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Our second trip on the Pride. Crew and staff were great. We had a party of five (wife, sister-in-law, her husband, mother-in-law) in two adjoining staterooms (6135 & 6137). Everything we asked for was quickly provided: unlocking the adjoining door between staterooms, opening the balcony partition, ice bucket filled twice a day. Our room was cared for by Num-Nun. She was outstanding, always around checking to make sure our needs were met. She maintained the rooms in immaculate condition. Mom’s ability to get around is not what it used to be. We decided to avoid her having to use her walker to get around the ship so we rented a wheelchair from CareVacations.com. They were excellent and price was reasonable: $180 for the week (including damage/loss insurance). We rented the “companion chair” which was perfect for negotiating the ship’s passageways and narrow doorways. They delivered the chair to our stateroom so it was waiting for us on arrival. At the end of the trip we simply left the wheelchair in our stateroom where the company retrieved it. Couldn’t have been easier. Boarding went very smoothly. Mom needed a wheelchair for boarding (long twisty ramp not good for her to negotiate). Carnival staff at the port was fantastic. They provided us a wheelchair and a pusher to help get Mom onto the ship. They also let Mom go to the head of the line for quick processing. The wife and I had to go through the normal line but that was no biggie. Took 40 minutes to get through security and another 15 to get our sign and sail cards. Considering all the possible issues, it was a very smooth process (a very small minority of guests were hissing about the security check processing time, but a little congestion to ensure we would be safe on the trip is worth it). Mom was happily sitting in the waiting area smiling while we stood in line. Good for her! Overall the ship is showing her age with wear and tear appearing in places. Anyone who knows how much these ships are utilize can understand this is normal. I’m sure she’ll be much better after refurbishing. Still, everything worked. The shows were okay, we always enjoy the dancing and effort the performers put into it. The comedy shows were also good, much better than the comics we saw last year. The Main Dining Room was, as usual, pretty darn good. The food was good with a couple of meals being fantastic (the lobster was to die for). The only complaint was the dining room staff, compared to last year, was really overworked. They were waiting on many more tables per waiter and had to rush a lot to keep up with the timely ordering and delivering of food. That said, the staff was excellent. They made Mom feel special and treated us with smiles and laughter throughout the entire trip. During one of the many songs they danced to the even convinced the wife to join in. And when they surprised the wife and I with cake and candles for our 40th, the “icing was on the cake.” The serenity deck was great. Everyone seemed to follow the rules for reserving chairs and the kids stayed away. The whirlpools and pools throughout the ship were working and well used. I must add that the spa whirlpool was perfect. Some of the gym equipment was non-functional and hopefully will be repaired/replaced during refurbishment. The ports of calls were nice. Grand Turk was a great place to disembark, stretch the legs, and shop around. Highly recommend the snorkeling catamaran trip. The crew was very engaging and lots of fun while, at the same time, ensured that safety was paramount. The rum punch they served (more rum than punch) added nicely to the end of the trip. Half Moon Cay was, as usual, amazing. This time we rented a cabana and it was highly worth it. Besides the snacks and drinks provided, having a place to park out of the sun for Mom was very valuable. The lunch was okay (nothing to write home about) but it fits well with the picnic on the beach theme. Freeport is Freeport. We got off, shopped some souvenirs, took some “I was here” pictures, then re-boarded the ship. As the saying goes for Freeport “thing to see here, move along.” Disembarking in Baltimore was much better than last year. We arrived on time (yea!) and they had most everyone off before the published schedule. Again, Carnival excelled at helping us with Mom. They provided a wheelchair and pusher for getting Mom off and through Customs. Carnival’s excellent help throughout the trip made Mom’s cruise enjoyable which we appreciated very much. Overall we enjoyed the trip. No rough weather (although the newbies were excited when we did a tad bit of pitching and rocking, four to six foot seas is NOT rough weather). Highly recommend the Pride.

