75 Carnival Pride Cruise Reviews for First-Time Cruisers Cruises to Bahamas

Lets start here. There was 11 of us that booked with Carnival Cruises. They booked us in a hotel and shuttled us to the ship. Well let me tell you about the hotel first. We got there after an 11 hour car ride from Toronto Canada. They ... Read More
Lets start here. There was 11 of us that booked with Carnival Cruises. They booked us in a hotel and shuttled us to the ship. Well let me tell you about the hotel first. We got there after an 11 hour car ride from Toronto Canada. They gave us our rooms and we got settled in. My wife and my 2 kids and I put our clothes in and went swimming. That was fine only that the water was green. We were covered in rashes afterwards. We went to dinner at some restaurant that was on the main floor. My wife orders the "prime rib steak". Not only that they cooked it wrong. It came blue. My wife had atleast two mouth fulls before she noticed that the meat was blue. So we got the attention of the waitress and explained to her that the steak was too rare for my wifes liking. They waitress took the "prime rib" and took it back to the kitchen. My wife explained to the waitress that she did not want the steak anymore since it wasn't done right the first time. About 15 minutes later she/waitress returned with the same steak. Which is against the health and safety regulations. My wife asked for medium rare and the steak was still blue. She got the attention of the waitress once again and told the waitress that 1 she didn't want the steak and 2 the steak was not only not cooked right it was the same steak and cold. It was never recooked. At this time we asked for the bill and just wanted out of this restaurant. We got the bill and they still charged us for the steak. After 15 minutes of rudeness from not only the waitress also did the supervisor gave us nothing but attitude. They finally agreed to take the dreadful steak off the bill. Come to find out there was a few other customers in the same restaurant beside us. Also had the same issues with the steaks. There was one customer who had their steak recooked 3 times and still had an issue. After a night sleep I noticed that not only my wife had been bitten by bed bugs my children did also. At this time we just wanted to get out of this hotel. We told the customer service desk of our issues and they said oh sorry we will look into this. Nothing was done about my wife and children. There was no concern for them at all. Finally get on the ship, and we got a balcony room on the 8th floor. Which was beautiful. For 2 nights. One the 3rd day this is when our cruise became terrible and beyond. Finally out at sea we wanted to open our balcony and look out at sea at the beautiful waters and we were approaching Florida. This is we noticed our balcony neighbour's all around us. towards the right, 1 after them and downstairs were non stop smoking on their balconies. I told my room steward and me told me that he would look into the issue. Also at 10:30 at night for an hour or so the cruise crew upstairs on the 9th floor kept on dragging the patio furniture around to set up for the next day or the nights party. Remember I stated that we had 2 kids. At the ages of 5-6. This kept my kids up till at least 1 am every night. I called the service desk and they told me that they will look into it. This went on everyday till the end of our cruise. Now on the 4th day our air-conditioning stopped working. Yeah in Florida no air-conditioning, we cannot open the balcony door due to cigarette smoke from our cruise neighbours. We told our cabin room steward and he told us he will look into it. We call the service desk and they told us they will look into it. Nothing was done even calling a few times till at least the 6th day. Image in the Bahamas with no air-conditioning. Yeah hot. On the 5th day we were told by the steward that the cruse offers laundry service give it to them in the morning and the laundry will return at the same evening. Wow nice. Yeah No, We didn't get our clothes the next day only noticing that it wasn't all of clothes. We sent in a full paper bag full of clothes and only hald was returned to us. Hold up here...We got the attention of out Stewart and explained to him what was going on and the missing clothes. He stated to us " yeah I noticed that the bag was small". He went downstairs and came back to us about 2 hours later stating that the rest of our clothes are missing and that they needed to be located. But wait. Missing clothes. The Stewart told us that the clothes will be washed on their own and no other clothes will be washed with ours. So why is there clothes missing. My wifes underwear, my childrens underwear, my 250$ pair of jeans and my wifes LuLu pants. About 5 hours later, my jeans, wifes underwear and childrens underwear was returned but not my wifes pants. I gave 47 articles of clothing and 46 was returned. The Stewart explained to us that we need to call customer service on the boat. So we did. Nothing was done at all. till the last day after 4 calls messages on the where-about the missing clothes. We explained to customer service on the boat the the pants cost us $139 Canadian. On the 6th day of the cruise at 7pm the service desk manager called our room and asked us if we were sure that we sent in the pants. But wait. They are now calling us liars. We explained to them that we had proof of us packing the paper bag with our clothes. Not only a few people also the room stewart. They told us that they will call us back later. An hour later, they called us and stated they will give us a $100 amercian for the pants. We asked on why did it take so long to have someone respond. They said they were busy.. Remember the issue of the air-conditioning, they didn't fix the issue until half way back from Florida. After all the heat, Now almost in the cold we didn't need the air-condition any more. The smoking issue continued till at least the 6th day of the cruise when we called and screamed at the service desk that our cabin smelt like smoke. They finally responded and sent security. Seriously on the last night. We were soo hot in our room due to hot weather and couldn't open the balcony door to enjoy the sea air. Reasoning why we got a balcony 8th floor room. So all in all not impressed with the hotel, the cruise and customer service. I will not be paying for a trip on the Carnival Cruses ever again nor will I or my 11 family members. My inlaws are frequent cruisers of Carnival Cruises and they said after seeing how we were treated and how matters were dealt with by customer service. They will never book with them again. Not impressed and please rethink booking with Carnival Cruises. REALLY..... Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
If you are someone who is sensitive to motion- BEWARE going out of Baltimore can be rough seas. This was my first time cruising and I spent a majority of the time in my room because I was so sick. I took Dramamine and it didn't help. ... Read More
If you are someone who is sensitive to motion- BEWARE going out of Baltimore can be rough seas. This was my first time cruising and I spent a majority of the time in my room because I was so sick. I took Dramamine and it didn't help. (I know that's not carnival's fault) but I am just throwing it out there. One thing I want to say is that I find it annoying that you can't get weather reports. The channel that shows where the ship is gives you winds and stuff but doesn't give you weather. The captain could at least come on and say something about how rough the water is or what to expect if you won't update us on weather... Instead the staff looks at you like you're crazy when you ask because they are used to it. It's like they are trained to give you the same answer- "this is nothing" Maybe they want you to pay for the wifi to get the weather. The service is not that great. There are language barriers for sure. Room Service is worth the wait..the very long wait. However I wanted to order chicken tenders at 11:30 and they told me it wasn't available yet. Plus the woman who answered wasn't pleasant to deal with either. She could have at least been nice about it. Your menu that is left in your room says nothing about time restrictions. The only thing you ever hear about is "included 24 hour room service!!" Yeah- then right away she's like- NO, not yet. Okay... Sorry I have a kid who wants chicken tenders. It was annoying. If you ask for anything that is not specifically on a menu- for instance I asked for a southwest omelet-he didn't have a clue what I was saying. I figured that was pretty common. So I had to rephrase and ask for all of the ingredients. I asked for lemon with my water- again blank stare. I asked the deli to make a turkey and Swiss grilled and that I wanted lettuce, tomato and mayo on it (obviously after you grill it) he put everything on it and then attempted to grill it. EW- I stopped him and explained and then he just handed it to me cold. So it's not always easy communicating with the staff. It seemed to never fail- whenever I wanted to check out the buffet it's closed and switching over. I paid for 3 soda packages that I should have never wasted my money on. Sodas are not readily available to you. You have to go to a bar to get them. That's annoying because it is a very long wait. Plus when you find a nice place to sit down with your family (not to mention have a 3 year old) you don't want to get up right as you get settled to have to walk all of the way to the rum bar to get your soda. They should have other ways to get sodas. They should have a beverage area set up with the other food on lido deck just for people to get non alcohol beverages. SO obviously none of us drank the amount of sodas to even have the package pay for itself because of the struggle to get a soda. The dinning area is annoying as crap. On days where you are at port- they close at 8:30AM. Okay...but there are a lot of people who don't get off of the boat, especially in Florida. Why do we have to suffer because you don't feel like enough people will be eating brunch that day? It was very inconvenient.. I just wanted to have a nice sit down breakfast with the family...nope. The eggs on the ship are not edible. I don't know what they are, but I had to spit them out. Breakfast on the ship is crap unless you are eating cereal and fruit. Again, why I wanted to go to the dining for breakfast. The ship stinks like sewage and in other hallways its a gross fried food smell. Also-- there is nothing for kids to do on this ship if it is cold outside. Coming from Baltimore...ehh..I don't recommend sailing with children if it's going to be cold. Dining took too long. Server was very nice...but she was sweating bullets to keep up. Donkey is kind of annoying. But I get it, he's the "cool guy on the ship" It seems like whenever there is good music playing, he interrupts it. Just let us listen. I feel like I got to listen to music in 15 second intervals. Guys burgers- pretty good just hard to eat that over and over. I will probably never cruise again. Yes- I consider myself to be a negative Nancy about this. It sucked for me. Maybe others will have better luck. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
This was a first-time cruise for myself, second for my husband (though they were nearly 30 years apart so that doesn't really count). This was something we had talked about for 17 years but had never had the opportunity to do, so we ... Read More
This was a first-time cruise for myself, second for my husband (though they were nearly 30 years apart so that doesn't really count). This was something we had talked about for 17 years but had never had the opportunity to do, so we were very, very excited to receive a down payment on the cruise as a gift the year before. Since it was a gift, we did not have any choice in ship, destination, or embarkment...however, other than stopping in FL, we were very happy with the length and destinations. This was supposed to be AWESOME! Key words were "supposed to be"...I will NEVER go on a cruise again... EMBARKMENT: Due to inclement weather the ship arrived and departed very late, which wasn't an issue for us, until is was nearly 11pm or so and we were standing on a freezing deck for a half hour listening to other passengers talk and joke while the safety meeting was taking place. We had been up since 6am to travel to Baltimore and all we wanted to do was sleep in a warm cabin. For safety reasons I was happy to attend (not that you have a choice, they check each room to make sure everyone is out), but the safety officer had no microphone and they line you up three people deep so not only could I not hear over the wind and chatter around me, but I couldn't see either. SEAS: I grew up on a fisherman's boat. This is my first cruise but not my first time to sea or on a boat...The seas were rough. The boat rocked literally from the time the boat pulled out until our return 7 days later. And not a little - A LOT - all the time - day and night. It did not get better - EVER. There were times I had to leave the comedy club or restaurant because they were in the worst spots for rocking. And at first I thought it was just me, but by the middle of the cruise there were a lot of others complaining about it. The worst part is is took almost three weeks - 3 WEEKS - for the rocking sensation to go away after we got off the boat...If I am ever forced to take another cruise again I will leave out of a quieter port and make sure that I am not out to sea more than 1 day at a time. ROOM: We had been booked an obstructed-view stateroom, which was awesome. The room was huge. The bathroom