Carnival Pride

3.7 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: L     Refurbished: 2 yrs ago    

About Carnival Pride

Carnival Pride is a large ship, carrying 2680 passengers and 910 crew, and sails from Baltimore, Maryland and Tampa, Florida.

Learn more about Carnival Pride

Recent Review

The good, the bad, and the really, really ugly.

First, let me say that I really WANTED to like Carnival. We had only ever cruised on... Read more
Read 1594 Carnival Pride reviews


Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

I've experienced better

Verified Review
/
Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Pros-

Real cheddar cheese

morning announcements no longer broadcast into rooms

Port Canaveral and Nassau

Price

 

Cons-

limited buffet hours

limited room service menu

older ship despite renovation

miserable staff

Crowded hot tubs

Read more

Was this review helpful?
Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

Cruise out of Baltimore

Verified Review
/
Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Favorite part of cruise was service from our room steward and all of the waiters.

Worst part - entertainment.   Shows in theater were bad.   The only music in lounges was guitar - also bad.   Long time cruiser - first time on Carnival.   Won't be back.  Serenity pool area was great; however, the mats on the chairs were soaking wet each day.   Too bad they can't be brought in at night.

Read more

Was this review helpful?
Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

first cruise

Verified Review
/
Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

I loved the food, the service and the friendliness of the staff.  The ride was very smooth.  I felt as if I was sitting in my living room for the most part.  The entertainment I saw was excellent.  There was always some activity to suit every need.  I wish they would make accommodations for single travelers.  Having to pay double for the cabin had always dissuaded me from cruising.

Read more

Was this review helpful?
Contributor Level: Third Mate
2 out of 5

The good, the bad, and the really, really ugly.

Verified Review
/
Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

First, let me say that I really WANTED to like Carnival. We had only ever cruised on Disney, but with my husband in a new job, he was unable to get the time off for our Disney Cruise. So, I pushed the DCL cruise up a year, and looked for an alternative cruise for my son and myself. The Pride sails from Baltimore, which is an hour drive from our home. This cruise was the same days as our DCL, with the added bonus of a stop in Port Canaveral, which would give me a day at WDW. My son has always wanted to go to Atlantis, so I booked this and was really excited to see a new ship and visit new ports. I organized a FB group, bought door decorations, Command Strips, Cruise Cash and booked our excursion to Atlantis. I also bought Faster to the Fun so we could board early, and counted down the days. On our embarkation day, my husband dropped us off at 10:30, as we had the FTTF. We sat in the terminal and met a really cool family that we ended up eating with just about every night. We sat and talked. And sat, and sat, and sat. And sat some more. We didn't board until about 12:45. Our cabin, 8207, was ready, so we decided to sit on the balcony for a few minutes....but our balcony was covered in paint chips. One look up showed that the paint was coming from the ceiling, which was a nasty mess of peeling paint.The ceiling on the balcony next to us was peeling apart, almost like it was wet cardboard, and there was some sort of general ickiness falling from that. I called Guest Services and asked to be moved, or to have the balcony cleaned. Moving was not an option as the boat was at capacity, but I was told the balcony would be cleaned. OK, great! I unpacked our day bag loving the three closets and drawers, even though they were showing some wear. The bathroom shelves were covered in dust, but I just whipped out my Lysol wipes and the problem was solved.

