Sail Date: July 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
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
The crew on this ship is the most helpful, thoughtful and kindest of any cruise line we have ever sailed. We took our 91 year old mother on a cruise for Mother's Day.When we arrived Savannah the cruise director greeted mom and had a ... Read More
The crew on this ship is the most helpful, thoughtful and kindest of any cruise line we have ever sailed. We took our 91 year old mother on a cruise for Mother's Day.When we arrived Savannah the cruise director greeted mom and had a brief conversation with her. The next day mom received chocolate covered strawberries in the room. Wow! For the rest of the trip she felt like a rock star. What a nice gesture. Jess, the server in the casino bar was always quick with a drink and always remembered our names. (makes us feel welcomed). The staff at the Normandie Restaurant was just wonderful. When you travel with an older senior it can be difficult, but everywhere we went on the ship the crew were always so kind and helpful. We have sailed on different cruise lines and have sailed on this ship before. I would have to say that the embarkation process for this cruise is the best we have ever had. The staff at the terminal checks your documents and photographs you on the way into the building. Then you are sent through security. That's it! No standing in line for hours. After security we went directly on to the ship. WOW! We had a balcony stateroom that was plenty big enough for 3 adults. The room steward, Claudius was very attentive and our room was very clean and tidy every day. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
This is the trip that my traveling agent put together for my family and I, we had a wonderful time I met a lot of people on the trip from many different states , and countries , it was so amazing for our first time family whom travel with ... Read More
This is the trip that my traveling agent put together for my family and I, we had a wonderful time I met a lot of people on the trip from many different states , and countries , it was so amazing for our first time family whom travel with us they really enjoy the cruise, the cabins was very nice and clean at all times loved my animals on my bed each day I returned to my room, the food was outstanding, good from the beginning of my trip to the end, I think I gained 10pds in 7 days from eating so much. The entertainment was very nice, had someplace to go on the ship all doing the day and at night. The slots were good for those who like to gamble or just for fun.i met a couple who was entertaining us with songs Joel and Carina they were great loved all the songs they sing. Restaurant workers were great. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
We looked for an inexpensive cruise to see if I could do it since I recently went on oxygen. The cabin steward was friendly but the cabin was rarelt done when we returned after being out. Make up cabin cards no longer available. Our ... Read More
We looked for an inexpensive cruise to see if I could do it since I recently went on oxygen. The cabin steward was friendly but the cabin was rarelt done when we returned after being out. Make up cabin cards no longer available. Our waiter was good but our table was a little out of arae and we had inconsistant service. We didn't see any shows as the theater was at the opposite end of the ship. We also didn't get off the ship as we have been on 29 cruises. The TV was really disappointing. No more network channels, 3 or 4 news cannels all connected with CNN. One movie channel which showed the wrong movies since they must change the somewhat monthly. Terrible entertainment. They worked on the balconies 2 days and I couldn't see any improvement. Like all cruise lines things are going downhill and starting to become adisappointment. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
My first attempt at a cruise review after 4 cruises. We were to leave Baltimore on September 9, 2018 for Bermuda. Because of Hurricane Florence we were rerouted to the Bahamas. Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Freeport. We cruised to ... Read More
My first attempt at a cruise review after 4 cruises. We were to leave Baltimore on September 9, 2018 for Bermuda. Because of Hurricane Florence we were rerouted to the Bahamas. Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Freeport. We cruised to those islands in 2011. I will give you some updates on changes I noticed on this cruise since our last cruise in 2016.. MY OBSERVATIONS: PARKING LOT: There used to be 2 lanes, one for cash and one for credit. The cash line was always the shortest. Now both lanes are open for either cash or credit. EMBARKATION: Seeming long lines at the 1:00 - 1:30 check in but they moved really fast. Carry on bags went through the xray conveyor belt but this time they were not opened and inspected like they did in 2016. We were aboard in about 15-20 minutes. Rooms were ready at 2:00. SHOWER: Water pressure in the shower was excellent. Shower curtain was extra long and didn’t wrap around you while you were taking a shower. I do wish they would add a small grab bar in the shower while the Pride is in drydock. ROOM SERVICE: Room steward brings a card and you check off AM, PM or BOTH. We were not pressured one way or another. We chose AM and wrote in ice. Our room steward was I Ketut and he was great! ROOMS: Our 4K room had a flat screen TV. Previous years you could find the day’s menu and check your sign-and-sail balance on the TV. Now you have to download the Carnival Hub to see those things. We didn’t take a device to use and locked our phones in the safe so this was no help to us. We would check our balance and add money if needed at one of the Kiosk’s at either end of the Casino. Never had to stand in line at Guest Services. I listed the TV Channels you get on the room TVs at the end of this review. BRUNCH: OJ was the only juice offered but you could ask for others. The bread basket came around and you could pick one piece. Menu was great! DINNER: We had YTD on the 3rd floor dining room. Bread basket was placed on the table. Water was really good on this cruise. Some choices came in little bit larger portions (caesar salad especially). Our waiters were awesome! Arta, Arya and Libin. At around 5:30 the line would start forming for the YTD. Crew members from the Dining Room were nice enough to bring those disabled guests right in to a table so they didn’t have to stand in line. I thought that was very nice. In past years they had a menu board outside the Dining Room with that night’s dinner menu. This cruise there was none. LIDO: Lots of good choices for lunch. Breakfast was always the same. I am not a fan. Best drink we found from Lido was to put about ½ inch of lemonade in the cup, add ice and then fill with water. Excellent lemon-water! Lido now has platters alongside the plates. Perfect to use as a tray if you need one, especially for bringing coffee and pastries back to the room. GUY’S BURGERS: Guys is a matter of opinion. Some love it and some do not. My husband loved it but I don’t usually eat burgers. The fries looked greasy and not crispy. However, I love fried onion sandwiches! I got a burger roll from Guys and filled it with the (yes, very greasy) fried onions from their fixins bar. Delish! PIZZA: We both preferred the pizza of 2 years ago made on a flat bread/foca bread type crust. This time it was made on traditional round pizza crust and it was served as ½ pizza when you ordered. (Unless you wanted a whole one. Approximate size was a medium). SHOWS: We didn’t go to any of the musical shows except KARAOKE which was fun. Hosted by Assistant Cruise Director Bendy Blake who was awesome! We did attend the CARIBBEAN SHOPPING SHOW. As reported by others, it was a waste of time, just telling you where to shop on the islands. (Stores associated with