4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
We arrived early for our 1 PM check-in time and were boarded within minutes. We had a balcony cabin, 5244. The view was great, the bed comfortable and cabin clean. It was very nice, but was a bit short on storage space for 3. We had an ... Read More
We arrived early for our 1 PM check-in time and were boarded within minutes. We had a balcony cabin, 5244. The view was great, the bed comfortable and cabin clean. It was very nice, but was a bit short on storage space for 3. We had an excellent wait staff. The food in the dining room was FABULOUS. The buffet was ok. Breakfast was a bit ho-hum, but not a big deal. Guys burgers was possibly the best burger and fries I’ve had in awhile. There was a 24 hour pizza, hand tossed and amazing. Drinks were good quality, but pricey. A tropical drink came to $11 with added gratuity. Even a beer rang up to $7.50ish. The entertainment was great and so fun. There were 2 deck parties with great music from the 70s, 80s and 90s that fit the typical cruiser very well. Dr E was the best cruise director I’ve sailed with. Having 3 pools on board helped to spread out the crowd on sea days. There was a perfect blend of activities and music styles for ALL to enjoy. There was a fridge in our room, we stashed our water we purchased ($4.50/12) and soda/ wine we brought. My 13 year old LOVED circle c club. I barely saw her all week. She made a ton of friends, which was great. Our first stop was Grand Turk. We shopped, swam in the area just off the pier and went to Margaritaville. Margaritaville had a fun pool party. Our second stop was Half Moon Cay...stunning, but we waited too long to get tender tickets and didn’t get there until 11:30. By 3ish, the island started clearing out. It was a scorcher and we were ready to get back onboard anyway. Our last stop, Freeport was the dud of the group. It is not pretty where you dock, at ALL. Really...take an excursion, we did dolphin experience/ snorkeling. Debarkation is late on this itinerary, however we were off 45 minutes earlier than advertised, consider rolling off your own luggage if possible. Also, the fitness center is sort of small. With the recent incidents in the Carribean and Mexico...I must say, I felt completely safe and everyone I encountered ashore was wonderful and friendly. I’ve sailed RCI and other lines, but I’ve been spoiled by Carnival. It was the best time I’ve ever had on a cruise. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
This was a family trip with my Dad and Sister. Every bit of it was perfect. I enjoyed the serenity pool and hot tub. My room steward was very nice and prompt. The room was clean and comfortable. Best sleep I've had in a very long ... Read More
This was a family trip with my Dad and Sister. Every bit of it was perfect. I enjoyed the serenity pool and hot tub. My room steward was very nice and prompt. The room was clean and comfortable. Best sleep I've had in a very long time. I wanted to take the mattress home. The shows were very good...we saw movies on the deck, comedy shows and variety shows. I was unable to book any excursions due to an injury prior to the cruise, but there was shopping and swimming right off the ship. I have to admit, I had all but given up on Carnival's food before this trip, but they did a fantastic job. It was definitely up to par this time. I would book on this ship again as the staff was very welcoming and attentive. The only complaint that I could muster is that the shower did not maintain temperature throughout. It would go from a little too hot to a little too cold. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
The crew on this ship is the most helpful, thoughtful and kindest of any cruise line we have ever sailed. We took our 91 year old mother on a cruise for Mother's Day.When we arrived Savannah the cruise director greeted mom and had a ... Read More
The crew on this ship is the most helpful, thoughtful and kindest of any cruise line we have ever sailed. We took our 91 year old mother on a cruise for Mother's Day.When we arrived Savannah the cruise director greeted mom and had a brief conversation with her. The next day mom received chocolate covered strawberries in the room. Wow! For the rest of the trip she felt like a rock star. What a nice gesture. Jess, the server in the casino bar was always quick with a drink and always remembered our names. (makes us feel welcomed). The staff at the Normandie Restaurant was just wonderful. When you travel with an older senior it can be difficult, but everywhere we went on the ship the crew were always so kind and helpful. We have sailed on different cruise lines and have sailed on this ship before. I would have to say that the embarkation process for this cruise is the best we have ever had. The staff at the terminal checks your documents and photographs you on the way into the building. Then you are sent through security. That's it! No standing in line for hours. After security we went directly on to the ship. WOW! We had a balcony stateroom that was plenty big enough for 3 adults. The room steward, Claudius was very attentive and our room was very clean and tidy every day. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
This is the trip that my traveling agent put together for my family and I, we had a wonderful time I met a lot of people on the trip from many different states , and countries , it was so amazing for our first time family whom travel with ... Read More
This is the trip that my traveling agent put together for my family and I, we had a wonderful time I met a lot of people on the trip from many different states , and countries , it was so amazing for our first time family whom travel with us they really enjoy the cruise, the cabins was very nice and clean at all times loved my animals on my bed each day I returned to my room, the food was outstanding, good from the beginning of my trip to the end, I think I gained 10pds in 7 days from eating so much. The entertainment was very nice, had someplace to go on the ship all doing the day and at night. The slots were good for those who like to gamble or just for fun.i met a couple who was entertaining us with songs Joel and Carina they were great loved all the songs they sing. Restaurant workers were great. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We live in Pennsylvania, so when we want a nice cruise in February or March we choose Carnival Pride specifically because it sails from Baltimore. We go to Baltimore a day ahead of time, stay at a hotel, and take advantage of a Park & ... Read More
We live in Pennsylvania, so when we want a nice cruise in February or March we choose Carnival Pride specifically because it sails from Baltimore. We go to Baltimore a day ahead of time, stay at a hotel, and take advantage of a Park & Cruise package. We weren't looking for a specific itinerary. As long as the weather is warmer and the ports are pleasing to the eye, we go. We actually love sea days. Embarkation was very quick. Our arrival was scheduled between 2-2:30. Because our shuttle from the hotel picked us up at 12:30 we were prepared to wait outside of the terminal until 2, but when we handed our luggage to the Porters, someone at one of the terminal doorways signaled us to come in. We were on the ship within 15-20 minutes after arriving at the port This trip was a relaxing vacation. Our room Steward Jefferson, and his assistants were great, our Waiter Luis and his assistants were the best at our Late Dining. We thought the food was good in each venue. We order a continental breakfast every morning and each time it arrived almost exactly the time we requested. Our weather really wasn't that warm until we hit Princess Cay, but that doesn't bother us at all. It was warm in Princess Cay, Nassau and Freeport. The Dry Dock improvements; carpeting, bedding in our cabin, flat screen TV, other little things were nice. The ship was very clean in every area we visited. We don't bother with the showroom, however, the comedians were good in the Butterfly Lounge. It didn't hurt either that I won a Jackpot on Friday night, whoo hoo!! I'm certain that we will sail on the Pride again. We love the Spirit Class ships in the Carnival Fleet. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
