Carnival Pride Cruise Review
The ship was wonderful - very ornate, clean, and room for all 2,500 passengers! We were always able to find a seat for anything. Getting on and off was fine. The waits were no longer than what we've had on other cruises. One big complaint was the cigarette smoke - it was everywhere except the dining room and theater! The Casino was so bad that we stopped going to it. No "non-smoking" areas in the Mermaid Grille, either. The Cave Tubing tour in Belize was great. Cozumel was OK - we did not take a tour and the shopping was limited compared to Nassau or St. Thomas. Our stop in Progreso was cancelled due to gale force winds, which was disappointing. Drinks were hard to come by in all the lounges and theaters, and were $6-$7 per drink. Way too few servers for the number of passengers. The Casino offered very little at less than $.25 - there were 5 machines that took nickles and the games were nothing we'd ever seen before! No dime machines at all. The Bingo games were always for $1,000 - no progressive games like we've had on previous cruises, and the price was pretty steep - $10 per card minimum. We had to buy bottled water to take on our $90 per person tour, it wasn't provided and we were told not to drink the local water. You'd think $90 could include a bottle of water! The Sign and Sail card was great, but we didn't like having the tips automatically charged. We'd rather have an option at check-in of including or not. We did not get our request of first seating for meals and had to go through the hassle of getting that changed. Seems like that should be an easy thing to do with computers these days. Our son (age 15) was disappointed in the teen activities. They had daily teen hours in the disco, but it was not well-supervised, some of the kids were throwing spitballs and breaking drink glasses, so he decided not to go back. There was very little done to keep them busy - no planned outdoor activities, etc. On a holiday week, we expected more, knowing there would be more kids on the cruise. He did enjoy the video arcade. Food was generally good and you could always get something else if you didn't like your first choice. The Mermaid Grille was nice but breakfast needs work. Anything not cooked to order was generally cold and stale. Pancakes, french toast, toast, bagles... all cooked ahead and awful. You can only have eggs so many times! We ate in David's Restaurant on Thanksgiving night and had a great meal.The shows were very good but not material suitable for children. The comedians were funny but the language was a bit strong - several families had to walk out with their younger (age 10-15) children. We never attended the adult-only shows at midnight. Photographers were everywhere, with ample opportunities to have your picture taken. Again, not cheap - the least expensive were $6 and many were higher depending on what size they used to develop them. The travel log video is $30 (and doesn't include everything!)- too pricey for what you got. So..to sum up, a very enjoyable week but the costs weren't always justified based on the level of service.