6 day bahamas
Carnival Pride Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas
Sail Date: June 20, 2009
Ship: Carnival Pride
Cabin Type: Suite
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 8 years ago
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.
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Pros: The ease of check-in
Cons: Everything is for sale