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Sept 21-18, 2014. This was our third time on the Pride. We really enjoyed the cruise, we love the Pride and it feels like home. We cruised with several friends we met on the Pride a few years ago so most of the cruise was a positive, fun experience. There were a few notable differences this time on the Pride. Embarkation was painful but was the first poor embarkation for us in Baltimore so hopefully a one-off. -Balcony cabin 6283 was as expected and overall we were satisfied with it. Our Cabin Steward was 'ok', but he was the first we did not give an extra gratuity to (normally tip an extra $25-$40). He never did introduce himself to me (he did introduce himself to my Wife), I called him the first night and asked for ice and asked him if he could make sure we had ice every day when he did the room (we had no additional special requests). He had room service send us a beer bucket full of ice which melted all over the place. Daily we would ask either for ice or glasses as he wouldn't replace the drinking glasses in our room after taking dirty ones. In our opinion he did the bare minimum. -Food: Room service was pretty quick but as expected, cold sandwiches nothing fancy. Pizza bar was a good quick fix but the guys working the pizza bar are the most miserable we have ever encountered on a ship's crew. These guys should be moved to laundry duty or someplace out of the way if they don't like interacting with passengers. Buffet was hit and miss, loved the Caribbean dishes, but a lot of the food was cold and/or pretty bland. Dining Room was as expected, quality food, usually pretty good. Tried the steak house option from the MDR for $20 but was not the same as eating at David's. Do yourself a favor and just go to Davids and spend the extra $$$. Most MDR staff were very pleasant and good at their jobs. Comedy Brunch was as we remembered, very good and enjoyable. Didn't hear a comedian this time so maybe Carnival is listening. -Entertainment: Comedians were very good, we saw two (BT and Cee-Jay). Karaoke we usually enjoy even though we rarely sing. While there were some very talented singers on board, why is Carnival hosting karaoke in the Ivory bar??? Constant stream of people walking between the singers and the spectators. It needs to be moved back into one of the lounges ASAP. The band on board was pretty entertaining. -SPA: Wife and I enjoyed the best relaxation massage we have had on a ship yet. Hayley and Bianca were amazing and really gave a good relaxing massage. If we had gotten the massage earlier in the trip we likely would have booked a second one with them. -Ship: Really glad she is going in for upgrades as she is showing her age in several areas. Panels from the underside of deck 9 rusted and/or falling off (one panel missing altogether-looked u from our balcony), some fluid ?? dripping on us from the ceiling in Beauties night club while we sat downstairs against the back wall. Air conditioning in cabin was barely working, go to bed and its hot, wake up it's cool, wake up later on and it's hot again. Mattress on bed closest to the TV was old and sloped downwards towards the TV (presumably from people sitting on it all the time over the years). They need to spin these mattresses each cruise IMO. Gym equipment not working or damaged. Looks like they are not bothering with repairs or replacements as they are upgrading soon anyway. It's a shame because we paid 100% of our cruise fare and do not want a ship that is no longer being maintained because they don't want to waste money on repairing a ship going in for an overhaul soon. -Ports: Grand Turk, great beach day as always. We walk down to Jack's and grab some drinks, food and an umbrella and relax...water was so refreshing and cool. Half Moon Cay: Was our first time here and is now one of our new favourites! We were lucky enough to be part of a group who had the Grand Oasis Cabana and was worth every penny! The bartender in the Oasis (Dante from the crew bar) was awesome! He was better than any bartender we had on the ship. Freeport: first time we have not explored a port. We have done Freeport a few times and not interested anymore. Gold Rock Beach is a paradise but no time to do it so we stayed and hung out at Senor Frogs and getting silly. Next time I think we will look to hire a taxi for 5 hours and have them take us to Gold Rock and wait for us. Experience: As with every cruise we had fun and will do it again. If we hadn't been sailing with such a bunch of great people, the drop in service and condition of the ship would have given us pause before sailing her again at least until after 2.0 upgrades. A great cruise is usually a result of the people you are with and not the cabin stewards ability to get ice etc., so of course we will be back. Having said that, we hope Carnival steps it up soon and reminds us why they are (were?) our favourite cruise line. A recent cruise on the NCL Breakaway has us considering another trip with NCL when we book next.

Third time on the Pride was not the charm BUT a good time had by all.

