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7 Baltimore to Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews

Cruised before on the Pride, usually doing the Eastern Caribbean. The ship is a medium size ship that hold approximately 2,700 passengers. The ship was renovated in 2014 with Carnivals 2.0 upgrades. The older art that was on the ship ... Read More
Cruised before on the Pride, usually doing the Eastern Caribbean. The ship is a medium size ship that hold approximately 2,700 passengers. The ship was renovated in 2014 with Carnivals 2.0 upgrades. The older art that was on the ship was replaced with a more modern try of décor. Guys burger join, Iguana cantina, Red frog bar, Alcoy bar and a sushi restaurant were added. The ship was clean and easy to maneuver. You can walk from one end of the ship to the other on the same deck. The only problem with this ship is that the Casino can become very smoky. This cruise went to Grand Turk which is a nice place to relax on the beach right by the cruise pier. The next port was Amber Cove. This was the first time to visit this port. Carnival has a nice port with shops, pools similar to Grand Turk, restaurants and bars, a sky bar with outstanding views and a zip line that is above the swimming pools. Next port was Cartagena, Columbia. This was a beautiful city with modern high rises and the old walled city. The walled city had houses, shops and restaurants similar to San Juan. Our next stop was a trip through the Panama Canal where we anchored and then traveled through the canal a few hours later back into the Caribbean. The passage was very informative and unique to see the ship and other ships being raised in the locks to a higher level to enter Gatun lake and then lowered when returned to enter the Caribbean. Our next port was Limon, Costa Rica. This port is full of different adventures. We chose to go zip lining and a boat exploring the canals. The zip lining had twelve different lines and was a great adventure. On the canal tour we were able to see different birds, howler monkeys, spider monkeys, sloths, an alligator and a cayman. The next port was Cozumel, Mexico. This port also had many excursions. The port area was loaded with shops, bars and restaurants. The only problem was that there were nine ships in port and the area was crowded. Our last stop was where the ship was repositioned in Tampa. Great cruise, but would have been better if the ship had sailed back to Baltimore. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We chose this cruise for the journey experience and was not disappointed. This was a great cruise, good locations to visit . This was also the best Carnival Crew I have ever had. From my room steward, Veronica, Head waiter Bajon, and ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the journey experience and was not disappointed. This was a great cruise, good locations to visit . This was also the best Carnival Crew I have ever had. From my room steward, Veronica, Head waiter Bajon, and Bartenderes Jo Ann (piano bar) and Maria at alcameny, they were the best. The panamal canal experience was wonderful. Had done before but it is amazing what goes on to get a boat in and out of the locks. Entertainment was OK. Really enjoyed the lounge singers, especially the Musical Nomads and Acoustical Brad. In the piano bar, Brad was great, just watch out for the late night if you are easily offended. The selections in the Main dining room were delicious. Good choices and the regional foods made it difficult to select some nights. The Main dining room staff for dine on your own time were great. Bajon, Awa were attentive and set the tone for both of their teams. All in all a good time. Met some good people, visited some good ports and saw beautiful sun sets. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
we took this journey one-way 13 day cruise from Baltimore to Tampa because of it's itinerary, what a great choice. we had been on the Pride abt 8 yrs before and remembered what a not-too-big ship it was. great improvements, small ... Read More
we took this journey one-way 13 day cruise from Baltimore to Tampa because of it's itinerary, what a great choice. we had been on the Pride abt 8 yrs before and remembered what a not-too-big ship it was. great improvements, small size (2100 guests). all stops were good. save maybe Cozumel. only because of the irritatingly-narrow gift shop you had to walk thru both ways) and the crowds because there were so many other ships there too (saw 9). our favorite excursion was power snorkeling at amber cove. really lazy, and fun too. food was maybe the best of many cruises. tasty; good choices; well presented. servers in main dining were so good and fun to kid with. What a nice person Damir, our main server, was. and his assistants Robi and I Wayan. all made dinner a joy. Our cabin steward, I ketut, always kept our cabin nice. we had an extended balcony stateroom, which has it's good and less-good parts. on plus side, bigger balcony was nice (not really needed tho except to maybe keep out of a wind sometimes). on neg side, extended balcony cabin is recessed so you cant see directly down the length of the ship(no big deal mostly). as usual, trivia games were fun. we missed the magician, but heard he was good. Pride layout good. pirate pizza not quick sometimes, but personally made and yummy. we wish the Pride went to more different places. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We chose this cruise because it was on the Pride which is a Spirit-class ship. We love these ships because of the great layout and their smaller size: only about 2000 passengers. We also loved the itinerary because of the visit to ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was on the Pride which is a Spirit-class ship. We love these ships because of the great layout and their smaller size: only about 2000 passengers. We also loved the itinerary because of the visit to Cartagena and the partial transit of the Panama Canal. The Cruise Director was Steve and he was great, providing us information that we had never gotten before even though we are frequent cruisers. We loved his delivery and comedic timing as well. The food was Carnival food: very good with lots of options. Since the Pride is a 2.0 ship it has our favorites: Guys, Blue Iguana and the Sushi Bar. All are great! We also tried David's Steakhouse and it was fantastic! For me, the highlight of the cruise was the ports of call. We got to visit several of our favorites such as Grand Turk and Cozumel, but the big draw was the ports new to us. Cartagena, Limon and the partial transit of the Panama Canal. The Panama Canal transit was awesome! It was incredible to finally see the canal after reading about it all my life. There was an onboard narrator telling us about the transit, but since we were on Deck 3 we couldn't hear it. Didn't matter...it was a wonderment even without narration! The only issue I had on the trip was the WiFi. It was wonderful from 4:00 to 6:00 AM, but after that it was very slow. Seems like they need to restrict Live videos or something to help ease the load on the network. We truly loved this cruise and would love a repeat with the same crew, ship and ports! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
When we decided to go to the Panama Canal (bucket list thing) Carnival didn't have an itinerary that included the canal so we booked on another line. When we saw that the Pride would be making the trip, we changed our reservations ... Read More
When we decided to go to the Panama Canal (bucket list thing) Carnival didn't have an itinerary that included the canal so we booked on another line. When we saw that the Pride would be making the trip, we changed our reservations for three families to Carnival. We are Carnival people! The staff on the pride were GREAT!. Really enjoyed the extra things that come with a "Journeys" cruise like the seminars on varying subjects and the "Port of Call" food items added to the menu. The trip through the canal was AWESOME! Having the award winning photographer, Radu Ursu, filming from a helicopter as we traversed the canal was a real plus. We will treasure the photos we were able to purchase. The only negative was the rough ride. This was our 25th cruise and for sure our bumpiest! We have had to skip ports because of seas to rough to tender in and yet they were not as bumpy as was the Pride. All in all this was a terrific vacation. Thank you Carnival and the staff of the Pride for a most memorable experience. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We chose this cruise for a Panama Canal experience,& the other ports looked quite interesting. Being interested in art,we were challenged by the decor,displayed on the sight. Heard good reviews about "Journey" cruising ,so ... Read More
We chose this cruise for a Panama Canal experience,& the other ports looked quite interesting. Being interested in art,we were challenged by the decor,displayed on the sight. Heard good reviews about "Journey" cruising ,so decided to give it a go and we were not disappointed!! We like copper as a embellishment , so we just loved all the copper accents around the ship & the Sea Theme was wonderful, therefore causing us to be "Happy Cruisers". Our room steward "Randy" & his helper were excellent at keeping our cabin in great shape.. They were wonderful with helping me with my husband, who has walking issues. We decided to eat @ the 8:15 sitting, which was quieter for us "oldies"(haha).Our table staff were a lot of fun & made dining a wonderful experience.Thank you,Joy, Mario & Lu Hputu. We had a small disappointment with a few shore excursions cancelling on us as they found someone with a wheelchair too risky, but no problem ....the guy at Shore Excursions helped us find others that suited us much better and we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. We were not too impressed with the Serenity area....too noisy,too crowded & didn't want to wait 1hour for a lounge.We went to Deck 10 & believe me ,it was a totally relaxation experience. The meals were delicious & the entertainment was exceptional,except for a conflict with Achemy Bar & the Disco,but the ship was working out a solution when we left. The embarkation was crowded,noisy & long(1 1/2 hrs)& we had FTF,as did 1/2 the ship or so it seemed...no problem .We were sitting next to a Diamond & took the opportunity to glean information from his travels... .Disembarkation was smooth & efficient. We found the Playlist Productions greatly improved & the Dive In had excellent movies. Would we travel Carnival Pride again ? YES !! Would we recommend it to others ? YES Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We chose this cruise for its itinerary and were not disappointed with that. However found the Pride was the worst of any ship on our 14 cruises. 2 nights had nothing appealing to 4 of the 6 at our table. The other couple were first ... Read More
We chose this cruise for its itinerary and were not disappointed with that. However found the Pride was the worst of any ship on our 14 cruises. 2 nights had nothing appealing to 4 of the 6 at our table. The other couple were first timers so had nothing to compare to. Room steward was great Jomel met our every need. However, our room balcony had paint splatter all over the lacquered railing glass, floor and seats. Then when they washed the balcony down there were floating paint chips that stuck to everything. We have sailed on the Pride previously and had a great experience. This time not so much. Female entertainer was off key every time she performed. The only good singer was Marcus Anthony who came on board at 1 port. Shows were quite amateurish from other cruises. Dining we requested to sit with 6 cotravellers and asked 4 weeks in advance and could not be accommodated. Met new friends but watched our party of 6 at every dinner. Matree'd was of no help. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017

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