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This was my second cruise ever (first was also on Carnival-the Sensation) and both my boyfriend and grandmother's first. My parents are avid cruisers and Bermuda is a favorite port of call for them-it was their honeymoon destination. ... Read More
This was my second cruise ever (first was also on Carnival-the Sensation) and both my boyfriend and grandmother's first. My parents are avid cruisers and Bermuda is a favorite port of call for them-it was their honeymoon destination. Embarkation: We booked through a airline-employees travel agency (my father is employed at an airline) so we received our confirmation information and such a little differently. As a result, my boyfriend and I were unable to book a room together, however, during embarkation and check-in, the staff happily switched our rooms around so we were able to be registered in the same room (We were going to stay together anyways, but at least this way the information would match up.) It was fast, polite, and within a matter of a half an hour we were onboard the boat. The Ship: Amazing. I read some reviews before I left, and a couple people mentioned the decor being somewhat cheesy. I thought otherwise, it was new and exciting (so much better than the "outdated" Sensation) and to the person who thought there were one too many urns throughout the ship-Get over it and enjoy your vacation, there are too many fun things to do to even notice such things. When we took our trip, the ship was practically brand new, all the surfaces were impeccable (nothing was ever dirty). My boyfriend and I ran around like little kids, exploring everything from the arcade to the casino (and hitting a few of the really fun bars in between). As far as stability goes, my boyfriend Josh, is not a huge fan of water, and a lot of times he'd forget we were hundreds of miles away from land, the boat seldom rocked. The rooms were more spacious and modern then I could've imagined, it was a hotel room, not a cramped claustrophobic compartment. The Food: So good. My boyfriend is a pretty strict (read: picky-just cheese and junk) vegetarian. A lot of the vegetarian entrees were just too different for his tastes, but our waiter always offered him a pasta choice or something else which made him very happy (and me too :o). The veggie burgers on the ship were amazing as well, it was so nice to get vegetarian fare outdoors on the BBQ. The Destination: Bermuda is possibly the most beautiful place on earth. The ship docked at the Royal Naval Dockyard, which was nice, although their wasn't much to do their besides go to the fort/marketplace and the Frog and the Onion Pub. Anywhere else on the island requires transportation by ferry, taxi or bus. All the buses are air-conditioned and quite comfortable. The ferry stops running out of Hamilton to the RNDockyard at around 9:30 P.M. so Josh and I were forced to make the most out of the few hours we had in Hamilton before taking the ferry back. The ferry ride after a few (6) drinks was pretty rough, albeit, a lot cheaper than taking a taxi. While we were in Bermuda, we all went out to the Bermuda Aquarium/Zoo, which was awesome. The exhibits and animals there were well taken care of and very interesting (especially the Australian Tree Kangaroo). After the aquarium we went to the Swizzle Inn, a MUST for anyone going to Bermuda EVER. My parents told me stories about going to a pub, having their signature 'Bermuda Rum Swizzle' and then writing their names and a passage in the giant logs the restaurant kept from years past. The Swizzle Inn is a giant pub with open-air and indoor seating. The place encourages you to deface it (Josh and I carved our names into the table we were sitting at while our waitress looked on approvingly). There's writing on the walls (and it's not just in the bathroom) so bring a business card (to tack to the ceiling) a marker (to write on the walls) and an appetite (they have amazing pub food). While there my father was able to find the log book from their honeymoon and 5th anniversary trip. I took a page from my parents and copied it "IN Bermuda, In Love, will come back within 10 years, still in love" and Josh and I signed it. We can't wait to return and find our table, our cards and write some more in the logs. In conclusion, this cruise was as close to perfect as I could've wished (without the sun rash I got from sitting out too long :o( If you're lucky enough to sail on the Legend, enter the couples slot tournament, perhaps luck will be on your side as well-Josh and I walked away 500 dollars richer!!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2003
Just returned from our much anticipated Carnival Pride cruise out of NYC.... 7 nights (Departure Day, Day-at-sea, Bermuda, Bermuda, Bermuda, Bermuda, Day-at-sea, Arrive Home) and have terrific things to say about the ship, crew and overall ... Read More
Just returned from our much anticipated Carnival Pride cruise out of NYC.... 7 nights (Departure Day, Day-at-sea, Bermuda, Bermuda, Bermuda, Bermuda, Day-at-sea, Arrive Home) and have terrific things to say about the ship, crew and overall experience. Arriving early at the port in NYC, check in was relatively quick and painless once we figured out where to go. Walking onto the Pride, you are taken back by the beauty of the main lobby with its soaring ceiling (topped by the red-glassed smokestack) and multiple glass elevators. This was like no cruise ship I had ever seen before. Our room wasn't quite ready, so we headed up to the 9th floor Mermaid Grille, where most of the buffets and a la carte eating were to be found the rest of the trip. This dining room, with its multiple food and beverage stations and plentiful seating, was a great place to grab a quick bite or get some pizza (from their 24-hour pizza bar) while lying poolside. SPEAKING OF POOLSIDE-- my husband and I were most pleasantly surprised to find an ADULTS-ONLY pool area on the Pride. The rear deck on the 9th floor has a terrific pool and jacuzzi, ice cream bar and alcohol bar and is off-limits to the under-18 crowd. It was a great option, as a couple traveling without children, to be able to sit at a child-free pool. Security did a great job of 'redirecting' kids away from this area. This seems to be a new idea that Carnival is toying with, as the signs saying Adults Only was a computer print-out and taped to the door. From the crowds on this deck, it seems that its a popular idea! We made it down to our room and were quite pleased with the accommodations. 5th floor, obstructed balcony. I was apprehensive about the 'obstructed' part, but it turned out, as accurately explained by the Carnival rep when I booked this trip, that a lifeboat was in front of the lower part of the balcony. Not a problem at all, visibility-wise and certainly worth the savings. The deck had a small lounge chair, an upright chair and a small table. Great place to fall asleep reading. The room was clean, very spacious (3 closets!) and the bathroom was new and immaculate. Throughout the week, we ordered the FREE! room service and our order always showed up within minutes of hanging up the phone. The cruise director, Michael, and his wife, Jennie were a riot and kept things rolling along. We won 500 bucks playing Bingo the very first night. The shows were entertaining and well-done. A little used area of the ship seemed to be the Ivory Piano Bar. We went there almost every night and sang along with the personable Eric. There's nothing like hearing and singing along to 'Pour Some Sugar On Me" by Def Leppard! People took turns skimming through his song folder and making requests. What fun! The crew warned passengers about Scootering/Mopeding once we got to Bermuda. Few people seemed to take heed and MANY were bandaged and broken by the time we departed from this lovely island. I also heard a few people complaining that they HAD to pay 60 bucks roundtrip for a cab to the beach. Yes, it costs that much to cab it to the beach, if you CHOOSE to go that way, but a better deal was to buy a 3-day transit pass for 23 bucks and use it for unlimited bus and ferry passage. A 15 minute bus-ride on a clean bus filled with mostly cruisers was a great alternative to that 60 dollar cab ride. Silly people. We snorkeled at Church Bay (the closest beach to the ship, though you can't walk there) and the beach was a bit rocky -- I wore my Teva's in the water when swimming. We took the bus to Horseshoe Beach and walked about 15 minutes down through a number of little isolated beaches and came to an empty beach where my husband and I spend the day riding the waves and snorkeling in virtual isolation. It was WONDERFUL and something I will always remember.(BE WARNED: I used sunscreen all over, but forgot my lips -- ended up with yucky sun poisoning on my lips in the form of lots of crusty old fever blisters--how romantic) The dining staff was adequate in the main dining room. We sat at table 404, upstairs along the railing which was great for viewing people eating downstairs and the nightly dancing done by the wait staff. The service and food was good, though the last night, something strange happened that has me still scratching my head. We saw a few tables below us eating lobster when lobster hadn't been offered on the menu. We asked about it and our waiter laughed and said he would go 'fishing' We thought that meant he would try to find us some. We saw seconds and THIRDS! being served below us and brought it to the attention of our waiter again. He joked about it and we said we weren't joking (in a nice way) and that we really would loooove some lobster. He said Sure, Sure and brought us dessert menus. When asked what I wanted for dessert, I told him lobster and he said, sure, Lobster Ice Cream, ha ha. Well, I'm all for a good laugh, but I really do wish he had pursued the lobster. Even if he wasn't able to track one down for us, I just wish he had come back and said, "I tried, Sorry, we're all out." But, no luck. Since it was the last night, we were going to tip him some extra money as a thank you, but after such craziness, we decided to just stick with the standard tip. David's restaurant was where we dined one night. My husband and I are great fans of Morton's steakhouse and we were hoping the experience would be similar. The atmosphere is lovely and the service extraordinary. Strangely, they were out of 2 of the entree's, though we were there as soon as the restaurant opened that evening. One that they were out of was their signature Crab. The quality of the steak was excellent, though not quite as wonderful as a Mortons. I was particularly impressed by the truffle butter that they offered with the bread. YUM! Having music to dance to throughout dinner was an extra wonderful touch. Without being asked or reminded, they brought us an anniversary cake, which they wrapped up for us to be taken back to our room. A nice treat. The desserts were MUCH better than the desserts in the main dining room. AHHH desserts! I MUST mention one more interesting detail about the desserts. Every night, Carnival offers a "SUGAR-FREE" cake in the dining room and the Mermaid Grille. As someone who abstains from sugar and flour much of the time, I am familiar with "Sugar-Free" desserts and what they do to one's intestinal track. Malitol, Lacitol and other sugar-free sweeteners that bakers use have a tendency to have a 'ahem' laxative effect on most of the population. I warned my husband of this as he dove into his sugar-free banana cake, only to experience this side-effect for himself later that evening. I spoke with the waiter about it, and he had no idea about it. I wonder, over the course of a cruise, how many people find themselves in the bathroom with a tummy-ache and blame it on the ship/food/flu/etc, when its actually these desserts! Read the back of any sugar-free candy that contains the aforementioned substances. It says "May cause laxative effect" Overall, we had a terrific time. I would cruise this ship again ANY time and wish that I could go again next week! Read Less
Sail Date August 2003
i was a little apprehensive about cruising carnival. i had cruised them once before and it was just fine but all the negative reviews i read gave me pause. however, money talks and we got a great deal on the ny sailing of the pride to ... Read More