My husband and I went with another couple to the Bahamas on Carnival Pride March 10, 2019. We were super impressed with how clean the ship was. Staff seemed to be cleaning all the time. Our steward was Rommell and kept our suite clean ... Read More
My husband and I went with another couple to the Bahamas on Carnival Pride March 10, 2019. We were super impressed with how clean the ship was. Staff seemed to be cleaning all the time. Our steward was Rommell and kept our suite clean twice a day. The main dining room food was better than any 5 star restaurant! The filet mignon was AMAZING! We ate at buffets most mornings. As a pizza lover I was very happy that they had pizza 24 hours and they make it fresh while you wait. We ate one night at Dave’s Steakhouse. It was ok but I was just as happy with the ships main dining area. The staff on the whole ship was always happy and fun. Our cruise director, Dr. E was so funny and really made the voyage entertaining! He is very talented and reminded me of a young Steve Harvey. We loved our ocean suit and was amazed at how much storage there was. There were a lot of great shows but I have to say the best show was Love&Marriage hosted by Dr. E. The comedians were great as well. Getting off and on the ship was very efficient. The cruise line really had the process organized. There was only a few things I would say could be better: 1. not much shopping on board and very expensive jewelry. 2. There was only 1 American power outlet. All others were Europe German. Would have been nice if they had put an American outlet on both sides of room and the didn’t have the option to buy a European plug on ship. 3. Wish that casino was smoke free or at least have a stronger ventilation so it wasn’t so strong. 4. The tv was awful and remote seldom worked. There weren’t many show options on tv to watch. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
After sailing on the Pride last March and having a great time we decided to do it again. We had Faster to the Fun and after arriving around 12 we were having a Guy Fieri burger which were great around 12:30. Smooth and easy embarkation. ... Read More
After sailing on the Pride last March and having a great time we decided to do it again. We had Faster to the Fun and after arriving around 12 we were having a Guy Fieri burger which were great around 12:30. Smooth and easy embarkation. After a quick walk around the ship, we ended up in the Red Frog Pub having our first cocktail of the cruise ( a fish bowl that was a half price special...great deal). We then went up to our cabin where we met our steward Dewa who was just awesome all week. At our Early time Dinner we met our waiter Luis and his helpers Ronald and Joever. Just excellent all week. Food was great all week and any request we had was accommodated with no problem and a smile. The atmosphere in the dining room is festive and fun led by the Maitre D. There are activities all day and night on the ship from Trivia contests to live entertainment, if you are bored on this ship you just aren’t trying to have fun. Highly recommend the Piano Bar, it seems to be a hidden gem that is really a lot of fun along with the comedy club where we found both the PG show and Adult show to be equally funny. After 2 sea days, our first port of call was the beautiful Princess Cay. A great beach day with loungers and lunch provided. Just a perfect relaxing day in the sun. Just a tip the earlier you get out there the better spot on the beach you will get but with the plentiful loungers on the beach I didn’t see anyone that wasn’t able to get a spot. Port of Call #2 was Nassau where we booked a See and Sea excursion through Carnival. Very fun day that started with a tour bus ride to do a little shopping and sightseeing followed by a boatride that took a group of 10 of us out on a tour of the shoreline to see the homes of several celebrities and fill us in on all the local Nassau information that was very interesting to learn. After that we switched over to another boat that had a bottom compartment with windows and seats where you could view the sea life in its natural habitat. From Sharks to Sea Turtles we saw it all. Lots of fun and the tour guides were fun and very informative. Port of call #3 was Freeport, we didn’t book anything here but did go off to do some last minute shopping. The people were very nice and picked up a few things but in the future probably would do an excursion here because it really is more of an industrial area with not much around. The trip back to Baltimore was uneventful and again they offer a bevy of activities and shows to keep you busy. The only complaint I would have would be that the casino area seems to have a hard time filtering out the smoke from the smokers there. It can be really overbearing at times. In conclusion, the debarkation was handled swiftly and orderly like a fine tuned machine. Having Faster to the Fun doesn’t hurt either. It really does make things easier for you. Overall another great cruise on the Pride Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
The fog delayed our boarding by a couple hours. Luckily my hotel allowed us to stay in their lobby. Once it was our time to arrive it took all of maybe 15 minutes from getting off the shuttle to getting on the ship. It was very quick. We ... Read More
The fog delayed our boarding by a couple hours. Luckily my hotel allowed us to stay in their lobby. Once it was our time to arrive it took all of maybe 15 minutes from getting off the shuttle to getting on the ship. It was very quick. We heard a staff member say that rooms were ready and they were! 2 of our bags were delivered within a couple hours and the 3rd a couple hours after that. I spent a lot of time at the pool due to slight sea sickness. Loved the pool area for people watching and relaxing. I can definitely say no one watches lounge chair hogs as one guy was gone for over 3 hours from his chair and no one did anything. If I were not such an introvert I would have given it to the attendant as the pool area was always full from 10am to about 3pm. The pool side cleaners were slow. Cups and plates could be around for 30 minutes or 2 hours. Pool Side waiters disappeared after 2:30 or so. Granted, almost no one was drinking in the pool area...ever. Demographics I'd say. Dinner staff was shy at first. Took about a week to get comfortable with each other and then we had a blast! Best waitstaff ever. I did notice and was surprised one night when a tablecloth was out that had many worn spots, threadbare, and a stain. Doesn't stop me from eating so I didn't say anything. Was just surprised. Food was very good. Steak not always cooked how you requested, but they would fix if you wanted. Fully willing to bring you someone else if you didn't like anything. They even made special accommodations for a picky vegetarian (she doesn't like most veggies!) at our table by showing her the menu the night before in case they needed to tweak a dish just for her. The ports were pretty good. Antigua had the best tour guide, St. Thomas would make the best place to retire to, Puerto Rico made me feel the most comfortable on my own, St. Lucia was the pretties landscape, St. Maarten has a cool spot to watch airplanes go over your head, Grenada didn't have much to offer, Grand Turk has the best beach access. I'm forgetting one. I've already booked this cruise again for the next year. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Chose this cruise because it was a 14 day Journey going to 4 locations not previously visited. Embarkation was briefly delayed by the ship's late return due to weather. Once aboard, everything went tremendously well. Our cabin ... Read More
