14 Carnival Pride Bermuda Cruise Reviews

The Trip: Now that our kids are grown, my wife and I prefer cruising in late August/early September for several reasons - not the least of which is to take advantage of back-to-school while its still warm enough to swim and enjoy the ... Read More
The Trip: Now that our kids are grown, my wife and I prefer cruising in late August/early September for several reasons - not the least of which is to take advantage of back-to-school while its still warm enough to swim and enjoy the sun. This year was no different, and we knew the risk of booking during hurricane season - despite the fact that we'd been lucky over the previous 4 cruises and knew the odds were starting stack up against us. Previously we've had minor inconveniences, but nothing major. Well, we finally had a cruise that had to be redirected due to a hurricane, and it really wasn't that bad of an experience. We had a couple of days of rough weather (5-10 foot swells), but we wore the seasick patch and fared pretty well. Other people who had nothing or waited too late to take Dramamine didn't fare as well for 2 of the days, but I have to thank Carnival for redirecting south along the far edge of the storm to Grand Turk and Amber Cove rather than going north to New England or Canada - we were able to enjoy the warm weather and swim/sunbathe all 7 days. The Ship: The pride is an older ship, but in general Carnival's refreshes have improved her and she has held up fairly well. Some complain about the decor (I frankly don't care), and others complain that the ship is old. However, my wife and I prefer the smaller feel of the older design - the newer ships (in particular the megaships) are just too crowded for my taste. We did a Royal Caribbean cruise on a larger ship (3500-4000 passengers), and were turned off by the way they managed the larger crowds. The downside to the smaller design is that there really isn't a lot to do all day during bad/cold weather; the bigger ships have enclosed pools or other activities beyond the bars and casino. A definite upside is that the passenger to crew ratio is better, and the ship is easy to navigate. The Food: The best "free" food is definitely in the dining room at dinner, and the whole experience is a positive. The food was generally very good, although a few items were average (appetizer/dessert). My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the singing and dancing of the waiters - it is a nice touch I hope they keep. For lunch Guy's was great, and rivaled any chain such (Five Guys or Smashburger). The Lido buffet is passable, but it is average at best even for a buffet. At breakfast the dining room was good, but the room service egg sandwiches were not. We did pay for David's steakhouse one night for dinner, and it was excellent. Entertainment: One of the reasons my Wife and I prefer Carnival over other lines is the nightly comedy club. Over a 7 day cruise there are 2 pairs of comedians who do 3 different sets apiece so the comedy is fresh each night. The comedy shows are thus much better than the song and dance production in the main theater. On good weather days there is plenty to do up on deck, and at night there are plenty of choices of live music along with the typical clubs and bars. Service: For the most part service was pretty good, and in particular our steward and Dinner staff were very good. They did seem to be rushed at times, but were always pleasant. Walking the ship, most of the crew would greet you with a smile and a hello. The steward did offer a choice of morning or evening which offends some, but honestly I didn't feel the need for anything more than once. Embarkation: We live in southern New Jersey, and have sailed out of New Jersey, New York, and Baltimore. By far the easiest port to get into an out of is Baltimore. The new scheme of your sail-and-sign card being on your door is absolutely fantastic - there was virtually no line at security and once we were through we just walked onto the ship. We typically do the "faster-to-the-fun", but for embarkation you really don't need it now. Grand Turk: This was our first time to Grand Turk, and since we were redirected there after we sailed we couldn't do any prior homework. We picked an excursion for an all inclusive trip to a beach, and would not do it again. The food was pretty bad, and the drinks were basically rum punch or soda. It was a 10-15 minute ride, and it would have been much easier and cheaper simply to go to one of the beaches right at the port terminal. The beach had lots of rocks, and without water shoes my wife couldn't even go in deeper than her knees. Amber Cove: First time here as well, and we ended up booking a trip to "Ocean World" to swim with the dolphins and it was great. It is basically a smaller version of discovery cove plus seaworld, without the rides. Despite the reputation of the Dominican Republic, there was plenty of security at Amber Cove and Ocean World. Conclusion: We've already booked next year's cruise on the Pride, so yes I am happy with the experience. After cruising on Disney, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Celebrity my wife and I are convinced that Carnival offers not only the best value but has the best options for us. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
we have been on the carnival pride before, and we like the size; not too-too big(but still managed to get lost from time to time). cruise was smooth. even tho waves were high a few times. we had an extended balcony 7199 on deck 7. ... Read More