i was a little apprehensive about cruising carnival. i had cruised them once before and it was just fine but all the negative reviews i read gave me pause. however, money talks and we got a great deal on the ny sailing of the pride to bermuda sooooo off we went..... we arrived at the nyc pier and parked without incident. tipped the longshoreman nicely and kissed our luggage good-bye. we were pier pick up on our docs and there was some confusion here. we filled out forms at a desk inside the terminal and when we passed thru the different points of entry everyone kept looking at these papers we had with ????in their expressions but we made it thru. i later learned that the pick up docs did not get to the pier in time. something about the plane delivering them being late, so carnival must have improvised forms. nonetheless, we breezed thru and were on the ship in no time. carnival planned well and had a slew of employees checking in people. on board the ship: very nice....i'm an artist and having art around me on a vacation is a nice plus...it was a looky, touchy, feely experience for me.. the sculpture, paintings, brasses etc. kept all of my senses busy the whole trip. this may not be everyone's cup of tea but boy i loved it. we checked out our room dropped our bags and started to explore. my dh and i went one way while my two daughters went another. we parked it in the lobby for a bit and imbibed a little while watching the rest of our fellow passengers arrive on board. we than hi-tailed it to the lido deck for something to eat. plenty of food, fair amount of choices and once sated we continued to explore mindful of the time so we could be up on deck to sail past the nyc skyline, miss liberty and the verazanno bridge. what a memory, hubby and i leaning on the railing, the statute of liberty behind us and the clouds just opening up to let streams of light shine down on the water. it made quite a photo... next it was off to dinner. we had late seating and were in a booth for four. our wait team was nice, efficient but did seem rushed the whole trip. food choices were varied. shrimp, steak, vegan etc. the food was good. we tried many apps and the wait staff was accommodating. check out the dancing waiter on the table. his last job must have been at chippendales... i thought we wouldn't find enough to interest us on sea days, but that wasn't the case. i missed many activities. the day just flew by. bermuda: got off the ship a little late. we walked to a small beach that the locals use and tried snorkeling. i wouldn't recommend this. traffic is a nightmare and it was about a 20 min walk. take a bus and go to a beach further away. carnival planned well and had extra busses and ferries available. during our stay we visited st. george, hamilton, tobacco beach, st. catherine beach, the forts at st. catherine, the aquarium and zoo(i had a nice chat with a young man who let us hold some guinea pigs they had at the zoo. apparently someone had let them loose and they were eating and destroying the native vegetation,so the zoo took them in. from the size and weight of these little porkers they must have been sampling every edible plant bermuda had to offer.) we also went to horseshoe bay, church bay and the maritime museum at the dockyards along with shopping and some art galleries. we did a lot of snorkeling. the best was at church bay. the fish were varied and close to the shore. there was this one big guy he was bright blue and black with a big mouth and it seemed everywhere i went he followed. when i got out of the water i was standing on the beach talking to a fellow snorkeler and she commented" did you notice that blue and black fish the one with the big mouth"? uh huh i said. " did you notice that all the other fish left when he arrived?" guess the other fishes didn't want to be on today's menu...ohhh ...i said, at that point i aimed my flippers inland and marched back to the blanket where i parked my generous bottom between my two svelte daughters and started to scan the horizon for my husband who was merrily snorkeling away." we thought you were going snorkeling they asked, to which i replied, i think i'll wait and see how many pieces of your father return before i go back in...for a brief moment i got a skeptical look, than they rolled over to toast the other side.... just kidding everyone!. hubby came back with all his parts and i did research on aquatic life in bermuda. very little harmful to be concerned about. so go and enjoy yourselves. if you do some planning ahead you can fit a lot in. i'll add my two cents about the mopeds...don't! other transportation is readily available and priced fair and its very easy to navigate the island. we had entertainment while we were in port. carnival got around the laws by hiring some bermudian talent and so they could have their own performers while in port. entertainment is a mixed bag. some was very good and some well...lets just say i really hurt for these people they were imho... sooo bad...but to each his own so either i sat there and enjoyed it or left to find something else to do. i love my freedom of choice... some odds and ends: our cabin was nicely appointed with lots of storage. we were notified about the laundry situation ahead of time. our steward did knock on the door a few too many times looking to clean the room. carnival needs a better system for doing this. i guess we could leave the dnd notice on the door but i was just too busy with everything else to do this. imho, carnival needs to control the smoking. it was out of hand on this ship. my suggestion would be large signs defining the smoking areas. those little signs on the tables just too easily get lost. this is a big negative for me. other ships i've cruised on have managed to better enforce their smoking policy. i've written a lengthy letter to the powers that be about this and hope others will do the same. i'll give it time but if carnival doesn't improve on the smoking issue, i'll take myself and my consumer dollars and sail on over to another line who can manage to enforce the smoking policy. we are not pool people so we spent time walking the decks and in the gym. we lucked out with good weather although windy. there were about 500 kids on this sailing. unfortunately, a small contingency of this group were a royal pain in the,,,,,you know the ones i mean they think pushing all the buttons in the elevators is fun and let us not forget the little group next to us in the mermaid that would have put ozzy osbornes vocabulary to shame...my first thought is where are the parents while these little ones are wreaking havoc.. lets see, we're on a ship, maritime law applies,ummmm do they still make you walk the plank for committing a crime (disturbing my peace and that of all the other passengers) just a note here guys before anyone gets their feathers ruffled. i have three of my own love them dearly and would be the first to push them off that plank if they behaved that way. thank you to all those great kids who know how to enjoy themselves and still respect others. all in all we have a good time. i've resolved any reservations i had about carnival so much so that we decided to sail again in september. so to all reading this, go enjoy set your expectations low and this way they'll be lots of room for all the pleasant surprises. 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Sail Date August 2003
On a scale of 1 to 10 I would rate this ship overall a "6". This is me and my husbands, fourth cruise (2nd with Carnival). Decor of the ship was beautiful, however, the food was not as good as I would of expected. The food in ... Read More
On a scale of 1 to 10 I would rate this ship overall a "6". This is me and my husbands, fourth cruise (2nd with Carnival). Decor of the ship was beautiful, however, the food was not as good as I would of expected. The food in the Unicorn Cafe (alternate dining) was greasy and not much better than buffets around my own home. The main dining room food for dinner was better, however, I felt rushed to get through the meal. The automatic 15% gratuity on all bar bills is not good. Service you get from the bar staff could of been better. Since the gratuity is automatically added, they have no incentive to go above the call of duty. I prefer to tip on good service. Drink prices overall are way too high. Weather was not real good, of course that was not the fault of Carnival. The shows were terrific, the best part of the whole cruise. Pretty good shopping on the ship. Was not impressed with Bermuda and the Royal Navy Dockyard where we docked. Embarkation from Baltimore was quick and easy, however when we returned it seemed to take forever to get off the ship. Everyone has to go through immigration and customs before anyone can get off. Then you take a bus to a warehouse to retrieve your luggage, then you have to get back on another bus with your luggage to get the to parking to get your car or to another lot if you are getting picked up. This was a pain. Added a lot of stress to the end of my vacation. Read Less
Sail Date October 2003
Just back from the Carnival Legend 4/23/04 through 4/29/04. Warning: This review is long and even though it sounds a bit hostile, I had a great time. There were 9 of us total (4 adults 4 teens, 1 nine year old) in 3 Category 8 H with ... Read More
Just back from the Carnival Legend 4/23/04 through 4/29/04. Warning: This review is long and even though it sounds a bit hostile, I had a great time. There were 9 of us total (4 adults 4 teens, 1 nine year old) in 3 Category 8 H with balconies on the Panorama Deck. We drove to NYC, and it took no more than 6 hours from NH. The port was very easy to find. We dropped off all bags and dad went to park on the roof next door. Gave the bags to a porter (long shore man) easy. First impression the ship is lovely, clean and bright against the skyline of New York. Embarkation was easy once the line started to move. They seem to have streamlined the process with port workers going up and down the line checking documentation. When you get to the counter you give your docs and get your sign and sail card at the same time. One less line to wait in, works for me. We boarded the Legend. She is quite gaudy. The dEcor is Greco- Roman meets Las Vegas. It is an acquired taste to be sure. But hell, I've seen worse and the cabins were less ugly, almost identical to the other Spirit class ships in shades of peach and pink. This was a 6 night cruise to Bermuda and Newport RI. As always we stopped and got our photo taken. There are many opportunities to have your photo taken and we never pass on one! (As I tell my family "we're only getting older...SMILE!") We know Carnival hopes we will go to the photo gallery and buy them and of course we usually do! We found our cabins easily and were very pleased. The rooms were clean and the decks were adequate. Cabin layout was very good with plenty of closet space. I am happy to say that the TV programming while still limited has improved somewhat. We did not go on the cruise to watch TV. My kids rented movies a couple of nights. After viewing our cabin we were off to the Unicorn Cafe for the welcome aboard buffet, yes! This was terrific. The space itself is nice and seating very comfortable sofa style looking out at the ocean. The food was excellent and the variety impressive. We went to the bar and bought fountain-soda cards. The kids had a good time on this Ship. They enjoyed the disco and the piano bar, 24 hour pizzeria (excellent) and frozen yogurt, hot tubs, pools, waterslide, gym, comedy shows and room service. The nine year old loved Camp Carnival. There is plenty of public space on this Ship. Together my family enjoyed the Follies Lounge, bingo, dance classes, game shows, Piano Bar and Karaoke. Having just been on the Spirit in February I was hoping to find Arts and Craft Classes and Giant Chess on Lido Deck, but NO. I did not go to many shows (same old) The adult comedy show were hilarious. The song and dance Shows were good. The Guest Talent Show was held the night we stayed over in Bermuda, we did not see it live but watched it on TV, it was