3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
If you’re driving don’t get to the port before 11:30. You’ll just wait in a line in your car. I’d get there about noon and drive right in where you drive right by the luggage drop off, then through the payment booth and then park. ... Read More
If you’re driving don’t get to the port before 11:30. You’ll just wait in a line in your car. I’d get there about noon and drive right in where you drive right by the luggage drop off, then through the payment booth and then park. Very simple. Once parked, we’re Platinum, we walked through and got to the Platinum room, barely sat and it was time to get on. We received our key and our rooms were ready. No other rooms were ready. Matter of fact they were a mess and I saw very few Stewards working....but our stewards were very nice and very good. We had early dining at 6:00 making 7:15 pre-show, 7:30 showtime difficult to impossible to make. 9:30 was to late for the kids. I wish showtimes were 8:30 and 10:30 like other ship. Our waiters Adrian and Joel were fantastic. We missed Princess Cay which was a disappointment. It was great being back on a Spirit class ship. Not as crowded. No lines. Great slides. Great water park. Great Serenity area. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
Food in the main dining hall was not that great. Wait staff seemed to be in a hurry to get you out the door. The buffet on the 9th deck was fair. Too many stations to look at before you decided what to have. Our ship arrived late ... Read More
Food in the main dining hall was not that great. Wait staff seemed to be in a hurry to get you out the door. The buffet on the 9th deck was fair. Too many stations to look at before you decided what to have. Our ship arrived late in Grand Turk, but we were assured the excursion we selected would wait for us. It didn't. The Bubbles soft drink package is a waste of money. Could only get soft drinks from bars, and usually took about 20 minutes or more to get served. Also served in glass glasses. Entertainment left a lot to be desired. Ships singers and dancers were okay, but not for 3 shows. Except for an entertainer that sang big band songs, I'd rate entertainment as being pretty sorry. Comedians in the Butterfly lounge were pretty sad as well. Ship was clean. Casino was very smokey. Carnival doesn't enforce it's own guidelines. You could wear anything you wanted in the main dining hall, although they stated that no shorts would be allowed. The Over 21" rule for the adult area was not enforced. Lots of nice elevators. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
This is LONG but worth the read because this could happen to you!! And if it does your screwed. Also in addition to my room leaking there were several other families on board who had same issue but not as bad as my situation. aND the ... Read More
This is LONG but worth the read because this could happen to you!! And if it does your screwed. Also in addition to my room leaking there were several other families on board who had same issue but not as bad as my situation. aND the adult serenity pool watch out! Oil spues from the engine and gets on your clothes bag in your drinks etc. and guest services said “that happens” Horrible! We went on a cruise for my 30th with my 11 month old daughter, my 2year old son and my husband. Day 1, water was dripping outside my door. I told guest services and they said someone will repair it. (Nothing happened) day 2 my carpet got wet. (Informed them- and they acted surprised and said same thing.... and again NOThING happened) this went on for every day of the cruise MULTIPLE times a day every day of what should have been a relaxing cruise. (7 days) each day the water was worse. Each encounter with guest services they acted surprised by situation. By day 3 our ENTIRE carpet was wet, the hall and my cabin smelled of mildew and septic. As well as the lovely wet towel smell you get from the washer when you forget to switch it over to the dryer. They refused to give me a new cabin, they refused to fix the problem. They kept saying there is no problem. I’m furious at this point that my children can’t nap or sleep in this room because of the mildew. So guest services put an industrial fan in my room and told me to turn it off at night. Again not a fix to the problem. By day 5 water is dripping out of the intercoms in hallway, out of the light fixtures, and out of the ceiling. Guest services said housekeeping can lay towels down for me. Again not helpful and not housekeeping’s responsibility. I begin demanding an explanation on day 6 as to why my entire cruise involved constant battling over this wet smelly room. And the guest services manager told me (after a lot of harassment) that sometimes the ac unit leaks and there’s nothing that can be done and she can give me a $120 on board credit for a cruise I paid over $4,000.00 for!!! THEN day 7 the ship wakes up, and my room still wet and smelly with still no explanation other than ac condensation for a answer as to why my room Is wet. And THE ship turned the WATER SUPPLY OFF!!! 7:00am no water for shower, drinking, brushing teethe, etc!! There was NO announcement! And no warning, so people are in the halls complaining of soap on them because they were mid shower, elderly are begging for carnival to give them water to take pills, and children are screaming at breakfast and longer because there is no water or drinks in dining area. They did not start the process of departing ship until close to noon time. Everyone was frustrated on the boat and when you ask if anyone knows what’s going on EVERY person says the same thing!!! “A pipe burst on the eighth floor when we left Baltimore so they are repairing it now.” Our cabin was on the 8th floor. And we were told repeatedly that it’s ac condensation. So we went to guest services where they said there was an issue that had to be fixed but we are not at liberty to speak about it.... Carnival cruise sucks my family (26 other people are all gold members and platinum and they will never return to carnival after the disrespect and lies) I spoke on the phone with headquarters asking for a refund for this cruise and they laughed at me. That’s right the man LAUGHED at me his customer when I said there must be something more he can do for a customer who was in my situation. He repeatedly laughed at me and said I can get 15% my next carnival cruise. NEVER AGAIN Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
This ship needs a complete overhaul. Bright work worn and battered. Upholstry throughout tattered and/or stained. Food not acceptable; lacked taste, although presentation good. Service insufficient. Wait staff good but slow. Bar ... Read More
This ship needs a complete overhaul. Bright work worn and battered. Upholstry throughout tattered and/or stained. Food not acceptable; lacked taste, although presentation good. Service insufficient. Wait staff good but slow. Bar tenders for the most part good but some down right unpleasant. Appears the number of wait staff was kept below required for the number of passingers. Save money at the expense of the customer. Entertainment is subpar. Some of the dancers were good but the troupe was not. The comedy club was decent in the PG portion but VERY short duration. Of our party of six people three suffered gastric distress. Food??? All seafood was poorly done and appeared to have been frozen, thawed and refrozen. The hours of operation were less that expected at all stations. You could only get certain drinks at certain bars and they were all over priced. This is our sixth cruise but the first on Carnival. It will be our last on Carnival! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
We had a w/c accessible cabin (6182) for my mom who is in a w/c, myself and a friend. First for the god- Embarkation and disembarkation was easier than anything ever experienced on any other cruise ship/line. The crew was great/very very ... Read More
We had a w/c accessible cabin (6182) for my mom who is in a w/c, myself and a friend. First for the god- Embarkation and disembarkation was easier than anything ever experienced on any other cruise ship/line. The crew was great/very very attentive to needs and went above and beyond, especially to help with my mom and make her feel included (she is 84). The cruise director, Leigh, was phenomenal. He is the one that really made this trip what it was. He was very funny, full of life and kept the fun going the whole trip. Entertainment was average and although the dancers were very skilled, the shows were simply average. No bells and whistles like on other cruise ships. Our cabin steward (Michael) was great, very attentive and so skilled with the towel animals. Our cabin was spotlessly clean and although he straightened the cabin and cleaned he respected our belongings and didn't rearrange everything, which is very important to us. Now, for the negatives and there are quite a few... When we arrived in our cabin, we noticed that the balcony, which had 2 chairs and 2 loungers, was covered in white paint flakes. The paint had apparently chipped off and was all over the chairs. I mentioned it to Michael and he said he would sweep it off. However, every time we went out to use the balcony, it continued to flake and get back onto the chairs. Not too big of a deal because we simply put towels down to sit on but when we tried to sit outside on the balcony for 1/2 hr one day, I came in and had paint flakes all in my hair so that was the end of that...we used the balcony for a total