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Carnival Pride Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 21

Overall rating:

4 out of 5
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Carnival Pride

7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 14, 2014

Ship: Carnival Pride

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 7311

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Review summary

We experienced excellent service and had a lot of fun on this cruise with friends and family.  sea days were very relaxing and we had several excellent shore excursions.  The ones through were especially good: We went to the Mayan site Altun Ha in Belize and went snorkeling on the Barrier reef in Roatan.

The reason for 4 stars is that the ship did mess up on tendering when they did not get passengers off even though several tenders were waiting.  we lost at least an hour ashore at Belize - luckily our tour waited for us but it was stressful and seemed unnecessary since the gang plank was down and boats were waiting for passengers but our tender numbers were called an hour late (no numbers were called for almost an hour).  No idea what was happening. A staff member tried to tell us that there were no boats but we were sitting by a window and 4 tenders were waiting the whole time.  

However our other service was excellent with great waiters in the dining room and room service was perfect.  Our room was very clean.  We also enjoyed the show, especially the piano bar and 88 keys.  The family comedy shows were also good with hilarious kids on the front rows that the comedians played right into. We did not stay up for the adult shows but heard they were standing room only.  Food was too good - we both gained weight.  The young people with us (20s-30s) also had a great time.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Wonderful steward and wait staff. They all work so hard.

Ship tip

We loved our balconies. We had connecting rooms and had them open the balconies up so we could use both sides and it was great for entertaining.

Ports of call

Tampa, Florida

3 out of 5
We drpve in and got on the ship. Parktologists are great parking service.

Cozumel, Mexico

3 out of 5
easy off - very touristy on shore. we went deep sea fishing but caught very little.

Belize City, Belize

3 out of 5
Great shoe excursion but nightmare tendering. Get an early number if you have a shore excursion

Mahogany Bay, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras

5 out of 5
our favorite port - really beautiful little island - problems with short time there (ship left at 3) and Mahogany Bay is at the wrong end of the island for diving.

George Town, Grand Cayman

5 out of 5
We did not go in early - just went on shore about noon and walked around. Would snorkel if I visited again. Liked the people (hilarious taxi driver) and the beaches are gorgeous. ate at Cactus Jacks at the public beach and walked a lot. Lots of iguanas including adoable green babies and a school of tarpon that are fed by local fishermen at one of the piers.

Traveler Photos

Our balcony sunrise from our balcony forward pool early morning approaching Roatan Snorkeling on the reef at Roatan right off shore. 2nd largest in the world Don't miss going under the bridge out of Tampa Bay Pier at Cozumel. Easy off Altun Ha Belize from the top of the tallest pyramid The Pier at Mahogany Bay. Easy off but non ship excusions not allowed on pier Tendering at Belize from Sun Deck Finally on a tender at Belize. 5 mile ride to shore
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