About 80 percent of Carnival Pride's cabins are outside, and of those, 80 percent offer balconies and a sitting area. The 213 inside cabins measure 185 square feet, pretty generous for standard cabins. Outside cabins measure 220 square feet, while balcony cabins are also 185 square feet with balconies measuring another 35, 60 or 75 square feet, depending on category. Standard balconies featured two metal chairs with plastic mesh seating and a small metal table. Obstructed view cabins located behind the lifeboats on Deck 4 (category 4K) have French doors that open to allow light and air, but have no balcony.
Cabins decor features pleasing peachy-gold brocaded spreads; carpeting of deep brick red; chairs in muted tones of peach and blues; soft, pale neutral-shaded walls; peachy-gold sofas; and cherry-wood cabinetry. Amenities include twin beds that convert to a king; color televisions (not flat-screen) showing Carnival programming, regular TV and both free and pay-per-view movies; a vanity area with drawers, a safe, a hair dryer (in the desk drawer), mini-bar and a phone. Lighting is fantastic. We love the little pointy lamps on the bedside tables, they're so much more appealing than those stuck-to-the-wall reading lights most often found in staterooms. There's a pretty glass freeform light fixture on the mirror opposite the bed; it gives a warm look to the room when it's on, and when it's off it looks like artwork.
Many cabins have either pullout sofas or pull-down beds from the ceiling. There's one 110V and one 220V plug -- bring an extender for more. Closet space is adequate; there are plenty of hangers, but we wished there were more shelf options and/or more drawer space. The only drawers are in the desk area, and there aren't enough of them.
Bathrooms come with shower gel and shampoo in dispensers in the shower, as well as bar soap. A samples basket includes trial sizes supplied by various manufacturers that can change from cruise to cruise (razors, sunblock and the like). Bring your own lotion and cottonballs. The shower has a curtain on a curved rod to avoid the clingy curtain syndrome. The shower head is adjustable and a retractable clothesline is perfect for hanging up wet bathing suits. There's plenty of shelf space in the bathroom for storing toiletries.
Carnival has never emphasized the uber-suites that some big ship lines have embraced but there are options for more spacious accommodations. Suites measure 275 square feet with 65 square foot balconies, and Penthouse Suites measure 345 square feet with 85-square-foot balconies. Suites include separate dressing and sitting areas, double sinks and a bathtub in the bathroom, and large balconies with lounge chairs in addition to the regular chairs and table.
Editor's note: Cabins with connecting doors tend to be noisier, regardless of whether you have the connecting door open or not.
Editor's Note 2: Some of the extended balconies are positioned directly under standard balconies -- this leaves them exposed to a view from above. If it's privacy you desire, avoid those. And note: Not all balconies are created equal. There are several staterooms that, because of internal ship architecture, have longer-than-usual outdoor spaces, some of which are not discernable by viewing the deck plans that Carnival provides. Even with the extra balcony space, these rooms retain the pricing of their level and can be a great bargain. Look for 5236, 5238 and 5245 on Upper Deck, 6232, 6234 and 6281 on Empress Deck, 7258, 7260 and 7303 on Veranda Deck, and 8232, 8234 and 8309 on Panorama Deck.
Cabins 6112 and 6115 at the bow have double-length balconies, but the outcropping at the forward bulkhead, the bridge wing right above them and the louvered venting that angles up the forward end of the balcony itself create a wind-tunnel effect that makes the space almost impossible to enjoy while at sea. They are also adjoining rooms, so you get no sofa and lots of noise from the next cabin.
Our cabin was located on Deck 5 far in the front of the ship. I did not pick this cabin myself and was a bit disappointed with the location. I personally do not like bow cabins. Our cabin was extremely cold on the first and last sea days where we slept in our robes with...continue