Really, we are not very picky about most aspects of cruising, but the quality of this cruise was so low that I'm sure we won't do Carnival again. I noticed that Carnival doesn't do evaluation forms, and they need to, as they have numerous problems.
Embark: as usual, the Baltimore terminal does a great job. We were on the ship at noon, in the cabin at 2 PM.
The ship: very different from other lines we have experienced. The decor is generally dark, with tons of faux carvings and many of the interior surfaces covered with Renaissance "wallpaper", primarily of nudes. To each his own, but I prefer a cleaner, brighter look.
The cabin: slightly larger than similar cabins on other ships, good quality bedding, nice size bath and, especially, shower. In good repair, and our steward did a great job. Two things we did not like about the room was the swinging balcony door (little room on balcony to swing open, and thanks, next door neighbors for letting it slam all day and night for 7 days), and also the lighting - the small lamps not bright enough to read, and the other possibility, the ceiling lighting, way too bright.
Pool deck: I expected, because of the covered pool, to be able to swim most days, however I discovered that, unlike other ships, the covered pool had doors on both ends, allowing enough wind to pass through to keep it cold.
Also, the pools were NOT heated, the result being that kids filled the hot tubs, rendering them useless (not the kid's fault!). I complained to a deck officer about the cold pools, and asked why. He didn't know, and couldn't even tell me if the pools had heaters!
Entertainment: About all I can say is that if you have seen game shows, done trivia, and most other activities on other ships, they just plain seemed lame when done on the Pride. One of our favorite activities is ballroom dancing. On this ship no lessons, no dances, no bands! On a ship this size other lines will have a 9-10 piece show band, a 3-4 person dance band, a reggae pool band, and few other individual musicians. The Pride makes do with a 4 piece show band, a terrible 2 person pool band, and 3 individual musicians. In the theater, I have come to expect either a production show or outside "headliner" every night. While the Pride had 3 good production shows, and an outside Mo-town singer one other night, the other 3 nights were the kind of "junk" game shows normally done at an "off" time on other ships. The ship did have several comedy shows, they were funny, but if attending an adult show, be ready for XXX, not R.
Dining: Room service - while just continental for breakfast and sandwiches other times, these came on time and hot sandwiches were hot. Buffet - except for a few good Asian dishes, very average, I would rate it below most "family" buffet places on land. Lines move at a snail's pace, I believe this is because Carnival is one of the few lines to use trays - a mistake. Poor management was evident as ice machines were often empty, out of glasses, etc.
Main dining room - no complaints about the food, it was as good, and a few dishes better, than other lines. Service did not match the food - rushed, courses not served together at the table, and many errors compared to the dining service on other lines.
Disembark - no complaints, efficient and well organized.
When talking to other passengers, the only people that seemed to be satisfied with the cruise were those that had never cruised before or only on Carnival. Those that could compare with other cruise lines were disappointed. Can't see a reason to sail Carnival again.