Just returned from our wonderful vacation on Sunday ! Second time on the Pride, as expected it was not a disappointment. The islands were beautiful and the ship was very, very clean. It was a bit of a nightmare getting on as problems had occurred with the ship the night before and arrival time back to the port was late. In Carnival's defense, if everyone would have abided by the request made by Carnival via phone message the night before, these problems would have been avoided. Due to the problems, and the lateness of embarkation all were credited on board monies for the delay. The Normandie was still a hit among many and delicious. Many activities to choose from, but our choice was the pool time and the soaking up the sun fun. Speaking of the pool, the area around the pool became quite slippy as the day went on. Remember pool shoes on your cruise as this normal hazard could be avoided with proper footwear. Also let me inform all thinking of taking this cruise, The SPA showers, sauna, steam room and hydrotherapy pools are FREE to use ! The showers have 5 shower heads (powerfull) and are much more roomier than the cabin ones and towels are supplied. Make sure to take your shampoo and necessities with you though as they are not provided there. With the amount of people on ship, it never seemed to be overcrowded except on Lido at lunch time. Staggering your lunch time would be a good idea. Late or early would be your choices. Bottled water is a must as the onboard fountain water seemed very much loaded down with chlorine (? spelling). If island purchases have been made and some handed over to attendants for secure storage, alcohol, trinkets deemed dangerous and etc. the morning of disembarkment you may got to the captain's lounge to retrieve them. The time you are given is 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., I went down at 5:30 a.m. - was second in line, and was on my way back to room by 5:45 a.m. So, for FYI, they open early ! As for employees on ship. Most were great. I will name two. Kurt , our room steward and Ivanna our Normandie host ! What a find for Carnival Pride ! They greeted us both by name each time we spied them and was ever so helpful when needed. Now, for the several at guest services. These people need a refresher in guest interaction courses ! I realize you have some guests that are flipping out because of charges (from overhearing many conversations) on their sail and sign cards. Well, if you re unable to comprehend your alcohol purchases several evenings and believe there is indeed errors, drag your boozy butt out of the sack and take care of it then and there ! And for pete's sakes don't throw your card down on the table and issue to all, rounds on me ! I guess it would be a good idea to have a designated card watcher , lol. But to the services desk employees, we all are not like the nasty few in the line ahead of us or behind ! I was there to simply ask a question. In my case I had money credited to my account and did not know why ? After it was explained why I was given the onboard credits I thanked them and moved on. Also and FYI, it is possible to overcharge your sign and sail card as I witnessed while also in line. Some guests were very upset as they found this out in reconciliation of funds the night before disembarkment. At the end of cruise, we opted to disembark with our baggage in hand. What a great idea! We were off the ship before most and heading for home before most even got off.