14 Carnival Pride Cruise Reviews for Fitness Cruises to Bahamas

It was our first cruise. The whole cruise experience was excellent and would definitely recommend to everybody. Positives - Food was superb. Service was excellent. Entertainment was good. Cruise Director Leigh was superb. The dining ... Read More
It was our first cruise. The whole cruise experience was excellent and would definitely recommend to everybody. Positives - Food was superb. Service was excellent. Entertainment was good. Cruise Director Leigh was superb. The dining room staff including Adrian, Shanti and Coco were very nice. Mohit the cook was really nice and very helpful. Spa and Fitness centre were very nice. Kids slides were very nice. Table Tennis, Basketball and Golf were very helpful for the kids and also for the adults. We took the Faster to the Fun and that was worth it. Negatives - The 2 pools were very small and could never accommodate more then 20 people at a time. The pool water was very very salty. All the activities for the kids were outdoor and when the weather was bad, the kids were confined inside with nothing to do. Some indoor activities for the kids would be nice. Overall I would highly recommend this cruise to everybody. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We just returned from the March 9th sailing out of Baltimore....it was a real treat for us northerners to be able to drive to our cruise port!!.. This was a great cruise....there were quite a few college students on board as it was during ... Read More
We just returned from the March 9th sailing out of Baltimore....it was a real treat for us northerners to be able to drive to our cruise port!!.. This was a great cruise....there were quite a few college students on board as it was during Spring break....which actually was no problem....it kept the hot tubs tied up but other than that they were fun and added to the experience.....First of all....the staff were all excellent....I had purchased a soda card and never had to wait for service...and always pleasant....our cabin steward on deck 7 did an excellent job....Second....the food was very good at all the venues.....as a matter of fact we cancelled reservations for the steak house because we had such delicious beef for lunch that day in the buffet that we decided it wasn't necessary to go there....we went to brunch on two of the sea days in the Main Dining room....the steak and eggs were the best! We actually ate most of our meals in the buffet as we felt they had good food choices and the quality was very good....the late night Mexican buffet was really excellent and the deserts were often the same as the dining room and most times actually better....we didn't participate in excursions in Nassau or Freeport....just enjoyed strolling and shopping.....we took the shuttle in Port Canaveral to Cocoa Beach and Cocoa Village....the weather was a nice break from a harsh winter and it was one of the smoothest sailings we've been on ....overall we had a great time and felt the Carnival did an outstanding job at an affordable price. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
Hi - Fairly experienced cruisers 10 w/Carnival and 24 overall. Just the two of us for this trip. Two days at sea going down the coast from Baltimore. Much warmer on the second day - and plenty of sunshine for lying outside. Carnival is ... Read More
Hi - Fairly experienced cruisers 10 w/Carnival and 24 overall. Just the two of us for this trip. Two days at sea going down the coast from Baltimore. Much warmer on the second day - and plenty of sunshine for lying outside. Carnival is what it is - discount cruising for the everyman... The food is good, and plentiful. Service is good and usually prompt. Shows are fairly routine, with the exception of the adult comedy which is above average. Nothing on the cruise would stand out as exceptional, but it's value for your money. Booked early enough you can't beat the price for what you're getting. We paid approximately 430 bucks each (this included taxes and port charges) for a balcony stateroom. You couldn't get a decent hotel alone for that price, and this includes shows and entertainment. The drinks are expensive be forewarned. We dropped 20 bucks for two drinks a couple of times. Elegance will not be found on this ship, or Carnival in general - folks this is the Wal Mart crowd at sea, and yes I shop there regularly. This isn't a bad thing, it's just that some of your fellow cruisers may not have been taught proper manners in public, or haven't heard the phrase "Use your indoor voice please..." Additionally there are a lot of kids running around pretty much unsupervised. One of the larger hot tubs is used as a pool by them - think kid stew and you have the flick here. The decor is Renaissance, yes there is some (very little) nudity depicted, in a classy artsy way. I've heard people complaining about the nudity on line - Puhleeze people how prudish and stupid can you be? It's classical art after all. Over all it was a good November getaway to warmer climates - we would do it again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
This was my fourth cruise and my husband's first. While I had a good time, it was definitely not all that I remembered cruising with Carnival to be. The embarkation was simple and easy. The dining options and quality of food were ... Read More
