24 Carnival Pride Caribbean - All Cruise Reviews

We spent a 13 days on the Carnival Pride January 2017 and had a great time. Embarkation day - we always try to purchase faster to the fun. We had it for this cruise and we did get on the ship faster than most. We arrived at our ... Read More
We spent a 13 days on the Carnival Pride January 2017 and had a great time. Embarkation day - we always try to purchase faster to the fun. We had it for this cruise and we did get on the ship faster than most. We arrived at our designated time. This is the first time though that we had to wait in the port to board. Our luggage was supposed to be in our room but did not arrive until just before our 6:00 dining time. Overall not one of the most organized cruise starts. Resteraunts - we had a 6:00 pm dining time and always enjoyed ourselves. The staff was great and the food was good. Guy's Burger Joint s very good but almost too much food. The Lido was good most of the time. We ordered breakfast to our room one morning. It was fine. Cabin - we were in a balcony cabin 6210. It was clean & quiet. TV needs to be updated. They are still using old CRT models. The bed was not the best, hard mattress. Our cabin steward was excellent. She introduced herself the first day, asked what time of day we would prefer service. She also asked if we would like robes, extra towels etc. Entertainment & Activities - i was not impressed with the singing and dancIng. Normally the performers are either singers who do their best at dance or dancers who do their best to sing. This cast was mediocre at both and the choreographer did not do the dancers any favours. The comedy shows were mixed, some good some not. Ports & Excursion - Grand Turk - no excursion, beach stop. Amber Cove - no excursion, pool and bar stop. Cartagena - we did the land and sea excursion. I would give it a 2.5 out of 5. The boat was crowded and the speaker did not have a microphone. A few of the land stops were at staged stores, not stores anyone on the tour was interested. The history information on the fort was enjoyable. Limon - we did a river tour with Ricky Racardo Tours. It was great. We also got a Costa Rican lunch, very good. Routan - we did the beach excursion with kayak. It was a lot of fun. I would do this one again. Cozumel - we did the Salsa Salsa Margarita excursion. This was a lot fun. We made 6 salsas and 2 margaritas. Then they taught us the Salsa dance, individual and couple. It was great. Debarkation - we were off the ship by 9:15 am. No issues. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
The ports were great and the way itinerary between ports and sea days was wonderful. I usually get exhausted trying to do 3-4 days straight of visiting ports. Whom ever planned this cruse should be doing more like this one. I enjoyed ... Read More
The ports were great and the way itinerary between ports and sea days was wonderful. I usually get exhausted trying to do 3-4 days straight of visiting ports. Whom ever planned this cruse should be doing more like this one. I enjoyed the ports and the Panama Canal was very interesting.The excursion offer a variety of options but some port do not offer for those with mobility issues. The food was alright and of course plentiful. I liked dining in the restaurant and the brunches. The cabin and service was excellent and room clean. The TV left a lot to be desired and leaking patio door that would not shut unless locked. The mattress was great. The singer performers were not great with trying to take voice to high and making microphone shriek made my ears hurt. The ship was set up great. I will be going on more cruises. I love traveling with my family. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We took this cruise as a back to back for a total of 14 nights. We had Faster to the Fun and the embarkation was made a little easier. We didn't have to stand in the long snaky line but we still had to sit and wait a bit. We ... Read More
We took this cruise as a back to back for a total of 14 nights. We had Faster to the Fun and the embarkation was made a little easier. We didn't have to stand in the long snaky line but we still had to sit and wait a bit. We enjoyed getting on the ship a little faster and having our cabin available as soon as we got on. Our room steward, Hari, was so accommodating and did a fantastic job. The first week it took a few days for the weather to warm up which we expected. We went to most of the shows in the theater and several of the comedy shows. No complaints there...some better then others but generally entertaining. We didn't eat in the dining room the first week mainly because we were pretty lazy and just enjoyed doing our own thing. The food on the Lido at dinner time offered many of the same choices as the main dining and was always good. In fact we found the food to actually be better than we have had on other cruises. The second week we were joined by a family member and went almost every night to the dining room. The service was great and seating was easy with the any time dining. We also went to brunch several times during the two weeks and always enjoyed that. The first week in Cape Canaveral we just stayed on the ship and enjoyed the serenity deck. The second week we rented a car and drove to Coco Beach and Coco Village. We had great weather on both days there but I think I really loved just lounging around on the Serenity deck the best. We walked to the Beach in Nassau on both days and had a great time swimming and people watching. Freeport had great weather both weeks and we shopped and listened to the music and just enjoyed the sunshine. The ship was nicely decorated for the holiday season and the Christmas show was very cute with the kids. Loved doing the back to back! Carnival makes it so easy. Basically if you are staying on for another week you meet in the atrium and a rep escorts all those spending another week off the ship and you just show your custom form to an agent and are walked back on. A very simple 5 minute process. Carnival then gave us all a glass of champagne and took a group photo which they sent to our cabins. We have sailed on the Pride several times and would have no problem doing so again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Appeared to be a good deal...but never again on this ship. The service was sloppy in the dining room and the quality of the food was often poor. Several nights we ordered food we didn't get; we would order coffee with dessert ... Read More
