Planned vacation thru Carnival. Our PVP was fantastic customer service,,we already are booking another cruise with her,,cant thank her enough. OK, we arrived early, 9:30am and early processed thru the Queen Mary. Easy stuff,,after you drop luggage off, walk straight onto the Queen Mary, they have staff there to show you the way. We sat around until about noon,,where they lined up everyone and walked us thru the giant bubble building. Very easy process,, in line you will be able to speak to your fellow passengers. I think we we're on board and on the Lido Deck eating at around 12:40. Lido Deck (9) very large array of food, you will always have plenty of food around to eat. My wife and I lived in Italy for 5 years so the decor of the Pride, to us, was magnificent. You will find the ship filled with European Art, statues, painting and carvings,,it really is a beautiful ship,,all the paintings have little blurbs next to them stating when it was made and where,,,most around the 15th 16th centuries,,very impressive. We had a balcony room on the Upper deck (5),,we cannot have another room ever,,the balcony is where its at,,now were spoiled. Our stewards always had the room cleaned and done up twice a day and knew us by name by the first day.
The dinners and food were great, our waiters Josito and Rando were always making sure we had everything all the time...And the reviews and posts are correct,,the chocolate melting cake is off the hook!!! I demanded them to show me how to make it, they laughed and gave me another piece. The ship is very easy to get around in. We had 8 people ranging from 60 yrs old to 16 years old. We were always able to find each other. The days at sea are very relaxing. My wife did the spa thing and was very impressed. I was lucky enough to have experienced acupuncture on the Pride,,the gentleman from Romania was fantastic. I also got to have a little time with the golf pro Adam,,,again 5 star here. Adam is very relaxing and truly is a professional.
Our kids are 19 and 16 so we didn't experience the younger kids activities. As a matter of fact, we didn't see many of the kids, I thought there wasn't a lot but the crew explained that there were over 300 kids under the ages of 12.
If you have a balcony, you must wake up as the sun comes up everyday,,absolutely the best part of the cruise..my wife and I watched great sunrises and also got pictures of dolphins and whales.
as we pulled into PV, they way the ships are docked is impressive in itself,,We got off the ship, walked to shops for a few minutes then agreed with a taxi driver of 20 dollars a person for a 4 hour tour of PV,,best thing we could've done,,the taxi was a big Ford Econoline A/C van. He Drove us up in the mountains and we ate at a very authentic restaurant near the jungle,,,gorgeous. The next day in Mazatlan we met up with Randi from Randi's Happy Horses,,this was fantastic. The ride to the horses was an excursion in itself. We piled into the back of a truck for a 10 minute ride to a small boat launch,,got onto a water taxi which drives us to Stone Island (you get a real nice look at how big the Pride is on this venue.) After the water taxi, it's back in the back of a truck,,we laughed the whole way,,,we finally made it to the horses,,you will be chosen for the horse thats right for you based on riding experience,,I was lucky enough to pull "Diablo", which then they started laughing and said his name was really "Blanco",,I was relieved. Fantastic rides along the beach,,Victors lunch was fantastic!!
Our third stop was Cabo..The tender thing off the ship, I was a little nervous. The waves were really rocking the boats but all in all a 10 minute ride to the dock,,no biggie. We got off and immediately was hit by all the vendors,,Not a real biggie, Being polite was how we got thru,,No thank you,, got a lot better response then, NO or GET AWAY,,I didn't understand this from people. Anyhow,,if your looking for silver get it in PV or Mazatlan..The same bracelet I got in PV was 200 US in Cabo and was machined in Italy not made in Mexico. We walked around Cabo,,saw Sammy bar Cabo Wabo,,a must see,,then we got bored. We were walking back to the pier when we were approached for a water taxi to the beach..8 US each back and forth..we agreed and left for the beach,,the water taxi's are not the safest but we made it...Now, as we got off on the beach,, we walked down to an open beach bar/club called Mango Deck,,i did not want to leave,,I could've cared less if the ship sailed,,,We had a fantastic time,,My youngest and I jet skied for an hour,,the guys are mostly from Northern California, so it felt like home,,the drinks were very plentiful and reasonable,,,you will not have a bad time here,,if it wasn't for my wife saying we needed to leave,,we'd still be there. back on the ship at #pm and sailing at 4pm,,,another fun day and then back to the grind by Sunday afternoon...
Absolutely the greatest vacation we ever had,,,thank you Carnival and the Crew of the Pride for helping us relax and enjoy ourselves during this hard time in our economy,,Too bad the Pride is leaving,,,,we will miss you!!!!!