Good first cruise, with some drawbacks

Carnival Pride Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Sail Date: July 01, 2012
Ship: Carnival Pride
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 5 years ago

Clean ship, well laid out. Easy boarding, easy disembarking. Usually not too difficult to find a chair on one of the upper decks. Food was better than we expected. Destinations were mixed (snorkeling in Grand Turk was awesome, but there's literally nothing to do in Freeport). Bring earplugs so you don't get waken up by your "cruise director" aka saleswoman in chief. Pricey drinks, but that's to be expected on any cruise. Awesome prices on duty-free liquor and some of the apparel, massive markups on everything else...

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Pleasantly surprised by the food quality. Only really dissatisfied with one or two main dining room and buffet options. Breakfast/lunch in the main dining room was awesome. Dinner took forever some nights, and there are some pretty terrible table locations in the main dining room. 24hr pizza.


1 out of 5
Really not aimed towards young couples. The shows are laughable.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Never had a bad experience with any staffperson. Wait staff in the main dining room was top notch every time. These are genuine people who really care about your satisfaction.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Ship was well laid out, very clean. Crowding in some areas seemed inevitable. Almost impossible to find a spot in the adults-only area. Sometimes the public bathrooms got quite nasty in the late evening...

Cabin / Stateroom

1 out of 5
About as expected. Location was fine. Space was small but workable. Tiny little tube tv (13 inches, no kidding). Bathroom always had a smell. Terrible, terrible AC. Never moved any air. That was the worst part, since the bathroom doesn't have any ventilation. Carpet is pretty nasty. Dirty porthole window. You can hear everyone walking in heels directly above the room.

Pros: Good layout, good food, fantastic servers.

Cons: Way way way pushy salespeople you cant escape. On the PA system every hour. Smells.

Recommends Carnival Pride? Yes!

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