of 45 min. maybe the whole trip. Unfortunately we were hoping to enjoy the balcony but that wasn't the case. The cabin, which is a wheelchair accessible one, is HUGE. And the bathroom is bigger than most cabins themselves. I felt like we were in a mansion for a week. The room was clean overall but the carpets were terribly stained. They were not "dirty" but just covered in old stains. I completely understand that the crew is limited with what they can do between sailings but it is worth mentioning. Many of the drawers in the cabin were hard to open, almost as if they were stuck. The handle on the one closet was half falling off. I did let housekeeping know about everything so that hopefully it will be fixed. I must add that there is tons of space for clothing, belongings etc. The food at the buffet and what was served (some of the times) in the dining room was lukewarm at best. I did mention it to them as well. Many times the lemonade/tea machine was completely out. I also didn't feel that the cleaning on this ship was as great as it was on NCL. On NCL they have "Happy Happy Washy Washy " people who literally stand at the door to the buffet and spritz your hands with hand sanitizer. There were little germex machines available but of course you have those guests who don't use them and continue to cough into their hands and touch everything so.... But when some of the crew cleared the table, they took plates and about only 50% of the time actually wiped the table down. Many times I had to find someone to ask them to clear the table for us. On other ships it seems like they are waiting to jump on the chance to do that as soon as guests get up from eating. The BIG thing was the horrific odor in the cabin on the last day. We were told to stay in the cabin because my mom needed w/c assistance. We ate and returned at 8:45 am for a 9:30am pick up time from guest services. We had the cabin door and balcony doors closed (it was chilly and mom was cold). We noticed a very strong paint ?? odor suddenly in the cabin that seemed to be getting worse by the minute. A few minutes later we were all starting with headaches and feeling woozy so we opened the balcony and cabin doors to ventilate. I have no idea what it was but it was strong. I assumed they were painting since they have such limited time to do so. Of course, opening the doors made the cabin very chilly. I called to guest services twice trying to find out if we could possibly get the transfer w/c earlier rather than later and was hung up on twice (not very reassuring knowing that they could tell the call was coming from a room with a guest having special needs). Finally the person with the transfer w/c showed up at 9:45 but we had to remain in the area where the odor was for an hour. It was very strong. I am a Carnival and NCL fan. Love the companies but this last cruise really has me changing my mind about who I will sail with next. If it wasn't for the crew/staff and the cruise director being so absolutely wonderful... I honestly would not be returning to Carnival. Pride is an old ship and she is definitely showing it Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
We like to cruise out of Baltimore for the easy access for us We leave a day early and stay at the Best western O'Donnell st great transfers and easy boarding food was very good great service as always only real complaint was ... Read More
We like to cruise out of Baltimore for the easy access for us We leave a day early and stay at the Best western O'Donnell st great transfers and easy boarding food was very good great service as always only real complaint was the flys at Princess cay at the food area HORRIBLE need to do something about it people just tossing there food out Having platinum status sure makes life easy Carnival really takes care of you from perks to early boarding to first off the ship nice job Carnival The entertainment in the main showroom needs help need to get some jugglers or magicians some thing other then the dancers couple shows were good first two of the week stunk you could tell by how empty the venue was Comedy shows were good around the ship entertainment was good nice job from the cruise director. The band Beast from the east was very good and so was will terri guitar slolist The late night deck party's had major cut backs pretty lame and the chocolate Buffett has gone down hill Ship was supper clean Crewe was great all around a great time going back next year Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
Parking embarkation: unorganized got there at 1:30pm never got parked till after 4:00pm Please get a better system in place for parking. Once on ship no food to eat all buffet were not set up. After that all the rest was great Julio was ... Read More
Parking embarkation: unorganized got there at 1:30pm never got parked till after 4:00pm Please get a better system in place for parking. Once on ship no food to eat all buffet were not set up. After that all the rest was great Julio was always friendly and very attentive to our needs for our cabin: Dining evening Table 189 Great job and food was hot and awesome. Sang to us for our Anniversary Entertainment comedy club oh yes Jess great hostess and also with trivia games Great Job!! all 3 guys were very funny, the women was very dry and repeated her same routine the next day. Leigh the cruise director is very entertaining and it was a pleasure talking with him. .Karaoke hostess were all very good and very nice. disembarkation was awesome> had faster to fun and got off very quickly so glad now to have Platinum status Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
i sailed the Pride twice. i booked the 2nd time for the itinerary as well as for the Chinese buffet where i ate lunch every day. the convenience of driving to Baltimore (5 hours for us) was much easier than a 3 1/2 hour drive to the Philly ... Read More
i sailed the Pride twice. i booked the 2nd time for the itinerary as well as for the Chinese buffet where i ate lunch every day. the convenience of driving to Baltimore (5 hours for us) was much easier than a 3 1/2 hour drive to the Philly airport, getting there early, 2 hour flight to Florida or 3 1/2 hours to Puerto Rico, etc. Parking in Baltimore is right there at the pier. the Pride is just the right size ship for me and my wife. the Alchemy Bar is conveniently located just outside from the Normandie (Main) Dining Room and the bartenders know how to make a great Martini as well as the bartenders at the Renaissance Lobby Bar. bar service while lounging around the pool is frequent and quick. just as every other ship there are chair hogs who put out towels or personal belongings early in the morning and show up about noon and expect the chairs top be theirs. the pool attendants take care of that, though. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We chose the Pride because we wouldn't have to fly to cruise. This is my 4th cruise and second with Carnival (previous Alaska on Legend). This is a nice ship overall although I can't compare to a megaship, I found the size ... Read More
We chose the Pride because we wouldn't have to fly to cruise. This is my 4th cruise and second with Carnival (previous Alaska on Legend). This is a nice ship overall although I can't compare to a megaship, I found the size reasonable. I was pushing my mother in a wheelchair around the ship and it was very easy. The casino was on the small size and too tight with winning! but still had fun giving them my money..lol. We didn't attend all the shows but enjoyed the ones we did go to -it's not broadway but the singing and dancing was very good. The food in the main dining room was good and we always had excellent service. We did eat at the steakhouse one night and besides our snooty waitor, the food was SOOO good! My mother used the spa and tried every massage available, hot stone was her favorite. She used the same massuese and really loved her. We went to Garden of the Groves excursion in Freeport and it was fantastic- great guides and beautiful garden. We also went on the glass bottom boat excursion in Princess cay as well as the coastal cruise excursion in the afternoon and enjoyed them both- same boat. The organization after getting off the tender was poor and confusing but we made it to the excursion. On the ship, The drinks run $8-12 a piece but unless you drink a ton, the drink package is not worth it. Drinks are free in casino after 1500 points earned. Seas were a bit rough but I use the prescription patch and highly recommend it, I wasn't sea sick at all. I enjoy cruising and carnival is a fun atmosphere. We went spring break so there were tons of kids, lots of families. Seemed like there was plenty of activities for all ages. I am already booked for the Pride in the fall. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
I was part of a group of 53 (yes fifty three!) people who sailed in September on the pride. Our cruise was diverted to Canada instead of the Bahamas due to all the hurricanes hitting. We were offered to either cancel and be fully refunded ... Read More