This was my fourth cruise and my husband's first. While I had a good time, it was definitely not all that I remembered cruising with Carnival to be. The embarkation was simple and easy. The dining options and quality of food were absolutely SUBPAR! The most enjoyable food on this voyage was the Chocolate Molten cake on the evening dessert menu and the french toast. The public bathrooms tended to smell terrible so I always had to go back to my own room. We were located very close to the Taj Mahal and Butterflies lounge which were quite nice. The evening shows in the Taj Mahal performed by the Carnival Pride singers and dancers were hit or miss; the dancers were fantastic, the male singer was ok, and the female singer was quite disappointing (often sounding like she was screaming the songs, not singing). I felt like the Entertainment Hosts were overworked and I applaud them for not going crazy on some of the guests on my particular cruise. Pauly V, Harry, and Marissa all seemed like they were frazzled and in need of a break, so hey kids, cut them a break! The comedians were excellent, so great work Pauly V! The adult beverages were well priced and well made. The debarkation wasn't too terrible, other than the fact that when calling self assisted for level 1 all of the other levels decided that included them as well, making a longer debarkation time. For the price that we paid we got our money's worth, but as you can see all of these other little caveats to the trip cause me to be of the mindset that you get what you pay for. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
This was my 4th Carnival Cruise. We had an awesome time. We went to most of the shows aboard the ship and they were very good. We really enjoyed seeing Marcus Anthony and the various comedians. We also went to many of the trivia games. ... Read More
This was my 4th Carnival Cruise. We had an awesome time. We went to most of the shows aboard the ship and they were very good. We really enjoyed seeing Marcus Anthony and the various comedians. We also went to many of the trivia games. We went to the dining room each night with the anytime seating option. One night we had to wait 10 minutes for a table and on the first formal night we had to sit with another couple. (We could have waited 30 minutes if we wanted a table of our own but we opted to not wait.) Every other night we were seated right away. The dining staff was very nice and the food was good. Our inside cabin was nice. It was kept very clean and the bed was comfortable. Our state room steward was very nice and helpful. We had many pictures taken on the ship. The photographers were very nice and did an excellent job. When relaxing out in the sun it was very easy to get a drink as there were servers coming around all the time. There were a few things that we wished were a little different. The pool and hot tubs were small, and they all closed early each night. We were on vacation and would have liked to have the option to use them into the night, especially since they were so crowded during the day. Another thing, people save chairs and then leave them empty for hours with their belongings on them, especially in the Serenity area. Also, the pizza area has to change!! They make pizzas to order and sometimes you would have to stand in line for 20-30 minutes waiting to order your food and have it made. Also, we had an inside stateroom. We always bring an alarm clock with us so we know if it is day or night. However, on the Pride each stateroom only has one outlet. We had to keep unplugging the clock so that we could charge our phones, charge the camera, and plug in my curling iron. It was quite a pain. Another guest said that she brings along a power strip. What a great idea! We only had one issue on board during our trip. The last night room service called us at 1:30 am to say that our order was on its way. We were sound asleep and disoriented. A minute later when we realized that it was the middle of the night and not breakfast time we called back to say that we didn't order anything. They insisted we did. They knocked on our door and we told them that we didn't order anything so we refused the room service. A few minutes later the phone rang again and they insisted we ordered it. Long story short, we couldn't fall back asleep and had a 5 hour drive home the next day so we weren't too happy. To make matters worse, because we refused the room service they returned our breakfast order sheet to us (put it in the mailbox by our door) and would not deliver our coffee and breakfast the next morning. (So, no sleep, then no coffee. Nice!) Overall, this was an excellent vacation. The staff and the other guests on the ship were very nice and friendly. We had great weather. We visited some excellent places. There were a lot of activities to participate in. And, we got engaged onboard the ship, so that made the trip even better!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
My (grown) daughter and I wanted to cruise - just the two of us. We had been on Carnival Conquest before, during Spring Break (fun, but really busy, seemed overcrowded and a bit impersonal) This was a change: beginning of summer, smaller ... Read More
My (grown) daughter and I wanted to cruise - just the two of us. We had been on Carnival Conquest before, during Spring Break (fun, but really busy, seemed overcrowded and a bit impersonal) This was a change: beginning of summer, smaller ship. Not sure what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised at the more relaxed atmosphere. We loved the Serenity area aft - very relaxing and laid back. Embarkation was great. When we arrived on the ship, all the staff would acknowledge and greet us. I thought this was just going to be at the beginning of the cruise, but all of the staff was very aware throughout the entire cruise of making a connection with us. They were never too busy to make eye contact and greet us. This was also the first time that I can say that the Muster Drill was actually interesting. One of the guys leading our group was very adept at making it a creative performance! We found out later that he was the guitarist/singer in the band Music Society. We discovered the Piano Bar at some point near the end of the cruise. Can't remember the name of the piano player but he was amazing - talented musician: at the piano and also singing. He was able to get the entire (full) bar to sing along with him. This ship and staff seemed to be able to engage all the guests in the activities. All of the guests seemed to enjoy themselves. We also discovered early on the four piece band Music Society. Again, extremely talented. There was also Jerry, who played guitar and sang in the lobby for many nights. We learned that this was his last stint on this cruise. So, so talented. He could sing and imitate voices like any musician - could do country classics to Motown. Amazing. Very personable. Overall, excellent. Love the Pride! Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
