130 Carnival Pride Cruise Reviews

This cruise line was chosen by a family member to have a family reunion. Checking onboard in Baltimore was quick and orderly. Once onboard we explored the ship while waiting for our cabin. Once in the cabin, the amount of rust, holes in ... Read More
This cruise line was chosen by a family member to have a family reunion. Checking onboard in Baltimore was quick and orderly. Once onboard we explored the ship while waiting for our cabin. Once in the cabin, the amount of rust, holes in the steel from rust, and rusted through stiffeners was quite noticeable on our balcony. It was also covered in salt. Needed to use a towel on the hand rail and chairs before we could sit outside and watch the ship sail. Food served in the dining room was often slow and lukewarm. Staff appeared to have more tables assigned to them than they could handle efficiently. Meals on the lido deck were repeated almost every day. Very little selection and lukewarm food. Highlight of the food scene was Guy Fieri's Burger Bar. Only place on the ship where you could get a hamburger between the hours of 12 noon and 6pm, the only hours it was open. Well seasoned hamburgers, served hot. Cabin attendant was good and maintained the cabin to perfection. Cruise Director was extremely annoying and was on the PA system numerous times through the day with extremely loud singing that was almost unintelligible. Speakers on the PA system were overdriven and hard to understand. This was my first cruise on Carnival and will be the last. I much prefer RCCL. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Honeymoon, no airfare required, Platinum status with Carnival this cruise seemed like a great option. 2 days prior to sailing we got call to upgrade from french door interior to balcony for $300 total. Since this was our honeymoon ... Read More
Honeymoon, no airfare required, Platinum status with Carnival this cruise seemed like a great option. 2 days prior to sailing we got call to upgrade from french door interior to balcony for $300 total. Since this was our honeymoon sailing we did it. The entire cruise I received all paperwork for another couple. Our room steered even called us by these names when we finally met hi m on day 4. Despite going to guest services several times, the name confusion continued until the last day when we received a bill in the other peoples names. Once we met the room steward, he'd did a good job, our room was clean, but there was no interaction with him or friendly banter. He did write a Happy Honeymoon note on the mirror on day 5 and they were a few towel animals during the week. Room was comfortable, balcony very rusty, bed very comfortable. The headline shows were AWFUl, the cruise director phenomenal, Take Two and Coconotes Band were very good as well. Overall the safe was present, but not friendly, warm or welcoming with the exception of a few bartenders. The overall dining experience was terrible. Food served cold continually. overcooked or undercooked. Tablecloths only on formal night and no type of dress code is at all enforced. Drink service was very slow in dining room and the buffet food was awful. The best places to eat were the taco/burritto bar and Guys Burger joint. The pizza was even gross. I watched the entire cruise officers pass by passengers without even a smile or a nod. We resorted to paying for there steakhouse for the last two nights and the food was good, but the service was extremely slow. I am not a news cruiser and I rarely feel as passionate as I do writing this negative review. My honeymoon was not acknowledged and my platinum status was not either. So disappointing. I am booked on the Sunrise in November and I think I am going to cancel. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
This was not a long planned cruise; it was a spur of the moment trip. Cruise originated out of Baltimore. We are within driving distance to Baltimore. Embarkation was very smooth, parked car in port lot and we were on our way. There ... Read More
This was not a long planned cruise; it was a spur of the moment trip. Cruise originated out of Baltimore. We are within driving distance to Baltimore. Embarkation was very smooth, parked car in port lot and we were on our way. There was a glitch in our dining reservations, so our first stop was to straighten out our sitting. We were accommodated by a very pleasant young crew member. Onward to Lido deck for lunch. We were met by a crowd as expected. What we did not expect is the lack of servers at food stations. The lines were so long. These lines were an every day occurrence. Often there was only one server at each station. Our luggage had not yet arrived in our cabin. We did some exploring; familiarizing ourselves with the ship. We went to dinner, then rechecked our cabin. Our luggage was there. There were announcements by our cruise director, Savannah. We had NO idea what she said. Her speech was rapid fire, I thought she was swallowing the mic. She needs elocution lessons and good advice on the proper use of a public address system. This problem continued throughout the cruise. Later in the cruise my husband and I were in the red frog pub. Savannah happened to come along to the pub and sat at the bar. The bartender was asking my husband what he would like. Savannah interrupts telling the bartender to take care of her friend. The young female bartender remarked she would after she took care of people who were there first. Because the bartender spoke up, her tip reflected my husband’s appreciation. I thought this was a deplorable maneuver by a cruise director. I was told by a crew member she was onboard for only about 2 weeks. Perhaps she is new in the position and simply lacks training and experience. We went to a few shows, comedy acts and sing alongs. They were all very good. I am always impressed with Carnival’s theatre. The aisles are wide and drinks are not passing through a half dozen hands to get to you. The sofas and cocktail tables are a nice touch. Our cabin 8168 was comfortable. There is only ONE outlet. It needed to be replaced, the plug was constantly falling out of it. The balcony ceiling was flaking off. Subsequently white chips were all over the lounge chairs. Beware of clothing, make sure there is a towel down first. The public restrooms were recently updated. They were always clean and well maintained. We spent a lot of time in the serenity area of the ship. It was nice. They actually did police the area for chair hogs. It was nice to see this being done. We visited Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Freeport. We took a carnival sponsored bus tour. It was 2 hours long, well done and interesting. We tendered into Half Moon. The beach was beautiful, barbecue on island was okay. We only walked through the local huts on Freeport. It was the most commercialized port I have ever seen; not really worth getting off the ship. We enjoyed perfect weather the entire cruise. The main dining room for dinner was very nice. A little entertainment every night was a nice touch. The food was mediocre. Appetizers and desserts were just about the same every night, limited offerings. Our dining staff were all accommodating and very pleasant. The debarkation process was smooth. It was well organized and moved quickly. We had not sailed carnival for a number of years. The quality has deteriorated over time. This ship needs a long dry dock. It’s decore is dark and dreary and the ship is showing signs of wear. I would not recommend this ship overall. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
I have cruised on Carnival 9 times and this was the 2nd to worst cruise. The activities were lacking, the assistant wait staff was poor for the first few days and one Alchemy Bartender was really rude and not customer friendly. On ... Read More