Carnival). Love and Marriage Show was hosted by Dr. E and of course it was very funny. He asked around 10 questions. COMEDIANS: Didn’t attend but heard they were very funny but only about 20 minutes sessions. Last couple of nights they had no comedians because they were to be picked up in Freeport on Friday but we skipped that port and came straight home Thursday after Half Moon Cay. CASINO: We spent a little time in the Casino on the first night. The smoke was unbearable. When we got back to our room, our clothes smelled like cigarette smoke! I wish they would make the table game side of the Casino the smoking section and the Slot Machines on the right as non smoking. That might help a little. DH was able to pick up a stack of $100 from the claw machine. We saw a couple other people grab one as well. CREW: As always, you won’t find a nicer, friendlier crew anywhere. When ship is docked in a port, the crew members are busy cleaning. CRUISE DIRECTOR: Reverend Dr. E (Eversen) was so funny and personable! Best cruise director we have ever sailed with! PORTS: GRAND TURK: We were last in Grand Turk in 2011 so it has been awhile. Back then Carnival advised to stay in the Carnival port area and not wander off beyond there. This time, locals were everywhere in the port. They offered golf cart rentals, jeep rentals, tours, chairs and umbrellas closest to the beach. It was really a big difference and to me it just seemed overcrowded with so much going on. Port shops were great. Half Moon Cay: Awesome as always. Captain announced on Thursday evening when we left Half Moon Cay that we would not be docking at Freeport on Friday due to Hurricane Florence. We would leave right then and go farther out to sea and around the Hurricane on our way back to Baltimore. Friday was a rough sea day as we did hit some rough seas. This also cancelled the Comedians for Friday and Saturday as we were unable to pick them up in Freeport. DEBARKATION: We did self-assist for the first time and loved it! If you have any questions, I would be happy to answer. TV CHANNEL SHOWING 11 FUN FINDS 13 CRUISE LIFE 14 CHANNEL GUIDE 15 SAFETY INFORMATION 16 FUN ABOARD 17 CARNIVAL ADVENTURES 18 MAP CHANNEL 19 FORWARD CAMERA VIEW 20 LIDO CAMERA VIEW 21 AUDIBLE FUNTIMES 22 CNN 23 CNN INTERNATIONAL 24 CNN SPANISH 25 HLN 26 BOOMERANG 27 CARTOON NETWORK 28 TNT 29 TBS / WATCHED IN ENGLISH/COMMERCIALS IN SPANISH 30 TCM 31 TRUTV / SPANISH IN PM & ENGLISH IN AM 32 FREE MOVIE CHANNEL / MOVIE GUIDE BETWEEN MOVIES 33 FUN FOR ALL 34 OCEAN VIEW 35 GOOD TO KNOW 36 MUSIC CHANNEL Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
We chose this cruise at the last minute as a birthday gift to take a bit of the sting out of my turning the big 60. We weren't expecting much but very pleasantly surprised at how Carnival delivered such a great experience. ... Read More
We chose this cruise at the last minute as a birthday gift to take a bit of the sting out of my turning the big 60. We weren't expecting much but very pleasantly surprised at how Carnival delivered such a great experience. Embarkation, while a bit slow, was painless and moved along at the expected speed. Ship was very well kept up with a few more additions since our last time on it. A Japanese restaurant that we didn't visit, was added as well as a coffee shop on Deck 2 that was quite enjoyable. They also added Guy Fieri's Burgers and the Blue Iguana on Deck 9 that were both delicious. The only comment on the burgers were they tended to be a bit on the greasy side. They also turned The Twilight Bar? into The Red Frog and they had a group playing each evening for dancing. The only comment on that was for the jazz music, the bass was so loud it made it difficult to enjoy the rest of the group. Hopefully they fixed that after the first evening. Our cabin was a 4K that had French doors with a view of a lifeboat. Enough to let the light in and it was a bonus for an inside cabin. It was quite spacious and gave us plenty of room for the two of us. Our cabin steward Kadek was always visible and did a fantastic job! He was always checking to see if everything was alright and it we needed anything. We did the dining that we could choose our time. It made for a relaxing cruise but we found ourselves there at the same time anyway:) Lee Ann made certain we always managed to get a table for two by the window. We had the same service team every evening. Alexis, Luis and Puthut made certain we had fantastic dining experience every evening. The food itself was outstanding! I can honestly say we never had a meal that we didn't care for. We went to Freeport, Grand Turk and Carnivals own island. Their island is the only time we got off the ship and it was truly beautiful. I think we could have stayed anchored there for a few days and been quite content. Entertainment in the Taj Mahal was mediocre at best , however all of the comedians were definitely worth seeing. The two stand outs for us in the activities area were Stephanie and Bendy Blake. They had the type personalities that lent themselves to that profession. Neil was okay as a cruise director, considering he was new and still finding his own way. We truly enjoyed trivia and they had many different ones to chose from. Sorry this ended up so long! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
First let me be up front that my wife and I are RCCL's Crown and Anchor Diamond Plus level members and I am a Club Royal casino player at the "Signature" level. Our cruise on the Carnival Pride from Baltimore MD was a seven ... Read More
First let me be up front that my wife and I are RCCL's Crown and Anchor Diamond Plus level members and I am a Club Royal casino player at the "Signature" level. Our cruise on the Carnival Pride from Baltimore MD was a seven day casino "free"cruise for port charges, taxes and fees, we purchased the pre and post cruise transportation from BWI and the vacation protection (insurance) for the week. Arrival and transportation to the ship: we arrived at 8:30 am to BWI and were at the "waiting area" in the baggage area, a Carnival cruise representative met us and we were escorted to a Chevrolet SUV with another couple for a quick trip to the Cruise Port Baltimore at 10:20 am, then the waiting began. The cruise ship was still debarking passengers from the prior cruise and we had to wait outside of the cruise port building for about forty minutes. The process is going through the check point were they he m your passport and cruise documents, then you go to the metal detectors and then into the main waiting hall to get your "Sail and Sign" card, which is your room key and on board charge card, they had our credit card on file. Then we were told to sit. As the prior cruise passengers were still getting off the ship, they started to move passengers onto the Carnival Pride about 12:45 pm, the cabin 1245 interior room on Deck 1, was not ready till 2:00 pm. We spent time dining in the Lido Buffet on deck 12. Food was good, not great. Going through the muster procedure, was pretty standard, however, the cruise director, the Reverend Dr E was trying to make vocal impressions for the safety drill and it was somewhat unprofessional, cut the baloney and give us the facts, just the facts. Then the ship sailed. YOUR TIME DINING: this is unassigned seating in the Normandie Main Dining Room (MDR) on deck three, we were fortunate to get a fantastic head waiter for our table by the name of Adrian and the two assistant waiters, Thet Thet and Saisa. If you do the Your Dining Time, ask for Adrian, you will not be disappointing. Food in the MDR previously was good, but on this cruise, I would have to say that the fare was better than average, service was good to excellent. The menu included a seafood, pasta, vegetarian, beef, poulty or port Beef was served four out of the seven nights. My wife we one of two couple selected to do a private tour of the kitchen and tasting on fifth night and we now have "A GREATER