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5 Charleston to Bermuda Cruise Reviews

This was my fifth Carnival cruise. I chose this cruise for the 3 days in port in Bermuda, which was the only port and a bucket list destination for me. We booked one year in advance. About 2 months before departure, Carnival started ... Read More
This was my fifth Carnival cruise. I chose this cruise for the 3 days in port in Bermuda, which was the only port and a bucket list destination for me. We booked one year in advance. About 2 months before departure, Carnival started sending out "change of itinerary" messages. I received 6 change notices, the last one as we were departing for the port. The final result was that we ended up with about one and a half total days in Bermuda, not three. No explanation for the change was given, and no compensation was offered except for a refund of some port fees that we were owed, obviously because we were not in port. Instead, we were out sailing around in a circle to the east of Bermuda. Other than this major disappointment, the cruise was the typical Carnival experience. The food and service was O K, not great. One comedian was very funny, the other one not so much. The cruise director Deon was wonderful. The highlight of the whole cruise, other than the wonderful destination, was the ease and speed of getting on and off of the ship. Bermuda is by far the most beautiful port I've cruised to. There are many stunning beaches, lovely homes, attractions like the Crystal Caves and the Aquarium and Zoo, shopping in Hamilton, and historical attractions like forts, lighthouses, and St. George which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Bermuda has inexpensive and efficient public transportation, by bus and ferry, to all parts of the island. Everything was clean and well-run. Everyone we talked with was helpful and polite, and Bermudians are so willing to guide you and tell you all about their wonderful island. They are obviously very proud of this exceptional place and rightfully so. I am already planning to return to Bermuda, this time on an airplane. I never expected to have the port time shortened (except in the event of a hurricane), and that event has made me re-evaluate the whole cruise experience. All of the people I spoke with on the ship were disappointed that our time was cut short. We all paid for 3 days in Bermuda as offered by Carnival, and that is not what we got. We also didn't even get the courtesy of an explanation from Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Never been there before and the ship was suppose to be docked for 3 days ,. carnival estascy , cabin was noise from engines , away from couples we were traveling with ,not what we had ask for . Dining was also not what we requested due to ... Read More
Never been there before and the ship was suppose to be docked for 3 days ,. carnival estascy , cabin was noise from engines , away from couples we were traveling with ,not what we had ask for . Dining was also not what we requested due to many of party needing to have early dining we had to have it changed to anytime dining , food was most of the time prepared very good ,a few times orders were wrong or cold . Entertaiment was very good the shows are very good in the theater , activities were not as many this time as have been on other ships , i applaud the celebration for veteran days that the estascy did i am a veteran and i enjoyed it !!! Service did their best to make everyone feel at ease on a rocking ship due to rough seas and weather.the port of bermuda we had to leave a day early . For fear of wind . Bermuda was a little boring . Really feel very disappointed this cruise .but we will be cruising again!!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Our family consisting of two grandparents, three adult parents, and three grand kids cruised July 21st to July 26th on a five day trip to the Bahamas on the Carnival Fantasy. Overall, it was an average cruise with some advantages and some ... Read More
Our family consisting of two grandparents, three adult parents, and three grand kids cruised July 21st to July 26th on a five day trip to the Bahamas on the Carnival Fantasy. Overall, it was an average cruise with some advantages and some drawbacks. Embarkation: We live in N.C. so Charleston is close and easy to get to. However, the Port of Charleston needs much improvement. Only one ship from one line visits the port and there has not been a large investment in infrastructure. It seemed unorganized and took more time that we were used to just to deposit our bags, park our cars, and get into the terminal. Debarkation on the other hand was efficient and went smoothly. The facilities just are not there YET, but I suspect things will improve as time goes on and if more ships/lines service the port. The Ship: The Fantasy is old but has been redone several times. Its biggest problem is its size and the number of PAX it puts on board. It is small and thus seemed very crowded especially at the pool and in the lido restaurant facilities. There were often long lines and insufficient tables/chairs. There is but one pool and the deck areas have insufficient seating. As a result, we saw folks quibbling over deck chairs. We saw two hot tubes which were always filled to the brim and had small children splashing about. They were definitely not adult friendly. There were so many people wanting to use the pool that one had to wait for a spot to open just to dangle your legs in the water. The biggest attraction for a family with children is the water park, a nice improvement, but if one wanted to watch the kids, there was no shade in the area so take the heavy duty sun screen. State rooms: Very clean, but not up to par with the newer ships. There was not even a small refrigerator in the room. When we arrived, the cabin had neither hair dryer nor hand soap, but this shortcoming was quickly fixed. Unfortunately, we were one deck under the galley and late at night there was a considerable amount of noise plus at times there were strong food odors that entered our cabin via the A/C system. The halls were quite noise too. In fact, his was the noisiest ship I have been on in eleven cruises. The noise usually continued on our deck until about 1 AM. Attendants: Outstanding. Our steward on the Empress Deck, Mr. Mustika, went overboard in trying to please us and our table waiters were excellent. Everyone on the crew tried their best to make the cruise pleasant. They are hard working people who will do what they can to please you. Food: The evening meals were great, but the daytime food left much to be desired. There as a deli which served a limited selection and often the sandwiches were burned. The wok area had long lines, just as the hamburger and hotdog stand did. They were not worth writing home about. The lido deck buffet was limited and often closed. One thing I did like was the days at sea when the restaurants would open with a brunch which went from 9 AM to about 1:30 PM. It was geared mostly to breakfast, but the times were very convenient and the food was good. On the other hand, the lido deck breakfasts were only so-so. Entertainment: All too often we were forced to view the production shows at 10 PM which is late for some and other nights there were no shows at all. There were a variety of other endeavors, but no substitute for the theater show. We had two comedian presentations (family friendly) and two (adult) shows during the cruise. Overall: If you live in the Southeast and want a convenient port, Charleston is it. It is an older and smaller ship which tries to do a good job. The food during the day needs improvement and you will find it crowded. Would I do it again? Probably if there was not another ship doing the same thing. Every cruise has its good and bad and this was no different.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
