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

Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 2 yrs ago    

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"The dining room was an over sized diner, with bright lights and much noise." in 150 reviews.

"all the staff - from the cruise director to the dining room staff and the stateroom were..." in 52 reviews.

"This was my 10th Carnival cruise and my 15th overall." in 38 reviews.


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Great vacation with small kids!

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My husband and I had been on cruises a few times before, but this was our first time with our kids (4 years old).  We all had a blast!  They loved Camp Carnival (they asked to go to "school" every day) and were enthralled with the shows.  The pool is great for kids this age, as there is a wading pool around the main deep pool, so they could play on their own while I sat there and watched them.  Their only complaint was the bracelets that they had to wear the whole time.  I wish they had better options that we could have paid for that were more comfortable.  We will definitely do another cruise with them within the next few years.

 

As far as my husband and I go, we had a great time with the kids but we'll try a different boat next time.  The shows at night were fun because we enjoyed watching their reactions, but the singing was up to par with a karaoke bar (but the dancing was good).  We didn't get to go to any of the adult comedy shows because we didn't want top put the kids in the nighttime camp, but the one PG show that we went to was funny.  Alchemy Bar was fantastic, and it was fun to watch them make drinks there.  I paid extra to get filet mignon from the steakhouse in the dining room one night and it was phenomenal, whereas the filet that I got on the night that it was a menu choice was not good.  Our dining room waiter wasn't nearly as friendly as on past cruises, but he was fine.

 

We didn't plan any excursions since anything that the kids could do was overpriced for what we would get for the 4 of us.  The beach in Grand Turk was fine, but it was choppy and the kids didn't feel comfortable playing in it.  I was impressed with the beach itself - until we got to Half Moon Cay.  The beach and the water there was so amazing and gorgeous.  Unfortunately one of my kids was sick so we had to go back to the boat immediately, but from what I saw it was amazing, and my husband and other daughter came back all smiles.  There is a free water play area for kids (a fountain and a structure with some water slides and stuff), and my daughter loved it.  The island is owned by Carnival, so you don't get the hard sell that you get from people on other islands.  It was just very relaxing and peaceful, and the water was calm.  In Freeport we just went to the area right off the port and it was boring and expensive.  Every stall sold the same exact stuff, and it was a hard sell from everyone.  We wouldn't go back unless there was an excursion we wanted to do, or if that was a required stop in cruises to Half Moon Cay (because I am dying to go back there!).

 

All in all, we really enjoyed ourselves.  It was our first trip alone as a family, and my husband and I definitely realized that vacationing with kids is an entirely new experience.  The staff on the boat was very friendly, and our kids got a lot of attention.  I would recommend Carnival to anyone.

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Ups and downs!

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Our experience on Carnival Pride had some ups and downs.  Unfortunately, the downs will cause us to second guess going on another Carnival cruise.  On the bright side, the ups will have us looking into another cruise, but just with a different line.  Carnival's customer service for special assistance fell completely flat.  We had an elderly person traveling with us that required wheelchair assistance on and off the ship when embarking and disembarking.  The entire process was a nightmare.  If you are not an elite cruiser, privileged, or part of the fun package you receive zero accommodations.  We were told our elderly member would board the ship after crew members, entertainment, privileged/priority and fun package members were aboard, but that a carnival staff member must bring the wheelchair to us and then wheel our family member onto the ship.  By the time all of that happened everyone else in our group ended up on the ship almost an hour before our elderly family member.  Then when we tried to get this family member a wheelchair to disembark once we arrived home, a carnival staff member told us that we could not arrange for wheelchair service since our family member could not walk the length of the boat to the designated area for individuals that needed assistance.  What kind of customer service is that?  Obviously our family member could not walk a great distance if a wheelchair was needed to get off the boat, so how could they have been expected to walk to the designated area?  It was very disheartening to see elderly people treated that way.  Our statesman, Heru, was outstanding, as well as the lido deck 9 mid pool manager, John was amazing.  The two of them could not have been more accommodating.  Bar tenders at both of the Red Frog Pub bars & the Blue Iguana bar were great too.  These people are what made our trip memorable.  The islands were great too!  On a whole we had a positive experience when it came to cruising, but we more than likely will not cruise again with Carnival.

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Thresholds on ship

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For people in wheelchairs and scooters, some of the thresholds need to be replaced that are too high to go over.  I know I had my husband in a wheelchair and a couple of the thresholds that I thought were okay ended up hurting his back when I bumped into them.  Otherwise, had a wonderful cruise.

One thing I was annoyed at is the rules set for dining room and the Serenity  room.  Children were going into the Serenity for 21 and older and nothing was said to them by the staff.  Also, instructions were no shorts, bathing suits and clothes with holes in them were NOT allowed in the dining room, yet I saw all kinds of people wearing shorts and nothing was said by the staff.  If you are going to have rules, then stick by them.

 

Bernice McClain

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First Timers

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Embarkation was a drawn out process with 90 minutes in lines and no photographers left to take boarding pictures. Balcony room was nice and well kept up by the room steward. Food was very good at all locations with a nice variety. Comedy shows were great. Other shows were entertaining also. The ships decor was enjoyable, Despite large contingent of guests, there were seldom waits for elevators. Sodas offered in limited Coca Colas varieties only, If the weather had been a bit warmer (sailed 1 May), the time topside would have been much more fun.Big Smile

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Carnival Pride

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My 5th cruise with Carnival and it was TERRIBLE !  The service and meals was just plain bad !  The cabin was never cleaned the last day on board the ship.  The buffet food was under cooked.  Guys Burgers were burnt.  The main dining hall service and meal was bad.  The steaks were tough, never offered drinks, etc.

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Great time

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This was a great ship and cruise. Getting in and out of Baltimore was easy for us. The staff on the ship was super friendly. We used the anytime dinning and were very happy. We still asked for the same waiter and where able to get him most of the time.  Happy

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Not bad for the price

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We had a good time.  the ship was in fair condition.  Was a little outdated.  The refrigerator didn't work well and the TV was an old tube TV from the late 90's.  I think it's time to break down and spend a few bucks on a flat screen already.  The food in the main dining hall was very good but the buffet could use a little work.  Variety and freshness was an issue at the buffet.  We had fun at the shows and the casino and the staff was very nice and very helpful.  My son really enjoyed the Circle C club and activities.  The destination islands were beautiful and full of activities.      

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Relaxation at its best

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Had a wonderful time. The Pride is the perfect size ship. Only issue was that we felt the sererity deck was too small for the amount of adults on board that wished to relax without kids. Not enough chairs or room to spread out. People were waiting like vultures to swoop in and claim a spot, or those that had spots kept them all day. Will not get off the ship in Nassau, ever again, very tourist trap.

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Nice but over rated!!

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staff on board was nice however I went to my room at one point to overhear a housekeeper complaining about my room. My state boy, Michael saw me & then started talking to me extra extra nice! I believe he was embarrassed. Also the drink package for myself & children I believe are over priced. I did not get my $ worth. I am a single mom & I think if you purchase the "cheers" package, you shouldn't have to pay extra for soda for your kids. I did not like how they took so many beautiful pictures but to get them was a ridiculous price. You couldn't even purchase all pics for one bundled price. 

All & all I was not impressed or satisfied with the cruise & will not be going again. I went to a Beaches resort & was treated like an absolute queen. This cruise was not even close to that. 

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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.

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.

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

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