61 Carnival Pride Bermuda Cruise Reviews

My husband and I returned to Bermuda where we celebrated our Honeymoon almost 23 years ago. We had sailed on the Pride to the Bahamas and then the ship went into dry dock to revamp. So we decided to see what changes they made and booked ... Read More
My husband and I returned to Bermuda where we celebrated our Honeymoon almost 23 years ago. We had sailed on the Pride to the Bahamas and then the ship went into dry dock to revamp. So we decided to see what changes they made and booked the Bermuda trip.We left Baltimore with out any problems. I had purchased the Faster to the Fun option for the first time and I have to say it was worth the money. Our luggage was in our room by the time we got there to unpack and enjoy the vacation. We were assigned room 7132 and our room person Jose was very nice and took great care of us. We participated in all the shows and activities that we could that did not conflict. We loved Matey the Cruise Director. I won a bunch of money at Bingo where TJ the Bingo Bear and his team were amazing. We did not buy the excursions and we are glad we didnt because the weather was cloudy and windy and we decided to just jump into town and do what we wanted to do. It was amazing and I fell in love with my husband all over again. The weather going to and coming from Bermuda was ok. The wind made the ocean swell a little more then we would have like but it did not interfere with our fun. But we did not get to see a show because it was to dangerous for the actors to use the equipment on the stage do to rocking. The food was as amazing as we remembered and a lot of new things were added to make it different everyday. Again the faster to the fun is highly recommended and I dont think I will ever travel without it again because we were able to be the first group of people to get off the ship and Baltimore was smooth again. We are already looking into our next cruise next year with family this time!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Due to another Carnival ship being in the harbor because of weather, our time in port was cut very short. We were allowed to disembark at 4 I wasn't off the ship til 4:15 and everything closed at 5. We never did get to the pink beach ... Read More
Due to another Carnival ship being in the harbor because of weather, our time in port was cut very short. We were allowed to disembark at 4 I wasn't off the ship til 4:15 and everything closed at 5. We never did get to the pink beach but saw a lovely beach right in town. I am not sure I'd go in Oct again. Wind was high at I don't balance well when seas are rough. None of this is Carnivals fault, and mother nature does what she does. The bed room was clean and comfortable the food as always was excellent . Guys burgers is a hit. Shows were good. They said if you get a partially obstructed view it only means you can't look straight down. Well there is more than that. It eats up a good portion of your balcony space so be warned. The only other thing I noticed was bar tenders would often walk right past and not offer a drink unless you stopped them. This didn't happen in the casino or the smoking deck but I was at the bar in the lobby and the red frog and never got asked if I wanted a drink. Finally ( and it's kind of silly) But I was kind of looking forward to the sampling bar and it was never opened. All in all was a very nice cruise and I think if the weather had cooperated I would have had a better time. BTW Embarkation and disembarkation from port of Baltimore , Piece of cake! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
I'm sure the decor of the boat fits someone's taste but not mine. From the first step on the boat, I found the atmosphere and decor to be very old fashioned and stuffy. The weather and sea were rough, there were so many people ... Read More
I'm sure the decor of the boat fits someone's taste but not mine. From the first step on the boat, I found the atmosphere and decor to be very old fashioned and stuffy. The weather and sea were rough, there were so many people who got sick. I know thats not Carnival's fault but the way they handled it was disappointing, they charged me for the medicine for sea sickness which was ridiculous to me. The dining room service was the worst I've ever experienced on a carnival cruise. No apology, no explanation. To give you an idea of what I mean, one morning at,brunch, we ordered eggs, pancakes, sausage and grits. The eggs, pancakes and sausage came but no grits. When ssked, they said, oh they're coming. The grits arrived just as we were finishing breakfast. The next night, our order didn't get taken for about 30 minute . It even went down hill from there. Not what we were used to. Bermuda offered no to little activity or excitement. The bestt thing about the trip was some of the entertainment. Both comedians were mediocre, wit one being extremely vulgar. Oh, the cabin was FREEZING, they gave us the thinnest blanket I've ever seen and couldn't fix the heat. I coughed and snifflEd the whole trip. To summarize, the trip was disappointing. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
This was the first time we've cruised to Bermuda, and will most likely be our last! The seas from Baltimore to Bermuda were so rough!! A lot of seasoned cruisers were complaining about being seasick and rookies were downright ... Read More
This was the first time we've cruised to Bermuda, and will most likely be our last! The seas from Baltimore to Bermuda were so rough!! A lot of seasoned cruisers were complaining about being seasick and rookies were downright miserable! This was our 3rd cruise out of Baltimore and the first one with any kind of rough seas, so I suppose we've been lucky. The weather was cloudy and a bit rainy off and on, but the wind was relentless, which created the 6-8 foot seas we were encountering. I DO realize Carnival has nothing to do with the weather, so other than the roughness, things were, as usual, quite nice onboard the Pride. We have noticed the reduction of staff and services though, even to the point of asking when you want your cabin tended to, morning OR evening, not both anymore! The main dining room staff has also been cut, so the wait for meals is longer, athe quality of the food has gone down as well. But cruising with Carnival is still a great way to visit new (or old favorite) places and have a fairly affordable, relaxing vacation. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
This was my 3rd cruise on the Pride. We went to Bermuda, my first time there. I will start with the good things about the cruise. The other passengers on the trip were very friendly and very fun. I met many good new friends on the ... Read More
This was my 3rd cruise on the Pride. We went to Bermuda, my first time there. I will start with the good things about the cruise. The other passengers on the trip were very friendly and very fun. I met many good new friends on the trip, this is always the highlight of any cruise. My cabin Steward Nyomin did a great job and made sure that I always had a bucket of ice in my room, the one request I made when I met him on day one. The dining room staff with Juan Pablo as waiter and Nicolett as his helper did a great job. I was in the 8:15 seating and service and food were good. While not a major point Lobster was no longer on the menu for Formal night, one of many examples of small cutbacks Carnival is making that I noticed throughout the cruise. I also have to give credit to Nooky the Karaoke host who was closing up when a bunch of us came in around midnight one night, she reopened and gave us all a chance to sing a two, which was the highlight of the cruise for one of the new friends that I had met on this trip. Guys Burger's and the blue iguana were also nice additions to the ship both had reliable good fast food and were open whenever I felt like eating a burger. The green water slide was also a good attempt at trying to ad something to the ship. The concept of a really fast water slide which starts with a straight vertical drop seems good. However once the floor drops out and you begin to fall water jets up your nose as you quickly go down the slide. It is an adventure, but not really enjoyable. The weather on our trip was very bad on the voyage to Bermuda. the seas were rough and we were going against the gulf stream. There is really nothing the ship could do to counter this. On the first Sea Day the rough seas really made it difficult to do deck activities around the pool and the cruise staff had no contingency plans. Several people remarked about the lack of activities during the day, especially that Sea Day one. People just sat around and got sick since there was nothing else to do. Steve the Cruise Director had a kind of snarky sense of humor, when I talked with him he was a nice guy, but I just didn't get a lot of his jokes or quite know where he was going when he would try to MC some of the events. He also seemed to schedule most of the activities on the boat for the same time, between 8=10 Pm and there were a lot of dead periods where absolutely no activities were planned on the boat. Due to the rough seas and events happening in the Harbor in Bermuda the boat arrive a few hours later than anticipated and the first day in Bermuda was essentially canceled out since most things there closed at 5 or 6 PM. This is not the fault of the cruise ship but something to consider if you are planning a trip to Bermuda an Arrival at 4PM only gives you one hour to see the sights or shop, so don't plan on doing a full days worth of activity. My biggest complaint on the cruise was the Casino Host. Whenever I asked her anything she was downright mean to me and stared at me like I was some kind of maniac. I expect to lose money in the casino, but at least say hi and be friendly. When I get the score which you publish and want the reward which I am supposed to get don't hide from me then complain about having to give me what your company promised. Overall the cruise was OK but she just left an overall terrible impression in my mind. I know I am throwing away money in the Casino but I expect a smile and at least a thank you for giving us your money. I hate to stop sailing carnival over one mean host who actually works for a contractor but she was so condescending That I will probably not go on Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Won't take carnival again. If it's not for getting nickeled and dimed the whole the trip it's the general attitude of the employees and the company itself.Embarkation was a mess. They bumped the board time twice. Ended up ... Read More
