13 Carnival Pride Cruise Reviews for Cruises for the Disabled Cruises to Bahamas

Our steward was very attentive and our room and bathroom were very wheel chair accommodating. Our extended balcony was lovely, but it was not accessible for my husband who is in a wheelchair. That was a huge disappointment! None of the ... Read More
Our steward was very attentive and our room and bathroom were very wheel chair accommodating. Our extended balcony was lovely, but it was not accessible for my husband who is in a wheelchair. That was a huge disappointment! None of the pools or hot tubs were ADA compliant and there were very few handicap bathrooms. If our friends had not joined us on this cruise, my hubby would have really been bored. The food was good, and the dining room entertainment was lots of fun...especially Ken's singing. We thought the other groups were mostly just noisy and not great. The lines at the guest services were always long, and they were apologetic in denying any requests we made:-( Leaving out of Baltimore was convenient for us, but the embarkation process was CRAZY!! We rented a wheelchair from Special Needs Group wheels at Sea so I wouldn't have to transfer my hubby's big wheelchair all around. The foot rest wouldn't stay up when not in use so it was a big nuisance. I will NOT use them again. This was our 1st cruise since my husband's stroke so I was apprehensive about the accommodations. Carnival Pride is not for wheelchair people so look for another cruise ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We loved our first cruise. What would have made it better for us is entertainment earlier in the evening, music less loud, and a piano bar more focused on connecting people via their own singing rather than the virtuoso performance of the ... Read More
We loved our first cruise. What would have made it better for us is entertainment earlier in the evening, music less loud, and a piano bar more focused on connecting people via their own singing rather than the virtuoso performance of the entertainer. Otherwise, we were pleasantly surprised to enjoy just hanging out in the various spaces. No trouble at all with loud kids or adults. Room was great. We were well served by bringing an electric scooter, walker, AND transport chair for my husband. Each came in handy. Know that the person pushing the wheelchair should be up for the equivalent of three blocks's walk to get off the pier in Canaveral and Nassau. And if you want to use a scooter in Nassau, expect a rough ride. There are curbcuts, but lots of bumps and obstacles like cars parked on sidewalks. Your scooter needs more than the usual one inch of clearance. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Birthday cruise with sisters, First time I had mobility issues after 14 cruises. Staff and most of the passengers couldn't have been more helpful with my scooter anxiety. First time in a long time we stayed on Rivera Deck, my ... Read More
Birthday cruise with sisters, First time I had mobility issues after 14 cruises. Staff and most of the passengers couldn't have been more helpful with my scooter anxiety. First time in a long time we stayed on Rivera Deck, my sister loved it, as she could walk up the steps to casino and smoke. Room 1221. Very attentive cabin staff. Dining room staff amazing. Only one grouch on whole trip.... Casino bartender....I think he needed a drink. Anyway.....great trip as always, third time on the Pride. Not sure why we are still going to Freeport, I know they need the money after the Hurricane but still not ready for passengers and such a short stop. Punchliner Comedy Club....CJ was hysterical. Sorry, I forget his name but he ran the Bingos....hysterical. Like the way you can drop off luggage and then park. Would go again in a minute when it is a littlle warmer. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Getting on the ship was easy. I have difficulty with walking, so yes had to walk a bit. Food is fair and did not like the steakhouse, I cancelled my 2nd night. Food quality has come down a notch or two. Surprised you had to pay for ... Read More
Getting on the ship was easy. I have difficulty with walking, so yes had to walk a bit. Food is fair and did not like the steakhouse, I cancelled my 2nd night. Food quality has come down a notch or two. Surprised you had to pay for sushi when previously sailed never did. Captain's night, no more appetizers nor cocktails. Not happy with 888 transportation @ cocoa beach. They had mislead us very much so. We were to go to pier and instead took us the the Ron Bon Surf Shop at the Sheraton, 1 1/2 blocks to beach. Not nice for anyone who has trouble walking. They sold us or should I say conned us! Stay away from 888 Transportation., they are at the terminal. When I returned to terminal they were no where to be found. Returning was a 4 hour delay and Carnival never even set up a beverage station. Communication very bad in informing people what to do last minute sending you on a wild goose chase. Cabin stewards, great. Dining room servers great. Food eh needs to improve. No more late night displays with foods and ice sculptures. I did like to see everyone dressed up, people were very nice. I felt like the cruise really didn't understand the importance of people with disabilities. They need to know how, when and where's with needs of others. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This report is going to be a little different because it's more about cruising when handicapped than about the cruise itself. I find there isn't enough information on cruising when mobility is an issue plus we don't do a lot ... Read More
