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We spent a 13 days on the Carnival Pride January 2017 and had a great time. Embarkation day - we always try to purchase faster to the fun. We had it for this cruise and we did get on the ship faster than most. We arrived at our ... Read More
We spent a 13 days on the Carnival Pride January 2017 and had a great time. Embarkation day - we always try to purchase faster to the fun. We had it for this cruise and we did get on the ship faster than most. We arrived at our designated time. This is the first time though that we had to wait in the port to board. Our luggage was supposed to be in our room but did not arrive until just before our 6:00 dining time. Overall not one of the most organized cruise starts. Resteraunts - we had a 6:00 pm dining time and always enjoyed ourselves. The staff was great and the food was good. Guy's Burger Joint s very good but almost too much food. The Lido was good most of the time. We ordered breakfast to our room one morning. It was fine. Cabin - we were in a balcony cabin 6210. It was clean & quiet. TV needs to be updated. They are still using old CRT models. The bed was not the best, hard mattress. Our cabin steward was excellent. She introduced herself the first day, asked what time of day we would prefer service. She also asked if we would like robes, extra towels etc. Entertainment & Activities - i was not impressed with the singing and dancIng. Normally the performers are either singers who do their best at dance or dancers who do their best to sing. This cast was mediocre at both and the choreographer did not do the dancers any favours. The comedy shows were mixed, some good some not. Ports & Excursion - Grand Turk - no excursion, beach stop. Amber Cove - no excursion, pool and bar stop. Cartagena - we did the land and sea excursion. I would give it a 2.5 out of 5. The boat was crowded and the speaker did not have a microphone. A few of the land stops were at staged stores, not stores anyone on the tour was interested. The history information on the fort was enjoyable. Limon - we did a river tour with Ricky Racardo Tours. It was great. We also got a Costa Rican lunch, very good. Routan - we did the beach excursion with kayak. It was a lot of fun. I would do this one again. Cozumel - we did the Salsa Salsa Margarita excursion. This was a lot fun. We made 6 salsas and 2 margaritas. Then they taught us the Salsa dance, individual and couple. It was great. Debarkation - we were off the ship by 9:15 am. No issues. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
The ports were great and the way itinerary between ports and sea days was wonderful. I usually get exhausted trying to do 3-4 days straight of visiting ports. Whom ever planned this cruse should be doing more like this one. I enjoyed ... Read More
The ports were great and the way itinerary between ports and sea days was wonderful. I usually get exhausted trying to do 3-4 days straight of visiting ports. Whom ever planned this cruse should be doing more like this one. I enjoyed the ports and the Panama Canal was very interesting.The excursion offer a variety of options but some port do not offer for those with mobility issues. The food was alright and of course plentiful. I liked dining in the restaurant and the brunches. The cabin and service was excellent and room clean. The TV left a lot to be desired and leaking patio door that would not shut unless locked. The mattress was great. The singer performers were not great with trying to take voice to high and making microphone shriek made my ears hurt. The ship was set up great. I will be going on more cruises. I love traveling with my family. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
First, we enjoyed our cruise but the service and food was poor. The truth is this was a very mixed experience. First the good, 1. This is the friendliest ship at sea. The passengers are very engaing and fun, real down to earth ... Read More
First, we enjoyed our cruise but the service and food was poor. The truth is this was a very mixed experience. First the good, 1. This is the friendliest ship at sea. The passengers are very engaing and fun, real down to earth people. 2. The cruise was very cheap. 3. The Diamond lounge. 4. Our cabin was ecellent, if a bit worn. The bad, 1. At times the food was uneatable, I mean terrible. The staff should be ashamed to serve this horrible cuisine, especially at dinner. I was served a piece of toast black as the ace of spades and impossible to cut. The soups were horrible, one serving was the consistency of mud and tasted like white flour. 2. Most of the service was indifferent. In the Diamond lounge, I arrived before my wife, and ordered two drinks. The server refused to bring her a drink until he saw her ! 3. The ship showed children's movies although the passengers averaged 70 plus years old. Some of the movies were 30 years old. 4. The onboard speaker gave incorrect port information. For example, she stated it was a short walk to the Condor museum and in reality it was a thirty minute cab ride. We actually enjoyed the passengers ans the sun but Royal is really ruining its reputation with this howdy service. Uneatable food and thirty year old movies! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We took this cruise as a back to back for a total of 14 nights. We had Faster to the Fun and the embarkation was made a little easier. We didn't have to stand in the long snaky line but we still had to sit and wait a bit. We ... Read More
