20 Carnival Pride Bermuda Cruise Reviews

We were big Carnival fans but then they got greedy and service and quality went down to the basement. But we came back last year and things had improved-not much but somewhat On the Pride the service was excellent everywhere we went. ... Read More
We were big Carnival fans but then they got greedy and service and quality went down to the basement. But we came back last year and things had improved-not much but somewhat On the Pride the service was excellent everywhere we went. Our cabin steward Yasa was fantastic. we had cruised with him before on Carnival. He exceeded all expectations of service and being just a great guy. We usually have issues in the formal dining. I mean some bad slow service but this time on the Pride- HayDee and her team of Roland and Rexter were outstanding. They were terrific people. My wife cried on the last service saying goodbye-Yeah I got a little choked up too. Due to weather the production shows were modified but still good. I hope Carnival keeps them as they are fun and entertaining. Some other cruise lines have changed things up and we don't care for their entertainment Cruise direct Dr. E worked hard to keep the crown engaged. He was fun. We are senior citizens but like fun times and Carnival most of the time provides that. But we expect excellent service and decent food. Carnival keeps trickling UP their drink prices and gratuity while limiting choices like a "bar" brandy and 18% tag on for drinks. They are greedy. Parents- either leave your kids at home OR watch them- IT is NOT their ship to run all over screaming and hollering. All in all- a good time was had. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
My first attempt at a cruise review after 4 cruises. We were to leave Baltimore on September 9, 2018 for Bermuda. Because of Hurricane Florence we were rerouted to the Bahamas. Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Freeport. We cruised to ... Read More
My first attempt at a cruise review after 4 cruises. We were to leave Baltimore on September 9, 2018 for Bermuda. Because of Hurricane Florence we were rerouted to the Bahamas. Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Freeport. We cruised to those islands in 2011. I will give you some updates on changes I noticed on this cruise since our last cruise in 2016.. MY OBSERVATIONS: PARKING LOT: There used to be 2 lanes, one for cash and one for credit. The cash line was always the shortest. Now both lanes are open for either cash or credit. EMBARKATION: Seeming long lines at the 1:00 - 1:30 check in but they moved really fast. Carry on bags went through the xray conveyor belt but this time they were not opened and inspected like they did in 2016. We were aboard in about 15-20 minutes. Rooms were ready at 2:00. SHOWER: Water pressure in the shower was excellent. Shower curtain was extra long and didn’t wrap around you while you were taking a shower. I do wish they would add a small grab bar in the shower while the Pride is in drydock. ROOM SERVICE: Room steward brings a card and you check off AM, PM or BOTH. We were not pressured one way or another. We chose AM and wrote in ice. Our room steward was I Ketut and he was great! ROOMS: Our 4K room had a flat screen TV. Previous years you could find the day’s menu and check your sign-and-sail balance on the TV. Now you have to download the Carnival Hub to see those things. We didn’t take a device to use and locked our phones in the safe so this was no help to us. We would check our balance and add money if needed at one of the Kiosk’s at either end of the Casino. Never had to stand in line at Guest Services. I listed the TV Channels you get on the room TVs at the end of this review. BRUNCH: OJ was the only juice offered but you could ask for others. The bread basket came around and you could pick one piece. Menu was great! DINNER: We had YTD on the 3rd floor dining room. Bread basket was placed on the table. Water was really good on this cruise. Some choices came in little bit larger portions (caesar salad especially). Our waiters were awesome! Arta, Arya and Libin. At around 5:30 the line would start forming for the YTD. Crew members from the Dining Room were nice enough to bring those disabled guests right in to a table so they didn’t have to stand in line. I thought that was very nice. In past years they had a menu board outside the Dining Room with that night’s dinner menu. This cruise there was none. LIDO: Lots of good choices for lunch. Breakfast was always the same. I am not a fan. Best drink we found from Lido was to put about ½ inch of lemonade in the cup, add ice and then fill with water. Excellent lemon-water! Lido now has platters alongside the plates. Perfect to use as a tray if you need one, especially for bringing coffee and pastries back to the room. GUY’S BURGERS: Guys is a matter of opinion. Some love it and some do not. My husband loved it but I don’t usually eat burgers. The fries looked greasy and not crispy. However, I love fried onion sandwiches! I got a burger roll from Guys and filled it with the (yes, very greasy) fried onions from their fixins bar. Delish! PIZZA: We both preferred the pizza of 2 years ago made on a flat bread/foca bread type crust. This time it was made on traditional round pizza crust and it was