Cheap, but you get what you pay for
Carnival Pride Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas
Sail Date: December 12, 2010
Ship: Carnival Pride
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 7 years ago
Review SummaryWe have an 11.5 year old and a 13 year old. The 12-14 group was good, but they wouldn't let our 11.5 year old in the older group with his brother "fer liegahl reezunz". The 11 year old was not interested in the 9-11 group's build-a-bear workshop, just wanted to do cool scavenger hunt stuff with the older brother. If you're in a similar situation, delay your trip until your child is older.
Carnival needs to enforce the rules and keep kids without parents out of the hot tub. Jumping, splashing, yelling, diving, like it's a big bathtub. And the adult-only hot tub isn't big enough.
Took 2-2.5 hours to check-in, standing in line. 45 minutes for security, then another 1.5 hours to check in. Why not have us arrive to the port at predesignated times (2:00, 2:15, 2:30, etc), instead of having us all show up at once, then wait for you to checkin 400 people per 15 mins? I've heard of that done at theme parks for rollercoasters. Why not for cruises?
Should have gone straight to anchor off Miami, no ports of call or passports. Port Canaveral was a cold construction site (btw there's a FREE shuttle to Coco beach that's not widely advertised, don't pay for the $10/person bus), Nassau was dirty, plus required a $41 cab ride to a beach, and Freeport was next to cargo/container ships and a quarry. The "straw market" had too many zeroes on their prices. Why pay $5 for a 50c bracelet? Because you can enjoy the art of bargaining them down to $3? It's still a 50c bracelet. Why not go somewhere convenient or warm instead?
Ask these places to put a beach/snorkeller park next to the port - don't require me to spend more money to enjoy the place I just paid dearly to get to.
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Pros: plentiful food, comedians, exercising
Cons: children's camp thresholds, kids in hot tub, checkin duration, cold too long, inconvenient ports of call