APPRECIATION of the MDR kitchen and wait staff. The MDR kitchen is located on deck one, and the waiters have to go up and down an escalator to bring the food up to the guests. The kitchen is well organized and the MDR kitchen food is prepared totally separate from the 9th deck buffet. In the MDR Ken, the one of the maitre d' had a good voice and he did celebration announcement and sang ballads, mainly Sinatra songs-very entertaining. SHOWROOM ENTERTAINMENT was mainly production shows which were okay, the Punchline Comedy Club had two very entertaining comedians. In the Centrum, they had a variety of musical entertainment, the trio of electric violin artists were very good. WINNERS CIRCLE CASINO has a variety of updated slot machines of various demoninations, two roulette tables, on craps table, one electronic poker table, three three card poker table, on Heads Up Holdem tables, one Let it Ride table and the rest were blackjack table. The dealers, pit bosses and Casino Host Petra were all very friendly and accommodating, I was on the Carnival Players Club Dealers Choice which was a "free" cruise and $300 CASINO CASH BACK, but BEWARE, make sure that you photocopy the original offer, as when I went to the casino cashier's window to collect my $300 casino cash, I was entitled to only $150, fortunately I brought a copy of the original casino offer which listed the August 5th Carnival Pride cruise. In speaking with a couple of the other casino players, they also were told that they were "entitled" to a lesser amount. The casino had nightly drawings, and giveaways, for anyone who had accumulated at least 100 points.The "Drinks on Us" card, now takes 1500 points to earn your "Drinks on Us" beverage card for free beverages in the casino while gambling. It used to be 1000 points. Please note that to earn one point it you have to run $5 through the slots, I have been unable to determine how the table time is calculated to "earn" your "Drinks on Us" card. All in all the Carnival Players Club casino was very entertaining and during the week they announced many slot jackpot winners. OUR INTERIOR CABIN number 1249 on deck one was standard queen size bed which is two twins pushed together, very adequate closet space, a mini frig, two chairs, deck and table. The bathroom has the necessary sink, and shower with a curved curtain, and sufficient shelves for you toiletries. Our cabin steward (they call them "attendants" now) was Ketut and he provided excellent service. DRINKS are expensive, we don't get the drink package as my wife and I are not big drinkers and in the casino the pit boss bought a round for the table players at least once every night. DEBARKMENT was slow. On RCCL's Grandeur of the Seas which also goes out of Baltimore, MD, usually docks at 6:00 am, but the Carnival Pride did not dock until 830 am, and they take the walk offs who take their own luggage off the ship, and the majority of the passengers are from Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and NYS, so most of the passengers drove to the port. We finally got off the ship by 11:15 am and we took a Chevrolet SUV back to BWI for our flight home to NC on Southwest Airlines (SWA). Unfortunately, SWA cancelled a bunch of flights and we went into the terminal there were at least 200 people in line to be their flights rebooked. I called SWA automated line and cancelled our flight and our fare for the return flight was refunded to our SWA flight funds account. We rented a one away car rental and drive 6 1/2 hours to our home in NC. This was my 9th cruise on Carnvial overal and my third on the Carnival Pride and probably my last, due to the slow embarkment and debarkment. Travel through the ports in Florida get you in and out quicker. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
I have been on the Pride before, but not for 7 or 8 years. Have been cruising with family on NCL which I adore, but needed to leave from Baltimore since cruising with a friend this time...so back on the Pride! I had pretty low ... Read More
I have been on the Pride before, but not for 7 or 8 years. Have been cruising with family on NCL which I adore, but needed to leave from Baltimore since cruising with a friend this time...so back on the Pride! I had pretty low expactations, thinking of Carnival being more of a budget line. Don’t know why, because the cruise was not cheap. ($3400 for two-vista suite room). Embarkation was a breeze! Stopped for drinks and burgers at Guy Fieri’s....not the best but certainly good. Room was ready and our luggage was there. The liquor/mixers/water we had ordered for the room were there. Dinner the first night was ok...we sat with some other people who didn’t seem to want to talk, which was fine. During the week the dinners were good and something always caught my eye so we never made it to the steakhouse. After the first night we had a table for two. My fave dinners were the short ribs, egg roll appetizer and fried chicken. Caesar salad was amazing and extra anchovies were available! Call me crazy, but I loved the waitstaff show! Also loved the sea day brunch. Had eggs Benedict every time and they were perfect. Worst part about ordering this dish (for me) is getting a semi hard yolk. I like ‘em runny and they were perfect! Bacon was good too. Only lunch we had was the taco bowl and it was delicious! Really didn’t experience the buffet. We pretty much stayed in the back of the ship! All we needed was right there! Our room and fantastic balcony, restaurant, pool and bar! We didn’t make it to any shows or karaoke, which we had planned to....BUT every night after dinner we went to the Alchemy Bar, made tons of friends and that was all the entertainment we needed. (Bartenders Dejan and Nikolai are the best!) I’ve been on nine cruises and have never interacted with so many happy people! All you need to do is ask the person next to you if they are having fun and the conversation is off and running! We always ran into the same people....maybe we are just all “back of the boat people”. The serenity pool was fun although finding chairs together is a challenge. But the crowd is fun, if not as rowdy as the main pool and there is plenty of shaded seating too. So.....I’m a senior and my review is based on not seeing/doing everything available on board. There were a few things that could be improved, def need tablecloths every night not just fancy dress night, the wait staff needs a lesson on what a lemon is and what a lime is, and wake up calls could be a little less spotty (although this would be a major problem if you were relying on one to ensure you made your excursion time) but nothing made me think I’d never cruise with them again. As a matter of fact, my friend and I have already decided to cruise the Pride again next year! Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
My family has been over 10 cruises, mainly on Princess and MSC. This was our first Carnival Cruise (May 20 – 27, 2018) and it will not be our last. The staff on the Carnival Pride was the friendliest and most helpful of all the ships we ... Read More
