Carnival Pride Review

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Why Choose Carnival Pride?
  • Homeports in Baltimore year-round
  • Waterworks offers steep Green Thunder waterslide
  • Alchemy Bar features expansive, polished lounge area

Carnival Pride Overview

By Jana Jones, Cruise Critic contributor; updated by Brittany Chrusciel, Associate Editor
Where can you find the artwork of Raphael, da Vinci, Botticelli and Michelangelo, and the architectural details of ancient Greece, Byzantine empires, Renaissance Italy, Beaux Arts France and Victorian England all under the same roof? Perhaps in the great museums of the world -- the Smithsonian, the Bilbao Guggenheim, the Metropolitan -- but also, most definitely, in the public spaces aboard Carnival Pride.

Long, narrow, sleek as a knife and very fast, the 2,124-passenger Carnival Pride, launched in 2002, is the second ship in the cruise line's Spirit Class. Carnival's long-time interior designer, Joe Farcus, chose Icons of Beauty as the ship's theme: beauty in life, beauty in art, beauty in the world's architecture, beauty in the human body and in the human spirit.

At 963 feet, with 1,062 passenger cabins, 14 bars and lounges, four pools and five hot tubs, this ship was made for active participation. Carnival's passengers come onboard knowing that they will have access to 24-hour partying, food and entertainment. A large and well-equipped kids' center, Camp Carnival's Fun Club, is one of the line's signature features, luring families with kids of all ages: Everyone gets to play.

There must be something in the water on this ship, because we have yet to meet a more accommodating, cheerful and outgoing crew. Everyone, from the harried purser's desk staff to the dining room and bar servers to the hardworking room stewards, expressed a sort of unfettered joy for being available to serve Pride passengers. Officers were accessible and engaging, and the general atmosphere was uncompromisingly upbeat.

Carnival Pride Fellow Passengers

Mostly rowdy, raucous, and ready for a good time, Pride passengers actively participate in this huge seagoing party. We met physicians, corporate attorneys, housewives, teachers and captains of industry, all of whom knew they had a week to cut loose and be silly before resuming their normal lives. We met families who played together, older folks who danced until the wee hours and college students freed from the rigors of classes. No single demographic defines the passengers on this ship, except that they are all people who enjoy an outrageously good time and choose Carnival Pride because there is also an element of elegance.

Carnival Pride Dress Code

Anything goes in the public spaces, but shorts or tank tops are not permitted in the dining room. There are two formal nights on a seven-night cruise; quite a few passengers dress up.

Carnival Pride Gratuity

Carnival recommends $12 per person, per day. The guidelines allocate $6.10 to dining room services, $3.90 to cabin services and $2 per day for alternative services, which include kitchen, entertainment, guest services and other hotel staff members. The amount is automatically added to your shipboard account, but it can be adjusted in either direction at the guest services desk. A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to bar bills. Tipping a couple dollars for room service at delivery is expected (and appreciated) by the service staff. Note: On sailings departing September 1, 2016, or later, gratuities will increase to $12.95 per person, per day ($13.95 for those in suites).
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Carnival Pride Editor Ratings

  • Dining
    4.0
  • Public Rooms
    4.0
  • Cabins
    4.0
  • Entertainment
    4.0
  • Spa & Fitness
    4.0
  • Family & Children
    5.0
  • Shore Excursions
    3.0
  • Enrichment
    2.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Value-for-Money
    4.0

Ship Facts

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Ship Stats
Crew:  930
Launched:  2002
Decks:  12
Tonnage:  88,500
Passengers:  2,124
Registry:  Panama
CDC Score:  100
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Michelle1278
Member Since 2012
1 review
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0 helpful votes
This was our first time sailing out of Baltimore and our first time on a Carnival ship. We can't wait to go back! Yes, there are a few things that were very frustrating but overall a very good cruise. Pros - 1. Excellent service ... Read more
jsmith3820
Member Since 2016
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0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
this was my second cruise on pride and I was very disappointed. the room was dirty and some of the crew were not very nice. on half moon cay we were left after jet skiing and no one came back to get us for 1/2 an hour. the employees acted ... Read more
cgorba
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
I was invited to go with friends. I found this ship to be very clean, the crew was exceptional especially Isaac on deck 7. Isaac kept our cabin clean, he immediately responded to any of our special request. Isaac and his co-crew treated ... Read more

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