1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
I Love Carnival the staff was Awesome Dr. E was really good. Like being close to home the Port is 15 mns from my house. Did not eat in the dinner room that often. Entertainment was great.Ports Half Moon Cay was Awesome. Grand Turk was ... Read More
I Love Carnival the staff was Awesome Dr. E was really good. Like being close to home the Port is 15 mns from my house. Did not eat in the dinner room that often. Entertainment was great.Ports Half Moon Cay was Awesome. Grand Turk was nice. Cabin was nice and taken care of well. I traveled with my husband and myself. We meet really nice people enjoyed just relaxing. Embarkation went very well like that you have a time. One thing I dislike is that everyone in the cabin has to get the Cheer package I do not drink my husband likes to have a few beers or a drink i do not think everyone should have to get it. I understand it is no way for them to check but unfair. I wish the Pride would go to more Islands as well. And I have more Vegetarian dishes... / Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
I chose this Cruise line because that first time I've ever been on a cruise it was so nice and enjoyable. My honeymoon on the Carnival Pride# Staff was not friendly the bar staff is very friendly other than that not at all. The staff ... Read More
I chose this Cruise line because that first time I've ever been on a cruise it was so nice and enjoyable. My honeymoon on the Carnival Pride# Staff was not friendly the bar staff is very friendly other than that not at all. The staff barely understood English that meant really no communication. The food was loudsy they do not cater to ur eating habits if u did not eat pork there was not much of a choice. Guys burgers not good too greasy. I lived on boiled eggs and french fries. The price match false advertisement . I found a tour cheaper then I paid on board bought back apix of the difference in money they came up with a lame excuse it has to be On Line That's not wat the commercial saids IF YOU FIND AT LOWER PRICE THEY WILL REFUND THE DIFFERENCE!!! LIKE I SAID THIS was not a good cruise Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We booked this cruise about 2 months before sailing. We had a 4K cabin which is classified as an interior room with an obstructed view. This was a great option for us, we don't usually use a balcony but like to have the natural light. ... Read More
We booked this cruise about 2 months before sailing. We had a 4K cabin which is classified as an interior room with an obstructed view. This was a great option for us, we don't usually use a balcony but like to have the natural light. Our cabin steward was friendly. We only saw him on the first and last day of the cruise because we don't spend much time in the cabin but he remembered our names and did a great job. We had late dining. Unfortunately, the rest of our table never showed up but our wait staff, Michael, Robin, and Soping were great. They would chat with us and gave us great information about upcoming ports, disembarkation. Also, we had Ken the singing Maitre'd, he did a great job and has a lovely voice. The food was wonderful. We had fun doing trivia with Steph (need to get my ship on a stick) and karaoke. We really enjoyed the cooking demonstration and the ice carving demo as well. Dr. E is an amazing cruise director and always entertaining. We enjoyed the comedians if you get a chance to see B.T. do it. We did not do an excursion at Grand Turk since the beach is right off the pier. We snorkeled and saw many different fish and an octopus. We did the bicycle eco ride at Half Moon Cay and it was fun. There is really no reason to do an excursion there, the beach is lovely and the water is perfect, but the excursion did get us priority tendering so it had an added benefit. We did the all inclusive beach day at Freeport and had a great time. It was a 25-minute ride from the port to the beach. The umbrellas were included but tips are expected for the person who puts it up as well as the wait staff/bartenders. We had a great time. Ryan the waiter constantly brought out drinks and checked on us. Elaine who was working the other side of the beach appeared just as competent. They also had paddleboards and the staff taught people how to use them which was a nice touch. It was well run and everyone there was friendly. I would do this excursion again. I would do this same cruise again. We had a great time. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
My first attempt at a cruise review after 4 cruises. We were to leave Baltimore on September 9, 2018 for Bermuda. Because of Hurricane Florence we were rerouted to the Bahamas. Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Freeport. We cruised to ... Read More
My first attempt at a cruise review after 4 cruises. We were to leave Baltimore on September 9, 2018 for Bermuda. Because of Hurricane Florence we were rerouted to the Bahamas. Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Freeport. We cruised to those islands in 2011. I will give you some updates on changes I noticed on this cruise since our last cruise in 2016.. MY OBSERVATIONS: PARKING LOT: There used to be 2 lanes, one for cash and one for credit. The cash line was always the shortest. Now both lanes are open for either cash or credit. EMBARKATION: Seeming long lines at the 1:00 - 1:30 check in but they moved really fast. Carry on bags went through the xray conveyor belt but this time they were not opened and inspected like they did in 2016. We were aboard in about 15-20 minutes. Rooms were ready at 2:00. SHOWER: Water pressure in the shower was excellent. Shower curtain was extra long and didn’t wrap around you while you were taking a shower. I do wish they would add a small grab bar in the shower while the Pride is in drydock. ROOM SERVICE: Room steward brings a card and you check off AM, PM or BOTH. We were not pressured one way or another. We chose AM and wrote in ice. Our room steward was I Ketut and he was great! ROOMS: Our 4K room had a flat screen TV. Previous years you could find the day’s menu and check your sign-and-sail balance on the TV. Now you have to download the Carnival Hub to see those things. We didn’t take a device to use and locked our phones in the safe so this was no help to us. We would check our balance and add money if needed at one of the Kiosk’s at either end of the Casino. Never had to stand in line at Guest Services. I listed the TV Channels you get on the room TVs at the end of this review. BRUNCH: OJ was the only juice offered but you could ask for others. The bread basket came around and you could pick one piece. Menu was great! DINNER: We had YTD on the 3rd floor dining room. Bread basket was placed on the table. Water was really good on this cruise. Some choices came in little bit larger portions (caesar salad especially). Our waiters were awesome! Arta, Arya and Libin. At around 5:30 the line would start forming for the YTD. Crew members from the Dining Room were nice enough to bring those disabled guests right in to a table so they didn’t have to stand in line. I thought that was very nice. In past years they had a menu board outside the Dining Room with that night’s dinner menu. This cruise there was none. LIDO: Lots of good choices for lunch. Breakfast was always the same. I am not a fan. Best drink we found from Lido was to put about ½ inch of lemonade in the cup, add ice and then fill with water. Excellent lemon-water! Lido now has platters alongside the plates. Perfect to use as a tray if you need one, especially for bringing coffee and pastries back to the room. GUY’S BURGERS: Guys is a matter of opinion. Some love it and some do not. My husband loved it but I don’t usually eat burgers. The fries looked greasy and not crispy. However, I love fried onion sandwiches! I got a burger roll from Guys and filled it with the (yes, very greasy) fried onions from their fixins bar. Delish! PIZZA: We both preferred the pizza of 2 years ago made on a flat bread/foca bread type crust. This time it was made on traditional round pizza crust and it was served as ½ pizza when you ordered. (Unless you wanted a whole one. Approximate size was a medium). SHOWS: We didn’t go to any of the musical shows except KARAOKE which was fun. Hosted by Assistant Cruise Director Bendy Blake who was awesome! We did attend the CARIBBEAN SHOPPING SHOW. As reported by others, it was a waste of time, just telling you where to shop on the islands. (Stores associated with Carnival). Love and Marriage Show was hosted by Dr. E and of course it was very funny. He asked around 10 questions. COMEDIANS: Didn’t attend but heard they were very funny but only about 20 minutes sessions. Last couple of nights they had no comedians because they were to be picked up in Freeport on Friday but we skipped that port and came straight home Thursday after Half Moon Cay. CASINO: We spent a little time in the Casino on the first night. The smoke was unbearable. When we got back to our room, our clothes smelled like cigarette smoke! I wish they would make the table game side of the Casino the smoking section and the Slot Machines on the right as non smoking. That might help a little. DH was able to pick up a stack of $100 from the claw machine. We saw a couple other people grab one as well. CREW: As always, you won’t find a nicer, friendlier crew anywhere. When ship is docked in a port, the crew members are busy cleaning. CRUISE DIRECTOR: Reverend Dr. E (Eversen) was so funny and personable! Best cruise director we have ever sailed with! PORTS: GRAND TURK: We were last in Grand Turk in 2011 so it has been awhile. Back then Carnival advised to stay in the Carnival port area and not wander off beyond there. This time, locals were everywhere in the