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Sail Date: August 2019
Don’t know where to start. Entertainment director was very disorganized. No one could understand him. He did not set up good activities. It was a total chaos on the ship. People were boarding on and off whenever they want. They initially ... Read More
Don’t know where to start. Entertainment director was very disorganized. No one could understand him. He did not set up good activities. It was a total chaos on the ship. People were boarding on and off whenever they want. They initially provided the time to each deck but people were getting off whenever they want to. Staff was extremely rude and impolite. Food was horrible, lines were extremely long. Room services lost our bottle of wines which we bought at the port and then they were ignorant about that. Very bad experience with carnival. No help for people who were using walkers. It was major mess, no organization . Staff was the worst , no manners to talk to people. I felt like I was in military ship and staff was talking down. We were supposed to be in king size bed ( they joined two twin size beds and there was significant gap between beds). Very disappointing . Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
Honeymoon, no airfare required, Platinum status with Carnival this cruise seemed like a great option. 2 days prior to sailing we got call to upgrade from french door interior to balcony for $300 total. Since this was our honeymoon ... Read More
Honeymoon, no airfare required, Platinum status with Carnival this cruise seemed like a great option. 2 days prior to sailing we got call to upgrade from french door interior to balcony for $300 total. Since this was our honeymoon sailing we did it. The entire cruise I received all paperwork for another couple. Our room steered even called us by these names when we finally met hi m on day 4. Despite going to guest services several times, the name confusion continued until the last day when we received a bill in the other peoples names. Once we met the room steward, he'd did a good job, our room was clean, but there was no interaction with him or friendly banter. He did write a Happy Honeymoon note on the mirror on day 5 and they were a few towel animals during the week. Room was comfortable, balcony very rusty, bed very comfortable. The headline shows were AWFUl, the cruise director phenomenal, Take Two and Coconotes Band were very good as well. Overall the safe was present, but not friendly, warm or welcoming with the exception of a few bartenders. The overall dining experience was terrible. Food served cold continually. overcooked or undercooked. Tablecloths only on formal night and no type of dress code is at all enforced. Drink service was very slow in dining room and the buffet food was awful. The best places to eat were the taco/burritto bar and Guys Burger joint. The pizza was even gross. I watched the entire cruise officers pass by passengers without even a smile or a nod. We resorted to paying for there steakhouse for the last two nights and the food was good, but the service was extremely slow. I am not a news cruiser and I rarely feel as passionate as I do writing this negative review. My honeymoon was not acknowledged and my platinum status was not either. So disappointing. I am booked on the Sunrise in November and I think I am going to cancel. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2019
We chose Carnival Pride because the departure city of Baltimore is about an hour away, so no airfare required. Drove to the harbor and had to wait maybe 20 minutes for luggage drop-off and parking. Check-in went quickly at our appointed ... Read More
We chose Carnival Pride because the departure city of Baltimore is about an hour away, so no airfare required. Drove to the harbor and had to wait maybe 20 minutes for luggage drop-off and parking. Check-in went quickly at our appointed time. The walk up the gangplank is a bit of a hike if you're out of shape and lugging much carry-on. We splurged on this cruise because we were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary, and were really happy with our Grand Suite, except the lack of outlets. See below for cabin review. But I will add that we LOVED having a nice big balcony, so there was no need to compete for space around the pools, all of which were extremely crowded, including the Serenity area. If I had wanted to be in the pools, I would have found that very annoying. Dinner every night was in the main dining room, where we took the late seating. Initially assigned to a table for 4, our dining partners moved to a table with a window, so we had the table to ourselves all week - yay! Wait staff was friendly and efficient, and brought us a special little dessert for our anniversary. Once hubby found out he could pick and choose entrees and sides, have dessert as an appetizer and take another dessert back to the cabin to eat later, he was a happy camper! I enjoyed sampling the more adventurous options - but overdid it at the start of the week and by the end of the week was keeping it simpler. I was a little disappointed that a number of guests did not comply with the dining room dress codes at all, even on the formal nights (a few wearing shorts, t-shirt, and baseball cap). I appreciate that the ship doesn't want to be clothing police, but it would be nice if people understand that it brings the experience down for other diners if they're dressed like they went to McDonalds. At least a polo shirt and slacks would have been a decent compromise (even though that's technically what's expected the rest of the week at dinner, right?) We mostly enjoyed our cabin, balcony, and casino. Line dancing on Lido deck was fun. Dr. Dre was outstanding as cruise director - so much energy and humor! But we didn't really partake of other entertainment or activities this time around - just wanted relaxation. Port #1 - Grand Turk: Excursion Deep Sea/Reef Fishing - We had a blast. Six cruisers on the boat, and we caught 3 baracuda! Had the option to stop trolling and go bottom fishing to catch more, but we were all having fun so we kept trolling for the big guys! Port #2 - Half Moon Cay: No excursion. Rented snorkel and enjoyed a little self-guided exploration. Port #3 - Freeport: Excursion - Ocean Swim with Dolphins! YES! This was so much fun - I highly recommend, even though it's pricey. It was a bucket list item. Swimming in the lagoon would be better for people not comfortable swimming in deep ocean with fins. Back on the ship - our steward Farry was really nice, and did a great job taking care of us. We asked for ice twice a day, and there it was! We blew up an extension cord (oops) and he got a replacement. Very efficient and thoughtful. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
We arrived early for our 1 PM check-in time and were boarded within minutes. We had a balcony cabin, 5244. The view was great, the bed comfortable and cabin clean. It was very nice, but was a bit short on storage space for 3. We had an ... Read More