If it was your first cruise you may like it or others who have rated it highly may have liked it. This was our fourth cruise. By far the worst. For many they have no comparison as to what other cruise lines are offering..so they may it ... Read More
If it was your first cruise you may like it or others who have rated it highly may have liked it. This was our fourth cruise. By far the worst. For many they have no comparison as to what other cruise lines are offering..so they may it is the best. It was not that Carnival services were horrible or the staff was not up to par with other cruise lines (they weren't but they weren't bad), or we had a bad experience with a particular thing - simply if you have been on other cruises it is horrible. Here are the reasons why: Shows or Entertainment: HORRIBLE. I wish I can copy and past the daily activity schedule. Well I can, just a white space. In their activity schedule they have food, what restaurants are serving today, what is at a salad bar. Where are the Broadway style shows, where are ice sculptures, what happened to magic show, what happened to talent show, what happened orchestra, what happened to physical exercises (like yoga every day or meditation or other physical activities). Their evening shows that my wife generally never misses could not stand it for more than 15 minutes. Trust me we tried all of them and got of our seats within 10-15 minutes. Their show halls were empty. There were hardly people there. Food: BAD. The buffet was closed most often - try it yourself. There hours of operation were such if you come at an odd time like 3 or 4 they are closed. The only food place open was the Grill that offered (chicken stripes, hamburgers) or pizza place. The food at these was ok, but were on a cruise for 7 nights. We are not food hogs, but we like to have a late night meals sometimes, SORRY IT SAID "BUFFET CURFEW" Seriously, as others before you get on a cruise if they have been on cruises that close their buffets at 11:00 p.m. no cruise line does. In the dinning hall the food was made by Indians - so it had a curry flavor to every thing. BUY, BUY, AND BUY. All activities were tailored for you to buy something. So instead of having professional entertainers they had professional sales representatives: selling you "drink of the day." Art gallery was open and was on the activity schedule so you can buy a painting. OR poor photographers working 12-15 shifts for us to buy pictures and taking our snap shots, so we can be enticed to buy at least one picture for $22.00. Sorry! We took a lot of pictures enjoyed them on the pedestal and then left it for them to trash it! NO HEAT. The ship has no heat. Seriously! If you are taking a winter cruise going out of Baltimore you will be cold for 1.5 nights and then for 1.5 days coming back. I would suggest take another cruise line, spend $100 or more per person and enjoy the food, and particularly the entertainment. Our celebrity cruise was so amazing totally worth paying $150 per person for that cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
Where to Begin ? : : : Embarkation is definitely not one of favorite parts , Priority Boarding is the way to go if you can afford it , granted it wasn't bad ... just took awhile ! Once we got on-board we where good to go , our room ... Read More
Where to Begin ? : : : Embarkation is definitely not one of favorite parts , Priority Boarding is the way to go if you can afford it , granted it wasn't bad ... just took awhile ! Once we got on-board we where good to go , our room was ready when we got there an was able to drop off our carry on luggage as well as just check out the room an get to meet our porter for the week ... whom impressed us so much that We can't even remember the person's name , sorry but if they can't remember ours .. We don't feel that bad about not remembering there's .. granted our room was cleaned when we asked and ready to sleep in when we got there at night .. so all in all the room Stewart was good , just not memorable . The first day is always a whirl wind , however we did get to relax an just refresh our selves with the ship being we have been on her before . which made for a quick refresh for us as well as the the other family we where traveling with . We love the decor .. some complain , others comment , we kind of just go with , it is what it is .. deal with it and move on ! { My Time Dining } for the week worked out well for us being we where traveling with our 8 year old daughter whom was not always ready to eat when we where , yet when she was ... there was no problem with getting a table as well as a couple of nights we chose to go a little later then others .. think the worse we had was about a ten minute wait ,, which is allot less then if we went out to eat at our local restaurant an had to wait ! Cruise Critic get together was a BLAST .. Carnival hooked us up with the Butterflies Lounge being there was 25 to 30 people involved .. granted no drinks or food included ,, yet we did have the space which made for a good time had by all ( Thanks wshearn as well as shakybeef ) for setting it all up . The shows where good , you can fit more shows into one week for free then you could ever try to pay for on land an not get the quality as well as diversity that you get on a cruise ship . And a shout out to Mike Macey the Comedian whom had all of us in stitches ,, the children's version he did was good and toned down .. yet the adult version he did at the late night had us ( ME ) in tears we where laughing so hard . Also another shout out goes to { Kevin from New York City , NY } who was part of the entertainment team who besides doing the shows ,, he also kept us as well as our daughters entertained doing trivia as well as the pool party get together ! Another shout out goes to { Roger } in the Ivory Piano Lounge whom we spent many late night with an with out the kids singing