Sail Date: November 2017
Embarkation in Baltimore went smoothly although the ship was late returning due to weather. Carnival had no control over that and did their very best to make embarkation go quickly. Disembarkation went very smooth. I think it was the ... Read More
Embarkation in Baltimore went smoothly although the ship was late returning due to weather. Carnival had no control over that and did their very best to make embarkation go quickly. Disembarkation went very smooth. I think it was the quickest we have ever disembarked from a cruise. The ship is easy to find your way around and is clean but shows its age in areas. The entertainment was good. We went to every evening show in the Taj. We only went to the comedy club for the PG family shows and the comedians were funny. There was always something fun to do activity wise on sea days. The service was great! The crew is always smiling. One thing I did notice was in the buffet area the tables were never wiped with more than a dry rag to get the crumbs off. The ledges of the tables were filled with gooey jelly, syrup and crumbs I had to change my top one day because I got sticky stuff on it. Ports and excursions were fun enjoyed each one. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
Overall I would say that Carnival Pride delivered on my recent cruise. We choose to leave out of Baltimore because it is close to home. Not Carnivals fault but our Ship was delayed due to weather. We had a 4 hour time delay. This ... Read More
Overall I would say that Carnival Pride delivered on my recent cruise. We choose to leave out of Baltimore because it is close to home. Not Carnivals fault but our Ship was delayed due to weather. We had a 4 hour time delay. This would have been okay but NO ONE listened to the add 4 hours to your time instructions and everyone showed up whenever they wanted making the check in process a long mess. Our muster drill finally occurred at 9pm. I feel that it was very taxing on the travelers as well as the staff of the ship who had a very very long day. The ship is often late due to weather and I feel that the port staff need a better system to make the late departure go more smoothly. Once on board things were great. My only reason for not 5 starts on dining is the slowness of the dining room most nights - up to two hours at the table is a bit much! Great food but long waits. Loved Guys burgers and Blue Iguana - breakfast burritos are a must!!! The shows were excellent and I don't know why more people do not attend - you must go to the shows!!!! Comedy was also excellent. Our Steward Eduardo was WONDERFUL! Love him!!!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
Day one. made friends with the bed bug that came crawling out of the couch. Not a great start. For this one issue we were compensated what i would consider the cheap way out but also fair enough. despite pest control "clearing" ... Read More
Day one. made friends with the bed bug that came crawling out of the couch. Not a great start. For this one issue we were compensated what i would consider the cheap way out but also fair enough. despite pest control "clearing" the room 2 more were found. I work as a general manager in hotels..I know a bed bug treatment takes more than 25 min. Guest services was less than helpful throughout the ordeal and we missed a part of our first day dealing with this.Not to mention I paid for a room upgrade to a balcony that we now felt uncomfortable being in. The only other thing I will mention is the dining service. We never received a drink before our food. this is not because the food came out quickly but rather the drinks were that slow. a one time occurrence ill give them but this was every single night we dined. If we wanted a drink at dinner we would take turns leaving the table, walk out and to the closest bar on the ship, get a drink and then return. We had to ask for bread almost every night and we never knew who our actual server was. Let me sum up my experience with this...When we returned from our cruise on the pride we felt as if we were never on vacation at all. I do want to add I contacted Carnival and spoke to a guest care specialist regarding the stay. I am posting this review because i feel less valued as a paying customer after speaking to them. The interaction was like speaking to a robot who does not care at all about people who spend their hard earned money on a carnival cruise. I was given a 50 dollar on board credit for my experience... Things happen that is understood but when things do go wrong there is a value in the customer service provided. I was just another dollar in Carnivals pocket, it was a waste of what should have been a relaxing vacation. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
There was a a four hour delay to getting on the ship., which I was happy to get notice and understandable. Monday sea day we went for breakfast in the dining there were 2 other couples the one couple and y husband never got what they also ... Read More
There was a a four hour delay to getting on the ship., which I was happy to get notice and understandable. Monday sea day we went for breakfast in the dining there were 2 other couples the one couple and y husband never got what they also my husband never got his either. For us we never in all our cruises never experience that. It was not busy which didn't make sense, so follow that we went up to the lido for breakfast and try it again another day and took over 45 minutes to get our meal again not busy, we attended karaoke 5 nights, Please when assigning karaoke host should be aware of how to adjust the sound, there was 1 night that the host was not aware to set the sound. The comedy PG shows were funny and enjoyed them all. there was also a delay in coming back into the harbor. But you can't help when mother nature puts a hand in the forecast. The weather was beautiful from Florida on. Can never enough of cruises and can't wait to go again . Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
