7 Carnival Pride Cruise Reviews for Spring Break Cruises to Caribbean - Eastern

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
Sail Date March 2018
This was our first Carnival cruise and it exceeded our expectations. Previously, we had cruised on NCL quite a few times along with Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. We chose Baltimore because it is within driving distance and significantly ... Read More
This was our first Carnival cruise and it exceeded our expectations. Previously, we had cruised on NCL quite a few times along with Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. We chose Baltimore because it is within driving distance and significantly easier to manage than NYC. It would be hard for me to imagine a port easier to get in and out of than Baltimore. Parking is reasonable ($15/day) and the porters unload your baggage right from your vehicle. We had the Faster-to-the-fun option so we were able to quickly check-in and board at approximately 1pm. We went directly to our cabin which was ready when we boarded. It was clean and well -maintained. The ship shows some age but not enough to prevent us from choosing it again. We had consistently great service all week from our cabin attendant. The food was generally very good in both the main dining room and the Lido buffet. There were a few items that we wouldn't order again but we enjoyed most things. We tried and liked both the Guy's Burgers and the Blue Iguana. The Pride's pizza is significantly better than what I ever had on NCL. I am going through withdrawal from the Melting Chocolate Cake in the MDR. The one thing I found to be different as compared to the other cruise lines was a lack of focus on hand sanitization. Carnival had the dispensers at key locations but wasn't encouraging you to use them. NCL was much, much more aggressive about it on the 8-9 cruises I have done with them. Our daughter enjoyed Camp Carnival every time she attended. There were a lot of kids on board because many of the local schools had spring break. We attended the Dr. Seuss breakfast that was really well done. The entertainment was hit or miss. The comedians were the highlight and there were four to choose from during the week. My family liked the 80's themed production show but felt the other shows were weak. The cruise director, Saffie, was energetic and engaged in making sure everyone had an opportunity to enjoy themselves. All around, the staff was very friendly and helpful wherever we encountered them. I had always had the impression that Carnival was a rowdier experience but I didn't find that to be the case. It was a good mix of families and age ranges. Half Moon Cay was the highlight of the trip. Again, the FTTF option meant that we were on one of the first few tenders. That gave us the option to have our pick of clamshell rentals on the beach. We had a perfect day and we loved that stop. Grand Turk was nice and we enjoyed a snorkel trip. My family enjoyed a beach excursion in Freeport. Disembarkation was smooth and orderly. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We choose this cruise based upon the dates and location of the port. It was the kids (ages 15 & 17) spring break and being based out of Baltimore meant that we didn't have to fly. Embarkation and Disembarkation were so ... Read More
We choose this cruise based upon the dates and location of the port. It was the kids (ages 15 & 17) spring break and being based out of Baltimore meant that we didn't have to fly. Embarkation and Disembarkation were so smooth and quick, thanks to Faster to the Fun. We won't sail Carnival without it. The ship was a beauty. Easy to get around. No dead ends. Everything you need is on Deck 2, 3 or 9. We were on Deck 7 (room 7185) so we were close to everything. We choose our room so that we weren't directly below the lido or directly above the casino. Room was quiet. We loved the extended balcony. Dining was typical Carnival fare. Our only complaint this whole cruise was the speed of the dinner time service. We always seems to be one of the last tables in the entire dining room that was served. Way too slow!!! We finally decided to show up to dinner 20 to 30 minutes late, and that seemed to alleviate the long wait times. Entertainment was on par for Carnival. However, Saffie, our cruise director is one of the best cruise directors we've ever experienced. She's full of energy, fun and she truly seems to love what she does. Service was excellent on the Pride. The staff was almost always friendly and helpful. Our cabin stewards were excellent. As for ports, I thought Grand Turk was Paradise...until...we went to Half Moon Cay. HMC truly lived up to its reputation of being Paradise!!! Everyone kept saying "I'd be happy docking here for 3 days" and I'd have to agree. Our final stop was Freeport where everyone told us to stay on the boat because it wasn't worth getting off, HOWEVER, we did an Electric Bicycle Tour with CocoNutz Cruisers and it was a blast! If we ever go back to Freeport, we'll definitely do another tour with them. As for the Pride, I would sail her again and again and again!!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Is was our third bi-annual Spring Break cruise with grand-kids. Sailing from Baltimore is great since the port is only 40 minutes from our home. We opted for Ocean Suites this time around since the little ones aren't so little any ... Read More