Won't take carnival again. If it's not for getting nickeled and dimed the whole the trip it's the general attitude of the employees and the company itself.Embarkation was a mess. They bumped the board time twice. Ended up leaving late at 8pm. Got on board and found out they lost the 5 x $30 transaction for soda cards. Soda cards to not print out from documentation. Which led me to track everything on boat. The $15 bucks credit per passenger was two rather than three on the sign card review, then when we called they put it on, the next day it was gone. So they never credited it for us. The weather was rough going down, could not go in the pools for the rocking of the ship. There were about 87 kids in each hot tub. If you went to the one on the serenity deck, it was not open when you would want to use it. If you are in before, they dump your belongings on the deck (in high winds) rather than say anything to you or ask you to move it. I managed to get in a hot tub twice despite Carnival. Enrichment, there was one cooking class, otherwise non existent.. Rates per say were fine. It's the nickle and dimeing you to death when you are on ship. My sons bought two watches in ships stores, within an hour they were both broke. They got them replaced, by the end of the cruise the new ones were both broke. Dining. We went to our assigned dining room twice. The first time it took 20 min to get drinks (soda). The second time it took 45 min. The rest of the cruise we ate at the mermaid cafateria (which did not have soda's). One good thing were the shows. The hypnosis show was hillarious. Even though we paid the 'pre paid gratuities' you just don't get service unless you tip at the bars to get soda's (which we already paid for twice). Once I went to the bar in the promenade to get soda with my daughter and ex and they got soda's for my daughter and ex and then walked away leaving no one in the bar and me without a soda. It was my first cruise. It sucked. I've already booked with another cruise line, will not ever spend another penny where it benefits Carnival in some way. there are many other instances of poor service, or us getting ripped off by Carnival. I provided them a list and they have not responded. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
Since the Carnival Pride cruises to Bermuda only once a year (or maybe never again since the Splendor is going there next year), I'll just give some points/observations re' our cruise + the ship and a hint of our Bermuda ... Read More
Since the Carnival Pride cruises to Bermuda only once a year (or maybe never again since the Splendor is going there next year), I'll just give some points/observations re' our cruise + the ship and a hint of our Bermuda activities. We arrived in Baltimore a day early to stay @ the Days Inn in Glen Burnie. We had a "package deal" (from STAY123.com) that includes a night's stay, parking @ the Day's Inn for the duration of the cruise, shuttle TO and FROM the pier plus continental breakfast for about $125. When you consider that the pier parking by itself is $105, the package is a good deal. We opted to stay at the Days Inn after the cruise ended to avoid the long drive home on debarkation day. While the hotel is not 5 stars, it fits the bill for thrifty travelers. There is a Giant grocery store next door, lots of eateries within walking distance and a Wal Mart about 2 miles away. There is even a "package" store to buy beer, wine, hard liquor about ½ mile down the road. Embarkation: The port people have this down to a science. It took about an hour from arriving at the terminal to getting on the ship. Bing, bang, boom -- and friendly/helpful people too!! Debarkation was a mirror image of the embarkation -- EZ......a bit lengthy but easy esp Customs. The ship: The decor was interesting but if it were not so noticeable, people would/might complain about it being bland. Different strokes for different folks. Personally, I was reminded of my college Art History classes. We had been on Pride's sister ships before so we knew how to find our way around. Booking an aft cabin lets you get to the MDR and Lido Buffets easily via elevator. On good weather days, the Serenity Area (Deck 9 aft) is the place to be -- provided you can find a place to sit/recline. There is part of the Serenity Area that is out of the sun so you can enjoy the kid free atmosphere without getting sunburned. The cabin: We had a balcony (7329) on Verandah (Deck 7 aft) -- very comfortable and a few steps from elevators and the Lido buffets. We had the option of an upgrade to deck 8 but the idea of listening to the staff moving table and chairs overhead at night was not appealing. Mr. Alfred and Mr. Gusti (stewards) were very friendly and while we aren't demanding people, they did help us with the few issues that we had. Thumbs up to these unseen, overlooked and unsung heroes! The cruise itself: The weather was pretty bad on the way there -- rainy, very windy but there's not much you can do about Mother Nature. The trip back was a little better but not by much. No chance to spend much time on deck. Take an adequate supply of Dramamine (drowsy or non-drowsy) or drink heavily! Normandie Dining Room: We only ate here on formal nights. The 1st formal night included lobster (yummy!) while the 2nd featured chateaubriand and a fish dish. We found the food to be warm/hot and the service to be very good. Don't forget to order the Chocolate Melting Cake. Mermaid's Grille: Some of the several stations changed offerings depending on the time of day. The Continental Breakfast station became the Sweet Shop later in the day. Chopsticks: Great Oriental food. Other ships cook the food for each person but on the Pride, they cook the menu choices in small batches continuously ensuring hot, fresh portions. I made it a point of eating lunch here every sea day. Carvery: As the name implies, a cook carves the meat selection of the day and the rest of the line contains the veggies and other meat(s). We ate here most evenings when we weren't at the MDR. On the last afternoon at sea, this station changes to the Chocolate Extravaganza. I'm not a chocoholic, but my wife enjoyed it. . Deli: GREAT sandwiches and wraps! Mid day/late night offerings from here were very enjoyable. Open until 11PM made this a favorite. Italian: Didn't do this one -- not enough time. LOL Pizza Pirate: What can I say? Great slices, open 24/7 and Caesar salad -- what a combo! American Grill: We utilized the omelet station just about every day -- not just for omelets but also for custom made REAL fried eggs. Other than that, there was way too much food, not enough time! Sweet Shop: Desserts galore -- more calories than Weight Watchers would ever admit to. Room Service: Didn't do this one -- we'd rather walk off some of the calories. Ice cream machines: Didn't do this either. In short, there's always something to eat... Entertainment: Comedy club: We went to 2 adult shows and they were entertaining. "Dumb" contests/deck activities: Hairy chest etc.... I took naps or went to the gym instead LOL. Bands etc: Most bands have been replaced with DJ's, single entertainers, or karaoke. I guess management needs to pump up the "bottom line". Shows in the main lounge: We saw one show and it was enjoyable. Spa/Gym facilities: I used the gym every sea day and on two shore days. I went during the early afternoon and there was never a crowd. The equipment is good quality and there were just one or two machines that were "out of service". Bermuda: So much to do, so much to see. The temperature was in the low 70's and the water chilly (mid 60's?) with a slight breeze all the time we were there. Maybe not the bet tanning weather, but enjoyable for me. A light jacket or sweatshirt is recommended in the later afternoon and evening this time of year. The people in the on shore visitor centers were very helpful in setting up places to visit along with maps, what buses to take, beaches to go etc. Unless you use a taxi or motor scooters, take a shore excursion to get an overview of what's on the islands. We took a van trip (Carnival shore exc) along the South Shore and Hamilton to get an overview and then purchased one day passes ($12 pp good for buses or ferries) for a ferry to St George's. In St George's, we took a tram ride ($25 pp) around the area to see places you couldn't get to if walking. Beautiful beaches open to the public (no lifeguards) but you need to take a taxi or bus to get there. In the King's Wharf area we visited (and bought from) the Bermuda Rum Bakery and the Glass Works -- both in the same building. I went snorkeling @ Snorkel Beach Park (no admission + short walking distance) which featured a shallow snorkel area that was good considering it was free. We purchased a rum swizzle afterward for $9 but it seemed a good tradeoff for the free use of the beach. And no Bermuda visit would be complete without a beer @ the Frog & Onion -- although $7 for a beer is a little steep. We ate no meals in town b/c the prices are so high. Everything (except some brands of rum) is brought in by ship adding to the expense. There a multitude of places to see and even 2 ½ days were not enough just for this one place. I suggest getting the free booklets/pamphlets and planning your adventuring ahead of time. WOULD I/WE DO THIS AGAIN? In a heartbeat! we're thinking of booking on the Splendor for Bermuda in 2013. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
Just back from Carnival's only trip to Bermuda this year on the Pride out of Baltimore. My wife and I are in our late 20's/early 30's, and we actually took this trip with my parents and friends of theirs, all wanting to do ... Read More
Just back from Carnival's only trip to Bermuda this year on the Pride out of Baltimore. My wife and I are in our late 20's/early 30's, and we actually took this trip with my parents and friends of theirs, all wanting to do the unique Bermuda trip. This was my 8th Carnival cruise and my wife's 6th. Some highlights below.... EMBARKATION We drove up from South Carolina and stayed at a local hotel for a park-and-cruise rate. They brought SUV service to the hotel at designated times and drove us to the port, which worked out pretty well. My parents were in a suite/VIP, so we tagged along with them for check-in. Really, we just got in a shorter security line, had a quick check in, and sat in a separate area while waiting for boarding. Nice, but nothing overly advantageous for being VIP. Once the ship opened, we did go on first, however. Once on, we went up to the Lido to eat, and wait, as rooms would not be ready until 2:30. It was miserable outside, so we walked around the ship a bit until the muster drill before leaving. We got our luggage in a reasonable amount of time, however we had one bag that went missing. Apparently the printed-out luggage tag with the room number came off, and they had to hunt down where it belonged. Just as we left the cabin to go ask about it, they came down the hallway with it. CABIN We stayed in a standard balcony on Deck 6 forward. Decent cabin and location which suited us just fine. We did get to see my parents suite cabin down the hall, and it was a bit larger, nicer, and had a lot more storage space. THE SHIP Our last cruise was on the Carnival Dream, so this was a big step-down in size, however we have been on the Legend (sister ship to the Pride) a few years ago. Overall, I thought the decor of the ship was very nice -- certainly not flashy like some other Carnival ships. However, it had a definite renaissance art vibe with a lot of nude artwork, which made me wonder what questions some parents were getting asked by their kids during the week! The Serenity area out back was nice as usual, but was typically crowded as this was a decidedly adult cruise. When the weather was nice, we generally hung out on deck 10, which was a little less crowded. Layout of the rest of the ship was standard Carnival. Only negative I saw was that as Carnival moves to pushing their comedy program, the lounges on these smaller ships can't handle the crowds that show up for the shows. THE FOOD We are not typically very picky food