songs an laughing an just having a great time had by all .. ( P.S. another little shout out goes to our fellow cruisers .. Jason / an Tommy .. who where awesome singers (ringers) that kept the music flowing ! ! Excursion's : We did the Air Boat / Alligator trip in Florida which was nice then we went to Coco Beach for some quick shopping ... wish they would of done the beach tour first so that it was warmer when we took the Air Boat Ride .. perhaps then we would of seen more gators . As far as Nassau & Freeport go .. we usually just go for a walk in Nassau to a beach about a 10 to 15 minute walk from the port .. ( out of the terminal / make a right .. down to SR Frogs .. then just follow the side walk to the beach ) we stayed on in Freeport an just watched the runners as they returned to the ship ... never gets old watching people run to the ship ... especially when they know it is leaving at one and they get there at one ten ... lucky for them it was a Carnival Excursion .. so we had to wait So as of now , we have been having a blast ... now comes the topper to the trip . Our daughter who was due on 2/28/13 ended up going into labor the day we where returning 2/17/13 , so that morning around 5 AM the texting started with the pleads of where are we ,, I want my MOMMY get here now .. LOL .. you get the point ! We spoke to the people at the help desk , whom again pointed us over to ( Kevin from New York,NY ) who was able to get us to the front of the line .. and I do mean the front of the line . Bridget an Myself was behind a Young Lady in a wheel chair about to get off the ship , when the Women in the wheel chair told the porter to move the )(*&^%$#@! over so we could get by ... we laughed , Thanked Her .. and by the time we reached the bottom of the ramp they where pointing where we should go .. as we got to Customs .. they said that they where waiting for us to get there .. lol .. and gone ! between the gangway getting off the ship / to in our truck an on the road was 5 minutes . PS .. Our Newest Grand Child Was Born At 1:11 PM .. An we where there for the Birth ! ! ! Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
Loved: Excellent service, courteous wait-staff, high quality on-board entertainment, memorable experience Improve: Not enough time at the beach/ports, had to pay extra to get around the islands, on-board spending can get pricey if ... Read More
Loved: Excellent service, courteous wait-staff, high quality on-board entertainment, memorable experience Improve: Not enough time at the beach/ports, had to pay extra to get around the islands, on-board spending can get pricey if you're not careful, WIFI is expensive, may be disappointed with shore excursions The ship itself is designed like a palace - gorgeous architecture, fine detail, and stellar decor - think Titanic minus the iceberg and the sinking, as you will be sailing into the tropics. The ship staff members are courteous, kind, and attentive to your needs - they work very hard to ensure a fantastic experience for you! The ship was very clean at all times. The stateroom always had a freshly-made bed with chocolates on the pillow and a towel animal surprise! The quality of the food is spectacular - imagine dining at a five-star restaurant every evening, at no extra cost. An abundance of options and flexibility were some of the defining traits of this cruise. Want to have a formal dinner? You've got it. Want a quick snack any time of day? Eat your heart out! The quality of the on-board entertainment was excellent - we found the comedy club and theater shows to be very tasteful. They hire some of the most talented people to entertain you! Lots of activities are available for you & your family. Unfortunately, we did not have enough time in port/at the beach, as we were rushed to the ship in fear of it departing (yes, it will leave without you, and you will get stuck in some tropical paradise without your baggage, at the mercy of the natives). You will also have to pay extra to get around the islands, so budget for transportation. The island natives are friendly, but may be a bit too pushy with their goods and services - you have to be firm in saying "no." Lastly, on-board spending can get pricey if you don't budget properly (internet/phone usage, the bar, and the casino can eat up a good thousand if you aren't careful)! All-around fantastic experience. Overall, I would highly recommend this cruise to anyone considering! The Food: The food was divine. All-you-can-eat, all day long - the American dream. Lots of options to choose from: you can enjoy a restaurant meal in the formal dining room, or catch a quick bite to eat at the cafeteria. The (free) sushi bar and round-the-clock ice-cream were a nice touch! For the food connoisseurs, there is a paid steak-house on the top level (at $35/meal), which is said to be well worth it! Stateroom: Clean (your bed is made every day), peaceful, gorgeous view of the ocean (especially at sunrise/sunset), comes with plenty of storage space, expect chocolates on your pillow and towel animals as an added bonus! Ship Staff: The staff members are fantastic. Be prepared for royal treatment! Each staff member works very hard to ensure that you have an excellent experience - give them some proper recognition. They make the magic happen! Entertainment: Excellent variety of options and flexibility. Comedy shows were very tasteful and entertaining. They choose some of the best entertainers to come out and show the cruisers a good time! The casino is full of fun and games if you're into that sort of thing - I felt like I was in Vegas! Lots of opportunities to win prizes, dance, and have fun. Overall Rating: ***** Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
My parents were the ones to actually travel on Carnival Pride on September 16, 2012 to the Bahamas from Baltimore. (Even though I am an avid traveler myself, they were adamant that I had to write a review for them.) Well...title should ... Read More