We took this cruise as a back to back for a total of 14 nights. We had Faster to the Fun and the embarkation was made a little easier. We didn't have to stand in the long snaky line but we still had to sit and wait a bit. We enjoyed getting on the ship a little faster and having our cabin available as soon as we got on. Our room steward, Hari, was so accommodating and did a fantastic job. The first week it took a few days for the weather to warm up which we expected. We went to most of the shows in the theater and several of the comedy shows. No complaints there...some better then others but generally entertaining. We didn't eat in the dining room the first week mainly because we were pretty lazy and just enjoyed doing our own thing. The food on the Lido at dinner time offered many of the same choices as the main dining and was always good. In fact we found the food to actually be better than we have had on other cruises. The second week we were joined by a family member and went almost every night to the dining room. The service was great and seating was easy with the any time dining. We also went to brunch several times during the two weeks and always enjoyed that. The first week in Cape Canaveral we just stayed on the ship and enjoyed the serenity deck. The second week we rented a car and drove to Coco Beach and Coco Village. We had great weather on both days there but I think I really loved just lounging around on the Serenity deck the best. We walked to the Beach in Nassau on both days and had a great time swimming and people watching. Freeport had great weather both weeks and we shopped and listened to the music and just enjoyed the sunshine. The ship was nicely decorated for the holiday season and the Christmas show was very cute with the kids. Loved doing the back to back! Carnival makes it so easy. Basically if you are staying on for another week you meet in the atrium and a rep escorts all those spending another week off the ship and you just show your custom form to an agent and are walked back on. A very simple 5 minute process. Carnival then gave us all a glass of champagne and took a group photo which they sent to our cabins. We have sailed on the Pride several times and would have no problem doing so again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
In December 2015 we cruised on Grandeur of The Seas and loved it so much that we booked the same cabin for Dec.2016 .We just booked the same cabin for Dec.2017. We had an Oceanview cabin . The mattress was hard as a rock ,exactly my ... Read More
In December 2015 we cruised on Grandeur of The Seas and loved it so much that we booked the same cabin for Dec.2016 .We just booked the same cabin for Dec.2017. We had an Oceanview cabin . The mattress was hard as a rock ,exactly my preference .Our Cabin Steward was very good as were our Dining Room Server and his Assistant Server , The MDR Head Waiters were of great help to me. The entertainers were very good especially Jordan Bennett. The casino was okay although I lost money for the first time ever on a cruise ship. The Shore Excursions booked on the ship were very good. The staff was the friendliest that I have ever encountered. Getting on the ship was very easy as was getting off. The parking facility is very good . Cruising out of Baltimore is wonderful. The only negative is that the Fitness Center only has 3 stationery bikes. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Ship is 20 years old and shows it. But that doesn't begin to show how Royal Caribbean is falling down on their promises of WOW ! We have been on 30 cruises of which 8 were RC's, and 6 were on this ship "The Grandeur of the ... Read More
Ship is 20 years old and shows it. But that doesn't begin to show how Royal Caribbean is falling down on their promises of WOW ! We have been on 30 cruises of which 8 were RC's, and 6 were on this ship "The Grandeur of the Seas". We started cruising on the Grandeur in 2004 and have steadily seen the ship deteriorate as well as the service. Lets start with the cabin which was adaquit for 2 people , though it was aged and in need of many minor repairs, even so ,the room steward "Moses" did a great job of taking care of our every need. Dinning was another story : Windjammer was unmanaged , as they were constantly out of silerware, napkins, certain foods, and if you were lucky enough to get a plate of food and napkin,and silverware then you had to search for a clean table , as most were piled high with dirty dishes which means that there is not enough staff to take care of the eating venue. The Great Gatsby Dinning experience was even worse with just 3 courses to serve ,we seldom were able to get out of the restaurant in under 2 hours,usually 2 and 1/2 This created problems in scheduling your evening activities as most started at 7pm and we were still waiting on our main course. We had missed orders, , no follow up on bread, drinks , bar service , , butter , sugar, etc. we felt like 3rd class citizens , having to ask other waiters to help us. Most important to me was the fact that the waiter was supposed to bring a cake on our last sea day and sing happy birthday to my wife . They FORGOT ! Entertainment was limited to one group called "Liverpool Legends " the rest of the cruise was 2 years old performances by the staff, one comic and one juggler, all mediocor at best. Worst part of entertainment was the promised Certrum Aerial act which is advertised on tv as well as their website , for this particular ship!! They didn't have one, They didn't give a reason for cancelling , and there were 2000 disappointed people. There was no recognition of my Crown and Anchor status which was emmerald/ diamond! There was no suite departure lounge with breakfast , as promised! There was no welcome back after six cruises on this ship. there was no welcome aboard gift nor lapel pins , as promissed ! Requested Photo's of my dinning partners was lost ? or they didn't print more than one after we requested 3. In general: Royal Caribbean and Grandeur of the Seas crew need to improve their service, recognition, entertainment, security, and overall appreciation for cruising with them. THERE ARE OTHER AND BETTER CRUISE CHOICES ! TV is very, very limited to most shows about there own product ( Selling you another Cruise ). CNN , Espn and replays of old shows on TNN. At least on Carnival they show movies , you can interact by ordering first run movies,see your on board account, reserve excursions,dinner reservations and more. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Appeared to be a good deal...but never again on this ship. The service was sloppy in the dining room and the quality of the food was often poor. Several nights we ordered food we didn't get; we would order coffee with dessert ... Read More
