Carnival Pride Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

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4 out of 5

6 day bahamas

Sail Date: June 20, 2009

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Suite

When looking for a cruise, we wanted a relaxing break with more sea days. We chose this cruise because we could drive to the port of Baltimore in about 5 hrs(less time than taking a plane to Florida).

We had never driven to a cruise before but the port of Baltimore was very easy to get to, parking was painless and was right next to the terminal. We were pleasantly surprised at the quick check-in (only about 10 minutes) and how fast we got into our cabin. The lunch provided on the Lido deck was excellent.

We chose a cat 11 suite which was spacious and well laid out. The bed was very nice but the room is starting to show it's age. The lamps were broken and the carpet had some deep stains. The whirlpool tub was excellent.

All of the public areas of the ship were immaculate and the ship was well laid out and easy to navigate.

By far the best part of the cruise was the Carnival employees. All of them were very pleasant and always willing to help. The servers were attentive and the cabin steward was more than willing to go out of his way to make us feel comfortable. We feel the tipping was made easier by adding it to the bill at the end of the cruise even though we gave more to our cabin steward and waiter and tipped individuals during the cruise for exceptional service.

This was a very inexpensive cruise but carnival made it up by overpricing just about everything else like soda cards for $42, single bingo games for $10-$20, drinks and spa treatments and the shore excursions were very expensive ( like going to a beach for $90/person with no lunch!), .

The only downfall was the incessant selling from all departments. The employees must be on commission or a selling quota because some really tried the hard close. There wasn't an announcment that more than half was trying to sell things like weightloss, spa treatments, jewelry, books, etc. Wait untill the last day and all the prices go down.

Overall the cruise was enjoyable and relaxing. We didn't know what to expect because the reveiws we read were all over the board. Like I said at the beginning, we chose the cruise because of the itinerery and proximity to our home but Carnival definately exceeded our expectations and after this experience, we would definately cruise Carnival again.

Pros: The ease of check-in

Cons: Everything is for sale

Recommends Carnival Pride? Yes!

Food and Dining
The food in the regular dining room was mostly good but the portions, especially breakfast was rather skimpy. On the other hand, Davids Supper Club served humungous portions and everything was prepared perfectly. We had four servers waiting on us and could not take a drink of water without one of them right there to fill up our glass. The only glitch was that the chef put a spice on the lobster (I think it was rosemary) meat that I feel ruined the taste of the tail.
Ship Quality
Cabin / Stateroom
Our suite was one of the best we've stayed in. It was roomy and well laid out. The carpet showed definate signs of wear but the whirlpool tub a nice perk. The bed was terrific and our daughter liked the fold down bed.
Service and Staff
All of the staff was cheerful and overly freindly.
Entertainment
The shows were well thought out and the performers were excellent. The best we've seen on a cruise. The final show with the winners of the karoki contests was excellent!!
Nassau, Bahamas
This was our fourth time to Nassau so we just took a ferry to Atlantis since our daughter had never seen it and a taxi back to the ship. The taxi was much better and with a little negotiations, it was only $3 per person. The straw market is always fun and we went to the beach at the Hilton BC for $20 for all of us (It is right next to the dock and you can walk in 3-4 minutes). We went to Johnny Rockets for lunch and had 2 small hamburgers and a grilled cheese for a grand total of $55.36 (try to eat on the ship if possible).
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
I hadn't been to freeport for 20 years and the island seemed much nicer this time. Everything was clean but the port is out of the way so it was pretty hard to get anywhere. My wife and daughter did the "Junkinoo Beach Party" tour and really enjoyed it. The beach was very nice and the lunch provided was terrific.


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