was big enough for two of us to be in there at the same time (as long as we weren't using the sink together). There was plenty of closet space, a couch, a vanity, and a mini fridge (they keep it stocked with expensive drinks - just ask them to remove them and not re-stock it). This stateroom had french type doors that open out to a view of a life boat and a small sliver of water. The only complaints about the room was that the french doors had been nailed shut (and not professionally), they were supposed to open, and the TV was so old and hard to see. DINING: There are multiple food choices but not nearly as many as you think. There are more food options at one run down casino in Atlantic City than were on the ship. I am a foodie, my husband is not, and this was one of the biggest disappointments on the ship for both of us. Free options consist of a buffet which provides three meals a day, with a pizza counter that stay open 24 hour. Guy Ferrari has a burger station - I say station because it' not an actual restaurant or eatery. They pre-make fries and burger patties by the bulk and have a toppings bar - you take your pre-made burger and go. A taco station (same concept as the burger station) that I only saw open for lunch once, but always served breakfast burritos in the morning. Rooms service, which consists of a few sandwiches and a couple of salads - no fries - just chips. And, most importantly, what we called the "free" restaurant. This is a very nice restaurant everyone can go to with a pre-set menu that changes nightly. They have a full wait staff and the only charges are for drinks and if you upgrade your meal to an upgrade option at the bottom of the menu. Get the "any time dinning" upgrade - otherwise you could be locked into a small window to be seated and stand in line forever waiting for a table. The first two nights the food was amazing, and one night steak and lobster were on the free portion of the menu. After that the free restaurant was hit or miss. There was a night or two my husband even left his food untouched because it was so bad. What was awesome though was that you can order as MANY items of the menu as you want. Can't decide between stuffed shrimp and steak - order both. Want to try all of the appetizers - go ahead. Want more than one dessert - have at it. There is no limit on what you can order or how many times you can order. We regularly ordered the dish we knew was safe and the dish we wanted to try but weren't sure if we liked...it was pretty awesome!! No tipping is required here - it's included at the bill you receive on your last night. The buffet was a different story - we ate there for breakfast and items to pick up for the room, we were never impressed. The food was always grade school cafeteria quality or less. The burger station was ok. The fries were very, very good, the burger was just ok. The taco station was horrible. We did not get a chance to order room service but I did see other people's trays sitting outside their door. The sandwiches looked really good - but then again the plates were still full and uneaten - so who knows. We did order the continental breakfast but stick to the cereal, coffee, and juice. The ice cream station is also a joke - it's a soft serve machine with no toppings...and of the two only was one working the whole trip. There are also a few FEE based eating options. A coffee shop, a sushi place, and the "special" restaurant. We did not eat at the coffee shop or sushi restaurant. Given that the quality of food went down each day we were there, I would say if you want sushi do it the first day or two while all of the food on board is fresh. We did pay the $35 a person up-charge to eat at the "special" restaurant the last night. It was AMAZING. Well worth the cost. Bring nice clothes, it is fancy, and while we didn't order more than one main dish each, we did order two appetizers each. You DO tip here...it cost us $80 without drinks - for two people. Happy to do it! ENTERTAINMENT: We go to AC a great deal, and while the shows there are ok, they beat out what we watched on the boat by a mile. They weren't bad - they just weren't good either. The comedians were ok, the "shows" were really just crew members singing songs from the 80's, and the rest of the shows were retirement home versions of old game shows. Not good. It's certainly not Broadway or even Off Broadway quality...not what I was expecting. ACTIVITIES: This is were it got really bad. Every "activity" is really a sales pitch for their spa, jewelry store, or liquor store. From their "pamper party" to "free shot night" - it's all designed to sign you up for services and goods. I didn't pay $1000 to be sold items. The entire cruise is like a giant time share sales pitch...The two free (half) shots we got weren't worth listening to a 30 min aggressive sales pitch. I went to the pamper party, which was supposed be a mini facial and provide beauty tips and tricks, but was really a sales pitch for their Spa services and some sort of bronzing powder they were selling "exclusively" on the boat. I did sign up for a massage package, which cost me $150 after they included the automatic gratuity, but before and after my massage the massage therapist gave me a 10 min sales pitch on this "exclusive" alkaline oil they only sell "on the boat", but wait...if I buy it right now, it will only cost me as much as one massage (you know, the one I paid $150 for and had to listen to a sales pitch during)...I never do things like this for myself and to have it ruined by a sales pitch was really upsetting. Their other "activities" included a seminar on how to pick quality gemstones - which of course came with a catalog of "exclusive" items you could only purchase on the boat, and bingo which ran between $20 and $40 a game. My favorite was when they tried to sell me a silver plated charm bracelet with glued in "crystals" (aka glass) for $29.99 that was originally selling in their ship store for $120.....please. I can go to my mall and get a solid sterling silver charm bracelet with hand-set CZ stones for less than $120...why would I pay that much for your junk??!! They did have a few musicians that played here and there and trivia games through out the ship but nothing worth participating in out of anything other than sheer boredom. FITNESS/RECREATION: The gym was nice and came with steam rooms and a jacuzzi - which was the only jacuzzi worth going to. There were three pools on board, but my neighbor has a bigger pool in their backyard. The pool is a weird shape so that a section all the way around is for sitting and only a small section in the middle is deep enough to stand or swim. Each pool has a jacuzzi but the two family pools had cold jacuzzis. Not that it mattered, because of the weather the pools were too cold (not heated or covered) and the jacuzzis - meant to hold five people - had 10-20 people every time we went to use one. They also have a small water play area for kids next to the two water slides, which were ok. A very small arcade that was closed every time we went there, and a mini golf station we never saw. MOVIES: They offered movie on the big screen out at the pool. But they were always at night, outside, when the wind kicked up and it was cold. They do offer in room movies for $5 but the room TV was an old heavy tube with poor video quality. We had to watch with the lights off just to see the screen, so I certainly wasn't paying extra to watch a movie on it. CASINO: They have a casino. Slots, tables, roulette, craps. If you gamble long enough the first day or two they will give you a free drink card to use in the casino for the duration of your trip - but I wouldn't make it a goal. It was very expensive! DRINKS/SODA: I bought the soda package for him (around $50). I didn't need one - so I thought - because I drink coffee, tea, and water which were supposed to be free. However, the powdered tea and lemonade, along with the water, is on the 9th floor - one station being outside.The tea was gross...I wish I had bought the soda package. Every time you want a drink you have to trek up there. The soda package isn't good everywhere - so check before you order. Neither one of us drink enough to make a drink package worth it. You are allowed one unopened 750ml bottle of wine per person in you CARRY ON and up to one 12 pack of canned or boxed juice/soda per person - on the day of embarkment (don't try to bring anything on from a port - they will confiscate it until the end of the cruise). However, if you bring wine make sure it has a screw top because it's $15 to have it uncorked. I pre-ordered a 12 pack of water ($3) to be delivered to the room and then used the empty bottles to fill up my water and carry my wine around in. Don't think it's worth buying a bottle on board either - their prices were outrageous. $85 for a bottle of Amaretto - $8-$10 for a pina colada. SERVICE: This is where they excelled. Every employee was awesomely nice. Everything was clean. Everyone was pleasant. Everyone works 7 days a week, 13 hour days on several month long tours. One of our wait staff works 7 months on and has 2 months off. They get a lunch off one day a week - otherwise it's 7 days a week, 13 hour days. At the end of the trip they give you a bill for gratuity. They break it down to about $12 a day per person and then divide that in unequal portions between three categories of employees. Wait staff gets the highest amount, room staff gets the next highest amount, and misc staff gets the least. You can go to the desk and change the total amount of the gratuity and how much each group gets if you want, but even though I'm not a tipper and I felt like $1000 to get on the cruise should have covered it, they work so hard I was happy to give it to them. I did change it so our room staff got the highest amount because they took the best care of us. WIFI/CELL SERVICE: There is a per day fee for the use of wifi or cell service. I wish I had paid for it so I had something else to do...It's $5 a day for FB and Twitter...$25 for full internet coverage so you can check your email, move money around, and talk with your kids. 7 days was too long to be out of touch. TIPS/TRICKS: Every night they take pictures and sell them - account for the extra cost. Don't forget gratuity at the end of the trip. You can set a spending limit for guests in your cabin. If you have a gambler/spender you should do this at the start of the cruise. Bring a power strip. There is only one outlet in the whole room - none in the bathroom. DO NOT GO TO THE MEDIC unless you are dying - one of our excursion mates had to miss an excursion - with no refund - because she felt sea sick the night before. They quarantined her to her room for the whole day, even though she felt better by morning. Bring a deck of cards, book, or something to do if you're bored. Remember that the ship's store is limited and expensive, and laundry service starts at $4-$8 per garment...pack well. Regardless of what anyone says no one is really willing to barter in port and souvenirs were expensive. $25 for a pre-printed t-shirt that looked like it came from Wal-Mart $10 for a lunch from a lunch truck, $8 to take the taxi...it adds up quick. OVERALL: I'm not picky. My favorite vacation was a camping trip to Niagara Falls with two little kids. I drove there, we were broke, we slept in a tent. With that said I must be destination people, because this was horrible. Being on the boat was like spending a $1000 to be in a floating, dizzy, prison. I was bored and irritated by the lack of real activities and the constant sales pitches. I felt like the commercials and the website were very, very misleading. It wasn't at all what I was expecting. The only thing that saved this vacation-of-a-life-time for me was the excursions we booked. I wish that we had started with a shorter cruise that had less sea time and more port time. For two people (not counting the gambling) the entire trip with souvenirs, excursions, upgraded meals, drinks, etc. costs us about $2500. I had a year to save for it, so it wasn't too bad but I'd rather have taken that money and flown to the Bahamas and spent 7 days on the islands. It probably would have cost the same and I would have been happier. **I didn't rate the excursions because we only booked one through the ship and they had little to do with Carnival or the Pride. I was very happy with my excursions - I even enjoyed FL (no excursion - just walked around), but I was so happy to be off the boat it probably wouldn't have mattered where I was and what I was doing. I will say that booking through Carnival takes some pressure off of figuring out the logistics but the best excursion was one we booked on our own. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Staff was top notch. Everybody friendly and nice. Bar staff at casino were absolutely fantastic. Ship was very clean and well kept. Entertainment options were above average. George Lopez comedians were very good if you like honest Dirty ... Read More
