80 Carnival Pride Cruise Reviews for Romantic Cruises to Bahamas

My husband rides on a scooter so traveling to a close by port is essential. 4.5 hours from our home, always come the night before and stay at the Hotel Hilton BWI. 15 minutes to the port of baltimore. On board as soon as we arrived. ... Read More
My husband rides on a scooter so traveling to a close by port is essential. 4.5 hours from our home, always come the night before and stay at the Hotel Hilton BWI. 15 minutes to the port of baltimore. On board as soon as we arrived. Porters took bags outside prior to parking. Through security and on board with no wait. This makes the start of vacation terrific. The Pride is a smaller ship, Roman theme. Easy to get around, fast elevators. Never waited on a line. Staff were so accommodating and friendly. This was our second time on the pride and we will go back again. Weather in December is finicky. 2 days sunshine in the 80s, 2 days heavy wind and rain. Did not damper our spirits. My husband is a smoker, this was easily available to him on various parts of the ship. Alchemy bar was a nightly stop for a martini before or after dinner. Dr.E the cruise director so entertaining and always, always smiling. We will be back. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We chose this cruise because Baltimore is the closest port and I dont fly. Embarkation was easy enough get your paperwork etc. Then kinda walk around the boat and wait on the suitcases to arrive at the rooms. I've only ever been on ... Read More
We chose this cruise because Baltimore is the closest port and I dont fly. Embarkation was easy enough get your paperwork etc. Then kinda walk around the boat and wait on the suitcases to arrive at the rooms. I've only ever been on the Pride (3 times now) and it has always been clean and in top shape. Wake up in the mornings get some breakfast, go to the gym, then look over the pamphlet of activities happening that day on the ship. This casino was one of few I've been to that had alot of perks. Got my name called twice for cash prizes, got a free dinner for 2 at the top notch steakhouse, free cookies to the room, and free wine bottle at dinner. We dont drink and had plenty to do everyday while at sea, join the activities or just relax in the sun. The food is awesome buffets, pizzeria, fancy dining were all impressive and a huge selection of everything. The bahamas was alright princess cay we did a bike ride and relaxed at the beach it was nice. Nassau we went to Atlantis waterpark which was a blast wear water shoes though there is alot of walking between slides. Freeport wasn't that good it's just a shopping center for nic nac junk and senior frogs bar. Disembarkation was fast enough wait an hour or two for levels to be called to get off then off you go. The pride overall is a nice ship inside plenty of shops, comedy clubs, stores, casino, arcade, gym, spa etc.. I'm not a big fan of the outside layout though shallow pools and hottubs in two areas, then a basketball court and mini golf. I think the outside needs an update. I would go on this ship again though. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We chose this cruise because it was in driving distance from our home. Getting to the port and parking was a breeze! We had priority so embarkation was quick and easy as well. Our cabin was nice, however the fan was on constantly in the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was in driving distance from our home. Getting to the port and parking was a breeze! We had priority so embarkation was quick and easy as well. Our cabin was nice, however the fan was on constantly in the dressing area and was so loud I could not hear my husband talking to me as I was getting ready. The room steward, Ronito was excellent! On to the negatives... Yes, the first couple of days the weather was not the greatest, this can not be blamed on Carnival. However, I do feel like this trip should be an 8 day instead of a 7 day to give you time to get back to Baltimore without going so fast the whole boat is shaking. I have been on smaller ships that did not shake or vibrate as much as this one. We were traveling at about 24 knots most of the time. We ended up only going to the Dinning Room 3 or 4 nights, which is a shame because I enjoy the experience. This ship only has 1 main dinning room, which created long waits for both reserved and anytime dining. I'm not sure if the Dinning Room was understaffed or if it was a training issue, but the service was not up to par. The food also was not very good, it either came over-cooked, under-cooked, or ice cold. On this cruise we decided not to do any shore excursions, that was a big mistake! Port Canaveral- It cost $15 per person for a shuttle to Cocoa Beach, the highlight of which was breakfast at IHop and a round of mini-golf. I suggest skipping this area if it is not nice enough weather to go to the beach. Nassau was ok, we walked around town a bit, and visited the pirate museum. It is very expensive here (4 drinks =$50.00). Freeport - This port is a waste of time and money. You are stuck at the little port unless you want to pay $40 for a cab to the city that is 25 minutes away. All of the vendors have the exact same items and can be seen in 15 minutes. From what I understand of others that did the beach excursions, it is all pretty much the same beach just different packages. Overall, we are not sure will go back on this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I was part of a group of 53 (yes fifty three!) people who sailed in September on the pride. Our cruise was diverted to Canada instead of the Bahamas due to all the hurricanes hitting. We were offered to either cancel and be fully refunded ... Read More
I was part of a group of 53 (yes fifty three!) people who sailed in September on the pride. Our cruise was diverted to Canada instead of the Bahamas due to all the hurricanes hitting. We were offered to either cancel and be fully refunded or still go and they would give us 25% off our next one. We chose to go and this cruise was our 25% off one. I will begin by stating that September was my 5th cruise but 1st time with Carnival and I was NOT impressed. Every bar was shut down by 11 pm except the casino and the dance club but both of those were smoking and the ventilation did not appear to be working. I do not smoke and can normally handle a decent amount but these two areas were almost suffocating with smoke. We had a few in our group who were extremely sensitive to it and they couldn't even sit in the main atrium that was next to the Casino because it was lingering around. The pools were ice cold until our last day but the most disappointing was the hot tubs - they were barely even luke warm for the entire trip. I knew before we went that if we purchased the Cheers package we would be limited to 15 drinks a day. My general complaint is that they state it is for safety purposes, however someone who does not have the Cheers package is able to order as many drinks as they possibly want. I feel like it should be a 15 drink limit for all OR allow those who have the Cheers package to purchase additional drinks after the limit. (For those who are not aware if you purchase the Cheers package and swipe your card for 15 drinks, they will not allow you to purchase ANY more drinks until 6 am the next day. I also tried to pay for an extra shot of rum in my pina colada and they said since I had cheers I couldn't, I would have to order the pina colada, wait 5 min, then order a shot of rum to pour on top and use 2 of my drinks. I wasnt able to pay for any) My other problem was with activities on Carnival. There didn't seem to be much during the day besides trivia and bingo. All the "fun" activities such as dance parties, shows, comedians, etc. were all at the same time at night and many times overlapped while we were at dinner (we did the late seating 8:15). On my other cruises they would offer arts and crafts and other things throughout the day to keep people entertained. I also still don't understand why they do the comedians in the Butterflies lounge. The seats fill up really fast and we could never make a show when coming from dinner. We had