served as ½ pizza when you ordered. (Unless you wanted a whole one. Approximate size was a medium). SHOWS: We didn’t go to any of the musical shows except KARAOKE which was fun. Hosted by Assistant Cruise Director Bendy Blake who was awesome! We did attend the CARIBBEAN SHOPPING SHOW. As reported by others, it was a waste of time, just telling you where to shop on the islands. (Stores associated with Carnival). Love and Marriage Show was hosted by Dr. E and of course it was very funny. He asked around 10 questions. COMEDIANS: Didn’t attend but heard they were very funny but only about 20 minutes sessions. Last couple of nights they had no comedians because they were to be picked up in Freeport on Friday but we skipped that port and came straight home Thursday after Half Moon Cay. CASINO: We spent a little time in the Casino on the first night. The smoke was unbearable. When we got back to our room, our clothes smelled like cigarette smoke! I wish they would make the table game side of the Casino the smoking section and the Slot Machines on the right as non smoking. That might help a little. DH was able to pick up a stack of $100 from the claw machine. We saw a couple other people grab one as well. CREW: As always, you won’t find a nicer, friendlier crew anywhere. When ship is docked in a port, the crew members are busy cleaning. CRUISE DIRECTOR: Reverend Dr. E (Eversen) was so funny and personable! Best cruise director we have ever sailed with! PORTS: GRAND TURK: We were last in Grand Turk in 2011 so it has been awhile. Back then Carnival advised to stay in the Carnival port area and not wander off beyond there. This time, locals were everywhere in the port. They offered golf cart rentals, jeep rentals, tours, chairs and umbrellas closest to the beach. It was really a big difference and to me it just seemed overcrowded with so much going on. Port shops were great. Half Moon Cay: Awesome as always. Captain announced on Thursday evening when we left Half Moon Cay that we would not be docking at Freeport on Friday due to Hurricane Florence. We would leave right then and go farther out to sea and around the Hurricane on our way back to Baltimore. Friday was a rough sea day as we did hit some rough seas. This also cancelled the Comedians for Friday and Saturday as we were unable to pick them up in Freeport. DEBARKATION: We did self-assist for the first time and loved it! If you have any questions, I would be happy to answer. TV CHANNEL SHOWING 11 FUN FINDS 13 CRUISE LIFE 14 CHANNEL GUIDE 15 SAFETY INFORMATION 16 FUN ABOARD 17 CARNIVAL ADVENTURES 18 MAP CHANNEL 19 FORWARD CAMERA VIEW 20 LIDO CAMERA VIEW 21 AUDIBLE FUNTIMES 22 CNN 23 CNN INTERNATIONAL 24 CNN SPANISH 25 HLN 26 BOOMERANG 27 CARTOON NETWORK 28 TNT 29 TBS / WATCHED IN ENGLISH/COMMERCIALS IN SPANISH 30 TCM 31 TRUTV / SPANISH IN PM & ENGLISH IN AM 32 FREE MOVIE CHANNEL / MOVIE GUIDE BETWEEN MOVIES 33 FUN FOR ALL 34 OCEAN VIEW 35 GOOD TO KNOW 36 MUSIC CHANNEL Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We like to cruise out of Baltimore for the easy access for us We leave a day early and stay at the Best western O'Donnell st great transfers and easy boarding food was very good great service as always only real complaint was ... Read More
We like to cruise out of Baltimore for the easy access for us We leave a day early and stay at the Best western O'Donnell st great transfers and easy boarding food was very good great service as always only real complaint was the flys at Princess cay at the food area HORRIBLE need to do something about it people just tossing there food out Having platinum status sure makes life easy Carnival really takes care of you from perks to early boarding to first off the ship nice job Carnival The entertainment in the main showroom needs help need to get some jugglers or magicians some thing other then the dancers couple shows were good first two of the week stunk you could tell by how empty the venue was Comedy shows were good around the ship entertainment was good nice job from the cruise director. The band Beast from the east was very good and so was will terri guitar slolist The late night deck party's had major cut backs pretty lame and the chocolate Buffett has gone down hill Ship was supper clean Crewe was great all around a great time going back next year Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This is our 6th Carnival cruise and the 4th on the Pride. We love the Carnival Spirt Class ships. From the layout to the capacity. This cruise was sold out and we never felt crowded or have to wait long for anything except Muster and ... Read More
