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Contributor Level: Purser
Mar 09, 2015

Try everything! Even if an activity doesn't sound that fun or like you'll fit it, go anyways. The crew makes everything fun for everyone.

Contributor Level: Captain
Feb 04, 2015

Be sure to go to the Deli for a sandwich, good Pastrami. If you want to see more of the entertainment go for the early seating for dinner.

Contributor Level: Captain
Aug 23, 2016

The ship is small enough to easily find your way around, yet big enough to never feel crowded. We loved having our breakfast and lunch outside at one of the bistro tables.

Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Feb 16, 2015

Rent a golf cart at Catalina Island to get around, well worth it. But if you do, reserve it in advance. You'll get it for 3 hours vs 2 hours if you rent one on site. The extra hour will make the difference and you won't feel as rushed to return it.

Contributor Level: Purser
Oct 29, 2014

The Empress Deck with its large windows was great. Worth the extra cost.

Contributor Level: Purser
Jul 23, 2014

Make your reservation for your assigned dinner earlier the wait times were about 20-45mins.

Contributor Level: Third Mate
Apr 23, 2014

First day we waited in lengthy lines for the outdoor buffet, not realizing that through the doors were line-free buffet stations. After that, had no food lines at all. If you have kids, the Carnival Imagination with full water park, is definitely the way to go.

Contributor Level: Purser
Sep 22, 2013

Avoid elevators, they were exceptionally hard to get.

Contributor Level: Cruise Director
Dec 04, 2012

Eat breakfast in the main dining room. Food is fresher than the buffet and there was no wait.

Contributor Level: Purser
Sep 16, 2017

Choose your dining times carefully as it will impact the shows you can see.

Contributor Level: Purser
Apr 23, 2017

I'd recommend adults purchasing the drink package!

Contributor Level: Purser
Apr 19, 2017

Bring a warm jacket as nights can be a little on chilly side outside of ship.

Contributor Level: Purser
Apr 16, 2017

Go to the shows and the 18+ shows. They are hilarious and you will have an amazing time.

Contributor Level: Purser
Feb 26, 2017

wished I brought a night light

Contributor Level: Purser
Feb 24, 2017

Get to know the boat layout on day one. There are some elevators that go to all floors, others only part way so you have to use the stairs. Elevators are slow to arrive, so have patience or get some exercise and take the stairs!

Contributor Level: Purser
Feb 16, 2017

The Pride Dining Room is excellent and the wait staff is awesome. If you're picky about your food, probably the buffet would not suffice, but I used it for breakfast and except for the greasy bacon, it was fine. I recommend eating breakfast and dinner only. The buffet is open for lunch, too.

Contributor Level: Purser
Feb 12, 2017

Live it up...try all the foods...go to all the shows and have fun.

Contributor Level: Purser
Feb 11, 2017

Have to eat at the burger lounge. Some of the best burgers I've ever had

Contributor Level: Purser
Jan 19, 2017

Bring double wall mug for your coffee, if you want your coffee to stay hot

Contributor Level: Purser
Jan 16, 2017

Go to dinner every night, take your time in Mexico, try the nightclub at least once, and eat as much as you can!

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