This was the 3rd Cruise for my wife & I. The 2 prior to this were on the Carnival Glory & this time the Carnival Fantasy. We had sailed with family & friends on our prior two cruises but this time it was just the wife & ... Read More
This was the 3rd Cruise for my wife & I. The 2 prior to this were on the Carnival Glory & this time the Carnival Fantasy. We had sailed with family & friends on our prior two cruises but this time it was just the wife & I. We left out of the Charleston SC Port & it was great! Embarkation & Debarkation were great! Quick & Smooth! The Fantasy is a smaller ship, but we liked it because you didn't have to walk as much & you didn't seem to have to go through a maze to get where you wanted to go. The ship also seemed well maintained. Nice & clean. The food was mediocre. Not Great by any stretch of the imagination. The food in the Buffet Line on the Lido Deck was unrecognizable. Thanks goodness they had it labeled or we would have had no idea what we were eating. The grill & pizza stations were always open & it was what you would expect. Not good not bad. In the Main Dining Room the food was a little better but nothing spectacular. Our Cabin Steward aggravated us to death! My wife & I are both late sleepers. If we happened to be in the room when the Steward wanted to clean, he would come back every 5 minutes until we left! This was supposed to be our vacation, but he wanted to make sure he got his job done whether we got to rest or not! Now, my main complaint with this Ship is the smell! On every floor, except for the Lido Deck & the Main Dining Room, it smelled like we were floating in open sewage. The smell was unreal! The water in the faucet taste awful therefore the ice was the same way, awful!! The water in the toilet was a brown color! When passengers started complaining about the smell, we were told the Ship had hit a Dolphin but could not explain why the smell was present during the whole trip! This boat definitely has some filtration problems & for that reason, I WILL NOT cruise on the Fantasy again! In fact, I'm looking at a different Cruise Line for our next trip! Our only Port, was Bermuda! Absolutely breath-taking! It is a must see if you like to travel like my wife & I do! All in all, had it not been for Bermuda we would have asked for a refund, probably would not have gotten it but we would have tried. If you have a future cruise booked on the Carnival Fantasy, I would definitely change! Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Just returned from Bermuda on Carnival Fantasy.....Not the best experience I have ever had on a Carnival Fun Ship and I have had 17. If you absolutely have to sail out of Charleston then I guess it will do.....If you have never sailed on ... Read More
Just returned from Bermuda on Carnival Fantasy.....Not the best experience I have ever had on a Carnival Fun Ship and I have had 17. If you absolutely have to sail out of Charleston then I guess it will do.....If you have never sailed on Carnival on the newer, nicer ships, I guess it will do........If you know the service that Carnival provides on other ships & if you know the usual condition of the ships and the "You are important to us" attitude on most of the other ships you will probably be disappointed on this ship. Trust me, make the drive to (at least) Jacksonville and Enjoy what Carnival REALLY has to offer! The Food was merely "OK" compared to other Carnival Ships. The Crew Members were "OK" compared to other Carnival Ships. If you want to Smell "Sewer Gas Smell" for your entire trip, This is the ship for YOU! If you enjoy waiting for an HOUR and a HALF for your main course at dinner, This is the Ship for You! If you like Balcony rooms DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON A SUITE ON THIS SHIP. I paid the extra for a special time and to get a suite and got nothing more than a min category balcony room on any other ship but yet paid for a suite...The Ship is in BAD need of repair. Don't waste your money on a suite....Balcony is SO SMALL you cannot sit in the chair and fit your legs between the chair and the rail. You have to turn your chair sideways to sit. We stacked ours to one side and at least 3 people could stand comfortably at the rail and look out. 4 could fit but BARELAY. The AC did not work properly and they checked it twice but said there was nothing they could do....We are paying for a suite and had to have an electric fan to keep from sweating in bed???? .... PLEASE ....If they paid $34 Mil to refurb this ship they forgot their change! Don't get me wrong I LOVE Carnival....I am a "Platinum" member working toward my "Milestone". but this ship was a real disappointment. I just sailed on the Fascination in July (which is a sister ship to the Fantasy) and the condition of the ship...the crew....the food...far surpass the Fantasy. We even had a crew member tell my daughter is law that she was lying about an issue that she was inquiring about. When I went and "called him out on it" he backed down and tried to be pleasant. However this same crew member handled me to purchase a certificate for a future cruise. This morning when we got up to leave the ship......You guessed it....NO CERTIFICATE.... The offer was only good while on the ship to get free on board credit with the purchase of this certificate. I guess he got the last laugh...Well...at least until I get Guest Services on the phone tomorrow. I have still not found out from my credit card company if he billed it but I should know that by tomorrow also. Anyway Like I said I love Carnival and I am not trying to "BASH" Carnival here. Just The Fantasy.....Do yourself a favor....If you live in Charleston (As I do) Drive to Jacksonville....You will be much happier. I plan on cruising again in February to take my grandson...You can bet I will make the drive to Jax or beyond..... Read Less
Sail Date September 2011

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