Appeared to be a good deal...but never again on this ship. The service was sloppy in the dining room and the quality of the food was often poor. Several nights we ordered food we didn't get; we would order coffee with dessert but it never arrived. Some nights there was no "main" entertainment with only games that a few could play on the theater stage. The pool areas were unsupervised and the children/teens were poorly behaved. They put on five life jackets at a time and jumped into the pools, splashing and bumping other guests. No staff intervened. Smoking happened on balconies of at least one room - smoke blew into our balcony. Lines at guest services were long with often only one clerk to assist people. While there were many activities offered during the day, most of them had a $$ beside them. Never again on the Carnival Pride. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
This cruise was within driving distance from our home. The ship is really nice . was newly refurbished and had a lot of up dates. We opted for the obstructed balcony room and it was really nice, we were in between 2 life boats so we could ... Read More
This cruise was within driving distance from our home. The ship is really nice . was newly refurbished and had a lot of up dates. We opted for the obstructed balcony room and it was really nice, we were in between 2 life boats so we could see all the way down to the ground. We never went to MDR so can not comment on it. We ate on lido and the food was good , pizza was good and deli also. Never made it to guys burger. The room service is really cut down now, when us use to order pasteries and coffee we would get a plate full of about 6 things for 2 people. now if you say for 1 person you get 1 and for two people you get two so you need to number everything. there is a new sushi place to eat , I just don't see a big call for this food compared to the space used up for it. they have more comedians but not more shows. On sea days you pretty much just spend money on one thing or another. most of the shows are late at night so if you are a early riser and go to bed around 10 you will miss most of them. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We enjoyed our cruise immensely, but not necessarily because Carnival offered such a great ship, crew or experience. We NEEDED a vacation and there would have been little, in the course of a normal cruise, to keep us from enjoying time ... Read More
We enjoyed our cruise immensely, but not necessarily because Carnival offered such a great ship, crew or experience. We NEEDED a vacation and there would have been little, in the course of a normal cruise, to keep us from enjoying time away from the busy-ness of home. We LOVED the newer layout of this ship as opposed to our other experiences on Carnival ships. That being said, the Pride, even though she has been out of refurbishment for only a year, is looking very worn and tired in many places - paint, wall edging, flooring. This was disappointing considering we picked this Journeys cruise because our perception was that she would still be rather fresh. Adding to our feeling of disappointment was the fact that our room was not cleaned well before we arrived. We found a bobby pin and a Tic Tac from the previous guests on our stateroom floor, table sticky with maple syrup and empty Coke can full of cigarette butts on the balcony. As soon as I spoke to Guest Services about it, they inspected the cabin, so I expected to return to a shiny, clean stateroom. However, even after the "housekeeping inspection," the bobby pin was still sitting in the middle of the floor, the table was still sticky and the Coke can sat on our balcony for three days until the balcony was scheduled to be cleaned. We were, however, treated very nicely by our cabin staff throughout the entire cruise. We are also NONSMOKERS who spend a significant amount of time and money in the casino. Not hours and hours or thousands of dollars at a time, mind you, but it is definitely a part of the "getaway" that I referred to earlier. The very little time that Carnival spent to organize non-smoking areas for the convenience and air quality of non-smokers? Pathetic. Truly pathetic. And THEN, for slot tournaments, the spa staff took one of the ONLY full banks of non-smoking slot machines and tied them up for hours at a time! Carnival, if you're reading nothing else of this review, please read this - If Carnival doesn't make some changes in their smoking policy, they WILL lose passengers. 20-30 passengers, on this cruise alone, that I spoke with in the casino said that they would probably not take another Carnival cruise because of the lack of thoughtfulness when it comes to the heavy population of smokers they draw. It may be a loss they're willing to take, however, considering our experience. And that's disappointing to us as loyal Carnival passengers. We were also very disappointed in our seating arrangements in the main dining room. We were never given a choice about the number of passengers at our table and my husband and I would prefer to sit alone, and that is what I requested when we booked our cruise. Instead, we were seated at a table for 6 and two of the people never showed, leaving us seated with people with whom we were forced to make conversation for 2 weeks. Eventually, we just stopped going to the main dining room for dinner, which doesn't seem right. It did drive us to the other restaurants and caused us to spend more money on the ship, so maybe that's part of Carnival's plan? In any case, with the numbers of empty 2-top tables I saw during the 8:15 seating, we could have easily had our seating request granted and saved ourselves about $400 of additional dining costs. Not cool, Carnival. Not cool. Main dining room fare was mediocre, at best. David's steakhouse food was superb. The escargot and focaccia were two of the best tasting things on the ship, followed closely by the chocolate chip cookies served in Mermaids. Why do we have to pay extra for the best food? Again, disappointing. On a POSITIVE note, the itinerary was GREAT! This was our first time embarking from Baltimore and it could not have been better. We loved the 8 port days surrounded on either end by several sea days. It worked very well for our preferred cruise style. Several crew members stood out and provided service above and beyond. They made up for some of our disappointment with Carnival and helped us create some great memories. Two made significant impressions on us: Elena, the bar waitress in the Alchemy Bar, was a really treat. VERY knowledgeable about her craft and always ready to let us try new combinations for our nightly visits. She was so sweet and made us look forward to seeing her every evening. In fact, we began to rearrange our evening habits around her break time so we would not miss her. She was wonderful and I would highly recommend a promotion for her to full bar staff. The other member of your crew that impressed us greatly was Dejan, one of the dealers in the casino. He was fun, engaging, friendly and extremely knowledgeable about the table games we play all the time and also about the ones we've never played before. Honestly, there were several other dealers who seemed to treat us as if we were a bother to them, that they had a lot of better things to do than deal cards. We've experienced that on many cruises before, but this cruise seemed to have a larger percentage of dealers who just seemed bored with dealing cards. Could be the length of the cruise or the number of sea days in a row, but it was noticeable and worth mentioning. To put it more concisely, if not for our negative feelings about the stateroom first impression, smoke in the casino and the poor food/table assignment in the main dining room, we could not have been happier with this trip. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