My family has been over 10 cruises, mainly on Princess and MSC. This was our first Carnival Cruise (May 20 – 27, 2018) and it will not be our last. The staff on the Carnival Pride was the friendliest and most helpful of all the ships we have sailed. As others have echoed in previous posts – I could not find one staff member who did not have a smile on their face in the entire week. We choose this cruise as it was only 40 minutes from home to the port. No flying this time. It worked out great as we were able to use the pool from the beginning to the end of the cruise as the weather was warm. Keep in mind - if you go from October to April – you may have to spend the sea days inside. Let me run down the week’s events and categorize them. Embarkation – The cruise port of Baltimore is very easy in and out right off of I-95. With only one cruise ship in port at a time – there is little to no traffic in and out. Tip – make sure you have your tagged luggage ready to be dropped off. Prior to parking – porters take the luggage from your car and place it into airport style luggage carts prior to parking. Parking is $15 a day – and you pay when you arrive. If you have cash there is a separate line to pay. Plan on getting to the port no earlier than 11:30am as they will not let you park prior to that time. Going through security and getting your cruise card was easy and quick. For those who like to be dropped off that is easy as well – follow the signs and they will direct drop offs accordingly. Tip - for out of towners – there is no food available to purchase at the cruise port – you will have to wait until you get aboard. Bonus Tip - Cruise goes under the Key Bridge about 20 minutes after leaving Baltimore and under the dual spans of the Bay Bridge about 2 hours after departure. Nice feature to go under bridges as with Fort Lauderdale and Miami you make the turnout of port and you are in the Atlantic Ocean. Bonus Bonus Tip - you do not need to go to the muster station drill with your life jacket. Just go to your station and the drill took place at about 4:30pm. Each child under 12 will get a wrist band to identify the muster station they need to be for the length of the cruise. Ship – The ship is older. If you are looking for the latest and greatest bells and whistles (no rock walls, ice skating, indoor parks, bowling alleys, etc…) then you will be disappointed. If you are looking for a cozy ship – 2124 passengers – and temper your expectations – then you will be pleasantly surprised. Yes, there was paint peeling and some rust spots on the balconies. The years of salty air does wear on the ship. But overall it has held up very well. Food – Main Dining Room – food was adequate – service was exceptional. Tip - We had anytime dining and we were able to secure the same table every night at 5:45pm. If you want the same table every night – make sure you get there early on the 1st night and then follow through on the 2nd. After that you are all set. The waiters and staff were extremely helpful. The best we ever had – thank you Michael from table 400. My daughter is on a special medically prescribed Ketogenic Diet (for her seizures) and they made sure Chicken, Pork and Beef Burgers were cooked without seasoning. We were able to get the menu for the next night and choose in advance. Carnival was by far the MOST accommodating food staff we ever had. We also were able to finish dinner and catch 7:30 and 7:00pm pre-shows with easy. We just let our waiter Michael know that we wanted to make the show and he speed up service. Buffet - food was adequate. Tasty – nothing extraordinary. Try Chopsticks for Chinese food at lunch. 24 hour pizza was great – be sure to ring the bell after hours. Guy’s burger joint – burgers and fries were awesome. The tacos and burritos on deck 9 allowed for a quick and very tasty meal without losing your pool chairs or having to walk through the buffet line. Room Service – typical food – delivered on time. There are few items on the room service menu that do charge extra – chicken wings – special desert, etc… Spent $0 Specialty Restaurants - we did not use them. Spent $0 Casino – we did not use the Casino. Spent $0 Bars – we did not use them. Spent $0 Photos – we took pictures every night. Carnival does the standard placing of photos on deck #3 and you spend time looking up and down for the ones you took. They offer a 10% discount for the embarkation photos on the first two days. 8x10 photos are $21.99. They do offer Shutterfly bonuses with certain # of photos purchase. Tip – if you are getting multiple photos - be sure to ask for the $1 per photo add on to digital image. We got 10 photos and for $10 extra got them on a USB cruise drive so we could print copied out at home. Bogo, Stefan and Yogi were great with our photos. Spent $225 Excursions – Grand Turk – we did not do an organized excursion – ship docked. There is a beach right off the ship – with chairs and umbrellas. First two rows – you can pay to sit – rows 3 and back are all wide open. Beach has some rocks and a rocky shelf in the water. Just watch your step. There is a Jimmy Buffet’s Margaretville in the secured cruise area. The pool is huge. You can buy food/drinks if you want to but there is no requirement. Great place to sit and enjoy the music and people watch. In addition to Jimmy Buffet’s - there are local shops all in the secured area – haggle if you want but the items are reasonable priced. Spent $40 for a beer, iced tea and monster chicken nachos and $30 for souvenirs. Tip – 15% service charge and VAT are already included in the bill. Half Moon Cay - we did not do an organized excursion – tender into port. The tender is a short 15 minute ride – smooth sailing. Get your tender tickets starting at 8:30am from the Lido deck and wait until your number is called. The process was typical and smooth. The private cay has plenty of beach chairs and there are spots with tree coverage. Food is buffet style burgers, hot dogs and jerk chicken on the island. Tip - Try the chicken it is better than the hot dogs and burgers. You can rent water sport gear if you like. Beach has superfine sand and crystal clear. You can walk out 150 feet and still have the water at chest level. There is ample time at Half Moon Cay. Spent $0 Freeport – we choose the beach excursion. Meet at the Harley Davison Store in the port – easy to find and wait for the double decker bus to take you to the other side of the island. 20 minute ride. May is rainy season – so the skies opened up as we drove to the beach. Those on the 2nd level of the bus got wet. We enjoyed the experience of getting soaked even before we got to the beach. It rained the morning except for the last 40 minutes. We still went in the water as it was warmer than the rain. So people left early as the bus came 2 and 3 hours into the excursion. We stayed the 4 hours and enjoyed getting wet in and out of the water. Some people were disappointed but you cannot control the weather. Spent $120 for the excursion and an addition $11 for nachos. There are about 30+ shops right off the ship. Tip - Head away from the first few shops and you will get better deals. We picked up a large Bongo that they engraved for $25 to the left of the Harley shop from a couple when the same Bongo was $75 from the first shop through the gate. Again haggle if you like – but this couple was working hard and handmade all their goods. They also had homemade wooden crosses with shells and local rocks that were only $10. Spent $50 on souvenirs. Shows on Board – there are four main shows – 80’s Pop Music –Hart & Soul – Getaway Island and 88 Keys. We went to the 7:30 shows and sat in the front row every night. The 8 person cast works had and the shows were fun. If you are used to MSC’s grand productions this is not. But if you want toe taping music that you can sing to and feed off the energy from the cast – then it is great. Comedians – did not attend any of the shows. Pools – two main pools – were never crowded – even on sea days. Water area in back of ship had some strange hours and they do close it if it is too windy. Mini golf is best early morning as there is no shade. Tip - Just be patient for chairs near poolside. Serenity Adult retreat - did not use. Kids’ Activities – did not use. We had a blast with our 8 ½ year old daughters by our side the entire time. We are probably the exception to the rule – but when we go on vacation we do not take a vacation from family time. Seeing her enjoy herself and exploring the ship together was a blast. Tip – find the Sunset Garden forward on deck 3 and explore it on a rainy day and if you want peace and quiet. Great place to get away especially if only have an interior room. Room and Room Steward - Ms. Lui was great. Room was always clean, bathroom is older but you get a stronger shower as