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9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We chose this cruise because of the long weekend. We did not want to go for a long extended time as the ship is small and limited on entertainment. Carnival did not cancel the cruise due to IRMA but sent us out to Cozumel for an extra 4 ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the long weekend. We did not want to go for a long extended time as the ship is small and limited on entertainment. Carnival did not cancel the cruise due to IRMA but sent us out to Cozumel for an extra 4 hours at port. If we had known this earlier we could have booked an excursion that was longer than 4 hours as we wanted to spend some time shopping. The ship is old and needs updating and fixing. The food was not that good and the water had a seaweed taste. (Now the dining room water tasted ok). Not sure what or where the Lido restaurant was getting their water from. Dining room food was ok, nothing great. The Lido restaurant was the worst food I have tasted. Now on a positive note: The Cruise Director Kabir was outstanding. He was one of the best CD's I have seen on the ships. He was out there entertaining us at least two to three times a day. I cannot say enough good things about Kabir. Carnival snagged a good one. Carnival did re-position us to Jamaica when we could not go back to Miami and they kept us informed of all the news and what was happening. The ship is smaller than all the others and you can feel the vibration of the engines and it does rock in rough waters. The cruise overall was enjoyable and we had wonderful weather. I hope to go to Key West on another trip after they rebuild - or even help them rebuild. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2017
This was my second cruise I have been on, the sunshine was awesome I loved the people that worked on it they made everything fun,the food was amazing way better than my first cruise. I had the best time of my life on this cruise I swear I ... Read More
This was my second cruise I have been on, the sunshine was awesome I loved the people that worked on it they made everything fun,the food was amazing way better than my first cruise. I had the best time of my life on this cruise I swear I did not want to get off. Matter of fact my cousin and I are coming back on the sunshine in October with other family members who have not been on a cruise before so I hope and pray we have as much fun as we did when we went in may. I can not wait to get back on the sunshine. I loved the games they played with the music. The club on the boat was very very fun. The drinks were amazing the kiss on the lips is the best yet. I recommend the carnival sunshine to anyone so I hope it is the same when we get back on in October. : ) Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
First, let me state, that I traveled solo on this five day cruise which was based upon the the "casino rate", excluding airfare cost $541 for an interior cabin, port charges and taxes, vacation protection, transfer to and from ... Read More
First, let me state, that I traveled solo on this five day cruise which was based upon the the "casino rate", excluding airfare cost $541 for an interior cabin, port charges and taxes, vacation protection, transfer to and from the port, and prepaid gratuities, but excluding airfare. However, it is expected that one spends some time in the casino s gaming, which I did. Getting there: It was a breeze from NC to Tampa a less then two hour flight, the Tampa International airport is well laid out and I was at the Carnival Cruise Line meeting place under an hour with my bags waiting for the bus. The bus arrived and we were at the Port of Tampa in under one hour. Embarkment: Again, going through security and then getting my sail and sign card, i was on the ship in less than one hours time. Paris Restuarant (the buffet on the Lido deck): Standard cruise line buffet, a cut above Golden Corral, but with delightful desserts. On the Lido deck near the pool the is the "On the Grill" whic basically served hot dogs and hamburgers, (dried out hamburgers and cheese burgers. Opposite "On the Grill" is the "Mongolian Won, you select what you want on your won and they cook it for you. Both of these food stations will disappear as the Paradise is going into dry dock for renovations, and it there place will be the "Guy Fieri's Burger Joint" and a Mexican food station NO DRAFT BEER in the "Pour your own" cabinet. There are two pour your own beer dispensing cabinets and for about thirty cents and ounce you can get about a 14 ounce cup of Bud Light or Thirsty Frog Red. Problem is the beer cabinets were always empty, So let's do the math, a 14 oz cup of beer about $4.20 + a 15% gratuity for under $5. They sell sixteen ounces of domestic beer for $6.75 + 15% gratuity or about $7.so, CCL made about two dollars MORE per beer - it is all about the bottom line! Pool: there is one pool so it is crowded on sea days but it is quite pleasant on port days, it is easy to find a deck lounge. Majestic Casino: this is an "L" shaped casino with recently upgraded slot machines, one craps table, on Poker Pro electronic poker table, two roulette tables, one Let it Ride table, one WPT Heads Up Hold'em table, two three card poker table, and several blackjack tables.The bar service is excellent, the dealers, pit supervisors are friendly and the casino host, Vicky is terrific. There were night drawings, based upon the guests "points" from the slots and table play. On a five day cruise if the guest gets 1000 points on the slots, you receive an "on us" drink card for free adult beverage while gaming in the casino. Main Dining Room: The service from Fritz, Agus and Puji were EXCELLENT, however as I dined at the second seating 8:15pm, most