Titanic Without The Iceberg: Carnival Pride Cruise Review by as2062
Overall Member Rating
Titanic Without The Iceberg
Improve: Not enough time at the beach/ports, had to pay extra to get around the islands, on-board spending can get pricey if you're not careful, WIFI is expensive, may be disappointed with shore excursions
The ship itself is designed like a palace - gorgeous architecture, fine detail, and stellar decor - think Titanic minus the iceberg and the sinking, as you will be sailing into the tropics. The ship staff members are courteous, kind, and attentive to your needs - they work very hard to ensure a fantastic experience for you! The ship was very clean at all times. The stateroom always had a freshly-made bed with chocolates on the pillow and a towel animal surprise! The quality of the food is spectacular - imagine dining at a five-star restaurant every evening, at no extra cost. An abundance of options and flexibility were some of the defining traits of this cruise. More Want to have a formal dinner? You've got it. Want a quick snack any time of day? Eat your heart out! The quality of the on-board entertainment was excellent - we found the comedy club and theater shows to be very tasteful. They hire some of the most talented people to entertain you! Lots of activities are available for you & your family. Unfortunately, we did not have enough time in port/at the beach, as we were rushed to the ship in fear of it departing (yes, it will leave without you, and you will get stuck in some tropical paradise without your baggage, at the mercy of the natives). You will also have to pay extra to get around the islands, so budget for transportation. The island natives are friendly, but may be a bit too pushy with their goods and services - you have to be firm in saying "no." Lastly, on-board spending can get pricey if you don't budget properly (internet/phone usage, the bar, and the casino can eat up a good thousand if you aren't careful)! All-around fantastic experience. Overall, I would highly recommend this cruise to anyone considering!
The Food: The food was divine. All-you-can-eat, all day long - the American dream. Lots of options to choose from: you can enjoy a restaurant meal in the formal dining room, or catch a quick bite to eat at the cafeteria. The (free) sushi bar and round-the-clock ice-cream were a nice touch! For the food connoisseurs, there is a paid steak-house on the top level (at $35/meal), which is said to be well worth it!
Stateroom: Clean (your bed is made every day), peaceful, gorgeous view of the ocean (especially at sunrise/sunset), comes with plenty of storage space, expect chocolates on your pillow and towel animals as an added bonus!
Ship Staff: The staff members are fantastic. Be prepared for royal treatment! Each staff member works very hard to ensure that you have an excellent experience - give them some proper recognition. They make the magic happen!
Entertainment: Excellent variety of options and flexibility. Comedy shows were very tasteful and entertaining. They choose some of the best entertainers to come out and show the cruisers a good time! The casino is full of fun and games if you're into that sort of thing - I felt like I was in Vegas! Lots of opportunities to win prizes, dance, and have fun.
Overall Rating: ***** Less