the water saving features is not in place. Room was comfortable and the beds were surprising good. We had an extended balcony which was nice on the starboard side. Tip - Starboard side gives you views of Baltimore. Port side gives you views of Grand Turk and Freeport. Debarkation – Carnival allows you to select early or late debarkation times by selecting the luggage tag on the last sea day. You also have the option of walking off with your luggage. Keep in mind the cruise ship does not dock until 9:30am on Sunday. We waited in the Taj Mahal to have our number called for early tagged debarkation. There was a delay in getting off the ship as there was only one emigration office at the port. Not Carnival’s fault but shame on the port of Baltimore for only having one guard at the start of debarkation. Positives – it was a very inexpensive cruise for the three of us. Service was great. The ship was never crowded to us and there were ample activities on board during sea days. Negatives – pool deck is super slippery – walk and do not run. We saw 5 people go down even as the deck hands were trying to keep the decks dry. Speaker system on board is poor – could hardly hear any announcements. Iffies – the weather – leaving out of Baltimore you never know what weather you are going to get. We lucked out with great weather. We enjoyed our cruise close to home and will go again. May – September are probably the best weather months to cruise out of Baltimore. Hope you enjoyed this review as much as I enjoyed experiencing it. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We chose the Pride because we wouldn't have to fly to cruise. This is my 4th cruise and second with Carnival (previous Alaska on Legend). This is a nice ship overall although I can't compare to a megaship, I found the size ... Read More
We chose the Pride because we wouldn't have to fly to cruise. This is my 4th cruise and second with Carnival (previous Alaska on Legend). This is a nice ship overall although I can't compare to a megaship, I found the size reasonable. I was pushing my mother in a wheelchair around the ship and it was very easy. The casino was on the small size and too tight with winning! but still had fun giving them my money..lol. We didn't attend all the shows but enjoyed the ones we did go to -it's not broadway but the singing and dancing was very good. The food in the main dining room was good and we always had excellent service. We did eat at the steakhouse one night and besides our snooty waitor, the food was SOOO good! My mother used the spa and tried every massage available, hot stone was her favorite. She used the same massuese and really loved her. We went to Garden of the Groves excursion in Freeport and it was fantastic- great guides and beautiful garden. We also went on the glass bottom boat excursion in Princess cay as well as the coastal cruise excursion in the afternoon and enjoyed them both- same boat. The organization after getting off the tender was poor and confusing but we made it to the excursion. On the ship, The drinks run $8-12 a piece but unless you drink a ton, the drink package is not worth it. Drinks are free in casino after 1500 points earned. Seas were a bit rough but I use the prescription patch and highly recommend it, I wasn't sea sick at all. I enjoy cruising and carnival is a fun atmosphere. We went spring break so there were tons of kids, lots of families. Seemed like there was plenty of activities for all ages. I am already booked for the Pride in the fall. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We chose Pride because it was within a six hour drive from home and booked a month out hoping for a bit of warmth in the Bahamas. The ship is unique, a bit old fashioned in a Grecian Italian decor, we thought maybe it was built for the ... Read More
We chose Pride because it was within a six hour drive from home and booked a month out hoping for a bit of warmth in the Bahamas. The ship is unique, a bit old fashioned in a Grecian Italian decor, we thought maybe it was built for the European market. Boarding was easy, our room was lovely although a bit tired, an obstructed veranda unusual in size with more storage than we could use. Built in 2001 she was aging well and due an update in April, we were pleased thus far. Ports were not our choice, we heard they will not be returning to Port Canaveral and that is just fine with me. We enjoy ship life and relaxation and usually get off to take a walk. Food was better than we hoped, we liked the food court choices for breakfast and lunch and had a really good table at early dinner. Maitre d' and our head waiter were the best. Nothing to do with the ship or the company, I have to say "it was cold" strong north winds blowing every day. That was circumstantial but kept everyone indoors. The passengers were mostly a younger group, perhaps the drink packages made things a bit rowdy at times, early to bed, early to rise was our motto. Biggest negative overall was smoking in the casino, it wasn't even segregated,,,,we found smoking machines right next to non-smoking and not very well policed at times. Saved us a bit off money by staying away. It had been 35 years since our last Carnival Cruise in 1983 on Mardi Gras, we were pleasantly surprised but agree that it is for a much younger crowd. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
We take this ship because it's a great ship for first time cruisers and those who don't like the Butbig ships with long lines and too many guests. We just got off the Carnival Pride on Sunday Feb 11th 2018. It was a great cruise. ... Read More
We take this ship because it's a great ship for first time cruisers and those who don't like the Butbig ships with long lines and too many guests. We just got off the Carnival Pride on Sunday Feb 11th 2018. It was a great cruise. The staff is always eager to please and grant you your requests. The only negative thing is that they got rid of a lot of tv channels. I realize that they want the guests to be out of the cabins and spending money on the ship. and ABCBUT, for those of us who like rest time in the cabin, there isn't much to choose from anymore. And why do they need 3 CNN channels ? 6 channels are devoted to Carnival, one movie channel, one children channel, and TBS. Really ? They used to offer Fox news, 2 movie channels, and NBC, CBS, and ABC. Other than that, we had a good time. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
The port of Baltimore is a real sleeper. Small, but easy and very friendly. Getting on and off the ship was a breeze. Although there were a lot of wheel chairs and scooters, the cruise was great. The weather was great and the ports ... Read More
The port of Baltimore is a real sleeper. Small, but easy and very friendly. Getting on and off the ship was a breeze. Although there were a lot of wheel chairs and scooters, the cruise was great. The weather was great and the ports were what they are especially after the hurricane damages. Ken in the main dining room is something special. You need to get to know him because he is very responsive. We had a great time with the wait staff there. Marko is an up and coming head waiter and I Noyman is wonderful. Davor needs to shave his head (just kidding). But that's how much fun we had every night at dinner. The Serenity deck need less "thump, thump" music but it's the place to be. The Captain (Galatto) is very personable and accessible. It's fun to chat and have a drink with him. All in all, we had a great time. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
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 ... Read More
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. Having never cruised before we learned that we do not want in the back of the ship but that was our choice. 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. we liked it so well we are already booked on our second cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2017