a balcony for the first time in September and while I enjoyed being able to go outside, our balcony and chairs were very dirty. In our first port they even announced they would be cleaning the balconies off but ours remained dirty for the rest of the trip. Fast forward to March: We decided to use the 25% off and book a "cheap" cruise back on the Pride. We had a group of 7 this time and I will say that I was impressed at some of the changes I had noticed. My husband and I tried an inside room with french doors (Category 4k room 4115); It was a great way to get a lot of light in the room and we were able to open the doors to feel the temperature. I think it is definitely worth the savings if you can not afford a balcony. I personally did not care for the waiters singing and dancing every single night in the dining room. I liked on other cruises when it was only done 1 or 2x as something special. Dinner service took about an hour and a half from start to finish every night Embarkation was smooth and easy. Besides being close to port, this is one of the main reasons we continue to sail out of Baltimore. Once again we were only able to make it to one comedian (the first night). When we leave dinner at 945 we were unable to get a seat for the 1015 comedian because the space is so small and fills up so fast I noticed the ventilation was better in the smoking areas The activities were still sparse throughout the day. once again everything that seemed fun to do was at 9 10 or 11 at night. Ports: Port Canaveral: we took an Uber to ron Jons surf shop then walked across the street to the Florida Key Lime Pie company. We then walked 15-20 min north and hung out at the cocoa beach pier before taking the SCAT bus (1.50 a person) back towards the boat. we ate at Grills seafood restaurant and it was AMAZING!!! We tried their hurricane, margarita, and key lime colada. I had the fresh fish of the day (Mahi) which came with 2 sides and it was DELICIOUS and fresh. The prices were very reasonable, service was excellent, and I will definitely be going back one day. We then called for another uber to take us back to the ship Nassau: As this was my 3rd trip to nassau, we decided just to walk around the shops, stop in a few restaurants and bars to try local food and drinks. Another fun day Freeport: This was my first time in Freeport and I had heard lots of negative things about it. 5 from our group booked the island tour with brewery and perfume factory tours and they loved it. My husband and I ate breakfast and got off the ship at 9, walked around the market until almost 10 and decided to hang out at Fat Tuesdays and Senor frogs right off the boat. We were celebrating out 1 year wedding anniversary and we had fun! If you are looking for more to do than shops and bars then you definitely need to book an excursion Overall the weather was great, the seas were calm, I was pleasantly surprised at our room and some improvements on the ship. I think the Pride can use a good cleaning or remodel Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We chose to leave from Baltimore so we did not have to fly. The port is 4.5 hours from our house. It was easy to navigate the port. We chose to park at the port and sped $105 for the week in parking so we could easily get to our home and ... Read More
We chose to leave from Baltimore so we did not have to fly. The port is 4.5 hours from our house. It was easy to navigate the port. We chose to park at the port and sped $105 for the week in parking so we could easily get to our home and get on the highway quickly. We embarked on time. The first day was a little disappointing as it took forever for our room to be ready and even longer for our luggage to arrive so we had to hang around for awhile before we were off exploring. The first night was great but the weather was cool. Guys Burgers was perfect for a quick bite on our first nite. The first full day was full of exploring. We found trivia at the Red Frog that we would attend every evening for the rest of the week. The host, Naughty Neil was a hoot! Although this evening was a formal evening, we ended up eating at the buffet because we were having a rough evening at sea due to a Nor'easter that was coming off land into the ocean. IT WAS ROUGH. At this point, I seriously wondered if I would be able to make it the next 6 days but the next day was smooth sailing for the rest of the trip. The entertainment crew was great but got tired of OH YES Jess very quickly. Day 2 and 3 we participated in several activities provided by the ship including the trivia. There was a Hasbro game that we watched and the comedy shows were funny throughout. We were able to buy alcohol on the ship for very cheap that they store for you until debarktion. This was the first time we ate in the main dining room and the food was amazing! Every meal that we had in the MDR thereafter was 5 star plus! Day 4 was our day at Princess Cays. was the least favorite of the 3 places we visited. The buffet lunch they provided was very average, maybe less than average and the sugary alcohol drinks did not seem to have any alcohol. All activities on the island cost including using the lockers. The one thing I liked about this island is that since it is owned by the cruise line you are able to use your sign and sail card for purchases and not have to keep up with cash and credit cards. You do have to take a tender to this destination which was somewhat unorganized. When booking my next cruise, I will find one that does not stop at this destination. Day 5 - we spent at Nassau. This was a fun stop. We went to the aquarium at Atlantis. The tour was organized and the driver gave us a nice description of everything we were seeing and a brief history of the island. Every thing at Atlantis is extremely overpriced so if you need a snack or water, bring it with you. An ice cream cone was $14. The aquarium was nice and very clean and we were given a tour an was educated about each species as we were seeing them. After the aquarium, we spent sometime in downtown Nassau. Be prepared for everyone to be hassling you about braiding your hair, taxis, and cigars. We spent some time at Tortuga and ended up buying some rum and rum cakes. Since it was legal to drink in public we bought some local Sands beers while shopping. Day 6- This was by far the most fun stop. We chose an excursion that was a private beach tour where you could have all the food and alcohol you wanted. The worst part about this excursion was that it only lasted from 8-1. We rented paddle boards which were $20 for 1.5 hours. The servers were very attentive and our cups were never empty. There were a few that were unable to hold their liquor and made for an interesting ride back to the ship. Day 7- Sad day. Cruise is over. Announcements kept everyone informed. We made it back to port on time luckily but am ready to go again! We were in the vista suite 8 aft and never had any noise problems from the Lido. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We left out of Baltimore so that we could save money and drive to the port instead of paying more for airfare to Florida than the cost of the entire cruise itself! Our Cruise was delayed 6 hours due to the Nor-Easter. So getting into the ... Read More