This report is going to be a little different because it's more about cruising when handicapped than about the cruise itself. I find there isn't enough information on cruising when mobility is an issue plus we don't do a lot of the activities - we enjoy our big balcony a lot. Because of health issues, flying has gotten harder and harder for me, so I love sailing from my homeport of Baltimore on the Pride. It's 40 mins, from my house. This was my 6th Pride cruise. I use a wheelchair or scooter and decided to rent a scooter this time. Check in at the terminal was easy as always and my travel buddy and I were seated with others who also needed assistance boarding. We arrived at 11:30 a.m. and were sitting waiting to board by 11:50. The place was filled and they started boarding soon after we arrived. Pretty soon the place was almost empty, and still we sat.... and waited and waited. The woman who seemed to be in charge of our area told us that someone had sent all the "pushers" to a lunch break at the same time. In the past, we'd never had this long of a wait. Finally we arrived on lido deck and of course by this time it was packed. Luckily I also had my walker so I was able to get around until we could get to our room and pick up my rental scooter. We had a Guy's burger which was delicious as always. It wasn't long until we were able to go to our room. We were in room 6281 which is a full handicap balcony room. The door automatically opened when you swiped your sign and sail card. This was a nice feature because it meant I was able to come and go on my own when I wanted, without needing my friend to hold the door open for me and the scooter You opened it from inside the room by pushing a button. The down side was it took forever to close, so anyone walking by could stare into the room for quite a long time. The shower had a fold down seat and was much better than the ones in the modified handicapped cabins because it had more floor drains right around the shower. This meant the floor didn't flood like it does in the modified rooms. There was room to park the scooter and still get around. As in all the handicap rooms, there is no sofa. Just a chair a small table. There was no raised area to step over to go out to the balcony so I could have taken the scooter out there, but I just used my walker. There were 2 lounge chairs, 2 deck chairs and a small table on the balcony. We used the balcony a lot every day. Our cabin steward did a good job, but asked if we wanted a.m. or p.m. service. When I asked for both, which is very much an option, he didn't seem very happy. We are neat people, so he didn't have much to do, but I wanted to make sure we had clean towels and wanted any room service trays removed so I requested both. We didn't see him at all after day one, but as I said, he kept trash emptied and brought fresh ice daily as we requested. We never got off the ship when in ports because we'd done this same cruise before 5 times. My friend used this time to enjoy the less crowded hot tub in the Serenity area. We had Your Time Dining and had wonderful service. We really liked the staff we had the 1st night, so we requested them nightly. The longest we waited for a table for 2 was about five minutes one night. We were not crazy about the new American Table menu. I actually won money in the casino but wish they could do more to keep the smoke and the smell of cigarettes cleared away. We didn't go when it was crowded as neither of us smoke and when crowded it's pretty smoky there We played cards in the library a few times. On the morning we arrived back in Baltimore we were told everyone needing assistance with debarkation needed to meet at the Red Frog Pub, but not before 10 a.m. We got there at 10:05 and it was already packed. A lot of the seating here is on high stools - not an option for a lot of us. I liked it better when the meeting place was the Alchemy Bar area as there are regular chairs. Once again, just like at embarkation, people began leaving and we all just sat. People doing self assist left, people who had left their luggage outside the night before left and still we sat. There were lots of wheelchairs lined up, but nobody pushing them. Once in awhile someone would come and one person would leave, but we never saw the employee who assisted them come back. Finally an announcement came on and someone read out our names and asked us to "please vacate the ship !! "..It was embarrassing hearing my name being announced all over the ship, begging me to leave. LOL !. I wont go on any longer, but I can honestly say I was the last guest to leave the ship. My cousin and his wife were picking us up and they'd been sitting in the parking lot for hours. I got off the ship around the same time I'd been almost home on my other 5 Pride cruises. Not a good ending to a great relaxing cruise. I am going back in August and hopefully the same problems won't occur. The staff all were so helpful. At lunch someone who quickly appear and offer to help my get lunch at the buffet, or help me get an elevator. I love the Pride !! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was my 29th cruise, 2nd with Carnival after a loooooong hiatus. Took the cruise because of the port of Baltimore. Would not sail Carnival again unless Baltimore is the round trip departure port. Staff and crew were excellent! The ... Read More
This was my 29th cruise, 2nd with Carnival after a loooooong hiatus. Took the cruise because of the port of Baltimore. Would not sail Carnival again unless Baltimore is the round trip departure port. Staff and crew were excellent! The stars of the cruise! Cleanliness was excellent - someone was always somewhere cleaning and polishing. Shore excursions were very disappointing for a person with a mobility impairment. I did not leave the ship. Would not do this itinerary again on ANY ship. Passengers were very nice! Never saw so many tattoos, but I am an oldster who does not understand the current craze. Never heard any bad language, no pushing and shoving, but there were the usual chair hogs. Hot tubs and pools inaccessible to me any way. Food just ok - I ate mainly in the main dining room because of mobility problems. My one foray at Guy's Burgers was awful - the burger was like a baked