I have cruised on Carnival 9 times and this was the 2nd to worst cruise. The activities were lacking, the assistant wait staff was poor for the first few days and one Alchemy Bartender was really rude and not customer friendly. On the other hand our cabin steward Rommel was an awesome professional, our waiter Mehmet was the saving grace and the lobby bartender Katherine was the best bartender ever. The food was not of the normal quality and they did not offer escargot on this trip. The entertainment after dinner shows were bad talent and they need to find a better way so all passengers can enjoy the Captain's cocktail party. With all the competition among cruise lines Carnival needs to step it up. Further like Princess Carnival should consider allowing individuals to sign up for the Cheers Program. My wife does not drink and I don't think it is fair to require her to sign up just because I sign up. Also need to figure out a way to allow passengers to get to the dining room without walking through a smoky casino Need to step it up. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We chose this cruise because it disembarks out of Baltimore and it was easy to get to. This is why I'm giving it 2 stars: 1. Our room had a squeaky bunkbed that squeaked all night long; a really LOUD shrieking non-stop sound. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it disembarks out of Baltimore and it was easy to get to. This is why I'm giving it 2 stars: 1. Our room had a squeaky bunkbed that squeaked all night long; a really LOUD shrieking non-stop sound. The only way we could get it to die down, was by jamming stuff in the wall where the bunkbed frame was secured against the wall. Staff came about 3 times and could not fix it. We would reposition noise reducers through the night. 2. Our room balcony doors were not sealed properly and the wind made a horrible whistling sound all night long. We told staff and they did nothing. WE GOT NO SLEEP FOR 7 NIGHTS!!! 3. The staff are miserable. They are overworked and it shows. They are the most miserable staff I have ever seen in my life. They give good enough service and they try to be polite, but they are so tired and unhappy. 4. It's a party boat. Loud music until midnight on lido deck and drunk people everywhere. No class. 5. The auditorium shows are drab at best. Really bad singers and no worthy shows to see. We were bored most of the time. The comedy was great, but who wants to hear a comedian spew out toilet humor every night. It's fun the first three nights and then you want something different. We ended up watching movies in our room some days. There is NOTHING to do in the afternoon on sea days...no movies...nothing really for families. Just bikini contests, bingo that costs $$$, etc. 5. The ceiling in our hallway was dripping the entire week. They had 4 buckets collecting the drips the ENTIRE WEEK. We had to walk past it constantly to get to the elevators. 6. We changed credit cards for our tab and they got it wrong and charged the wrong credit card. We had to go in line to fix it. Took 45 minutes. 7. Public washrooms are filthy and there are barely any hand sanitizing stations in the main dining room; they don't push for people to sanitize their hands. This means that disease could easily spread if one person was infected with Noro Virus. 8. Carnival offered us a "meh" compensation for our room issues. They offered us basically a free excursion for my husband and I on our next cruise with Carnival. No refund for our troubles, but we did get apologies from the main desk on the ship and the complaint line after our cruise. I should note that the main desk really did try to do their best to help us and they were always polite; so were the repair men that came to our room. We are not planning on ever booking Carnival again. It was a terrible experience for my whole family. Even my kids got bored. How to improve? Afternoon matinee movies for families; better shows in the evening; maintain the rooms...this would be a start. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This is my second time cruising on Carnival Pride from Baltimore. It has been 8 years since I been on this boat. This boat needs a really good renovation. It's outdated from the decor to the ship. Some spots were leaking where we were ... Read More
This is my second time cruising on Carnival Pride from Baltimore. It has been 8 years since I been on this boat. This boat needs a really good renovation. It's outdated from the decor to the ship. Some spots were leaking where we were standing, the decor is old and peeling. You can see all of the aging and wear and tear on the ship. The bathroom shower kept overflowing and water was everywhere on our bathroom floor. We had to keep the toilet seat down because it kept smelling like urine. The movie screen shows all the pixels in the world. Baltimore need some renovated boats to leave from this terminal. But on the upside, the cruise director Cookie was excellent. He kept us entertained each day. He is a major staple on this ship. He will make your cruise that much enjoyable and it takes your mind off of the negatives of the boat. I don't like go write reviews or give negative comments. I love Carnival cruises and I'm just hoping that enough people agree that this boat needs a makeover very badly that it will fall into the right hands to be replaced with a more updated ship. But please, never replace your cruise director Cookie. I would follow him on any cruise he's directing. And also, can they please find a better port to stop at beside Freeport. Theres never anything to do in Freeport. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Where should I start....The first night we were told that we would not be able to go to Nassau and Princess Cay due to mechanical issues. They offer us a 50 credit and then add a free cruise after there was an uproar at the lobby. Alot of ... Read More
Where should I start....The first night we were told that we would not be able to go to Nassau and Princess Cay due to mechanical issues. They offer us a 50 credit and then add a free cruise after there was an uproar at the lobby. Alot of people opt out and left. They were refunded there money but have to wait 3 weeks to receive. We didnt leave Baltimore until after 12AM.For the most part the staff was awesome but there was a few that was rude or not so nice which is my first time experience with Carnival which shock me. The food was hit and miss and 90 percent was not hot when served. When we left Freeport we were told AGAIN due to mechanical issues we would not leave on time. We left at 730pm only to enter into a Tropical storm 73mph winds for 2 days. You can image how many people was sick and scared. Puke was everywhere. The last straw was we was supposed to come back to Baltimore at 10am we were told due to Mechanical issues we will no be there until 230pm. Alot people miss there flights smh. For the pro...The cruise director Cookie did an excellent job. He made the best of the situation and if it wasn't for him I would of been miserable. Also the servers (muhammed)and stewards (Ketut)did and excellent job. I so disappointed this was my 6th cruise with Carnival and never had I had a bad experience with them. But this has me thinking I should explore other cruise lines. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We choose this ship because we could drive to it from Philly. Once again we got sucked into Carnival because of the cheap price. Never again. The security getting on the ship was the worst ever, don't know what they were looking for ... Read More
We choose this ship because we could drive to it from Philly. Once again we got sucked into Carnival because of the cheap price. Never again. The security getting on the ship was the worst ever, don't know what they were looking for but the line was terrible. From the outside of the ship we saw more rust than we did on any other ship we have been on. (about 12). The balcony cabin was fine, till we met the cabin steward and he asked if we wanted AM or PM room service? Every other cruise line they do both. Cheap. The dining room was easy to get seated, but getting your order taken and food served took forever, every day. Cheap. The first night of entertainment left me with a bad taste for the rest of the week First you need to walk through the casino which full of smoke all the time. The cruise director lied to the men in the audience to have them volunteer, saying wouldn't you do anything for your wife for a FREE CRUISE? After he got 5 men on stage and torqued them for free entertainment, when it was all over, there was NO FREE CRUISE, HE LIED. CHEAP.The pool area, there were 3 hot tubs on the ship, one in the back that held 4 people and was warm at best. One toward the front that was in the middle of the smoking section. The other was always packed full of people. Cheap. Come meet the Captain night. Most cruises have some free wine or something, not here $1 dollar off some drink. Cheap. If price is the main reason for you to cruise, this is it. If not, spend a few dollars more and get a true cruise experience. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
I chose this Cruise line because that first time I've ever been on a cruise it was so nice and enjoyable. My honeymoon on the Carnival Pride# Staff was not friendly the bar staff is very friendly other than that not at all. The staff ... Read More
I chose this Cruise line because that first time I've ever been on a cruise it was so nice and enjoyable. My honeymoon on the Carnival Pride# Staff was not friendly the bar staff is very friendly other than that not at all. The staff barely understood English that meant really no communication. The food was loudsy they do not cater to ur eating habits if u did not eat pork there was not much of a choice. Guys burgers not good too greasy. I lived on boiled eggs and french fries. The price match false advertisement . I found a tour cheaper then I paid on board bought back apix of the difference in money they came up with a lame excuse it has to be On Line That's not wat the commercial saids IF YOU FIND AT LOWER PRICE THEY WILL REFUND THE DIFFERENCE!!! LIKE I SAID THIS was not a good cruise Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This is my second Carnival Cruise-Legend was our first and Pride our second. Pride is a SMALL OLDER ship.Sailed out of Baltimore -we walked in and registered and walked straight on to the ship and INTO OUR suite--OUTSTANDING-no waiting ... Read More
