Sail Date: July 2019
We chose Carnival Pride because the departure city of Baltimore is about an hour away, so no airfare required. Drove to the harbor and had to wait maybe 20 minutes for luggage drop-off and parking. Check-in went quickly at our appointed ... Read More
We chose Carnival Pride because the departure city of Baltimore is about an hour away, so no airfare required. Drove to the harbor and had to wait maybe 20 minutes for luggage drop-off and parking. Check-in went quickly at our appointed time. The walk up the gangplank is a bit of a hike if you're out of shape and lugging much carry-on. We splurged on this cruise because we were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary, and were really happy with our Grand Suite, except the lack of outlets. See below for cabin review. But I will add that we LOVED having a nice big balcony, so there was no need to compete for space around the pools, all of which were extremely crowded, including the Serenity area. If I had wanted to be in the pools, I would have found that very annoying. Dinner every night was in the main dining room, where we took the late seating. Initially assigned to a table for 4, our dining partners moved to a table with a window, so we had the table to ourselves all week - yay! Wait staff was friendly and efficient, and brought us a special little dessert for our anniversary. Once hubby found out he could pick and choose entrees and sides, have dessert as an appetizer and take another dessert back to the cabin to eat later, he was a happy camper! I enjoyed sampling the more adventurous options - but overdid it at the start of the week and by the end of the week was keeping it simpler. I was a little disappointed that a number of guests did not comply with the dining room dress codes at all, even on the formal nights (a few wearing shorts, t-shirt, and baseball cap). I appreciate that the ship doesn't want to be clothing police, but it would be nice if people understand that it brings the experience down for other diners if they're dressed like they went to McDonalds. At least a polo shirt and slacks would have been a decent compromise (even though that's technically what's expected the rest of the week at dinner, right?) We mostly enjoyed our cabin, balcony, and casino. Line dancing on Lido deck was fun. Dr. Dre was outstanding as cruise director - so much energy and humor! But we didn't really partake of other entertainment or activities this time around - just wanted relaxation. Port #1 - Grand Turk: Excursion Deep Sea/Reef Fishing - We had a blast. Six cruisers on the boat, and we caught 3 baracuda! Had the option to stop trolling and go bottom fishing to catch more, but we were all having fun so we kept trolling for the big guys! Port #2 - Half Moon Cay: No excursion. Rented snorkel and enjoyed a little self-guided exploration. Port #3 - Freeport: Excursion - Ocean Swim with Dolphins! YES! This was so much fun - I highly recommend, even though it's pricey. It was a bucket list item. Swimming in the lagoon would be better for people not comfortable swimming in deep ocean with fins. Back on the ship - our steward Farry was really nice, and did a great job taking care of us. We asked for ice twice a day, and there it was! We blew up an extension cord (oops) and he got a replacement. Very efficient and thoughtful. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We choose this cruise since it was leaving from Baltimore, which is only 3 hours from our home and we wanted one that went over Spring break Our Steward, Rowena, was wonderful and had such a sweet personality. She was so very responsive to ... Read More
We choose this cruise since it was leaving from Baltimore, which is only 3 hours from our home and we wanted one that went over Spring break Our Steward, Rowena, was wonderful and had such a sweet personality. She was so very responsive to our every concern. We were in room 6246 and 6252 on the Carnival Pride the week of 3/31 to 4/7/19. The ship was very clean and everyone was very helpful both times we went to Guest Services. The food was delicious and my grandson ate more than he needed to from the Pizza shop and Guys pizza. He was a little better with the ice cream but not by far. We also went to the clinic for help with sea sickness and they sold us pills for $1 for two of them and they worked wonders on my daughter. Dramamine was not helping her or her wrist patches. It was very rough. The dining room service was exceptional. I am allergic to MSG and they gave us the menu for the following day so that I could place my order and they would ensure that it was MSG free. Our head waiter, Oliver, took great care of all of us and just had a delightful personality. Dr. E was such a joy. He was so funny and so energenic and talented. The dance and singing group was excellent. The male lead was so convincing as the nerd that he played that I laughted all the way through it. We enjoyed all of the ports. I was glad that it was highly suggested that we take an excursion in Freeport so we took the Garden and shopping tour. The garden was very lovely and we enjoyed it a lot. My daughter and grandkids went on the Dolphin Encounter and loved it. In Half Moon Cay, we enjoyed the barbeque and the beach and in Grand turk, we stayed on the beach and shopped in the stores. We bought smoothies in the smoothie shop and my Grandson thought it was the best he ever had and I would highly recommend them, too. I believe it was one of the first few weeks for the crafts activities. As far as I noticed, there was only one activity. It was a travel journal notebook and you were to place stickers on it. It was obvious that this was new to everyone involved but the stickers did not stay in place on the notebook. They really needed to have glue guns or additional glue. It was obvious that noone had ever tried to put these together. A lot of people showed up for the activity and the person had to go back and get more supplies. The area that was used for the activity was just an open seating area. Additional tables to work on the craft would have been helpful. I hope to get to cruise on the Carnival Pride again or somewhere else out of Baltimore, Bermuda or the NorthEast. I would definitely love to do this again. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
I chose this cruise because I live in MD and it was easy to get to port. Took my mother for a girls trip to relax and get away from the snow. The ship just had its upgrade to add Guys Burgers etc. The food was good in the dinning room, ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I live in MD and it was easy to get to port. Took my mother for a girls trip to relax and get away from the snow. The ship just had its upgrade to add Guys Burgers etc. The food was good in the dinning room, great in the steakhouse, and average in the buffet. Service was great, we loved our serving team in the main dinning room (Gabriel, Eko, and Braz). I recommend them if you have the My Time Dinning. The ship was clean and all staff was very nice. If you are looking for a trip with teens or pre-teens I suggest a newer ship. The Pride is limited for activities (unlike the Horizon and Sunshine). They have the normal stuff; pools, water slides, ping pong, basket ball etc but thats about it. For us it was great for relaxing on the lido deck and Serenity area. Shows are great, comedians were great (my face hurt i was laughing so much). Over all a good ship. Oh and Dr E is awesome. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
My family and I had a great cruise on the Carnival Pride from 2/24-3/3. I felt that the overall experience was very good, from the dining room food to the service of the staff as well as the entertainment provided each night. It was a ... Read More
My family and I had a great cruise on the Carnival Pride from 2/24-3/3. I felt that the overall experience was very good, from the dining room food to the service of the staff as well as the entertainment provided each night. It was a memorable vacation and I will definitely use Carnival to cruise in the future. What I really liked: The ship itself is nice. It is older but looks good for its age. There is variety in the activities they offer and lots of opportunities to shop and have a good time. Dining room food variety from breakfast to dinner was very good. I really didn't eat lunch. The waiters and staff service in the bars and all over from everyone I was in contact with was great. All very friendly and accomodating. Entertainment was good to excellent. Shows in the Taj Mahal theater were good quality. My son enjoyed Hasbro the Game Show, I liked the 80's show. Cheesy, sure, but in a good way. My husband and I LOVED the band, IN THE GROOVE, in the Red Frog Pub. They were amazing and a highlight of the trip. Make sure you check them out. What was ok: Our stateroom was pretty crowded for 4 people. I would definitely book 2 rooms next time. The trip itinarary was ok. I have been to Nassau a few times, just ok. Not much to do but shop and eat. I like Atlantis but most of it is not accessible to people who are not guests or are not willing to pay ALOT to do stuff there. Freeport is a wasted port IMO ,not much to do there but shop or drink. You need some sort of shore excursion here or else why bother getting off the ship here. Princess Cay is beautiful, a must see. Very well kept and very picturesque. My daughter went snorkeling on her own and she loved it,saw lots of fish. What bothered me: The casino is very smoky. I could not spend that much time there as it is overwhelming. Not sure how to change this but make it non-smoking. WIFI signal is not good. Alot of interrupted service or none at all. We paid for the social media plan and it was not a good value for the money. No tv variety in the stateroom. It is pretty bad, just a few options according to my kids. I did not watch tv. The kids activities for ages 11-15 are not great, almost nonexistent. My kids were disappointed in this, although my son enjoyed the newly renovated arcade. All in all, I would cruise the Pride again if only for the convenience of being able to go out of Baltimore. I will probably choose another ship for a new itinarary but if you haven't done the Bahamas cruise yet the Pride is a great choice. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Embarkation and disembarkation were organized and fast. There were so many check points at embarkation but it was fast considering the amount of people boarding. The ship was not the new mega ships but I knew that coming in. The cabin was ... Read More