Appeared to be a good deal...but never again on this ship. The service was sloppy in the dining room and the quality of the food was often poor. Several nights we ordered food we didn't get; we would order coffee with dessert but it never arrived. Some nights there was no "main" entertainment with only games that a few could play on the theater stage. The pool areas were unsupervised and the children/teens were poorly behaved. They put on five life jackets at a time and jumped into the pools, splashing and bumping other guests. No staff intervened. Smoking happened on balconies of at least one room - smoke blew into our balcony. Lines at guest services were long with often only one clerk to assist people. While there were many activities offered during the day, most of them had a $$ beside them. Never again on the Carnival Pride. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
This cruise was within driving distance from our home. The ship is really nice . was newly refurbished and had a lot of up dates. We opted for the obstructed balcony room and it was really nice, we were in between 2 life boats so we could ... Read More
This cruise was within driving distance from our home. The ship is really nice . was newly refurbished and had a lot of up dates. We opted for the obstructed balcony room and it was really nice, we were in between 2 life boats so we could see all the way down to the ground. We never went to MDR so can not comment on it. We ate on lido and the food was good , pizza was good and deli also. Never made it to guys burger. The room service is really cut down now, when us use to order pasteries and coffee we would get a plate full of about 6 things for 2 people. now if you say for 1 person you get 1 and for two people you get two so you need to number everything. there is a new sushi place to eat , I just don't see a big call for this food compared to the space used up for it. they have more comedians but not more shows. On sea days you pretty much just spend money on one thing or another. most of the shows are late at night so if you are a early riser and go to bed around 10 you will miss most of them. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We are regulars on Grandeur because of high prices in Bayonne. Food in the dining room is uninspiring and came out just warm every night. Service was very good. The Windjammer is abysmal. We call it "Golden Corral of the Seas" ... Read More
We are regulars on Grandeur because of high prices in Bayonne. Food in the dining room is uninspiring and came out just warm every night. Service was very good. The Windjammer is abysmal. We call it "Golden Corral of the Seas" although it is even a step below that. A high school cafeteria offers better food. Chops and Giovanni's table were excellent. RCL is almost forcing you to go the specialty restaurants to get good meals. The ship is badly in need of dry dock but that is not coming until 2017. You can not access your Seapass account from your room. Unacceptable with today's technology. Show quality is getting old and tiring. They will not attract young people with this entertainment. Cabin was well maintained by staff but very average accoutrements. RCL is dedicating their financial resources to their new ships like the Quantum class which is spectacular, however pricing for them is double that of Grandeur, thus the reason we still go on Grandeur. I am a shareholder and a Diamond Plus Member. We are booked 2 more times on Grandeur including May. We would have canceled May had we not already made final payment. We will be looking at a Celebrity or Princess cruise. The one thing that is hard to turn away from is our Diamond Plus perks. That keeps us coming back to RCL. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
We enjoyed our cruise immensely, but not necessarily because Carnival offered such a great ship, crew or experience. We NEEDED a vacation and there would have been little, in the course of a normal cruise, to keep us from enjoying time ... Read More
We enjoyed our cruise immensely, but not necessarily because Carnival offered such a great ship, crew or experience. We NEEDED a vacation and there would have been little, in the course of a normal cruise, to keep us from enjoying time away from the busy-ness of home. We LOVED the newer layout of this ship as opposed to our other experiences on Carnival ships. That being said, the Pride, even though she has been out of refurbishment for only a year, is looking very worn and tired in many places - paint, wall edging, flooring. This was disappointing considering we picked this Journeys cruise because our perception was that she would still be rather fresh. Adding to our feeling of disappointment was the fact that our room was not cleaned well before we arrived. We found a bobby pin and a Tic Tac from the previous guests on our stateroom floor, table sticky with maple syrup and empty Coke can full of cigarette butts on the balcony. As soon as I spoke to Guest Services about it, they inspected the cabin, so I expected to return to a shiny, clean stateroom. However, even after the "housekeeping inspection," the bobby pin was still sitting in the middle of the floor, the table was still sticky and the Coke can sat on our balcony for three days until the balcony was scheduled to be cleaned. We were, however, treated very nicely by our cabin staff throughout the entire cruise. We are also NONSMOKERS who spend a significant amount of time and money in the casino. Not hours and hours or thousands of dollars at a time, mind you, but it is definitely a part of the "getaway" that I referred to earlier. The very little time that Carnival spent to organize non-smoking areas for the convenience and air quality of non-smokers? Pathetic. Truly pathetic. And THEN, for slot tournaments, the spa staff took one of the ONLY full banks of non-smoking slot machines and tied them up for hours at a time! Carnival, if you're reading nothing else of this review, please read this - If Carnival doesn't make some changes in their smoking policy, they WILL lose passengers. 