This is my second Carnival Cruise-Legend was our first and Pride our second. Pride is a SMALL OLDER ship.Sailed out of Baltimore -we walked in and registered and walked straight on to the ship and INTO OUR suite--OUTSTANDING-no waiting anywhere, The port had their stuff together. Leaving the ship was just as easy, walked to customs and then to our car 500 feet away. Port parking---OUTSTANDING, JUST PERFECT--CLOSE AND SECURE PARKING!!! . Room service (food) was outstanding (makes the best pizza (approx. 14 inch), wings and banana splits. Breakfast (room service) was a disappointment. No hot foods for BREAKFAST ONLY, only options are toast, bagels and muffins AND COFFEE with good condiments such as jelly's and peanut butter. Coffee is good but only warm-out of 5 am services coffee was never more than luke warm. All delivery times were good, any where from 15 minutes to 1 hour (because people come back from excursions and order in). Four times the room service call would just ring 25 or more times. I guess it was because they were busy. Outside deck was nice but rust everywhere and paint all over furniture (had to have cleaned). Glass was excessively dirty. Furniture comfortable. Back to the inside, the bed was outstanding, I have a severe back issue to failed surgery and bed was outstanding. Pillow (got 2 additional for a total of 6) were great firm yet really soft. Bed cover must be down or something close to it. Very thick but really light weight. Restaurant food was outstanding, shrimp gumbo OMG, 2 guys burgers-better tan 5 GUYS burgers (in my opinion) another OMG, with a side bar or bacon, onions, hot and sweet peppers, potato sticks, mushroom, fried onions and much more. The PROBLEMS-------------DRINK PACKAGE (soda only--$7.50 per person) ALL PEOPLE IN PARTY ---MUST----PURCHASE) IS A RIP OFF. If one person in your room wants the alcohol package-EVERYONE MUST GET IT--EVEN IF YOUR WITH FAMILY AND HAVE SOMEONE 18 OR ABOVE WITH YOU--like i would want my son or daughter to have unlimited alcohol) Its not like on a larger ship where cup came with package (was IN ROOM UPON ARRIVAL)and soda dispensers were every where. BEWARE on the PRIDE-- anyone-kids included MUST GO TO THE BAR FOR SODA--YES I SAID BAR-and they MUST scan your card for every soda. We used our's 14 times in 6 days due to the inconvenience-we ended up paying $18.00 per six pack (4) we had delivered to our room so getting a drink was more convenient. It is not available at any eatery unless you request your server to get it from the bar. I asked for a refund for the last 24 hours (had 48 hours left on cruise) and "team member refused. It does say package is day to day but it also states no refunds even including what you do not use-- I advised the 'team member", in case he could not see my card was red (means you have cruised Carnival more than once) I advise him I was a VIP member and would like a refund for the non used soda plan. Still he insisted on NO REFUNDS PERIODS!!!! SHIPS CHAT PROGRAM (so you and speak to each other anywhere on the ship via your phone) -- ($5.00 per person) Team member could not even get it to work. They did refund our $10.00 (one plus for them, I hope we didn't break their bank).Since we had so many issues on this cruise I advised him I will NEVER use CARNIVAL AGAIN. Still no refund---I hope they enjoy their $15.00 extra profit. We had several other issues. I mean I will NOT RECOMMEND OR USE THEM AGAIN!!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We cruised as 2 adults and a 9 yr old. Not sure why we chose to cruise out if Baltimore. This is not a good area at all. We had cruised on 2 Norwegian ships previously without the child. The wait staff, cruise director and his staff, ... Read More
We cruised as 2 adults and a 9 yr old. Not sure why we chose to cruise out if Baltimore. This is not a good area at all. We had cruised on 2 Norwegian ships previously without the child. The wait staff, cruise director and his staff, stateroom steward and supervisor were all very good. They are the reason I am giving this ship to 2 stars instead of zero stars (if that were possible). We arrived to wet carpet in 2 places and balcony door curtain in our stateroom was wet too. I am talking WET. I called the steward line and was transferred directly to room service, hung up, called guest services, requested someone come up the next day to resolve. While we were out someone came because things were moved but no explanation as to what was being done. I called again this time getting through to a steward, not ours, they said someone will come. Nothing was done. My boyfriend went to guest services and finally the supervisor came up and put 2 fans in for the whole day to dry the carpet. Then they gave us 10 free drinks. Great. We received 2 more (total 3) letters stating the guest services wanted to resolve this after it was already resolved. The bathroom floor became flooded with every shower. Water and soap suds were coming up a drain in the bathroom floor i assume is in case any water gets on the floor from the shower. The a/c was not cooling the room. Their explanation was the rule is between 70 and 74 was sufficient. I have tell you we were sweating every night. Supervisor tried to get them to make it colder. That lasted 2 days then we were sweating again. Also, the balcony was dirty. Even after the balcony cleaning took place at port. The comedians were great. The food selection is lacking. Not enough options. Only the pizza station and ice cream shops were open at night. Pizza had a line of 15 people every late night. The swirls ice cream "shop" was an ice cream machine in a corner behind a wall. That's it. We booked this cruise by phone. We ordered faster to the fun which should get us early boarding. Come to find out they never put it on our account. They actually let us board early anyway but this should not have been necessary. We were not told there were 2 formal dining nights. We did not pack any formal clothes so had to eat buffet 2 nights. Also booked the steak house and not told of the dress code so had to cancel that too. Carnival brought the chef down to talk with my boyfriend about it. Great. They gave us a free round of drinks at our dining table. Great. The dancing/singing group was subpar. Everything they performed sounded the same. Whether it was 40s, 50s, 80s, Michael Jackson or Beyonce. All same sound. There were no special shows like on Norwegian. The piano player was putting us to sleep. On the last night our stateroom door started whistling. Air was squeezing out through the gasket and it whistled all night long. I called guest services who told me it was because the suitcases were being loaded into the cargo area and would be finished shortly. After an hour my boyfriend went back down to guest services. Someone from maintenance came up and looked and said she would check it out. No one returned until morning and said it was the gasket. My steam iron was removed from my suitcase (understandable) and a notice was placed in the suitcase in a different pocket that I never use. So I had to ask where it was and how to get it back. I found the notice on the last day. Also, on our last day we received a notice informing us of spa packages for the day before. Bottom line is there is a serious communication problem on this ship between depts and they need to overhaul many things. The ship is older and had some broken tiles but I liked the detail in the ships decor. The kids club was good except they had one night in the beauties club for the 9-11 yr olds. This club's decor is naked male and female mannequins. Why would they bring children here? I was not comfortable but the decision was made to allow her to join with her new friends. 1 elevator was broken. The ship was wobbly and many people were getting sick. We had some strong wind and rainy days so this is understandable. In a discussion with one of the kids club staff I learned this ship and all Australian made ships are wobbly regardless of the weather. I will need to do this research before booking a cruise again. A fellow cruiser bought a facial in the spa. The anethstician proceeded to tell her she has all these wrinkles etc making her feel terrible about her face all to get her to buy products and procedures. She said "it was the worst facial I ever had". Freeport bahamas is the worst excursion. This port is so run down it is scary. The port is actually fenced in. Our excursion took us beyond the fence through a slum area. It was depressing. I would be surprised if it stays a tourist port for long. Even though they attempted to make it right for us by giving us free drinks I will never cruise this ship again, possibly not Carnival at all. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I chose this cruise for convenience (location, do flight necessary, past experience). We have taken this cruise 3 other times and noticed the service going down, but still had high hopes for carnival because of our experiences with their ... Read More
