297 Carnival Pride Cruise Reviews for Family Cruises to Bahamas

We went on this cruise over New Year's. The first 2 sea days were very bumpy. THis was because of a storm. Carnival's embarkation process was very smooth. The safety brief at the beginning of the cruise was also very simple. We ... Read More
We went on this cruise over New Year's. The first 2 sea days were very bumpy. THis was because of a storm. Carnival's embarkation process was very smooth. The safety brief at the beginning of the cruise was also very simple. We had a lot of fun over the 7 days that we were on the ship. The dining room staff needed some training, but the main waiter was great. The bars were a slight disappointment because they were not open for most of the day. No rock climbing wall was also a disappointment. The dining overall was very great and I liked the ship. I would do it again. We stopped at Princess Cays which was a little bit of a disappointment. There should have been more than just a beach. But, Nassau was really great. The stores where really fun. Freeport was not the best stop due to the damage from Hurricane Dorian. Overall, the cruise was fun, but not over-the-top. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I booked this cruise last minute, 3 weeks prior to our sail date. I was traveling with my best friend (it was her first cruise) and my 2 sons. My first Carnival cruise was on the Horizon last summer, June 2018... I was not impressed.. ... Read More
I booked this cruise last minute, 3 weeks prior to our sail date. I was traveling with my best friend (it was her first cruise) and my 2 sons. My first Carnival cruise was on the Horizon last summer, June 2018... I was not impressed.. quality of food was awful and no one ever cleaned anything, sanitizers always empty. Same for Carnival Sunshine.. Empty hand sanitizer for days. Sub-par food. Dirty and overcrowded. My expectations for Pride were very low due to these past experiences... She did NOT disappoint!! Embarkation was smooth, aside from waiting to park the car. Upon getting on the ship, I was impressed with the cleanliness and the layout of the ship. We headed straight to our room to set our bags down and go get all the first-day cruise stuff over with. We had stateroom 5131. It was a balcony guarantee, and I could not complain about the location (a few steps away from camp ocean.. a plus for us!) Muster drill was quick and painless. We took the kids to check out the kids club. They are penguins (2-5) and the kids area was a decent size, clean and inviting. My boys had an absolute blast in camp ocean! No complaints there. I had kept up with the reviews prior to this trip and I saw a lot of negative reviews on the food.. I could not relate to a single one of them. I love to eat and I grew up living that cruise life, so as a child I got to try those fancy cruise foods you don’t come across every day.. the food on Pride was spectacular. Not “lukewarm” and definitely not “inedible”. Most of the time I was burning my tongue on everything because I couldn’t wait to eat it! Our bread in the MDR was always brought to us hot. Our soups and meals were always hot and delicious!! The coffee on this ship was also significantly better than what they served on the Sunshine. The coffee on Sunshine was so bitter! The kids, my bestie and I ate to our hearts desires. My son ate pizza from Pizza Pirate for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Here’s a con: service at Pizza Pirate was S L O W. Holy crap they need a better system. But was always yummy and again, HOT. Sea day brunch was AMAZING. So so delicious. Guys Burger of course hit the spot like always. The deli was alright, nothing really to brag about. We stopped in Half Moon Cay, Nassau, and Freeport. Half Moon Cay is GORGEOUS! If you’re considering going, GO. It was so so nice. Clear blue water and powdery-white sand.. the sun was perfect, it was 80° with a nice breeze. The buffet on the island was delicious. I could eat that chicken all day, it was so yummy. Easy to get a seat by the water, didn’t have to walk too far. It wasn’t too crowded. Just a perfect day overall. We all enjoyed it very much. Next day was Nassau. We left the kids in camp ocean and hopped off to grab some souvenirs. The weather was less than favorable that day. It started off as a drizzle but by the time we were waking back to the ship, it was a full-blown downpour! We were soaked!! But still had fun walking around and looking through the shops. We walked the wrong direction at first and saw a lot of devastation :( but the area close to port was nice. We didn’t get off the ship for Freeport so I have nothing to report on that. We had a few VERY rocky days/nights. I’m still swaying as I type this review up, we just debarked yesterday! Definitely grab a seasick patch, bonine, Dramamine or SOMETHING cuz she rocks a whole lot. Most of the time it was gentle but we did hit some rocky seas. They had barf bags available all around the ship because of it. Did I mention Dr. E yet?? The cruise director. He was GREAT. So entertaining. Love how he announces the goings-on of the ship. The vibe of the ship was so fun! He was a highlight of the trip for sure. Piano bar was a fun place to be, with Martins sing along events.. those were great! My best friend and I sang with the microphone a few times there. What great energy he has! We thoroughly enjoyed that. Overall, I would absolutely sail on Pride again!! There’s room for improvement here and there of course but it was definitely a step up from my previous 2 carnival cruises. And so convenient sailing from Baltimore. We came from Reading, PA so about 1 hr 45 minute drive for us. Perfect! Did I miss anything? Our room steward was so nice. The service all around the ship was amazing and friendly. Everyone was having a good time. It was a blast and exactly what we needed in the midst of the cold miserable winter weather! I recommend sailing on the Pride! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We truly enjoyed everything about our cruise! The cruise director was fun and engaging. The activities kept us entertained. The food was tasty and our steward went above and beyond. The ship was very clean and we constantly saw ... Read More
We truly enjoyed everything about our cruise! The cruise director was fun and engaging. The activities kept us entertained. The food was tasty and our steward went above and beyond. The ship was very clean and we constantly saw people picking up and straightening. The cabin could have been a little bigger but I feel that way about all ships. There were plenty of food options and the only bad side, the food was cold a few times in the buffet. Not too many times but there were a few. I loved the shows and comedy. We did our own thing when at port and mostly only took local tours which were really nice. We were going to book a few with the ship but I feel like a get a better deal myself for the little bit I'm willing to do off ship. Wonderful ship and helpful staff! I'm sail with them again in the future. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This is the trip that my traveling agent put together for my family and I, we had a wonderful time I met a lot of people on the trip from many different states , and countries , it was so amazing for our first time family whom travel with ... Read More
This is the trip that my traveling agent put together for my family and I, we had a wonderful time I met a lot of people on the trip from many different states , and countries , it was so amazing for our first time family whom travel with us they really enjoy the cruise, the cabins was very nice and clean at all times loved my animals on my bed each day I returned to my room, the food was outstanding, good from the beginning of my trip to the end, I think I gained 10pds in 7 days from eating so much. The entertainment was very nice, had someplace to go on the ship all doing the day and at night. The slots were good for those who like to gamble or just for fun.i met a couple who was entertaining us with songs Joel and Carina they were great loved all the songs they sing. Restaurant workers were great. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We chose this cruise because it disembarks out of Baltimore and it was easy to get to. This is why I'm giving it 2 stars: 1. Our room had a squeaky bunkbed that squeaked all night long; a really LOUD shrieking non-stop sound. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it disembarks out of Baltimore and it was easy to get to. This is why I'm giving it 2 stars: 1. Our room had a squeaky bunkbed that squeaked all night long; a really LOUD shrieking non-stop sound. The only way we could get it to die down, was by jamming stuff in the wall where the bunkbed frame was secured against the wall. Staff came about 3 times and could not fix it. We would reposition noise reducers through the night. 2. Our room balcony doors were not sealed properly and the wind made a horrible whistling sound all night long. We told staff and they did nothing. WE GOT NO SLEEP FOR 7 NIGHTS!!! 3. The staff are miserable. They are overworked and it shows. They are the most miserable staff I have ever seen in my life. They give good enough service and they try to be polite, but they are so tired and unhappy. 4. It's a party boat. Loud music until midnight on lido deck and drunk people everywhere. No class. 5. The auditorium shows are drab at best. Really bad singers and no worthy shows to see. We were bored most of the time. The comedy was great, but who wants to hear a comedian spew out toilet humor every night. It's fun the first three nights and then you want something different. We ended up watching movies in our room some days. There is NOTHING to do in the afternoon on sea days...no movies...nothing really for families. Just bikini contests, bingo that costs $$$, etc. 5. The ceiling in our hallway was dripping the entire week. They had 4 buckets collecting the drips the ENTIRE WEEK. We had to walk past it constantly to get to the elevators. 6. We changed credit cards for our tab and they got it wrong and charged the wrong credit card. We had to go in line to fix it. Took 45 minutes. 7. Public washrooms are filthy and there are barely any hand sanitizing stations in the main dining room; they don't push for people to sanitize their hands. This means that disease could easily spread if one person was infected with Noro Virus. 8. Carnival offered us a "meh" compensation for our room issues. They offered us basically a free excursion for my husband and I on our next cruise with Carnival. No refund for our troubles, but we did get apologies from the main desk on the ship and the complaint line after our cruise. I should note that the main desk really did try to do their best to help us and they were always polite; so were the repair men that came to our room. We are not planning on ever booking Carnival again. It was a terrible experience for my whole family. Even my kids got bored. How to improve? Afternoon matinee movies for families; better shows in the evening; maintain the rooms...this would be a start. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
