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Carnival Pride Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern


Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 3

Overall Rating:

5.0 out of 5
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7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Baltimore Roundtrip)
Sail Date: July 31, 2011
Ship: Carnival Pride
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 6 years ago
The Carnival Pride and its staff over all are excellent. A+++!!!!

The only negatives we had were:
1) Art Auctions - instead of trying to guilt trip people into purchasing $15k reprints of art, why not have events during the day that might be more enjoyable.
2) For our 10th anniversary we chose to do the photo shoot. We clearly explained that we wished only a few (less than 5) photos. We were told this was perfectly fine and that there was no committment to purchase. We did not sign up for any shore excursions at Half Moon Cay to accomodate the floating schedule of the photographers. We had a blast during the photo shoot, but then when we reviewed the photos we were informed that the book package was $1500, and the minimum purchase was $300.......we were told we could purchase any number when we signed up...... Both my wife and I felt cheated out of shore excursions that we would have loved to do when we weren't able to purchase ANY of the photos. It frusterated me insanely that they lied to us to gain our trust to do the photo shoot, then wouldn't budge on the minimum purchase - wouldn't it be better to have us buy some instead of none??????

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
David's Steakhouse is FANTASTIC!!!!! Highly recommend it to all on the Pride!!!!!!!

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Great shows & Comedians - avoid the art auctions.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Again Putu was fantastic!!!!! Also Oliver the bartender in Serenity and Maria also waiting in the Serenity area were fantastic!!!!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Putu maintained our stateroom. He was a perfect gentleman, went out of our way to memorize our names, remembered we had children, engaged us to see if we had a good time ashore. Perfect gentleman!!!!
3 out of 5
Freeport was fun to shop at, but for an island, it reminded me of what i left back in Ft. Lauderdale. Public beach was maybe 50ftx20ft. We walked just outside of it to the "cleaner" sand & were kicked out by a hotel guard (no signs anywhere noting private property).
5 out of 5
Make sure you visit Captain Morgan's "On the Rocks" pirate ship bar!!!!! Oliver was bartending there too, dancing, singing & making great drinks!!!!
5 out of 5
Margaritaville was a blast. We hired a taxi to give us a personal tour. "Salty" knew all about the island and it's history. There is a tiny store in Cockburn town across from Barbie's Bar that sold Conch Fritters (3-$1). These were teh BEST hands down from any of the three islands!!!!!!
Don't Miss: BUY THE CONCH FRITTERS IN COCKBURN TOWN!!!!!

Pros: Islands, Serving / bartending staff & comedians

Cons: Art auctions & photo shoot gimics

Recommends Carnival Pride? Yes!

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