Carnival Pride Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

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4-6 cruises


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2 out of 5

Stinky and Noisy.

Sail Date: May 26, 2013

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Traveled As: Large Group

Room Type: Balcony

This was our second time on the Carnival Pride, and with the exception of these few items, I would say that it was a good trip. But these few items really pissed me off.
1. They allow smoking on the Balconies of the ship. WTF?! 1st off, extremely dangerous. You can sit there and watch the glowing ashes fly by your balcony. Every time I would open my balcony door, It would suck in the occasional lit ash. I was just waiting for a room fire!
2nd, I have smoke allergies, so I paid a pretty penny to have a balcony so that we didn't have to inhale the second hand smoke on every deck of the ship. I don't think we ever had a chance to smell the clean sea air while on the ship. We had to complain about the smoke smell in our room. It was handled by the attendant coming in and saying "I don't smell anything" How about containing the smokers with balconies to one side of the ship? That sounds fair to me. Not safe, but fair.
2. Something has to be done about the noise. From the slamming balcony doors to the slamming bathroom doors to the slamming room doors, the cleaning crew slamming their vacuums at 7am, and the children and adults running up and down the hallways, It was an auditory mess. I don't think we slept passed 8am on the entire trip. What can be done? How about some roaming security of some sort? How about some hallway cameras for the safety of your guests? How about paying attention to what's going on in your ship?
The saving grace of this trip was the AMAZING service at dinner. We had the YOUR TIME Dining, which we've never had before. There was a couple of hitches with YOUR TIME. First, If you want to make the performances (which are at ^pm and 9pm), you have to go early. By Wednesday, everyone knew this, so there was a huge line and a 30-45 minute we missed the show. I though they used to have the shows at 10pm. This would be an easy fix for the YOUR TIME Dinner issue. The food was very good. I had a couple items that weren't perfect and got sent back, but was either fixed or remade without a complaint.
There is a PIZZA Bar that stays open 24 hours. The PIZZA is really good, but it takes forever. There's only one or 2 guys there making each pie as you order. So the minimum wait is 5-10 minutes. We waited 30-45 on occasion. Considering it's really the only thing open at night...Carnival needs to fix this!
Other than the above mentioned items, it really was a fun trip.
When you take this cruise, save your money on Excursions, and 1st take a Taxi to CoCo Beach. There's a cool old pier there where you can get food and chill. When at Nassau, you can get to Cable Beach for $6 by Taxi or Junkanoo Beach is just a short walk (1mile) from the ship (you actually can see it from the right side of the ship when you come in). Lastly, Freeport has a pretty cool beach called "The Junkanoo Beach Club" I think it's $14 Roundtrip to get there, but it was a neat place (cafe, coconuts on the beach, your typical beach shell and trinket saleswomen).
Have fun, and bring your Allegra and EarPlugs!!

Ship Quality
I thought they renovated it...It's still the same.
Food and Dining
Wayan is AWESOME!
Cabin / Stateroom
Kept Clean. The smoke smell killed it for us.
Service and Staff
Needs Roaming Security
Besides the evening performances which were great, the rest of the activities consited of Art Actions, Bingo, and Shopping Workshops...BORING
Children's Programs
Need more. There were kids everywhere. UGH
Onboard Activities
The adult pool on this ship is tiny. it fits maybe 10 people, and it had to be 80 degrees in the water. There is one adult hot tub...ONE.
Destinations and Excursions
Don't bother with them. Make your own!
Baltimore, Maryland
Port Canaveral, Florida
There used to be a free shuttle to the cocco beach surf company. It wasn't there this time, so we had to take a taxi.
Nassau, Bahamas
Junkanoo Beach is free. Short 1 mile walk through the safe city. You pass a McD's and a Senior Frogs on the way.
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
Go check out a new beach in Freeport. Don't just stay at the dock with the dinky little shops.



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