ABOARD CARNIVAL SUNRISE-After a Windy Trip From New York, We Have Found Smooth Waters as We Dock in Bermuda.


Last night we had dinner at Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse, one of the specialty restaurants that has an $38 per person upcharge. Steak lovers will find their nirvana on this menu for sure, which includes a wagyu. But since we don’t indulge red meat, we found our happy place with the Dover Sole. If you need a recommendation for a cocktail with dinner, try the Polaris. It’s like a French 75 with a splash of elderflower. For dessert, we shared a Chocolate Sphere, featuring molten chocolate poured on chocolate with a chocolate accent. It takes decadent to a whole new level.

It was elegant night, so we donned our fancy duds. Photographers all over the ship were doing a landslide business.

After dinner we wandered into the show going on at the Liquid Lounge, called “Soulbound.” Because of the windy conditions, the singers and dancers had to forego the normal show and just performed the songs, but that was all they needed to do, delivering a tour de force of R&B’s greatest hits. And deliver they did. There are some powerful voices in this troupe, and none more so than the female singer, Paige, who killed it all night.

Then we popped into Piano Bar 88 on Deck 5, where Scott the Piano Man was holding court at the ivories in front of a packed house. Everybody was having a great time singing along to requests from the audience. They kept buying Scott drinks to keep the vibe going. From “Friends in Low Places” to “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” it was one big karaoke party that would continue deep into the night or until Scott’s voice gave out, whichever came first.

The next morning, as the ship pulled into the Royal Navy Dockyard in Bermuda, the weather gods were smiling. Early morning rains had moved on and we had a sunny, beautiful day to explore the island.

As first-time visitors, we opted to take the “Best of Bermuda” excursion. There were about 20 of us on the tour, including a group from “Anthem of the Seas,” also in port that day. Our guide was Samuel, who proved a wealth of information about the island, its culture and history. We got to see the world’s smallest drawbridge, an historic lighthouse and made a stop for lunch at St. George’s parish.

Of course, the tour wouldn’t have neen complete without stopping at one of the island’s famous pink sand beaches, where for a hot minute we got to dip a toe in the water and marvel at just how magnificent the scenery is along the South Shore. We could have stayed longer but some members of the tour delayed us 20 minutes at lunch by not getting back on time. I’ll save that rant for later.

Back on board time was 3:30, and it was almost then when the bus got back. So we had to miss exploring the Navy Dockyard area. We’ll put that on the list for next time. Apparently everybody was waiting to the last minute to reboard: There were three long lines to get back on the ship. Credit to Carnival for distributing water and entertaining us with music during the wait.

How better to regroup and talk about our amazing day on Bermuda than going to the Alchemy Bar and order a libation. We opted for the “French Kiss,” a delightful combination of vanilla vodka, Chambord and sparkling wine, garnished with blackberries. Along with a nice selection of cheese and olives, compliments of our server, it made for our own private sailaway party.

Tonight is designated party night, with a “Mega Deck Party” planned poolside and the “Electric White Party” set for the Limelight Lounge. The seas outside are calmer, and we hope that holds for the return to New York.

In the meantime, “Party on!”

Story and photos courtesy of Gerry Barker. 

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