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Travelled to Bermuda from Norfolk two years ago with Carnival. Many extended families, seemingly with navy affiltiation of some sort were on that 7-day cruise. In 2017, Norfolk not available for a 7 day, so chose to debark from Baltimore to take advantage of a full 7 day cruise, allowing for more time in Bermuda. This time, we saw mostly just small groups or couples.We read Pride has a reputation of being older but decent. Agree with this observation. Ship was late arriving Baltimore. We arrived at noon as directed to be told to "circle around for an hour" so as to allow the parking lot to empty. We were scheduled for 12:30 boarding. OK, we circled. BUT... when we returned, told to "circle around" for another 3 1/2 hours!!! Amazing directive. Instead, we circled, then were able to grab a gap after yet another hour. BUT... once in the lot, again, yet another hour before we could actually park. Total incompetence. THEN... once inside, yet ANOTHER hour before we had cards in hand to ultimately board the ship a bit later. Not a good start - and waaay past scheduled boarding time. i.e., dinner time, not lunch. Once onboard, our room steward Nolito quickly welcomed us to our balcony (7125) and answered our few questions. Our room was kept clean and fresh with fun towel animals! We quickly unpacked and started exploring. Yep, there were a kazillion paint chips all over our balcony since work had begun to brighten things. No painting the balcony while we were on board, but amazingly the chips on the chairs did not transfer onto our clothes. I had asked for extra towels so we could put in the chairs to protect against the paint, but gladly found they were not needed. Balcony door and windows were washed the last day in Bermuda. Looked great! Washer actually came in through the room - we were warned -but be prepared. Overall, crew were friendly and always busy at task keeping floors clean/swept/dry and bathrooms were nearly pristine. Note: we're early birds, so missed anything late night. We had "anytime" dining in the Normandie (level 3) and enjoyed ok meals with fun, attentive service provided several nights from a team including Eko Budi, Elsa, and Rasadi (sp. for all?) who made sure I had my special dessert (creme brulee). Enjoyed their "dance routine" when the music came on:) Food in the Lido was fine. Not fantastic, but quite adequate with enough variety to satisfy. Guy's burgers were good, Chopstix tasty, sandwiches from the deli (carving board?) were good, also enjoyed a couple tacos at Iquana:) Bar service, especially at the Serenity Bar, was very good. Drinks were good, edging on strong. No one will ever forget Indra and his "yooohooo":) but others were also good. (Jahar??sp??) Also, started each morning with a delicious Irish whiskey coffee served by Galena (sp?) at the Coffee Bar on deck 9. As for chair hogs, took several pics. Two men put out towels at 7:15am on at least 4 chairs and a cabana right next to the pool, then no one returning until 10:33am. RUDE, SELF-CENTERED group. I hope to post the pics on a "wall of shame" if there is one. Sorry that Carnival didn't say anything!!! Made sure to capture pictures of the offenders but have discarded any with faces to "protect" their identity. Most other folks were fair, reserving for a short while, but then moving on once done. By the way, If you saw anyone with a red ballcap, another in gray t-shirt, and women in black suits. hmmmmm. Guess it could have been anyone, but.... Overall, we found the crew to be attentive and hard working, fellow cruisers to be pleasant and (usually) courteous, and Bermuda to be a great destination. Regarding Bermuda: often gale force winds on the way there, rain and wind once we arrived. We bought 2-day passes enabling us to bus or ferry at will. Nice people, great history and sights, no panhandling, very interesting dockyard history museum, fun in St. George's with the "dunking" skit. We're now looking forward to returning a third time. Disembarkation was much better than embarkation. We docked an hour earlier than projected and were in our car by 10am. This was after early morning fun watching the sunrise, fishermen in the Bay and the bridges as we sailed toward Baltimore.

Bad start, decent cruise, good port and finish

Carnival Pride Cruise Review by CruiseToSmile

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2017
  • Destination: Bermuda
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
Travelled to Bermuda from Norfolk two years ago with Carnival. Many extended families, seemingly with navy affiltiation of some sort were on that 7-day cruise.

