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Compared to new ships being launched today, Carnival Pride is small in size, carrying just 2,124 passengers. (Most new ships carry at least 4,000.) While it has been in service since 2002, Carnival Pride entered dry dock for a significant refurbishment in 2014 where it was upgraded with classic Carnival restaurants and activities that have come to define the line’s easygoing, and casual approach to cruising over the last decade. Guy’s Burger Joint, BlueIguana Cantina, BlueIguana Tequila Bar, the Punchliner Comedy Club, Hasbro: The Game Show, and Bonsai Sushi and Waterworks (the line’s popular aqua park) and more were added as part of the well-received FunShip 2.0 upgrades. Pride also received an additional refurbishment in 2019, so while you won’t find the same high-tech features and amenities on newer Carnival ships, the ship still delivers the classic Carnival experience.

Families tend to make up a sizable portion of Pride’s passengers, especially during summer months and over holidays. Kids sailing on Carnival Pride love splashing around in the WaterWorks aqua park, participating in age-appropriate games and contests at the Camp Ocean kids’ clubs, the Dr. Seuss-themed activities, and Hasbro, The Game Show in the ship’s main theater, where audience members participate in classic board games come to life. Families looking for activities together can play a round of mini-golf on the top deck, take in a Playlist Productions show in the main theater or catch a family-friendly comedy set at the PunchLiner comedy club. Adults looking for some time away from the kids can escape to the Serenity Retreat (an adults-only deck with a bar and hot tubs), enjoy live music in the RedFrog Pub, or join in on one of the many parties on the top decks organized by Pride’s hard working crew.

Carnival Pride sails out of Baltimore, Maryland with the most common itineraries being 7-night cruises to Bermuda, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean. 14-night cruises known as “Carnival Journeys” are also offered, taking travelers on extended Caribbean itineraries or Panama Canal sailings.

Carnival Pride is Best For:

Families with kids of all ages, multigenerational extended families, young-at-heart couples, party animals, and cruisers on a budget. Pride is also a convenient option for cruisers based in and around Baltimore.

Things to Consider Before Booking:

Since it is an older, smaller ship, Carnival Pride isn't for those who want the widest range of activities possible or the most advanced technology. Some people complain about the ship's layout, and the décor is somewhat outdated.

Ship Highlights

  • WaterWorks aqua park - Water slides, sprayers, tipping buckets, and more.
  • Lip Sync Battle: Carnival - Guests audition and compete throughout the cruise!
  • Sing along - and request songs - at the piano bar.
  • Punchliner Comedy Club - Enjoy multiple comedians throughout the voyage with family shows and adults-only shows
  • Bingo games
  • Deck parties
  • Hasbro, The Game Show - Board games come to life onstage in this audience-participant game show
  • Playlist Productions - Main theater production shows
  • Seuss at Sea - Dr. Seuss themed parade, crafts, storytime, a character breakfast, and more! Karaoke
  • Clue: The Murder Mystery - This murder mystery-type game plays out throughout the cruise
  • Build-A-Bear Workshop at Sea - Kids can make their own cuddly companions at this pop-up stuffed animal shop for one day during the cruise. An additional fee applies.
  • Three swimming pools onboard mean there’s enough room for everyone!
  • Mini golf

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Sails from:

Baltimore, Maryland

Cruises to:

Caribbean , Panama Canal, Central America , Caribbean - Southern , Caribbean - Bahamas , Bermuda , Caribbean - Eastern

Cruises on Carnival Pride

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4.5 out of 5

First Carnival cruise by nannazach

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It was fun, the crew was friendly and it was nice meeting new people. would do it again

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4.8 out of 5

Best trip by martchoo

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Awesome Had a great time enjoyed all of the shows with my family and the food was great the service was wonderful and very clean

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4.4 out of 5

Nice trip, WONDERFUL staff! by KarenL66

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It was a wonderful, relaxing vacation and I never wanted to leave.

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4.9 out of 5

Extraordinary Caribbean Cruise! by michaelrussell3

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The Carnival Pride and her crew were exceptional! Big shout out to Fery, our Stateroom Steward, the entire Chef's Table Staff, our Pride Cruise Director (Dr. E), Leo 'ello Leo!) and Cheeky Charlie. The Punchliner was a great venue and your Comic line up was top notch! David's Steakhouse and The Normandie were fantastic and very accommodating. Thank you for a wonderful time...bon voyage!!!

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3.7 out of 5

Nice but too many sea days by kdt153

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Cruise was good just wished we would've spent more time on the island than on the sea and had more direction when getting to the island of Nassau maybe i would've enjoyed it more. Also they add different charges to each person and you have to pay if you want a good steak you pay enough for the cruise and the excursions all the food and drinks should be included. Also they need to pay the staff more. They are very had working individuals.

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Mar 25, 2013

A stateroom with a balcony is always a plus I think,and try their Rueben on Libido deck,one of the best I have had thepleasure to eat

Mar 06, 2013

Get to the hot tubs on the first night while you can while everyone is checking out the ship ceause after that they are never free!

Jan 07, 2015

a stateroom with a balcony is a must and the cheeseburgers on lido deck were the best with the seasoned fries, the ice cream was a very great hit.

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