hockey puck. The fixings bar at the Blue Iguana Cantina was de-nuded at lunch time and apparently never replenished. Pizza not bad - I like thin and crispy crust. Drinks - ah yes! The typical Carnival drink seems to be a glass of Kool-Aid with a little bit of chosen liquor, an umbrella and a cherry. I asked a cocktail waiter for a stinger on the rocks and he had no clue. Then I asked for a B and B and like wise got a blank stare. Alchemy Bar does serve great martinis.....my standard is gin and vermouth only and they complied well. But, after years of other cruise lines, I was not expecting things to be comparable, so I was not disappointed. You get what you pay for, and to be honest, the service was BETTER than what I paid for! One last comment: One night I was sound asleep in my bed and a picture fell off the wall and hit me in the head. I called Guest Services and they sent someone to remove the picture. The next day I slept until almost 3 pm. My roommate - my sister RN - made me go to the Medical Center where I was diagnosed with a very mild concussion. Was OK for the rest of the cruise, but a bit sleepy. Carnival did waive the Medical Center fees. Would I sail Carnival again? Depends on time of year (never Spring Break or vacation), port of departure and return and itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Embarkation in Baltimore: Parking people know what they're doing; everyone else, not so much. Traveling with elderly parents with wheelchair assist to board requested. Have taken six cruises and this was the first time we were ... Read More
Embarkation in Baltimore: Parking people know what they're doing; everyone else, not so much. Traveling with elderly parents with wheelchair assist to board requested. Have taken six cruises and this was the first time we were separated from elderly parents. Thought this would be no big deal but we stood in line for over three hours to get through embarkation process and my parents needed some help during that time that we couldn't provide. We've cruised six times, one other time also out of Baltimore and never waited that long to board, especially since we, like most guests arrived when instructed with everything ready. It seemed almost like Baltimore terminal was puzzled as to why over two thousand people were standing there waiting and there were three unmanned embarkation computers! Didn't someone tell them we were coming? Worst embarkation ever. Disembarking: Out of stateroom by 8:30 as requested. Still waiting at 12:30, four hours later to get off ship! . Mom is diabetic, ate breakfast at 7:30, no food available on pride for lunch and still waiting near one o'clock pm. NEVER saw such a disgraceful embarkation and disembarkation process, not even on our last cruise out of Baltimore. Have left out of L.A. N.Y. Vancouver and Seattle, never this long. Pride's Shore excursion desk people are the wettest blankets I've ever encountered. In Freeport our shore excursion was cancelled due to wind on the water, so this is no one's fault at all. We cheerfully approached the long blonde haired lady at the shore excursion counter to ask her if she could suggest an alternative, after all it was still a nice day and we wanted to go somewhere. She rudely told us everything was gone and walked away and wouldn't help at all. This same blonde woman had a bad attitude during the emergency drills on muster station B. She's very pretty and I think she thinks she can get away on her good looks or something but she's a horrible employee. We took a private cab to the boiling hole, went to a beach in the same cab and were just careful to watch the time to get back on time. Honestly, with Pride's attitude at the excursion desk, I would never book an excursion with them again, it was far cheaper and more fun to do it on our own. We had done this same excursion through Pride years ago for over a hundred dollars each, this one cost just eight dollars each way privately and if Carnival is that cavalier about guest's fun I won't ever book an excursion with them again. I hope other passengers who dealt with that horrible blonde woman before us got her name because she was as rude to them as she was to us. If you go on your own, you're responsible for getting back on time, just be careful and mindful of the time and go with a registered cab driver. The restaurants and lido buffets are closed from 3-6 pm on Pride. You can only get hamburgers, sandwiches, and pizza, all high carb choices that may be good for a day or two but become tiresome quickly and are not suitable for diabetics or anyone who gives a care about their body like a diabetic. The salad bar should also remain open or at the very least a small fruit stand! Not everyone can eat those high starch, high carb things all the time. Gross. Shame on Carnival for promoting such unhealthy foods with no alternatives. I don't like the art on Pride at all. Yes, whatever, it's art,not porn as people point out. I'm not a prude at all or religious but I dislike pictures of naked people touching themselves all over the walls, art or not. I just don't like it, some people might like it. To each their own. The food in the dining room was good. The wait staff are so great! The Pride's staff in general was top notch save for the one blonde lady at the shore excursions desk. Food on Lido was okay but it was closed much of the time. Pools and hot tubs were closed early despite being listed as open in the evening, very disappointing. Water slide seems to be for show only, never open. We did the 'Pontoon Lagoon' shore excursion through Pride at the Florida stop. We had phoned and asked Carnival a few questions about the excursion such as, how far is it to walk from the bus to the pontoon, is there a bathroon onboard etc. To each question, Carnival said, "I don't know." What!? It's your job to know!! My parents did not take the tour because we had no idea if they could walk from the bus to the boat. It turns out they could have, but Carnival didn't care enough to find out or give us the operators number so we could find out on our own. We loved that tour so much that there was still time to go back to the ship and get my parents to take it. We paid about a hundred bucks each through Carnival. Guess what it costs really? Six bucks there and back for a cab to get to the boat and it was mere steps to get on the boat and only twenty six dollars to take the tour so Carnival is sucking up all that money and they won't even find out details for their customers! I question whether I will cruise from Baltimore again and I definitely won't take any more shore excursions through Carnival, you can do them on your own cheaper as long as you're careful. What an unnecessary mess.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