We cruised leaving Baltimore on January 17, 2016, returning February 7, 2016. We decided to give Carnival a chance after sailing with other cruise lines. I know that Carnival had a pretty bad reputation. But I thought that after all the ... Read More
We cruised leaving Baltimore on January 17, 2016, returning February 7, 2016. We decided to give Carnival a chance after sailing with other cruise lines. I know that Carnival had a pretty bad reputation. But I thought that after all the years of Carnival’s hype, it would not be like it used to be years ago. As usual for Pride, they were 1 1/2 hours leaving Baltimore. We were supposed to leave at 4:30 but at 4:15 there were still at least a dozen pallets of food and even more carts of luggage waiting to be loaded. I watched the forklift drivers on shore sitting and waiting for people on the ship to get things unloaded. They weren't too happy either. Considering that Royal Caribbean had been in on Saturday, this was the 2nd day for them and a very, very long one at that. Yes, it's their job, but when you have one cruise line come in and get everything loaded on time and then the other one comes in and can't seem to get the ship loaded, I can see why they would be upset. Most staff and crew were excellent. Our cabin steward, Wilfredo and his assistant Gusti, were magnificent. Our cabin was always cleaned early and done right. You enter the ship in the lobby. What a small, dark and depressing area that is. And then to set the mood, there were violin players behind the bar. My first thought was – Titanic. That was scary. The entire cruise the ship was cold, very cold. We left from Baltimore when it was cold outside but I thought the interior of the ship would be warmer. But after getting into warmer weather, the Mermaid's Grille Lido Restaurant was still like a freezer. And it stayed that way the entire cruise. Any hot food you might have gotten got cold real quick. And speaking of food, what a lousy excuse for food. In the Mermaid's grill, you have one station that changes the food each day. Always the same thing, chicken either baked or in some kind of sauce, vegetables in some kind of sauce, fish that is questionable, beef in some kind of sauce. The one station does have a carving area where you can get whatever meat they have that night without any sauce. The other stations are the same thing day after day. You can get pizza (24hrs), a sandwich (the same sandwiches every day, no difference in the menu), a salad bar (some of the vegetables looked old and not very appetizing), meat and cheese station, Chopsticks Grill (get there early, they close by 2:30), or the Blue Iguana (tacos or burritos, that's it). Guys Burger Joint is open for lunch but closes at 6:00 PM. Guys was okay but the rest of the food offerings were definitely sub-par. If you eat there, don't get the chicken, no matter how it is cooked. Or should I say uncooked. Twice I got the chicken and twice it was red when I cut into it. I did take pictures of this. I am waiting to see what Carnival has to say about that. The desserts were lousy, cake that was frosted with or layered with a Crisco tasting substance. Even the cookies were bland. If we got dessert, it was ice cream from the machine. Of the two machines on board, only one had the ice cream. The other machine was broken the entire cruise. Breakfast was slimy scrambled eggs, unless you stood in line waiting for freshly made eggs, oatmeal that was nasty and so bland, dry waffles or pancakes, various breakfast meats and a smattering of cereal. Want bananas for cereal? Better get there early, if they have them at all. The fruit is either not ripe, hard and tasteless or looks like it had been frozen. Nasty either way. Our experience in the dining room was horrible. The first time we went, we got the lobster. I kid you not, it was about 5 inches long and the meat was about the size of a cigarette lighter. No one told us we should order several. And this was the entrée. Food was lukewarm when served and on another night we went there, my dinner was brought out to me at the same time that the other 3 at the table were getting their appetizers. I dare not send it back, as it would come out cold or too hard to eat. Twice was too many times for me. So I had to make do with what I could find upstairs. Most of the time I ate very little, which was fine with me. A cruise and a diet. Entertainment- nonexistent. The goober cruise director, you see very, very little of him. Of course if you are watching TV he is there all of the time. Very weird person whose main job seems to be to stroke his ego. I have seen better shows in a high school. No props, no theme to anything. The theater was always more empty than full. Entertainment on deck consisted of ‘balls in the bathing suit’ and ‘racing frogs’. One day they did have an ice carving. The swimming pools were always being drained and repaired. On a 3 week cruise, at least 7 days 1 of the 2 pools on the Lido deck were empty. After getting back on board from San Juan, the water in the pool was green with something floating on top of the water. When asked what was happening, the girl that was supposed to by mopping the deck said they were sanitizing it. No one in charge knew what was happening with it. After several guests said something, that was when the white uniforms came up to look at it. Then they just propped a foot on the edge of the pool and talked on their cell phones. When asked what was happening, we got a side glance, they turned around and never answered any of us. Some ports of call were okay, but others atrocious. 2 of them had CDC warnings about the Zika virus. Why would you take passengers somewhere that passengers could catch a very bad virus? At Domenica we docked where the container ships dock. If I had wanted to see the slums I would have gone to any inner city. At all 12 of the ports we stopped at, the first thing that hits you is people trying to push taxis or tours on you. In Antigua, there are even cops standing around to break up some of these people that won’t leave you alone and they are very aggressive, sometimes even scary. You spend most of your time in port telling people no, you do not want a taxi. We went back to the ship early because the smell of raw sewage got to us. Some ports are not as bad but you still have these people bugging you. Our transition from 1 cruise to the next in San Juan was horrible. No one on the ship knew what they were doing or saying and because of that, quite a few people almost didn’t make it back on the ship because of misinformation from Steve. Be sure you take any over the counter medications you may need, like cough syrup, cold medication, lip balm, etc. We went to the on board shop and bought a bottle of Dayquil, the only thing they had for a cold. We were shocked when the girl told us it was $18.00. That is ridiculous. This is the same sized bottle you would pay $10.00 for at CVS, Walgreens, etc. You get screwed over royally if you buy stuff like this on board. He wound up with bronchitis so we had to see the doctor. They charge you $150.00 for a consultation with the doctor, $65.00 with the nurse, medications extra. All total, our charge was $255.00. At least BCBS reimbursed us for it. Would I do it again? No way. My next cruise will be on Royal Caribbean. One step on their ships and you know you have moved up in the world. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
