hillmoorpete

hillmoorpete
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Carnival Pride

January 2016 - 11 Night Southern Caribbean Carnival Journeys (Baltimore To San Juan) Cruise on Carnival Pride

First Time on Carnival

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.

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Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas - Much of the hurricane damage has been addressed. The beaches are clean and open, foliage is green again, many businesses have reopened. Please consider spending freely at the stalls and with drivers and guides. Everyone was hit and the cruise ships are the only source of cash coming in. All the large hotels are closed and not expected to reopen for 2-3 years.
Baltimore, Maryland - We are loyal cruisers out of Baltimore. Easy access to the port with an hour drive from home. We hope Royal Caribbean keeps sailing from Baltimore indefinitely. We'll always come back.
Basseterre, St. Kitts - Nice shopping area adjacent to the dock. The tour excursions are worthwhile to get you out and about the island. Great diving here too.
Castries, St. Lucia - St Lucia has the most lush and varied natural beauty we have found in the Caribbean (so far). Scuba diving is exceptional if that is your thing.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten - Phillipsburg is mostly open for business again. Last year when we visited in January there were 7 cruise ships in port. Grandeur was the smallest. This year we were the only ship, and Phillipsburg was relatively quiet. The French side had more damage and is rebuilding more slowly than on the Dutch side, but is still well worth visiting. Orient Beach has been cleared of debris, and was largely empty.
St. John's, Antigua - Antigua has tons of beaches, but is one of the poorer countries in the area. We've been here several times and find it a challenge to do new things that we enjoy. Consider a day pass at one of the resorts. We did with Sandals and had a good time.
Oranjestad, Aruba - Water clarity is not great for scuba, but wreck diving opportunity is still good.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - Consider staying on for a couple of days to see the island. Check airbnb for great deals.
Willemstad, Curacao - Scuba through scubacao was terrific. Shore dives to coral reefs were spectacular.
Grand Turk Island - The beaches just to the west of the ship are some of the best in the Caribbean. Worth the walk.

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