so was the lido deck food. Overall my food expectations were exceeded. Service was spotty in the dining room, especially at the two MDR lunches we tried. However, overall, I would rate the service as GOOD. The ship was gorgeous & clean. The entertainment was OK to Good in the main theater, I enjoyed Ticket to Ride the most. We LOVED the Punchliners comedy club, we saw about 7 shows there & thought they were all at least funny, if not hysterical. Bermuda is Bermuda, gorgeous as always, our favorite port of call. Lots of pics in my review. Embark & debark was organized & efficient. A great time & a great value for your cruise dollar! I highly recommend this ship! Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
Though I had visited Bermuda some 25 years ago, my husband had never been there, and we were looking forward to this cruise. Unfortunately, Hurricane Irene interfered, and we ended up in Key West and Cozumel instead. Now, we've been ... Read More
Though I had visited Bermuda some 25 years ago, my husband had never been there, and we were looking forward to this cruise. Unfortunately, Hurricane Irene interfered, and we ended up in Key West and Cozumel instead. Now, we've been to both these ports several times and were not happy to be routed there. Moreover, rather than driving north to Charleston for three hours, we could have driven south for the same amount of time, traveled out of Cape Canaveral and visited more ports for less money than this cruise cost! However, we wanted to make the best of an unfortunate situation so we determined that we would enjoy the trip. Because we were traveling with friends who were restricted from any strenuous activity (one was in a wheelchair), we opted for tours in both places. These were rather expensive tours for what we received as in both places we were forced to walk MANY blocks to board tour vehicles and to subsequently return to the ship. In Cozumel, the day was rainy and the so-called tour, except for a small museum, actually consisted of stops at small shops and a brief unsavory shopping area in town. This "tour" cost $59 each. One funny thing: when we stopped in town, vendors came out of shops on the street to entice us into their shops. One actually said to us, "I've got the same junk as everyone else here, but mine doesn't cost as much!" In Key West, the transportation was wooden trams with seats too narrow and short to accommodate two people comfortably. This took place in blazing heat with no opportunity to obtain cold drinks. The trek back to the ship was miserable. Had we actually have gotten to Bermuda, we fully understood that stores closed only an hour after we were to arrive on Saturday and were not open on Sunday. As well, transportation throughout the island was limited. Though we expected these inconveniences (I don't shop in ports, anyway), we wondered why Carnival would schedule such a cruise, since many people thoroughly enjoy shopping. Nevertheless, we would probably try it again,since cruising on another line to Bermuda from a port farther north would entail our having to fly to the port. As far as the ship itself was concerned, our cabin was very nice and clean and our cabin steward was excellent. Yes, we did rock and roll the first night out and helf the next day, but we survived it nicely. We did the "dine around" thing, but ended up at the same table area in the Celebration Dining Room each night. Our head waiter, a young lady, was wonderful. I can't remember her name but it was the tables 148 and 149 area. The food was fine as we are not picky eaters. Some critics have stated that the personnel on this ship are not friendly. We definitely found that was not the case. Even the officers smiled and nodded when we spoke to them. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
This was a below average cruise. We arrived in Bermuda at 4:00 on Saturday, and the ship did not provide a tender to Hamilton. We had to pay to take a public ferry, only to find that the shops close at 5:00 for the weekend. Given only 24 ... Read More
This was a below average cruise. We arrived in Bermuda at 4:00 on Saturday, and the ship did not provide a tender to Hamilton. We had to pay to take a public ferry, only to find that the shops close at 5:00 for the weekend. Given only 24 hours in Bermuda, there was not enough time to do any more than one activity or excursion. The food was below average. The best item for dessert was the Warm Chocolate Melting Cake. The steaks we ordered were cooked incorrectly every single night of our cruise. The last night we ordered the Chateaubriand, and it was leathery, instead of tender. There was a lack of entertainment and shows. There was not a so- called "Midnight Buffet", besides the Mexican buffet at 11:30 one night. The nightlife was dull, aside from one or two nights. The service on the ship was wonderful. Our cabin steward was very friendly and attentive. We had the Anytime Dining and had different waiters every night, which we did not like. But most of the waiters we had were very helpful and the service was very good. We had a Outside Cabin with a porthole. The cabins weren't a bad size for a cruise, but had very limited storage space. It seemed as though the bunk beds were an addition when they upgraded this ship, as the Murphy bed stuck out of the wall about a foot and a half right above one of the beds. At least once a day you would hit your head on the corner of it getting in and out of bed. There was only one pool on the ship, and you were lucky if you could find a deck chair anywhere on a Day at Sea. Read Less
Sail Date June 2011
Dessie the lady matrade was the greatest. She work! Never seen an officer that was as nice and worked harder. You would think she really cared. All staff, working staff, was great. Why go to a port when everything is closed. Sat 5:00 ... Read More
Dessie the lady matrade was the greatest. She work! Never seen an officer that was as nice and worked harder. You would think she really cared. All staff, working staff, was great. Why go to a port when everything is closed. Sat 5:00 the Sun 3:00-the boat could get there at lunch on Sat would help. It would appear as if the boat is not in port you can spend more money. The TV was terrible! The movie of the day was not published. When you found it the picture was so poor could not watch. Remember you are on that boat for over 100 hours. Food was ok but not in same class as the other trips Avoid the cab with the red bumper. We paid $240 for 4 hrs to see the island. I think our driver hated everything about America. I wanted to come back to the boat after about an hour. I heard all I wanted about America and it low wages, gun lover, high crime and on and on. Avoid that van with red bumper. All and all this was a great trip but would carry extra books and stay in Charleston an extra day great people. Getting on and off was the very best ever. This is one thing that Carnival and Charleston has right. Read Less
Sail Date June 2011
This was our third cruise with Carnival. Embarkation was very efficient considering that Charleston apparently is not wild about cruise terminals. But the terminal staff did the best they could given the circumstances. Early drop off of ... Read More
This was our third cruise with Carnival. Embarkation was very efficient considering that Charleston apparently is not wild about cruise terminals. But the terminal staff did the best they could given the circumstances. Early drop off of luggage was great, after we dropped off our bags we were able to drive down to Battery Park and enjoy the scenery. Once on board, we made our way to the Lido deck for lunch and drinks. Our rooms were ready by 1:30 and the luggage arrived shortly thereafter. Our room was an OV which at best was just okay, a little tight and we have been in worse. Our room steward did his best to keep up with everything, but as on other cruises, it seems that they are cutting back and the staff that is left has to carry the extra load. It's the economy, stupid! We arrived in Bermuda on Saturday at 4:00. Debarking was a nightmare. Two days at sea and everyone wanted to get to firm land. When we finally made it outside, it was raining and we could not get through the crowd so we decided to return to the ship and get dry and head out for a few drinks. Others who braved the rain were very upset as the stores were either closed or about to close. So we all figured that the next day, Sunday, would be the best day for shopping. What a joke. Apparently, Bermuda does not need those stinkin' American dollars as the town was for the most part, closed down. We were in port at Kings Wharf and many took the ferry to Hamilton assuming that the capital would have open for business, but alas, not so. Plenty of grumbling and Carnival will be hearing from many cruisers in this regard. My suggestion would be to cut out the week-end cruise to Bermuda. Debarking was excellent! It was very organized and as we had opt to take out luggage with us, we were off the ship, in our car and on the road by 7:30 a.m. Great job on this, Carnival. We know that it is not Carnival's fault re Bermuda's thumbing their nose at American dollars, but I really feel that they should cancel any cruises to Bermuda on a week-end. Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
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