4 Carnival Pride Cruise Reviews for Fitness Cruises to Bahamas

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
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
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
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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