My family and I had a great cruise on the Carnival Pride from 2/24-3/3. I felt that the overall experience was very good, from the dining room food to the service of the staff as well as the entertainment provided each night. It was a ... Read More
My family and I had a great cruise on the Carnival Pride from 2/24-3/3. I felt that the overall experience was very good, from the dining room food to the service of the staff as well as the entertainment provided each night. It was a memorable vacation and I will definitely use Carnival to cruise in the future. What I really liked: The ship itself is nice. It is older but looks good for its age. There is variety in the activities they offer and lots of opportunities to shop and have a good time. Dining room food variety from breakfast to dinner was very good. I really didn't eat lunch. The waiters and staff service in the bars and all over from everyone I was in contact with was great. All very friendly and accomodating. Entertainment was good to excellent. Shows in the Taj Mahal theater were good quality. My son enjoyed Hasbro the Game Show, I liked the 80's show. Cheesy, sure, but in a good way. My husband and I LOVED the band, IN THE GROOVE, in the Red Frog Pub. They were amazing and a highlight of the trip. Make sure you check them out. What was ok: Our stateroom was pretty crowded for 4 people. I would definitely book 2 rooms next time. The trip itinarary was ok. I have been to Nassau a few times, just ok. Not much to do but shop and eat. I like Atlantis but most of it is not accessible to people who are not guests or are not willing to pay ALOT to do stuff there. Freeport is a wasted port IMO ,not much to do there but shop or drink. You need some sort of shore excursion here or else why bother getting off the ship here. Princess Cay is beautiful, a must see. Very well kept and very picturesque. My daughter went snorkeling on her own and she loved it,saw lots of fish. What bothered me: The casino is very smoky. I could not spend that much time there as it is overwhelming. Not sure how to change this but make it non-smoking. WIFI signal is not good. Alot of interrupted service or none at all. We paid for the social media plan and it was not a good value for the money. No tv variety in the stateroom. It is pretty bad, just a few options according to my kids. I did not watch tv. The kids activities for ages 11-15 are not great, almost nonexistent. My kids were disappointed in this, although my son enjoyed the newly renovated arcade. All in all, I would cruise the Pride again if only for the convenience of being able to go out of Baltimore. I will probably choose another ship for a new itinarary but if you haven't done the Bahamas cruise yet the Pride is a great choice. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Embarkation and disembarkation were organized and fast. There were so many check points at embarkation but it was fast considering the amount of people boarding. The ship was not the new mega ships but I knew that coming in. The cabin was ... Read More
Embarkation and disembarkation were organized and fast. There were so many check points at embarkation but it was fast considering the amount of people boarding. The ship was not the new mega ships but I knew that coming in. The cabin was always clean and the bed was very comfortable. I love the interior cabin with the obstructed window. It was an affortable price and I could still see the ocean. The food at the main dining was great from breakfast to dinner. At the buffet, chopstix had good food during lunch but they did not change their menu often. The buffet was lacking options during dinner (pizza, deli, salad stations) so I just stuck to the main dining. There were so many entertainments and activities I always had something to do from shopping, bingo, comedy club, performances and lip sync battle. The staff were so friendly and worked extremely hard. My cabin steward and dining room waitress always smiled and asked about my day. Princess Cays was a private island so the chairs and food were included. The water was peaceful but there were some rocks in the ocean. After you pass the rocks, you are ok. I have been to Nassau before so instead of the island tour, I spent a day at aquaventure in Atlantis. The streets and straw markets near the Nassau port were busy with people and fun. Freeport was ok. The port had straw markets and shipping cargo. I took a taxi to Port Lucaya which had more straw markets. I did find the public beach across there and it was calm and beautiful. Not many people were there. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
My wife, 4.5-year-old son, and I joined our neighbors and their two boys (almost 5 and 3) and had an enjoyable cruise to the Bahamas from Baltimore on board the Carnival Pride from 30 December 2018 to 6 January 2019. In keeping with my ... Read More
My wife, 4.5-year-old son, and I joined our neighbors and their two boys (almost 5 and 3) and had an enjoyable cruise to the Bahamas from Baltimore on board the Carnival Pride from 30 December 2018 to 6 January 2019. In keeping with my TripAdvisor review style, I offer the following feedback: Home Port (Baltimore). The port is easily assessable from I-95, making it a great airfare-free cruise destination for many cities around Baltimore. Parking and boarding were relatively painless, and everyone was very pleasant at embarkation and disembarkation (although we arrived back in Baltimore 1.5 hours late due to choppier-than-normal seas). Customer Service allowed us to disembark early because of our neighbor’s foot problem, and that saved us a bunch of headaches and time—kudos, Carnival! Port of Call #1 – Princess Cays (0800 to 1700 hours). Carnival’s private island—and extension of the ship—was fun and just a short boat ride from the Pride. The beach was clean, the snorkeling area was clear and fish-filled, and the buffet lunch was adequate. Princess Cays also has a satisfactory play area with a small pool that was a big hit with the boys after a gratifying time at the beach swimming and building sand castles. Port of Call #2 – Nassau (0800 to 1700 hours). We and our neighbors walked about 25 minutes to and from Junkanoo Beach for a fun, free day of sun, sand, and snorkeling. The public beach is a tad rocky but clean, the snorkeling around the old concrete piers is surprisingly full of fish, and the shops and restaurants that one passes are plentiful and sensibly priced. Port of Call #3 – Freeport (0700 to 1330 hours). Like most people, my wife and I booked a Carnival excursion for Freeport as the only thing near the port is a shopping area. The snorkeling was a relative bust, but the captain and fellow guests were amusing. Our neighbors booked a more expensive ATV/beach time excursion, and they had a great time. As both our excursions had a minimum age requirement, we and our neighbors left our boys at the ship’s free Camp Ocean (Kids Camp) during our outings. Cabin. Our extended balcony cabin (5th deck, mid-ship) was a tad tight, and my wife said we’ll need to pay extra for a junior suite on our next cruise. Still, the friendly maids did an excellent job cleaning it during breakfast and dinner, and they always greeted us using our first names. The beds were comfortable, but the TV channels were rather limited. Kids Camp. Our son seemed to enjoy his time at Camp Ocean as he usually had his neighbor friends with him, and we relished the many opportunities for alone time. Our neighbors, however, had an issue with one of the staff members who gave them a hard time about their 3-year old’s behavior. Our neighbor complained, and Management quickly had the employee write a hand-written apology. Places to Eat on the Ship. One will never go hungry on a Carnival ship. (1) The Dr. Seuss Breakfast on the last sea day was one of the highlights of the trip as the boys got to eat cool-looking chow and meet/take pictures with all their favorite Dr. Seuss characters. For $5 per person, it was a bargain, and we highly recommend it. (2) As for buffet/take away, the pizza place is great and always open. (3) The burrito/taco and Chinese places are top notch and always a sought-after selection of the guests. (4) The sushi place is not free, but the prices and food are fantastic. (5) The other buffet places rotate their menus, and everything is hit or miss depending on one’s taste. (6) As for the main sit down, a la carte restaurant, the mass quantities of hit or miss chow was a treat—always served by friendly, entertaining, and professional waiters. (7) The fancy sit down restaurant is not free so we did not go. Things to Do on the Ship. There is always something to do on the “Fun Ships,” and the Pride’s cruise director, Dr. E, was constantly on the intercom informing guests of what was soon to happen. (1) The shows at the main theatre were well-done, the comedy shows were always funny, and the other entertainment around the ship was top notch. (2) The casino was always bustling with guests trying to hit it big, and the dealers and staff were friendly and professional. (3) The pools were an option while we were near the islands, but they were understandably too cold up north. (4) The hot tubs were OK but almost always filled with other guests. Note, as expected, the adult pool and hot tub were less crowded and more relaxing. (5) The water slides were entertaining—my son went down the easier yellow slide once and stayed away from the heart-stopping green slide his Papa loved. (6) We did not pay for any spa services, but it looked well-run and nice. (7) The gym was clean and stocked with plenty of nice treadmills, weight machines, etc. (8) The nightly activities at the bars and pools were great for the grown-ups, and everyone looked like they had a great time. (9) There was also ping pong and corn hole, and the guests seemed to enjoy them, too. (10) Our neighbors said the mini-golf was not all that, and that could be why we never saw anyone playing. Tips. (1) Save money and visit Junkanoo Beach in Nassau. (2) Pay the extra money for a suite if possible. (3) Book the Dr. Seuss Breakfast. (4) Be ready to stand in line for chow during peak periods. (5) Take advantage of Camp Ocean and the adult’s only swimming pool/hot tub. (6) Exercise every day to avoid gaining weight on the food-filled fun ship. (7) Download the Carnival Hub app before cruising to keep up with what’s happening once underway. (8) Consider the useful $5 onboard chat app, but remember it may go down several times. (9) Don’t expect much from the “value” internet—the mid-level plan—as it is rather slow, but it did allow daily uploads of pictures to Facebook. (10) Remember the cabin TV has ESPN (channel 10) when one turns on the TV. However, if one changes the channel and tries to go back to channel 10, it will be unavailable. Solution? Turn the TV off and on, and—voilà—ESPN. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This was our 4th time sailing the Pride, but the first time since they renovated and added the new water slides etc. From past experience and having sailed Disney, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean (15 in total) we had realistic expectations ... Read More