port. They offered golf cart rentals, jeep rentals, tours, chairs and umbrellas closest to the beach. It was really a big difference and to me it just seemed overcrowded with so much going on. Port shops were great. Half Moon Cay: Awesome as always. Captain announced on Thursday evening when we left Half Moon Cay that we would not be docking at Freeport on Friday due to Hurricane Florence. We would leave right then and go farther out to sea and around the Hurricane on our way back to Baltimore. Friday was a rough sea day as we did hit some rough seas. This also cancelled the Comedians for Friday and Saturday as we were unable to pick them up in Freeport. DEBARKATION: We did self-assist for the first time and loved it! If you have any questions, I would be happy to answer. TV CHANNEL SHOWING 11 FUN FINDS 13 CRUISE LIFE 14 CHANNEL GUIDE 15 SAFETY INFORMATION 16 FUN ABOARD 17 CARNIVAL ADVENTURES 18 MAP CHANNEL 19 FORWARD CAMERA VIEW 20 LIDO CAMERA VIEW 21 AUDIBLE FUNTIMES 22 CNN 23 CNN INTERNATIONAL 24 CNN SPANISH 25 HLN 26 BOOMERANG 27 CARTOON NETWORK 28 TNT 29 TBS / WATCHED IN ENGLISH/COMMERCIALS IN SPANISH 30 TCM 31 TRUTV / SPANISH IN PM & ENGLISH IN AM 32 FREE MOVIE CHANNEL / MOVIE GUIDE BETWEEN MOVIES 33 FUN FOR ALL 34 OCEAN VIEW 35 GOOD TO KNOW 36 MUSIC CHANNEL Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Price was amazing! Dining food at dinner and breakfast is very tasty and artfully presented. Love Ken, the Maitre'd singing each night! Such a talent and lots of fun. So convenient being AFT with a fantail suite with the DR only a ... Read More
Price was amazing! Dining food at dinner and breakfast is very tasty and artfully presented. Love Ken, the Maitre'd singing each night! Such a talent and lots of fun. So convenient being AFT with a fantail suite with the DR only a few floors below and the Mermaid Grille which always has something open 24 hours. We highy recommend the Pizza Guys who make custom individual pizzas for you. Delicious! Best crust ever! Our suite number was 4237 or 4327? We prefer to be higher but when we booked this was the only floor remaining with a 1-BR, fantail HUGE wrap-around balcony remaining. Spa is excellent. We had a couples salt scrub followed by massages. Luxurious. 7-night cruise. Had to divert to just outside Charleston on 2nd night as personal onboard was in medical distress. No problem. All was handled beautifully. We had to skip Grand Turk but that was no issue because we got Nassau instead. My husband and I love to eat in Nassau at Athena's Greek Restaurant whenever we are there -- it never disappoints. Service is impeccable and food scrumptious. You won't want to leave. Carnival's private island, is truly fabulous. Loved the trip! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We chose this cruise because it departed from the port of Baltimore, It saved us from having to travel to Florida for departure. The guy who attended to our room ( ARNOLD) was super great. The activities on the ship were second to none. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it departed from the port of Baltimore, It saved us from having to travel to Florida for departure. The guy who attended to our room ( ARNOLD) was super great. The activities on the ship were second to none. We really liked the comedy shows and the late night party at Beauty's.. This ship was run very professionally by Dr E. Every thing was well coordinated and on time. We found ourselves opening our balcony door whenever Dr E came on the speaker just to be updated. There were some times i felt like we were in a buy buy an excursion, painting, or a steak or something from one of those shops, but I guess that's part of the business.Sometimes i also felt like the staff was on a mission to sell me something by using the word ( Free) to get me to buy something. Of all the people we met on the ship we ( wife & myself) was very impressed with the person ( ED-Warren) i think that's the way his name is spelled. Professional, cheerful, positive and a breath of fresh air.Every time we came down the steps he greeted us with a good morning evening . He always addressed us by our names as if he knew us for a long time. I know it't job to sell but he did it in a way to make you feel not pressured to buy anything. Ed_Warren was always smiling and better yet always and I mean always professional. People like that make me want to travel on that ship again Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Everything was great. We had amazing weather the entire trip. Leaving out of baltimore was super convenient and getting onboard was a breeze. Parking is simple and is 15$ a day. Our luggage was taken before we parked and arrived in our ... Read More
Everything was great. We had amazing weather the entire trip. Leaving out of baltimore was super convenient and getting onboard was a breeze. Parking is simple and is 15$ a day. Our luggage was taken before we parked and arrived in our room at a resonable time after we left. We explored the ship and our room was ready by 2pm. Food was plentiful during embarking. There was always activities going on and we were always busy or relaxing. Ofcourse this is an older boat and perfection wasnt expected. But the boat was clean and beautiful. Our room was great and the balcony was fabulous. It would be nice if everyone jad common courtesy of not banging there doors closed and being loud on there balconies. If you hold the door handle while it closes it doesnt bang shut, super simple poeple.thats really my only complaint. My neighbors sucked. They knew eachother and felt it to be cool to constantly communicate from there balconies on either side of me before 6am alllllll the time. Again all it takes is simple common sense and respect for others. Ok rant over, we loved every other minute on the cruise. Grand Turk was beautiful and half moon cay was even better! We did an excursion at freeport just bc we wanted a day out of the sun. We did sea and see and it was ok. Nothing amazing although our tour guide valerie was awesome. All of our meals in normande were great and the servers are awesome. Guys burger was ok but fries were amazing. Blue igana was ok. And this could just be a me thing since im really just a simple eater. My daughter loved the ice cream machines. The pools were nice, crowded but fun. People do save chairs alll day which is unfair but i did see crew put stickers on chairs they saw being saved but guests didnt seem to pay them much mind. Again just common courtesy some people just dony possess. Pg comedy shows were good and ee enjoyed the lip sync battle. We didnt make it to any of the shows, casino or clubs. My daughter did go to camp ocean one day and was bored crazy within 20 minutes. The fitness center was nice and the spa was good, we got massages. It can be loud tho so although it was relaxing it was noisy as well. I didnt feel super pressured to purchased lotions which was nice but i did get a speel about it. All in all it was a great time and we would for sure do it again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
My family chose this cruise because it was convenient leaving from Baltimore and only a 2.5 hour drive from our house and we didn’t want to fly. It was my teenage daughters first time cruising. We had the best time on the Pride!! The ... Read More
My family chose this cruise because it was convenient leaving from Baltimore and only a 2.5 hour drive from our house and we didn’t want to fly. It was my teenage daughters first time cruising. We had the best time on the Pride!! The staff and the service was amazing!! The Fun Squad was so much fun and made the cruise memorable!! Shout out to Bendy Blake the funniest and most talented entertainer on the ship!!! Shout out to Anshul, the amazingly talented table magician who blew my mind every night!!!!! The shows were top notch and also the comedians. The waiters we had were so nice they danced for us every night and the Maitre D who sang just like Frank Sinatra’s!!! Shout out to our room steward Domingo who was outstanding and kept our room looking beautiful every day. Everything about the ship and the people that work on it are all about FUN!! We were always busy doing something on and off the ship. Grand Turk was beautiful and Half Moon Cay was the most beautiful beach I have ever been to!! Did the Reef Ray and Snorkel Excusion at Grand Turk & Horseback Riding at Half Moon Cay both were amazing!!!!! Great ship for first time cruisers!!! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Embarkation and Disembarkation: Baltimore port was extremely efficient and fast. Last year, we left out of Norfolk and it was an hour-plus process each getting on and getting off. Rooms and Décor: I don’t agree with how “ugly” ... Read More