I chose this cruise for convenience (location, do flight necessary, past experience). We have taken this cruise 3 other times and noticed the service going down, but still had high hopes for carnival because of our experiences with their other ships. We have traveled on the Princess and loved our trip. Some of the main points I would like others to be aware of are the new rules; they ask you when or how often you want your cabin serviced. When on a cruise I want to be pampered and freshening up my cabin should not have to be a question. One of those nights our cabin was not cleaned until 7pm. Ice in my bucket should not have to be asked for daily, but it was. Another thing you should know is that our cabin toilet leaked. The water was shooting out all over the floor. They stopped it and mopped it up, but I didn't see any bleach or extra cleaners. The ship seemed dusty and you could see a lot of dirt build up in the corners. Another of my disappointments was the dining. We asked for early seating prior to the cruise and they placed up at 8:15 dining. Who eats at 8:15 at night? We immediately went to the service desk and to the desk for dinner. The head waiter said there was nothing that he could do, he had no other seats. We would have to go to anytime dining up stairs. They knew well in advance that there were not enough seating accommodations for everyone. My question is how did they decide who got what? While we are speaking about the diner, please allow me a few minutes to talk about the service. On the first night I got something in my meal that looked like the bristle from a scrubber. I showed it to the waiter and he said, "Well, I hope you like your dinner tomorrow better." That was it, no "I'm sorry" nothing. Two days later someone at another table broke the pepper shaker. No one cleaned it up. People walked by and slipped several times. I told the waiter and one of the head staff. They continued to walk by it. The head waiter pretended to call someone on her phone but no one came. They did the staff dance while the pepper was on the floor. They serviced meals while it was on the floor. Right before we were to leave one of the head waiters came by and pushed the pile of pepper to the side with their foot. It was not cleaned up while we were there. During the morning brunch, tables were not cleaned after customers finished their meal. We sat among dirty tables that were not bused at all. This was every time we came to brunch. On the top deck the tables were not cleaned and the food areas were messy. Water was always everywhere and made it easy to slip in the dining area. Food also remained on those tables for long periods of time. The staff was not as friendly as it use to be. We were not greeted with good mornings or the likes. The Casino is completely smoking. I remember when it was non-smoking we there would be a section for the smoking people. There was no section for us. We were told the vent in the isle would pull out the smoke and the two machines by the door were none smoking. They were the old keno machines. No consideration was taken for those of us that have breathing concerns or health problems. I went to be smelling of smoke and coughing each night. This seems like reverse discrimination. The hostess told me it was because they were a small ship and that most of the other areas on the ship were none smoking. I asked her was that for the safety of the ship or its guest? Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I traveled on Carnival Pride for seven days. This was my first time cruising. I chose a cruise because I have never taking a cruise and it was my birthday trip to myself. The comedy shows and karaoke were the best thing on the ship. The ... Read More
I traveled on Carnival Pride for seven days. This was my first time cruising. I chose a cruise because I have never taking a cruise and it was my birthday trip to myself. The comedy shows and karaoke were the best thing on the ship. The ship did not offer many activities. The ship was not thoroughly cleaned as it should have been. The quality of the food was very poor. The buffet was extremely horrible.The food was very bland , overcooked and the variety was horrible. The restaurant was a little better , but not that much better.There is really not much to do on the three different Islands, if you do not plan an Excursion. Freeport was by far the worst. There was absolutely nothing to do there. My cabin was always cleaned. The staff there are truly overworked. The ship should be updated. Two days out of the 7 they woke us the guest up early by stripping the paint off the sides of the boat with very loud machines. That was extremely rude and if you want to sleep in you could not. If you wanted to use the iron and ironing board you have to literally walk half way around the ship to find it . Instead of having an iron and every cabin . Instead of offering one free portrait of when you first arrive on the ship you have to pay for everything! Be careful of all of the fees and gratuity that they charge. I advise that you check your sail card everyday, so you won't get hit with fees before you exit the ship. I will never travel on this ship ever again. For the price that we all paid, it really was not worth the money we paid. Last but not least the cruise director was absolutely fabulous. He made sure that everyone was having a good time and he put on some good shows. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
It was a cruel portend when we waked onto the ship the first day, only to be overwhelmed by the cigarette smoke. Unfortunately, this was not the last time this happened during this 7 day cruise. Bringing this problem to the attention of ... Read More
It was a cruel portend when we waked onto the ship the first day, only to be overwhelmed by the cigarette smoke. Unfortunately, this was not the last time this happened during this 7 day cruise. Bringing this problem to the attention of Guest Services and the Casino reception was a waste of everyone's time. This first experience with the cigarette smoke came after a 45 min delay getting out of the Baltimore Terminal because of apparent loss of data between the terminal and the ship, causing us and many others to have to do over our cabin-card registration and photos, all the while standing in a line because there were only 2 people doing the re registration! When we got to our cabin we had to call the attendant since there were no glasses in the room. We had the plumber in our cabin 3 times, the electrician once, 2 requests to Guest Services to get our VFIP rewards and the AC had to be adjusted, since it was not cool enough at max setting. The refrigerator in the room leaked water whenever it defrosted (1x/day). We chose not to do anything about this since that would mean we would have to be there when the repair person appeared and by this time we felt we had enough of the waiting around for repairs. When the drill was run there was a lot of confusion. Most of the people assigned to our muster station had to go through one door and each had to have their cabin key scanned by only one person. It was a agonizing and time consuming process, standing all the while. One night at dinner the menu had swordfish but what was delivered was not swordfish then I was told there was none and they substituted mahi-mahi without telling me. But the taste made it obvious that it was not swordfish!! On the last day we awoke to no water at the sink, just air until after a few minutes, then water emerged as very rusty water for about 15 minutes. A suitable ending to the week. Suggest not buying the internet since it is terribly slow. This was our fifth time on this ship and about the 20th overall cruise for us. This was our worst experience cruising. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We are from NYS so we chose this, our fourth cruise to leave from Baltimore and avoid the nonsense from the airlines. Six hour drive to the port from our house. That was a big plus. Baltimore cruise terminal was awesome at embarkation ... Read More