We arrived early for our 1 PM check-in time and were boarded within minutes. We had a balcony cabin, 5244. The view was great, the bed comfortable and cabin clean. It was very nice, but was a bit short on storage space for 3. We had an excellent wait staff. The food in the dining room was FABULOUS. The buffet was ok. Breakfast was a bit ho-hum, but not a big deal. Guys burgers was possibly the best burger and fries I’ve had in awhile. There was a 24 hour pizza, hand tossed and amazing. Drinks were good quality, but pricey. A tropical drink came to $11 with added gratuity. Even a beer rang up to $7.50ish. The entertainment was great and so fun. There were 2 deck parties with great music from the 70s, 80s and 90s that fit the typical cruiser very well. Dr E was the best cruise director I’ve sailed with. Having 3 pools on board helped to spread out the crowd on sea days. There was a perfect blend of activities and music styles for ALL to enjoy. There was a fridge in our room, we stashed our water we purchased ($4.50/12) and soda/ wine we brought. My 13 year old LOVED circle c club. I barely saw her all week. She made a ton of friends, which was great. Our first stop was Grand Turk. We shopped, swam in the area just off the pier and went to Margaritaville. Margaritaville had a fun pool party. Our second stop was Half Moon Cay...stunning, but we waited too long to get tender tickets and didn’t get there until 11:30. By 3ish, the island started clearing out. It was a scorcher and we were ready to get back onboard anyway. Our last stop, Freeport was the dud of the group. It is not pretty where you dock, at ALL. Really...take an excursion, we did dolphin experience/ snorkeling. Debarkation is late on this itinerary, however we were off 45 minutes earlier than advertised, consider rolling off your own luggage if possible. Also, the fitness center is sort of small. With the recent incidents in the Carribean and Mexico...I must say, I felt completely safe and everyone I encountered ashore was wonderful and friendly. I’ve sailed RCI and other lines, but I’ve been spoiled by Carnival. It was the best time I’ve ever had on a cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2019
We did not have a lot of luck with weather this trip but Carnival's crew still managed to entertain us with some cool activities. The fun staff were great; they always had us all laughing and dancing. Some of the activities on the ... Read More
We did not have a lot of luck with weather this trip but Carnival's crew still managed to entertain us with some cool activities. The fun staff were great; they always had us all laughing and dancing. Some of the activities on the itinerary did not look interesting at first but once we got there we always had a good time. The dining experience was pleasant and the staff were great. The food in the dining room could use a little more seasoning though. David's steakhouse was amazing. Our cabin was a little banged up but clean. We had a great view of the ocean from our balcony. We could simply look out and there it was. The only downside was that we always faced the ocean and did not get views of the ports, even as we were leaving. Also a thing to note is that the sunset on the side we were on which was great but also made it a little hot and bright in the evening. Half Moon cay was super disappointing from the standpoint that they no longer have a drink package. In fact I asked at every single bar location and was told numerous times that they have not had that in a very long time (a few said that they have been there between 6-9 months and never heard of it). The same goes for the lobster shack which was not open at all. Staff told me that since they have been there (6-9 months) they have actually never seen it open. This means that your only option for food is the BBQ which is simply put...OK. If I want a burger I will go back on the ship and grab one from Guy's you know. The bird around the BBQ were cool until they weren't. They would attack food without warning. I think the most offensive part of Half Moon cay is the drink prices. Unless you stick to beer they serve everything in these little tiny plastic cups overfilled with ice and the price is the exact same as it is on the ship. Essentially you pay full price for about a half of a normal drink. There was not much to do on the island but chill at the beach and watch the fish, which for some is cool. Carnival's fun staff came out and ensured that we had music and hosted some more beach activities. The debarkation process sucked but only because people do not follow instructions. Embarkation was a breeze. Very fast, simple, and actually fun and exciting. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
This was a family trip with my Dad and Sister. Every bit of it was perfect. I enjoyed the serenity pool and hot tub. My room steward was very nice and prompt. The room was clean and comfortable. Best sleep I've had in a very long ... Read More
This was a family trip with my Dad and Sister. Every bit of it was perfect. I enjoyed the serenity pool and hot tub. My room steward was very nice and prompt. The room was clean and comfortable. Best sleep I've had in a very long time. I wanted to take the mattress home. The shows were very good...we saw movies on the deck, comedy shows and variety shows. I was unable to book any excursions due to an injury prior to the cruise, but there was shopping and swimming right off the ship. I have to admit, I had all but given up on Carnival's food before this trip, but they did a fantastic job. It was definitely up to par this time. I would book on this ship again as the staff was very welcoming and attentive. The only complaint that I could muster is that the shower did not maintain temperature throughout. It would go from a little too hot to a little too cold. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
The bedding in the stateroom is perfection, the stateroom attendant was great. With that said, we were traveling with a party of 10, 5 balcony cabins in a row but somehow they split one of the cabins and so not a fixable thing. Also, one ... Read More
The bedding in the stateroom is perfection, the stateroom attendant was great. With that said, we were traveling with a party of 10, 5 balcony cabins in a row but somehow they split one of the cabins and so not a fixable thing. Also, one of our cabins had leak from Sunday to Wednesday and it was a flood zone 4 ft in from the doorway...and all they wanted to compensate was 2 drinks until my friends fought and fought until there was a resolution. Dining room food was never hot and the menus not so great. No escargot--my favorite, also no Bananas Foster, another favorite. Shows were good, bars were ok. Embark and debarkation was easy. Islands were great; it wouldve been better if we could've stayed longer--crappy times for the ports. Also, chairs were saved in the Serenity adult section from 6:30 am so we never got to experience that area. This was my 18th cruise and I wont be doing Carnival again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
This was not a long planned cruise; it was a spur of the moment trip. Cruise originated out of Baltimore. We are within driving distance to Baltimore. Embarkation was very smooth, parked car in port lot and we were on our way. There ... Read More