dreadful with 90% glorified karaoke. On the other hand the children's talent show was great! The karaoke in the firebird lounge was a blast and the girl who runs it (I forget her name) is very entertaining and really gets the crowd going. There was a guest named Tawana (?) who was outstanding. On to dining... We did not go to the Supper Club but everyone told us it was excellent. We had late seating at Truffles. We had to change our table the first night because they put us in the annex at a small round table that could barely fit 8 and there were nine of us, so we went to the upper level and had 2 tables across from each other. This was OK but I missed eating with the kids. It is really the only mandatory activity we share. Having dinner together gives us a chance to touch base and plan the evening or next day. Anyway our servers were terrific (Paval and Kamal). The food was very good and the service was outstanding. The dining room was lovely. The Maitre d' was good and the waiters sang and danced, it was really fun. My husband and I enjoyed the Casino and Gym. The Casino was large, the slots very tight but the money lasted longer at the tables (3 card poker, Caribbean stud and Let it Ride) We went to the past cruisers and captain's parties, free drinks but no sweets. The Cruise Director was young and OK. One of the Bingo Staff (Owen) was rude to my kids on the dock in Bermuda, he pulled the Euro-snob thing with his friends, pointing and snickering, quite arrogant. Now, I know he was not on the ship and not on the clock but ill behavior denotes ignorance and in my opinion there are more qualified and courteous individuals for his job. After that incident my kids refused to buy Bingo cards from him. (f-him is what they said, and NO, not the "F" word, just f-him.) Itinerary: The worst yet. Bermuda was a waste of time. We got off the ship and had to wait an hour in line to go through customs. We were docked at Kings wharf, which is an overpriced tourist trap. It is clean and safe but felt like a military installation. The taxis are small and could only fit 6 so we walked around. The odd thing was the tourist ladies were actually discouraging us from going anywhere, they said things like "you can take a bus but you may not make it back, or you can take the ferry but everything is closed" It was late Sunday afternoon and Carnival should not have wasted a port day. We got back on board and around 9pm 4 of us took a cab to Hamilton (capitol) for a bit of bar hopping and casino action. The Beach (bar) has maybe 12 video slots and was a total dive, the Palace was much nicer and the barkeep Roseanne was fun and friendly. The kids hit (you can drink at 18) the Blue Juice but the drinks were very expensive. Everything else was closed. It was fun but I would not return. The next day another 45 min wait through customs and 30 min for a cab for the 6 of us. We got a driver with a nice van, he was an older gentleman (72) named "Valen" he was soft spoken and took us sightseeing. We went to a church with cemetery, resorts, beach, Gibbs lighthouse, a nice pharmacy, liquor store and Paraquet Restaurant. So we got to see the beauty of Bermuda. The standard of living is very high, the streets are clean and you get the feeling that the residents do not need the hassle of the cruise tourism. I would prefer to go to a port where the locals are happy to have your business and motivated to sell you something. Another odd thing, not one person could tell me the name of the Governor. The day before arriving in Newport every single passenger had to be seen by customs. Another waste or precious vacation time and to make matters worse, we hit some wind and waves and the ship was really rocking, 2 of the customs officials were carrying barf bags. The little paper bags were left all over the ship. So here are all these people in line with kids and strollers, wheelchairs, etc and getting nauseous. Me and my crew took a seat in the Atlantis Lounge just outside of the Customs room and waited for the end of the line. Music: An increasingly important aspect of cruising for my family is the variety and quality of the music on board. The Jazz at the Atlantis Lounge was excellent. I do not understand why this area is the designated smoker's area, it is an open space and you have to walk through it after dinner, yuk. In the Casino the entertainer was a great guitar player, however he should not sing. By the 4th day someone took mercy and turned down his mike. In the Atrium the easy listening music was much better and in Sachmo's the live music was the best dance/contemporary. The Piano bar was also a lot of fun. On the Lido deck was the steel drum band with Caribbean / Reggae music and I did not hear them enough for an opinion. The Carnival Legend Orchestra in Follies was great. Newport, RI: We had to tender off the Legend. Again you had to wait quite a while. But Newport is nice. It is a typical New England seaport with a rich maritime history and picturesque architecture. (church steeples and mansions) For a $1.25 you could grab a trolley. We did some shopping and walked around. The best part of Newport was the visitor's center and YES there was a Dunkin Donuts! I do not like to take tenders so I would not take a cruise to Newport, however, I will return there by car, I liked it. The one constant about this cruise was waiting. We had to wait for everything. At the Gym much of the equipment was being used by the cruise staff, most folks waiting in line at customs and on the tenders were cruise staff. The line for the Gala Buffet was over 2 hours long. Our phones in the cabin did not work properly and the messages were still on the machines from previous cruisers. And try as I might, I could not get it fixed. This was a once a year trip to Bermuda for Carnival, a way to fill 6 nights before beginning their new itinerary to St. Thomas so I think we got the short end of the stick. This is our 8th cruise so I have a pretty good idea of what to expect and I'm sure those new to cruising would not find anything wanting, but we noticed. It was the little things like, less silverware at the dinner table, no arts and craft classes, same old tired stage routines, lack luster lido parties, lame excursion offerings, half the arcade machines not working, constantly being held in "Q" when calling the purser's desk or room service, poor planning (most popular shows when no one is on board) and incorrect info in the capers. It's those little things that we take for granted that were just missing. Among our party we had folks who have never cruised before and they were extremely happy with their first cruise vacation. They could not get over the food, shows and service. They compared it to the "gilded age." I was so happy for them, I would never point just how much better it could have been. Oh yes, our room steward was terrific, his name was Andy and he took great care of us. In fact all the waiters and waitresses on the lido, Casino and lounges were exceptional. Mitch in the Gym was great, he was knowledgeable, patient and just a nice kid. The gym and spa are lovely spaces. An unexpected bonus on this cruise was the Red Sox sweeping the Yankees. I think the A-Rod debacle has reversed the curse. Anyway, it is a fun-spirited rivalry in April that becomes quite ugly in October. Till next time, Enjoy this glorious day. Read Less
Sail Date April 2004
This is my first Cruise review of any kind. This latest Cruise was my third with Carnival. I had previously been on the Destiny in 2000 and the Triumph in 2002. I can confidently say this was by far my most disappointing cruise and my last ... Read More
This is my first Cruise review of any kind. This latest Cruise was my third with Carnival. I had previously been on the Destiny in 2000 and the Triumph in 2002. I can confidently say this was by far my most disappointing cruise and my last with Carnival. I will attempt to keep this brief. We were cruising to Bermuda and then Newport, Rhode Island for 6 days out of New York. The embarkation was typical. Took about an hour. As for the Ship it was a typical large Carnival Ship. A lot of wasted space. It really did not seem well built as my Wife and I toured the entire Ship from front to back. Seems like they were rushing when they built it. We found many flaws. The hallways were terrible. You would be constantly running into people as the Hallways were not straight from one end of the Ship to the other but were in sections due to extended Balconies I presume. It was constant right and left hand turns and Boom, running into someone around the corners. You have to be on this Ship to fully appreciate what I'm saying. The Stairs at the front of the Ship were like 6-7 inches in length. This was strange and a major problem for me since I wear size 12 in shoes. It was difficult for me to walk down these Stairs without falling. Also we had some rough seas for one day which was nothing major as compared to a previous Cruise yet this ship was creaking as if we were in a Hurricane. It was amazing to listen to. Here is a brand new Ship which sounded like it was about to break apart do to some semi rough seas. The creaking was so loud in those Hallways it was freaky. The previous Ships did not have this problem. We had a Room with a Balcony. It was ok. The Balcony was not long enough for me to stretch my 6'3" frame out on which was a disappointment. It was clean though. Two twin Beds pushed together. No complaints there really. We had the late seating dinner which we always have. Another problem with this Ship is that they only have one Dining Room. The caused the one Dining Room to be very overcrowded and many people feeling they were out in the boondocks away from any action going on. Previous Ships had two Dining Rooms which worked out better for everyone. We assume they switched to one Dining Room to cut staff. Now for my first major complaint. The Midnight Buffet. Actually they do not even call it a midnight Buffet anymore which is appropriate. It consisted of Pizza/Calzone and some sandwich meat. That's about it. My first Cruise on the Destiny in 2000 the midnight Buffet was something everyone looked forward to. The amount and variety of Food available at that time was mind boggling. Now it is truly a joke. My Wife tells me the midnight Buffet was even better on the Ecstasy in 1997 on her first Cruise with Carnival. People loved it, looked forward to it, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Now it is not even worth going to. Again we assume this is cost cutting by Carnival. The service and Food in the dining Room was fine. My second major complaint was the entertainment and activities on board. This was another joke. Our days at sea consisted of bingo and hairy chest competitions. Total waste of time and very boring. The shows at night have really gone down hill from the past. The comedian was pretty good. But the other shows with the dancers are not nearly as good as they were as Carnival has added singers to these shows who leave a lot to be desired. I grade the overall entertainment on board a D and that is being liberal. My Wife was also very disappointed. Now for my main complaint which has caused me to state I will never Cruise with Carnival again. I became sick with severe stomach cramps and diarrhea from Saturday night's 4/24/04 dinner through Sunday morning. My Wife requested something from the infirmary such as Lomotil or Immodium, but was only given Kaopectate. After taking the Kaopectate, it resolved the problem through the day on Sunday so we were able to enjoy our first day in Bermuda. After returning to the ship Sunday night, I again began having more severe stomach cramps and diarrhea. We had not eaten any of the food in Bermuda. Around midnight Sunday, I called the infirmary and stated that I needed Lomotil or Immodium and medication for the abdominal cramps. The nurse was reluctant to give any medication at all, and recommended Kaopectate again. I had to make numerous phone calls to this nurse who finally grudgingly agreed to give my Wife Lomotil, but stated there would be a $50.00 charge for it. She asked if I had a temperature. Since my Wife is a Registered Nurse and certainly can tell if someone has a temperature, I