We chose this cruise because the port was only 1.5 hours from our home, and the price was right. We knew that the experience with Carnival would not be as good as Royal Caribbean, but the price for 7 people made the decision. Overall, the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because the port was only 1.5 hours from our home, and the price was right. We knew that the experience with Carnival would not be as good as Royal Caribbean, but the price for 7 people made the decision. Overall, the experience was better than we expected, especially the service from the Carnival staff on the ship. We had 3 cabins for 7 people. I traveled with my husband, 3 children (ages 2, 2, 17) and in-laws. We were lucky to get a Faster to the Fun (F2F) pass for all three of our cabins ($50 per cabin), and it was well worth the money. I heavily debated spending the money, but I didn't want to wait in embarkation/debarkation lines with my toddlers and knew I would regret it if I didn't just pay the money. I called to find out what time I could arrive with F2F passes, and they said 11 a.m. When we arrived at the terminal at that time, we were able to go to the F2F line, which is basically the same as the VIP line! We got through security and registration in no time and were guided to the F2F waiting area past the many people waiting in line. Now, if the ship didn't arrive in port a little late that day, we would have boarded right away, but we did have to wait one hour. We boarded the ship at the same time as the handicapped assisted travelers and were able to go straight to our cabins to drop off our carry-ons as F2F cabins are ready right away. Our checked luggage was also already at our doors. We were satisfied with our interior cabins. Bobby, our room steward, was wonderful. He remembered our names and was always happy to help, especially with a sandy mess after a beach day. We liked being in the aft section of the ship because it was near the restaurants and pools, but if I had it to do over again, I would choose the middle of the ship because Camp Carnival is on Deck 5 at the front of the ship as are all of the shows and casino. I did like that we were on Deck 7 and no lower because we went to Deck 9 (buffet, pools) often. We bought small backpacks for our toddlers and filled them with new items (potato heads, sticker books, kid watches, glow sticks, etc.) to keep them busy during the cruise. What a life-saver! They liked Camp Carnival the first two days and ran inside without looking back, but by the third day, they didn't want to go again and pitched huge fits. (We left them for 2.5 hours the first day and 1.5 hours the second day.) I noticed other kids doing this too by mid-week. It can be quite difficult to take 2-year-old twins on a cruise. You are together a lot; they can't run around, and they need this play time to burn energy on those sea days. What worked for us was to tell the toddlers that we would only be gone a little bit and then we would take them to the pool to swim; we asked them not to cry because it made us sad. They were much better after that, and we only left them for one hour a day just to catch our breath and talk and then promptly picked them up. Parents need that little bit of time to keep from going nutty, especially if you have more than one little one. We could stand outside and watch them on the TV monitor and make sure all was well before taking a walk. We were given a Camp Carnival phone that worked throughout the ship, and our other family members could call us on it too. For swimming, I noticed that the best item was the puddle jumper devices that were less bulky but kept children from going under. If you are traveling with someone who has difficulty walking distances, consider renting a "travel" scooter (Standard cabin doors are 22".) or wheel chair. Be sure to contact the Carnival Special Assistance desk prior to travel to fill out a form and mark those needing or who may need assistance. This designation could provide them with a wheel chair at ports to embark or debark. Very helpful and valuable. I must warn you that the quality of the food was very disappointing. It was sometimes cold and always unseasoned and bland across the board. Many dishes were just second rate. For instance, the hamburger tasted like a school cafeteria soy burger. It's obvious that Carnival is cutting corners on quality, and the food is a reason not to return. I did not have this experience on Royal Caribbean, but I knew I pay a lot more to go with Royal Caribbean. My husband was very disappointed when he was told twice that the 24-hour pizza station was closed. He said it was one of the only things worth eating and would affect whether he signed up for another cruise with Carnival. You have two main choices for getting food. On deck 9 is the serve-yourself-buffet (Mermaids), and you can walk around gathering whatever you want and find a table. It's open most of the time, and you can always get something to eat or drink. We weren't crazy about that option as it is difficult with small children. The better option is to go to deck 2 or 3 to the main dining room to have