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Carnival Pride Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas


Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 5

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
Sail Date: April 01, 2010
Ship: Carnival Pride
Cabin Type: Suite
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 7 years ago
We sailed on the Carnival Pride from Baltimore, MD to the Bahamas for our son's Easter Break from school. The availability of children's programming onboard and the proximity of Baltimore (just 1 1/2 hours from our home) made this a good choice for us. Although the Pride seemed to have some wear and tear on her, she was still a lovely ship: clean, accessible, and staffed with outstanding personnel.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The dinners in the formal dining room were outstanding. Our table was located on the second level of the room, in a booth, so we missed out on the real ambiance of the dining room. Those who were seated below, particularly at the larger shared tables, were treated to a spectacular view of the room. At lunch time, we chose the buffet, which had enough variety to accommodate even vegetarians and picky children. My son (who is 8) loved the fact that he could always order chicken nuggets and french fries, even in the formal dining room.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
We only had time to take in two shows while on board. Both were good.

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
Our son spent 2 half-days and one whole day in the children's program, even taking in a show with the other children on one night. The staff-to-children ratio was excellent, and we felt very comfortable with leaving him in their care. Our son had fun each time he participated, which is the most relevant rating we can give!

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Staff were outstanding. Without exception, everyone took the time to ask us how they could make our stay more enjoyable. Everyone had time to stop and chat for a few moments, which made the impression that they were welcoming and unhurried. Whenever we asked for anything, from our wait-staff in the dining room, or from our room stewardess, our requests were answered immediately.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The public areas were always immaculate.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
We stayed in an ocean-suite, which was quite comfortable. Our bathroom was spacious, with a separate vanity area, which made it easy for three of us to shower and dress in the mornings. Our only complaint about the stateroom is that there was no divider between our king-size bed and our son's sofa-bed. A curtain would have been welcome.

Pros: The Carnival shore excursions, kids' programs on-board

Cons: Breakfast was the least appealing thing our cruise offered; we chose to grab a plate of fresh fruit and coffee most mornings

Recommends Carnival Pride? Yes!

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