80 Carnival Pride Caribbean - Western Cruise Reviews

I have enjoyed two Carnival cruises previously. A three day and 7 day. This one was not that enjoyable. Unlike the others the level of service was lacking. I enjoy being spoiled so this was my disappointment. The things different ... Read More
I have enjoyed two Carnival cruises previously. A three day and 7 day. This one was not that enjoyable. Unlike the others the level of service was lacking. I enjoy being spoiled so this was my disappointment. The things different are the following: 1) Very few or no servers for drinks. Four of us paid for the Cheers package. Since my parents were using scooters, as their mobility was limited, this meant my wife and I had to stand in line for drinks the whole cruise. The waits varied from 5 minutes to 35 minutes to order the drinks. The chaos around the bar was bad. If my parents would try they would be lost in the crowd, and with the stationary bar stools, they wouldn't get close enough to order. 2) I never remembered them only have one electric plug in the room. With the array of devices needing charged it seems ridiculous. When we asked for a surge protector we were turned down unless we had a medical need for it. 3) We signed up for wheel chair service for my parents. Getting it for going on the ship was fine. The porter was very nice. On leaving the cruise we couldn't get them. I called twice and no one showed up. I then walked by parents, stopping quite a bit, to next to guest services. Though I asked for two chairs, only one arrived. 4) One of the great things on previous cruises was the food offerings that I don't ordinarily get. On this cruise, lobster and filet had a $20 up charge. There was still good food but I never had this extra charge added. 5) My parents had a good steward. Our steward, except on the first day, we never saw. I had to call three days as the room hadn't been cleaned as of 6pm. My parents had their room touched 2-3 a day. I don't know if this is a ship thing or Carnival trying to get more profit my reducing service levels. I hope you have a better experience. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Just returned from a short 5 day cruise on the Carnival Pride out of Tampa and am happy to report it was great. We have sailed with Carnival 8 other times but always longer trips. Pride has some of the Carnival 2.0 upgrades which we enjoy ... Read More
Just returned from a short 5 day cruise on the Carnival Pride out of Tampa and am happy to report it was great. We have sailed with Carnival 8 other times but always longer trips. Pride has some of the Carnival 2.0 upgrades which we enjoy like the Blue Igana and Guys Burger Joint but the biggest upgrade on this cruise was the staff! Over a dozen cruises on 3 different lines and we have never experienced such outstanding ervice. They learned your name the first day and then greeted you personally the rest of the cruise! The food was good though it appears they have cut a little here and there. For example the prime rib serving was smaller than usual and the room service menu has been scaled back. Seems there was not as much entertainment going on but still plenty available. Overall a wonderful get away. Not sure if the improved customer service is Fleet wide but certainly hope so as it really stood out. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
This was our 15th cruise, 2nd on Pride, mostly Carnival but also RCL, Celebrity and NCL. Pride is only from Tampa for a few weeks before return to Baltimore so we took advantage of a 7 day to Western Caribbean. Pride is the ideal size ... Read More
This was our 15th cruise, 2nd on Pride, mostly Carnival but also RCL, Celebrity and NCL. Pride is only from Tampa for a few weeks before return to Baltimore so we took advantage of a 7 day to Western Caribbean. Pride is the ideal size for new cruisers and especially now with the impressive 2.0 upgrade apparently costing near $75M. It's about as large a ship that can sail out of Tampa to pass under Sunshine Skyway bridge. We are snowbirds who reside 30 minutes from port. Used Parkway Parking - very impressed and included a shuttle service at half the total cost. Embarkation was smooth and up to Lido within 45 minutes of scheduled arrival time. Unfortunately a nice day became a windy stormy day with very rough seas for first 30 hours - very unusual. Room 6219 Empress was available by 1:30 with luggage arriving by 3 pm. Met room Steward Carlos who was thorough, responsive while not intrusive. Gave us a service choice of AM, PM or BOTH - we chose both as we're accustomed to. Our dinner was Early sitting - 6pm in the Normadie. Maitre'D Ken Byrne was terrific - not only responded to our email request for 2 top table but charmed us with his supurb singing voice. Dining experience was very good overall - must be a huge challenge for the entire team. Chose not to dine at David's Steak House or Bonsai Sushi which had very limited patrons in our view. Most breakfasts and/or SeaDay Brunch was in the Normandie where service was good most days. Lunch on Lido was quite adequate with mulitiple choices including great Guys burgers, pizza, Blue Iguana, Chopsticks and Deli. 24 hour pizza and ice-cream. Rather liked the more relaxed dining room dress code. Neat shorts are now very evident except on Elegant nights when everything from slacks / collared shirts to tuxedos were worn. Seems much more relaxed & realistic especially for Caribbean travel - while retaining a touch of class. The 3 pool areas are adequate for this size of ship however the poular adult Serenity deck is spoken for very early in the day. We often chose from abundant loungers in remote upper deck areas rather than the livlier pool areas. Entertainment was decent overall. Even took in a Dive IN movie on Lido deck. A couple of shows were rescheduled due to rough seas. Always pleased with the comedians at Punchliner in Butterflies lounge. Ongoing entertainment in Atrium area was hit and miss to our liking. However it seemed that bar service was lacking in that vicinity. CD Steve did a commendable job to help the Captain navigate the rough seas and guide cruisers for the week. Especially liked the ports with Cozumel first, Belize, Roatan and finishing at Grand Cayman to break up the return trip to Tampa. Great ship overall but our ongoing criticism includes smokey casino, plus overpriced drinks and photos. Staff were always very friendly and cordial even though some folks sure test their patience. Very clean and well maintained in our view. Disembarkation was also very organized. We chose to self assist and off the ship before 8:30. Unfortunately The Pride is only in Tampa a few weeks before returning to Baltimore but proves that The Miracle's arrival next year will be a very welcome addition to the port of Tampa. Let's hope Miracle gets the 2.0 refurb. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Picked this cruise mostly due to the sailing dates. Also wanted to see Belize, Honduras and Grand Cayman. Prefer the Eastern Caribbean but enjoyed the Islands and locals. Embarkation and debarkation were easy. While the entertainment was ... Read More
