We've cruised Carnival 5 times in the past and was so disappointed with our last cruise that we did not cruise for 8 years. We are a couple of DINKs in our 40's and were looking for a much needed break from the weekly grind. This was our return to cruising because we really wanted to see Bermuda.
EMBARKATION: Overall smooth. The biggest issue was that once on board you had to use a kiosk to assign a credit card to your cruise card. Again, not a huge deal but there were not enough staff to man the kiosks and there were a bunch of octogenarians who didn't know how to use the technology (and didn't know how to figure it out). Many people stood in line at reception only to be told that they had to use the kiosk. Why reception couldn't do it for them I don't know. I stood by a kiosk and helped a bunch of people use the kiosk before my husband dragged me away. Embarkation grade: C
SHIP: The ship is beautiful. Truly beautiful. Very elegant and classy with understated tones. After cruising Carnival where is mostly looks like a rainbow threw up in the atrium this was a welcome change for us. I loved the decor. I heard others talk about how it was a bit, er, stuffy. The design of the ship left a bit to be desired as you find yourself at dead ends wondering where to turn. The Black and White Lounge was gorgeous but there simply was not enough seating. Every event was SRO and if you didn't have someone saving seats for your you were SOL. Ship grade: B
CABIN: Good. The bathroom design was good. I appreciated how the shower doors closed inwards to give you more room. The beds were ok, not great. The stewards were awesome, as usual. The AC could have been a little cooler. (HINT: The power only comes on if you have your cruise card in the slot upon entering the room. Howevere, if you want your electric to stay on when you are gone put some other card in the slot. We used our Costco card :) Overall no complaints. Grade: B+
We took the ferry into Hamilton ($5) and then hired a cab to tour the Island at $50/hour per car, not per person. There are cabs that have Authorized tour guide stickers on them that you'll want to hire if you do it this way. Once in port at King's Wharf, The frog and Onion pub is a great way to have a local drink and they provide free wifi.
Bombarded by locals offering tours etc from the moment you get off the boat.
did not take any tours or excursions.