This is our 6th Carnival cruise and the 4th on the Pride. We love the Carnival Spirt Class ships. From the layout to the capacity. This cruise was sold out and we never felt crowded or have to wait long for anything except Muster and debarkation which is normal. The cruise terminal staff was quick and had us onboard in less than 20 minutes. Once we left the ship we were back in our car in less than 15 minutes. This was our first cruise to Bermuda and it was nice being able to enjoy the island each day and have place to come back to for a rest or a meal whenever we needed. The Kings Wharf / Royal Naval Dockyard area are great if you don't want to stray to far away and just want to shop and do a few activities. The shuttles, busses, taxis and ferries are all right there and can take you anywhere else you need to go. Even with a larger ship in port with us it was easy to get transportation without a long wait. We decide not to do any shore excursions because we had so much time on the island to do our own thing. The itinerary is not offered too often from Baltimore and was a nice option from the normal itinaries. We really enjoyed the extended time in port allowing us to explore and enjoy the island. Any of the staff and crew we interacted with on the Pride were always friendly and professional. The ship is in very good shape. They were always cleaning and doing repairs as needed to keep her tidy. It was disturbing to see that some guests seem to think the ship is their own toy. Damaging, defacing or just leaving trash anywhrere they please. The food and entertainment on the Pride was as good as the first time we cruised. I see others complain and can't understand why. It is what you make it. If I have ever needed something or had a concern I have asked the staff and they make it good and take care of it. We have already booked our next cruise on the Pride in less than 6 months. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
I can't say enough good things about the cruise my DH and I took to celebrate our 25th anniversary on the Carnival Pride. From the accommodations, to the friendly crew, to the Carnival Excursions, the entire experience was absolutely ... Read More
I can't say enough good things about the cruise my DH and I took to celebrate our 25th anniversary on the Carnival Pride. From the accommodations, to the friendly crew, to the Carnival Excursions, the entire experience was absolutely fantastic. This was only our second cruise (first back in 1999), but we've already booked 2 more! We boarded the ship in Baltimore - such an easy boarding experience. Then we enjoyed all the ship had to offer - Steakhouse reservations one evening, comedy shows throughout, a Behind the Fun tour, several stage shows, and the Cheers! drink package. Our waiters Francisco, Igusti, and Michele were so attentive and did a fabulous job making us feel spoiled. The Serenity Pool (though often crazy crowded) was a nice respite from the regular Lido deck pool. Our room #7192 was perfectly situated in the middle of everything, but was not at all noisy. The balcony was fantastic - so nice to be able to watch the ship pull into Bermuda and dock, then watch it all drift away as we sailed off. :( The Carnival Excursions, though somewhat pricey, were definitely worth it. Highly recommend the Restless Native Catamaran snorkeling excursion. We had a private cove all to ourselves to snorkel, look for seashells, or just float and enjoy paradise. The crew (Zander, Sam & Steve) were very personable and made us feel right at home. And the Rum Swizzles and freshly made chocolate chip cookies were perfect for the ride back. Also, the Horseshoe Bay excursion (though way too short) was an awesome experience. The driver even took us the long way back to the ship, past the Gibbs lighthouse, for some photo ops. Check out the Arts and Crafts market and the Ferry (within walking distance to the ship) - very nice! Also, visit Hamilton via the Ferry (only $4.00 one-way) and enjoy some of the amazing shops in town. I honestly can't wait to go back to Bermuda! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We had a great time on our 25th anniversary cruise. We had a balcony stateroom on the 4th deck aft starboard side - very convenient for getting to the 2nd deck where all of the action was. This cruise's schedule was disrupted by ... Read More
We had a great time on our 25th anniversary cruise. We had a balcony stateroom on the 4th deck aft starboard side - very convenient for getting to the 2nd deck where all of the action was. This cruise's schedule was disrupted by Tropical Storm Karl - but Carnival did a good job of keeping us up to date on the changes. Things we really enjoyed: Alchemy Bar - we first saw this on our last cruise and enjoyed it there - and also loved it on the Pride. Very creative martinis and great bartenders. It was popular almost every time we passed it - partly because it is right next to the dining room entrance so people go for a before dinner drink. Chef's Table - this is the first time we have done this and we really enjoyed it. Wonderful food and a great atmosphere with only 12 people. Wine and champagne are included with the dinner. It is pricey at $75 per person but we thought it was worth it. Most of the others that were doing it had done it several times before. Steakhouse - We did this the first night and really enjoyed it as usual. So much food but it is wonderful. If you go the first night of the cruise, it is a free bottle of cheap wine or half price of any wine they have. Trivia Games - we love these, lots of fun as always. Bermuda was nice - though the weather was rainy. We did an all day tour with a non-Carnival supplier - it was very nice and took us all over the island. It was called Hidden Gems of Bermuda. The area around the King's Wharf had quite a bit of shopping as well as a small beach - so if you didn't want to go far that was nice. Overall we had a great time and would highly recommend this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