This was my 20th cruise overall and 1st with Carnival. I was always hesitant to choose Carnival just because of hearing things about lack of food quality and excessive partying on the ships. The cruise date and location to leave and come ... Read More
This was my 20th cruise overall and 1st with Carnival. I was always hesitant to choose Carnival just because of hearing things about lack of food quality and excessive partying on the ships. The cruise date and location to leave and come back to worked for us from Raleigh, NC (4.5 hour drive) so we decided to take the chance. Embarkation -- the ship was late getting back (Carnival sent an email the day prior informing us) so we arrived at 6:30 pm at Carnival's request. This turned out to be a huge mistake for us. The embarkation process took us 3 full hours! We weren't on the ship until 9:30 p.m. The dining room had closed so all the food left was the Pizza Pirate and Deli upstairs. We learned later to arrive an hour or hour and a half ahead of when Carnvial tells you to as those folks got on the ship within an hour by doing so. Lesson learned. Food - the food was simply amazing. I don't know why the people I had heard from in the past or reading previous reviews would say differently. We didn't even go to David's Steakhouse because the food on the ship was that good. The main dining room is open every morning for breakfast and was great. For dinner, there were two nights with Prime Rib, one with Filet Mignon, several with shrimp and one with lobster. I had fresh fish three times (Sea Bass, Mahi Mahi and Tilapia), however, there was more fish available. There was always other fish and chicken dishes on the menu as well. Other than the main dining room there was also a mexican place, deli, Guy's burger joint, an american food cafe and a chinese place. Think of the burger, chinese and the other food options of a quick service restaurants (Chipotle, Pei Wei) as they move you in and out fairly quickly. Guy's burgers was great and so was the chinese. We didn't care for the mexican and the pizza was just pizza with nothing good or bad to say about it. Ship - The ship was very nice and was completely remodeled in 2014. No complaints and looked new. The water slides on the top were fun. We also enjoyed the minature golf and gym. This was the nicest gym I have seen on a cruise ship. I am an avid marathon runner so getting my daily exercise is very important to me (also to counter the food intake). Cabin - we spend the exta $150 (in July for December sailing) to have our first balcony cabin and it was well worth it. We stayed in 8269 and was a nice rear starboard side balcony cabin. The room was roomy and had lots of storage places for my wife and I. Shows - the ship had comedy and singing shows. Both types of shows were great and we attended nearly all of them. Movies - there is a covered outdoor movie theater. We really enjoyed the movies and the environmnet was great. The sound and visual were top notch. Get there early as seating is fairly limited. Ports - cape canaveral was nice. We actually had family there so spent the day with family and just hung out. Nassau was awesome. We spent the day at Atlantis and was well worth it. The resort has 2 aquariums, 9 water slides, the best lazy river and a lunch voucher. The lunch was below average to put it bluntly. Other than the food, the day at Atlantis was fantastic! The final port was Freeport. We just spent the day near the dock listening to music and getting drinks. However, we heard from fellow passengers to spend $9 per person and go to the free beach (not the $10 beach entry). They said that it was one of the most beautiful beaches and we missed it! Disemarkation - we chose to self assist our bags (so we didn't have to wait on the cruise line). This was a solid choice as we were off the ship within 45 minutes of when the ship docked into Baltimore! If you can carry all of your bags than choose self-assist. Overall - we loved Carnival and will start cruising with them the majority if not all of the time moving forward. Once you sail 75 days, you earn priority privileges so that is what we will be aiming for. We prefer driving to our departure port. Baltimore, NYC and Charleston have all been fairly simple to leave our car at while we are away on our cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
The cruise wasn't terrible but I didn't feel like it was the best I've had. We had 13 people total and 2 of those are babies under 2 years old. There wasn't many good choices at the buffet for the babies. I made sure ... Read More
The cruise wasn't terrible but I didn't feel like it was the best I've had. We had 13 people total and 2 of those are babies under 2 years old. There wasn't many good choices at the buffet for the babies. I made sure to email and call Carnival to see if they had lactose free whole milk. I was told twice that they had it. My sister also emailed and got the same answer. I wouldn't have minded bringing on the milk if needed. When we requested the lactose free whole milk the staff was confused and said they had lactose free milk but didn't know if it was whole milk. To me it wasn't white enough to be full fat. It looked to be 2% or 1%. My son didn't eat well the entire cruise and he didn't have the right milk. This experience was disappointing to me. We stayed on the the 8th deck in the back starboard side balcony. The balcony was great to hang the swim suits out to dry. The room was clean and Adolf did a great job. The room decor hasn't changed at all since the first time we took the Paradise. It seemed rather out dated and the furniture seemed worn out. The couch cushions were worn out slouchy looking. The whole room vibrated at all times and the safe clanged along with it. The tv was the same. Old box version. I would expect a flat screen at least! The water was brown quite often in our state room sink