of the entries were dried out probably from being on the heat table or heat lamp. The food on Royal Caribbean is superior to Carnival dining offering Entertainment: Average, mostly production shows on a five day cruise with good comedians. The lounge shows are varied and musicians and vocalists are good. Shore Excursions: I did not do any excursions, so I cannot comment. Cabin: Standard interior cabin, my cabin steward Suhardi was excellent, they will ask you if you want a morning or evening bed turn down, I usually have just and evening turn down and my request for a fresh bucket of ice everyday was promptly done. Disembarkment: Getting off the ship took less than one hour, from the time, I left my cabin, picked up my luggage and got on the bus. OVERALL: This was an average cruise, the MDR quality of the food, was below par, entertainment was good, good standard interior cabin. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
We chose this cruse because Carnival's cruise around Hawaii was a better deal than the boats that are stationed in Hawaii and do 7 day cruises. This was 11 days which included 6 days in Hawaii and 5 days at sea and a better price. We ... Read More
We chose this cruse because Carnival's cruise around Hawaii was a better deal than the boats that are stationed in Hawaii and do 7 day cruises. This was 11 days which included 6 days in Hawaii and 5 days at sea and a better price. We had opted to purchase tickets to Pearl Harbor thinking we would get on board on time, drop our luggage and then take a cab back to Pearl Harbor by 2:00pm. Because we were so late getting on board we paid for our tickets and didn't get to go. Tried to get tickets the next day and they were sold out. Very disappointing. Also there were so many platinum members on this cruise it was quicker to go through the regular line. This cruise did have quite a send off party when we left Hawaii. I have been on many cruises and NEVER had a cruise give away so much free alcohol. Not sure if they were trying to make up for the first day? One of our friends wasn't thinking about put his bottle of wine that he was allowed to carry on in his suitcase. It was confiscated and he was told he would get back the last day. It was a $20.00 bottle of wine and when he waited in line to retrieve it they couldn't find it and told him, sorry it must have been thrown away. YEA RIGHT! I would have liked to have longer at the islands. The only one that we spent a lot of time on was OAHU. This is a way to busy and the other islands are way nicer. We did stay late in Maui, but we would have loved to stay longer in Kauai, Hilo and Kona. The beach when we tendered to in Kona was absolutely beautiful. All in all, I would do it again for the price. We had an balcony as I we enjoy them, however we hardly spent anytime on it this cruise. After the first day at sea it gets cold Do it cheap-opt for an inside cabin. Read Less
21 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
This was my first cruise in the US. We paid 299 each for a balcony room. The room was huge compared to my cruise on Princess. There was a long bench built into the wall, and plenty of storage place. My one complaint about the room is that ... Read More
This was my first cruise in the US. We paid 299 each for a balcony room. The room was huge compared to my cruise on Princess. There was a long bench built into the wall, and plenty of storage place. My one complaint about the room is that there was only ONE electrical outlet in the entire stateroom! We had to schedule flat iron and phone charging use. When I say ONE outlet, I mean one plug was a 120, and the other, 220. Fortunately, I travel with a 220 adapter, so I was able to use that outlet. The hallways were very noisy until 2 or 3 in the morning. I opened the door and ran some people off on the second night. I found check in and out to be organized and smooth. The food was better than expected. Do yourself a favor, and pay the $20 up charge for surf and turf in the dining room. It was delicious, and served with homemade mashed potatoes. The staff was great, and we loved the Alchemy Bar. That was a fun experience. The pools are small, and the bars are crowded on at sea days. Another major issue we had was trying to get soda to go with our burgers. You have to stand in line in a crowded bar to get soda or bottled water. They need to have a reach in, or a vendor with a cart that sells soda and water. I was very frustrated trying to get a diet coke, and the last thing I want to do on a cruise is to become stressed. I highly recommend the Cheers plan, if you like to drink without worrying about what it's costing. You can get Patron, high end liquors, pretty much anything for 45.00 per day. The See and Sea excursion was kind of pricey, but entertaining. Before you digest any bad reviews, take them with a grain of salt, and decide for yourself. One last thing, the internet on board was non-existent. I purchased the 12.00 social media plan. It only worked for one day. I should have asked for a refund, my bad. I think mainly cruising is what you make it. The food in the BBQ place was a hidden gem, and the pizza is cooked in a fire oven, just like they make it in Italy. If you can't find food that you like on this cruise, stay home and open a can of spam. Bon Voyage! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2017
We chose this cruise as going to the Panama Canal was on my bucket list. My great grandfather had actually worked building the original canal and I wanted to experience it for myself. There were 4 of us adults in an extended balcony ... Read More