This was our 4th time sailing the Pride, but the first time since they renovated and added the new water slides etc. From past experience and having sailed Disney, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean (15 in total) we had realistic expectations for this cruise and walked away feeling relaxed, happy and that we made the right decision. Traveling with 4 kids under the age of 13 can get expensive so we enjoy saving a bit of $ by driving to the port. Our home is in the Toronto area so it took us about 10hrs to get to Baltimore, although we stayed one night in York, PA (about an hour away from cruise terminal) as the first year we parked our car at a hotel in downtown Baltimore and came back from our cruise to find our car window smashed. Needless to say, we learned our lesson! In general, the food was really great, we mostly ate in the Windjammer and only in the dining room twice (on both formal nights), the shows were okay, the welcome aboard show was pretty bad and the first night of their dancers/singers production was pretty inappropriate for kids, they should definitely either cut this entirely out or put towards the end of the cruise - as rest of shows were more "appropriate". Kids enjoyed the ammenities on the ship, they probably went on Green thunder about 50x and played mini golf at least a dozen times. Only one hot tub kids could use, miss the days there were at leats 3. Ports were fine, we were happy to stop at Princess Cay although they really should do something about rocks in the water - so dangerous and painful. Water shoes are a must (and not just crocs). And even with water shoes the waves basically bang your legs into big rocks hidden in the water right by shore. Camp Carnival was not great for us on the ship, the Camp Councillors seemed bored, disinterested in the kids and on both port days I brought my kids they sat on the floor locked on their cell phones. Not at all fun, dynamic and interactive as our past 3 experiences on this ship. Activities that were schedule like sand art did not happen, which was a disappointment for my kids who planned their day around this. Finally debarkation was a mess. The ship arrived into port late and we were told to leave the room by 8:40 or something like that when they expected us to start leaving the ship around 11:30. This made for a long and late drive home for the kids and them missing Monday morning of school as they were so tired. For this reason alone (late arrival into port) we will likely choose another cruise for next New Years. But all in all, we enjoyed the ship again and will consider it again in the future if we got a really good deal. We just booked Harmony of the Seas this summer!!! Happy sailing! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
I chose this cruise because I recently moved close to the port and so many individuals have expressed their love of the ship. I took my father, husband and three children on this cruise and it was our first cruise out of a cold port. We ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I recently moved close to the port and so many individuals have expressed their love of the ship. I took my father, husband and three children on this cruise and it was our first cruise out of a cold port. We expected some cold weather but not most of the days to be cold but that couldn't be helped by Carnival. The staff to embark was excellent and provided one of the best services we have ever experienced, kudos to the Baltimore port. We would on a balcony cabin on the 7th floor, it was quiet windy and the door to the balcony wouldn't shut all the way, however, they rig it to shut most of the way where we couldn't hear much wind coming in from it, although there was coldness that came through the cracks. The ship definitely needs repairs. We indulged in the steakhouse the first two nights and the service and food was excellent, except they didn't seem to have any drinks to serve you that wasn't wine or a martini, no full bar service. When we retreated to the dining room for the remainder of the cruise, the service was equally excellent and even more accommodating and professional with a full bar service. The entertainment and activities were similar to other carnival cruises, enjoyment and well played out for all ages. The shore excursions seemed a bit pricey for the Bahamas ports, more so than the last time I went to those islands so we opted out of paying those prices and just did our own thing. Princess Cays is operated by Carnival so you don't need an excursion there if all you want to do is rent a cabana or just sit on the beach in those blue chairs. NOTE: Buy snorkeling gear at home to bring or on the ship, ANYTHING is cheaper than renting or buying them on the island. The children enjoyed the cruise, however, my ten year old twins weren't impressed with the kids club for their age, there was not a lot of good activities for them. I would go on the pride again for the excellent port of service and the staff on board but to another location. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Within 20 minutes of our home. Second time on the Pride, and we had fun. Wind prevented our last port, Freeport, otherwise, all went well. Best time was the full day in Nassau at the Atlantis, doing everything they offered, aquarium, ... Read More
Within 20 minutes of our home. Second time on the Pride, and we had fun. Wind prevented our last port, Freeport, otherwise, all went well. Best time was the full day in Nassau at the Atlantis, doing everything they offered, aquarium, slides etc. Our waiters in the restaurant were terrific, Hari, Rommell, Ague. We had our table moved from rear to front and Matre de was very helpful. Ship has shown some wear, but that was expected. We knew going in it was about to go to dry dock for some upgrades but it was fine. Dr E, cruise director who we had on, I believe, the Magic was great as always. It was the week before Christmas and festivities and decorations. The show which included the kids from the cruise on stage, was really well done and fun. Entertainment was not very good surprisingly, since the shows were normally better in our other cruises. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Carnival Pride is affordable and let me see a part of the world I thought I would never see! Carnival made our 7 day Bahamas trip so great. The food was fresh and always available, the entertainment consisted of comedians, mega deck ... Read More
Carnival Pride is affordable and let me see a part of the world I thought I would never see! Carnival made our 7 day Bahamas trip so great. The food was fresh and always available, the entertainment consisted of comedians, mega deck parties, musicals, arts and crafts, dinner wait staff dancers, and I can’t say enough to brag on the staff, they were so friendly and worked so hard to ensure we had every thing we needed all the time and let’s me say we all especially loved Cookie the Cruise Director who made the events fun and he has a carefree personality that I enjoyed and Cookie and all the staff made the trip worth every dime. I will be booking another trip soon. I plan to bring more family with me on the next trip! Till next time Carnival chow for now. Love, Mari, Sarah, Rebecca and Danielle Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Where should I start....The first night we were told that we would not be able to go to Nassau and Princess Cay due to mechanical issues. They offer us a 50 credit and then add a free cruise after there was an uproar at the lobby. Alot of ... Read More
Where should I start....The first night we were told that we would not be able to go to Nassau and Princess Cay due to mechanical issues. They offer us a 50 credit and then add a free cruise after there was an uproar at the lobby. Alot of people opt out and left. They were refunded there money but have to wait 3 weeks to receive. We didnt leave Baltimore until after 12AM.For the most part the staff was awesome but there was a few that was rude or not so nice which is my first time experience with Carnival which shock me. The food was hit and miss and 90 percent was not hot when served. When we left Freeport we were told AGAIN due to mechanical issues we would not leave on time. We left at 730pm only to enter into a Tropical storm 73mph winds for 2 days. You can image how many people was sick and scared. Puke was everywhere. The last straw was we was supposed to come back to Baltimore at 10am we were told due to Mechanical issues we will no be there until 230pm. Alot people miss there flights smh. For the pro...The cruise director Cookie did an excellent job. He made the best of the situation and if it wasn't for him I would of been miserable. Also the servers (muhammed)and stewards (Ketut)did and excellent job. I so disappointed this was my 6th cruise with Carnival and never had I had a bad experience with them. But this has me thinking I should explore other cruise lines. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We are in our young 60's and this is our 14th cruise; 5th on Carnival, 5 on NCL and 4 on Royal. This is our first cruise with our sons, their wives and our grandchildren. Our children gave us this cruise for our 40th anniversary 3 ... Read More