I was part of a group of 53 (yes fifty three!) people who sailed in September on the pride. Our cruise was diverted to Canada instead of the Bahamas due to all the hurricanes hitting. We were offered to either cancel and be fully refunded or still go and they would give us 25% off our next one. We chose to go and this cruise was our 25% off one. I will begin by stating that September was my 5th cruise but 1st time with Carnival and I was NOT impressed. Every bar was shut down by 11 pm except the casino and the dance club but both of those were smoking and the ventilation did not appear to be working. I do not smoke and can normally handle a decent amount but these two areas were almost suffocating with smoke. We had a few in our group who were extremely sensitive to it and they couldn't even sit in the main atrium that was next to the Casino because it was lingering around. The pools were ice cold until our last day but the most disappointing was the hot tubs - they were barely even luke warm for the entire trip. I knew before we went that if we purchased the Cheers package we would be limited to 15 drinks a day. My general complaint is that they state it is for safety purposes, however someone who does not have the Cheers package is able to order as many drinks as they possibly want. I feel like it should be a 15 drink limit for all OR allow those who have the Cheers package to purchase additional drinks after the limit. (For those who are not aware if you purchase the Cheers package and swipe your card for 15 drinks, they will not allow you to purchase ANY more drinks until 6 am the next day. I also tried to pay for an extra shot of rum in my pina colada and they said since I had cheers I couldn't, I would have to order the pina colada, wait 5 min, then order a shot of rum to pour on top and use 2 of my drinks. I wasnt able to pay for any) My other problem was with activities on Carnival. There didn't seem to be much during the day besides trivia and bingo. All the "fun" activities such as dance parties, shows, comedians, etc. were all at the same time at night and many times overlapped while we were at dinner (we did the late seating 8:15). On my other cruises they would offer arts and crafts and other things throughout the day to keep people entertained. I also still don't understand why they do the comedians in the Butterflies lounge. The seats fill up really fast and we could never make a show when coming from dinner. We had a balcony for the first time in September and while I enjoyed being able to go outside, our balcony and chairs were very dirty. In our first port they even announced they would be cleaning the balconies off but ours remained dirty for the rest of the trip. Fast forward to March: We decided to use the 25% off and book a "cheap" cruise back on the Pride. We had a group of 7 this time and I will say that I was impressed at some of the changes I had noticed. My husband and I tried an inside room with french doors (Category 4k room 4115); It was a great way to get a lot of light in the room and we were able to open the doors to feel the temperature. I think it is definitely worth the savings if you can not afford a balcony. I personally did not care for the waiters singing and dancing every single night in the dining room. I liked on other cruises when it was only done 1 or 2x as something special. Dinner service took about an hour and a half from start to finish every night Embarkation was smooth and easy. Besides being close to port, this is one of the main reasons we continue to sail out of Baltimore. Once again we were only able to make it to one comedian (the first night). When we leave dinner at 945 we were unable to get a seat for the 1015 comedian because the space is so small and fills up so fast I noticed the ventilation was better in the smoking areas The activities were still sparse throughout the day. once again everything that seemed fun to do was at 9 10 or 11 at night. Ports: Port Canaveral: we took an Uber to ron Jons surf shop then walked across the street to the Florida Key Lime Pie company. We then walked 15-20 min north and hung out at the cocoa beach pier before taking the SCAT bus (1.50 a person) back towards the boat. we ate at Grills seafood restaurant and it was AMAZING!!! We tried their hurricane, margarita, and key lime colada. I had the fresh fish of the day (Mahi) which came with 2 sides and it was DELICIOUS and fresh. The prices were very reasonable, service was excellent, and I will definitely be going back one day. We then called for another uber to take us back to the ship Nassau: As this was my 3rd trip to nassau, we decided just to walk around the shops, stop in a few restaurants and bars to try local food and drinks. Another fun day Freeport: This was my first time in Freeport and I had heard lots of negative things about it. 5 from our group booked the island tour with brewery and perfume factory tours and they loved it. My husband and I ate breakfast and got off the ship at 9, walked around the market until almost 10 and decided to hang out at Fat Tuesdays and Senor frogs right off the boat. We were celebrating out 1 year wedding anniversary and we had fun! If you are looking for more to do than shops and bars then you definitely need to book an excursion Overall the weather was great, the seas were calm, I was pleasantly surprised at our room and some improvements on the ship. I think the Pride can use a good cleaning or remodel Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We chose this cruise because it was in driving distance from our home. Getting to the port and parking was a breeze! We had priority so embarkation was quick and easy as well. Our cabin was nice, however the fan was on constantly in the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was in driving distance from our home. Getting to the port and parking was a breeze! We had priority so embarkation was quick and easy as well. Our cabin was nice, however the fan was on constantly in the dressing area and was so loud I could not hear my husband talking to me as I was getting ready. The room steward, Ronito was excellent! On to the negatives... Yes, the first couple of days the weather was not the greatest, this can not be blamed on Carnival. However, I do feel like this trip should be an 8 day instead of a 7 day to give you time to get back to Baltimore without going so fast the whole boat is shaking. I have been on smaller ships that did not shake or vibrate as much as this one. We were traveling at about 24 knots most of the time. We ended up only going to the Dinning Room 3 or 4 nights, which is a shame because I enjoy the experience. This ship only has 1 main dinning room, which created long waits for both reserved and anytime dining. I'm not sure if the Dinning Room was understaffed or if it was a training issue, but the service was not up to par. The food also was not very good, it either came over-cooked, under-cooked, or ice cold. On this cruise we decided not to do any shore excursions, that was a big mistake! Port Canaveral- It cost $15 per person for a shuttle to Cocoa Beach, the highlight of which was breakfast at IHop and a round of mini-golf. I suggest skipping this area if it is not nice enough weather to go to the beach. Nassau was ok, we walked around town a bit, and visited the pirate museum. It is very expensive here (4 drinks =$50.00). Freeport - This port is a waste of time and money. You are stuck at the little port unless you want to pay $40 for a cab to the city that is 25 minutes away. All of the vendors have the exact same items and can be seen in 15 minutes. From what I understand of others that did the beach excursions, it is all pretty much the same beach just different packages. Overall, we are not sure will go back on this cruise. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We chose Pride because it was within a six hour drive from home and booked a month out hoping for a bit of warmth in the Bahamas. The ship is unique, a bit old fashioned in a Grecian Italian decor, we thought maybe it was built for the ... Read More
We chose Pride because it was within a six hour drive from home and booked a month out hoping for a bit of warmth in the Bahamas. The ship is unique, a bit old fashioned in a Grecian Italian decor, we thought maybe it was built for the European market. Boarding was easy, our room was lovely although a bit tired, an obstructed veranda unusual in size with more storage than we could use. Built in 2001 she was aging well and due an update in April, we were pleased thus far. Ports were not our choice, we heard they will not be returning to Port Canaveral and that is just fine with me. We enjoy ship life and relaxation and usually get off to take a walk. Food was better than we hoped, we liked the food court choices for breakfast and lunch and had a really good table at early dinner. Maitre d' and our head waiter were the best. Nothing to do with the ship or the company, I have to say "it was cold" strong north winds blowing every day. That was circumstantial but kept everyone indoors. The passengers were mostly a younger group, perhaps the drink packages made things a bit rowdy at times, early to bed, early to rise was our motto. Biggest negative overall was smoking in the casino, it wasn't even segregated,,,,we found smoking machines right next to non-smoking and not very well policed at times. Saved us a bit off money by staying away. It had been 35 years since our last Carnival Cruise in 1983 on Mardi Gras, we were pleasantly surprised but agree that it is for a much younger crowd. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We chose to leave from Baltimore so we did not have to fly. The port is 4.5 hours from our house. It was easy to navigate the port. We chose to park at the port and sped $105 for the week in parking so we could easily get to our home and ... Read More