Chose this cruise because it was a 14 day Journey going to 4 locations not previously visited. Embarkation was briefly delayed by the ship's late return due to weather. Once aboard, everything went tremendously well. Our cabin stewards "Made and B" kept our cabin perfectly clean throughout the cruise. Our dining servers "Mohammad, Joel, and Augustika," were wonderful individuals who exceeded our needs at every dinner. We booked 3 excursions through Carnival: St. Thomas, Antiqua, and Grenada.. We were really pleased with all but the one on Grenada. Our driver was apparently new and had to follow another van. He didn't speak much and gave very little information about the island. We complained at the excursion desk aboard ship and received a 25% discount. The entertainment was truly enjoyable each evening. The cruise director "Dr. E," ensured that everyone had a good time. He was funny and very engaging. In all cases we were pleased with the quality of the food in the dining room and on the Lido deck. The ship is going into dry dock next month for an overhaul which is needed because of some wear and tear. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
We had never been on a Journey's Cruise and several of our friends booked this one. Not a single regret except that it ended! Never cruised Port of Baltimore before. We really didn't spend any time in the city, I wish we had ... Read More
We had never been on a Journey's Cruise and several of our friends booked this one. Not a single regret except that it ended! Never cruised Port of Baltimore before. We really didn't spend any time in the city, I wish we had it looks like a beautiful city, lots of history and beautiful architecture. We will defiantly cruise from here again! The port experience, embarkation and disembark were easy, seamless and the staff were all very pleasant. The Pride is a beautiful ship, she is headed for dry dock for a cosmetic cleanup a few weeks after we sailed. She does need some cosmetic touches but overall a very nice ship. Our first trip on a Freedom class ship and we are super pleased. My only complaint would be that the very smoky casino is from port to starboard in the middle of deck 2 between dining and entertainment. So we could either run through the stink or go up an elevator, over the casino (through the shops) and back down to the theaters. The shows and the comedians were all very good. The Red Frog Pub had Rob playing guitar and singing or The Groove, both were great! We really enjoyed spending time there and listening to the music. The ports we visited were great. Highly recommend Joy's excursions on St Lucia and Lawrence of Antigua as excursions outside of Carnival. Our cabin was a partial obstructed balcony, 5166 but it was great, very comfortable and the life boat didn't block any of the light or photo ops! Service was great, except for the dining room. Our first time doing timed dining and we won't do that again. While our table guests were awesome, our wait staff were all very nice, but service was slow and not as personal as we are used to getting in anytime dining. Defiantly will go on the Pride again! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We had hoped this Carnival cruise would be good value for money, and it was. But Carnival Pride was a much better ship than we expected, in many ways. Our balcony room was nicer than some "premium" lines' balcony rooms we ... Read More
We had hoped this Carnival cruise would be good value for money, and it was. But Carnival Pride was a much better ship than we expected, in many ways. Our balcony room was nicer than some "premium" lines' balcony rooms we have used, and the cabin staff was better. Beds and bathroom were quite comfortable, and the room was large. We were quite surprised at how nice the Pride's common areas were. They are not gaudy or over-decorated, and the refined art deco look seemed well done. Everything worked well. And the non-glass elevators are amazingly quick to whisk you from top to bottom, or back. The glassed atrium elevators were a bit slower, but that allowed you to enjoy the view. The Lido buffet was much better than we expected too. It and the nearby Cantina served more tasty entrees with more variety day to day than the Normandie main dining room. In fact the Normandie dining room was the only down part of our experience on Pride. The servers were poorly trained, and the entrees were never served hot. Excellent appetizers and desserts, though. The Normandie will take a lot of your time (we averaged over two hours per, and that without drinks!!), so we would suggest either you order lots of appetizers and no entrees there, or eat your meals at the excellent Lido, Deli, and Cantina buffets. We traveled as a couple, and definitely plan to take the Pride from Baltimore again. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Annual girls cruise with my best friend. We love the Pride which sails from our local homeport in Baltimore. This was just a relaxation cruise for both of us. We had a beautiful day at Princess Cay. Our only complaint is the rocks as ... Read More
Annual girls cruise with my best friend. We love the Pride which sails from our local homeport in Baltimore. This was just a relaxation cruise for both of us. We had a beautiful day at Princess Cay. Our only complaint is the rocks as we walked into the water, but it's a small price to pay for the beautiful water. We had planned an excursion to parasail in Nassau but it was canceled (our second cancellation) due to high winds. Luckily we were able to book the Balmoral Beach Day excursion in it's place. What a beautiful beach. A different experience from Princess Cay in that there are gentle waves in the waters here. Food is expensive! We missed Freeport due to heavy winds. At points we were in apparent winds over 70 mph. Personally it doesn't bother me and I love the feeling of the ship rocking when going to sleep. The staff planned other events to accommodate the unscheduled sea day. We had an issue with the people in the next cabin smoking on the balcony which made it hard to enjoy our own balcony one evening as the high winds were blowing the smoke in our direction. We notified Guest Services and it was handled very expeditiously. Carnival Guest Services sent a lovely treat to our cabin as a thank you, which was totally unexpected but very much appreciated. We had a variety of food on the Lido Deck and in the Dining Room (no specialty dining) and as always we enjoyed everything. Guys Burgers is always fantastic, and of course Melting Chocolate Cake is unbeatable! Saw a couple of the shows as we had seen them on a previous cruise. Hasbro game show was fun. There was a special holiday show on this cruise which was enjoyable. The entertainers got the children involved on stage. Quest, as usual, was hysterical. The ship was decorated nicely for Christmas ~ it was done subtly in golds, bronzes, and silvers for those of us who celebrate Christmas to enjoy, without being in your face for those who do not celebrate. The Christmas Tree lighting on the first night was fun with everyone singing Christmas Carols, and a celebration later in the week when it snowed in the atrium was awesome. Cruise Director, Rev. Dr. "E" is absolutely fabulous. His exuberance is contagious! Everyone should participate in Groove for St. Jude ~ a very worthy cause. Special kudos to Racel in Guest Services and Aura at the Red Frog Pub. For those sailing in the next 6 or so months, make sure you get to the Red Frog Pub to hear "In the Groove" ~ they are absolutely fantastic!!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Carnival Pride is affordable and let me see a part of the world I thought I would never see! Carnival made our 7 day Bahamas trip so great. The food was fresh and always available, the entertainment consisted of comedians, mega deck ... Read More
