Our family of four left out of Baltimore on 7/3/11 along with my parents and my aunt & uncle. A lot of the poor reviews for the Carnival Pride had me worried as my aunt & uncle had never been on a cruise before. Thankfully, we did not experience any of the negative comments that were posted on cruisecritic for previous cruises on the Pride. The main thing to keep in mind when reading these reviews is everyone is different and some people just expect the world to be thrown at their feet. Our family is very laid back and expects good service and a great time.
We stayed in a balcony room on Deck 7. There were 8 of us so we signed the waiver to have our partitions opened which allowed for a bigger balcony. Our room was always clean but two things I did not like at all: Our kids were in our room with us so they were set up on a bunk. For the very first Carnival cruise we went on, the bunk was put back up into the ceiling every day to allow for sitting room in the cabin. Our room steward never did that on this cruise. I was going to say something about it but my husband didn't think it was that big of a deal. I think it's common sense that you need as much room as possible in your cabin so the bunk should have been stowed away on a daily basis. I used the glass goblets provided in the room to drink water and our room steward never emptied and brought fresh glasses-we had the same ones the entire week. The ladder was also left laying on the bunk one evening.
All of the crew were very friendly with the exception of one. My son lost his key card so he went to guest services thinking they would page me so he went up to the room and was waiting in the hallway and just as I got there, a crew member from Hungary had just arrived to let my son in the room and said 'I can't believe that you got here right when I did' Meanwhile, I didn't know anything about my son losing his card, it was just coincidence that I went back to the room at that time. Even though I thanked him profusely for coming, he was very unpleasant about making the trip to come let my son into the cabin.