Cruised the Pride with 15 family members (ages 8-89) from June 12-19, 2011. We were very happy with the cruise, weather was perfect and the water was like glass! Here is a "brief" review of our week.
Sunday - Got to the Port at 10:30. By 11:10 we had dropped off our luggage, checked in and were seated in the terminal. We were Zone 7. It cost us $105 to park for the week. Very weird set up to pay for parking. 3 ladies sitting in a vehicle collecting payment. Last time we cruised from Baltimore there was a "stand" to pay at. Please note...once you enter the terminal you are NOT allowed to use your cellphone! The workers were VERY diligent in carrying out that rule! VIP passengers began to board at 11:45 followed by Zone 1 passengers at 11:50. We boarded at noon (zone 7) and were eating by 12:15! Rooms were ready at 2:10! Muster drill (painless) at 3:30 and it took 10 min. We sailed at 4:15. Had dinner (anytime dining) at 5:45 and since we had 15 in our party we were split into 2 different groups but our tables were right beside one another which we appreciated. Had very good service each night and food was served warm to hot each night. Dinner varied between 1 hr. 45 min and 2 hrs. 15 min. We thought the food was very good. Went to the Trivia game and the Welcome Aboard Show that evening. Got some pizza afterwards and headed to bed at midnight. Good first day!
Monday - Sunny and 75 degrees. Asked for our dividers to be taken down as soon as we got on board and all 5 of the dividers were taken down at approx. 9:00 this morning. It made for a GREAT BIG deck! GREAT!!! Spent the day touring the ship, laying out and exercising (tried to walk 4-6 miles a day). Most of our days were spent this same way. This was Lobster night and it didn't disappoint! It was also elegant night and most of our party wore long dresses and suits. Some people in the dining room choose not to dress up and I know that upsets some people but it didn't bother us. "To each his own"! The clothing in the dining room left alot to be desired on some nights! Carnival clearly does NOT enforce their appropriate dress policy. We actually saw a family wear sweatpants (camo!) and flipflops a couple nights. Like I said...didn't bother us...food still tasted the same but I think that was a bit too casual! lol! Went to see the "Wonderful World Show"....very good. Bed about midnight.
Tuesday - Sunny and 82. Same as other days.....ate, napped, dinner and show (Mowtown). Saw adult comedy this night too....very funny. Bed at midnight.
Wednesday - Sunny and 85. Port Canaveral - 7am-7pm. Some of my family did the Alligator/AirBoat Tour and loved it. I had to get a shuttle to a drug store because my Dad's physician called and said some tests that he had done right before he left for the cruise came back and he had a staph infection that we needed to get him an anti-biotic for. Met a nice shuttle driver who drove us to a pharmacy and actually waited for us. Should have charged us $30 but after hearing why we wer going to the store ended up only charging u s $20. Thought that was very nice. Nothing to do at this port at all but hadn't planned to do anything anyways! Mexican Buffet at 11:00 pm!
Thursday - Partly sunny and 80. Nassau - 11a-10p. Got off ship and took taxi/van to Comfort Suites (dropped us off at the door. $4 pp) so we could pick up our tickets to Atlantis (made the reservations months ago!). Had a great day at Atlantis but needed more than 8 hrs. to explore the whole resort. Got back on the ship at 8:00p. Some of the family headed to Senor Frogs where my 19 yr. old nephew was able to have a "legal" beer! They had a nice time!
Friday - Sunny and 85 (see a pattern starting?) - Freeport - 7a - 2 p. Got off the ship and did a little bit of shopping right there at the port. Some family members went to Cocoa Beach and some went on a bike tour. Everyone enjoyed their day. Saw "Vroom" that night...very good show. Cashed in our match $5 drink coupons in the casino. Didn't do well but had fun!
Saturday - Sunny and 85 - Fun Day at sea. Packed, layed out, dinner and casino again. Saw the variety show this evening which consisted of passengers on the ship...it was o.k. Bed about midnight.
Sunday - Got into Port about 2 hrs. ahead of schedule. We weren't to get in until 9:00 a.m. but arrived there at 7:10! We were off the ship at 8:00 and out of the parking lot by 8:10!
I'd like to add that our room steward was "Tiburcio" and he was FANTASTIC! He kept all 5 of our cabins in great shape and was so personable to all of us...especially the kids. Great guy who took great pride in his work. He is a true asset to Carnival Cruise!
ALL members/employees of the Pride were great and gave perfect service. The ship was extremely clean and there was always someone cleaning something! The nudity/art didn't bother any of us and made us all chuckle at times! Never had any true "waits" for the elevators but we choose to walk the steps most of the time.
Had a super time...nothing to complain about....would definately cruise the Pride again and would recommend to anyone!