Carnival Pride is affordable and let me see a part of the world I thought I would never see! Carnival made our 7 day Bahamas trip so great. The food was fresh and always available, the entertainment consisted of comedians, mega deck parties, musicals, arts and crafts, dinner wait staff dancers, and I can’t say enough to brag on the staff, they were so friendly and worked so hard to ensure we had every thing we needed all the time and let’s me say we all especially loved Cookie the Cruise Director who made the events fun and he has a carefree personality that I enjoyed and Cookie and all the staff made the trip worth every dime. I will be booking another trip soon. I plan to bring more family with me on the next trip! Till next time Carnival chow for now. Love, Mari, Sarah, Rebecca and Danielle Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We are an active couple in our sixties. Leaving Baltimore in winter can create a rocky and cold sailing for the first 36 or so hours. But that’s not surprising. After that, it’s smooth sailing unless you experience inclement ... Read More
We are an active couple in our sixties. Leaving Baltimore in winter can create a rocky and cold sailing for the first 36 or so hours. But that’s not surprising. After that, it’s smooth sailing unless you experience inclement weather. That can happen on any ship. I discovered that Green Apples really do the job. I recommend keeping a couple in your cabin just in case. We did not get off the ship for The ports, Freeport, Nassau, princess Cay. I’ve heard there’s very little appealing unless you want to sit on a beach for a few hours. Mostly, it’s souvenir shops in these ports. And one or two bars of which there are plenty on this ship. The fun and relaxation are on the ship. That was our goal. And we reached it! Great comraderie throughout. In all the bars and lounges and pools (several) and theaters, etc, good mood fun, with music everywhere from violins to DJs to live bands, and room to dance dance dance! Special noticeable acknowledgments Pros: Very clean facilities Fabulous very accommodating and fun filled crew (from top to bottom) throughout the ship. Delicious beautifully served food and a good variety of choices in the Normandíe dining room. Lots of choices on the Lido deck. Get Guy’s burgers. Captain and cruise director kept us informed via PA of activities and sailing status. Good internet connection Efficient embarkation and debarkation procedures Cons: Smoking areas that permeated non smoking areas Lack of hand sanitizing enforcement at dining areas. Dispensers were available if you looked for them. Hardworking entertainers, but average quality of shows. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
We just returned from our 14 night Journeys cruise on the Pride. The embarkation process was a breeze. We were on the ship very quickly and easily.... one of the best we've ever had. Our cruise director, Cookie, did a great job of ... Read More
We just returned from our 14 night Journeys cruise on the Pride. The embarkation process was a breeze. We were on the ship very quickly and easily.... one of the best we've ever had. Our cruise director, Cookie, did a great job of keeping everyone evolved and entertained. He was always energetic and fun... one of the best we've ever had. We love the ship and have sailed on her several times. The Pride could use a little sprucing up but still is a lovely ship and easy to navigate. We had no complaints about the food on board. If you can't find a delicious desert or something to your liking shame on you. There were plenty of assorted food choices and we sampled most of them....LOL. The entertainment was very diversified and enjoyable. The cast of the production numbers were some of the best we've seen on Carnival... the vocalists were great. There was something going on almost every night in the theater... from production numbers to comic jugglers and fantastic soul artist, Marcus Anthony. The comedy club was always well attended with a variety of comics that we enjoyed, All the staff was pleasant and enjoyable to interact with. We loved our waiter in the your time dining, Vladimir. We had been with him on a previous cruise and it was great to see him again. The bartenders at the pool bar were quick and just nice to deal with, Sanford had my diet coke ready as soon as he saw me coming. Thanks Sanford! There were two interpreters for the hearing impaired that did a great job of interpreting during the shows.... they were very entertaining to watch. One of them interpreted during our slot pull and was so nice and patient. Our ports of call were: Grand Turk was an easy walk to and day at the beach...Aruba....we didn't have to be back on ship until 9:30 PM so we enjoyed the beach during the day and hit their casinos at night. We took the city bus, $2.50 round trip, to Eagle beach...lovely day. St. Lucia we picked up a tour at the port that included a scenic tour, walking tour of a nature preserve and time at the beach for $35/pp. Bahamas ...we took a cab to Carlise beach rented two chairs and had a great day... Curacao... is so pretty and an easy walking port...just shopped and went to the casino there...actually won some $. Debarkation wasn't too bad....we were off the ship at 11AM...our problem was with the shuttle company E-Lite that provided the service to our hotel for our car pick up.. Confusion with where the shuttle was, get on this one...oh no this one will take someone else to another hotel and come back for us...etc...long story short it took 2 hours to get to our car...instead of what should have been 30 minutes.... but travel days are usually a buzz kill...so we just chalked it up. All in all a great two weeks and best of all we missed the snow! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
I chose the Pride because I live in PA and the Port of Baltimore is only 3.5 hr drive. We are a family of 5 so flying is extremely expensive. So it was a no brainer to chose Baltimore. We decided to drive down the night before so we would ... Read More
I chose the Pride because I live in PA and the Port of Baltimore is only 3.5 hr drive. We are a family of 5 so flying is extremely expensive. So it was a no brainer to chose Baltimore. We decided to drive down the night before so we would be comfortable knowing we wouldn’t miss our cruise due to any unexpected traffic. We found an awesome Park & Cruise deal with the Staybridge Suites. You can’t beat it! The service we encountered was second to none. From the moment the valet attendant greeted us with a welcoming smile, to the lovely front desk young lady that checked us in to outstanding free breakfast chef it was absolutely amazing. The rooms are gorgeous and the beds are like sleeping on a cloud. This hotel is a real Gem! The shuttle service from www.ezconnectshutle.com was the best we ever had. The driver we had was early picking us up both times which made us stress free, he loaded every bag we had from the lobby to his beautiful Mercedes Metris. The van was extremely clean and smelled great. The knowledge of the city and the cruise ship he had was so helpful to my family and I we couldn’t thank him enough, on the return trip he even made sure the valet attendant had our vehicle waiting for us because he knew we had to drive home immediately after the cruise. Kudos to the Staybridge Suites and EZ Connect Shuttle. The cruise was our 1st out of Baltimore bow that we are a family of 5 cruisers and it will definitely not be our last. The ship was so fun and family friendly. We were deck 3 and we had zero issues. We could move about the ship easily and everything was well organized. The ladies and gentlemen carnival hire are outstanding. I want to thank everyone who played a major part in our vacation and I will surely do this again in the near futur! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Carvinal Pride Review 9/23-9/30 Grand Turk - Half Moon Cay - Freeport My Husband and I celebrated our 10th wedding Anniversary with a cruise from Baltimore on the Carnival Pride. We are first time cruisers and liked the convenience of a ... Read More