This was not a long planned cruise; it was a spur of the moment trip. Cruise originated out of Baltimore. We are within driving distance to Baltimore. Embarkation was very smooth, parked car in port lot and we were on our way. There was a glitch in our dining reservations, so our first stop was to straighten out our sitting. We were accommodated by a very pleasant young crew member. Onward to Lido deck for lunch. We were met by a crowd as expected. What we did not expect is the lack of servers at food stations. The lines were so long. These lines were an every day occurrence. Often there was only one server at each station. Our luggage had not yet arrived in our cabin. We did some exploring; familiarizing ourselves with the ship. We went to dinner, then rechecked our cabin. Our luggage was there. There were announcements by our cruise director, Savannah. We had NO idea what she said. Her speech was rapid fire, I thought she was swallowing the mic. She needs elocution lessons and good advice on the proper use of a public address system. This problem continued throughout the cruise. Later in the cruise my husband and I were in the red frog pub. Savannah happened to come along to the pub and sat at the bar. The bartender was asking my husband what he would like. Savannah interrupts telling the bartender to take care of her friend. The young female bartender remarked she would after she took care of people who were there first. Because the bartender spoke up, her tip reflected my husband’s appreciation. I thought this was a deplorable maneuver by a cruise director. I was told by a crew member she was onboard for only about 2 weeks. Perhaps she is new in the position and simply lacks training and experience. We went to a few shows, comedy acts and sing alongs. They were all very good. I am always impressed with Carnival’s theatre. The aisles are wide and drinks are not passing through a half dozen hands to get to you. The sofas and cocktail tables are a nice touch. Our cabin 8168 was comfortable. There is only ONE outlet. It needed to be replaced, the plug was constantly falling out of it. The balcony ceiling was flaking off. Subsequently white chips were all over the lounge chairs. Beware of clothing, make sure there is a towel down first. The public restrooms were recently updated. They were always clean and well maintained. We spent a lot of time in the serenity area of the ship. It was nice. They actually did police the area for chair hogs. It was nice to see this being done. We visited Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Freeport. We took a carnival sponsored bus tour. It was 2 hours long, well done and interesting. We tendered into Half Moon. The beach was beautiful, barbecue on island was okay. We only walked through the local huts on Freeport. It was the most commercialized port I have ever seen; not really worth getting off the ship. We enjoyed perfect weather the entire cruise. The main dining room for dinner was very nice. A little entertainment every night was a nice touch. The food was mediocre. Appetizers and desserts were just about the same every night, limited offerings. Our dining staff were all accommodating and very pleasant. The debarkation process was smooth. It was well organized and moved quickly. We had not sailed carnival for a number of years. The quality has deteriorated over time. This ship needs a long dry dock. It’s decore is dark and dreary and the ship is showing signs of wear. I would not recommend this ship overall. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
The crew on this ship is the most helpful, thoughtful and kindest of any cruise line we have ever sailed. We took our 91 year old mother on a cruise for Mother's Day.When we arrived Savannah the cruise director greeted mom and had a ... Read More
The crew on this ship is the most helpful, thoughtful and kindest of any cruise line we have ever sailed. We took our 91 year old mother on a cruise for Mother's Day.When we arrived Savannah the cruise director greeted mom and had a brief conversation with her. The next day mom received chocolate covered strawberries in the room. Wow! For the rest of the trip she felt like a rock star. What a nice gesture. Jess, the server in the casino bar was always quick with a drink and always remembered our names. (makes us feel welcomed). The staff at the Normandie Restaurant was just wonderful. When you travel with an older senior it can be difficult, but everywhere we went on the ship the crew were always so kind and helpful. We have sailed on different cruise lines and have sailed on this ship before. I would have to say that the embarkation process for this cruise is the best we have ever had. The staff at the terminal checks your documents and photographs you on the way into the building. Then you are sent through security. That's it! No standing in line for hours. After security we went directly on to the ship. WOW! We had a balcony stateroom that was plenty big enough for 3 adults. The room steward, Claudius was very attentive and our room was very clean and tidy every day. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
I have cruised on Carnival 9 times and this was the 2nd to worst cruise. The activities were lacking, the assistant wait staff was poor for the first few days and one Alchemy Bartender was really rude and not customer friendly. On ... Read More
I have cruised on Carnival 9 times and this was the 2nd to worst cruise. The activities were lacking, the assistant wait staff was poor for the first few days and one Alchemy Bartender was really rude and not customer friendly. On the other hand our cabin steward Rommel was an awesome professional, our waiter Mehmet was the saving grace and the lobby bartender Katherine was the best bartender ever. The food was not of the normal quality and they did not offer escargot on this trip. The entertainment after dinner shows were bad talent and they need to find a better way so all passengers can enjoy the Captain's cocktail party. With all the competition among cruise lines Carnival needs to step it up. Further like Princess Carnival should consider allowing individuals to sign up for the Cheers Program. My wife does not drink and I don't think it is fair to require her to sign up just because I sign up. Also need to figure out a way to allow passengers to get to the dining room without walking through a smoky casino Need to step it up. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We choose this cruise since it was leaving from Baltimore, which is only 3 hours from our home and we wanted one that went over Spring break Our Steward, Rowena, was wonderful and had such a sweet personality. She was so very responsive to ... Read More
