This is only my second cruise, but it was way worse than my first one. My first cruise was on Royal carribian and I may refer to them from time to time bacause they are the only comparison I have to this floating money pit. The Carnival Pride is a small ship, but it has more than 2,000 people crammed on it, and you will wait in huge lines for every meal unless you wake up at 6:30 and get to the buffet before anyone else (which we did a few time just so we could eat in peace). Everywhere you go there are tons of people. The RC cruise seemed to be a lot more relaxed and not nearly as crowded.
The Pride also shuts down the buffets at anything other than peak hours so you will be stuck eating cheeseburgers or pizza a lot.
They also try to milk every dime you have while on board. they do not do anyhting simply to entertain. they are tying to get you to buy siomething.
I still had a pretty good vacation, but I will never ride carnival again. The staff seemed to care less if we were happy and sometimes even seemed to be offended that there were people on their ship.