Carvinal Pride Review 9/23-9/30 Grand Turk - Half Moon Cay - Freeport My Husband and I celebrated our 10th wedding Anniversary with a cruise from Baltimore on the Carnival Pride. We are first time cruisers and liked the convenience of a local port within a few hours drive of our home. Our son who is three and a half also cruised with us. After researching cruise lines, itineraries and ports we felt the Pride would best suit our needs for some family fun in the sun! As for our review it’s from a young family’s perspective and first time cruisers trying to learn the ropes. Although we saw most of the venues onboard we did not go into more of the adult themed areas like Serenity, some specialty bars, specialty dining, night clubs, ect. We learned the great fact about cruising is it’s what you want to make of it. You can do very little or have an activity almost any time of the day or night. To some this review will feel like we did very little, but it’s what we chose :) Our family had a blast. Port of Baltimore: It’s very convenient to get to and embarkation and debarkation moved quickly. The Pride: We found it to be a beautiful ship. The theme may feel dark and heavy to some guests, but I personally did not find her run down as some reviews had stated. Carnival Hub App: I highly recommend. Download at home and log in once on board. It accesses the ships wifi to give you tons of info while on board. You need not buy an internet package to use the app. Very handy to track S&S expenses, access the weather, see what’s open and what’s going on! Dining: There were so many choices! I can’t say anything I ate was terrible, some dishes were better than others. We had ATD and ate all dinners in the MDR. There was always a line regardless of what time we headed up to dine. It was fairly long most nights but always moved quickly. We were given a pager the first elegant night but our wait was under 15 minutes. Great meal selections in the MDR and desserts were nice as well. I especially enjoyed the tiramisu, wish it were a staple on the dessert menu. Lunch on the Lido has a lot of variety. We tried everything. Guy’s Burgers and BlueIguana are very good. My son really enjoyed selections from Chopsticks. My husband and I enjoyed the deli quite often for a nice MTO sandwich and the truffle fries are great! There is usually a short wait at the Deli as they prepare your sandwiches as your order. Pizza Pirate and the remainder of the buffet filled every gap in between. The 24HR soft serve ice cream was a big hit with our son, and we stopped there numerous times (a day)! Breakfast selections on the Lido were our go to. We did Sea Day Brunch once, it was also very good. Drinks: I found the ship’s drinking water to be very palatable. We had ordered a 12 pack of bottled water for our cabin and used the majority of that for taking along on port days. I packed insulated drinking tumblers for each of us. We would ice them up in the Lido and fill with soda which we carried on. They worked out great! Ship coffee on the Lido was strong, but we enjoyed it. The hot chocolate is very good! Mixes well with the coffee for a mocha style beverage. Specialty coffee was also good, especially paired with a cookie! We do not drink beer but all the mixed drinks we had were strong and delicious. I especially liked an extra dirty vodka martini, tiramisu martini, and hurricane wave. Pools & Waterslides: We enjoyed lounging around the pools and they are refreshing for a quick dip. Not a hot tub fan so I never ventured in there. Waterslides and kid’s splash area were never too busy when we visited. I did not witness many “chair hogs” in the pool area as some reviews have stated. Most mornings around the pool decks there were only a handful of towels out on chairs around 7:30AM. We were usually to the pools by 9AM and were able to find loungers around the Venus pool but preferred the Apollo pool as it wasn’t so loud or full. Ports: We enjoyed all three port stops on our stay, even Freeport which always gets a bad rap. Grand Turk was great! We were first ship in port. Be prepared for the locals to be persistent while you are walking on the beach. We politely declined them and walked down to Jack’s Shack. Very nice area of beach and great drinks! Margaritaville looked very busy, we just walked by. We also stopped at the Beached Whale. Beach is rocky there with a small swimming area, but the clamshells are free and it’s very quiet. Great spot for photos! HMC is spectacular. Most amazing water and sand I’ve ever seen. We spent all day lounging in water. Wait staff walk through the loungers taking orders. Ship photogs on site for pro photos. Island BBQ lunch was good. Buffet lines moved quickly and seating was ample. Wish we had a few days there, we hated to leave :) Freeport is industrial. Nothing to do directly off ship except the market. Booked excursion through Carnival for “beach at your leisure”. $19.99 PP no charge for our son. Roundtrip transport to a private beach club for just under 2 hours of sand and sun. Club was cute, water was rougher than GT or HMC. Drinks were tasty but we did not eat there. Fun time for a short stop. Glad we booked it! Entertainment: The list seemed endless, something for everyone indeed! Shopping: Nothing onboard “spoke” to me, but there were all kinds of stuff to browse. From perfume to purses, jewelry and trinkets, discounted booze and cigs in duty free. I did pick up local rum in GT for Christmas presents. Staff: All the staff we encountered on board was hardworking and attentive. They were super friendly and diligent about their jobs! Guests: Everyone we encountered was friendly and talkative. We met people local to our home area and some as far away as Alaska! I did not witness any unruly or bad behavior. Weather: We left the rain in Baltimore and it cleared by our first day at sea. We did hit bad sea conditions the afternoon and evening of our second full day at sea. The Atlantic can be unpredictable in the fall and she showed us her might with 99MPH winds. We had fantastic weather on our port days! A passing shower and light winds on the return trip. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
We chose this cruise because the departure port location was convenient and the itinerary looked nice(I saw a pic of Half Moon Cay and was sold). My family of 3, which included a 3 year old had all been looking forward to our very first ... Read More