In 2017, Norfolk not available for a 7 day, so chose to debark from Baltimore to take advantage of a full 7 day cruise, allowing for more time in Bermuda. This time, we saw mostly just small groups or couples.We read Pride has a reputation of being older but decent. Agree with this observation.

Ship was late arriving Baltimore. We arrived at noon as directed to be told to "circle around for an hour" so as to allow the parking lot to empty. We were scheduled for 12:30 boarding. OK, we circled. BUT... when we returned, told to "circle around" for another 3 1/2 hours!!! Amazing directive. Instead, we circled, then were able to grab a gap after yet another hour. BUT... once in the lot, again, yet another hour before we could actually park. Total incompetence. THEN... once inside, yet ANOTHER hour before we had cards in hand to ultimately board the ship a bit later. Not a good start - and waaay past scheduled boarding time. i.e., dinner time, not lunch.

Once onboard, our room steward Nolito quickly welcomed us to our balcony (7125) and answered our few questions. Our room was kept clean and fresh with fun towel animals! We quickly unpacked and started exploring. Yep, there were a kazillion paint chips all over our balcony since work had begun to brighten things. No painting the balcony while we were on board, but amazingly the chips on the chairs did not transfer onto our clothes. I had asked for extra towels so we could put in the chairs to protect against the paint, but gladly found they were not needed. Balcony door and windows were washed the last day in Bermuda. Looked great! Washer actually came in through the room - we were warned -but be prepared.

Overall, crew were friendly and always busy at task keeping floors clean/swept/dry and bathrooms were nearly pristine. Note: we're early birds, so missed anything late night.

We had "anytime" dining in the Normandie (level 3) and enjoyed ok meals with fun, attentive service provided several nights from a team including Eko Budi, Elsa, and Rasadi (sp. for all?) who made sure I had my special dessert (creme brulee). Enjoyed their "dance routine" when the music came on:) Food in the Lido was fine. Not fantastic, but quite adequate with enough variety to satisfy. Guy's burgers were good, Chopstix tasty, sandwiches from the deli (carving board?) were good, also enjoyed a couple tacos at Iquana:) Bar service, especially at the Serenity Bar, was very good. Drinks were good, edging on strong. No one will ever forget Indra and his "yooohooo":) but others were also good. (Jahar??sp??) Also, started each morning with a delicious Irish whiskey coffee served by Galena (sp?) at the Coffee Bar on deck 9.

As for chair hogs, took several pics. Two men put out towels at 7:15am on at least 4 chairs and a cabana right next to the pool, then no one returning until 10:33am. RUDE, SELF-CENTERED group. I hope to post the pics on a "wall of shame" if there is one. Sorry that Carnival didn't say anything!!! Made sure to capture pictures of the offenders but have discarded any with faces to "protect" their identity. Most other folks were fair, reserving for a short while, but then moving on once done. By the way, If you saw anyone with a red ballcap, another in gray t-shirt, and women in black suits. hmmmmm. Guess it could have been anyone, but....

Overall, we found the crew to be attentive and hard working, fellow cruisers to be pleasant and (usually) courteous, and Bermuda to be a great destination.

Regarding Bermuda: often gale force winds on the way there, rain and wind once we arrived. We bought 2-day passes enabling us to bus or ferry at will. Nice people, great history and sights, no panhandling, very interesting dockyard history museum, fun in St. George's with the "dunking" skit. We're now looking forward to returning a third time.

Disembarkation was much better than embarkation. We docked an hour earlier than projected and were in our car by 10am. This was after early morning fun watching the sunrise, fishermen in the Bay and the bridges as we sailed toward Baltimore.
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Balcony
Cabin 8D 7125
Plenty of storage under bed for suitcases, 3 closets, some drawers and cabinets. Bathroom small but not so tight that the knees bang on cabinets. Shower has curtain but no leakage beyond the rim of stall. Reasonably quiet. TV adequate, but old style. Some smoke detection while on balcony. Not sure if from smoking area 2 decks up - we had gale force winds which could have impacted - or possibly from room nearby:( Would easily choose this room again. Room steward Nolito was attentive with a big smile.
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