After we unpacked, up for a soda and a burger from Guys. Yummmy! These are some of the best burgers I have had in ages, and the sautéed mushrooms....heaven. During our seven days, we would discover that the food on Carnival is head and shoulders better than most of the food on DCL. Sadly, that is the only area in which they are even close to DCL. After lunch, we explored the ship. The teen club was empty, not even a crew member. Off to the video prize arcade, soon to be my son's favorite hangout on the ship. He checked out all the gamesand then, after I tore my son out, we headed back to the cabin, where I discovered that all of our bags were delivered, and that I had forgotten shampoo and conditioner. In my defense, DCL supplies spa level amenities, so I think it was some sort of mental block on my part. I decorated our door, and then we changed into our dress clothes for our dinner at David's. This was my son's birthday dinner, and I was so excited about it! This; however; was the beginning of the downfall of our Carnival experience. The waitress, whose name I have now blocked, seemed distracted, and more interested in the young men around us. Despite noting his birthday on the reservation, and mentioning it several times, we received nothing. Not a cupcake, no 'Happy Birthday ' song, nothing. Ok. No big deal. The food was AMAZING, and my son was thrilled with his steak. When the meal was over, I handed our waitress my Sign and Sail card, and off she went. For well over half an hour. My son wandered to the men's restroom, while I waited. And waited,And waited. She finally returned to tell me that she had lost my Sign and Sail card, but that she had spoken to her manager, who had called Guest Services who had voided the card and already had my new one ready. OK. Off to Guest Services to pick up my new card. And yeah, no one at GS had any clue what I was talking about. So I waited about 20 MORE minutes while they did what I was told had already been done. By this point, I was so furious that as soon as I had my new card I walked away. I was sure I would get a call from someone, with an apology, or something. A spa coupon, a box of candy, something. Yeah, nope. Nothing. After repeatedly calling GSand speaking to the manager at David's, who informed me she found out about the incident AFTER I left the restaurant, I was given a credit for one of the charges at David's. I was also told that Carnival doesn't 'compensate' for mistakes. Umm, pumpkin, this wasn't some spilled milk, this was your employee losing what amounts to my credit card, waiting 40 minutes to tell me, and then lying to me about how she handled it. Anyway, this new card/folio haunted me all week. Nearly every time I used my card, the crew member chose the old folio number, and would tell me loudly that there was a problem with my card. By the end of the cruise, I resorted to using my actual credit card. 

As if this was not enough, our wait staff in the dining room seemed just as distracted. Our waiter served my son the wrong soup, and while this would normally be just annoying, the soup he served my son was peach soup, and my son is allergic to peaches. So that evening ended up with my son heavily sedated on Benadryl andme getting no sleep while I hovered over him with an  EpiPen. Once I was sure he was OK, I went to GS to reduce the gratuity for our waitstaff. (Sorry, when you almost kill my child with your careless actions, I am not tipping you.) We ate the remaining meals at the table of the family we met while boarding, who were seated alone at an 8 top, as we were. (And yes, I gave that wait staff a tip in cash). That is the all the ugly..well almost, but since the rest was on debark day, I will save that.

The entertainment on the ship is amazing...the comedy shows, the trivia contests(I won the 80's music and movie music games, and have the ships on sticks to prove it) were lots of fun. Not fond of the casino, because of the cigarette smoke, but no big deal.

Nassau, and Atlantis, were the real reason for this trip, and that resort, and the mega watt smile on my son's face the entire day, are the only reason I gave the cruise two stars. OK, I also got a day in WDW, so I did get my Disney fix. We also met a ton of new friends, and my son and I spent a lot of quality time together. As our last day approached, I was sad to be leaving and ready to just let Carnival off the hook. And then I got my final bill. That showed I was being billed $210 despite only $250 of my $300 in Cruise Cash being applied. Mind you, this was at 8 AM and we had to vacate our room at 9. I called GS, and the rep said she would call me right back. Yeah, 30 minutes later, no call back. So I leave my son, head to GS and that is when it got REALLY, REALLY ugly. I will,spare the details, but the lowlight was the GS rep telling me "This is your fault because you lost your Sign and Sail card." That is when I flipped. Seriously. I did end up with a credit on my card for the unused Cruise Cash. My son and I were also OFF the ship by 9:25 AM. (Self assist). Oh, and did I mention that our balcony got cleaned? Yeah, on Friday afternoon. 

Read more

Was this review helpful?
Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Very good experience

Verified Review
/
Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Overall, I enjoyed the cruise.  I'm a first time "cruiser" so things did occur that were unbeknownst to me.  I'm sure if I had read more of the fine print in the contract, I wouldn't have been caught off guard.  Our steward Rery was wonderful; she did an excellent job.  Most of the crew were pleasant; however, the food servers were a bit rude.  This might be attributed to the language barrier but many did not smile or acknowledge me when I said "thank you" to them.  I will say the cruise director, Steve, was ABSOUTELY WONDERFUL!!!! I enjoyed him and the entertainment team tremendously! My one complaint was the embarkation process.  The ship was delayed by 2 hours, which is not Carnival's fault; however, there were only two elderly people who were checking passports and ids.  This made the line terribly long, we spent 2 hours in line waiting to board the ship.  You may want to consider adding additional and quicker identification checkers to your staff.  Outside of that, I'm looking forward to my next cruise. 