We chose this cruise because the departure port location was convenient and the itinerary looked nice(I saw a pic of Half Moon Cay and was sold). My family of 3, which included a 3 year old had all been looking forward to our very first cruise for months. The Pride did not disappoint in any way! The boarding process was quick and painless, the staff made us feel like royalty all day every day, the food was delicious from every place we tried, and we enjoyed all of the entertainment. We were initially nervous about it being and older ship, but we found it to be fancy and delightful in so many ways. Our balcony cabin was clean and suited our needs. The complimentary shampoo smelled amazing. Our 3 year old son LOVED our entire cruise experience, and still talks about it almost daily... his favorite parts were the Kid's Club and the dance parties. Our cruise director Neil was top notch!! Neil and all of our dining staff made our son feel so special, our little guy will never forget them! I will never understand how people get bored on this ship. There is truly something for everyone. We did not do any excursions at the ports, just enjoyed the beaches and went with the flow. We snorkeled around at Grand Turk and found the under water life to be quite lovely right there off the ship. We ate up every second of the beautiful Half Moon Cay! It was by far our favorite, like swimming in a ginormous crystal clear salt water pool. Freeport was nice, but the least desired of the 3. We took a taxi to a beach approx. 20 mins away and it was nice, just didn't bring enough money or have enough time to thoroughly enjoy it. We did get all of our little take home treasures from Freeport, so that was fun. We would all absolutely book this ship again! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
I Love Carnival the staff was Awesome Dr. E was really good. Like being close to home the Port is 15 mns from my house. Did not eat in the dinner room that often. Entertainment was great.Ports Half Moon Cay was Awesome. Grand Turk was ... Read More
I Love Carnival the staff was Awesome Dr. E was really good. Like being close to home the Port is 15 mns from my house. Did not eat in the dinner room that often. Entertainment was great.Ports Half Moon Cay was Awesome. Grand Turk was nice. Cabin was nice and taken care of well. I traveled with my husband and myself. We meet really nice people enjoyed just relaxing. Embarkation went very well like that you have a time. One thing I dislike is that everyone in the cabin has to get the Cheer package I do not drink my husband likes to have a few beers or a drink i do not think everyone should have to get it. I understand it is no way for them to check but unfair. I wish the Pride would go to more Islands as well. And I have more Vegetarian dishes... / Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We booked this cruise about 2 months before sailing. We had a 4K cabin which is classified as an interior room with an obstructed view. This was a great option for us, we don't usually use a balcony but like to have the natural light. ... Read More
We booked this cruise about 2 months before sailing. We had a 4K cabin which is classified as an interior room with an obstructed view. This was a great option for us, we don't usually use a balcony but like to have the natural light. Our cabin steward was friendly. We only saw him on the first and last day of the cruise because we don't spend much time in the cabin but he remembered our names and did a great job. We had late dining. Unfortunately, the rest of our table never showed up but our wait staff, Michael, Robin, and Soping were great. They would chat with us and gave us great information about upcoming ports, disembarkation. Also, we had Ken the singing Maitre'd, he did a great job and has a lovely voice. The food was wonderful. We had fun doing trivia with Steph (need to get my ship on a stick) and karaoke. We really enjoyed the cooking demonstration and the ice carving demo as well. Dr. E is an amazing cruise director and always entertaining. We enjoyed the comedians if you get a chance to see B.T. do it. We did not do an excursion at Grand Turk since the beach is right off the pier. We snorkeled and saw many different fish and an octopus. We did the bicycle eco ride at Half Moon Cay and it was fun. There is really no reason to do an excursion there, the beach is lovely and the water is perfect, but the excursion did get us priority tendering so it had an added benefit. We did the all inclusive beach day at Freeport and had a great time. It was a 25-minute ride from the port to the beach. The umbrellas were included but tips are expected for the person who puts it up as well as the wait staff/bartenders. We had a great time. Ryan the waiter constantly brought out drinks and checked on us. Elaine who was working the other side of the beach appeared just as competent. They also had paddleboards and the staff taught people how to use them which was a nice touch. It was well run and everyone there was friendly. I would do this excursion again. I would do this same cruise again. We had a great time. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
My first attempt at a cruise review after 4 cruises. We were to leave Baltimore on September 9, 2018 for Bermuda. Because of Hurricane Florence we were rerouted to the Bahamas. Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Freeport. We cruised to ... Read More
My first attempt at a cruise review after 4 cruises. We were to leave Baltimore on September 9, 2018 for Bermuda. Because of Hurricane Florence we were rerouted to the Bahamas. Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Freeport. We cruised to those islands in 2011. I will give you some updates on changes I noticed on this cruise since our last cruise in 2016.. MY OBSERVATIONS: PARKING LOT: There used to be 2 lanes, one for cash and one for credit. The cash line was always the shortest. Now both lanes are open for either cash or credit. EMBARKATION: Seeming long lines at the 1:00 - 1:30 check in but they moved really fast. Carry on bags went through the xray conveyor belt but this time they were not opened and inspected like they did in 2016. We were aboard in about 15-20 minutes. Rooms were ready at 2:00. SHOWER: Water pressure in the shower was excellent. Shower curtain was extra long and didn’t wrap around you while you were taking a shower. I do wish they would add a small grab bar in the shower while the Pride is in drydock. ROOM SERVICE: Room steward brings a card and you check off AM, PM or BOTH. We were not pressured one way or another. We chose AM and wrote in ice. Our room steward was I Ketut and he was great! ROOMS: Our 4K room had a flat screen TV. Previous years you could find the day’s menu and check your sign-and-sail balance on the TV. Now you have to download the Carnival Hub to see those things. We didn’t take a device to use and locked our phones in the safe so this was no help to us. We would check our balance and add money if needed at one of the Kiosk’s at either end of the Casino. Never had to stand in line at Guest Services. I listed the TV Channels you get on the room TVs at the end of this review. BRUNCH: OJ was the only juice offered but you could ask for others. The bread basket came around and you could pick one piece. Menu was great! DINNER: We had YTD on the 3rd floor dining room. Bread basket was placed on the table. Water was really good on this cruise. Some choices came in little bit larger portions (caesar salad especially). Our waiters were awesome! Arta, Arya and Libin. At around 5:30 the line would start forming for the YTD. Crew members from the Dining Room were nice enough to bring those disabled guests right in to a table so they didn’t have to stand in line. I thought that was very nice. In past years they had a menu board outside the Dining Room with that night’s dinner menu. This cruise there was none. LIDO: Lots of good choices for lunch. Breakfast was always the same. I am not a fan. Best drink we found from Lido was to put about ½ inch of lemonade in the cup, add ice and then fill with water. Excellent lemon-water! Lido now has platters alongside the plates. Perfect to use as a tray if you need one, especially for bringing coffee and pastries back to the room. GUY’S BURGERS: Guys is a matter of opinion. Some love it and some do not. My husband loved it but I don’t usually eat burgers. The fries looked greasy and