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Carnival Pride Review

Carnival Pride
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Carnival Pride
4.0 / 5.0 Cruise Critic Editor Rating
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Three swimming pools keep crowds down; good dining variety; great entertainment


Due to the ship's layout, it's hard to get to some areas, and the decor is dated

Bottom Line

The Fun Ship 2.0 additions provide great value without the crowds of larger ships


Passengers 2,124
Crew 930
Passenger to Crew 2.28:1
Launched 2002
Shore Excursions 291
Karon Warren
Cruise Critic Contributor

Carnival Pride Overview

Introduced in 2002, Carnival Pride features an over-the-top decor inspired by Michelangelo, the Renaissance and Victorian England. From the moment you board the ship via the aptly named Renaissance Lobby, massive paintings capture the eye: behind the bar, high up on the walls, and on door and wall panels. This carries over throughout the ship, and, at times, can be overbearing with its heavy fabrics, dark colors and overabundance of artistic design elements, such as glass flowers hanging from the ceiling.

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But once you adjust to the visual overload, you'll find all the usual spots that are popular with Carnival cruisers. These include dining spots like Guy's Burger Joint and Bonsai Sushi, and watering holes such as the Alchemy Bar and RedFrog Pub. There are also a lot of Carnival's newest entertainment options -- think Playlist Productions and Dr. Seuss -- onboard, which we enjoyed along with many other passengers.

The layout of Carnival Pride is different from other cruise ships we've been on, so that took some getting used to as well. The majority of shops, entertainment venues and lounges are located on Decks 2 and 3 with the pools; the remaining dining and bar options, along with sports activities, are located on Decks 9, 10 and 11.

After getting our bearings though, we had no trouble finding our way to the various restaurants, activities and entertainment we wanted to experience. And it appears no one else did, either. Everywhere we looked, there were plenty of passengers taking part in activities and enjoying the various venues.

Due in part to the ship's layout, which helped disperse passengers throughout the ship, Carnival Pride felt more intimate, but not necessarily, more crowded, than other cruise ships we've sailed. And we were never bored, despite it being a smaller Carnival ship. We had a great time playing mini-golf, splashing in one of the pools, catching the evening shows and spending time with Dr. Seuss. While plenty of passengers joined us in this endeavor, we never felt cramped. As a result, Pride is ideal for passengers wanting a lot of the same offerings found on larger ships but without the larger crowds.

Overall, Carnival Pride is a festive ship and it's obvious everyone is enjoying their vacations. On top of that, we found the service was always spot on, with friendly crew that answered questions, pointed us in the right direction and helped us with all of our requests.

Fellow Passengers

Given school was out for the summer during our cruise, there were many families onboard; we were told there were 700 kids onboard, although we felt like we didn't see even close to that number. We also saw several multigenerational groups, with many celebrating special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries. Ages ran the gamut from toddlers to seniors. Expect fewer kids on sailings during the school year, with the average age skewing older as well. 

Carnival Pride Dress Code

Daytime:Not surprisingly, the majority of passengers on our cruise were dressed for a vacation in the sun: shorts, T-shirts, flip-flops, swimsuits and cover-ups.

Evening: On most nights during our seven-night cruise, dinner in the main dining room was casual, with passengers wearing everything from jeans and khakis to dress shorts and sundresses. During a weeklong cruise there will be two elegant nights; most passengers on our sailing attended dinner on these nights wearing suits, dress pants with sport jackets and Sunday dresses. We saw very few in formal dress or sequined gowns.

Not permitted: Cutoff jeans, shorts and swimwear are not permitted in any dining venue except the buffet.

For more information, visit Cruise Line Dress Codes: Carnival.

Carnival Pride Gratuity

The recommended gratuities for Carnival Pride are $13.99 per person, per day for passengers in regular staterooms and $15.99 per person, per day for passengers in suites. These gratuities are divided among the stateroom stewards, dining room wait staff and other staff working in customer-service positions. Gratuities are added onto each passenger's bill at the end of the cruise, although passengers have the option of prepaying gratuities before the cruise begins. Gratuities are also automatically added on to every bar purchase (15 percent) as well as any spa services (15 percent) at the time of purchase. Although not required, it is recommended to tip attendants for room service. 

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Riviera Deck
Promenade Deck
Atlantic Deck
Main Deck
Upper Deck
Empress Deck
Verandah Deck
Panorama Deck
Lido Deck
Sun Deck
Sports Deck
Sky Deck

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More about Carnival Pride

Where does Carnival Pride sail from?
Carnival Pride departs from Baltimore and Tampa.
How much does it cost to go on Carnival Pride?
Cruises on Carnival Pride start from $399 per person.
Is Carnival Pride a good ship to cruise on?
Carnival Pride won 2 awards over the years.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2017 Best for Families
  • 2016 Best for Value

Carnival Pride Member Reviews

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Sail Date: Feb 2020
The Carnival Pride surpassed my expectations in every way. The musicals at night were awesome. Our cabin was perfect....Read More
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Sail Date: Jan 2020
This sailing on the Carnival Pride was a Journeys trip which means Carnival added several opportunities to meet with the entertainers, wait and cabin staff....Read More
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Sail Date: Jan 2020
I highly recommend this cruise on THE CARNIVAL PRIDE....Read More
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Sail Date: Dec 2019
We wanted to go back and visit the Bahamas again and we wanted to try out the sister ship Carnival Pride because we just sailed on Carnival Miracle and thought that was a awesome cruise and a very nice...Read More

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