people. We did miss some of the things the larger ships had (dedicated Pasta bar, etc.), but in general the Lido buffet food was fine. For lunch, enjoyed the deli station and Caribbean days the most. Breakfast for us was split between Lido and sit down in the dining room -- both were acceptable but nothing overly spectacular. I never had a bad dinner in the dining room, but I don't know if there was one thing that I considered "best ever" or anything like that. We did eat in the additional cost steakhouse one night, which everyone seemed to enjoy. Food is presented and prepared better than in the regular dining room. No matter where, there was certainly plenty of variety in the food choices. THE STAFF Staff was generally excellent, as usual. Dean and his crew in the dining room always had our food out right when it was expected, and was very personable. Everyone called us by name, even staff who barely knew us or we rarely used. Our cabin steward and crew were very nice, and were always cleaning, but we just barely saw them and really didn't get to know them. I think we were at the end of their hallway, so we didn't pass them a lot. We actually got to know my parents cabin stewards better. Brent, the cruise director, was capable and personable, but I don't know if I'd rank him up there among the best we've had. ENTERTAINMENT Well, there was always something to do. I don't think we spent as much time in lounges, bars, or seeing the ship band/singer/piano player as we normally do, so I won't comment on that. Production shows were very well done, but they may have been rotating some cast members during our week, as there were always a lot in the audience. They had 3 main ones (related to Jazz, Around the World music, and rock). Another show was one guy singing Motown songs, which seemed hastily put together or something, and I didn't care for much. The last show was the Carnival Legends/amateur show, which we did not see. The comedy shows in the secondary lounge were a huge hit. There were four comedians during the week, and they all put on family shows as well as adult shows. We saw all but one of the guys, and were pretty entertained all the way through. THE PORTS Different cruise for us, as there was just one -- 2 and a half days docked in Kings Wharf, Bermuda. This was kind of cool, as you didn't have to stress about getting back on the ship in a certain amount of time each day. We were docked in the Royal Dockyard area of Bermuda, which is the extreme western tip of the island. It's a nice little area, as there is some shopping, a few restaurants/pubs, a museum, and a small beach/snorkel park. The first morning we got off, we went right up to the transportation hut and bought 2-day passes which were good for unlimited rides on the ferrys and buses. We took the ferry to Hamilton in the center of the island (20 mins) and walked around and shopped for a while. We ate lunch at Flanagans, a local pub, which was mostly English/American food. Then we found the bus out of town that took us east along the south shore road, and stopped at Horseshoe Bay. You had to walk down a hill from the road to get to it, but it was very picturesque. This was probably one of the more crowded beaches, and there is a hotel nearby, and there were a lot of cruise passengers. We eventually took a bus directly back to the ship, took a break, then came back out to have some local drinks (Dark and Stormy!) at one of the pubs before going back onboard for dinner. The next day we took the ferry to the extreme eastern side of the island and the town of St George (45 mins). This was more historical and quiet than Hamilton -- very cool to walk around. Eventually ate lunch on the waterfront. Then we took a nice half mile walk to Tobacco Bay beach. Had a few cruise passengers but wasn't bad -- it's just a very small strip of land. It did have a snack bar and facilities though. We ferried back to Dockyard and stopped for some drinks and a snack at another one of the restaurants. We stayed on the ship until after dinner, when we came back out at dark to walk around and take some pictures. The last half-day didn't provide a lot of time to go anywhere, so everyone mostly walks around Dockyard and shops. We also sat on the beach for a bit before getting back on the ship to leave. Overall, our first time in Bermuda was very enjoyable, and we were glad we got to see both the major cities and a couple beaches. A lot of people seem to rent scooters, but we got around just fine using the local transportation. The buses run fairly regular, as does the ferry to Hamilton. The only tricky place to get to was St George, as the ferry times were pretty sporadic, and a bus ride was almost 2 hours. The other notable thing about Bermuda is the cost -- everything is more expensive than the States. A decent lunch for 2 is easily over $30, and we heard of some people having dinner and drinks in the hundreds. One thing to watch is that tips are included in restaurant bills, unlike the States. DISEMBARKATION This one was a little odd. First of all, we're used to docking at 7 am and being stopped when we get up, but this cruise didn't dock until almost 9 am, so it seemed like there was extra waiting in the morning. We did manage to find a table on Lido and eat breakfast. It seemed like a lot of people did the self-assist disembark, and most of them were off by 10:00. Again, we tagged along with my parents for the VIP disembark, in which they got a letter saying to meet in a special room and they would be escorted off as soon as they started calling zones. However, no employee ever came to the room, and we ended up just getting off with the first group of zones called, which wasn't a big time saver. Still wasn't terrible in the end. The customs line was long but moved quickly, however they wouldn't let us use cell phones to call the shuttle service while we were in there. In the end, we had another very enjoyable cruise, even though the weather coming and going wasn't that great and created a bit of a rough ride on a couple days. We were glad to get to experience Bermuda and do an itinerary that isn't common, and we're looking forward to the next one! Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
My wife and I sailed on the Carnival Pride on Apr. 22, 2012 from Baltimore. The following is my review of the cruise. Embarkation-We arrived at the port around 2:30PM. There was no wait checking in and we were on the ship by 2:45. The ... Read More
My wife and I sailed on the Carnival Pride on Apr. 22, 2012 from Baltimore. The following is my review of the cruise. Embarkation-We arrived at the port around 2:30PM. There was no wait checking in and we were on the ship by 2:45. The stateroom was ready so we dropped off our carry on luggage and explored the ship. Suit cases arrived by the time the muster drill was over. Ship- The Pride is a very nice and clean(although old)ship.The ship design is Italian Renaissance. The staff was friendly and accommodating. Stateroom- I booked an 8C balcony. The room was spacious with plenty of closet and drawer space. It was kept clean by an efficient steward and his assistant. Room Service- Good selection and prompt. Food- The Normandie Dining Room was comfortable, not loud and with a great selection of table sizes. Regular dining is on the second deck. Anytime dining is on the third deck. We chose late dining, a table for two on the second deck. The Maitre D' was very helpful, he honored our table request without a problem. ( Note, if you need a table change make sure you see the Maitre D' before the muster drill. If you don't see him before the drill you will not be able to see him until the early diner service and it is very hectic at that time.) We have been on three previous Carnival Cruises and we have always found the food as good as other cruise lines we have sailed on. During this cruise I was disappointed with the food. Although the food was not bad and a person could find something they would like to eat, I found the food to be bland, boring and nothing special. This was not the case on other Carnival cruises I have been on. The exception was the desserts. They were extremely good, better than other Carnival cruises I have sailed on. My feelings for the food at breakfast and lunch in the Dining Room are similar. Bland, boring and nothing special. As a result we decided to eat breakfast and lunch at the Mermaid Grill Buffet on the Lido. again, I was disappointed. Nothing bad but nothing really good. The exceptions to this was the Deli where you could get a great made to order hot or cold sandwich or the Pool side Grill where you could get a good hotdog. The service in all the eating areas was great. Whether you ate in the Normandie Dining Room or the Mermaid Grill the wait staff was friendly and attentive to your needs. David's Steakhouse- The food and service was great. It is well worth the $30.00 charge. Public Rooms- Nice with a lot of areas to relax in. A very quiet and relaxing area was the Sunset Garden on both sides of Deck three forward. Bars- There are enough on the ship to satisfy passengers needs. Drinks are reasonably priced and bartenders are friendly. ( Note to smokers, the only bar where you can enjoy a cigarette or cigar at any time is Starry Nights. This bar is also the main Karaoke Bar.) Entertainment- We did not go to any shows but the singers and musicians who sang and played at the bars were good. Pool Areas- Two nice pools, one canopied one open. The weather the first few days was a little cold and rainy so they kept the canopy closed. As a result that pool was crowded. When the weather got warmer and both pools were used the area became less crowded. The adult only Serenity area was very nice but it was difficult to find any chair to sit on. Spa and Fitness Studio/Gym- Did not use. Casino- It is a little different than other ships I have been on. For the most part slots were on one side and table games on the other side. Bar in the center. Debarkation- I thought this was also very efficient. You are asked to sit in a certain area and given a time to be called. We were called earlier than expected and were off the Pride in ten minutes. We cleared Customs in less than five minutes and found our luggage with no problem. There were a lot of porters available in the luggage area. The total time it took us to get off the ship and get to our car after our debarkation number was called was about 25 minutes. This was the most efficient debarkation of the ten cruises we have been on. The Pride is a very nice ship and we would cruise on it again. Baltimore is a great port to cruise out of, this was our second from there and we would definitely cruise out of there again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
So here's my take on the 4/22 Carnival Pride cruise to Bermuda. Embarkation: Baltimore has it down to a science. We arrived during a torrential downpour a little after noon, dropped our bags off with the porter and got inside. ... Read More