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
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
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 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 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
This was our second cruise this year on the Pride. We enjoyed our first one very much, and decided to return to try their Bermuda cruise, never having been to that location. Embarkation was quick and easy. We arrived in Baltimore ... Read More
This was our second cruise this year on the Pride. We enjoyed our first one very much, and decided to return to try their Bermuda cruise, never having been to that location. Embarkation was quick and easy. We arrived in Baltimore just before 1, and were able to get on board with virtually no waiting. Went up to the Lido deck for lunch, and while waiting for our cabin to be ready, stopped at the dining room to change our dinner time. This was easy and quick, again no lines, and the maitre d' was very pleasant and efficient. Got to our room around 3 pm; our room stewart Angel was there to greet us, but unfortunately our luggage was not delivered promptly, and didn't arrive until after dinner. Angel did a great job of taking care of our room all week, though. Our first day at sea was extremely windy, with high seas. Most of the pools and hot tubs were closed, and it was very difficult to walk around the ship. The captain clearly did not deploy the stabilizers. I know that they do cut down on fuel efficiency, but felt they should have been used in this situation. Quite a few passengers were seasick. Fortunately, conditions improved by dinnertime, and after that evening, things went much more smoothly. It was interesting to compare this September trip with our July cruise to the Bahamas. Very few kids this time, so we were actually able to use the pools and hot tubs! We still were unable to get a lounge on the Serenity deck, though. People arrive very early in the morning and hog them all day. Tuesday night we had dinner at David's Steakhouse. The meal was delicious and beautifully presented. For breakfast we generally went to the omelet station in the Mermaid Grill -- sometimes the lines were a bit long, but the freshly-prepared eggs were a big improvement over the pre-cooked ones in the buffet. We usually had lunch in the grill as well; some of the buffet lines were long, but if you don't go when the buffet first opens, you can usually get your meal without too much of a wait. For dinner, we decided to try "anytime" dining for the first time, and liked it very much. Again, don't go when the dining room first opens and you won't have to wait in line. Dining room staff was very efficient. Several times we were in a bit of a hurry, and they always brought our meals very promptly. Our days in Bermuda were hot and sunny, and we really enjoyed spending 2 overnights in the port. In the future I will definitely look for cruises that have overnight stays. We had time to visit beaches and the city of Hamilton, but unfortunately didn't get to St. George because the ferries don't run very frequently. Wish we'd known that in advance, so we could have managed our time more efficiently. None of the shore excursions sounded very interesting, so we didn't sign up for any -- maybe we should have! Entertainment on the ship is very good. We really enjoyed Ron Joseph's Motown show, very entertaining. The Pride Showband also did a Motown night in the Starry Nights bar, and vocalist Kelsey really got the crowd up and dancing. On our last Pride cruise I complained that there wasn't enough of an opportunity to dance -- maybe somebody listened! We also attended some Karaoke and Superstar Live just to hear the band, even though I'm not a big karaoke fan. The stage shows are a bit dated but very well performed by the singers and dancers. Loved comedian Percy Crews, didn't see any of the other comics. Watched the Legends show on Saturday night; if you enjoy seeing your fellow guests get as wacky as they can be, you'll enjoy this. Most of them were not wonderful singers, though, and personally I prefer watching the professionals. Although seeing cruise director Brent as Dolly Parton was pretty funny! We used the spa several times; Daniella gave me one of the best massages I've ever had -- very relaxing and enjoyable. Went to the gym a few times, and everything there is in good shape. Without exception, the crew on this ship is wonderful. We make a point of talking to as many of them as possible, and were always greeted with a smile, and often by name. Some of them even remembered us from our last cruise. Debarkation went smoothly. We were one of the last groups scheduled to depart, so we took our time with breakfast in the Grill and relaxed by the pool for a while. We were off the ship by 11. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
This was our second Cruise on the Carnival Pride, and our second experience with the Port in Baltimore. And being a warm weather beach party kinda guy, was apprehensive about Bermuda. Bermuda being a "PROPER" country. We chose ... Read More
