39 Carnival Pride Cruise Reviews for Romantic Cruises to Caribbean - Eastern

We had never been on a cruise before, but we're curious enough to give it a shot. So glad we did. We sailed out of Baltimore for the convenience factor. We live about 30 minutes north of Allentown, PA, so the drive wasn't bad at ... Read More
We had never been on a cruise before, but we're curious enough to give it a shot. So glad we did. We sailed out of Baltimore for the convenience factor. We live about 30 minutes north of Allentown, PA, so the drive wasn't bad at all. Cruise terminal was very easy to get to. Traffic flowed smoothly and all staff were VERY helpful. We breezed right through the security line, no waiting. We sat a bit until they were ready to let everyone board, but we were still in the serenity area on a clamshell with adult beverages in hand by 12:15. Our cabin was gorgeous. I'll admit, I was nervous. I read a lot of negative reviews about the conditions of cabins. Absolutely no complaints. There was a bit of rust on the balcony, but seeing as how it's a boat with a whole lot of exposure to salt water and weather, the rust was minimal. The staff were. All. Amazing. Japhett was our steward and was fantastic. It seemed as though he knew what we wanted before we did. Very attentive and really nice. We spent the bulk of our time on the Lido deck by the pool. Dr E was our cruise director and he was hilarious. With his "good morning" and "good evening" songs and everything in between, he kept us laughing all week long. Our favorite was the guess that 70s/80s song activity in the main atrium. He outdid himself. Huge shout out to all of the bartenders, but our favorites were Nebo and H at the Blue Iguana Tequila Bar. These guys are hilarious and super friendly. As for the negative reviews. I read a ton of these after I booked this cruise. Here's my 2 cents, and I've read other reviews saying the same thing: know what things are most important to you when you book your cruise. Don't book a Carnival cruise if all you're looking for is quiet and relaxation. We were incredibly relaxed when we came home, but there's a lot going on on this ship. If you're expecting super high end, maybe check out a different cruise line. This boat was exactly as it was advertised: family friendly and party-like atmosphere. In general, the negative reviews were extremely nit-picky. It's a vacation. You're on a cruise with 2,400 of your newest best friends. There's absolutely nothing worth getting all fired up about. Also, be nice to the staff. They live there. We're guests in their home. If you wouldn't do it in your own, don't do it there. (Yes, I'm talking to you, lady who dumped an entire plate of food in the buffet line and just walked away without so much as an apology to the crew member on the floor trying to pick everything up so no one would step on it. Also talking to the gentleman with the stellar personality who screamed at the attendant at the pizza station...I still haven't figured out what was so upsetting.) Sidenote: also know what you're looking for as far as entertainment. I read a ton of reviews about folks being wildly offended by the late night comedy shows. Here's the thing. On the daily newsletter, it says right on it that the late night comedy shows are rated R and only suitable for 18+. Further, before the show even started an announcement is made reminding everyone of such, and also suggests that if you're easily offended or even a little sensitive, you find your way out. The comedians were absolutely hysterical and don't deserve to be slammed for being totally offensive by folks who were well warned as to what they were getting into. Our cruise on the Carnival Pride has set off a total cruise addiction. We came home Sunday and booked our next cruise on Wednesday. Carnival is fantastic! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We enjoyed cruising on the Pride. Leaving from Baltimore is a plus. Only a 30 minute drive from home. Check in was a breeze, they had a good system that was quick. Slowed down to take a picture for memories. Boarded ship nlt 1pm and ... Read More
We enjoyed cruising on the Pride. Leaving from Baltimore is a plus. Only a 30 minute drive from home. Check in was a breeze, they had a good system that was quick. Slowed down to take a picture for memories. Boarded ship nlt 1pm and room was ready by 2pm. Met our stateroom steward, Tegum. He kept our room tidy and requests handled in a timely manner. This was our fifth time on the Pride. Our first stop was to Guy's Burger and we were not disappointed. The burgers are juicy, the extras are plentiful and the fries are just as delicious. Menu in dining room was okay, but we did try the sushi bar (the boat for Two) was more than enough, especially with soup and salad and a drink. We celebrated my birthday and Teguh surprised me with discounts for Spa and tours. We had an obstructed view balcony. Dr E, the Cruise Director was very entertaining and the highlight of the cruise. Itinerary was changed due to Dorian. We stopped at Amber Cove. The port had a variety of stores, restaurants, activities and beaches. The people were very nice and the port offered free wifi. We look forward to returning to Amber Cove in the future. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose a balcony stateroom with the expectation of enjoying fresh air. From the first day we were subjected to our neighbor's smoking. We immediately complained to Guest Services. This was repeated on subsequent days: smoking and ... Read More
We chose a balcony stateroom with the expectation of enjoying fresh air. From the first day we were subjected to our neighbor's smoking. We immediately complained to Guest Services. This was repeated on subsequent days: smoking and complaints. Carnival provides extensive space both in the ship's interior and exterior for smokers. Some smokers want more. Our cabin attendant was friendly and very efficient as was the entire staff. Dining room service was sporadic. Sometimes prompt. Other times service seemed to drag on forever. Food was good and of course plentiful. Guy's Burger Joint has great hamburgers and fries. Pizza had thin crust and lacked the taste you would expect. There were no enrichment activities.The theme of the Cruise was "Fun" which means lots of action and noise at all times. Cruise Director must think himself proud: His announcements were preceded or followed by sounds resembling a stuck pig. I guess some folks thought that was fun. We thought it annoying. Bottom line:If you are looking for non stop action this ship is for you. Just don't look for any enrichment. The smoking issue and lack of enrichment impacted negatively on my, my wife's and our extended family;s overall cruise experience.Perhaps our expectations differed from the focus of the ship. We expected a quality (our definition) vacation but didn't feel we got our full money's worth. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We chose this cruise for our honeymoon. We loved the ship, the only complaint that I really have is the amount of seating that was available on the Serenity Deck. We thought it would be a quiet, peaceful area to relax during the day and ... Read More
We chose this cruise for our honeymoon. We loved the ship, the only complaint that I really have is the amount of seating that was available on the Serenity Deck. We thought it would be a quiet, peaceful area to relax during the day and it was a fight to get a chair unless you got there by 7 am to claim a chair. We had the best time in The Piano Bar, The Alchemy Bar and the Atrium bar. Specifically at the Piano Bar, the bartender MJ and Mike at the piano, Dejan and Inga at the Alchemy Bar. We discovered the piano bar on our second night after we went to the 88 Keys show, which was absolutely amazing, and we had a blast singing a long with Mike. We went back several times over the week we were at sea. Dejan and Inga were amazing and absolutely the most friendly bartenders I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. They were personable, and by Friday had our drinks already in the works as soon as we sat down as they discovered what our favorites were. I wish they were local! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We chose Carnival Pride because the departure city of Baltimore is about an hour away, so no airfare required. Drove to the harbor and had to wait maybe 20 minutes for luggage drop-off and parking. Check-in went quickly at our appointed ... Read More
