Proud of the Pride: Carnival Pride Cruise Review by msvacation

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Proud of the Pride

Sail Date: March 2010
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: Baltimore
Six family members ranging in age from 17 to 51 cruising the Pride.

EMBARKATION: We drove to Baltimore, an appealing aspect of this cruise, and arrived at the port shortly before 11 a.m. Waited until 11 to enter the gated area where we dropped off our luggage, paid cash for parking and found a parking space and headed into the terminal. After a speedy check-in process, we were directed to chairs and waited a bit for our zone to be called. Wedding party and priority were before us. On the ship and up to the Mermaid Grille for some lunch. Because we had come from snow and cold, we headed out on deck to sit in some lounge chairs in the sun and wait until our rooms were ready. At around 2:30 we were told our rooms should be done. As we arrived at our room, our luggage had just been dropped off also. Unpacked and ready to enjoy the vacation!

STAFF: We found everybody to be very friendly and our room steward was very good. Cruise director Jamie was very bubbly with a good More sense of humor. Wait staff was always willing to help or please.

CABIN: Balcony on deck 8. Room was normal cruise size with plenty of space for our stuff. Chairs on balcony a little narrow for us extra volume people, but doable. Bathroom spacious and very clean.

FOOD: Dining room and Mermaid Grille were both enjoyable and we didn't have any trouble with long lines (timing was always good) and the food was pretty good.

ENTERTAINMENT: Only watched a few shows. Some of them too late for us. What we did see was good. Enjoyed trivia and other games in the afternoons. Bingo was pricey considering all the more they paid out. Casino was fun, enjoyed card games, although no perks for playing all week at the tables. PORTS: We enjoyed our ports and tours that we took. Missed Freeport due to high winds, but the staff did a good job of filling the day with things to do.

DEBARKATION: We did self debarkation and other than standing in a long line for about 15 minutes, it was a breeze. We were off the ship and in our car by 10 a.m. Less

Published 03/19/10

Cabin review: 8F8197 Balcony

Balcony room nice with good view front to back of ship. Close to stairs and elevators but never any substantial noise from that. Chairs on balcony narrow.

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Port and Shore Excursions

I enjoyed being in Nassua and especially the warmer weather. We did another Carnival excursion. City highlights and Pirates of Nassau. The downside to this tour was we met right off the ship, but then had to walk quite a ways to catch our taxi guide. There were many seniors who were having a hard time going that far. They should have shuttled them out. The tour itself was good. We visited two forts and walked down the Queen's Staircase. Saw the important buildings of Nassau and drove by Cable beach and then back into town to the pirate museum. Returning to the ship was on your own, about a 10 minute walk. We walked around the many shops, including a Harley shop and the straw market. Took a few pictures in front of the famous Senor Frogs and then headed back to the ship.

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We had a scheduled Carnival excursion for the Alligators and Airboat ride. We had never been in an airboat before and it was fun shooting across the water. We did see some alligators and many vultures and some smaller birds. There were some wildlife naturalists at the fish camp with some animals including a skunk, possum, alligator, snake, and some birds. Opportunities for touching and learning more about these animals. We enjoyed a soft drink or bottled water and tasted some deep fried alligator. A good excursion and I would do it again.

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