We left out of Baltimore so that we could save money and drive to the port instead of paying more for airfare to Florida than the cost of the entire cruise itself! Our Cruise was delayed 6 hours due to the Nor-Easter. So getting into the Carnival port could have been smoother, but once we were inside the gate the staff did a really great job at adapting to the chaos of the situation. Disembarkment was a breeze! The ship is older but still nice. I didn't need the overdone promenade, the 20 restaurants, the water show, or the ice skating rink. Less is more to me. We were able to get a balcony as the upcharge from inside stateroom was only $200, which is amazing. We decided we will NEVER do anything less than a balcony. The ability to avoid the crowds and sit on our private balcony was a dream. We propped the door wide open and listened to the ocean all day and night long. The Comedians were funny. I went in prepared to hate the musical shows, as I hate musicals/plays in real life, but it was actually fabulous. We went to every show offered. Very fast moving and varied. They had a Hasbro Game show that was phenomenal and so fun. They also did a Lip Sync Battle show on the last night and it was the highlight of the week. So great. The Cruise Director Leigh and his staff do an amazing job providing quality, energetic and fun experiences. They also had a Piano Bar with Laura which was a blast. A wonderful sing along. Our Ports were Nassau, Freeport and Princess Cay. Due to the high winds from the Nor-Easter, our excursion in Princess Cay was cancelled. I was ok with is as the private beach was fun and I took a nap instead. They even provided a lunch on the island so that was appreciated. Carnival was great at rolling with the punches of the Nor-Easter. They worked hard getting the delayed passengers off the boat and us on as soon as they could. The captain was going nearly max speed to get us back on schedule. They switched the order of the ports so that nothing was excluded. They kept us informed of the situation as all times, which is the best way to keep the masses happy. Our only complaint is a mild one. The food wasn't the best. The food in the main dining was good, could have had more options. Frequent repeating items. The food on the buffet wasn't my favorite. Breakfast was the same every day and mostly greasy items and others were cold. (By day 5 we FINALLY figured out that we need to eat breakfast in the main dining room as breakfast is so much better there). It's hard to say what it was about the buffet that I didn't like. A lot of repetition, same general items offered every day. I was really bored with the food by the end. There was a 24 hour pizza place which was perfect, but I got sick of that by the end too. I guess not having enough selection, and some of the items were not items I like generally. At the risk of sounding completely ethnocentric: the food wasn't "American" enough. I hate that I say that, as I love lots of different cuisines, but it seemed like the food was made for mostly American cruisers, made by someone who is not of that nationality, who was trying to make "american" food but were not quite hitting the mark. Things looked like they would be good, but the flavors weren't quite right. For example: I loved the fried rice, but the last day they put chili powder or some odd seasoning in it and it was gross. I was just culinarily confused. I though the pasta salad would be a safe bet, but the flavors were confusing and didn't make sense together. I would have preferred food of different nationalities: indian, japanese, mexican, etc. rather than "american" food items with flavors that didn't belong in them. Also the desserts on the buffet looked beautiful but tasted odd and gross. Most lacked flavor, had a odd spongy consistency and weren't sweet. A real disappointment. Other than the lackluster food, It was a fabulous experience. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Needed a winter getaway to someplace warm! This was our 10th cruise and 2nd with Carnival. We generally like quieter ships, but with the premium balcony, we spent most of our time quietly relaxing on our balcony lounge chairs! Staff ... Read More
Needed a winter getaway to someplace warm! This was our 10th cruise and 2nd with Carnival. We generally like quieter ships, but with the premium balcony, we spent most of our time quietly relaxing on our balcony lounge chairs! Staff were great and the only real complaint I have is the lack of focus on hand sanitation at the buffets. Many times the automatic sanitizers were empty and there were entrances to the buffet that didn't have them at all. This leads to easy spread of viruses. Carnival should adopt the same process as Norwegian where staff are standing at the restaurant entrances with spray bottles so at least 99% of passengers have clean hands when handling the buffet serving utensils. Other than that, the cruise was awesome and smooth sailing the entire time. Everything was on schedule and embarkation/de-embarkation was a breeze. Lastly, we had room 6279 which was AWESOME!! Highly recommend this room as it has lots of room to move around and a huge balcony. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Because we needed out of the cold winter the Bahamas sounded great, first of all the ship was delayed by 5 hours we were put in what they called a comfort station which was nothing more than a fema trailer with hard chairs and nothing ... Read More
Because we needed out of the cold winter the Bahamas sounded great, first of all the ship was delayed by 5 hours we were put in what they called a comfort station which was nothing more than a fema trailer with hard chairs and nothing else..port a Johns were outside in a different trailer, so our beautiful vacation now was delayed by 9 hours..( by the time our our ship sailed.) We did NOT get to stop at the most important port which was the princess cay island .instead we got to stop to cape canaval.florida.which it was quiet cool.we made so many turns on this ship.. It became very very rocky and made the strongest of us ill.. this actually became a nightmare cruise..not happy at all.. I am not even sure we will be sailing Carnival again.. finally when we got to Bahamas our time on shore was cut short. Then the trip back was so fast back to cold weather .so our 7 day cruise was all cold except the 2 days we actually was ported in Bahamas.very dissapointed. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We choose this cruise on the Carnival Pride of of Baltimore. It was 6th time on this ship.No longer any guest services or rules at all.Wow no longer steak is included in dining room without a $20 charge, shorts in for formal night along ... Read More
We choose this cruise on the Carnival Pride of of Baltimore. It was 6th time on this ship.No longer any guest services or rules at all.Wow no longer steak is included in dining room without a $20 charge, shorts in for formal night along with baseball hats and cut off shirts, No ice bucket or amenities in room. The 110% guarantee is only valid with Passport(not told) GOLD means nothing at all. Harrison Assistant Guest service Manger was no help. Called Carnival when got home offered a $25 on board credit. Last cruise for me on Carnival.Very disappointed. Princess Cays there is nothing to do. Beach was very rocky and the unlimited drink package does not apply. Contacted Carnival was just wrong.So sad like so many other guests we heard 172 filed complaints as well as myself. They need to realize negative comments travel much faster than positive and was not happy. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
This was a belated honeymoon and I firmly believe when someone delivers excellent service, they must be recognized. We can't speak highly enough about Kishor; he knew our names and drinks and was always happy, personable, and would ... Read More
This was a belated honeymoon and I firmly believe when someone delivers excellent service, they must be recognized. We can't speak highly enough about Kishor; he knew our names and drinks and was always happy, personable, and would bend over backwards to help us. He truly loves his job and it shows. I also want to recognize Ruby Finck in the salon who gave me a vanilla deep conditioner treatment then flat ironed my hair and made it look like glass. I was so pleased I told everyone who cared to listen and made then feel my hair! We booked the VIP luxury sail in Nassau and Captain Seymour and Navado were so fantastic! I highly recommend this excursion. The lunch was so delish and the crew was very hospitable. I can't remember all of the names but the room service person was really incredible. Once, I called and really wanted my coffee and within seconds--seconds he was there!! Our steward brought my husband and extension cord for his C-PAP machine instantly on the first day. The towel animal were also very amusing and we looked forward to them. The girl in the fun shops from South Africa was also very sweet and helpful. Also, the hostess for Normandie was spectacular. The sushi at the Bonsai sushi bar was superb. We also met the Captain during the Behind the Fun tour and he was so chill--truly a cool dude. We loved that he was growing tomatoes on the bridge! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Day one. made friends with the bed bug that came crawling out of the couch. Not a great start. For this one issue we were compensated what i would consider the cheap way out but also fair enough. despite pest control "clearing" ... Read More