We chose Carnival Pride because the departure city of Baltimore is about an hour away, so no airfare required. Drove to the harbor and had to wait maybe 20 minutes for luggage drop-off and parking. Check-in went quickly at our appointed time. The walk up the gangplank is a bit of a hike if you're out of shape and lugging much carry-on. We splurged on this cruise because we were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary, and were really happy with our Grand Suite, except the lack of outlets. See below for cabin review. But I will add that we LOVED having a nice big balcony, so there was no need to compete for space around the pools, all of which were extremely crowded, including the Serenity area. If I had wanted to be in the pools, I would have found that very annoying. Dinner every night was in the main dining room, where we took the late seating. Initially assigned to a table for 4, our dining partners moved to a table with a window, so we had the table to ourselves all week - yay! Wait staff was friendly and efficient, and brought us a special little dessert for our anniversary. Once hubby found out he could pick and choose entrees and sides, have dessert as an appetizer and take another dessert back to the cabin to eat later, he was a happy camper! I enjoyed sampling the more adventurous options - but overdid it at the start of the week and by the end of the week was keeping it simpler. I was a little disappointed that a number of guests did not comply with the dining room dress codes at all, even on the formal nights (a few wearing shorts, t-shirt, and baseball cap). I appreciate that the ship doesn't want to be clothing police, but it would be nice if people understand that it brings the experience down for other diners if they're dressed like they went to McDonalds. At least a polo shirt and slacks would have been a decent compromise (even though that's technically what's expected the rest of the week at dinner, right?) We mostly enjoyed our cabin, balcony, and casino. Line dancing on Lido deck was fun. Dr. Dre was outstanding as cruise director - so much energy and humor! But we didn't really partake of other entertainment or activities this time around - just wanted relaxation. Port #1 - Grand Turk: Excursion Deep Sea/Reef Fishing - We had a blast. Six cruisers on the boat, and we caught 3 baracuda! Had the option to stop trolling and go bottom fishing to catch more, but we were all having fun so we kept trolling for the big guys! Port #2 - Half Moon Cay: No excursion. Rented snorkel and enjoyed a little self-guided exploration. Port #3 - Freeport: Excursion - Ocean Swim with Dolphins! YES! This was so much fun - I highly recommend, even though it's pricey. It was a bucket list item. Swimming in the lagoon would be better for people not comfortable swimming in deep ocean with fins. Back on the ship - our steward Farry was really nice, and did a great job taking care of us. We asked for ice twice a day, and there it was! We blew up an extension cord (oops) and he got a replacement. Very efficient and thoughtful. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
I have cruised on Carnival 9 times and this was the 2nd to worst cruise. The activities were lacking, the assistant wait staff was poor for the first few days and one Alchemy Bartender was really rude and not customer friendly. On ... Read More
I have cruised on Carnival 9 times and this was the 2nd to worst cruise. The activities were lacking, the assistant wait staff was poor for the first few days and one Alchemy Bartender was really rude and not customer friendly. On the other hand our cabin steward Rommel was an awesome professional, our waiter Mehmet was the saving grace and the lobby bartender Katherine was the best bartender ever. The food was not of the normal quality and they did not offer escargot on this trip. The entertainment after dinner shows were bad talent and they need to find a better way so all passengers can enjoy the Captain's cocktail party. With all the competition among cruise lines Carnival needs to step it up. Further like Princess Carnival should consider allowing individuals to sign up for the Cheers Program. My wife does not drink and I don't think it is fair to require her to sign up just because I sign up. Also need to figure out a way to allow passengers to get to the dining room without walking through a smoky casino Need to step it up. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
I chose this Cruise line because that first time I've ever been on a cruise it was so nice and enjoyable. My honeymoon on the Carnival Pride# Staff was not friendly the bar staff is very friendly other than that not at all. The staff ... Read More
I chose this Cruise line because that first time I've ever been on a cruise it was so nice and enjoyable. My honeymoon on the Carnival Pride# Staff was not friendly the bar staff is very friendly other than that not at all. The staff barely understood English that meant really no communication. The food was loudsy they do not cater to ur eating habits if u did not eat pork there was not much of a choice. Guys burgers not good too greasy. I lived on boiled eggs and french fries. The price match false advertisement . I found a tour cheaper then I paid on board bought back apix of the difference in money they came up with a lame excuse it has to be On Line That's not wat the commercial saids IF YOU FIND AT LOWER PRICE THEY WILL REFUND THE DIFFERENCE!!! LIKE I SAID THIS was not a good cruise Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
I Love Carnival the staff was Awesome Dr. E was really good. Like being close to home the Port is 15 mns from my house. Did not eat in the dinner room that often. Entertainment was great.Ports Half Moon Cay was Awesome. Grand Turk was ... Read More
I Love Carnival the staff was Awesome Dr. E was really good. Like being close to home the Port is 15 mns from my house. Did not eat in the dinner room that often. Entertainment was great.Ports Half Moon Cay was Awesome. Grand Turk was nice. Cabin was nice and taken care of well. I traveled with my husband and myself. We meet really nice people enjoyed just relaxing. Embarkation went very well like that you have a time. One thing I dislike is that everyone in the cabin has to get the Cheer package I do not drink my husband likes to have a few beers or a drink i do not think everyone should have to get it. I understand it is no way for them to check but unfair. I wish the Pride would go to more Islands as well. And I have more Vegetarian dishes... / Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We chose this cruise because it departed from the port of Baltimore, It saved us from having to travel to Florida for departure. The guy who attended to our room ( ARNOLD) was super great. The activities on the ship were second to none. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it departed from the port of Baltimore, It saved us from having to travel to Florida for departure. The guy who attended to our room ( ARNOLD) was super great. The activities on the ship were second to none. We really liked the comedy shows and the late night party at Beauty's.. This ship was run very professionally by Dr E. Every thing was well coordinated and on time. We found ourselves opening our balcony door whenever Dr E came on the speaker just to be updated. There were some times i felt like we were in a buy buy an excursion, painting, or a steak or something from one of those shops, but I guess that's part of the business.Sometimes i also felt like the staff was on a mission to sell me something by using the word ( Free) to get me to buy something. Of all the people we met on the ship we ( wife & myself) was very impressed with the person ( ED-Warren) i think that's the way his name is spelled. Professional, cheerful, positive and a breath of fresh air.Every time we came down the steps he greeted us with a good morning evening . He always addressed us by our names as if he knew us for a long time. I know it't job to sell but he did it in a way to make you feel not pressured to buy anything. Ed_Warren was always smiling and better yet always and I mean always professional. People like that make me want to travel on that ship again Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Price was amazing! Dining food at dinner and breakfast is very tasty and artfully presented. Love Ken, the Maitre'd singing each night! Such a talent and lots of fun. So convenient being AFT with a fantail suite with the DR only a ... Read More