We chose to leave from Baltimore so we did not have to fly. The port is 4.5 hours from our house. It was easy to navigate the port. We chose to park at the port and sped $105 for the week in parking so we could easily get to our home and get on the highway quickly. We embarked on time. The first day was a little disappointing as it took forever for our room to be ready and even longer for our luggage to arrive so we had to hang around for awhile before we were off exploring. The first night was great but the weather was cool. Guys Burgers was perfect for a quick bite on our first nite. The first full day was full of exploring. We found trivia at the Red Frog that we would attend every evening for the rest of the week. The host, Naughty Neil was a hoot! Although this evening was a formal evening, we ended up eating at the buffet because we were having a rough evening at sea due to a Nor'easter that was coming off land into the ocean. IT WAS ROUGH. At this point, I seriously wondered if I would be able to make it the next 6 days but the next day was smooth sailing for the rest of the trip. The entertainment crew was great but got tired of OH YES Jess very quickly. Day 2 and 3 we participated in several activities provided by the ship including the trivia. There was a Hasbro game that we watched and the comedy shows were funny throughout. We were able to buy alcohol on the ship for very cheap that they store for you until debarktion. This was the first time we ate in the main dining room and the food was amazing! Every meal that we had in the MDR thereafter was 5 star plus! Day 4 was our day at Princess Cays. was the least favorite of the 3 places we visited. The buffet lunch they provided was very average, maybe less than average and the sugary alcohol drinks did not seem to have any alcohol. All activities on the island cost including using the lockers. The one thing I liked about this island is that since it is owned by the cruise line you are able to use your sign and sail card for purchases and not have to keep up with cash and credit cards. You do have to take a tender to this destination which was somewhat unorganized. When booking my next cruise, I will find one that does not stop at this destination. Day 5 - we spent at Nassau. This was a fun stop. We went to the aquarium at Atlantis. The tour was organized and the driver gave us a nice description of everything we were seeing and a brief history of the island. Every thing at Atlantis is extremely overpriced so if you need a snack or water, bring it with you. An ice cream cone was $14. The aquarium was nice and very clean and we were given a tour an was educated about each species as we were seeing them. After the aquarium, we spent sometime in downtown Nassau. Be prepared for everyone to be hassling you about braiding your hair, taxis, and cigars. We spent some time at Tortuga and ended up buying some rum and rum cakes. Since it was legal to drink in public we bought some local Sands beers while shopping. Day 6- This was by far the most fun stop. We chose an excursion that was a private beach tour where you could have all the food and alcohol you wanted. The worst part about this excursion was that it only lasted from 8-1. We rented paddle boards which were $20 for 1.5 hours. The servers were very attentive and our cups were never empty. There were a few that were unable to hold their liquor and made for an interesting ride back to the ship. Day 7- Sad day. Cruise is over. Announcements kept everyone informed. We made it back to port on time luckily but am ready to go again! We were in the vista suite 8 aft and never had any noise problems from the Lido. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
My husband and I just returned from a 7-night Bahamas cruise on the Carnival Pride, which was an excellent cruise. This was our third cruise, second on Carnival, but our first cruise since December 2012 (nothing against cruising, we were ... Read More
My husband and I just returned from a 7-night Bahamas cruise on the Carnival Pride, which was an excellent cruise. This was our third cruise, second on Carnival, but our first cruise since December 2012 (nothing against cruising, we were just busy doing other kinds of vacations). Two of the main reasons chose the Carnival Pride was because of its departure port of Baltimore (only an 8-hour drive from our house so we didn't have to fly anywhere) and the size of the ship (we had previously been on Carnival Dream and felt it was hectic and crowded all the time). Overall it was an excellent cruise, and I will discuss some of the features we liked, as well as a couple of things we felt could have been improved. First I will talk about the ship in general. Of course with the ship being a little older, there were some areas that seemed a little run down. The outside of the boat needs a new paint job (especially when we saw it next to the new Norwegian Breakaway when we were in Nassau). But despite that and a few signs of wear and tear (some cracked tiles in the buffet area), the ship is in good condition. What's more, is that everything is very clean! The hardworking staff was everywhere I was, always cleaning and keeping things looking very tidy. I was very impressed with the cleanliness of the common areas. Now to some specifics of our sailing. We sailed from March 11th-18th, having two sea days, followed by a day at Princess Cay, Nassau and Freeport. Then one sea day home and getting in around 8:30, although we didn't get off the boat until close to 11:30 because there were only 2-3 customs agents at any given moment which was ultra aggravating, but not Carnival's fault. We also chose to park at the port since we had such a long drive back, and this was the absolute best decision since most other people who did a park and cruise situation with a hotel nearby seemed to have to wait even longer. Next, I'd like to speak to some specific staff who wowed us, and some who could use a little improvement. - Cruise Director- Leigh: We said it to his face, but he's the best cruise director we've ever had. I told this to a relative when we came home, but he is the exact right combination of hilarious, sarcastic and borderline inappropriate that everyone wants in a cruise director. He was always that right mix of dialogue that parents appreciated when their kids were around but that all adults were able to read right through. It was perfect. Leigh was funny, charismatic and honest. I honestly cannot think of one thing to say about him that is constructive. I just feel sad that he won't be on a cruise with him in the near future. - Room Steward- Victoria: I know I started out this review saying how I hadn't been on a cruise in over five years, but I can't imagine someone better than her before. She was so friendly. Victoria introduced herself the first night, asking us when we wanted our room serviced ( morning, evening or both). Although I had remembered hearing about the cutbacks at Carnival where the room stewards wouldn't come both times in the day automatically, I forgot this when she asked and foolishly said morning. Upon reflection, I remembered reading about this cutback in a blog, and we later left Victoria a note asking for both times in the day. She obliged. And was great. Everything was spotless. When we had the issue with the whistling door, it was dealt with by the time we came back after dinner even though we left her a note and saw her in the hallway on the way out. I don't know what else to say that explains how great she was. I hope this review is reflected in her promotion track. - Main Dining Room Staff- Agus (main waiter), Lamberto (waiter), Tiur (waitress)- Overall this staff was excellent. Agus led his small team magnificently. Agus even started noticing what our preferences were and began suggesting items we might like and even brought us extra entrees to share when we were unsure what we wanted. Agus was slightly shy with us at first, and I can entirely understand why. I think this crew dealt with a lot of slobby tourists who don't respect the hard workers on this cruise. On the last night, one insulting person literally tossed their plate on the floor after a loud band on the table. In 12 years of international travel, I had never seen anything so disgusting and I was shocked someone would actually act like that. But the staff was so professional and I was blown away. Thank goodness for the patience of this team. Agus was really good. Tiur is obviously newer in the role but I think when her confidence in English gets better she'll improve. Lamberto needs a bit of practice before he's promoted, his demeanour was a little cold overall. - Armen- Booze guy in the dining room: Armen greeted my husband and each time he brought us a drink with a joke. He started becoming a familiar face week looked forward to seeing every night. - Elin- the Female bartender in the atrium bar- We didn't see this bartender everytime we were in the atrium, but I wish we had. She noticed multiple time that we were back and remembered what we wanted from previous nights. She was great. The Liberty Trio- I started planning my nightly activities around seeing these ladies. They were excellent. They are incredibly talented, and they seemed to be one of the only musical acts on board playing very current music. I just loved them. I'd book another cruise based on them being on the ship alone. The Absolute Duo- This act is also excellent. They remind me of an act straight out of the 60s in the best way possible. They're very talented and played all the classic hits I would expect them to. DJ Chef Shur- This DJ is pretty good. I was impressed with the way that he kept the energy on the lido deck fun