Mixed feelings

Carnival Pride Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
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7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Baltimore Roundtrip)
Sail Date: October 21, 2012
Ship: Carnival Pride
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 5 years ago
The service was excellent. The cruise director, assistant director, waitstaff, our stateroom steward - everyone was so polite, professional and made us feel welcome. The service was great, but the inclement weather really brought us down (October 21-28, 2012-during hurricane Sandy). This was supposed to be our dream honeymoon - we paid for our entire wedding ourselves and spending so much on our honeymoon was an even bigger stretch but we convinced by family and friends that had cruised before to do it. It was a huge let down that two of three stops were cancelled, then on our one stop to Grand Turk our excursion was cancelled. Then rerouting to Florida was cancelled. Then shows and entertainment were cancelled. Then we had to come back a day early. It clearly wasn't any fault of Carnival, but we spent over $2000 (plus $600 on our Sail & Sign account) and I'm not sure we want to take that gamble again - even with 50% off a future cruise. Our "dream honeymoon" turned into the cruise to nowhere and wasn't the full experience we were expecting. Again, this wasn't the fault of Carnival Pride but we feel like adjustments should have been made to the entertainment available on board since the ports of call were cancelled. Understandably the dancing shows needed to be cancelled because there was such unpredictable movement on the ship but we feel like there really should have been a backup plan in place. We got extremely bored. You can only gamble so much and we'd already been to the gift shops a few times so we were frustrated there was nothing to do.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The food in the Normandie Dining Room was amazing. The Mermaid Grille (buffet) was decent but not nearly as good as the dining area. We also ate at David's Steakhouse - best steak dinner we ever had!


3 out of 5
There weren't a lot of options on the port of call days that had been cancelled. We did however enjoy the evening showtimes.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The staff was amazing! Our stateroom steward was extremely friendly and attentive while still respecting our privacy.The waitstaff consisted on a head waiter and two assistants. They were all wonderful. The waitstaff and steward knew us by name and were always so friendly.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
We were amazed how large the ship was. The layout was somewhat confusing. Overall it was very clean - you could tell it was outdated though and needed some TLC

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
We had an Extended Balcony Room. It was a decent size. Had a bed, couch, vanity and bathroom. The balcony was wonderful. Had two chairs and a small table.

Pros: Seeing Grand Turk

Cons: Not stopping at our other scheduled ports of call

Recommends Carnival Pride? Yes!

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