Cruising 4 Fun: Carnival Pride Cruise Review by u2378
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Cruising 4 Fun
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Second port day was Half Moon Cay and we had the wonderful opportunity of renting a Cabana. I had read countless times about these on this site and as soon as I got on the ship went immediately to the shore excursion desk as you can't rent one online before leaving. I was thrilled to learn we had gotten one, #13 it was terracotta colored, can't say enough about the cabana's. Well worth the money (225.00) especially when traveling with small children. The beach is very hot, I mean HOT! The cabana not only provided a shaded area, but came with enough snorkel equipment, rafts, chips and salsa, fruit, veggies, soda and water for four people, as well as a ceiling fan, air conditioner, oscillating misting fan, shower to rinse off in and towells. If you have more than four people I believe there is a an added fee. There is a nice table for four as well as cushioned loungers. I could read my book all the while watching the kids play in the sand. People walk around selling drinks from the ship, and you do have to hike back to the food area for lunch. I did this all the while not wearing my sandals, which was stupid on my part and I burned my feet. HMC was one of the most beautiful islands I've ever been on, the sand is like flour, not rocky at all, and the water is see through clear, enjoyed the day with the family and was probably one of the best days of vacation!
In Nassau we decided to do the tour of Atlantis, I had been there once before but the family and hubby had not. I figured since it's so expensive to stay there, this is the only way they'd ever get to experience it. My three year old was free but the rest of us cost 155.00 a person!!!! Even though lunch and the ride to and from the ship were included, I still don't think we actually got our money's worth. I have heard of another lady actually booking a room overnight even though they would not use it because it cost much less than paying for a tour X four people. Now that lady's smart. I had forgotten how large the resort actually is and we spent lots of time walking around trying to find things rather than actually using the water slides and having fun. Looking back, not sure this was the way to go, but the kids had a blast.
Last port was Freeport. Lots to do about nothing actually, we chose to catch up on our sleep this day and just browse shops at the Lucaya Marketplace. For the four of us we ended up paying $30 round trip from the pier. Very easy to do, but the things they should at the straw market were also being sold just off the pier, so we basically wasted $30 and an hour of time getting there and back. No big deal, decided to go back to the ship, play mini golf and take a nap.
All in all the ports were fun, and the beaches amazing. I think vacation is what you make it, and I had done lots of research that suggested this would be a good trip for our family. Carnival seems to be for the fun loving, family orientated crowd. There were adult things to do as well as an adults only pool, but at the same time I think they do cater to younger families with children. This is one reason we love cruising with them, the food has always been good and plentiful, and the atmosphere relaxed and lay-ed back. My husband seems to think service on all cruises in general isn't what it had been in the past but it was adequate as far as I was concerned. If you're looking for elegant surroundings with no children underfoot this was one cruise not for you, but we had a blast and would do it all over again in a heartbeat! Less
Cabin review: 8A8185 Balcony
Nice cabin, centered right in the middle of the ship, one level up was the Lido deck which was home for the buffet and pools. Real close to the elevators. Lots of storage space and very clean. The balcony was alright, but you could only look out straight ahead or to your left due to the right side of the ship jutting out just after our cabin.Read All Balcony (8A) Reviews >>
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