My parents were the ones to actually travel on Carnival Pride on September 16, 2012 to the Bahamas from Baltimore. (Even though I am an avid traveler myself, they were adamant that I had to write a review for them.) Well...title should say it all. They take no pride in the fact that they went on this cruise having cruised before - albeit it was some time ago. (We have had illnesses and injuries, deaths and marriages, and even debt come in the way of more voyages. Therefore, when another family member asked to have a "surprise cruise" in lieu of a "surprise party" for my Dad's oldest sister they jumped at the chance with little or no say as to the cruise line. Embarkation in Baltimore and I received the first call from them in Florida and I could already hear a hint of disappointment in their voices. However, the true litmus paper test is when they came home and the first words out of their mouths were: "Never again." Yup, they already decided not to take a Carnival Cruise again. Why? The major deciding factor was the food. It was terrible, there wasn't a variety, and formal dining flattened out! In fact, when I read the "expert's" review to my parents that "[f]ormal attire is required, and appropriate, considering the elegance of the surroundings" they exclaimed that the reviewer must be out of his/her mind. (Mind you, we are not rich and do not dine out often, yet are in understanding that formal dining means a tie and dinner jacket for men and cocktail dresses or such for ladies.) Unfortunately, they noticed shorts and plain shirts here and there. The food itself lacked taste! One night the highlight of the menu seemed to be "Jumbo Shrimp." We are island people and love our seafood...one bite and it was discovered that jumbo was meant for the breading and not the shrimp. Portions were tiny and both appetizers and entrees had to be ordered in double in hopes of leaving full. While at the buffet they noticed that food ran out. They also noted that the waiter service was a hit and miss sometimes. Fortunately, they also noted that we should sympathize with the wait staff since they basically just work and work and work and that is just about it. What do I mean by hit and miss? One person in the party said he was "rude," while another said how she never received a red wine glass - let alone the wine that was supposed to be inside the glass. The cruise itself was entertaining with expensive excursions. There was a "thank G_d it didn't turn out badly" moment in the Bahamas with a vendor and a $50 bill. (Yes, it was recovered.) The pools were small and crowded quickly. The hot tubs were not really hot, which warranted a complaint. It also felt very underhanded for the Cruise to sell liquor at @ $100 for 4 bottles when only 1 can be taken off the ship. Buy now and pay the taxes later! Another point that simply screams tacky is that my parents bought 7 professional pictures from the ship. Well, a bunch of them have "Alessandro Galotto Master" in the corner, which I know was the Captain - but I don't know if his name belongs on their photos. Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
Just arrived back from a wonderful cruise on the Pride! Visiting Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay (or Key depending on who you talk to), and Freeport. We had an absolutely awesome trip, once again on the Pride! Having booked ES rates back in ... Read More
Just arrived back from a wonderful cruise on the Pride! Visiting Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay (or Key depending on who you talk to), and Freeport. We had an absolutely awesome trip, once again on the Pride! Having booked ES rates back in January, I got to walk aboard with $150 OBC. Booked cabin 6232 -- which has the bowling alley balcony! Can not say enough how much we enjoyed having this large balcony. Arrived in the Port of Baltimore around 11:45am Sunday morning, there was a bit of a line at this time, but I'd say we were probably aboard the ship by 12:30 and enjoyed a quick lunch on the Serenity Deck, until the rooms were ready at 1:30. This was our first cruise on the Pride since the addition of the Serenity Deck. I had previously seen Serenity aboard the Glory. All I can say is having the aft Serenity Deck was brilliant! It was much bigger than on Glory and the layout smarter. We enjoyed our sail-away on the Serenity Deck. Later in the week we did notice that as people discovered its existence, it did tend to fill up quickly, and didn't seem to have many openings throughout the day. I know Carnival instituted the anti-chair hog measures, but I didn't take notice to them being enforced. (To be honest I didn't sit and spy on anyone to see if the policy was abused either, so you may have to find out from someone else.) I'm not the type to need a lounge chair anyway. My fiance used the lounge the first day for a few hours, but between the ports of call and our own balcony she never really cared to investigate the availability on Serenity again. We DID however take quite a few Lido meals out on the Serenity Deck tables, and had more than a few drinks there too! (;O) Just a very comfortable and enjoyable place to hang out on the ship. We found out that they were offering a free bottle of wine at the David's Steakhouse for the first night, so we went ahead and booked ourselves dinner up there the first night. All I can say is WOW what a difference from our experiences in the MDR. Now I don't have any previous steakhouse experience to compare to, but all I can say is WOW. From the food, to the quiet atmosphere (there were maybe 3-4 other guests dining at that time) and the personal attention paid to us. This was by far our favorite dining experience ever. Not to mention the views offered out the window seats. Got to watch a beautiful sunset as we ate. This was just a great experience, and I highly recommend everyone try the steakhouse on their ships at least once! I had the filet mignon and lobster tail, a wonderful Caesar Salad, more than my share of Brioche rolls, and a desert of Puff pastry with caramelized apples. (OK I'll be honest, the desert didn't WOW me, but it was still good nonetheless). The next two days were sea days, I know some don't particularly