A little back ground on us. Experienced cruisers and was very loyal RCCL cruisers. We are Diamond +. Twelve cruises on Royal and six on other cruise lines.
We just got off Carnival Pride (5/25) and had a fantastic cruise. This was the first time we got Faster To The Fun (FFTF) and it was well worth it. We had priority boarding, luggage delivered fast, and a designated line at Guest Services. As usual, the boarding in Baltimore was so smooth. They sure know how to move a crowd along.
We were in an Extended Balcony Cabin and our luggage was delivered within the hour. Cabin had more than enough storage, even for me. DH felt the bed and was very happy with the mattress.
After unpacking we explored the ship. This is my third time on Pride and DH’s second. The décor does leave a lot to be desired, too many nudes and very dark. Really looking forward to Pride after refurbishing.
Lunch in the Mermaid Grill was nice. Love the way Carnival has stations spread out through the Grill. Helps cut down on lines. Food was very varied and displayed attractively.
Normandy Restaurant was pleasant. We were in a room (Captains Club) off the main dining room. We had a separate door so we didn’t have to stand in the long lines to get in. We had a table for eight. Long table, not a round one, and ended up the two couples sitting across from each other tended to talk within themselves. Round tables work better for talking to more people. The service was ok but dinner lasted about two hours each night and we were usually one of the last tables to leave. I think our waiters had a lot of tables and were very far from the kitchen.
“Serenity” is an area reserved for 21 and older. Very peaceful but very crowded. People start leaving towels and other possessions on the chairs and lounges extremely early. One day we got there around 6:30am and there was only one chair available.
Shops On Board were very typical of those on other ships. Did find some nice bargins.
Pixels – the Photo Gallery. Something has to change in regards to trying to find your pictures. On another ship there was computer look up and that was great.
Since we had FFTF and were carrying our baggage, we were first off the ship at 8:45am.
Looking forward to cruising on the new and improved Pride.
Half Moon Cay is utterly fantastic. Heaven on earth. Soft sand, really great beach. We rented a Cabana just for the two of us. Nicely furnished with two loungers and table and four chairs. Also, a shower to rinse the sand off. Sodas and waters along with a cooler with ice were delivered. A tray of fruit and a tray of vegetables with dipping sauces were also provided. A large bag of Chips with several containers of dips. A BBQ lunch was served. They served a lot of people but had several places to get your food so it was really crowded.