Embarkation and disembarkation were organized and fast. There were so many check points at embarkation but it was fast considering the amount of people boarding. The ship was not the new mega ships but I knew that coming in. The cabin was always clean and the bed was very comfortable. I love the interior cabin with the obstructed window. It was an affortable price and I could still see the ocean. The food at the main dining was great from breakfast to dinner. At the buffet, chopstix had good food during lunch but they did not change their menu often. The buffet was lacking options during dinner (pizza, deli, salad stations) so I just stuck to the main dining. There were so many entertainments and activities I always had something to do from shopping, bingo, comedy club, performances and lip sync battle. The staff were so friendly and worked extremely hard. My cabin steward and dining room waitress always smiled and asked about my day. Princess Cays was a private island so the chairs and food were included. The water was peaceful but there were some rocks in the ocean. After you pass the rocks, you are ok. I have been to Nassau before so instead of the island tour, I spent a day at aquaventure in Atlantis. The streets and straw markets near the Nassau port were busy with people and fun. Freeport was ok. The port had straw markets and shipping cargo. I took a taxi to Port Lucaya which had more straw markets. I did find the public beach across there and it was calm and beautiful. Not many people were there. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
This last cruise was my 6th with Carnival and my 2nd time on the Pride. I was last on the Pride 10 years ago and was pleasantly surprised by a lot of refurbishments and additions they've made since then. This class of ship is the 2nd ... Read More
This last cruise was my 6th with Carnival and my 2nd time on the Pride. I was last on the Pride 10 years ago and was pleasantly surprised by a lot of refurbishments and additions they've made since then. This class of ship is the 2nd smallest in Carnival's fleet, but with all the facilities it has, you aren't missing out on much that the bigger ships have except for the crowds. In fact, on all my time on the boat, the only time it felt crowded was during debarking. The ship itself is clean and in good order. Ours was the last cruise before a dry dock for some repair and refurbishments, but it was still in good condition except for some chipped paint, worn vinyl seats, etc. I loved that the Pride has 3 good sized pools, one being in the adults only Serenity area. They also have one hot tub in the adults only area, one by a general pool and one large one in the fitness center. Speaking of the Serenity area, it was my first time on a ship with one and I really liked it. It's a kid free area with higher quality loungers, hammocks, cabanas. It felt very secluded and relaxed. They have 2 water slides, one a bomb door style slide where the floor drops beneath you and one twisty slide, as well as a small splash area for the kids. It was a good time for kids and adults alike. One of the pools has retractable glass ceiling for in-climate weather, but it was broken on my cruise unfortunately. In terms of dining, you have a lot of choices for casual dining but not a lot for formal. Newer additions are Guys Burgers, which really are amazing; the updated Carnival Deli with made to order sandwiches that tasted delicious; and Blue Iguana for Chipotle style burritos. They have all the standard buffet fare as well. For dinner, I always went to the Main Dining Room as the food was always good and service was fun and friendly. You could go to David's Steakhouse for an extra $35 but unless you had a special occasion, it wasn't really necessary. The ship also added a Bonsai Sushi as an extra option you could pay for, but the prices were too high for lunch and I prefer the main dining room for dinner. The nice thing was, you could easily eat on the ship the whole time without paying extra and you wouldn't feel like you missed out on anything. The staff on the Pride was top notch for the most part. Room stewards and waiters always greeted you by name, made polite conversation and smiled. Bartenders were a bit more hit and miss; none were rude but some were clearly more excited to be there than others. The cruise director and "Fun Team" were friendly and generally made the cruise a lot more fun. The one complaint I really had about the ship was the Casino. It's on the smaller side and FILLED with smoke. Even on boarding (when the casino was closed for 12 hours), it wreaked of smoke. While I don't normally mind a little smoke, it was impossible to walk through there without getting covered in it for the rest of the day. This was much worse than the last time I was on the ship, but this was also a winter cruise so smokers really had no where else to go. I do wish they invested in a better filtration system or something. If you're new to cruising or like a smaller ship, the Pride is a solid option. If you want things like a Ropes Course, Rock Climbing Wall, or stuff like that, I'd suggest a bigger ship, but the Pride is intimate and yet still filled with stuff to do. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
My husband and I (ages 56 and 61) chose this cruise to have a a mid-winter vacation. Baltimore is only a three hour drive from our home in central PA. The timing was great because we missed the Polar Vortex. We arrived at the port during ... Read More
My husband and I (ages 56 and 61) chose this cruise to have a a mid-winter vacation. Baltimore is only a three hour drive from our home in central PA. The timing was great because we missed the Polar Vortex. We arrived at the port during our scheduled time. Parking was easy and close. Costs $15 a day which we paid on the way in. There was no wait for embarkation.We each brought a bottle of wine in our carry-on bags. Our cabin was clean when we arrived and Natan did a good job cleaning it all week. He made a different towel animal each day. There was a small refrigerator for the wine and food storage. TV worked okay. We had a balcony which we used a few times. Sunsets in the Bahamas were beautiful. There was rust on the balcony. We went to the late shows of Playlist Productions. The performers were good, especially Patrick. Our favorite was "88 Keys". The format for "Heart of Soul" had to be changed because of rough seas. We actually liked this format better because they concentrated on the singing but the show was short. During the other shows there were too many light effects, which bothered our eyes. We tried sitting a couple of different places but still had to shield or close our eyes at times. We saw 4 PG rated comedy shows. The first two were bad, they were not funny. The second two comedians were good. We played a couple of the trivia games and they were fun. We had early dining in Normandie and ate in there every night. We had six people assigned to our table. We got along well with our table mates. Our waiters were good and friendly. They learned our names and preferences in a couple of days. The food was very good. My favorite main dish was the prime rib. We had a couple of the port specialties and liked them. Other standouts were the chocolate melting cake (hubby had it 3 times), smores parfait, and cheesecake. We were supposed to go to Princess Cays but couldn't because of a fire so we went to Half Moon Cay. Not disappointed because it was beautiful. Sand was soft and clean. We did not do an excursion. The water was cool and took a while to get used to. But the air was warm so we went back and forth between beach and water. The buffet was not as good as in the past but Carnival was serving 2 ships and that was not originally planned. Service was disorganized. In Nassau we took the Balmoral Island Beach Escape with Lunch excursion. We took a 30 minute boat ride to beautiful Balmoral Island. The sand had a nice, soft texture. There was seaweed in the water but there was a man who cleaned it up when it came ashore. The air was comfortable but the water was kind of cold. Chaise lounges and umbrellas were set up. We could select from several choices for lunch from the menu at the restaurant. Barbecue pork was good. The rum and Coke was strong. On the way back the first mate talked about the sights (including Sandals and Atlantis) and some history of the area. In Freeport we took the Best of Grand Bahama & All Inclusive Beach excursion. This is not the excursion to take if you want to spend a long time at the beach. We enjoyed it. We went to a couple of shopping places that included local craftspeople, a nature center, and Taino Beach. Our driver and host, Warren G and Keno, were fun and informative. The beach itself looked beautiful but it was too windy to do anything but walk. We had about an hour and 15 minutes there. The lunch and drink that were included were good. The Pride is in dry dock now and I think renovation will be good for her. Overall, the cruise was enjoyable but I don't think we would cruise at this time of year again. The sea is too cold. The Pride was like an icebreaker on Sunday. But we would cruise on the Pride or another Carnival ship in the spring or fall. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
My wife, 4.5-year-old son, and I joined our neighbors and their two boys (almost 5 and 3) and had an enjoyable cruise to the Bahamas from Baltimore on board the Carnival Pride from 30 December 2018 to 6 January 2019. In keeping with my ... Read More
