Carnival Pride Cruise Review to Mexico

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4-6 cruises


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3 out of 5

NICE and some not so NICE things to know

Sail Date: October 01, 2006

Reviewed: 8 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Check-in was in dis-array despite it being a weekly occurance; luke-warm greeting stepping on board; initial guidance was less than heartfelt; category 11 suite was quite nice, the lighting was very bright and had dimmers. Many cabinet knobs were bent and/or caused obvious holes in walls. Paint fumes were prevailent coming in the A/C systems intermittently for three days. TV was old-style with poor picture to the point that one could not read the names of ports and points of interest on the GPS channel, which was primative...showing general vector, wind speed and ship speed but no temp. or other useful data to make passenger aware of climate. Video tape player was installed, but no tapes to be found on board. On screen ability to check on board purchases was VERY cumbersome to use. Needs a major upgrade of technology ...a flat screen would have been appropriate in upgraded rooms. And the room porter was assigned so many rooms that he was too overwhelmed to provide above average service. Inside hallways made it tough to know which way was front or aft.

Pros: Fine job on the ship design and decor

Cons: Poor meals in dining room was especially disappointing, breakfast, lunch AND dinners

Children's Programs
Interesting that so many school aged children were on board when the school year started less than a month ago. An many of the children/teens were not tended to as one might expect of parents who would pull them out of school in the interest of personal convenience rather than supporting education, considering two students taken out of school for a week means the school loses about $500 in funding.
Shows were something akin to elementary school assemblies. Most activies were 'sales' oriented, and that got old very quickly.
Ship Quality
Deck plan is fun and creative. Public areas were in need of quality control. For example, water around pool decks was mopped but not DRIED, so it remained very slippery day and night....Also, tissue dispensers were affixed near bathroom doors, which soon became empty, and the tissues used to open door handles more often than not did not make it into the 8 inch tall paper disposal can. Tub would not drain properly. Room service trays/dishes would set in hall for 4-6 hours!
Food and Dining
Dining room food was poor even compared to the buffet. Dining room was too loud to maintain a conversation. Buffet had great view. Dining room staff did everything to NOT provide a quite table for two. Made the $60 upcharge to eat at the dinner club on top deck very appealling.
Cabin / Stateroom
Nice size junior suite (category 11). In need of general maintenance and video upgrading. Lighting was excellent. Windows and balcony glass were always dirty.
Service and Staff
Rarely did any crew member show interest in providing top quality service. They were much more interested in when they would be able to go to their homeland. Excersion hosts (private contractors) were far superior.

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