August 2016 - Carnival Pride to Caribbean - Bahamas
First cruise, 3 generational family of 4. Top notch steward service, very friendly and attentive. Ship staff also very professional. David's Steakhouse, great food and service, worth the extra expense. Alchemy Bar, top notch cocktail service by Gabriel. Give him a hint at what you want and he gives you a helluva cocktail. Sushi restaurant also very good but costs extra. Normandie Restaurant, good service, so-so food but small portions. Guys Burgers and Pizza Pirate also very good. Buffet service was so-so, long lines so that by the time you had your plate full and found a table, your food was already cold.
Incoming ship was 3 hours late arriving therefore the Carnival was late loading the next cruise. People waited outside in the Baltimore heat for several hours, no one informed the people of what was happening. After a couple hours, someone brought out of two containers of water but not enough for everyone.
Booked two connecting balcony suites back in March, verified on the Carnival website ship layout that they were connected. Reservations were messed up and didn't find out until we were on board that the rooms were on opposite ends of the ship, forward and aft. Customer Services only wanted to send an inquiry to the booking agent to find out what happened. Suggested to Customer Service that perhaps the couple in our suite would swap rooms which they did.
Son had a haircut and beard trim while on board but the barber shaved his beard instead.
Hurricane Hermine. Captain decided to cut cruise short on Thursday evening and eliminate the Freeport tour. Headed straight from Nassau, Bahamas to Baltimore and into Hermine. Friday, the weather turned to the worse, heavy rain and winds. Ship was rocking and rolling in all directions, leaning over left and right as much as 45 degrees. Rocked so far to the right that I was tossed out of bed. Glasses broken, trash cans moving from their location under the sink and hit my wife's foot. Some passengers had their television tossed to the floor even though they are braced down to the shelf. Rain came in our Deck 7 balcony door and wet the carpet completely. Informed the staff but it was still wet that evening. Weather and waves didn't clear up until we reached the Chesapeake Bay, protected on both sides with a land mass.
Most passengers agreed that had the Captain stayed on course and went to Freeport that we would have trailed behind the storm and missed the worst of it. If not all of the storm, allowing it to proceed further up the Eastern Seaboard. Cruise personnel did reimburse the off-shore excursions fees promptly. Carnival reimbursed 20% of 2 nights stay for the inconvenience.
I feel that all of the passengers should be reimbursed more for the inconveniences experienced on board, Perhaps a deep discount on future cruise.
Overall, we had very little fun onboard the Carnival Pride. felt more like a senior citizen cruise instead of family oriented. We may plan another cruise in the near future. Perhaps on one of the larger newer class ships.