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2 Helpful Votes
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 for ... 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
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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
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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 size ... 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 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
1 Helpful Vote
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
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Sail Date: March 2015

We sailed on the 14 night repositioning cruise from Tampa to Baltimore with stops in Grand Cayman, Costa Rica, Panama, Aruba, Bonaire and St Maarten.

The ship with the new Funship 2.0 upgrades is well maintained with lots of new ... Read More

We sailed on the 14 night repositioning cruise from Tampa to Baltimore with stops in Grand Cayman, Costa Rica, Panama, Aruba, Bonaire and St Maarten.

The ship with the new Funship 2.0 upgrades is well maintained with lots of new additions.

Embarkation in Tampa was easy once it started (there was a bit of delay and they didn’t allow us to drop off until after 11am). Debarkation in Baltimore was a long, drawn out process but I put that down to a long cruise and the first time back at that port in 7 months.

We had late dining and experienced great service from our 3 member team. Food was good to very good. The Pride still had the “old” menus so there were the standard 7 menus plus 7 more unique ones. Beef was consistently served medium rare or medium well as requested. Soups served ranged from just warm to piping hot as did most appetizers. Entrees were consistently served hot. Warm chocolate melting cake was spot on most nights with only 2 times it being a bit on the soupy side. On the long voyage they offered the Sea Day Brunch 2 days and the remainder of the sea days, the dining room offered separate breakfast and lunch menus.

The casual food places (buffet, Guy’s Burgers, Blue Iguana, Pizza Pirate, and the Deli) offered good choices. The fries at Guy’s are fantastic and highly recommended even if you’re not craving a burger. The chicken tacos at Blue Iguana are some of the best, especially when the watermelon and jicama salsa is added. They also had watermelon slices on the condiment bar at Blue Iguana which made for a tasty side to the tacos. Breakfast burritos were always good and fresh made with whatever you wanted. The Deli workers were flexible with making sandwiches not technically on the menu as long as it used the available ingredients (for example, a turkey Rueben or a tuna melt). Pirate pizza didn’t really allow for too many changes but were okay with requests for extra cheese or half a pizza of one type and half a pizza of another type (there were 3 of us and we couldn’t always agree on what kind of pizza).

We ate in the buffet for dinner 3 of the 14 nights to catch the Dive In Movies and found the food to be hot and fresh. They prepare only small pans which are replenished often so the food was not sitting around. The dinner buffet selections were always off the dining room menu, and there was always a carved meat. They offered a pretty extensive salad bar with a few prepared salads along with the traditional lettuce, etc salad offerings. They also had a selection of cheese cubes (3 kinds) and deli meats out each night.

Breakfast in the buffet was pretty standard offerings, with lots of choices so you could enjoy something different each day (cereal, yogurt, eggs, toast, bacon, ham, sausage, eggs benedict, pancakes, French toast, waffles, omelets, various fruits, Danish, muffins and other pastries) along with the made to order breakfast burritos from Blue Iguana.

There were a number of day time activities offered including dance lessons, arts and crafts (though it was at 9am so no sleeping in if you wanted to attend), multiple trivia sessions each day (each afternoon they would offer a knowledge trivia followed by the associated music trivia – for example, 80’s trivia followed by 80’s music guess that song trivia, Broadway trivia followed by Broadway guess that song trivia, etc). Evenings found a variety of options like the playlist productions, 2 different comics, ventriloquist, Wild West show, and of course Dive in movies. The one issue we experienced is that a number of the evening activities coincided with late dining (it seemed that the majority of cruisers had either early dining or anytime dining – there was a long line for anytime dining between 5:45 and 6:30pm every night). The Hasbro game show was done twice during the cruise, both times at 8:15pm. Dive in movies were often shown at 7pm and 9:30 pm so on nights were we wanted to see one of them, we had to skip our assigned dining time and chose the buffet instead.

