We just got off the hurricane induced Pride. We have been on this boat previously as well as 6 other Carnival cruises and a variety of others but we were struck by how the food and entertainment has gone downhill over the past few years so here is our review;
The captain did a great job keeping us out of harms way, while the boat rocked it was not an issue at all.
They still provide free Lemonade, Iced Tea, Ice Cream and Yogurt, all are nice treats.
Cabin service was solid, towel animals every night.
Embarkation and Disembarkation was quick and solid
Waiters and Waitresses by the pool were solid as well.
The outside grill was convenient
The bed and pillows were surprisingly comfortable
The Asst CD Eric was a nice guy and worked hard.
The casino host was very personable and nice
My son is 8 and a very experienced Camp Carnival veteran but he thought there was something missing with the activities. They seem to lean on all electronic games and system for hours at a time which used to not be the case. There were no pajama parties and the 2 after hour parties they had , needed to be prepaid if if your kid only stayed an hour, nothing different or special was really done other some cheap small gifts. They played the same movie throughout the week even though the kids asked for something different. My 15 DD was in the Club O, few activities were planned and ones that were was not enjoyable, thankfully she made friends the 1st night but did get bored as there were no dance or music parties etc. They both had good cruises but have had better on Carnival and others.
Dinner was very hit or miss with the new menu. Always something to eat and you did not go hungry but there is no wow factor anymore, we used to say Carnival had the best food bit that is no longer the case, very average, somewhat tasteless but not the treat it used to be. The meat was OK but not as high end as it used to be, now the lobster is also the size of a jumbo shrimp, very disappointing and a chore to get more than 2 plates.
The entertainment by the pool was boring. One or 2 trivia contests, a hairy chest contest, and only the same reggae band with 2 guys playing the same songs every single day, would have been nice to have variety in taste and music and there was none at all.
The comedians were up and down, Michael Macy was fantastic but the other guy ran out of material and had to lean on his disability over and over. Eric the asst CD had to fill in and he tried but that is not his job.
We sat in one night with guy in piano bar and he seemed solid
The cruise director Brett was invisible you only heard him and rarely saw him around the ship.
The night time shows were the same ones that Carnival has had for years, why not change it up a bit.
If you buy the soda card no free thermos, yes a small thing but it yells cutbacks.
Not enough variety on breakfast buffet
We had bunk beds in our room but for some reason they didn't put them back in the morning to a couch anymore, very odd.
There has to be a way to keep 30 kids in the hot tubs at once, looked unsafe and very uncomfortable.
They only served the Corona in the plastic bottles one afternoon.
The lunch buffet was uneatable, you had to stick with Pizza, Sandwiches, overcooked hamburgers, or nachos
They need one security guard by the pool, kids were unruly and acted like animals and since parents do nothing at times there should be help.
Freeport is the worst stop on any cruise, terrible place and should be dropped
We still had a good time overall and for the price it is a fine cruise but you can see and feel the cutbacks as many on the boat could be heard discussing and if prices are equal we probably will shy away from Carnival unless some things change