Carnival Cruise Line is known as the Fun Ships and they definitely are fun! This was my 7th Carnival Cruise and 9th overall cruise.
We boarded the Carnival Magic in Manhattan New York. The boarding process was pretty easy and very organized. The only problem with Manhattan Terminal is that they do not let you wait anywhere, so you have to arrive on time and depart quickly.
For those of you that have not cruised before, let me explain the process briefly. You check in prior to the cruise and get a time to check in at the terminal. You are given a 30 minute window and should you miss it, it’s ok but you may have a longer wait. There are porters at the terminal to take your checked luggage. Don’t forget to tip them or your luggage may get misplaced or lost. For 2022 the average tip is $1 a bag but I feel it should be about $2 a bag. You then proceed to into the terminal and get in line to check in. Remember to have your passport, boarding pass, Covid 19 test results and any additional paperwork you may need depending on your port if call. Bermuda requires a waiver that has to be paid ($40) for prior to your cruise along with a negative Covid 19 test within 2 days of the cruise. Carnival also requires all guests to be vaccinated and a Covid test within 3 days of cruising. During check in, they take your photo, check your documents and then you move on to security to get your bags checked as well as yourself. From there, when your section is called you board the ship! Rooms are not ready till around 1:30pm but you can go to your room and drop your carry on luggage off. Head up to the Lido deck and grab some lunch.
Cabin was nice but very dusty. Balcony was enjoyable! We were 3 to this cabin and it worked out perfectly! Bent took very good care of us!
Bermuda is absolutely beautiful! My first trip here I was only here for a day and went to Horseshoe Bay Beach. This time I was here for 2 full nights!
The first day I did the full island tour which was amazing! Our Tour guide was Samuel and he was the best! A Bermuda native that gave us so much information while we toured the island. Educational and loaded with tips to save you money and ways to go around the island on your own.
We toured, Hamilton, St George’s, the beaches, bridges, Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, where you were given time to climb the lighthouse, and more. It was one of the best tours I have ever been on! I highly recommend it. $85 through shipmate and completely worth it! 5+ hours long!
At night we did the Glassbottom boat coral reef and ship wreck tour which I purchased through Carnival and it was horrible. The coral reef is very blah looking and the shipwreck was a joke. It’s a piece about the size of your pinky finger from tip to knuckle sticking out of the water and you only see it because the water is splashing up it. Nothing else is seen in the water. The water was so murky due to the recent Fiona storm that hit and the excursion really should have been cancelled. Totally not worth the $80 that it cost! It was 90 minutes and included a Rum Swizzle that we couldn’t taste much alcohol in at all.
Very expensive country but so beautiful. The pink sands are so soft. The water is gorgeous! The coral reef, rather blah!