Inexpensive Getaway: Carnival Pride Cruise Review by Ortho-nurse

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Inexpensive Getaway

Sail Date: January 2011
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: Baltimore
My sister and I (we're both in our early 50's) boarded the cruise in Baltimore after a 5-hour automobile trip from Northeastern New York. We arrived the day before the cruise and stayed overnight at Holiday Inn Express on Russell Street. We had free parking at the motel (which was basically the same price as parking at the pier) and were supposed to have shuttle service from the motel to the pier, but they were so far behind that we took a taxi both ways ($15 round-trip each way).

We arrived at the cruise terminal at approximately 11:00 a.m. Embarkation was very smooth, except there was an 1 1/2 hour wait to board due to de-embarkation of the previous passengers. Hot chocolate, beef broth, and water was provided by Carnival during the wait.

We had a balcony stateroom which was very nice and better laid out than other balcony cabins I've sailed in on other cruiselines. Lots of closet space and a full length couch which turned into a bed. Everything was clean and up More to par. Our room steward Cici was very nice and accommodating.

We wound up having a great time and really enjoyed the Pride. Although it's any older ship, it's very clean and well kept. The staff were great -- bartenders in the Casino remembered our card numbers, Bennie -- a waiter in the Normandie Restaurant was awesome and the best dancer of all the waiters. The food was good -- at times it could have been hotter, but for the most part was good. Don't get the flank steak -- it's tough and I don't even think it's flank steak. We sat with two other young ladies at our table every night for dinner and no one had any complaints about the food. The carving station at the Mermaid Grill was great. The pizza which was available 24 hours a day could have been cooked more, as it was often raw dough tasting.

We saw a few shows which were okay. The hyponotist show was kind of strange and put everyone to sleep -- ??? They should hold the trivia games in a larger venue because there's not enough room for everyone who wants to participate. Karaoke was fun. The free sushi every day from 5 to 8 pm was great!

The people on the ship were very friendly and we made a lot of friends. Just regular people, most of them not trying to put on airs. We had great weather for our ports of call, 75 to 80 degrees each day and sunny. Getting off at the ports was easy and not time-consuming.

The decor of the ship is a little odd, what with all the nudity and renaissance type decor, but the layout of the ship was good and easy to find your way around. We only paid $449 each for a balcony cabin and it was definitely worth it. We waited and booked about 2 weeks before sailing when the price drops. I was pleasantly surprised by Carnival and would definitely go again.

We had quite a few bags and chose the regular disembarkation. We were off the ship around 10:45 a.m. Very organized, no problems. Customs was easy, and porters and taxis were waiting. Less

Published 02/15/11

Cabin review: 8N7199 Aft-View Extended Balcony

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Port and Shore Excursions

Freeport is Freeport (Ha-ha). My sister wanted to go to the International Markets, but we were told that only 50% of them remain after a recent hurricane. So we just stayed around the ship at the straw markets and shops. We were only in port until 2 p.m., so it didn't make sense to go to the beach. We had a good time buying souvenirs and listening to the music. Had a few beers and that was that.

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Nassau is Nassau. We walked over to the straw markets, had a few beers at a local outdoor place, and then took a taxi to Da Fish Fry ($4 per person) because my sister wanted cracked conch. There are about 20 fish fry places in a small strip. The driver tried to take us to one he recommended, but we ended choosing another one. I don't know if it was a mistake or not. I had heard that you can sit and eat by the water, but the water ended being a small stream that smelled to high heaven of rotten fish and garbage as far as the eye could see. I didn't think the conch was all that great, but my sister liked it, and a friend who was with us got the conch fritters, which were okay. We gave them a $100 bill for a $45 tab and after 20 minutes of not returning with our change, had to argue with them and finally got our $100 back and just gave them $45. I wanted to go to Atlantis after that because we were already in the cab, but everyone was done. So that was that.

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We took the shuttle bus to Cocoa Beach ($17 per person round trip). It dropped us off at Alan Shepard Park or beach, near shopping and restaurants. The Ron Jon Store was there. The beach was very nice, beautiful large, sandy beach. You could rent chairs for $7 for 3 hours or $10 for the day. There was a nice open bar/restaurant right there, I think it's called The Sandbar. We shared an order of nachos for around $8, and they were great! Everyone around us started ordering them, too! The shuttle was very efficient, no waiting, and they talked about the sights along the way.

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