My wife, 4.5-year-old son, and I joined our neighbors and their two boys (almost 5 and 3) and had an enjoyable cruise to the Bahamas from Baltimore on board the Carnival Pride from 30 December 2018 to 6 January 2019. In keeping with my TripAdvisor review style, I offer the following feedback: Home Port (Baltimore). The port is easily assessable from I-95, making it a great airfare-free cruise destination for many cities around Baltimore. Parking and boarding were relatively painless, and everyone was very pleasant at embarkation and disembarkation (although we arrived back in Baltimore 1.5 hours late due to choppier-than-normal seas). Customer Service allowed us to disembark early because of our neighbor’s foot problem, and that saved us a bunch of headaches and time—kudos, Carnival! Port of Call #1 – Princess Cays (0800 to 1700 hours). Carnival’s private island—and extension of the ship—was fun and just a short boat ride from the Pride. The beach was clean, the snorkeling area was clear and fish-filled, and the buffet lunch was adequate. Princess Cays also has a satisfactory play area with a small pool that was a big hit with the boys after a gratifying time at the beach swimming and building sand castles. Port of Call #2 – Nassau (0800 to 1700 hours). We and our neighbors walked about 25 minutes to and from Junkanoo Beach for a fun, free day of sun, sand, and snorkeling. The public beach is a tad rocky but clean, the snorkeling around the old concrete piers is surprisingly full of fish, and the shops and restaurants that one passes are plentiful and sensibly priced. Port of Call #3 – Freeport (0700 to 1330 hours). Like most people, my wife and I booked a Carnival excursion for Freeport as the only thing near the port is a shopping area. The snorkeling was a relative bust, but the captain and fellow guests were amusing. Our neighbors booked a more expensive ATV/beach time excursion, and they had a great time. As both our excursions had a minimum age requirement, we and our neighbors left our boys at the ship’s free Camp Ocean (Kids Camp) during our outings. Cabin. Our extended balcony cabin (5th deck, mid-ship) was a tad tight, and my wife said we’ll need to pay extra for a junior suite on our next cruise. Still, the friendly maids did an excellent job cleaning it during breakfast and dinner, and they always greeted us using our first names. The beds were comfortable, but the TV channels were rather limited. Kids Camp. Our son seemed to enjoy his time at Camp Ocean as he usually had his neighbor friends with him, and we relished the many opportunities for alone time. Our neighbors, however, had an issue with one of the staff members who gave them a hard time about their 3-year old’s behavior. Our neighbor complained, and Management quickly had the employee write a hand-written apology. Places to Eat on the Ship. One will never go hungry on a Carnival ship. (1) The Dr. Seuss Breakfast on the last sea day was one of the highlights of the trip as the boys got to eat cool-looking chow and meet/take pictures with all their favorite Dr. Seuss characters. For $5 per person, it was a bargain, and we highly recommend it. (2) As for buffet/take away, the pizza place is great and always open. (3) The burrito/taco and Chinese places are top notch and always a sought-after selection of the guests. (4) The sushi place is not free, but the prices and food are fantastic. (5) The other buffet places rotate their menus, and everything is hit or miss depending on one’s taste. (6) As for the main sit down, a la carte restaurant, the mass quantities of hit or miss chow was a treat—always served by friendly, entertaining, and professional waiters. (7) The fancy sit down restaurant is not free so we did not go. Things to Do on the Ship. There is always something to do on the “Fun Ships,” and the Pride’s cruise director, Dr. E, was constantly on the intercom informing guests of what was soon to happen. (1) The shows at the main theatre were well-done, the comedy shows were always funny, and the other entertainment around the ship was top notch. (2) The casino was always bustling with guests trying to hit it big, and the dealers and staff were friendly and professional. (3) The pools were an option while we were near the islands, but they were understandably too cold up north. (4) The hot tubs were OK but almost always filled with other guests. Note, as expected, the adult pool and hot tub were less crowded and more relaxing. (5) The water slides were entertaining—my son went down the easier yellow slide once and stayed away from the heart-stopping green slide his Papa loved. (6) We did not pay for any spa services, but it looked well-run and nice. (7) The gym was clean and stocked with plenty of nice treadmills, weight machines, etc. (8) The nightly activities at the bars and pools were great for the grown-ups, and everyone looked like they had a great time. (9) There was also ping pong and corn hole, and the guests seemed to enjoy them, too. (10) Our neighbors said the mini-golf was not all that, and that could be why we never saw anyone playing. Tips. (1) Save money and visit Junkanoo Beach in Nassau. (2) Pay the extra money for a suite if possible. (3) Book the Dr. Seuss Breakfast. (4) Be ready to stand in line for chow during peak periods. (5) Take advantage of Camp Ocean and the adult’s only swimming pool/hot tub. (6) Exercise every day to avoid gaining weight on the food-filled fun ship. (7) Download the Carnival Hub app before cruising to keep up with what’s happening once underway. (8) Consider the useful $5 onboard chat app, but remember it may go down several times. (9) Don’t expect much from the “value” internet—the mid-level plan—as it is rather slow, but it did allow daily uploads of pictures to Facebook. (10) Remember the cabin TV has ESPN (channel 10) when one turns on the TV. However, if one changes the channel and tries to go back to channel 10, it will be unavailable. Solution? Turn the TV off and on, and—voilà—ESPN. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
This was our 4th time sailing the Pride, but the first time since they renovated and added the new water slides etc. From past experience and having sailed Disney, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean (15 in total) we had realistic expectations ... Read More
This was our 4th time sailing the Pride, but the first time since they renovated and added the new water slides etc. From past experience and having sailed Disney, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean (15 in total) we had realistic expectations for this cruise and walked away feeling relaxed, happy and that we made the right decision. Traveling with 4 kids under the age of 13 can get expensive so we enjoy saving a bit of $ by driving to the port. Our home is in the Toronto area so it took us about 10hrs to get to Baltimore, although we stayed one night in York, PA (about an hour away from cruise terminal) as the first year we parked our car at a hotel in downtown Baltimore and came back from our cruise to find our car window smashed. Needless to say, we learned our lesson! In general, the food was really great, we mostly ate in the Windjammer and only in the dining room twice (on both formal nights), the shows were okay, the welcome aboard show was pretty bad and the first night of their dancers/singers production was pretty inappropriate for kids, they should definitely either cut this entirely out or put towards the end of the cruise - as rest of shows were more "appropriate". Kids enjoyed the ammenities on the ship, they probably went on Green thunder about 50x and played mini golf at least a dozen times. Only one hot tub kids could use, miss the days there were at leats 3. Ports were fine, we were happy to stop at Princess Cay although they really should do something about rocks in the water - so dangerous and painful. Water shoes are a must (and not just crocs). And even with water shoes the waves basically bang your legs into big rocks hidden in the water right by shore. Camp Carnival was not great for us on the ship, the Camp Councillors seemed bored, disinterested in the kids and on both port days I brought my kids they sat on the floor locked on their cell phones. Not at all fun, dynamic and interactive as our past 3 experiences on this ship. Activities that were schedule like sand art did not happen, which was a disappointment for my kids who planned their day around this. Finally debarkation was a mess. The ship arrived into port late and we were told to leave the room by 8:40 or something like that when they expected us to start leaving the ship around 11:30. This made for a long and late drive home for the kids and them missing Monday morning of school as they were so tired. For this reason alone (late arrival into port) we will likely choose another cruise for next New Years. But all in all, we enjoyed the ship again and will consider it again in the future if we got a really good deal. We just booked Harmony of the Seas this summer!!! Happy sailing! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Within 20 minutes of our home. Second time on the Pride, and we had fun. Wind prevented our last port, Freeport, otherwise, all went well. Best time was the full day in Nassau at the Atlantis, doing everything they offered, aquarium, ... Read More
Within 20 minutes of our home. Second time on the Pride, and we had fun. Wind prevented our last port, Freeport, otherwise, all went well. Best time was the full day in Nassau at the Atlantis, doing everything they offered, aquarium, slides etc. Our waiters in the restaurant were terrific, Hari, Rommell, Ague. We had our table moved from rear to front and Matre de was very helpful. Ship has shown some wear, but that was expected. We knew going in it was about to go to dry dock for some upgrades but it was fine. Dr E, cruise director who we had on, I believe, the Magic was great as always. It was the week before Christmas and festivities and decorations. The show which included the kids from the cruise on stage, was really well done and fun. Entertainment was not very good surprisingly, since the shows were normally better in our other cruises. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