Picked this cruise mostly due to the sailing dates. Also wanted to see Belize, Honduras and Grand Cayman. Prefer the Eastern Caribbean but enjoyed the Islands and locals. Embarkation and debarkation were easy. While the entertainment was lackluster the crew was the best ever. Our room steward, Randy and dining crew Carlos, Jovan and Ivan were awesome. Would have liked a table nearer a window but would not give up our dining crew. Had an issue with credit card on ship due to not notifying them I would be out of the country. Could not call on my cell but one of the Guest Services workers gave me his phone to use so I could call them. Got it resolved in a few minutes and could get on with the fun. Have tried a few more expensive cruise lines but I am staying with Carnival. Best overall value. Going back to Eastern Carib on Carnival Magic and can't wait!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
My wife and I took our first cruise and had an excellent time on the Carnival Pride. The ship was delayed 2 hours and embarkation was not pleasant. We were given very little information and waited in line an extremely long time. We had ... Read More
My wife and I took our first cruise and had an excellent time on the Carnival Pride. The ship was delayed 2 hours and embarkation was not pleasant. We were given very little information and waited in line an extremely long time. We had previously tried to sign up for FTTF but that option was sold out ( do it early ! ). Once we boarded things improved quite a bit. We were on deck 6 with a balcony. The views were beautiful from the balcony.The room was clean & comfortable and our attendant was very professional and polite. Food quality varied depending where you ate. Guy's burgers were excellent , pizza was some of the best we ever had. I enjoy eggs benedict , the eggs were done perfectly but the English muffins were very tough to cut and the hollandaise was average at best. Other items on the buffet were very good. Lunch was always good and the selections were fantastic. We ate dinner in the main dining room and our waiter Oka & his team were absolutely the best. The staff remembers your name on the first night and they always greeted you by name. Food was very good. We only tried to go to one comedy show but that did not work out. We waited in line for the second show and when they allowed us in , nobody had left from the first show. There were no available seats, so we left. Carnival should empty the room after the first show. We only got off the ship in Nassau & Freeport. We walked around Nassau and took a beach excursion in Freeport which was nice. The best part about the trip were the people you meet. My wife and I smoke so we were segregated in certain areas where we met some of the nicest , interesting people. Disembarkation went smoothly. We enjoyed the cruise so much we are making plans to go on another Carnival Pride cruise at the end of October 2017. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
This was my 8th cruise. 3 with Royal Caribbean (LOVE LOVE LOVE)....and 5 (including this one) with Carnival. Up until this cruise, I would have recommended Carnival to anyone..but that has changed drastically. This cruise - from the ... Read More
This was my 8th cruise. 3 with Royal Caribbean (LOVE LOVE LOVE)....and 5 (including this one) with Carnival. Up until this cruise, I would have recommended Carnival to anyone..but that has changed drastically. This cruise - from the planning stages through the actual cruise itself was a series of disappointments and deep frustrations with a cruiseline who had no respect for their customers, who treated you as an inconvenience and rude beyond belief. There were 37 of us traveling and they screwed up one thing after another and NO apologies...just rude treatment. The customer service staff prior to our cruise was TOTALLY unaccommodating....I thought it would be different on board - but that same attitude carried through. The "Guest Services" people rarely had a smile, the staff up in the buffet; miserable. No smiles, no greetings...just miserable. No offers of help with anything. To start our cruise off, I ordered a bottle of champagne to be delivered to our room prior to our boarding. I also ordered Chocolate covered strawberries and a birthday cake. The champagne was there....WARM, sitting on the desk - not in ice. No strawberries....no cake.....NO APOLOGIES. I requested a cold bottle of champagne or a refund....they would give me neither!!! Finally on the second day - I had a meltdown at guest services (I was nice but VERY STERN) then FINALLY, the guest services representative sent us a new bottle of COLD champagne on them. The shops NEVER acknowledged nor apologized. Awful!! OUr room was dirty - sticky handprints all over the mirrors. While the room stewards were super sweet....I think they were grossly over worked. We estimate that our room had the sweeper run maybe 2-3 times all week and the sheets changed maybe once. Our one roomie dropped a pizza on her bed and those sheets stayed stained for 3 days. Crazy. I NEVER saw my cabin steward except for early evening when I guess they were doing rooms. NO TURN DOWN SERVICE. First time ever on a cruise we did not get turn down service. Our dining room waiter and assistants, WI & Denis were AMAZING....I will say they made a difference for me. On the other hand - David's....the steakhouse was HORRIBLE. I cannot stress that enough....HORRIBLE. The food was bad, the service was bad. There were 16 of us and they had us broke up into two tables FAR from each other.....I made those reservations one month ago so no reason they should have done that. Had to argue with them to get us moved closer together...and then the attitude was disgraceful. We always eat at the steakhouses onboard Carnival and have always had an amazing experience with amazing food. This place was kinda like a fast food steak place. Awful. The food overall was not good. Same things every single day......Even the dining room food was unremarkable. Desserts were buffet desserts with the precut cakes and dried up puddings. Horrible. Not one cookie - Needless to say I didn't eat much so that's the good news. This was the general view of most of our 37. Many first time cruisers saying they would never cruise again. Carnival is turning into a low budget cruise line (but not at a budget price). It was such a disappointing week and sad to say we will never cruise with carnival again. My only complaint about embarkation at Baltimore was no vending machines with soda or snacks and you have to sit packed in like sardines for a very long time. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
My wife and I booked this cruise based on her limited availability and a port within driving distance. We had never cruised Carnival before but the price was good and it seemed like a good itinerary. Overall, we had a wonderful time ... Read More