Day one. made friends with the bed bug that came crawling out of the couch. Not a great start. For this one issue we were compensated what i would consider the cheap way out but also fair enough. despite pest control "clearing" the room 2 more were found. I work as a general manager in hotels..I know a bed bug treatment takes more than 25 min. Guest services was less than helpful throughout the ordeal and we missed a part of our first day dealing with this.Not to mention I paid for a room upgrade to a balcony that we now felt uncomfortable being in. The only other thing I will mention is the dining service. We never received a drink before our food. this is not because the food came out quickly but rather the drinks were that slow. a one time occurrence ill give them but this was every single night we dined. If we wanted a drink at dinner we would take turns leaving the table, walk out and to the closest bar on the ship, get a drink and then return. We had to ask for bread almost every night and we never knew who our actual server was. Let me sum up my experience with this...When we returned from our cruise on the pride we felt as if we were never on vacation at all. I do want to add I contacted Carnival and spoke to a guest care specialist regarding the stay. I am posting this review because i feel less valued as a paying customer after speaking to them. The interaction was like speaking to a robot who does not care at all about people who spend their hard earned money on a carnival cruise. I was given a 50 dollar on board credit for my experience... Things happen that is understood but when things do go wrong there is a value in the customer service provided. I was just another dollar in Carnivals pocket, it was a waste of what should have been a relaxing vacation. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
I chose this cruise because I live in Northern Virginia and I could drive to the port in Baltimore. I must say that is a big plus. On other cruises I have had to fly to Miami or FLL and you have to leave either very early in the morning or ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I live in Northern Virginia and I could drive to the port in Baltimore. I must say that is a big plus. On other cruises I have had to fly to Miami or FLL and you have to leave either very early in the morning or fly the night before. The Baltimore prices are higher than the Florida cruises but I did not have to purchase airfare and I easily saved a day on each end of the cruise. The Baltimore crowd is definitely older and more sedimentary than the Florida passengers. The only drawback to this cruise was that due to hurricane damage we went to Nassau instead of Grand Turk. Nassau is nice but I have been there before and never been to Grand Turk and I really wanted to go there. I will take this cruise again just to visit Grand Turk. We ate one night in the steakhouse. It is well worth the extra $35 per person. Service is outstanding and the food amazing. I have eaten at some pretty expensive steak joints and this one was right up there in quality with any of them. I had the cowboy cut ribeye and I am not embarrassed to chewed on the bone. The food and service in the dining room is excellent and the sea day brunches are much more civilized than the buffet. Guy's Burgers are excellent but their seasoned fries are just okay. Pizza was a highlight for me. Thin and crisp and hot. I ate a bunch of pizza. Sandwiches at the deli were good. Mexican at the BlueIguana is okay. I like my Mexican more spicy. One of the best meals I had was room service chicken wings and fries which we ate on the balcony. The wings do cost $5 but hey, you are eating them on the balcony of a cruise ship. As far as bars, the Alchemy bar is a martini bar and is very fun and the mixologist Maria knows her stuff. The sports bar has a lot of TV's and the bartender was happy to put on any game you asked for. The musical reviews were fun - not Broadway but still fun. I laughed at the comedians. Really nothing bad to say and due to the convenience of this cruise for me, I will go again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We love Carnival especially the Pride ( it is our favorite Ship so far ) the cruise was a blast. The food in the MDR is the best. The staff and crew are Fantastic very Friendly. We like all the choices they give you on the Lido deck. The ... Read More
We love Carnival especially the Pride ( it is our favorite Ship so far ) the cruise was a blast. The food in the MDR is the best. The staff and crew are Fantastic very Friendly. We like all the choices they give you on the Lido deck. The shows are good.Our cabin was great very spacious and clean ( that is what we love about Carnival is the bathroom is big enough for 2 to get ready at same time )The meet & mingle was less the to be desired . The room was set-up nice but know one knew what the Heck was going on ( No official rep, nothing and the time was all wrong 4:15 on the last Sea day ) . We went on other cruise in Jan. of 2016 for B-day Celebration and the Meet & Mingle was a blast over 100 people where there and it was on the first Sea Day ( the even had a Slots Pull and Cabin Crawl ) This will not stop us from using Cruise Critics or never going on Carnival . we are in the process of booking our next cruise ( trying New England , Canada next ) and we still use and recommend Cruise Critics to anyone to find information on all Cruise Lines .. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I regularly receive free premier cruises from Carnival and that is why we chose this particular sailing. It's tough to beat free, but if I had to pay for my Carnival cruises, I would really have to look carefully at the value vs the ... Read More
I regularly receive free premier cruises from Carnival and that is why we chose this particular sailing. It's tough to beat free, but if I had to pay for my Carnival cruises, I would really have to look carefully at the value vs the experience from now on. This was our first time cruising out of Baltimore and it was by far the worst port we have ever sailed from. We arrived at the port at 11:30 am, waited in a line of cars for 20 minutes, only to be told once we got to the parking lot that we couldn't come in yet and would have to drive back around and get back into the line. I've sailed out almost every other port Carnival has and have never experienced that problem. We circled back around and were finally allowed to park at about 12:30. The line to pay was extremely long as well. Once we finally got inside the terminal the chaos continued. We have priority boarding but it doesn't seem to matter much in Baltimore. The line was crazy long and when we finally got through security they funneled all of the priority folks into a tiny room. There was one lady just telling people to sit down and that she would come get our boarding passes at some point and the direct us to one of two people working at the counter. When all was said and done we waited about an hour in that room before even being allowed to check in! It was just a terribly run operation. Once we got on board, things got better. Our room was ready and set up just as we had asked. Our room steward greeted us warmly and gave us the option of morning, evening or both for service. We chose both and never had an issue. He did a great job and we saw him often. The Pride, in my opinion, is a very pretty ship and is very easy to navigate. We never felt crowded on this small ship. The food options were all fine. We ate at the steakhouse twice, Bonsai Sushi once, the Lido Buffet once and the main dining room the other nights. The service in the main dining room wasn't awful but it was also far from spectacular. The entertainment (outside of the comedians) wasn't anything to write home about. The playlist production shows were amateurish and boring, for the most part. The best one we saw was probably 88 keys (a piano singalong show). For some reason this ship allows folks to stay in the comedy club after each show. We had never seen that before, as they have always cleared the theater. It wasn't a big deal but it was hard to get a seat if you didn't show up for the first shows. The pools were fine, and it was actually nice to have the covered pool on Lido for the first couple of days out of Baltimore, as it was a bit chilly. However, the hot tubs were completely overrun with very young children; the worst I have ever seen. Carnival should really enforce a no children rule in their hot tubs, it's pretty ridiculous. We always have a great time on our cruises, regardless of any small issues, lack of entertainment, etc. and we did have a good time on this cruise as well. There was nothing on this cruise that was so bad as to make me not return to Carnival but there was nothing that really stood out as excellent either. We've cruised with Carnival for about ten years now and have definitely noticed a very steady decline in most areas. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
The Carnival Pride was seemingly decorated by a team of gypsy designers. The hallways are papered in scenes of Venice from the time of the Doges - which is fine - but the rest of the place, including the ceilings, represent a ... Read More
The Carnival Pride was seemingly decorated by a team of gypsy designers. The hallways are papered in scenes of Venice from the time of the Doges - which is fine - but the rest of the place, including the ceilings, represent a conglomeration of sights from almost anywhere. This should not be the case for a ship that was refurbished in 2014. Nor should the rust all around the doorways and verandahs. The food was excellent, which does not apply to the in-room breakfasts, which are minimal. The prime rib was good; the jerked pork was not. Service in the dining room was excellent. The main problem was sound, especially sound from the theater, which made the whole front of the ship shake. Never, never get a cabin on the 5th level front. The music for the most part sucked, and the music director should be taken out and gently but firmly shot. The poor old tub's mechanics are so loose and out of alignment that even sitting at the dock the whole ship rattles like a flatbed truck going over railroad tracks. We will be careful to never take this ship again. The ship's engineering department pretends that nothing can be done about the cold, cold cabin temperatures. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Menu was limited and below expectations. Service at dinner was very slow. Poor variety and very little seafood. Music onboard was below expectations as well. Would have liked more / better activities as well. However the crew was ... Read More
Menu was limited and below expectations. Service at dinner was very slow. Poor variety and very little seafood. Music onboard was below expectations as well. Would have liked more / better activities as well. However the crew was fantastic. No complaints about how were treated onboard. Our excursion were great with the exception of Roatan, The private beach we went to was a huge money pit. The time we had on the wave runners and snorkeling was too short. approx. 15 minutes each. Impression was they preferred we spend more time on the beach buying all the extra services. Not worth the money spent. The excursions in Cozumel (VIP Mayan ruins, cenote swim & Mayan lunch package), & Belize (snorkeling with sharks & stingrays with beach lunch). were fantastic, especially the guides on both. Bar hoping in the Grand Caymans was also a great time. I can't wait to take another cruise but I will do much more research to make sure we get the type of cruise we expected. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Holiday Cruise! Great way to spend the christmas holiday! I went on this cruise with my boyfriend and family. We all had a fantastic time. The cruise went from Baltimore, MD to South Carolina, Florida, Nassau, and Freeport. The Ship ... Read More
Holiday Cruise! Great way to spend the christmas holiday! I went on this cruise with my boyfriend and family. We all had a fantastic time. The cruise went from Baltimore, MD to South Carolina, Florida, Nassau, and Freeport. The Ship & Cabin My boyfriend and I had a balcony. The balcony was fantastic. My only complaint is the bed. The bed was not the most comfortable thing. It was not unbearable, but it was uncomfortable. My parents had a suite that had a larger balcony, and it was amazing. Spending the evenings watching the sunset was awesome! The rooms appeared clean and tidy, and we had a towel animal in our room every night! Excursions & Ports I would highly recommend booking excursions NOT from the cruise website. In Nassau we did a fantastic private tour that we booked on our own. In Freeport we did a cruise excursion that was historical and snorkeling. It was okay, but being used to non-ship excursions, my expectations were not met. South Carolina was in the 40s &50s F, so it was a bit chilly, but we enjoyed our plantation tour. Florida, specifically Port Canaveral was chilly as well but I was comfortable in a sweatshirt and shorts. Food & Drink This was my first cruise being of age to drink. The drinks were OUT OF THIS WORLD. We stayed normally at the Alchemy bar, where Maria would make us AMAZING drinks. She was fantastic. We often got the "creamy special" which was a chocolate martini. We did not get the drink package, and divided evenly between 5 adults each spent about $300 on alcohol. The food was good. We ate in the main dining room each night. We also ate at the five guys place and the taco place. Both were incredible. I really like that Carnival added these included food options. It's nice to have more options that are included in your cruise price. If we wanted a change from the buffet, we'd go to one of those two places. I would definitely sail on the Pride again, and definitely with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
The cabin was nice and spacious, clean and in good repair. I really enjoyed everything from the food selection, servers, beautiful scenery in the Bahamas, to our state room clean up guy who had a fun towel animal creation waiting nightly I ... Read More
The cabin was nice and spacious, clean and in good repair. I really enjoyed everything from the food selection, servers, beautiful scenery in the Bahamas, to our state room clean up guy who had a fun towel animal creation waiting nightly I was very pleased all around. I was on the ship with family and friends, high energy performances, impersonating old school and new school singers, actors and dancers great experience wine tasting and fun shops We chose Carnival because it was recommend by a friend. It was a great time, Our group was from 8 to 70 and all had something to do. The excursions that we booked through Carnival were superb. The food was great and our dining accommodations were excellent. The interior cabins were comfortable and our room steward was always there and helpful. The cabins and hallways were always clean. Room service was great - hot coffee delivered to the door each morning, Very professional staffing in all areas of the ship. Smooth sailing all the way did not notice any high waves or extreme rocking. If you have never cruised it is definitely something to do. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
great cruise!! the new updated pool deck was very nice! Guys burgers and the tacos/ burritos bars were the best food on the ship. Dinning room waiters were great but the food was not as good as it use to be on Carnival's other ships ... Read More