Carnival Pride Cruise Review by cdnmr

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2014
  • Destination: Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
Sept 21-18, 2014. This was our third time on the Pride. We really enjoyed the cruise, we love the Pride and it feels like home. We cruised with several friends we met on the Pride a few years ago so most of the cruise was a positive, fun experience. There were a few notable differences this time on the Pride. Embarkation was painful but was the first poor embarkation for us in Baltimore so hopefully a one-off.
-Balcony cabin 6283 was as expected and overall we were satisfied with it. Our Cabin Steward was 'ok', but he was the first we did not give an extra gratuity to (normally tip an extra $25-$40). He never did introduce himself to me (he did introduce himself to my Wife), I called him the first night and asked for ice and asked him if he could make sure we had ice every day when he did the room (we had no additional special requests). He had room service send us a beer bucket full of ice which melted all over the place. Daily we would ask either for ice or glasses as he wouldn't replace the drinking glasses in our room after taking dirty ones. In our opinion he did the bare minimum.
-Food: Room service was pretty quick but as expected, cold sandwiches nothing fancy. Pizza bar was a good quick fix but the guys working the pizza bar are the most miserable we have ever encountered on a ship's crew. These guys should be moved to laundry duty or someplace out of the way if they don't like interacting with passengers.
Buffet was hit and miss, loved the Caribbean dishes, but a lot of the food was cold and/or pretty bland.
Dining Room was as expected, quality food, usually pretty good. Tried the steak house option from the MDR for $20 but was not the same as eating at David's. Do yourself a favor and just go to Davids and spend the extra $$$. Most MDR staff were very pleasant and good at their jobs.
Comedy Brunch was as we remembered, very good and enjoyable. Didn't hear a comedian this time so maybe Carnival is listening.
-Entertainment: Comedians were very good, we saw two (BT and Cee-Jay). Karaoke we usually enjoy even though we rarely sing. While there were some very talented singers on board, why is Carnival hosting karaoke in the Ivory bar??? Constant stream of people walking between the singers and the spectators. It needs to be moved back into one of the lounges ASAP. The band on board was pretty entertaining.
-SPA: Wife and I enjoyed the best relaxation massage we have had on a ship yet. Hayley and Bianca were amazing and really gave a good relaxing massage. If we had gotten the massage earlier in the trip we likely would have booked a second one with them.
-Ship: Really glad she is going in for upgrades as she is showing her age in several areas. Panels from the underside of deck 9 rusted and/or falling off (one panel missing altogether-looked u from our balcony), some fluid ?? dripping on us from the ceiling in Beauties night club while we sat downstairs against the back wall. Air conditioning in cabin was barely working, go to bed and its hot, wake up it's cool, wake up later on and it's hot again. Mattress on bed closest to the TV was old and sloped downwards towards the TV (presumably from people sitting on it all the time over the years). They need to spin these mattresses each cruise IMO. Gym equipment not working or damaged. Looks like they are not bothering with repairs or replacements as they are upgrading soon anyway. It's a shame because we paid 100% of our cruise fare and do not want a ship that is no longer being maintained because they don't want to waste money on repairing a ship going in for an overhaul soon.
-Ports: Grand Turk, great beach day as always. We walk down to Jack's and grab some drinks, food and an umbrella and relax...water was so refreshing and cool.
Half Moon Cay: Was our first time here and is now one of our new favourites! We were lucky enough to be part of a group who had the Grand Oasis Cabana and was worth every penny! The bartender in the Oasis (Dante from the crew bar) was awesome! He was better than any bartender we had on the ship.
Freeport: first time we have not explored a port. We have done Freeport a few times and not interested anymore. Gold Rock Beach is a paradise but no time to do it so we stayed and hung out at Senor Frogs and getting silly. Next time I think we will look to hire a taxi for 5 hours and have them take us to Gold Rock and wait for us.
Experience: As with every cruise we had fun and will do it again. If we hadn't been sailing with such a bunch of great people, the drop in service and condition of the ship would have given us pause before sailing her again at least until after 2.0 upgrades. A great cruise is usually a result of the people you are with and not the cabin stewards ability to get ice etc., so of course we will be back.
Having said that, we hope Carnival steps it up soon and reminds us why they are (were?) our favourite cruise line. A recent cruise on the NCL Breakaway has us considering another trip with NCL when we book next.
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Balcony
Cabin 8C 6283
Mattress closest to TV slopes towards the TV from people sitting on it. Air conditioning not working properly. Balcony door not closing on its own (but doesnt slam so thats good).Otherwise the cabin is fine, balcony can be windy but depending on the temperature that can be a good thing.Cabin Steward not up to Carnival standards in our opinions.
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