Embarkation and Disembarkation: Baltimore port was extremely efficient and fast. Last year, we left out of Norfolk and it was an hour-plus process each getting on and getting off. Rooms and Décor: I don’t agree with how “ugly” other reviewers say this ship is. I thought it was beautiful. Yes you can see certain areas where there is rust or wear and tear, but as a whole, I think the poor reviews about the look of the ship are a bit exaggerated. Our room attendant, Fery, was super sweet and didn’t miss a beat. He, along with a good majority of the staff, are the sweetest, nicest, coolest people, and I’m always amazed that they remember our first names. They truly make you feel like family. If you use a fan at night at home, you’ll want to bring a portable – we were on deck 8 and heard a lot of noises that had the fan not somewhat drowned out, would’ve been a real disturbance. Food: SUCKED. Oftentimes there was only one person working the deli, and the pizza place would only give out half 10” pies at a time. Overall it tasted like cafeteria food. I know that when you are cooking for thousands of people, it can only be so good; however our dinner at the steakhouse (a $35 extra charge per person) was phenomenal. It sucks that with the amount of money you pay for this cruise, you only get the “good” food if you pay an extra fee. Guy Fieri’s burgers are pretty good, though. I also hated how inconvenient it is to get a soda to have with your meal. I have to walk to a bar, wait several minutes to be served, and by the time I get back to my table my food is no longer hot. Apparently, according to other reviews, food on cruise ships is nothing to write home about regardless of which cruise line you go with. Camp Ocean: I was extremely disappointed in the Camp Ocean scene. What is marketed on the carnival website as a fun, exciting, engaging time for the kids with countless activities, felt a lot like daycare. The staff did not seem excited nor did they go out of their way to make our children feel comfortable when they saw how clearly uncomfortable they were about being left. We made them try it, and told them if they didn’t like it they didn’t have to go. The Night Owls party that costs extra is basically a party where they throw all kids of all ages in a room together – obviously something like this may make little ones feel uncomfortable. They hated it and begged us not to go back. Having said that, it would’ve been nice to have more family-oriented activities that were not JUST for little kids and not JUST for adults so we could all be together with both ages enjoying themselves (I will say the Battle of the Sexes game before Bingo was exactly that, and hilarious, and fun). For example, anything kid-oriented seemed to have stopped before dinner so we were left with children and nothing fun or age-appropriate for them to do with us. Entertainment: We loved the 88 keys shows (Shayna, one of the singers, was really sweet and even had cookies sent to our room) and the Lip Sync Battle. We also loved Bingo but as with everything else not already included, it was extremely overpriced with very little chance of winning. We found out after purchasing that in order to win the jackpot, Bingo had to be called in 49 balls or less (which, if you’re a Bingo player, is near impossible). Punchline Comedy Club was funny. Got a massage on port day and must say it is hands down the best massage I've ever gotten. Afterward she tried pretty adamantly to sell me hundreds of dollars worth of skincare products, but because the massage was THAT good, I didn't care. If you're interested in the best massage of your life, my masseuse was from Thailand and her name was hard to pronounce so she said to call her "Su." Other: Lido deck is EXTREMELY slippery and we easily watched a dozen people – young, old, big, small – bust their asses. They have “wet floor” signs all over but I was shocked at how many people fell right in front of my eyes. Ports: Half Moon Cay is amazing. The most beautiful beach I’ve ever seen. Food is provided by Carnival but you CANNOT use your Cheers package on the island which was a real disappointment. There is not a tree or shade anywhere in sight on the beach so be sure to go immediately to a lifeguard stand to rent a pair of chairs with awnings or a private cabana behind them. Overall, we all had a blast. We love Carnival and love the demographic. It really is the "fun" ship. The food was a disappointment but the staff and experience makes up for it as much as possible. Will cruise again but probably either a shorter duration or without kids since they had to stick with the parents the whole time. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
We chose this cruise at the last minute as a birthday gift to take a bit of the sting out of my turning the big 60. We weren't expecting much but very pleasantly surprised at how Carnival delivered such a great experience. ... Read More
We chose this cruise at the last minute as a birthday gift to take a bit of the sting out of my turning the big 60. We weren't expecting much but very pleasantly surprised at how Carnival delivered such a great experience. Embarkation, while a bit slow, was painless and moved along at the expected speed. Ship was very well kept up with a few more additions since our last time on it. A Japanese restaurant that we didn't visit, was added as well as a coffee shop on Deck 2 that was quite enjoyable. They also added Guy Fieri's Burgers and the Blue Iguana on Deck 9 that were both delicious. The only comment on the burgers were they tended to be a bit on the greasy side. They also turned The Twilight Bar? into The Red Frog and they had a group playing each evening for dancing. The only comment on that was for the jazz music, the bass was so loud it made it difficult to enjoy the rest of the group. Hopefully they fixed that after the first evening. Our cabin was a 4K that had French doors with a view of a lifeboat. Enough to let the light in and it was a bonus for an inside cabin. It was quite spacious and gave us plenty of room for the two of us. Our cabin steward Kadek was always visible and did a fantastic job! He was always checking to see if everything was alright and it we needed anything. We did the dining that we could choose our time. It made for a relaxing cruise but we found ourselves there at the same time anyway:) Lee Ann made certain we always managed to get a table for two by the window. We had the same service team every evening. Alexis, Luis and Puthut made certain we had fantastic dining experience every evening. The food itself was outstanding! I can honestly say we never had a meal that we didn't care for. We went to Freeport, Grand Turk and Carnivals own island. Their island is the only time we got off the ship and it was truly beautiful. I think we could have stayed anchored there for a few days and been quite content. Entertainment in the Taj Mahal was mediocre at best , however all of the comedians were definitely worth seeing. The two stand outs for us in the activities area were Stephanie and Bendy Blake. They had the type personalities that lent themselves to that profession. Neil was okay as a cruise director, considering he was new and still finding his own way. We truly enjoyed trivia and they had many different ones to chose from. Sorry this ended up so long! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
My daughter and I went on this cruise because I had not been vacation in five years and to celebrate by 40th. After much research I figured a cruise was my best bet because they have a camp on board where I could leave my daughter if I ... Read More
My daughter and I went on this cruise because I had not been vacation in five years and to celebrate by 40th. After much research I figured a cruise was my best bet because they have a camp on board where I could leave my daughter if I wanted some adult alone time. First, embarkation was not what I expected. We arrived before our scheduled arrival time and were waiting around when an older couple started talking to me The woman said I should not wait and go through the line anyway because it takes a long time. I'm glad I ran into her. Once you get in the building, the line is ridiculously long, then you have to wait in seats until they call you to get on the ship. Once we got on, we went to have lunch like most of the reviews suggest. The party started right away with plenty of music and dancing. We didn't really tour the ship because we had a carry-on but after about an hour and a half, a staff member let us know we could get in our room. I let my daughter change into her bathing suit and we went to the kids water area and we almost missed dinner. Our luggage arrived around 8. Dinner each night was amazing. Our wait staff was awesome and always called us by name. We even enjoyed our randomly chosen table mates. The second night the waiters sang happy birthday and I got a special dessert. Each day there were plenty of activities to do, so much so that I missed some things I wanted to do. I also dropped my daughter off at Camp Ocean during the first two sea days and she really enjoyed it. Only two complaints: On the first night it was scheduled that someone would be there for the evening to tour the space and meet the staff. When we got all the way there, there was a sign that they would not open until the evening. Other complaint is that the room was always freezing. I was also disappointed with the Seuss at Sea breakfast. It was rushed, the food was not that great and it was more about getting the kids to take pictures to buy later. While the space looked beautiful, I wish it would have been more kid-friendly and interactive. We had a great time at all three ports. Bring plenty of sunscreen! We did the family beach excursion at Grand Turk which was ok but not worth the money. Turns out there is a beach as soon as you get off the ship. I liked that the private beach was quieter, but we lost a lot of time waiting on our ride and getting to the location. I also did not care for the food but my daughter enjoyed it (rice and beans, jerk chicken and some cold salads) Half Moon Cay was amazing. They need more drink stations. We also did the nature walk and I wish I had saved my money. The tour guides acted like they had no desire to do the tour and it was something we could have done on our own. At Freeport we did not get an excursion so got in a cab and went to the shopping center. Again, we lost a lot of time waiting. The sellers in the straw market were very pushy. I had no intention of spending much money so we walked to the beach which was pretty much empty. Many of the hotels are closed from the last hurricane. You must get the guava duff from Zorba's. I had been in Freeport 10 years before and became hooked and it was just as good (have them heat it for