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Carnival Pride

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What people said about this ship:

"...beautiful overlooking view of the Ocean, dinner in a dining room sitting with great menu choices, night club/lounge..." in 78 reviews.

"...mingle with other guests - dance floor up on stage, cruise director talks, talks, talks - the big sell." in 29 reviews.

"...soda you have to find a bar which is all the way out on the lido deck to get a drink." in 24 reviews.


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Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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Cruise to the Bahamas, July 2014

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Pride | Sail Date: Jul 06, 2014

This was an absolutely wonderful cruise aboard the Carnival Pride.  The cabin stewards were efficient and neat, knew our names by the end of the first day.  We dressed up and attended dinner in the formal dining room every night, for the 6:00 seating.  The food was excellent, and there were plenty of vegetarian choices for me.  Our dining room wait staff were also fast and efficient, but we never felt rushed at dinner.  Our wine steward was very attentive, but not pushy.  Everyone in the dining room greeted us like family when we arrived for dinner.  The shows and entertainment onboard were excellent, especially the three comedians we heard perform.  The activities offered suited everyone in our group, which varied in age from 12 to almost 60.  My son had great fun at the onboard Ping Pong tournament!  He also enjoyed the Arcade, and some members of our group spent time in the Casino.  The pools were nice, especially the adult Serenity area, and the wait staff were attentive.  Three of our party took advantage of a Spa mini package, which was value-priced and absolutely wonderful!  We felt relaxed and pampered.  Our three days in port were extremely enjoyable, and we participated in a variety of wonderful excursions.  The whole cruise experience was fabulous, and it was one of the best we've been on!

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
2-3 cruises

4 star
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I enjoyed this cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Pride | Sail Date: Jun 22, 2014

I enjoyed this cruise very much.  Carnival is a great company to go on the cruise with, they have a great amount of focus on keeping thier customers happy and satisfied, so when you're cruising with Carnival, you feel like you're one of the most important people in the world.  I will definitely go on another Carnival cruise.

The reason I gave this cruise four stars instead of five is because there were a few things that can be improved.  One of them is the size of the swimming pool.  This cruise has three sea days, when everyone is on the ship all day long, under the hot sun, or AC, whichever they prefer.  This ship has lots of family friendly activities, but bot everyone there is with the family (kids), and not everyone likes to join those activities.  I was going to the cruise to Bahamas, so that I could enjoy the heat, the ocean, and, during sea days, the pool.  The problem is that I wasn't the only one who wated to enjoy the pool, there were many (MANY) others who wanted the same.  This whip has three pools: two in the family friendly environment, with bunch of kids running around, yelling, paying, etc.  That where fun and loud activities took place.  There were alot of people there, no emply seats or beds, it seemed that everyone who had children on the ship spent their days there.  And a third pool, in the adult only "Serenity" lounge.  Very nice and quiet. Peaceful. But, unfortunately, everyone who didn't have children (or so it seemed), wanted to spend their time there.  This peaceful, adult only area, was not big enough for all the adults who wanted to chill there.  The pool was tiny, much smaller than family pools, and if you wanted to go in the water, because it was so hot under the sun, you had to sqeeze between other people, and sit in the pool like a sardine in the can.  It felt like a very big pool party, where no one knew each other.  Some people may enjoy it, but I felt like I needed more space.  

Another thing, I believe, can be imporved, is their food options.  Don't get me wrong, you will not be hungry on this cruise ship, in fact, I gained 11lb.  There was a lot of food, but not very healthy.  There's a restaurant that offers different menu every day, very good choices there, but I didn't find the quality of that food to be great.  It was ok, but not what I'd expect from a high class restaurant.  There's also a buffet, that offered food pretty much all day long.  During the day they had American food (burgers and hot dogs), Italian food (pasta), Asian food (rice, noodles, and variety of meat), and salad bar.  They also had pizza (very good), sandwiches (ok), and pastries all day long.  And late night stacks.  For people who are trying to eat healthy, salad was the only option, and that's not enough to stay full during the day.  And if you like to eat, like I do (despite trying to eat healthy), you'll eat everything, because you're on vacation so why not.  So what I would like to change is to add more healthy variety of food, like vegetables (cooked).

Evening entertainment was great, comedy shows, dance and singing shows, kareoke, games, etc.  

If you purchase an excursion, which I recommend, they have everything very well organized and easy to follow.  If I could turn time back, I would do this criuse all over again.  But when I book another cruise with Carnival, I'd like to try a different ship, and different destination.  It is my understanding that all their ships are pretty much the same, with the exception of few events and venues.  I'd like to see what they have to offer.

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Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
7+ cruises

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The Carnival Pride

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Pride | Sail Date: Aug 17, 2014

Our experience onboard the Carnival Pride was a good one. Starting from our embarkation,it went smoothly and pretty quickly. Our cabin steward was great. He kept our room spotless day and night.My kids loved the little towel animals that were left on our bed each night with the turndown service. There was a lot to do each day and night,as far as cruise activities went.The dining room wait staff was amazing. We had a special diet,so they tried their best to accommodate us each night. The entertainment was great as well. If you have kids,be careful about watching the stage shows with them. Some of the shows were a little risque,meaning the costumes,or lack thereof. If you don't mind them seeing skimpy costumes,then disregard. As far as port info,Port Canaveral was nice,but there wasn't much to do off the ship,esp. since you have a very limited time in each port. I would recommend booking excursions. Nassau was beautiful,esp. the beach. Atlantis is a must if you're visiting the Bahamas. I have cruised previously with Celebrity CL,but our first time with Carnival CL was not bad at all. Overall,it was a good experience.

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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Our 5th Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Pride | Sail Date: Jul 20, 2014

Our first time in an inside cabin and we were pleasantly surprised. Lots of closet space for a week of clothes and 2 formal nights. The food was very good and a lot of choices. The ship is older but clean and easy to get around. Service was good and our waiters were excellent and dinner in the dining room was very gourmet. Presentation was top notch !

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Traveled As:
Large Group

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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Our Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Pride | Sail Date: Aug 17, 2014

We live in Philadelphia and sailed out of Maryland, I was surprised how easy and convenient the parking lot was. It's located tight off of 95 and the ship is right there. I thought the ship was really nice and the staff was exceptional. The ports were beautiful but I rather have skipped Port Canaveral and spent more time on the beach in Freeport. The food was ok but the upscale dining was so delicious that we ate there two times. I definitely would sail out of Maryland again, the convenience is great. I wish in the future Carnival offers more ports of call to visit. I would recommend this cruise. Thank you for a GREAT vacation! 

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Popular Tips for Carnival Pride


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

Get to the hot tubs on the first night while you can while everyone is checking out the ship ceause after that they are never free!

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If available make sure to go to the shore excursion menu before sailing and buy the early board tickets ($50 for the whole cabin) it makes the checking experience much more pleasant and it is like getting an extra day on the ship if you get there early.

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14 Night Caribbean & Central America (Tampa To Baltimore)

Sail Date: Mar 15, 2015
Ship Name: Carnival Pride
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Carnival Pride
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7 Night Bahamas & Florida (Baltimore Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Oct 12, 2014
Ship Name: Carnival Pride
33 Ship Mate app members

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7 Night Exotic Eastern Caribbean (Baltimore Roundtrip)

Sail Date: May 03, 2015
Ship Name: Carnival Pride
32 Ship Mate app members

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