The port stops were great – a few more unique, less visited places. We did a private taxi tour of Colon, Panama which took us around the city, to the Atlantic side of the canal and we got to see the construction of the new canal locks. Did a private tour in Aruba as well, nice air conditioned mini van which took us to all of the major sites (and many minor sites) of the island. I highly recommend smaller, private tours. Each tour was $100 total for the 3 of us (plus tip) and we got to spend as much (or as little) time at each site as we wanted.

The rooms were well appointed. The beds were a little firm but the bedding was soft and fluffy. No clamshells in the bathrooms but multiple bars of soap were provided and the dispensers of shampoo and bath gel were kept full. Maybe because it was a long cruise but we found multiple boxes of tissues and multiple rolls of toilet paper stored in the bathrooms so supplies were always at hand. Lots of storage space, hanging closets, shelving and drawers. We had two cabins – one had a newer flat screen tv and one had the older, bulky kind. Fridges worked very well and kept sodas and water we ordered from Bon Voyage very cold. I received a notice on St Maarten port day that my room’s carpet was being cleaned and I had to be out of the cabin from 9:30 to 1pm. Came back to a large, industrial fan finishing drying the carpet – it’s clear that they are maintaining the ship well. There were maybe a few scuff marks here or there but certainly nothing major.

There are companion/wheelchair washrooms on deck 2 (between the alchemy bar and the atrium) and deck 3 (near the piano bar and shops) for anyone who needs them (we were travelling with a full time wheelchair user so these were well used by us).

The shops have the standard stuff – the duty free with the alcohol and cigarettes, the jewelry, watches, and other high end stuff and then the shop with the souvenirs. There were a few sales going on (some $1 magnets and key chains and key lime or pina colada coconut patties 50% off) but most of the items were what you’d expect to pay on vacation.

Bar service around the ship, including the casino was good. Not pushy but usually around somewhere when you wanted a drink.

Service in general was great – lots of smiling, happy people (or workers who fake it very well). The social staff were upbeat and showed enthusiasm for the events they hosted. They were also very generous with the coveted Ships on a Stick and the medals for those participating in activities. The CD, Jase (Jason Apps) was good, a few announcements each day and was pretty present around the ship. Could do without the “Bye-e-e-e-e” but it’s just a minor annoyance and I’m sure he’s just trying to find a niche saying (like Malcom Burns “whoo-hoo”).

All around it was a great 14 day voyage – great service, great cabin, great food, and great fun. I’ve sailed Disney, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Carnival. I’ll never be loyal to one line but I will say that Carnival offers a great product for a great price and is at the top of its game with the longer cruises.

 

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3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2014

We have been on other Carnival Caribbean cruises, usually 7 day or short 4 day cruises. We chose this cruise because it was going through the Panama Canal in August. This is unusual, but they were repositioning the ship from Tampa to ... Read More

We have been on other Carnival Caribbean cruises, usually 7 day or short 4 day cruises. We chose this cruise because it was going through the Panama Canal in August. This is unusual, but they were repositioning the ship from Tampa to Australia. We went from Tampa to Long Beach, CA.

We really enjoyed the ship. Though it has over 2000 people, we never experienced a crowd. The layout was easy. The kitchen galley is on the lower level, below the dining room, and not between two dining rooms like on other ships. So you can easily walk from the front to the back of the ship without having to go up or down a level. The "Serenity" area is large and a relaxing spot to sit back and read a book or do nothing. There are two pool slides, one where you sit and one where you stand and they drop the floor out from under you. Both were fun.

We alternated between eating lunches at the lido buffet and the dining room. The selection at the buffet was good, but didn't vary too much. The Chinese station and the Deli station would back up during the lunch hour.

For dinner, we chose the anytime dining. We only had one evening we had to wait to be seated, and even then it was less than 15 minutes. Most nights we chose to be seated with other people. We met so many interesting people as we chatted with each other over dinner. The meals were good to very good. The dining staff was excellent. We did have one incident where a waiter got bumped while removing plates from the table and spilled salad dressing on my shirt. The maitre'd gave me a certificate for a free cleaning of the shirt.