One of the reasons I booked a cruise from Baltimore was to "sail" down the Chesapeake Bay but since this cruise was delayed by 7 hours, it was dark when that part of the cruise finally happened. I leave on the West Coast now ... Read More
One of the reasons I booked a cruise from Baltimore was to "sail" down the Chesapeake Bay but since this cruise was delayed by 7 hours, it was dark when that part of the cruise finally happened. I leave on the West Coast now but am from the DC area and missing that Bay experience was really disappointing. The reason for the delay was a "medical deviation" so I cannot fault Carnival since the safety of guests must come first, even if it resulted in a reduced experience for my experience. That aside, as usual, the crew members of Carnival did an amazing job and it was a nice trip. The TV in my cabin flickered while watching the channel that shows the location of the ship and all the info, and that was a bummer. Since Carnival does not ask for feedback after a cruise, I have not reported that problem. Everything else on the Pride was fine and I loved Bermuda and having a cruise to be docked in a great location at Dockyard and being able to come and go 24 hours for three days. Rented scooter and loved being able to park it right outside the ship at night to jump on it the next day. I would do this one again but hopefully without a disappointing delay. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
We loved our first cruise. What would have made it better for us is entertainment earlier in the evening, music less loud, and a piano bar more focused on connecting people via their own singing rather than the virtuoso performance of the ... Read More
We loved our first cruise. What would have made it better for us is entertainment earlier in the evening, music less loud, and a piano bar more focused on connecting people via their own singing rather than the virtuoso performance of the entertainer. Otherwise, we were pleasantly surprised to enjoy just hanging out in the various spaces. No trouble at all with loud kids or adults. Room was great. We were well served by bringing an electric scooter, walker, AND transport chair for my husband. Each came in handy. Know that the person pushing the wheelchair should be up for the equivalent of three blocks's walk to get off the pier in Canaveral and Nassau. And if you want to use a scooter in Nassau, expect a rough ride. There are curbcuts, but lots of bumps and obstacles like cars parked on sidewalks. Your scooter needs more than the usual one inch of clearance. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2017
Rrecognize thesepeople Rezine,Rendy,Ninja,Art Mary they did an excellent job thank you for these people and the entertainment was very good the singers i hope they will stay with the ship i enjoyed them alot the food was excellent the ... Read More
Rrecognize thesepeople Rezine,Rendy,Ninja,Art Mary they did an excellent job thank you for these people and the entertainment was very good the singers i hope they will stay with the ship i enjoyed them alot the food was excellent the dinning room was very nice entertaining we enjoyed so much wes y first cruise I will tell everyone to go take a cruise it was excellent please shore excursions I was disappointed the tour of Bahamas the guy was trying but there was was not a lot of places he could go I also give cudos to the captain which did a very good job through the storm always been told safey first which was good to know safety first the 2nd excursions we took o man was very enjoyable it was great which was kennedy space center everyone one the crew were 1st rate and friendly I will go again thank you so much for making it enjoyable and I hope that near future I can book with CARNIVAL PRIDE again there's only one thing I would like to see more of and that is more entertainment.... Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
We chose this cruise because of the convenience of leaving from Tampa (30 minutes from home) and the variety of ports on just a 7 day cruise. To make it even better, we were joined by 2 friends who were EXCITED about their first cruise. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the convenience of leaving from Tampa (30 minutes from home) and the variety of ports on just a 7 day cruise. To make it even better, we were joined by 2 friends who were EXCITED about their first cruise. Embarcation was less than 30 minutes and a breeze. It was pretty cool and windy up on the Lido deck but going under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge right at sunset was spectacular. We did have a couple dinners in the Normandie room but most were up at the buffet or the other restaurants on the Lido Deck. It was pretty average fare but no complaints at all from any of us. Guy Fieri's burgers and fries are fabulous but the pizzas are pretty greasy. We were attracted to this cruise because of its stops in Cozumel, Belize, Roatan and Grand Cayman. Each excursion was very unique and just plain wonderful. In Cozumel, we went on a catamaran, snorkeling and beach excursion. Despite fairly windy conditions, we had a great time on the boat. The snorkeling was a little subpar but our time on the beach was warm and relaxing. Great crew! Belize was an eye opener. There is abject poverty there but the people are alive and love their country. We took an excursion to Mayan ruins about 1 1/2 hours from Belize City. What a wonderful trip back to ancient times and the Howler Monkeys made their displeasure with our visit well known...from a distance. Climbing to the top of the pyramid is allowed and kinda scary. Happily, we did not encounter any Fer de Lance (3-step snakes) who do reside in the rain forest but are reportedly nocturnal. Roatan is a lovely island 40 miles from crime-ridden Honduras. The people were great and we chose an ATV/beach excursion. Although challenging, the ATV part was a disappointment. After a training session, we were taken to 2 circuits where we went round and round, up and down. It was fairly steep but sadly, there was no opportunity for freestyling, as we had in previous ATV experiences. We sure did get filthy, however. The staff was very attentive and focused obn safety which was greatly appreciated. The private beach was great. Cayman was a tropical paradise. We took the catamaran trip out to Stingray City. The captain and crew were fabulous and our time with the stingrays was terrific. It was perfect. It is amazing how many shades of blue and green there are in the Caribbean. One more day at sea and we were back in Tampa. It was as quick getting off the ship as it was getting on. Getting through Customs takes a bit longer than it used to but that is to be expected in today's world. GREAT TRIP ON THE PRIDE!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2017
The shows were VERY disappointing. We are platinum cruisers with Carnival, but haven't cruised with them for about 5 years. The singers voices didn't blend. After attending two shows, we tried the comedy club. Better ... Read More
The shows were VERY disappointing. We are platinum cruisers with Carnival, but haven't cruised with them for about 5 years. The singers voices didn't blend. After attending two shows, we tried the comedy club. Better entertainment, but the room was too small. The comedy was the best night time activity so everyone arrived early and didn't leave--standing room only! The food was actually better than we remembered from our last Carnival cruise. Good variety in the main dining room. We really enjoy the sea day brunch--best idea in cruising! Also, "Guy's Burgers" were a real treat--some of the best burgers at sea! The matre'd was OUTSTANDING..He had a wonderful personality and sang every night. He had the best voice on the ship--they should have paid him extra and had him on the main stage. Our main dinning room servers were delightful. The cabins and service were average, but up to our past expectations. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