So here's my take on the 4/22 Carnival Pride cruise to Bermuda. Embarkation: Baltimore has it down to a science. We arrived during a torrential downpour a little after noon, dropped our bags off with the porter and got inside. We were in the security line and for the next hour we moved quickly and by 1:30 we were on the ship. Everyone working during the embarkation process was very pleasant and it was a painless quick process. Drinks/Bars: Since the first thing we did was grab a drink, I'll talk about this first. I'll talk about the dining room later, so these comments and thoughts are just about the other bars and lounges. Every bar server and bartender we encountered we found polite and efficient. Iryna (sp?) at the lobby bar was great all week and we piano bar staff were wonderful. Roger in the piano bar was sick and so the piano bar was closed for a few days during the cruise. First note: souvenir glasses were available all week on the lido deck, but only occasionally at the bars on decks 2&3. Second note: Martinis (not cosmos, appletinis, etc. but real martinis) were the best deals by far. A Stoli martini was $8.95, a small FYI for those looking for the most bang for your buck. Third note: buckets were $.50 off for 4 beers and you could mix and match beers in the bucket. Dining Room: I'll talk about David's and the Chef's table in a moment, but here are my thoughts on the Normandie Dining Room. We did Any Time dining and usually arrived as early as 7 and as late as 7:30. With (basically) 4 days at sea, 2 straight days in the same port, and embarkation day, the convenience of Any Time dining really appealed to us. Also as a party of 2, wanting to eat by ourselves this cruise, I'm glad we chose Any Time dining. If having a table for 2 is important, just do the Any Time dining, the longest we waited was 15 minutes and some nights we were sat immediately. Most nights we each had an appetizer, soup, salad, entree and dessert, we also ordered another item or 2 to share. The food was, overall, very good every night. Almost everything was seasoned well and cooked properly (impressive for the sheer volume the kitchen is serving every night). That said, I doubt we'll do Any Time dining again. While we enjoyed the food, the service left something to be desired. I'm not sure how the service was for those with fixed time dining was, but here's how it felt upstairs with Any Time dining. The service was disjointed and rushed. Most of the time the wait staff seemed like they were just going through the motions. On more than one night we found our assistant waiter to be more personable than the head waiter. Part of the problem may have been the number of diners each team of waiters was waiting on. Most nights it looked like our wait team was waiting on 8 - 10 tables (20 -- 28 diners) at once. That's a lot. Chef's Table & David's Steakhouse: Both were great experiences but very different. At The Chef's Table (CT from here on), the overall experience was outstanding but even though the food and service were good, it was more about the interaction both with the Chef and the other guests at the table. At CT you sit at a very long and wide table and you are seated across from your date (if you have one). For the most part men sit on one side, women on the other. It ends up adding a lot to the experience because it forces you to interact with others around you. The food is good, but nothing remarkable if you eat at least occasionally in upper tier mainland restaurants. The service was particularly good with the Chef, 2 Sous Chefs and a waiter taking care of the table. Wine is freely offered throughout the evening and coffee served at the end (along with more wine). Would I do it again, probably. Would I do it on every cruise, no. David's on the other hand... I will do every cruise, at least once. Great service and outstanding food, it's worth every penny. I had the new spice rubbed Ribeye, and it was outstanding. Cabin: We had cabin 4149, it's a 4k and it was perfect for us. The 4k rooms have French doors that open into the room. There's a railing directly outside the doors, so you can't step out onto anything, but at least you can get plenty of light and the ocean sounds. The room was more than large enough for us with a king size bed, a full couch and plenty of storage. The best part is the room is priced as an inside cabin! Our room steward Rupert was seldom seen, but always had the room cleaned in the morning and turned down in the evening. We were very happy with the room and our steward and would definitely book a 4k again. Bermuda: It was fantastic! We had a great time there and visiting on a cruise ship is a perfect way to see Bermuda. Eating and drinking on the Island is very expensive so if you plan your days well, you can minimize those expenses. The first day there we got our 2 day ferry & bus pass, hopped on the ferry to St George's and made our way to Fort St Catherine. After touring the fort we walked back to town, hopped on a bus rode to Hamilton. There, we grabbed lunch (very expensive) and walked around a bit. Took a ferry back to King's Wharf, shopped and had a few drinks at the Frog and Onion Pub. The second day we toured the Maritime Museum (not as interesting as St Catherine's) and then we took a bus to Belmont Hills Resort and played a round of golf. After that we took a bus back to King's Wharf, shopped a little more and had happy hour again at the Frog and Onion. I would absolutely go back to Bermuda, but only probably on a cruise. Fellow Passengers: A few observations about the other people on the ship with us. On the first formal night (our first day at sea), I'd estimate that at least 80% of the people dressed up which I was happy to see. Most of the men wore suits (a few wore tuxes) and most of the women wore cocktail dresses. Also, a lot of people stayed dressed up into the evening. The second formal night was very different. People dressed slightly nicer than on other nights but the number of people dressed 'formally' I'd guess to be closer to 40%. I was a little let down and may have not put my suit back on but my fiancee wanted me to, so who am I to argue? As to the whole chair hog issue: I didn't see a lot of hogged chairs, even in the Serenity area, but I saw a lot of people incorrectly accusing people of hogging. A couple who had been laying in one of the Serenity hammocks, reading and napping for an hour or so, went to grab a plate of food and a drink. They were gone 15 minutes at the most and when they came back a woman was standing directly next to the hammock waiting to tell them about the rules of holding chairs. It was quick and the couple just kind of laughed it off but it was really uncalled for. There were very few children, or at least it felt like it. Debarkation: We did self assist and we were off the ship and through customs by 10:30. I'm sure I've missed some things so feel free to ask questions and I'll answer anything that I can. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
It was a huge difference from just 8 months ago! Apparently the Pride has changed its executive staff and the ship has gone down hill ever since. First off, sailing out of Baltimore is great! They really have their act together at ... Read More
It was a huge difference from just 8 months ago! Apparently the Pride has changed its executive staff and the ship has gone down hill ever since. First off, sailing out of Baltimore is great! They really have their act together at the port. Getting on and off the ship is one of the best I've seen and the port workers are friendly and helpful. The ship itself needs some cleaning up and maintenance. It's still nice, but the wear and tear is showing. My biggest complaint is the executive officers and their assistants. My wife and I work different shifts and when we go on vacation we devote all our time to just ourselves. The very first thing I do when I get on the ship is wait in line, 'over an hour' to see the matradee and get our dining assignment changed to a private table. I've never had a problem on 10 previous cruises until this one! Now this "my time dining" has consumed most of the private tables so the chances of getting one are very slim. Some people might call it petty, but that's my vacation! Quiet and private! I will say the room stewards were good and the waiters were excellent. But the new Matradee and his staff are rude, don't follow through with their promises and treat you like a pest. I was also amazed at the officers in uniform drinking at the casino lounge for over an hour on the last night! If your off duty, at least take the uniform off! A lot of people were taking notice to that, doesn't give you that comfy felling after they just had another ship sink because of a cowboy captain! I'm done with cruising for awhile. Going to try flying to a resort next time and see how that goes. Cruising was great just a few short years ago but the cutbacks on the food and service has taken it's toll on me. I would rather pay a higher price for excellent service like it used to be. I'm sure the newbies won't understand that! Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
My husband and I just returned from a 6 night cruise from Baltimore to Bermuda on the Carnival Pride. We had booked a 7 night cruise, unfortunately, due to rough seas, our cruise was delayed and we missed a day in Bermuda. We specifically ... Read More
My husband and I just returned from a 6 night cruise from Baltimore to Bermuda on the Carnival Pride. We had booked a 7 night cruise, unfortunately, due to rough seas, our cruise was delayed and we missed a day in Bermuda. We specifically chose this cruise to get 3 days in Bermuda, so that was a bummer. Carnival emailed us the day before we were set to board, to notify us of the delay. We were told that we would be refunded for 1 day of the trip, which seemed reasonable, but we would have also appreciated a "goodwill" gesture -- such as onboard credit or free drinks or something. At least something for the inconvenience. We had trip insurance, which gave us a free night in a local hotel (Sleep Inn) and 2 meals. I highly recommend taking a hotel shuttle or having a friend drive you to the port. Parking was too expensive for us, and for the same price, we'd rather get a hotel room. On Monday morning, embarkation was fairly easy. We were some of the last to baord, but really didn't have to wait long in line. The staff at the port was very friendly -- I have no complaints. We boarded the ship around noon. Our room was ready immediately and it only took a few hours for our luggage to arrive. Our room steward, Putra, was very friendly and basically our favorite staff member on the ship. He was personable and seemed to really enjoy his job. We had an interior cabin and it seemed very spacious, compared to other ships. We had plenty of space to put our things away. The dining room (Normandie) was another story. Nearly everytime we sat down for a meal, we usually talked about how we wished we had gone to the Mermaid Grille. Service was unusually slow. Many times, it seemed like the server had forgotten about us. We didn't want to spend an hour and a half at lunch -- once, we walked out before our dessert arrived because it simply took too long. We rarely got refills on our water glasses. Was that a hint to purchase alcohol? Honestly, I think the dining room staff is exhausted and it shows. Some servers would barely acknowledge us -- just hand us our menus and leave immediately. I almost felt guilty for being there, as if I was being a bother -- definitely how I DON'T want to feel on vacation. Like most people, I just wanted a week of not having to cook and clean...I kept having to tell myself "I paid to be here, right?" I feel like we would have gotten better