Carnival Pride Cruise Review by QueenAleta: A plastic orgy
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A plastic orgy
Carnival Pride (aka the plastic showcase)
The decor of the ship was renaissance, which means lots of naked ladies, men, and children. It was overwhelming, unbelievable, and way over the top. The walls, elevator doors, and every possible surface were covered with naked people, and since this was a holiday, family vacation with 800 children onboard, I can't imagine what the children thought as they constantly encountered naked bodies painted everywhere. One was particularly spectacular because it was a mural, approximately 12 ft by 15 ft, of a nude woman reclining with her hand resting on her crotch.
In furtherance of the theme, fish, fountains, mermaids, vases, and other figures were molded in plastic and plastered on the walls, ceilings, and balustrades all over the ship. It appears that someone's brother-in-law must have owned a plastic factory, and hit the jackpot when the "art" for this ship was commissioned. Those who are aficionados of the renaissance More period would be appalled and the rest of us were left thinking WTF. The good news is that a few areas escaped the renaissance orgy and are well done. The gym/spa, Serenity area for adults, disco and some of the lounges like Butterflies and the Ivory Piano bar are nicely and appropriately decorated.
The gym is well equipped (though some of the weight equipment is showing its age and the cycles are old). They have plenty of treadmills and elliptical's that are newish. The gym also offers group exercise classes such as stretching, yoga, pilates, and cycling, which was great for me because I love classes. The spa was luxurious with all the expected treatments and great staff.
The main nightly shows were put on by the Carnival Production company and we feared that the cost savings would be reflected in the quality of the shows, but we were pleasantly surprised by the caliber of the choreography, the performances, and the singing. During our 7-day cruise, we saw three "shows." The first two were great and the third was very good. Some of the male performers could have been mistaken for women, which took away from the roles that required a manly-man, but they were still very good. There were a few obvious mistakes during the performances where the dancers made missteps and almost dropped the female dancers, but they may have been new performers or new shows. All in all, the shows were well done.
Games, Karaoke, and Dancing.
For those who are seriously into bingo, trivia, and karaoke, they will be thoroughly engaged, because these events repeat several times every day, but if you are looking for non-disco dancing then this is definitely not the cruise for you. The lounge music is truly for lounging and drinking. My husband and I kept going to the different lounges in hopes of finding swing, latin, ballroom, or anything other than disco, all to no avail.
The elevators ran smoothly, efficiently, and we never had to wait more than 30 seconds. There were three sets of elevators---one aft, one mid ships, and one forward. The mid ship area actually had 7 elevators. The bad news is that such efficiency eliminates the desire to take the stairs and get some exercise to balance out the conspicuous consumption of way too much food.
Speaking of food... there was plenty. Always something available to eat 24/7, and the food was tasty and well-prepared. We had one meal at David's, the upscale restaurant, and it was outstanding in every way.
If you are traveling without children, then hangout in the Serenity adult area. It is comfy, cozy, for lounging, chatting, and you can carry your food into the area to eat on several tables. Plus, there are 4 hammocks.
Forget about using a computer because the speed is snail-like. The experience is extremely frustrating and very expensive at $.75 per minute. Less
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Great location. Just a minute away (by elevator) to buffet. This meant we could go up and grab a tray of food to bring back to our cabin. Cabin had a good view, but we were one deck above the lifeboats, which meant we were looking down on dirty lifeboats. But that didn't really bother us. Room had plenty of space.
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