My wife and I booked this cruise based on her limited availability and a port within driving distance. We had never cruised Carnival before but the price was good and it seemed like a good itinerary. Overall, we had a wonderful time and felt we got good value for our money. The staff was excellent, professional, cheerful and hard working. The ship was surely older, but the room was big, balcony big and very clean and nice. The adults only Serenity pool was our home and it was wonderful. I wish it was a bit bigger but we eventually would get a lounger or even a hammock if we were patient. The comedy club was excellent and the comedians were top notch. The fast food was the best we’ve had on a cruise. Awesome pizza, Guy’s burger bar and the burrito/taco bar were great! The drink prices were comparable if not less than a “normal bar” and they were generous with the pour. We didn’t do the beverage package because you had to do it per cabin and I don’t drink – at $100/day that would be a lot of alcohol. There was nothing WRONG with the cruise at all. Really nothing. Were there areas for improvement, sure. The list below is really aimed at Carnival for ideas to make it better. We might opt for a more luxury cruise in the future, but faced with a tight schedule and limited departure port choice, I wouldn’t hesitate cruising on Carnival again. Here’s a list of possible improvements: • There should be a pasta course for every dinner. There was an awesome pasta meal for “brunch” but I was usually at the earlier end of time and had breakfast. There was one or two nights of pasta, but every night might be better • A fresh pasta bar at the buffet would be awesome as well • Breakfast in the restaurant was never hot. Not sure why dinner was OK but breakfast was always cold. It seemed during breakfast in the restaurant was not as organized as dinner. Maybe we should sit at our same tables for Breakfast? Not sure what the issue was • Cheese never melted in the omelets. This is bizarre. Even in the buffet omelet bar the cheese never melted. Other guests commented on this as well. • Having only one outlet in the room, especially none by the bed was a problem. Phones are often used as alarm clocks but maybe having them on the desk is better – forces you to get up. • Dian in the Serenity lounge was great she needs more help. Was alone a lot which made for long waits for soda which brings me too… • I did the bottomless bubbles program. On NCL, once the people got to know you, they’d just fill up your glass. Here, I had to wait on line with all the people getting mixed drinks to get a soda. They should figure out a way around this. Maybe a soda only station? • The one night the Red Frog lounge was really packed and the band was smoking, midnight came and the band wanted to play more, but they closed the bar and stopped the band. Seems like it should have gone later. • Texas Holdem contest was a disappointment as it was $150 buy in for a $500 pot. That seemed quite expensive. This shouldn’t be for serious gamblers but more like a fun activity. $30-$50 buy in would have been better. • The overall temp of our room and the boat was on the warm side, except the casino which was always comfortably cool. Strange. • The smoking areas of the casino might be better away from the aisles as walking through the smoke was tiresome. Ventilation should be improved (considering how cool it was in there, it’s surprising that it wasn’t better) • If you were on the late dining, there was more of a conflict between comedy and the shows. There should be more opportunity for the late eaters to see both. • We had some bad weather and we so appreciate Carnival doing their best to give us some shore excursions at alternate ports. I did take issue with their “warning” about staying in Nassau after dark – especially since we were booked there until 9PM. It seemed it was geared more toward pushing us toward the Carnival brokered tours vs just taking a cab. The licensed cab driver we took was actually on a Carnival cruise the week previously and was warned about “himself” and was quite insulted. The people of Nassau’s whole life revolves around tourism. The people there do everything to try to protect tourists as any crime would impact the whole economy. If it is that dangerous, Carnival should have not brought us there at night. Also, it would have been helpful to know that all stores close at 6PM as we didn’t get to the port until after 2PM. • The PA system should be upgraded as it was often difficult to hear in Serenity and for the movies on the Lido deck. • The photographers were pretty rushed and not too talented. We didn’t buy any photos. How about linking the photos to our app so we can see them digitally and then only print them if we want them. Seems like a lot of waste of paper and ink. • I’ve seen other people post about this. The ship constantly vibrates. That was livable but annoying. • Another great idea would be a “happy hour” for ½ priced drinks. They make so much on alcohol this might be a good give back to get people to buy more drinks later. • Our first port stop was confusing about where to disembark and the second, everyone was lined up at the wrong door. They announce “port”, “aft” and things but what does that mean? They should have had staff stationed or at least more signage. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
My husband and I chose the Carnival Pride for our honeymoon and first cruise. The basis of its appeal was the fact that it was inexpensive and allowed for a flexible itinerary. We had days where we kept ourselves busy with activities and ... Read More
My husband and I chose the Carnival Pride for our honeymoon and first cruise. The basis of its appeal was the fact that it was inexpensive and allowed for a flexible itinerary. We had days where we kept ourselves busy with activities and days where we lounged and relaxed. This review is from the perspective of a first time cruiser but we hope it is helpful to others considering a cruise for their vacation. -Affordability-We booked the cruise through a travel agent and paid for the gratuity upfront. I recommend this as it was one less thing to worry about during our vacation. The drinks and restaurants on the ship were fairly priced. -Atmosphere- We enjoyed the "theme" that the designer created for the ship. Personal preferences aside, there are areas that appeal to all interests. We loved the fact that we could find quiet places to lounge at any time of day. The sunset garden around the theatre is almost always empty if you're looking for a nice table by a window. -Rocking the boat- We read a lot of warnings that cruise ships could be noisy from the guests, decks, and ship motors. A smaller ship like the Pride could mean a rocky cruise in the waters are rough. We stayed in an aft room on deck 6. You could hear the ship running however if you are use to white noise when you sleep this won't bother you. It was noticeable but not obnoxious. We traveled in late October and did experience some waves. During the day I found myself distracted to notice it however it did keep me up a few times at night. The only time I felt nauseous was the night we went to David's Steak House on the very top of the ship. Since we were up high we felt the effects of the waves even more. As far as noise from our guests and the decks, being on deck 6 we never heard anything from our neighbors or the crew. -Crowds- We traveled in late October and did not see a lot of children on the ship though there were a few. A majority of the guests kept to themselves. On occasion you'll enviably be disturbed by a noisy group of intoxicated guests. We found the lido decks to be the most crowded. The Serenity Spa also filled up fast but guest seemed to be more courteous to share their time. On one of the sunniest days the decks were packed with lounge chairs. Getting two and from the ship on port days was not as bad as expected. It was crowded but not very time consuming. Getting off the boat on debarkment was the worst. It took a long time, was not well organized and extremely crowded. -Dining- The free dining areas