Some good, mostly bad, don't eat at David's

Carnival Pride Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

1.0 out of 5
7 Night Exotic Eastern Caribbean (Baltimore Roundtrip)
Sail Date: April 13, 2014
Ship: Carnival Pride
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 3 years ago

Positives –

  • Cruising from Port of Baltimore was very convenient.
  • Stateroom was well appointed.
  • Generally, cruise staff were very helpful and accommodating.
  • Food overall, good but not great.
  • Excursions were very good.
  • Customs clearance was very easy upon return.

Negatives –

  • Ship did not call on Freeport as planned due to electrical issues; change in itinerary was communicated less than 5 days before departure.  Carnival offered $50pp (+25% off future cruise which has no value for us as we will never cruise Carnival again.)  Carnival slashed fares behind the scenes.  We cancelled and re-booked same room for $500 less.
  • Took too long to get on and off the boat at our two ports of call.
  • Basketball court, mini-golf, and water slide closed for much of the trip due to high winds.  Bet that usually happens on a vessel that travels up to 20 knots, but hey, it’s advertised on TV!
  • Internet VERY expensive and slow at best.
  • Too much time spent on the boat with not much to do; my teenage son was bored to tears – first time cruiser and he says he will never take a cruise again.
  • Waitresses in David’s Steakhouse were cold and uncaring.  We told our server the soup was awful and she said, “Fine, I will bring the salad.”  REALLY – that’s it??
  • Food in David’s Steakhouse nothing special except for the steak – don’t spend the extra money to dine there, it is not worth it.
  • My son (who rarely gets sick) got violently ill on the food from David’s Steakhouse.  They accepted no responsibility.
  • Casino employee pushing my 13 year old son around (4/19/14 @ 10 am) – REALLY??  Next time, talk to me, the adult in the situation, DO NOT TOUCH MY SON.
  • Ancient TV; one electrical outlet.
  • The décor is weird, just weird.  People have defaced it as a result.  I get it.
  • Gimme, gimme, gimme.  Gratuities, gratuities, gratuities.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
David's is not worth it.

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5
Not enough to do.

Entertainment

1 out of 5
Shows and comedy were very good.

Children's Programs

1 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship Tip

Book 9am excursions for Half Moon Cay so you can get off the boat first.

5 out of 5
3 out of 5
They let you off in the Cruise Center - get outta there as fast as you can.
5 out of 5
But it takes so long to get off and on the boat, you only get half a day. The tender process, UGH.
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