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Carnival Pride

Cruise Critic Editor Rating:
4.0
1,527 reviews
Why Choose Carnival Pride?

Pro

Sails nice mix of long and short cruises

Con

Too boisterous for those wanting peace and quiet

Bottom Line

It's an older ship with modern touches like the posh Alchemy Bar and thrilling Green Thunder water slide.


Cruise Reviews

Sail Date: July 2018
We chose this ship because it was within driving distance of our home. First, our room safe did not work. We reported it to staff who said they would get it taken care of. Two days later room safe is still not fixed. Reported it to ... Read More
We chose this ship because it was within driving distance of our home. First, our room safe did not work. We reported it to staff who said they would get it taken care of. Two days later room safe is still not fixed. Reported it to staff again and this time it was taken care of, only to quit working 2 days later. Second, sat down to dinner in the main dining room one night, unfolded my napkin, and apparently someone's chocolate melting cake from the night before was still on both sides of my napkin--how do you miss that when you're rolling up silverware? I was told "so sorry" and given a clean napkin. Now for my real gripe...they will NOT honor the prepaid Cheers or Bottomless Bubbles beverage packages on their private island of Half Moon Cay. In their defense it does say in very fine print on their website that it is good for onboard purchases only, so I'm not sure how I missed that very important bit of information. They can cart all of the booze and soda pop to the island and had no problem selling it to me over there and charging me for it on top of the beverage package I already paid for, but would not honor the card there. I am told it is because they don't have the technology to process it on the island--Seriously? This is 2018 and technology abounds--what a bunch of crap. Just another way to make money. Also, no cloth tablecloths on the tables in the dining room on any nights except formal nights---I guess this is so they can cut their laundry bill. Our room was never very cool despite the fact we kept the curtain closed and had the AC on max. We had a very good assistant waiter, and a couple of great bartenders. The food was also surprisingly very good. This ship is just plain tired looking---LOTS and LOTS of rust on the outside....needs a lot of painting and for heaven's sake get rid of the art gallery theme and make this ship modern and fun. Would I cruise Carnival again? Let's just put it this way--I have a Celebrity and a Royal Caribbean cruise booked--that should tell you what I think about them. Not saying never, just won't be cruising with them anytime soon. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
I booked this cruise for my significant other and I because of the value and the port location as Baltimore is only 1.5 hours drive from our home. After reading mixed reviews, I was skeptical that the Pride would deliver. However, I was ... Read More
I booked this cruise for my significant other and I because of the value and the port location as Baltimore is only 1.5 hours drive from our home. After reading mixed reviews, I was skeptical that the Pride would deliver. However, I was pleasantly surprised! Embarkation was very smooth and it took approximately 1 hour from the time we arrived at the port to the time we were enjoying lunch and drinks on the Lido deck. The delay was primarily parking as we arrived early (around 1145) and passengers from the previous cruise were still leaving. I do want to mention that our arrival time was not until 1. However, NOVA traffic is hit or miss; we left the house a bit earlier to avoid tardiness and as a result arrived early. This did not present any problems for us as we were still allowed to embark. Parking was easy (although $15 per day) and luggage drop off a breeze. Embarkation staff are welcoming and ran like a well oiled machine. The ship is older and you can notice a bit of wear and tear but nothing concerning and certainly nothing that kept us from enjoying ourselves. We had a cabin with a balcony on deck 7. Décor was dated but the cabin was spacious for the two of us and we enjoyed the balcony. Bed was firm but that is how we like it.....overall we slept great! We did experience some noise from above but that is to be expected in any type of accommodation. The service during the entire cruise was impeccalbe. Our room steward, dining room staff and just about anyone we encountered truely made us feel welcomed, relaxed and pampered. We enjoyed the enterainment in the Taj Mahal to include the shows by Playlist Productions and Dr. E! Dr. E. was hilarious and we loved him as the Cruise Director. The comedians were fantastic and we enjoyed quite a few adult only shows in the Punchliner Comedy Club. All were always well attened. Go early to snag the best seats (or any seat in some circumstances). Many will complain about the pools being crowded and that is true! However, there are plently of hidden gems on decks 10 and 11 to get some sun. Serenity was genearlly also crowded, however, we were always able to grab a couple of chairs if we waited a few mintues. Really it is all about timing. Afternoons on sea days have heavy traffic on the Lido Deck. However, if you have late dining, you can always find some vacancies in the late afternoon when everyone else is getting ready for dinner. We ate at the buffet for breakfast and lunch. The breakfast selection does not change and you find yourself eating the same thing everyday. I would recommend the Seaday brunch served in the main dining room on sea days. The selection is still limited but you do a have a few choices that you cant find at the buffet. Not to mention, it is far less crowded and relaxing. Lunch does vary but pizza, burgers, tacos and sandwiches are always an option. We had late dining and ate dinner in the main dining room almost every night. I found the staff, once again. to be fantastic. We enjoyed the selection and trying different menu items (yes you can order more than one of anything!). The melting chocolate cake is a must....I think I ordered it at least 3 times. We did not eat at Bonsai or David's. However, we did splurge on the Chef's Table.....one word..AMAZING! it is an extra $75 per person plus gratuity but more than worth the money! You get a personal tour of the kitchen, a demonstrationon on how to make the famous melting chocolate cake from the pastry chef as well as champagne and appetizers. Afterwards, you are taken to a private table (with approx. 