told her I did NOT have a temperature, just the diarrhea and stomach cramps. She then stated it was not a professional diagnosis and I had to go to the infirmary. I was too weak to go, as the infirmary was at the other end of the Ship. The nurse then stated that I would be quarantined to my stateroom and not be allowed to leave the Ship or the stateroom for 24 hours. Medical clearance would only be given on Tuesday morning. I asked the Nurse if I felt better the next morning could I go on shore to Bermuda and was told NO. This caused us to miss our second day in Bermuda which was the main reason we went on this cruise to begin with. All the compensation we received from Carnival was free pay-per view movies for the 24 hours of which the selection was horrible. Who wants to watch movies when you are in Bermuda? We were forced to stay in the stateroom. She also threatened that if I attempted to leave the ship while docked in Bermuda on Monday, I would have my sign and sail card taken away. Mind you the nurse made this judgment without ever seeing me. We feel this was done as retaliation for awakening her from her sleep on Sunday night as she had a major attitude problem through this entire episode. On Tuesday Morning, we went to the infirmary and the nurse asked when I last had the diarrhea and I told the nurse that it had stopped Monday morning. She proceeded to give me medical clearance and said sarcastically "Now you can enjoy the rest of your cruise." This entire episode was outrageous and totally mishandled. Bottom line is I got sick from food served by Carnival and should NOT be penalized for it. I called Carnival's guest relations department and was given the expected excuses. They said they would send me a voucher for $50.00 off my next Carnival Cruise as well as a free excursion. Whoopee. Carnival, you can keep your $50.00 discount and free excursion. You lost not only my Business as well as my Wife's. I will never Cruise with you again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2004
This is my first Cruise review of any kind. This latest cruise was my third with Carnival. Sailing date was 4/23/2004. I had previously been on the Destiny in 2000 and the Triumph in 2002. I can confidently say this was by far the worst ... Read More
This is my first Cruise review of any kind. This latest cruise was my third with Carnival. Sailing date was 4/23/2004. I had previously been on the Destiny in 2000 and the Triumph in 2002. I can confidently say this was by far the worst cruise I have ever been on and my last with Carnival. I will attempt to keep this brief. We were cruising to Bermuda and then Newport, Rhode Island for 6 days out of New York. The embarkation was typical. Took about an hour. As for the Ship it was a typical large Carnival Ship. A lot of wasted space. It really did not seem well built as my Wife and I toured the entire Ship from front to back. Seems like they were rushing when they built it. We found many flaws. The hallways were terrible. You would be constantly running into people as the Hallways were not straight from one end of the Ship to the other but were in sections due to extended Balconies I presume. It was constant right and left hand turns and Boom, running into someone around the corners. You have to be on this ship to fully appreciate what I'm saying. The stairs at the front of the ship were like 6-7 inches in length. This was strange and a major problem for me since I wear size 12 in shoes. It was difficult for me to walk down these stairs without falling. Also we had some rough seas for one day which was nothing major as compared to a previous Cruise yet this ship was creaking as if we were in a Hurricane. It was amazing to listen to. Here is a brand new Ship which sounded like it was about to break apart do to some semi rough seas. The creaking was so loud in those Hallways it was freaky. The previous Ships did not have this problem. We felt the ship had some major structural problems. It's obvious they rushed building it. We had a Room with a Balcony. It was ok. The Balcony was not long enough for me to stretch my 6'3" frame out on which was a disappointment. It was clean though. Two twin Beds pushed together. No complaints there really. We had the late seating dinner which we always have. Another problem with this Ship is that they only have one Dining Room. The caused the one Dining Room to be very overcrowded and many people feeling they were out in the boondocks away from any action going on. Previous Ships had two Dining Rooms which worked out better for everyone. We assume they switched to one Dining Room to cut staff. Now for my first major complaint. The Midnight Buffet. Actually they do not even call it a midnight Buffet anymore which is appropriate. It consisted of Pizza/Calzone and some sandwich meat. That's about it. My first Cruise on the Destiny in 2000 the midnight Buffet was something everyone looked forward to. The amount and variety of Food available at that time was mind boggling. Now it is truly a joke. My Wife tells me the midnight Buffet was even better on the Ecstasy in 1997 on her first Cruise with Carnival. People loved it, looked forward to it, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Now it is not even worth going to. Again we assume this is cost cutting by Carnival. The service and Food in the dining Room was fine. My second major complaint was the entertainment and activities on board. This was another joke. Our days at sea consisted of bingo and hairy chest competitions. Total waste of time and very boring. Also before we left for our cruise we contacted Carnival by phone and were specifically told that there would be only one formal night for dinner. We packed accordingly. When we arrived on the ship we found out there were actually two formal night. To say the least we were very upset by this situation (especially my wife). We spoke to a Woman at the pursers desk only to be met with blank stares. Then to make matters worse they misprinted which nights were formal night in the daily carnival capers pamphlet. Causing half the people to show up to dinner dressed to kill and the other half dressed casual. Why couldn't carnival make a simple announcement over the ships intercom that there was a misprint and correctly inform the customers. Total incompetence. They DO NOT care about their customers. It's also obvious that they have a very low opinion of their customers as we were shocked when we sat at out table for dinner in the formal dining room and found only one fork and one knife along side the plate. YES, FOLKS, you get ONE FORK and ONE KNIFE for the appetizer, dinner and desert. I kid you not. We were stunned by this as on previous Carnival cruises we always had three forks and three knifes at the dinner seating. It seems Carnival feels their customers do not have enough class to mind and they may be right from witnessing the people on board with us. Also the waiter was the worst we ever had. He even tried to avoid giving us the paper place mat with the picture of the Legend the last night of the cruise. We noticed every other table was getting theirs except us We waited and waited knowing he was trying to avoid giving it to us. Finally we had to go over to the Maitre'D and request it. We ended up only getting one when we were suppose to get one for each of us. The shows at night have really gone down hill from the past. The comedian was pretty good. But the other shows with the dancers are not nearly as good as they were as Carnival has added singers to these shows who leave a lot to be desired. I grade the overall entertainment on board a D and that is being liberal. My Wife was also very disappointed. Now for my main complaint which has caused me to state I will never Cruise with Carnival again. I became sick with severe stomach cramps and diarrhea from Saturday night's 4/24/04 dinner through Sunday morning. My Wife requested something from the infirmary such as Lomotil or Immodium, but was only given Kaopectate. After taking the Kaopectate, it resolved the problem through the day on Sunday so we were able to enjoy our first day in Bermuda. After returning to the ship Sunday night, I again began having more severe stomach cramps and diarrhea. We had not eaten any of the food in Bermuda. Around midnight Sunday, I called the infirmary and stated that I needed Lomotil or Immodium and medication for the abdominal cramps. The nurse was reluctant to give any medication at all, and recommended Kaopectate again. I had to make numerous phone calls to this nurse who finally grudgingly agreed to give my Wife Lomotil, but stated there would be a $50.00 charge for it. She asked if I had a temperature. Since my Wife is a Registered Nurse and certainly can tell if someone has a temperature, I told her I did NOT have a temperature, just the diarrhea and stomach cramps. She then stated it was not a professional diagnosis and I had to go to the infirmary. I was too weak to go, as the infirmary was at the other end of the Ship. The nurse then stated that I would be quarantined to my stateroom and not be allowed to leave the Ship or the stateroom for 24 hours. Medical clearance would only be given on Tuesday morning. I asked the Nurse if I felt better the next morning could I go on shore to Bermuda and was told NO. This caused us to miss our second day in Bermuda which was the main reason we went on this cruise to begin with. All the compensation we received from Carnival was free pay-per view movies for the 24 hours of which the selection was horrible. Who wants to watch movies when you are in Bermuda? We were forced to stay in the stateroom. She also threatened that if I attempted to leave the ship while docked in Bermuda on Monday, I would have my sign and sail card taken away. Mind you the nurse made this judgment without ever seeing me. We feel this was done as retaliation for awakening her from her sleep on Sunday night as she had a major attitude problem through this entire episode. On Tuesday Morning, we went to the infirmary and the nurse asked when I last had the diarrhea and I told the nurse that it had stopped Monday morning. She proceeded to give me medical clearance and said sarcastically "Now you can enjoy the rest of your cruise." This entire episode was outrageous and totally mishandled. Bottom line is I got sick from food served by Carnival and should NOT be penalized for it. I called Carnival's guest relations department and was given the expected excuses. They said they would send me a voucher for $50 off my next Carnival Cruise as well as a free excursion. Whoopee. Carnival, you can keep your $50 discount and free excursion. You lost not only my Business as well as my Wife's. I will never cruise with you again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2004
I booked a group cruise in the Carnival Legend to take me to our wedding in Bermuda. We had 8 cabins booked and 18 people traveling. This is a combination of everyone's recollections. The seas were very rough the entire cruise, ... Read More
I booked a group cruise in the Carnival Legend to take me to our wedding in Bermuda. We had 8 cabins booked and 18 people traveling. This is a combination of everyone's recollections. The seas were very rough the entire cruise, which I know can't be helped, but it still was unpleasant. For one of their newer and bigger ships, things happened that shouldn't have. To start with, our sail & sign cards were never activated, we had to go see the pursers desk to have them set up, even though we gave all the information at the desk before we even got on the ship. Then there were charges to 3 of my guest accounts that they didn't purchase. There was a photographer who was nasty when asked for directions around the ship, and worst of all--a bridesmaid had GLASS in her salad at dinner!! They "corrected" the issue w/ free champaign....not good enough--she broke her tooth!! Missing shore excursions b/c of being told to go to the wrong place, the dining room giving out the wine I ordered for the 4th night on the 1st night and giving out 1 cake when I ordered 3. They took us to Bermuda for Saturday afternoon and Sunday. All the shops in Hamilton were closed on Sunday, most of my guests traveled to Hamilton to find an abandoned city. Very disappointing that the ship didn't tell us this. It was just a poorly planned cruise all together all the way down to having to pass through immigration before leaving the ship in Rhode Island..understandable but, b/c of the line to get through immigration then waiting for a spot on the boat (the cruise ship was anchored in the middle of the bay--smaller boats had to take 2,000 people to shore)we didn't get to Rhode island until 1:00. I have many many more complaints, but you get my point. Everyone was disappointed with the Legend.Some positives, it's a beautiful ship. Lots of places to just sit back and enjoy the atmosphere. For the most part, they handled the many issues w/ a satisfactory outcome. Photographers took great pictures, spent lots of money on them. And the staff was very friendly to my 16 month old niece my sister had brought along. Read Less