Staff was top notch. Everybody friendly and nice. Bar staff at casino were absolutely fantastic. Ship was very clean and well kept. Entertainment options were above average. George Lopez comedians were very good if you like honest Dirty comedy. Other options were dance shows, bingo, and other entertainment involving getting the audience involved. Don't feel like the cruise line did a very good job of communication. Unaware of several activities I would have participated in if I would have known, including beer pong and corn hole comps. All 3 pools were small and ocean water cold. No driving range, just 9 hole putt putt. Food wasn't good! Deck 9 buffet was disappointing. Burrito, salad bar, and guy burger joint was very good. Pizza was average. Breakfast was bad, which included powdered eggs and tasteless bacon. Please stay clear of the sausage! Restaurant was also disappointing. Portions were small, and entrees were pre cooked and heated to serve. Stay away from the flank steak! Sushi joint was good, but you pay extra. Are room was a hell hole. Ac didn't work for the first 3 days. We had to keep balcony door open for any ventilation. Port days were disappointing! Orlando and Freeport were nothing unless you wanted to pay for excursion. Nassau was cool, offering beach and city touring. Overall- cruise if you want to stay drunk and socialize for 7 days. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Disclaimer: this was a free cruise that we received from my ladies cousin. Review: Overall the trip was a bust ,but this wasn't the fault of the crew or the cruise line. Guests with medical issues and of course a Cat. 5 storm that ... Read More
Disclaimer: this was a free cruise that we received from my ladies cousin. Review: Overall the trip was a bust ,but this wasn't the fault of the crew or the cruise line. Guests with medical issues and of course a Cat. 5 storm that kept us on the ship for 6 straight days. Things of note: -the crew: each and every person was helpful and friendly, and could not do enough for us. Bravo! -the ship: she's an older vessel and it shows. Ripped seats in the food area on the Lido deck, signs with room numbers rubbed off. Don't misunderstand, the boat was very clean, but shows her age. -the food: went from terrible (the pizza & "Guys Burgers" to just outstanding (David's Steakhouse) -snacks: bring all manner of snacks (cheese/crackers /nuts/popcorn, etc). -the alcohol and it's prices: very reasonable, which surprised us. Unless you REALLY pound the booze, save the cash and don't get the drink plan. Can't speak on the soda option. If you want to save even more cash, smuggle your liquor on board. Many ways to do this (do a search on Google). -the cabin: upgrade for $50.00 to a balcony room. Spend the cash and do it BEFORE you board....you can't upgrade on the day of sailing. The cabin was fine, a lot of hidden room for storage. Having a cabin without the balcony would have been hell on earth. -things to do while at sea: not much really. They push buying this or that, but that gets old very quickly. Not enough places to dance (the "disco" was too loud and obnoxious to even contemplate). We only got to dance once or twice on the entire cruise, and we love to dance! More bands with better music are needed. The piano bar with Steve was charming. -sea sickness pills: you'll need them if not used to being at sea. Pools, spa's and hot-tubs: WAY to many people means you have to pick your times to enjoy them. Use the pool and hot tubs when people are seated for the first dinner meal, the places will be yours. Also, very late in the day is a good bet as well. -water: much has been made of the quality. It was just fine, really no need to bring bottled water on board. Make sure to ask the cabin steward to give you two ice buckets of ice at the beginning and he end of the day. If anything, bring a water bottle and fill up at the fountains. If you need to flavor the water, you can bring those little bottles of flavoring, or better yet, cool-aid. -mini bar: no reason to use it...and no, the water is NOT free. I guess the best advice I can give is if you're going to do it, go all the way...play the bingo, gamble, go to the sales pitches for jewelry and art, see the comics, dance at the mambo contest, sing karaoke. What the heck...you'll never see these people again...be cheesy! Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
My DH and I sailed from Baltimore on May 24th -- we were in Balcony Cabin 6239. Our cabin was mid-ship and just off the elevators. The cabin location couldn't have been better. Cabin Service -- The cabin attendants were just ... Read More
My DH and I sailed from Baltimore on May 24th -- we were in Balcony Cabin 6239. Our cabin was mid-ship and just off the elevators. The cabin location couldn't have been better. Cabin Service -- The cabin attendants were just great. This was our first cruise so we had no idea what to expect. Our room was good size with three closets and several drawers -- enough space for luggage under the bed. Although -- wish I had brought a power stripe -- there is only one outlet in the room:) Activities: GYM -- Classes -- We wanted to work out and do spin classes while on the ship, but we missed classes for the first few days because they filled up immediately -- there are only 10 slots per day for the spin and yoga classes. If you want to do spin or yoga while on the ship, go to the gym in your first hour on the ship and sign up. Also, the spin bikes are "locked up" and can't be used other than in classes. The gym is really well equipped with treadmills, elliptical machines, weights and a hot tub. Also, bring a plastic water bottle -- the gym has a water fountain but no cups. Hasbro Game Show -- Really a fun time -- loved the energy. Beach Musical Taj Mahal-- I guess it was okay if you like "Show Tunes" type shows -- a little corny for my tastes. Casinos -- Enjoyed the slots -- won $10 bucks and quit! Seminars -- We attended a "How to Flatten your Stomach" seminar with two of the trainers. All I can say about this is -- RUN -- do not attend any of the seminars -- they are just an uninformative preliminary warm up for trying to get you to buy an expensive Algae Supplement. At the seminar they tell you to get a Body Fat analysis with the trainer at $50 -- this leads to a very heavy handled sales pitch from the trainer for a $300 Algae supplement. I didn't buy the supplements and I was really upset about wasting my time and money for a worthless Body Fat Analysis that I didn't trust. SPA -- We had a one hour couples hot stone massage that was superior. We regularly get massages and this one on the ship was perfect. We had our massage on a Sea Day and paid full price -- you can get them 1/2 price if you book for a port day. Dive in Movies -- Really nice watching a "Big" screen movie by the pool at night. FOOD -- The food was either really good or really bad. The good first -- 1. David's Steak House -- Wow -- it was really, really, really good. There is a $30 charge per person, but it is worth it. No crowds, no waiting, great seating, wonderful servers and the food is just perfect. We went two nights -- I had the Sea bass both times and my DH had the Filet Mignon both times. The second time I skipped the salad course because I wanted to have room for dessert. 2. The second best food on the ship was the Iguana Breakfast Burritos on the Lido deck -- just super. They also have a fresh toppings bar and fresh sliced fruit. 3. 24 hour pizza place on the Lido deck. The pizza is thin crust and really good -- but there is always a line . . . 4. At Sea Brunch -- Normandy Room -- good smoked salmon, bagels, pastries, eggs -- servers are cheerful and good service. 5. Room Service -- We ordered room service twice after shore excursions -- We came back to the ship tired and just wanted snacks / lunch in the room. The food didn't disappoint -- it was simple and good -- sandwiches, pizza, sushi rolls. We also ordered breakfast before the early morning Freeport excursion and it was good -- cereal, toast, fruit, coffee. The bad -- 1. Buffets on the Lido deck -- all the food is just awful. Think Golden Corral -- everything is low quality -- but there is plenty of it. 2. Dinner in the Normandy Room -- we had "Your time" seating so we would show up and wait for a table. We learned that sitting on the second floor was a bad idea -- the servers were rude and rushed -- the good servers and tables were on the third floor. We would wait for a third floor table. The food was plentiful, but low quality -- someone else compared it to Applebys and I agree. Although, the desserts were okay. Excursions: Grand Turk -- None just walked over to the Margaritaville pool -- but I wish we had done the "All you can eat and Drink" at Margaritaville Pool for $50 each -- each drink was $10 and lunch was about $25. The drinks were really good :) and i could have drank several. Half Moon Kay -- 2 hour Bike Tour -- nice tour and very informative. Freeport -- Swimming with the Dolphins. Nice Excursion -- there is a 20 minute bus ride from the ship, then a boat ride to get to the dolphin area --- the trainers were awesome and well worth the price. Pools -- these were just a crowded mass of humanity. If you want a chair by the pool, be prepared to get there by 9am. We just never wanted to get to the pool by 9am so we only went to the pool one afternoon at port -- the Adult pool area was empty at 2pm on the Half Moon Kay port day. The double pool lounger was really nice. Never did get in the hot tubs -- they were always full. Other info -- Parking -- easy at the Baltimore port. Soda -- We brought on 2 six-packs of soda per person in our carry on luggage. Also bought the Bubble program and it was well worth it. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
I left on my first cruise to the Bahamas on April 12th, I wasn't sure what to expect but it far exceeded my expectations. the crew on the ship couldn't have been any more pleasant, kind and helpful. In the main dining room we ... Read More
I left on my first cruise to the Bahamas on April 12th, I wasn't sure what to expect but it far exceeded my expectations. the crew on the ship couldn't have been any more pleasant, kind and helpful. In the main dining room we sat at Kris' s table every night. .He always treated us like we were the only ones he was waiting on..When he literally worked from morning to night. .Always knew us by our first names. .It's amazing how hard he and he's helpers worked to make us smile. ....The ship was always immaculately cleaned with all those people aboard you would think you would see dirt but we never did. The crew was absolutely amazing!!!.. On the Serenity deck I had Delvoy who served drinks with a smile. . Always there to help felt as if I gained new friends in the staff, they are the best! !!!.. Every aspect of my cruise went smoothly. I had the time of my life! !! Thank you Carnival cruise for all you did to make this cruise wonderful! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We sailed on the Pride on August 17th. It was our first cruise and certainly won't be our last. I read a ton about this ship and cruising in general... Thanks Cruise Critic!... So I felt very well prepared. Embarkation: We paid the ... Read More
We sailed on the Pride on August 17th. It was our first cruise and certainly won't be our last. I read a ton about this ship and cruising in general... Thanks Cruise Critic!... So I felt very well prepared. Embarkation: We paid the fifty bucks for Faster to the Fun. It was worth it. We sat for less than half an hour before boarding and went straight to our room. Our steward said he still had to vacuum, but was happy to let us leave our carry on luggage. The rest of our luggage arrived in minutes, except for mine. I'd packed a power bar and they'd taken it out, which delayed my suitcase's arrival. We were able to walk around and grab some food before many other people were on board. Debarkation: Our floor was scheduled to debark last at 10:50am. Because we had the Faster to the Fun, we were off second, just after the diamond and platinum group. We were in our car and on our way home by 9:30am. We had an eight hour drive home, so this alone was worth the $50! Food: The breakfast was buffet style and had a good variety. Everything from salmon and eggs benedict, made to order omelets, cereal, muffins, etc. Coffee was also really good... Thanks goodness because I'm a big coffee drinker. Lunch was just okay. It reminded me of food court food, but it fed us. Supper in the dining room was always fantastic! Great ambiance, excellent wait staff, wonderful food choices that were delicious, and not once did we have a mistake in what we ordered. But, the ultimate food on the ship was at David's Steakhouse. Seriously amazing! Yes, you pay $35/person off it, but I'm not sure I've ever had better food! Entertainment: There were numerous activities going on on the ship every day. Pool Decks: We tended to spend time with our kids on the Lido deck around the pool during the morning. There's a smoking pool area and a non-smoking pool area... Loved that because I hate the smell of smoke. We often sent our offspring to Camp Carnival for the afternoon so we could enjoy the adult only Sernenity deck and pool. We met some great people there... My favourite place on the ship. Active Fun: My kids really enjoyed the basketball court, the mini-putt, the giant chess game, and the ping pong table (despite the elderly woman who hogged one of tables and was quite nasty to every child who came anywhere near it all week long... Not cool!) Shows: There were shows every evening in the theatre room, The Taj Mahal. We saw three of them. My husband ended up participating in the first evening's show. We had to dress him up in my clothes and he went on stage like that. We all had a great laugh! The funniest is that they played it on TV many times throughout the week. He was recognized constantly... Lol! We really enjoyed the a Legends show. It was held on the last night and guests had been chosen to sing dressed up like legends. Great fun! Our favourite entertainment though were the comedians. We attended both family friendly and adult only shows... They were all hilarious. My 9 year old is still quoting parts of the comics' shows now almost a week later. Great comics!! Room: We