your meals. You will order from the menu and be waited on. Breakfast opens later at 8:30 a.m., but the food is much better than the food at the buffet. For dinner, you would need to pre-register (when you purchase your cruise) for early or late seating. We all loved our dinner dining room server Houston. He went above and beyond to make sure we enjoyed ourselves. He made sure our toddlers were taken care of and made them napkin animals; he was patient with my picky father-in-law, he was constantly professional and fun, and he made us laugh. The servers danced for us each night, and my children LOVED watching them. They were very entertaining! This ship is very clean, and the staff is so friendly. We were impressed with both. It was a little cool sailing out of Baltimore at this time of the year. Take a jacket and expect the pool water on the ship to be cold as well. Once we reached Florida, it was quite comfortable and warm. Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
Ok, I have been on 16 cruises and today rolled in on the Carnival Pride. I have never left one bad review of a cruise before, as I am very forgiving, but this cruise took the cake. First off, in security checking on the boat. They ... Read More
Ok, I have been on 16 cruises and today rolled in on the Carnival Pride. I have never left one bad review of a cruise before, as I am very forgiving, but this cruise took the cake. First off, in security checking on the boat. They would not allow us to use a cellphone or camera for 1 hour in line to check through security. Can we say boring staying in line without something to do, but that wasn't a big deal. Then after security check in we go to the boat and are taking pics of the boat right before we load the gangway and this little fat security guard came running, you cannot use your cell phone here, turn it off now or i am going to take it. We were 500 feet away from check in up 4 flights of stairs and still she needed to humiliate me in front of my 10 staff members i am cruising with. Still, ok, just one bad egg. On the cruise, we are with a disabled person. They couldn't get out of the room much, so we all pitched in and bought a few movies at 12.99 a piece for them to watch while they were in their room, as carnivals tv quite frankly, was horrible. Carnival, only lets the movie play for 24 hours, so if you rent a movie, even a movie that has been on dvd for months, you are not allowed to watch the movie for the entire boat, just 24 hours and they removed them after 16 hours many times. Whats the problem with allowing a disabled person to watch a movie a few times while they are in their room without making us spend 500 dollars on movies so they can get entertainment. This was disgusting to me. Then same person needed room service to eat, and their room service was horrible. they didn't have anything decent to eat, only things like bagels or toast. I mean put a cheeseburger and a hot dog or pizza on there for people who can't get out of their rooms as much. Just because someone is disabled doesn't mean their spouse cant go up for fun, and they can stay in the room and not make their spouse feel guilty on going on a cruise. Carnival has NO respect for this. Next the entertainment was horrible. Some gay guy assistant director could not entertain a blind man. It has went down hill bad. They have hired all homosexuals to entertain, as that appears to be the cool thing to do. BUt thats not entertainment! Sure an equal distribution of homosexuals is fine, i have many gay friends and am not anti gay in any way, but when you book your entire entertainment staff obviously because they are gay, there is some problems there to be had. The food was good, but they act like a stickler on it! Its a cruise, you shouldn't have to wait 50 min EVERYTIME you want to eat, because they don't have enough food ready. The cheeseburger stand on top deck was a bore to wait, as this seemed planned so people wouldn't get one and just move on as many people were doing. I can see one or two times waiting, but 7 days and NEVER WAITED UNDER 45 MINUTES. Then if you try to get two so your wife doesn't have to wait, they wouldn't give it to you. When someone travels with a disabled person they can't wait in line for hours and when you don't have any real food at all for room service, what are they going to do? The cruise ship was nice, but there was naked paintings all over the ship. I don't mean 20 or 30, i mean the entire ship is decorated in naked "art" of little boys naked all over the place. It got old quickly. And again, i don't mean a few! there is probably over 5,000 painting in elevators, hallways, rooms, bathrooms, all of naked people, mostly little naked boys running around. They said it was a tribute to the old art, but come on, its pretty obvious who decorated when the elevators all lead to a 10 foot fully naked uncircumcised man. IT was disturbing after every night seeing all this! I had 6 massages on this cruise. EVERY massage, they made me wait for 30 minutes b4 any treatments and cut us off early every time.. I mean 15 min short every massage, as we timed them! If i wanted a 60 min massage i would have paid the 129 for the 55 instead of the 179 for 75! And the spa was not crowded at all. One night we had a massage and pedicure scheduled at 5, and was supposed to get out at 7 so we can eat at 8. We sat in the waiting room for an HOUR, then they took us back at 6 and we couldn't do both treatments cause we were going to miss dinner, and they told us they will charge us 50% if we cancel, even though they made us wait for over an hour. I play the casino A LOT on cruises. The staff in the casino was so rude, i just got up and left on the craps game! I was up 700 dollars and was the only one rolling. I played for 45 min, and the guy all of a sudden stops me and says that i am rolling the dice wrong and am not allowed to touch the side of the table with them b4 i roll.. The head of