service if we had ordered alcohol at every meal. I asked one waiter for an iced tea, but I immediately felt embarassed when she told me that she only took bar orders. I had to practically flag someone down just to get a dang iced tea. Speaking of paying to be somewhere....all around the ship, it felt like were constantly being asked to buy something. It got annoying after awhile. We did spend time at the bar, but we weren't going to spend big bucks on portraits, soda packages, bingo, etc. I'm sorry, but the high prices were ridiculous. We had several sea days and on the schedule, it seemed like most things were selling seminars. One day, when it was cloudy and windy outside, everyone on the ship was huddled around the atrium (little kids included), watching 4 people play corn hole (bean bag toss). Now, I would have loved to play corn hole, but it was literally the ONLY THING planned for that time slot, and I'm sure everyone wanted to play. We just kept on walking. Our trip to Bermuda was cut short due to threats of Tropical Storm Sean. Unfortunately, we didn't get to see the beaches and missed out on a few places in Hamilton that we had been wanting to see. We made the most of it, but it was still upsetting that we specifically chose this cruise to do those things and we missed out on them. The gym was great. It was never crowded, so my husband and I made good use of the machines, whirlpool, sauna and steam room. I wish I could go to that gym everyday! Our favorite entertainers were James the piano man and Thomas, the acoustic guitar player. We often just grabbed seats at the bar and listened to them play. Both men were very friendly and talented. Thomas learned a Pearl Jam song specifically for my husband (he had requested it the night before). We felt very honored. As for the shows in the Taj Mahal -- the first night was cancelled due to flooding from the previous cruise, and then there were the rough seas which made it impossible to perform...and then when we did make it to see a show, we we just weren't interested. I feel like the game shows have become pretty raunchy. I'm only 28, but I don't enjoy watching people squeeze a coin between their buttcheeks and try to drop it in a cup. Um. Yeah, that's just gross. Oh, and this was when kids were in the theater. Comedians weren't too funny. We went to see some R rated shows...and you know what? Dropping F bombs every 2 seconds doesn't make you funny. I LOVE comedy and have seen Dave Chapelle, Brian Regan and Bill Burr live...so I feel that I have something to compare them to. The asst. Cruise Director acted like a tool. He had his own comedy show one night. Sorry, didn't care for him. We made new friends on the ship -- most passengers were very friendly. The general consensus was that we didn't get nearly enough time in Bermuda and then nothing for our troubles. Then, a waiter walked up and asked if we wanted anything. Debarkation was easy, too -- had our luggage picked up the night before, and then we were able to grab breakfast, get our things and head off. We liked to wait until the lines died down before going anywhere -- made things much easier. The best part of our cruise was meeting new people. We also loved eating seafood and going to the gym. We didn't like how we always felt guilty for not buying someting every 2 seconds or feeling like we were bothering the crew. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
We love Bermuda (this was to be our 5th visit), so when I saw that this was the last cruise to Bermuda out of Baltimore this year, I jumped on it. We are relatively experienced cruisers - we have been to Bermuda a cruise ships twice ... Read More
We love Bermuda (this was to be our 5th visit), so when I saw that this was the last cruise to Bermuda out of Baltimore this year, I jumped on it. We are relatively experienced cruisers - we have been to Bermuda a cruise ships twice previously, but we have never cruised on Carnival before. After we booked the cruise we found that Bob's brother also had a large group going. We have never managed to get on the same sailing with him before and we were looking forward to it. Eating with them made up for the somewhat disappointing food. I rented a scooter for our last cruise to Alaska and it worked really well, so I had bought a scooter and was going to try it out on this cruise. After we picked up the rental car Saturday and loaded all the luggage and scooter into it in preparation to driving to the port Sunday, we got a robo call notifying us that the ship was late. Normally we rent a car and drive to the port as this is cheaper than paying for parking. Finally I got an email from Carnival stating that we would board Monday morning 9-12 because the ship ran into the big low with seas of 20 feet and the young teen club and the arcade room on deck 4 were damaged. We live a good two hour drive (90 miles) from the airport. It would be difficult for us to get to Baltimore by 9 - I used to do it when I was working, but I had to leave before 6 a.m. After a lot of discussion, Bob thought we should turn in the rental car and drive my car up. I found a hotel (Country Inn & Suites near BWI) that had free cruise parking and made a reservation there for Sunday night. The room was $139 and we could leave the car for up to 20 days for free. This is a much better deal than renting a car each way and MUCH MUCH cheaper than paying for parking at the pier. So we returned the rental car (it cost us $33 to drive 20 miles - from the rental place to our house and back), and canceled the other car which because it was pre-paid was $10 more. We drove up to the port Sunday, checked into the hotel and watched football. In the morning there was free breakfast and a free shuttle to the port. Embarkation at Baltimore is always good. The only glitch was that I have a new watch that set off the beeper (my old watch was plastic). I (on my scooter) scootered up the ramp and we found our room by 9:30 a.m. It wasn't quite ready, but they let us put our carry-on luggage in it. We liked our cabin. Even though it was not a handicapped cabin, there was plenty of space to walk around the beds whether they were configured as a king or as singles, and more than adequate storage. We told the stewards that we wanted the beds separated so that I could come in, do a three point turn and park the scooter against the wall at the end of the bed. There is a fridge but it is a good thing we don't want to use it because it is behind where we parked the scooter. We put the table and stool sideways under the desk to give us scooter room. Each bed has a small nightstand, but it does not have drawers. Above the section with the ice bucket and the safe is the TV which seems to have the Florida Channel 7 (good as it gave us news of Tropical Storm Sean in advance of the other channels) as well as Fox News. It also has a very good bow camera and a stern camera. However the software which showed the ship's position was extremely primitive and uninformative. There was a tiny bathroom with a shower in the corner, but there IS space to put stuff on shelves. The room stewards were really good, and made wonderful towel animals in addition to keeping everything spotless. I thought the decor of the ship was a little over the top with lots of Renaissance type paintings and other types of art - very explicit nudes and such things and the ship is showing a little wear. Bob thought that if they threw out all the fake columns and frames, the ship would be lighter by at least a ton. The elevators were small and I had to drive the scooter straight in and let others fit in around me (and the hold door open button did not work so I had to be quick to get in or the doors closed), but we rarely had to wait long for an elevator. There seemed to be nice music playing in the public room that was enjoyable to listen to. We did not go to any shows but the people that did seemed to like them. No one could sign on to the internet cafe on embarkation because the new people had not been entered on the computer. I actually won the raffle for free internet so I had a marvelous time posting photos etc. on this trip. The internet speed was at least as fast as usual on a cruise ship. Food - I had heard that Carnival had excellent food, but they changed their menus before this cruise and I was absolutely NOT impressed with the food, or the general service in the dining room. I hated eating in the Lido because there is no way to do this realistically with a scooter or wheelchair. Each food station has a line to wait in and I have the scooter because I can't stand for very long. Even though they have trays, when I manage to get food, I have nowhere to put it while I get to a table. We worked it out that Bob would get me a sandwich from the deli and some desert, or else we went and got hot dogs and chicken nuggets from around the pool. Breakfast was pretty good although I think the food would have been hotter and done more to order in the buffet. But as above, I never went to the buffet if I could avoid it. Lunch and dinner food was spotty in quality - some very good and some really awful. Seafood was less reliable than beef. I had snails once that were good and the next time they had a funny taste. I had Oysters Rockefeller and it was good but some people they were not cooked at all. The dinner waiters were better than the lunch waiters.To access the outside decks, I had to get off the scooter while holding the door open and push the scooter over the threshold as it was too high for the scooter and both the front and back wheels were off the ground. I liked that we could go all the way around the stern on the promenade deck, but not that we couldn't get closer to the bow. For the lifeboat drill I was not allowed to go outside for it and did it inside, which I did not mind at all. Since we left port about noon rather than at dusk, I was able to get some pictures of the port and bridges and lighthouses that I normally would not be able to see in the dark. It was a little rough going out to Bermuda, but we have no problem with rough weather and it was not as rough as some cruises we have been on. I wouldn't go so far as to say we like it, but we like the quieter ship that results from rough weather. Since we had been to Bermuda before and had seen most of the major attractions, I had a plan that did not involve ship excursions. Had been going to do an excursion I would NOT have picked any snorkeling, swimming or glass bottom boat excursions as I know from experience that this time of year the water will be too cold for swimming and too rough to see anything. We did this cruise back to back so we didn't get off in Baltimore. After everyone was off the ship (about 10:30), they escorted us off and back on again - very quick and nice. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
This is was our first cruise to Bermuda, first cruise on the Pride, my 4th Carnival cruise and the second for my DH. It was also our first from Baltimore. We are in our 50's and were really looking forward to spending 3 days in ... Read More