I was surprised at the long lines to check in at the Baltimore pier. Arrived at noon and it took over 2 hours to get on the ship. Lots of people had 12 packs of soda that they were able to carry on for personal use. The luggage did ... Read More
I was surprised at the long lines to check in at the Baltimore pier. Arrived at noon and it took over 2 hours to get on the ship. Lots of people had 12 packs of soda that they were able to carry on for personal use. The luggage did arrive at the room before we sailed. The "get to know your ship" tour was a great way to get orientated with the layout of the ship. Overall the ship was very pretty and easy to navigate. The only downside was that smoking was allowed in the casino and it was located on the main entertainment floor that you had to walk thru several times a day. The shows were great with wonderful talent,stage props and costume changes. You definitely want to see all four of them. It was great that there were so many shows, parties and things t o do on-board. Saffie the cruise director was excellent and so inclusive and full of energy. All the entertainment staff was very interactive with the guest and got everyone involved. Lots of fun. The food in the main dining room was excellent and the waitstaff was very attentive and would remember and address you by name-very impressive as I was on anytime dining. Sea day brunch was great. Lots of choices on the Lido buffet and liked the added variety with Guy's Burgers, Blueguana and Chopsticks. Princess Cays was a nice beach day-water shoes are highly recommended. Did not do any tours in Nassau or Freeport-- just got off the ship and walked around in Nassau as I had been there before. The shops at the pier in Freeport were all the same tourist stuff--next time would take a tour to see the island. Carried off my own luggage so was able to disembark with the first grouping of people. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
This was a family vacation and others choose it because of price and port it was leaving from. The embarkation was smooth and a wheel chair was available for me. But the disembarkation was a fiasco. Had all disabled people crammed ... Read More
This was a family vacation and others choose it because of price and port it was leaving from. The embarkation was smooth and a wheel chair was available for me. But the disembarkation was a fiasco. Had all disabled people crammed into the bar area from 11 til almost 3 when I was to leave. I could not do self check off because I was in a wheelchair. I asked if I could leave with first group and could only do this if I could take my own bags, which I could not. I was traveling home alone separate from family. The meals were better than I expected from the Normandy restaurant to the buffet, the food was outstanding as were the servers we had at table 152 and 154. Only one disabled bathroom on main floor. The men's bathrooms were out of order at one end of ship, so the men were using the disabled bathroom. Whatever the problem was in the men's bathroom carried over to disabled. When you flushed, urine came back up and I reported it. The men's bathroom was broke for 2-3 days. So long wait if you were disabled. Our ship was 3 hours late arriving in port. So a lot of people had to go to guest services and only two people working. The short red headed lady was not accommodating at all. She gave me a number for American Airlines because I would miss my flight (We were to arrive at 10 and my plane was leaving at 3:29, plenty of time if everything was smooth. I asked for American Airlines number from this women and she gave me wrong phone number for American. She told me to go to my room to call, because guest services was by the bar area with a loud band playing and you could barely hear. I called guest services instead of going down and explained she gave me incorrect number. Instead of helping me, she told me that was the only number she had and to call someone back home and have them look up the number for me (I did not get internet or phone service because too expensive). NO CUSTOMER SERVICE!!! I called 3 times and 2 times I was conveniently disconnected. The shore excursion desk people were very helpful and accommodating. I also, enjoy the islands in the Bahama's. The towels and sheets in our room were dingy in color and the towels not soft. The room needed updating had 70-80 style. Whole ship was on the old side and I was told it was going into drydock. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
I chose this cruise because I live in Northern Virginia and I could drive to the port in Baltimore. I must say that is a big plus. On other cruises I have had to fly to Miami or FLL and you have to leave either very early in the morning or ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I live in Northern Virginia and I could drive to the port in Baltimore. I must say that is a big plus. On other cruises I have had to fly to Miami or FLL and you have to leave either very early in the morning or fly the night before. The Baltimore prices are higher than the Florida cruises but I did not have to purchase airfare and I easily saved a day on each end of the cruise. The Baltimore crowd is definitely older and more sedimentary than the Florida passengers. The only drawback to this cruise was that due to hurricane damage we went to Nassau instead of Grand Turk. Nassau is nice but I have been there before and never been to Grand Turk and I really wanted to go there. I will take this cruise again just to visit Grand Turk. We ate one night in the steakhouse. It is well worth the extra $35 per person. Service is outstanding and the food amazing. I have eaten at some pretty expensive steak joints and this one was right up there in quality with any of them. I had the cowboy cut ribeye and I am not embarrassed to chewed on the bone. The food and service in the dining room is excellent and the sea day brunches are much more civilized than the buffet. Guy's Burgers are excellent but their seasoned fries are just okay. Pizza was a highlight for me. Thin and crisp and hot. I ate a bunch of pizza. Sandwiches at the deli were good. Mexican at the BlueIguana is okay. I like my Mexican more spicy. One of the best meals I had was room service chicken wings and fries which we ate on the balcony. The wings do cost $5 but hey, you are eating them on the balcony of a cruise ship. As far as bars, the Alchemy bar is a martini bar and is very fun and the mixologist Maria knows her stuff. The sports bar has a lot of TV's and the bartender was happy to put on any game you asked for. The musical reviews were fun - not Broadway but still fun. I laughed at the comedians. Really nothing bad to say and due to the convenience of this cruise for me, I will go again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
