Cruised on Carnival Pride's Dc 11, 2011 sailing out of Baltimore.
Embarkation: By far the smoothest embarkation I have ever experienced. Well thought out and executed.
Service: Our cabin steward and main dining room staff were excellent. Actually we seldom saw our steward, we would leave the stateroom for what seemed like a few minutes and return to find everything cleaned and put it order; fabulous!
The food: This was our fourth Carnival Cruise so we thought we knew what to expect. Well things have changed. The buffet strove to be mediocre at best; more akin to a high school cafeteria than a cruise caliber culinary experience. The biggest disappointment was the main dining room cuisine. Like many readers of this forum, we have taken quite a few cruises, but in all them I have never come across main dining room dinner selections such as hamburgers, fried chicken, navy bean soup, lasagna, and my favorite Mac-n-cheese.
The ship: The public spaces were well maintained. The ships dÃ©cor that was very dark, almost oppressive. Not my cup of tea but may appeal to others.
We must have been having trouble with the engineering plant as the ship vibrated excessively for most of the cruise. Whether cruising or sitting at the pier you could watch the contents of your beverage tremble in the glass. It got progressively worse under way to the point rattling ceiling tiles and cabin fixtures would wake you up at night.
Our cabin toilet was out of order and needed a service request four times during the cruise. We were told they were having problems with the entire system.
Entertainment: Not professional caliber, content, quality, or presentation.
One of the most disturbing aspects of the cruise was the constant barrage of solicitations and advertisements for Carnival products and services. I know the cruise lines derive a lot of income from on-board revenue, but most of the daily events bulletin is advertising, in addition to flyers left in your room, auction notices, public announcements, and incessant on board television ads. It gets old fast and it never stops.
Unfortunately, when taken in total, not a pleasing cruise experience. Our last on Carnival.