include the Normandie dining room, the Mermaid grill, the Blue Iguana and Guys Burger Joint. The Normandie has different time-frame dining options. We choose not to have a set time for our meals and never had to wait for a seat with the exception of formal nights. During those nights our wait was 20-30 mins but you were given a buzzer and could walk around the ship. The Normandie always had dinner menus outside their doors so you could plan when you'd prefer to eat elsewhere such as the steakhouse. During sea days the Normandie also offered a brunch between 8:30am-1pm. We always ate dinner at a table for two. During the brunch you might be seated to a table with others. Breakfast is also served during port days but is different from the brunch menu. We didn't care for it as much. The Mermaid Grille was open for all meals and had different cafeteria style stations. We loved the large windows so we could watch the ocean while we ate. I usually only ate here for fresh fruit and coffee. They have a pizza selection that is open all night. I got a slice during a movie night and it was delicious. The other food was nothing special so I chose to eat most of my meals at the Normandie. The Blue Iguana was a build your own taco or burrito bar which was delicious. We chose this for lunch once or twice. Guys Burger Joint didn't appeal to us as much. We would ask for a small portion of fries for a snack. On the same deck there are ice cream machines the guest can use at any time. Being an early morning person I would be at Mermaids around 6 for coffee and start with a walk around the ship. I went to the gym often and would stop at mermaids again for fruit and water. I brought my own water bottles and could fill them up at mermaids throughout the day. My husband would have time to sleep in and by the time he woke and showered we would go to the Normandie for brunch. The brunch is only on sea days and we went to every single one. The food was delicious and it was nice to meet other guests on the ship. We usually would snack or have a late lunch at Mermaids or Blue Iguana. Dinner was between 5:45pm-9:30pm as we choose "your time dinning". We both enjoyed the food served here. The dinner menu will list starters and appetizers that are served every day. The other half of the menu are meals specific for that day only. There is also a section on the menu labeled didja ever which offers a unique dish for guests far braver than myself to try. The dinner ends with a selection of desserts to choose from as well. We were tipped to have the bitter and blanc dessert when offered and offer the same advice. We both enjoyed the atmosphere of the Normandie as well. It was beautiful and we were lucky enough to be seated at a large window one night. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
This cruise was the first cruise with my daughters. They are 3 years and 1 year old. Arrival/embarkation: We drove from home which was about a 4 hour drive. Not too bad and certainly better than flying such a short distance. We ... Read More
This cruise was the first cruise with my daughters. They are 3 years and 1 year old. Arrival/embarkation: We drove from home which was about a 4 hour drive. Not too bad and certainly better than flying such a short distance. We left home with plenty of time and at that point my only worry was traffic from the Raven's home football game that day. As we got closer, it was already after kick off so the traffic from the game was a non issue. We did encounter total and horrific gridlock traffic 1/2 mile away from the port parking lot. Apparently, the ship encountered rough seas coming back to port and was late getting in. The parking lot was closed to the arriving cruisers until the exiting cruiser could leave. We sat, parked, in the road for 3 hours all the while having the ship in out sights - 1/2 mile away! Once the gates were opened, it was total chaos. The port employees has no idea what they were doing. You could tell they were totally overwhelmed. We eventually dropped the luggage off and parked then headed to the security. Security/check in: Somehow we arrived to port early before the traffic. We ended up towards the end of the people boarding the ship so we were in the end of the line. Since we had 2 young children, we purchased the "FASTER TO THE FUN" pass. Please note, this only gets you moving "faster" after the initial 2 lines. The first line checks you passport against your ticket then it goes in to security screening. Only after security does the faster to the fun get you in the shorter line. This is where you get your sail and sign cards. Ship: Once on the ship everything was fine. Our luggage was in our room when we go there (another perk of Faster to the Fun) although since there was total chaos getting in, many employees said the Faster to the Fun pass dint matter anymore because there were "extenuating circumstances". Anyways, we go to our room and headed to dinner. We set sail about 2 hours later than scheduled but dinner was right on time. Pools: Entirely too small. People cram in to these like sardines. You can't even move. My toddler did enjoy the water slides and kids area. I enjoyed it better too. Not very crowded. Main dining room: The staff was amazing. We had William, Dedang, and Jesson taking care of our family. All together, we had 8 family members. They catered to the kids with high chairs, booster seat, and always having cold milk for my toddler. They would sing and dance with her too. Simply amazing. We almost cried on our last night eating with them. The food was ok. Smaller portions but you could order as much as you wanted. (Before someone reads this and says I am some fat overweight hog complaining about portions, I am not. I am 5'-9" and 180 lbs.) The options were nice. They had a daily menu that never changed then there was a "today" menu for that day only. Of course the warm chocolate melting cake was amazing. Buffet: The food on lido deck was great. So many choices. Asian food, Guy's Burger Joint, pizza, tacos, burritos..... Honestly, if you find this food terrible you are too picky. Jeez people. Cmon. Room steward: We had 4 balcony rooms on the 7th floor. Jessica was out steward. She was amazing. Always happy and smiling and would greet us by name. Great!!! Room: We spent the money of booked back to back rooms that connected inside. This allowed the kids to sleep in their own room while my wife and I had our own room. I would do this again in a heartbeat. We also opened the balcony divider which was nice. I heard they have limited hardware so if you want to do this ask for it ASAP. We had a Baby Jogger City Select stroller. It would fit down the halls OK but if there were room service trays laying in the hall you had to maneuver around them. Also, it was too wide to fit through the door so you have to fold it up in the hall. Not a bid deal. Kept it in the closet all cruise because we never got off anywhere to need it. It fit in the elevators fine. They are long and narrow elevators. Shows: Shows were great, fast paced. They had to dull things down because of the rough seas but we loved them still. My toddler is still dancing around pretending to be one of the girls. Dr. Suess: We attended the Dr. Suess breakfast with my toddler. She loved it. Most of the breakfast foods are normal just with a creative Dr. Suess name, but she had green eggs and ham. The characters joined