Is was our third bi-annual Spring Break cruise with grand-kids. Sailing from Baltimore is great since the port is only 40 minutes from our home. We opted for Ocean Suites this time around since the little ones aren't so little any longer. We really enjoyed the extra space, and there was more closet and drawer space then we needed. The bathroom had dual vanities which also came in handy, and it was nice that my wife and I could both use the sinks at the same time. It also had a Jacuzzi tub and shower combo that had plenty of room. It had a nicely-sized balcony with two reclining chairs, one static chair, a full-size chaise lounge and table. We enjoyed the time spent out there. The food for most part was very good, and of course I grabbed several Guy's burgers and breakfast burritos at the Blue Iguana Cantina. The grand-kids practically lived by the soft serve/frozen yogurt machines. We had Early dining which worked well for us. The main reason I didn't give the cruise a 5 rating was due to the service in the main dining room, which was inconsistent at times. This was not because the staff didn't work very hard - they did and I tipped each of our servers extra at the end of the cruise. It was because they are stretched across too many tables - obviously a cost cutting decision by Carnival. Entertainment was good, with a good Calypso band, very good rock/pop band and of course the Punchliner Comedy Club acts were a hoot. We really didn't attend any of the production shows. We both had the beverage package and got our money's worth. We pre-purchased online to get the lower rate. The weather was terrific the whole trip. We did the Home Sweet Home tour in Grand Turk, rented a Beach Villa on Half Moon Cay, and the Dolphin Close Encounter in Freeport. All were through Carnival and we felt were a good value. Coming back to mid-80s in Baltimore on Easter Sunday sure helped with the transition to home weather. All-in-all, we had a great time and look forward to our next one in 2 years. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This is my second time on the Pride. We love the Pride! My husband and I were disappointed with the singers on the cruise. We felt their voices were just average (perhaps we were just spoiled from our first cruise when the entertainers ... Read More
This is my second time on the Pride. We love the Pride! My husband and I were disappointed with the singers on the cruise. We felt their voices were just average (perhaps we were just spoiled from our first cruise when the entertainers were amazing!) We spent most of our time onboard at the Serenity pool. They did a much better job this time with cracking down on the people who tried to reserve chairs for hours. It was pretty funny to see people show up 3 hours later and get ticked off because their stuff was moved and someone else was in their chair. LOL Our deck 5 balcony cabin was wonderful, our cabin steward Josie went out of her way to fulfill our requests. She was delightful. We chose Your Time Dining and we never waited for a table. We usually went down between 6 and 7. I do wish they would renovate the Normandie. They did a beautiful tasteful job on the Raphael Lounge and the Alchemy Bar, they should consider extending it into the restaurant. The food however was wonderful. I had a hard time deciding what to get so I asked if I could have an appetizer portion of a second entree and they gladly gave it to me. Will I go back on the Pride? You betchya! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We sailed from Baltimore on Easter Sunday on the Carnival Pride headed to Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Freeport. It's only a 40 minute drive from our home to the pier, so we were able to enjoy a relaxing morning at home and were on ... Read More
We sailed from Baltimore on Easter Sunday on the Carnival Pride headed to Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Freeport. It's only a 40 minute drive from our home to the pier, so we were able to enjoy a relaxing morning at home and were on board early in the afternoon. There were 8 of us in our group: myself, DW, (2) DDs, one DD BF and three granddaughters, who were on Spring Break from school. Embarkation was a chore. The ship was sold out, and had much greater than the standard double occupancy due to all the children as 3rd and 4th passengers in many cabins. We sailed the Pride two years before, where we were upgraded to a Grand Suite - and had private check in. No such luck this time around - we had three Category 8C veranda staterooms, portside aft, and therefore had to wait in very long lines both for security screening and then for check-in, after the wait we had coming into the parking lot for luggage drop and payment. But we made it through and were on-board about 1.5 hours after arriving at the pier. The FunShip 2.0 upgrades have made the Pride a new ship, and we loved them. The pool areas on the Lido deck surrounding