the casino told the dealer i did nothing wrong but it rubbed me wrong, i just cashed in and didn't go back. Last the first day i bought my son a wooden rubber band gun. They practically arrested me checking in a WOODEN gun, and took it from me. The security is over the top stupid. There is no reason no to allow someone a small pocket knife, or a wine opener, or toenail clippers on a cruise. Its pathetic that they have made security as bad as they have on carnival. I looked into the "laws" they say and this is an excuse. There is no law that says you can't bring a pocket knife on board. There are steak knifes all over the place that if i am gonna kill someone i am going to grab and not my little 1" knife to open things easier with. They have seriously taken all the fun out of cruising with this. Again, i consider myself an expert cruiser, and know there is always some wrongs that happen in a week or 10 days time. But this was down right pathetic, and I will never be on another carnival cruise. Everything here is 100% accurate, and i left out a lot. Carnival has went downhill, and fast, and lost a very strong customer, but they don't care about customer service. The most rude staff on a cruise i have experienced and i will not be on a carnival cruise again, even if it were free! Its not worth me cutting out of work to get treated like we did on this cruise. I am happy to answer any questions, you can email me at c underscore h underscore 2 at hotmail dot com if you want to ask anything.. I have never did this b4 but think people should know about this line.... Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
Just back from the Pride, so will review our trip while it's fresh in my mind. This was my 10th (?) cruise, and 7th with Carnival. We enjoy Carnival with the family because they offer a good product at a reasonable price. It is not ... Read More
Just back from the Pride, so will review our trip while it's fresh in my mind. This was my 10th (?) cruise, and 7th with Carnival. We enjoy Carnival with the family because they offer a good product at a reasonable price. It is not luxury cruise, it is a family vacation. With that in mind we had a lovely family trip with my teen agers and 70something parents. We started the week in Baltimore by checking into the Best Western for their Sail and Park special. There was a minor mix up that we did not book correctly through the BW main number and so our rate was the AA rate and not the cruise package rate. Once it was worked out, the staff did what they could to accommodate the change in room rate and still pay the shuttle company. The shuttle to the port could not have been easier; we were dropped at the gate, our luggage wisked away and into the terminal. Dad was traveling in a wheel chair and so the folks split off from the group to special processing. That worked out well for them and it was nice that the port had special needs accommodations. The ship was running a little late, so we did have to sit in the cattle holding area until we were able to board. All things considered, the port personnel were polite and efficient. When we got into the main atrium, we waited about 5 minutes for my parents to catch up. Carnival provided a porter to push the wheel chair and my folks were taken directly to their cabin even though most cabins were not open for passengers yet. They had cabin 7303 handicapped and it was just perfect for them with an extra-large balcony and wheel-in shower. We were on the same level, but more mid-ship with me and hubby in a balcony and the teens in the interior across the hall. The rest of us were off to explore the ship. I must say that although the decor is not as tacky as some other Carnival ships I was not loving all the naked art, we made quite a few jokes about the "life sized" David. The layout of the ship was quickly familiar to us since we had last cruised on the Legend. Baltimore was in the midst of the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled banner and we were treated to an air show by the Blue Angels just before we sailed, that was a fabulous way to sail away, every cruise should start this way! I will note here that we chose this ship for the Baltimore departure and not necessarily for the ports of call. The first two days were at sea. We had smooth sailing and it gave all of us some time to settle in and relax. Yes, the chair hogs were out in force, but we expected that. My husband was up on day two and grabbed a hammock in Serenity where he promptly fell back asleep. He was early but at least he was actually in the chair he grabbed unlike the people with 4 chairs and alligator clips who did not show up until almost 10 am. On Wednesday we arrived in Grand Turk. We had arranged for two carts from Nathan's Carts. We were off to explore the island and made it up to the light house with a couple of missed turns. On the way back down the island we found a nice quite beach bar that was good for Dad (now using his walker) while the rest of us jumped in the water. We stayed just long enough and then carted back to the ship in plenty of time. Mom and I let the others get back on board and stopped for a quick margarita in Margaritaville at the swim up bar. Grand Turk is not the most beautiful island, but was nice to see and the beach was really quite pretty. Research on Cruise Critic saved us because the carts were enjoyed by the whole family, especially the teenagers who got to drive them. Thursday was Half Moon Cay which is a beautiful beach. We had booked the horseback riding for me, mom and the teenagers. Dad stayed on board because of the tender, but we noticed other wheelchair folks were able to manage it with help from the crew. Riding was very nicely done and we all really enjoyed the final ride in the water with the horses. We walked back along the road to get some food, had a basic BBQ style lunch and were dying to get into the water. Alas, just as we were getting to splash around