We choose this cruise since it was leaving from Baltimore, which is only 3 hours from our home and we wanted one that went over Spring break Our Steward, Rowena, was wonderful and had such a sweet personality. She was so very responsive to our every concern. We were in room 6246 and 6252 on the Carnival Pride the week of 3/31 to 4/7/19. The ship was very clean and everyone was very helpful both times we went to Guest Services. The food was delicious and my grandson ate more than he needed to from the Pizza shop and Guys pizza. He was a little better with the ice cream but not by far. We also went to the clinic for help with sea sickness and they sold us pills for $1 for two of them and they worked wonders on my daughter. Dramamine was not helping her or her wrist patches. It was very rough. The dining room service was exceptional. I am allergic to MSG and they gave us the menu for the following day so that I could place my order and they would ensure that it was MSG free. Our head waiter, Oliver, took great care of all of us and just had a delightful personality. Dr. E was such a joy. He was so funny and so energenic and talented. The dance and singing group was excellent. The male lead was so convincing as the nerd that he played that I laughted all the way through it. We enjoyed all of the ports. I was glad that it was highly suggested that we take an excursion in Freeport so we took the Garden and shopping tour. The garden was very lovely and we enjoyed it a lot. My daughter and grandkids went on the Dolphin Encounter and loved it. In Half Moon Cay, we enjoyed the barbeque and the beach and in Grand turk, we stayed on the beach and shopped in the stores. We bought smoothies in the smoothie shop and my Grandson thought it was the best he ever had and I would highly recommend them, too. I believe it was one of the first few weeks for the crafts activities. As far as I noticed, there was only one activity. It was a travel journal notebook and you were to place stickers on it. It was obvious that this was new to everyone involved but the stickers did not stay in place on the notebook. They really needed to have glue guns or additional glue. It was obvious that noone had ever tried to put these together. A lot of people showed up for the activity and the person had to go back and get more supplies. The area that was used for the activity was just an open seating area. Additional tables to work on the craft would have been helpful. I hope to get to cruise on the Carnival Pride again or somewhere else out of Baltimore, Bermuda or the NorthEast. I would definitely love to do this again. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We went with two other couples and chose this crew as we are from Pittsburgh and Baltimore is only 3.5 hours drive. This was the first cruise for my husband and my first cruise on Carnival. My last cruise was about 10 years ago on a ... Read More
We went with two other couples and chose this crew as we are from Pittsburgh and Baltimore is only 3.5 hours drive. This was the first cruise for my husband and my first cruise on Carnival. My last cruise was about 10 years ago on a different cruise lin and I was interested to see what had changed since I had last cruised. Pros: - We loved our stateroom with a balcony. We were midship which was perfect as we didn't feel the motion of the ship as much as the front or back. We had enough room to move around and didn't feel claustrophic. Our room was very clean and room steward Yudi was helpful and friendly as he provided me ice every night due to my one foot swelling. -The Lido Deck with the different food stations in addition to Guy's Burger Joint and the Blue Iquana Cantina were excellent. - Daily Entertainment on the ship in the bars and 2nd floor atrium were good. - Liked our Cruise Director, Dr. E. Thought he was funny and talented. - Overall we thought the ship and restrooms very clean. The staff we met were friendly and helpful when we had questions. - Enjoyed the ports especially Half Moon Cay with the lunch buffet. That was the best stop in our opinion. In Freeport we did the Dolphin Close Encounter which was great. The drivers to and from the Unexso facility were not at all friendly. They were there to haul us back and forth and nothing more. However once at the facility, everyone there were friendly. The boat captain was great and funny. The dolphin trainers were funny and extremely knowledgeable answering questions about the dolphins. Cons: - Difficult to find seating if you got there after 9 am especially at Serenity Pool. The 3 hot tubs were always crowded and the 6 of us could never get in together. - Grand Turk: The island is beautiful, however there is no mention about how rocky the beach is to swim and to recommend some type of water shoe if going in the water. My husband had to swim much further out to get away from the rocks. - Dining. We thought the food lackluster and just okay. Most of the time the food was luke warm. We had the anytime dining option so each night we were seated in different areas of the restaurant with different wait staff. We were very pleased with Ariastini and Yovanni who were our waitstaff on the first and last nights of the cruise. We would have loved to be seated at their tables each night. . The biggest issue was from Thursday to Saturday no matter what time we showed up from early (6 pm) to a little later, we always had a 30 minute wait time to get seated. In addition, one night for dessert was the Creme Brulee. It was so delicious that we requested to have it again for dinner the next night. Our waiter said he would notify the chef and tp just let the server know we had ordered the dessert. That never happened. After much miscommunication and speaking with the hostess several times, we ended up not getting until the last night of cruise. - Entertainment was average. We really enjoyed the hypnotist show and the Music from the 80's. However the last 2 nights with the adult comedians were truly vulgar and not remotely funny and a waste of our time. - Debarkation. What a nightmare. Minimal Communication for those who opted to have luggage checked and received zone numbers plus a bottle of rum which was in a protective carrier managed to get broke and soaked everything in that luggage. Overall I liked the Pride since it was a smaller ship and easier to move around. It was clean and staff were friendly and helpful. My husband really enjoyed Half Moon Cay where he could get in the water and sit on the beach. Very disappointed in the evening meals. I would not take this particular cruise again since I am not a fan of the Bahamas but enjoyed visiting Grand Turk. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We live in Pennsylvania, so when we want a nice cruise in February or March we choose Carnival Pride specifically because it sails from Baltimore. We go to Baltimore a day ahead of time, stay at a hotel, and take advantage of a Park & ... Read More
