4 Carnival Pride Cruise Reviews for Entertainment Cruises to Caribbean - Eastern

We took this cruise as it was for a decent price for a balcony. Overall it met our expectations as we are previous cruisers of Carnival. The shows in the main theater were better than expected based on our experiences on other ships. I ... Read More
We took this cruise as it was for a decent price for a balcony. Overall it met our expectations as we are previous cruisers of Carnival. The shows in the main theater were better than expected based on our experiences on other ships. I would recommend the shows to others. Their comedians were good and had plenty of selection of times to go the 9-10:15 shows were always packed. The room steward was great. The third day we got a waiter in the main dining room we liked and were able to request him the remainder of the week with our anytime dining. Note we did have to line up for anytime dining before service opened as quite a line was forming and people were always waiting for a table when we left at 7-7:30. Our server would let us know of upcoming port embarkation and debarkation times as well. The ship is older but they do a good job of keeping it clean. They are not doing a great job of upholding their dress code policies in the dining room. Elegant night ranged from nice evening gowns to tank top and shorts. If you wanted a good spot in the serenity area you had to get there early as people were saving seats with their stuff but would be gone for hours. Half Moon Cay had an amazing beach and a decent time on shore. Grand Turk and Freeport we had only 4-5 hours which makes going very far difficult. We found good snorkeling at each location though. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Ship: Ready for its dry dock early! Still alot to enjoy but dont expect to not notice the issues on board. Staff is doing the best with what they are given! Cabin: 8221 - if you like a cooler room, this isn't the cabin for you. I ... Read More
Ship: Ready for its dry dock early! Still alot to enjoy but dont expect to not notice the issues on board. Staff is doing the best with what they are given! Cabin: 8221 - if you like a cooler room, this isn't the cabin for you. I enjoy my room to be cool in the evening and this one ran a bit too warm for me. The noise was rough for me at night. I am a VERY light sleeper though! I could hear staff all night long, above me. Had an issue with a busted pipe and no water for a few hours after returning for Half Moon Cay and that was rough. I just wanted to shower so bad. Entertainment: I was expecting Dr E, but unfortunately he was still in training. The Cruise Director was good but the Entertainment Director was amazing. I think his name was Bendy, you looked for him where ever you went. He is awesome and needs a promotion!!!!!!!!!!!! Service: Staff is wonderful as always. Its well known they are understaffed and have HORRIBLE hours but I never saw someone look miserable. I felt bad for them knowing they served me at early dining and then I saw them at 7 am running the Lido Dining... Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
It was very well. Everyone was nice and the food was beautiful and the crew was amazing! Though, the ship was very rocky with 50MPH speed winds, I was very sick and threw up. I would give this ship a 4/5, because it is amazing but is ... Read More
It was very well. Everyone was nice and the food was beautiful and the crew was amazing! Though, the ship was very rocky with 50MPH speed winds, I was very sick and threw up. I would give this ship a 4/5, because it is amazing but is small. I would recommend newer cruisers on this ship because it is simple instead of the carnival liberty or valor. The clubs were nice, and the water slides were entertaining and fun. The dances and entertainment in the Taj Mahal and the Butterfly lounge was amazing. I would totally go again and the ice cream is spectacular and I pretty much ate the whole machine, haha! I was in Camp Ocean when I was 11 years old, and they played fun movies, they had computers and playstations in there, and we did karaoke and scavenger hunts and more activites. Sometimes, we would get lunch and dinner in a group and eat and go to the Beautie's Nightclub. I danced my legs off, and so did my friends. I made so many friends and the pool was very warm and refreshing. I would reccomend going on this cruise and I got a break away from school too. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This was our first cruise and we were a bit nervous but aside from being sea sick the first day at sea, we had an awesome time. Here's a breakdown: Embarkation -- Standing in line for almost two hours was a real pain but we had no ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we were a bit nervous but aside from being sea sick the first day at sea, we had an awesome time. Here's a breakdown: Embarkation -- Standing in line for almost two hours was a real pain but we had no real issues here. Cabin -- We got a balcony room and I can't recommend that enough! When everyone and their mother is on the lido deck, you can sit on your peaceful private balcony and watch the sunset and it is awesome. You can have room service bring your breakfast and enjoy it out there too! The decor of the cabin was surprisingly dated but the room was clean and the bed was comfortable. Days at sea -- Sea sickness is no joke! I have spent a ton of time on boats without getting sick and assumed I'd be fine but boy is it different out in the open ocean! I was really happy to have backed "just in case" Dramamine. There is plenty to do to pass the time while at sea and Carnival has a great app to help you plan your day and find your way around the ship, which was very confusing at first. Grand Turk -- So convenient that you walk off the ship and are at the beach. The shops here are overpriced tourist traps but if you pass through them and walk down on the beach, you can jump right in the beautiful water. I recommend heading to the "GRAND TURK" side of the beach which was way less crowded and just as nice as the "WELCOME TO" side. You can have food and drink brought to you while you lounge in the shade under the huge palm trees, there's volleyball and a huge chess board, and a NASA exhibit. You might consider water shoes here as the sea floor is very rocky and my husband and I both cut our feet. Half Moon Cay -- For this port, you have to use a tender boat to get to the island since it is too small for a big pier. This was a bit annoying in the morning when everyone was trying to go at the same time and even with the number system, it was still super crowded. As the day goes on, less people are coming and going and it's much less stressful. The beach here is awesome, the water is super clear, you can snorkel right there in the swimming area and see cool fish, there are a ton of activities all over the island, lunch is served in a huge awesome BBQ buffet, it's very clean, and there aren't pushy local vendors as this is a cruiseline-owned island. Freeport -- Honestly, I would have rather skipped this stop all together and just headed home early. It's just a small strip mall in a shipping port full of pushy vendors selling the same ticky tacky crap (but at least the prices are relatively cheap aside from the random Harley Davidson store). To go and do anything beachy requires an expensive excursion or taking a taxi 20+ mins. We weren't feeling this and hung out mostly on the ship this day as it was a short stop and we got a chance to do the things that were normally too crowded (e.g., mini golf, basketball, hot tubbing, the water slides). Food -- There are so many options for eating, it's crazy. The first night we went to the official dinner restaurant where you go at your assigned time. It was beautiful and the food was great but it literally took two hours for two people so we never went there again. The quality of the food at the buffets was just as good and allowed you to try all kinds of foods. My husband and I are both vegetarian and we always found plenty of yummy veg-friendly foods. There are a couple of restaurants where you can pay for fancier food but we never tried those as the buffets are included and are very good. Casino -- I was really disappointed by this. Firstly because you can smoke in there which is a HUGE turn-off. I was shocked that there wasn't at least a non-smoking section. I'm not a hardcore gambler, I just like to play the slots, and the odds are stacked so hard against you that it's not even fun. At a normal casino you can sit and play for 20-30 mins with a $20 and you'll go up and lose some and have fun. These machines suck your money away without any bonus rounds and the fun is over in like 2 minutes. My husband is into roulette and cards and also didn't enjoy his time, though I can't explain why because those games make no sense to me. :) Comedy club and stage shows -- We really wanted to go to a comedy show and tried FIVE TIMES and every time there was literally not a seat left it was so packed. So I guess that means they're good? If you can get in the door. The stage shows (by Playlist Productions) were surprisingly good with an impressive theatre (the Taj Mahal) with high tech audio visual and stage effects. The singers were often off-key and over-sang everything to death but it was still a good time. Tipping -- Having never been on a cruise, we had no idea we were going to be charged $180 for gratuity at the end of the trip and had been tipping in cash. That was really aggravating so be sure to understand your cruise's tipping protocol beforehand! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
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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