food was a big plus on this ship, Buy far one of the best. Big problem is the smoke in the Casino, You have to walk through the Casino to get from the front to the back of the ship, from the dining room. You can not breath because of all ... Read More
food was a big plus on this ship, Buy far one of the best. Big problem is the smoke in the Casino, You have to walk through the Casino to get from the front to the back of the ship, from the dining room. You can not breath because of all the people from the ship going to this location. It use to be half and half. The ship is old but still in good shape, This is my 42nd cruise with Carnival and I know what I am getting, But I have been on this ship 17 times and never had I bad time until now. Carnival has a program for people who spends a lot of money in there Casino. They get free or very low cost rooms, free drinks while they are playing and a place on the interior of the ship where they can smoke. While everybody else will suffer. The Embarkation is the worse of any port that I have been to, There is not enough room to get into the building to go through security and after that to get your room cards. The cabins are somewhat outdated and in need of overhaul, but the cabin steward was great to get you anything you need. Service is great all over the ship everyone was always happy to talk to you or help you. The activities where fine for a ship of this size, And the Comedy club was the best. We only went on one shore excursion and that was on Freeport and that was the Browery tour which was well worth the price. Other than the Casino this was a good time Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
Just got off the Pride today and want to give kudos to where and whom it is due and some criticism where improvement is needed. first of all A+ to Denis in the dining area. He made our cruise so enjoyable with his excellent service. He ... Read More
Just got off the Pride today and want to give kudos to where and whom it is due and some criticism where improvement is needed. first of all A+ to Denis in the dining area. He made our cruise so enjoyable with his excellent service. He went above and beyond treating us and tending to our needs. Also to Riccardo who took care of our room. Always clean and perfect. great job. now just a little info on the not to good stuff. we take an excursion to half moon cay, and rent a locker to put our stuff in. right before we go kayaking we forgot to get something out of our bags. go back to the locker an I find the lock off of it with our stuff inside not secured in any way. we go to the hosts and they are dumfounded because the locker key number 6 also fits the locker number 9. they gave the same key to someone else to opened our locker, removed the lock and when they saw it occupied they brought the lock back to the hut leaving all our belongings exposed to whoever went by. they should of relocked it until the problem was fixed....could of lost all our money cell phones, cameras. everything.....luckily that did not happen. second, they should tell you when you purchase a meal and drink ticket for Nassau you get a second rate plain one. not the same one the paying guests are getting. place would not even sell me French fry's unless I paid for a complete meal. and the drink....its either soda, water or a rum and coke. no other options. had to buy my own liquor. what a waste. other then that the crew of the Pride was great. but will never buy a included meal or trust them with my belongings again....... Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
Wanted to try a cruise out of Baltimore as it was close to home (1 hour drive). Our boarding pass said arrive between 1230 and 1 PM so we did. Waited about 90 minutes from getting in line to getting on board. Nobody ever checked the time ... Read More
Wanted to try a cruise out of Baltimore as it was close to home (1 hour drive). Our boarding pass said arrive between 1230 and 1 PM so we did. Waited about 90 minutes from getting in line to getting on board. Nobody ever checked the time on our boarding passes. The couple traveling with us were scheduled to board between 2:30 and 3 but no one ever checked their pass and they boarded with us. Why advertise that you should arrive at a certain time and then totally ignore the process? We also wanted to visit Turks and Caicos but the hurricanes spoiled that plan. Instead we went to Half Moon Cay on Wednesday, Nassau on Thursday and Freeport on Friday. The ship was in decent condition but could use a little work. Our cabin steward was excellent. The food was good and we dined in David's Steakhouse the first night to get the free bottle of wine. The rest of the cruise we ate in the Normandie Restaurant for breakfast and dinner. Lunch was on the Lido deck at the Pizza Pirate, buffet or Guy's Burgers. Entertainment was good and we were able to watch football and the World Series in the Sports Bar. Overall a good cruise that I would do again to get to Turks and Caicos. We did not travel with children and there were very few on board as school was in session. Our cabin door to the balcony would not lock but 20 minutes after I told the room steward it was fixed. Read Less
Carnival Pride Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.0
Family 5.0 4.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.8
Enrichment 2.0 3.5
Service 4.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 4.1
Rates 4.0 4.2

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