First time cruise. Carnival Pride was perfect!
The Pride was Perfect! At the Port of Baltimore, that was probably the most aggravating part of the trip. The line was very long, and there is nowhere to sit. Once through the long line which is security and customs, it's off to the Carnival check-in line. This is where you give the credit card you booked with and setup your Sail and Sign account. Then you go sit in groups and when your group is called, you are on your way to the ship.
As soon as you step off of the gangway, you are thrust into paradise and greeted by servers with fruity drinks. If you take one, hand over your sail and sign card, because you just made your first purchase.
DAVIDS STEAKHOUSE is a must! ! ! It was the BEST food I ever ate, and the best service I have ever had, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever.
My only complaint is the fridge in the room, which was never cold. There was always ice in the bucket, which the cabin steward put in there, twice a day.
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Cabin review: Carnival Pride
Great balcony! Great closet space! Nice bathroom with lots of shelves. The bed was so nice and the sheets and pillows were very soft and plush! Nicest robes I have ever seen, and we actually purchased two of them for 98.00. The fridge in the room was never cold, so if you buy a bucket of beer and bring one back, it won't be cold. We never touched the mini-bar, because we are not stupid! The room service was not that good, but was very fast and everything was always there. I loved the area of my particular room, because it was close to the stairs and elevator.
Port and Shore Excursions
Like most, we took the (5.00) per person taxi fair to Our Lucaya Beach and Resort, directly off the boat at Freeport. At Freeport there are a few shopping places, but nothing much. Along the way to Lucaya on Grand Bahama Island (GBI) there are some things to do, but all were closed down and even the casino was shut down because of the local economy. So at Our Lucaya, there was a Treasure Bay Casino, which was sort of fun, lots of shopping and a straw market. There was also a free beach there, which looked really nice but we did not go onto it. Each corner has a local woman selling beads and bracelets but are kind to you if you aren't interested. They go after guys too though with shark tooth necklaces and t-shirts..but just say no. There is a Harley Davidson gift shop there, and tons of duty free stuff to buy.
Nassau was amazing. Don't be afraid of your taxi or van driver. They know what they are doing. The streets are very tight, and while getting in or out of a taxi, be warned to stay out of the road. We took a van with a bunch of people to Paradise Island, where the Atlantis resort is. Don't be scared that you won't be able to find a taxi, because the locals there who run them will be in your face asking where you need to go, and expect to be hoarded into groups and wait a few for your ride to get there. So depending on where you are heading on Paradise Island, there are drop offs. My van went to Atlantis, RIU and Cabbage Beach. Cabbage Beach is a free beach and is located down the shore from Atlantis, which you can see from the free area, which is large. As soon as you get off the van and pay (4.00 per person was our rate) the locals who run the beach chair rental and alcohol booths will be on you, really hard, until you buy or just totally ignore. They wanted 10.00 for 1 beach chair or 15.00 for 2. I offered 10.00 for the pair and they did not respond. So we just used our Carnival towels, which are nice. The beach is really amazing and not a gross place or threat in any way. I read some stories of deaths and beatings, but just stay where there are other people like we did and you will not feel funnny. No bathrooms and no lockers, so do watch your beach bag!
There is not much to do at Port Canaveral without going somewhere else. Treat this as your bus station/taxi pickup. Or if you booked excursions then you will be picked up right out front. Lots or winding halls, twists and turns, that are not clearly marked. Once we were out, we waited for the Enterprise shuttle. We rented a car from them, and we had made our reservation months prior. The plan was that if we had nice weather, we would go to Walt Disney World, which we did. Disney was easy to find and is about 1.10 hours away, which we spent about 6 hours at. 2.5 hours of driving was worth it, and Disney is magical!