St. George's, Bermuda

Pat Bernard
we, my husband, another couple and I, cruised to Bermuda on the Carnival Pride on a 7 day trip out of the New York City Port on August 23, 2003. It was my 4th time on Carnival and the last time I went to Bermuda I was on the “Love Boat” of the series fame. That older and smaller ship allowed us to dock at the three ports: St. Georges, Hamilton and the Royal Naval Dockyard. We bought a three-day transportation pass that allowed as much use as needed of the bus and ferry system because we had to stay at the Royal Naval Dockyard for the four days in port. The Dockyard location is a bit taxing on those who can’t walk long distances. Everyday it was a 10-minute walk to get to the ferry. In our foursome we had one person with a hip replacement who struggled a bit. Everything was as expected in service, food, and entertainment and island excursions. Best picks: Lobster and escargot. I like to read cruise reviews before I go and one review said the casino was awesome in size. Well, I didn’t find that to be true but it was awesome enough because I won about $2,500 in two separate poker machine hits. There wasn’t even enough time to lose it all and I came home with several nice souvenirs and I made a hefty deposit on my return! One fellow told us how his wife wound up in the hospital ten minutes after renting motor scooters. The cruise line warns visitors to the island to avoid renting the scooters. She was there for the duration of the trip and I believe he had to go home without her as she had seven pins put in her ankle during an operation. Also a another cruise ship was late to arrive at St. Georges because it had to return to US waters so that a boy with appendicitis could be returned with the help of the Coast Guard. The boy and a parent went to Atlantic City for treatment and our family members were concerned that it might have been us before the details were fully revealed. As much as I was in awe of the ship and its engineering, I was not thrilled with the ship’s décor. I almost missed the impressive large Roman statue of David in the Renaissance atrium. (I think it was David) To me it had some elegant furnishings like Italian wood inlay parquetry tables, but it wasn’t pulled together well. The various elements in the décor didn’t fit. There were a multitude of panels of wall-paper quality reproductions of Renaissance paintings including several nudes which didn’t bother me. The worst was the pink and white rope trim that didn’t seem to relate to anything else in the scheme. I thought the decorating to be acceptable but maybe some of the tacky elements could have been eliminated and more eye-popping features could have been brought down to eye-level. They had 3 dimensional metallic figures on the ceilings, which I didn’t think matched the theme either. Ever thought of becoming a part time or home based travel agent? Follow this link to see some of the books Tom Ogg has authored. Home Based Travel Agent            

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