you) As far as the ship, we never made it to every floor. It is huge! My daughter enjoyed the water play area and mini-golf when it wasn't too windy. You can almost get blown over on that level. The evening shows are a must to attend. The first night there were not many people but attendance increased each evening. The group on our ship should skip Motown night because they butchered all the songs. Their singing got better during the last few nights. Breakfast at the buffet is tough because it's hard to find seating. We did brunch in the dining room during the first morning but service was expectedly slow and my daughter was getting antsy so we did the buffet the rest of the week. They should have more staff at the deli and pizza spot because the line was always long, especially when the rest of the buffet was shut down. You also can spend a lot of money if you're not careful. The cost of pictures adds up and there are going to be other things you want. You also get bombarded by spa staff trying to get you to visit. I also got well over 15,000 steps each day just in doing normal activities, not trying to work out so be prepared. Also the Lido deck gets very slippery! I almost fell one time with some flat bottomed slides then wore my sneakers and slides with better grip. Disembarkation was a headache. You have to be out of your room early, breakfast ends early and then you're sitting around forever waiting for your group to be called. Definitely have the ship take your big luggage off.Then you have the rude people who get in line before their number is called. Overall, we had a great time and I am ready for our next cruise but will pick a cruise with different ports. I will say that I got sick during the first sea day and slept much of the day but was fine for the rest of the cruise. I did experience what I believe was vertigo for almost two weeks afterward which I was not prepared for. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
We are trying out various cruise lines with the family to see what fits our vacation style best. We needed a last minute summer vacation with the kids and since we live so close we wanted to try cruising out of Baltimore. The Carnival ... Read More
We are trying out various cruise lines with the family to see what fits our vacation style best. We needed a last minute summer vacation with the kids and since we live so close we wanted to try cruising out of Baltimore. The Carnival Pride fit the bill since their pools looked nice and I saw they had some water slides. We knew going in that it was an older ship and not the most exciting out there for kids. This was our first Carnival cruise with kids (9 and 11). With these expectations in mind, we had a great cruise. MDR food was great. My husband rated it higher than Disney and I would rate it as just below but better than RC (Anthem). One night we had free steakhouse selections from my husband's casino activity and while it was OK, we were glad we did not spend the extra $20 on it. The Sea Day brunch was great - good variety, good food. Buffet breakfast was OK but crowded as usual - we only did this on port days when the MDR closed early for breakfast. Buffet lunch was below average and there is no kid food - no nuggets, no mac and cheese, no hot dogs, no good fruit selections for the kids, no plain pasta. My kids mostly ate at Guy's burgers for lunch which was very good but if my kids had been 3-6 when they ate less variety it would have been challenging at lunchtime. I enjoyed the tacos as well for lunch most days. Your time Dining - since we booked late it was Your time or the 8:30 seating so we chose Your Time. The first night we showed up at 5:50 (opens at 5:45) and walked right in. Super fast seating. As the cruise went on it seemed many people were arriving early. We would get here at 5:30 and wait in a long line (long people wise, but it went fast once they started seating people). Dinner was slow, which we expect on cruises but one night we hit 2 hours without yet seeing the dessert menu so we left early that night - most nights we were done within the 2 hours timeframe. For some reason this felt extra long on this cruise - maybe because we have mostly done Disney where there is a lot of entertainment during dinner and RC anytime dining really got you in and out a lot faster so they could seat the next people waiting. The Your Time sections filled up pretty quickly and then everyone after that had to wait for tables and with dinner taking 2 hours, it was little different than the actual 5:30 and 8:30 seatings. If you wanted an 8PM seating maybe it would work out but don't show up at 6:30 and expect a table in less than an hour. Also the 2 hours dinner made it difficult to make activities at 7/7:30PM. The kid's clubs were as expected for an older ship not really built for families/kids. My kids did enjoy some of the more structured activities - theme nights, parties, a magic show, specific arts and crafts etc but they often were places other than Camp Ocean, probably due to space constraints (like Circle C, when the teens were elsewhere or Beauties nightclub which both my kids found super boring). Other family activities my kids enjoyed - karaoke, the Seuss story was fun, Seuss brunch was cute (but not necessary for my kid's ages), PG comedians (the 2 earlier shows are PG), pools, movies at night. Pools are saltwater which my kids were not thrilled with but it certainly didn't hold them back from using them as much as possible. They were much less crowded on port day afternoons (we would spend a few hours in port then come back on and go right to the pools - except for Freeport day the ship was crowded) and in the evenings. They had lifeguards who did regulate no jumping in and no splashing (bunch of teens). Our room steward left us fresh beach towels each night that ours were used and I often traded in up on deck for fresh ones as well - very easy, no lines, towels are big and soft (much than RC's on the Anthem). Bar service seemed slow but they were rarely so crowded that it made much of a difference. Overall service was great. Everyone was cheerful and greeted you. Dinner service was slow but did not seem to be the fault of the servers. Some drink servers at dinner were more attentive than others. We did enjoy the public areas of this ship. The lounges and bars were spacious. There were great ocean views from many of them. The only show we managed to see was the 80's Pop Show we which we all enjoyed very much. I had read some rather negative reviews on the shows but we were very entertained. I mean it wasn't Broadway nor did it have the production value and $ behind it of the Disney shows but it was certainly worth our time and next time I would go the see the others. Grand Turk - there was a lot of seaweed in the ocean which was a big turn off for the kids. There was really not much beach to play on for the kids because of the locals setting up numbered chairs in front of the cruise terminal chairs and wanting you to pay for them. We only spent about 30min at the beach before heading up to Margaritaville. The pool there was great but finding a chair where we could see our stuff from the pool was difficult (we did get there later, probably would have been better if we were off the boat earlier and went straight there, or if I had something to secure our cards/$). HMC - Best sand and ocean we have ever been to, hands down. I could have been in that water all day (except for the fact that I burn super easy). I suggest looking a map etc before getting on the ship. They did not hand them out the night before like I was expecting so we just went to the beach we could see from the tender (very easy, got numbers after breakfast and they called us before we could even sunblock up). Lunch was OK but nothing special, we got it before leaving and should have just eaten back on the ship - nothing special but fine if you are staying all day. Did not see where to rent a clamshell and there is no shade otherwise. Stayed about 2.5 hours which is pretty much the limit for us in the sun. Slides/Waterworks - the yellow slide was super slow when we tried it and then closed the next day so maybe it wasn't working properly? My husband did the green slide and said it was fun, definite adrenaline rush but knew it was too much for our kids. The kids played a bunch in the waterworks area which was small but had some fun things for them. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
This was our second time on the Pride and we choose it because of its proximity to where we live in the Northeast. The ship is older, I believe going into dry dock next February, and does show some age. However, where it can be clean - ... Read More