We live in Pennsylvania, so when we want a nice cruise in February or March we choose Carnival Pride specifically because it sails from Baltimore. We go to Baltimore a day ahead of time, stay at a hotel, and take advantage of a Park & Cruise package. We weren't looking for a specific itinerary. As long as the weather is warmer and the ports are pleasing to the eye, we go. We actually love sea days. Embarkation was very quick. Our arrival was scheduled between 2-2:30. Because our shuttle from the hotel picked us up at 12:30 we were prepared to wait outside of the terminal until 2, but when we handed our luggage to the Porters, someone at one of the terminal doorways signaled us to come in. We were on the ship within 15-20 minutes after arriving at the port This trip was a relaxing vacation. Our room Steward Jefferson, and his assistants were great, our Waiter Luis and his assistants were the best at our Late Dining. We thought the food was good in each venue. We order a continental breakfast every morning and each time it arrived almost exactly the time we requested. Our weather really wasn't that warm until we hit Princess Cay, but that doesn't bother us at all. It was warm in Princess Cay, Nassau and Freeport. The Dry Dock improvements; carpeting, bedding in our cabin, flat screen TV, other little things were nice. The ship was very clean in every area we visited. We don't bother with the showroom, however, the comedians were good in the Butterfly Lounge. It didn't hurt either that I won a Jackpot on Friday night, whoo hoo!! I'm certain that we will sail on the Pride again. We love the Spirit Class ships in the Carnival Fleet. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
This is the trip that my traveling agent put together for my family and I, we had a wonderful time I met a lot of people on the trip from many different states , and countries , it was so amazing for our first time family whom travel with ... Read More
This is the trip that my traveling agent put together for my family and I, we had a wonderful time I met a lot of people on the trip from many different states , and countries , it was so amazing for our first time family whom travel with us they really enjoy the cruise, the cabins was very nice and clean at all times loved my animals on my bed each day I returned to my room, the food was outstanding, good from the beginning of my trip to the end, I think I gained 10pds in 7 days from eating so much. The entertainment was very nice, had someplace to go on the ship all doing the day and at night. The slots were good for those who like to gamble or just for fun.i met a couple who was entertaining us with songs Joel and Carina they were great loved all the songs they sing. Restaurant workers were great. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this cruise because it disembarks out of Baltimore and it was easy to get to. This is why I'm giving it 2 stars: 1. Our room had a squeaky bunkbed that squeaked all night long; a really LOUD shrieking non-stop sound. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it disembarks out of Baltimore and it was easy to get to. This is why I'm giving it 2 stars: 1. Our room had a squeaky bunkbed that squeaked all night long; a really LOUD shrieking non-stop sound. The only way we could get it to die down, was by jamming stuff in the wall where the bunkbed frame was secured against the wall. Staff came about 3 times and could not fix it. We would reposition noise reducers through the night. 2. Our room balcony doors were not sealed properly and the wind made a horrible whistling sound all night long. We told staff and they did nothing. WE GOT NO SLEEP FOR 7 NIGHTS!!! 3. The staff are miserable. They are overworked and it shows. They are the most miserable staff I have ever seen in my life. They give good enough service and they try to be polite, but they are so tired and unhappy. 4. It's a party boat. Loud music until midnight on lido deck and drunk people everywhere. No class. 5. The auditorium shows are drab at best. Really bad singers and no worthy shows to see. We were bored most of the time. The comedy was great, but who wants to hear a comedian spew out toilet humor every night. It's fun the first three nights and then you want something different. We ended up watching movies in our room some days. There is NOTHING to do in the afternoon on sea days...no movies...nothing really for families. Just bikini contests, bingo that costs $$$, etc. 5. The ceiling in our hallway was dripping the entire week. They had 4 buckets collecting the drips the ENTIRE WEEK. We had to walk past it constantly to get to the elevators. 6. We changed credit cards for our tab and they got it wrong and charged the wrong credit card. We had to go in line to fix it. Took 45 minutes. 7. Public washrooms are filthy and there are barely any hand sanitizing stations in the main dining room; they don't push for people to sanitize their hands. This means that disease could easily spread if one person was infected with Noro Virus. 8. Carnival offered us a "meh" compensation for our room issues. They offered us basically a free excursion for my husband and I on our next cruise with Carnival. No refund for our troubles, but we did get apologies from the main desk on the ship and the complaint line after our cruise. I should note that the main desk really did try to do their best to help us and they were always polite; so were the repair men that came to our room. We are not planning on ever booking Carnival again. It was a terrible experience for my whole family. Even my kids got bored. How to improve? Afternoon matinee movies for families; better shows in the evening; maintain the rooms...this would be a start. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
My husband and I went with another couple to the Bahamas on Carnival Pride March 10, 2019. We were super impressed with how clean the ship was. Staff seemed to be cleaning all the time. Our steward was Rommell and kept our suite clean ... Read More
My husband and I went with another couple to the Bahamas on Carnival Pride March 10, 2019. We were super impressed with how clean the ship was. Staff seemed to be cleaning all the time. Our steward was Rommell and kept our suite clean twice a day. The main dining room food was better than any 5 star restaurant! The filet mignon was AMAZING! We ate at buffets most mornings. As a pizza lover I was very happy that they had pizza 24 hours and they make it fresh while you wait. We ate one night at Dave’s Steakhouse. It was ok but I was just as happy with the ships main dining area. The staff on the whole ship was always happy and fun. Our cruise director, Dr. E was so funny and really made the voyage entertaining! He is very talented and reminded me of a young Steve Harvey. We loved our ocean suit and was amazed at how much storage there was. There were a lot of great shows but I have to say the best show was Love&Marriage hosted by Dr. E. The comedians were great as well. Getting off and on the ship was very efficient. The cruise line really had the process organized. There was only a few things I would say could be better: 1. not much shopping on board and very expensive jewelry. 2. There was only 1 American power outlet. All others were Europe German. Would have been nice if they had put an American outlet on both sides of room and the didn’t have the option to buy a European plug on ship. 3. Wish that casino was smoke free or at least have a stronger ventilation so it wasn’t so strong. 4. The tv was awful and remote seldom worked. There weren’t many show options on tv to watch. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Been on this cruise 6 times. To us it us a nothing cruise. Just to relax. Food is good. The show's are not great. The comedy club is the best. Private island is nice. NASSAU is ok if u have never been there. JUNKOO beach is just ... Read More
