October 2016 - Carnival Pride to Caribbean - Bahamas
Loved that instead of flying to Florida, San Juan, or New Orleans to catch the ship, we simply drove to the port of Baltimore, parked, and walked on board! So simple.
The Pride is a small (88k ton) ship, so we weren't sure that we would like it since we've mostly sailed on 100k+ ton ships recently. But overall we really enjoyed the smaller footprint. We liked being able to walk around the ship, inside and outside, in direct lines without having to up/down/around. We selected a table for two each night during anytime dining and had very enjoyable, intimate dinners. The room steward, waiters, and in fact all service personnel were excellent and friendly. We loved the all comedy shows, and most of the theater productions (1 excellent, 2 very good, 1 fair).
The Pride is an older ship but has been well maintained on the inside. The only detractions we noticed was that the outside hot tubs lacked paint and few outside rust spots. The interior is clean with carpets, dining rooms, and cabin all in excellent shape. The Romanesque theme throughout the ship is not to our taste - too dark and overdone - but that is a matter of personal taste. After the first day we really didn't notice.
We took this cruise to enjoy the shows, clubs, food, and hot tubs. We weren't disappointed. We didn't care about the itinerary and only got off the ship to walk to a local beach one afternoon in Nassau. So for us, the cruise really delivered on what we were looking for.