the dark clouds rolled over the horizon. We decided to head back, and it was a good thing because it was not just a passing storm. The afternoon was a bit of a wash out. Freeport -- a total waste of time. I know it is a refueling stop, but I didn't meet anyone on board who did anything interesting, everyone seemed disappointed. Waking up an looking (and smelling) the refinery was a real downer. Port Lucaya was a shopping trap, with an ugly beach and pushy locals, we went looking to make up some beach time, but the beach was flying red flags and not attractive for swimming or sunning in a rented chair. We found ourselves just walking around in circles confused (but happy the parents did not join us there). Got back to the ship in plenty of time for a spot in Serenity, but it was very hot up there. My husband is a shopper and he enjoyed walking around the port shops much more than the Lucaya area. My parents were fine around the port shops. We enjoyed David's for dinner that evening. I find it is worth the expense to have a special occasion on board. We are somewhat disappointed that the price was raised. We did the "your time" dining as our main dinner selection. I don't think I will do that again as we did have to wait some evenings. We also felt that we missed out on the personal connection with our waiter/dining staff. Back to early the seating for us next trip. My 18 year old spent most evenings in the casino, loving life as a grown up. My 15 year old was kept busy with Club 02 and the activities seemed age appropriate. He met friends with common interests and always seemed to have something to do. Husband and I drifted between the kids and the parents. When we did do the shows, they were "eh" quality. Loved the piano bar, and the live band karaoke was pretty good (especially when we convinced our son to sing). Ended up the week with more at sea time, relaxed, enjoyed family. Over all, a very nice trip and my kids and parents were thrilled, which makes me happy. Husband and I are ready to have a private get-away soon where we can really let loose and not worry about anyone else! Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
My husband and I are an older retired couple, and I use a scooter because I can't walk far or stand for long. We did a back to back out of Baltimore on the Carnival Pride. This was our first and second cruises on Carnival and on the ... Read More
My husband and I are an older retired couple, and I use a scooter because I can't walk far or stand for long. We did a back to back out of Baltimore on the Carnival Pride. This was our first and second cruises on Carnival and on the Pride. we had never cruised with Carnival before but we love cruising out of Baltimore and we don't care for the Enchantment of the Seas which is the only other ship out of Baltimore at this time, and that's why we decided on Carnival. Although the Bahamas itinerary is one of our least favorites, when we take a cruise we like it to be for more than a week so we tacked it on at the end of the Bermuda cruise because we do like Bermuda. Unfortunately our Bermuda cruise (for which I've written another review) was cut short, but the Bahamas cruise turned out nicer than I had expected. The first reason we don't like Enchantment is the way the inside cabins are configured so that you can't get around the bed unless you separate it into two singles. Carnival wins on this count HANDS DOWN - one of the best inside cabins I've ever had with plenty of room to walk around the bed, plenty of storage area, and places in the bathroom to put medications, razors and other necessities. I had heard that the decor on Carnival was a bit flashy, and indeed there was a lot of fake wood and columns and many Renaissance type paintings (many nudes) covering all available surfaces with never a fig leaf in sight. It didn't bother me (except that I kept trying to think what the original painting had been) Some of the copies were dreadful. I think the mother of a small outspoken boy child might have had a problem with it. One of the things we missed was the opportunity to provide feedback to Carnival on our experience. So my husband wrote them a letter - this is part of it. "1- The ship's ventilation in the stateroom was outstanding indicating attention to detail by the ship's engineering department "2- The ship's crew members were always upbeat and cheerful and always made the cruises pleasant. "3- Since my wife is mobility challenged and uses a scooter to move about the ship, she frequently had problems navigating the doorways especially to the outer deck areas. the small ramps provided at the doorways were too short and steep so that the scooter had to be lifted over the door sills. The only ramp that was adequate was located on Deck 2 for the final debarkation." [I would also add that the doors to the public rest rooms were extremely heavy and not handicapped accessible at all.] "4- The ship's course progress on the TV was done on some strange graphics. Why not use a regular navigational chart which would provide some measure of detail of the nearby land masses?" [I would add that while the ship navigation channel was the worst I've seen, the bow and stern camera channels were excellent - the best I've seen] 5- He had some comment about the TV channel selection which didn't bother me. My comment is that I was annoyed that I could only see football via ESPN if I got dressed and went to the Sports Bar. Another problem is that the closest bathroom to the restaurant is all the way over by the atrium - nothing close. "6- The following crew member deserve 'special' notice because they performed their duties in an exemplary and professional manner, but they also provided a 'ray of sunshine"... [and then he listed] "Ms Milana Dukic Restaurant Hostess.. "Ms Aragana Vitomirovic - Jr Hostess [and he writes "I had to wait about 5 minutes to get the spelling of her name because I think other passengers were trying