were very lucky to score the "bowling alley" balcony. There are four rooms on the ship that are located beside the steward's supply room, so they have balconies that are three times the length of the others. I spent time out there reading every morning until the rest of my family woke up. So relaxing. Our steward cleaned our room twice a day. He always did a great job and left us the cutest animal towels... And chocolates!! We are a family of four and we had plenty of room. The only issue we had, which was not Carnival's fault, was that there was a wedding party staying in the room above us who partied one night mid-week until after four in the morning. I called twice to complain. Guest services followed up not once, but twice, afterwards to make sure things improved. I was impressed. Other then that night, our room was quiet. We all had great sleeps in their comfy beds. No complaints here! Ports: Florida: We did not get off the ship in Florida. Nassau: In Nassau, we booked our own excursion with Stuart's Cove. I'd found them on Trip Advisor. I did not have to prepay. They picked us up an hour and fifteen minutes after we arrived, at 12:15, right near the ship, and dropped us off two hours before departure at 6pm in the same spot. We snorkelled at two different reefs, which were amazing, and then went to a third spot to snorkel with reef sharks. That was something I will never forget! The excursion cost $258 total for the four of us, which was way cheaper than most Carnival excursions would cost, so I highly recommend them. Freeport: We took a taxi to the beach, which cost $14/person return. We were going to go to the marketplace and the beach at Great Lucayana, but our driver convinced us to go to Junkanoo, aka Taino, Beach. We had a good time, but it was not the greatest beach. Lots of garbage, rocks, and pushy people. I really wish we'd have stuck with our plan. Overall: Many reviews put down the Pride, but we had a fabulous time. The Rennaissance art featured many nudes, but we had laughs at them. The decor, in my opinion, was beautiful. The ship layout was easy to figure out and navigate. The staff offered to take photos or sell us drinks on Lido, but were not pushy. And, everyone was upbeat and friendly... All there to have a good time. The only, and I mean only, problem we really had all week was that guest services did not give us our wake up call on the Freeport morning. We scheduled one for 6am since we were only in port from 7-1:30 and wanted to maximize our time. I woke I'll at 7:30 and was not at all happy. I called to complain, but never heard anything more about it, which I found odd since they had checked back with us twice after the upstairs neighbours had been noisy. But, really, if that's the only complaint I have of the entire week, so what?! We had an amazing time!! Going on a cruise was a big bucket list item for me. Despite sailing during hurricane season, we had perfect weather every day. It truly couldn't have been a more prefect vacation. I've been home a day and am already looking into booking another one in early 2016. Can't wait!!   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
This was my first cruise, first time out of the country. I enjoyed the experience. We set sail for the Bahamas on May 25th, 2014. Me and my significant other stayed in cabin 5107 on the upper deck/ deck 5. We also had company staying in ... Read More
This was my first cruise, first time out of the country. I enjoyed the experience. We set sail for the Bahamas on May 25th, 2014. Me and my significant other stayed in cabin 5107 on the upper deck/ deck 5. We also had company staying in room 5115- my significant other's best friend and brother. I would highly recommend going with friends, because if its just you and your other half- its going to be a little boring, especially if your 18-28 years of age. So in this review I will start out with my likes then my dislikes of the Carnival Pride: LIkes: -The normandie restaurant dinners were every elegant and they have different items to choose from every night. They also had two formal nights where cruisers would have to dress up in formal attire in order to be seated and dine in the restaurant. - The show were very entertaining, sometimes I found myself so engaged in the entertainment that I forgot I was even on a ship! - The interactive channel on the TV was very helpful. With the press of a button you can view your latest purchases on your Sail and Sign Account right in the comfort of your own cabin. - Our steward, who's name was Gusti. He was very nice always made sure we had everything we needed and he was always smiling. - Room Service was very prompt and always had my orders just the way I liked it. - The Lido Deck/ Deck 9 was always a great atmosphere, everyone was eating and happy all the time. The had a great variety of food from different cultures which all tasted great! - The locals in the Bahamas were very welcoming and friendly. We took a tour (not booked through the cruise line) with a local whom they affectionately called "Uncle Sammy". He was very nice, and every knowledgeable about the Bahamas. He took us to the Parliament of the Bahamas, the Prime Minister's office, he took us to two different beaches, the infamous Atlantis resort and we even stopped for a sample of rum cake made by a local shop. It was an exciting experience. Dislikes: - Smoking in the casino (I absolutely hated walking threw there). - The waiters at the events were too persistent on trying to get you to buy a drink. Also if you did by a drink they would sometimes get it wrong. Yes we all are human but, it happened all too frequently. A lot of people got upset when they were brought the wrong drink and the waiter hands then a piece of paper requesting their signature. I recall one older gentleman saying "I'll sign it when you bring me the right drink!" - Beauties Night Club (hated it) Maybe because I'm not a club person, but it sometimes gets "rated R" in there. -The disembarking process. Put it like this, they told us they wanted us out of the rooms at 8:30 AM. We were suppose to dock at 9:00AM. Our pick up ride arrived at the pick up location at 9:00AM, waiting outside for us until 11:00AM. While passing through the terminal, I over heard one of the security radios say "Its almost 11:00AM we still have 900 onboard." Wow! Good thing, we live about 45 minutes from Baltimore. I think they could have done a better job in that aspect. -On the last sea day, they put that boat in over drive. The boat was moving very fast, I thought i was going to be sick, it made me very uncomfortable even though the first six days were great because i never had motion sickness. I recall going to the Normandie Restaurant and just felt like barfing. Glasses were vibrating tables shaking, while leaving the restaurant I remember holding on to something with every step I took, making sure I kept my balance. But overall I had a great time on the Carnival Pride. I do plan on going again later on in the year or the following year. It was a great experience as a first time cruiser. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
This was my first cruise my wife and I had ever been on, so we didn't really have any expectations when we were boarding. I was very impressed with how huge the ship was and all the things to do during the sea days. We were really ... Read More
This was my first cruise my wife and I had ever been on, so we didn't really have any expectations when we were boarding. I was very impressed with how huge the ship was and all the things to do during the sea days. We were really never board, really enjoyed the trivia contests and other small games, and the piano bar was simply the BEST! I was shocked at how few people were there, sometimes it was just my wife and I getting to request all the songs we wanted, tons of fun! The food was pretty disappointing, especially the normal everyday food at dinner, like the steak and chicken dishes, they were virtually inedible. The specials were better, but even then, I think they could do much better. We met multiple couples who have been a lots of cruises on the Pride and they said this was the worst food they have had, so perhaps the ship was having an off week or something. Also, do not even bother going to the "high tea" afternoon they have during sea days, it was horrible and a complete waste of time. You only got one cup of tea and by the time the mediocre tea cakes came around the tea was gone or cold by then, and you didn't get any more. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
Our family of five traveled 3/23-3/30. Weather was NOT good and waves were challenging. Ports were as expected and I didn't expect much. Lessons learned? 1. Port Canaveral - rent a car (in advance) if your party is large. Probably ... Read More
Our family of five traveled 3/23-3/30. Weather was NOT good and waves were challenging. Ports were as expected and I didn't expect much. Lessons learned? 1. Port Canaveral - rent a car (in advance) if your party is large. Probably hit the space center (Kennedy?) for the day. Just do it on your own - again if you have a larger party. 2. Nassau - we scuba dove at Stuart's Cove. Excellent all around. Complimentary shuttle service worked fine with ship's arrival time of 11a and pick-up at 11:45a. Saved a ton of money from the ship's trip planned for Freeport. Would do this again! (There was oil on top of the water and some of us got a nasty coating which cleaned up with rubbing alcohol.) Sea turtles, other aquatic life, and interesting structures in clear water were great. Staff was very, very good. 3. Freeport - nothing much to do. Spent money to get to a beach but the shuttle wait times were long and time-on-the-beach was too short. Again - the weather was poor. SOME OF THE FREEPORT EXCURSIONS were cancelled due to the wind and waves. Snorkeling was cancelled though SCUBA was still on - I think. 4. Sea days? Nice but cold. Good entertainment in comedy club and Taj Mahal. Should have taken more advantage of the Pride band - excellent vocalist and players. 5. Wait staff and housekeeping? Also excellent. Enjoyed our interactions with all of them and the towel animals delighted us all. 6. Price of beer? Ridiculous. We took two bottles of wine (one per adult) on board and ordered a wine package for dinner each night. It was fun to select different wines and the bottle was enjoyed by three adults at dinner. 7. Décor? Interesting. My high-school aged boys (16, 18) found the naked ladies (and men) amusing. My 14 y/o daughter was a bit horrified and embarrassed by them. My husband thought the entire ship was gorgeous - renaissance type. Since I didn't have to cook or clean I found the ship absolutely delightful. 8. I'd choose the Pride again but probably not the same itinerary. Not much to be found at the ports of call as noted above. But leaving out of Baltimore was accessible (coming from Ohio). Wonderful fellow guests helped to make the trip truly enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
We are a Disney-loving family but wanted to try something different for our vacation this year. We are used to the frenetic pace of the theme parks and the top-notch service of a Disney vacation. This time, we thought we'd try ... Read More
We are a Disney-loving family but wanted to try something different for our vacation this year. We are used to the frenetic pace of the theme parks and the top-notch service of a Disney vacation. This time, we thought we'd try relaxing for a change! We chose Carnival despite the eye-rolling of experienced cruisers and the under-enthusiastic advice of our travel agent. The price, though, was very attractive and, as newbies to the cruising world, we didn't have predetermined expectations. Baltimore was our port-of-choice simply because we could drive there (9 hours from home in Ontario) and we wanted to do some sightseeing in Washington D.C. before the cruise. We are so glad we did! Capital Hill was beautiful and the Smithsonian museums were amazing (and free!). We will have to revisit Washington another time. The port in Baltimore was easy to navigate and we had Faster to the Fun so we had special (shorter!) lines that the multitudes in the terminal. The ship was late coming in and, therefore, we had to wait quite a while. Carnival had sent emails to all guests to inform them of the delay but we didn't have any access to our email while in Washington so we didn't get the message. It didn't really matter and we were on the ship around 3:30. We didn't start sailing until after 6. It hadn't occurred to us that there would be hoards of college students on their Spring Break. I would strongly suggest to families that Carnival would not be a good choice at this time of year. There was A LOT of young partiers living it up and consuming A LOT of alcohol. We enjoyed the pool and deck areas early in the day while the college crowd was still sleeping off the night before. We were pleasantly surprised by the quality (and quantity!) of the food. There was something to please everyone and our children loved the Mermaid's Grill. The pizza was truly a highlight and the frozen yogurt machine was a big hit. Our meals in the MDR were very good and we purchased the basic wine package before our cruise. We would do that again. The service of the crew was excellent. Our MDR server, Maria, treated our family very well and she sure works hard. Our room steward, Ada, was also excellent, friendly and hard-working. Around the ship there were maintenance people everywhere cleaning and sprucing up the ship. We saw each of the nightly shows and were impressed by the quality of the productions. We played trivia games and name-that-tune games. The karaoke got a little annoying but others must have enjoyed it. There were a few quiet little nooks perfect for some book time. We rented a car through Thrifty for our day at Kennedy Space Center. We had always wanted to visit and we're glad we did. We saved a lot of money not booking through Carnival. In Nassau we had previously arranged a Bahama Boat Tour. The weather was not ideal and we weren't able to do the tubing portion of the afternoon but we snorkeled, toured some of the scenery, spent some time on a Rose Island, saw sea turtles and had a very pleasant afternoon in the capable hands of Captain Danny. I would recommend this tour to families who wish some quiet time away from alcohol-consuming college students (i.e. Booze Cruise!). Our cabins (1257 and 1263) were small but functional. We can't complain about the price so we're happy with what we had. We did, however, wonder what our experience would have been with a balcony or even an ocean view. Our two youngest children (ages 11 and 13) didn't want to participate in the kids' clubs and had a great time with the amenities available (mini-golf, swimming, basketball, waterslide) but my eldest son (15) enjoyed some time with in Club O2. The weather during our cruise wasn't very lovely and we didn't spend as much time in warm sunshine as we'd hoped. Sailing from Baltimore, we knew that we'd have to wait a while before getting nicer temperatures, but even our day in Florida wasn't hot. That, of course, is the risk of sailing from a cold-weather port and we knew that might be the case. Overall, I am glad that we gave cruising a try as a family vacation. We have some wonderful memories to cherish. I would even say that we'd cruise Carnival again but we absolutely would pick a different time of year. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