Been on this cruise 6 times. To us it us a nothing cruise. Just to relax. Food is good. The show's are not great. The comedy club is the best. Private island is nice. NASSAU is ok if u have never been there. JUNKOO beach is just a walk out of town. Lounge chair and food vendors for minimal charge. Nice clean beach. Food vendors selling food. Freeport is to short. Love the enclosed pool for the first day. Depending on the weather u can use the second pool which is outside. Nighttime movie under the stars is nice. Cabins are clean and the staff take care of u. The last day they put towel animals all around the pool. Really cute. They do St Jude donations with either tshirts or bears. Will be doing this cruise again as the port is ok n li u 2hrs drive. Cheap parking. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
I chose this cruise because I live in MD and it was easy to get to port. Took my mother for a girls trip to relax and get away from the snow. The ship just had its upgrade to add Guys Burgers etc. The food was good in the dinning room, ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I live in MD and it was easy to get to port. Took my mother for a girls trip to relax and get away from the snow. The ship just had its upgrade to add Guys Burgers etc. The food was good in the dinning room, great in the steakhouse, and average in the buffet. Service was great, we loved our serving team in the main dinning room (Gabriel, Eko, and Braz). I recommend them if you have the My Time Dinning. The ship was clean and all staff was very nice. If you are looking for a trip with teens or pre-teens I suggest a newer ship. The Pride is limited for activities (unlike the Horizon and Sunshine). They have the normal stuff; pools, water slides, ping pong, basket ball etc but thats about it. For us it was great for relaxing on the lido deck and Serenity area. Shows are great, comedians were great (my face hurt i was laughing so much). Over all a good ship. Oh and Dr E is awesome. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
After sailing on the Pride last March and having a great time we decided to do it again. We had Faster to the Fun and after arriving around 12 we were having a Guy Fieri burger which were great around 12:30. Smooth and easy embarkation. ... Read More
After sailing on the Pride last March and having a great time we decided to do it again. We had Faster to the Fun and after arriving around 12 we were having a Guy Fieri burger which were great around 12:30. Smooth and easy embarkation. After a quick walk around the ship, we ended up in the Red Frog Pub having our first cocktail of the cruise ( a fish bowl that was a half price special...great deal). We then went up to our cabin where we met our steward Dewa who was just awesome all week. At our Early time Dinner we met our waiter Luis and his helpers Ronald and Joever. Just excellent all week. Food was great all week and any request we had was accommodated with no problem and a smile. The atmosphere in the dining room is festive and fun led by the Maitre D. There are activities all day and night on the ship from Trivia contests to live entertainment, if you are bored on this ship you just aren’t trying to have fun. Highly recommend the Piano Bar, it seems to be a hidden gem that is really a lot of fun along with the comedy club where we found both the PG show and Adult show to be equally funny. After 2 sea days, our first port of call was the beautiful Princess Cay. A great beach day with loungers and lunch provided. Just a perfect relaxing day in the sun. Just a tip the earlier you get out there the better spot on the beach you will get but with the plentiful loungers on the beach I didn’t see anyone that wasn’t able to get a spot. Port of Call #2 was Nassau where we booked a See and Sea excursion through Carnival. Very fun day that started with a tour bus ride to do a little shopping and sightseeing followed by a boatride that took a group of 10 of us out on a tour of the shoreline to see the homes of several celebrities and fill us in on all the local Nassau information that was very interesting to learn. After that we switched over to another boat that had a bottom compartment with windows and seats where you could view the sea life in its natural habitat. From Sharks to Sea Turtles we saw it all. Lots of fun and the tour guides were fun and very informative. Port of call #3 was Freeport, we didn’t book anything here but did go off to do some last minute shopping. The people were very nice and picked up a few things but in the future probably would do an excursion here because it really is more of an industrial area with not much around. The trip back to Baltimore was uneventful and again they offer a bevy of activities and shows to keep you busy. The only complaint I would have would be that the casino area seems to have a hard time filtering out the smoke from the smokers there. It can be really overbearing at times. In conclusion, the debarkation was handled swiftly and orderly like a fine tuned machine. Having Faster to the Fun doesn’t hurt either. It really does make things easier for you. Overall another great cruise on the Pride Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
My family and I had a great cruise on the Carnival Pride from 2/24-3/3. I felt that the overall experience was very good, from the dining room food to the service of the staff as well as the entertainment provided each night. It was a ... Read More
My family and I had a great cruise on the Carnival Pride from 2/24-3/3. I felt that the overall experience was very good, from the dining room food to the service of the staff as well as the entertainment provided each night. It was a memorable vacation and I will definitely use Carnival to cruise in the future. What I really liked: The ship itself is nice. It is older but looks good for its age. There is variety in the activities they offer and lots of opportunities to shop and have a good time. Dining room food variety from breakfast to dinner was very good. I really didn't eat lunch. The waiters and staff service in the bars and all over from everyone I was in contact with was great. All very friendly and accomodating. Entertainment was good to excellent. Shows in the Taj Mahal theater were good quality. My son enjoyed Hasbro the Game Show, I liked the 80's show. Cheesy, sure, but in a good way. My husband and I LOVED the band, IN THE GROOVE, in the Red Frog Pub. They were amazing and a highlight of the trip. Make sure you check them out. What was ok: Our stateroom was pretty crowded for 4 people. I would definitely book 2 rooms next time. The trip itinarary was ok. I have been to Nassau a few times, just ok. Not much to do but shop and eat. I like Atlantis but most of it is not accessible to people who are not guests or are not willing to pay ALOT to do stuff