We booked one shore excursion through Carnival, did two with other people from Cruise Critic, and did one port on our own. The Carnival excursion was Sarchi, Artist Village, in Costa Rica. Though were were "visiting an artision village", we visited a large artision/gift shop. We didn't have any time to walk around the town. The guide for the tour was quite knowledgable and gave us quite a bit of good information during our 3 hour bus ride. I would rate this tour 3 stars out of 5, but will probably go back to Costa Rica because of the information the tour guide gave us.

Most of the shows were quite enjoyable. I skipped the "magician", only to see on the Carnival cruise memories video he put on a full production show with all kinds of special effects. Wish I had attended it.

Getting on and off the ship was quite easy. There was a little delay boarding due to getting the previous guests off the ship. That's why they tell you to come a little later, and not at 11:00 AM. Since we didn't have a plane to catch or any other plans in Long Beach, we relaxed and were one of the last groups off the ship. No problem.

 

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Sail Date: January 2014

Wow, was I surprised by this old girl. This was my 10th cruise and after reading some unfavorable reviews I was not expecting much. I had nightmares of spending 16 nights on an old tank.....very far from the truth.

Is she a bit ... Read More

Wow, was I surprised by this old girl. This was my 10th cruise and after reading some unfavorable reviews I was not expecting much. I had nightmares of spending 16 nights on an old tank.....very far from the truth.

Is she a bit dated.....yes but over all very clean and well maintained. The resort style pool was the best that I have experienced. Never an issue getting a deck chair, and the service was over the top great. The staff, all of them, were outstanding. I missed the fridge in my cabin, but my room steward kept the ice bucket full. We chose assigned seating for dinner, and it was awesome. We heard complaints that the food was less than warm in the other dining room for "Your time dining" but ours was delivered in time and always warm. This was our first Fantasy Class ship and we would sail on it again, very well done. I wish they would build new ships with this design, bigger is not always better.

The Panama Canal was awesome, as well as all the ports on this trip, we loved Columbia and Cabo.

I hope the people in California enjoy this ship as we did, she is a great addition to the west coast.

 

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Sail Date: January 2014

This was our 7th Carnival cruise. When we booked we knew that is was an older, 3 and 4 day ship. Glad we did not listen to all the negative comments from some.

Embarkation was a snap, the couple in front of us asked for a ... Read More

This was our 7th Carnival cruise. When we booked we knew that is was an older, 3 and 4 day ship. Glad we did not listen to all the negative comments from some.

Embarkation was a snap, the couple in front of us asked for a priority boarding pass, and we went with them. On by noon, and no lines to eat.

Many commented on the food being better than Princess. While Princess has the atrium food court, Carnival has the buffet laid out much better. No lines were that long, and the Mongolian Wok was great. We were with a group of Vietnamese, and they loved it. The Deli was great, and many people ate Reubens everyday. The calzones were good, but Princess and the other Carnival ships had better pizza, I did not like the corn meal on the bottom. The dining room food was good, although some dishes could have been hotter. But the soups were always hot, a plus. The steaks were always tender and cooked to order.

The entertainment was really good, once again, we knew it would be different, since it was a longer cruise. But I did not hear any complaints about the entertainment. The rock show and the diva show were great and they did rock show twice to make up for the shortened show due to rough seas.

Skip the cruise director did a great job, and he turned some events over to Giggles who will get promoted in the near future.

Our room on R deck could have been vacuumed more, but the steward did a good job. Not surprising there are no refrigerators, people on short cruises don't need them.

Talking to some of the crew, they liked the longer cruise, it gave them a chance to get to know people better than the short 3 and 4 day ones.

All the port stops for this cruise were very interesting, we had not been to any. We booked all excursions through the ship. The cost was the same as if I did it by internet. I dove in Grand Cayman and Puerto Vallarta. Grand Cayman is spectacular, 82 deg water and 100 ft viz. Booking dive excursions through the ship is a bargin, no gear to rent. I always do the PV dive when there, can not beat the $89 price, with food and drinks included. Being the dry season no rain and sunny, except for one brief shower. The canal passage was sunny and warm, no rain, which some had seen in the past.