the pool with the retractable roof is all new with the Blue Iguana Tequila Bar, Red Frog Rum Bar, Guy's Burger Joint, Blue Iguana Cantina and a new big screen that would show "Dive-In" movies in the evenings (as well as music videos and backgrounds during the day). There is a stage in front of the screen where the DJ would set up, as well as a 2-man band (pretty good) and other daytime activities. Other upgrades were made on the Promenade and Atlantic Decks to several bars/nightspots. Be sure to have your "prescription" filled at the Alchemy Bar. And of course the new waterpark at the stern was a granddaughter favorite, especially the Green Thunder water slide. The adults-only Serenity area is quiet and comfortable. Overall, the food quality was very good. Guy's Burger Joint is positively addictive, especially those seasoned fries. Don't be worried if you see a line - it moves fast because they've got things well organized. The tacos at the Blue Iguana were also very good, and don't forget they are open for breakfast - I had their breakfast burritos twice and believe me, you will not need to hit the buffet afterward (unless you need that bacon fix). The main dining room was generally quite good - especially their soups. For entrees I always advise asking the server for a recommendation - I did regret at times selecting something not recommended. My main issue with the dining room was the service when having Your Time dining. We chose this so we could have flexibility, but we ended up regretting not keeping our Early (6PM) slot we had when we booked. Some dinners went without a hitch, but others saw delays in serving, and mistakes when courses were served. We tried the Sea Day Brunch one morning (quite good - try the Steak and Eggs), and the little ones and parents did the Cat in the Hat Green Eggs & Ham breakfast on the last sea day (and yes, the eggs are quite green). The Lido buffet (Mermaid's Grille) was consistently good (love those pastrami reubens from the Deli - that where the hot dogs are now BTW), and the pizza at Pizza Pirate is very good. We didn't buy the beverage package - although I would probably break even with it, the requirement that all persons in a cabin over 21 must buy it if one person does makes it not worth it since my wife would end up losing money. Plus, as past Celebrity cruisers - where they throw in the beverage package as a perk - we find Carnival's lack of inclusion of specialty coffees and bottled water in their package disappointing. We did, however, buy the 5-bottle wine package as we both enjoy a nice glass of wine (or two) with our dinner, and feel this package was a fair value. Besides the main dining room service issues mentioned earlier (and they were working very hard) the service and staff of the ship were very good - always cleaning, working hard and most would greet you with a smile. The only evening entertainment we watched were a couple of the "family friendly" shows in the Punchliner Comedy Club (located in the Butterflies Lounge, Deck 1 forward). Both comedians were very good and has us laughing, a lot. They also had the "R" rated shows - the younger adults in our party saw one of these - again hilarious but containing much profanity. Can't comment on any other entertainment, other than the generous donations my wife made in the casino (if you can call that entertainment). Our DDs and grandkids both enjoyed Camp Carnival. It remains one of the best kids programs at sea, in my opinion. Lots of fun activities, and the GKs made plenty of "cruise buddies" during the week. We're hoping the next renovations will occur in the staterooms. I know there won't be a full overhaul, but some general updates to the bathrooms and swapping out the old-style TVs with flat screens would be nice. Don't get me wrong - the staterooms were just fine and are larger than many lines' standard verandas. There was plenty of storage, plenty of hot water and a comfy bed. And our steward Imam was the best. The weather this time around was great, especially compared with two years ago when we sailed out in a snowstorm on the Chesapeake Bay and there were record lows in Central Florida and the Bahamas. Easter Sunday this year was sunny and in the low 60s, and you could use outdoor pool/waterpark facilities by the second sea day. The last sea day heading back to Baltimore was the only one that was gray and cool. All the ports had sunny and warm temperatures. As far as the ports: Grand Turk - just hit the beach located right off the pier, since we've been there before and did the snorkeling thing then. The sun loungers are free to use and the water is beautiful. There is a large duty free shop, other merchants, a large pool and, of course, Margaritaville. Half Moon Cay - rented the last two-story Beach Villa online just after we booked. Pricey, but well worth it since we had the max 8 people in our group (you can add additional people but each one costs an additional amount). HMC is one of my favorite ports anywhere - absolutely perfect white sand beach, and calm turquoise water. We had an outstanding beach day, and of course they do the big barbecue for lunch. You can read my full review of the