Fantastic!: Carnival Pride Cruise Review by momofteens3

Carnival Pride 5
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Sail Date: June 2009
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Baltimore
We had an awesome time on the Carnival Pride June 26-July 3.  This is our second cruise.  We previously cruised last year on Royal Carribean out of Fort Lauderdale.  Carnival exceeded our expectations and we will definitely choose this line again.  The food was fantastic.  There was no need to go to David's Supper Club, the food in the Normandie dining room was wonderful from lobster tails, filet, prime rim, grilled shrimp, excellent!  If you have the late seating, our waiter (Evan), brought us extra entrees every night, so even though we ordered one thing, we got to try pretty much everything on the menu.  There are plenty of choices to pick from too. 

Do not worry about having too many sea days on this cruise.  I thought it was the perfect amount.  There are so many things to do.  We chose mostly to lay near the pool with the band and all the activities going on because we like to get involved and like the partying More atmosphere.  If you are looking for a little more quiet, there are plenty of places for that too.  We never went to the adult pool so not sure how that was. We only did a few of the shoes, the ventriloquist was fun, and the LEGEND show the last night was good.  We liked going into the Starry Nights Karaoke Lounge for a laugh or two.  We took our two teenagers with us and they had other friends on board to hang out with too.  They were not overly impressed with the Club O2, but they did go there at times.   They enjoyed the cruise experience and did not come in every night until 1:00 a.m.   There were basketball competitions, volleyball games, dodge ball games, ping pong tournaments, mini golf, and tons more.  So, if your teens are bored, they just must be missing their cell phones and texting because there is plenty for them to do if they want to do it. 

*** Make sure when you disembark that you choose the self-assist and take all of your luggage off with you.  This was a mistake on our part and we had to wait an awful long time to get off because we put our luggage out the night before and they let self-assist get off first. 

Half Moon Cay was the second port of call and is absolutely beautiful. Do not plan an excursion for this stop. The beach is absolutely gorgeous. The sand is pure white and like talcum powder. You do not need water shoes here! The tenders take you over to the beach. You can rent floats for $9 for the day. They give you an awesome barbecue on the beach that is very quick to walk to. The usual free drinks are there, but they have a bar setup too. If you have soda cards be sure to bring them because they work on the island too. This was the best of all. Less

Published 07/06/09

Cabin review: 7178

Port and Shore Excursions

When you first come into Freeport it is kind of a shocker. It is the industrial area/ship yard, not a pretty sight to see. We took one of the buses into town, $10 round trip. We went to the Port Lucaya shopping area. My recommendation if it is a nice day, leave early, hit a few of the shops, same typical straw market style, and then walk directly across the street to the beach. You can cut through one of the hotels there. The beach is free. We did not take advantage of this because we had a stormy day, but the beach is nice, not like Half Moon Cay, but still beautiful water and big sandy beach.

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In Grand Turk, we went on the Kayak/Eco Tour. I would definitely recommend doing a snorkeling trip instead of this. This excursion was okay, but I would have rather picked something different, but my kids voted me out of this one! They have a Margaritaville as soon as you get off the ship and the beach is right in front. So, you do not even need to do an excursion if you do not want to. Pack some water shoes or flip flops that you can get wet because there are a lot of rocks in the water. The pool is free and so is the beach. We bought lunch at Margaritaville, typical prices, but it is probably just as easy to walk back to the ship and grab an early lunch and go back to the beach too.

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