50th Anniversary cruise - the good and the bad: Carnival Pride Cruise Review by tobias1955

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50th Anniversary cruise - the good and the bad

Sail Date: December 2010
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: Baltimore
My sister and brother-in-law planned two years ago for 20 of us to go on this cruise to celebrate their 50th anniversary. we had 5 people who had never cruised before, but the other 15 had done at least 3 previous cruises so we knew what to expect.

PROS: the ship was clean and the staff was pleasant.

SO/SO: food was good most days but not exceptional. dining room staff were nice but not terribly memorable. cabin was always clean but rarely saw staff.

Entertainment was fair to good - sound system was much too loud and our two travelers with hearing aids had to turn them off or leave the Taj Mahal because the sound was unbearable. Cruise director was very good but Jamie was always shouting into the microphone - interesting that they let us know by the end of the week that they are "dating".

CONS: one evening dinner alone took nearly 45 minutes to be served with no explanation - wait staff just disappeared and we were left sitting at our tables with More no food or refills on our drinks and no explanation or apology when they returned. my niece's 3 children were in a balcony cabin that had no heat - we left baltimore with nearly 2" of snow on the decks and went into a storm with 50 mile an hour winds so it was very cold. calls to maintenance did not remedy the situation so they asked for blankets and dressed in their parent's adjoining cabin. Ship decor was dated and somewhat gaudy - how many naked women and men should one ship have plastered on every wall and in every elevator - including anatomically correct cherubs (even in the chapel). i played bingo the last night for the $1000 jackpot and won - then another passenger called bingo - she evidently won on a previously called number and never called bingo (Patrick even commented that her's was an old bingo) - we ended up sharing the jackpot but several passengers around me commented that this as not how bingo is played and i should have received the whole jackpot. i was just happy to win at all, but when i returned home i did look up bingo rules and found that they were correct - maybe Carnival should have rules to follow before giving out Bingo prizes in the future. Less

Published 01/11/11

Cabin review: 8A5265 Balcony

Cabin 5265 was clean with a decent sized bathroom and plenty of closet and drawer space. Hair dryer is located in top dresser drawer and has a limited length cord - you have to hold button in all the time to make the hair dryer work which is sometimes difficult while also trying to style hair. location of cabin was very convenient to stairway leading down to Normandie dining room and only noise problems we had was from a group of young adults down the hall who came in very late and very loud many nights.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Freeport was clean and pleasant to visit - did not need to do a shore excursion - we just sat on benches in the sun and enjoyed the brief stop. Right off of the ship is a nice sized straw market that provided enough variety for our group to purchase any island souvenirs they wanted - it was clean and safe feeling and i was impressed. we chose not to do a shore excursion, partially because the two we did in the first two ports were so over-priced for what we got that we did not want to make the same mistake again. we made the right choice just hanging out near the ship enjoying the warm weather.

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Nassau's port area is as seedy as it was the last time we sailed there - it feels unsafe and Carnival and other cruise lines should look at another location to dock or invest some funds to improve the area so that passangers don't have to hug their purses while walking around the shops. Port is rough looking and i would not let my two older teen daughters go off the ship alone. shops are grubby and unimpressive. we purchased a shore excursion that was to be a harbour tour and Atlantis - the harbour tour was actually a 5 minutes shuttle ride to Atlantis - we paid $55 each for this excursion and we could have taken a cab for $5 a person and just walked around Atlantis separately for a lot less. Casino at Atlantis was a huge disappointment - old, old machines - nothing impressive at all. why don't the cruise lines look at improving the area for tourists or dock someplace else?

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PORTS: Port Canaveral has nothing unless you want to do a shore excursion or want to pay $15 a person each way to go to some beach shops (crew pay $5 to be taken to Walmart). Area off ship is clean but there is absolutely nothing to do on foot - you must pay $15 per person round trip to go to Ron Jon's beach shops or to Walmart and the mall (crew pay $5 to go to Walmart). shore excursions are a must unless you just want to relax on the ship for the day.

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