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  • 11 bars and lounges, 4 pools and 5 hot tubs
  • Outdoor and indoor play areas for kids
  • Mid-sized, Spirit-class ship with modern amenities

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Carnival Pride Overview

(4.0) 4.0 out of 5+ star rating
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, 11 bars and lounges, 4 pools and 5 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 guests 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 $11.50 per person, per day. The guidelines allocate $5.80 to dining room services, $3.70 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 can be adjusted in either direction at the guest services desk. A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to bar bills. Tipping for room service at delivery is expected (and appreciated) by the service staff.
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Carnival Pride Member Reviews 996 Reviews
   Beautiful scenery
September 2014

I've been on the pride three times.. the water view and scenery was always amazing .. the 1st two times aboard the pride was my first and second time cruising I was amazed and fell in love with cruising ..after about 7 other cruises I'd thought ...continue


   Carnival Pride, Sep 7-14, 2014
September 2014

Parking and Security:  This was our second cruise on the Pride and second departure from Baltimore. We arrived at the terminal about 10:20am and were directed to a short line of other vehicles. Parking lot opened about 10:50am and we were ...continue


   Memorable and Fun Vacation on the Pride
August 2014

Sailed on the Pride on August 24, 2014 with my husband, we had sailed previously on the Pride in 2011 and had a great time. This was a very memorable vacation for us! There was a change of ports due to hurricane (Grand Turk/Half Moon Cay changed ...continue


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