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Carnival Pride Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas


Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Reviews: 0
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

2.0 out of 5
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7 Night Bahamas & Grand Turk (Baltimore Roundtrip)
Sail Date: December 12, 2010
Ship: Carnival Pride
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 6 years ago
We 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.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Entertainment

1 out of 5

Children's Programs

1 out of 5

Service and Staff

1 out of 5

Ship Quality

1 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

1 out of 5
1 out of 5
A large quarry flanks the ship, another ship is in dry-dock being retrofitted, the bustling cargo moves containers around via beeping cranes. There's an overpriced "straw market" where you can negotiate a 50c bracelet from $5 down to $3, and pay $20 for a tee-shirt! You gotta pay a minimum of $4/person to get away from the port (and $4 back!).
1 out of 5
Take the FREE shuttle to Coco, the port is a construction site, there's nothing there but beep-beeping bulldozers backing up, a parking lot, and lots of chin-link fencing
1 out of 5
$41 roundtrip to the "free" beach, then a 3-mile walk to "snorkeller's point", which is not. Lame, dirty, overpriced junk shops selling souvenirs.

Pros: plentiful food, comedians, exercising

Cons: children's camp thresholds, kids in hot tub, checkin duration, cold too long, inconvenient ports of call

Recommends Carnival Pride? No.

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