which concerned me since I had to wash my child's drink cups. I ended up taking them to the hot water machine to rinse them out. They did give us 2 large bottles of water free to rinse as well which was nice. The toilet didn't always flush and then sometimes it flushed for 3 minutes straight. The ship seems to be worn out. The burger joint and burrito place was a nice addition. The food in the dinning room was good but the service was super slow!! It took us nearly 2 hours to get through dinner. With 2 - under 2 yrs old it was HELL!! We didn't want to hurt our wait team's feeling so we just kept quiet. She wasn't very pleasant. On our last night I had the navy bean soup and it had a red thread in it. I told her and she said "what do you want me to do about it?" I was like "really?" I said just take it please and that I didn't want it. Compared to the last 2 times I was on the Pride there were hardly any activities. Kinda made me sad they didn't have the magic shows anymore. Positive Shout Outs: Adolf did a great job on deck 8 - house keeper I Gusti Oka Wirawan - Pizza guy - quiet but made pizzas for hours straight and was always nice! Ni Putu Ermayanti - Deli Lady - Always smiled and very helpful. Great personality August Batayan - Photographer - Did an amazing job and my son loved home. Really great with kids!!! I won't be cruising on the Pride anymore. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
First think I want to say the Crew did a great job keeping us safe from the Hurricane. We were suppose to go to Grand Turk, Half moon Key, and Freeport. We made it to Grand Turk, but could not stay due to weather. Everything was ... Read More
First think I want to say the Crew did a great job keeping us safe from the Hurricane. We were suppose to go to Grand Turk, Half moon Key, and Freeport. We made it to Grand Turk, but could not stay due to weather. Everything was cancelled and we left. We then sailed around for 5 days. All ports cancelled. I understand and agree with this, safety first. My complaint is the lack of things to do. They added like 5 trivia activities. They did not open the bars or dance areas. They did not have entertainment in the show areas. Except Bingo you had to pay for. Really, there are like 6 bars they could have open for music and dancing. Next let's talk about the smoking pit called the casino. Really put some smoke eating vents. Horrible you can't breathe. Why not make a few times a day, smoke free. Food was great, I mean great Debarkation was great. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We were unfortunate enough to be on the Carnival Pride during a hurricane. I know Carnival has no control over the weather but they do have control over how they treat their guests while on board and after. We were only able to get off ... Read More
We were unfortunate enough to be on the Carnival Pride during a hurricane. I know Carnival has no control over the weather but they do have control over how they treat their guests while on board and after. We were only able to get off the cruise for a few hours in Grand Turk and the other 2 ports were cancelled. They did not have many activities for the guests stuck on the boat other than spending money in the casino. We also had a lot of issues with staff being rude and unhelpful. Our ac in the room was not working well and it took 2 days for them to try to fix it and we ended up w a box fan in our room and a $20 credit. We also got room service one night and my daughter (7) spoiled chocolate milk. The staff proceded to tell us my daughter must be wrong because all there milk stays cold. When they finally came to the room and we showed them they apologized. It was just 7 days of rude staff. Carnival was gracious enough to give us 50% off this cruise and 50% off a future cruise. The problem is they will only give it to us in gift cards for Carnival since this is how we paid. My entire family (11 people) used gift cards to purchase the cruise in order to get money off fuel at home. If we would have known we would have paid cash for the cruise instead. My grandmother is in poor health and on a fixed income so she will be out the money. This was my husbands 11th cruise and my 4th and we couldn't believe how aweful it was, Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
I have been on several Carnival Cruises and this is the worst one I have ever been on.The dining room crew not so much. There were two waiters who were exceptional as I expect dining room waiters to be. They were Selvin and Jhon. If you ... Read More
I have been on several Carnival Cruises and this is the worst one I have ever been on.The dining room crew not so much. There were two waiters who were exceptional as I expect dining room waiters to be. They were Selvin and Jhon. If you get either of those two as your waiter it would be really great. So the other waiters seemed as if you were bothering you. The food never really was hot however some of it did come out room temperature or a little bit above. The food was okay nothing exceptional nothing like I'm used to on Carnival previously and definitely not like some of the other cruise lines in which I have traveled. The food on the Lido fevk was better thsn the dining room, do it is recommended. If you are traveling with children make sure you enroll them into Camp Carnival I'm s they would love it. My son did not want to leave when I came to get him at 10 o'clock every night. The dive-in mivie was great snd the movie were current. Dont miss it if you can but come early. We visited Grand Turk with the pretty small island seven miles long and three miles wide, but most of the people were friendly. We also took an island tour on rainbow tours. Not a shore excursion on the ship but they were there as soon as you got off the ship. This stop at Half Moon Csy was also very good. You could spend the whole day there as they brought food to the island and you did not have to go back to the ship. At Freeport the people also were very friendly and if you don't want to go on a tour throughout the town there is a small flea market directly across the street from the ship. about four days into the cruise I slipped and feel on some water that was wasted on the deck. I hurt my knee and went to the Medical Center. They took xrays and when I went back in two days to let the ship's personnel know that my knee continued to hurt, I was told that there really nothing else they would do (not could do) but they did give me Tylenol in addition to the naprosen they gave me initially. I reported this to the crew who acted as if I was bothering them by reporting the accident. As a matter if fact when I slipped in the water the activity director who was conducting a trivia contest at the time did not come to help but continued with his activity. The crew member from the ESPN Bar did come out and see if I was okay and made sure that I was okay and gave me a bag of ice for my knee. I did get a note from the customer service desk who left a letter stating they were checking on me. I never personally heard from anyone aboard ship. When I got home I called Carnival to report how badly I was treated and the response from Carnival was that there was nothing they were willing to do for me other than to suggest I should have purchased the Cruise Protection Plan and because i didnt there was nothing they could do for me, but they did wish me well although I reported that my knee and back continued to bother me as a result of the fall. I would not recommend the Carnival Pride if for no other reason that the lack if customer service and concern for customer's well being. If you have no concerns about that, then please book a cruise on the Carnival Pride, just make sure not to injure yourself. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Overall this was a good cruise but we had a few "bumps" and disappointments. The muster drill was a mess. Started late, was disorganized and staff seemed confused. You can definitely see the cost cutting measures Carnival ... Read More
Overall this was a good cruise but we had a few "bumps" and disappointments. The muster drill was a mess. Started late, was disorganized and staff seemed confused. You can definitely see the cost cutting measures Carnival has implemented such has no longer offering toiletries and hygiene items beyond basic soap/shampoo, no more mints on the pillows, no more cocktail parties for returning guests with lower level VIFP service and a general decline in the variety and quality of room service which now offers many items for an additional charge. We also noticed a less attentive and much slower service in the main dining room. You are no longer offered any drinks beyond water ( you must ask for ice tea or lemonade if you want it ), no longer offered fresh ground pepper outside of the speciality restaurant and have to draw your servers attention to your empty glass or need for more things. Also the menu most nights and food quality is mediocre on average. The only outstanding night was "lobster night". On a side note if you want really exquisite food, visit the steakhouse...words cannot describe how wonderful the food was. Pools were crowded at all times and we were only able to comfortably use the pool once. The green thunder slide and mini golf were closed most of if not all of our voyage which was a disappointment. The good stuff: Staff overall was friendly and the ports were great. Turks & Caicos and Half Moon Cay were great. Ship was very clean and decor was much less offensive than other Carnival ships we have been on. Our suite was an ocean suite stateroom towards the aft of the ship which was a beautiful room in a great location (if you don't mind some gentle rocking). Guy's burgers were phenomenal and never had too bad of a line except for embarkation day. Drinks were consistently good and bar staff were mostly friendly and tried to help you pick a drink if you were having trouble. FYI Watch for jellyfish in Half Moon Cay as my wife got stung and had to wait a good hour for treatment since the first aid station on the island only had emergency medications and supplies. Also get up early for a tender sticker or you won't get off the ship until about mid day. Good cruise and I would recommend to others. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
We have been on Carnival Pride no less than a dozen times now, all out of Baltimore except one from Tampa in January. This most recent cruise seems like the crew just keeps getting better and better. There's food types and ... Read More
We have been on Carnival Pride no less than a dozen times now, all out of Baltimore except one from Tampa in January. This most recent cruise seems like the crew just keeps getting better and better. There's food types and entertainment types for all ages and all kinds of cruisers. There are very quiet cubbies along Sunset Garden as well as a party atmosphere at midship pool deck. There are slides for older kids and splash zone for younger children. While the pools get pretty crowded at this time of year, everyone was well-behaved and respectful of others. Entertainment is so plentiful you have to pick and choose what you want to do most. Concerts and movies on the outside big screen midship pool deck or stage shows and Hasbro games in the Taj Mahal. Red Frog Pub gets everyone young and old on their feet, whether actually dancing or just keeping the beat. The dining menu provides so many options and the food is delicious. Ken, the singing maître 'd, treats the guests to a special song almost every evening. Besides things I've listed, there is a piano bar, casino bar and atrium bar entertainers, island music duo on the pool deck, djs playing a good assortment of music, arcade, clubs for children of all ages, comedy club, and a steakhouse restaurant. Anyone who hasn't tried Carnival, or anyone who tried it in the past and didn't think they liked it, should come on Carnival Pride. Baltimore is a terrific port. Carnival really cares whether you are happy with your accommodations and all other aspects of your vacation. If you're not happy, you just need to tell them early in the week so they can fix the problem for you and have it not worry you great time. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Sailed from Baltimore on 5-24-15. Drove to the Port from NJ, parking was reasonable and a breeze. I liked the fact that we dropped off our suitcases and then parked. Embarkation was ok- lines, but moved a a good pace. Once on the ... Read More
Sailed from Baltimore on 5-24-15. Drove to the Port from NJ, parking was reasonable and a breeze. I liked the fact that we dropped off our suitcases and then parked. Embarkation was ok- lines, but moved a a good pace. Once on the ship we went up to the Lido Deck to Guys Burgers (excellent). Our cabin was ready before 1:00 pm and our luggage was delivered to our cabin before 2:00 pm giving us enough time to unpack before Muster Drill. I must say that after reading prior reviews, I was a little hesitant on cruising on the "Pride" however, once on the ship and experiencing great food and service, I would definitely do it again in a heartbeat. This was our 8th cruise with Carnival and I truly felt that the buffet food was much better than other cruises I have been on. They had a large variety and everything looked very appetizing. Never lines, which was great. The dining room food was good and always nice and hot, our waiters Jaka, Jose and Rafael were excellent. Pleasant, smiling and just a pleasure to be around. Even when we saw them in other parts of the ship they were still smiling and attentive to us. The ship's decor was very nice, I loved the fact that they had different sitting areas throughout the ship and more than enough chairs by the pools. However, our (my husband and I) favorite area was the Serenity Area. It was exceptional the best I have seen on any of the ships we have been on. If you want a relaxing cruise, this is where you want to be. E X C E L L E N T ! ! Cabin: We had an extended balcony and it was very nice, our cabin was very clean. Raki our cabin stewart was very pleasant always with a smile and our cabin was immaculate. Did not do excursions since we have been to these ports before. However, favorite island - Half Moon Cay, absolutely beautiful and Carnival does such a wonderful job with the island buffet, definitely a must do. Comedy Shows - Great! In closing, overall this was a wonderful relaxing cruise which we enjoyed to the fullest. You just have to remember that your experience is what you make of it, so enjoy and cruise on! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