we have been on the carnival pride before, and we like the size; not too-too big(but still managed to get lost from time to time). cruise was smooth. even tho waves were high a few times. we had an extended balcony 7199 on deck 7. good central location for going down to dinner on deck 3, up to buffet/lounging on decks 9 and 10. sat at late dining at table for 8 all new to each other. what a great group; not sure how carnival arranges it, but was real nice. all left as friends, exchanging emails. food in dining was very good, served by waiters dedy and alit who were good, and fun. I had a few slices from the pirate pizza. they are made individually to choice and were very good. played a bunch of trivia games, always fun with good groups (who knows these things?) embarkation was crazy late and confused, apparently because the ship got back late previously due to fog. once on ship and over the big delay all was good. disembarkation on this cruise seemed to be scheduled later that others we have been on. we were called to get off and collect or luggage abt 11. went to david's steakhouse one night; super. besides the late start at embarking, I think the only con of the cruise was the time we were at sit-down for bfast and we seemed to be right under the dr. suess bfast above that blasted kid's music(we had 'heads, shoulders, knees..etc on our brains for a while after). in Bermuda we did on-day bus/ferry all over for $19ea. good way to see island, played golf at port royal one day. $90 each from golfnow. $30 taxi each way. overall great cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We live in Western PA - almost to Ohio. This is our second time cruising out of Baltimore. Last time was the late debarkation when Hurricane Irene hit Baltimore head on in 2011. We drove down the night before and stayed at the Hyatt ... Read More
We live in Western PA - almost to Ohio. This is our second time cruising out of Baltimore. Last time was the late debarkation when Hurricane Irene hit Baltimore head on in 2011. We drove down the night before and stayed at the Hyatt right inside the Inner Harbor. The Inner Harbor is nice, but if you've never been, just keep your wits about you. There are panhandlers, beggars and others that don't make you feel safe. I'm not 100% sure what could be done to make it better, but just a pre-warning to keep your wits about you. Finally, the morning of debarkation. Made a trip to the local Wal Mart to pick up a few things and then figured we'd take the leisurely drive to the ship and park and be off (last time, it was the smoothest experience EVER). This time, turned what was supposed to be a relaxing vacation into an anxiety induced, blood pressure raising nightmare. When they give you a check in time, I figured that we'd hit it right on the nose. 1:30 - 2:00. We had passed the ship 3 times on our way from the Hyatt to points East (went to JC Penney before previously mentioned trip to Wal Mart), then back past it to Wal Mart and then back to park. So, we know the ship was there by lets say 11:30 - Noon (someone said it was late coming in?) Anyhow, we sat in NIGHTMARE, not moving bumper to bumper traffic for almost TWO HOURS. Pro-Tip - don't stay in the right lane - I think that was our biggest mistake. FINALLY we make it to the lot. The last time here, you paid, then parked, then took your luggage to be checked in (if I'm not mistaken). Now, you wait and wait and wait, then drop your bags, then pay, then park. Just be prepared for the experience because it was just beyond nerve wracking. Finally, we go through security which was surprisingly efficient but then you are herded like cattle (for another hour - at least) to finally get your cards, etc. Then onto the ship. The people in Baltimore are awesome, but MY LORD the traffic. Not sure that being dropped off (not parking there would have been better, unless you wanted to walk for probably about 2 miles). It's just a huge bottleneck. Anyhow, needed a drink badly by now, so we had pre-ordered the Drink Package so we got our drinks (you have to pay tax on drinks while in Port - Baltimore at least, just FYI). Then we went to our room and not only was it ready, but our luggage was there already. What the WHATTT??!? Spoke to Cabin Steward, Christopher who was ok, but we rarely saw. I gave him a decent tip at the end of the cruise because I think he did the best he could (we don't have a set or predictable schedule). Almost immediately was the muster station drill. Then, time to go look at the new upgrades to the ship. They didn't have Guys, etc. in 2011 so it was cool to see the additions. We went and did some walking and drinking while we departed and just explored the ship, getting reacquainted with it until Dinner (we had asked our Travel Agent for Our Time, but they had us down for Late Seating) so we just messed around till 8:30. We got a table for two anyhow, but asked to be changed to our time. We ALWAYS do the SteakHouse the first night for the free bottle of wine, but they've extended this to the first sea day too, more on that later. We ate and caught one of the comedy shows, which were funny, but some areas of the ship are awkward because of the posts that block the views. First world problems.... We managed. The next two days at sea were decent, the weather wasn't always great and it was a bit chilly. There were amazingly few kids on board (actual kids, not adults that think they are kids...haha) Just kidding actually, probably one of the best group of people we've been on. Average age was probably 40 at the oldest. We chose this cruise so there were fewer kids and we were right. Nothing stands out on the way there, just typical sea days, it depends