great cruise!! the new updated pool deck was very nice! Guys burgers and the tacos/ burritos bars were the best food on the ship. Dinning room waiters were great but the food was not as good as it use to be on Carnival's other ships we been on or even this ship in the past. Shows were very good! the only real thing that was not cool was not enough hot tubs. kids took over the one on the pool deck and the adult only one was very tiny and run down. they should of done something more in that area with their up grade. the one in the spa was nice but always full too and not out side. and NOT ENOUGH ISLAND MUSIC!! When you go to the islands you want to hear Bob Marley and Jimmy Buffett! maybe alittle fun rock but I wanted to feel like I was on the islands! not just a bar! that is one reason I go on cruises! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Just back from a 7 day trip to Grand Turk, Half Moon cay, and Freeport, Bahamas. Baltimore terminal was fine, quick unloading of luggage, short wait to board. We have sailed on the Pride previously, so weren't expecting to be wowed ... Read More
Just back from a 7 day trip to Grand Turk, Half Moon cay, and Freeport, Bahamas. Baltimore terminal was fine, quick unloading of luggage, short wait to board. We have sailed on the Pride previously, so weren't expecting to be wowed when we boarded. Our cabin was always clean, just starting to look a bit worn. We found all the crew to be extremely helpful and friendly, and our cabin steward went above and beyond to provide us excellent service. We were not all that impressed with the main dining room, seemed like service was slow, and the food blasé, often cold. We did spend an evening dining at the steak house (David's) and were very pleased with the service and food preparation and quality. We also enjoyed the lido deck restaurant's, the food selection was excellent, and after many cruises, we seem to know the best times to arrive to get the food we want and find seats. The pizza Pirate was great, as was Guy's Burger Joint. We had no problem finding seats for the comedy shows, but again, after several cruises, we know the drill to get one. The comics were good, and the drinks were strong. The shows in the Taj Mahal were okay at the most, dancing was very good, but the female singers seemed to try a bit too hard, overdoing most of the vocals, often ruining the song being sung. The game shows, and music trivia games were fun, our Cruise Director Schwartz was high energy and friendly any time we saw him on the cruise, even directing passengers getting back on ship in Freeport, where there was a huge back-up and long line waiting to re board. We did excursions at all stops, so we did not see much of the actual ports. We did the All Terrain Buggy Adventure on Grand Turk, we came prepared with scarves to cover our mouth and noses, big plus. Plenty of driving time, good views, and plenty of beach time at the end, highly recommended. Horseback by land and sea at Half moon Cay, my wife loved it, I am not a big horse guy, but excellent photo ops, and the water was gorgeous. Last excursion was the Jeep excursion on Grand Bahama. The tour and scenery was nice, our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable, the provided lunch was fine, only downside was the beach break at the Junkanoo beach club. Seemed quite old and run down, the changing rooms were something out of a horror novel, and that really detracted from the experience. The water looked gorgeous, but we only waded to our knees from not wanting to use the changing facilities. All in all, we had a nice time. We have had better, and we have had worse. May be trying another cruise line the next time we set sail. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
I chose this cruise because no airfare or hotel was needed. Price for my husband and I was great and leaving from Baltimore is very convenient. I liked staggered checkin mainly because as we went to the lido for lunch I noticed the ... Read More
I chose this cruise because no airfare or hotel was needed. Price for my husband and I was great and leaving from Baltimore is very convenient. I liked staggered checkin mainly because as we went to the lido for lunch I noticed the emptiness. Usually we'd be looking for a table to sit and people would be all over the place. There was no chaos...got our lunch and sat down. We stayed in balcony 6246. Liked this cabin but husband didn't like that we had an old tv Up the stairs to deck 9 was serenity and also the coffee bar. We spent a lot of time in serenity as there were a lot of kids(unsupervised) We had bought CHEERS and it was great! It was convenient to order a drink(alcohol or non) wherever we were and not worry about our final bill. We tried many different cocktails that we would probably have passed on because of not wanting to pay for it. It gave us an all inclusive trip that was reasonably priced. Dinner was early seating and our waiter Neil and inuygen were great. Lobster night, filet and prime rib nights were very good. Other nights were ok. Desserts were just ok. In my opinion I like table cloths in the dining room. I did like water on the table. Our cabin steward was John... He was good. Room was clean Comedy shows were good. Singers and dancers need improvement. Did not care for them. Cruise director Steve was good.... People kept saying how much they enjoyed his energy. Crew was very friendly And would call you by your name. Ship was clean and I had no complaints. Debarkation was very slow. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
This was our second cruise with Carnival. It took us less then an hour to embark from our arrival at the Baltimore terminal. We were up on the Lido deck sunning while waiting for the cruise to begin. Very relaxing. To say the least, we ... Read More
This was our second cruise with Carnival. It took us less then an hour to embark from our arrival at the Baltimore terminal. We were up on the Lido deck sunning while waiting for the cruise to begin. Very relaxing. To say the least, we were very impressed with the ship and the crew members. All the staff were very friendly and all seemed to greet you with a hello and a smile. The customer service was excellent! The serving staff at dinner are very efficient and they go out of their way to remember your name. Became friendly with some of the waiters and appreciated their hard work and dedication. We spent most of our time on the Serenity deck (21 yrs and older) a nice place to have on a cruise. We really enjoyed Guy's burgers. A lot of different foods to chose from. We enjoyed some comedy shows and the musician's that were on board. A great vacation. We would not hesitate to book with Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
My name is Lisa and I'm a cruise Addict my opinion may be bias with that addmision out of the way here goes. We boarded in Baltimore and although the weather was chilly the process was pretty smooth. We arrived at 11:15 and we were ... Read More
My name is Lisa and I'm a cruise Addict my opinion may be bias with that addmision out of the way here goes. We boarded in Baltimore and although the weather was chilly the process was pretty smooth. We arrived at 11:15 and we were aboard at 12:45. There was a tiny hold up getting on because of late debarking from previous cruise but we were kept informed by the carnival terminal staff. I realize others may see this differently depending on how early they arrived to the terminal they're wait could have been lengthly. Once aboard I immediately noticed the Decor was very different from any other carnival ship I've been on it was elegant yet gaudy in a good way! The ships cruise director known as Donkey was on his last cruise before his vacation and re assignment he may have come across as a little bit tired his voice seemed hoarse a lot of the time but to be expected doing what he does for a living! Our room Stewart Al was above board remembered our names from day one and kept our room comfortable. We had some unfortunate weather actually had to cancel one port but no complaints here we made our own fun hanging out playing dice spending time with family members we rarely see which was awesome! People have to remember that the weather is not the fault of carnival cruise line and our safety is what they factor in when the cancellation occasionally happens. Ok I will admit I was sad we were unable to get new comedians in Freeport to entertain us. Some of the passengers aboard were very talented and going to karaoke was as much if not more entertainment than some of the shows put on. I think the best thing I can advise for folks who may be cruising for the first time or maybe first time on carnival just relax if someone cuts you to grab silverware at the buffet so what you will still get through the line I promise. Occasionally you do run into a rude guest here or there but just remember you are on vacation don't let them steal any enjoyment from you let it go. Ok now I have to get on my soap box and make a statement. TIP your crew TIP your crew they deserve to be acknowledged more than that for most this is the living they make. In fact you can do as we do since the policy has changed to tips being automatically applied to sail and sign card first off LEAVE THEM ON THERE and if you feel as though you have been treated extra well by individuals like room Stewart or dinning give them 20.00 or 25.00 bucks cash on top I believe this helps them to continue to be so engaging with us passengers and it could go a long way for their family back home. Last but not least if you are not a fan of inclimate weather conditions sail out of Baltimore after February or sail from a warmer state but stay with carnival cruise line it's by far the best value for your vacation. 