I have only been cruising for 18 months and the cruise on the Carnival Pride was my ninth cruise. We booked this cruise one month before while on the Carnival Fascination. I live in Jacksonville Florida and rented a car to get to Tampa. My ... Read More
I have only been cruising for 18 months and the cruise on the Carnival Pride was my ninth cruise. We booked this cruise one month before while on the Carnival Fascination. I live in Jacksonville Florida and rented a car to get to Tampa. My wife and I left the night before and stopped at a Hampton Inn & Suite in Wesley Chapel. I used the Carnival transfer bus to get from the airport to the ship terminal. The bus was waiting and it only took us about 15 minutes before we were on our way. They had us down for late dinner seating so once on the ship we went to get it changed to any time dining. We wanted early dining but that wasn’t available. Embarkation at the ship was very organized and didn’t take long at all. The guy at the terminal with the microphone was very funny and made the wait pleasant. As a bonus, the senior Carnival Cruise Director John Heald was at the terminal and he got on the microphone and had us all laughing. This was our first time to the Tampa terminal and I was surprised how quick we got on the ship. Our stateroom 1140 was ready around noon. Bags were delivered around 1 pm. The ship was delayed getting out of port, we were told because of the large amount of supplies being loaded. The amount of people doing anytime dining on this cruise was unbelievable. The lines to eat were very long. Dinner was good but not as good as I’ve had on other Carnival ships. A few times the food was not hot enough. Other times the food was chewy. Some dishes were outstanding, just inconsistent. The desert menu was not varied like on other Carnival ships. I just would have liked to see more pies or cakes. The staff personnel on the ship were very friendly. Our cruise director Jason (Jase) Apps did a great job. This guy has so much energy and is fun to be around. I have cruised with Jase before and he is my favorite cruise direct so far. This was a special cruise with John Heald onboard. I would go on another cruise if he was onboard, he is that good. I didn’t see my stateroom steward much, but if I left the room, even for a little while, he would have my room clean when I returned. What more could you ask for. We did three shore excursions with Carnival and they were all good. In Grand Cayman we went on the deluxe stingray tour and I would do this one again. I would highly recommend taking a shore excursion in Colon Panama and Limon Costa Rica. Right around the port area in both those countries was not that great, but get out and see farther away from the port and you will be happy you visited these beautiful countries. In Limon we took the Bus, Boat, and Train tour. We went to the rain forest and visited a banana farm. We took a boat ride were they showed us a lot of wild life and fed us fruit. We went on an old train and stopped along the way when they spotted monkeys. Take a camera there were so many photo opportunities. In Colon we did the City Tour which took us by bus all the way across Panama to Panama City. We stopped at a local straw market and had time to ourselves to shop. This tour was 5.5 hours and well worth the price. The big show dancers/singers were alright. I’ve seen better, so I stopped going to the song and dance performances. The other entertainers were very good. They brought in different comedians every few days and these comedians were very funny. They had plenty of other performers and all were top notch. Disembarkation in Baltimore was a lot of confusion for most. We had to move to another place to get off the ship than what we were originally told. Customs personnel were not manning all the available desks and they were going very slow. We had a lot of fun on this cruise. I really like the layout of the Pride. Overall this was a very good cruise and I would gladly do it again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Short lines to get checked-in at the Port and on the ship in no time at all. First stop - Guy's Burgers. We ate there often. Best welcome aboard show I've seen with John Heald making an appearance. Jason Apps is a young, ... Read More
Short lines to get checked-in at the Port and on the ship in no time at all. First stop - Guy's Burgers. We ate there often. Best welcome aboard show I've seen with John Heald making an appearance. Jason Apps is a young, energetic CD, who was not intimidated by having the Brand Ambassador on his ship at all. He has a great rapport with the guests - young and old and I would be happy to sail on his ship again someday. Food was very good. People who downgrade it must be very picky eaters. Lots of activities during the day and we really enjoyed the new shows. Tommy is terrific! It did take a long time to get off the ship because of Customs, but maybe they will tune that up. All in all, a great vacation. The Pride is in great shape. Those who complain that the interior décor does not match the destination just don't know ship. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
This was our fifth time on the Pride and was grateful for the changes from the "same old thing". Embarkation in Tampa was a breeze! Many folks ignore recommendations and insist on arriving at the pier at 930-10am and then get ... Read More
