Carnival Pride Cruise Review by SKeighley: Great Bahama cruise
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Great Bahama cruise
A little bit about us. We are an outgoing couple in our mid 60's who love to cruise. This was our 9th cruise, 7th on CCL and 3rd on the Pride. We just love the layout of the Pride. Of course we knew this was college spring break week and enjoy watching the kids have so much fun. We cannot complain about the behavior of any of them. They were great.
Embarkation went smoothly and boarding began about by 12 noon we were seated at the Lido deck having a great lunch. Our cabin 5236 obstructed balcony was ready by 2:30. Shortly after, the luggage arrived. We put colored magnets on the door so when getting off the elevator we know which room is ours. Only problem is others liked our idea and kept stealing some of our magnets.
Staff: Our room steward from Indonesia was very friendly and took excellent care of us and our room. We brought a small cooler which he kept full of ice. Of course we were supplied with our towel animal each night. The waiter staff in the More MDR and Lido did an excellent job. Brent our Cruise Director was good but not as friendly as others we have experienced.
Food: We ate our breakfast and dinners in the MDR. We had early seating for Dinner on a table for six. The menu is so varied that I always found something to order that I liked. My husband likes to have breakfast in the MDR since they have food to order, which is served a little hotter than the buffet.
Entertainment: We enjoyed the shows put on in the theater and the comedy shows in the Butterfly lounge. You did have to get to the lounge early since they were so popular. I am always amazed how the dancers on stage can do so well when the ship is rocking. The last night they have a legends show made up of the cruisers singing. What talent we had on that ship. We did get to spend some time in the piano bar since it is now non-smoking. Also the sports bar was non-smoking but full of guys watching basketball or racing on TV most of the time.
Sea Days: The first day is always cool outside and on our first sea day rough seas added to the idea that doing inside activities was a good idea. By the second day it was much warmer and calmer but most of the pool area were crowded with spring breakers.
Port Canaveral Florida: Most of the cruisers book cruised to Orlando where the parks are. Since we have been to Florida many times we decided to stay aboard ship and enjoy the Serenity area which was now available. The weather was mostly cloudy but the sun did put up now and then.
Nassau: This was the port we spent the most time at. We have been to Nassau several times so we just took a taxi to Atlantis and did some walking around. There was a few showers which came thru in the early afternoon. We did get caught in them on our walk to Senor Frogs to watch some of the kids have some fun. There is a lot of great beaches and shopping in Nassau.
Freeport: This is the shortest stop. Since we have also been here before, we just did some shopping at the dock at their straw markets there and spent the rest of the time at the Serenity Deck. This was the best day weather wise. Two cruisers almost did not make it back to the ship when we left at 2 PM. They had to put the gangplank back out for them.
Balcony room: The room we booked was near the aft elevator and had an extra long balcony which had two chairs and a lounge chair. The obstructed view did not bother us at all since the boats roofs was at the floor of the balcony so you could look out but not down.
We enjoyed our cruise so much we booked another cruise for March of 2013 on the Miracle. Less
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Cabin review: Carnival Pride Balcony Upper 5236
Balcony with an obstructed view but it was great for the cost and you could see out all the time just not down. We had the extra long balcony since next to us was the storage rooms. Plenty if storage space for all our belongings.