Sail Date April 2006
This is our 6th cruise, 3rd with CCL. We are a couple, early 40s travelling without the kids. Embarkation was the easiest ever. We arrived at the port at 12:15 dropped off our bags, had the car valet parked for us and went inside. There as ... Read More
This is our 6th cruise, 3rd with CCL. We are a couple, early 40s travelling without the kids. Embarkation was the easiest ever. We arrived at the port at 12:15 dropped off our bags, had the car valet parked for us and went inside. There as no line so we were through check and we were on the ship within 10 min. We had an ocean view room on the main deck aft. We had no problems with noise or roughness. The room was 186sq ft with the newer bedding. Our room steward was efficient and we had turn down service and towel animals every night. No foul smells or clogged toilets, the ac worked perfectly, so all in all we were pleased with the room and the steward (nelson). The room had robes, a safe but no fridge. Overall, we thought the ship was in good condition considering it is 16yr old. We did see a few cracked windows (out of the few thousand on the ship) and some stains on the carpet but I have seen worse on other older ships. We ate breakfast every morning on the lido deck, typical breakfast buffet. My only complaint is that the eggs were usually a bit runny on the omelets greasy but apparently not enough to cause me to not eat them every day. Lunch had different buffet items every day and of course there were always burgers, hot dogs, pizza and sandwiches available. Overall, I would rate the lido deck food on par with other cruises but give the sandwich bar a B+. I would like to point out, that unlike some of the new larger ships with 2x the amount of people, we never had to wait longer than 5 min in line at the buffet. We ate in the Jubilee dining room. The menu was good, I don't eat sea food or 'fru fru' food so luckily there was steak on the menu every night. My wife ate the sea food and the funky soups etc most nights and said they were good. I had no problems with the steaks and pastas. Service was good and I was pleased to be able to get ice tea with dinner.(for some reason, on the triumph last year, getting ice tea with dinner apparently was a major hassle for the wait staff) I told the waiter (Darius) on the first night that we would like tea every night and they kept the tea glasses full every night. The waiter and assistant were pretty sharp, not real outgoing but you could get them to talk a bit. We ate with a honeymooning couple from detroit. They only ate in the dining room 2 nights so for 3 of the nights we had the table to our selves. Luckily there was very little dancing and singing done by the waitstaff. They did some but they didn't have big extended 'shows' going on in the dining room. Room service was pretty efficient, we only used it for coffee and they only messed up once out of the 4 mornings we used it. Since I am not a singing and dance fan, we did not go to the main shows. The entertainment was pretty thin on this cruise. 3 nights of singing and dance productions, 1 night of guest talent show and 1 night with a magician and comedian. We did not go to any of them. We did go to a late night comedy show and I didn't think the guy was too funny. For you football fans, you do get an abc and I think a cbs station so I was able to get sun afternoon games. We couldn't get monday night though because there was no sat signal, however if they do get a signal you would be able to see the game in the majestic bar. We also skipped the bingo and most of the other organized activities. We did watch the hairy chest contest and the love and marriage game. Although they are both cheesy, the are funny. The casino was not very friendly, I guess that I ended up being about $100 down over the entire week. Luckily I won $80 on the last night to make it a bit less painful. The pool area was nice, I did not see much if any chair hogging. We are able to find chairs near the pool every time we wanted and there were always open tables on the lido deck. The slide was open till 5 every day including the 1st day. Also, the staff in the pool area and in the windows by the sea were very quick to clean tables which of course made it easier to find one. I think since this was a fall cruise, with mostly middle aged passengers without the kids made this a more laid back and calm cruise than some of the others I have been on. Saw very little drunkenness and no buffet line cutters, seat saving or other rude behavior. Our first port was grand turk, or ccls' other private island. Grand Turk is basically a tiny island which is only of interest to divers. When you get of the ship, you go trough a little shopping area which I am guessing is mostly carnival owned. My wife went to Margaritaville which she said was a total blast. That is where the 'party people' were hanging out. The drinks were 7.50 but strong. I had heard in the past that the DJ was real crude, my wife said he was not and actually was having to keep the passengers in line. Overall, my wife said it was a real fun place but the drinks caught up with here and she was asleep in her room by 2pm! I did a 2 tank dive with blue water divers. It was a very, very nice wall dive. I will post more about the dives on the scuba board. Half moon cay is a nice place. The further down the beach you go, the less crowded it gets. We rented a clam shell ($15) and it was worth it. There is no beach snorkeling though, it is shallow and sandy bottom for a long way out, so if you want to snorkel, sign up for a tour. The water and beach are beautiful though. CCL serves burgers, jerk chicken and hotdogs for lunch on the island. I did another dive here which was nicer than I expected, I will post more on that in the scuba board. I will say that it was not a cattle boat operation which is what I was expecting. Overall, half moon cay is a very, very nice beach day. Nassau was, well Nassau, this was our 3rd time here. We did sign up for the catamaran snorkel trip. It was ok, not worth the $45pp unless you are seeing the underwater life for the 1st time. We went a bit outside nassau harbor and snorkeled on a shallow reef for about an hour. There were alot of reef fish so as I said, it would be worth it for a newbie. After the snorkel trip, we got a few t-shirts, booze and then jumped back on the ship. Here are some random thoughts, normally we don't get hyped up about the shopping and spa 'specials' but we did pick up matching his / her watches for $30 for the set. The sale is on the Half moon cay day. Formal night, most people wore suits, there were very few tuxes that I saw. Overall dining room attire was dockers and a polo shirt, There were a few people wearing shorts but in all honesty, I really don't care about what others are wearing. The weather was perfect, hot as hell but no rain, little wind and the seas were the smoothest that I have every seen on a cruise. If you want quiet spots, the back of ship on decks 10 and 11 were pretty deserted. Most of the day time action was of course the main pool area and at night midship on deck 9. Overall, we were very happy with the cruise, normally we do a western during spring break time which is more of a party atmosphere and more active. This cruise is all about beaches and relaxing. So if you are looking for alot of sun, sand, water in a low key atmosphere, this cruise would be perfect for you. As I mentioned, this was our 6th cruise and I would rate it as our 2nd favorite. Overall it was a very quiet, relaxing cruise. CCL seemed to be on top of their game, everything went perfectly and flowed smoothly. I would do this trip again in a heartbeat. Read Less
Sail Date September 2006
This 3 day cruise was my second cruise and my husband's first. We selected it mainly to find out if he would like the atmosphere, experience and being on the water for so long. We are not fancy people. When not working, (I'm a ... Read More
This 3 day cruise was my second cruise and my husband's first. We selected it mainly to find out if he would like the atmosphere, experience and being on the water for so long. We are not fancy people. When not working, (I'm a teacher, he is a general contractor) we prefer jeans, shorts, classic cars, his Harley. I have my eye on several longer cruises, down the road, and we had to find out if he would share my enthusiasm. I could make a long story short by saying that he loved it but I have too much to say to do that! We flew into Fort Lauderdale at 10:10 am, waited for awhile for a shuttle bus to arrive and then fill up, and arrived at the Port of Miami at 11:30. Because we had booked a suite (the only cabin category on this class of ship to have a balcony), we were whisked through VIP boarding. By 11:45, we were aboard the ship and making our way to the Lido deck to check out the buffet. There were quite a few people on board already, with some in the pool, others already having lunch, a few sunning themselves on loungers. I immediately felt that we were "on vacation". After eating lunch at the buffet, we found the most outrageous dessert! A creamy, dark chocolate, puddingish cake with a raspberry on top. If you see it, get it! It was our favorite dessert offering of the trip and we never saw it again after that first lunch! We toured the sports deck for awhile, (miniature golf, basketball court, jogging track) then made our way to our cabin at 1:30. It was bright and airy, nice bathroom, plenty of closet space and great bedding! (My husband slept straight through for 8 hours on the first night, something he has never come close to doing in the 19 years that I have known him!) We took a nap, went to the muster drill and then headed to the dining room after the ship left port at 5:30. (We were supposed to embark at 4:15 but the ship waited for 7 late passengers! We never heard the details about that situation but assumed that the passengers must have been late due to Carnival error for them to have waited so long for them!) Maybe because we had only left port a few minutes earlier (5:45 seating in the Imagination Dining Room), there were very few people in the dining room. As time passed, more arrived, but we wound up only having 6 at our table for 10. We were seated with two nice couples, one of which we had so much in common with, we were amazed. Dinner was great! Strawberry soup, pumpkin soup were both pleasant surprises. We both had the lobster tail (Maine) and tiger shrimp, both of which were excellent. The chocolate melting cake was good but did not compare to the yummy chocolate with raspberry cake we had found earlier. As it turned out, we never made it back to our scheduled dining time. On Day #2 we were not onboard at dinnertime and on Day #3, we were too stuffed from overindulging earlier in the day to sit down to a big meal again! Suffice it to say that we enjoyed all of the food, from the dining room to the buffet, to the 24 hour pizza and 24 hour room service. There was always a wide selection of salads and desserts at the buffet as well as different selections of meat, fish, pasta, rice and vegetables every day. We were never at a loss for something good to eat! In Nassau, on the second day, we took the #10 Jitney bus ($1) to the Wyndham Resort Hotel on Cable Beach. After paying $15 per person, we had unlimited access to