My first cruise and alltough a little scared about being our in the middle of the sea, I managed to plan a 1 week get a way with my fiance. ( he proposed while on the ship **tears**) The cruise was nothing like I would have imagined. The ... Read More
My first cruise and alltough a little scared about being our in the middle of the sea, I managed to plan a 1 week get a way with my fiance. ( he proposed while on the ship **tears**) The cruise was nothing like I would have imagined. The crew was amazing! They did a meet and great with all passengers and it was normal to see them mingle and talk with the passengers. The entertainment was great! I loved every show I saw. From the comedians to the singers to the bands to the dancers! The only downfalls on this cruise was that there were so many things to do on the ship that the entertainers did not pack house. Sometimes only performing to a limited crowd. But that didnt stop them from giving us few people their best! I especially LOVED Consuela IVY! This woman gave me goose bumps during her performance! She was very interactive with the crowd! I was so sad when her one hour show came to an end! He song choices and stories behind each song made the show even more special. The food was out of this world! Unlimited buffet and it was soooo good! There were a few selected areas open 24 hours. You cant complain because the food was still so good! Whatever you want to eat? They got it. My fiance and I cancelled our $35 5 course steak house reservation because the Normandy dining hall dinner was so delicious! Why pay for a steak dinner when the Dinner provided food just as good. No sandals or shorts or tees? That is not enforced. They recommend this but not enforced. My fiance and I wore our best along with allot of other guest but you had your handful of people who were dining in shorts and sandals. Our dinner experince at the Normandy was above great! Waiters put on a performance once a night. I was able to capture a video of waiters dancing to Apple Bottom Jeans! It was great! They danced. Guests got up and danced with them! I loved the atmosphere! That night was very memorable! Breakfast buffets are out of this world! You have at least 5 stations open for breakfast! Anything you could possibly want for breakfast? It is served! Unlimited coffee and juice all day. $1.95 per soda. which is not included with your tickets. Unlimited royalty treatment from all the waiters. You have a sip left in your drink? They are there with your next one! I loved it! I was so spolied that when I came home, I was really missing the treatment. The place is clean and beautiful. You could literally eat off the floor, even in the ladies room. I mean literally. I have never seen bathrooms so clean! Our balcony view was beautiful! Our room was great! Our room was cleaned twice a day. Eddie was the person in charge of our 5th floor. My fiance and I struck up conversations through our stay with him and he was so helpful in everything we asked. He was THE BEST! Such a beautiful person he is. We never needed to ask him for anything because we didnt need anything. Our room was fully stock, perfect and clean! My cruise was the BOMB! We are already talking about next years cruise! My only pet peeve with the PRIDE is that there should really be a 35 and over section. On the pride there was an 18+ section called SERENITY with a pool and jacuzzi but you could not get to relax in that section because it was over runned by spring breakers as well as teens. I know alot of them were not over 18. They do not check for ID so what was stopping them from going in. Being that it was mainly all 18 thru 23 year olds, there was allot of immaturity on that part of the boat. My fiance and I could not even relax on that part of the boat. 40 minute rule if you leave your chair unattended then your things can be removed.........not inforced! at all! A few youngsters drinking on the cruise and being rude sometimes was the down fall with the springbreakers. Not all of them, just a few. No manners. No respect. With no parents or authority with them, they were letting loose! This cruise was all about partying and it was FUN! Besides the few ignorant youngsters on the cruise I had a great time! I will definitely cruise with carnival again! I had so much fun that a co-worker is now thinking about taking a cruise this summer! and to all the hot girls walking around in their skimpy bikini's.....Thank You ☺ (eye candy) my fiance really enjoyed that! haha especially the 4 girls who were playing beer pong and we just happened to be sitting right where they set up. He had his lunch and 4 asses! It was all in fun.....we talk about it still and laugh -the girls were very respectable. ☺ thank you for making his lunch that day a little bit more special. haha Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
This was by far the best vacation experience my sweetheart and I have had! We left the snow of the Northeast on a Sunday afternoon and never looked back. First of all, be sure to get the "Faster to the Fun" for $49.99. The cost ... Read More
This was by far the best vacation experience my sweetheart and I have had! We left the snow of the Northeast on a Sunday afternoon and never looked back. First of all, be sure to get the "Faster to the Fun" for $49.99. The cost covers the entire traveling party and it is better than a FastPass at Disney. The Pride was a magnificent vessel. The customer service was lights out from the moment we stepped into the terminal until we got off. Our cabin was fantastic and we will never sail again without a balcony. The views are breathtaking and it allowed for some very relaxing moments. The ship had many activities and our photo even ended up on the Wall of Fame from the first elegant night dinner. The steakhouse was well-worth the $35 per person. We are big Ruth's Chris fans, among other nice steakhouses and this one ranks in the top 5. The waitstaff was very attentive and they don't start your next course until you are almost done with the previous one. Everything was tasty and hot off the grill. Our ports of call were Port Canaveral, Nassau and Freeport. I would suggest renting a car in Port Canaveral and making the 1-hour drive to Orlando yourself. We paid 50 bucks for our rental and had a great time. I personally wouldn't pay the almost 200 bucks for the theme park excursion. Freeport is way nicer than Nassau and the locals are less aggressive in the market. We had a blast, enjoyed many tours and drinks and our final bill was about $700.00 including pictures. Be sure to pack a power strip because outlets are very limited and don't forget bottled water and a 12-pack of Coke or juice. The only free drinks were water and diabetes-inducing lemonade :)... We are searching for our next trip already!   Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
My best friend and I were very excited to go on our first cruise. Embarkation was a breeze, we got there around 11:00 and we were on the ship by 1:30, I didn't think that was too bad. We were able to go straight to our balcony room, ... Read More
My best friend and I were very excited to go on our first cruise. Embarkation was a breeze, we got there around 11:00 and we were on the ship by 1:30, I didn't think that was too bad. We were able to go straight to our balcony room, which was bigger than we thought it would be. Lots of space for our clothes, makeup, hair essentials, etc. The downfall to our room we figured out on the first night was that we were under the Lido Deck on the right side of the ship, just under the doors to the serenity area. EVERY NIGHT around midnight - two a.m. we heard loud banging noises. It would cease around two a.m. and then start back up around 5:00 a.m. We later learned that it was either drunk people up in the Serenity area and/or the crew setting up and taking down for the buffet. We got very little sleep. We did say something to the crew and they offered to move us, but this was after 4 days at sea and it would have been a huge Pain the A$$ to repack the room and unpack. My biggest issue is that we can't possibly have been the only ones to complain about this, the ship is 11-12 years old, they could simply remedy the issue by insulating above the rooms in that area instead of a tile floor... Dining - the buffet was awful. The food was bland or just plain bad. The desserts looked pretty, but were tasteless. The dinner dining was better and our server for most of the time, Charonet, gave us excellent service, was very friendly and attentive. The bar waiter, Sherrylane, was also very friendly, however both seemed tired and overworked. The food for dinner was better, the soups were always good. The flat iron steak was cooked very well. However the seafood lacked in flavor and were not well descriptive on the menu with one meal stating it was a shrimp and scallops meal and when it came out it was mostly mussels. There was no mention of mussels in the description and I would not have ordered if there was. Drink Package - We bought the drink package, which was expensive and not necessarily worth it for us as you would have to drink 6-10 drinks a day for it to be worth it. However this was our fault as we were told that drinks cost $10-12 each drink, but in fact were only $5.95 for beer or well drinks and $8.95-10.95 for specialty drinks. Bars/lounges - we spent most of our time at the lobby lounge and a BIG SHOUT OUT to Surjeet and Louis! Loved, loved loved them and they made our cruise bearable! Very attentive and always made sure when we were drinking a lot to remind us to drink water every so often to make sure we did not get too much of a hangover the next day. Very friendly...but again overworked..Come on Carnival, even your employees deserve days and time off! Entertainment - the comedy shows were excellent. The Taj Mahal shows were mediocre to just plain bad. The female lead sang off key most of the time and/or just too loud. Only went to two shows because I couldn't handle it. The lounge singers, Paul and Brian (Jimbo) were great and very interactive with the bar guests. We loved listening and getting to know them, and loved the fact that they did take requests, even if they didn't know all the words. Was looking forward to the Piano Bar, but the Piano guy got sick, so never got that experience. The fact that we had high winds in two of our ports and our activities were cancelled was not Carnivals fault, however still disappointing. I highly recommend the Toano beach and lunch activity in Freeport. Beautiful private beach and great food and friendly staff. Pools/Hot Tubs - the pools were cold and so were the hot tubs for most of the trip. The ones that were working had so many people in them you couldn't sit in them even if you wanted to. The one day we got in the Serenity pool, it turned my friends white bathing suit yellow...gross. Casino area - should have completely separate rooms for smoking and non smoking...I'm a former smoker and it bothered me to have so much smoke swirling around me, normally I am not sensitive to this. Very very bad.. The decor was humorous and definitely NOT for a family friendly cruise...naked people touching themselves is not what children need to see. All in all the cruise was very disappointing, especially for our first cruise with nothing else to go by. Several people we talked to who were veteran cruisers said this was a bad cruise ship and to not let it be the judge whether we go on another cruise. I will however not cruise out of Baltimore again, nor will I cruise on Carnival 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
We had a wonderful time on our cruise. I read all the reviews and did all the research before we left and came to one conclusion. Its your vacation if you choose to have a bad time you will. We had a great time sure the ship needs to be ... Read More