on what you are into. Sleep all day, gamble yourself into even deeper debt, play Bingo, trivia or drink yourself into a stupor, pass out, wash, rinse repeat. If you are bored, you are probably a boring, uppity and aren't able to be pleased, so can't help ya there, Princess. We did the SteakHouse on the first formal night (Monday) and got surf and turf (myself) and the wife got the lamb chops. Both were very good and no wine tastes better than free wine. Wednesday morning, we arrived in Bermuda as scheduled and the weather was overcast mostly. We had purchased the Best of Bermuda package from Carnival. Why overpay you may ask? We had Chef's Table the first port day and didn't want to jeopardize missing it, plus Carnival usually has pretty decent excursions, in our experience. We weren't disappointed. I'll likely do a video review on this on You Tube if you are interested, look it up (probably by December of 2017 - will title if: BEST OF BERMUDA ISLAND TOUR with LOU). That was the name of our guide. Just to give the highlights in a sentence or two - you get to see the entire island in a 5 - 6 hour period. Is it 100% perfect, no but if you've never been here (we had not) then it'll give you ideas for the rest of your time here. We got back to the ship and did some pool time then got ready and did the Chef's Table. If you've never done this, you must try it. This is our third time and we'll always do it, just for the experience and it's nice to feel like a King / Queen - if only for a couple hours. Sadly, our table-mates seem to be stuffy and not very friendly - almost like they either ARE the Upper Class of Society and we're the peasants (we're not loud people - we adapt to our surroundings) or they think they are and don't want to be bothered with even just light conversation. No matter! The food is great and they are great hard working people. Anastasia was amazingly attentive and you could just tell that she was giving it 150%. The Head Sous Chef (forget his name) was great also. The next day, we went to Horseshoe Beach - took a $7 / person bus there and back. I always worry that we'll be scammed by deals like this - but there are no scammers, homeless and panhandlers ANYWHERE on the Island - except Hamilton but I think the dude just drank himself into a early afternoon slumber. The people aren't like they are in Nassau and some of the other Caribbean locations - even at the port. The Port is clean and orderly, albeit, not much to do and we never felt threatened at all. Horseshoe Beach is crowded, but they have great amenities. It was overcast, only about 75 and the surf was VERY choppy so we didn't spend much time here. We don't like just laying on the beach - we like getting in the water and this wasn't going to happen. So, we were only here for like 1 1/2 hours. Back to the ship. It takes a long time to drive back because of the roads. I don't know if we'd suggest renting scooters because these people drive like maniacs and we saw an accident on the way back. The roads are obscenely narrow and I know that we wouldn't have felt safe. To each their own though. We got some pink sand to bring back (didn't have any issues with this, by the way). It's not pink like Pink Panther if that's what you are picturing, but it has these little shards in it (you can Google why it's pink if you need an explanation - I'll screw it up). I don't know how anyone would be able to do anything the third day unless you are a very early riser. I'm sure we missed 98% of the island even though we saw almost all of it. Would we go back ? Yes, but probably not on a cruise. It's very expensive too, as I'm sure you've read elsewhere. Anyhow, then we sailed away and spent the remaining sea days doing our thing. I have to say that the blackjack almost felt rigged - have never lost so badly. Usually $100 can last an hour or more at a $6 table. I was down and out in 15 minutes. I'm not a heavy gambler as I'm a pretty sore loser, but knock yourself out, Carnival would love your money. Debarkation wasn't horrible, we did self assist and getting out of the Port was much easier than getting in. We left our cabin at 9 AM and were in the car by 10:15 AM. Best Custom's experience EVER. You don't even have to fill out those stupid forms telling them that you stole a bottle of sand from the beach and bought a magnet and a little $8 souvenir anymore. SWEET ! I hope this review was helpful. This itinerary has intrigued me for years. I only wish we had gone a little sooner - or probably even better yet, in early May (if they even offer it). The water temp. was doable and I'm a snob - I don't like cold water. But the surf ruined what I envisioned as an 8 hour day at the beach with a good sunburn that would last until at least Christmas. No such luck. One last thing - we got an obstructed view outside cable (4189) and it's like having a balcony stateroom without a balcony (WAY cheaper). Only drawback is all you can see is a lifeboat. We'd do that again for the savings. We never used the balcony anyhow. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I would recommend this destination to anyone wanting a change in venue. Bermuda was a nice change from island hopping! It was nice to see the nightlife for a change. Thanks to Ricky's Island Tours we saw everything of interest on ... Read More
