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Carnival Pride Review

4.0 / 5.0
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Enjoyable Experience on Carnival Pride - Few complaints

Review for Carnival Pride to the Bahamas
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Dkarb
2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Aug 2012
Cabin: Ocean Suite
Traveled with children

We set sail from Baltimore, MD on August 19 for a 7 day cruise to the Bahamas. The cruise exceeded my expectations. Embarkation was a breeze. Parking, luggage, VIP check in -- all went on incident free. The pros: our ocean suite was large, quiet, and had a fantastic balcony. Entertainment-wise, there was plenty to do. We particularly enjoyed the Punchliner comedy club, which had 1 or 2 all- ages shows per night, as well as adult-only shows. My children didn't take advantage of all that Club Carnival had to offer, but the offerings were extensive. The ship's food was good. I worried, but for nothing; although, some meals were definitely misses. Our excursions were very good. We went to Magic Kingdom during the day in Port Canaveral, and we had a Dolphin Encounter during our day in Freeport. I would have liked a few extra hours in Freeport. I thought prices for drinks, coffee, items in the shops, were all very reasonable.

The cons: Although the food was very good, I didn't like that the choices during the evening for dinner on the Lido deck were limited. Room service was also limited to cold meals. (Room service also showed up very late the one morning we requested it). I thought the service in Normandie, the restaurant, was very slow, and it took a long time to get meals (initially. We spoke to the head waiter and he fixed this problem for us). I would have liked a different dining room one evening for a diverse experience. The coffee was terrible; the specialty coffee was not much better.

The decor is odd. I don't know why a contemporary ship would have such a dated theme (Italian Renaissance).

Cabin Review

Ocean Suite

Cabin OS

6170 - Great balcony, fantastic space. Not noisy. Did not feel the movement of the ship. Would highly recommend.

Port Reviews

Nassau

We didn't book an excursion in Nassau, but instead, walked around the main street. We stopped in for an ice cream break at a little shop off the main drag. We also went to the Pirate Museum, which was very enjoyable. The prices in the gift shop were competitive. I don't think Nassau is the place to get deals on jewelry, however. You may be better off on the cruise ship. We also stopped in for a snack in a restaurant and had conch fritters, grouper fries, and hummus. Very good, but slow service!

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