20-30 passengers, on this cruise alone, that I spoke with in the casino said that they would probably not take another Carnival cruise because of the lack of thoughtfulness when it comes to the heavy population of smokers they draw. It may be a loss they're willing to take, however, considering our experience. And that's disappointing to us as loyal Carnival passengers. We were also very disappointed in our seating arrangements in the main dining room. We were never given a choice about the number of passengers at our table and my husband and I would prefer to sit alone, and that is what I requested when we booked our cruise. Instead, we were seated at a table for 6 and two of the people never showed, leaving us seated with people with whom we were forced to make conversation for 2 weeks. Eventually, we just stopped going to the main dining room for dinner, which doesn't seem right. It did drive us to the other restaurants and caused us to spend more money on the ship, so maybe that's part of Carnival's plan? In any case, with the numbers of empty 2-top tables I saw during the 8:15 seating, we could have easily had our seating request granted and saved ourselves about $400 of additional dining costs. Not cool, Carnival. Not cool. Main dining room fare was mediocre, at best. David's steakhouse food was superb. The escargot and focaccia were two of the best tasting things on the ship, followed closely by the chocolate chip cookies served in Mermaids. Why do we have to pay extra for the best food? Again, disappointing. On a POSITIVE note, the itinerary was GREAT! This was our first time embarking from Baltimore and it could not have been better. We loved the 8 port days surrounded on either end by several sea days. It worked very well for our preferred cruise style. Several crew members stood out and provided service above and beyond. They made up for some of our disappointment with Carnival and helped us create some great memories. Two made significant impressions on us: Elena, the bar waitress in the Alchemy Bar, was a really treat. VERY knowledgeable about her craft and always ready to let us try new combinations for our nightly visits. She was so sweet and made us look forward to seeing her every evening. In fact, we began to rearrange our evening habits around her break time so we would not miss her. She was wonderful and I would highly recommend a promotion for her to full bar staff. The other member of your crew that impressed us greatly was Dejan, one of the dealers in the casino. He was fun, engaging, friendly and extremely knowledgeable about the table games we play all the time and also about the ones we've never played before. Honestly, there were several other dealers who seemed to treat us as if we were a bother to them, that they had a lot of better things to do than deal cards. We've experienced that on many cruises before, but this cruise seemed to have a larger percentage of dealers who just seemed bored with dealing cards. Could be the length of the cruise or the number of sea days in a row, but it was noticeable and worth mentioning. To put it more concisely, if not for our negative feelings about the stateroom first impression, smoke in the casino and the poor food/table assignment in the main dining room, we could not have been happier with this trip. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
We cruised leaving Baltimore on January 17, 2016, returning February 7, 2016. We decided to give Carnival a chance after sailing with other cruise lines. I know that Carnival had a pretty bad reputation. But I thought that after all the ... Read More
We cruised leaving Baltimore on January 17, 2016, returning February 7, 2016. We decided to give Carnival a chance after sailing with other cruise lines. I know that Carnival had a pretty bad reputation. But I thought that after all the years of Carnival’s hype, it would not be like it used to be years ago. As usual for Pride, they were 1 1/2 hours leaving Baltimore. We were supposed to leave at 4:30 but at 4:15 there were still at least a dozen pallets of food and even more carts of luggage waiting to be loaded. I watched the forklift drivers on shore sitting and waiting for people on the ship to get things unloaded. They weren't too happy either. Considering that Royal Caribbean had been in on Saturday, this was the 2nd day for them and a very, very long one at that. Yes, it's their job, but when you have one cruise line come in and get everything loaded on time and then the other one comes in and can't seem to get the ship loaded, I can see why they would be upset. Most staff and crew were excellent. Our cabin steward, Wilfredo and his assistant Gusti, were magnificent. Our cabin was always cleaned early and done right. You enter the ship in the lobby. What a small, dark and depressing area that is. And then to set the mood, there were violin players behind the bar. My first thought was – Titanic. That was scary. The entire cruise the ship was cold, very cold. We left from Baltimore when it was cold outside but I thought the interior of the ship would be warmer. But after getting into warmer weather, the Mermaid's Grille Lido Restaurant was still like a freezer. And it stayed that way the entire cruise. Any hot food you might have gotten got cold real quick. And speaking of food, what a lousy excuse for food. In the Mermaid's grill, you have one station that changes the food each day. Always the same thing, chicken either baked or in some kind of sauce, vegetables in some kind of sauce, fish that is questionable, beef in some kind of sauce. The one station does have a carving area where you can get whatever meat they have that night without any sauce. The other stations are the same thing day after day. You can get pizza (24hrs), a sandwich (the same sandwiches every day, no difference in the menu), a salad bar (some of the vegetables looked old and not very appetizing), meat and cheese station, Chopsticks Grill (get there early, they close by 2:30), or the Blue Iguana (tacos or burritos, that's it). Guys Burger Joint is open for lunch but closes at 6:00 PM. Guys was okay but the rest of the food offerings were definitely sub-par. If you eat there, don't get the chicken, no matter how it is cooked. Or should I say uncooked. Twice I got the chicken and twice it was red when I cut into it. I did take