Read more

Was this review helpful? 1
Contributor Level: Purser
2 out of 5

Very disappointed

Verified Review
/
Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

I have to say I cruised with Carnival before and was very disappointed this time. They were very unorganized with boarding which was delayed by 2 hours.  The rooms were small the bathrooms were horrible in the staterooms. The food in Gerald was ok. Nit

what I experienced the last time on Carnival. They cleaned the carpets in the halls on our floor an it smelled so bad it was horrible. I had let a glass in the far night stand and it was there for 3 days. The towels we're dingy. Overall I was not very pleased. I may try Carnival again but definitely not this sip

Read more

Was this review helpful?
Contributor Level: Purser
2 out of 5

Ok at best

Verified Review
/
Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

This cruise was disappointing. I wont go out of Baltimore again. The food was ok and had a very limited selections. The entertainment was limited and 2 full days at sea with little to do is just to long.

Read more

Was this review helpful? 1
Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

First Time Cruiser

Verified Review
/
Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Not so sure I would go on a cruise so soon again.  The cruise to Port Canaveral is WAY to long.  I was ready to jump off the boat by Wednesday(LOL) I wouldn't go back to any of the Bahama islands.  I don't like the pan-handling as soon as you get off the ship, it really put me in a mood.  Weather was beautiful though, ship was nice, didn't like that there was a lot of "extra" paying things to do on the boat....like playing Bingo, that really should be included in the price.  

Read more

Was this review helpful?
Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Fantastic

Verified Review
/
Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Cleanlines and friendly crew members. The food was very good. The ship[ was very clean. The main disappointment for me was departure and arrival procedures in Baltimore port was horrible and completely disorganized.

Read more

Was this review helpful? 1
Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

The good and bad of our time on carnival pride

Verified Review
/
Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

The shows and comics were good. the food was excellent.Our problem was standing in line for 3 and a half hours because the ship was delayed and we didnt get notified until we were pulling in the parking lot.also getting off the ship was a  problem with everyone carrying there luggage down the stairs.

Read more

Was this review helpful? 1

Thousands of cruisers are looking for advice right now.

Collect your reviewer badge today!

Write a Review

Explore Cabins

Carnival Pride has 1062 cabins and 28 cabin categories. See what each category
has to offer and read cabin reviews from the community.

Avg. Size: 185 sq. ft.
Avg. Cost: $106 per night

Avg. Size: 185 sq. ft.
Avg. Cost: $118 per night

Avg. Size: 192 sq. ft.
Avg. Cost: $129 per night

Avg. Size: 263 sq. ft.
Avg. Cost: $207 per night

Looking for a specific cabin?

or

Deck Plans

Explore the layout of all 13 decks on
Carnival Pride.

View All Carnival Pride Deck Plans
RandyBomn
Contributor Level: Purser

A stateroom with a balcony is always a plus I think,and try their Rueben on Libido deck,one of the best I have had thepleasure to eat

travelers1964
Contributor Level: Third Mate

Don't buy the bargain sale watches with metal bands from the gift shop as there are no instructions on how to adjust the band (which are set for people with very large wrists). I was told to bring the watch to a jewelry shop when I get home to have the band adjusted.

akblack
Contributor Level: Purser

a stateroom with a balcony is a must and the cheeseburgers on lido deck were the best with the seasoned fries, the ice cream was a very great hit.

Cruises:
7 Night Bahamas & Florida (Baltimore Roundtrip)
7 Night Bermuda (Baltimore Roundtrip)
7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Baltimore Roundtrip)
7 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)
5 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)

$

Price

L

Size

Jan 2002

Built

2 yrs ago

Refurbished

2680

Total Passengers

2.95

Crew to Passenger Ratio

13

Number of Decks

1062

Total Cabins

28

Cabin Categories
Costa Fortuna

Costa Fortuna

3.0 out of 5 (151 reviews)
Liberty of the Seas

Liberty of the Seas

4.0 out of 5 (1532 reviews)
Norwegian Dawn

Norwegian Dawn

3.6 out of 5 (2316 reviews)