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We decided to take advantage of the truncated Thanksgiving holiday week at work and run off for a week at sea. We prefer sailing from Baltimore given the proximity to home (90 minutes from our driveway to our cabin on the ship), and Carnival Pride’s schedule was the best fit for my work schedule. This was our first time on Carnival, so we were not sure what to expect in terms of food or service, but the comments we found comparing Pride to RCL’s Grandeur of the Seas, on which we’ve sailed several times, convinced us that any differences were negligible.
Cabin 7170 is roughly mid-ship and has an extended balcony, which meant that it was deep enough to allow a reclining chair. The cabin was one of the brightest we can recall seeing, with lights along the tops of two walls plus on both sides of the mirror. We had the “traditional” two beds linked as a king, a sofa that converted to a bed, plus a chair at the desk/mirror. There was a small bedside cabinet on each side of the bed, a shallow two-door cabinet, and four drawers. There was also a small refrigerator, which kept our ice from melting. The cabin had three closet sections in the entry opposite the bathroom. One closet had a single rod, one had two, and the third had three shelves plus the bottom. Those shelves were hinged and could lock up to allow access to two more closet rods. The hangers were the type that latched into a plastic hook as found in many hotels – but instead of one hanger per hook, there were three, which meant clothing could get crowded together. We had to request hangers with skirt clamps as the cabin had none.
The LCD TV was about normal for a cruise TV – it looked as if it might allow connecting an external video device that used composite video although the HDMI ports were not usable. The TV had some news and sports channels, some shipboard content, a screen showing the ship’s position, plus views of the pool with closable roof to show the entertainment there. We were treated to a new towel animal almost every night, and the entire menagerie remained with us for the remainder of the cruise, fighting amongst themselves for the best positions in the cabin.
The bathroom looks dated with a turquoise sink and counter, but everything worked fine. Despite horror stories about shower curtain floods, we never had a problem. There were two dispensers in the shower, one each for shampoo and shower gel. We used our own hair products and requested a bar of soap for the shower.
We had three cabin attendants, one seemingly in charge and two assistants. This allowed better coverage during the day and we never had a problem. They made the bed every morning and turned down the sheets every night – as well as replacing bathroom linen as needed/requested. They provided ice bucket refills twice daily, as we requested.
Easiest port for embarkation/disembarkation/parking/transportation