I chose this cruise because I recently moved close to the port and so many individuals have expressed their love of the ship. I took my father, husband and three children on this cruise and it was our first cruise out of a cold port. We ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I recently moved close to the port and so many individuals have expressed their love of the ship. I took my father, husband and three children on this cruise and it was our first cruise out of a cold port. We expected some cold weather but not most of the days to be cold but that couldn't be helped by Carnival. The staff to embark was excellent and provided one of the best services we have ever experienced, kudos to the Baltimore port. We would on a balcony cabin on the 7th floor, it was quiet windy and the door to the balcony wouldn't shut all the way, however, they rig it to shut most of the way where we couldn't hear much wind coming in from it, although there was coldness that came through the cracks. The ship definitely needs repairs. We indulged in the steakhouse the first two nights and the service and food was excellent, except they didn't seem to have any drinks to serve you that wasn't wine or a martini, no full bar service. When we retreated to the dining room for the remainder of the cruise, the service was equally excellent and even more accommodating and professional with a full bar service. The entertainment and activities were similar to other carnival cruises, enjoyment and well played out for all ages. The shore excursions seemed a bit pricey for the Bahamas ports, more so than the last time I went to those islands so we opted out of paying those prices and just did our own thing. Princess Cays is operated by Carnival so you don't need an excursion there if all you want to do is rent a cabana or just sit on the beach in those blue chairs. NOTE: Buy snorkeling gear at home to bring or on the ship, ANYTHING is cheaper than renting or buying them on the island. The children enjoyed the cruise, however, my ten year old twins weren't impressed with the kids club for their age, there was not a lot of good activities for them. I would go on the pride again for the excellent port of service and the staff on board but to another location. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
See photos from this cruise and many of our other cruises, including scans of the menus and daily schedules, at the link on our CruiseCritic profile: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/profile/35108-jgnova/ We decided to take advantage ... Read More
See photos from this cruise and many of our other cruises, including scans of the menus and daily schedules, at the link on our CruiseCritic profile: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/profile/35108-jgnova/ We decided to take advantage of the truncated Thanksgiving holiday week at work and run off for a week at sea. We prefer sailing from Baltimore given the proximity to home (90 minutes from our driveway to our cabin on the ship), and Carnival Pride’s schedule was the best fit for my work schedule. This was our first time on Carnival, so we were not sure what to expect in terms of food or service, but the comments we found comparing Pride to RCL’s Grandeur of the Seas, on which we’ve sailed several times, convinced us that any differences were negligible. Our trip did not start out well, beginning with a web discussion the night before our departure about Pride being delayed because it had to stop in Norfolk due to a passenger health emergency necessitating a hospital transfer. We received an email at 8:45 in the morning advising us of a delayed departure and to arrive two hours after our originally scheduled time. When we arrived at the port, it was obvious that the revised staggered passenger arrivals were not working and we had to wait at least a half-hour to check our luggage, something that the Baltimore port usually handles much better. Once we checked our bags and parked, the rest of the check-in process went very smoothly, and we were on board and in our cabin in minutes. Unlike other lines, Carnival leaves the room card keys in an envelope by the cabin door, saving time during check-in. I will discuss the cabin features below in a separate section. After dropping off and unpacking our carry-on bags, we headed out for the muster drill, which was held inside because of the weather. Our luggage arrived by the time we returned from the muster drill, faster than our previous cruise experiences. We unpacked and kept busy until we left for dinner around 7, our normal shipboard dinnertime. We kept waiting during dinner for the ship to start moving, which would have aligned with the two-hour delay that should have delayed departure until 7 PM from the original 5 PM, but we never moved. Shortly after returning to our cabin, the captain announced that the ship had propulsion problems, could travel at only a reduced speed, would leave Baltimore around midnight, and would stop only at Freeport and miss Nassau and Princess Cays. Those who wanted to leave the ship could do so and get a full refund. Those who stayed would receive a $50 per person on board credit and a Full Future Cruise Credit for a cruise taken within 18 months. We chose to stay, although about 10% of the passengers left. Carnival apparently hoped to repair the problem while we were in Freeport for an extended stay, but that apparently did not happen and our slow speed meant that we did not get back Baltimore until 2 PM instead of the expected 10 AM. Again, the cruise line tried to mitigate the problem by offering up to $200 per person for airline rebooking costs. The delayed arrival meant that those passengers traveling by car had to face the worst of the Thanksgiving homebound traffic. Cabin: We were in cabin 7170, roughly mid-ship and with an extended balcony, which meant that it was deep enough to allow a reclining chair. The cabin was one of the brightest we can recall seeing, with lights along the tops of two walls plus on both sides of the mirror. We had the “traditional” two beds linked as a king, a sofa that converted to a bed, plus a chair at the desk/mirror. There was a small bedside cabinet on each side of the bed, a shallow two-door cabinet, and four drawers. There was also a small refrigerator, which kept our ice from melting. The cabin had three closet sections in the entry opposite the bathroom. One closet had a single rod, one had two, and the third had three shelves plus the bottom. Those shelves were hinged and could lock up to allow access to two more closet rods. The hangers were the type that latched into a plastic hook as found in many hotels – but instead of one hanger per hook, there were three, which meant clothing could get crowded together. We had to request hangers with skirt clamps as the cabin had none. The LCD TV was about normal for a cruise TV – it looked as if it might allow connecting an external video device that used composite video although the HDMI ports were not usable. The TV had some news and sports channels, some shipboard content, a screen showing the ship’s position, plus views of the pool with closable roof to show the entertainment there. We were treated to a new towel animal almost every night, and the entire menagerie remained with us for the remainder of the cruise, fighting amongst themselves for the best positions in the cabin. The bathroom looks dated with a turquoise sink and counter, but everything worked fine. Despite horror stories about shower curtain floods, we never had a problem. There were two dispensers in the shower, one each for shampoo and shower gel. We used our own hair products and requested a bar of soap for the shower. We had three cabin attendants, one seemingly in charge and two assistants. This allowed better coverage during the day and we never had a problem. They made the bed every morning and turned down the sheets every night – as well as replacing bathroom linen as needed/requested. They provided ice bucket refills twice daily, as we requested. Food: We limited our eating to the main dining room and the buffet on deck 9. The MDR food was excellent with a varied menu that included food linked to the ports of call (conch fritters, Caribbean Pepper Steak), traditional food items, and one or more interesting specialties each night (braised rabbit, spicy alligator fritters). There were some interesting flourishes we haven’t seen on other ships, such as pouring the delicious chilled soups over a garnish in the bowl right at the table. Service was excellent – they assign a group of three servers to each section, which increases the chance that one will be in the area and not in the galley. Unlike other ships we have been on, the serving stations are not in the middle of the eating area, but off to the sides so passengers aren’t forced to watch dirty plates being juggled. The trade-off is that placement meant that the food might travel a little farther to the table and not stay as hot or as chilled as intended. Tablecloths were used only on formal nights, which meant that water and wine goblets on the bare wood tended to dance a bit from the engine vibration, which was very noticeable at the rear. We had a couple of lunches in the buffet. The selection was excellent with a different theme nation each day. The pizza and Guy’s burgers were excellent, as we had seen described in web discussions. Both were made fresh, almost to order, and tasted much better than their counterparts on other lines. The bakery section in the buffet area was outstanding with several delicious choices – much more interesting than in the MDR. Unlike every other ship on which we have sailed, minimal attention was paid to hand cleanliness. The hand sanitizer outside the MDR entrance was stuck off to the side, almost invisible, and I don’t recall seeing any at the buffet entrances. Other lines have staff stationed at the buffet entrance to be sure people clean their hands. Ship overall: I was disappointed to be unable to find a place on the warm days to sit outside that was in