Board required standing in an incredibly long line that move at a snails pace. After getting on board, cabin was not ready for an hours and luggage did not arrive for 6 hours. The cabin was snug and the balcony was tiny. Sitting in a chair ... Read More
Board required standing in an incredibly long line that move at a snails pace. After getting on board, cabin was not ready for an hours and luggage did not arrive for 6 hours. The cabin was snug and the balcony was tiny. Sitting in a chair you had to turn sideways to not have the same legroom as on a typical airline coach seat. The steward was acceptable on making up the room etc; however, I had made a request on the first day that I have a fresh bucket of ice at 5:00pm each day. He got it right 2 out of 7 night, the other night I had to call room service for it. The Breakfast fare was just OK, Lunch was passible if you were OK with limited menu items. I thought Guy's Burgers would be good, but, burgers were cooked ahead of time and over done. For a chefs salad you to get creative. find a reasonable size plate from another service line, make up your salad of greens, vegies, seeds and dressing. carry it to the sandwich bar to get some roast turkey and bread since there were no rolls at the salad station. Tacos any one, OK if you didn't want beef or fish. Dinners, we had an 8:15 seating. We shared a table of six with two other couples which made for an enjoyable time which off set the not so great food. Appetizers were good, should have ordered 3 or 4 and skipped the main course. Fish was consistently over cooked, Beef and pork had the texture of mush, like it had been frozen, thawed and refrozen sever times. If you want medium rear beef, you had to order rear. Desserts where acceptable just not much variety. I will say service was excellent. The majority of the bartenders attitudes was like couldn't wait for the cruise to be over or their shift to end. Entertainment left much to be desired, not particularly professional, but they made up for it by increasing the volume. To get from the dining room to the main theater one had to traverse the casino which was so thick with smoke and smell of cigarettes that one could lose the not so good meal just consumed. The smell was not just in the casino but meandered down the corridors and into the nearby elevator lobbies The ports of call could have been passed up. We did get to visit Chitzen Itsa near Cozumel, however it was a lengthy time to get there which resulted in little time as the site. The guide was excellent and provided great deal of information about the site, the Incas and the Yucatan peninsula and the current culture, politics and economy. Now we get to debarkation, which was exercise in frustration. All persons had to be out of their cabin by 8:00am. There is insufficient seating in the entire ship to accommodate all passengers that it must now accommodate. So you get some foods and then spend 20 minutes looking around and waiting for a seat to become available. Don't get anything hot because it won't be by the time you find a seat. Coffee would be good except the machines kept running out. Silver wear and napkins, those basic items also had to be sought out. Our number was finally called, grab the luggage and get in another line for immigration, understaffed for the quantity of passengers and again moving at a glacial pace. In closing, never again carnival. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2017
Our embarkation went smooth but slightly disorganized. The terminal at Tampa has people disembarking into same area as the passengers trying to board. The Pride is showing signs of ageing. The main entertainment in the Taj Mahal was not ... Read More
Our embarkation went smooth but slightly disorganized. The terminal at Tampa has people disembarking into same area as the passengers trying to board. The Pride is showing signs of ageing. The main entertainment in the Taj Mahal was not as expansive or varried as the shows we have seen on past cruises. Shows were seemingly more of the same after the first night. Dining choices on Carnival were more simple and not as varied as in years past. Service in the dinning room and from the room stewards was still as great as ever. Reccomend that when in Roatan sign up for the mangrove forest dory tour with Island Marketing and ask for "KIM". She is local, knows the best way to see the real island and provides a great experience with a personal touch. Don't miss Sting Ray City on Grand Cayman. It is a once in a life time treat to interact with nature. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2017
We chose this cruise for a Panama Canal experience,& the other ports looked quite interesting. Being interested in art,we were challenged by the decor,displayed on the sight. Heard good reviews about "Journey" cruising ,so ... Read More
We chose this cruise for a Panama Canal experience,& the other ports looked quite interesting. Being interested in art,we were challenged by the decor,displayed on the sight. Heard good reviews about "Journey" cruising ,so decided to give it a go and we were not disappointed!! We like copper as a embellishment , so we just loved all the copper accents around the ship & the Sea Theme was wonderful, therefore causing us to be "Happy Cruisers". Our room steward "Randy" & his helper were excellent at keeping our cabin in great shape.. They were wonderful with helping me with my husband, who has walking issues. We decided to eat @ the 8:15 sitting, which was quieter for us "oldies"(haha).Our table staff were a lot of fun & made dining a wonderful experience.Thank you,Joy, Mario & Lu Hputu. We had a small disappointment with a few shore excursions cancelling on us as they found someone with a wheelchair too risky, but no problem ....the guy at Shore Excursions helped us find others that suited us much better and we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. We were not too impressed with the Serenity area....too noisy,too crowded & didn't want to wait 1hour for a lounge.We went to Deck 10 & believe me ,it was a totally relaxation experience. The meals were delicious & the entertainment was exceptional,except for a conflict with Achemy Bar & the Disco,but the ship was working out a solution when we left. The embarkation was crowded,noisy & long(1 1/2 hrs)& we had FTF,as did 1/2 the ship or so it seemed...no problem .We were sitting next to a Diamond & took the opportunity to glean information from his travels... .Disembarkation was smooth & efficient. We found the Playlist Productions greatly improved & the Dive In had excellent movies. Would we travel Carnival Pride again ? YES !! Would we recommend it to others ? YES Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2017
We chose this cruise for the journey experience and was not disappointed. This was a great cruise, good locations to visit . This was also the best Carnival Crew I have ever had. From my room steward, Veronica, Head waiter Bajon, and ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the journey experience and was not disappointed. This was a great cruise, good locations to visit . This was also the best Carnival Crew I have ever had. From my room steward, Veronica, Head waiter Bajon, and Bartenderes Jo Ann (piano bar) and Maria at alcameny, they were the best. The panamal canal experience was wonderful. Had done before but it is amazing what goes on to get a boat in and out of the locks. Entertainment was OK. Really enjoyed the lounge singers, especially the Musical Nomads and Acoustical Brad. In the piano bar, Brad was great, just watch out for the late night if you are easily offended. The selections in the Main dining room were delicious. Good choices and the regional foods made it difficult to select some nights. The Main dining room staff for dine on your own time were great. Bajon, Awa were attentive and set the tone for both of their teams. All in all a good time. Met some good people, visited some good ports and saw beautiful sun sets. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