12 other guests) and servied a 7 course meal. Everything is excellent and the service is one of a kind! You even get a group photo incluced in the price. You better come hungry...although the portions will seem small...you will be stuffed by the end. Highly, highly recommend and would do it again!!!!!!!! We booked Carnival shore excursions in all three ports: Grand Turk. Half Moon Cay and Freeport. I do want to say that you can easily enjoy both Grand Turk and Half Moon Cay without an excursion. Both have plenty of free beach space and Grand Turk even has shopping and a huge pool (Margaritaville). Freeport is another story. The port is in an industrial area and if you do not book an excursion, you will have to venture out on your own. There is only limited time is this port so I would recommend staying on the ship or booking a Carnival excursion..there seemed to be plenty to select from. We booked the Home Sweet Home excursion in Grank Turk and this was our favorite of the cruise. You are transported to a beautiful private beach house and beach where you are greeted by an amazing staff. The beach house is modern and spacious. Lunch, drinks, plently of beach chairs/umbrellas, snorkeling and kayaking are all included. Half Moon Cay has a gorgeous beach!!!!!!!!! We booked horseback riding and had fun. This excursion was only about an hour so we still had plently of time to enjoy the beach. This is Carnival's private island so there are plenty of bars and lunch is provided on the island. We booked the VIP luxury sail in Freeport. This was a relaxing sail and snorkel combination. Staff were great and we enjoyed ourselves. Disembarkation was less smooth than embarkation but primarily becasuse guests are eager to get off the ship and do not follow instructions (we were guilty as well). Once off the ship, we were back at our car within minutes. Overall, great vacation experience. We would sail the Pride again! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
This was my 11th cruise and my 7th on Carnival. My last Carnival cruise was back in 2010, and my have things changed - not for the better. We chose this cruise because of the dates, limited port time, and Dr. Seuss theme since we were ... Read More
This was my 11th cruise and my 7th on Carnival. My last Carnival cruise was back in 2010, and my have things changed - not for the better. We chose this cruise because of the dates, limited port time, and Dr. Seuss theme since we were traveling with our 3 kids, ages 4 and 6. We upgraded to a balcony room for extra room, which I will now do every time I cruise! The room was a good size and the steward Ronito was amazing. The ports (Grant Turk, Freeport, and Half Moon Cay) were fine - not the best or worst we have been to, but the limited time off the ship was what we wanted for our kids' first experience. The water slides and mini water park were AMAZING for the kids and we spent lots of time there on the 3 sea days. The food was the first thing we noticed had gone downhill. After traveling on Royal a few times, we realized how much better quality their food is and how many more choices there are. No midnight buffet. Nothing besides pizza and ice cream for a good part of each day. The food in the Mermaid's Grill was eh. Nothing to write home about. The dinners in the Normandie were a bit better, but not we are used to on cruises. Really bland choices and the food was just not the quality we have had in the past. The staff in general seemed lost, confused, or bored. At one point, I asked if a dining room staff could help me locate an open table and he said "that's not what I'm here for". As for the kid part, well let's just say they will not be competing with Disney any time soon!!! The Seuss at Sea theme was limited to 1 story hour/parade and 1 character breakfast that was extra $$. The dining staff had apparently never served kids before, as one night my 6 year old was given a steak knife and every night my kids were given glass goblets filled to the brim for their apple juice. I repeatedly asked for smaller or plastic glasses but was told they don't have that in the dining room. The dining staff at the character breakfast was unorganized and unprepared for the event. We waited over 30 minutes for our breakfast, and were the last table in the place to be served, despite being the 4th family to enter the dining room. None of the dining options were for kids - no chicken fingers, grapes, berries, chips, etc. Good thing we brought some snacks from home. And no, I do not have picky eaters - my son ate alligator fritters! But having choices that appeal specifically to kids would make sense on a kid-focused cruise. Aside from the water park, there was little for the kids to do during the day and virtually nothing at night. And speaking of the water park, I asked the attendant to look at something and he literally said "I don't want to get wet". The aquatic attendant! The entertainment was for adults - jazz and doo-wop music instead of the Broadway-style shows that appeal to children. Positive: Camp Ocean was awesome - kids loved going and asked to go a few nights! Overall, Carnival has gone downhill and I would choose Royal over them next time. Read Less
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