their nice beach, nicer pool (towels and chairs were provided) and hotel and casino areas. It was a nice way to spend several hours. We returned to the ship, had lunch and a nap and took a taxi to Atlantis. ($4 per person and they do wait for several people to get onboard before they leave the pier.) Needless to say, we were not as successful at the Atlantis casino and returned to the ship by 9:30 pm. (In time for the show that night!) We went to the ship's casino 3 times during our trip. It was also great, in my opinion. It was larger than I had expected and that loud slot machine/ gambler combination sound that I love filled the air! The slot machines were not cheap in paying out, either. I had expected to be really disappointed with that but was pleasantly surprised. I saw, heard, several people with big wins and I, myself, left all three times on the plus side. I was up $220 by the end of the trip. We went to one Bingo event and only one show, The 80's Revival Show. It was very good, quite crowded. We had gone in early and had great seats. It was a lot of fun. They had a lot of things going on every day on the Lido deck, like Ice Sculpting and Hairy Chest Contest which were fun to watch. People watching was also a favorite pastime with a nice mix onboard. I'd say 25% between 20 and 30, 30% couples or singles between 30 and 40, 30% above 40, and the rest kids and teenagers. We never saw anyone disagree or raise their voice unless cheering a favorite competitor. We had occasion to ask for information at the Purser's desk a few times and found them to be very helpful. We purchased our limits at the Duty Free Shop on board and printed our boarding passes for the plane in the internet cafe, 24 hours before our flight home. In general, both my husband and I felt that this was the perfect long weekend vacation for us. Once the muster drill was out of the way, we were on our own schedule 100% of the time! We ate, slept, sunned, socialized, left the ship, toured the ship whenever we wanted to. All of the Carnival employees were very friendly and courteous. The ship was clean, spacious, not crowded at all. Although it was filled to capacity, we never had a problem finding choice locations for our loungers, easy seating in the buffet, someplace to hang out by ourselves, other than our cabin. We loved having the balcony, loved the robes and the comfy duvet and pillows. We have both decided that cruising will now become our main way of traveling (other than Las Vegas and visiting the kids in Tn, Ca, Mt and Fla). I am already looking into rebooking on the Fascination next Spring for the 4 day trip, and will try to get the same cabin. The location was perfect. We loved the ship and will definitely sail her again. Carnival has won couple of new customers! Read Less
Sail Date May 2007
This is my 5th cruise, 1st one with Carnival. The wait service and room service was excellent. Our balcony room was spacious and had lots of storage space. The wait staff worked hard and provided top service. The food was good. I enjoyed ... Read More
This is my 5th cruise, 1st one with Carnival. The wait service and room service was excellent. Our balcony room was spacious and had lots of storage space. The wait staff worked hard and provided top service. The food was good. I enjoyed my meals but my husband only enjoyed some of his meals as some were so-so bland. The dinning room has too many purple grapes, but the dEcor doesn't take away from the experience. There were many lounges; very nice. The entertainment was good on average. The hypnotist and comedian were fun but the musicals were just ok. We did not encounter any rowdy groups- an unwanted reputation I'm sure Carnival wants to shed. Not too many young couples without children. A various group of people ranging from seniors to families with children. I'm sure the boat is filled with children during school breaks. The trip had its frustrating moments. The ship didn't arrive in NYC until 6pm; 6 hours late. Embarkation was frustrating. We had a low number and still didn't get on ship for 2 hrs. We left NYC 5 hours late. I'm sure to make up time we sped it up. With already rough seas, the speed probably didn't help the extreme rockiness. Of course the weather is beyond Carnival's control. The mid-level staff/mgt did not impress us. The cruise just did not flow very well. It took 25 minutes to get off the ship and 30 minutes waiting in line to get back onto the ship. They only had one security gate working. It was so frustrating. This is my third cruise after 9-11 and the other lines used several security gates waiting 5 minutes tops. We also waited an additional 20 minutes for dinner seating at 8:15. Don't know why. Happened only once, thankfully. We asked a question at the excursion desk on board and her answer was "It's my first day, I don't know. You'll have to ask the info desk on the island itself." Not acceptable. The info desk on the island was really only a place to buy transportation tickets; another 20 minute wait. It was not a tourist info desk. Finally, the pursers desk also gave us wrong disembarkment information and it affected our transportation arrangements. Also, the excursion trips were so expensive. We traveled to Aruba in Jan 2006 and the same kind of trip cost $45 less per person (a two hour sunset sail). Maybe it is due to economics or maybe due to Carnival. I don't know. Overall, it is hard to not have a good time on a cruise. We still enjoyed our vacation; however, I do think it is our last Carnival cruise. If you have had top quality cruises, you will be disappointed with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date April 2008
My girlfriend and I (20s) took a very large family group (30 people!) on the Sensation's May 4 cruising to the Bahamas. It was our 3rd cruise, first on Carnival, but most of the group were 1st-timers. We all had a good time ... Read More
My girlfriend and I (20s) took a very large family group (30 people!) on the Sensation's May 4 cruising to the Bahamas. It was our 3rd cruise, first on Carnival, but most of the group were 1st-timers. We all had a good time (especially the 1st-timers), but the ship is definitely sub-par. I had low expectations going into the trip based on reviews I had read here, so I wasn't terribly disappointed, but I would recommend spending a few extra bucks to upgrade to a newer or more recently refurbished ship. HOTEL: We stayed at Wakulla Suites on Cocoa Beach. Very cool hotel in a kitschy polynesia kind of way. But I'm into that kind of stuff. Huge rooms for the price, beach access, and a nice garden. Recommended. FOOD: The main dining room's food was passable. The worst I've had on a ship yet, but that doesn't mean it was terrible. Lobster night was definitely the best. As for the buffet....awful. Bad food, no selection, and ALWAYS a long line. Breakfast was the same few items everyday. Room service is definitely lacking. PUBLIC AREAS: The ship is basically a floating off-strip Vegas hotel. VERY purple. Mirrors. Neon. Super-gaudy. There was a slightly sour smell permeating the atrium. All the lounges are waaaay over the top. The casino is huge and nice enough. There were some interesting games like "Faceup 21". The Blackjack tournament was very fun. ENTERTAINMENT: We never saw the nighttime shows, so I can't comment on those. There weren't too many activities planned. We love playing trivia on board, but it only happened once during the whole trip, and not even on the sea day. Name that tune was fun, but it seems like the main activity on the Sensation is hanging by the pool and drinking. ROOMS: The rooms were very nice compared to the rest of the ship. A little wear and tear on the cabinets and bathroom sink, but not too bad. The bed was very comfortable. Our steward did an excellent job. PORTS: Freeport: Do something that gets you away from the dock! It's a very industrial port, but there are some beautiful areas elsewhere on the island. My girlfriend and I did Carnival's "Peterson Cay Kayak & Snorkel Tour". It was really fun, but a bit overpriced at $100 each. But a great way to get out in the sun, exercise, and snorkel around a wonderful reef. Nassau: We booked Stuart Cove's 1/2 day snorkel trip. You can't book this on the ship, you must do it independently in advance. It was WONDERFUL! Highly recommended. There were 3 stops: a beautiful reef, a "plane wreck" (actually a movie prop), and the sharks! Very fun, great crew, and an awesome day. OVERALL: You get what you pay for. I didn't expect too much going in, so I wasn't too disappointed. The 1st-timers had no idea what to expect and they had a blast. Go in to have a good time, and you will. It's sure better than being at work! Read Less
Sail Date May 2008
After reading some negative reviews of Pride (both prior to and following our particular cruise) I can't help but wonder what ship those folks were on because, from my experience, it sure wasn't the Pride. Some of these ... Read More
After reading some negative reviews of Pride (both prior to and following our particular cruise) I can't help but wonder what ship those folks were on because, from my experience, it sure wasn't the Pride. Some of these complaints and observances that I've seen are just ridiculous!For a nine year old ship it's in pretty darn good condition. We also sailed on Pride out of Baltimore two years ago and the ship looks as nice as it did then. Embarkment from Baltimore was a breeze. It took us 20 minutes to check in, go through security, etc...before we boarded the ship. Debarkment a week later was just as easy.The crew on Carnival Pride is wonderful. Everybody was so friendly and worked so hard to help make our experience a good one. The passengers on this sailing were really terrific as well. A very friendly bunch of people. We met some very nice folks.The food at the Normande Restaurant was fabulous every night. The service was great. We opted for Anytime Dining, (which works very well for us) so we did not have the same table and servers every night. We were seated in Roderick's section on three occasions and in Thomas' on two evenings. Every dining experience in there was top-notch. Can't recommend it enough. So very worth cleaning up for.Our stateroom service was excellent. Our steward was Serge and he was very personable and did a terrific job. We loved the two night layover in port @ Bermuda. We were able to come and go as we pleased at all hours of the day and night, so we never felt rushed in port to try and cram as much as possible into a 10 hour span. We were able to be relaxed and leisurely and it was a real pleasure. Also, Bermuda is beautiful and fascinating. It always helps to have a desirable port of call. JAll in all, a GREAT vacation and we can't wait to go again! Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
This was my first ever cruise, and we booked with Carnival because we got a good deal from my mother's friend who is a travel agent, and she was booking a group cruise, and if we booked with her, it was much cheaper, so for our family ... Read More