everyone for breakfast and there was picture time too. Very nice and only $5 per person! WEATHER WEATHER WEATHER WEATHER WEATHER: Sailing from Baltimore in late September is not something I would do again. The weather was in the 60's leaving which causes you to lose a day leaving and a day coming back to catch some sun and be outside in the water. HURRICANE JOAQUIN: Yes, there was a hurricane and it caused us to miss 2 stops in the Bahamas and we left early from Grand Turk. They weather was bad at Grand Turk anyways. Basically, we sailed from Baltimore to Grand Turk, stopped for 4 hours then sailed around the storm and came home. The staff always kept us updated on the path of the storm and the ships path around it. They did anything they could to entertain us. Cruise director Steve had no voice left at the end of the cruise. I think he worked 24hrs a day keeping people excited and entertained. As a good will gesture, after our last port of call was canceled, Carnival gave us 50% off the cruise rate and will give us 50% off another 2-7 day cruise because of the terrible weather. HUGE thumbs up the Carnival. They didn't HAVE to do anything for us but rather than risk the bad reviews they stepped up big time. Leaving/debarkation: We packed up the bags and left them in the hall the night before we left. Our Faster to the Fun passes allowed us to skip the long winding line through the casino and get right off. You will eventually get in a line though waiting to pick up your bags. They are neatly waiting for you based on your zone. No issues here. We got our stuff with some help, packed up and drove home. NOTE: Sometimes "Faster to the Fun" can just get you faster to wait in another line. I would but it again since we have young kids. For $59/per room any time saved with kids is great. There is also a dedicated line at customer service for Faster to the Fun members but we never really saw long lines there other than embarkation day. All in all I would do it again but earlier in the summer. Our main problems (traffic and weather) were total freak things that we can not control. Guess we were just unlucky. If you have a good attitude and make the best of everything, you will enjoy it. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We had a great time on this ship. Food was good, service even better. We had a balcony on the Empress deck. Loved it. The casino was crowed, but hey, when aren't they? The adult Serenity deck was nice, but not large enough. I was ... Read More
We had a great time on this ship. Food was good, service even better. We had a balcony on the Empress deck. Loved it. The casino was crowed, but hey, when aren't they? The adult Serenity deck was nice, but not large enough. I was disappointed there were no cigar bars, and to smoke one you had to go outside and huddle in the corner of the pool area. Not conducive to the cigar experience. You would think one bar could be designated a cigar bar. Getting on and off the ship was easy enough. It's amazing that the cabin steward seems to miraculously know when you leave the cabin for a while because when you return BAM the room is cleaned and you have towel animals all over the place. I would go on the Pride again, but it has left Tampa and went to Baltimore, so I doubt we will unless it returns to the Tampa area. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
This is a great ship to visit for fun and entertainment. It has to guest capacity of a smaller cruise ship and all of the amenities and activities of a large cruise ship. You never have to wait in any lines and there is plenty of space and ... Read More
This is a great ship to visit for fun and entertainment. It has to guest capacity of a smaller cruise ship and all of the amenities and activities of a large cruise ship. You never have to wait in any lines and there is plenty of space and places to sit for everyone. The food was exquisite and there was plenty of it to go around. There is a large buffet, two dining rooms, blue iguana cantina and Guys burger joint which was incredible. the food quality is great no waiting to get into the dining room. The staterooms are great. we had a balcony and it was the best room i have ever been in. Plenty of space and a couch that turns into a bed for a comfy bed and a nice place to sit when not using it as a bed. Great deck plan for easy navigation and access to anything aboard the ship. Tampa is a great port for quick and painless embarkation. Plenty activities for everyone and a different show every night along with great karaoke and comedy and plenty of other fun entertainment activities. The staff on the ship were very nice an easy to communicate with and helped to resolve any issue you came across aboard and off the ship. If there was a sixth star, you better believe that this ship would have received it. Absolutely 110% would recommend it!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
We had an excellent trip on the Pride. This smaller ship felt comfortable and homey The shows were excellent and well spaced out so everyone could see them on one day or another. The food was presented well and was always perfectly done ... Read More
We had an excellent trip on the Pride. This smaller ship felt comfortable and homey The shows were excellent and well spaced out so everyone could see them on one day or another. The food was presented well and was always perfectly done as ordered. The Matre D sang for us every night and the wait staff danced & sang also. What fun! I highly recommend this ship if you are looking for a small one. Only complaint I can make is about the smoking in the casino. Some cruise lines are not allowing smoking there and as you passed through the casino to get to the show we found it to be unattractive. Except for that our trip was outstanding. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Not sure how anyone would have anything negative to say about the ship and crew. They were fantastic and very personable. Oleksandra at the Pixels counter was the best! We took A LOT of pictures while on the ship and the ones she took are ... Read More
Not sure how anyone would have anything negative to say about the ship and crew. They were fantastic and very personable. Oleksandra at the Pixels counter was the best! We took A LOT of pictures while on the ship and the ones she took are the only ones we kept. The room was what we expected and the balcony was a great addition. Missing one port was not ideal but the crew was excellent and we made the most of the extra day at sea. Thank you for a memorable vacation!!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
We are so sad to see the ride leaving Tampa. Baltimore, our loss is your gain. Sometimes I read negative reviews on the Pride, and I wonder if these people were on a different ship, or they are just very finicky and over demanding. 1st, ... Read More