there. Freeport is a wasted port IMO ,not much to do there but shop or drink. You need some sort of shore excursion here or else why bother getting off the ship here. Princess Cay is beautiful, a must see. Very well kept and very picturesque. My daughter went snorkeling on her own and she loved it,saw lots of fish. What bothered me: The casino is very smoky. I could not spend that much time there as it is overwhelming. Not sure how to change this but make it non-smoking. WIFI signal is not good. Alot of interrupted service or none at all. We paid for the social media plan and it was not a good value for the money. No tv variety in the stateroom. It is pretty bad, just a few options according to my kids. I did not watch tv. The kids activities for ages 11-15 are not great, almost nonexistent. My kids were disappointed in this, although my son enjoyed the newly renovated arcade. All in all, I would cruise the Pride again if only for the convenience of being able to go out of Baltimore. I will probably choose another ship for a new itinarary but if you haven't done the Bahamas cruise yet the Pride is a great choice. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Embarkation and disembarkation were organized and fast. There were so many check points at embarkation but it was fast considering the amount of people boarding. The ship was not the new mega ships but I knew that coming in. The cabin was ... Read More
Embarkation and disembarkation were organized and fast. There were so many check points at embarkation but it was fast considering the amount of people boarding. The ship was not the new mega ships but I knew that coming in. The cabin was always clean and the bed was very comfortable. I love the interior cabin with the obstructed window. It was an affortable price and I could still see the ocean. The food at the main dining was great from breakfast to dinner. At the buffet, chopstix had good food during lunch but they did not change their menu often. The buffet was lacking options during dinner (pizza, deli, salad stations) so I just stuck to the main dining. There were so many entertainments and activities I always had something to do from shopping, bingo, comedy club, performances and lip sync battle. The staff were so friendly and worked extremely hard. My cabin steward and dining room waitress always smiled and asked about my day. Princess Cays was a private island so the chairs and food were included. The water was peaceful but there were some rocks in the ocean. After you pass the rocks, you are ok. I have been to Nassau before so instead of the island tour, I spent a day at aquaventure in Atlantis. The streets and straw markets near the Nassau port were busy with people and fun. Freeport was ok. The port had straw markets and shipping cargo. I took a taxi to Port Lucaya which had more straw markets. I did find the public beach across there and it was calm and beautiful. Not many people were there. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
I had never cruised before so wanted to see what it was like. Was told this was a nice ship but nobody informed you that the second floor smells like cigarette smoke and it seeps down to the first floor deck so I felt like one big ... Read More
I had never cruised before so wanted to see what it was like. Was told this was a nice ship but nobody informed you that the second floor smells like cigarette smoke and it seeps down to the first floor deck so I felt like one big cigarette. You cannot even go in the Casino without your throat hurting or chocking on the cigarette smoke. It is so unfair to those that want to gamble but cannot stand the smoke. The drinks were weak and very expensive and if you wanted the drink package you had to buy for everybody in your room but my partner did not drink so I was not paying another 400.00 for his drinking that he would never do. The staff were ok except for the guy at the grill who made you feel like it was a big problem to do a special order. It was kept clean which was reassuring. The Steak House was excellent and the best part of the meals on this trip. The hot tubs were not hot and so little you could never get in because other people were in them. The pool on the Serenity deck looked like some scum was in it so did not want to go in it. The entertainment was nothing to be desired but the comedy club had great comedians except for the first guy on the first show. The last two guys and CJ Jones were excellent. Thought it was somewhat cheesy and would expect better entertainment for the amount of time you spend on this ship. The jewelry is way over priced and you are better off to buy it in one of the Ports. Carnival has a great marketing strategy to charge for all kinds of things so don't go on this ship thinking you have paid your way as all inclusive. I was charged 3.75 for a coke. You will get a nice bill at the end! Don't believe I would ever go on this ship again just because of the smoking. The shore excursions were ok but have had better staying in a resort. The smoking was the worst. It was horrible and made for a mediocre trip. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
This last cruise was my 6th with Carnival and my 2nd time on the Pride. I was last on the Pride 10 years ago and was pleasantly surprised by a lot of refurbishments and additions they've made since then. This class of ship is the 2nd ... Read More
This last cruise was my 6th with Carnival and my 2nd time on the Pride. I was last on the Pride 10 years ago and was pleasantly surprised by a lot of refurbishments and additions they've made since then. This class of ship is the 2nd smallest in Carnival's fleet, but with all the facilities it has, you aren't missing out on much that the bigger ships have except for the crowds. In fact, on all my time on the boat, the only time it felt crowded was during debarking. The ship itself is clean and in good order. Ours was the last cruise before a dry dock for some repair and refurbishments, but it was still in good condition except for some chipped paint, worn vinyl seats, etc. I loved that the Pride has 3 good sized pools, one being in the adults only Serenity area. They also have one hot tub in the adults only area, one by a general pool and one large one in the fitness center. Speaking of the Serenity area, it was my first time on a ship with one and I really liked it. It's a kid free area with higher quality loungers, hammocks, cabanas. It felt very secluded and relaxed. They have 2 water slides, one a bomb door style slide where the floor drops beneath you and one twisty slide, as well as a small splash area for the kids. It was a good time for kids and adults alike. One of the pools has retractable glass ceiling for in-climate weather, but it was broken on my cruise unfortunately. In terms of dining, you have a lot of choices for casual dining but not a lot for formal. Newer additions are Guys Burgers, which really are amazing; the updated Carnival Deli with made to order sandwiches that tasted delicious; and Blue Iguana for Chipotle style burritos. They have all the standard buffet fare as well. For dinner, I always went to