Let me start by saying that this was our third time on the Pride & she is still our favorite ship. However, on this trip we did notice a few things that we hadn’t on previous sailings. Although some of these things were a pain, we still enjoyed our cruise & will be sad to see the Pride leave Baltimore.
Embarkation was delayed because the ship arrived late into port. We did not start boarding until 2 pm. We had the Faster to the Fun program & they put us in a separate area to wait for boarding. This room was not heated and we were freezing for hours. In Carnival’s defense, they did email to say the ship would be delayed and not to arrive until later. We didn’t think later would mean 2 pm though. We were one of the first ones on the ship and were able to grab a quick lunch in the Lido before heading to the cabin to drop off our carry-ons. It was nice to be able to get right into our cabins & also having our bags delivered almost immediately. We were unpacked and ready to roll in no time.
24 hour pizza is not truly 24 hours as the Pizza Pirate is used for the omelet station as well. It did not become the pizza station until 11:30 or later & I heard over and over from people who went to get pizza at 11:00 or so that it wasn’t opened. The pizza was fantastic though & we had our share throughout the cruise. One point about the pizza line is that there was never any pizza premade. They made it as you ordered it which is fine for freshness, but not so great for timeliness. They would then give you the entire pizza whether you wanted it or not. They need to work on this system because it caused major delays during peak times!
Many of the lido buffet stations were closed at peak times. I understand the need for time to switch over from say breakfast to lunch or lunch to dinner, but many times the only thing open was the deli, pizza station or outside grill and the lines for each were crazy long!
The outdoor grill area made burgers as people ordered which caused major back-ups at lunch time – if you don’t want a burger and try to bypass people waiting in the burger part of the line to get fries & nuggets or a hotdog you get accused of cutting line. (They should either make several burgers at a time during peak times or have a separate line)
Food in the lido was hit or miss, but mostly miss = buffet food cold & many times tasteless. Asian station was good, the deli was excellent!
Main dining room was for the first time disappointing to me. Lasagna tasted like cardboard.
We ate at David’s, the Pride’s pay steakhouse, twice as it was just that good! Wonderful upscale service & the food was incredible!
Sea day brunch was very good = steak & eggs, mac & cheese with bacon were both great!
Room Service breakfast was a nice way to start the day. Only continental style though, no hot foods.
We found that we were bored during sea days and napped more on this cruise than ever. I read a book and a half during the week.
We did not go to any of the musical shows. We did see a couple of the comedians and they were pretty funny.
They have a DJ that plays music on the deck during the day, but it’s just not the same as having the calypso bands that they used to have. There were also 2 guitar players/singers that traded off between the casino & the lobby bar. They were both ok. There was a band that played in Starry Nights & they were ok as well.
We got to use the serenity pool once & it was very warm & relaxing. The Serenity area is very nice and has its own little bar back there. We ate our lunch out there a couple of times as it was less crowded than the Lido. We also used the indoor hot tub by the gym and it was also very nice.
Roger in the Piano bar is extremely entertaining and we spent a couple of evenings singing along with him! It was always pretty crowded in there as he had quite the following!
Star employees =
Surjeet, Luis & Jeraldyn in the Lobby bar. Felt like we were friends by the end of the week as they always greeted us by name and with a smile. They truly made our trip great. So friendly and helpful!
Eugene at the casino bar, Dante in the sports bar, Ramil from the lobby bar & deck bar, Jurgen from the Serenity bar & Melia & Svetlana from many bars were also so friendly
As this was the fourth time with this exact same itinerary, we did not do any excursions.
In Port Canaveral we caught a cab to the nearby canal restaurants. We had lunch and a beer at Fishlips & it was good. I had the crab legs & the hubby had the Grouper sandwich. We then walked over to Grills and sat outside at their tiki bar and had a few more beers and watched the boat traffic in the canal. Wonderful day with wonderful weather! There was a fish market in between the two & we watched as the fishermen came in with their catches and that was fun too.
In Nassau we caught a cab to the fish fry. We ate at Twin Brothers, as recommended by our cab driver, & had conch salad, conch fritters and beans & rice and it was all good, (my husband didn’t care for the conch salad, but I liked it). We then walked the beach back toward the ship. We stopped into Fat Tuesday’s & had a couple of frozen drinks before walking back to the ship.
In Freeport we stayed on the ship and napped and read. Arriving into port at 7:30 am & departing at 1:30pm doesn’t really seem worth it to me & would rather skip this port all together, but that’s just me.
We were late arriving into port. As we had faster to the fun, we were given zone 1 luggage tags & were told to meet in the night club until our zone was called. We waited a while, but we were still one of the first ones off the ship. Would definitely use faster to the fun again.
All in all it was a wonderfully relaxing trip.