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If you like to drink, gamble and listen to dirty comedy then Carnival is the cruise line for you. We were fairly disappointed in the entertainment choices on board. The scheduling did not seem to flow as easily as we've encountered on other ships/lines. Dinner and the evening shows (whether early or late) always conflicted w/the pool side movie time and the family friendly comedy was only offered at 7 or 7:30pm which was never workable with having dinner in the main diving room unless you chose to eat very late. All the later comedy choices were considered "Adult/18+". Apparently Carnival doesn't realize that some adults do not enjoy that type of entertainment. Also, the shows and talent were really a step down for others we've seen on other lines. David, in the piano bar, was awesome and provided a nice alternative to dirty comedy and a smoke-filled casino. The Pride was coming out of dry dock and we expected an almost brand new, spanking clean ship. That was not the case. Only some of the common areas had been redone...the state rooms, although they had ample closet/shelves/storage space, were disappointingly worn. Old TVs, old carpet, and unfortunately our balcony door did not seal right and whistled for 2 nights unless we left it open a crack, which affected our air conditioning. Maintenance finally seemed to get it fixed but left sharp metal shavings all over our balcony which felt like broken glass when I stepped out onto it. We received an apology. We were told that all the beds had been replaced with new ones, but we found them very hard and uncomfortable and we did not sleep well the entire cruise. Also, my husband uses a CPAP machine and there is no outlet anywhere near the bed. The ship provided us with a long extension cord which we had to stretch across the room and be careful to avoid tripping over if we got up during the night to use the bathroom. Overall, the food variety was lacking in the Lido buffet, especially in the late afternoons and evenings. Also, food trays were not available at all of the food stations so we often found ourselves searching for trays, and the drink cups provided at all drink stations were WAY too small. Guy's Burgers, pool side, was great! Too bad the Taco/Burrito bar was never open when we wanted a quick bite in the later afternoon so we never even got to give it a try but we heard from others that it was good. One of the upgrades was the new Serenity Spa outdoor pool & deck area which was really a nice option to escape the partiers and loud music at the main pool. However, the first day all of the cushions were filthy with some sort of soot and small black specks all over the lounge chair pads so we had to clean them before we could even use them. Also, no pool towels available before 8am, so if you want to sit on the deck and watch the sunrise you will need to bring a towel from your room or keep one from the day before. Sadly, none of the hot tubs were ever really hot either, just barely warm and disappointing. The Salsa, Salsa and Marguerita excursion was excellent and really fun for the price. However, the other 2 excursions I purchased were lacking, especially the provided lunch with was really sub par for most cruise line excursions that include a meal. We traveled with a large group of friends, most of which went for scuba diving, so we enjoyed the cruise, but otherwise it would be far from my first choice when cruising again. The crew could do a better job of providing port and disembarking information but were friendly and helpful for the most part and were a bright spot in our overall opinion.

Fun time but not on par with other cruise lines.

Carnival Pride Cruise Review by CABandSLB

Trip Details
If you like to drink, gamble and listen to dirty comedy then Carnival is the cruise line for you. We were fairly disappointed in the entertainment choices on board. The scheduling did not seem to flow as easily as we've encountered on other ships/lines. Dinner and the evening shows (whether early or late) always conflicted w/the pool side movie time and the family friendly comedy was only offered at 7 or 7:30pm which was never workable with having dinner in the main diving room unless you chose to eat very late. All the later comedy choices were considered "Adult/18+". Apparently Carnival doesn't realize that some adults do not enjoy that type of entertainment. Also, the shows and talent were really a step down for others we've seen on other lines. David, in the piano bar, was awesome and provided a nice alternative to dirty comedy and a smoke-filled casino.
The Pride was coming out of dry dock and we expected an almost brand new, spanking clean ship. That was not the case. Only some of the common areas had been redone...the state rooms, although they had ample closet/shelves/storage space, were disappointingly worn. Old TVs, old carpet, and unfortunately our balcony door did not seal right and whistled for 2 nights unless we left it open a crack, which affected our air conditioning. Maintenance finally seemed to get it fixed but left sharp metal shavings all over our balcony which felt like broken glass when I stepped out onto it. We received an apology. We were told that all the beds had been replaced with new ones, but we found them very hard and uncomfortable and we did not sleep well the entire cruise. Also, my husband uses a CPAP machine and there is no outlet anywhere near the bed. The ship provided us with a long extension cord which we had to stretch across the room and be careful to avoid tripping over if we got up during the night to use the bathroom.