This was our second time on the Pride and we choose it because of its proximity to where we live in the Northeast. The ship is older, I believe going into dry dock next February, and does show some age. However, where it can be clean - it's spotless. The most wear that I saw was some rusty spots on the balcony and around various parts of the ship. Other than that the floors are kept immaculate and the staff is wonderful! The windows need some washing too. We ate in the main dining room each night and the food was good to great. My family ordered the hanger steak several nights and really like it. One night a pork chop was a bit tough, but we also understand things happen when you are cooking for 2,000+ people. The dining room staff was fantastic and made the week quite fun for our whole family. On our way back up the Chesapeake, the ship felt like it was floating over gravel and rumbled a lot during the night. Very little sleep was had. Half Moon Cay - WOW!!! I don't know else to say. I never imagined a beach or water like that could exist outside of Fiji. Simply incredible! We rented the Villa for $599 as there was 11 in our party and it was worth it. If you have the budget...do it. They include snorkel gear, float mats, fruit, soda, water and veggie snacks in the price. There really isn't much difference between Villa A-C location wise. However, D and E are a bit farther down and may be quieter. We had A and thought it was just fine. Did I mention the water? Holy smokes it was like glass. Freeport was Freeport - the beach stuff is about a 30 minute drive from the pier and it was a nice afternoon in the water. Grand Turk - I was really surprised on how empty the island felt. It wasn't congested at all and I also didn't know about the donkeys. That was pretty funny to see them walking all over the place. The water where the ship docked was gorgeous and they have a free beach and very large pool for swimming right off the pier. It was a nice day. That's about it and the Pride is what it is...a good ship that floats without a lot of bells and whistles. Halfmoon Cay is like heaven and Grand Turk was pretty darn good. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
I departed from Baltimore port on Aug the 12th for a week cruise, which was my first cruise with Carnival Pride and I couldn't have been more delighted to have experienced this opportunity. Dining- The service and food was ... Read More
I departed from Baltimore port on Aug the 12th for a week cruise, which was my first cruise with Carnival Pride and I couldn't have been more delighted to have experienced this opportunity. Dining- The service and food was FANTASTIC, so much choices to choose from. the 9th floor is the buffet room, and the 2nd and 3rd floor was the more upscale reservation room which served amazing food from appetizers to main and desserts you'll enjoy it! Cabin- My Cabin was enough for my needs I always came to a clean room that was neat and well prepared for me. Entertainment & Activities- Carnival has an eye for talent and makes sure that they choose the right individuals day in and day out to give noting but the best performance. Lets face it if you was an entertainer doing the same rendition every week for months on in you would be on overload and tired of it but these individuals give a show like it was there first time. I got to speak and get to know Jahni Cross who was the lead singer for the "SO-LIT" band who was just amazing every night!! He loved what he was doing and he gave it all every night. The band is terrific with so much music rendition from soul to 90's and 80's hit! Carnival has events to choose from for each day such as a comedy show, the taj mahal room which has live performers etc. and a Casino and night club. Service- Service is great with the gust service located in floor 1 youll be able to ask anything with the right and proper information. Creditable individuals that are here to help you. Over all this cruise was amazing and I would recommend it to families, My cousin and I were expecting a more single adult cruise and was not aware of this cruise which is the "Pride" to be family. I didnt know what to expect and was hoping for more of adult crowd than children but knowing now what to expect from cruises I will be more informed. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
This is my second Carnival Cruise-Legend was our first and Pride our second. Pride is a SMALL OLDER ship.Sailed out of Baltimore -we walked in and registered and walked straight on to the ship and INTO OUR suite--OUTSTANDING-no waiting ... Read More
This is my second Carnival Cruise-Legend was our first and Pride our second. Pride is a SMALL OLDER ship.Sailed out of Baltimore -we walked in and registered and walked straight on to the ship and INTO OUR suite--OUTSTANDING-no waiting anywhere, The port had their stuff together. Leaving the ship was just as easy, walked to customs and then to our car 500 feet away. Port parking---OUTSTANDING, JUST PERFECT--CLOSE AND SECURE PARKING!!! . Room service (food) was outstanding (makes the best pizza (approx. 14 inch), wings and banana splits. Breakfast (room service) was a disappointment. No hot foods for BREAKFAST ONLY, only options are toast, bagels and muffins AND COFFEE with good condiments such as jelly's and peanut butter. Coffee is good but only warm-out of 5 am services coffee was never more than luke warm. All delivery times were good, any where from 15 minutes to 1 hour (because people come back from excursions and order in). Four times the room service call would just ring 25 or more times. I guess it was because they were busy. Outside deck was nice but rust everywhere and paint all over furniture (had to have cleaned). Glass was excessively dirty. Furniture comfortable. Back to the inside, the bed was outstanding, I have a severe back issue to failed surgery and bed was outstanding. Pillow (got 2 additional for a total of 6) were great firm yet really soft. Bed cover must be down or something close to it. Very thick but really light weight. Restaurant food was outstanding, shrimp gumbo OMG, 2 guys burgers-better tan 5 GUYS burgers (in my opinion) another OMG, with a side bar or bacon, onions, hot and sweet peppers, potato sticks, mushroom, fried onions and much more. The PROBLEMS-------------DRINK PACKAGE (soda only--$7.50 per person) ALL PEOPLE IN PARTY ---MUST----PURCHASE) IS A RIP OFF. If one person in your room wants the alcohol package-EVERYONE MUST GET IT--EVEN IF YOUR WITH FAMILY AND HAVE SOMEONE 18 OR ABOVE WITH YOU--like i would want my son or daughter to have unlimited alcohol) Its not like on a larger ship where cup came with package (was IN ROOM UPON ARRIVAL)and soda dispensers were every where. BEWARE on the PRIDE-- anyone-kids included MUST GO TO THE BAR FOR SODA--YES I SAID BAR-and they MUST scan your card for every soda. We used our's 14 times in 6 days due to the inconvenience-we ended up paying $18.00 per six pack (4) we had delivered to our room so getting a drink was more convenient. It is not available at any eatery unless you request your server to get it from the bar. I asked for a refund for the last 24 hours (had 48 hours left on cruise) and "team member refused. It does say package is day to day but it also states no refunds even including what you do not use-- I advised the 'team member", in case he could not see my card was red (means you have cruised Carnival more than once) I advise him I was a VIP member and would like a refund for the non used soda plan. Still he insisted on NO REFUNDS PERIODS!!!! SHIPS CHAT PROGRAM (so you and speak to each other anywhere on the ship via your phone) -- ($5.00 per person) Team member could not even get it to work. They did refund our $10.00 (one plus for them, I hope we didn't break their bank).Since we had so many issues on this cruise I advised him I will NEVER use CARNIVAL AGAIN. Still no refund---I hope they enjoy their $15.00 extra profit. We had several other issues. I mean I will NOT RECOMMEND OR USE THEM AGAIN!!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
Did the Grand Turk-Half Moon Cay-Freeport itinerary. Here are some thoughts. Our third time sailing on Pride. GT was pleasant as always. A lot of seaweed piled high on the beach but otherwise great. We did the Gibbs Cay and Stingray ... Read More
Did the Grand Turk-Half Moon Cay-Freeport itinerary. Here are some thoughts. Our third time sailing on Pride. GT was pleasant as always. A lot of seaweed piled high on the beach but otherwise great. We did the Gibbs Cay and Stingray encounter excursion which was really great. Gibbs Cay is around the other side of the island. Felt very remote and unspoiled...until three other boats showed up that is. Haha! We rented cabana 11 at HMC. Have had this one before and liked its location and the bit of shade from pine trees that row over the open deck. Loved the location last time but this time the music was way louder. Also had a jerk rent a clamshell by us who blasted —and I mean blasted— his own music, including some hardcore rap with very explicit lyrics. (Music I listen to sometimes myself too, but not stuff I’d blast on an idyllic beach with families all around me). He eventually turned it down but then the pirate bar cranked up their music. Don’t think we heard it so loud before at cabana 11, which we choose to be a little away from the partying. Still a nice day but I don’t want to be able to hear music when I’m submerged in the water snorkeling. Next time will try for cabana 15 to be as far as possible. Did not do an excursion in Freeport. Have done the luxury sail cruise in the past but decided to enjoy a less crowded Serenity deck. Did that for a while then checked out Señor Frog’s where there was a fun party atmosphere. Food was the usual in the MDR. David’s was excellent and I have become a huge fan of the spice-rubbed ribeye in Carnival’s steakhouses. Rivals anything I’ve had on land. Posted some pics of this in a separate album on this page. Had a Guy’s burger ok first day and felt miserable afterwards so didn’t go back all week. We tried Cheers! for the first time. Not sure we’d do it again. Felt compelled to drink to get the moneys worth out of it. Certainly was convenient and loved being able to get a latte at the coffee shop with it. And folks, tipping a dollar or two with your Cheers purchases will get you much better service, and the immediate attention of the bartender when the bars are jammed right before dinner. Alchemy bartenders were good particularly Nicolae who had a great sense of humor once he gets to know you a bit. Caribbean Manhattan was my go to choice. Great stuff. Ship was packed to capacity with 2,600 aboard. Lots of DC-MD-VA families on one last vacation before school starts. Was a bit crowded at lido buffet. Lots of chair hogging on deck. I complained about it on Serenity and the crew member promised to put it stickers but she never did. We sat behind a row of 10 chairs on Serenity on Saturday from 9-12. Eight of them had towels on them but no human ever set butt on the chairs. Martin at the atrium bar was awesome and remembered our names (again, tipping helps with service). Nicolae and Sanya at Alchemy also nice. Rev. Dr. E (Everson) was Cruise Director. I can see why people like him. He’s breathlessly energetic and everywhere at once. I was not a fan of the over-the-top energy, but again I see why people love him. Comedy shows were so-so. Vargus Mason did a short riff on Bill Cosby that left the room extremely uncomfortable then (playfully) yelled at people to laugh. It made for an awkward 30 minutes. Rest of the week’s lineup were standard past-their-prime comics but adequate for a cruise ship. Only saw one Playlist show as we’ve cruised enough we know all the acts by now. Skipped our usual FTTF for the first time. Chose 1-1:30 arrival but there was a delay in boarding due to technical problems. We arrived around 1 pm and were onboard around 2:15. Chose self assist debarkation and were off and in our car around 10:45 am. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