the shade and not exposed to some form of fairly loud music. One of the pools had a moveable roof that apparently has not worked for several months – that pool is also used as an entertainment venue, unlike the covered pools on other lines, which are quiet adult-only areas. The Pride does have an outside pool reserved for adults, but the only shade was near the bar area and only had chairs, not chaises. However, the area was fairly quiet with some background music at a fairly low volume level. The outside areas did not seem as clean as I’ve seen on other ships – when we looked down from our balcony, the tops of the lifeboats were covered with paint spots and their mechanical structures were dirty and rusty. The inside of the ship had a very dark feeling, with the atrium sealed off from the surrounding decks with no outside light and having fairly dark décor. The staircases were also dark feeling. Other ships on which we’ve sailed had open staircases with no risers and lots of glass to keep the stairs feeling open and safe. I felt as if the ship had been designed in someone’s perception of a 1930s gentleman’s club – dark wood and heavy, uncomfortable furniture. The elevators on board continued the dark feeling with all of the doors and signal lights recessed, making it hard to see which elevator had just opened. The corridors felt sterile, although bright, with no artwork to break up the monotony. The artwork (paintings and sculptures) in the stairways and other public areas was all covered by glass, making them appear darker and unapproachable. The public bathrooms all had electric dryers, several of which were non-functional, and no paper or cloth towels. The ship did have internet service, but it was so slow as to be useless. I gave up trying to read work email when it took me 15 minutes just to get the list of messages – and I was able to read one message only after waiting about a half hour. We did not go to any of the shows – we have consistently found the volume level on cruises too high for us to tolerate and gave up long ago. We checked out the piano bar and even that was too loud for us. For the seeming majority of the population who can tolerate the volume levels, the ship had multiple entertainment venues to satisfy almost every taste, with comedians, production shows, live music, and dancing. The ship staff was superb, especially considering that the ship had three sea days (harder for the staff) at the end of the previous sailing, a confusing turn-around because of the delays, and then another three sea days. They always greeted every passenger and the waiters and cabin attendants managed to remember everyone’s name – using first names, which is not something I would have expected. Overall experience: There’s almost no such thing as a bad day on a cruise – this was no exception. The food and service were excellent and we had a relaxing time – and a free cruise to boot. I honestly doubt we’ll book another Carnival cruise after using our future cruise credit, unless Carnival recognizes that there is a substantial part of the population who like to relax and enjoy quiet or music played at a volume conducive to conversation. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
The Carnival Pride is my favorite ship and not just because she conveniently docks in Baltimore. I love the layout and the variety of public areas. (I've spent a total of 45 nights across five cruises on her now.) With venues ... Read More
The Carnival Pride is my favorite ship and not just because she conveniently docks in Baltimore. I love the layout and the variety of public areas. (I've spent a total of 45 nights across five cruises on her now.) With venues like the Card Room, Library, Chapel and Sunset Garden, you can always find a quite place to sit. I have always been pleased with the service on the Pride. And, on the relaxation front, I like that there are both indoor and outdoor hot tubs. I love Guys Burgers, the Blue Iguana Cantina and Bonsai Sushi. Bonsai Sushi does cost extra, but it is nominal, and well worth it. On our most recent cruise, Cookie was our Cruise Director, and he is amazing! He is funny, and so caring. There were lots of activities for all interests. I enjoyed bingo, sports contests, trivia and other games, while my husband enjoyed different alcohol tastings put on by the Fun Shops. When sailing out of Baltimore I recommend not selecting the earliest check-in time slot. Many people get there early causing a bottleneck in the lines to get. Choosing a little latter time slot will help make your embarkation a little less stressful. Note: The Pride is in need if a little facelift, but she is scheduled for dry dock in early 2019. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
My wife and I just came back from a 14 day (Nov. 4th thru 18th) Carnival Journey cruise out of Baltimore on the Pride. We stopped at: Grand Turk, Aruba, Curacao, Bermuda, St. Lucia, and St. Martin. We had a fantastic time. We booked an ... Read More
My wife and I just came back from a 14 day (Nov. 4th thru 18th) Carnival Journey cruise out of Baltimore on the Pride. We stopped at: Grand Turk, Aruba, Curacao, Bermuda, St. Lucia, and St. Martin. We had a fantastic time. We booked an interior room on the 8th floor right below the food court (it's like having the world's best kitchen just up the stairs!). The room was large, comfortable, and we'll maintained by our cabin steward. The food was excellent with a large variety to choose from. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the main dining room was outstanding. For under $3k, it will be hard to find a much better value for 14 day vacation. The Pride is an older ship and is in need of an upgrade but the crew kept her clean and presentable. She's due for a refit in February '19. We'll definitely sail her again sometime in the near future. You just can't beat not having to fly and leave straight out of Baltimore for an excellent vacation--it's so convenient. This would be a five-star cruise if the Pride was updated. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Wife and I just got off the 7 day cruise from Baltimore to Grand Turk, Half Moon, and Freeport. We booked this cruise because it's easy driving distance and the balcony was super cheap. We had never had a balcony so we figured ... Read More
Wife and I just got off the 7 day cruise from Baltimore to Grand Turk, Half Moon, and Freeport. We booked this cruise because it's easy driving distance and the balcony was super cheap. We had never had a balcony so we figured this was the one to try. So, I'm gonna list my pros and cons. Pros: - We loved the way they did the Lido deck food on this ship. Different stations with different food, be it Asian, sandwiches, American-style fare, etc. - On that note: Guy's Burger Joint and Blue Iguana Cantina were easily the two best places to eat on this ship. The fresh burgers and fries at Guy's were awesome, and the Chipotle-style burritos AND awesome breakfast options at Blue Iguana were our favorites! - Dining room staff and menu options were excellent as always. - Most staff in general, very friendly and helpful. - Stops were nice as usual, had rain in Freeport so it wasn't as great but what can you do. Cons: - Our stateroom was not clean when we came in the first day. Bed was made, but there were crumbs on the vanity! Really? - Our much-anticipated balcony turned out to be a disappointment. There is a small drainage channel near the edge of the balcony. Ours apparently had a low spot in it and water just sat there. See attached pictures- this is how it looked almost all week. Also featured is a cigarette butt courtesy of our chain smoking neighbors, who smoked on their balcony every day (called guest services about it and as far as I can tell they did nothing). On top of this, upon check in there were paint chips all over the balcony, and hair on the patio furniture. We had to have someone sent up to clean up the paint chips and trash on our balcony because it had never been touched. - Our room steward wasn't the most friendly guy. I think we saw him 4 times the whole cruise. He acted weird after we called about getting the balcony cleaned up. - This ship is ROUGH. You can tell it's going in for a refurb soon because quite honestly it just looks bad. It just looks rusty and old. - Far as I can tell the whole ship only had 3 hot tubs, one of which was in Serenity, the adult-only area. They were almost always all full. - The entirety of the Lido deck always smelled like stale cigarette smoke. The smoking area was near one of the pools and the smoke was constantly getting pulled into the dining rooms. Maybe I've just become a cruise snob? We've been on a lot of cruises and this ship was the most disappointing yet. I think we will avoid the older Carnival ships in the future. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Price was amazing! Dining food at dinner and breakfast is very tasty and artfully presented. Love Ken, the Maitre'd singing each night! Such a talent and lots of fun. So convenient being AFT with a fantail suite with the DR only a ... Read More