We are in our young 60's and this is our 14th cruise; 5th on Carnival, 5 on NCL and 4 on Royal. This is our first cruise with our sons, their wives and our grandchildren. Our children gave us this cruise for our 40th anniversary 3 years ago but for a variety of reasons we could not coordinate all of our schedules until we were finally were able to book a cruise Thanksgiving week, 2018. So, this has been in the works for a long time. We spent countless hours discussing and booking excursions, planning our trip down from Massachusetts the day before so we wouldn't have to worry about making the ship on time. Finally the day came and we drove down on Saturday and spent the night at the Best Western Plus Hotel & Conference Center in Baltimore. They have the stay and cruise package that included a hot breakfast on Sunday. We received a message in the morning that our departure time was delayed and to please arrive an hour later than scheduled. No problem, check out was at noon, so we just sat in the lobby and waited for the shuttle to arrive. KD Elite provided the shuttle service from the hotel. No problems, they were nice and we got to the ship in no time. Check in was a breeze and we were on the ship within an hour. Cabins were ready so we went straight there and dropped off our carry on luggage and met everyone at Guy's Burgers for a late lunch. We then toured around the ship, went back to our cabins where our luggage had already arrived, unpacked, attended the muster drill and waited for sail away at 5PM. 5PM came and went...they announced it would be delayed due to routine maintenance but our itinerary would not be changed. We had late seating on deck 2 and met up with everyone for our first dinner of the week. Loved our table, all the way back, against a window which the grandkids loved playing in. At 8:20 the captain came on and told us they could not complete the work needed and the ship could not make max speed and because of this we would have only one port - Freeport on Thanksgiving Day. You could hear the moans and groans all over the dining room. The cruise director, Cookie came on to explain the situation more clearly and told us our options. If you wanted to leave the ship, you would receive a full refund and you would have to leave by 11PM. IF you wanted to stay on board, you would receive a $50 OBC and a 100% future cruise credit! I would say that's a no brainer! But, we were amazed by how many people did leave...rumor had it that 700 people left but I don't believe that. Maybe 300 or so. I would love to know how many actually did leave. So, as disappointed as we were to miss the ports we were just happy to be on the ship, the whole family finally together. I'm not sure what time we actually did leave Baltimore as we were fast asleep...heard it was around 1AM. Now I know people think we should have nothing to complain about because we're getting a free cruise in the future but let's put that aside and not beat me up for my opinions about the ship. I'll start with our cabin - cabin 8210. Perfect location, mid-ship, one deck up to Lido. The room is a little worn around the edges, no big deal. The bed, sheets, pillows were the most comfortable ever. The shower ran hot and cold, the shower head didn't work when you tried to use it upside down. The temperature in the room was too warm, then perfect, then too warm again. But the balcony....oh my, the balcony. The ceiling panels were removed in preparation for dry dock in February. We were looking at exposed, rusty framework and insulation. It was a very unsightly view! It was very distracting...I kept thinking chunks of rust or insulation would fall into my glass of wine! I tried to look past it to the beautiful open sea but my eyes would go up. I was very surprised they didn't have a letter in our cabin saying "please pardon our appearance as we do repairs" or something! I didn't want to complain to Guest Services because, after all, we are getting a free cruise in the future, but this had nothing to do with that. After a couple of days, I did end up saying something to Guest Services and the girl asked what was bothering me and I showed her pictures and her whole attitude changed - "oh, my!" she said. The next day we received a letter asking me to go talk to them again and we were offered to move but it was almost over so we declined, they did take some of our expenses off and that was very much appreciated. While docked in Freeport we could see that it was our cabin and a few on either side of us with the exposed framework and they were removing more. I'm sorry, but people should be notified that they can move or have a discounted cabin. It really was so distracting and ugly! The retractable roof must be stuck as it never moved (about 75% closed) and we sure would of loved it being closed during the bad weather we had. There are signs of wear and tear all around, especially in the buffet area but the entire ship was clean as a whistle. We had the late seating at dinner - table 150 - all the way aft. The 2nd night - cruise elegant night - when we went to our table, it was almost comical how much everything was shaking. The vibration was so strong we could hardly hear each other and after awhile a few of us started to feel queasy. We made it through dinner but asked if we could be moved for the rest of the week, if this was to continue. Ken, the singing Maitre d', (amazing singer!) tried to help but there were no 8 tops available. So, the next night we went back to our table and it was not as bad so we toughed it out. Not so lucky the next few nights and we ended up in 2 booths, back to back. Disappointing to say the least. Not sure if that was due to the mechanical issues or what. Our waiters said it was not normal. I've been on cruises where you can certainly feel the vibration but not to this extreme! The crew was great, always greeted with a smile and hello. LOVED the Carnival Hub App! For $5 each we could text each other and we sure used that feature! Cookie, the cruise director, did an amazing job under very trying circumstances. The entertainment was very good. My grandkids (5 year old twins) had the time of their lives dancing all the time. We had excursions planned for Princess Cay and Nassau which we received OBC for. My son and his wife had a beach getaway booked for Freeport but by the time we decided to book one, everything was sold out. The morning we arrived in Freeport, they added an afternoon excursion to a beach so we quickly booked that. The port area has a Senor Frogs and a small straw market and that was it. Let's just say I hope I never go back to Freeport. And then there was the weather....not at all Carnival's problem, but oh boy, what a wild ride. The entire way back from Freeport (2 days and nights) we had 70+MPH winds, rain and huge waves. There were barf bags everywhere. Cookie kept announcing to eat green apples, peanut butter and ginger ale. My little granddaughter got sea sick as did her mom but the rest of us were fine. It was a little rough to walk around but we managed plus we watched a lot of TV! We were late arriving back in Baltimore. Was supposed to dock at 10AM, didn't dock until almost 2PM. Wouldn't be a big deal but we had a 5-1/2 hour drive home to Mass and it took us 10 hours to get home because of the Delaware Memorial Bridge being shut down at 5PM when we were 2 miles away. Stuck in traffic for hours. Had we docked even an hour earlier we would of made it over that damn bridge and got home at a reasonable hour. To me the ship is overdue for dry dock and I can't believe it isn't going in until February! All in all we had a great time, despite missing 2 ports and only one sunny sea day. First family cruise and I sure hope we can somehow get our schedules to coordinate and do it again real soon. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We chose a Thanksgiving cruise because we have a daughter in high school and this worked for all of our schedules. We rev'd an email that The Pride was running slightly behind just as we left our home for port. This being our first ... Read More
We chose a Thanksgiving cruise because we have a daughter in high school and this worked for all of our schedules. We rev'd an email that The Pride was running slightly behind just as we left our home for port. This being our first cruise qe e continued just in case we ran into traffic. We went thru the normal stuff like parking, boarding & muster with no problems. We made our way to our cabin, which was much better than expected. Mid ship 8th fl. Perfect location! We had an extended balcony room for three of us. The room was clean, the balcony was perfect for us. It did seem dirty, and had paint splattered on the floor but we didnt mind.. I did notice that the bed skirt was ripped almost 1/4 of the way down the side, and was tucked in. The bathroom was doable, I read different complaints but we had great water pressure, hot water and no leaks. Our cabin steward was quiet & polite, but nothing that would deserve a high praise. As we settled in we heard the captain make an announcement that the ship had a mechanical issue which would reduce our speed to half speed and we'd be traveling only to Freeport not all three islands as planned. We then had the choice to exit the ship and get a full refund or stay and get a $50 credit each person AND full credit to be used for another trip within 18 months. We stayed & went for a snack. The lido deck was clean, and stocked with a variety of food items. I didnt like the beverage selection which was water, iced tea and lemonade or hot coffee which was very strong and not tea (maybe chocolate I dont recall). The buffet food was bland on Lido. We did enjoy Guys Burgers, Pizza & The blue Iguana. Everyone was extremely friendly, definitely A+ on customer service. Staff was constantly cleaning and clearing tables, all with a smile. We ate in the dining room nightly, we choose to have the same wait staff who was exceptional! The food was ok, nothing that really wowed us. There was always music, & entertainment. The fun times was very informative. We didnt spend any time in the pool due to cold weather, and the hot tub was full of kids. We did use the hot tub in the spa area twice. We found the water was just warm, it was clean and quiet. The fun squad was awesome, our cruise director Cookie was definitely entertaining. It was great to get away and very relaxing which is why we chose a cruise instead of disney world. I think to do the extras they definitely nickle & dime you. Bingo was expensive, as was build a bear, and the spa. Wifi was not only expensive but didnt work most of the time. We chose the jeep excursion at Freeport,which was nice. Once we docked back in Baltimore we disnt have a problem disembarking, it took some time but no big deal. Overall not too bad. Nice cruise, I wasnt overly impressed. I haven't decided if cruising is for me or if I'll stick to Disney. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Everything was great. We had amazing weather the entire trip. Leaving out of baltimore was super convenient and getting onboard was a breeze. Parking is simple and is 15$ a day. Our luggage was taken before we parked and arrived in our ... Read More