pictures of this. I am waiting to see what Carnival has to say about that. The desserts were lousy, cake that was frosted with or layered with a Crisco tasting substance. Even the cookies were bland. If we got dessert, it was ice cream from the machine. Of the two machines on board, only one had the ice cream. The other machine was broken the entire cruise. Breakfast was slimy scrambled eggs, unless you stood in line waiting for freshly made eggs, oatmeal that was nasty and so bland, dry waffles or pancakes, various breakfast meats and a smattering of cereal. Want bananas for cereal? Better get there early, if they have them at all. The fruit is either not ripe, hard and tasteless or looks like it had been frozen. Nasty either way. Our experience in the dining room was horrible. The first time we went, we got the lobster. I kid you not, it was about 5 inches long and the meat was about the size of a cigarette lighter. No one told us we should order several. And this was the entrée. Food was lukewarm when served and on another night we went there, my dinner was brought out to me at the same time that the other 3 at the table were getting their appetizers. I dare not send it back, as it would come out cold or too hard to eat. Twice was too many times for me. So I had to make do with what I could find upstairs. Most of the time I ate very little, which was fine with me. A cruise and a diet. Entertainment- nonexistent. The goober cruise director, you see very, very little of him. Of course if you are watching TV he is there all of the time. Very weird person whose main job seems to be to stroke his ego. I have seen better shows in a high school. No props, no theme to anything. The theater was always more empty than full. Entertainment on deck consisted of ‘balls in the bathing suit’ and ‘racing frogs’. One day they did have an ice carving. The swimming pools were always being drained and repaired. On a 3 week cruise, at least 7 days 1 of the 2 pools on the Lido deck were empty. After getting back on board from San Juan, the water in the pool was green with something floating on top of the water. When asked what was happening, the girl that was supposed to by mopping the deck said they were sanitizing it. No one in charge knew what was happening with it. After several guests said something, that was when the white uniforms came up to look at it. Then they just propped a foot on the edge of the pool and talked on their cell phones. When asked what was happening, we got a side glance, they turned around and never answered any of us. Some ports of call were okay, but others atrocious. 2 of them had CDC warnings about the Zika virus. Why would you take passengers somewhere that passengers could catch a very bad virus? At Domenica we docked where the container ships dock. If I had wanted to see the slums I would have gone to any inner city. At all 12 of the ports we stopped at, the first thing that hits you is people trying to push taxis or tours on you. In Antigua, there are even cops standing around to break up some of these people that won’t leave you alone and they are very aggressive, sometimes even scary. You spend most of your time in port telling people no, you do not want a taxi. We went back to the ship early because the smell of raw sewage got to us. Some ports are not as bad but you still have these people bugging you. Our transition from 1 cruise to the next in San Juan was horrible. No one on the ship knew what they were doing or saying and because of that, quite a few people almost didn’t make it back on the ship because of misinformation from Steve. Be sure you take any over the counter medications you may need, like cough syrup, cold medication, lip balm, etc. We went to the on board shop and bought a bottle of Dayquil, the only thing they had for a cold. We were shocked when the girl told us it was $18.00. That is ridiculous. This is the same sized bottle you would pay $10.00 for at CVS, Walgreens, etc. You get screwed over royally if you buy stuff like this on board. He wound up with bronchitis so we had to see the doctor. They charge you $150.00 for a consultation with the doctor, $65.00 with the nurse, medications extra. All total, our charge was $255.00. At least BCBS reimbursed us for it. Would I do it again? No way. My next cruise will be on Royal Caribbean. One step on their ships and you know you have moved up in the world. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
Chose the Grandeur for a number of reasons: 1. Looking for an easy break from winter 2.Something close to home 3.Good Price. Grandeur gave us all of these. The ship is not the largest, the newest, or the glitziest of RCCL's many ... Read More
Chose the Grandeur for a number of reasons: 1. Looking for an easy break from winter 2.Something close to home 3.Good Price. Grandeur gave us all of these. The ship is not the largest, the newest, or the glitziest of RCCL's many ships. You won't find the zip-lines, wave riders, etc, but then again I am past that type of adventure stage. My wife uses a scooter onboard so the ship size let her do a combination of riding/walking to get to the ships venues easily. The ship is an older one and you do see a few signs of aging throughout the ship. But all-in-all it has aged pretty well. Service overall was very good and all helped us always with a smile. In terms of the crew we encountered I found it a happy and generally well-run ship. Dining Room service was a bit spotty as our waiter often off as our meal did not always match our request. Our assistant waiter was friendly and service provided was good. We had early dining for the first time and would expect to go back to late traditional since that is a more comfortable timeframe for us. For a number of reasons I did not go on any ship or personal excursions so I can't comment on their quality. Travel to the port of Baltimore was very easy as was getting on the ship. This proved true for disembarkation too. Our cabin was on the 4th deck, right near their R Bar. The ocean-view room was small, but had plenty of storage. The Centrum itself was noisy, but the crowds were gone by no later than 11:15pm so noise was not an issue for us. Being close