Price was amazing! Dining food at dinner and breakfast is very tasty and artfully presented. Love Ken, the Maitre'd singing each night! Such a talent and lots of fun. So convenient being AFT with a fantail suite with the DR only a few floors below and the Mermaid Grille which always has something open 24 hours. We highy recommend the Pizza Guys who make custom individual pizzas for you. Delicious! Best crust ever! Our suite number was 4237 or 4327? We prefer to be higher but when we booked this was the only floor remaining with a 1-BR, fantail HUGE wrap-around balcony remaining. Spa is excellent. We had a couples salt scrub followed by massages. Luxurious. 7-night cruise. Had to divert to just outside Charleston on 2nd night as personal onboard was in medical distress. No problem. All was handled beautifully. We had to skip Grand Turk but that was no issue because we got Nassau instead. My husband and I love to eat in Nassau at Athena's Greek Restaurant whenever we are there -- it never disappoints. Service is impeccable and food scrumptious. You won't want to leave. Carnival's private island, is truly fabulous. Loved the trip! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We chose this cruise because it departed from the port of Baltimore, It saved us from having to travel to Florida for departure. The guy who attended to our room ( ARNOLD) was super great. The activities on the ship were second to none. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it departed from the port of Baltimore, It saved us from having to travel to Florida for departure. The guy who attended to our room ( ARNOLD) was super great. The activities on the ship were second to none. We really liked the comedy shows and the late night party at Beauty's.. This ship was run very professionally by Dr E. Every thing was well coordinated and on time. We found ourselves opening our balcony door whenever Dr E came on the speaker just to be updated. There were some times i felt like we were in a buy buy an excursion, painting, or a steak or something from one of those shops, but I guess that's part of the business.Sometimes i also felt like the staff was on a mission to sell me something by using the word ( Free) to get me to buy something. Of all the people we met on the ship we ( wife & myself) was very impressed with the person ( ED-Warren) i think that's the way his name is spelled. Professional, cheerful, positive and a breath of fresh air.Every time we came down the steps he greeted us with a good morning evening . He always addressed us by our names as if he knew us for a long time. I know it't job to sell but he did it in a way to make you feel not pressured to buy anything. Ed_Warren was always smiling and better yet always and I mean always professional. People like that make me want to travel on that ship again Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Embarkation and Disembarkation: Baltimore port was extremely efficient and fast. Last year, we left out of Norfolk and it was an hour-plus process each getting on and getting off. Rooms and Décor: I don’t agree with how “ugly” ... Read More
Embarkation and Disembarkation: Baltimore port was extremely efficient and fast. Last year, we left out of Norfolk and it was an hour-plus process each getting on and getting off. Rooms and Décor: I don’t agree with how “ugly” other reviewers say this ship is. I thought it was beautiful. Yes you can see certain areas where there is rust or wear and tear, but as a whole, I think the poor reviews about the look of the ship are a bit exaggerated. Our room attendant, Fery, was super sweet and didn’t miss a beat. He, along with a good majority of the staff, are the sweetest, nicest, coolest people, and I’m always amazed that they remember our first names. They truly make you feel like family. If you use a fan at night at home, you’ll want to bring a portable – we were on deck 8 and heard a lot of noises that had the fan not somewhat drowned out, would’ve been a real disturbance. Food: SUCKED. Oftentimes there was only one person working the deli, and the pizza place would only give out half 10” pies at a time. Overall it tasted like cafeteria food. I know that when you are cooking for thousands of people, it can only be so good; however our dinner at the steakhouse (a $35 extra charge per person) was phenomenal. It sucks that with the amount of money you pay for this cruise, you only get the “good” food if you pay an extra fee. Guy Fieri’s burgers are pretty good, though. I also hated how inconvenient it is to get a soda to have with your meal. I have to walk to a bar, wait several minutes to be served, and by the time I get back to my table my food is no longer hot. Apparently, according to other reviews, food on cruise ships is nothing to write home about regardless of which cruise line you go with. Camp Ocean: I was extremely disappointed in the Camp Ocean scene. What is marketed on the carnival website as a fun, exciting, engaging time for the kids with countless activities, felt a lot like daycare. The staff did not seem excited nor did they go out of their way to make our children feel comfortable when they saw how clearly uncomfortable they were about being left. We made them try it, and told them if they didn’t like it they didn’t have to go. The Night Owls party that costs extra is basically a party where they throw all kids of all ages in a room together – obviously something like this may make little ones feel uncomfortable. They hated it and begged us not to go back. Having said that, it would’ve been nice to have more family-oriented activities that were not JUST for little kids and not JUST for adults so we could all be together with both ages enjoying themselves (I will say the Battle of the Sexes game before Bingo was exactly that, and hilarious, and fun). For example, anything kid-oriented seemed to have stopped before dinner so we were left with children and nothing fun or age-appropriate for them to do with us. Entertainment: We loved the 88 keys shows (Shayna, one of the singers, was really sweet and even had cookies sent to our room) and the Lip Sync Battle. We also loved Bingo but as with everything else not already included, it was extremely overpriced with very little chance of winning. We found out after purchasing that in order to win the jackpot, Bingo had to be called in 49 balls or less (which, if you’re a Bingo player, is near impossible). Punchline Comedy Club was funny. Got a massage on port day and must say it is hands down the best massage I've ever gotten. Afterward she tried pretty adamantly to sell me hundreds of dollars worth of skincare products, but because the massage was THAT good, I didn't care. If you're interested in the best massage of your life, my masseuse was from Thailand and her name was hard to pronounce so she said to call her "Su." Other: Lido deck is EXTREMELY slippery and we easily watched a dozen people – young, old, big, small – bust their asses. They have “wet floor” signs all over but I was shocked at how many people fell right in front of my eyes. Ports: Half Moon Cay is amazing. The most beautiful beach I’ve ever seen. Food is provided by Carnival but you CANNOT use your Cheers package on the island which was a real disappointment. There is not a tree or shade anywhere in sight on the beach so be sure to go immediately to a lifeguard stand to rent a pair of chairs with awnings or a private cabana behind them. Overall, we all had a blast. We love Carnival and love the demographic. It really is the "fun" ship. The food was a disappointment but the staff and experience makes up for it as much as possible. Will cruise again but probably either a shorter duration or without kids since they had to stick with the parents the whole time. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
We are trying out various cruise lines with the family to see what fits our vacation style best. We needed a last minute summer vacation with the kids and since we live so close we wanted to try cruising out of Baltimore. The Carnival ... Read More
We are trying out various cruise lines with the family to see what fits our vacation style best. We needed a last minute summer vacation with the kids and since we live so close we wanted to try cruising out of Baltimore. The Carnival Pride fit the bill since their pools looked nice and I saw they had some water slides. We knew going in that it was an older ship and not the most exciting out there for kids. This was our first Carnival cruise with kids (9 and 11). With these expectations in mind, we had a great cruise. MDR food was great. My husband rated it higher than Disney and I would rate it as just below but better than RC (Anthem). One night we had free steakhouse selections from my husband's casino activity and while it was OK, we were glad we did not spend the extra $20 on it. The Sea Day brunch was great - good variety, good food. Buffet breakfast was OK but crowded as usual - we only did this on port days when the MDR closed early for breakfast. Buffet lunch was below average and there is no kid food - no nuggets, no mac and cheese, no hot dogs, no good fruit selections for the kids, no plain pasta. My kids mostly ate at Guy's burgers for lunch which was very good but if my kids had been 3-6 when they ate less variety it would have been challenging at lunchtime. I enjoyed the tacos as well for lunch most days. Your time Dining - since we booked late it was Your time or the 8:30 seating so we chose Your Time. The first night we showed up at 5:50 (opens at 5:45) and walked right in. Super fast seating. As the cruise went on it seemed many people were arriving early. We would get here at 5:30 and wait in a long line (long people wise, but it went fast once they started seating people). Dinner was slow, which we expect on cruises but one night we hit 2 hours without yet seeing the dessert menu so we left early that night - most nights we were done within the 2 hours timeframe. For some reason this felt extra long on this cruise - maybe because we have mostly done Disney where there is a lot of entertainment during dinner and RC anytime dining really got you in and out a lot faster so they could seat the next people waiting. The Your Time sections filled up pretty quickly and then everyone after that had to wait for tables and with dinner taking 2 hours, it was little different than the actual 5:30 and 8:30 seatings. If you wanted an 8PM seating maybe it would work out but don't show up at 6:30 and expect a table in less than an hour. Also the 2 hours dinner made it difficult to make activities at 7/7:30PM. The kid's clubs were as expected for an older ship not really built for families/kids. My kids did enjoy some of the more structured activities - theme nights, parties, a magic show, specific arts and crafts etc but they often were places other than Camp Ocean, probably due to space constraints (like Circle C, when the teens were elsewhere or Beauties nightclub which both my kids found super boring). Other family activities my kids enjoyed - karaoke, the Seuss story was fun, Seuss brunch