Price was amazing! Dining food at dinner and breakfast is very tasty and artfully presented. Love Ken, the Maitre'd singing each night! Such a talent and lots of fun. So convenient being AFT with a fantail suite with the DR only a few floors below and the Mermaid Grille which always has something open 24 hours. We highy recommend the Pizza Guys who make custom individual pizzas for you. Delicious! Best crust ever! Our suite number was 4237 or 4327? We prefer to be higher but when we booked this was the only floor remaining with a 1-BR, fantail HUGE wrap-around balcony remaining. Spa is excellent. We had a couples salt scrub followed by massages. Luxurious. 7-night cruise. Had to divert to just outside Charleston on 2nd night as personal onboard was in medical distress. No problem. All was handled beautifully. We had to skip Grand Turk but that was no issue because we got Nassau instead. My husband and I love to eat in Nassau at Athena's Greek Restaurant whenever we are there -- it never disappoints. Service is impeccable and food scrumptious. You won't want to leave. Carnival's private island, is truly fabulous. Loved the trip! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This is my second Carnival Cruise-Legend was our first and Pride our second. Pride is a SMALL OLDER ship.Sailed out of Baltimore -we walked in and registered and walked straight on to the ship and INTO OUR suite--OUTSTANDING-no waiting ... Read More
This is my second Carnival Cruise-Legend was our first and Pride our second. Pride is a SMALL OLDER ship.Sailed out of Baltimore -we walked in and registered and walked straight on to the ship and INTO OUR suite--OUTSTANDING-no waiting anywhere, The port had their stuff together. Leaving the ship was just as easy, walked to customs and then to our car 500 feet away. Port parking---OUTSTANDING, JUST PERFECT--CLOSE AND SECURE PARKING!!! . Room service (food) was outstanding (makes the best pizza (approx. 14 inch), wings and banana splits. Breakfast (room service) was a disappointment. No hot foods for BREAKFAST ONLY, only options are toast, bagels and muffins AND COFFEE with good condiments such as jelly's and peanut butter. Coffee is good but only warm-out of 5 am services coffee was never more than luke warm. All delivery times were good, any where from 15 minutes to 1 hour (because people come back from excursions and order in). Four times the room service call would just ring 25 or more times. I guess it was because they were busy. Outside deck was nice but rust everywhere and paint all over furniture (had to have cleaned). Glass was excessively dirty. Furniture comfortable. Back to the inside, the bed was outstanding, I have a severe back issue to failed surgery and bed was outstanding. Pillow (got 2 additional for a total of 6) were great firm yet really soft. Bed cover must be down or something close to it. Very thick but really light weight. Restaurant food was outstanding, shrimp gumbo OMG, 2 guys burgers-better tan 5 GUYS burgers (in my opinion) another OMG, with a side bar or bacon, onions, hot and sweet peppers, potato sticks, mushroom, fried onions and much more. The PROBLEMS-------------DRINK PACKAGE (soda only--$7.50 per person) ALL PEOPLE IN PARTY ---MUST----PURCHASE) IS A RIP OFF. If one person in your room wants the alcohol package-EVERYONE MUST GET IT--EVEN IF YOUR WITH FAMILY AND HAVE SOMEONE 18 OR ABOVE WITH YOU--like i would want my son or daughter to have unlimited alcohol) Its not like on a larger ship where cup came with package (was IN ROOM UPON ARRIVAL)and soda dispensers were every where. BEWARE on the PRIDE-- anyone-kids included MUST GO TO THE BAR FOR SODA--YES I SAID BAR-and they MUST scan your card for every soda. We used our's 14 times in 6 days due to the inconvenience-we ended up paying $18.00 per six pack (4) we had delivered to our room so getting a drink was more convenient. It is not available at any eatery unless you request your server to get it from the bar. I asked for a refund for the last 24 hours (had 48 hours left on cruise) and "team member refused. It does say package is day to day but it also states no refunds even including what you do not use-- I advised the 'team member", in case he could not see my card was red (means you have cruised Carnival more than once) I advise him I was a VIP member and would like a refund for the non used soda plan. Still he insisted on NO REFUNDS PERIODS!!!! SHIPS CHAT PROGRAM (so you and speak to each other anywhere on the ship via your phone) -- ($5.00 per person) Team member could not even get it to work. They did refund our $10.00 (one plus for them, I hope we didn't break their bank).Since we had so many issues on this cruise I advised him I will NEVER use CARNIVAL AGAIN. Still no refund---I hope they enjoy their $15.00 extra profit. We had several other issues. I mean I will NOT RECOMMEND OR USE THEM AGAIN!!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Did the Grand Turk-Half Moon Cay-Freeport itinerary. Here are some thoughts. Our third time sailing on Pride. GT was pleasant as always. A lot of seaweed piled high on the beach but otherwise great. We did the Gibbs Cay and Stingray ... Read More
Did the Grand Turk-Half Moon Cay-Freeport itinerary. Here are some thoughts. Our third time sailing on Pride. GT was pleasant as always. A lot of seaweed piled high on the beach but otherwise great. We did the Gibbs Cay and Stingray encounter excursion which was really great. Gibbs Cay is around the other side of the island. Felt very remote and unspoiled...until three other boats showed up that is. Haha! We rented cabana 11 at HMC. Have had this one before and liked its location and the bit of shade from pine trees that row over the open deck. Loved the location last time but this time the music was way louder. Also had a jerk rent a clamshell by us who blasted —and I mean blasted— his own music, including some hardcore rap with very explicit lyrics. (Music I listen to sometimes myself too, but not stuff I’d blast on an idyllic beach with families all around me). He eventually turned it down but then the pirate bar cranked up their music. Don’t think we heard it so loud before at cabana 11, which we choose to be a little away from the partying. Still a nice day but I don’t want to be able to hear music when I’m submerged in the water snorkeling. Next time will try for cabana 15 to be as far as possible. Did not do an excursion in Freeport. Have done the luxury sail cruise in the past but decided to enjoy a less crowded Serenity deck. Did that for a while then checked out Señor Frog’s where there was a fun party atmosphere. Food was the usual in the MDR. David’s was excellent and I have become a huge fan of the spice-rubbed ribeye in Carnival’s steakhouses. Rivals anything I’ve had on land. Posted some pics of this in a separate album on this page. Had a Guy’s burger ok first day and felt miserable afterwards so didn’t go back all week. We tried Cheers! for the first time. Not sure we’d do it again. Felt compelled to drink to get the moneys worth out of it. Certainly was convenient and loved being able to get a latte at the coffee shop with it. And folks, tipping a dollar or two with your Cheers purchases will get you much better service, and the immediate attention of the bartender when the bars are jammed right before dinner. Alchemy bartenders were good particularly Nicolae who had a great sense of humor once he gets to know you a bit. Caribbean Manhattan was my go to choice. Great stuff. Ship was packed to capacity with 2,600 aboard. Lots of DC-MD-VA families on one last vacation before school starts. Was a bit crowded at lido buffet. Lots of chair hogging on deck. I complained about it on Serenity and the crew member promised to put it stickers but she never did. We sat behind a row of 10 chairs on Serenity on Saturday from 9-12. Eight of them had towels on them but no human ever set butt on the chairs. Martin at the atrium bar was awesome and remembered our names (again, tipping helps with service). Nicolae and Sanya at Alchemy also nice. Rev. Dr. E (Everson) was Cruise Director. I can see why people like him. He’s breathlessly energetic and everywhere at once. I was not a fan of the over-the-top energy, but again I see why people love him. Comedy shows were so-so. Vargus Mason did a short riff on Bill Cosby that left the room extremely uncomfortable then (playfully) yelled at people to laugh. It made for an awkward 30 minutes. Rest of the week’s lineup were standard past-their-prime comics but adequate for a cruise ship. Only saw one Playlist show as we’ve cruised enough we know all the acts by now. Skipped our usual FTTF for the first time. Chose 1-1:30 arrival but there was a delay in boarding due to technical problems. We arrived around 1 pm and were onboard around 2:15. Chose self assist debarkation and were off and in our car around 10:45 am. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