We are from NYS so we chose this, our fourth cruise to leave from Baltimore and avoid the nonsense from the airlines. Six hour drive to the port from our house. That was a big plus. Baltimore cruise terminal was awesome at embarkation and debarkation. Lots of parking well organized etc. We started out booked into an extended balcony, 2 adults, 2 kids, age 15 and 12. About 3 months out we got an offer to upgrade to a suite for $400. So we did that. Room was awesome. Clean, roomy etc. We got priority boarding with the suite. So we literally only took about 15 minutes to check in and up the gangway. Right to our room. Not sure the baggage lived up to the billing of fast. Other people with interior rooms across from us got their bags first. But oh well. We also bought the faster to the fun, mainly for the tendering into Princess Cay as we have been there twice and that part of a port can for lack of better term SUCK. But I will cover Princess Cay a little later. This is our second Carnival cruise and we also have 2 Princess cruises under our belt. Ports on this trip. Grand Turk, Princess Cay and Freeport. Looking back, the negatives outweighed the positives on this cruise. Cabin Steward Rattikorn was excellent. Kept room clean without disturbing things we had left out. We also purchased the CHEER package. About $850 for the cruise. This is a little bit of a scam too. You pay for all 7 days, but you might not get a drink on day one until about 4pm or later and the last day you have to be packed and out of your room by 930am. So that day is a bust. We didn't go boozing from sunup to sundown, but we still drank 107 drinks from soda and juice to Angry Orchard and mixed drinks on the 5.5 days we had to drink. So we made out ok. There is an observation we made about this as well as other aspects of the cruise that I am sure Carnival will deny. Peak times at the bars, they cut down the bar staff. Dinner times, reboarding from port times etc. One bartender. Alot of waiting for a drink. But if you want a mimosa at 8am, you usually had 2 bartenders. Sailing out of Baltimore, there may be another reason for the sailing path, but I didn't find one. They take you way, way out to sea. 15,000+ deep seas. It gets rough. Big time First day and a half, alot of queasy people. Maybe that was to cut down on food and drink consumption? Good for me, no lines and waiting during those times. Coming back to Baltimore, you hug the coast and it was alot smoother and tons more people on decks drinking and having fun. Food: We did breakfast buffet, Guys Burgers and the anytime dining. Breakfast, I usually got up early. First day I was in the lido buffet at 700am. Didn't check my fun times newsletter, got to the hot buffet and all the food was out and everyone standing around. Food was drying out under heat lamps. Wasn't opening until 730am. I didn't have to say a word, other people were complaining. When it did open, it was usually awful. Dried, nasty food. My suggestion, wait until about 830am or on hour after it opened to eat off the buffets, all three meals. This happened each time. After an hour you get fresher food. I started doing the taco bar for burritos at 730am. They were hot, fresh and awesome. You get a burrito filled with eggs, hash browns, meats etc. And top it off anyway you want. Guys burgers were excellent. I would say awesome, except one problem. Yes, another conspiracy theory. Peak times, only one line open. Reboarding from port, noon at opening etc, the second line staff would be present, but just standing there. Not allowed to serve. So longer lines, some people would not wait. Win win for Carnival, less people eating. Anytime dining. Hot and cold here. We usually got in quick. Staff worked their butts off. But you better set aside 2+ hours for dinner service. Clearly understaffed. Fresh menu choices were very well done. Chicken, steak, pork chops that were every night offerings, dried out and flavorless. Pizza open 24 hours was ok also. Again, slow service. They claim they make the pizza's fresh, but that creates long lines at 1000pm. Drinks, 2.95 for a soda, vitamin water, coffee etc. All included in CHEERS package. Angry Orchard and beers around 5.50 to 6.50. Mixed drinks 8.50 to 9.25. Ports: Grand Turk. Excellent. Did a reef snorkel and stingray swim with CHUKKA. Great staff, had a good time. You can literally never spend a dime in port if you didn't want to. Go to Margaritaville and chill out. Princess Cay. Been there twice. Awesome time, buffet lunch included, beach, reef to snorkel on. Tendering is the only drawback. However, Carnival told us some story that there was "scheduled maintenance" at the tender pier and we would be diverting to Nassau. They offered up shore excursions at no discount that would run anywhere from 200-400+ for a family of four. So we went from free to paying money if you wanted. When we arrived, they were sooooo proud of getting into port 20 minutes early, patting themselves on the back. They also announced no bling, no cash, do not stray from tourist areas. Makes you feel real comfortable. We opted for just walking in town. After being harassed by every vagrant in town and then going into Sharkees store and having an employee walk with us every single step of the way never once asking us if we needed help, but clearly that we might steal some china made bottle with sand and shells on it claiming to be from Nassau. We went back to the ship and played mini golf. Keep in mind, Carnival owns Princess Cays, so I don't buy the excuse they had some tender issue in the port. Left a bitter taste in our mouth. Couldn't get worse in the next port.....read on. Freeport. Booked a catamaran reef snorkel. 3 hours through Carnival. Boarded a bus at the ship. Windshield was smashed. I found a seat next to a fogged over frosted window from age. Black tar had obviously sealed the window and most windows before. The seat in front of me fell back and was obviously broken. So was mine. Literally laid on your back the whole 25 minutes. No A/C on the bus, the only air was from the wife and second childs seat where the window flapped and could not be secured. Could not get worse.......read on...............boarded the cat in port. Two "guides" took us out. During the safety briefing, they explained with no humor that they don't swim and are not lifeguards. At that point, just at the mouth of the harbor, the port engine started smoking bad. But the cabin had filled with smoke. I asked where the fire extinguisher was and neither guide had a clue. They made a phone call and were told to keep going on one engine. Instead of an hour sail to the reef, we got 15 minutes to the middle of the bad, dropped anchor and they had no clue how to anchor a boat either, 1 hour snorkel, thank goodness someone brought cereal for the fish or we wouldn't have seen any, then back to port. Handshake as you got off the boat and then onto the wonderful bus. Daughter needed the restroom out at sea on way back and was denied by the staff and no restrooms in the marina either. Absolute joke of an excursion. This was the first cruise I have ever experienced some, not all, but some RUDE staff. At Freeport on reboarding they only opened one gangway, so 30 minute wait to get on the ship. Security barking at everyone to keep moving, grabbing our stuff, one drops my cellphone and then blames me.......just not alot of customer service on this ship. Officers would walk by and make eye contact with you and keep right on walking, not a good morning or anything. Shows were a positive. Well done and alot of them. Two shows per night to accomodate the theater and not having to fight for a seat. Another scam was gratuities on this ship. We opted OUT of the prepaid gratuities. When you buy the CHEERS package, it automatically adds in 15%. So bar staff is taken care of. We just have dining and room steward at that point and we pay cash. So on day 5 almost $400 in charges are added to our expenses again. Guest service staff were very rude when I went to take the charges off AGAIN and ask why were they just thrown in again after I clearly took them off once. How many people miss this on their bills or are caught in the moment of vacation and say, ah who cares, and they pay it. So all in all, it was nice to get away with the family from the cold nasty northeast, but I would not recommend this ship to anyone. Carnival has gone way downhill since our last cruise and it is clear that profit is their number one concern. Read Less
Sail Date April 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
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
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
Sail Date March 2018
Carnival Pride We were taking our very first cruise and were part of a group of six adults and to celebrate my wife’s birthday.. One in our group suggested we take the Carnival Pride since he had taken it four times before and had ... Read More
