My husband and I have cruised before with three very popular cruise lines. We enjoyed every single cruise. We either flew to our ship of choice, or took our cruise from New York City. This was our first cruise from Baltimore Maryland and our first Carnival cruise ever!
What made this cruise the BEST was the staff. The people were good and bad, mostly GREAT :-) The only problem we had was on our last night when the couple who sat at the table next to ours decided that dinner time was a 'NO talk silent time'. And so they wanted us to observe this as well... no way! We were on our anniversary vacation, and we were enjoying one another and some good conversation as well :-) I am sorry if they chose to ignore each other throughout their entire meal. LOL
The waiters on this ship are wonderful. One waiter who took care of us quite a few times on our open dining choice was Phillips. He was on the second floor of the Normandie dining room. He was extremely fun and a not to forget an excellent waiter!
Philippe the ship's Director was wonderful. A charming man with a great sense of humor and an equally great assistant Amy :-) They made our cruise a lot of fun and made us feel very welcomed and at home.
The ship is very tastefully done in nude art. Yep that's right...nude art. But tastefully done and in dark tones. Very dramatic and very elegant. I did not see one kid take notice. It was just that well done :-)
The swimming pools are the noisy areas. We didn't spend a lot of time there at all. It was fun to watch for a while and then there were many places to go for relaxation and fun.
The Lido deck is where the Lido restaurants are... very good food. Lots of choices and many buffets. The pizza place is open on the Lido deck as well, and almost never closed. So plan on pizza for those hungry late night snacks :-)
The stores on the ship are GREAT! FANTASTIC prices. I got tons of gifts on one of the days when they run super sales...so watch for them!!
Butterflies Lounge is where the new comedy club is... FUNNY!!!! Go see the late show for dirty laughs. LOL
The Taj Mahal is the night club. Very good costumes and lighting. I enjoyed it very much.
Bingo is pricey but fun to play. The Casino is hard to win in, but again it's fun if you limit yourself and know when to stop. My husband did not have an active boarding pass associated with our bank for this reason. LOL Mom knows best. We did want to return home with our shirts on.
Our stateroom was the best we EVER had. We had a balcony. Finally we could not only see everything, but the guard rail is plexi-glass so that it seemed we missed nothing at all when we looked out or sat out on it. Fantastic for watching the ship approach Nassau. We could see Atlantis coming closer and closer. I was so excited!
MUST SEE ATLANTIS!!!!! See my port of call review below...
Freeport was a slight disappointment because the Pride doesn't stay there long at all. We had to be back on the ship by 1PM. That's pretty tight. See below in port review.
The lobbys on the ship are beautiful. The lighting is unique and attractive. There are many bars, clubs, pools, places to eat, places to just sit and stare at the ocean, or places to sun bathe. It was a great cruise and I loved it. We're going back next year and hope to get the same cabin :-)