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I took my 16-year old granddaughter on this cruise on an unplanned whim. Our cabin was adequate but the bathroom was very small, although the balcony was great with lots of room. We liked that the Pride departed from Baltimore (we're in No. VA) -- a city we know well -- and it made only 3 stops. Freeport is not worth the stop. Stay on the ship. However, Half Moon Cay, Carnival's private island is fabulous with many activities/excursions, bars, good fun, barbecue, plenty of well-run bars and the most exquisite turquoise water and beautiful white powder sand beach. Very enjoyable. Grand Turk was lovely as well. We did one excursion at Half Moon Cay -- stingray encounter -- and it was fun. Our cabin steward, Rosario, is most wonderful, pleasant, happy and very accommodating. The main dining room, with Ken, as maitre'd was a great pleasure for dinner each evening -- and Ken sings! On Wednesday, by loudspeaker, it was announced that the following day there would be a tour of the ship, including galley and bridge and to get your tickets the next day as they would be limited. I patiently waited for shore excursions desk to open that day and was told "No tickets available for that -- some guy bought them all out on the first day of the cruise!" How is that possible when such a tour had never been announced and was not included in the shore excursion book? They had no answer. Very disappointing and unfair. The Guest Service desk is not particularly helpful either. After waiting in line for awhile (don't bother to try to get these people on the phone as that is impossible), I got little satisfaction when I raised a question about a bar charge of $14+ on my account, which charge I did not make. So my advie to you is to keep careful track of what you are spending on the ship, download their app before you embark and go to your account each day to assess your onboard charges. The best places to eat on the 9th deck (pool area) were Pizza (a great guy there making custom pizzas) and the deli (good sandwiches) -- the hot dogs were not hot. Disembarkation was a disaster. Carnival claimed that it would be organized, orderly and prompt but it was anything but. Finally about 11 AM, after calling decks 6 and 7 for those who were carrying off their own luggage, Carnival just gave up and Baby Jayne said, "Everybody just get off the ship!". What happened there?

Cabin 8181 extended balcony room

Carnival Pride Cruise Review by attorneylois

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I took my 16-year old granddaughter on this cruise on an unplanned whim. Our cabin was adequate but the bathroom was very small, although the balcony was great with lots of room. We liked that the Pride departed from Baltimore (we're in No. VA) -- a city we know well -- and it made only 3 stops. Freeport is not worth the stop. Stay on the ship. However, Half Moon Cay, Carnival's private island is fabulous with many activities/excursions, bars, good fun, barbecue, plenty of well-run bars and the most exquisite turquoise water and beautiful white powder sand beach. Very enjoyable. Grand Turk was lovely as well. We did one excursion at Half Moon Cay -- stingray encounter -- and it was fun. Our cabin steward, Rosario, is most wonderful, pleasant, happy and very accommodating. The main dining room, with Ken, as maitre'd was a great pleasure for dinner each evening -- and Ken sings! On Wednesday, by loudspeaker, it was announced that the following day there would be a tour of the ship, including galley and bridge and to get your tickets the next day as they would be limited. I patiently waited for shore excursions desk to open that day and was told "No tickets available for that -- some guy bought them all out on the first day of the cruise!" How is that possible when such a tour had never been announced and was not included in the shore excursion book? They had no answer. Very disappointing and unfair. The Guest Service desk is not particularly helpful either. After waiting in line for awhile (don't bother to try to get these people on the phone as that is impossible), I got little satisfaction when I raised a question about a bar charge of $14+ on my account, which charge I did not make. So my advie to you is to keep careful track of what you are spending on the ship, download their app before you embark and go to your account each day to assess your onboard charges. The best places to eat on the 9th deck (pool area) were Pizza (a great guy there making custom pizzas) and the deli (good sandwiches) -- the hot dogs were not hot. Disembarkation was a disaster. Carnival claimed that it would be organized, orderly and prompt but it was anything but. Finally about 11 AM, after calling decks 6 and 7 for those who were carrying off their own luggage, Carnival just gave up and Baby Jayne said, "Everybody just get off the ship!". What happened there?
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