This was our second Cruise on the Carnival Pride, and our second experience with the Port in Baltimore. And being a warm weather beach party kinda guy, was apprehensive about Bermuda. Bermuda being a "PROPER" country. We chose this cruise because Baltimore is only 60 miles form where we live, and because of my wife's profession, Elementary School Teacher, this was the only time available, as it was spring break.First .. after the last cruise of staying overnight in a hotel in Baltimore and leaving our car at the Hotel during the cruise, we opted to park in the Cruise Line area parking lot. Reason was that when the cruise was over, it took the Hotel 2 hours to pick us up and return us to the Hotel to pick up the car.Our choice to park in the Cruise line Parking Lot worked out great. Sorta quoting a female Alaskan Vice Presidential Candidate - "I could see my car from the Lido Deck!"This cruise, due to finances, we opted out of booking a suite. Instead, we booked a Balcony Cruise. Turned out not to be a bad choice. Me being the VIP seeking person, who likes to get on the ship and of first, was concerned I would be waiting in long lines to board. Well a funny thing happened. If I had a way of posting pictures here I would show you. On the Cruise in Nov 2010 we had a Grand Suite. I took a picture of the Pride's Clock on the Lido Deck. As a VIP then we boarded first. This cruise we were in Group 8, and boarded after the VIP Guest. Upon reaching the Lido Deck, I took a picture of the Pride's clock. Both the Nov 2010 cruise and this one - twilight zone theme starts - Both showed 1:23 PM. From this point on, everything went well. Rooms were ready at the regular time. And unlike the Nov 2010 cruise, we actually departed on time.A couple days at sea before my dreaded expectations of going to Bermuda and spending about 48 hours docked their.So, being a person of chance, shown by my risk of picking a Bermuda Cruise, I wandered down to meet my old buddies ... The Slots. And in hand I carried a invitation in my hand that I found in my cabin that basically stated that because of my relationship with the slots on my last two cruises I qualified for the new "ON-US" program. Also Known as - Free Drinks while playing the slots. And I will leave the casino stories here with this - My Slot playing became a two way challenge. Would I lose to the slots or would Carnival Lose in then amount of free drinks. Results of this personal challenge for another day.My Expectations of Bermuda were, and I hate to admit it, wrong. It is a wondrous strange place. Seems all that Proper stuff with rules and regulations of proper dress, proper behavior, visitors can't rent cars, swim wear exposing to much skin beyond 25 feet of the actual beach water line, and more only extends from the water line inland. We took three excursion, two of which were booked via Carnival and one that we booked on our own.We spent From 1 pm April 19 to 5 PM April 21 docked in Bermuda. And other than the excursions, we never made it out of the Kings Wharf Area. The people of Bermuda, the people who ran the excursions, the People who we met in the shops on Kings Wharf, and my favorite place - The Frog and Onion - were unbelievably awesome. Having my expectations of Bermuda shattered, I find that I will return someday to see and do what I did not have time to do on that long docked period.My only negatives about the cruise was, that during the long docked period on Bermuda, the activities available on the Cruise Ship Pride seemed to shut down. Being On Board during that time was a bit ... BORING!And as with my first cruise on the Pride ... She Shows (stand by for blunt criticism)were .. well let me just say the Simon Cowel of American Idle and Nigel of - You Think you could dance, would have eliminated them on the initial try outs. And if you know Simon's way of doing this .... He would have said it in a way that I could, but will not say here.Note - The shows do not include the Comedy Club Shows. They, as always were great.And I will leave it here. Would I go on the Pride again? Yes! Will I go on the Pride again? Most likely not! Why? Moving from Northern Va to Florida in the next few months, and my options are now open to checking out other Carnival Cruise ships withing Driving distance.And that's the way it was... No complaints! Steve Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
After reading some negative reviews of Pride (both prior to and following our particular cruise) I can't help but wonder what ship those folks were on because, from my experience, it sure wasn't the Pride. Some of these ... Read More
After reading some negative reviews of Pride (both prior to and following our particular cruise) I can't help but wonder what ship those folks were on because, from my experience, it sure wasn't the Pride. Some of these complaints and observances that I've seen are just ridiculous!For a nine year old ship it's in pretty darn good condition. We also sailed on Pride out of Baltimore two years ago and the ship looks as nice as it did then. Embarkment from Baltimore was a breeze. It took us 20 minutes to check in, go through security, etc...before we boarded the ship. Debarkment a week later was just as easy.The crew on Carnival Pride is wonderful. Everybody was so friendly and worked so hard to help make our experience a good one. The passengers on this sailing were really terrific as well. A very friendly bunch of people. We met some very nice folks.The food