to the center of the ship motion was not an issue, though on a stormy night with 15 foot waves we did feel the sea. We liked the variety in the main dining rooms though often some part of the meal did not come out hot. Specialized dining at Chops (Steakhouse) and Izumi (sushi/hot rocks) was excellent with food interesting and well-prepared. Service was outstanding in both locations. For a change of pace we tried the main dining room for lunch and breakfast with good results. That was mixed with Park Cafe for lighter meals. Would have liked to have had more finger food near the Centrum, but only could get sweets, coffee, soda around there. Enjoyed the Comedians who added magic and juggling to the mix. Heard the late night show was great but explicit. Production show was better than last cruise on this ship, but nothing remarkable. Really liked the aerial act in the Centrum. Lots of skill and grace. Sound level in Centrum for most performers was really loud even when it could have been a bit less. Would take this ship again for an easy and friendly cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
This was my 20th cruise overall and 1st with Carnival. I was always hesitant to choose Carnival just because of hearing things about lack of food quality and excessive partying on the ships. The cruise date and location to leave and come ... Read More
This was my 20th cruise overall and 1st with Carnival. I was always hesitant to choose Carnival just because of hearing things about lack of food quality and excessive partying on the ships. The cruise date and location to leave and come back to worked for us from Raleigh, NC (4.5 hour drive) so we decided to take the chance. Embarkation -- the ship was late getting back (Carnival sent an email the day prior informing us) so we arrived at 6:30 pm at Carnival's request. This turned out to be a huge mistake for us. The embarkation process took us 3 full hours! We weren't on the ship until 9:30 p.m. The dining room had closed so all the food left was the Pizza Pirate and Deli upstairs. We learned later to arrive an hour or hour and a half ahead of when Carnvial tells you to as those folks got on the ship within an hour by doing so. Lesson learned. Food - the food was simply amazing. I don't know why the people I had heard from in the past or reading previous reviews would say differently. We didn't even go to David's Steakhouse because the food on the ship was that good. The main dining room is open every morning for breakfast and was great. For dinner, there were two nights with Prime Rib, one with Filet Mignon, several with shrimp and one with lobster. I had fresh fish three times (Sea Bass, Mahi Mahi and Tilapia), however, there was more fish available. There was always other fish and chicken dishes on the menu as well. Other than the main dining room there was also a mexican place, deli, Guy's burger joint, an american food cafe and a chinese place. Think of the burger, chinese and the other food options of a quick service restaurants (Chipotle, Pei Wei) as they move you in and out fairly quickly. Guy's burgers was great and so was the chinese. We didn't care for the mexican and the pizza was just pizza with nothing good or bad to say about it. Ship - The ship was very nice and was completely remodeled in 2014. No complaints and looked new. The water slides on the top were fun. We also enjoyed the minature golf and gym. This was the nicest gym I have seen on a cruise ship. I am an avid marathon runner so getting my daily exercise is very important to me (also to counter the food intake). Cabin - we spend the exta $150 (in July for December sailing) to have our first balcony cabin and it was well worth it. We stayed in 8269 and was a nice rear starboard side balcony cabin. The room was roomy and had lots of storage places for my wife and I. Shows - the ship had comedy and singing shows. Both types of shows were great and we attended nearly all of them. Movies - there is a covered outdoor movie theater. We really enjoyed the movies and the environmnet was great. The sound and visual were top notch. Get there early as seating is fairly limited. Ports - cape canaveral was nice. We actually had family there so spent the day with family and just hung out. Nassau was awesome. We spent the day at Atlantis and was well worth it. The resort has 2 aquariums, 9 water slides, the best lazy river and a lunch voucher. The lunch was below average to put it bluntly. Other than the food, the day at Atlantis was fantastic! The final port was Freeport. We just spent the day near the dock listening to music and getting drinks. However, we heard from fellow passengers to spend $9 per person and go to the free beach (not the $10 beach entry). They said that it was one of the most beautiful beaches and we missed it! Disemarkation - we chose to self assist our bags (so we didn't have to wait on the cruise line). This was a solid choice as we were off the ship within 45 minutes of when the ship docked into Baltimore! If you can carry all of your bags than choose self-assist. Overall - we loved Carnival and will start cruising with them the majority if not all of the time moving forward. Once you sail 75 days, you earn priority privileges so that is what we will be aiming for. We prefer driving to our departure port. Baltimore, NYC and Charleston have all been fairly simple to leave our car at while we are away on our cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
If you just want quantity of food, this is the ship for you because there is no quality unless you dine in the speciality restaurants and even then it is iffy. Even the oatmeal is inedible. This cruise line is so far below the others that ... Read More
If you just want quantity of food, this is the ship for you because there is no quality unless you dine in the speciality restaurants and even then it is iffy. Even the oatmeal is inedible. This cruise line is so far below the others that it is hard to even rate it. Our supposed suite has a pole down the middle, a toilet with a black ring which can not be washed off. The day's activities are uninviting. Can you imagine 30000 years of art history in 30 minutes, shuffleboard, bingo and the usual loud music? I know that it is only two days on this ship but our last cruise last year was RCCL in Australia and the brand was identical. Terrible food, noise, no activities on board. We had a suite thanks to an upgrade but the concierge club was sub par. The food there was even poor. Everything is about selling and cheap. I needed toothpaste and the only tube was a huge on for $7.00. BOOO! Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
