Carnival Pride Cruise Review by Never Again!
- Sail Date: November 2011
- Destination: Bermuda
- Cabin Type: Balcony (obstructed views)
We left on Monday around 1:30PM and experienced lots of unsettled waves and rocking and unpleasantness. We finally arrived in Bermuda on Wednesday but arrived late and didn't get to shore until around 2:30PM. We caught a bus which took over an hour to get us into the town of Hamilton. Once there, we found that the stores close at 5:00PM. We hurried around and caught the 6:00 PM fairy back to the ship. The next day we were told that they would be cutting that day short because of possible bad weather so we were to be back on the ship by 12:30PM. We hurried off the ship only to find that the beaches were closed. We walked around the docking area since we had very little time but there wasn't anything of importance to see for us. The ship left at about 1:30PM and we cruised back home to Baltimore for a couple of days arriving at the Port of Baltimore 8:00AM on Sunday.
So we really went on a glorious ship ride that took us to only one port and allowed us no time there. However, we were stuck on the ship and, of course, highly encouraged to spend money at the casino since there was little else to do. They had ONE show on Friday night and that was it. It was a great show, "Jazzin" but the other lounge acts and comedians were mediocre and disappointing. The rooms were nice but the food in the dining room was attractive but not very tasty. The buffet on Lido was hit and miss but not bad. The bottom line is this: We wanted to see Bermuda and snorkel and swim and lay in the sun. The Pride knew very well that they were heading into a very high alert on gale force winds and possible tropical storm but sailed us straight into the heart of it. Since they had just gotten back from the Bahamas with that same ship and the ship had serious damage from that storm, why would they not put the ship in for repairs first? So we had a total of about 5 hours in Bermuda, no other ports and two days of sea sickness. After delaying the debarkation of our cruise because of the severe weather on the last trip, why did they force us to go right back into the eye of the storm? There were over 2,100 people on board and none were happy. We are well aware that weather can't be controlled but when you know you can get the people to their port to enjoy themselves then don't take them out. It was like going to a wedding where the bride and groom couldn't make it.
Shame on Carnival Pride for giving us a real bummer of a cruise with no destination and still taking our money. What a ripoff!
Didn't use the balcony because it was an obstructed view with a life boat hanging there. Still was able to see sunrises and sunsets and enjoy the sunshine and overall weather. They should replace the very old TV's soon. Other than that, one of the nicer cabins I've stayed in on any ship. Hallways were quiet except for occasional outburst of running by kids.
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