Carnival Pride Cruise Review by dredly: Pride on the Pride
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Pride on the Pride
This was our 6th Carnival Cruise, 3rd on the pride.
Embarkation was smooth and efficient this time which was not always the case in the past. Cabins were ready by 1330 which was again better than in the past.
The ship is starting to seem aged. Rusty areas on the balcony. Chips and scrapes on the walls.We booked this last minute and the aft facing balcony rooms were all that were available. I'm not sure why these rooms are the last to book up. Is it that you feel more of the engine vibrations. Sometimes you get some diesel exhaust from the smoke stack when the ship is sailing slow such as on the 2nd and 3rd night. The balconys are mpre open than the standard balcony which made it great to see meteors during the Perseid meteor shower (saw over 100 meteors during the week) but you have to get up in the middle of the night to see them.
Also I noticed that I could catch a wiff of the garbage while on the balcony by the end of the cruise which is stored below. More
Food is pretty standard- acceptable. Nephew has peanut allergy and head waiter was very attentive.
Had one bad omlette- undercooked. Couldn't stand the sight of bacon, sausage and eggs by the end of the cruise.
Shows were reasonable. Some we've seen before but entertaining nonetheless and we appreciate the efforts put on by the singers and dancers. Its still nice to have a live band but it seems to have been cut back and even eliminated on some other ships if I'm not mistaken.
Cabin steward was the one of the best we've had. Always aware of when we left so he could make up the cabin while we were gone. Gave him an extra tip.
The gym on the Pride is too hot, air circulation is poor particularly for sailing into the Caribbean. Whirlpool in the spa was not available until the 2nd last day of the cruise :(.
My 6 year old daughter who used to like camp Carnival wouldn't go this time caus she was bored. She'd done it all before! So maybe they need to vary their programs some. Although I'm sure standardization across the whole fleet is how they keep their prices down.
Debarkation was smooth and getting through Immigration was quick again much better than on occasion in the past. Less
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Port and Shore Excursions
Really an industrial port with a few tourist shops and not much else except watch and see how a port works with cranes busily loading up container ships. . You really need to get a cab to go into town or book a ship excursion to do anything meaningful.
We took the water taxi across to PAridise Island and then walked to beautiful beach. The diesel fumes from the boat was terrible while we were waiting for the boat to fill. Just $6 a person. We didn't book return on this. Just got a cab from beach back to the ship also for $6 per person.
Pontoon River Cruise
This cruise is just in the lagoon in Cocoa Beach. We were pleasantly surprised at the abundance of wildlife so close to this urban area,. We saw lots of manatee's and even dolphins and lot's pf birds.
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