and upbeat. He even rolled with the punches when this Asian woman was continually dancing when he was there (what's her deal!?) But as the week went on, I felt like he played the same songs over and over again, and none of them were more recent than three or four years ago. When we went to Beauties one night, it was supposed to be all request, but every song we requested he cut the song off short and went back to some old song I'd heard 20 times that week. He needs to get some new stuff in his repertoire. Real Spice Carribean Sounds- I wish there had been more opportunities for this band to play around the ship. The steel drum player is particularly talented. I often sought them out in the afternoon, and I really enjoyed listening to them. Spa staff: I don't recall the name of the person who did my spa treatment, but overall they were good. The only thing I will say is that when I was getting my hot stone massage, at one point the person was using only one hand, and I could tell they were doing something else like looking at their phone. It was a little weird. Maybe the staff could be reminded that they need to keep their personal communications to after a treatment. The Fun Squad: Overall I liked the fun crew. They were all friendly. They all ran the trivia in their own way which I liked. I didn't get to know any of them too much, but they were fun. Jess was super fun but the whole "Oh Yes Jess" thing has a weirdly sexual vibe which I found off-putting around the kids. Neil also had a little bit of a funny vibe, but I think he could improve that being more outgoing and polishing his physical appearance (tucking in his shirt, shorter haircut). Theatre performers: I didn't catch too many shows, but the 80's one I saw the whole thing and I loved it. All the performers were really good. I hate to describe them like this, but I don't know their names, so I have to explain the way they look. The black male dancer was particularly talented- I hope they keep him for a long time. The female dancer with the brown hair was also so good- my eyes were always on her because she was the best one. The principal singers were good, but I think they could all use just a little more practice. Still, I really enjoyed the shows I saw, and the final show with the lip sync battle and pulling the kids up from the kid's club was the best. Other food, drink and service other than dinner at main dining room: Most of the food I had on board was excellent. David's Steakhouse on the first night was excellent. Best steak I've had in a long time. Honestly, Guy's burgers were just okay, not what I've heard people rave about. The burgers always seemed overdone. The taco bowl at Blue Iguana was great but the eggs in the morning were even better. I didn't eat at the buffet much, but I liked how many fun themed food there were on St. Patrick's day. That was a nice touch. The wine selection in the main dining room and at the atrium bar was good. I got drinks at both the Red Rub Bar and the Tequilla bar were always pretty weak honestly. Not worth the price I paid. The one time I went to the martini bar I had the WORST bartender ( I don't know his name, but he was also the bartender at the drink mixing contest on the lido deck). He took honestly, no joke, 25 minutes to make my drink and he was super rude to not only me but other customers. I didn't go back to that bar the entire trip because of that guy. Complaints: - In general, although the food was good, we felt like there was way too much emphasis on meat and carbs. One night we ordered broccoli to come with our dinner, and they gave us TWO pieces. I'm sure veggies are less expensive for the company than meat! Increase the number of vegetables you're serving. - On St. Patrick's day, I wanted to join the pub crawl, but since we had the late seating and there was the plate flipping incident (see above), we missed the start of it. We were able to catch up to them at the second venue, and even though we were willing to pay the whole price although we had missed the first drink, they wouldn't let us join! How does this make sense? You refused our money and ruined my fun for the night. I don't know who's policy this was, but it made for a sour end to my otherwise excellent cruise. - We paid for the most expensive internet package because both my husband and I needed it for work and school, and it was so horrible. Barely worked from the beginning of the week and only got worst. It was so bad we asked for a refund and were thankfully promised one, but it hasn't come through yet. Overall, this was a great cruise. I'm going to have a hard time going back to a bigger ship. I would go on the Pride again in a heartbeat. ***Full disclosure, I also shared all of this information with Carnival directly, which is why I feel comfortable sharing the names of the staff members I've included in this review.*** Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
This was my first time on a Carnival ship. The Pride out of Baltimore was great option for us as we could drive there and save money on airfare. Even though the ship is older and smaller than some of the newer ships, it still had great ... Read More
This was my first time on a Carnival ship. The Pride out of Baltimore was great option for us as we could drive there and save money on airfare. Even though the ship is older and smaller than some of the newer ships, it still had great things to offer. Bigger isn't always better in my opinion. The crew was amazing, so kind and wanting to make everything just right. The food was great and entertainment was really good. The next time our family of four cruises we will opt for a larger more spacious cabin, just for a bit more room. Enjoyed the ports in the Bahamas.....especially Princess Cays. Our kids had a fantastic time and enjoyed the basketball court, kids clubs, and the all you can eat ice cream. Embarkation and disembarkation went way smoother than I had anticipated it might go. We would definitely travel again with Carnival. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
This ship wasn't my choice however it wouldn't be in the future either. Cons : Old ship, Very dirty, hot tubs were not hot at all, lots of places to eat but most were below average, Dinning room has horrible ... Read More
This ship wasn't my choice however it wouldn't be in the future either. Cons : Old ship, Very dirty, hot tubs were not hot at all, lots of places to eat but most were below average, Dinning room has horrible service and is not classy at all. very unorganized choas!, Leaving from baltimore was a horrible idea do to the weather, The comedy shows were held in a threater (butterfly) far far to small to hold everyone and when we complained to the host, she brushed us off. (very very rude) OYJ awful, you needed to arrive at least an hour before each show to get a seat while the huge threater sits empty. On your holiday! WOW We purchased the cheers package but it didn't work on the island which is absolutely stupid!, Freeport shouldn't even be a stop!, Smoking area on the ship is in the most busiest spot of the ship where everyone has to walk through, very confused who the hell would design that! Dealers in the casino need to just do their job and shut their mouth. very poor training, TV's in the sports bar have been broke for weeks! unacceptable...... Come on! Pros: Rooms were very clean, Cleaning staff were very nice to deal with, Guys hamburger joint was the only place worth while to eat at, Cruise director was very informative and made things fun, The comedians were awesome, Drink choices were awesome, would i go again? No, Royal was way better, sorry...... Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
This was my fifth time on the Pride. We have been cruising with Carnival for a long time (Platinum) and this was close to our worst trip. To start with that North Easter battered the ship very hard. We basically lost a whole day ... Read More
This was my fifth time on the Pride. We have been cruising with Carnival for a long time (Platinum) and this was close to our worst trip. To start with that North Easter battered the ship very hard. We basically lost a whole day (Sunday). We understand weather is a big part of cruising and we have to be understanding. We should have been given some kind of discount for the lost time. We lost about 8 hours of time on the first day alone. The ship was very late getting back to Baltimore. Our port stops were also changed due to the delay. The captain also had to go much faster which made any time laying by the pool impossible for the first two sea days. Basically the sea days were a bust. The main reason we cruise by the way. (They also switched to DST a day early just adding to our lost time). Nassau was our first port and the weather was nice. We did enjoy the day. The second day was princess Cay. The weather was horrible. We all wondered why we did not just stay the extra day in Nassau were the weather was fine. The seas and wind were very high making the Tender rides to and from the ship a real roller coaster ride. Most if all activities were cancelled well in advance to arriving because the surf was too high. We should have just stayed in Nassau. As usual the staff was great. Our waiters, cabin stewards, and entertainment / cruise director were top notch (Why we keep coming back). The condition of the Pride however was very lacking (What a difference from December 2017). We had room 8230 (Category 8k). For starters the room smelled like piss the entire trip. It took us days to figure out that the carpet