Carnival Pride Cruise Review by PorkChopKid: An Inexpensive Get Away Cruise....
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An Inexpensive Get Away Cruise....
We booked this cruise months ago at a Carnival "Early Saver" rate and ended up with a deck 5 (5181) "Obstructed View" balcony cabin. The cabin was roomy and had more than enough storage for our needs. Our stewards greeted us by name and were attentive to our questions.
We typically cruise out of New York but decided to try this cruise out of Baltimore for a change. Getting to the port was a breeze since it's located right off of I95. We arrived at the parking lot gate around 10:45am and had to sit in the car until 11:30am. Everything was smooth once we were allowed to enter the parking lot. We checked two bags, paid the fee, parked the car, went thru security, and were aboard by 12:30 or so. Cabins were not ready until 2pm so we headed up to the Lido deck for lunch.
Cold weather for the first couple days is to be expected this time of year so lounging around out on deck isn't going to happen. Sea days, for us, usually involve kicking back with our Kindles and Pride More had lots of places for us to do just that. We were very pleased with the amount of comfortable and reasonably quite indoor seating spaces we found on decks 2 and 3.
We ate all of our breakfast and dinner every day in the Normandie dining room. At home we're perpetual dieters so everything available was a step above what we normally have to eat. Selections were more than adequate to meet our needs. We signed up for "Your Time Dining" and really like the flexibility. We never had to wait for a table.
Lunches and evening snacks were at the Lido deck. We especially liked the made to order grilled sandwiches and the serve yourself ice cream.
About the dress code: We do NOT pack dress-up clothing such as jackets, ties, dresses, heels, etc. For me, slacks and a collared shirt seemed to be acceptable.
A month before, we cruised on NCL Jewel and didn't realize just how much onboard selling was going on until we experienced Carnival Pride. The reduced level of selling on Pride was refreshing.
The entertainment was in a word, AMAZING. We were in awe at the costume inventory they must have had for the 16 member dance troop.
Three ports were visited on this cruise....
Port Canaveral: We took the free shuttle to Coco Beach. The weather was perfect for a walk on the beach. The pier was about a mile away but the stroll along the beach was enjoyable.
Nassau: We took the water taxi to Atlantis. Strolled thru the shopping village then entered the casino to see and photograph the glass sculptures. From there we made our way to the public beach and spent a couple hours there before heading back to the ship.
Freeport: We took a taxi to the Port Lucaya shopping area. While there we went to the nearby public beach but a storm blew in so we made our way back to the ship.
We ran into a storm (heavy seas and 50mph winds) during the final sea day but we were amazed at how nicely Pride cut thru it all. All outside areas were closed because of the winds which made us appreciate all those comfortable interior spaces mentioned earlier.
The disembarkation process seemed long but was very orderly. We found a comfortable spot to read while we waited for our deck to be called. We were in our car about 30 minutes after our deck was called. Less
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