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
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We have cruised on most of the popular cruise lines, and hadn't been on Carnival for a couple of years, so we decided to try the Pride out of Baltimore as it was the closest port to our home near Pittsburgh. Earlier this summer, we ... Read More
We have cruised on most of the popular cruise lines, and hadn't been on Carnival for a couple of years, so we decided to try the Pride out of Baltimore as it was the closest port to our home near Pittsburgh. Earlier this summer, we had sailed on the Breakaway to Bermuda so it was nice to be back on a "smaller" ship. Those that have cruised before know that there is a difference between cruise lines, and also between ships, so the expectations of a cruise on Carnival are different than those on other cruise lines. While we are 'seniors', Carnival has a somewhat younger demographic (though the Pride really ended up being a fairly balanced spread of age groups, though this partially was due to the late September sailing date. Let me start my review by saying that we had been to all of the ports (except Freeport) before, and so we didn't go for the ports but in spite of them. We've been there, done that, so we didn't even get off at Half Moon Cay or Grand Turks (the ship is wonderful when most are gone, and you can just enjoy the quiet of the serenity area)!!! We would definitely sail again on the Pride, as the pluses of the ship and it's convenient departure port outweigh the issues I will comment on below. As we have sailed Norwegian most frequently in the near past, it provides a comparison. Please understand that ALL cruises have SOMETHING to upset you if you want it to. On the other hand, if you look at the cup as being half full rather than half empty, the shortcomings will be just minor issues. While I will highlight the things that we found less than ideal, the trip overall was really very nice. Freeport is a port in an industrial area which has a group of local retail businesses, mostly selling the same souvenir items, set up almost like a flea market. Sr Frogs wasn't yet open when we visited the port area (tried to do it before the heat of the day got too hot) but to say the port itself is "normal local tourist souvenir shops" is about the best I can do. Next time, I will probably try to take a tour of the island just to get a better perspective (though the Bahamas have never been a favored port). But, let's start at the beginning. Carnival is somewhat regimented in their embarkation process. As you know, you get an assigned time to check in, then you get placed in the 'holding area' until Boarding starts around 12:30. The boarding is literally row by row, so for example, when we arrived at the FTTF holding area (folding chairs .as in most other areas a bit too close in about 4 rows) we literally were seated in order of arrival....then, when our time to Board came, we were "dismissed" to the photographers and the Boarding in that same row by row manner. Certainly a fair process, but seemingly a bit of overkill; I'd have been happy to have a little less regimen in favor of a bit more room and flexibility in seating. However, this is certainly just a personal preference (though I don't know how they accommodate people who are together but arrive separately). The folding chairs are NOT uncomfortable, and there was a seat for all (Unlike our New York boarding of the Breakaway when hardly anyone without special status got a seat at all)!!! Score one for Baltimore!! Boarding was simple. FTTF was worth the special treatment (though most beneficial for priority access to the Guest Services and debarkation). It was nice to be able to leave carry-on items in the cabin right away!! We enjoyed the ship; it was well organized, our cabin was very nice with adequate closet and storage space. It is showing some wear. The Serenity Deck hot tub needs refinished (works fine though), there's a bit more rust (not unsafe) on the exterior, etc. The art deco decor in some places is dated. None of this is unacceptable, and tends to simply add to the charm of this wonderful ship. Some of the newly redone areas are very nice additions, so it is best to just look at the overall ship as undergoing periodic improvements much like our own houses!! We ate most of our Breakfast and Lunches in the Lido Buffet (or Guy's Burgers), while dinners were in the dining room with an assigned table at early dining. The lunch buffet was ok, though clearly the Guy's burgers were the highlight for us. We enjoyed the breakfast in the dining room on the last day, and wished we had done that more. Dinners were ok, with usually something on the menu for all. Quality was as you would expect at a banquet, but nothing outstanding. Of course, food was plentiful and there were individual items that we enjoyed a lot. It was nice to see that Carnival still has some entertaining by the waiters; we wistfully think back to the days when the waiters marching in with the flaming baked Alaska used to be a highlight, or the Italian singing accompanied Italian night....how times cruising have changed!! A real surprise was the lack of service in our cabin. I emphasize this was NOT due to our steward nor the assistant, but rather to the amount of cabins they are assigned. On the first day, you can opt for once or twice a day service; being old fashioned, we opted for twice a day service. Apparently they start at one end of their assignment on one day, and the other end on alternating days; as we apparently were on an end, every other day our "early" service didn't occur until 2PM!! I've NEVER had a cruise where my cabin wasn't serviced before 10:30am or 11! In fairness, after the second time it happened when I asked the steward about it and expressed my desire for earlier service, it was always earlier. Just is a sign of the corporate cut backs on service to increase the steward load so significantly....a place where NCL is MUCH better (and their fares are cheaper)!! Overall, while I believe the staff tried to help and were generally friendly, there seemed to be a bit of going through the motions. The Guest Services desk particularly seemed to be 'going through the motions'. Of course, there were certainly individual exceptions that were seemingly sincerely trying to help and serve. We tried to individually recognize these people for their above-normal efforts. The casino staff was a nice surprise! The casino hosts were the friendliest, most approachable we have seen in years!! The entire attitude of the casino personnel was very friendly and positive. Of course, like most, we left more of our money there (if you visit the casino in the future, please say "Hi" to our money for us) --- I think we probably paid for one of those Quick Hit machines. Our experience with the shows and the entertainment staff was limited, but we enjoyed those we saw. The Hasbro game show and bingo were highlights due to the entertainment staff and their upbeat personalities. Younger people we traveled with tell us that they had a great time at the late night activities (which were not geared to the senior population as we were in bed!!!). The daily Fun Times highlighted the appropriate audience and included "ratings" to let people know what to expect from comedy shows, etc. Plenty for every age group to do!. Many nice experiences; a GREAT ship to just sail on to anywhere (which I guess the next cruise found out as they avoided the hurricane)!! We just wish there were more varied destinations available out of Baltimore as the port is easy to get to. Read Less
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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