My husband and I decided to sail on Carnival Pride because it was a short drive to Baltimore and I had previously sailed on Carnival Pride and was pleased with the service. Cabin: We booked a balcony cabin on deck 7. The cabin was ... Read More
My husband and I decided to sail on Carnival Pride because it was a short drive to Baltimore and I had previously sailed on Carnival Pride and was pleased with the service. Cabin: We booked a balcony cabin on deck 7. The cabin was nice and clean. I cannot say enough good things about our room steward Eka. He made sure we had everything we needed and went out of his way to make us feel welcome and comfortable. He is beyond awesome. Dining: Prior to our cruise date I emailed the Maitre' D to request a table for two. We initially requested any time dining but was wait listed. We later received an email stating that anytime dining was sold out and we were assigned late dining. After unpacking my husband and I went down to make sure we would have a table for 2. I was happy to find that we were indeed assigned a table for 2. I believe we ate in the Normandie dining room 4 nights, 1 night at David's Steakhouse and 2 nights either room service, Guy's Burgers, Blue Iguana or the buffet. Overall we enjoyed our dinners in the dining room and at David's and Guy's, however found the buffet food left a lot to be desired. We enjoyed the food at the Blue Iguana, especially the bowls. Entertainment and Activities: Dr. "E", our cruise director was the best! He was so full of energy, approachable and hilarious. He made any event he was at, fun. The Lip Sync battle events were lots of fun as was Karaoke. We visited the comedy club and that as fun as well. Ports and Shore excursions: On this cruise we visited Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Freeport. At Grand Turk we simply chilled on the beach, chilled and ate at Margaritaville. There are a few shops in port but I don't believe we purchased anything. Half Moon Cay is simply beautiful. One could not ask for a better beach. Here we relaxed on the beach, swam in the ocean and ate at the island bbq. My husband really enjoyed the food at the island bbq. We booked a Carnival sponsored excursion for Freeport. I believe it was called "See and Sea". We left in an air conditioned tour bus and visited the Rand nature center which was small but nice. We learned about different types of plant life on the island and saw a peacock, snake, and a hawk. We then left and went on a Glass Bottom boat which was the highlight of this excursion. Our captains, Ross and Davon (Javon maybe) were professional, welcoming, and very nice. We were able to see fish and a shark. Other points: Although I was really pleased with the level of service and the experience we had on Carnival Pride, almost every day and sometimes throughout the night there were loud booms above our heads. We have no idea what these sounds were but they sometimes made it hard to relax. I would definitely sail the Carnival Pride! Awesome trip! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We took this cruise as it was for a decent price for a balcony. Overall it met our expectations as we are previous cruisers of Carnival. The shows in the main theater were better than expected based on our experiences on other ships. I ... Read More
We took this cruise as it was for a decent price for a balcony. Overall it met our expectations as we are previous cruisers of Carnival. The shows in the main theater were better than expected based on our experiences on other ships. I would recommend the shows to others. Their comedians were good and had plenty of selection of times to go the 9-10:15 shows were always packed. The room steward was great. The third day we got a waiter in the main dining room we liked and were able to request him the remainder of the week with our anytime dining. Note we did have to line up for anytime dining before service opened as quite a line was forming and people were always waiting for a table when we left at 7-7:30. Our server would let us know of upcoming port embarkation and debarkation times as well. The ship is older but they do a good job of keeping it clean. They are not doing a great job of upholding their dress code policies in the dining room. Elegant night ranged from nice evening gowns to tank top and shorts. If you wanted a good spot in the serenity area you had to get there early as people were saving seats with their stuff but would be gone for hours. Half Moon Cay had an amazing beach and a decent time on shore. Grand Turk and Freeport we had only 4-5 hours which makes going very far difficult. We found good snorkeling at each location though. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
My husband I vowed to cruise on this ship in particular, after having attended his cousins wedding on this ship a couple of years ago. We thought it would be perfect for our 5th wedding anniversary (7-13-13). After paying for this voyage ... Read More
My husband I vowed to cruise on this ship in particular, after having attended his cousins wedding on this ship a couple of years ago. We thought it would be perfect for our 5th wedding anniversary (7-13-13). After paying for this voyage in advance, we also made sure to request reservations for the chefs table and David’s steakhouse. (FYI- if you make your reservation for David’s on the first night of your cruise, you’ll receive a free bottle of their house wine or 50% off of a bottle of your choice). Both request were confirmed within a day. Our checkin process was quick, we had priority checkin because we booked an ocean suite. After a seemingly endless trek through the long walkway we were finally onboard heading to our cabin suite. When we arrived to our cabin (8-266) the door was open and the steward was vacuuming the floor. The room was beautiful and had a great view. The first 2 days were at sea and quite a few guests including my husband grew quite ill from the excessive rocking of the ship, as we were obviously sailing through a storm. I must say it was quite hilariously at first to see people teeter tottering as they walked through the ship. On to the food!...... as the ship sailed away from Baltimore, we had a drink and sushi at(Bonsai Sushi) it was surprisingly very good and the complementary warm edamame was delicious. We arrived at David’s just above the lido grille buffet area it had a nice romantic feel, at least it did for my husband and I. Everything including service was great up until my entre came......I ordered the lamb chops cooked medium well and I received them rare the first time and medium the second time, in all I could only consume 1 lamb chop. The waitress asked if I wanted to order something else instead, I declined as my husband along with our best friends were done eating, the waitress suggested that they could correct their mistake by preparing a new entre and I could eat it in my room.....at that point I was more than irritated. When the check came I again brought up the fact I didn’t get to really eat, I was told that I still had to pay, rather than cause a scene I opted to pay and go to guests services. Guest services called down the manager of David’s who ironically was also the hostess that seated us. She explained that the charges were valid my response was how could they be when I didn’t get to eat and I made mention that if I was going to be charged regardless then I most certainly should have the rest of my meal. Her response was that she would speak to her manager, the next day I was informed that I would be refunded. The lido deck buffet was subpar to say the least which was very disappointing, it was understandably crowded but it was also overwhelmingly chaotic, as guests walked around with plates in hand searching for not only a vacant table but also a clean table. The lido