Our family chose this cruise to celebrate my mother’s retirement. This was a great get away for all of us. We ranged in age from 8 to mid 60’s and there was definitely something for everyone to enjoy! This was my third Carnival Cruise, ... Read More
Our family chose this cruise to celebrate my mother’s retirement. This was a great get away for all of us. We ranged in age from 8 to mid 60’s and there was definitely something for everyone to enjoy! This was my third Carnival Cruise, and by far, the best one! Dr.E and the Fun Crew made us all laugh, and it was s easy to love Dr.E- his personality is infectious (he is quite talented as well). I loved hearing him over the PA system every morning with his “good morning” song! The evening deck parties were always so fun, and even though the sail away party had to be held inside due to rain in Baltimore , it still didn’t ruin the fun! The banter between Dr. E and Bendy Blake was absolutely hysterical!! My whole family really enjoyed them. Our dining experience was very good, considering we had a party of 11 on board with us. We had the anytime dining, and were able to eat dinner together at one long table for two nights, but we had to split up for the others, which is completely understandable due to the size of our party. Our waiters were excellent and efficient, and the food was delicious... they were very accommodating to having two or three appetizers to try, and even offered second entrees to us! Our staterooms were great- our poor cabin steward was so good and helpful. I could tell that he was overworked but always had a smile on his face! The Ports of Call were great!!Gramd Turk was amazing! There was some seaweed on the shore, which was understandable considering we pulled in at 8am after an overnight storm. We ended up spending most of our time at Margaritaville where they had a huge pool and a swim up bar. That was definitely where the party was at!! Half Moon Cay was absolutely incredible and I will dream of the amazing beach forever!! The bbq was ok, better than the one at Disney’s private island and it was very accessible even though we had to tender into the island. Freeport was even fun! Sure there were a lot of shops and the straw market was bustling, but know that when you go to an stop like this, tourism is their main source of income. Overall- great experience and I would definitely recommend this cruise!! Don’t let the negative reviews even influence you!!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
First let me be up front that my wife and I are RCCL's Crown and Anchor Diamond Plus level members and I am a Club Royal casino player at the "Signature" level. Our cruise on the Carnival Pride from Baltimore MD was a seven ... Read More
First let me be up front that my wife and I are RCCL's Crown and Anchor Diamond Plus level members and I am a Club Royal casino player at the "Signature" level. Our cruise on the Carnival Pride from Baltimore MD was a seven day casino "free"cruise for port charges, taxes and fees, we purchased the pre and post cruise transportation from BWI and the vacation protection (insurance) for the week. Arrival and transportation to the ship: we arrived at 8:30 am to BWI and were at the "waiting area" in the baggage area, a Carnival cruise representative met us and we were escorted to a Chevrolet SUV with another couple for a quick trip to the Cruise Port Baltimore at 10:20 am, then the waiting began. The cruise ship was still debarking passengers from the prior cruise and we had to wait outside of the cruise port building for about forty minutes. The process is going through the check point were they he m your passport and cruise documents, then you go to the metal detectors and then into the main waiting hall to get your "Sail and Sign" card, which is your room key and on board charge card, they had our credit card on file. Then we were told to sit. As the prior cruise passengers were still getting off the ship, they started to move passengers onto the Carnival Pride about 12:45 pm, the cabin 1245 interior room on Deck 1, was not ready till 2:00 pm. We spent time dining in the Lido Buffet on deck 12. Food was good, not great. Going through the muster procedure, was pretty standard, however, the cruise director, the Reverend Dr E was trying to make vocal impressions for the safety drill and it was somewhat unprofessional, cut the baloney and give us the facts, just the facts. Then the ship sailed. YOUR TIME DINING: this is unassigned seating in the Normandie Main Dining Room (MDR) on deck three, we were fortunate to get a fantastic head waiter for our table by the name of Adrian and the two assistant waiters, Thet Thet and Saisa. If you do the Your Dining Time, ask for Adrian, you will not be disappointing. Food in the MDR previously was good, but on this cruise, I would have to say that the fare was better than average, service was good to excellent. The menu included a seafood, pasta, vegetarian, beef, poulty or port Beef was served four out of the seven nights. My wife we one of two couple selected to do a private tour of the kitchen and tasting on fifth night and we now have "A GREATER APPRECIATION of the MDR kitchen and wait staff. The MDR kitchen is located on deck one, and the waiters have to go up and down an escalator to bring the food up to the guests. The kitchen is well organized and the MDR kitchen food is prepared totally separate from the 9th deck buffet. In the MDR Ken, the one of the maitre d' had a good voice and he did celebration announcement and sang ballads, mainly Sinatra songs-very entertaining. SHOWROOM ENTERTAINMENT was mainly production shows which were okay, the Punchline Comedy Club had two very entertaining comedians. In the Centrum, they had a variety of musical entertainment, the trio of electric violin artists were very good. WINNERS CIRCLE CASINO has a variety of updated slot machines of various demoninations, two roulette tables, on craps table, one electronic poker table, three three card poker table, on Heads Up Holdem tables, one Let it Ride table and the rest were blackjack table. The dealers, pit bosses and Casino Host Petra were all very friendly and accommodating, I was on the Carnival Players Club Dealers Choice which was a "free" cruise and $300 CASINO CASH BACK, but BEWARE, make sure that you photocopy the original offer, as when I went to the casino cashier's window to collect my $300 casino cash, I was entitled to only $150, fortunately I brought a copy of the original casino offer which listed the August 5th Carnival Pride cruise. In speaking with a couple of the other casino players, they also were told that they were "entitled" to a lesser amount. The casino had nightly drawings, and giveaways, for anyone who had accumulated at least 100 points.The "Drinks on Us" card, now takes 1500 points to earn your "Drinks on Us" beverage card for free beverages in the casino while gambling. It used to be 1000 points. Please note that to earn one point it you have to run $5 through the slots, I have been unable to determine how the table time is calculated to "earn" your "Drinks on Us" card. All in all the Carnival Players Club casino was very entertaining and during the week they announced many slot jackpot winners. OUR INTERIOR CABIN number 1249 on deck one was standard queen size bed which is two twins pushed together, very adequate closet space, a mini frig, two chairs, deck and table. The bathroom has the necessary sink, and shower with a curved curtain, and sufficient shelves for you toiletries. Our cabin steward (they call them "attendants" now) was Ketut and he provided excellent service. DRINKS are expensive, we don't get the drink package as my wife and I are not big drinkers and in the casino the pit boss bought a round for the table players at least once every night. DEBARKMENT was slow. On RCCL's Grandeur of the Seas which also goes out of Baltimore, MD, usually docks at 6:00 am, but the Carnival Pride did not dock until 830 am, and they take the walk offs who take their own luggage off the ship, and the majority of the passengers are from Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and NYS, so most of the passengers drove to the port. We finally got off the ship by 11:15 am and we took a Chevrolet SUV back to BWI for our flight home to NC on Southwest Airlines (SWA). Unfortunately, SWA cancelled a bunch of flights and we went into the terminal there were at least 200 people in line to be their flights rebooked. I called SWA automated line and cancelled our flight and our fare for the return flight was refunded to our SWA flight funds account. We rented a one away car rental and drive 6 1/2 hours to our home in NC. This was my 9th cruise on Carnvial overal and my third on the Carnival Pride and probably my last, due to the slow embarkment and debarkment. Travel through the ports in Florida get you in and out quicker. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