Everything was great. We had amazing weather the entire trip. Leaving out of baltimore was super convenient and getting onboard was a breeze. Parking is simple and is 15$ a day. Our luggage was taken before we parked and arrived in our room at a resonable time after we left. We explored the ship and our room was ready by 2pm. Food was plentiful during embarking. There was always activities going on and we were always busy or relaxing. Ofcourse this is an older boat and perfection wasnt expected. But the boat was clean and beautiful. Our room was great and the balcony was fabulous. It would be nice if everyone jad common courtesy of not banging there doors closed and being loud on there balconies. If you hold the door handle while it closes it doesnt bang shut, super simple poeple.thats really my only complaint. My neighbors sucked. They knew eachother and felt it to be cool to constantly communicate from there balconies on either side of me before 6am alllllll the time. Again all it takes is simple common sense and respect for others. Ok rant over, we loved every other minute on the cruise. Grand Turk was beautiful and half moon cay was even better! We did an excursion at freeport just bc we wanted a day out of the sun. We did sea and see and it was ok. Nothing amazing although our tour guide valerie was awesome. All of our meals in normande were great and the servers are awesome. Guys burger was ok but fries were amazing. Blue igana was ok. And this could just be a me thing since im really just a simple eater. My daughter loved the ice cream machines. The pools were nice, crowded but fun. People do save chairs alll day which is unfair but i did see crew put stickers on chairs they saw being saved but guests didnt seem to pay them much mind. Again just common courtesy some people just dony possess. Pg comedy shows were good and ee enjoyed the lip sync battle. We didnt make it to any of the shows, casino or clubs. My daughter did go to camp ocean one day and was bored crazy within 20 minutes. The fitness center was nice and the spa was good, we got massages. It can be loud tho so although it was relaxing it was noisy as well. I didnt feel super pressured to purchased lotions which was nice but i did get a speel about it. All in all it was a great time and we would for sure do it again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I was part of a group of 53 (yes fifty three!) people who sailed in September on the pride. Our cruise was diverted to Canada instead of the Bahamas due to all the hurricanes hitting. We were offered to either cancel and be fully refunded ... Read More
I was part of a group of 53 (yes fifty three!) people who sailed in September on the pride. Our cruise was diverted to Canada instead of the Bahamas due to all the hurricanes hitting. We were offered to either cancel and be fully refunded or still go and they would give us 25% off our next one. We chose to go and this cruise was our 25% off one. I will begin by stating that September was my 5th cruise but 1st time with Carnival and I was NOT impressed. Every bar was shut down by 11 pm except the casino and the dance club but both of those were smoking and the ventilation did not appear to be working. I do not smoke and can normally handle a decent amount but these two areas were almost suffocating with smoke. We had a few in our group who were extremely sensitive to it and they couldn't even sit in the main atrium that was next to the Casino because it was lingering around. The pools were ice cold until our last day but the most disappointing was the hot tubs - they were barely even luke warm for the entire trip. I knew before we went that if we purchased the Cheers package we would be limited to 15 drinks a day. My general complaint is that they state it is for safety purposes, however someone who does not have the Cheers package is able to order as many drinks as they possibly want. I feel like it should be a 15 drink limit for all OR allow those who have the Cheers package to purchase additional drinks after the limit. (For those who are not aware if you purchase the Cheers package and swipe your card for 15 drinks, they will not allow you to purchase ANY more drinks until 6 am the next day. I also tried to pay for an extra shot of rum in my pina colada and they said since I had cheers I couldn't, I would have to order the pina colada, wait 5 min, then order a shot of rum to pour on top and use 2 of my drinks. I wasnt able to pay for any) My other problem was with activities on Carnival. There didn't seem to be much during the day besides trivia and bingo. All the "fun" activities such as dance parties, shows, comedians, etc. were all at the same time at night and many times overlapped while we were at dinner (we did the late seating 8:15). On my other cruises they would offer arts and crafts and other things throughout the day to keep people entertained. I also still don't understand why they do the comedians in the Butterflies lounge. The seats fill up really fast and we could never make a show when coming from dinner. We had a balcony for the first time in September and while I enjoyed being able to go outside, our balcony and chairs were very dirty. In our first port they even announced they would be cleaning the balconies off but ours remained dirty for the rest of the trip. Fast forward to March: We decided to use the 25% off and book a "cheap" cruise back on the Pride. We had a group of 7 this time and I will say that I was impressed at some of the changes I had noticed. My husband and I tried an inside room with french doors (Category 4k room 4115); It was a great way to get a lot of light in the room and we were able to open the doors to feel the temperature. I think it is definitely worth the savings if you can not afford a balcony. I personally did not care for the waiters singing and dancing every single night in the dining room. I liked on other cruises when it was only done 1 or 2x as something special. Dinner service took about an hour and a half from start to finish every night Embarkation was smooth and easy. Besides being close to port, this is one of the main reasons we continue to sail out of Baltimore. Once again we were only able to make it to one comedian (the first night). When we leave dinner at 945 we were unable to get a seat for the 1015 comedian because the space is so small and fills up so fast I noticed the ventilation was better in the smoking areas The activities were still sparse throughout the day. once again everything that seemed fun to do was at 9 10 or 11 at night. Ports: Port Canaveral: we took an Uber to ron Jons surf shop then walked across the street to the Florida Key Lime Pie company. We then walked 15-20 min north and hung out at the cocoa beach pier before taking the SCAT bus (1.50 a person) back towards the boat. we ate at Grills seafood restaurant and it was AMAZING!!! We tried their hurricane, margarita, and key lime colada. I had the fresh fish of the day (Mahi) which came with 2 sides and it was DELICIOUS and fresh. The prices were very reasonable, service was excellent, and I will definitely be going back one day. We then called for another uber to take us back to the ship Nassau: As this was my 3rd trip to nassau, we decided just to walk around the shops, stop in a few restaurants and bars to try local food and drinks. Another fun day Freeport: This was my first time in Freeport and I had heard lots of negative things about it. 5 from our group booked the island tour with brewery and perfume factory tours and they loved it. My husband and I ate breakfast and got off the ship at 9, walked around the market until almost 10 and decided to hang out at Fat Tuesdays and Senor frogs right off the boat. We were celebrating out 1 year wedding anniversary and we had fun! If you are looking for more to do than shops and bars then you definitely need to book an excursion Overall the weather was great, the seas were calm, I was pleasantly surprised at our room and some improvements on the ship. I think the Pride can use a good cleaning or remodel Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was my first time on a Carnival ship. The Pride out of Baltimore was great option for us as we could drive there and save money on airfare. Even though the ship is older and smaller than some of the newer ships, it still had great ... Read More
This was my first time on a Carnival ship. The Pride out of Baltimore was great option for us as we could drive there and save money on airfare. Even though the ship is older and smaller than some of the newer ships, it still had great things to offer. Bigger isn't always better in my opinion. The crew was amazing, so kind and wanting to make everything just right. The food was great and entertainment was really good. The next time our family of four cruises we will opt for a larger more spacious cabin, just for a bit more room. Enjoyed the ports in the Bahamas.....especially Princess Cays. Our kids had a fantastic time and enjoyed the basketball court, kids clubs, and the all you can eat ice cream. Embarkation and disembarkation went way smoother than I had anticipated it might go. We would definitely travel again with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was our second cruise on Pride our first one was in 2012. This time it was DW (51) and I (59) along with 9 others, including two of our adult sons. Two of the families had never been on CCL before and one family had no cruise ... Read More