We had a wonderful time on our cruise. I read all the reviews and did all the research before we left and came to one conclusion. Its your vacation if you choose to have a bad time you will. We had a great time sure the ship needs to be updated and the rooms don't have flat screens but we weren't at home we didn't have dishes to do ,clothes to fold or meals to make and we were to busy to watch t.v. . We had a great time the food was great better than anything I've had or could cook myself the wait staff went above and beyond for anything we wanted and more. We didn't meet our room stewart until day 3 but we didn't need to ask him anything he did everything he needed to do without being asked. The shows were great except the trumpet player show which we just left in the middle of nobody made us stay we weren't forced to do anything we didn't want to which goes back to my original statement its your vacation do what you want. We will cruise again with Carnival hopefully on the same ship before it leaves Baltimore. You can book your cruise with confidence that any vacation land or sea can be great or horrible its up to you . Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
This was my wife and I's honeymoon and first cruise and it was amazing. Priceline gave us a hotel discount and we stayed right downtown near the aquarium, which looked amazing and we instantly decided we should come back with the ... Read More
This was my wife and I's honeymoon and first cruise and it was amazing. Priceline gave us a hotel discount and we stayed right downtown near the aquarium, which looked amazing and we instantly decided we should come back with the kids, Baltimore is a great downtown. Our first night on the ship we went to Davids Steakhouse the first night and were treated to a complimentary bottle of wine with one of the most amazing meals I've had in my life. I felt like I was in a movie or something with how the food was artfully presented. The rest of the cruise we ate in the Normandy restaurant where we tended to order at least 3 appetizers to sample the fares that are much fancier then what shows up in our household. The portions do seem small but the staff always encouraged us to order whatever and however much of whatever we wanted. There is always the buffet to select from as well, and lines were never really that bad at any time to get the food. My wife and I didn't try the pizza till the last day when it was the only thing left open and were blown away at some of the best hand tossed pizza we've ever had. The decor of the ship is out of this world, in some of the pictures we had seen it appeared as though it might be tacky but it really wasn't. This is after all a ship so the surroundings were just extra treatments that let us know we were on some serious vacationing. There are lots of windows and we never felt claustrophobic or trapped which my wife was a little worried about. As it was our honeymoon we booked a room at the aft of the ship, cabin 4232, standard 185 sq ft. layout with extended balcony. We were right near the flag but they only fly it while in port so it never bothered us really, Cabin service was amazing, our steward was seen very frequently and always greeted us by name with a smile. We took a gel air freshener for the bathroom but it wasn't really smelly to begin with, it could have been. Our bed was nice and firm and the blankets comfortable. There really wasn't much noise except for the sound of the slamming door to the balcony from our neighbors. Shower water pressure was good and the hot never ran out. We didn't do any of the excursions. We stayed on the boat while in Port Canaveral where my wife got a discount on a spa package and I lounged around the Serenity pool sipping pina coladas. In Nassau we forged our own excursion starting with getting drinks because you can walk around with them, then we headed to the Queens Staircase and the ruins of the forts left over from the pirate days. Really for the history buffs, there isn't much to do beyond take in the historical significance of the site and stand on the same ground. We took a cab back towards the port where the driver pointed out some notable sites and dropped us off at the straw market where we strolled around for souvenirs before grabbing another cab to a local recommended local eatery for a taste of the conch we had heard about. The cabby dropped us off at a little hut like building in a row of hut like eating places, I was instantly worried about the Bahamas version of Montezuma's Revenge but the fried conch they served was amazing and washed down well with a local brewed Kalik beer. It was then time to head back to the boat, we left plenty of time to stroll back so I went ahead and took up the offer to purchase a few most likely bogus cuban cigars, they were still a good smoke while lounging on the private balcony we had. We also walked by the pirate museum but didn't end up going in, I think it was closing up by that point but it looked to be as much store as museum. We got off in Freeport and grabbed a cab to a beach, but to be honest the port call is pretty short and by the time the cabby filled the van to capacity and dropped us off at the destination, it was only just enough time to walk 20-30 minutes to the beach, get our feet wet in the water and take a few pictures and it was time to head right back to the boat. There is shopping right off the boat in Freeport we could've gotten souvenirs from. Freeport seemed mostly industrial until you got to the resort areas which were not at all near the docks. We had no problems getting on or off the ship, they are pretty proficient at moving the crowds through the security and back onto the boat, even when checking in the duty free rum purchases. Entertainment on the boat was really good but they can get crowded. The show schedule does repeat shows so there is more opportunities to catch them, but we did catch a stand up act and one of the main performances standing against a wall. I particularly like the stand up and if you sit in the front rows you will probably end up part of the act. There is almost always a band playing at any one of the bars and lounges. Even dining in the Normandy is entertaining as they tend to do a little song and dance number each evening that was always endearing. Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
Embarkation- Embarkation was well-organized and simple. We arrived, dropped off our luggage, checked in, sat for maybe ten minutes in the waiting area, and then boarded the boat! Just a tip- your Sail and Sign card is your life on the ... Read More
Embarkation- Embarkation was well-organized and simple. We arrived, dropped off our luggage, checked in, sat for maybe ten minutes in the waiting area, and then boarded the boat! Just a tip- your Sail and Sign card is your life on the ship... you get it when you check in, and it is attached to your debit/credit card. I would highly recommend getting a lanyard that holds your card in a sleeve so that you have it with you at all times. Cabin- We were on deck 6, and it was confusing at first to navigate our way around the ship. We wandered around and around on deck 6 until we finally figured out that the odd numbered rooms are all on one side and the even numbered rooms are on the other. Our cabin had a balcony and was much bigger than I expected! It had a couch, a queen bed, and a decent-size bathroom. I also really liked the vanity mirror and seat located in the main room so one person could shower and the other could put on makeup, do hair, etc. The balcony was 100% worth the extra money. It was beautiful, and it gave your own private view of the ocean. Dining- There are lots of options for what and where to eat on the Pride. Our main dining room was Normandie, and we chose the dining where you could pick when you wanted to go. That worked out great for us because we didn't have to rush if we were in the middle of something. Those with set times got to know their individual waiters and waitresses, which we did not in our dining since we had a different set of servers each night. (They work in teams of three, so you have three different people who wait on you on the Pride). All of the servers were good except for one night when we had a man named Clement who clearly was having difficulty mastering being a waiter. The ironic part was that on two of the nights, the waiters/waitresses break out into a dance, and although Clement didn't do well with being a waiter, he sure got into dancing! He was grinding on an old woman and working the pole! The food itself is varied. There are several "everyday" selections, like steak and chicken, that you can order any time (especially if you don't like the regular menu for that day), but then there are about seven dishes that are on "daily menu." The daily menu has some unusual choices, many of which contain seafood, and this can be a problem if you don't like seafood (which I do not). However, the BEST foods we had were beef stroganoff (delicious) and BMC (bacon mac and cheese with grilled chicken). I also HIGHLY recommend the warm chocolate melting cake dessert, which they have every day as an option. It is AMAZING. I would also HIGHLY recommend trying David's Steakhouse if you have a little extra money you can spend. IT is $39.99 per person, but it is a four-course meal, and it is just delicious and a nice change of pace from the regular dining hall. I got filet mignon and a chocolate taster sampler for dessert... yum. Another option if you don't want to eat in the main dining room is Mermaid's. Mermaid's has a variety of buffet-style foods, like deli, Asian, and pizza. On the Lido deck (deck 9), there is also a grill where you can get burgers, hotdogs, and chicken fingers. (Kids seemed to gravitate toward this and the pizza). Entertainment- The cruise director, Josh, and the assistant, nicknamed "Sassy" were great. They were approachable and fun... they seemed to be EVERYWHERE on the ship! The comedians, especially Anthony Acosta and Smiley Joe Wiley, were entertaining... for the over 18 shows anyway. The shows? Well, honestly, I was not impressed with any except one that was obviously well-choreographed called Vroom! The other shows were below average and not that interesting. The male singer did not have a great voice, and with only two singers on board, that was kind of disappointing. Lots of people played BINGO and did karaoke... we did not. There is a lot to do on the ship, but don't feel like you have to kill yourself to do it all. Pick what you WANT to do, and make time to relax, too. Decor- I will say that I have read other reviews about the "European" decor on the ship that features some nudity... and it is true. You kind of forget about it after a while, but I could see how little kids would be taken aback by it at first. There is a totally nude statue of David in David's Restaurant (of course), that I thought could use a fig leaf in a strategic place... but other than that, it wasn't too big of a deal. Excursions- In Grand Turk, we did the Coast to Coast Safari. It gave us a chance to see the beauty and, at times, poverty of Turks and Caicos. Definitely a good way to see the island. We simply enjoyed the beach in Half Moon Cay, and that was great. The water was crystal clear blue, and as a person who fears sharks, I was shocked that I felt safe going out into the water. It literally felt like a swimming pool! In Freeport, we did the Dolphin Encounter. It was so much fun, and I was kissed by a dolphin! Again, I am scared of such things, but the trainers made you feel comfortable with the dolphins. The only drawback was that the excursion was late getting out and we got back to the ship a mere 15 minutes before it was set to leave! I was sad that I didn't have time to look in the straw market shops. I would have liked more time in Freeport. Overall- Although I wish we could have spent more time in Freeport (Bahamas), the trip was enjoyable overall. I took one Dramamine (less drowsy) each morning, and I had no problems with sea sickness. If you go on the Pride, you will enjoy yourself. Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
This was my first ever cruise, so I have nothing to compare to except my own expectations. Embarkation: This went quite quickly and easy. Although once onboard it was quite overwhelming, but we found the lido deck and enjoyed some lunch ... Read More
