January 2016 - Carnival Pride to Caribbean - Southern
Our experience with sailing for the first time on Carnival was pretty good overall. The Pride was clean and up to date. Our stateroom was larger and more comfortable than what we have had with Royal Caribbean. The 11 day Southern Caribbean cruise was good value. However, Carnival apparently doesn't place much emphasis on making the customer feel noticed and valued. Royal Caribbean has an employee recognition program that is meaningful both to the employees and cruisers. With the exception of our room steward, no attempt was made by any of the staff to make us feel like something other than cattle in the shute. On the positive side, Carnival doesn't deserve an across the board reputation as a non stop party boat. The clientele on this cruise had an average age of 50 something and entertainment and activities were tailored accordingly. We'd definitely sail on Carnival again, but continue to prefer Royal Caribbean for a better overall experience.