This was our second cruise on Pride our first one was in 2012. This time it was DW (51) and I (59) along with 9 others, including two of our adult sons. Two of the families had never been on CCL before and one family had no cruise experience at all (the other family had sailed on RCI for their honeymoon). Three of our travel companions were littles, 2 five year olds and a two year old (our step-granddaughter, SGD), and DW is the daycare provider for the 5 year olds. We had a great trip, in spite of the rough weather at the end and I liked the changes that were made to the Pride in her last dry dock. Our service was more than adequate all week in both the MDR and cabin, the crew was as always friendly, the entertainment was good, and our fellow passengers were pleasant. 2/25/18 Baltimore We arrived at the port at 1220 and we were parked and onboard by 1:30pm (our check in time was 1230 to 1). Check in went off without a hitch and in Baltimore they still take your picture at the check in counter and then you receive your sail and sign card. Xavier was our steward for cabin 5253, a standard balcony cabin. It was a bit of a letdown after having a premium balcony on Glory in November but was still adequate for our needs. Our Fun Shop orders were in the cabin, including an order form for the cabana excursion for Princess Cays. We grabbed some of the Chinese food from the lido (which wasn’t too crowded) and we found it to be a bit spicy for us so we grabbed the first of many Guys burgers. We also grabbed our first drink of the day. We hung out in the cabin until muster drill which took place in the MDR with no life jackets. After muster we went up to lido for sail away party and the kids had a blast dancing. We got ready for dinner since we had early dining and all of us were assigned to table 240 since our reservations were linked. Our headwaiter was Troy, assisted by Dennis and Soping. I had fried calamari, fried shrimp and fruit plate. DW had strawberry bisque, veggie lasagna and fruit plate. The service was a little spotty at first and it took a while for our drinks to arrive, but the service did smooth out as the cruise went along. After dinner we took SGD up to the kids club to register. The kid’s club had a very nice layout with a lot of activities available. Went to the comedy show and watched Thea Vidal, who we thought was one of the better comedians we’ve seen. 2/26/18 Sea Day 1 They had the cover over the pool partially closed, so the pool deck was chilly. The seas were fairly smooth but it got rougher as the day went along. As usual I was first up and had my coffee on lido, grabbing a small bite to tide me over until DW got up. We went to brunch and I had the steak and eggs, mac n cheese and cheesecake. We spent the afternoon playing different games with the kids. Day was cloudy with temps in the mid-60s. One of our sons was feeling the effects of the waves so he bought some sea bands in the gift shop which seemed to help. Went to the Shore Excursion desk to turn in the order form for the cabana (soda only, we didn’t order snorkel equipment although we could have). We asked which cabana we had and they said we had to choose from the available ones, so we chose number 2 since it was closest to the food pavilion. Got ready for dinner a little early (first elegant night) and had some pictures taken with the group. I had the shrimp cocktail, lobster (with shrimp) and warm chocolate melting cake with a side of peanut butter (several people in our party tried this at my suggestion and loved it) and DW had mushroom soup, carbonara and WCMC. The food is tasty and everyone seems to like it. Waiters danced for the first time and our companions liked it. On the way back to the cabin we met a couple in the elevator who said they are RCI cruisers and they weren’t enjoying CCL at all (the elevator ride was too short to go into details). We had the 5 year old girl with us for the evening to give mom and dad a night to themselves so we went to the Heart of Soul show in the theater. Our young lady didn’t care for this so we ended up heading back to the cabin for a couple of games before turning in. Saffie is our CD and made a first good impression. 2/27/18 Sea Day 2 As I was having my coffee at 530 I saw our headwaiter Troy and his assistant Dennis working on lido, wiping down the coffee cups and stocking them. They were usually the first people that I saw in the morning. Sent a laundry bag in to be done for $15 and we’re told later that they lost a pair of our underwear. We told them not to worry about it. We had another lazy day hanging out with the kids. After eating lunch we took them up to waterworks and they had a blast, especially with the yellow slide (no one had enough courage to try Green Thunder). We spent a little time in a hot tub, and then went down to change for Seussapalooza parade and story time. The kids had a blast being part of the parade and going on stage for story time. The CC meet and mingle was scheduled at 415 in the Ivory bar. There was another event going on at the same time so it was hard to tell how many showed up. Saffie did make a brief appearance and there were light refreshments. I chatted with a few members before heading out to get ready for dinner. I had the spring rolls, veal parmesan, and apple pie. DW had potato leek soup, the veal, and chocolate tres leche. Went to the comedy shows and caught Vince Morris’ act. 2/28/18 Princess Cays We got up at 7 and after grabbing a quick bite at the lido went to the theater to meet up for the tender. We boarded the second tender and pulled away from the ship at 848. We were on the island by 9 and at the cabana about 10 after 9 (we took our time walking and at worst it was a 10 minute walk from the tender). There are paved walkways to use so you don’t have to walk in the sand everywhere. The fruit and veggie plates were already in the cabana when we got there. There were two floaties and 4 beach towels inside and 4 loungers outside with an umbrella. There is an AC unit and a ceiling fan. There is a bar a short distance away and the food pavilion is close also. They did have staff taking drink orders throughout the day if one didn’t want to walk to the bar. The snorkeling areas are close by and the main swim area might have been a 5 minute walk from the cabana. A VAT is charged on drinks and all purchases on the island. S&S cards can be used in the gift shop buildings and cash is taken by the straw market vendors. Lunch was standard BBQ fare, hot dogs, burgers, jerked chicken and a variety of sides and salads. It was all tasty and filling. The water had a bit of a chill since it’s February but it doesn’t take too long to get used to it. We lounged around and had a few drinks, finally deciding to head back to the ship at 230. We were back onboard by 3. One of the families traveling with us had the balcony next to ours and they had opened the divider between the balconies. At dinner I didn’t see an entrée that interested me so I decided to splurge and ordered the $20 filet mignon from the steakhouse after starting with escargot and conch fritters. Cheesecake was my dessert. The steakhouse selections don’t come with sides, so I ordered a baked potato to go with the filet. Very tasty and nicely prepared. DW had pumpkin soup, lasagna and cheesecake. She said the lasagna tasted good but had too much meat for her taste. Called it an early night. 3/1/18 Nassau We ate a hearty breakfast on lido and then went ashore with the plan of visiting Ardastra Zoo and the Pirate Museum. CCL Victory was also in port. As we are leaving the ship Victory passengers were also leaving theirs and through this mass of humanity one of our traveling companions spots a familiar face coming off Victory. Turns out a group of his cousins were on Victory and neither knew the other was on a cruise at the same time. Definitely proof that it’s a small world. Met a cab driver named Gerard Evans at the terminal who agreed to take us to the zoo, the museum and back to the ship for $12pp. Everyone thought this was reasonable and he led us out to the street. He is a very nice guy and we recommend him if you have chance to ask for him. The zoo is fairly small and only has small animals, which is what was expected. We watched the marching flamingoes and fed the Lorries. It took about 2 hours to see it all. We spent a little time in the gift shop and some people grabbed a snack at the snack bar. We went out and got back the cab for the ride to the pirate’s museum. Since parking was an issue we decided to walk back to the ship and cut Gerard loose. The museum has under gone some changes since our first visit in 2009. After we’d seen everything and hit the gift shop the group decided to split up, with half opting to grab a bite at McD’s and the other half heading back to the ship. All of the vendors that used to be in the terminal are now outside. We picked up a few more souvenirs and took time to have a Kalik beer. Once we were back onboard we changed into our swimwear and went up to the pool. While we were there a lady noticed that she had lost a diamond pendant and was able to find it in the pool, although it was missing the chain. The group that had gone to McD’s decided to skip the MDR since the kids were tuckered out so only half the table showed up for dinner. I had shrimp cocktail, junkanoo pot, and bitter n blanc. DW had cannelloni, linguini and sausage and s’mores parfait. Since we finished dinner early we went to the first showing of 88 keys in the theater. Our SGD danced in the aisle through most of the show. We kept her for the night to give our son and his girlfriend could catch the comedy shows. 