Love Leaving from Baltimore: Carnival Pride Cruise Review by Chak

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Love Leaving from Baltimore

Sail Date: May 2009
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Baltimore
For our 30th anniversary we celebrated on a May 30th to June 6 Carnival 7 day cruise out of Baltimore (no flying involved) on the Pride. We took a Carnival cruise 30 years ago for our honeymoon. What a change!  We had a delightful time. It was relaxed and fun. Dress code was easy so women didn't have to fuss about hair, makeup, and jewelry. Food was available all the time, and my favorite was the frozen yogurt/ice cream machines 24/7. Delicious. I had several spa treatments and the facial was amazing. The little British girl was super. Our room was the best on any ship ever. Suite with a balcony - tons of storage and closet space, sound proof, comfy bed and very large bathroom and separate vanity area. Our cabin steward cleaned our room twice a day with fresh towels and turn down service. The little towel animal each night was adorable. The ship itself is lovely, with interesting art work and beautiful furniture. Weather was not good  for several days, but it More didn't matter. There was a lot to do, and the casino is always available. Our sailing was smooth and not rocky. The convenience of leaving from Baltimore was so easy and quick. We drove 45 minutes to Baltimore and were at the very clean terminal. We ate at David's supper club one night and the food was spectacular. I had the sole meuniere and my husband had filet mignon. Well worth the $30 per person price. The dining room just implemented their open seating plan, to go along with the early and late seatings that have always existed. They need to work on open seating a little more to make the table locations nicer. But the food was very good and if you don't eat the chocolate melting cake for dessert, you are missing the best dessert ever! Food on Lido deck for buffet was always plentiful and flavorful. There was not a minute that food was not available. The salad bar was chock full of healthy options to the ever present burgers and hotdogs. We just had a great time and will certainly book Carnival again. The age group on this cruise was mixed. I thought we would have a young crowd, but many folks were a bit more "mature," like us. There were young families and couples, but not many singles. This cruise is great and the staff was so friendly and helpful. Someone was always available to get your food, a soda or bottled water, or a bucket of beer or a Bahama Mama! I can't wait to cruise Carnival out of Baltimore again. We visited Turks and Caicos which is lovely and nice shopping. Next stop was Half Moon Cay, Carnival owned. We took a very easy tender to the island where we had a terrific day at their gorgeous beach. The staff actually brought tons of food over to the island and all the guests were treated to a huge barbeque lunch at the beach. Nassau was a quick half day stop, just enough to get into town and buy gifts for family and friends. Cruising home we enountered a bit of rain, but with the casino, games, bars, and so much to do, it was not a problem. What a lovely, relaxing, wonderful vacation. I am dreaming about my next cruise as I write this. Less

Published 06/06/09
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