Pleasantly Surprised: Carnival Pride Cruise Review by pennst8mom

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Pleasantly Surprised

Sail Date: November 2009
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: Baltimore
This was our fifteenth cruise, first on Carnival. We live in Pennsylvania, so getting to the Port of Baltimore was a breeze. We arrived at the port at 12:30, and were eating lunch in the Lido less than an hour later.

We were allowed into the cabins at 3:30, and were amazed to find so much room. We had an "obstructed balcony cabin." We were not sure what this meant, but found out that there was a life boat even with the floor of the balcony. It really did not effect the view in the least. We spent a lot of time on the balcony during this cruise because the weather was beautiful and warm.

The cabin itself was spacious. We had a king-size bed, a couch and two night stands along one wall. There was plenty of storage space, and the bathroom was adequate. One nice touch was a bowl of amenities on the bathroom counter.

Dis-embarcation was also a breeze. We carried our own luggage off the ship, which is very convenient for those that park there. More

We found the food to be outstanding! Lobster night was fabulous. My DH enjoyed the fried oyster appetizer. I loved the warm chocolate melting cake - I ordered it every night. Less

Published 11/10/09

Cabin review: 7A5178 Balcony (obstructed views)

If you choose a cabin on deck 5 with an obstructed balcony, make sure that you do not have a cabin near the first three lifeboats. These boats are bigger, and would block your view. The lifeboats beyond the first three are level with the balcony floor, and they do not block the view.

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Port and Shore Excursions

My DH and I only got off the ship, and stayed in the little straw market near the dock. The ship docks quite a way from town, but the taxis only cost $5 pp each way. We talked to some people who had taken taxis into town, and they said that the beach there is beautiful. There is no beach close to the dock.
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We walked off the ship and around the town. We were able to walk to the Queen's Staircase and Fort Fincastle. Many of the shops and restaurants are close to where the ship docks. We found a beautiful public beach close to the British Colonial Hotel, also within walking distance of the ship. We felt that Nassau was the best port-of-call on this cruise, mainly because there was so much to see and do.
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In Port Canaveral, we obtained our own transportation on a shuttle bus to Cocoa Beach. This was a much cheaper alternative to the ship's transportation. The shuttle let us off near Ron Jon's and the beach. We enjoyed the day on the beach, walking, eating conch fritters, and shopping.

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