not crispy. However, I love fried onion sandwiches! I got a burger roll from Guys and filled it with the (yes, very greasy) fried onions from their fixins bar. Delish! PIZZA: We both preferred the pizza of 2 years ago made on a flat bread/foca bread type crust. This time it was made on traditional round pizza crust and it was served as ½ pizza when you ordered. (Unless you wanted a whole one. Approximate size was a medium). SHOWS: We didn’t go to any of the musical shows except KARAOKE which was fun. Hosted by Assistant Cruise Director Bendy Blake who was awesome! We did attend the CARIBBEAN SHOPPING SHOW. As reported by others, it was a waste of time, just telling you where to shop on the islands. (Stores associated with Carnival). Love and Marriage Show was hosted by Dr. E and of course it was very funny. He asked around 10 questions. COMEDIANS: Didn’t attend but heard they were very funny but only about 20 minutes sessions. Last couple of nights they had no comedians because they were to be picked up in Freeport on Friday but we skipped that port and came straight home Thursday after Half Moon Cay. CASINO: We spent a little time in the Casino on the first night. The smoke was unbearable. When we got back to our room, our clothes smelled like cigarette smoke! I wish they would make the table game side of the Casino the smoking section and the Slot Machines on the right as non smoking. That might help a little. DH was able to pick up a stack of $100 from the claw machine. We saw a couple other people grab one as well. CREW: As always, you won’t find a nicer, friendlier crew anywhere. When ship is docked in a port, the crew members are busy cleaning. CRUISE DIRECTOR: Reverend Dr. E (Eversen) was so funny and personable! Best cruise director we have ever sailed with! PORTS: GRAND TURK: We were last in Grand Turk in 2011 so it has been awhile. Back then Carnival advised to stay in the Carnival port area and not wander off beyond there. This time, locals were everywhere in the port. They offered golf cart rentals, jeep rentals, tours, chairs and umbrellas closest to the beach. It was really a big difference and to me it just seemed overcrowded with so much going on. Port shops were great. Half Moon Cay: Awesome as always. Captain announced on Thursday evening when we left Half Moon Cay that we would not be docking at Freeport on Friday due to Hurricane Florence. We would leave right then and go farther out to sea and around the Hurricane on our way back to Baltimore. Friday was a rough sea day as we did hit some rough seas. This also cancelled the Comedians for Friday and Saturday as we were unable to pick them up in Freeport. DEBARKATION: We did self-assist for the first time and loved it! If you have any questions, I would be happy to answer. TV CHANNEL SHOWING 11 FUN FINDS 13 CRUISE LIFE 14 CHANNEL GUIDE 15 SAFETY INFORMATION 16 FUN ABOARD 17 CARNIVAL ADVENTURES 18 MAP CHANNEL 19 FORWARD CAMERA VIEW 20 LIDO CAMERA VIEW 21 AUDIBLE FUNTIMES 22 CNN 23 CNN INTERNATIONAL 24 CNN SPANISH 25 HLN 26 BOOMERANG 27 CARTOON NETWORK 28 TNT 29 TBS / WATCHED IN ENGLISH/COMMERCIALS IN SPANISH 30 TCM 31 TRUTV / SPANISH IN PM & ENGLISH IN AM 32 FREE MOVIE CHANNEL / MOVIE GUIDE BETWEEN MOVIES 33 FUN FOR ALL 34 OCEAN VIEW 35 GOOD TO KNOW 36 MUSIC CHANNEL Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Everything was great. We had amazing weather the entire trip. Leaving out of baltimore was super convenient and getting onboard was a breeze. Parking is simple and is 15$ a day. Our luggage was taken before we parked and arrived in our ... Read More
Everything was great. We had amazing weather the entire trip. Leaving out of baltimore was super convenient and getting onboard was a breeze. Parking is simple and is 15$ a day. Our luggage was taken before we parked and arrived in our room at a resonable time after we left. We explored the ship and our room was ready by 2pm. Food was plentiful during embarking. There was always activities going on and we were always busy or relaxing. Ofcourse this is an older boat and perfection wasnt expected. But the boat was clean and beautiful. Our room was great and the balcony was fabulous. It would be nice if everyone jad common courtesy of not banging there doors closed and being loud on there balconies. If you hold the door handle while it closes it doesnt bang shut, super simple poeple.thats really my only complaint. My neighbors sucked. They knew eachother and felt it to be cool to constantly communicate from there balconies on either side of me before 6am alllllll the time. Again all it takes is simple common sense and respect for others. Ok rant over, we loved every other minute on the cruise. Grand Turk was beautiful and half moon cay was even better! We did an excursion at freeport just bc we wanted a day out of the sun. We did sea and see and it was ok. Nothing amazing although our tour guide valerie was awesome. All of our meals in normande were great and the servers are awesome. Guys burger was ok but fries were amazing. Blue igana was ok. And this could just be a me thing since im really just a simple eater. My daughter loved the ice cream machines. The pools were nice, crowded but fun. People do save chairs alll day which is unfair but i did see crew put stickers on chairs they saw being saved but guests didnt seem to pay them much mind. Again just common courtesy some people just dony possess. Pg comedy shows were good and ee enjoyed the lip sync battle. We didnt make it to any of the shows, casino or clubs. My daughter did go to camp ocean one day and was bored crazy within 20 minutes. The fitness center was nice and the spa was good, we got massages. It can be loud tho so although it was relaxing it was noisy as well. I didnt feel super pressured to purchased lotions which was nice but i did get a speel about it. All in all it was a great time and we would for sure do it again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
My family chose this cruise because it was convenient leaving from Baltimore and only a 2.5 hour drive from our house and we didn’t want to fly. It was my teenage daughters first time cruising. We had the best time on the Pride!! The ... Read More
My family chose this cruise because it was convenient leaving from Baltimore and only a 2.5 hour drive from our house and we didn’t want to fly. It was my teenage daughters first time cruising. We had the best time on the Pride!! The staff and the service was amazing!! The Fun Squad was so much fun and made the cruise memorable!! Shout out to Bendy Blake the funniest and most talented entertainer on the ship!!! Shout out to Anshul, the amazingly talented table magician who blew my mind every night!!!!! The shows were top notch and also the comedians. The waiters we had were so nice they danced for us every night and the Maitre D who sang just like Frank Sinatra’s!!! Shout out to our room steward Domingo who was outstanding and kept our room looking beautiful every day. Everything about the ship and the people that work on it are all about FUN!! We were always busy doing something on and off the ship. Grand Turk was beautiful and Half Moon Cay was the most beautiful beach I have ever been to!! Did the Reef Ray and Snorkel Excusion at Grand Turk & Horseback Riding at Half Moon Cay both were amazing!!!!! Great ship for first time cruisers!!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
We chose this cruise at the last minute as a birthday gift to take a bit of the sting out of my turning the big 60. We weren't expecting much but very pleasantly surprised at how Carnival delivered such a great experience. ... Read More