We are so sad to see the ride leaving Tampa. Baltimore, our loss is your gain. Sometimes I read negative reviews on the Pride, and I wonder if these people were on a different ship, or they are just very finicky and over demanding. 1st, Carnival prices are far below other cruise lines. I'm paying now what I paid years ago for a cruise on Carnival. The Pride was an awesome ship. Very easy to navigate and get to where you want to go. Not a lot of going up a deck to get down 2 decks. All of the decks I was on went all the way down the ship. Everyone was very friendly and courteous. The food was better than eating at home(sorry honey), but she'd admit that also. David's Steakhouse was worth every penny of the $35 extra per person. We did it on both formal nights. Awesome food! The regular dining area was very nice also. Food was very good. We did "Your time dining", liked it alot. The shows were good, the comedy shows were by far my favorite. Very very funny comics. Plenty of lounge chairs to get sun. I cannot find one thing that dissapointed me on this cruise. We had a balcony, it was nice to have. Cabin steward was the bomb. They always seem to know when you leave and Bamm they are there cleaning the room. Mahogany Bay was my favorite port of call. Very nice beach by the ship. Can't wait til our next cruise, and it WILL be on Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Just got back from our cruise on the Pride. The ship is gorgeous, very well kept and clean. The hallways are chopped up and it is pretty easy to get going the wrong way, be sure the check the room numbers to make sure you're going the ... Read More
Just got back from our cruise on the Pride. The ship is gorgeous, very well kept and clean. The hallways are chopped up and it is pretty easy to get going the wrong way, be sure the check the room numbers to make sure you're going the right direction. This is our first time on this class ship so the layout was hard to get used to, but I found that the separate public areas meant that things were much less crowded than on other ships. We were in ocean suite 6327, a great room with tons of space and a large balcony. We had plenty of storage space, in fact there were two big closets in the main room area that we didn't use except to hang damp clothes out of the way. The balcony had 3 chairs, a lounger, and two small tables. Very nice and easy to move things around to adapt to your needs. The decor is the same white covers with that gold thing across the feet. Kind of dated but still nice looking. I won't go in to much detail on the ports as the ship will not be doing them after the repo back to Baltimore. The public areas were very interesting, we didn't go to any of the bars, dance clubs, or show lounges. We enjoyed being up on the serenity deck and on the midship pool area. The smoking areas were great on board, better than other ships. Hubby enjoys a cigar so we spent time on deck 9 enjoying the comfortable chairs and the company of the other cruisers. We found the pool empty quite often, the hot tubs less so. We were very happy with the ability to enjoy the pools. We LOVED the movies on board. How cool to watch a movie on the deck, either in the pool or on a lounge chair. We found that to be a great addition to the ship with the upgrades. The food was good, but redundant. We aren't ones that go to the main dining room every night, we prefer more casual meals. The breakfast was pretty routine, there are two of the main lines with the same stuff. And it was pretty much the same each morning. For lunch they had more options with Chopsticks, Guy's Burger Joint, and Blue Iguana. The burgers were awesome, the burrito line was amazing, and the selection at Chopsticks was pretty decent. The problem is that none of those things are available for dinner. They all close at 6 or before. The main buffet line at dinner had many of the things that were being served in the main dining room plus some extras. What we missed were the basics, the hot dogs and chicken tenders from the old lido buffet. We found things to eat but were a little bummed about the selection. We had pizza and sandwiches often. Now, we did eat the main dining room for Elegant night to have the lobster and shrimp, was not disappointed at all. I was able to get an extra appetizer of gator fritters which are amazing! We went the last night, he got the southern fried chicken and was less than impressed. So take that for what it's worth, we just prefer more casual dining. Now the problems. Being at the back of the ship was new to us. We usually kept right on the border of aft and midship to be close to elevators, but we thought we'd try out the aft. Our room vibrated. Not sure how else to say it, but it vibrated 24/7. The closet doors rattled together and I had to shove a slipper between so I could sleep. The glasses on the shelf rattled together. Ceiling panels rattled. The door to the balcony rattled. I am a very light sleeper and I was irritated. I knew that there was nothing that they could do but move us and I found out the ship was full. So.... Maybe it was a mechanical thing that they were able to fix, maybe you are looking for a room with the old magic fingers touch. Just my experience. Since we had priority boarding because of our suite, we were able to get on and off really easily. I highly enjoyed skipping the long line and checking in while sitting in the lounge sipping on lemon water. (did not mean that to sound snobbish at all, it is just so different from our daily lives!) I would sail on this ship again, we got the hang of the layout by midweek, we found the staff to be very attentive and courteous, the week was great overall! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
We were on the Pride on the March 1 sailing out of Tampa. This was my 4th time, but 1st out of Tampa. The itinerary was wonderful, we enjoyed every port of call. Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Costa Maya and Mahogany Bay. The weather was ... Read More
We were on the Pride on the March 1 sailing out of Tampa. This was my 4th time, but 1st out of Tampa. The itinerary was wonderful, we enjoyed every port of call. Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Costa Maya and Mahogany Bay. The weather was perfect the entire time and we appreciated it even more since it was snowing in our home state of Maryland. The food was great on all levels. We visited David's Steakhouse and enjoyed it. One server in the steakhouse wasn't as polite and attentive as I would have wanted but the food was wonderful. The 2 granddaughters had a great time at Camp Carnival. Everyone enjoyed the 2.0 upgrades the Pride had to offer. I'm so happy the ship is coming back to Maryland as I have already booked the Pride again April 26. 2015. My one and only complaint is the cabin was so warm. We had the thermostat turned all the way to the cool side and it never really got cool. He had maintenance check it and it was supposedly working properly. I think they must have it so the rooms don't get cooler than maybe 69. I find this a lot on Carnival. Great cruise Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Embarkation was pretty easy. We had a balcony room, was spacious enough and kept very clean by steward. We had a room that had an adjoining door to another cabin....could hear every single word they were saying easily. Was like having a ... Read More