near the glass door was the cause. There must have been a dog or an old person with a very bad bladder that stayed in that room. The carpet outside the room by the elevators smelled like rotten eggs and sewage. We could not help but notice the crew tried to clean it up every day. It appears that the ceiling had a leak. A lot of the hand sanitizer stations around the ship were not working or empty. The hot tub at the serenity deck was so cold we might as well stay in the pool. The paint or whatever coats it is basically all gone the jets will only stay on for 10 seconds at a time. Parts were literally falling into the tub for a person to step on. Yes painful. On the days you could use it they did not open it until after 1300. That tub is an embarrassment. The other tubs around the ship were not doing much better. The absolute worst thing for me was the internet. As usual I purchase the premiere package. I think it was $108 dollars. The speed was so bad I actually measured it. 6.5 seconds (yes seconds and not MS, your IT folks will know what that means). The packet loss rate was well over 33%. I had some critical email I needed to send for work and could not because of the horrible service. I had to wait until we got to port to send email. We were told this was the last cruise on board for the IT guy, not sure if this was the reason. We saw that he left the ship with lots of IT equipment. Honestly, I should be given a partial refund. It was that bad. If this situation is not corrected I will no longer cruise with Carnival. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
We left out of Baltimore so that we could save money and drive to the port instead of paying more for airfare to Florida than the cost of the entire cruise itself! Our Cruise was delayed 6 hours due to the Nor-Easter. So getting into the ... Read More
We left out of Baltimore so that we could save money and drive to the port instead of paying more for airfare to Florida than the cost of the entire cruise itself! Our Cruise was delayed 6 hours due to the Nor-Easter. So getting into the Carnival port could have been smoother, but once we were inside the gate the staff did a really great job at adapting to the chaos of the situation. Disembarkment was a breeze! The ship is older but still nice. I didn't need the overdone promenade, the 20 restaurants, the water show, or the ice skating rink. Less is more to me. We were able to get a balcony as the upcharge from inside stateroom was only $200, which is amazing. We decided we will NEVER do anything less than a balcony. The ability to avoid the crowds and sit on our private balcony was a dream. We propped the door wide open and listened to the ocean all day and night long. The Comedians were funny. I went in prepared to hate the musical shows, as I hate musicals/plays in real life, but it was actually fabulous. We went to every show offered. Very fast moving and varied. They had a Hasbro Game show that was phenomenal and so fun. They also did a Lip Sync Battle show on the last night and it was the highlight of the week. So great. The Cruise Director Leigh and his staff do an amazing job providing quality, energetic and fun experiences. They also had a Piano Bar with Laura which was a blast. A wonderful sing along. Our Ports were Nassau, Freeport and Princess Cay. Due to the high winds from the Nor-Easter, our excursion in Princess Cay was cancelled. I was ok with is as the private beach was fun and I took a nap instead. They even provided a lunch on the island so that was appreciated. Carnival was great at rolling with the punches of the Nor-Easter. They worked hard getting the delayed passengers off the boat and us on as soon as they could. The captain was going nearly max speed to get us back on schedule. They switched the order of the ports so that nothing was excluded. They kept us informed of the situation as all times, which is the best way to keep the masses happy. Our only complaint is a mild one. The food wasn't the best. The food in the main dining was good, could have had more options. Frequent repeating items. The food on the buffet wasn't my favorite. Breakfast was the same every day and mostly greasy items and others were cold. (By day 5 we FINALLY figured out that we need to eat breakfast in the main dining room as breakfast is so much better there). It's hard to say what it was about the buffet that I didn't like. A lot of repetition, same general items offered every day. I was really bored with the food by the end. There was a 24 hour pizza place which was perfect, but I got sick of that by the end too. I guess not having enough selection, and some of the items were not items I like generally. At the risk of sounding completely ethnocentric: the food wasn't "American" enough. I hate that I say that, as I love lots of different cuisines, but it seemed like the food was made for mostly American cruisers, made by someone who is not of that nationality, who was trying to make "american" food but were not quite hitting the mark. Things looked like they would be good, but the flavors weren't quite right. For example: I loved the fried rice, but the last day they put chili powder or some odd seasoning in it and it was gross. I was just culinarily confused. I though the pasta salad would be a safe bet, but the flavors were confusing and didn't make sense together. I would have preferred food of different nationalities: indian, japanese, mexican, etc. rather than "american" food items with flavors that didn't belong in them. Also the desserts on the buffet looked beautiful but tasted odd and gross. Most lacked flavor, had a odd spongy consistency and weren't sweet. A real disappointment. Other than the lackluster food, It was a fabulous experience. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
This is the 5th time I took this cruise and I booked if for next year on board. This is just a easy port for us to get to. Parking is easy as we drive to the port in 2 hrs. Food is great. We ate in the buffet for breakfast and any time ... Read More
This is the 5th time I took this cruise and I booked if for next year on board. This is just a easy port for us to get to. Parking is easy as we drive to the port in 2 hrs. Food is great. We ate in the buffet for breakfast and any time dinning for dinner. Lunch was either guys burger, pizza or the deli. We only do the comedy club for entertainment. We have seen the big shows many time. Love that we went to the private island instead of port canival this year. The cabins are great. The only this we had a problem this year was they could not get the heat to work. They did give us extra blankets. To us this is a nothing cruise as we do nothing as we have been to the ports mzny times. We stay on the ship and just veg. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
I dont think any cruise with toddler is going to be relaxing, but it certainly was fun! We were asked to go on this cruise by my parents and certainly werent going to say no. We have never been on Carnival before, but Royal Caribbean ... Read More
I dont think any cruise with toddler is going to be relaxing, but it certainly was fun! We were asked to go on this cruise by my parents and certainly werent going to say no. We have never been on Carnival before, but Royal Caribbean several times The embarkation process was as smooth as it could be. We had Faster to the Fun and were dropping off our carry on luggage within an hour of entering the parking lot. Our cabin steward (Ryan) did a great job cleaning the room, though we hardly got to interact with him. Our son was too young (by a month!) for Camp Ocean, but I did appreciate that they had times that under twos could come in and play. This times weren't especially convenient though, and I had a crew member tell me they didn't have anything for his age once when I went during a posted time. We did get to leave him twice during the day for babysitting during those times (extra fee) and according to the girls there he didnt notice we had left him. I think he would really love the kids club next time. We had an ocean view which was great. The window was large and provided a great view. Cabin is spacious enough, with lots of storage. Got a little cramped with the crib in there, but thats to be expected. The bathroom has good storage shelves as well and the shower larger than royal caribbean ships! I was quite pleased with the room. Things to do on board were not lacking, though unfortunately we had to skip some things that overlapped with others. Art auctions were not as fun as they have been on previous ships and were too drawn out. Lip Sync Battle auditions (i participated but was out in round one) and the final performance should not be missed. We enjoyed all the trivia and my parents liked watching karaoke and the comedy club. We didn't make it to the comedy club at all, having the little one, but we did go to the shows each night which were great! My son was having a blast for the monday night one, dancing with a lady next to him. On Royal Caribbean in the past we have had shows where the performers were great, but the show was so boring that we left. On the Pride, the shows themselves were very entertaining that if the performers were not up to par you might not mind as much. The keyword there is IF, these performers are all very good. Food was all very good. There are exceptions of course, but the majority of the time it as great. Do not get the "chesapeake crabcake" if you are expecting Maryland style. Its not, and though I enjoyed it my companions did not. Highlights