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I was overall very pleased with my entire cruise on the Carnival Pride. Yes, the ship is a bit outdated. But, honestly, it did not affect my enjoyment one bit (a little plaster repair of a cracked seashell decoration in the dining room is really not affecting my meal). All the staff were very pleasant and had smiles on their faces the entire trip. Participation in all the activities was encouraged, and the Activities Team started recognizing my son by the second day (which made him very excited). Saffie the cruise director was awesome- she was very personable and did her best to meet everyone and talk to anyone who had something to say. She was genuinely excited to see my son's penguin collection, and we found out that she too loves penguins. She remembered his name and addressed him (and his penguins!) specifically as we were debarking. The pools were always full as soon as we got into warmer weather, and the hot tubs were so crowded with (VERY) young children that I highly doubt it was in any way shape or form "clean". However, I did not come on a cruise to sit in a hot tub, and I thoroughly enjoyed all the amenities. There was always something to participate in, including group games, shows, and demonstrations. I STRONGLY recommend paying the extra for the Faster To The Fun. It is worth the money (we paid $69.95 and that covered the entire cabin) just in the fact that we skipped the 2-3 hour line for embarking. We basically were at a check in window within 15min of arrival at the terminal, and on the ship 15min later. Our room was available immediately, and our luggage arrived before most people were allowed in their rooms (2pm). We also got priority service at Guest Services, and had one of our ports required a tender, we would have had priority there as well. And at debarking, we were off the ship by 1015am. Had we not had FTTF, the earliest we could have debarked with our luggage (which is earlier than if you check you luggage) would have been 1130am.

Very enjoyable with excellent staff

Carnival Pride Cruise Review by cherschell21

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2017
  • Destination: Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
I was overall very pleased with my entire cruise on the Carnival Pride. Yes, the ship is a bit outdated. But, honestly, it did not affect my enjoyment one bit (a little plaster repair of a cracked seashell decoration in the dining room is really not affecting my meal). All the staff were very pleasant and had smiles on their faces the entire trip. Participation in all the activities was encouraged, and the Activities Team started recognizing my son by the second day (which made him very excited). Saffie the cruise director was awesome- she was very personable and did her best to meet everyone and talk to anyone who had something to say. She was genuinely excited to see my son's penguin collection, and we found out that she too loves penguins. She remembered his name and addressed him (and his penguins!) specifically as we were debarking.

The pools were always full as soon as we got into warmer weather, and the hot tubs were so crowded with (VERY) young children that I highly doubt it was in any way shape or form "clean". However, I did not come on a cruise to sit in a hot tub, and I thoroughly enjoyed all the amenities. There was always something to participate in, including group games, shows, and demonstrations.

I STRONGLY recommend paying the extra for the Faster To The Fun. It is worth the money (we paid $69.95 and that covered the entire cabin) just in the fact that we skipped the 2-3 hour line for embarking. We basically were at a check in window within 15min of arrival at the terminal, and on the ship 15min later. Our room was available immediately, and our luggage arrived before most people were allowed in their rooms (2pm). We also got priority service at Guest Services, and had one of our ports required a tender, we would have had priority there as well. And at debarking, we were off the ship by 1015am. Had we not had FTTF, the earliest we could have debarked with our luggage (which is earlier than if you check you luggage) would have been 1130am.
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