I would recommend this destination to anyone wanting a change in venue. Bermuda was a nice change from island hopping! It was nice to see the nightlife for a change. Thanks to Ricky's Island Tours we saw everything of interest on the island and learned a great deal about the culture and history and it was half the price that Carnival wanted for an island tour. Embarkation was a bit distressing but the smoothness of debarkation made up for it. The service was excellent, most especially our wait staff. I will also say that the onboard activities could use a change. After a number of cruises there is only so much bingo/trivia contests/diamond sales/scam seminars one can take. My only other complaint is with regard to the smoking areas on the ship; there are not enough and guests should be allowed to smoke on balconies. Although I am not a smoker, my husband is. We have always booked a balcony so that he could smoke there. I feel that Carnival has placed too much importance on other "social groups" and given the smokers a raw deal. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
David's steakhouse is the best! Room Steward (Domingo) was awesome! The Pride sailing to Bermuda, what could be better-our favorite ship sailing to our favorite island!!!!!! We loved the Max to the 80's show-WOW, great ... Read More
David's steakhouse is the best! Room Steward (Domingo) was awesome! The Pride sailing to Bermuda, what could be better-our favorite ship sailing to our favorite island!!!!!! We loved the Max to the 80's show-WOW, great entertainment. Coffee bar is awesome, day and night. Would definitely like the tablecloths back on the tables EVERY NIGHT. We don't like our silver ware to be placed directly on a table that has been cleaned with a rag that just cleaned several other tables without disinfecting the rag. Bermuda is our favorite island because of the people. They are so kind and respectful. If you have never gone-Please you must! Beautiful island! The food and menu onboard has definitely gone down in quality since Carnival did the "American Table". We are not a fan of the menu, at all. Two of the seven nights, I had to ask for my food to be warmed back up because it was ice cold. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
My husband and I cruised out of Baltimore on the Pride to Bermuda on July 2nd. This was our second time on this ship, but it previously hadn't had the 2.0 upgrades. The ship has changed some, but most of the Renaissance decor is the ... Read More
My husband and I cruised out of Baltimore on the Pride to Bermuda on July 2nd. This was our second time on this ship, but it previously hadn't had the 2.0 upgrades. The ship has changed some, but most of the Renaissance decor is the same. The ship was definitely kept clean. I enjoyed most of the food, especially Guy's burgers and dinner in David's Steakhouse. We chose to do My Time Dining. We requested to be seated in Darell's section each night. Our steward, Ketut, was friendly and kept our room clean. The entertainment on this cruise was much better than what we've seen on Carnival in the past. I enjoyed all of the joys. The singers were phenomenal. We enjoyed Bermuda. It was nice being there for 2 overnights. We didn't feel that we had to rush. It was very easy to take the mini bus to Horseshoe Bay Beach, which was gorgeous. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
One of the reasons I booked a cruise from Baltimore was to "sail" down the Chesapeake Bay but since this cruise was delayed by 7 hours, it was dark when that part of the cruise finally happened. I leave on the West Coast now ... Read More
One of the reasons I booked a cruise from Baltimore was to "sail" down the Chesapeake Bay but since this cruise was delayed by 7 hours, it was dark when that part of the cruise finally happened. I leave on the West Coast now but am from the DC area and missing that Bay experience was really disappointing. The reason for the delay was a "medical deviation" so I cannot fault Carnival since the safety of guests must come first, even if it resulted in a reduced experience for my experience. That aside, as usual, the crew members of Carnival did an amazing job and it was a nice trip. The TV in my cabin flickered while watching the channel that shows the location of the ship and all the info, and that was a bummer. Since Carnival does not ask for feedback after a cruise, I have not reported that problem. Everything else on the Pride was fine and I loved Bermuda and having a cruise to be docked in a great location at Dockyard and being able to come and go 24 hours for three days. Rented scooter and loved being able to park it right outside the ship at night to jump on it the next day. I would do this one again but hopefully without a disappointing delay. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
I will start with arriving at the Baltimore Port Parking Lot. Some of the workers were not happy to be at work and were less than helpful. Some of them were helpful and made up for the ones who weren't. We were scheduled for ... Read More
I will start with arriving at the Baltimore Port Parking Lot. Some of the workers were not happy to be at work and were less than helpful. Some of them were helpful and made up for the ones who weren't. We were scheduled for the first check-in time and got through the line and were waiting until we were able to board. However, there was a police situation on 95 which forced the closure of 95 and the entry into the port for the returning ship. So, the ship was delayed probably about an hour and a half. I'm glad that we were sitting and not standing in line waiting to check in. In any case, that was not Carnival's fault and I think that they did the best they could, under the circumstances, and we actually were able to board a little earlier than they expected the delay to cause. This is my third time cruising on the Pride and the one thing that I like