was cute (but not necessary for my kid's ages), PG comedians (the 2 earlier shows are PG), pools, movies at night. Pools are saltwater which my kids were not thrilled with but it certainly didn't hold them back from using them as much as possible. They were much less crowded on port day afternoons (we would spend a few hours in port then come back on and go right to the pools - except for Freeport day the ship was crowded) and in the evenings. They had lifeguards who did regulate no jumping in and no splashing (bunch of teens). Our room steward left us fresh beach towels each night that ours were used and I often traded in up on deck for fresh ones as well - very easy, no lines, towels are big and soft (much than RC's on the Anthem). Bar service seemed slow but they were rarely so crowded that it made much of a difference. Overall service was great. Everyone was cheerful and greeted you. Dinner service was slow but did not seem to be the fault of the servers. Some drink servers at dinner were more attentive than others. We did enjoy the public areas of this ship. The lounges and bars were spacious. There were great ocean views from many of them. The only show we managed to see was the 80's Pop Show we which we all enjoyed very much. I had read some rather negative reviews on the shows but we were very entertained. I mean it wasn't Broadway nor did it have the production value and $ behind it of the Disney shows but it was certainly worth our time and next time I would go the see the others. Grand Turk - there was a lot of seaweed in the ocean which was a big turn off for the kids. There was really not much beach to play on for the kids because of the locals setting up numbered chairs in front of the cruise terminal chairs and wanting you to pay for them. We only spent about 30min at the beach before heading up to Margaritaville. The pool there was great but finding a chair where we could see our stuff from the pool was difficult (we did get there later, probably would have been better if we were off the boat earlier and went straight there, or if I had something to secure our cards/$). HMC - Best sand and ocean we have ever been to, hands down. I could have been in that water all day (except for the fact that I burn super easy). I suggest looking a map etc before getting on the ship. They did not hand them out the night before like I was expecting so we just went to the beach we could see from the tender (very easy, got numbers after breakfast and they called us before we could even sunblock up). Lunch was OK but nothing special, we got it before leaving and should have just eaten back on the ship - nothing special but fine if you are staying all day. Did not see where to rent a clamshell and there is no shade otherwise. Stayed about 2.5 hours which is pretty much the limit for us in the sun. Slides/Waterworks - the yellow slide was super slow when we tried it and then closed the next day so maybe it wasn't working properly? My husband did the green slide and said it was fun, definite adrenaline rush but knew it was too much for our kids. The kids played a bunch in the waterworks area which was small but had some fun things for them. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
This was our second time on the Pride and we choose it because of its proximity to where we live in the Northeast. The ship is older, I believe going into dry dock next February, and does show some age. However, where it can be clean - ... Read More
This was our second time on the Pride and we choose it because of its proximity to where we live in the Northeast. The ship is older, I believe going into dry dock next February, and does show some age. However, where it can be clean - it's spotless. The most wear that I saw was some rusty spots on the balcony and around various parts of the ship. Other than that the floors are kept immaculate and the staff is wonderful! The windows need some washing too. We ate in the main dining room each night and the food was good to great. My family ordered the hanger steak several nights and really like it. One night a pork chop was a bit tough, but we also understand things happen when you are cooking for 2,000+ people. The dining room staff was fantastic and made the week quite fun for our whole family. On our way back up the Chesapeake, the ship felt like it was floating over gravel and rumbled a lot during the night. Very little sleep was had. Half Moon Cay - WOW!!! I don't know else to say. I never imagined a beach or water like that could exist outside of Fiji. Simply incredible! We rented the Villa for $599 as there was 11 in our party and it was worth it. If you have the budget...do it. They include snorkel gear, float mats, fruit, soda, water and veggie snacks in the price. There really isn't much difference between Villa A-C location wise. However, D and E are a bit farther down and may be quieter. We had A and thought it was just fine. Did I mention the water? Holy smokes it was like glass. Freeport was Freeport - the beach stuff is about a 30 minute drive from the pier and it was a nice afternoon in the water. Grand Turk - I was really surprised on how empty the island felt. It wasn't congested at all and I also didn't know about the donkeys. That was pretty funny to see them walking all over the place. The water where the ship docked was gorgeous and they have a free beach and very large pool for swimming right off the pier. It was a nice day. That's about it and the Pride is what it is...a good ship that floats without a lot of bells and whistles. Halfmoon Cay is like heaven and Grand Turk was pretty darn good. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
I departed from Baltimore port on Aug the 12th for a week cruise, which was my first cruise with Carnival Pride and I couldn't have been more delighted to have experienced this opportunity. Dining- The service and food was ... Read More
I departed from Baltimore port on Aug the 12th for a week cruise, which was my first cruise with Carnival Pride and I couldn't have been more delighted to have experienced this opportunity. Dining- The service and food was FANTASTIC, so much choices to choose from. the 9th floor is the buffet room, and the 2nd and 3rd floor was the more upscale reservation room which served amazing food from appetizers to main and desserts you'll enjoy it! Cabin- My Cabin was enough for my needs I always came to a clean room that was neat and well prepared for me. Entertainment & Activities- Carnival has an eye for talent and makes sure that they choose the right individuals day in and day out to give noting but the best performance. Lets face it if you was an entertainer doing the same rendition every week for months on in you would be on overload and tired of it but these individuals give a show like it was there first time. I got to speak and get to know Jahni Cross who was the lead singer for the "SO-LIT" band who was just amazing every night!! He loved what he was doing and he gave it all every night. The band is terrific with so much music rendition from soul to 90's and 80's hit! Carnival has events to choose from for each day such as a comedy show, the taj mahal room which has live performers etc. and a Casino and night club. Service- Service is great with the gust service located in floor 1 youll be able to ask anything with the right and proper information. Creditable individuals that are here to help you. Over all this cruise was amazing and I would recommend it to families, My cousin and I were expecting a more single adult cruise and was not aware of this cruise which is the "Pride" to be family. I didnt know what to expect and was hoping for more of adult crowd than children but knowing now what to expect from cruises I will be more informed. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
First let me be up front that my wife and I are RCCL's Crown and Anchor Diamond Plus level members and I am a Club Royal casino player at the "Signature" level. Our cruise on the Carnival Pride from Baltimore MD was a seven ... Read More
First let me be up front that my wife and I are RCCL's Crown and Anchor Diamond Plus level members and I am a Club Royal casino player at the "Signature" level. Our cruise on the Carnival Pride from Baltimore MD was a seven day casino "free"cruise for port charges, taxes and fees, we purchased the pre and post cruise transportation from BWI and the vacation protection (insurance) for the week. Arrival and transportation to the ship: we arrived at 8:30 am to BWI and were at the "waiting area" in the baggage area, a Carnival cruise representative met us and we were escorted to a Chevrolet SUV with another couple for a quick trip to the Cruise Port Baltimore at 10:20 am, then the waiting began. The cruise ship was still debarking passengers from the prior cruise and we had to wait outside of the cruise port building for about forty minutes. The process is going through the check point were they he m your passport and cruise documents, then you go to the metal detectors and then into the main waiting hall to get your "Sail and Sign" card, which is your room key and on board charge card, they had our credit card on file. Then we were told to sit. As the prior cruise passengers were still getting off the ship, they started to move passengers onto the Carnival Pride about 12:45 pm, the cabin 1245 interior room on Deck 1, was not ready till 2:00 pm. We spent time dining in the Lido Buffet on deck 12. Food was good, not great. Going through the muster procedure, was pretty standard, however, the cruise director, the Reverend Dr E was trying to make vocal impressions for the safety drill and it was somewhat unprofessional, cut the baloney and give us the facts, just the facts. Then the ship sailed. YOUR TIME DINING: this is unassigned seating in the Normandie Main Dining Room (MDR) on deck three, we were fortunate to get a fantastic head waiter for our table by the name of Adrian and the two assistant waiters, Thet Thet and Saisa. If you do the Your Dining Time, ask for Adrian, you will not be disappointing. Food in the MDR previously was good, but