Carnival Pride Cruise Review by SEFnSPF: Carnival Pride is Worth the Price of Admission
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Carnival Pride is Worth the Price of Admission
This was by far the best vacation experience my sweetheart and I have had! We left the snow of the Northeast on a Sunday afternoon and never looked back. First of all, be sure to get the "Faster to the Fun" for $49.99. The cost covers the entire traveling party and it is better than a FastPass at Disney. The Pride was a magnificent vessel. The customer service was lights out from the moment we stepped into the terminal until we got off.
Our cabin was fantastic and we will never sail again without a balcony. The views are breathtaking and it allowed for some very relaxing moments. The ship had many activities and our photo even ended up on the Wall of Fame from the first elegant night dinner. The steakhouse was well-worth the $35 per person. We are big Ruth's Chris fans, among other nice steakhouses and this one ranks in the top 5. The waitstaff was very attentive and they don't start your next course until you are almost done with the previous one. Everything was tasty and More hot off the grill.
Our ports of call were Port Canaveral, Nassau and Freeport. I would suggest renting a car in Port Canaveral and making the 1-hour drive to Orlando yourself. We paid 50 bucks for our rental and had a great time. I personally wouldn't pay the almost 200 bucks for the theme park excursion. Freeport is way nicer than Nassau and the locals are less aggressive in the market. We had a blast, enjoyed many tours and drinks and our final bill was about $700.00 including pictures.
Be sure to pack a power strip because outlets are very limited and don't forget bottled water and a 12-pack of Coke or juice. The only free drinks were water and diabetes-inducing lemonade :)...
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Cabin review: Carnival Pride Balcony Empress 6277
Great room with a stunning view. If you are thinking about a jr suite, save your money because this is more than enough room for two people and we packed a ton of stuff. Don't forget a power strip because plugs are not readily available. Also, bring a case of water or a 12-pack of Coke. This room was very spacious and has two closets that are a little bit smaller than what you would find in the average bedroom. Bring a pack of hangers though. This cabin is also on the perfect deck and is 15 steps away from the elevator. It is also located on the end of the boat with all of the restaurants!