This was our 5th cruise, second with Carnival and three with RCI. Embarkation was a breeze, Port Canaveral is the best place to leave from. We were processed in by the handicap desk.Norma, my mother-in-law, was recovering from a fractured pelvis. Service was outstanding and quick, the staff wheeled Norma all the way to the cabin. Our group consisted of my sister-in-law Claudette, her husband Loran, Norma, my wife Rita and myself. We had side by side balcony cabins on promenade deck (8). From now on we will always have a balcony cabin for we are now spoiled, there is nothing like relaxing, while watching the blue water flow by. Food: Main dining room is set-up poorly, we were next to the windows which was nice but isolated from the rest of the room, service was very good, food was good some meals and not very good at other times about 50/50. Mermaid Grille on deck 9 is the BEST, always had terrific food. We did not go to Davids for we felt that the service and food in Davids is what we used to get in the dining room. The Pride is the most beautiful ship we have ever seen, bar none. Staff was mostly competent, had some problems with a ship photographer, we were told twice that we couldn't use our camera because he was the only one allowed to take photos, I complained to the pursers desk, but it didn't help any, they didn't care. Anyway, if there is not a notice saying no photos then there should be no problems. Carnival does have some rude employees, not very many, but enough to damper a good time. Entertainment: Both shows in main theater was good, just much too loud. We were not impressed with the cruise director. He needlessly embarrassed one lady publicly and the incident was shown on the ships tv over and over. We felt sorry for the lady. Kids: Didn't see many, ones we did see were mostly well behaved. I can't say enough about the ship and its beauty.Carnival needs to staff it with better people. One major negative is the bar/lounge area in the main lobby, too many drunks/loudmouths, not a place for drinking, too public. PORT Calls: Half Moon Cay, it is next to nothing compared to RCI's Labedee hideaway. St. Thomas is ok but not what it used to be, St. Martin is much better now, but the pier area needs some transportation from the ships to the taxi area (a long walk), we took the water taxi, it was quick, well operated. TELEPHONES: Forget about using a prepaid phone card at St. Martin, almost no ATT phones available. But our cell phones worked well while we were within about 75 miles from Florida. Cabin Steward: very poor, requested a chair for the balcony, never received it, it was the 3rd day of the cruise before he unlocked the refrigerator, half made our bed, the bathroom had personal items when we arrived but was not refilled again during entire cruise. Enough for now, I'm tired of writing, Rita and I will talk to anyone if you want to contact us at "firstname.lastname@example.org". Overall, it was a terrific and fun cruise. One last comment; Carol Roberts from is the best travel agent anywhere. Bill G. Linton, IN
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