about it is the layout. I like to walk in the morning. The Pride has a smaller walking deck, but you can also walk on deck 10 all they way around. We were able to have lunch up by the pool before we got into our cabin and met a lot of people before we checked in to our room. Everything was delayed. My friend and I were seated at dinner with 4 other women and we had a great time with them and met them for other things during the week. We've planned to get together again after our cruise. Our wait staff was a lot of fun and took very good care of us. My friend had never been on a cruise before and she enjoyed the entertainment during dinner. The shows were very good and afterward we went to the Red Frog and saw a very good band, Adiktion, and danced a lot. We got to know many of the people in the Red Frog. Our itinerary was changed because a hurricane was on the way. We arrived in Bermuda a day earlier than expected. Arrival day started cloudy and ended up with rain. We did manage to get to Horseshoe bay and it is beautiful! It poured the following day, but then the weather changed and the third day we had sun and they actually extended our stay by 4 hours. Bermuda is lovely and it was on my bucket list. We took the Famous Homes and Hideaway excursion. It would have been better if it wasn't raining, but it was still very educational and it was, after all, Bermuda. :) I really learned a lot about the island. Definitely worth the money. We visited the Bonefish Grill near the port one night and they have a dj and food and outdoor seating. The staff was very nice. This cruise I also took advantage of some of the spa informational programs. They had one about skin care, acupuncture and posture. I learned a lot. I also had a mini massage outside of the spa on the first day for free and one by the pool on a sea day for $30. They were heavenly. I think that Carnival does a good job of providing a great vacation. Bermuda was on my bucket list, but I'm not sure that I would go there again. I will probably go on another Carnival Cruise, though. Read Less
Sail Date September 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
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
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
Recently completed my second cruise on the "Pride". Yes the "Pride's" decor is a bit gaudy and is starting to show its age. Yes getting food and finding a seat in the Mermaid Grill is difficult at peak times. ... Read More
Recently completed my second cruise on the "Pride". Yes the "Pride's" decor is a bit gaudy and is starting to show its age. Yes getting food and finding a seat in the Mermaid Grill is difficult at peak times. And yes finding a lounge chair on the Serenity Deck is virtually impossible. But aside from the decor and competing with other cruiser for prime real estate, the cruise was wonderful.The Steakhouse was excellent. Our room was clean and very comfortable. Our room steward was very attentive and friendly. The whole ship appeared clean. The food was very respectable. Room service was timely and the food/coffee was good. I don't gamble so I can not speak of the pleasures of losing money in the ships casino. The shows I did see were fine.My favorite activity is simply watching the water/ocean go by from our balcony.Moving from the ship to the port in Bermuda was easy.I had a great time. Go Pride... Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
Hi to all. First of all, ANYTIME I am off work and get paid to be on vacation is a good time, so that is what is most important.Embarkation was very easy. Arrived at port at 12:30, just like last year. Took about 30-40 minutes to be on ... Read More
Hi to all. First of all, ANYTIME I am off work and get paid to be on vacation is a good time, so that is what is most important.Embarkation was very easy. Arrived at port at 12:30, just like last year. Took about 30-40 minutes to be on the ship. Cruise director or some high-ranking officer of the Pride should be standing there greeting you when you embark and when you disembark. There is NO excuse to me on that one, sorry. I know Kirk was leaving the Pride after our week, but you could tell his heart was not in it like last year.We were disappointed that winds kept our balcony divider from being opened until Wednesday, and that they then closed it for good on Saturday.Seasickness meds used to be FREE, now they charge 3.39 for two tablets.Our room steward Vance was very nice. We liked our balcony room just like last year.We LOVED Bermuda and would return.We lucked out this year and got a dining room table next to a window. There were four of us for dinner. Our head waiter fell ill mid-cruise and his assistant waiter John took over. Unfortunately, he is not yet ready to be a main waiter. No personality, slow. My food was cold a lot. Sorry, it was.My girlfriend treated us to the chef's dinner and it was fantastic, but years ago that is the food you used to receive in the MDR, that is what bothers us a lot.Carnvial employees should acknowledge you as you walk down the hallways. They did not on many occasions. Celebrity, etc. are excellent when it comes to that, not to mention other great qualities.We do not use cruise lines for excursions any longer, but booked some private ones with Hartley Helmet Dive and also hired a private tour guide, Colin Jennings.We did enjoy the Serenity section when we could find a spot.We met some very nice people as well.It was NOT worth the money we spent and would NOT sail on the Pride again, sorry. 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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