Carnival Pride We were taking our very first cruise and were part of a group of six adults and to celebrate my wife’s birthday.. One in our group suggested we take the Carnival Pride since he had taken it four times before and had always had a great trip. Unfortunately we did not experience such a fine adventure. Let’s start from the beginning and we can break it down as we go. 1) Embarkation – Actually this part was pretty uneventful. We got to the dock and waited in line and were allowed to park. Before we pulled into our spot we pulled up and two guys came out and took our bags that were to be sent to our rooms. We did not ask them to do it but they were there so we let them. We had actually intended on bringing our own bags aboard and taking them off at the end of the cruise. The only odd part was that they did not work for Carnival so a tip was expected. After we parked we walked to the building where we would be processed. Once again it was pretty easy but the issue there was that ignorant people who do not want to follow rules cut in lines throughout the process and the people in charge allowed it to occur. I had a feeling it was going to be like that all through the cruise. We finally made it on board after all of passes were cleared and then had to wait for the rooms to be occupied. This seemed to be a little strange since the rooms had been vacant since 0930 AM and it was already nearly 2 PM. It gave the ship a chance for nervous sea goers to have a few drinks and spend some bucks. We finally were able to get to our rooms but our bags had not made it. Had we not carried on one bag we would have bee without many needed things and our other bags did not make it until 7 PM. When we made it to our room, we met our Stewart, Julio. He explained the room cleaning process and was very informative and kind. I needed to get a SHARPS container and we asked for robes. He got the requested items very quickly. We ventured out to check out the boat before it began to head out and found the rest of our group. We sat around and waited until the ship started on our cruise the returned to our rooms to get ready for dinner at six. Our bags were still not in the room so we went in the clothes that we boarded with. Look a bit shabby at dinner but OK I guess. Overall I would give the embarkation process a ‘B’. Could be better getting bags to rooms. 2) Rooms – Our room had a balcony on Deck #5. The room had ample space for two and had a sofa that could be pulled out for additional guests. That would have been pushing the comfort level with more people. The décor was severely out-dated and tattered. Bed clothing was old and some had obvious staining that multiple washings had not been able to remove. Some of the furnishings had staining as well. Overall not a bad room but needs to have complete décor update. ‘C’. 3) Meals – This category is pretty easy to close out with an ‘A+’. All the meals were taken care of for us and the dinners were well prepared each night. Our Head Waiter was Parno. He explained the menu each night if we had questions then promptly took our orders. He was assisted by Nyoman and one other guy that I failed to get his name. They were on top of our needs and handled everything perfectly. One of our party had a problem with Gluten and Parno brought out the menu for the next night at the end of our meal and let her check out tomorrow’s selection so she could choose early. That is good customer service. During the day we had numerous venues to choose from. Our favorites for lunch were the Pizza Bar and the Burger Bar. For breakfast we usually went through the buffet which was loaded with all types of foods. Good job here. 4) Entertainment – We found the entertainment to be adequate in most of the venues. We like the Red Frog Bar when the band, ‘Beast From The East’ played and the Ivory Piano Bar had a guy named Mark who kept us entertained with his songs and stories. We hit a few comedy performances with Diane Ford and Thea Vidale and they were hilarious. The only weak show we viewed was the ‘80’s Pop To The Max’. The singing was weak at times and the dancing was down right bad. Overall I would give the entertainment a ‘B’. It would be lower if the comedy gals had not held up. 5) Shopping – This is where it starts to go down hill. People, I think, don’t generally like high pressure but most will be nice and stand and listen to a line by a salesman. If you were unfortunate enough to wander by the shops you would get hammered to take a ticket or stop and look at this or do that for a free do dad. Enough is enough already! Keep you salesmen in the shops and let us come in and then do the sales pitch. This is a vacation cruise and not on the Home Shopping Network Boat. Give it a rest. 6) Guest Services – I know that these people working this desk get put through the ringer and if they make it a year there then they should be promoted to a very high position. But, on the other hand, for the most part they don’t seem to be able to get answers fast. They always have to ‘Check With My Supervisor’. Our problems started the first night when our bags finally made it to our room. After dinner I found our bags and opened them to begin packing things away. Inside the first bad there was a letter from security stating that they had removed some items from that bag. They removed one bottle of ‘Wine’ and one ‘Electric Fan’. It took me a minute to figure out that the ‘Electric Fan’ was in fact a white noise machine that we travel with when going to places that may have excessive noise…like cruise ships. I opened the second bag to find that they had removed one bottle of ‘Wine’. The second bag was also wet and half of my clothes inside the bag were wet as well. My Stewart was walking down the hall and I asked him to come and witness the wet items and he offered to take everything and let his boss know of the problem and they would wash the clothes and dry out the luggage. Julio saves the day. I contacted Guest Services and asked them about the removal of the items. They informed me that ‘Wine’ had to be carried on and “electric Fans’ were prohibited. I told them that I must have misunderstood the instructions of ‘Wine’ and that I had intended on bringing my luggage on with me but allowed them to be taken by the guys at the dock for convenience. I also thought they had similar rules to airlines but they want to see just how much wine comes on because it cuts into their profit if you don’t buy booze from them. Lesson learned. Secondly I asked why they too my White Noise Machine. They could not answer that and would have to get back with me. Finally I asked just how my luggage and half of my clothes could have possibly gotten wet and once again that said they had no answer. But they did say I could contact my Stewart and they would take care of the clothes and I explained that they had already started on that. The woman we were talking to seemed to get confused and repeated her sentence. No here is where I am going to bring up another issue that I am sure many people had to deal with. This ship cruises out of Baltimore, Maryland in the United States. I discovered that out of nearly 1,200 employees on that ship there were only 12 Americans. SO what you sometimes would get are ship personnel that have a hard time understanding complex questions in English. It would have been nice not to have to repeat myself so many times on board due to this issue. Seems like that would be a priority on a ship that sails primarily from the US. Anyway, back to the White Noise Machine. We checked back later in the evening and saw someone with the machine walking it back to the supervisor at Guest Services. I asked the woman at the desk about our machine and she went back to check on it. She returned stating that the machine would have to be inspected by an electrician before it could be released. So now I am getting ticked off. It was obvious that these people had no idea of what a White Noise Machine even is and now it has to be inspected like something that is going up on the space station. At that point I was so frustrated that I walked away to cool off. My wife and I retired to a bar with our friends. When we returned to the room later in the evening our White Noise Machine was in the room but did not have a note saying it was approved or we apologize…nothing. We did complain several times about the wine and got nothing in response until a few days later we also got back one bottle of ‘Wine’ was in our room. Must have felt bad about soaking my clothes. Hell of a way to celebrate the wife’s birthday. I would give Guest Services a ‘C’. 7) Pools – The ship has three pools on the 9th deck. Two are in areas that have hundreds of kids running around and eating in and out of the water. Makes for a not so pleasant time if you are planning on catching some rays and reading. There is an ‘Adult Only’ pool at the rear of that deck in an area called ‘Serenity’. This is Carnivals dismal attempt at making an area where adults traveling without children can go to enjoy the quiet. Well on this ship it isn’t happening. First, they put ‘Serenity’ in a very small area and what you get is an overloaded area with adults attempting to squeeze in. Kind of like watching birds fight for nesting spots. Next the Carnival engineers designed a water slide set-up on Deck 10 that is almost right on top of ‘Serenity’. SO ‘Serenity’ ends up being over crowded and just a kid noisy as parts of the other pool areas. No “Serenity’ here! Pool and design of ‘Serenity’ gets a ‘D’. 