for food are of course the warm chocolate melting cake (try it with peanut butter) and Lobster. Sea day brunch and Tea time (also sea days) are fantastic and alot of fun. We also did the Green Eggs and Ham breakfast, and enjoyed that as well. Blue dye aside, my mother said the pancakes were the best she had ever had on a cruise. We did not do any excursions, but enjoyed all the ports. The beach at Princess Cays requires water shoes, but offers some of the best snorkeling Ive seen on a cruise. Seriously, it was better than some paid excursions I have done. In Nassau we did a self guided walking tour and though it was long and a bit tiring, we enjoyed seeing the sights and always felt safe walking around. The streets arent very stroller friendly but people driving would always stop to let us cross and then signal to other cars to do the same. That woudln't happen back home! Freeport isnt really worth it as a port unless you do an excursion, which we likely would if we went back. It was just hard with the little one. The crew was great, always working hard and with smiles on their face. Especially Jennyfer in the cleaning staff who took a liking to my son and we saw all the time. The last night a lot of the staff actually were taking photos with my son, which I thought was sweet. I don't think he annoyed people too much but he did have his moments (ie tantrums). All in all he did well with cruising and had a blast. We had rough seas on the way back due to a nor'easter. Pools and outdoor areas were closed, which made everything inside more crowded. The captain kept us well informed and hugged the coast to lessen the impact. This made us late getting back into port, but the crew kept staying cheery and added in additional activities on our last day to keep us entertained. It was actually neat to see all the high waves. I was VERY impressed with how Carnival, the captain, and all the crew handled this. We were overall very impressed with the ship and how well maintained it was. The crew was constantly cleaning! The staff was always friendly and it was a really enjoyable time. We are now Carnival converts and will definitely be going again. Great value for your money. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
This was our second cruise on Pride our first one was in 2012. This time it was DW (51) and I (59) along with 9 others, including two of our adult sons. Two of the families had never been on CCL before and one family had no cruise ... Read More
This was our second cruise on Pride our first one was in 2012. This time it was DW (51) and I (59) along with 9 others, including two of our adult sons. Two of the families had never been on CCL before and one family had no cruise experience at all (the other family had sailed on RCI for their honeymoon). Three of our travel companions were littles, 2 five year olds and a two year old (our step-granddaughter, SGD), and DW is the daycare provider for the 5 year olds. We had a great trip, in spite of the rough weather at the end and I liked the changes that were made to the Pride in her last dry dock. Our service was more than adequate all week in both the MDR and cabin, the crew was as always friendly, the entertainment was good, and our fellow passengers were pleasant. 2/25/18 Baltimore We arrived at the port at 1220 and we were parked and onboard by 1:30pm (our check in time was 1230 to 1). Check in went off without a hitch and in Baltimore they still take your picture at the check in counter and then you receive your sail and sign card. Xavier was our steward for cabin 5253, a standard balcony cabin. It was a bit of a letdown after having a premium balcony on Glory in November but was still adequate for our needs. Our Fun Shop orders were in the cabin, including an order form for the cabana excursion for Princess Cays. We grabbed some of the Chinese food from the lido (which wasn’t too crowded) and we found it to be a bit spicy for us so we grabbed the first of many Guys burgers. We also grabbed our first drink of the day. We hung out in the cabin until muster drill which took place in the MDR with no life jackets. After muster we went up to lido for sail away party and the kids had a blast dancing. We got ready for dinner since we had early dining and all of us were assigned to table 240 since our reservations were linked. Our headwaiter was Troy, assisted by Dennis and Soping. I had fried calamari, fried shrimp and fruit plate. DW had strawberry bisque, veggie lasagna and fruit plate. The service was a little spotty at first and it took a while for our drinks to arrive, but the service did smooth out as the cruise went along. After dinner we took SGD up to the kids club to register. The kid’s club had a very nice layout with a lot of activities available. Went to the comedy show and watched Thea Vidal, who we thought was one of the better comedians we’ve seen. 2/26/18 Sea Day 1 They had the cover over the pool partially closed, so the pool deck was chilly. The seas were fairly smooth but it got rougher as the day went along. As usual I was first up and had my coffee on lido, grabbing a small bite to tide me over until DW got up. We went to brunch and I had the steak and eggs, mac n cheese and cheesecake. We spent the afternoon playing different games with the kids. Day was cloudy with temps in the mid-60s. One of our sons was feeling the effects of the waves so he bought some sea bands in the gift shop which seemed to help. Went to the Shore Excursion desk to turn in the order form for the cabana (soda only, we didn’t order snorkel equipment although we could have). We asked which cabana we had and they said we had to choose from the available ones, so we chose number 2 since it was closest to the food pavilion. Got ready for dinner a little early (first elegant night) and had some pictures taken with the group. I had the shrimp cocktail, lobster (with shrimp) and warm chocolate melting cake with a side of peanut butter (several people in our party tried this at my suggestion and loved it) and DW had mushroom soup, carbonara and WCMC. The food is tasty and everyone seems to like it. Waiters danced for the first time and our companions liked it. On the way back to the cabin we met a couple in the elevator who said they are RCI cruisers and they weren’t enjoying CCL at all (the elevator ride was too short to go into details). We had the 5 year old girl with us for the evening to give mom and dad a night to themselves so we went to the Heart of Soul show in the theater. Our young lady didn’t care for this so we ended up heading back to the cabin for a couple of games before turning in. Saffie is our CD and made a first good impression. 2/27/18 Sea Day 2 As I was having my coffee at 530 I saw our headwaiter Troy and his assistant Dennis working on lido, wiping down the coffee cups and stocking them. They were usually the first people that I saw in the morning. Sent a laundry bag in to be done for $15 and we’re told later that they lost a pair of our underwear. We told them not to worry about it. We had another lazy day hanging out with the kids. After eating lunch we took them up to waterworks and they had a blast, especially with the yellow slide (no one had enough courage to try Green Thunder). We spent a little time in a hot tub, and then went down to change for Seussapalooza parade and story time. The kids had a blast being part of the parade and going on stage for story time. The CC meet and mingle was scheduled at 415 in the Ivory bar. There was another event going on at the same time so it was hard to tell how many showed up. Saffie did make a brief appearance and there were light refreshments. I chatted with a few members before heading out to get ready for dinner. I had the spring rolls, veal parmesan, and apple pie. DW had potato leek soup, the veal, and chocolate tres leche. Went to the comedy shows and caught Vince Morris’ act. 2/28/18 Princess Cays We got up at 7 and after grabbing a quick bite at the lido went to the theater to meet up for the tender. We boarded the second tender and pulled away from the ship at 848. We were on the island by 9 and at the cabana about 10 after 9 (we took our time walking and at worst it was a 10 minute walk from the tender). There are paved walkways to use so you don’t have to walk in the sand everywhere. The fruit and veggie plates were already in the cabana when we got there. There were two floaties and 4 beach towels inside and 4 loungers outside with an umbrella. There is an AC unit and a ceiling fan. There is a bar a short distance away and the food pavilion is close also. They did have staff taking drink orders throughout the day if one didn’t want to walk to the bar. The snorkeling areas are close by and the main swim area might have been a 5 minute walk from the cabana. A VAT is charged on drinks and all purchases on the island. S&S cards can be used in the gift shop buildings and cash is taken by the straw market vendors. Lunch was standard BBQ fare, hot dogs, burgers, jerked chicken and a variety of sides and salads. It was all tasty and filling. The water had a bit of a chill since it’s February but it doesn’t take too long to get used to it. We lounged around and had a few drinks, finally deciding to head back to the ship at 230. We were back onboard by 3. One of the families traveling with us had the balcony next to ours and they had opened the divider between the balconies. At dinner I didn’t see an entrée that interested me so I decided to splurge and ordered the $20 filet mignon from the steakhouse after starting with escargot and conch fritters. Cheesecake was my dessert. The steakhouse selections don’t come with sides, so I ordered a baked potato to go with the filet. Very tasty and nicely prepared. DW had pumpkin soup, lasagna and cheesecake. She said the lasagna tasted good but had too much meat for her taste. Called it an early night. 