We chose this cruise as going to the Panama Canal was on my bucket list. My great grandfather had actually worked building the original canal and I wanted to experience it for myself. There were 4 of us adults in an extended balcony cabin on deck 7. The cabin itself was fine; plenty of storage for the 4 of us as I have come to expect with a Carnival ship. There were some dents and scratches but the cabin itself was very clean and the room steward was great; another think I have come to expect from Carnival. Embarkation in Tampa was fine. We had FTTF and were on the ship by noon. However, our luggage did not arrive until 8 pm! Here I will comment on the reported over 1,000 Diamond and Platinum members on the ship. I believe the staff overall during the 14 days were so overwhelmed with serving the perks of the Diamond and Platinum members, that the rest of us lowly Gold, Red and Blue card members got overlooked. We had YTD, but because there were so many people who requested early dining that could not be accommodated, it was practically impossible to eat before 8 pm in YTD without having to wait 45 minutes for a table. Therefore, we only ate in YTD I believe 3 times on our 14 day cruise. We were hungry before we could get a table so we just ate on Lido for dinner, since the menu was almost the same. Upon debarkation, the FTTF people were held along with the suite people in a private area of the ship, but were not told to debark until after luggage tag 5 was called. We weren't actually told to debark even though we had luggage tag #2, but someone heard #5 called and we all left. The person in charge of us royally goofed. Anyway, the actually debark in Baltimore was fine, except there were absolutely no taxis available by the time we got off the ship. It was in the 20's that morning and we waited probably 45 minutes for a taxi. So, debark in Baltimore was not very good for sure. Anyway, the fact that Carnival sold FTTF spaces with that many Diamond and Platinum guests was a big mistake, IMHO and I believe it was a waste of money. All of the ports were great! Weather was perfect in Cozumel, Costa Rica, going through the Panama Canal, Aruba, Bonaire and St. Maarten. We just took a cab to Paradise Beach in Cozumel, had a private tour in Costa Rica (awesome), took a cab to the Butterfly Garden in Aruba, shopped and went on the sunset cruise in the afternoon (awesome), rented a golf cart in Bonaire and went on a 2 beach private tour in St. Maarten. I will say that besides the Panama Canal being a highlight, we wish that Costa Rica would have been a longer stop. There was also an issue with getting off the ship in Costa Rica because everybody wanted to get off at once because of the short day. We had a wonderful tour, but with the ship being in port only from 11 am to 5 pm made it a very rushed day and it is such a beautiful country! It was very windy in all ports except for Costa Rica and excursions in Aruba and St. Maarten were cancelled. Since we only ate in the dining room 2 or 3 times, I cannot comment on the wait staff really. The food on Lido was just OK and we always could find something to eat, but the Chinese food was pretty bad and there were none of those boneless breaded chicken fingers to be found anywhere on the Pride. We even asked the chef, who told us in no uncertain terms that they would not be served on Lido ever and we were told to go to the MDR. So, we went to the MDR and were told they only had the chicken strips but we had to order them a day ahead of time. We did this a couple of times and made them a take out order, but they were very small and I think had a Panko crust that was very thin. I never heard so many people complaining about the food choices on a cruise for dinner as on this cruise. Many guests called them "weird food" and I would agree that there were some strange things on the menu. Lots of pork dishes, lamb, very little pasta, dry seafood, beef dishes were generally tough and very little chicken. I only saw turkey one night and it wasn't the night of the American Feast. Thank goodness for guys burgers, salads and fresh fruit! There was a noticeable lack of bar staff wandering around the Lido except for embarkation day. It was always easy to find a deck chair except for Serenity. The wait staff in the bars was pretty good, but it didn't seem like this was a drinking crowd because the bars were rarely full. The entertainment in the Taj Mahal was pretty dismal. The Playlist Productions were not good. We have seen these productions on other ships and on the Pride they did not met my expectations. The special acts they brought on because it was a Journeys cruise were great. Adam in the Piano bar was OK. The other singers around the ship were OK, but the young woman who sang like Joni Mitchell and played the guitar really got on my nerves. It seemed wherever I went, she was there singing. They had her and another singer on the Serenity Deck for a few hours a day also. It's supposed to be quiet on Serenity, IMHO. Nice string duo playing around the ship. Overall the Pride seems tired. It was very clean, but it is showing wear. Examples, there were many floor tiles loose in the Lido area that were not fixed, worn carpets, scratches and dents in various areas of the ships. The CD, Steve from Canada also seemed tired. The Fun Shops didn't have much of a variety of merchandise and it seemed like a lot of wasted space. We love the layout and different areas of the Spirit Class, but the Pride needs an update. The one shining spot for the Journeys cruise was the Academy of Fun classes run by Tom Parks. Very informative, and we learned a lot from him Tom is also very approachable and if you had a question or wanted further information, he was always around to talk to. The 80's throwback day was also fun. Overall, we had a great time and were not disappointed with the itinerary, which is generally why we choose a cruise. The other passengers were very friendly to us, but there were grumblings among them about the food, entertainment, condition of the ship and some were very rude to the staff. We would take the Pride again since it is only a 6 hour drive for us, but the normal itineraries out of Baltimore are not very great and it needs an update. We rate this cruise very good, mostly because of the itinerary. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