8) Noise Levels and Disturbances – All our past trips out of the US have been targeted at ‘Adult Only’ type resorts. This cruise proved exactly why we covet those places. After the first night, it seemed that most of the parents who had kids older than 10 just let them run around the ship and do as they please. There were two major groups that we noticed. You have the tweens, 10 to 13, who ran all over the ship screaming and yelling. They ran up and down the stairs playing modified versions of star wars or something like it. They would come around the corners and almost take you out if you weren’t careful. They also came into the bars and took over the bars that had games like Darts and Foosball. Screaming to the top of their lungs at times. The staff ignored this behavior even after the time had arrived for those under 18 were not to be in the bars. This behavior continued to escalate until the last night. The teens, on the other hand, were not as loud but did annoying things like load up on all the elevators so no one else could fit and then ride up and down the floors tying up the elevators for long periods of time. They also came into the food areas and get lots of food then play with it at the tables and then walk away. Annoying behavior and totally unnecessary. But the staff allowed it to continue unabated. The staff should have corrected this behavior and controlled the situation. ‘F’ 9) Pixels – I am not positive about who controls the group that takes photos all over the ship but I would guess that Carnival probably owns Pixels. Anyway, Pixels was, by far, the biggest pain in my butt the whole cruise. It starts when you get checked in and you’re on your way to the ship. As you turn the corner you are ambushed by Pixel people who want to take you picture in front of a ship painting. That was Ok so we posed and went on our way. Little did we know that there was going to be a Pixel person EVERYWHERE! They line up several booths every evening right where you have to walk to get to dinner and hawk for pictures to be taken. They are very good in exploiting Americans love of pictures that was programmed into our brain way back in elementary school when they sent home those pictures to buy. Now as parents, we have no choice, so it seems, but to buy pictures that these people take and put up on a wall for us to see. You know we have to buy them or they will tear them up and we can’t allow that. Man they have us figured out. They pop up when you’re on deck, when you’re eating a snack, when you’re walking with friends, and every night at dinner, right when the conversation and food was getting good, bang….Pixel Man shows up. It got so bad I was half expecting them to pop up in my toilet and take a damn picture. And was not just on the ship…..oh no. They took pictures of you walking down the gang plank, at the bottom of the gang plank where that had another person dressed in some cheesy costume to pose with and did it again when you came back to get on the ship. There was no escape from the Pixel People. A very annoying and unnecessary issue. Oh, and to top that off, it was my wife’s birthday and the ship knew about it. She was to have some discounts to celebrate. It came the day after she bought here entry picture. When we went down to ask if they could apply her free ‘Smile’ card for the picture she got they said she would have to pick another one since she had already paid for the first one. Total rip off. ‘F-‘ 10) Spa – This one is easy. The spas on the ship are a total rip-off. Over priced and the staff is not very well trained. My wife fell for one of those ‘deals’ offered on a spa tour and she said it was worthless. Cost her almost $200.00 to discover that fact. Not worth it. Oh, and to top that off, it was my wife’s birthday and the ship knew about it. She was to have some discounts to celebrate. It came the day after she went to the spa and they said she would have to take another visit to use it. Total rip off. ‘F-‘ 11) Ship Condition – This ship started its sea service in 2002 and it really shows its age. I have pictures of massive areas of rust and some that was in the booms that lower the life boats really concerned me. All over the ship you could see where repair work was made that was not up to the quality one would expect to see on a ship. The rust was one issue that was ever present. Another was how cheap they were on repairs. In one elevator they used pennies for washers to repair a section of ornamentation that had been broken off. I all of Carnivals tool boxes is there no one who has real brass washers? That is really cheap. On our balcony, one side of the safety glass must have been broken so to replace it they used Plexiglas. Flimsy Plexiglas!!! You could easily have pushed through it and if I had kids in that room I would be concerned that they could push through it as well. Then there was the soot that came down upon those of us sitting in the ‘Serenity’ area. The old ship belched up chunks of soot from time to time which provided a nice black smear on your person or clothing. Nice! Not! There were many other issues that I took photos of that I will be happy to share. Makes you wonder what they do with all the money they make on Pixels! Anyway, this ship needs a complete revamp or just scrap her. She is old, outdated and lacks the basic needs for modern travelers. ‘D’ 12) Annoyances – I ma not the only one to have noticed that some things on this ship were completely annoying. First was the Cruise Director Saffron. Her voice became a major irritant on about Day 2. Almost like nails going across a chalkboard. Especially the way she signed off each day with that annoying ‘Bye byeeeeeee’. I thought my ears were going to bleed. Change the announcing around to different people and have some variety. Then there was ‘Yes Jess’. Now I can’t speak for everyone else but being treated like a third grader is not my idea of having fun and repeating ‘Yes Jess’ after all her juvenile questions is demeaning. Give it a break Jess! ‘F’ 13) Overall – I would have to say that this was a total eye opening experience. I would liken it to a trip to the local Wal-mart where you see people walking around in their pajamas with robes, annoying people talking endlessly in the checkout lines and other people running over your feet in motorized scooters. All this while at the same time they allow their kids to run amuck and create a panic in the toy isle. Yep, Carnival Pride, the Wal-mart of the Carnival fleet. That best describes it I think! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Because we needed out of the cold winter the Bahamas sounded great, first of all the ship was delayed by 5 hours we were put in what they called a comfort station which was nothing more than a fema trailer with hard chairs and nothing ... Read More
Because we needed out of the cold winter the Bahamas sounded great, first of all the ship was delayed by 5 hours we were put in what they called a comfort station which was nothing more than a fema trailer with hard chairs and nothing else..port a Johns were outside in a different trailer, so our beautiful vacation now was delayed by 9 hours..( by the time our our ship sailed.) We did NOT get to stop at the most important port which was the princess cay island .instead we got to stop to cape canaval.florida.which it was quiet cool.we made so many turns on this ship.. It became very very rocky and made the strongest of us ill.. this actually became a nightmare cruise..not happy at all.. I am not even sure we will be sailing Carnival again.. finally when we got to Bahamas our time on shore was cut short. Then the trip back was so fast back to cold weather .so our 7 day cruise was all cold except the 2 days we actually was ported in Bahamas.very dissapointed. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Our steward was very attentive and our room and bathroom were very wheel chair accommodating. Our extended balcony was lovely, but it was not accessible for my husband who is in a wheelchair. That was a huge disappointment! None of the ... Read More
Our steward was very attentive and our room and bathroom were very wheel chair accommodating. Our extended balcony was lovely, but it was not accessible for my husband who is in a wheelchair. That was a huge disappointment! None of the pools or hot tubs were ADA compliant and there were very few handicap bathrooms. If our friends had not joined us on this cruise, my hubby would have really been bored. The food was good, and the dining room entertainment was lots of fun...especially Ken's singing. We thought the other groups were mostly just noisy and not great. The lines at the guest services were always long, and they were apologetic in denying any requests we made:-( Leaving out of Baltimore was convenient for us, but the embarkation process was CRAZY!! We rented a wheelchair from Special Needs Group wheels at Sea so I wouldn't have to transfer my hubby's big wheelchair all around. The foot rest wouldn't stay up when not in use so it was a big nuisance. I will NOT use them again. This was our 1st cruise since my husband's stroke so I was apprehensive about the accommodations. Carnival Pride is not for wheelchair people so look for another cruise ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
