Embarkation: arrived to the port according to Carnival's instructions of 2-3:30p, short line to pay for parking while in the car, after that, parked quickly. Estimated time from entrance of port terminal until on ship: 20 mins maybe, if that. Everything moved along smoothly and quickly!
Headed up to the Lido deck for late lunch, food was good and we sat with our group of 8, having a few drinks and sharing in the our excitement. Our group was a range of ages 17 thru 74.
After lunch we went to find our rooms which were ready and waiting for us along with our room steward Aurovill (sp). Friendly and accommodating all week. Seemed to come out of nowhere when mom was by herself and cheerfully opened the cabin door for her, she had her key but struggled with the heaviness.
Dinners in the main dining room were awesome and tasty. We had anytime dining and asked for a table for 8 every night...never had to wait, we dined around 6p. We prefer later but Mom likes earlier. Hubby and kids hit the Lido deck every night for late night burgers and pizza later on b/c they got hungry again. Not a big deal...they were happy with it.
Mermaid grill was good, you just have to know what to go after. I will say that breakfast got boring with the same things every day. As far as food goes, that is my only complaint. Other than that, you can always find something. Lunch in the main dining room was always a good option and much less chaotic! We varied from day to day, depending on our schedule of things we wanted to do.
Monday night we had 67mph winds and the ship was rocking and bumping. Mom got a bit seasick but a quick dose of Dramamine fixed her up. The rest of us were fine. Hubby and I like the rocking...feels like you're being rocked to sleep...yes, we are weird. I'm glad we don't get sick.
On the ship: Davids Steakhouse...delicious! Shows in Taj Mahal, very entertaining! (for those who complain, you should try dancing on a rocking ship!) Comedy shows were fun and our whole family enjoyed the Karaoke every night. Some people can sing! Those who can't are just pure entertainment...our teenagers and my hubby are no exception! We enjoyed almost every trivia game, although while playing the people walking by shouting out answers is rude and annoying. The hot tubs were overcrowded due to the colder weather and mostly by kids. It started warming up Tuesday and was good thru Friday. Although we came back to about 20 degree temps today!
debarkation: we did self assist. Wasn't too bad on the Pride. We did this before on the Legend and we were able to wait in our rooms. ON the Pride, you have to be out of your room by 9:30a and we didn't get called until 11a. They provided the Taj Mahal with a movie for your wait. But after we were called we were off the ship and in the parking lot in 10 mins, very smooth!
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