on this cruise, I would have to say that the fare was better than average, service was good to excellent. The menu included a seafood, pasta, vegetarian, beef, poulty or port Beef was served four out of the seven nights. My wife we one of two couple selected to do a private tour of the kitchen and tasting on fifth night and we now have "A GREATER APPRECIATION of the MDR kitchen and wait staff. The MDR kitchen is located on deck one, and the waiters have to go up and down an escalator to bring the food up to the guests. The kitchen is well organized and the MDR kitchen food is prepared totally separate from the 9th deck buffet. In the MDR Ken, the one of the maitre d' had a good voice and he did celebration announcement and sang ballads, mainly Sinatra songs-very entertaining. SHOWROOM ENTERTAINMENT was mainly production shows which were okay, the Punchline Comedy Club had two very entertaining comedians. In the Centrum, they had a variety of musical entertainment, the trio of electric violin artists were very good. WINNERS CIRCLE CASINO has a variety of updated slot machines of various demoninations, two roulette tables, on craps table, one electronic poker table, three three card poker table, on Heads Up Holdem tables, one Let it Ride table and the rest were blackjack table. The dealers, pit bosses and Casino Host Petra were all very friendly and accommodating, I was on the Carnival Players Club Dealers Choice which was a "free" cruise and $300 CASINO CASH BACK, but BEWARE, make sure that you photocopy the original offer, as when I went to the casino cashier's window to collect my $300 casino cash, I was entitled to only $150, fortunately I brought a copy of the original casino offer which listed the August 5th Carnival Pride cruise. In speaking with a couple of the other casino players, they also were told that they were "entitled" to a lesser amount. The casino had nightly drawings, and giveaways, for anyone who had accumulated at least 100 points.The "Drinks on Us" card, now takes 1500 points to earn your "Drinks on Us" beverage card for free beverages in the casino while gambling. It used to be 1000 points. Please note that to earn one point it you have to run $5 through the slots, I have been unable to determine how the table time is calculated to "earn" your "Drinks on Us" card. All in all the Carnival Players Club casino was very entertaining and during the week they announced many slot jackpot winners. OUR INTERIOR CABIN number 1249 on deck one was standard queen size bed which is two twins pushed together, very adequate closet space, a mini frig, two chairs, deck and table. The bathroom has the necessary sink, and shower with a curved curtain, and sufficient shelves for you toiletries. Our cabin steward (they call them "attendants" now) was Ketut and he provided excellent service. DRINKS are expensive, we don't get the drink package as my wife and I are not big drinkers and in the casino the pit boss bought a round for the table players at least once every night. DEBARKMENT was slow. On RCCL's Grandeur of the Seas which also goes out of Baltimore, MD, usually docks at 6:00 am, but the Carnival Pride did not dock until 830 am, and they take the walk offs who take their own luggage off the ship, and the majority of the passengers are from Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and NYS, so most of the passengers drove to the port. We finally got off the ship by 11:15 am and we took a Chevrolet SUV back to BWI for our flight home to NC on Southwest Airlines (SWA). Unfortunately, SWA cancelled a bunch of flights and we went into the terminal there were at least 200 people in line to be their flights rebooked. I called SWA automated line and cancelled our flight and our fare for the return flight was refunded to our SWA flight funds account. We rented a one away car rental and drive 6 1/2 hours to our home in NC. This was my 9th cruise on Carnvial overal and my third on the Carnival Pride and probably my last, due to the slow embarkment and debarkment. Travel through the ports in Florida get you in and out quicker. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
I wrote a very long trip report about this cruise on the boards so feel free to search for it. But overall the Pride is a fantastic deal for the money and cruising from Baltimore is amazingly convenient when you live in the DC area. The ... Read More
I wrote a very long trip report about this cruise on the boards so feel free to search for it. But overall the Pride is a fantastic deal for the money and cruising from Baltimore is amazingly convenient when you live in the DC area. The ship is extremely well-kept and the staff are all fantastic. They all work extremely hard and are very friendly and kind. We rented a golf cart on Grand Turk and explored the island on our own and saw lots of wild donkeys and snorkeled on a beach that nobody else was on. Half Moon Cay is beautiful with the clearest blue water I’ve ever seen. We did the kayaking excursion in Freeport and that was fantastic. The Dr. Seuss breakfast on the last day was lots of fun. I’ve been to many Disney character breakfasts and I think this one was better. This was our first experience with Carnival and it definitely left us with a better impression than we expected. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
My husband and I decided to sail on Carnival Pride because it was a short drive to Baltimore and I had previously sailed on Carnival Pride and was pleased with the service. Cabin: We booked a balcony cabin on deck 7. The cabin was ... Read More
My husband and I decided to sail on Carnival Pride because it was a short drive to Baltimore and I had previously sailed on Carnival Pride and was pleased with the service. Cabin: We booked a balcony cabin on deck 7. The cabin was nice and clean. I cannot say enough good things about our room steward Eka. He made sure we had everything we needed and went out of his way to make us feel welcome and comfortable. He is beyond awesome. Dining: Prior to our cruise date I emailed the Maitre' D to request a table for two. We initially requested any time dining but was wait listed. We later received an email stating that anytime dining was sold out and we were assigned late dining. After unpacking my husband and I went down to make sure we would have a table for 2. I was happy to find that we were indeed assigned a table for 2. I believe we ate in the Normandie dining room 4 nights, 1 night at David's Steakhouse and 2 nights either room service, Guy's Burgers, Blue Iguana or the buffet. Overall we enjoyed our dinners in the dining room and at David's and Guy's, however found the buffet food left a lot to be desired. We enjoyed the food at the Blue Iguana, especially the bowls. Entertainment and Activities: Dr. "E", our cruise director was the best! He was so full of energy, approachable and hilarious. He made any event he was at, fun. The Lip Sync battle events were lots of fun as was Karaoke. We visited the comedy club and that as fun as well. Ports and Shore excursions: On this cruise we visited Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Freeport. At Grand Turk we simply chilled on the beach, chilled and ate at Margaritaville. There are a few shops in port but I don't believe we purchased anything. Half Moon Cay is simply beautiful. One could not ask for a better beach. Here we relaxed on the beach, swam in the ocean and ate at the island bbq. My husband really enjoyed the food at the island bbq. We booked a Carnival sponsored excursion for Freeport. I believe it was called "See and Sea". We left in an air conditioned tour bus and visited the Rand nature center which was small but nice. We learned about different types of plant life on the island and saw a peacock, snake, and a hawk. We then left and went on a Glass Bottom boat which was the highlight of this excursion. Our captains, Ross and Davon (Javon maybe) were professional, welcoming, and very nice. We were able to see fish and a shark. Other points: Although I was really pleased with the level of service and the experience we had on Carnival Pride, almost every day and sometimes throughout the night there were loud booms above our heads. We have no idea what these sounds were but they sometimes made it hard to relax. I would definitely sail the Carnival Pride! Awesome trip! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We took this cruise as it was for a decent price for a balcony. Overall it met our expectations as we are previous cruisers of Carnival. The shows in the main theater were better than expected based on our experiences on other ships. I ... Read More
We took this cruise as it was for a decent price for a balcony. Overall it met our expectations as we are previous cruisers of Carnival. The shows in the main theater were better than expected based on our experiences on other ships. I would recommend the shows to others. Their comedians were good and had plenty of selection of times to go the 9-10:15 shows were always packed. The room steward was great. The third day we got a waiter in the main dining room we liked and were able to request him the remainder of the week with our anytime dining. Note we did have to line up for anytime dining before service opened as quite a line was forming and people were always waiting for a table when we left at 7-7:30. Our server would let us know of upcoming port embarkation and debarkation times as well. The ship is older but they do a good job of keeping it clean. They are not doing a great job of upholding their dress code policies in the dining room. Elegant night ranged from nice evening gowns to tank top and shorts. If you wanted a good spot in the serenity area you had to get there early as people were saving seats with their stuff but would be gone for hours. Half Moon Cay had an amazing beach and a decent time on shore. Grand Turk and Freeport we had only 4-5 hours which makes going very far difficult. We found good snorkeling at each location though. 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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