3/2/18 Freeport We decided to join the others on a beach excursion that they had signed up for. It was $40 for the basic excursion. We left the ship around 830 for the 30 minute ride to Bahamas Adventures. It is a nice beach with plenty of amenities available and they do take S&S cards for rentals and upgrades. Our basic package included an Adirondack type chair and an umbrella. As we walked up to our chairs I saw two small rays swimming just off shore. Water was crisp but got used to it quickly. There were some rocks but it was mostly sand. The buses were scheduled to head back at 1215. Servers would take drink and food orders at the chairs. It was just enough time to really relax and do some swimming. It took 4 buses to get everyone back to the ship and from the line to board it looked like most of us arrived back at the same time. It took about 10 minutes to get back onboard. There was a letter in the cabin telling us that there was a nor’easter between us and Baltimore. They said that it was going to start getting rough around dinner time and they would be draining the pools and closing access to the decks. We grabbed a chair on lido and waited for the lines to die down before grabbing a Guys burger. We got dressed for elegant night two and had a few more pictures taken. I had the clam chowder and the filet mignon/rib combo which was tender and tasty. I skipped dessert because of our late lunch. DW had mushroom and pasta and key lime dessert. Seas were definitely getting rougher during dinner. We went to the 80’s dance show and the early comedy. 3/3/18 Sea day Up early for coffee as usual. Today is the Dr Seuss breakfast which is $5 per person. It was held in the upper deck of the Normandie MDR and everything was decorated in Seuss colors. They have a special menu with Seuss names for all of the food (such as truffela pancakes, green eggs and ham, etc.). The kids had a blast. We went to the Game of Thrones trivia since we have a few fans in the group and were able to pull off a win, getting a ship on a stick in the process. It is announced that we will be delayed getting back to Baltimore because of the weather and the phone lines and internet are opened to allow people to start working on plans. Went to the Q&A with Saffie and she estimates that we have 2400 passengers onboard. She outlined her career and said she started on the Pride in 2012 so she may have been onboard when we were (I didn’t get a chance to ask her). Seas are getting rougher and the wind is blowing at 50 knots. Spent the time playing more trivia and doing some preliminary packing. DW was feeling the rough seas and skipped dinner. I had shrimp cocktail, prime rib and baked Alaska. They are estimating arriving in Baltimore at 3 and with the luggage tags we have anticipate disembarking at 5. And of course they also anticipate heavier seas. I head back to the cabin to put our luggage out and to be with DW. The ship is really starting to move so I’m feeling more and more at home (16+ years in the Navy). 3/4/18 Baltimore I slept like a baby and have a great time walking around the ship. It was really rough as we rounded Cape Hatteras. Things got smoother once we entered the Chesapeake Bay. We have to be out of the cabins by 2pm so we grab our carry-ons and head up to lido. I finally tried a Blue Iguana burrito for lunch. Everyone seems to be in fairly good spirits in spite of the delay. We pull into port around 330 or 4 o’clock and finally disembark around 6 (I had put my tablet away and forgot to make a note of exact times). We drove for a few hours before stopping for the night. Summary We had a great time in spite of the weather. I liked Pride’s new look in the public areas and of course having Guys is a big plus. We love the Pride’s size and it’s easy to get around even for first timers. One of our travel companions didn’t like the movement of the ship even when it was smooth so she probably won’t be cruising again. Everyone seemed to like the food and dinner never took longer than an hour and a half. We turned gold on this cruise and now have the same number of cruises with CCL as we have with NCL (although we have more nights with CCL). Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
I dont think any cruise with toddler is going to be relaxing, but it certainly was fun! We were asked to go on this cruise by my parents and certainly werent going to say no. We have never been on Carnival before, but Royal Caribbean ... Read More
I dont think any cruise with toddler is going to be relaxing, but it certainly was fun! We were asked to go on this cruise by my parents and certainly werent going to say no. We have never been on Carnival before, but Royal Caribbean several times The embarkation process was as smooth as it could be. We had Faster to the Fun and were dropping off our carry on luggage within an hour of entering the parking lot. Our cabin steward (Ryan) did a great job cleaning the room, though we hardly got to interact with him. Our son was too young (by a month!) for Camp Ocean, but I did appreciate that they had times that under twos could come in and play. This times weren't especially convenient though, and I had a crew member tell me they didn't have anything for his age once when I went during a posted time. We did get to leave him twice during the day for babysitting during those times (extra fee) and according to the girls there he didnt notice we had left him. I think he would really love the kids club next time. We had an ocean view which was great. The window was large and provided a great view. Cabin is spacious enough, with lots of storage. Got a little cramped with the crib in there, but thats to be expected. The bathroom has good storage shelves as well and the shower larger than royal caribbean ships! I was quite pleased with the room. Things to do on board were not lacking, though unfortunately we had to skip some things that overlapped with others. Art auctions were not as fun as they have been on previous ships and were too drawn out. Lip Sync Battle auditions (i participated but was out in round one) and the final performance should not be missed. We enjoyed all the trivia and my parents liked watching karaoke and the comedy club. We didn't make it to the comedy club at all, having the little one, but we did go to the shows each night which were great! My son was having a blast for the monday night one, dancing with a lady next to him. On Royal Caribbean in the past we have had shows where the performers were great, but the show was so boring that we left. On the Pride, the shows themselves were very entertaining that if the performers were not up to par you might not mind as much. The keyword there is IF, these performers are all very good. Food was all very good. There are exceptions of course, but the majority of the time it as great. Do not get the "chesapeake crabcake" if you are expecting Maryland style. Its not, and though I enjoyed it my companions did not. Highlights for food are of course the warm chocolate melting cake (try it with peanut butter) and Lobster. Sea day brunch and Tea time (also sea days) are fantastic and alot of fun. We also did the Green Eggs and Ham breakfast, and enjoyed that as well. Blue dye aside, my mother said the pancakes were the best she had ever had on a cruise. We did not do any excursions, but enjoyed all the ports. The beach at Princess Cays requires water shoes, but offers some of the best snorkeling Ive seen on a cruise. Seriously, it was better than some paid excursions I have done. In Nassau we did a self guided walking tour and though it was long and a bit tiring, we enjoyed seeing the sights and always felt safe walking around. The streets arent very stroller friendly but people driving would always stop to let us cross and then signal to other cars to do the same. That woudln't happen back home! Freeport isnt really worth it as a port unless you do an excursion, which we likely would if we went back. It was just hard with the little one. The crew was great, always working hard and with smiles on their face. Especially Jennyfer in the cleaning staff who took a liking to my son and we saw all the time. The last night a lot of the staff actually were taking photos with my son, which I thought was sweet. I don't think he annoyed people too much but he did have his moments (ie tantrums). All in all he did well with cruising and had a blast. We had rough seas on the way back due to a nor'easter. Pools and outdoor areas were closed, which made everything inside more crowded. The captain kept us well informed and hugged the coast to lessen the impact. This made us late getting back into port, but the crew kept staying cheery and added in additional activities on our last day to keep us entertained. It was actually neat to see all the high waves. I was VERY impressed with how Carnival, the captain, and all the crew handled this. We were overall very impressed with the ship and how well maintained it was. The crew was constantly cleaning! The staff was always friendly and it was a really enjoyable time. We are now Carnival converts and will definitely be going again. Great value for your money. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Let me preface this review by saying it is not meant to be one of the hit pieces on Carnival. My wife and I have now done 26 cruises, two of which were on Carnival ships and we have decided that we prefer other cruising experiences. But, ... Read More
Let me preface this review by saying it is not meant to be one of the hit pieces on Carnival. My wife and I have now done 26 cruises, two of which were on Carnival ships and we have decided that we prefer other cruising experiences. But, for sure, Carnival fills a niche for thousands of people and I don't want to diminish that. We sailed on the Pride because my daughter and her family had booked it. Our two young grandsons, ages 5 and 9, were cruising for the first time and we didn't want to miss it. On that score, the cruise was a resounding success. The rest was a mixed bag. 1. The Pride is an older ship but is in pretty good condition. We saw crew members constantly cleaning and didn't see many signs of wear and tear except for many of the wooden rails that could stand to be refinished. 2. Most of the crew was smiling and friendly with some striking exceptions. One that particularly stood out was the woman in the candy store. Curt, abrupt, never a smile. 3. We had an aft balcony cabin which was significantly smaller than on the newer ships, but there was still enough storage space. 4. I am probably the only one ever who didn't care for Guy Fieri's Burger Joint. I don't like the hard crust they put on the burgers and the spice they add to the fries is overpowering. Fortunately, on the 4th day I discovered that I could get the fries without the spice and they were then really good. 5. Most of the wait staff in the MDR that we encountered were terrible. They forgot to bring bread baskets, they forgot to bring coffee (on those rare occasions that they even asked), we had to ask 3 times for the bottle of wine they were keeping for us from the previous night, etc. etc. One standout was Flaviu, who was outstanding. 6. The MDR menu was far below that which we have seen on other lines. I am a picky eater, but my wife is omnivorous and we both had a problem finding things that we really wanted and that tasted good. On one night we each ordered selections from David's Steakhouse and found my filet mignon and my wife's pork chops to be delicious. However, we shouldn't have to pay extra for a fine meal. 7. We don't get motion sickness, but others should be aware that, at least on our cruise, moved around a lot. 8. The kids' programs are fantastic. Our grandsons had a great time. 8. Leaving from Baltimore was a pleasure. Parking is easy and convenient and checking in only takes a few minutes. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We went out of Baltimore from Long Island instead of the Breakaway out of Manhattan. We found the parking and the Embarkation to be more organized and half the cost to park. overall we were very satisfied with the food, cabin and the ... Read More
