7 Night Bahamas & Grand Turk (Baltimore Roundtrip) Sail Date: May 30, 2010 Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 7 years ago
We had a great time on the Carnival Pride cruise from Baltimore to the Bahamas. The food and service were exceptional. The Pride is a perfect size for a fun cruise and is very well maintained. We opted for a balcony stateroom in the back of the ship which allowed us to sit outdoors without too much wind--I'd highly recommend the private balcony option as it makes your space onboard seem roomier overall. I would only wish for a change in itinerary. The Cocoa Beach stop was fine, but I'd have preferred an entire day in Freeport and a half day in Nassau (the current package offers it in reverse) Nassau is a rough place, its public beaches are nasty, and its shops and pubs close at 5 PM, so staying there until 9:30 wasn't worth it. Freeport was more in keeping with what one sees in TV and print ads of the Bahamas--nice beaches, shops, and restaurants in which you feel far safer as a tourist than you do in Nassau.
Food and Dining
5 out of 5
The menu options were well varied and all of the food was quite fresh and surprisingly well prepared. Buffet options offered something for everyone at all hours. Ambiance in the main dining room was elegant, making it perfect for the many passengers who view ship dining as a dress-up affair.
3 out of 5
The Pride singers and dancers were fair; they offered outdated songs and dance styles and they relied too heavily on one male soloist, who wasn't strong enough to carry such a load. The cast lacked racial diversity, which made it seem very "last century." The MC was very good and the stand-up comic was great. Laser tag was a ton of fun, but games like the bean bag toss and bingo could have been offered outdoors on deck, rather than indoors in the middle of a sunny afternoon. Miniature golf and pingpong were fun, but we could have used a few more organized activities on deck.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
Service was outstanding. The staff was always friendly and accommodating, especially the dining servers who worked double-duty, waiting tables at night and assisting with the buffet lines by day. Our servers went out of their way to acknowledge us whenever we spotted them while out and about and honored all of our special requests--for extra rice, salad, etc. One night, our server offered us a second lobster tail, without our even asking. Our chambermaid service was excellent--they cleaned the room and refreshed the towels twice daily and also brought fresh ice each evening.
5 out of 5
The ship was well decorated for fun, Renaissance-style. It was extremely clean and well maintained and pretty much perfect in size, although the swimming pools could have been larger.
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
The stateroom was just right, although I should add that we opted for one with a private balcony. This offered a fine view from the two glass doors and an inviting place to unwind while wearing one of the ship's fluffy spa robes while sipping a glass of wine before dinner or coffee in the morning. Amenities included two night stands, a flat screen TV, plenty of closet and storage space, a decent sized bathroom and excellent lighting. The balconies seemed to collect debris from deck construction work and could have been cleaned more often.
t was a large, although somewhat bland-looking beach with rental umbrellas, boogie boards, and chairs available, which made for a fine beach day. There were several restaurants along the beach that provided fun atmosphere and average food. It was a worthwhile stop.
Don't Miss: The waves--goof surf, warm water.
This was a pleasant place with beaches that are like the ones you see in slick ads of the Bahamas--well worth a much longer visit than the half day allowed. There are some nice shops and restaurants to choose from.
Don't Miss: The beach, but take your own umbrella--there weren't any for rent and it's a HOT sun. Rent a jet ski!
Unless you want to shop at the designer stores, you can skip this one. Nassau is a rough place, the locals are not welcoming, the public beaches are nasty, there are very few restaurants and pubs and everything closes down at 5 PM. The Atlantis is worth a look, but only warrants a half-day stop.
Don't Miss: The Atlantis aquarium--it's free.
Pros: Outstanding food, excellent service, great ship
Cons: Too few organized activities were offered outdoors, on deck
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