Overall, the food variety was lacking in the Lido buffet, especially in the late afternoons and evenings. Also, food trays were not available at all of the food stations so we often found ourselves searching for trays, and the drink cups provided at all drink stations were WAY too small. Guy's Burgers, pool side, was great! Too bad the Taco/Burrito bar was never open when we wanted a quick bite in the later afternoon so we never even got to give it a try but we heard from others that it was good. One of the upgrades was the new Serenity Spa outdoor pool & deck area which was really a nice option to escape the partiers and loud music at the main pool. However, the first day all of the cushions were filthy with some sort of soot and small black specks all over the lounge chair pads so we had to clean them before we could even use them. Also, no pool towels available before 8am, so if you want to sit on the deck and watch the sunrise you will need to bring a towel from your room or keep one from the day before. Sadly, none of the hot tubs were ever really hot either, just barely warm and disappointing. The Salsa, Salsa and Marguerita excursion was excellent and really fun for the price. However, the other 2 excursions I purchased were lacking, especially the provided lunch with was really sub par for most cruise line excursions that include a meal. We traveled with a large group of friends, most of which went for scuba diving, so we enjoyed the cruise, but otherwise it would be far from my first choice when cruising again. The crew could do a better job of providing port and disembarking information but were friendly and helpful for the most part and were a bright spot in our overall opinion.
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Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin 8B 5254
This balcony cabin is located mid-way in the ship aft and convenient from the aft elevators to both the Mermaid Grill buffet and the Main Dining room, as well as to the pools & Serenity spa areas. It was a bit inconvenient during embarkation day because the aft elevators were being used to transport luggage and were closed to passengers for hours. There was quite a bit of vibration and shaking while enroute and especially during docking, apparently due to being above the rear thrusters/engines but it was bearable. The room was fairly spacious and provided plenty of hanging/drawer/shelf space. There were even large storage drawers under the sofa which came in handy for storing small bags and purchases. The beds, we were told, were replaced during the recent dry dock so were new but much too firm for our liking. There is only one electrical outlet in the main part of the room near the desk/mirror. No outlet near the bed so we were unable to plug cell phones in to charge yet have them near the bed for a clock/alarm at night. Also, had to acquire a long extension cord to use a CPAP machine during sleep and the cord had to be dangerously strung across the room. More outlets would be very advantageous. The bathroom and shower, as is usual in staterooms, was cramped but additional shelving above the vanity was very helpful. Replacement of the old TVs with a bit larger flat screens would be nice. All in all a pretty decent stateroom and not a bad location.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Bacab Jungle Park
    40 minute ride in each direction is a bit too long as nearly half of the excursion time was spent in the bus. Tour guide was informative and pleasant but the area of Belize we saw along the route was not very inviting. Lots of poverty and trash, not a scenic drive. Bacab park is a pretty, albeit small, attraction. Basically a beautiful man-made pool area with waterfall and inviting landscaping, a short nature walk, horseback riding and an open lunch area and bar. A very small gift shop (more like a shed) is barely worth mentioning. The lunch was sub-par for a cruise ship excursion costing nearly $100 (this included horseback riding). Very little variety, not very tasty, and did not even include one soda although the view from the café is relaxing and pretty and the servers were pleasant. The $5 locker charge was a bit high considering the high cost of the excursion to begin with. Horseback riding was fun and the guides were very helpful and eager to make sure that each participant had the full experience with spotting wildlife (a crocodile, monkeys and even termites) and pointing out indigenous plants and even picking leaves for sniffing as they identified them. There was a bit of freedom to trot for those who were more experienced riders and, for the most part, the horses were very cooperative. Would have been better if the riding time had come first or immediately after lunch so the time to enjoy the pool would have been at the end when we were hot and sweaty from riding and we would have only had to change clothes once to save time as we could have ridden back to the ship in a swimsuit cover-up and towel if necessary. Just would have allowed us time to enjoy the pool, where otherwise we felt rushed. This excursion, in my opinion, was too expensive for the time actually given to enjoy the attraction and with the disappointing lunch provided. Also, since tenders were being used at the port, it did not allow us time for any exploring/shopping in the port area. The tour start time was pushed back later than originally scheduled when the tour was purchased and booked pre-cruise and then we felt rushed when returning to the port. We learned later that we could have gotten off the ship earlier that morning with tender tickets instead of waiting on board to meet up with our excursion group in the theater, but instead that time was wasted because the ship personnel did not clearly communicate that information beforehand. All the people involved with the tour were pleasant and helpful, but that did not make up for it's lacking in other areas. I guess I just expect more for $100+ (when you include the tipping) since I know that most ship excursions are priced much higher than doing the activity independently so I expect higher quality for the extra cost. There seemed to be a good deal of local craft shopping and a pretty and inviting pier area, so was a shame to not have time for any of it besides the excursion even though we had 7-8 hours in port and the excursion was only 4.5hrs. Not something I would do again or recommend.