deck pool area was also standing room only, so much so we never got a chance to get in the pool this also goes for the serenity deck which I encountered several children who were not 21, apparently some parents thought that their kids needed serenity too. By the time space became available at the pool for the serenity deck it was being roped and netted off for closing at 10:00pm. There were numerous activities onboard, so many it became a race against time to make it where you wanted to go. We visted the art auction that started around 1:15, however things didn’t get rolling until about 1:30 and before we could even bid on the pieces of art we wanted, we had to leave for the $3k bingo game at 2:15. This happened quite often on this ship. The chefs table........... was the the stuff that dreams are made of, it was absolutely and completely worth it. The walk through the galley the appetizers the demonstrations and the 7 course meal was fantastic and filling coupled with unlimited wine and a table side magic show. I have no regrets or complaints. Now for the “Amazing Race” the worst part of this cruise for me was the delegation of time for each port. We reached Grand Turk and it was beautiful, we decided to take a tour but not through carnival, I enjoyed learning the history of this wonderful island with all of the donkey’s. It was really enlightening, our next stop was Carnivals “Half Moon Cay” what a waste of time, my husband and I literally spent 5 minutes there and tendered back to the ship. Freeport Bahamas here we come......... and here we go.....Our Anniversary!!!. We arrived at Freeport so early that nothing was really open except of course a million straw markets all selling the same thing, none the less we decided to go to the Lucaya market which was so close yet so far. We got there and......... you guessed it more of the same, most businesses didn’t open until 11:00am and unfortunately the last cabs back to the harbor were leaving at 12 noon. and the ship was leaving at 1:00 pm. We didn’t have time to enjoy anything except the fried whole snapper and fries my husband and I fought the flies over and we finished in record time! After all we had to get back to the ship. We never did get to take a tour. Back at sea again more storms more rocking. We quickly became boat zombies, we were extremely tired though we hadn’t done a single thing. Boredom set in not for lack of things to do, but because by the time we’d sifted through the crowds to get to an event it was over or ending or standing room only. We managed however to do 2 things fully, bingo and a comedy show. We lost at bingo but the comedian (Azeem) was freaking hilarious, we even bought his dvd. Normandie restaurant...... trying to get into this place was stressful the line was so long, I was sure we had somehow been teleported to an amusement park in the roller coaster line. Brunch..........made me wish I’d went to the lido deck at least the breakfast was good there, you won’t be able find a seat but these are the breaks! Overall this cruise was just okay, maybe if it had been my first cruise it would have been amazing. Sadly though this was my 4th carnival cruise and my husbands 3rd. The venue spaces aboard this ship are too small to accommodate all of its guests, that was abundantly clear for the whole voyage. The staff.... I must say was very courteous and friendly, there were a few bad apples but it’s to expected. Our room Steward was “Jeefrey” he was and absolute joy to be around, always happy always smiling and always eager to assist us in any way he could. The night before debarkation.........That day I went to guest services to wave my gratuity, which they felt should be $97 and change. We opted not to do this, as we had already tipped everyone who had in fact served us from bartenders to waiters to casino dealers. The service desk worker had us fill out a post card sized form on which there was a line provide for us to explain why we were waving gratuity. I thought that to be very odd and imposing, it made a lot us feel uncomfortable. Because I had already tipped everyone else, I waved gratuity to ensure that my room steward got all that we wanted him to have. Debarkation was chaotic but quick. All in all, I will cruise with carnival again but never on the “Pride”. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I booked this cruise for my significant other and I because of the value and the port location as Baltimore is only 1.5 hours drive from our home. After reading mixed reviews, I was skeptical that the Pride would deliver. However, I was ... Read More
I booked this cruise for my significant other and I because of the value and the port location as Baltimore is only 1.5 hours drive from our home. After reading mixed reviews, I was skeptical that the Pride would deliver. However, I was pleasantly surprised! Embarkation was very smooth and it took approximately 1 hour from the time we arrived at the port to the time we were enjoying lunch and drinks on the Lido deck. The delay was primarily parking as we arrived early (around 1145) and passengers from the previous cruise were still leaving. I do want to mention that our arrival time was not until 1. However, NOVA traffic is hit or miss; we left the house a bit earlier to avoid tardiness and as a result arrived early. This did not present any problems for us as we were still allowed to embark. Parking was easy (although $15 per day) and luggage drop off a breeze. Embarkation staff are welcoming and ran like a well oiled machine. The ship is older and you can notice a bit of wear and tear but nothing concerning and certainly nothing that kept us from enjoying ourselves. We had a cabin with a balcony on deck 7. Décor was dated but the cabin was spacious for the two of us and we enjoyed the balcony. Bed was firm but that is how we like it.....overall we slept great! We did experience some noise from above but that is to be expected in any type of accommodation. The service during the entire cruise was impeccalbe. Our room steward, dining room staff and just about anyone we encountered truely made us feel welcomed, relaxed and pampered. We enjoyed the enterainment in the Taj Mahal to include the shows by Playlist Productions and Dr. E! Dr. E. was hilarious and we loved him as the Cruise Director. The comedians were fantastic and we enjoyed quite a few adult only shows in the Punchliner Comedy Club. All were always well attened. Go early to snag the best seats (or any seat in some circumstances). Many will complain about the pools being crowded and that is true! However, there are plently of hidden gems on decks 10 and 11 to get some sun. Serenity was genearlly also crowded, however, we were always able to grab a couple of chairs if we waited a few mintues. Really it is all about timing. Afternoons on sea days have heavy traffic on the Lido Deck. However, if you have late dining, you can always find some vacancies in the late afternoon when everyone else is getting ready for dinner. We ate at the buffet for breakfast and lunch. The breakfast selection does not change and you find yourself eating the same thing everyday. I would recommend the Seaday brunch served in the main dining room on sea days. The selection is still limited but you do a have a few choices that you cant find at the buffet. Not to mention, it is far less crowded and relaxing. Lunch does vary but pizza, burgers, tacos and sandwiches are always an option. We had late dining and ate dinner in the main dining room almost every night. I found the staff, once again. to be fantastic. We enjoyed the selection and trying different menu items (yes you can order more than one of anything!). The melting chocolate cake is a must....I think I ordered it at least 3 times. We did not eat at Bonsai or David's. However, we did splurge on the Chef's Table.....one word..AMAZING! it is an extra $75 per person plus gratuity but more than worth the money! You get a personal tour of the kitchen, a demonstrationon on how to make the famous melting chocolate cake from the pastry chef as well as champagne and appetizers. Afterwards, you are taken to a private table (with approx. 