This was my first ever cruise, so I have nothing to compare to except my own expectations. Embarkation: This went quite quickly and easy. Although once onboard it was quite overwhelming, but we found the lido deck and enjoyed some lunch until our room was available The Room: We had an inside cabin, no window, no balcony. I felt it was quite spacious and roomy, plus lots of storage space. Our room was always very clean and the attendants were great bringing us ice when ours would melt. Our first morning aboard we accidentally slept in until 11 a.m., which we blamed on having no outdoor light whatsoever. I felt the beds were quite comfortable, never had a problem falling asleep. The Ship: The ship was exactly as described in all the reviews I'd read. I was not offended by any of it, did have a previous cruiser comment to me that he thought the darkness kept people from loosening up early on. Navigating the ship was fairly easy after about day 3. I felt all the staff was wonderful, rarely did anyone pass by without a smile. Dining: I did feel navigating the lido deck was a bit difficult with all the different food stations. I'd see something on someones plate yet never be able to find it. The food was fine, nothing over the top but pretty much what you would expect from anyplace that is serving that many people. I personally loved the pizza station! The pizza was always fresh, my only complaint would be one evening I was hungry for some later in the evening and it was closed, which was confusing since it was to be open 24 hours. We had a specific dining time and it was wonderful. The food was good with lots of choices. It was nice to be a bit adventurous if you chose (I didn't). The worst thing I had in the dining room was the pumpkin pie, it was like no pie I had ever had. Our waitress I believe Beatrice, was absolutely wonderful, she remembered our names after day one and was always stopping by to see if we needed anything. Excursions: Being a first timer we were clueless and had heard you could rent a car in Cape Canaveral which we had intended to do but couldn't see really anything when leaving boat, so we asked people at the port that were standing around and they said we could take a cab to airboat ride. The lady was very accommodating and the signs were up saying $6 per person to beach so we didn't think to much of it and decided to go ahead. BEWARE the cab ride ended up costing us almost $150.00 round trip for about a 20 min ride to and fro and the cab drives jokes about being in the middle of nowhere and psychos were NOT funny. I will say the airboat ride at Midway was fabulous! Nassau we did the Atlantis tour with beach pass, would I do it again, no. We were sent outside to wait but noone told us where to go after that, we ended up following the others with the same arm band. Our bus driver to Atlantis was great and went over some of the history with us. I agree with another review in that you are in a crowd of a ton of people and the guide is going over where you can and can't go and pointing out different things and unless you are right beside him, you will have no clue what he is saying. the aquariums were nice, the beach area was very crowded. The places you were allowed to use your food voucher at were had very long lines and you had a very limited choice on what you could get. Freeport we just went to the straw market where all the shops pretty much had the same things. Entertainment: The pools were great on port days if you arrived back on board early because you could actually find a chair and room in the pool. We went to two of the dancer shows. The first one was great the second one turned us off from going to anymore. Hit the comedy club which was good but crowded. Some of the daytime going ons were hard to locate and even harder to get a view of they would be so crowded. The piano bar was the best!! The bartender there I believe Prem... and Roger were great!! Had so much fun there! Other than that I felt the entertainment was lacking. The nightclub with the exception of an hour maybe a night played only hiphop that seemed to appeal only to those in the 18-25 bracket. There seemed to be no nightlife if you weren't into hiphop or the casino because everything else shut down by 12:30. Disembarkation: I wasn't looking forward to this part but it was actually very painless and orderly. Would definitely go another cruise and even on the pride (esp. since I now know my way around) I had a great time overall and thank the crew for that! Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
Just returned from a 7 night cruise (left May 26) out of Baltimore on the Carnival Pride. I was traveling with my boyfriend - my first cruise ever, his first on Carnival. We are in our early 20s and work in DC, so Baltimore was a cheap and ... Read More
Just returned from a 7 night cruise (left May 26) out of Baltimore on the Carnival Pride. I was traveling with my boyfriend - my first cruise ever, his first on Carnival. We are in our early 20s and work in DC, so Baltimore was a cheap and easy port to sail from. We had an excellent experience!Embarkation was a breeze, it could not have taken more than 20 minutes. Very well-organized. We had a room with a balcony which was great. The room and bathroom were small but that is to be expected. Ladies beware, Carnival provides shampoo but not conditioner! Our steward Rosario was friendly and kept the room extremely tidy, even lining up our sandals when we were too lazy. He went above and beyond! We also loved the cruise director, Kirk and his many sidekicks (Sassy, Robin, Saul). They are visible all cruise long, whether they are hosting events or you just happen to catch them Saul dancing to Lady Gaga onstage by the pool. It was really fun to have them around and get to know them a little. Make sure you tune in (and call into!) the morning show on the cabin TV. Extremely funny, definitely a cruise highlight for us. The ship itself is nice and clean, the pools and waterslide get crowded of course but if you have a go with the flow attitude you'll have a good time. People complaining about the decor seem pretty silly to me. There are many nude portraits, but if your kids truly can't handle that, a two minute talk should do the trick...?The food was, of course, plentiful! I wasn't blown away by the quality necessarily, but it was good. Lots of options. Make sure you check out the 24-hour Pizza Pirate station on the Lido deck, the lines are long but it's the best lunch or late night snack on the ship, in my opinion. (And be extra courteous to whoever is making your pizza - they work crazy hard!). We switched to the later dining option after two nights because it worked better for us, the maitre d' was very accommodating. Dinners were yummy! We never tried David's, the Normandie was delicious and fun enough that we didn't feel we needed to drop any more money.Activities on the ship were pretty constant and fun. Make sure to go to the Ivory Bar, we found ourselves going back to the rotating piano singalongs every night. The shows aren't Broadway caliber of course, but they are corny and silly and fun. We tried Bingo once (it costs extra) and lost, but the jackpots get pretty high. Carry around your Fun Times and participate! That really made our cruise. The late night comedy shows in the Punchliner were pretty good, worth checking out. The TV in your stateroom plays footage from your cruise on loop which can be pretty hilarious to watch at the end of the night. The nightclub, Beauties, was more or less just a DJ and a dance floor, we only went once and briefly. The casino has some pretty addicting arcade-like games that we got a bit hooked on so be careful. Slots and roulette were also fun. Another pro-tip: if you're drinking get the big Foster's cans, you get more bang for your buck! The gym is really nice too, and usually pretty empty.The ports of call ranged from OK to great. Cape Canaveral is pretty meh. We had no interest in going to the theme parks (which are one hour away), so we took a $6 shuttle (not through Carnival) to Cocoa Beach. Kind of a gross beach, and not much to do, but we had fun anyway. Nassau is great, we did the Atlantis Aquaventure full day excursion and had a total blast. Freeport is fine too, you're only there for the morning and there's a bunch of little flea market shops right by the ship and a Senor Frogs, so you can spend the morning wandering. We didn't buy an excursion and were glad we didn't.One thing I have to recommend is the art auctions - but, only go if you are wise enough not to actually buy anything. They kind of seem like a scam but it's amusing to watch a "real" auction and drink the free champagne. Again though, buyer beware! Do some research on Park West gallery before you go. And of course, never spend money on art in international waters without a smartphone to check out what you're buying (a no-brainer, you would think, but you'll see people drop a lot of money). It's entertaining to say the least.Debarkation took a while but they put out breakfast and you can more or less lounge anywhere while you wait for them to call your "zone" off the ship, so we had a relaxed attitude and just enjoyed some coffee and some reading in the sun before it was time for vacation to truly end.All in all we had a really fun week on the Pride! Participate, even in the goofy stuff. You'll be glad you did. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
Overall - we are very happy with the cruise. We would cruise again. We don't have a comparison as this was our first cruise, but since I read and researched a lot, I knew exactly what I was getting into. I promised myself to write a ... Read More
Overall - we are very happy with the cruise. We would cruise again. We don't have a comparison as this was our first cruise, but since I read and researched a lot, I knew exactly what I was getting into. I promised myself to write a review so it may benefit others and so here it goes... It was Spring Break (March 25 thro March 29) and we booked this cruise way back in September 2012, and also availed for some price protection scheme. We booked thru Expedia. Paid about $3600 for 2 adults and 2 kids for a Ext-Balcony, mid ship.Not sure if it is a good deal or not. Will appreciate feedback for future references. I think we were a little over packed (thanks to the reviews and growing list of things), but guess it was Ok. There was enough room and more in the closets. Embarkation and Rooms- The ship was full and so was the line to embark. We were asked to show up between 1.30 and 3.30 and we were inside the ship closer to 3.30..to find our room ready and neat. The balcony was an awesome addition. Our bags arrived by 4.30 pm. Most people were friendly, most with kids and grand parents. There were some uptight white folks who were cribbing most times, seemed a little unfriendly too, but on this cruise Uptight would need to go outside. Service - The room stewards cleaned up I think 2-3 times a day and took pride in their services. At the end, i felt they were all overworked and tired. They get no vacation and they do this back to back each week for 7-9 months. Felt like the bonded labor days are back. I really hope they get remunerated well. We tipped each one very well, over the mandatory $11 per day/per person. Also, it seemed like each crew member had several duties to perform...example - Dancers were also ushers or excursion booking people. Food - The Normandie/MDR food was pretty good. I liked the selections each night and loved the desserts. Breakfast and Lunch was at the Lido Deck and was boring....seemed very standard after day 2. And was very crowded. I didn't like the fact that on Saturday ( we disembark on Sun), lunch buffet closes at 2 instead of 3. Since it was crowded, most people held on/saving their tables, which didn't seem like a big deal. I think I prefer the sit down set up, over the buffet set up. Cleanliness/kitchen - I am not sure. After day 2 I was a little worried if they clean the cooking ware, may be they do. Also, I am a vegetarian, and have been very picky with my food getting cooked in a non-meaty vessel...but i didnt have a choice...like I dont know where my food is cooked even in a restaurant..so, this is no different. At one point, I ignored all the mess cos life moves on. Thankfully our healthy genes let us stay healthy and happy through out the vacation. Pools, activities and entertainment - The pool water was super salty and highly chlorinated. We used the water slide in the Bahamas days...was too cold before that. My 5 year old enjoyed Camp Carnival. My 9 year old found it boring. We used the camps from 10 am to about 1.30 pm until lunch time and after which we were together as a family. Night time entertaining was very average. Comedy was Ok. Casinos were busy. Decor was not bad, my boys ...they didn't even notice the nude pictures and I didn't think anybody was bothered with the decor. It didnt seem dark either like the reviews I read. Also, most shows were "selling" something. That was a bit of a turn off. Attire - There were several people who attempted to dress up well. Some were there for the fun and did not really care. My husband carried 2 formal coats and there was absolutely no need for that.I now wish I had taken some accessories for the pics.Look good, be decent, but really this is no place to show off your designer wear. There are several photo opportunities, but make sure you look for your picture as and when they are made to display. There is a mad rush towards the end. I felt bad they waste all the ink to print and most into the bin/trash/recycle. They should consider lowering the price of the pictures or offering a discount. Ports of Call - I would have loved to spend more time at Free port as well. It seemed pretty tight on the 3rd port of call day. I have left detailed reviews for the 3 ports of call. We did the Kennedy Space Center, Blue Lagoon Private Island and the Dolphin Encounter all booked from the ship directly. There are a few places we didn't go to - David's Steakhouse, The Gym, The Chapel and the Library. Would have loved to sing at the Karaoke club, but didn't get a chance to esp with the kids schedules. Although, I must admit my husband and I left the kids sleeping in the room 2- 3 nights (of course told them before they slept that mom and dad will be back in a bit), but did check on them every hour. It is very safe, but we are very protective parents and we kinda dared to step out of our parental comfort zones. Tips - Do send your kids to the camp and enjoy time with your partner. Get a balcony if you can afford it and sip your tea, wine there. Get room service to bring you stuff. We lead such busy lives that forced dis connectivity read -no Internet/phone is a blessing. I will do this again. My family had an awesome Spring Break in 2013. Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
