June 2016 - Carnival Pride to Caribbean - Eastern
This was our first cruise. I have to say the ship is clean and beautiful. Our stewardess was a sweetheart. The wait staff in Main dining Normandy was very nice but the BEST was Ferdinand Head Waiter. He really made our experience better. The food was good in there. There are several things we didn't like on the ship. One was buffet food. It was same thing all the time and it was not as good as everyone told us. Plus ice cream machine was broke more then it worked. I think they should have more options like a sundae bar. Also at night the food is minimal pizza... is the only 24 hour thing open. Then the have a late night small buffet again same boring food everynight. It was not what we expected. They pools are very small and I didn't understand why you would have the smoking section where kids are. They have the adult pool Serenity but no smoking there???? Doesn't make sense. I didn't think there was enough smoking areas on the ship. As far as drinks I do not think we should have had to pay 15 % gratutity each drink. They were expensive enough..... That should be included with the total tipping they charge you for everything else. Next on to places we visited. First each place they do not allow enough time. You feel real rushed. Grand Turks was pretty but it was mostly rocky. Next our absolutely favorite part of the cruise was Half Moon Cay for its beauty. The food buffet carnival provided sucked. We thought it would be like a neat bbq but it was same old stuff. But I truly would love to spend a few days on that Island. They should do overnight with a Luau that would be awesome and people would love it. My least favorite place was Freeport. I would not go again!!!! Getting back to dock the last night was pretty boring they didn't have a lot going on. When we went to get our bags they lost 2 of them. We had 3 luggage tags on them and they were secure but somehow went missing. We were lucky we were able to finally find them. Oh and I forgot when we first got there they confiscated my Husbands cord for his CPAP machine and his cell phone charger they returned the cord at the end but lost his charger. I want to go to Bermuda but all my friends do not want to go on the Pride again. It was good for a first cruise but I think it could have been a lot better. Carnival charges enough to make this better. I was disappointed because other friends go on cruises and they say how great the food is I can't brag about Carnival Pride.