This was my first ever cruise, and we booked with Carnival because we got a good deal from my mother's friend who is a travel agent, and she was booking a group cruise, and if we booked with her, it was much cheaper, so for our family vacation, we decided to go to Bermuda, which was a 7 day cruise, and we were docked for 3 days in Bermuda, which I thought was nice, you got to spend more time on the island than on other cruises. EMBARKATION:We arrived in NYC at 11:30 am, the boat was scheduled to start boarding passengers at 1:00 pm. We got a ride from a relative, so parking was not necessary for us, and we went inside the terminal, and we got out boarding passes and we went through customs and security and got our room keys/sail and sign cards in under 20 minutes. We only had to wait to board the ship for about 10 minutes, and Carnival even opened the gang plank earlier so people didn't have to wait in the waiting area. The rooms wouldn't be ready until 1:30, so we all went to the Lido deck, and they already had a beautiful buffet lunch prepared, it was delicious, and we walked around the Sun Deck and explored, and by the time we noticed, it was already 2:00, so we went to our rooms. The rooms we got were Interior rooms, they were beautiful, I saw no need for a balcony or grand suite when everything was already in the room, and it was not cramped at all, and it was clean and beautiful!We had 2 fun days at sea, where we went to shows, which were beautifully done, very nice entertainment, except the one comedian I saw, every other joke was about bestiality and masturbation, he really didn't amuse me, but the show times were SPECTACULAR, we saw "Generations", "A Ticket to Ride", and some singer, I forget his name, but he was awesome! The entertainment was beautifully arranged.Meals at the Bacchus Dining Room were exquisite. The food was absolutely amazing, everything was hot and cooked and just tasted delicious, and there were tons of options for you, no one went back to the cabin hungry!The staff were just marvelous. Everywhere you went, they ALL send hello and how is your day, and it was just wonderful. We had a waiter, his name was Pande, and he treated my family like gold, we always requested him, he knew all of our named, knew my grandmother liked hot tea with her meals, and knew what we were all getting for dessert. We also had an assistant waitress, Mirjana, and she was WONDERFUL, she was very nice, and we called her my cousins' girlfriend, she was just wonderful. The bar tenders knew what we wanted to drink as soon as we came up, the staff I give an 11 out of 10. They were phenomenal, and I tipped everyone I saw, they deserved it!And another thing, the boat was CLEAN. There was absolutely NO DUST anywhere I went, the carpets were stain free, the chairs and couches and tables were always polished and smelled brand new, the beds and sheets were never dirty, I did not have one single complaint about the cleanliness of this ship, even the decks did not have one speck of sand or dirt on them, the windows were streak free, it was just amazing how hard these people worked.Our cruise director, Malcolm "woo hoo" was very informative and funny and always involved with cruise activities and very friendly, we were never left in the dark about anything, he always announced changes in the itinerary (which never had periods of time without activities) and he was just amazing throughout the whole cruises. The assistant cruise director, Leslie "Sparkles" was very helpful too, she helped throughout the cruise, and she was amazing all throughout Disembarking too. DISEMBARKATION:My family and I chose the self-assist program, which was carrying out your own luggage, and it worked out wonderfully. As soon as we docked back in NYC, we were called, and it was only a small line that went by very quickly to leave the ship, and it was great. It only took about 15 minutes to get off the ship and terminal and back onto land. Overall, this was a wonderful cruise for my first time. The boat was immaculate, the staff was impeccable, ALL of the food was to DIE FOR, and it was just an amazing experience for me, I wish I lived on that ship it was so nice! Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
Recently completed my second cruise on the "Pride". Yes the "Pride's" decor is a bit gaudy and is starting to show its age. Yes getting food and finding a seat in the Mermaid Grill is difficult at peak times. ... Read More
Recently completed my second cruise on the "Pride". Yes the "Pride's" decor is a bit gaudy and is starting to show its age. Yes getting food and finding a seat in the Mermaid Grill is difficult at peak times. And yes finding a lounge chair on the Serenity Deck is virtually impossible. But aside from the decor and competing with other cruiser for prime real estate, the cruise was wonderful.The Steakhouse was excellent. Our room was clean and very comfortable. Our room steward was very attentive and friendly. The whole ship appeared clean. The food was very respectable. Room service was timely and the food/coffee was good. I don't gamble so I can not speak of the pleasures of losing money in the ships casino. The shows I did see were fine.My favorite activity is simply watching the water/ocean go by from our balcony.Moving from the ship to the port in Bermuda was easy.I had a great time. Go Pride... Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
Hi to all. First of all, ANYTIME I am off work and get paid to be on vacation is a good time, so that is what is most important.Embarkation was very easy. Arrived at port at 12:30, just like last year. Took about 30-40 minutes to be on ... Read More
Hi to all. First of all, ANYTIME I am off work and get paid to be on vacation is a good time, so that is what is most important.Embarkation was very easy. Arrived at port at 12:30, just like last year. Took about 30-40 minutes to be on the ship. Cruise director or some high-ranking officer of the Pride should be standing there greeting you when you embark and when you disembark. There is NO excuse to me on that one, sorry. I know Kirk was leaving the Pride after our week, but you could tell his heart was not in it like last year.We were disappointed that winds kept our balcony divider from being opened until Wednesday, and that they then closed it for good on Saturday.Seasickness meds used to be FREE, now they charge 3.39 for two tablets.Our room steward Vance was very nice. We liked our balcony room just like last year.We LOVED Bermuda and would return.We lucked out this year and got a dining room table next to a window. There were four of us for dinner. Our head waiter fell ill mid-cruise and his assistant waiter John took over. Unfortunately, he is not yet ready to be a main waiter. No personality, slow. My food was cold a lot. Sorry, it was.My girlfriend treated us to the chef's dinner and it was fantastic, but years ago that is the food you used to receive in the MDR, that is what bothers us a lot.Carnvial employees should acknowledge you as you walk down the hallways. They did not on many occasions. Celebrity, etc. are excellent when it comes to that, not to mention other great qualities.We do not use cruise lines for excursions any longer, but booked some private ones with Hartley Helmet Dive and also hired a private tour guide, Colin Jennings.We did enjoy the Serenity section when we could find a spot.We met some very nice people as well.It was NOT worth the money we spent and would NOT sail on the Pride again, sorry. Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
I was unsure what to expect given the vast array of reviews...It became clear very quickly that some people who write reviews are just generally unhappy and unpleasable.My initial impression upon boarding the ship was that this ship is ... Read More
I was unsure what to expect given the vast array of reviews...It became clear very quickly that some people who write reviews are just generally unhappy and unpleasable.My initial impression upon boarding the ship was that this ship is beautiful. Nothing in the week that followed changed my mind at all. The entire crew was there to make this a great vacation for all the passengers. I took the time to talk with many...usually at one of the many bars :-). They are, as you would expect from all over the world....Communication was not an issue as they all spoke English...and rather well too.Our cabin ( on deck 7 - 7220) It was truly mid ship near the main elevators. BTW...there are many elevator banks on this ship. The cabin was very roomy, incredibly clean and very well maintained by the cabin steward. The bathroom was just as clean and also had ample room to move around. The showers were great..(great pressure). We stored our 4 pieces of luggage under the king size bed...did not see them again till packing time... :-(Our cruise on April 17 set sail for Bermuda. I have been there before, several times. There is not really much to do there. A little sight seeing, a little shopping, although there are no real bargains there. We chose this trip because the dates worked for us. We really did not care where we went...We got off the boat at Kings Wharf, took a ferry to Hamilton (their main city). We had lunch and looked in a few shops. Other than that, we were happy to stay on board the ship as it tends to get very quiet on board at those port times. That was nice !!As for the food...it was very good. The Normandy Restaurant (dining room) had very good service and always aiming to please. We never had a bad meal there. In fact, I saw some people actually order 2 entries, or 2 starter apps simply because they could. The menu changed to some degree every day, but there were always some things that remained standard. We had dinner one evening in "Davids"...the steak house on deck 10. It was worth every penny. It cost $30 per person, but the food and the presentation were wonderful !It is true that the deck with the buffet could get a bit crowded at times, but there were always tables to sit at if you were patient for a minute or two...that's it. The food there was equally good. There were all sorts of stations set up...you just needed to walk around and see what each station had to offer...some stations always remained constant. This was simply not a big deal...some past reviews, I saw that people complained about the disorganization...this is simply not true or even a fair assessment. The deck is big and it was laid out well in my opinion.In thinking about the trip as a whole and really trying to critic it a bit...the only thing that I would have liked to see different, would be the Serenity Deck...This is the adults only area with lounge chairs, a pool, a hot tub and a great bar. There were also some nice comfortable chairs in the bar area in which you could lounge back on..just not in the sun. On the "sailing" days...you needed to get out there fairly early to secure a lounge in the sun or they were already taken...I guess what I'm saying is that i wish there was a bit more room planned for the adults only section. But if you don't mind kids, there were plenty of other pools and lounge chairs around the others decks to soak up the sun. I simply felt that I left my kids home for a reason...I preferred the Serenity deck. :-)We spent most evenings after dinner in the comedy club. They have several shows each night by several different comics. They include "rated R" shows so nobody under 18 were in those particular shows. Each comic was incredibly funny. If your not an uptight person...you will truly enjoy these shows. I laughed so much my cheeks hurt :-)Overall...We were very very pleased with The Carnival Pride and will absolutely consider Carnival again when planning another cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
Sadly, the first few moments in the room were spent picking up pills found on the floor from the previous guest, scrubbing in the outside of the bathroom toilet and toilet seat, due to its complete lack of cleanliness and yes, I mean what ... Read More
Sadly, the first few moments in the room were spent picking up pills found on the floor from the previous guest, scrubbing in the outside of the bathroom toilet and toilet seat, due to its complete lack of cleanliness and yes, I mean what you think I am implying. It was hard to feel comfortable going forward in this environment. Additionally the lounge area waiters offered to take a drink order only one time over the 7 day experience. The restaurant waiter never appeared on our one night in the dining room sending us out to the Prominade bar to get our own drinks. Despite a few pleasant staff members like our restauarant waiter and the spa staff, the overall experience left us feeling more like we were in the way of staff socialization and not being acknowledged, let alone taken care of. One front desk staff member talked to us like we were stupid, despite being given improper debarkation information. We were surprised to find the shore excursions $50 cheaper as booked on our own. The Lido buffet areas felt like shopping at Walmart on Black Friday. The outside pool areas could aptly be renamed "Smoker's Paradise." The Serenity pool was dirty nearly daily. Soot from the ship snowed in the air covering our clothes upon leaving port. There was a smell of chemicals so strong in our room one day that we had to leave for hours while maintenance worked on this, when all we wanted at this point was a nap. This was sadly the most disappointing vacation my wife and I have taken in our 7 years together. For $1900 for cruise fare, an $800 room bill, and the cost of lost vacation days, dog kennels, etc, we left very unhappy. Only a year ago, we traveled on the Carnival Miracle and left raving about the staff, the pleasantries, the pampering. We debarked wondering if the Miracle vacation was a fluke or was it the trip on the Pride. Either way, we'll play it safe in the future. My wife said it best. The staff on the Carnival Pride made no effort to create the illusion. The last thing I want to feel like while on vacation is a bother. It's worse when you don't feel clean or comfortable. Despite Carnival's lower fares compared to other cruise lines, the value was still way below expectations based upon previous experiences. After contacting them and reporting the disappointment, we essentially got a "that sucks" and no hint of an attempt of "what can we do to make this right or keep you coming back?" So, I thought I could at least prevent others from making the mistake we did. Trust the ship reviews. Having read other Pride reviews, I'm just glad I didn't get food poisoning. It's good to be home. Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