12 other guests) and servied a 7 course meal. Everything is excellent and the service is one of a kind! You even get a group photo incluced in the price. You better come hungry...although the portions will seem small...you will be stuffed by the end. Highly, highly recommend and would do it again!!!!!!!! We booked Carnival shore excursions in all three ports: Grand Turk. Half Moon Cay and Freeport. I do want to say that you can easily enjoy both Grand Turk and Half Moon Cay without an excursion. Both have plenty of free beach space and Grand Turk even has shopping and a huge pool (Margaritaville). Freeport is another story. The port is in an industrial area and if you do not book an excursion, you will have to venture out on your own. There is only limited time is this port so I would recommend staying on the ship or booking a Carnival excursion..there seemed to be plenty to select from. We booked the Home Sweet Home excursion in Grank Turk and this was our favorite of the cruise. You are transported to a beautiful private beach house and beach where you are greeted by an amazing staff. The beach house is modern and spacious. Lunch, drinks, plently of beach chairs/umbrellas, snorkeling and kayaking are all included. Half Moon Cay has a gorgeous beach!!!!!!!!! We booked horseback riding and had fun. This excursion was only about an hour so we still had plently of time to enjoy the beach. This is Carnival's private island so there are plenty of bars and lunch is provided on the island. We booked the VIP luxury sail in Freeport. This was a relaxing sail and snorkel combination. Staff were great and we enjoyed ourselves. Disembarkation was less smooth than embarkation but primarily becasuse guests are eager to get off the ship and do not follow instructions (we were guilty as well). Once off the ship, we were back at our car within minutes. Overall, great vacation experience. We would sail the Pride again! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Parking embarkation: unorganized got there at 1:30pm never got parked till after 4:00pm Please get a better system in place for parking. Once on ship no food to eat all buffet were not set up. After that all the rest was great Julio was ... Read More
Parking embarkation: unorganized got there at 1:30pm never got parked till after 4:00pm Please get a better system in place for parking. Once on ship no food to eat all buffet were not set up. After that all the rest was great Julio was always friendly and very attentive to our needs for our cabin: Dining evening Table 189 Great job and food was hot and awesome. Sang to us for our Anniversary Entertainment comedy club oh yes Jess great hostess and also with trivia games Great Job!! all 3 guys were very funny, the women was very dry and repeated her same routine the next day. Leigh the cruise director is very entertaining and it was a pleasure talking with him. .Karaoke hostess were all very good and very nice. disembarkation was awesome> had faster to fun and got off very quickly so glad now to have Platinum status Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
i sailed the Pride twice. i booked the 2nd time for the itinerary as well as for the Chinese buffet where i ate lunch every day. the convenience of driving to Baltimore (5 hours for us) was much easier than a 3 1/2 hour drive to the Philly ... Read More
i sailed the Pride twice. i booked the 2nd time for the itinerary as well as for the Chinese buffet where i ate lunch every day. the convenience of driving to Baltimore (5 hours for us) was much easier than a 3 1/2 hour drive to the Philly airport, getting there early, 2 hour flight to Florida or 3 1/2 hours to Puerto Rico, etc. Parking in Baltimore is right there at the pier. the Pride is just the right size ship for me and my wife. the Alchemy Bar is conveniently located just outside from the Normandie (Main) Dining Room and the bartenders know how to make a great Martini as well as the bartenders at the Renaissance Lobby Bar. bar service while lounging around the pool is frequent and quick. just as every other ship there are chair hogs who put out towels or personal belongings early in the morning and show up about noon and expect the chairs top be theirs. the pool attendants take care of that, though. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We enjoyed this cruise. We prefer to leave out of Baltimore since it is close to home and just a 30 minute drive to the port. Unfortunately, due to hurricane IRMA our itinerary changed and we weren't able to visit the islands that we ... Read More
We enjoyed this cruise. We prefer to leave out of Baltimore since it is close to home and just a 30 minute drive to the port. Unfortunately, due to hurricane IRMA our itinerary changed and we weren't able to visit the islands that we truly wanted to visit. Then the Captain was trying to avoid the hurricane and we ended up sea sick, which never happens. The food was ok. When we did Carnival as our first few cruises the food was good enough but once experiencing Disney, and Norwegian the food on Carnival is just ok. We truly enjoyed Guy's burger joint and enjoyed that everyday and David's steakhouse was good as well. The adult Serenity area was nice if you were every able to find a spot. Unfortunately for us that was only once. They threaten to move your towels if you are holding places but they never did and people would come up early in the day sit towels down and disappear for half the day and return to a nice cabana, chair or hammock and that was very inconsiderate to me because others would like to enjoy it and most of the time it was the same people which meant they had their pick daily. I couldn't bring myself to just hold places knowing I wasn't utilizing it right at that time so we just went without. The other issue we had with the Serenity area is the times of operation. The bar closed at 6pm and the pool and hot tub was roped off at 10PM. There was never a lifeguard so I thought it would be nice to have it opened longer for adults at least until midnight including the bar so those who wanted to could enjoy that area at different times. The entertainment was nice, everything we did we truly enjoyed. We did the comedy show, adult scavenger hunt, shows, bingo, movie night and more and we had a blast. We had a suite and that is where it got tricky. To pay the amount for a suite but receive no special perks was annoying. They only offer priority embarkation and disembarkation, which doesn't include your room being available sooner or you receiving your bags quicker, if you want those perks then they advise you to pay more for "faster to fun" which is crazy to me. When in suite classes on other cruise lines they truly go above and beyond for those who are in suites. It definitely makes you wonder if cruise different lines is a better option. The customer service was amazing. My only other complaint was me having to call and ask about a cruise credit or discount off of future cruises since we did not keep our itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This was only our second cruise on the Pride and really love the ship and crew. We live in Maryland and have done 5 other cruises out of Florida but have the Pride booked for next year to Bermuda. First time in Half Moon Cay and loved it. ... Read More
This was only our second cruise on the Pride and really love the ship and crew. We live in Maryland and have done 5 other cruises out of Florida but have the Pride booked for next year to Bermuda. First time in Half Moon Cay and loved it. Smooth sailing all thee way down and back. The crew was fantastic both time on the ship. The thing about the Pride is there seems to be a lot of first time cruisers, blue and red S&S cards, and everyone seems to have a great time. We met so many nice people and saw from our last time on the ship. Embarkment and debarkment in Baltimore are fantastic. So easy parking, getting through check-in, and getting on the ship, couldn't ask for anything easier. Our cruise director, Saffie, was great in all ways. We are booked on the Conquest for October 2017 and really looking forward to our return to the Pride next year. On that cruise there will be 8 in our party Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