Embarkation- We arrived in Baltimore about 12:30pm and got through security relatively quickly. We were on the boat by 1:30pm and were able to go right to our stateroom. It had to be the coldest day in March (3/3/13). Cabin- Our ... Read More
Embarkation- We arrived in Baltimore about 12:30pm and got through security relatively quickly. We were on the boat by 1:30pm and were able to go right to our stateroom. It had to be the coldest day in March (3/3/13). Cabin- Our stateroom was nice, we had a balcony room on the Upper Deck (5th floor). It was comfortable for us, we had 2 adults and 2 teenage girls. I thoroughly enjoyed the towel animals each night. Our room was always clean and the towels and ice were replenished daily. I would definitely have a balcony room again, there is something about waking up and looking out at the ocean, or sitting on the balcony watching the sun rise. Dining- We purchased the "bottomless bubbles" program for the adults. I definitely feel that I got my monies worth, my boyfriend not so much. It was a pain though to have to flag a bar waiter down to get a soda or run to the bar every time we needed a refill. When we were in our cabin it was inconvenient to have to go to a bar to get a soda as well, the program did not include room service. I will say the food was excellent. The majority of the days we did eat breakfast on the lido deck (9th) it was very good. The omelet stations and the chocolate chocolate chip muffins were excellent. We did attend the "sea day" brunch in the Normandie and the bacon mac and cheese was to die for!!! I was not aware that I was able to order as much food as I wanted in the main dining room, but this was great once I found that out. Now to elegant night-- we were under the impression that this was optional. The first elegant night no one in my party was dressed appropriately, my boyfriend has on jeans and a sweatshirt and we were seated with NO problem and had a great dinner. The second elegant night, we were all dressed a little more appropaitely- my boyfriend had on khaki shorts and a nice Hawaiian shirt, I had on jean capris and the girls had on flip flops. The lady at the podium came around and looked at my boyfriend and stated that he needed to have on pants, when questioned why this was not an issue on the first night, she stated that we could check with her boss, who was matre d standing beside her. The matre d never even looked up to acknowledge us, but stated that he was sorry but we could not eat in the main dining room. My boyfriend started to question him further, and the matre d responded with "have a nice dinner." It was very rude!! We weren't going to let that ruin our vacation. After some choice words, we headed to the lido deck for dinner. Ports of Call- We were not real impressed with Port Canaveral, Florida. We purchased a excursion to Cocoa Beach on the ship. It was a little chilly in Florida so we only stayed there for a few hours. We had booked a snorkeling trip in Nassau and it was just average. My boyfriend did enjoy the rum punch which was flowing freely on the trip back to the harbor. The straw market was an adventure for me. My boyfriend did enjoy haggling with the sellers, I found them to be a bit pushy. Freeport was our favorite port, and unfortunately we only had a few hours there. We chose to take a 10.00 round trip to Port Lucaya. We were able to take a short walk to a public beach, I had never seen blue water before. IT was absolutely beautiful!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
We stayed in Cabin 6224 on our 7 night cruise to the Bahamas. Cabin 6224 is on Deck 6 (Empress Deck) portside. We had plenty enough room for a family of four. I posted more info on the room amenities as well as pictures of the room and ... Read More
We stayed in Cabin 6224 on our 7 night cruise to the Bahamas. Cabin 6224 is on Deck 6 (Empress Deck) portside. We had plenty enough room for a family of four. I posted more info on the room amenities as well as pictures of the room and view from the balcony on a blog, http://familysmarttravel.blogspot.com/2013/04/carnival-pride-cruise-from-baltimore.html Cabin 6224 is 185 sq. ft. with an extended cabin of 60 sq. ft (regular balcony rooms are 40 sq. ft. of balcony space). Beds Cabin 6224 has 2 twin beds that they can put together into a single king size bed for two. 2 Twin beds put together. In addition, it has a sofa that converts into a bed for a 3rd person; and an upper for a 4th person. I have never heard of an upper before and actually had to look it up before our cruise. It is a bed that folds down from the ceiling and is above the convertible sofa bed so that when both upper and sofa bed are converted, it looks like a bunk bed. Extended Balcony There were 4 chairs and a side table on the balcony, although they were all mismatched. One of the chairs reclined but the others did not. We did ask for another reclining chair although none was available. The view from the balcony was pretty good, although you have the life boats right below on Deck 5. This was not too bad, although it just depends on each person whether a balcony room on Deck 6 is right for you. Depending on where your room is located, you may be in view from public areas (something to keep in mind in case you may think you have a 'private' balcony). There are panels in between each balcony, although you can still see through the spaces between and under the panels. Is a Balcony Worth It? Having never cruised before, we didn't know what to expect and how much room we would need, so we decided to spend a little extra on an extended balcony. Was it worth it? It was good to be able to walk out and get some fresh air and watch the ship go to and from the ports without having to go outside of your room to the top decks. However, I was very displeased to learn that maybe a balcony was not such a great idea. Noisy Neighbors Unfortunately, you can end up with noisy neighbors. The balcony doors slam pretty loudly when you just let it go. Now, the solution to this would be is to hold on to the door and let it close gently. However, we were not so lucky and doors were constantly slamming, which you can hear even inside. The slamming of balcony doors actually made the walls vibrate. We also had neighbors who talked very loudly, which really doesn't work if you want to sit out on your balcony to read a book in peace. I can usually tune out noise with my ipod and earbuds. However, the talking was so loud, since it is amplified somehow by the way the balconies are set up, that my usual solution did not help. Also, the cigarette smoke wafted throughout the balcony that sitting out on the balcony for some fresh air and quiet time became a challenge. Something to Consider if You are a Non-smoker Although all rooms are non-smoking, people are allowed to smoke on the balconies - BIG ISSUE for non-smokers who also paid for a balcony. This is my biggest disappointment on our cruise because we were not able to spend as much time as we would have wanted on our balcony. Cabin 6224 is the 3rd balcony from the front side of the ship, which means that you have two balconies (6220 and 6222) that could potentially have smokers and have cigarette smoke wafting back towards you when the ship is moving. Also, you have four other rooms (6226 to 6332) that may have smokers and smoke lingering around you when the ship is at port. I believe that people should be allowed to smoke, however, non-smokers also have a right to not be around second hand smoke. I blame this more on Carnival than the smokers. I thought that since all rooms are non-smoking that we didn't have to worry about making sure we get a non-smoking room, like you would normally do when you book a hotel room. Well, I was wrong. Unfortunately, we were not made aware that smoking is allowed on the balconies and that there are no designated non-smoking balconies when we booked our cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
This first time cruiser and her husband had an amazing time, albeit with very minor criticisms. All in all, it was an enjoyable cruise involving a perfect mix of fun and relaxation. EMBARKATION took about an hour. Security was friendly ... Read More
This first time cruiser and her husband had an amazing time, albeit with very minor criticisms. All in all, it was an enjoyable cruise involving a perfect mix of fun and relaxation. EMBARKATION took about an hour. Security was friendly and professional, and luggage arrived at our cabin prior to setting sail. DEBARKATION was delayed without an announcement, causing disorganization when those carrying luggage off the ship formed a line rather than wait for the deck numbers to be called (at least it was a line instead of a mob). CABIN was originally booked for deck 5, with a view just over the lifeboats. Carnival emailed us an upgrade offer to deck 7, making the view even more spectacular. We loved the firm bed, room service, towel animals, and overall cleanliness, with plenty of space in the closets, drawers, and bathroom. No noise issues with neighboring cabins. THE SPA service we scheduled ahead of time was a couple's massage (his first). I've had better massages, but I've also had worse. We didn't use the rest of the spa or exercise facilities though they seemed sufficient and popular. SERENITY, the quiet adult-only area, was heaven for us, considering the other pools were filled with screaming children rough housing and doing dangerous flips, even with parents looking on. When our fishing trip in Freeport was cancelled due to rough waters, we spent much of the day in Serenity, taking a dip in the pool/hot tub and relaxing in one of the area hammocks. SERVICE cannot be commended enough, including wait staff, security making the rounds, and room stewards. Everyone was friendly, informative, helpful, and organized. I am amazed at all they accomplish week after week and, now that I'm home, I really miss the pampering. Past reviews make it seem like it's not enough but, as another passenger said: "this is a cruise the working man can appreciate." There may be invisible house elves in Hogwarts (a fun excursion at Universal Studios) but the staff's hard work should not go unnoticed, both by passengers and Carnival. INTERIOR decor some have complained is "ugly" though I don't think it's that bad, at least not to where it would make or break the vacation. Or criticism about "dirty" public areas could stem from the smokiness of the starry night cafe and casino. I couldn't look around without noticing a staff member cleaning. ENTERTAINMENT listed in the daily Fun Times itinerary was a mixed bag. Carnival certainly wants you to spend money during those days at sea by drinking, participating in fee-related activities, and visiting the casino. The Love and Marriage game show, comedians, Jazzy stage production, and other free activities, like watching the playoffs on this particular cruise, were fun. Otherwise the days at sea are better served as relaxation time. FOOD was edible and varying but mostly pre-made. Again the service was excellent. The only mistake we made was eating breakfast at Mermaids the first morning...it's a madhouse. You have your choice among 6 different food stations, then heading to the beverage counters, and then good luck finding a place to sit. People hold tables while others in their party make multiple food trips, or they use it to lounge around after eating. Some leave a mess on the table instead of taking it to the "soiled trays" area. Go to Mermaids for lunch, dinner or snacks but choose Normandie's for a more civilized breakfast experience. PASSENGER-related criticisms include: 1) a woman loudly complained when I, balancing my food tray, got to a table in Mermaids before she did although her group was still waiting in a long line for food (my husband and I finished eating just as they received their meal), 2) having to tell a teenager, who was sitting next to her mother in the Taj Mahal, to stop pushing her feet on the back of my seat and 3) watching a woman, who didn't even stay for the comedy show, hold an entire bench of seats for her adult daughter and rowdy friends in the Butterflies lounge, shooing away the crowds of others standing in the isles; while it is first-come first-served seating, that was just ridiculous. Understandably Carnival cannot be held liable for its passengers' rude conduct. EXCURSIONS were great, if only the line to get off the ship wasn't held up by photographers taking everyone's picture in case they want to purchase a photo (really Carnival, it's more than a bit pushy). The bus to Orlando took just under an hour, and the day at Universal Studios was a blast. The private Blue Lagoon Island in Nassau, while gorgeous, was almost not worth the price given the short amount of time you get there. It took 20 minutes once off the Pride to get to the boat which then takes 35 minutes to get to the island. Two and a half hours later and you're already on the way back to the mainland, to either spend some time at the shops or re-board, hence why Carnival should really allow for more time here. I noticed the Pride was the last ship to arrive in Nassau and Freeport yet the first to leave which is disappointing. Thought our Freeport fishing excursion was cancelled, the amount was refunded immediately, and since the shops there were unimpressive we took the day to continue relaxing at Serenity. We would certainly consider booking again with Carnival for a fun vacation, perhaps more toward the spring time for warmer weather throughout the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
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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