September 2016 - Carnival Pride to Caribbean - Eastern
For the most part, we enjoyed the cruise. We met some very nice people and had a very good time. There were a few areas that need attention and/or correction. The entertainment was very poor. Eight singers and dancers performed in the main theater on each night for five of the seven nights. Same singers and dancers but different acts. No comics, no magicians, no impersonators, etc. On two nights there was no entertainment at all, just silly games with audience participation. The Butterflies Lounge had comics for the first three nights but nothing after that. The casino is on the second deck. Smoking is allowed in the casino. To get fore and aft on the second deck you have to go through the casino. Hold your breath cause the smoke will kill you. Carnival needs to improve the ventilation in the casino to better remove the smoke. One of the Assistant Cruise Directors was actually a detriment. He was in charge of many of the Trivia games and he made the experience a chore for us. Difficult to understand, slow, often distracted, always behind schedule. The worst ACD I have ever seen on a cruise ship. The food was good but lacked the pizzaz that I have seen on previous cruises. The staff was great - servers in the main dining room - outstanding, our cabin steward - took care of our every need. I know that you get what you pay for, but I think with a few modifications, this could have been a great cruise for the money.