This was our first cruise and we were a bit nervous but aside from being sea sick the first day at sea, we had an awesome time. Here's a breakdown: Embarkation -- Standing in line for almost two hours was a real pain but we had no ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we were a bit nervous but aside from being sea sick the first day at sea, we had an awesome time. Here's a breakdown: Embarkation -- Standing in line for almost two hours was a real pain but we had no real issues here. Cabin -- We got a balcony room and I can't recommend that enough! When everyone and their mother is on the lido deck, you can sit on your peaceful private balcony and watch the sunset and it is awesome. You can have room service bring your breakfast and enjoy it out there too! The decor of the cabin was surprisingly dated but the room was clean and the bed was comfortable. Days at sea -- Sea sickness is no joke! I have spent a ton of time on boats without getting sick and assumed I'd be fine but boy is it different out in the open ocean! I was really happy to have backed "just in case" Dramamine. There is plenty to do to pass the time while at sea and Carnival has a great app to help you plan your day and find your way around the ship, which was very confusing at first. Grand Turk -- So convenient that you walk off the ship and are at the beach. The shops here are overpriced tourist traps but if you pass through them and walk down on the beach, you can jump right in the beautiful water. I recommend heading to the "GRAND TURK" side of the beach which was way less crowded and just as nice as the "WELCOME TO" side. You can have food and drink brought to you while you lounge in the shade under the huge palm trees, there's volleyball and a huge chess board, and a NASA exhibit. You might consider water shoes here as the sea floor is very rocky and my husband and I both cut our feet. Half Moon Cay -- For this port, you have to use a tender boat to get to the island since it is too small for a big pier. This was a bit annoying in the morning when everyone was trying to go at the same time and even with the number system, it was still super crowded. As the day goes on, less people are coming and going and it's much less stressful. The beach here is awesome, the water is super clear, you can snorkel right there in the swimming area and see cool fish, there are a ton of activities all over the island, lunch is served in a huge awesome BBQ buffet, it's very clean, and there aren't pushy local vendors as this is a cruiseline-owned island. Freeport -- Honestly, I would have rather skipped this stop all together and just headed home early. It's just a small strip mall in a shipping port full of pushy vendors selling the same ticky tacky crap (but at least the prices are relatively cheap aside from the random Harley Davidson store). To go and do anything beachy requires an expensive excursion or taking a taxi 20+ mins. We weren't feeling this and hung out mostly on the ship this day as it was a short stop and we got a chance to do the things that were normally too crowded (e.g., mini golf, basketball, hot tubbing, the water slides). Food -- There are so many options for eating, it's crazy. The first night we went to the official dinner restaurant where you go at your assigned time. It was beautiful and the food was great but it literally took two hours for two people so we never went there again. The quality of the food at the buffets was just as good and allowed you to try all kinds of foods. My husband and I are both vegetarian and we always found plenty of yummy veg-friendly foods. There are a couple of restaurants where you can pay for fancier food but we never tried those as the buffets are included and are very good. Casino -- I was really disappointed by this. Firstly because you can smoke in there which is a HUGE turn-off. I was shocked that there wasn't at least a non-smoking section. I'm not a hardcore gambler, I just like to play the slots, and the odds are stacked so hard against you that it's not even fun. At a normal casino you can sit and play for 20-30 mins with a $20 and you'll go up and lose some and have fun. These machines suck your money away without any bonus rounds and the fun is over in like 2 minutes. My husband is into roulette and cards and also didn't enjoy his time, though I can't explain why because those games make no sense to me. :) Comedy club and stage shows -- We really wanted to go to a comedy show and tried FIVE TIMES and every time there was literally not a seat left it was so packed. So I guess that means they're good? If you can get in the door. The stage shows (by Playlist Productions) were surprisingly good with an impressive theatre (the Taj Mahal) with high tech audio visual and stage effects. The singers were often off-key and over-sang everything to death but it was still a good time. Tipping -- Having never been on a cruise, we had no idea we were going to be charged $180 for gratuity at the end of the trip and had been tipping in cash. That was really aggravating so be sure to understand your cruise's tipping protocol beforehand! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We sailed during Hurricane Matthew and this may have been the best cruise we were ever on. Our Captain changed our itinerary and instead of Eastern Caribbean, our plans were to go to Canada....GREAT!! However, once we got to NYC, we were ... Read More
We sailed during Hurricane Matthew and this may have been the best cruise we were ever on. Our Captain changed our itinerary and instead of Eastern Caribbean, our plans were to go to Canada....GREAT!! However, once we got to NYC, we were not able to go to Canada since other cruise ships were headed that way so there was no room for us at the port. Not a problem, we got to tour NYC and had a great time! The cruise line made up for the issues we had by giving EVERYONE on board $250 spending money and also 50% of of a future cruise. Our cabin was also upgraded to a balcony so we had no complaints at all. Some people were upset and complaining saying that they were going to sue their travel agent---hmmmm...really folks! The Captain is trying to keep us safe. The food was great and so was the service. Each staff member was friendly no matter if it was 2am or 2pm. Guy's burgers were delicious and juicy--very tasty. Much better from when we tried them on our 2014 cruise. My only complaint was that I wished they had more comedy shows while on board. There 4 nights where there was no comedy show and I missed that. The pool side movie theatre was fun and cozy. There were kids playing in the pool behind us so it made it difficult to hear the movie but no biggie. Some of the passengers were rude to the staff and I don't like that! When ordering an omelette or pizza, some passengers were very demanding and hot-tempered with the staff and I don't quite understand that. The staff was great, no need to be nasty to them! Other then that, we had a ball!!! We will be back again. It would be nice is there was a cruise to Boston and Canada from the Baltimore port. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was mine and DH's first cruise, and we couldn't have had a nicer time. The only reason for the 4 out of 5 was due to the food, which I'll get to in a minute. We embarked out of Baltimore, because we live in the state, ... Read More
This was mine and DH's first cruise, and we couldn't have had a nicer time. The only reason for the 4 out of 5 was due to the food, which I'll get to in a minute. We embarked out of Baltimore, because we live in the state, about an hour away. The port was amazingly easy to get to. Our check in time was 11 am, so we were supposed to be there between 11 and 1130. We got there about 1140 that day, but since we has purchased "Faster to the Fun" (FTTN), we were put into a priority check in line and waiting area. We zoomed through everything and was on the ship by about 1230.I strongly recommend "FTTN", It may be like line jumping, but well worth the $60, especially, I'd imagine, if travelling with children. When we originally booked the cruise, we booked for an interior cabin on deck 7. Two days before embark, Carnival called and offered an upgrade for an additional $100 per person ($200) total. No fees or taxes, just a straight $200. It may have been a gimic, but it was the best decision to do it. We were upgraded to an obstructed balcony, stateroom 5176, and it was beautiful. Please do not let the word "obstructed" frighten you. On the 5th floor, the lifeboats only obstruct your view straight down, not out. So you could still see everything if you look out to sea. We had a wonderful, (and I can't stress that word enough) room stewardess named Leydi. If we could have gotten her past customs, we would have brought her home. She was super attentive, asking every time we saw her if we needed something, whether she was working on our room or not. She really is a sweet