Carnival Pride Cruise Review by bigdog1958: Great Cruise on the Carnival Pride
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Great Cruise on the Carnival Pride
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Below is my best attempt at a little review of our cruise on the Carnival Pride. Sorry in advance for mistakes or typos.
June 15 -22nd 2014
7 Day Cruise Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Freeport
10 People in our Group
2 First time on Carnival
Arrived at Baltimore Port at 10:45am and the Parking opened up at about 11:10am. Dropped our Bags off and parked our cars. Went through security and was sitting in the waiting areas by 11:35am.
Boarding began at 12:20pm and 4 Platinum people were on about 15min before us and waited at the Atrium Bar. Some of us bought the cheers program, then went upstairs and sat near the pool and had something to eat and had a few drinks.
We went down to our cabins about 3:30 to unpack and get ready for the Muster Drill. The Muster drill was at approx. 4 to 4:30pm. Then we headed up to the serenity bar for cocktails and to watch us sail away.
8 of our Group More sat together at the early seating for dinner. My wife and I did your time dining.
The 8 at the early dinner did not care much for their wait staff. At different times there food was either on the cool side or they were being served their second course while they were still eating their first. Everyone thought their food was good overall, but at times because of the wait staff, the food was not as hot as it should have been. My wife and I ate 6 nights in the MDR and had 4 different wait staffs as we sat in different areas each night. We were very happy with all of the staff that served us each night.
We all experienced the sea day brunch at least once (some a couple of times) and other days we ate on the lido deck for breakfast. For Lunch we tried quite a few items, including the sandwiches available at
Serenity Bar, The Pizza and the deli. A few of us also had room service later in the night and had BLT Sandwiches which were good and loaded with bacon. They told us it would take about 30min, but our experience was more like 15min.
Overall the food was very good most of the time and all of us were happy with the selection and quality of the food we had.
For activities, some of our group participated in a lot of Trivia games; a couple of them even were part of the winning team trivia event that happened over the course of the week on the ship. Some did bingo and others mostly hung out at the serenity area. We also did a little gambling along the way as well.
A few of us went to a couple of the production shows and also watched a couple of the comedy shows.
We went to the Piano Bar a couple of nights for a while and listened to Roger.
Almost every night we went to the Starry Lounge and listened to the band Hi Lux. They are pretty good and we enjoyed the music each night. On the last night, the show band did a set of Motown songs in the lounge and they were very good.
We also listened to the individual singers in the casino and Atrium Bars at different times. They were decent. One of them Tony Ray? ( I think) this was his last cruise with Carnival.
At our first port, Grand Turk we went the Beach and swam in the Ocean for 45min, then went to the pool at Margaretiville. One thing about the swimming area in the Ocean at Grand Turk, it is filled with rocks and kind of hard of the feet. The water is nice and clear and good for floating around but it was hard to walk with all the rocks.
At Margaretville there was an incident in another section of the pool where I believe a person was drowning and they pulled her out and performed CPR on her for a good 20min. After a time they brought a defibulator out and used that also. Someone that was over that way said they thought they finally got a weak pulse, but when they were taking her away on a stretcher it looked like from a distance that they were still doing CPR. None of us heard how she made out, so not sure of the outcome, but everyone around the pool area was stunned and saddened by this event.
Our next port Half Moon Cay, our group rented the Private Oasis. This was absolutely fantastic.
All 10 of us thought this was the best thing we have done on a cruise. It’s not cheap, at 1495.00 but for 10 of us it was the best 150.00 per person we could spend.
This is a private area where we had our own Bartender (with open bar), our own cook who made Hamburgers, Hotdogs, BBQ Chicken and Fish for us. They also had salads, chips and Salsa and deserts for us. They also had a butler for us who kind of did whatever was needed for us. They also supplied a life guard for us.
This private Oasis was just that, with a big bar, dining area, Men’s and Ladies restrooms. It also had sun loungers and sofas. There was a huge 8 person hot tub, steps going into the ocean and a slide going into the Ocean. They also provided Mats and snorkel gear for us to use in the Ocean and Beach towels. They also had a boom box where we plugged in an MP3 player and played our own music all day.
At Freeport, all of us just walked around doing a little shopping for an hour or two and that was about it.
Overall, our group had a fantastic cruise and we even lucked out on the weather as it was great every day. No rain at all on any day of the 7. I think it may have rained one night late, but it was well after all of us were sleeping. Less
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