Great Family Cruise with 2 young kids!: Carnival Pride Cruise Review by davies81

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Great Family Cruise with 2 young kids!

Sail Date: February 2012
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: Baltimore
Okay well to start we live semiclose to Baltimore so we left our house at 8:45am got there by 10:30am but they would let us park until aboout 12:15. We sat in the car in line until they started letting people through as they need to wait for the prior cruise folks to debark.

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Camp Carnival was great!!!

Well we packed the entire medicine cabinet (almost) and needed the allergy medicine and pain reliever several times and pepto bismol too. The only thing I forgot that we needed was ear drops for an ear infection. Our daughter got water in her ear and was in a lot of pain for several hours. Also bring a small boogie board, sand toys, small nintendods of some sort, crayons and coloring book. Dont foget the sunblock and maybe some More snacks, lollipops, gum, crackers or juice boxes to keep in your room! That turned to be a big help too for the kids.

The staff on the ship is very friendly! One night we saw some dolphons swimming alongside the ship that was pretty neat too for the kids to see!

The Serenity (Adults Only) pool (back of the ship) is nice too but hard to get a seat. The water slide was fun also. 42" or higher to ride.
I really wish they had some more live music like Calypso bands playing. I think Carnival just changed this last week and now just have one man bands or a DJ. The Comedy Shows were GREAT. Even the Family-Friendly shows. The 4 and 5 year olds were hysterical and really emjoyed them! Less

Published 03/05/12
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Cabin review: 8A8159 Balcony

Decent closet space, just bring some extra wire hangers for your clothes. Great balcony, no obstructions. Not too much noise from Lido deck above just hearing some chairs move around now and then.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Beach Break

$7 per person to get to the beach, each way. Became more expensive to go to this beach with the family and not nearly as nice as compared to Nassau. Next time we will stay on the ship. Freeport is an excuse for a cruise port. Very industrial there. Nothing happening! We went to Taino Beach which is the Junkanoo Facility. It is okay to just hang out on if you want a beach but not many activities.

Beach Break

GREAT, AWESOME TIME AND BEAUTIFUL! Nassau was so much fun. We shopped at the straw market- took the Jitney #10 bus (cheapest way to get around) $1.25 per adult each way and kids under 6 are $1, each way. It took us for about a 20 minute ride from Bay Street near the port to the Crystal Palace where you can pay about $40 to use their facility (beach and pool and includes drinks and lunch). The kids had an awesome time and it was so nice. We said we would even book a vacation at this hotel. NOW..what you can do is leave the ship towels on ship and walk right through the hotel like you are a guest and go right out to the beach and pool. No questions! It's a red flag IF you are not wearing a colored wristband and holding a carnival blue towel. All the regular hotel guests dont wear the bands so if you are looking to save some $, go for it! They have a fun water slide in the pool and some poolside games for adults that we participated in. After a few hours we got back on the Jitney and went back into town. Stopped in a local liquor store and had a local beer that we enjoyed while walking through the town. Then we got the kids some rest and dropped them off at Camp Carnival. We then headed back out just my hubby and I and went to Senor Frogs. We thought maybe the drinks are kinda "fu fu" but we each had a YARD size drink and then shared a Zombie (also Yard size) and we were feeling pretty good. We got some fun balloon hats and danced until 9:30 then back on the ship to leave! :-(

We took the TravelLynx bus (KIDS ARE FREE!) $7/per person roundtrip and it goes every 15min from port, Cocoa Beach the mall or Walmart. We only went to the beach and we had a great time! It drops you off across from the beach and you can walk around a bit to Ron Jon SurfShop and other stores if you need anything before getting back on the bus/ship. TravelLynx was the best $.

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