My sister and I sailed on the Pride in Dec 2015 to determine if this ship would be right for a 50th wedding anniversary celebration. We were impressed with leaving from Baltimore and with the service on board. This cruise was ... Read More
My sister and I sailed on the Pride in Dec 2015 to determine if this ship would be right for a 50th wedding anniversary celebration. We were impressed with leaving from Baltimore and with the service on board. This cruise was disappointing. Service standards seem to have fallen. There was little or no communication between service departments and between supervisors and workers. A private party we had planned at great expense was coordinated badly. Especially disappointing was the failure of the photographer to show up even tho' we had ordered those services ahead of time and had checked with the Photography department on board the day of the party. The food all over the ship was of the quality of a Golden Buffet. David's steakhouse was waaaay overpriced. The steaks were tough and not flavorful. We had organized a party of 32 people, many of whom had never cruised before. We were embarrassed that we chose Carnival Pride for our group. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
First and foremost, the cabin stewards and dining staff were outstanding, professional and hardworking.and the ship kept meticulously clean. The food was average. The ship is older and showing signs of age in places and had noticeable ... Read More
First and foremost, the cabin stewards and dining staff were outstanding, professional and hardworking.and the ship kept meticulously clean. The food was average. The ship is older and showing signs of age in places and had noticeable vibration from propulsion or the propeller. The comedy entertainment was excellent, but the singers/dancers mediocre. We chose the beach excursions and all were fine and met or exceeded expectations. Disembarkation was the slowest of any ship we've been on. I was very disappointed in that we were on board during the solar eclipse, and though the ship eagerly sold eclipse glasses at a hefty profit, made no apparent effort to speed up a few knots and to get us any closer to seeing the total eclipse. On the the return leg though, the ship easily made the required speed going 5 - 6 knots faster. In general, it seemed the Captain and senior crew were well insulated, if not disinterested in the passengers, and interacted only briefly during mandated appearances such as meet the crew and disembarkation. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
This is our second time on the Carnival Pride - we took this ship five years ago on a different itinerary before some of the additions were made. We liked the Guy Fieri Burgers and the Mexican additions. We all found the food to be quite ... Read More
This is our second time on the Carnival Pride - we took this ship five years ago on a different itinerary before some of the additions were made. We liked the Guy Fieri Burgers and the Mexican additions. We all found the food to be quite good - the ship is very well staffed and all crew members in the dining room and throughout the ship were very friendly. My daughter very much enjoyed the camp - the staff was friendly and they had plenty of activities to keep her busy (she is 9). The guest services desk is ALWAYS crowded and understaffed. We had to wait in line for over an hour to get a key to our children's cabin. Additionally, some of the people who work there couldn't assist with information requested. Maxine, the manager, was very helpful. Issue and Warning - DO NOT GO TO THE SPA!!! The manager is pushy and rude and the services are RIDICULOUSLY overpriced and not worth it. On the first day of our cruise I won in a raffle a 50 dollar gift certificate to the spa. When I went to book a pedicure, I found out you could only apply it on port days AND it had to be on a signature service. The most inexpensive service was 150 dollars, so I still had to spend 100 plus tip. I decided on a facial. It was awful - 35 minutes of rubbing lotions on my face - what a dissapointment - no massage and minimal service. When the spa manager asked how I liked my facial, I said it was OK - she further inquired and I told her I didn't think it was worth the cost. She was livid and defensive. When I left I decided to tell guest services about the situation and the way the spa manager spoke to me. I received 3 chocolate covered strawberries and a "I'm sorry if you thought I was rude note." They offered to give me another service, but as this was the last day of the cruise and I was so appalled by the experience I had, I declined. We were all a bit disappointed by the entertainment - the 2 shows we saw were only 30 minutes in length, and after being on Royal Caribbean ships and Celebrity Ships, it is obvious that the quality of the shows were not at the level of other ships we have been on. Overall, we had a nice time, but going forward we will likely not take this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
First the port - Baltimore - It was very easy to get to and they even unload your car for you. Very Nice. The Pride - This is an OLD ship. It needs some serious refurbishing. It does not flow well and there seems to be a lot of wasted ... Read More
First the port - Baltimore - It was very easy to get to and they even unload your car for you. Very Nice. The Pride - This is an OLD ship. It needs some serious refurbishing. It does not flow well and there seems to be a lot of wasted space that no one ever uses on the lower decks. Also, the stabilizers do not seem to work well on this boat, I have been on many cruises and never realized that the boat is moving - You will with this boat. Also, they are doing maintenance (funnovation) so half the lido deck was closed and only one bar was working which meant long waits for that 7 dollar beer. Our cabin - The cabin was dated but functional. Upon entering the room I went out on the balcony to enjoy the view only to see that the entire roof above us had been ripped off and we got to look at exposed insulation and wires on our wonderful cruise. Food - For some reason they shut down the buffets at 230 and there is only Pizza and burgers available until 6pm. The food in the main dining room is ok, but not up to par with fine restaraunts. One night my entree arrived about 15 seconds after my appetizer. And they upcharge for all kinds of things. Entertainment - The shows are OK, but nowhere near broadway quality. It was much more like a college show. Also, the comedy club is neat but so crowded they have people lined up against the wall standing. Excursions - We had fun - the ports are nice but be careful. If you get the cheers package (I didnt) you cant use it on half moon cay, and they have limits on the drinks (no doubles). Grand turk has the potential to be a beautiful island but they just dont take care of it - if you stray from the beach port you will see what I mean. We did the ultimate land and sea adventure which shows riding horses on the beach - what you really do is ride them across the street and the concrete paving of an abandoned oil storage area and then down a trail near the beach (not on the beach). Half moon cay is beautiful but there is a lot of walking and good luck getting a cabana. Debarkation - This took forever - we waited 3 hours to get off the boat and for some strange reason they hid all the food -they shut everyting down and you could not even get a box of cereal to snack on while you waited. Value - This is where I have the most trouble with this cruise. We did another line last year and it was great. Carnival wanted to nickel and dime me for absolutely everything. I paid over 6 grand just for the cruise (and another 2500 for on board expenses) and they are just constantly sapping money out of you. Upcharges at dinner. Room service you can choose from a tuna fish sandwich or upcharge for fries or wings. But, and this may seem petty, the one that pissed me off the most was that they wanted to charge me for PRETZELS at the sports bar to go with my 7 dollar beer. I can go to a dive bar in Philly and get 1 buck beers and they give me free pretzels. RIDICULOUS. Bottom line - This was not my first cruise with Carnival but it will be my LAST. Honestly if I had not cruised other lines and knew how good a cruise could me this would have soured me towards ever trying again. If your smart look around there are better lines with better value and better service and better boats. I wont name them but do your research. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
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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