The cruise wasn't terrible but I didn't feel like it was the best I've had. We had 13 people total and 2 of those are babies under 2 years old. There wasn't many good choices at the buffet for the babies. I made sure ... Read More
The cruise wasn't terrible but I didn't feel like it was the best I've had. We had 13 people total and 2 of those are babies under 2 years old. There wasn't many good choices at the buffet for the babies. I made sure to email and call Carnival to see if they had lactose free whole milk. I was told twice that they had it. My sister also emailed and got the same answer. I wouldn't have minded bringing on the milk if needed. When we requested the lactose free whole milk the staff was confused and said they had lactose free milk but didn't know if it was whole milk. To me it wasn't white enough to be full fat. It looked to be 2% or 1%. My son didn't eat well the entire cruise and he didn't have the right milk. This experience was disappointing to me. We stayed on the the 8th deck in the back starboard side balcony. The balcony was great to hang the swim suits out to dry. The room was clean and Adolf did a great job. The room decor hasn't changed at all since the first time we took the Paradise. It seemed rather out dated and the furniture seemed worn out. The couch cushions were worn out slouchy looking. The whole room vibrated at all times and the safe clanged along with it. The tv was the same. Old box version. I would expect a flat screen at least! The water was brown quite often in our state room sink which concerned me since I had to wash my child's drink cups. I ended up taking them to the hot water machine to rinse them out. They did give us 2 large bottles of water free to rinse as well which was nice. The toilet didn't always flush and then sometimes it flushed for 3 minutes straight. The ship seems to be worn out. The burger joint and burrito place was a nice addition. The food in the dinning room was good but the service was super slow!! It took us nearly 2 hours to get through dinner. With 2 - under 2 yrs old it was HELL!! We didn't want to hurt our wait team's feeling so we just kept quiet. She wasn't very pleasant. On our last night I had the navy bean soup and it had a red thread in it. I told her and she said "what do you want me to do about it?" I was like "really?" I said just take it please and that I didn't want it. Compared to the last 2 times I was on the Pride there were hardly any activities. Kinda made me sad they didn't have the magic shows anymore. Positive Shout Outs: Adolf did a great job on deck 8 - house keeper I Gusti Oka Wirawan - Pizza guy - quiet but made pizzas for hours straight and was always nice! Ni Putu Ermayanti - Deli Lady - Always smiled and very helpful. Great personality August Batayan - Photographer - Did an amazing job and my son loved home. Really great with kids!!! I won't be cruising on the Pride anymore. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
First think I want to say the Crew did a great job keeping us safe from the Hurricane. We were suppose to go to Grand Turk, Half moon Key, and Freeport. We made it to Grand Turk, but could not stay due to weather. Everything was ... Read More
First think I want to say the Crew did a great job keeping us safe from the Hurricane. We were suppose to go to Grand Turk, Half moon Key, and Freeport. We made it to Grand Turk, but could not stay due to weather. Everything was cancelled and we left. We then sailed around for 5 days. All ports cancelled. I understand and agree with this, safety first. My complaint is the lack of things to do. They added like 5 trivia activities. They did not open the bars or dance areas. They did not have entertainment in the show areas. Except Bingo you had to pay for. Really, there are like 6 bars they could have open for music and dancing. Next let's talk about the smoking pit called the casino. Really put some smoke eating vents. Horrible you can't breathe. Why not make a few times a day, smoke free. Food was great, I mean great Debarkation was great. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We were unfortunate enough to be on the Carnival Pride during a hurricane. I know Carnival has no control over the weather but they do have control over how they treat their guests while on board and after. We were only able to get off ... Read More
We were unfortunate enough to be on the Carnival Pride during a hurricane. I know Carnival has no control over the weather but they do have control over how they treat their guests while on board and after. We were only able to get off the cruise for a few hours in Grand Turk and the other 2 ports were cancelled. They did not have many activities for the guests stuck on the boat other than spending money in the casino. We also had a lot of issues with staff being rude and unhelpful. Our ac in the room was not working well and it took 2 days for them to try to fix it and we ended up w a box fan in our room and a $20 credit. We also got room service one night and my daughter (7) spoiled chocolate milk. The staff proceded to tell us my daughter must be wrong because all there milk stays cold. When they finally came to the room and we showed them they apologized. It was just 7 days of rude staff. Carnival was gracious enough to give us 50% off this cruise and 50% off a future cruise. The problem is they will only give it to us in gift cards for Carnival since this is how we paid. My entire family (11 people) used gift cards to purchase the cruise in order to get money off fuel at home. If we would have known we would have paid cash for the cruise instead. My grandmother is in poor health and on a fixed income so she will be out the money. This was my husbands 11th cruise and my 4th and we couldn't believe how aweful it was, Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