and friendly person, that we would strongly suggest giving a raise to. The food was touch and go. The main dining room (Normandie) was excellent, even though we only went for dinner 3 times. There are about 5 appetizers, 5 entrees, and 5 desserts to choose from. Our waiter was Damir and he was fabulous. As soon as we were done with our plate, we had another in front of us. We were spoiled! We did not go for the formal nights, because I read reviews on this website. Do not believe that people just dress in khaki's and collar shirts and go in to the dining room on these nights. Most people were in suits and evening gowns, which we did not pack. If you want to go to these nights, please pack these clothes. The mermaid grille (the buffet) was terrible the first afternoon. It redeemed itself for breakfast. I think the continental breakfast at the buffet is the way to go in the morning. We had the sea day brunch on the second sea day in the main dining room, but it was pretty much the same food as the buffet, but it was a lot more packed together. The continental breakfast from room service wasn't bad but wasn't anything special. Just cereal, muffins, juice and milk. Room service itself was also hit or miss. The first night we ordered a PB&J, and it was gross. However, the BLT's are awesome! We ate those a few times. And not everything on the room service menu is free. Some things are extra, and soda/alcoholic drinks are not covered under any drink package. Guy's Burgers? OMG!! They are so good! I think my DH ate at least one a day. The Pig Patty (with bacon on it) was his favorite. Did not do the steakhouse. One suggestion. If you or anyone in your cabin drinks alcohol, I would strongly advise purchasing the "Cheers" package. This means that all of your drinks on the ship are free. Everything from alcohol, sodas, specialty coffee, and juices, is all free. This is important to know. DH and I did not purchase it at first. We thought, "We don't drink that much." When we got on the boat, 2 drinks cost us $23 after the automatic 15% gratuity. So we got the package, and ended up saving about $400. The only way this would not be beneficial is if anyone in your cabin is over 21 but doesn't drink alcohol at all, because you have to pay per day for that person anyway. We had an amazing bartender at the Renaissance Lobby Bar, named Katarina, that made our day, everyday. She is funny, sassy, and nice. She is one of the crew that I will truly miss. The Punchline Comedy Club was the absolute best! They had 3 amazing comedians on the cruise and 1 average comedian. But it is definitely worth checking out if you are into that sort of thing. We stopped at 3 ports, Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay, and Freeport Bahamas. We did not do cruise excursions at any of these ports. However, on Grand Turk, we decided to take a taxi into Cockburn Town to do some shopping and sightseeing on our own. We ended up getting into Clifford Wilson's taxi, and had the best tour! He charged us $35 pp, which was great compared what the cruise line was charging. He also allowed us to stop whenever we wanted to take pics or buy souvenirs, and would wait until we were ready to go again. He was extremely knowledgeable about the island, and not just the typical tour guide stuff. He shared stories about the island and its inhabitants that only an insider would know. If you are interested in using him for a tour, you can reach him at (649)231-2515, Cliff's Mobile Taxi. Half Moon Cay is absolutely gorgeous!!! White sand beach, crystal blue water, and the warmest water I've ever been in. This beach is definitely somewhere to save money on excursions, and make it a beach day. Just make sure you find a tree on the beach and move beach chairs under them, because there is hardly any shade there, and all of the clamshell chairs are taken almost immediately. This is also a tender port, meaning a boat has to take you from the ship to the beach. This is another time when FTTN comes in handy. We had priority status to get onto the tender and was able to use a special line to get on the boat. Freeport is also beautiful, and this is the port we did all of our shopping. If you intend to do your shopping here, my only advise is to shop around. There are many vendors that will negotiate with you, if you are patient. We tried our hand at the casino. We started with about $250 to play with and came home with $700. It was fun to do this on the last sea day. Just be careful!! Then it was time to come home. We chose to check our luggage instead of doing the self assist debark, because we just wanted to be lazy for a little longer. Passengers that check their luggage have about an extra hour on the ship. FTTN comes in again, and we had priority status to debark. This means we had to be in the waiting area on the ship by 10am, and we were in our car driving home at 10:35. Most of that time was walking in the line to get through customs. All in all, we had a wonderful time. This was the best vacation we have had in a long time, and are already planning our next cruise on the Carnival Pride. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
The room stew was excellent, our room was always clean, neat and in order. He always called us by our name when he saw us either in the hall or near our room. MDR dinning had changed because it went to American table, alot of the staff ... Read More
The room stew was excellent, our room was always clean, neat and in order. He always called us by our name when he saw us either in the hall or near our room. MDR dinning had changed because it went to American table, alot of the staff seemed new, so service took quite a bit of time to get through. Several evenings we were rushed to get to get to shows because of service being slow. The entertainment was much better this year, as well as the performers themselves were more personable compared to last year when we didn't see them off stage. This year the entertainment staff was out and mingeling with the passengers. As far as room service, the menu could use some help, especially in the breakfast area, maybe adding hard boiled eggs or something of that nature, especially when you have an early morning port of call, you need more than what is offered on the room service menu. Customer Service on 2 are very courteous and help us out several times during our cruise with a family issue that happened back at our home, they were extremely patient and accommodating with our needs. We chose not to purchase excursions while on shore, we really wanted to relax on the beach, which was wonderful. Be careful, while we were docked in Grand Turks, another ship was docked and their photographer was taking pics, didn't realize it and when we went to find the pictures, we were told they probably were on the other ship. We are planning on another cruise, during school time, we went in late April and it was quite crowed and a lot of children. Spent very little time on Serenity because it was also always full. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was our 2nd New Year's cruise with Carnival, our first was on the Carnival Splendor New Year's 2015-2015. We had such a great time we book the Pride the week we returned . Our cruise on the Pride was AWESOME. The ship is ... Read More
This was our 2nd New Year's cruise with Carnival, our first was on the Carnival Splendor New Year's 2015-2015. We had such a great time we book the Pride the week we returned . Our cruise on the Pride was AWESOME. The ship is beautiful and the crew is exceptional. Our Room steward wasn't the best. We we constantly asking for ice in the room. I know some people say well that's not their job that falls under room service. But when we first meet him I asked if he would keep out ice bucket full and he said sure I don't mind at all. So I gave him $40.00 and thanked him. Not 1 time did he do it without asking for it. Other than that the crew was awesome. We had 2 other friends traveling on the same cruise which was nice. We had a group setup prior to the cruise and had a very nice meet & greet prior to the muster drill. Meet several new friends. We enjoyed this cruise so much we booked the Carnival Sunshine for this New Year's the week we returned and just 4 weeks ago I booked the Carnival Magic for New Year's 2017-2018 Read Less
Sail Date December 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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