Embarkation was pretty easy. We had a balcony room, was spacious enough and kept very clean by steward. We had a room that had an adjoining door to another cabin....could hear every single word they were saying easily. Was like having a curtain, not a door. Staff was all very pleasant on board. Shows were pretty good, comedians were hilarious. The comedy club gets full about a half hour before the show starts though. Getting off ship at ports where tendered is a hassle if you are in a hurry. Carnival gives first off privileges to the people on Carnival excursions...and to diamond/platinum...so, everyone else has to get a tender ticket. You wait in line, get there a half hour early at least! Most likely you wont get off the ship at a port that arrives at 8, till about 10 if you dont have a ticket that is less than a number 10. I got there 5th in line and still got number 6 tender. Guys Burgers are great! But they close at 6, Chinese was great, but closed at 3:30. Most food was closed by 6. For dinner at the buffet you have the deli, the carvery with one carved meat, some sides and a few other options, or the dining room. Pretty skimpy to say the least, many were suprised at the lack of choice for dinner. Dining room was ok, food was decent, but sometimes you want to just eat at your own pace. We chose to carry our own bags off ship, thinking it would be quick, since our floor was the first to be called. However, all you have to do is go get in line no matter your floor. They didnt check and the line had every single floor in it at the same time. About 300 people long! I wouldnt go on this Carnival ship again....layout was poor. Pool deck area is tiny, no room for deck parties, hardly any room for chairs. And from one pool, no way to get to the upper deck area...so you couldnt watch the events at the pool from the upper deck easily. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
I thought the boarding process and embarkation in Tampa was pretty good. We really loved the new restaurants; Guys Burgers, Blue Iguana and especially the Sushi restaurant. Really liked the Red Frog Pub. I was surprised the EA Sports Bar ... Read More
I thought the boarding process and embarkation in Tampa was pretty good. We really loved the new restaurants; Guys Burgers, Blue Iguana and especially the Sushi restaurant. Really liked the Red Frog Pub. I was surprised the EA Sports Bar was not very crowded the entire cruise (other than Super Bowl Sunday). I was not as impressed with the food at David's Steak House. My wife really enjoyed her food. My steak was under cooked and cold. I am sure they would have made it right if I had complained...but the guy behind me had the same issue and I just didn't feel like making a fuss. The dining room food was same as usual, which was pretty good. The comedians on the ship were awesome! I would highly recommend the Cozumel Bar Hop. Belize and Isle of Rotan were great. I would absolutely sail on the Pride again. I loved the layout of the ship. The staff was friendly as always. We really love Carnival! Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
We went out onFebuary 15th for 7 day cruise the ship was nice and we had a Vista suite and the balcony was really nice. We hadn't been on Carnival in about 10 years and we thought that the shows and the food are lacking alittle from ... Read More
We went out onFebuary 15th for 7 day cruise the ship was nice and we had a Vista suite and the balcony was really nice. We hadn't been on Carnival in about 10 years and we thought that the shows and the food are lacking alittle from past cruises but the Pride and her staff is great. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
I traveled with my sister, her husband and my daughter. We have all cruised before on Carnival ships. 1. Do not stay in Stateroom 1194. If you are already assigned to this stateroom, change it. It is right over the gangway area and in the ... Read More
I traveled with my sister, her husband and my daughter. We have all cruised before on Carnival ships. 1. Do not stay in Stateroom 1194. If you are already assigned to this stateroom, change it. It is right over the gangway area and in the middle of the night, doors start slamming. I had to call Guest Service three nights. They did get the slamming to stop, but this ruined three nights sleep. 2. For those of you who enjoy the "review" type dancing/singing shows - forget it. It's all singing now - no dancing. And - each show is repeated twice. If you see a show at 8:00 one night, it will be the next night's late show. Also, two "game show" evenings with no real entertainment. 3. Live on-board music is about gone. No live music on the Lido deck. Mostly tapes and sometimes a DJ. The guitar player in the atrium was ok, but the other guitar player sounded like he was trying out for Karaoke! No live band during the entertainment shows, either. 4. Take a sweater or some kind of jacket. This is the first cruise whip where I (and my traveling companions) were cold in every common area, including the dining rooms and buffets. Cold everywhere!! On the other hand, no matter what you do to your stateroom thermostat - nothing changes. 6. Lots of trivia on this ship - more than I have encountered before and the trivia hosts were ALL great. 7. Guy's Burgers and fries are so greasy - you may slide off the ship!! 8. Very smoky in the casino as the smoking areas on the ship are very limited, but you can smoke in the Casino whenever it's open. People come from all over the ship to just sit/stand in the casino and smoke, so it's not just the players - it's everyone who wants to smoke. 9. The Dr. Seuss breakfast on Saturday was fantastic. Great decorations. Lots of characters in costume taking pictures with everyone. Good food. All for $5 per person! We didn't even have kids with us - 4 adults - and we really enjoyed it. 10. We went to Anytime Seating abut 5:45 each night and didn't have to wait once. Ask for Wee Wee's (nickname) section. Her and her group were by far the best wait staff any of us had ever had on a ship. 11. The crew were great. Even the usually humorless, condescending people at the Guest Service Desk and the Dining Room Desk were friendly and helpful. 12. A few packing reminders: extension cord, night light, extra hangers, ear plugs, stickies/tape and a pen to leave notes on the door for your traveling companions and/or room steward, bug spray. We take an insulated large drink glass so we can avoid multiple trips for refills and also avoid sweaty glasses. JACKET. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
We've cruised a total of 5 times, this being our 4th with Carnival. Our second time out of Tampa, also the second on a Spirit Class ship (last time was the Legend, on an identical itinerary). Overall, a very nice trip! Embarkation: ... Read More
