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Carnival Pride Review

4.0 / 5.0
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Aging gracefully with an outstanding Crew!

Review for Carnival Pride to the Western Caribbean
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karelet
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Feb 2022
Cabin: Vista Suite

My wife and I were recently fortunate to be able to spend 14 nights in February on the Carnival Pride stopping at many Caribbean ports. We had a great time, and I would like to share some of our observations. First, the boarding process during Covid. We were expected to be tested two days before departure, plus bring our vaccination cards. In addition, we were retested in the terminal before boarding. The boarding process took about an hour to complete. Once on board, we were required to wear masks in the dining rooms and while sitting at the bar, but the latter requirement was eased soon into the cruise. We found the ship itself to be aging gracefully. It seemed clean and well maintained with the exception of the teak railings and exterior rust spots (We felt this was un-acceptable, and should have been taken care of during the Covid "downtime"). We had booked an aft corner suite. The balcony was quite spacious, but a long hallway in the cabin took up a lot of the square footage and we didn't feel the cabin was worth the extra cost. Due to our booking, we eventually learned we were able to eat in a special room reserved for Suite occupants, although this room used the same menu as the main dining room. We were pleasantly surprised to find out we could bring our friends along with us to dine. We felt the food was good, but not exceptional. We DID enjoy the brunches in the main dining room on sea days (special menu), the hamburgers served by the pool (best we've had cruising), and a special al fresco dinner we were invited to, served around the main pool. We were un-impressed with dinner in the Steakhouse, and attended the strangest Chef's Table we have experienced on any cruise line. The dinner was served "tapa" style, had limited wine, and felt more like a church service than some of the more rowdy "tables" we have attended; although the food was quite unique and tasty. In addition, a magician appeared for a short performance in the middle of the dinner. The service and crew on this ship were the best part of the cruise. Our steward was excellent, and all the dining staff quickly remembered us by name. We didn't attend all that many activities/entertainment events on the ship, although my wife was fortunate enough to hit a $900 and $200 jackpot on the slots in the casino. In summary, the Pride seems to be aging gracefully, but the service and crew will entice folks to come back again.

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Vista Suite

We had booked an aft corner suite. The balcony was quite spacious, but a long hallway in the cabin took up a lot of the square footage and we didn't feel the cabin was worth the extra cost.

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