Myself and my Husband had the opportunity to experience the Carnival Pride cruise ship departing from Baltimore Maryland March 13, 2011. We were very excited to be on a cruise in which are initial cost totaled $1440.00. When arrived to park we understood the cost would be $105.00 and we were initially going to catch a cab, but for convenience decided to spend the money. When we arrived people were taking our picture which totaled only $10.00 which was not bad, and expected. Walking through the door of the ship their were warm smiles of women greeting us with fruity island drinks that were $7.50 plus their much deserved 15% tip. For couples who like to drink bringing your own alcohol is not allowed because if so, the cruise would lose monumental amounts of money due to the excessive price of every drink. I brought my own alcohol from which I purchased Rum Runners and they worked beautifully. Now from the moment you arrive on the ship IT COSTS TONS OF MONEY ON EVERYTHING YOU CAN THINK OF.
Washing one load of clothes: $7.00
Any activity mostly ranges from $10.00-$250.00
Tips to crew: $70.00 per person.
David's Steakhouse for two people: $72.00
Excursions for each stop: $39.99-$249.99
Casio, Bingo, Cards $$$$
Fun Camp for children: $$$$
Internet: $.75 per minute or $55.00 for one hundred minuets/ $100.00 for $250.00
Phone: Your cell may not work $6.99 per minute
Every chance the workers get they are hungrily looking to swipe your FUN PASS for the tip and money received. They continually make announcements about activates in which they can charge you more money.
You feel really stupid because you know that there greedy and they want your money.
Food: The buffet food is worse than a regular buffet one would attend. The food is not real and you will know this when you have to sprint to your room to use the bathroom.
The restaurant: The quality of the food is a little better however, because they are serving hundreds of people at a time its cold from sitting waiting to be served.
Ports: The nicest port we went to Freeport Bahamas we only stayed from 7:00 am- 2:00 p.m it was truly disenchanting. They schedule your day so that you spend as much money on the ship as possible, not for sightseeing or enjoying the port you come to. The suggestive selling is unrelenting and truly is in poor taste.
The whole cruise is an illusion of luxury that is masked with over worked, underpaid workers, whom all are from Asia or other countries besides America. I felt somewhat sorry for them. I actually had a conversation with guest services, and they get charged the same amount of money as guests do for certain services.
If you like being taken advantage of with a SMILE, than this is for you. Research and an educated decision for your vacation would serve your family an advantage in this SHARK cruise market.
Expect to spend:
$150.00 per day on the cruise
$ Plus the amount of the excursions
$ Plus gifts or other necessities
$900.00 ship expenses
$450.00 in Ports
$2790.00 for seven days.
At least the lemonade tasted good.