We chose this cruise at the last minute as a birthday gift to take a bit of the sting out of my turning the big 60. We weren't expecting much but very pleasantly surprised at how Carnival delivered such a great experience. Embarkation, while a bit slow, was painless and moved along at the expected speed. Ship was very well kept up with a few more additions since our last time on it. A Japanese restaurant that we didn't visit, was added as well as a coffee shop on Deck 2 that was quite enjoyable. They also added Guy Fieri's Burgers and the Blue Iguana on Deck 9 that were both delicious. The only comment on the burgers were they tended to be a bit on the greasy side. They also turned The Twilight Bar? into The Red Frog and they had a group playing each evening for dancing. The only comment on that was for the jazz music, the bass was so loud it made it difficult to enjoy the rest of the group. Hopefully they fixed that after the first evening. Our cabin was a 4K that had French doors with a view of a lifeboat. Enough to let the light in and it was a bonus for an inside cabin. It was quite spacious and gave us plenty of room for the two of us. Our cabin steward Kadek was always visible and did a fantastic job! He was always checking to see if everything was alright and it we needed anything. We did the dining that we could choose our time. It made for a relaxing cruise but we found ourselves there at the same time anyway:) Lee Ann made certain we always managed to get a table for two by the window. We had the same service team every evening. Alexis, Luis and Puthut made certain we had fantastic dining experience every evening. The food itself was outstanding! I can honestly say we never had a meal that we didn't care for. We went to Freeport, Grand Turk and Carnivals own island. Their island is the only time we got off the ship and it was truly beautiful. I think we could have stayed anchored there for a few days and been quite content. Entertainment in the Taj Mahal was mediocre at best , however all of the comedians were definitely worth seeing. The two stand outs for us in the activities area were Stephanie and Bendy Blake. They had the type personalities that lent themselves to that profession. Neil was okay as a cruise director, considering he was new and still finding his own way. We truly enjoyed trivia and they had many different ones to chose from. Sorry this ended up so long! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
My daughter and I went on this cruise because I had not been vacation in five years and to celebrate by 40th. After much research I figured a cruise was my best bet because they have a camp on board where I could leave my daughter if I ... Read More
My daughter and I went on this cruise because I had not been vacation in five years and to celebrate by 40th. After much research I figured a cruise was my best bet because they have a camp on board where I could leave my daughter if I wanted some adult alone time. First, embarkation was not what I expected. We arrived before our scheduled arrival time and were waiting around when an older couple started talking to me The woman said I should not wait and go through the line anyway because it takes a long time. I'm glad I ran into her. Once you get in the building, the line is ridiculously long, then you have to wait in seats until they call you to get on the ship. Once we got on, we went to have lunch like most of the reviews suggest. The party started right away with plenty of music and dancing. We didn't really tour the ship because we had a carry-on but after about an hour and a half, a staff member let us know we could get in our room. I let my daughter change into her bathing suit and we went to the kids water area and we almost missed dinner. Our luggage arrived around 8. Dinner each night was amazing. Our wait staff was awesome and always called us by name. We even enjoyed our randomly chosen table mates. The second night the waiters sang happy birthday and I got a special dessert. Each day there were plenty of activities to do, so much so that I missed some things I wanted to do. I also dropped my daughter off at Camp Ocean during the first two sea days and she really enjoyed it. Only two complaints: On the first night it was scheduled that someone would be there for the evening to tour the space and meet the staff. When we got all the way there, there was a sign that they would not open until the evening. Other complaint is that the room was always freezing. I was also disappointed with the Seuss at Sea breakfast. It was rushed, the food was not that great and it was more about getting the kids to take pictures to buy later. While the space looked beautiful, I wish it would have been more kid-friendly and interactive. We had a great time at all three ports. Bring plenty of sunscreen! We did the family beach excursion at Grand Turk which was ok but not worth the money. Turns out there is a beach as soon as you get off the ship. I liked that the private beach was quieter, but we lost a lot of time waiting on our ride and getting to the location. I also did not care for the food but my daughter enjoyed it (rice and beans, jerk chicken and some cold salads) Half Moon Cay was amazing. They need more drink stations. We also did the nature walk and I wish I had saved my money. The tour guides acted like they had no desire to do the tour and it was something we could have done on our own. At Freeport we did not get an excursion so got in a cab and went to the shopping center. Again, we lost a lot of time waiting. The sellers in the straw market were very pushy. I had no intention of spending much money so we walked to the beach which was pretty much empty. Many of the hotels are closed from the last hurricane. You must get the guava duff from Zorba's. I had been in Freeport 10 years before and became hooked and it was just as good (have them heat it for you) As far as the ship, we never made it to every floor. It is huge! My daughter enjoyed the water play area and mini-golf when it wasn't too windy. You can almost get blown over on that level. The evening shows are a must to attend. The first night there were not many people but attendance increased each evening. The group on our ship should skip Motown night because they butchered all the songs. Their singing got better during the last few nights. Breakfast at the buffet is tough because it's hard to find seating. We did brunch in the dining room during the first morning but service was expectedly slow and my daughter was getting antsy so we did the buffet the rest of the week. They should have more staff at the deli and pizza spot because the line was always long, especially when the rest of the buffet was shut down. You also can spend a lot of money if you're not careful. The cost of pictures adds up and there are going to be other things you want. You also get bombarded by spa staff trying to get you to visit. I also got well over 15,000 steps each day just in doing normal activities, not trying to work out so be prepared. Also the Lido deck gets very slippery! I almost fell one time with some flat bottomed slides then wore my sneakers and slides with better grip. Disembarkation was a headache. You have to be out of your room early, breakfast ends early and then you're sitting around forever waiting for your group to be called. Definitely have the ship take your big luggage off.Then you have the rude people who get in line before their number is called. Overall, we had a great time and I am ready for our next cruise but will pick a cruise with different ports. I will say that I got sick during the first sea day and slept much of the day but was fine for the rest of the cruise. I did experience what I believe was vertigo for almost two weeks afterward which I was not prepared for. Read Less
Carnival Pride Ratings
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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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