This is was our first cruise to Bermuda, first cruise on the Pride, my 4th Carnival cruise and the second for my DH. It was also our first from Baltimore. We are in our 50's and were really looking forward to spending 3 days in Bermuda. Unfortunately our cruise was delayed by 1 day, so our itinerary was cut short. We arrived at the Baltimore Cruise Terminal around 9 am, unloaded our luggage, paid to park and went into the terminal. The line was relatively short. We showed our boarding pass and passports and proceeded to the security line. We then went to the line to get our sail and sign cards. We were then allowed to board the ship, no waiting. We stopped and got our picture taken and then made our way onto the ship. My first impression of the ship was beautiful. We were allowed to go right to our cabin on the deck 6. It was an extended balcony, our first, but unfortunately we didn't use it much. The weather was not the greatest. Our cabin was spacious and clean and our steward and his assistant greeted us when we arrived. The cabin also had a lot of storage. It's very easy to navigate your way about the ship. It is well-maintained and the service was good. The staff-members throughout the ship were friendly. I didn't notice any damage from the previous cruise. Room service was prompt but my coffee was usually cold. We were always able to find a chair or lounge chairs in the adult's only Serenity area at the back of the ship. Food was good, though not exceptional. There weren't as many choices in the main dining room as I've seen before. The Mermaid Grille buffet was good and had a wide variety of choices. I just didn't like the layout much. I thought it was crowded in places. We had breakfast a few times in the restaurant and a few days from the buffet. I wanted to try lunch in the restaurant but never made it. We usually ate lunch from the buffet at a table in the Serenity area. We did have dinner one night in the Steakhouse. My DH ordered the porterhouse and it was excellent. I ordered the surf and turf and while tasty, my filet was very small and thin. Neither one of us were happy with our soup choice or our side choice. My French Onion Soup was burnt and DH's mushrooms were tiny little pieces. Entertainment was ok. The musicians we saw were good. I enjoyed some of the comedy shows. I only was able to see one production show Jazzin. The other show was cancelled due to rough seas. We arrived in Bermuda on Wednesday at 1PM and it took us until about 2:15PM to dock, clear customs and get off the ship. We hired a tour guide and did a short tour of the island. We made it to the Original Swizzle Inn, had the rum punch and went to Hamilton to catch the ferry back to the ship. On Thursday we were told we had to be back on board by 12:30PM because the ship was leaving early. We tried to do some shopping, but the shops didn't open until 10 am and everyone had the same idea so it was very crowded. The wind was also very strong so we went back to the ship and grabbed a lounger on the Serenity deck for sail away. Debarkation was easy. We put our luggage out the night before. We got up in the morning went to the restaurant to eat breakfast came back to the room to pick up our one bag, proceeded to the Serenity area and waited to be called to leave the ship. We were on the road by 10:30 am. I would definitely sail from Baltimore again on the Pride if the itinerary was right. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
Got back from the shortened 11/6/11 trip to Bermuda on the Carnival Pride. I took a while to write about because I had such mixed feelings about the ship and the whole vacation. First up, we left from Baltimore. We were called ... Read More
Got back from the shortened 11/6/11 trip to Bermuda on the Carnival Pride. I took a while to write about because I had such mixed feelings about the ship and the whole vacation. First up, we left from Baltimore. We were called Saturday night and told the sailing would be delayed on Sunday. Then we received an e-mail later Saturday night saying we would leave on Monday morning. After contacting our travel agent we found out Carnival has the right to change up to 24 hours of our vaction and we couldn't cancel. This was upsetting because we knew we would lose the whole day in Bermuda. The reason we went on the Pride was the good itinerary for Bermuda. Royal Carribean's Enchantment also goes to Bermuda but she has the shortened time in port that we ended up with. Embarkation on Monday was smooth. We were allowed into our cabin as soon as we came on board. Food was available. The cabin, a balcony, was a very nice size and was well taken care of. The ship itself is different from the three others we have been on. It is darker and smaller but we liked the interior design except for the murals on the elevators and in the cabin halls. Nothing terrible just not very attractive. We were waitlisted for the early dining but the dine when you want option is available if you ask. We did and were able to easily get seated around 6. There were many two person tables available. If you wanted a booth you were asked if you were willing to share. That's a nice way to meet another couple. The food in the dining room was very poor the first two nights. We were really surprised the quality was worse than the buffet. Quality was much better the last two nights we dined there but no variey of bread at dinner just seemed cheap. Table service was good except for the first night. Activities on the ship were very low quality. The entertainment was about average. We enjoyed a couple of the comedians and the piano sing a long. The Pride has a covered pool area which was nice and even usable when the weather was sunny and about 70 outside. The whirlpools were crowded and the slide was not open for use. The water in the adult pool didn't seem to be heated so that wasn't usable. That's a real shame because the Serendity area is nice. This is the fourth cruise line we've tried and it was the worse. There were good points such as the cabin size, good service, and a good buffet but when they took away over a day from our time in port the poor qualities of the cruise became more apparant. Cheap and infrequent activities, no enrichment, poor dining, mishandled disembarking in Bermuda, and lack of concern for our ruined vacation colored the whole trip. The end result is we were cheated out of our vacation. Despite many positives Carnival just didn't make the loss of a whole day in Bermuda right. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
Things started off bad when we received an automated voice mail on Saturday saying "do not show up to the terminal until further notice". After several phone calls to Carnival, we were told that the ship was running late because ... Read More
Things started off bad when we received an automated voice mail on Saturday saying "do not show up to the terminal until further notice". After several phone calls to Carnival, we were told that the ship was running late because of bad weather and would not pull into port in Baltimore until very late on Saturday night. Therefore, our original departure on Sunday would be canceled and we would be leaving on Monday instead. Needless to say, that was a disappointment. Even worse, we were informed that an entire day in Bermuda would be cut from the schedule. That was the ONLY reason we were taking this cruise - to see Bermuda and swim in the beautiful waters. That was not to be. We left on Monday around 1:30PM and experienced lots of unsettled waves and rocking and unpleasantness. We finally arrived in Bermuda on Wednesday but arrived late and didn't get to shore until around 2:30PM. We caught a bus which took over an hour to get us into the town of Hamilton. Once there, we found that the stores close at 5:00PM. We hurried around and caught the 6:00 PM fairy back to the ship. The next day we were told that they would be cutting that day short because of possible bad weather so we were to be back on the ship by 12:30PM. We hurried off the ship only to find that the beaches were closed. We walked around the docking area since we had very little time but there wasn't anything of importance to see for us. The ship left at about 1:30PM and we cruised back home to Baltimore for a couple of days arriving at the Port of Baltimore 8:00AM on Sunday. So we really went on a glorious ship ride that took us to only one port and allowed us no time there. However, we were stuck on the ship and, of course, highly encouraged to spend money at the casino since there was little else to do. They had ONE show on Friday night and that was it. It was a great show, "Jazzin" but the other lounge acts and comedians were mediocre and disappointing. The rooms were nice but the food in the dining room was attractive but not very tasty. The buffet on Lido was hit and miss but not bad. The bottom line is this: We wanted to see Bermuda and snorkel and swim and lay in the sun. The Pride knew very well that they were heading into a very high alert on gale force winds and possible tropical storm but sailed us straight into the heart of it. Since they had just gotten back from the Bahamas with that same ship and the ship had serious damage from that storm, why would they not put the ship in for repairs first? So we had a total of about 5 hours in Bermuda, no other ports and two days of sea sickness. After delaying the debarkation of our cruise because of the severe weather on the last trip, why did they force us to go right back into the eye of the storm? There were over 2,100 people on board and none were happy. We are well aware that weather can't be controlled but when you know you can get the people to their port to enjoy themselves then don't take them out. It was like going to a wedding where the bride and groom couldn't make it. Shame on Carnival Pride for giving us a real bummer of a cruise with no destination and still taking our money. What a ripoff! Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
I was with other family members on this cruise on the Carnival Pride out of Baltimore to Bermuda. After reading so many bad reviews about this particular cruise I wonder if I was on the same cruise. Most everyone looked like they were ... Read More
I was with other family members on this cruise on the Carnival Pride out of Baltimore to Bermuda. After reading so many bad reviews about this particular cruise I wonder if I was on the same cruise. Most everyone looked like they were having a nice vacation. What do people REALLY expect, it was not the fault of Carnival Cruise line that the ship ran into bad weather and was a day late getting back to Baltimore. If you are that concerned about the extra cost of a hotel, you should have bought insurance. You took a chance if you did not. How do you think the crew felt after being on that last cruise? They had to put up with lots of nasty sick people, clean the ship on overtime hours and smile at all the new passengers as they boarded a day late in Baltimore. And why are people complaining so strongly about the $15 a day to park in Baltimore. Honey you better not visit DC, if your budget is that tight then you really should stay home. Because the competition is so intense the prices for the cruise are as cheap as possible. I paid less for this cruise than I did for the same level cabin on my first cruise over 20 years ago!! Is there anything else you can say that about? Compare the cost of food with 20 years ago? Fuel? Clothing? The list goes on. I live in Bethesda, Maryland and dinner alone would cost as much as my daily cost of the cruise. I am shocked Carnival is able to provide this level of vacation at this price. My food in the dining room was fine, the service was fine, my cabin guy was kind and nice. The ship was extremely clean. I am sorry we missed one of the Broadway style shows, but we lost a day, get over it! I can say the only thing that really bothered me on this cruise was all the people smoking in the Casino, that place was like a cloud. If that was my only "bitch" then I had a great cruise. Being my 51st or 52nd cruise I must say many things were nice. The cabins are apacious, beds are very supportive and comfortable, bathroom in the cabin is nice, ship was clean, ship has a very user friendly floor plan - flow. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