16 years with them no regrets and yes been on RCC and Celebrity both also good lines but my loyalty is with Carnival. Happy Sailing! Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
This was my 3rd cruise, second time with Carnival. This was also my boyfriend's first cruise. We made the short drive from Pittsburgh to Baltimore the day before sailing and stayed at the Wingate by Wyndham as they offered a park ... Read More
This was my 3rd cruise, second time with Carnival. This was also my boyfriend's first cruise. We made the short drive from Pittsburgh to Baltimore the day before sailing and stayed at the Wingate by Wyndham as they offered a park and cruise package that was EXTREMELY convenient. For about $45 more than parking at the port, we were able to arrive the day before and relax without the stress of traveling to port the morning of sailing. We purchased the Faster to the Fun package which was WELL worth the money. We arrived at the port around 1:30 and the line was extremely long outside of the terminal. We we able to go straight to the front of the line and into the terminal to be screened by security. After being quickly screened, we were ushered to the priority counter where we received our sail and sign cards and had our photos taken for ship security purposes. Then we were off to the gangway, again being ushered to the front of the line! We were on the ship in less than 25 minutes of getting off the hotel shuttle!!!! We then went straight to our room to drop off our carry ons. Needless to say that since it only took us 25 minutes to get to out room our luggage had not yet arrived. Not a big deal for us as we had everything we needed in our carry on bags. Our luggage ended up arriving several hours later though, NOT priority like the FTTF package promised. We had a balcony cabin on the 8th floor mid ship. Just a note that some of these rooms are located directly beneath the service pantry in the Mermaids Grill. At times there were loud noises from the kitchen but we weren't bothered by this. If you are a light sleeper, spend a lot of time in your room, or this would otherwise annoy you, I would highly recommend staying on a different floor. Also, the staterooms and their decor are very outdated. Our room had a picture tube TV. Those updates would have been nice as I am picky LOL but since we didn't spend much time in the room and got a great deal on this cruise we were able to easily overlook this. Next we were off to purchase the Cheers beverage package at the lobby bar and get some frosty beverages in our hands ASAP! Food everywhere on the ship was overall very good. We ate in the MDR 4 nights and also enjoyed the Chef's Table dinner. We HIGHLY recommend the Chef's table with Chef Dev. It was an AMAZING experience and the best meal I have ever eaten. Do yourself a favor and look into it, trust me!! Guy's Burgers, the Blue Iguana, The Deli and the Pizza Pirate were also very good. If you cannot find something to eat on this cruise then something is wrong. I also ordered room service early one morning but it took over 1 hour to arrive. In regards to shore excursions, we booked our own kayaking tour with Adventure Kayak of Cocoa Beach. For $30/pp we had a 2 hour guided kayak tour of the Thousand Islands area. Great value for the money and it was alot of fun! Be ready for ALOT of paddling though! When in Nassau, we purchased the Discover Atlantis Beach Day w/ lunch. The beach and ocean were amazing. It was also fun to walk around the resort, shops, and casino. The only down side was that not all of the restaurants that we were given a voucher to have lunch at were open on the day we were there. Since the resort is so large we wasted a lot of time walking around to find a place to eat. In hindsight, we should have skipped lunch at the resort as it just wasn't worth the extra money or the hassle. In Freeport, we were only in port from 7am - 1pm. We just got off the ship and did some quick shopping right at the port. Now for the onboard activities...we spent a little time at the Serenity Pool which was very enjoyable. It was nice having a child free area for adults to enjoy. We also spent time in the casino which was fun, playing bingo, and checking out the different bars. We also attended the Lionel Ritchie concert presented by Carnival Live which was an UNFORGETTABLE experience. We really enjoyed the EA Sports bar and the bartender Sandor who was great. Service on the ship was excellent. The staff members were very friendly. Other notable employees were our room steward Yasa and Dirk the bartender at the Serenity Pool Bar. The ship was also VERY clean. There was always someone cleaning the floors, tables, windows, brass railings, everything! Debarkation also went very smoothly. With the FTTF, we had the option of carrying our luggage off the ship before other guests or have our luggage picked up the night before and then being the first group called to get off the ship. We chose to have our luggage picked up the night before. Just a note to those of you with the FTTF...if you chose to set your luggage out the night before, ask guest services if you can still get off the boat ASAP in the morning. We waited for our number to be called (which was #1) but we think we might have been able to get off the ship sooner. We would definitely sail on the Pride again and would recommend this cruise to others. Thank you Carnival for making our first cruise together so AMAZING!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Leading up to our cruise on the Pride October 11th, I read everything I could find about this ship on the Cruise Critic boards. I thought I would post a short review in hopes that I can help future passengers. This was our 13th cruise ... Read More
Leading up to our cruise on the Pride October 11th, I read everything I could find about this ship on the Cruise Critic boards. I thought I would post a short review in hopes that I can help future passengers. This was our 13th cruise (wife and myself), on various cruise lines. We sailed on the Carnival Miracle three years ago, which is the sister ship to the Pride and basically the same ship. We stayed in cabin 4237 which is a Vista Suite deck four aft, starboard. I have to say that this is the best cabin we have ever stayed in without question. I read a few other reviews on this exact cabin and some loved it and others were disappointed because of the vibration. Having sailed twelve times previously and a few in cabins near the aft, I was prepared for the vibrations that naturally come from the engine. I honestly didn’t think it was that bad for most of the trip. Going south, the ship never went over 16 knots, so the vibration was at a minimum. Coming back North, we were at 24 knots most of the ride and the vibrations became more noticeable, but nothing that bothered us. We had to move some glasses around and put something up against the safe to keep them from rattling, but that was all. If you are susceptible to motion sickness maybe the vibrations