I wrote a very long trip report about this cruise on the boards so feel free to search for it. But overall the Pride is a fantastic deal for the money and cruising from Baltimore is amazingly convenient when you live in the DC area. The ... Read More
I wrote a very long trip report about this cruise on the boards so feel free to search for it. But overall the Pride is a fantastic deal for the money and cruising from Baltimore is amazingly convenient when you live in the DC area. The ship is extremely well-kept and the staff are all fantastic. They all work extremely hard and are very friendly and kind. We rented a golf cart on Grand Turk and explored the island on our own and saw lots of wild donkeys and snorkeled on a beach that nobody else was on. Half Moon Cay is beautiful with the clearest blue water I’ve ever seen. We did the kayaking excursion in Freeport and that was fantastic. The Dr. Seuss breakfast on the last day was lots of fun. I’ve been to many Disney character breakfasts and I think this one was better. This was our first experience with Carnival and it definitely left us with a better impression than we expected. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
We selected this cruise because it was close to our home and we didn’t want to fly out of Baltimore. Note this was our second cruise on the Pride, which occurred a few years ago. The pool areas were overcrowded and not well maintained. ... Read More
We selected this cruise because it was close to our home and we didn’t want to fly out of Baltimore. Note this was our second cruise on the Pride, which occurred a few years ago. The pool areas were overcrowded and not well maintained. The roof on our balcony was rust filled. However, our cabin Stewart, Joey and our head waiter, Diana and her team were amazing. I found guest services not to be friendly nor accommodating. In reference to the ports of call, they were not very interesting. Other guests on board thought the same. More time should have been allowed for Carnival’s private island. In reference to the food offered onboard, it seemed as if the same foods were presented daily on the Lido deck, which became quite boring. This was our last cruise on Carnival. The ship is on desperate need of an overhaul. In closing, I forgot to mention that the cruise line confiscated a bottle of wine that was in my luggage. My luggage was not delivered to my state room until 6:30 on the evening of departure. After dealing with guest services and asserting myself, my wine was then delivered to my stateroom two days later. Really poor service. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
My husband and I decided to sail on Carnival Pride because it was a short drive to Baltimore and I had previously sailed on Carnival Pride and was pleased with the service. Cabin: We booked a balcony cabin on deck 7. The cabin was ... Read More
My husband and I decided to sail on Carnival Pride because it was a short drive to Baltimore and I had previously sailed on Carnival Pride and was pleased with the service. Cabin: We booked a balcony cabin on deck 7. The cabin was nice and clean. I cannot say enough good things about our room steward Eka. He made sure we had everything we needed and went out of his way to make us feel welcome and comfortable. He is beyond awesome. Dining: Prior to our cruise date I emailed the Maitre' D to request a table for two. We initially requested any time dining but was wait listed. We later received an email stating that anytime dining was sold out and we were assigned late dining. After unpacking my husband and I went down to make sure we would have a table for 2. I was happy to find that we were indeed assigned a table for 2. I believe we ate in the Normandie dining room 4 nights, 1 night at David's Steakhouse and 2 nights either room service, Guy's Burgers, Blue Iguana or the buffet. Overall we enjoyed our dinners in the dining room and at David's and Guy's, however found the buffet food left a lot to be desired. We enjoyed the food at the Blue Iguana, especially the bowls. Entertainment and Activities: Dr. "E", our cruise director was the best! He was so full of energy, approachable and hilarious. He made any event he was at, fun. The Lip Sync battle events were lots of fun as was Karaoke. We visited the comedy club and that as fun as well. Ports and Shore excursions: On this cruise we visited Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Freeport. At Grand Turk we simply chilled on the beach, chilled and ate at Margaritaville. There are a few shops in port but I don't believe we purchased anything. Half Moon Cay is simply beautiful. One could not ask for a better beach. Here we relaxed on the beach, swam in the ocean and ate at the island bbq. My husband really enjoyed the food at the island bbq. We booked a Carnival sponsored excursion for Freeport. I believe it was called "See and Sea". We left in an air conditioned tour bus and visited the Rand nature center which was small but nice. We learned about different types of plant life on the island and saw a peacock, snake, and a hawk. We then left and went on a Glass Bottom boat which was the highlight of this excursion. Our captains, Ross and Davon (Javon maybe) were professional, welcoming, and very nice. We were able to see fish and a shark. Other points: Although I was really pleased with the level of service and the experience we had on Carnival Pride, almost every day and sometimes throughout the night there were loud booms above our heads. We have no idea what these sounds were but they sometimes made it hard to relax. I would definitely sail the Carnival Pride! Awesome trip! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
Went on the cruise with our daughter and son in law. We had great weather. Serenity pool (over 21) was nice-no kids to annoy us. At Grand Turk there are plenty of chairs and umbrellas to get out of the sun. I liked snorkeling at Grand ... Read More
Went on the cruise with our daughter and son in law. We had great weather. Serenity pool (over 21) was nice-no kids to annoy us. At Grand Turk there are plenty of chairs and umbrellas to get out of the sun. I liked snorkeling at Grand Turk right off the beach. Half Moon Cay was very nice, no problem getting on the tender and didn't feel the need to be the first on the island. Lots of chairs but little shade. We stayed in the shade of one of the cabins which worked out well. Snorkeling right off the beach was nice there too. Very blue water in both Grand Turk and Half Moon Cay. Grand Turk did have some rockiness and seaweed to be aware of while Half Moon Cay had nice sand and no rockiness. Freeport was mainly just a bunch of shops selling tourist junk. The food was average. The wait staff was pleasant. Our room was clean. From experience of other cruises there was not nearly the nice food at the midnight buffet. Sometimes there were lines at the buffets but they moved fairly quickly. We enjoyed the comics, especially the adult shows. I was concerned they might be too racy being we were with our daughter but they were fine. The staff getting on the ship and off were generally pleasant. No real issues. Had a fun week. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
This is our 3rc trip on the Carnival Pride but 6th trip on Carnival and 8th cruise overall. We just got back and I wanted to write a review because I feel like only the people who are unhappy take the time to write the reviews. We have ... Read More
This is our 3rc trip on the Carnival Pride but 6th trip on Carnival and 8th cruise overall. We just got back and I wanted to write a review because I feel like only the people who are unhappy take the time to write the reviews. We have cruised the very large ships and did not enjoy them because we do not like making reservations to see a show etc. On the Breeze we could not get into shows or the comedy club on several nights because the theaters are not much larger than the Pride but there are twice the number of cruisers. We never had any problems getting into or hanging out between shows in the comedy club on the Pride but on the Breeze they would make us go around and stand in long lines for as much as 45 minutes to get a seat. The pool areas on the Pride although busy were not crazy crowded. You do need to go early to get a chair on the main deck (and hang out not abandoning it for hours) but if you go up to the 10th floor overlooking the pool you can get one anytime. We are up fairly early so usually got a chair to enjoy all of the pool side activities. The pool area on the Breeze was larger but the pool was the same size and there was only one pool. (the kids area was above and largely unused) There wasn't even standing room on the Breeze. I am glad that Carnival added staff to the pool area, it really controlled the kids and Chaos of jumping kids into crowded pools. The sea was rough the first couple of days. (No biggie to me and Carnival could not control that). Other than that it was beautify most days. We enjoyed the dining room and had excellent service from Diana and the rest of the team. The buffet was fine and had very edible food that people were eating in large portions so obviously most people found it to be of good quality. Guys Burger Joint was great, especially the fries. The pizza was good (especially for breakfast, I don't eat eggs). I spent a lot of time talking to so many fun people and listening to a few miserable people. I think a cruise is what you make of it, get out and meet people and participate in as many activities as you can and you will likely have fun no matter which ship you are on. The people on Pride were so friendly and fun. Grand Turk: Flow Rider with the kids was totally awesome with the pool at Margaritaville Half Moon Cay: Horseback Riding was beautiful and wonderful day handing out at the beautiful beach Freeport: Excursion to the beach was very nice (not as pretty as Half Moon Cay but we've been both islands before so no surprise) Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2018