care for these days, but I actually do enjoy them. It's a great time to explore the ship and just enjoy a slow pace of life for a change! (Isn't the reason to cruise to relax from work and hectic life!? Lol) You can frequently find me in any random seating area just people watching with a chocolate milkshake or a book with me. I will have to let you all down now- I don't really participate in a lot of the ship-board activities as I like to just do my own thing. Sunday evening we caught the Ravens/Patriots game. I like both teams, but lean more towards the Patriots. We watched most of this game in the Perfect Game bar. It was a lively group, being that Pride sails out of Baltimore there were a LOT of Ravens fans aboard. Went back for Monday night football as well. Ok so Monday night we had our first dinner in the MDR. For the first time in 3 cruises we were assigned a table with other guests, which was something I had been looking forward to. Having read other posts about some of the crazy tablemates people have had, I was excited to see what sort of people we would meet. Turns out we had great tablemates. Two other couples, both with more travel experience than us. It provided for lively conversation the rest of the week, and I'm happy to say we finally made our first "cruise-friends" haha. Ok, now this was our first cruise since the much debated "Comfort Selections", and highly debated downgraded quality menu. On our prior cruise aboard the Pride in 2010 our waiters learned our names by the second night, and whether we preferred water, lemonade, or tea. Having been our very first cruise we found all the food to be absolutely great! Now this time around- our waiter never learned our names. To be honest I felt like he seemed over-worked and seemed to spend every evening rushing. I don't know if they are assigned more tables than they used to, but he really seemed like he had too much to do. This was in contrast to our first experience where our waiters George and Joel spent time talking to us and asking us about our days. (In point of fact I still talk to George on Facebook in his home country of Macedonia). I'm a more than patient person so my feeling of the rushing and lack of personal contact didn't bother me, just something to note. Many have begun to complain that their MDR food comes out cold or luke-warm. This never seemed to be the case; all my meals were warm and tasty. The only complaint I sort of had was EVERY single time the menu called out Jumbo Tiger Shrimp, what came out was normal cocktail shrimp. Again I didn't find this to be something worthy of complaining about, just a curiosity. Overall I'm still of the opinion that people need to enjoy their MDR experience. These guys work VERY hard and feeding everyone that they do in a timely manner is a very tough job. I have nothing but respect for the jobs they do. This was also our first time doing Early Dining. Previously our cruises were Late Dining. I sort of wonder if that makes the difference. Do they have more time during Late Dining to chat up their guests? Are they rushing during Early Dining because they know they have another seating coming up? Things to consider. Finally Wednesday- Grand Turk! This was a first time for us. We elected an early excursion doing the Ultimate Snorkeling. Having never snorkeled before all I can say is WOW this was fun. I've never seen water so clear, and the fish- they swam right up to you! I got some great pictures with my underwater camera! They took us to two separate dive sights. At the second it was a bit shallower, but even more clear than the first spot. At this one they fed some small sharks and we had the opportunity to swim down and pet them! I actually pet a shark! (Which the captain assured us was a vegetarian! HAHA After snorkeling we had nothing planned, but having spent the last six months researching elected to stroll up the beach to Jack's Shack. Here we tried some of the local brew Turks Head beer, and some fried calamari. Sitting on the deck we watched Jack's dog, Topher, dig in the sand and greet newcomers. Beer and food was good, and priced very reasonably. On our way back to the ship we decided you can't visit Grand Turk without stopping at Margaritaville. Here we stopped and had two Margaritas. OK... again no complaints, but $42 for two margaritas seemed a bit high, we DID get the souvenier mugs, so that was probably our fault! Had to be back around 1, as the ship was to sail at 2:00. This is when the day struck tragedy a bit. As we were walking back to the ship we spotted an ambulance pulled up to the gangway. No information was given straight away. As it turns out one of our fellow shipmates passed away on the beach. According to the rumor mill a woman was found face up in the water and a heart attack was suspected. How true this information is, I may never know. As such the ship was delayed as Customs and Carnival arranged for the body to be taken back to the Island and the family made arrangements from there. An announcement was made when we did get underway, and Kirk (Our CD) asked that we keep the family and the deceased in our prayers. I can only imagine the shock and sorrow of the family involved. I have no idea how I would react in a similar situation, and I'd like to take this opportunity to express my thoughts and condolences are with them. Next morning we awoke in Half Moon Cay. Now I believed the water in Grand Turk was the bluest and clearest that I'd ever seen, but HMC corrected me! This has to be THE MOST beautiful beach and water I've ever seen. No excursions booked, just a day at the beach. We took the tender after the mass exodus in the morning. And walked around, found some chairs and splashed in the water for a bit. My fiance got a picture with one of the waiters in his vest, bow tie, shorts and not much else! Haha. She had a good time! I just laughed at her. Sadly beginning to burn, I brought us back to the ship to get out of the sun. I truly hope to return! The next morning was Freeport. This was our third time to this port. Sadly I'm not much of fan. I often refer to this