will impact you more, but for us it was just not an issue. I will say that there is a problem with the water in that cabin. Every time we turned on a faucet in the sink or in the shower, the water had an obvious brown discoloration to it. It was so bad that we wouldn’t brush our teeth with that water, we used bottled water instead. Some days if you let the water run for five minutes it would clear up, but other days it would be much longer. Taking a shower is interesting when you see the water gathering at your feet is brown. The cabin steward had no answer to the issue other than to “let it run” and customer service gave me some reason about the fresh water tanks being in the back of the ship. I didn’t believe either of them. The water in the toilet was always clear. The cabin itself was awesome. Basically three separate areas. The living room that had a couch and chair. A separate bedroom and a dressing area with a walk-in closet. There are a few videos on YouTube that show the room in detail if you search for Pride 4237. The wraparound balcony is outstanding. We spent many hours, night and day on that balcony listening to the wash from the props and looking at the sea. That balcony alone is worth the price of the cabin. Be sure to bring an extension cord and a plug with a few outlets since useable outlets are hard to find. I had one ten outlet plug that we used for all of our electronic devices and my wife used for her hair iron and blow dryer, and it worked out fine. Since you can no longer bring bottles on the ship, I purchased bottled water from Carnival for a very fair price of $2.99 for 12 bottles (bought three). Carnival has a new thing where the steward only comes into the room once per day to clean. He asked us on the first day if we wanted early or late “make-up” and we chose late. They also will only change the bed linens once in the middle of the cruise if you ask for it, but we chose to use the same lines the entire trip. Now for the cruise itself. We had the itinerary that stopped in Port Canaveral, Nassau and Freeport. Our son recently moved to Tampa, so I rented a car near the port from Budget and we met him in Kissimmee for an air boat tour. Spent most of the day with him, then drove back to the ship by 4:30 for a 6:00 pm departure. If you use Budget, be careful NOT to take the pre-paid fuel tank fill-up. They charge you for a full tank even if you only use half a tank. There are a few gas stations near the facility to fill up before you return the car. In Nassau, we took a cab to Paradise Island and bought tickets for the aquarium. We spent a few hours over there and had a late lunch at the outdoor grill. The aquarium pass limits you to certain areas of the island, but we pretty much went wherever we wanted to go and no one ever stopped us. The resort was pretty quiet, so maybe it was more off-season. In Freeport we did the ATV adventure through the ship. It was expensive, but what a blast we had. It consisted of three parts. First we went to Ardesta gardens, which is basically a walking tour of different flowers and plants. The best part was the ducks that roam the gardens. You can buy food at the café and sit around and feed the ducks while you wait for the ATV portion of the tour. We fed the ducks and had a blast. After an hour in the gardens we climbed aboard our ATV’s and were given the mandatory five minute “How-To” and off we went. I’ve been on a number of ATV tours through cruise ships and I think this was the best one ever. The roads we rode were barely wider than the ATV and the guides had us going at breakneck speeds the entire ride. The roads cut through a very remote area and if you go off the road, you will find yourself in vegetation and high grass. Nothing dangerous, so don’t worry about that. The island is very flat, so no cliffs to worry about. At one point the guides took us to a spot that was surrounded by beautiful blue water with a lone tree growing at the very tip of this peninsula. I have to say it was one of the best spots I’ve had the chance to stand on in my life. Really beautiful. The third part of the tour was an hour or so at a local beach. More beautiful water to be around. There was a place to buy food if you were hungry as well (sort of expensive, but good). I don’t consider myself a foodie, so my review of the food is based on the fact that someone else is doing the cooking and if I didn’t like something, I just asked for a different plate of food. Overall, the food in the main dining room was good. I didn’t have a bad meal at any point. On lobster night I had three helpings because the lobster tail is pretty small. On other nights I tried two meals and put them together to make a larger meal. I found for me, the amount of food on the plate left me a little hungry, but if you get a pre-dinner salad and a starter, you will be fine. I saw a guy two tables over from me eating three or four plates of food each night, so don’t be afraid to ask for extra helpings. We ate at David’s Steakhouse one night and the food was outstanding. It was my wife’s birthday and they came over and sang for her and gave us a special birthday cake for dessert. I had the surf and turf and it was very good. My disappointment was that they show you the types of steak and lobster you can get before you order and the lobster tail and fillet mignon were both huge, but when my meal arrived, my portions were about half the size of the items displayed. I asked the waitress and she said for the surf and turf you get smaller portions of each instead of the displayed large portions. It was still very flavorful and I enjoyed it, but felt like they pulled a fast one on me. The food in the buffet was what you would expect of a buffet. Nothing I had was bad, but nothing was exceptional either. The Guy’s burger joint was very good, as was the Blue Iguana cantina. We had breakfast three times in the main dining room and the other days at the buffet. I prefer the MDR food at breakfast, but it takes longer to get through breakfast when you sit there instead of going up to the buffet. I didn’t like the entertainment in the main show hall. We watched the 88 keys show on the second night and weren’t very impressed and then tried two other shows and walked out after ten minutes each time to go to the comedy show instead. I did enjoy the comedy shows each night. They have two PG type shows at 7:30 and 8:30, and then adult only shows at 9:30, 11:00 and 11:45. The comedians did a nice job of keeping each show fresh. Halfway through the cruise two new comedians came aboard, so we saw a lot of different comedy shows. The 9:30 show gets really crowded. People start lining up for that show at 8:30. We never got on that long line. Instead we sat in the Red Frog and waited for the line to be finished and then went to the comedy club and always found a place to sit. Since we were in a suite (first time we ever did that. It was a gift for my wife’s 50th birthday), I can’t really give you a good review on embarkation and debarkation, because we had priority status on both ends. We arrived at the ship at 2:15 and were in our cabin by 2:45 and when we left the ship on Sunday morning, they put us in the dance club at 9:45 and we were off the ship by 10:00 and in our car and driving away by 10:15. I didn’t hear anyone talking about a bad experience or terribly long wait on embarkation, while we were on the ship and conversing with other passengers, so I can only assume it went pretty well. I can say that the parking was really easy getting in and getting out. Overall it was a really nice ship and I thought the crew did an outstanding job making me feel comfortable while aboard. As far as I’m concerned, when I have someone else doing the cooking and cleaning, and I’m not at the office working, there isn’t really anything worth complaining about. I would certainly sail on the Pride again in the future. Hope this helped in preparing you for your future cruise. If you have any questions, I’ll pop in to the boards now and then and try to answer what I can. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
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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