Carnival Pride Review

Editor Rating:  4.0
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Carnival Pride Ratings

  • Category
    Member
    Editor
  • Dining
    3.9
    4.0
  • Public Rooms
    4.2
    4.0
  • Cabins
    4.2
    4.0
  • Entertainment
    3.7
    4.0
  • Spa & Fitness
    4.0
    4.0
  • Family & Children
    3.5
    5.0
  • Shore Excursions
    3.8
    3.0
  • Enrichment
    3.4
    2.0
  • Service
    4.3
    4.0
  • Value-for-Money
    4.1
    4.0
Editor Rating
4.0
Member Rating
Why Choose Carnival Pride?
  • Pro: Sails nice mix of long and short cruises
  • Con: Too boisterous for those wanting peace and quiet
  • Bottom Line: It's an older ship with modern touches like the posh Alchemy Bar and thrilling Green Thunder water slide.

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 $12.95 per person, per day, for gratuities ($13.95 per person, per day, for those in suites). The guidelines allocate a portion to dining room services, cabin services and alternative services, which include kitchen, entertainment, guest services and other hotel services. 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 and spa treatments. Tipping a couple dollars for room service at delivery is appreciated by the service staff.

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By Jana Jones, Cruise Critic contributor; updated by Brittany Chrusciel, Associate Editor

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Alh1978
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First of all, the port of Baltimore was awesome. easy and uncrowded. We did have a late arrival though so maybe we missed crowds but getting off was a breeze thru customs. We used Orlando before and this was a HUGE difference for the ... Read more
bunchesofun
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This was our fourth cruise, our third on the Pride. We took with us our best friends for their first cruise. My husband Danny and my friend Sandy both needed mobility scooters and wheelchair help. We also had purchased Faster to the ... Read more
Jeannie719
Member Since 2008
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The reason for this cruise was to scatter my husband's ashes. He and I were avid cruisers and his wish was to be scattered at sea so he could be "fish food". Our favorite cruise lines were Celebrity and Holland America, but ... Read more
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