port as the "Gas Station" of the Caribbean. It seems a lot of ships stop here to load and unload cargo. We did elect to get off the ship and head to Lucaya. With no real plans. I'm sure some of the excursions offer better looks at the island, but from my previous visits and this one, I have yet to be impressed. As the taxi drives from the port into Lucaya as you look around you will begin to notice that "Curb Appeal" is a term lost on these islanders. I don't mean to be unkind. And whether or not this port is on future cruises, it will not make or break the deal. I simply see myself staying onboard in the future. The one part of this stop I did enjoy was watching the infamous "Pier Runners" as the ship sounded its horn. We watched from the Upper decks as people made their mad dashes back. Also the Carnival Ecstasy was also in port with us, I thought an interesting (But probably logistical nightmare) option would be to give the option to tour the other ship in port (provided there was time.) I've never seen a Fantasy class ship before, so my curiosity gets the better of me. I'm sure this would be more of a headache to arrange and probably why they don't, but still I thought it would be cool. Saturday, the last day at sea, was mostly cloudy, so we didn't spend much time outside. In fact having not slept much the night before, I spent most of the day in my cabin resting and watching the college football games. (I know I sound like a huge football fan, but the truth is my fiance likes to watch it more, she often has to explain what is happening! Much to my shame!) For me this is what cruising is all about, doing whatever you want and actually getting some relaxation in! Too many people come back from trips saying they need a vacation from their vacation! I made a point this trip to not make plans and just go with the flow and do what we wanted. As a result I feel very relaxed and ready to start a new job and move into our new house this week! How's that for timing? Buying a house a week after a cruise! Overall I have to say I absolutely loved this trip, I adore the Pride, and think I get my money's worth. I know Carnival is getting a reputation for being the cheap line, but I don't mind, I'm an average Joe and I don't have high expectations. I enjoy cruising with Carnival and don't find much fault with their ships. The crew is always nice, and my bed is always made, the drinks are cold, and there is always something to eat! It's a great time for the money, and I can't imagine enjoying a land vacation nearly as much. (Though some of that could be because I don't like to fly!) Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
We had a blast on this cruise. It was my first and I will cruise again. Having someone cook for me everynight is hard to describe but it is very enjoyable. If you like cake you gotta try all the desserts in the buffet. I highly ... Read More
We had a blast on this cruise. It was my first and I will cruise again. Having someone cook for me everynight is hard to describe but it is very enjoyable. If you like cake you gotta try all the desserts in the buffet. I highly recommend the chocolate melting cake the first night and maybe a baked alaska on another night at Normandie Restaurant. Room 1127 not enough electrical outlets we had 1 in which I plugged in a surge protector multi outlet plug into it and it started to smoke. I unplugged it and called my Stewards office to let them know. They responded with don't plug it in. I ended up throwing it out because it burnt out the first time I plugged it in. However we were able to use the outlet to charge our iphones with no problems thereafter. Here is the lowdown on the room, bring a few extra hangers. There is 3 closets one closet just has shelves. One closet will have two nice robes and 2 lifejackets which is notvrequired to take to your muster station drill. When you turn the lights off at night you will see light coming from the peep hole in the door. I used a tissue to block out the light. The bathroom is small only one person in at a time. You will find two small packets of toothpaste, two large packets of shampoo, 2 bars of soap one for the sink one for the shower.Plenty of towels and wash cloths. In the room should be 2 towels to use at the pool. We did not use them only on the first day(don't lose the towels) they will charge you $22.00 per towel. We did use the towels at the pool, you can check out as many as you need with your sail and sign card. There is no charge for using the towels. Only if you lose them. We did this everyday(check out towels) we didn't want to carry towels around from the room. In the shower there is shampoo and body wash dispenser on the wall. The water in the shower is thermostatically controlled. You will feel the water temp change as the ship is moving along. I actually enjoyed the temp change from hot to cold on occasion. The toilet seems to vibrate a little as the ship is moving, you can feel the ships engine vibration. I also want to mention you will hear some noises from the floor above(casino). On a few nights the picture above the bed would vibrate but a little noise doesn't keep me from falling asleep. The tv is old and the color is a little distorted. Watch the morning show with cruise director and assistant everyday at 9:30AM it's quite entertaining. In fact you can call them during the live broadcast. One morning someone called in with a creepy voice (from the movie saw) asking Jamie the cruise director "do you want to play a game" she was so creept out she went nuts! Later on one of the guys admitted he did the prank! But she already knew because she had looked him up with caller id. It was all fun and games on board. You must see the show they put on called"Murder Mystery" it runs for about 15 minutes. Also check the fun times book everyday for a cryptic clue. It was a lot of fun figuring out it was Kikki with the stockings who killed Baggins. Just let yourself go and enjoy the cruise. It's no fun if your uptight. Learn to relax and enjoy everything on board. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
