HAD THE TIME OF MY LIFE!!!: Carnival Pride Cruise Review by TowsonTiger

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Sail Date: March 2011
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: Baltimore
The embarkation process went smooth. They check for you citizenship paperwork and then send you through the metal detectors. Make sure to bring a pen or pencil. You have to fill out a paper about possibly being sick. You then get in line and they put your credit card on file and give you your "Sail and Sign card." Your then whisked away to have your picture taken in front of a backdrop. You can later purchase the picture for $11.99 on deck 3. We were then escorted up the walkway into the ship. Upon entering deck 2, all these people welcome you with a pink drink in a souvenir cup, costing $7.50. We then went up to the "Serenity" deck. Very nice and peaceful. It wasn't very long before they announce rooms were ready. We loved our cabin with extended view. Our cabin steward, was Garfield and he was amazing. He made sure our room was always clean,clean towels, and the beds turned down at night, with mint chocolates. I wasn't a big fan of the Lido deck.

I always seemed to come at More the wrong times, because they always seemed to be changing over the food and couldn't eat. If you get an omelette for breakfast, make sure when you walk in from the elevators to get them from the station on the left. He makes the BEST omelettes. The staff was always pleasant. The shows were good. We played bingo for $20, but didn't win. We ate at Normandie's for dinner on a few days. We did not do the elegant nights. The best night was Saturday night. I had 4 crabcakes. If you go to the casinos, DO NOT PLAY the quarter machines, where you have to flip the quarters. VERY ADDICTING! The only nights you have to worry about ship movement is on Friday and Saturday. The ship will be speeding back at 24 knots and it feels like the ship is moving up and down.

On specific nights they have, $1 for each inch of gold or silver. You can get customer necklaces and bracelets. On Saturday they will offer $90 watch sets for $19.99. Monday was cloudy and then it really warm on Tuesday. If you want a good seat to lay on deck, get out early. Seats do run out! Had so much fun, I am going back in October for my Birthday! Less

Published 03/31/11

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Port and Shore Excursions

We purchased the beach and shopping excursion for $41.99. Do not do this. A taxi is only $5 per person each way. The beach water was nice and clear. There were a lot of stores near the beach and also near the boat. Be careful, sometimes people will pull you into their shops. My cruise roommate bought so much booze in Freeport. She bought like 9 bottles. Freeport kind of looks run down. During the drive to the beach, you can see the dock where there are 2 cruise ships on dry dock. One is "Freedom of the Seas" through Royal Caribbean,
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We arrived at 10am. The ship did not clear until 11am. They opened up one gangway, but if you be patient you can go to the second gangway they will open in a few minutes and get out quicker. We paid for the Atlantis Aquaventure @ $131.99 each. The only downside was, we had to walk for awhile to get on the buses. Atlantis was definitely worth it! It was beautiful. I did the rides, the lazy river, and the beach. We were also given a free lunch voucher. The food was good! The lines for the slides tend to get shorter after 3pm. Buses to depart would leave every half hour. The last leaves at 7pm. If you want to stay longer, taxis are regulated at $4 per person. I got back to the ship about 6pm. I was exhausted. Took a shower and went down to the shops. Most of the shops closed at 5pm and 6pm. We decided to go to the "Senor Frogs" for some fun. We departed exactly at 10pm, so be on time!

FYI - When my friend was purchasing a $2 necklace from this guy, she took out her money, he grabbed a $5 bill and ran. BE CAREFUL!

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We paid the $16.99 for the Cocoa Beach excursion. Only pay this if you want to visit Cocoa Village afterwards. If you just want to do the beach, there is a free shuttle when you walk out of the port, on the right hand side. When we got to the beach it was practically deserted. You can rent a chair for $10 with a $5 deposit. Umbrella is $13 with a $5 deposit. As the day went on, it got hot and the beach got really crowded. Had a great time.

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