at the Normande Restaurant was fabulous every night. The service was great. We opted for Anytime Dining, (which works very well for us) so we did not have the same table and servers every night. We were seated in Roderick's section on three occasions and in Thomas' on two evenings. Every dining experience in there was top-notch. Can't recommend it enough. So very worth cleaning up for.Our stateroom service was excellent. Our steward was Serge and he was very personable and did a terrific job. We loved the two night layover in port @ Bermuda. We were able to come and go as we pleased at all hours of the day and night, so we never felt rushed in port to try and cram as much as possible into a 10 hour span. We were able to be relaxed and leisurely and it was a real pleasure. Also, Bermuda is beautiful and fascinating. It always helps to have a desirable port of call. JAll in all, a GREAT vacation and we can't wait to go again! Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
I was unsure what to expect given the vast array of reviews...It became clear very quickly that some people who write reviews are just generally unhappy and unpleasable.My initial impression upon boarding the ship was that this ship is ... Read More
I was unsure what to expect given the vast array of reviews...It became clear very quickly that some people who write reviews are just generally unhappy and unpleasable.My initial impression upon boarding the ship was that this ship is beautiful. Nothing in the week that followed changed my mind at all. The entire crew was there to make this a great vacation for all the passengers. I took the time to talk with many...usually at one of the many bars :-). They are, as you would expect from all over the world....Communication was not an issue as they all spoke English...and rather well too.Our cabin ( on deck 7 - 7220) It was truly mid ship near the main elevators. BTW...there are many elevator banks on this ship. The cabin was very roomy, incredibly clean and very well maintained by the cabin steward. The bathroom was just as clean and also had ample room to move around. The showers were great..(great pressure). We stored our 4 pieces of luggage under the king size bed...did not see them again till packing time... :-(Our cruise on April 17 set sail for Bermuda. I have been there before, several times. There is not really much to do there. A little sight seeing, a little shopping, although there are no real bargains there. We chose this trip because the dates worked for us. We really did not care where we went...We got off the boat at Kings Wharf, took a ferry to Hamilton (their main city). We had lunch and looked in a few shops. Other than that, we were happy to stay on board the ship as it tends to get very quiet on board at those port times. That was nice !!As for the food...it was very good. The Normandy Restaurant (dining room) had very good service and always aiming to please. We never had a bad meal there. In fact, I saw some people actually order 2 entries, or 2 starter apps simply because they could. The menu changed to some degree every day, but there were always some things that remained standard. We had dinner one evening in "Davids"...the steak house on deck 10. It was worth every penny. It cost $30 per person, but the food and the presentation were wonderful !It is true that the deck with the buffet could get a bit crowded at times, but there were always tables to sit at if you were patient for a minute or two...that's it. The food there was equally good. There were all sorts of stations set up...you just needed to walk around and see what each station had to offer...some stations always remained constant. This was simply not a big deal...some past reviews, I saw that people complained about the disorganization...this is simply not true or even a fair assessment. The deck is big and it was laid out well in my opinion.In thinking about the trip as a whole and really trying to critic it a bit...the only thing that I would have liked to see different, would be the Serenity Deck...This is the adults only area with lounge chairs, a pool, a hot tub and a great bar. There were also some nice comfortable chairs in the bar area in which you could lounge back on..just not in the sun. On the "sailing" days...you needed to get out there fairly early to secure a lounge in the sun or they were already taken...I guess what I'm saying is that i wish there was a bit more room planned for the adults only section. But if you don't mind kids, there were plenty of other pools and lounge chairs around the others decks to soak up the sun. I simply felt that I left my kids home for a reason...I preferred the Serenity deck. :-)We spent most evenings after dinner in the comedy club. They have several shows each night by several different comics. They include "rated R" shows so nobody under 18 were in those particular shows. Each comic was incredibly funny. If your not an uptight person...you will truly enjoy these shows. I laughed so much my cheeks hurt :-)Overall...We were very very pleased with The Carnival Pride and will absolutely consider Carnival again when planning another cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 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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