As stated above, my husband and I have been on Carnival Pride six times. It's departure out of Baltimore is easy and efficient for us. We live outside of Philadelphia, and it's only a short drive. We have also taken Celebrity ... Read More
As stated above, my husband and I have been on Carnival Pride six times. It's departure out of Baltimore is easy and efficient for us. We live outside of Philadelphia, and it's only a short drive. We have also taken Celebrity and RCCL out of Baltimore and we also leave out of Cape Liberty often. This cruise was relaxing and fun but we did notice that the food has gone down a bit (in our humble opinion) They had hamburger (available everyday) and mac 'cheese, and meatloaf one night. Even David's Steak HOuse seemed to be a little less flavorful since we were last there in September of 2011. I was good but just a little downgraded from last yeat. They did however, have wonderful homemade peach icecream that is VERY notewothy. Just delicious. David's steakhouse went up to $35 this year. DOn't get me wrong. We still enjoyed ourselves. The fish was good one night an our waiters Preto and Winston (both from India) were stellar. Efficient and fun. We looked forward to going to dinner each night to talk to our servers and the people around us. In July we will be back on Pride (on a different itinerary) so I will see if it was just a fluke, or us :) Oh, and the room was HOT! My husband is on BP meds and he is always cold. He was even hot.....we asked to have them take a look and they left us a note telling us the temperature was within Carnival's acceptable temps. We've been in that room before and it was cool...not sure what that's about. I'm glad I brought my portable fan (though my husband and I fought over it haha) In Cape Canaveral we went on an outside excursion to see the Manatees. It as wonderful! They sent a cab driver (who doesn't work for them but they like and trust him to take good care of their customers). The cab picked us up at the port, took us to the Banana River (about a 15 minute drive). Once here we boarded a small pontoon boat whose Captain took us to a great spot to see dolphins and manatees. This was a very relaxing excursion. we saw many manatees and dolphins and returned about 2 hours later. After that the same cab driver came back to pick us up. He took us to Cocoa Village, came back for us in 2 hours then took us to Ron Jon's. Mr. Amy is his name and his prices were very reasonable. We were shopping in Ron Jon's and a fellow was telling us that a cab company has bought all the rights to the cruise port. We didn't think anything of it until our Mr. Amy dropped us off and another couple (from the cruise ship) tried to get in his cab go off and explore. All of a sudden this woman came out of nowhere and started screaming at the couple to "get out of that cab!" When I say screaming, I mean screaming...a real scene. Apparently they have it so NOONE is allowed to get in a cab OTHER THAN THEIR YELLOW CAB! I think you can be dropped off but that's it! I didn't like that....seems to me you should be able to arrange your own transportation. Anyway, I think I may write a letter to the cruise company (Carnival) and also let that Yellow cab company know how their employees are acting. Nassau was next. We always enjoy Nassau......Atlantis, dolphins, or a beach excursion and back early enough to shop a little. The new straw market is great and I always enjoy the stores too! Freeport. We went into Lucaya and walked around the hotel and then took a swim in the ocean bought a few ankle bracelets and then walked to the Raddison pool and I got a good cup of coffee and a little shop (we all know that it doesn't matter what cruise line you are on, the coffee leaves ALOT to be desired) haha. Well that's it. I will let you know how hour July 29 cruise goes. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
We arrived in Baltimore and embarkation was run like a well-oiled machine.Debarkation,same way. As soon as we got on board,we were welcomed and treated to music,food,fun.Our cabin was just as we expected:cozy,quiet,clean.The beds are so ... Read More
We arrived in Baltimore and embarkation was run like a well-oiled machine.Debarkation,same way. As soon as we got on board,we were welcomed and treated to music,food,fun.Our cabin was just as we expected:cozy,quiet,clean.The beds are so comfortable.Our steward introduced himself,and was a joy everyday,as well as every employee we encountered. We were up at 6 everyday to enjoy coffee on lido,walk laps,then head to the gym for weights.Next,mdr for great conversation,and great food.I really enjoy walking all over any ship,and I found all kinds of hallways to wander around and art to admire. First stop,Cocoa Beach.We took the Carnival shuttle in to town,hit the beach and shops.Weather was perfect.Next stop,Nassau,again perfect weather.We hit 3 beaches-water taxi to Cabbage near Riu hotel,water taxi back to Nassau,lunch at Senor Frogs(I had a b52 shot!)then a nice walk to Junkanoo beach.Next,the jitney #10 to Cable beach.My fav was Cabbage Beach!On to Freeport,and can you believe it,another perfect weather day!We hopped on a local van to Lucaya,where we walked around and hit the beach.Next time,I want to try Taino beach. On the way back to Baltimore,we had 1 day of rain.I got a massage at the spa.It was wonderful,but I didnt enjoy the sales pitch to buy products when done.You must be firm if you do not wish to buy. My only other issues-no chairs on deck 3,which is my fav deck to nap on or just relax and hot tubs not hot enough. All in all,it was a superb vacation for the money.And they take such good care of you!I really feel as if Im leaving family behind when I go.We had more than enough terrific food to choose from,the desserts are really top notch.We didnt do the shows,games.But did enjoy live music in various areas of the ship.And my hubby won $200 on the vault in the casino! Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
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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