I have been on several Carnival Cruises and this is the worst one I have ever been on.The dining room crew not so much. There were two waiters who were exceptional as I expect dining room waiters to be. They were Selvin and Jhon. If you ... Read More
I have been on several Carnival Cruises and this is the worst one I have ever been on.The dining room crew not so much. There were two waiters who were exceptional as I expect dining room waiters to be. They were Selvin and Jhon. If you get either of those two as your waiter it would be really great. So the other waiters seemed as if you were bothering you. The food never really was hot however some of it did come out room temperature or a little bit above. The food was okay nothing exceptional nothing like I'm used to on Carnival previously and definitely not like some of the other cruise lines in which I have traveled. The food on the Lido fevk was better thsn the dining room, do it is recommended. If you are traveling with children make sure you enroll them into Camp Carnival I'm s they would love it. My son did not want to leave when I came to get him at 10 o'clock every night. The dive-in mivie was great snd the movie were current. Dont miss it if you can but come early. We visited Grand Turk with the pretty small island seven miles long and three miles wide, but most of the people were friendly. We also took an island tour on rainbow tours. Not a shore excursion on the ship but they were there as soon as you got off the ship. This stop at Half Moon Csy was also very good. You could spend the whole day there as they brought food to the island and you did not have to go back to the ship. At Freeport the people also were very friendly and if you don't want to go on a tour throughout the town there is a small flea market directly across the street from the ship. about four days into the cruise I slipped and feel on some water that was wasted on the deck. I hurt my knee and went to the Medical Center. They took xrays and when I went back in two days to let the ship's personnel know that my knee continued to hurt, I was told that there really nothing else they would do (not could do) but they did give me Tylenol in addition to the naprosen they gave me initially. I reported this to the crew who acted as if I was bothering them by reporting the accident. As a matter if fact when I slipped in the water the activity director who was conducting a trivia contest at the time did not come to help but continued with his activity. The crew member from the ESPN Bar did come out and see if I was okay and made sure that I was okay and gave me a bag of ice for my knee. I did get a note from the customer service desk who left a letter stating they were checking on me. I never personally heard from anyone aboard ship. When I got home I called Carnival to report how badly I was treated and the response from Carnival was that there was nothing they were willing to do for me other than to suggest I should have purchased the Cruise Protection Plan and because i didnt there was nothing they could do for me, but they did wish me well although I reported that my knee and back continued to bother me as a result of the fall. I would not recommend the Carnival Pride if for no other reason that the lack if customer service and concern for customer's well being. If you have no concerns about that, then please book a cruise on the Carnival Pride, just make sure not to injure yourself. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Overall this was a good cruise but we had a few "bumps" and disappointments. The muster drill was a mess. Started late, was disorganized and staff seemed confused. You can definitely see the cost cutting measures Carnival ... Read More
Overall this was a good cruise but we had a few "bumps" and disappointments. The muster drill was a mess. Started late, was disorganized and staff seemed confused. You can definitely see the cost cutting measures Carnival has implemented such has no longer offering toiletries and hygiene items beyond basic soap/shampoo, no more mints on the pillows, no more cocktail parties for returning guests with lower level VIFP service and a general decline in the variety and quality of room service which now offers many items for an additional charge. We also noticed a less attentive and much slower service in the main dining room. You are no longer offered any drinks beyond water ( you must ask for ice tea or lemonade if you want it ), no longer offered fresh ground pepper outside of the speciality restaurant and have to draw your servers attention to your empty glass or need for more things. Also the menu most nights and food quality is mediocre on average. The only outstanding night was "lobster night". On a side note if you want really exquisite food, visit the steakhouse...words cannot describe how wonderful the food was. Pools were crowded at all times and we were only able to comfortably use the pool once. The green thunder slide and mini golf were closed most of if not all of our voyage which was a disappointment. The good stuff: Staff overall was friendly and the ports were great. Turks & Caicos and Half Moon Cay were great. Ship was very clean and decor was much less offensive than other Carnival ships we have been on. Our suite was an ocean suite stateroom towards the aft of the ship which was a beautiful room in a great location (if you don't mind some gentle rocking). Guy's burgers were phenomenal and never had too bad of a line except for embarkation day. Drinks were consistently good and bar staff were mostly friendly and tried to help you pick a drink if you were having trouble. FYI Watch for jellyfish in Half Moon Cay as my wife got stung and had to wait a good hour for treatment since the first aid station on the island only had emergency medications and supplies. Also get up early for a tender sticker or you won't get off the ship until about mid day. Good cruise and I would recommend to others. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015

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