to adopt her") "Ms Ann Marie Mumfort - Guest Services (She provided excellent help with a lost credit card in Bermuda and with the back to back boarding between cruises) "Mr Winston Rodriguez - Restaurant Waiter (provided help parking the scooter) "Mr. I Gede and Mr Alex Nipas -housekeeping for our stateroom" The other comments I must make are about the food. I had heard Carnival had better food than other mass market lines, but according to other cruisers who have previously had many Carnival cruises, this is no longer true. I found the service in the dining room to be somewhat spotty although it wasn't terrible - it wasn't as good as Celebrity for instance. Also the cooking was very much hit or miss. Since we were on back to back cruises, we could re-order things we enjoyed. The escargot were fine the first time, but the second time they had a funny taste and I didn't eat more than one. Oysters Rockefeller was another example of this - one was good, the second was not. I had a Caesar salad once and it was dreadful - glops of mayo in it. French Onion soup - also bad. They had a really strange way of doing cold soups. You got a plate with a little cube in it and they poured the soup part over it from a pitcher. This was OK for the fruit soups. It didn't work well for the spicy cold soups. The best thing to order would be the beef - the least complicated dishes were the best. We always ate breakfast in the main restaurant. They always gave us cranberry juice when I asked for it even though it wasn't on the menu (Royal Caribbean tried to charge me bar prices for it). I hated eating in the buffet which I had to do when the ship was in port because it is just impossible to do with a scooter unless you have help. I addressed this in my other review, but it was still true on this cruise. We ate in the dining room whenever possible. Disembarkation was quite easy. We got off as close to last as we could. We did find a group of people who had stayed in the Comfort Inn and left their cars there, and then the Comfort Inn closed for renovations, and there was no shuttle to take them back to their cars. So, since we were the only ones going to the Country Inn and Suites, we (our driver) took them back to their cars on the way to where our car had been parked (for free). This cruise exceeded expectations (except for the food) Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
We arrived at Port of Baltimore at 11:45. My husband uses a wheelchair. From the time we pulled in the lot, dropped our luggage, registered and were up on the lido deck enjoying lunch was about 45 minutes. The baltimore staff is extremely ... Read More
We arrived at Port of Baltimore at 11:45. My husband uses a wheelchair. From the time we pulled in the lot, dropped our luggage, registered and were up on the lido deck enjoying lunch was about 45 minutes. The baltimore staff is extremely efficient. We found the ship clean, accessible, and homey in a strange kind of way. We were not botheres or offended by the decor. The elevators could get crowded at times Our stateroom was clean and had enough storage. We chose an obstructed view balcony. We would not do that again. The door was very difficult to open and the balcony barely fit two chairs. Our room steward Caetano was unbelievable. The kids called him a ninja. We never saw him but everything was always cleaned, stocked, and the towel animals plentiful! The Kids clubs were sufficient. We have learned that the kids are happy having freedom and breaking into little groups along the cruise. They are happy having a home base to go but for the most part do not partake in too may of the organized activities. The entertainment was not as good as other cruises on Carnival. The comediens the first two nights..Mike Macy and Seth Buchwald were hilarious. After that the other comediens and musical acts were not up to par. As a matter of fact, the majority of the acts were off key and second rate. The dining was good not great. The service in the dining rooms seemed to be understaffed. The Lido deck buffet was always super crowded. Alot of lines. Dinner in the Normandie was either rushed or too slow. The food although good was always luke warm at best Disembarkation again was extremely organized. We chose self debarkation and from the time we hit the gangway got through customs and were in our car was 10 minutes...no exagerration! All in all we enjoyed our cruise. Carnival is a good and consistent product. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
My husband & I booked this cruise as a present to ourselves to celebrate our wedding anniversary. As our anniversary is on December 30th, this meant we would also be onboard for New Years Eve. This is our 4th cruise; prior to this ... Read More
My husband & I booked this cruise as a present to ourselves to celebrate our wedding anniversary. As our anniversary is on December 30th, this meant we would also be onboard for New Years Eve. This is our 4th cruise; prior to this we've cruised on Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas once and Grandeur of the Seas twice. We've been to the western Caribbean, the Mediterranean, and most recently Canada/New England. I'm in my late forties, and my husband is in his early fifties. My husband does have mobility issues and is unable to do much walking. We're not the most outgoing people, but enjoy just getting away and being able to relax. This was our first cruise without the kids. Pretty much by the second or third day of the cruise, we had decided we would probably not cruise Carnival again. We both feel that Royal Caribbean is far superior in food, elegance, helpfulness and friendliness of the staff, and overall a better value for our money. Our Carnival cabin did have more storage space, and it seemed the room had a better layout. Read Less
Sail Date December 2010
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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