We went out of Baltimore from Long Island instead of the Breakaway out of Manhattan. We found the parking and the Embarkation to be more organized and half the cost to park. overall we were very satisfied with the food, cabin and the service was great other than the drink service on deck 10 above the pool deck, which was a struggle to get a drink in the early part of the day. Our teenager had a great time mainly because it was February break on some pats of the east coast. The service at table 142 was incredible. We had Selvin as our main server, and Pratama who made us feel like they were part of our family. On drink service we had mostly Owin , who was an absolute sweetheart and really took care of us. To sum it up, we were surprisingly satisfied with the entire experience. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We chose this cruise for the port of departure (close to our home), the anticipated family-friendliness of the cruise line, and the destination (Bahamas). Embarkation was fast and smooth. The port has parking/sign in down to a ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the port of departure (close to our home), the anticipated family-friendliness of the cruise line, and the destination (Bahamas). Embarkation was fast and smooth. The port has parking/sign in down to a science. The longest we had to wait was maybe 15 minutes in the car queue waiting to drop off our luggage. After that, we did not have to wait in any lines to get on board. This is an older ship, so the staterooms were not as nice as those we occupied on the Norwegian Gem a few years back. Everything was very clean, though, and our stateroom caretakers (especially Rowena) did a great job. Dining - we thought all the food we ate was excellent. The dining room food was better than the buffet, which is to be expected. We tried to eat in the dining room for almost every dinner, and ate breakfast and lunch in the buffet. The buffet was set up well with no waiting to about 10 minutes of waiting depending on what you were getting. Pizza and deli took longer. Dining room dinners were relaxed and delicious. We enjoyed being able to sample many different foods, even in the dining room. Now I can say I've eaten ox tongue, LOL. We were, however, taken aback by the fact that, although there was a dress code for the dining room, many guests were not following it, and the crew was not enforcing it. In other words, we were seeing many people in flip flops, shorts, and t-shirts on formal nights. Maybe dressing formally is pretty much out of vogue, but why even bother to have a dress code? Wasn't sure what to expect with Camp Ocean for my 4 year old. We were very pleased with this experience for my son. The counselors were very conscious of my son's food allergy and other special needs. My son kept wanting to go back to the camp, so I know he was having a great time! My only complaint is that some of the hours don't make sense. They don't serve lunch, but they're open at lunch time and then they close down from 4-6. Wouldn't it make more sense to close at lunch time and be open 4-6? Because of all the things we were doing with my son, we did not avail ourselves of all the ship had to offer as far as entertainment (didn't party, barely went to any shows). Did karaoke a couple times and listened to some of the live music. All this was excellent. The comedy shows we attended were awesome! Disappointed with the Bahamas in general. Definitely try to go on a shore excursion in Nassau and Freeport or at least plan better than we did. We ended up on a really crappy beach in Nassau (Junkanoo), which despite the fact it was crappy, was still relaxing. If you want a beach day in Nassau, do some research and see how you can get to and from the beach. Either that or go on a good shore excursion. Freeport was almost a complete waste of time - depressing, too. We wanted to go on a shore excursion but it was cancelled d/t choppy seas. We signed up for a bus tour instead, but as I said, it was a waste. We ended up driving around neighborhoods and stopping at two shopping areas. That's it. The best port of call was Princess Cays. We and other guests wish we had more than one day at that port instead of going to Freeport. I would recommend this cruise to others. Although 2 of the ports were disappointing, I wouldn't let that stop anyone. We still had a really great time. Carnival does a great job! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We chose this cruise because my son and his family were able to drive to Baltimore rather than fly five people to Florida. We had 8 in our party altogether including a 3 year old, 14 and 15 year old grandchildren. We had early dining. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because my son and his family were able to drive to Baltimore rather than fly five people to Florida. We had 8 in our party altogether including a 3 year old, 14 and 15 year old grandchildren. We had early dining. Embarkation went smoothly especially considering we were first timers on this cruise line. The fun staff were indeed fun. Naughty Neil, Say Yes Jess, Saffie and especially Edgar were fun and added to the cruise. We participated in many onboard activities. The timing of dinner and the evening shows was not convenient. Some of the trivia and other games overlapped making it impossible to get to subsequent ones on time. I feel that Carnival caters to smokers which was very disappointing to us. The casino was midship and one had to walk through it's very smoky atmosphere to get to the Taj Mahal at one end of the ship or Normandy restaurant at the other end of the ship. There was also smoking at the tables around the pool. We did not being exposed to the smoke so often. Kids activities were great. Our teens made friends in Club O2 and were kept busy with those friends for the rest of the cruise. They are all still "group texting" even after being home for a week. We felt the kids were safe and even though they were out to the wee hours (430am the last night), we didn't worry. Really enjoyed the comedy club and they had PG comedy shows several nights that the grandkids could attend. Kids enjoyed Dustin who was the supervisor in Club O2. The program for the toddler was great. Could take him there for no additional fee. After 10 pm there was a charge, still reasonable though. We did have to alter our course to do a medical evacuation by the Coast Guard. Many were fascinated by the site of the helicopter lowering a person to the ship and evacuating the patient and significant other. We were delayed out of Baltimore for another medical emergency. One passenger also became ill and was admitted to a hospital in the Bahamas. Our serving staff was great. They broke into song and dance at about 715 most nights. The food was ok. Our favorite selection was the beef barley soup. Kids had steak most nights. I tried braised ox tongue. Son and husband were disappointed at the lack of cold soup selections. When they did have them, the serving was interesting as it started with just a small piece of fruit and the waiter then poured the soup around that small item in the bowl. Dolphin excursion on Princess Cays was ok. A bit disorganized and overprices, but enjoyed just the same. No personal picture taking so were at the mercy of the island staff for pictures. Many many picture opportunities on the ship and there was no discount or package deal for purchasing several. Disembarkation was not fun. We carried off our own luggage and the route to the Taj Mahal was difficult as people stopped in the aisles and was difficult to get by with the luggage. I would probably check it the next time. Overall it was a fun cruise. Lots of laughs and lots of memories. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
My husband and I are in our late sixties. We cruised out of Baltimore on Carnival Pride because the price is right, and it is convenient! I love Carnival because their crew is always so happy and helpful! I am a little tired of going to ... Read More
My husband and I are in our late sixties. We cruised out of Baltimore on Carnival Pride because the price is right, and it is convenient! I love Carnival because their crew is always so happy and helpful! I am a little tired of going to Florida, but it was a good ship day for us! We took our son and his future wife and it was the first time on a ship for her. She was very impressed, not only with Carnival, but with the islands we visited. We were scheduled for six o'clock dinner. However, all six in our group did not sign up early to be seated together. Carnival was so nice and put us upstairs with Mohammed, right by the window! What an amazing view! Food was great and Mohammed was very accommodating...making sure we got everything we wanted. It was a love/hate in regards to the shooters they brought around to the tables each night! What fun! NOW, unless you have an iron clad stomach, think twice about booking an aft cabin! First off, I want to say, "What an amazing view"! I just wanted to spend all my time on that balcony! However, the swinging and swaying, bouncing and bumping left even the best of us a little off. My future daughter in law was definitely seasick! Thank God for patches! I am glad to experience the aft cabin, but will not do that again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
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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