This was my husband and I's first cruise, we booked it as our honeymoon and another couple, our close friends, also joined us. The Carnival Pride was absolutely amazing! Debarking from Baltimore wasn't bad at all, the wait seemed like forever to get past security (but then again, we were minutes away from vacation, of course it seemed like forever). Once we past through security & got our sail and swipe card, we were free to board the ship.
Debarking & Stateroom:
Our first stop, our room. We upgraded to a private balcony room (Room 8250) and right away, we knew it was perfect!! The room was a nice size for the two of us, a comfy king size bed, a couch, table & a small flat screen tv. We didn't realize at first, but soon discovered the room has a mini fridge! Our bags were outside of our door in no time for us to start unpacking & making ourselves at home for the week. We had to do the mandatory evacuation plan once all passengers were on board. A few people already had drinks in them, so it was quite entertaining. As the ship was getting ready to set sail, my husband and I sat right on our balcony enjoying the view in private.
We had early dining at Normandie, which we weren't too impressed with. Our waiter must of have been new, because he did a terrible job at making sure our drinks were filled, or that we even mattered. We didn't want our first dining experience on our first night let that put a damper on our honeymoon. We started exploring the ship, to discover that just a deck above where our room is, was the Mermaid Grill, which was buffet heaven!! There were several different buffets ranging from salad, to pizza, to sandwiches, to sweets! Anything you can think of! We ate there quite a bit, for breakfast & dinner. The food was always hot and tasty!! The nice thing with our room being just a deck below, if we didn't feel like eating in the dining room, we got a tray, loaded it up with food and took it back to our room. The lido deck was another grill wth hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken tenders.. We usually ate there for lunch while they had shows and entertainment going on.
We also took advantage of the 24/7 complimentary room service, it surely came in handy on the nights we consumed one too many drinks! Or if we were just too lazy to get up in the morning. For being on vacation, it was nice to eat out on our balcony in the comfort of a bathrobe!
Every night we would receive an itinerary of the next day of all the activities going on throughout the ship. The Taj Mahal was a popular spot, we attended the "Love and Marriage" show which was VERY entertaining. We laughed so much, I would highly recommend checking it out. There was also a comedy club on board, we were lucky to check out a show! There was a nice, big casino on board, full of slot machines, card tables and a nice sports bar off to the side. They had some pool tables too! It was pretty nice, the 'happenin' spot. A deck above was a gift shop & a jewelry store across the way, both very nice. We waited to purchase souvenirs until the last day at sea, everything was discounted!!
My husband and I decided to join the Cheers Program, for a worry free mind set and the price of the alcohol per glass, we decided the pay one flat rate to have unlimited alcohol and soda. It was a little pricey, $42 a day per person, but again, for a worry free mind set it was worth it. I enjoy wine, and a glass of wine was $7.50 plus a 15% gratuity added on to EVERY drink you buy, again, totally worth it! At least for our age group, my husband and I are in our mid 20s, and it was our honeymoon, we didn't want to worry and we wanted to have a GREAT time!
There was also mini golf, which was awesome and something we really enjoyed. We were on top of the ship, playing mini golf and amazed with the view. Next to mini golf, there was a basketball court & a running/walking track.
Serenty was a nice bar, for 21+, which was a nice break! It was very quiet, at the end of the ship. There was a pool and whirlpool and plenty of seating/lounging areas.