Carnival Pride Cruise Review by mnowak
- Sail Date: February 2012
- Destination: Bahamas
- Cabin Type: Balcony
On our first full day at sea we had an emergency health issue with a passenger so the ship had to meet up with the coast Guard. It happens not a big deal. We found the sound in the Taj to be overly LOUD. Not noisy but volume LOUD even when there was no need for it to be that way. We docked next to the Conquest compaired to our ship we found the Pride to be dark at night. No outside lights or big screen near the pool to show movies like a lot of the other ships have. My son loves Mini golf. It was too windy most days for us to play. They had that deck closed a lot. We liked the fact that 1 pool area was covered and enclosed so during the windy over cast days we could hang by the pool. But the pool water was so cold no one went in. We had 2 formal nights on this trip. They were great.
Food was fabulous. Our wait stay was wonderful. They always had our drinks waiting (non alcoholic). They dinner entertainment was funny. We didn't use Camp Carnival as we could have but we wanted this to be a family trip so we spent the time with our son. While on this trip we coordinated an ash scattering for my grandparents who had both passed as this was their final wish. The crew was great about this as well as the Baltimore Port and customs were wonderful with the ashes and helping us thru the security process. We meet a minister and his wife on their honeymoon and they had a Church service for us. We were disappointed that the cruise ship would not make an announcement or put it in the cruise paper like they did with the AA meetings they held on the ship.
The Spa we went for several different things. We went for the Detox your body seminar. They pushed a 3 month supply of algae treatments for $752 dollar. WHAT! I was shocked. Then we had acupuncture. That was cool. Tamara was great. Then my husband and I had a couples massage. We learned to NOT fill out all the boxes on the forms they give as they push other product and treatments when you do that. The massage part was so relaxing. We choose the relaxed disembarkation when we got back to port. This process last time we cruised was horrific. This time it was smooth and not bad. We wish they had been more honest about the time it would take to get off the ship. According to the schedule they gave out we were supposed to be off the ship by 11:00 it was 12:15 before they called us and we got off. Over all I will cruise again with Carnival but NOT on the pride.
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BaltimoreThis is a FABULOUS port small and fast. Our first cruise we went out of NY and it seemed to take far longer in NY. Baltimore was great. We had some sensitive items with us and they took us to a separate area and we went thru security privately so that everyone didn't have to hear we were doing an as scattering ceremony on board. I travel with a CPAP and they were great about checking it. The bags if tagged prior to arriving at port go right in to containers and you don't have to lug them with you. With a part of 5 that was very helpful. We used go to airport shuttle for transportation and they were great getting to the port. I love Baltimore's port.View All 305 Baltimore Cruise Port Reviews
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FreeportNext we got to Freeport. What a dump. We were supposed to go on the glass bottom boat ride which got cancelled due to wind? Umm what wind it was calm that day just overcast. We went on the Freeport shopping and bus tour. Our bus driver Hue was great. First we went to a "shopping area" it was like an alley with shacks and people selling junk. Next we went to the resort area shopping that was better. They had a casino and lots of shops.We wish the bus dropped us off closer to the beach as we didn't get to go to the ocean on this island either. We were only at this stop for an hour so there wasn't enough time to change and swim then back to the boat. DO NOT eat at the huts right off the ship. My husband went to get us lunch or chicken and conch and shrimp, 30 minutes later he was still waiting and watched SEVERAL drug deals happen. When we finally got our food it was raw in the middle. What a waste. We wish there was more to do on Freeport. Back on the boat by 1:30 not a long stay.View All 1,232 Freeport Cruise Port Reviews
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NassauWe got to Nassau the next morning. We booked the excursion to Atlantis. It got cancelled due to a gas leak on the pier no one in or out. We got a full refund for the excursion. 2 hours later the port was reopened but at that time our son was playing in the VERY COLD UNHEATED pool and we just let him stay there so we never got to do anything on Atlantis. Carnival accommodated us by staying a half hour longer in port, not sure what they expected a half an hour would do.We watched a lot of people stumble back to the boat from Senor Frogs. one lady was so bad during this port she came back on ship and fell down. Yet they still gave her more to drink on the ship. They need to moniter that better.View All 5,279 Nassau Cruise Port Reviews
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Port Canaveral (Orlando)We picked the Disney excursion while in Port Canaveral. I did like the fact that we arrived at port at 7 and were on the bus at 7:45. The trip was about an hour to get to Disney. The company they used for the excursion was great. We sat in the front seats of the bus so our son could see out the window. We took our booster seat with us. They let us leave it on the bus during our Disney visit. We had to make sure it was tagged so if we ended up on a different bus they could drop it at the ship. We didn't really need to take the booster they told us it was not needed for these types of buses. The driver used his directional and went the speed limit. He was a very safe driver. Told us about Port Canaveral on the way to Disney so we got a little history lesson. Disney was great. This was our sons 4th trip so we let him pick the rides he got to go on for the time we had there. I did not like the fact that we had to return to the bus at 4:30 because we had to get back to the boat by 5:30. We were in port until 7:30 why did we need to be back to the boat so early? But oh well we still had a TON of fun. PS. make sure you check Disney for closures some of the rides we wanted were closed for renovations. We can't wait to go to Disney in 2013 to see the finished fantasyland area.View All 1,860 Port Canaveral (Orlando) Cruise Port Reviews
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