This was our fifth time on the Pride and was grateful for the changes from the "same old thing". Embarkation in Tampa was a breeze! Many folks ignore recommendations and insist on arriving at the pier at 930-10am and then get annoyed when they have to wait to board. We arrived around 1230pm and was on the ship within 25-30 minutes. We walked right on after getting our s&s cards....no line whatsoever. Ship: Loved the new upgrades. Some areas of the ship still really need to be repaired/painted but the 2.0 ares looked amazing. New areas definitely looked alot more classy/polished than the old parts of the ship. Food: Guys Burgers were great after getting back on board, good burgers/fries and very quick service. Burrito/taco bar was a tasty alternative as well. It is only open for breakfast and lunch. Deli was good as always as was the pizza. MDR was good to very good. Steak house was very good but not as good as I remembered it. Buffet was VERY poor in my opinion. Caribbean stew and jerk chicken were good but found everything else I tried bland and luke-warm at best. Chopstix Asian buffet has some nice spicy offerings. Cabins: As expected, cabin was clean and well-maintained. Steward did a great job as usual. We had an obstructed balcony cabin for the first time but will spend the extra and get regular balcony from now on. Lifeboats made noise and being on deck 5 above dining room area you could smell smoke from below at times. No more obstructed for us. Entertainment: Ships shows were good, I dont get into musicals etc but they were still entertaining. Comedians ranged from very good to horrible. There were 8 different comedians over the 14 days. The final comedian we watched had approx 40 people walk out during his performance because he just simply was not funny. Most were good for a few laughs though. Staff: Amazing. Staff was great! Alchemy Bar bartenders are a must see! Debarkation: We were off the ship with no problems. Apparently there was a long delay right after us so many people were inconvenienced but we got lucky. The Good: New areas look great, addition of the drive-in under the stars was a nice option on such a long cruise, enjoy the band/dj at the main pool but the could change the song selection up a bit more. The Bad: Many people on board were sick, including us. I am amazed when the staff are all pushing the sanitizer on us and promoting safe hand washing etc and I still see men walk out of the washrooms without washing their hands or people coughing in/around the buffet stations etc Who raises these people? The buffet food deserves another mention here. Wow, was it bad. I tried the Asian buffet for the first time ever and glad I did as the rest of the buffet was tasteless and borderline cold. Love spicy food! Passengers: Chair hogs were running wild. We didnt bother with Serenity as it was jammed and those seats that were "empty" were "reserved". Table hogs-This one is new to me but on the last sea day when it was too cold to sit outside we witnessed several groups holding card tournaments in the buffet seating areas while countless numbers of folks walked around carrying their plates looking to sit down and eat. If you want to play cards go somewhere else....maybe the card room? Most people we encountered were great, fun people. What on Earth is with everyone announcing their Platinum/Diamond status to anyone who will listen within earshot? I experienced it on Royal but this group put all others to shame. Loved the Pride and her now options. Have sailed exclusively Spirit Class ships to date so really looking forward to the Dream in January. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
This was our fifth time on the Pride and was grateful for the changes from the "same old thing". Embarkation in Tampa was a breeze! Many folks ignore recommendations and insist on arriving at the pier at 930-10am and then get ... Read More
This was our fifth time on the Pride and was grateful for the changes from the "same old thing". Embarkation in Tampa was a breeze! Many folks ignore recommendations and insist on arriving at the pier at 930-10am and then get annoyed when they have to wait to board. We arrived around 1230pm and was on the ship within 25-30 minutes. We walked right on after getting our s&s cards....no line whatsoever. Ship: Loved the new upgrades. Some areas of the ship still really need to be repaired/painted but the 2.0 ares looked amazing. New areas definitely looked a lot more classy/polished than the old parts of the ship. Food: Guys Burgers were great after getting back on board, good burgers/fries and very quick service. Burrito/taco bar was a tasty alternative as well. It is only open for breakfast and lunch. Deli was good as always as was the pizza. MDR was good to very good. Steak house was very good but not as good as I remembered it. Buffet was VERY poor in my opinion. Caribbean stew and jerk chicken were good but found everything else I tried bland and luke-warm at best. Chopstix Asian buffet has some nice spicy offerings. Cabins: As expected, cabin was clean and well-maintained. Steward did a great job as usual. We had an obstructed balcony cabin for the first time but will spend the extra and get regular balcony from now on. Lifeboats made noise and being on deck 5 above dining room area you could smell smoke from below at times. No more obstructed for us. Entertainment: Ships shows were good, I don't get into musicals etc but they were still entertaining. Comedians ranged from very good to horrible. There were 8 different comedians over the 14 days. The final comedian we watched had approx 40 people walk out during his performance because he just simply was not funny. Most were good for a few laughs though. Staff: Amazing. Staff was great! Alchemy Bar bartenders are a must see! Debarkation: We were off the ship with no problems. Apparently there was a long delay right after us so many people were inconvenienced but we got lucky. The Good: New areas look great, addition of the dive-in under the stars was a nice option on such a long cruise, enjoy the band/dj at the main pool but the could change the song selection up a bit more. The Bad: Many people on board were sick, including us. I am amazed when the staff are all pushing the sanitizer on us and promoting safe hand washing etc and I still see men walk out of the washrooms without washing their hands or people coughing in/around the buffet stations etc Who raises these people? The buffet food deserves another mention here. Wow, was it bad. I tried the Asian buffet for the first time ever and glad I did as the rest of the buffet was tasteless and borderline cold. Love spicy food! Passengers: Chair hogs were running wild. We didn't bother with Serenity as it was jammed and those seats that were "empty" were "reserved". Table hogs-This one is new to me but on the last sea day when it was too cold to sit outside we witnessed several groups holding card tournaments in the buffet seating areas while countless numbers of folks walked around carrying their plates looking to sit down and eat. If you want to play cards go somewhere else....maybe the card room? Most people we encountered were great, fun people. What on Earth is with everyone announcing their Platinum/Diamond status to anyone who will listen within earshot? I experienced it on Royal but this group put all others to shame. Loved the Pride and her now options. Have sailed exclusively Spirit Class ships to date so really looking forward to the Dream in January. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
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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