Though we arrived at the Port for a 2-day cruise to "nowhere," we were handed a form to fill out as we joined and were told (only when we asked) it was required since we were now going to the Bahamas due to the weather. That was the only reference to a rather major itinerary change during the entire cruise and was a preview of disappointingly indifferent attitudes of some of the staff.The Pride is new, clean and has an early bordello ambiance (i.e., Renaissance decor) that is startling at first. Some of the wrap-around nude murals in the elevators are for adults only! Since my first 4 Carnival cruises were on Destiny class ships, the Spirit class layout seemed crowded and confusing.Sadly, the addition of optional (David's Club) dining and the new practice of pre-paid gratuities appears to have turned the regular dining room into a not-quite-first class facility. Wait staff not as attentive; for the first time ever on Carnival someone at the table had to return over-cooked steak (both nights); and though I had called Carnival directly and requested attention to a birthday, nothing was done.Our cabin, however, was definitely a winner! A category 11 suite, it was very roomy and the bathroom amenities alone made it a real treat.I like Carnival and, particularly with a teenager, have enjoyed its atmosphere and fun, but they have instituted some troubling changes: (1) optional supper club, (2) pre-paid tips, (3) no towels at the pools! These are all worth re-thinking unless Carnival doesn't want to retain its loyal repeat guests.
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