We cruised as 2 adults and a 9 yr old. Not sure why we chose to cruise out if Baltimore. This is not a good area at all. We had cruised on 2 Norwegian ships previously without the child. The wait staff, cruise director and his staff, ... Read More
We cruised as 2 adults and a 9 yr old. Not sure why we chose to cruise out if Baltimore. This is not a good area at all. We had cruised on 2 Norwegian ships previously without the child. The wait staff, cruise director and his staff, stateroom steward and supervisor were all very good. They are the reason I am giving this ship to 2 stars instead of zero stars (if that were possible). We arrived to wet carpet in 2 places and balcony door curtain in our stateroom was wet too. I am talking WET. I called the steward line and was transferred directly to room service, hung up, called guest services, requested someone come up the next day to resolve. While we were out someone came because things were moved but no explanation as to what was being done. I called again this time getting through to a steward, not ours, they said someone will come. Nothing was done. My boyfriend went to guest services and finally the supervisor came up and put 2 fans in for the whole day to dry the carpet. Then they gave us 10 free drinks. Great. We received 2 more (total 3) letters stating the guest services wanted to resolve this after it was already resolved. The bathroom floor became flooded with every shower. Water and soap suds were coming up a drain in the bathroom floor i assume is in case any water gets on the floor from the shower. The a/c was not cooling the room. Their explanation was the rule is between 70 and 74 was sufficient. I have tell you we were sweating every night. Supervisor tried to get them to make it colder. That lasted 2 days then we were sweating again. Also, the balcony was dirty. Even after the balcony cleaning took place at port. The comedians were great. The food selection is lacking. Not enough options. Only the pizza station and ice cream shops were open at night. Pizza had a line of 15 people every late night. The swirls ice cream "shop" was an ice cream machine in a corner behind a wall. That's it. We booked this cruise by phone. We ordered faster to the fun which should get us early boarding. Come to find out they never put it on our account. They actually let us board early anyway but this should not have been necessary. We were not told there were 2 formal dining nights. We did not pack any formal clothes so had to eat buffet 2 nights. Also booked the steak house and not told of the dress code so had to cancel that too. Carnival brought the chef down to talk with my boyfriend about it. Great. They gave us a free round of drinks at our dining table. Great. The dancing/singing group was subpar. Everything they performed sounded the same. Whether it was 40s, 50s, 80s, Michael Jackson or Beyonce. All same sound. There were no special shows like on Norwegian. The piano player was putting us to sleep. On the last night our stateroom door started whistling. Air was squeezing out through the gasket and it whistled all night long. I called guest services who told me it was because the suitcases were being loaded into the cargo area and would be finished shortly. After an hour my boyfriend went back down to guest services. Someone from maintenance came up and looked and said she would check it out. No one returned until morning and said it was the gasket. My steam iron was removed from my suitcase (understandable) and a notice was placed in the suitcase in a different pocket that I never use. So I had to ask where it was and how to get it back. I found the notice on the last day. Also, on our last day we received a notice informing us of spa packages for the day before. Bottom line is there is a serious communication problem on this ship between depts and they need to overhaul many things. The ship is older and had some broken tiles but I liked the detail in the ships decor. The kids club was good except they had one night in the beauties club for the 9-11 yr olds. This club's decor is naked male and female mannequins. Why would they bring children here? I was not comfortable but the decision was made to allow her to join with her new friends. 1 elevator was broken. The ship was wobbly and many people were getting sick. We had some strong wind and rainy days so this is understandable. In a discussion with one of the kids club staff I learned this ship and all Australian made ships are wobbly regardless of the weather. I will need to do this research before booking a cruise again. A fellow cruiser bought a facial in the spa. The anethstician proceeded to tell her she has all these wrinkles etc making her feel terrible about her face all to get her to buy products and procedures. She said "it was the worst facial I ever had". Freeport bahamas is the worst excursion. This port is so run down it is scary. The port is actually fenced in. Our excursion took us beyond the fence through a slum area. It was depressing. I would be surprised if it stays a tourist port for long. Even though they attempted to make it right for us by giving us free drinks I will never cruise this ship again, possibly not Carnival at all. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
I chose this cruise for convenience (location, do flight necessary, past experience). We have taken this cruise 3 other times and noticed the service going down, but still had high hopes for carnival because of our experiences with their ... Read More
I chose this cruise for convenience (location, do flight necessary, past experience). We have taken this cruise 3 other times and noticed the service going down, but still had high hopes for carnival because of our experiences with their other ships. We have traveled on the Princess and loved our trip. Some of the main points I would like others to be aware of are the new rules; they ask you when or how often you want your cabin serviced. When on a cruise I want to be pampered and freshening up my cabin should not have to be a question. One of those nights our cabin was not cleaned until 7pm. Ice in my bucket should not have to be asked for daily, but it was. Another thing you should know is that our cabin toilet leaked. The water was shooting out all over the floor. They stopped it and mopped it up, but I didn't see any bleach or extra cleaners. The ship seemed dusty and you could see a lot of dirt build up in the corners. Another of my disappointments was the dining. We asked for early seating prior to the cruise and they placed up at 8:15 dining. Who eats at 8:15 at night? We immediately went to the service desk and to the desk for dinner. The head waiter said there was nothing that he could do, he had no other seats. We would have to go to anytime dining up stairs. They knew well in advance that there were not enough seating accommodations for everyone. My question is how did they decide who got what? While we are speaking about the diner, please allow me a few minutes to talk about the service. On the first night I got something in my meal that looked like the bristle from a scrubber. I showed it to the waiter and he said, "Well, I hope you like your dinner tomorrow better." That was it, no "I'm sorry" nothing. Two days later someone at another table broke the pepper shaker. No one cleaned it up. People walked by and slipped several times. I told the waiter and one of the head staff. They continued to walk by it. The head waiter pretended to call someone on her phone but no one came. They did the staff dance while the pepper was on the floor. They serviced meals while it was on the floor. Right before we were to leave one of the head waiters came by and pushed the pile of pepper to the side with their foot. It was not cleaned up while we were there. During the morning brunch, tables were not cleaned after customers finished their meal. We sat among dirty tables that were not bused at all. This was every time we came to brunch. On the top deck the tables were not cleaned and the food areas were messy. Water was always everywhere and made it easy to slip in the dining area. Food also remained on those tables for long periods of time. The staff was not as friendly as it use to be. We were not greeted with good mornings or the likes. The Casino is completely smoking. I remember when it was non-smoking we there would be a section for the smoking people. There was no section for us. We were told the vent in the isle would pull out the smoke and the two machines by the door were none smoking. They were the old keno machines. No consideration was taken for those of us that have breathing concerns or health problems. I went to be smelling of smoke and coughing each night. This seems like reverse discrimination. The hostess told me it was because they were a small ship and that most of the other areas on the ship were none smoking. I asked her was that for the safety of the ship or its guest? Read Less
Carnival Pride Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.0
Family 5.0 4.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.8
Enrichment 3.0 3.5
Service 4.5 4.3
Value For Money 5.0 4.0
Rates N/A 4.2

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