This was our third cruise, and second on Carnival. Cruise began a day late due to storm related delays as the ship was coming from the Bahamas. Carnival only reduces the price by 1/7 with no allowance for the hotel, meals, rental car, ... Read More
This was our third cruise, and second on Carnival. Cruise began a day late due to storm related delays as the ship was coming from the Bahamas. Carnival only reduces the price by 1/7 with no allowance for the hotel, meals, rental car, and other expenses incurred for the extra day at the port city. The crew was obviously stressed and fatigued by the previous bad weather and this continued with a very rough ride to Bermuda. The AC was broken in our room and it was too nasty outside (40 mph winds) to have the balcony door open. Somehow a heavy dose of cigarette odor was also being pumped into our cabin and hallway - likely due to some type of ventilation issue. Luckily after a day and a half our very friendly room stewardess was able to get maintenance to repair the AC and the odor was gone also. Sadly our original 2.5 days in Bermuda was cut to 20 hours as they left Baltimore late and left Bermuda early to avoid more bad weather. Only about 6 hours of the 20 was usable daylight time for touring the island. Carnival has changed their evening meals and not for the better. Compared to a previous cruise 2 yrs ago, it's a big step down. Of five meals, I'd rate only one above fair. And the portions are shrunken. It appears they are trying to drive everybody to the premium steakhouse @ 30 bucks extra / meal. We tried that one evening and it was excellent. The breakfast and lunch buffets were pretty good, although not as good as I remembered from previous cruises. We tried the sit down for lunch one day and the service was incredibly slow. Took an hour and 15 minutes for a sandwich. There were two excellent comedians on this trip, Roman Murray and Percy Cruz. The musical show was probably on par with a high school production, but given the rocky ride, they were hanging on for dear life. One show was completely cancelled due to technical problems. The cruise director appeared like a guy who lost his job selling cars at a "buy here, pay here" lot and tried something else. This was the first time we didn't get a customer satisfaction survey at the end of a cruise. I'm thinking Carnival already knew what the answer was. In summary, Carnival probably should have cancelled this trip or re-routed to a different location avoid the weather. I'm also quite disappointed in their current dining room fare. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
I Just finished my cruise on the Carnival Pride, and outside of Mikita and her girls at David's Steak house, young girl from India on the Lido Deck and the pizza guy on the Lido deck this was the worst Carnival cruise I have ever ... Read More
I Just finished my cruise on the Carnival Pride, and outside of Mikita and her girls at David's Steak house, young girl from India on the Lido Deck and the pizza guy on the Lido deck this was the worst Carnival cruise I have ever been on. We were not notified until after 8PM, Saturday night that our cruise would not begin on 11/6, but would sail on Monday 11/7 at 1PM with over $100,000.00 worth of damages due to a storm that delay the Carnival Pride getting into Baltimore on 11/6.Crew members told me that passengers in the upper floors were sleeping in the hall ways and in the atrium which was flooded. Crew members told me that they were afraid during that storm. The Captain, knowing the Tropical Storm Shawn was in the Atlantic, heading towards Bermuda, took us into the storm while in my, and other guest opinions should have changed our destinations to New England. 48 hours later we arrived in Bermuda on Wednesday at 1PM and it took us until about 2:30PM to dock, clear customs and get to our first excursion. Our excursion lasted about 1 hr, 20 mins,, and since the shops close at 5PM, we stayed in the King's Wharf area and shopped till the shops closed and then went to dinner. On Sunday e were told we had to be back on board by 12:30PM, since the ship was leaving early, with the shops not opening till 10PM we figured with the 20 minute ferry ride, each way, to Hamilton, or the 45 minute travel time to, each way St. George's, it was not worth the risk of missing the 12:30/1PM sailing. we arrived off the Va Coast around 12:45Pm Friday afternoon and sailed up and down from Nagg's Head to the entrance of the Chesapeake Bay the rest of Friday and all day Saturday just punching holes in the water. 48 hours from Baltimore to Bermuda and only 22 hours from Bermuda to the entrance of the Chesapeake Bay. Two of the six Atrium elevators did not work, storm damage. Jay the Shopping expert, saw only twice, outside of on TV. One was at his post, the day before his show, which he had pamphlets out for Freeport. Very, very rude and arrogant! Only saw the cruise director on TV and stage. Very, very elusive. 50% or the crew was friendly, 50% of the crew was rude. What did Carnival offer us in return, they said that they would return 1/7th of the trip, in approximately two weeks, and only charge us 6/7th's of the tip fee. Carnival did allow us to cancel the remaining two excursions we booked. We had to spend an extra hotel night, and food which Carnival said a first they would not pay us back. So I paid $1253.95 for a five day boat ride, with no compensation from Carnival, no discount or upgrades for a future cruise, no payment for my room I had to rent so I could catch this cruise. Carnival did N-O-T-H-I-N-G! Food on the Lido deck and most items in the dining room, unless it came directly from the grill was cold and outside of the temperature safety holding zones. The busboys seemed to be standing around and only cleared tables when they felt like the really needed to, in non peak serving times. A ships tour of the kitchen was something else! I am a retired chef and a restaurant manager and the kitchen was "dirty". I would have been embarrassed to invite anyone to come into any of my kitchens and see the dried on food on carts, the floor needing deck scrubbing badly, standing water, food splattered n the sides of walk-in fridges, and poor food preparation. The stainless steel walls stainless steel looked like they had not been polished in months. The quantity of different gourmet meals offered for dinner each dinner meal has decreased to just a few gourmet meals and what food other items that was offered is something I could get in any Mom & Pop Diner. This was my 9th cruise, and the worst one I have ever been on. I expected a lot more from Carnival than what I got this time. If this is the "New" Carnival way of doing business, I and a lot of guest do not approve of it! I had to pay an extra $140, room and food, that I did not plan on. In my personal opinion, Carnival has gone from a very good cruise line to a so-so cruise line. Even though our next cruise will qualify us for platinum status, we are seriously thinking about trying another line. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
This wonderful cruise experience started with a rapid and flawless check in at the cruise ship terminal in Baltimore. Our cabin was ready on arrival before 1pm and was in great shape. The ship herself sits handsomely in the water with ... Read More
This wonderful cruise experience started with a rapid and flawless check in at the cruise ship terminal in Baltimore. Our cabin was ready on arrival before 1pm and was in great shape. The ship herself sits handsomely in the water with sleek clean lines and is is in a state of high cleanliness which shows that she is well cared for. The food service was very good with no complaints of quality, proper preparation and variety. We used the dining room a few times; but used the Lido Buffet most of the time. Our cabin was well taken care of (bed made up while at breakfast, turn down in the early evening)and was kept spotless for us. Bermuda was absolutely stunning with it's pastel coloured houses with the white roofs, the carefully tended gardens and landscaping, beautiful turquoise water and the characteristic pink sand beaches and so much more. This cruise is something I shall never forget! Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
In general, this cruise met our high-expectations for a Carnival cruise. The ship itself was well-laid out, well-maintained, and the service was outstanding. I have to single out Rodney, our cabin steward, for going the extra mile to ... Read More
In general, this cruise met our high-expectations for a Carnival cruise. The ship itself was well-laid out, well-maintained, and the service was outstanding. I have to single out Rodney, our cabin steward, for going the extra mile to help my sister-in-law who was struggling during some rough seas. He went above and beyond the call while she was in distress. The wait staff was professional and friendly. The food was good....not the best I've had on Carnival, but of very high quality. We travelled with a group of 15, and one of the drink waiters became very familiar with our group and took great care of us all over the ship. He went by Evan, and was a complete pleasure to deal with. The one area of surprise had to do with the entertainment. Granted it was a small item, but the crew member (Melvin) who ran the karaoke and Legends Show auditions demonstrated a rare arrogance that was only exceeded by his cluelessness...not something I've ever seen on a Carnival cruise. Essentially there was no audition process and he just picked who he wanted to be on the show. When questioned about the process, his response was a terse "I decide", a major departure from the usual Carnival routine of fellow passengers deciding who will perform. Well he decided, and the Legends Show was hands down the worst we've ever seen. Although I will admit it was pretty funny when the guy picked to sing Garth Brooks forgot the words, and the guy who crushed the song during the audition night, but didn't get picked, sang it from the audience for him.... The other surprise was the lack of availability of the Cruise Director, Trevor. We heard his voice a lot, but he certainly wasn't available to passengers. In general, it was a good trip. We obviously enjoy Carnival, know what to expect, and in general they came through again. The small entertainment issue aside, I would give Carnival Pride a very high recommendation for anyone considering cruising on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
We sailed on the Carnival Pride from Baltimore to Bermuda on October 2, 2011. I have to say that Carnival wasnt my first choice but the extra 2 days for about the same price as Royal Caribbeans similar cruise (5 days) was very appealing. ... Read More
