April 2014 - Carnival Pride to Caribbean - Bahamas
My vacation began on Friday after work prior to the Sunday we left with an email from the cruise line that my cruise was going to stop in Charleston, South Carolina and not Freeport Bahamas as expected. Unfortunately I was not able to reschedule my cruise as others did because of the planning of my husbands and I job, kids school schedule etc. This was my first cruise and my husband had been on many others so I had some expectations of the type of hospitality that we were going to receive. Many of the crew did not speak english very well so it was difficult to understand the "all inclusive alcohol beverage package". What we didnt find out until after purchasing the $400 all inclusive "cheers" package was that you receive smaller beverages than anyone who purchased by the glass $8.95 per drink price. So essentally it was 2 drinks to the 1 normal galss size when purchasing this program. Oh and by the way there was a 15 drink per day maximum with this program and if you were in port and received a drink you had to be pay a port tax in addition. The weather was very rough the first day so I got sea sick and was in bed sick for the first day and then the boat stopped in South Carolina and it was 68 and rain so we didn't even get off the boat because we didnt have rain gear. The lines were very long for lunch so you have to be make sure you do not eat and peak lunch times. The pizza line was always enormous but it was open 24 hours but always a line for it. The late dinner crew was excellent. Jorge and Florine were excellent entertainers, my girls loved them. Dann the steward was extremely friendly and went out of his was to remember our names. We went to a few shows and comedy clubs which were really good. We were asked to leave the comedy show early one night to let the next shift in when the comedian wasn't finished which was disappointing. They smoke in the casino's which I was not ready for either. All in all my girls had a great time in the teenage clubs and they were entertained 24/7. There were two small pools, one was closed the entire time. The adult hot tub was closed one full day for some reason. They would close the slide at 6 pm but sometimes close it early and there were alot of disappointed kids. Not a good experience for my husband and I. I was very disppointed but glad but kids had a good time. I would not return on this particular ship all in all.