I am amazed by the loyal Carnival cruisers, there are many that could sail Seabourn or better, but still love Carnival.

Debarkation went smooth and we were off and through customs as expected in good time.

I did not talk to anyone who did not like the cruise, although I am sure there will be someone who did not like something. For the price, it was great, we got 16 days for a lot less than other cruises.

 

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Sail Date: January 2014

I just returned from a 7 day cruise on the Carnival Sunshine. the cruise left New Orleans, was at sea for 2 days, then arrived at Mahogany Bay, Isla Roatan. From there we sailed the new day to Belize. Our last port was Cozumel. ... Read More

I just returned from a 7 day cruise on the Carnival Sunshine. the cruise left New Orleans, was at sea for 2 days, then arrived at Mahogany Bay, Isla Roatan. From there we sailed the new day to Belize. Our last port was Cozumel. Embarkation was very easy and quick. It helped to be a Vifp member. To save time we took our own carry on's to our cabins. If you let the ship do it, it can take most of the day before you see you baggage out side your cabin. We ate first at the buffet, which was Ok, not great. To much fried foods. Good salad bar and a very good deli area. There is also a Asian buffet which was very good and an Italian lunch area which a waitress had to serve you.

Dinner that evening was in the Sunshine dinning room. The first thing you'll notice is the excellent Matri D, who name is Ken. He is from Ireland. Each night at dinner he signs a Frank Sinatra song and does a great job of it. Then the dinner waiter all get together and sing a song. Very entertaining. Each night there are several offers on the menu that are the same, but each night there are 7 specials meals. I found all the dinners to be very good along with the service staff at our table.

Each night in the "Liquid Lounge" there is a wonderful group of 7 performers who put on 5 different and very professional shows. About 15 songs a night, different themes and many costume changes. I do a lot of cruising and this group of 4 girls and 3 guys are one of the best I have seen on any cruise.

The cruise director, who's name is Jamie Dee, is a delight. A wonderful personality, spirit and delivers the information about the cruise in a very timely manner. She's great!

Each night there is dancing in several areas of the ship to different kinds of music. Choices were very good. For several nights there were also 4 comedians who were very funny. Their early shows are for family, but the late shows are rated XXX, but again very funny. The shows were packed each night.

On the top deck of the ship are the pool areas, 2 areas serving hamburgers and taco's. There is also a basketball court, zip line, kids area and my favorite, 3 water slides. I was busy racing all the kids down the water slides during the day.

The cruise stopped at 3 ports. i found the first 2 disappointing (Belize & Isla Roatan) It looked to me as if both ports and areas were built by Carnival. Some beaches and a small selection of stores to shop at. the 3rd port of Cozumel was the best stop. Lots to see and to do. Where the ship docks there is a area of stores and places to eat. But I suggest walking about 15 minutes to the newer area where there is the Hard Rock Cafe, Hooters lots of other places to eat and shops to look in.

My cabin was a king size bed. Carnival only charged me for myself and had no single supplement charge. Carnival is doing this great thing for singles on many of their 2014 cruises.

My only fault with this cruise was the cabin I had. It was on the 7th deck. The cabin door has some king of vent at the bottom. When people walk by the door it sounds loud and if their in my room. The room was 4 stories above the "Liquid Lounge" which meant music in my room until 1:00 AM. Not a good thing. And lastly, for the first 3 days the cabin toilet didn't work. I had to get some one from the shop to repair it several times a day. Finally on the 4th day of the cruise they got it to work right. I tried to change cabins, but was told the ship was sold out. For this inconvenience I was given to "free" drink coupons.

One last item, this ship was formally called the 'Destiny". It was taken to Italy last fall and completely remodeled from top to bottom in just 49 days. They did a great job, even if my toilet wasn't working correctly.

I did enjoy the cruise!!!!! Nice ship, great staff and wonderful weather every day. I would cruise again on it and do suggest you do also.

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