We sailed on the Carnival Pride from Baltimore to Bermuda on October 2, 2011. I have to say that Carnival wasnt my first choice but the extra 2 days for about the same price as Royal Caribbeans similar cruise (5 days) was very appealing. Cruising directly from our hometown was an added bonus. The Pride exceeded our expectations in nearly every way. Embarkation was quick, easy and efficient. Debarkation was the same. We were on the ship within minutes of arriving at the port. The common areas were large and well decorated (atrium, lounges, bars) and there were always lounge chairs available on the outside decks. It was a little difficult sometimes to get a chair in the adults only area at the back of the ship but since we sailed in October most of the passengers were adults. The staff-members throughout the ship were friendly and the service was excellent. Our cabin was kept impeccably clean during the 7 days onboard. The cabin was a very comfortable size with more storage space than I have had on any of the other 9 cruises Ive taken! I think the best-kept secret on this ship is the category 4K cabins. They are priced as inside cabins but are behind the lifeboats and have floor to ceiling French doors. You have daylight with an obstructed view (very obstructed in most of the rooms unless youre able to get a room in between the lifeboats, which we did!) You can see these rooms on the deck plan. Two of them are 4140 and 4148. There were nightly shows of exceptionally high quality, in fact I can honestly say the shows were the best Ive seen on any of the lines on which Ive cruised (Princess, Royal Caribbean, NCL, Holland America). Food was good, though not exceptional. There werent as many choices in the main dining room as Ive seen on other ships. The Mermaid Grille buffet was excellent and always had a wide variety of choices. This location was a wonderful option for breakfast and lunch, especially on days in port. We were always able to find a table with a view. We didnt take any tours offered by the ship. I prefer to arrange tours with local companies on my own and often find that they are more reasonable priced and you get to see more. The activities on board were varied and plentiful and were the same as youd have on any ship. Carnival could improve the prize for contests. The plastic ship on a stick became a good-natured joke. One activity we did attend that was interesting was a discussion with some staff members about what life onboard was like. Id say the only real disappointment was the library, which was small and didnt have much of a variety of things to read. Magazines and newspapers would be a nice addition. On the whole, I would highly recommend this cruise to anyone in the mid-Atlantic who would like to visit Bermuda, especially people in the Baltimore/Washington area. Bermuda is one place I keep going back to and am never disappointed by its beauty,friendly people and high quality of life. You wont be disappointed either. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
This is the 4th cruise to Bermuda for my DH and I. Our 3rd from Baltimore. We couldn't be more pleased with the Baltimore Cruise Terminal. We have never had an issue at this port and would be happy to keep cruising from Baltimore ... Read More
This is the 4th cruise to Bermuda for my DH and I. Our 3rd from Baltimore. We couldn't be more pleased with the Baltimore Cruise Terminal. We have never had an issue at this port and would be happy to keep cruising from Baltimore as long as some cruise line keeps up with 7 day trips to Bermuda. This was our first Carnival cruise and we did like the ship. We had a cabin on the Riviera deck as I'm prone to seasickness. Our cabin was spacious and clean and our steward never left us wanting for anything. It was also a first for us in that we always had hot water for showers. Yay! Room service was prompt and the coffee was never cold. The decor of the ship is renaissance and seemed a bit dark, save for the Sunset Garden. Not much to do there but chill and enjoy the view, but it was bright and sunny. Yes, there are nudes everywhere you look, and some are pretty goofy. It's pretty easy to navigate your way about the ship and we only had to wait once for an elevator. There are plenty. We aren't much into ships activities. We saw the adult comedy show the first night and didn't go to any other shows, comedy or other. The comedian was crude and just not funny. We spent about an hour in the casino and lost but had a lot of fun. We did spend quite a bit of time in Serenity. The bartender was good (as was the bartender in the Atrium) and we were usually able to snag a seat. The hammock was comfy and in the shade. We had to shoo away smokers only twice which is par for the course. And they didn't put up a fuss. But don't worry if you can't find a place in Serenity. Really! Just go up a deck or two and there's plenty of deck chairs. Unlike the other ships we've sailed where you just give up after a while, I swear the Pride had a deck chair for every bottom. And Serenity is always playing a loop of music that we're pretty sure we heard several times a day. The other decks are much more quiet and I didn't have to turn up my IPod to drown out the competing music. There weren't many kids on our cruise so getting away from them wasn't an issue. And they were pretty darn cute anyway! And I almost forgot, we like to watch Karaoke but couldn't after the first night as the venue was a little ashtray the Pride likes to call the Starry Night. Note to Carnival, please don't put Karaoke in a bar that also houses all the cigar smokers. The Raphael Lounge was much better. I don't claim to be a foodie or a wine snob (but I really liked the Thirsy Frog beer on tap...yes, I'm a tappie) so I can't give a hard core review of the food. I'll say it was okay. I like to get meal time over with and go on to more interesting activities. But our best meals were in the Normandie and David's steakhouse. I didn't like the Mermaid Grille's breakfasts but lunch and dinner were okay. The pizza was good and hot, the paninis were super, and I'm a burger girl. And this burger girl says the burgers are good...just let us doctor them up ourselves. David's steakhouse was very nice but not worth the upcharge, even though we had our best meals there. The chocolate melting cake in the Normandie is everything you've heard it to be...and more. That's going to be my mission here at home...learn how to make that devilish dessert. Bermuda was lovely, as always. We visited St. George on our first day there. It's our favorite location in Bermuda. We just walked around and made our way to Tobacco Bay, St. Catherine's, and Achilles Bay. We visited Somer's Garden which we'd never done before and that was very pretty. Day two we went to Horseshoe Bay and had a great time, best ever at the beach. There was a rip current and threatening clouds overhead, but it was still perfect to us. We were docked in Kings Wharf and spent our last morning just walking around. We went to the sea glass beach and found some treasures, got our free sample of rum cake (not self serve anymore...they're on to me!)and got our last minutes soda and gifts. We didn't venture into Hamilton on this trip but if you want night life you have to go to Hamilton. We love seven day Bermuda cruises and sailing from Baltimore. Hint, hint to the cruise lines. We have been to Bermuda in May, July, and October and October is our favorite. All in all, we enjoyed our cruise and liked the ship better than RCI and NCL ships we've sailed. We would sail the Pride again but only to Bermuda. We like being in the same port for the duration. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
We chose this cruise because of destination, Bermuda, and the fact it was only 52 miles from home. The trip to Baltimore was easy with plenty of time to spare. We arrived early, around 11AM. and were able to board early. very easy ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of destination, Bermuda, and the fact it was only 52 miles from home. The trip to Baltimore was easy with plenty of time to spare. We arrived early, around 11AM. and were able to board early. very easy embarktion, very smooth and courteous.We walked around and then went to the lido deck for lunch. The ship was delayed, and we watched while they loaded late deliveries. Our room was ready early and bags were there. Great service. Room was clean and spacious although the balcony could have been bigger. Room steward was super. Trip a bit rocky to start but smoothed out. The speakers throughout the ship need to be updated, as most times you couldn't understand what they were saying. Dinner was open time,and we never waited more than 5 minutes. Very polite service, but never got a hot meal in the dinning room. Hostess was very nice but the last two nights our serves were slow or non entities. Breakfast and lunches at the Buffet. Pools very small, Hot tubs even smaller. Shows OK but not as good as the other cruise. Casino very outdated and laid out poorly. Would probably go back, only if they go out of Baltimore and to somewhere we haven't been. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
This was our 10 year wedding anniversary so we were hoping to not be disappointed. In the the end we were more then happy. Both embarkation and disembarkation out of Baltimore were quick and easy. We really enjoyed our room which we ... Read More
This was our 10 year wedding anniversary so we were hoping to not be disappointed. In the the end we were more then happy. Both embarkation and disembarkation out of Baltimore were quick and easy. We really enjoyed our room which we thought was perfectly placed but there were times that you could hear carts from the floor above.The room steward was very nice and always had our room in tip top shape. Since we went after school was back in there wasn't many kids on board. Which helped make the cruise extra relaxing ( not that we are against children ). The ship was full but there were plenty of areas for everyone and it never seemed over crowded. I would say that the only exception to that would be the butterflies lounge for the comedians. I suggest that you arrive early to the comedy shows. And yes the comedians were extremely funny. I would definitely recommend the comedy shows especially the adult ones. All of the other shows and activities were fun. The main complaint that we had was the food. It wasn't bad but it wasn't great either. I do have to say that they have the best cruise ship pizza and Davids restaurant was excellent. The ships decor was also a little overwhelming. It wasn't what you would think as a decor for a ship sailing to bright sunny places. I also wish that they would have had more bands at the pool or at least a real dj, not just a guy selecting songs on a cd. Also as a final note, I would recommend Bermuda to anyone. It was a great port of call, with plenty of activities, and very friendly people. The island is expensive though so please make sure to take some extra cash. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
Carnival Pride Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.0
Family 5.0 4.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.8
Enrichment 3.0 3.5
Service 4.5 4.3
Value For Money 5.0 4.0
Rates N/A 4.2

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