3/1/18 Nassau We ate a hearty breakfast on lido and then went ashore with the plan of visiting Ardastra Zoo and the Pirate Museum. CCL Victory was also in port. As we are leaving the ship Victory passengers were also leaving theirs and through this mass of humanity one of our traveling companions spots a familiar face coming off Victory. Turns out a group of his cousins were on Victory and neither knew the other was on a cruise at the same time. Definitely proof that it’s a small world. Met a cab driver named Gerard Evans at the terminal who agreed to take us to the zoo, the museum and back to the ship for $12pp. Everyone thought this was reasonable and he led us out to the street. He is a very nice guy and we recommend him if you have chance to ask for him. The zoo is fairly small and only has small animals, which is what was expected. We watched the marching flamingoes and fed the Lorries. It took about 2 hours to see it all. We spent a little time in the gift shop and some people grabbed a snack at the snack bar. We went out and got back the cab for the ride to the pirate’s museum. Since parking was an issue we decided to walk back to the ship and cut Gerard loose. The museum has under gone some changes since our first visit in 2009. After we’d seen everything and hit the gift shop the group decided to split up, with half opting to grab a bite at McD’s and the other half heading back to the ship. All of the vendors that used to be in the terminal are now outside. We picked up a few more souvenirs and took time to have a Kalik beer. Once we were back onboard we changed into our swimwear and went up to the pool. While we were there a lady noticed that she had lost a diamond pendant and was able to find it in the pool, although it was missing the chain. The group that had gone to McD’s decided to skip the MDR since the kids were tuckered out so only half the table showed up for dinner. I had shrimp cocktail, junkanoo pot, and bitter n blanc. DW had cannelloni, linguini and sausage and s’mores parfait. Since we finished dinner early we went to the first showing of 88 keys in the theater. Our SGD danced in the aisle through most of the show. We kept her for the night to give our son and his girlfriend could catch the comedy shows. 3/2/18 Freeport We decided to join the others on a beach excursion that they had signed up for. It was $40 for the basic excursion. We left the ship around 830 for the 30 minute ride to Bahamas Adventures. It is a nice beach with plenty of amenities available and they do take S&S cards for rentals and upgrades. Our basic package included an Adirondack type chair and an umbrella. As we walked up to our chairs I saw two small rays swimming just off shore. Water was crisp but got used to it quickly. There were some rocks but it was mostly sand. The buses were scheduled to head back at 1215. Servers would take drink and food orders at the chairs. It was just enough time to really relax and do some swimming. It took 4 buses to get everyone back to the ship and from the line to board it looked like most of us arrived back at the same time. It took about 10 minutes to get back onboard. There was a letter in the cabin telling us that there was a nor’easter between us and Baltimore. They said that it was going to start getting rough around dinner time and they would be draining the pools and closing access to the decks. We grabbed a chair on lido and waited for the lines to die down before grabbing a Guys burger. We got dressed for elegant night two and had a few more pictures taken. I had the clam chowder and the filet mignon/rib combo which was tender and tasty. I skipped dessert because of our late lunch. DW had mushroom and pasta and key lime dessert. Seas were definitely getting rougher during dinner. We went to the 80’s dance show and the early comedy. 3/3/18 Sea day Up early for coffee as usual. Today is the Dr Seuss breakfast which is $5 per person. It was held in the upper deck of the Normandie MDR and everything was decorated in Seuss colors. They have a special menu with Seuss names for all of the food (such as truffela pancakes, green eggs and ham, etc.). The kids had a blast. We went to the Game of Thrones trivia since we have a few fans in the group and were able to pull off a win, getting a ship on a stick in the process. It is announced that we will be delayed getting back to Baltimore because of the weather and the phone lines and internet are opened to allow people to start working on plans. Went to the Q&A with Saffie and she estimates that we have 2400 passengers onboard. She outlined her career and said she started on the Pride in 2012 so she may have been onboard when we were (I didn’t get a chance to ask her). Seas are getting rougher and the wind is blowing at 50 knots. Spent the time playing more trivia and doing some preliminary packing. DW was feeling the rough seas and skipped dinner. I had shrimp cocktail, prime rib and baked Alaska. They are estimating arriving in Baltimore at 3 and with the luggage tags we have anticipate disembarking at 5. And of course they also anticipate heavier seas. I head back to the cabin to put our luggage out and to be with DW. The ship is really starting to move so I’m feeling more and more at home (16+ years in the Navy). 3/4/18 Baltimore I slept like a baby and have a great time walking around the ship. It was really rough as we rounded Cape Hatteras. Things got smoother once we entered the Chesapeake Bay. We have to be out of the cabins by 2pm so we grab our carry-ons and head up to lido. I finally tried a Blue Iguana burrito for lunch. Everyone seems to be in fairly good spirits in spite of the delay. We pull into port around 330 or 4 o’clock and finally disembark around 6 (I had put my tablet away and forgot to make a note of exact times). We drove for a few hours before stopping for the night. Summary We had a great time in spite of the weather. I liked Pride’s new look in the public areas and of course having Guys is a big plus. We love the Pride’s size and it’s easy to get around even for first timers. One of our travel companions didn’t like the movement of the ship even when it was smooth so she probably won’t be cruising again. Everyone seemed to like the food and dinner never took longer than an hour and a half. We turned gold on this cruise and now have the same number of cruises with CCL as we have with NCL (although we have more nights with CCL). Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2018
Let me preface this review by saying it is not meant to be one of the hit pieces on Carnival. My wife and I have now done 26 cruises, two of which were on Carnival ships and we have decided that we prefer other cruising experiences. But, ... Read More
Let me preface this review by saying it is not meant to be one of the hit pieces on Carnival. My wife and I have now done 26 cruises, two of which were on Carnival ships and we have decided that we prefer other cruising experiences. But, for sure, Carnival fills a niche for thousands of people and I don't want to diminish that. We sailed on the Pride because my daughter and her family had booked it. Our two young grandsons, ages 5 and 9, were cruising for the first time and we didn't want to miss it. On that score, the cruise was a resounding success. The rest was a mixed bag. 1. The Pride is an older ship but is in pretty good condition. We saw crew members constantly cleaning and didn't see many signs of wear and tear except for many of the wooden rails that could stand to be refinished. 2. Most of the crew was smiling and friendly with some striking exceptions. One that particularly stood out was the woman in the candy store. Curt, abrupt, never a smile. 3. We had an aft balcony cabin which was significantly smaller than on the newer ships, but there was still enough storage space. 4. I am probably the only one ever who didn't care for Guy Fieri's Burger Joint. I don't like the hard crust they put on the burgers and the spice they add to the fries is overpowering. Fortunately, on the 4th day I discovered that I could get the fries without the spice and they were then really good. 5. Most of the wait staff in the MDR that we encountered were terrible. They forgot to bring bread baskets, they forgot to bring coffee (on those rare occasions that they even asked), we had to ask 3 times for the bottle of wine they were keeping for us from the previous night, etc. etc. One standout was Flaviu, who was outstanding. 6. The MDR menu was far below that which we have seen on other lines. I am a picky eater, but my wife is omnivorous and we both had a problem finding things that we really wanted and that tasted good. On one night we each ordered selections from David's Steakhouse and found my filet mignon and my wife's pork chops to be delicious. However, we shouldn't have to pay extra for a fine meal. 7. We don't get motion sickness, but others should be aware that, at least on our cruise, moved around a lot. 8. The kids' programs are fantastic. Our grandsons had a great time. 8. Leaving from Baltimore was a pleasure. Parking is easy and convenient and checking in only takes a few minutes. 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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