Carnival Pride Cruise Review by AnAppleInParadise: Pleasantly Surprised
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My (grown) daughter and I wanted to cruise - just the two of us.
We had been on Carnival Conquest before, during Spring Break (fun, but really busy, seemed overcrowded and a bit impersonal)
This was a change: beginning of summer, smaller ship. Not sure what to expect.
We were pleasantly surprised at the more relaxed atmosphere. We loved the Serenity area aft - very relaxing and laid back.
Embarkation was great. When we arrived on the ship, all the staff would acknowledge and greet us. I thought this was just going to be at the beginning of the cruise, but all of the staff was very aware throughout the entire cruise of making a connection with us. They were never too busy to make eye contact and greet us.
This was also the first time that I can say that the Muster Drill was actually interesting. One of the guys leading our group was very adept at making it a creative performance! We found out later that he was the guitarist/singer in the More band Music Society.
We discovered the Piano Bar at some point near the end of the cruise. Can't remember the name of the piano player but he was amazing - talented musician: at the piano and also singing. He was able to get the entire (full) bar to sing along with him. This ship and staff seemed to be able to engage all the guests in the activities. All of the guests seemed to enjoy themselves.
We also discovered early on the four piece band Music Society. Again, extremely talented.
There was also Jerry, who played guitar and sang in the lobby for many nights. We learned that this was his last stint on this cruise. So, so talented. He could sing and imitate voices like any musician - could do country classics to Motown. Amazing. Very personable.
Overall, excellent. Love the Pride! Less
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Port and Shore Excursions
If you are there for just a few hours, there are some shops there to browse around. Otherwise, you may want to get an excursion.
It was raining when we were there, went shopping, then back on ship.
Beach is kind of rocky.
Go to Margaritaville. Beautiful pool and Wave rider surf thing. Dancing.
Beautiful! Clear water - could see fish - there were 3-4 foot barracuda in the water with us! They didn't bother us - they were after some other fish that were in the water with us. Don't wear any jewelry - they may mistake it for another fish.
Enough to do there on the beach and area so we didn't get an excursion.
NO SHADE on the beach! A few trees here and there. We tried to get a 'clamshell', but they were all gone. We found a small area by a tree to sit in the shade. Actually the people who had clamshells/in the sun looked like they were sweltering in them with no air circulation.
Full humongous unlimited buffet/barbecue - wow factor. Owned by Carnival. Carnival staff were working hard!
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