My third cruise with Carnival. Last two cruises were with Norwegian and Celebrity.
The food was much, much better on the Carnival Pride and much better than on my previous Carnival cruises! Don't understand why the Prides food was better than other Carnival ships with a higher rating! Staff was wonderful in all areas but especially in the dining room. Boarding the ship in Baltimore was a little dicey. Disembarking seemed never ending and worked the opposite of any other of the twenty-five cruises I have been on in many different countries. The ship itself is in great condition. Only used the buffet for lunch. Sometimes hard to find a seat. If I had a complaint it would be that some areas around the ship were very smoky. Lots of smokers on this cruise.
My favorite part of the cruise was the destination. Although the ship was refurbished in 2016 it was only in the public areas. We had a balcony cabin on deck eight & the cabin could use some serious refurbishment. Storage and bath size are great. Carpeting & window treatments could use an upgrade. Dress code was downgraded. Instead of formal nights there were chic nights. The majority of cruisers looked like they were dressed for the beach! The food took a dive along with the dress code. On lobster night, which was always special, instead of the waiter removing your lobster tails from the shells & asking if you would care for clarified butter, you were left on your own to tackle the tails, no butter. Although the meat might have been partially cut from the tails in the kitchen it was still a messy task. On Top Chef (of tv fame) night we had a difficult time trying to pick something that wasn't outlandishly crazy, although the fixed menu was available. The waiters seemed very overworked to me.
Like the title of my review, we've been on this cruise 5 years in a row, same week & we did love this ship. Not to large. My biggest peeve would have to be the 40 minute wait for early dining WITH A RESERVATION! On my 4 prior cruises this did not happen. Who ever is heading the dining department needs to be replaced. I feel a little sad thinking that we won't be taking the Summit again but the price keeps rising and the amenities keep falling.
Every new innovation is on the Quantum. We had a beautiful balcony stateroom that was larger than I expected. More than the usual storage facilities. Glass enclosed shower. Room steward and the dining room staff were exceptional. Saw Mamma Mia & it was wonderful. Now the reason for the three star rating. Long lines for any attraction. We dined in the free dining rooms. 2 x's @ Chic, 2x's @ The American Icon Grill & 2x's @ The Grand (formal dress) & the last night @ the upstairs buffet. The food was not that good. I've been on RC 2x's before, once in Europe & the food was delicious & once to Bermuda and the food was not that good. I'm comparing these dining experiences to Princess Cruises & Celebrity Cruises. You can't compare RC to Princess or Celebrity. Princess & Celebrity have wonderful food RC needs a new head chef. I must say that breakfast was great & we had that in the Am. Icon Grill everyday. I could go on and on about the RC Food. Lets just say it compares to Carnival & Carnival was not that good either.
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