This was our second Cruise on the Carnival Pride, and our second experience with the Port in Baltimore. And being a warm weather beach party kinda guy, was apprehensive about Bermuda. Bermuda being a "PROPER" country. We chose ... Read More
This was our second Cruise on the Carnival Pride, and our second experience with the Port in Baltimore. And being a warm weather beach party kinda guy, was apprehensive about Bermuda. Bermuda being a "PROPER" country. We chose this cruise because Baltimore is only 60 miles form where we live, and because of my wife's profession, Elementary School Teacher, this was the only time available, as it was spring break.First .. after the last cruise of staying overnight in a hotel in Baltimore and leaving our car at the Hotel during the cruise, we opted to park in the Cruise Line area parking lot. Reason was that when the cruise was over, it took the Hotel 2 hours to pick us up and return us to the Hotel to pick up the car.Our choice to park in the Cruise line Parking Lot worked out great. Sorta quoting a female Alaskan Vice Presidential Candidate - "I could see my car from the Lido Deck!"This cruise, due to finances, we opted out of booking a suite. Instead, we booked a Balcony Cruise. Turned out not to be a bad choice. Me being the VIP seeking person, who likes to get on the ship and of first, was concerned I would be waiting in long lines to board. Well a funny thing happened. If I had a way of posting pictures here I would show you. On the Cruise in Nov 2010 we had a Grand Suite. I took a picture of the Pride's Clock on the Lido Deck. As a VIP then we boarded first. This cruise we were in Group 8, and boarded after the VIP Guest. Upon reaching the Lido Deck, I took a picture of the Pride's clock. Both the Nov 2010 cruise and this one - twilight zone theme starts - Both showed 1:23 PM. From this point on, everything went well. Rooms were ready at the regular time. And unlike the Nov 2010 cruise, we actually departed on time.A couple days at sea before my dreaded expectations of going to Bermuda and spending about 48 hours docked their.So, being a person of chance, shown by my risk of picking a Bermuda Cruise, I wandered down to meet my old buddies ... The Slots. And in hand I carried a invitation in my hand that I found in my cabin that basically stated that because of my relationship with the slots on my last two cruises I qualified for the new "ON-US" program. Also Known as - Free Drinks while playing the slots. And I will leave the casino stories here with this - My Slot playing became a two way challenge. Would I lose to the slots or would Carnival Lose in then amount of free drinks. Results of this personal challenge for another day.My Expectations of Bermuda were, and I hate to admit it, wrong. It is a wondrous strange place. Seems all that Proper stuff with rules and regulations of proper dress, proper behavior, visitors can't rent cars, swim wear exposing to much skin beyond 25 feet of the actual beach water line, and more only extends from the water line inland. We took three excursion, two of which were booked via Carnival and one that we booked on our own.We spent From 1 pm April 19 to 5 PM April 21 docked in Bermuda. And other than the excursions, we never made it out of the Kings Wharf Area. The people of Bermuda, the people who ran the excursions, the People who we met in the shops on Kings Wharf, and my favorite place - The Frog and Onion - were unbelievably awesome. Having my expectations of Bermuda shattered, I find that I will return someday to see and do what I did not have time to do on that long docked period.My only negatives about the cruise was, that during the long docked period on Bermuda, the activities available on the Cruise Ship Pride seemed to shut down. Being On Board during that time was a bit ... BORING!And as with my first cruise on the Pride ... She Shows (stand by for blunt criticism)were .. well let me just say the Simon Cowel of American Idle and Nigel of - You Think you could dance, would have eliminated them on the initial try outs. And if you know Simon's way of doing this .... He would have said it in a way that I could, but will not say here.Note - The shows do not include the Comedy Club Shows. They, as always were great.And I will leave it here. Would I go on the Pride again? Yes! Will I go on the Pride again? Most likely not! Why? Moving from Northern Va to Florida in the next few months, and my options are now open to checking out other Carnival Cruise ships withing Driving distance.And that's the way it was... No complaints! Steve Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
Big Positive:We usually enjoy our cruises, but there are some usual malfunctions that we must overlook to have a good time. And after traveling on NCL, we had almost given up on Carnival. BUT the Carnival Fantasy fixed them all! The ... Read More
Big Positive:We usually enjoy our cruises, but there are some usual malfunctions that we must overlook to have a good time. And after traveling on NCL, we had almost given up on Carnival. BUT the Carnival Fantasy fixed them all! The mattresses are usually the biggest problems with any cruise line: We were surprised and delighted by the "new" (new to us) mattresses. Frankly, the rest of the cruise improvements were just the icing on the cake after getting good sleep and rest breaks on those mattresses. The new (to us) wall papers and colors throughout the ship were a treat. The Fantasy still looked and felt like a Carnival ship, but she really had changed our ideas about Carnival. How great is that!Small Negative: The new computerized system in the casino was not very "user-friendly." But we usually do not gamble, so this was only a minor distraction on an otherwise great cruise.Bermuda, as always, was the best! Not a single "Senor Frog" or "Emeralds International" in site! Wish we could live there. Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
This 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
We chose this cruise as it was a short drive from our NC home. Experienced cruisers, we had low expectations of Carnival and we were pleasantly surprised. Good service, lots of food and food choices, easy embarkation and debarkation. We ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it was a short drive from our NC home. Experienced cruisers, we had low expectations of Carnival and we were pleasantly surprised. Good service, lots of food and food choices, easy embarkation and debarkation. We will go again! Not all was perfect of course, but it was a nice getaway. Charleston streets are well marked for cruise traffic. The cruise staff was friendly, our room steward called us by name the first night, and unlocked the door for us several times when he saw us coming down the hall. We elected my time dining, never waited for a table, had various waiters who were friendly and eager to please. Cons: Only in Bermuda 24 hours. We knew this, but others on ship seemed disappointed. Bermuda closes shop after 5pm on Saturdays and on Sundays. However, several shops stayed open longer at the Dockyard because the ship was in port. Do your research folks! We did not go to shop. We took the Famous Homes tour which was informative, enjoyable and reasonably priced. We spoke with others who also took tours and enjoyed them very much. Henry at the piano bar was great. There was some type of entertainment for everyone. This was an older ship, but well maintained. We felt little movement for a smaller ship. Again, this cruise was enjoyable and relaxing. Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
The Carnival Fantasy cruise to Bermuda itinerary is basically a cruise to nowhere, but in a good way. You can have a wonderful getaway for a week, enjoy the scenery in Bermuda, without a lot of shopping. All the itineraries are Saturday ... Read More
The Carnival Fantasy cruise to Bermuda itinerary is basically a cruise to nowhere, but in a good way. You can have a wonderful getaway for a week, enjoy the scenery in Bermuda, without a lot of shopping. All the itineraries are Saturday 4pm to Sunday 4pm. This allows you about 1 hour to hit the specialty shops that are closed on Sunday. In other words, no time at all. This is not a problem for most of us that did our research prior to the trip, but many fellow travelers expected Carnival to do the research for them, and tell them ahead of time that the stores close on Sunday. I now realize why Americans have such a bad reputation overseas. The complaints were loud and obnoxious. I would suggest that Carnival place an "A-frame" just off the gangplank - or even an information sheet in your room - giving directions to the bus terminal, trolley stop, and taxi area to make it less confusing. Bermuda is a beautiful island, and after walking around the Royal Dockyard on Saturday, we bought bus passes ($12 each) and took the ferry to Hamilton, and the bus to Gibbes Hill Lighthouse. Horseshoe Bay beach is still very beautiful, but the sand is not as pink - hurricane damage? The lighthouse is not the same, a bit run down, and the Tea Room is gone. Still, the island is beautiful, with a lot of historical sites. Sunday ferries and buses are on a shortened schedule - something to be aware of when you visit. The Fantasy is one of the older ships in the fleet, but is very nicely laid out, and to me, a not so gaudy version of the rest of the fleet. We enjoyed the trip immensely. Much to do, which is typical of Carnival, excellent variety of food and drinks. The Bistro is top notch. We did the "your time dining", and prefer to have assigned seats, but this was not too bad - missed the show in the dining room, as you cannot see it from the side seating. We attended the Chefs Table, which was nice, but for the money, I would take the Steakhouse next time. The sea bass was excellent, but the Filet was the same that you get in the main dining room. I expected to have a steak similar to the filet I ordered at the Steakhouse on the Legend - which was wonderful. The chef went out of his way to make sure that I received a special sugar free dessert, and also a shellfish free meal. It was delicious, and the experience was great, but once you have done it, I don't feel the need to repeat the experience. I have the same comment as always about the crew - officers do not smile or even speak to the passengers. The "peons" are friendly, courteous, and go out of their way to make your stay wonderful. Our cabin stewards were great to us. I last traveled on the Fantasy in 1996, and remember paying $10 each time my sons lost a basketball overboard. Glad that court is gone! They made a few changes, but we enjoyed walking around and remembering the different decks and themes. All in all, it was a great trip, and we plan to make this a regular getaway for us. Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
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
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