the Main Dining Room as the food was always good and service was fun and friendly. You could go to David's Steakhouse for an extra $35 but unless you had a special occasion, it wasn't really necessary. The ship also added a Bonsai Sushi as an extra option you could pay for, but the prices were too high for lunch and I prefer the main dining room for dinner. The nice thing was, you could easily eat on the ship the whole time without paying extra and you wouldn't feel like you missed out on anything. The staff on the Pride was top notch for the most part. Room stewards and waiters always greeted you by name, made polite conversation and smiled. Bartenders were a bit more hit and miss; none were rude but some were clearly more excited to be there than others. The cruise director and "Fun Team" were friendly and generally made the cruise a lot more fun. The one complaint I really had about the ship was the Casino. It's on the smaller side and FILLED with smoke. Even on boarding (when the casino was closed for 12 hours), it wreaked of smoke. While I don't normally mind a little smoke, it was impossible to walk through there without getting covered in it for the rest of the day. This was much worse than the last time I was on the ship, but this was also a winter cruise so smokers really had no where else to go. I do wish they invested in a better filtration system or something. If you're new to cruising or like a smaller ship, the Pride is a solid option. If you want things like a Ropes Course, Rock Climbing Wall, or stuff like that, I'd suggest a bigger ship, but the Pride is intimate and yet still filled with stuff to do. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
My husband and I (ages 56 and 61) chose this cruise to have a a mid-winter vacation. Baltimore is only a three hour drive from our home in central PA. The timing was great because we missed the Polar Vortex. We arrived at the port during ... Read More
My husband and I (ages 56 and 61) chose this cruise to have a a mid-winter vacation. Baltimore is only a three hour drive from our home in central PA. The timing was great because we missed the Polar Vortex. We arrived at the port during our scheduled time. Parking was easy and close. Costs $15 a day which we paid on the way in. There was no wait for embarkation.We each brought a bottle of wine in our carry-on bags. Our cabin was clean when we arrived and Natan did a good job cleaning it all week. He made a different towel animal each day. There was a small refrigerator for the wine and food storage. TV worked okay. We had a balcony which we used a few times. Sunsets in the Bahamas were beautiful. There was rust on the balcony. We went to the late shows of Playlist Productions. The performers were good, especially Patrick. Our favorite was "88 Keys". The format for "Heart of Soul" had to be changed because of rough seas. We actually liked this format better because they concentrated on the singing but the show was short. During the other shows there were too many light effects, which bothered our eyes. We tried sitting a couple of different places but still had to shield or close our eyes at times. We saw 4 PG rated comedy shows. The first two were bad, they were not funny. The second two comedians were good. We played a couple of the trivia games and they were fun. We had early dining in Normandie and ate in there every night. We had six people assigned to our table. We got along well with our table mates. Our waiters were good and friendly. They learned our names and preferences in a couple of days. The food was very good. My favorite main dish was the prime rib. We had a couple of the port specialties and liked them. Other standouts were the chocolate melting cake (hubby had it 3 times), smores parfait, and cheesecake. We were supposed to go to Princess Cays but couldn't because of a fire so we went to Half Moon Cay. Not disappointed because it was beautiful. Sand was soft and clean. We did not do an excursion. The water was cool and took a while to get used to. But the air was warm so we went back and forth between beach and water. The buffet was not as good as in the past but Carnival was serving 2 ships and that was not originally planned. Service was disorganized. In Nassau we took the Balmoral Island Beach Escape with Lunch excursion. We took a 30 minute boat ride to beautiful Balmoral Island. The sand had a nice, soft texture. There was seaweed in the water but there was a man who cleaned it up when it came ashore. The air was comfortable but the water was kind of cold. Chaise lounges and umbrellas were set up. We could select from several choices for lunch from the menu at the restaurant. Barbecue pork was good. The rum and Coke was strong. On the way back the first mate talked about the sights (including Sandals and Atlantis) and some history of the area. In Freeport we took the Best of Grand Bahama & All Inclusive Beach excursion. This is not the excursion to take if you want to spend a long time at the beach. We enjoyed it. We went to a couple of shopping places that included local craftspeople, a nature center, and Taino Beach. Our driver and host, Warren G and Keno, were fun and informative. The beach itself looked beautiful but it was too windy to do anything but walk. We had about an hour and 15 minutes there. The lunch and drink that were included were good. The Pride is in dry dock now and I think renovation will be good for her. Overall, the cruise was enjoyable but I don't think we would cruise at this time of year again. The sea is too cold. The Pride was like an icebreaker on Sunday. But we would cruise on the Pride or another Carnival ship in the spring or fall. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Chose this cruise because it was a 14 day Journey going to 4 locations not previously visited. Embarkation was briefly delayed by the ship's late return due to weather. Once aboard, everything went tremendously well. Our cabin ... Read More
Chose this cruise because it was a 14 day Journey going to 4 locations not previously visited. Embarkation was briefly delayed by the ship's late return due to weather. Once aboard, everything went tremendously well. Our cabin stewards "Made and B" kept our cabin perfectly clean throughout the cruise. Our dining servers "Mohammad, Joel, and Augustika," were wonderful individuals who exceeded our needs at every dinner. We booked 3 excursions through Carnival: St. Thomas, Antiqua, and Grenada.. We were really pleased with all but the one on Grenada. Our driver was apparently new and had to follow another van. He didn't speak much and gave very little information about the island. We complained at the excursion desk aboard ship and received a 25% discount. The entertainment was truly enjoyable each evening. The cruise director "Dr. E," ensured that everyone had a good time. He was funny and very engaging. In all cases we were pleased with the quality of the food in the dining room and on the Lido deck. The ship is going into dry dock next month for an overhaul which is needed because of some wear and tear. Read Less
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