Great Cruise - Ship's Showing Her Age

Carnival Pride Cruise Review by Pretzleman

Trip Details
Our second trip on the Pride. Crew and staff were great. We had a party of five (wife, sister-in-law, her husband, mother-in-law) in two adjoining staterooms (6135 & 6137). Everything we asked for was quickly provided: unlocking the adjoining door between staterooms, opening the balcony partition, ice bucket filled twice a day. Our room was cared for by Num-Nun. She was outstanding, always around checking to make sure our needs were met. She maintained the rooms in immaculate condition.
Mom’s ability to get around is not what it used to be. We decided to avoid her having to use her walker to get around the ship so we rented a wheelchair from CareVacations.com. They were excellent and price was reasonable: $180 for the week (including damage/loss insurance). We rented the “companion chair” which was perfect for negotiating the ship’s passageways and narrow doorways. They delivered the chair to our stateroom so it was waiting for us on arrival. At the end of the trip we simply left the wheelchair in our stateroom where the company retrieved it. Couldn’t have been easier.
Boarding went very smoothly. Mom needed a wheelchair for boarding (long twisty ramp not good for her to negotiate). Carnival staff at the port was fantastic. They provided us a wheelchair and a pusher to help get Mom onto the ship. They also let Mom go to the head of the line for quick processing. The wife and I had to go through the normal line but that was no biggie. Took 40 minutes to get through security and another 15 to get our sign and sail cards. Considering all the possible issues, it was a very smooth process (a very small minority of guests were hissing about the security check processing time, but a little congestion to ensure we would be safe on the trip is worth it). Mom was happily sitting in the waiting area smiling while we stood in line. Good for her!
Overall the ship is showing her age with wear and tear appearing in places. Anyone who knows how much these ships are utilize can understand this is normal. I’m sure she’ll be much better after refurbishing. Still, everything worked. The shows were okay, we always enjoy the dancing and effort the performers put into it. The comedy shows were also good, much better than the comics we saw last year.
The Main Dining Room was, as usual, pretty darn good. The food was good with a couple of meals being fantastic (the lobster was to die for). The only complaint was the dining room staff, compared to last year, was really overworked. They were waiting on many more tables per waiter and had to rush a lot to keep up with the timely ordering and delivering of food. That said, the staff was excellent. They made Mom feel special and treated us with smiles and laughter throughout the entire trip. During one of the many songs they danced to the even convinced the wife to join in. And when they surprised the wife and I with cake and candles for our 40th, the “icing was on the cake.”
The serenity deck was great. Everyone seemed to follow the rules for reserving chairs and the kids stayed away. The whirlpools and pools throughout the ship were working and well used. I must add that the spa whirlpool was perfect. Some of the gym equipment was non-functional and hopefully will be repaired/replaced during refurbishment.
The ports of calls were nice. Grand Turk was a great place to disembark, stretch the legs, and shop around. Highly recommend the snorkeling catamaran trip. The crew was very engaging and lots of fun while, at the same time, ensured that safety was paramount. The rum punch they served (more rum than punch) added nicely to the end of the trip. Half Moon Cay was, as usual, amazing. This time we rented a cabana and it was highly worth it. Besides the snacks and drinks provided, having a place to park out of the sun for Mom was very valuable. The lunch was okay (nothing to write home about) but it fits well with the picnic on the beach theme. Freeport is Freeport. We got off, shopped some souvenirs, took some “I was here” pictures, then re-boarded the ship. As the saying goes for Freeport “thing to see here, move along.”
Disembarking in Baltimore was much better than last year. We arrived on time (yea!) and they had most everyone off before the published schedule. Again, Carnival excelled at helping us with Mom. They provided a wheelchair and pusher for getting Mom off and through Customs. Carnival’s excellent help throughout the trip made Mom’s cruise enjoyable which we appreciated very much.
Overall we enjoyed the trip. No rough weather (although the newbies were excited when we did a tad bit of pitching and rocking, four to six foot seas is NOT rough weather). Highly recommend the Pride.
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Balcony
Cabin 8C 6137
Our cabin was clean and well maintained. Our steward was excellent. As our cabin had an adjoining door to cabin 6135, used by the wife's Mom, sister and her husband, they opened the connecting door and balcony partition making it very easy to socialize. We had our ice bucket refilled twice a day with the room kept clean and ready. Our cabin steward was a lady who told us to call her Num-Nun (couldn't pronounce her name on her name tag if I wanted to). She well earned a large personal tip.The cabin in on the starboard side forward. It rode well even when the ship rocked a bit. The balcony view was excellent. One night while experiencing high winds, the ocean spray kicked up by the bow wave missed our balcony was happily danced and drenched those aft of us. If you want an adjoining cabin, this is the way to go. We would use this cabin again.
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