We've cruised a total of 5 times, this being our 4th with Carnival. Our second time out of Tampa, also the second on a Spirit Class ship (last time was the Legend, on an identical itinerary). Overall, a very nice trip! Embarkation: Tampa is a much smaller port than Miami, and that is not a bad thing, necessarily. The ships are smaller, and there are less of them. I believe Tampa can only accommodate 3 ships in port at a time. Carnival's terminal is pretty nice, has adequate seating. We got there at 11-ish, We had Faster-to-Fun for the first time. For whatever the reason, they were slow in allowing us on board. They didn't start boarding until about 12:15pm. On the bright side, with Faster-to-Fun, we were onboard before 12:30. We went directly to our room, and, wonder of wonders, our bags were already there! This is a pleasant surprise. Room 7208, a nice midship balcony, was not only "Carnival Nice", but well located near elevators with easy access to the whole ship. Recent Funship 2.0 upgrades were evident throughout: Guys Burgers, Blue Iguana Cantina, Red Frog Pub, Alchemy Bar, Seaside Theater...all very nice. Note on Seaside Theater...because Pride has a sliding roof over the middle pool, they put the Seaside screen at ground level instead of up (which would have put it outside of the roof when the roof was closed). I can appreciate the reason for the compromise, but viewing over loungers made sight lines not quite as nice. Not a big deal at all, but worth knowing, I think. Ship seems very well cared for. They seemed to be always cleaning and scrubbing something, and it made the ship look pretty darn good! Staff was uniformly pleasant and helpful. Waiters around the pools were in evidence, but not pushy. Poolside bars sometimes seemed a little understaffed, but not terribly so. Our room steward, who knew our names by the end of the first day, did a crackerjack job keeping our room nice, ice in the ice bucket, all that stuff. A+. We cruised out of Tampa on Superbowl Sunday. It was a party atmosphere. Game was shown at the Seaside Theater, also in the Butterflies Comedy Club and EA Sports Bar. They had tailgate munchies at EA Sports, which were tasty and unexpected. Lots of fans for both teams, cheering and generally whooping it up. Carnival did a nice job accommodating the fun. We ate in the Normandie Dining Room every night but one. I will say that Carnival does seem to have made some cuts to the wait staff, and service levels are not quite as high as they once were. Water glasses took longer to get refilled, bread didn't get restocked as quickly. However, actual service of the courses was faster (at least for us) than it had been on some previous cruises. And (and this is important!)...the food was probably the best we'd ever had with Carnival. There were a few new items since we had cruised last year, and the food was both well varied and quite delicious. . Note...my wife and another at our table both had the brisket the first night...they described it as "to die for". High praise from my wife, she can be a fussy eater! Wait staff, though stretched thin, were polite and helpful overall. Other dining options? Buffet- no issues, just fine. Guy's Burgers? Delicious as always! Blue Iguana Burritos? Wonderful. Never got to the pizza, but it looked good. My wife doesn't do Sushi, so never tried that dining venue. Bars? Lots of fru-fru drinks, served quickly and competently. I counted the beers on the Serenity Deck, Carnival offers something like 26 different beers/ales, so you if you like beer, you can probably find something that agrees with you. And, that doesn't count Carnival's own Thirsty Frog Red, which, though not amazing, is a very drinkable red. Serenity Deck? The Spirit class boats all have the Serenity Deck in the back of the Lido Deck, with own pool and hot tub, overlooking the boats wake. THIS is the way to do it! Wonderful location, way better than jammed up at the front of the boat. On nice days, it can be impossible to find seating on Serenity, but that's true on any boat. Water park? Spirit Class Boats don't have the room topside of many other Carnival Boats, but they manage 2 very decent waterslides and a smallish waterpark for the kiddies. The new waterslides are night and day better than the slides on older ships. No complaints here. Shows? Used to be, the showroom shows had 8-10 piece band, and Carnival put on a "Vegas Style" show. No more. Bands are gone ,replaced by recorded music, and a cast of approximately 8 young women and men who sing and dance for you, in front of sometimes elaborate video screens. The Spirit stage has both a turntable stage and an orchestra pit that can be either raised even with the stage or retracted 8 feet or so under it , all on the fly. The use of the moveable stage elements with the video screens and actors made for some very enjoyable stage effects, and effective lended to the the mood they were trying to generate. They do a total of 4 completely different shows during the course of a 7 day cruise, and most of the shows repeat at least once. If you are expecting "Broadway" quality, you will probably be disappointed. if, on the other had, you want to be entertained for 40 or 50 minutes by some reasonably talented young people trying their best to give you a good show, you'll probably leave the show smiling when it is done. Other entertainment? Plenty of trivia, a Carnival staple. Hasbro the Game show is a pleasant enough diversion if you don't have anything else to do. For me, when cruising, relaxing is more important that being constantly entertained, so I'm usually Ok with whatever Carnival might be offering at any given time. Ports? Cozumel gives you plenty of options, depending on what you are interested in. We did a snorkel tour through an independent group. Long boat ride to and from snorkel sites, but very good snorkeling and pleasant trip overall. Belize- Wednesday in Belize meant 4 ships, all trying to madly tender everyone ashore. With faster to fun, we got off quickly enough, but had to wait for the other members of our excursion to get off our and Norwegians Boat. However, once underway, the Lamanai Belize Maya Excursion was really exceptional. Family run excursion is highly recommended. Look for reviews on TripAdvisor. Isla Roatan- Another local company excursion to Little French Key. Very nice! Grand Cayman- The good weather couldn't last forever, I suppose. Wind and large swells caused our boat to divert from Georgetown to alternate Tender port. Tendering was slow. Did an island tour, since rain was threatening. Not bad, and Turtle Farm was actually quite interesting, but rest of tour was nothing to write home about. Overall, Carnival Pride delivered a great trip!   Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
I am generally not one to write reviews but I read so many negative reviews about the Pride, specifically the crew that I felt compelled to post this. I have been on 13 cruises and must say that the crew of the Pride is absolutely the ... Read More
I am generally not one to write reviews but I read so many negative reviews about the Pride, specifically the crew that I felt compelled to post this. I have been on 13 cruises and must say that the crew of the Pride is absolutely the friendliest of them all (all were Carnival cruises). Always smiling, greeting you as you pass by and just all around friendly. The food was typical, not great and not bad. Just the norm for Carnival. We ate at the steakhouse and it was as good as all of the rest of them. Guys Burgers is the place! Very good... Entertainment? We went of one show and it was horrible. Went to a second and it was equally as bad. It is obvious that Carnival is cutting costs in this area. I am easy to impress but this was just painful to sit through. Port of Tampa was good for getting on/off ship. Ports were generally good except Belize. Why do they even go there? I have been in many ports and felt unsafe in this one (outside the port shipping area). I was going to get a cab and take a tour but once we stepped outside the walls of the port shopping area, we quickly decided to get back into the safe confines. That evening, we have a questionnaire on the port asking if we felt safe, enjoyed it, how much we spent, etc. Never had one of those before. Makes me think they are considering taking ot off the list? Hopes this helps :-)   Read Less
Sail Date February 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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