I just got back from my third cruise on the Carnival Pride [30 cruises total). The Captain had to buck head winds of 45kn on the way back and I think at times he was going 26kn -- whoosh! Upon arrival -- it was cold. 23 degrees with wind chill in the teens. Certainly a difference from Nassau and Freeport.
In Nassau, where we stayed longer than a usual port stop, early people got off while some waited for later tours. Then something happened in town. There was a gas leak at the dock and the Nassau police closed the street. Passengers could not get off or on the ship for 1.5 hrs. Many missed tours. A propane tank on a dock tug had sprung a leak. It took a very long time to find the source. The fix was to open the valve and vent all the gas to the air. Shop owners were trying to get passengers to stop smoking in the streets -- many didn't pay attention.
I had booked an inside cabin but when I arrived at the terminal, I was upgraded to a very large balcony suite with 3 sinks, whirlpool/tub, dressing room with vanity, 6 closets, dimmer control lights, sofa, etc. All this for one person (I travel solo). Probably next time they will upgrade me to a hammock on deck minus 1.
The ship seemed pretty full. This cruise was their 'cheepie' of the year due the cold of February and the Super Bowl at the same time. But for the football inclined, the Super Bowl was on TV all over the ship -- main theater, sports bar, lounges, and cabins. It was good to see the Redskins win (was I watching an old video tape????)
BTW -- If you haven't done the free steam rooms on the Carnival ships, you are really missing something. I took one a day. There great!
LeVoyageur (Greenbelt, Maryland)