Cruise was Fair to Good: Carnival Pride Cruise Review by GUILLERAULT

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Cruise was Fair to Good

Sail Date: July 2011
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: Baltimore
We cruised on the Carnival Pride for 7 days beginning July 24th. We were on the Empress deck in an Ocean Suite -- very nice room although the tub area looked like there was mildew around the edges that hadn't been cleaned in some time. Carnival runs back to back cruises not allowing the service staff to do a thorough cleaning of the ship which is a shame. We literally had sand in crevices on the deck as well as a sticky railing and never had an ice bucket for all but the last day of the cruise -- this was too bad since we had paid a bunch of money for this cruise. Carnival has staff that go around and sell, sell, sell from the get go. We were literally on the ship (priority check-in) and within the hour had drinks coming around (at $7.00 bucks plus 15% gratuity a piece) as well as David's Steakhouse steaks with a person taking reservations -- when you pay so much for a cruise you don't expect this constant selling mode (this continued throughout the cruise). The pools on board are More salt water -- and small -- not the greatest at all--our 12 year old was very disappointed by this. The food was just okay -- not gourmet -- the bacon looks great but is tasteless -- we could never figure that out, don't even try the eggs benedict -- it's not like normal eggs benedict! We paid $10 bucks per day for tips and this included children -- we ended up with an extra charge of $210 in gratuities which of course didn't include any of the people walking around taking drink orders or any room service you may use (you are paying an add'l 15% each time). The people taking pictures are constantly taking pictures and are making a pretty penny on every picture ($14 bucks for a picture)....the shops are useless -- mostly carnival stuff and jewelry -- not great. The ship is pretty and it's nice that they have an adult only section (Serenity) as many of the people sailing don't control their children -- we have a 12 year old child so we were not able to take advantage of the adult only section. The parents and Carnival allowed the kids to go into the hot tubs -- and dive under the water like it was a pool -- Most likely they did this because the hot tub was fresh water not salt water. The pools and hot tubs were very very crowded, especially on days we were at sea. Cell phones do not work on the ship -- if you have children think about taking walkie talkies to communicate -- you'll be happy you did.

We have sailed on different Carnival ships 3 different times -- it's time to try a different cruiseline -- hopefully the experience will be a bit better. I believe Carnival, at one time, was better than it is today.

Our cruise was good but could have been better. I read the reviews before going and was thinking that I'd feel differently but unfortunately do agree with several of the reviewees. Carnival needs to slow down and give if a day inbetween cruises so the ship can be fully cleaned and the staff is ready for the next cruise. Also, carnival needs to stop the selling -- just let people cruise, let waiters walk around and if the cruisee wants something they will ask. Less

Published 08/14/11

Cabin review: OS6166 Ocean Suite

We stayed in Cabin 6166. Great balcony -- although they could have washed the balcony better and vacuumed up the sand in the crevices. Though the balcony blocks you off from your neighboring cabins you can still hear very clearly and see through the milky white dividers. Great closet and drawer space, great would occasionally run down the hallway -- this happened mostly on the last evening at sea. We paid a lot for this Ocean Suite -- it has a jacuzzi tub -- my daughter is the only one who utilized the jacuzzi -- after she was out there was an orange ring around the whole tub -- yuck! The cleaning staff did clean it up with the evening cleaning. I liked the deck we were on but save some money and don't go with the Ocean Suite -- it's overpriced.

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Port and Shore Excursions

The dolphin excursion was fun and interesting. The only downside is the ship is in Freeport from 7AM to 2PM -- our excursion was at 8AM. our bus driver told us to meet him at the bus at 12:30 -- this way we would have 1/2 to 45 minutes to shop in Freeport at the port. Unfortunately the bus never arrived, leaving many of us (50 or so) to stand in the heat waiting. At about 1:15PM a bus showed up -- the driver was not the least bit concerned. We got back to the ship but the whistle blowed so there was no time to shop-- this was very discouraging.

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We took the exursion to Blue Lagoon --- the reviews were daughter wanted to rent one of the bikes that can go into the water -- we tried but were told all of the bikes hadn't had the air put in so we couldn't rent one -- we ended up renting tubes (not the best) Blue Lagoon was okay but is over rated. The boat that was to take us there was late by 10 minutes and where you get on and get off of the boat is a very very poor area. The natives are around trying to sell you anything and everything.

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