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  • Scuba Diving
    Great day of diving! During our break between dives we visited a gorgeous remote island where a single inhabitant lives and earns a living fishing for conch & lobster. He graciously shared his little slice of paradise with us for our lunch break. Lunch was minimal (sandwich, piece of fruit, cookie & water) but at least it was included which is more than Carnival provided.
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  • Salsa & Salsa
    Great excursion for the price! Easy on and off the ship at the pier allowed for shopping time before the start of the excursion. Tour organizers are easily located in the main square by well marked signs. Transport was easy, comfortable and very short in 8-passenger vans. Salsa/drink making was fun and very well organized including lots of tasty treats to enjoy with gracious amounts of beverages including margaritas (both alcoholic & non-alcoholic), hibiscus tea (very tasty), and bottled water. The chefs were vivacious and fun and the table servers were attentive and very pleasant. The dance lessons were somewhat limited but still fun. Would have been nice to have had a bit more time to enjoy exploring the beautiful resort and pool area a bit. Also would be nice if they allowed you to keep the chef hat or apron as a memento of the experience. All in all a great excursion that includes lunch for under $50 and still allows a bit of time for exploring the port area before the ship sails.
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  • Scuba
    Easy on and off at the pier. Diving was good but did not allow for any time to explore the port area afterward. Could have provided food (at least a snack, i.e. fruit, granola bars, cheese, etc.) between dives along with water to drink.
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  • Turtle Farm
    This excursion included several price options based on add ons such as lunch included and swimming with the dolphins. It was well organized with wrist bands of different colors to distinguish the tour purchased and which areas of the park you were permitted entrance into. The park areas were clearly indicated with signage. The van ride there was only about 30 minutes and went through some lovely areas that the driver clearly pointed out to us. We even made a quick photo stop at the Governor's home along the way. The turtle farm was small but very interesting and informative. Up close and personal encounters and touching are allowed and encouraged. There is even a shallow pool where you can step down in with the baby turtles, touch them and even pick them up. Photos taken by the park personnel are offered but not in a pushy manner and private photography is not discouraged. Iguanas of all sizes and colors are plentiful on walkways, rock walls and sandy places. You can snorkel with the big turtles viewing the predatory shark exhibit from a glass beneath the water provided for your safety (and that of the turtles!), visit the small bird aviary or even enjoy a swimming area complete with waterslide, just bring your own towel. Changing rooms are available as well as an open air restaurant for a bite of lunch. Be warned though, the prices were high and in our opinion, the quality of food was lacking. We did not include the buffet in our tour ticket, so I can't speak for that and didn't think to ask the others on the bus what they thought. Bottled water was $3 at the restaurant, only $2 near the Gift Shop entrance from the park, and only $1 out front at the little local shops adjacent to the gift shop, so be aware. Everything in the gift shop was fairly pricey but not unexpected when preservation of animals is the priority. All in all, a nice excursion for the price and we had plenty of time upon returning to the pier to do some shopping at the many booths and stores near the tender pier. There is security to leave/enter the pier area. We did not venture far but saw a bit of the downtown area before easily returning to the ship.
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  • Roatan
    Carnival has developed it's own port area here and exiting the ship is easy but feels much like walking into a Disney resort area. Long concrete walkways with fancy pavers leading to a shopping area mostly contained within protective walls. The landscaping and plants are beautiful and inviting but there is absolutely no view of real local scenery from this area. Most of the shops are not all that different from those available in the beach resort areas of the USA with set pricing. Basically it is a touristy spot made for bringing $ to the local economy (and probably to Carnival). There is a bright spot in the small craft village at the upper end of the plaza where local artisans are selling goods associated more with the region. Wood carvings and items made from mahogany were plentiful and beautiful. Here there was room for bargaining with prices. The scuba diving was apparently very good at this port, so for Scuba enthusiasts, it's probably a good stop but even then little is seen of anything but the water and the shore. Sadly, the only views of Honduras that can be seen without booking some sort of shore excursion, were from the ship's vantage point. We can say we have been to Honduras, but actually saw very little of it.
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