While this cruise/ship is not the most elegant, it certainly is a lot of value. Our cabin was quite adequate (an inside cabin) as we spend very little time in it. The food was quite good, especially in the dining ... Read More
While this cruise/ship is not the most elegant, it certainly is a lot of value. Our cabin was quite adequate (an inside cabin) as we spend very little time in it. The food was quite good, especially in the dining room, but it is not quite as good as on previous Carnival cruises. We found the staff to be excellent. They were quick, competent, and remarkably friendly. The entertainment is quite good in the main show room, the comedy club, and throughout the ship. The ports of call (Nassau and Freeport) are a couple of our favorites. The convenience for us (we live in the Charleston, SC area) is especially good, and the staff at the terminal is remarkable. They got us on board quickly and put us in a great mood right from the beginning. What more could you ask for? My wife and I will definitely be going on a lot more cruises on the Ecstasy. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
We were a group of 20 family members. Joined group from canada, california and india. Very economical package with maximum fun with complete family. Would love to go on cruise every year, may be different locations. Whole show is well ... Read More
We were a group of 20 family members. Joined group from canada, california and india. Very economical package with maximum fun with complete family. Would love to go on cruise every year, may be different locations. Whole show is well managed from the day we embarked on the ship till we left the ship. Complete staff is well trained and always ready to help guests with great smiles. Best way for entertainment, big memorable on board evening shows with prominent singers and performers, add fun to enjoyment. Really we were trreated by whole staff as we are kings. Surely recomend to my friends to have maximun fun that to very econolical. Package is cheaper than stay in 5 star hotels. Would love to go on cruise to europe. Love to get udated for upcoming europe cruise, if any coming up. WOULD RECOMEND MY FRIENDS TO HAVE FUN WITH FAMILY AND CLOSE FRIENDS Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
Our cruise was arranged by a family member. 23 members of our family attended, each with different cruising experience and a variety of budgets. Galveston is a very difficult port to get to from the East Coast. One has to fly into ... Read More
Our cruise was arranged by a family member. 23 members of our family attended, each with different cruising experience and a variety of budgets. Galveston is a very difficult port to get to from the East Coast. One has to fly into Houston and then try to arrange a shuttle or other transportation to Galveston (about 1.5 hour trip from Bush Intercontinental and about 1.0 hour trip from Hobby). Our cruise was "fogged out" of the Galveston port and we stayed on the ship for an additional ~36 hours. Therefore, a 7 day cruise turned into a 9 day cruise. Carnival did an outstanding job of taking care of all of the passengers "stranded" on the ship. Mixed experiences were reported when dealing with the airlines and attempting to make changes. We found United to be difficult. Other passengers reported that American was very difficult, while Southwest and Delta were the most accommodating airlines. The ship is dated and the cruise is clearly a "crew for the masses". Many may not have the same standards as you have. We found many passengers to be pushy, inconsiderate, and "entitled". Embarkation and debarkation both feel like a bit of a "cattle call". The ports of call - Cozumel, Roatan (a Honduras Bay island), and Belize - are underwhelming. The crew is very hard-working and go out of their way to make the trip enjoyable. If this cruise is the only cruise that is affordable for you, go for it! If all you are looking for is a few days in the sun, go for it! If you like interesting ports of call, civilized passengers, an updated ship, good food, ... and there is a cruise that is more affordable for you ... don't go on this one. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
We chose this cruise for its itinerary and were not disappointed with that. However found the Pride was the worst of any ship on our 14 cruises. 2 nights had nothing appealing to 4 of the 6 at our table. The other couple were first ... Read More
We chose this cruise for its itinerary and were not disappointed with that. However found the Pride was the worst of any ship on our 14 cruises. 2 nights had nothing appealing to 4 of the 6 at our table. The other couple were first timers so had nothing to compare to. Room steward was great Jomel met our every need. However, our room balcony had paint splatter all over the lacquered railing glass, floor and seats. Then when they washed the balcony down there were floating paint chips that stuck to everything. We have sailed on the Pride previously and had a great experience. This time not so much. Female entertainer was off key every time she performed. The only good singer was Marcus Anthony who came on board at 1 port. Shows were quite amateurish from other cruises. Dining we requested to sit with 6 cotravellers and asked 4 weeks in advance and could not be accommodated. Met new friends but watched our party of 6 at every dinner. Matree'd was of no help. Read Less
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