Beach Villa on Carnival's website in the Shore Tours section. Freeport - been there, done that. You really only have a few options here as the pier is in an industrial port - take a tour, just do a little shopping/drinking at the small retail/bar area right at the pier or just stay on the ship. We chose the latter and relaxed poolside and watched the grandkids while soaking up a VERY strong sun and sipping cold umbrella drinks. A couple of tips/info - the deck around the pool gets VERY hot in the sun. Unless you have you flip flops on, or have just come out of the pool and have only a short walk to a shady spot, your bare feet will burn. Also, since it was still cool when we sailed, they had the retractable roof closed over the main pool. On the second full sea day, when the temps began to warm, I asked if they planned to retract the roof. I was told they cannot open or close the roof while at sea due to safety concerns. Once we docked at Grand Turk they opened up the roof, and it stayed that way until we were back to Baltimore (which prevented a lot of swimming the last sea day as it was cool and gray). Overall, a great cruise with a lot of fun and sun. Would do it again, no doubt (and we may just do that in two years' time). Please let me know if you have any questions. 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Sail Date April 2015
     This was the first time my family and I had taken a cruise (my husband and I are both 30 and we took our 9yr old son and 4yr old daughter). We decided to leave from Baltimore because we didn't have to fly. We drove there from ... Read More
     This was the first time my family and I had taken a cruise (my husband and I are both 30 and we took our 9yr old son and 4yr old daughter). We decided to leave from Baltimore because we didn't have to fly. We drove there from the Eastern Shore of MD. The Carnival Pride was a beautiful ship and our balcony stateroom was awesome. Although we had nothing to compare it to. However my mom and dad also went along with us on this trip. They have sailed with Carnival before on the Glory. They said that the staff, entertainment, and food on the Pride dwarfed in comparison. I myself was a little dissapointed in the friendliness of the staff. I have heard countless testamonials from other cruisers on how amazing the staff on Carnival's cruises are. However on the Pride you could definately tell that most of them were there just to do their job. There were a couple of exceptions though. Our room steward Gede was great. We also had a very friendly bar waiter- Taufik.      The entertainment on the Pride was good. The shows were excellent. Although if you are traveling with kids, keep in mind that the show "Vroom" has VERY skimpy outfits. I'm talking g-strings. My husband didn't mind but I was glad that my 9 year old son was at Camp Carnival. My son loved Camp Carnival. He spend most of his evenings there while we were just lounging around or catching a show. They offered a wide variety of activities to keep the kids entertained. My daughter did not want to go just out of her shyness. Plus, the camp is in the very front of the boat and when she did go the first day I think it was just a little too rough up there for her. I do not get motion sickness, but after visiting the ship's arcade with the kids one evening (also in the fwd part of the ship) I felt nauseated. The Pride also offered a lot of activities for adults. Do yourself a favor and catch the men's hairy chest competition if you have never seen it before. It was a riot! I also attended one of the bingo games on board. I thought the bingo was quite expensive. They play 1 game and it is $20 for a sheet with 3 cards on it. They also offer live music on the lido deck every day. The music was ok, I just wish they would put in a new sound system or fix the one they have. The music came across screechy and very LOUD. You could not hear the people at your own table talking to you.     On this cruise my family opted out of the formal dining. All of us just went to relax and we did not want to dress up. So, the only food I can comment on is what came out of the Mermaid Grille. The food was again....just okay. They offered a different meat selection every night. However, the side dishes remained the same for the most part. Lets just say I don't want to see steak fries or white rice for a while. The cheeseburgers and hotdogs poolside where really good. Just don't go there at lunch time and expect not to wait. The line wait was about 20-25mins long between noon and 1pm. If you have a sweet tooth, they offer an awesome dessert buffet during the lunch hours. I did find the lunch meal to be better than the dinner. Especially if you want different selections.     All in all this was a great cruise. My family needed a relaxing vacation and Carnival provided it! I will definately sail with Carnival again, but on a different ship. The Pride didn't show me anything I will CRAVE to see again. I guess they just need a little more time in their new port to get it together. Read Less
Sail Date May 2008
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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