Carnival Pride Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

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4 out of 5

Carnival Pride Bahamas

Sail Date: June 07, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Balcony

While still a little gaudy, the Renaissance theme of Carnival Pride is preferred to the Las Vegas style on other Carnival ships I have traveled upon.  The abundance of balconies on Pride make booking that category more affordable.  The Bahamas itinerary was not my favorite, but the ability to tour D.C. afterward due to close proximity to the port was a bonus.  Freeport in particular was limited in time and experiences.  Embarkation and debarkation in Baltimore was the smoothest I have experienced so far.  The ship was clean, but in need of stateroom updates.  One of the two staterooms our party booked had a connecting door through which we could clearly hear conversations from the adjoining stateroom, so I wouldn't recommend such a room unless you need one.  The other stateroom's bathroom smelled musty.  Bring conditioner, because it is no longer provided and buying it in the store is expensive. Food was decent, but the Blue Iguana and  Guy's Burger Joint were good.  Your Time dining was efficient, but not as personal.  There seem to be more specialty food and activities that require additional charges, which is a trend I do not appreciate.  Many of the free activities onboard are essentially sales pitches.   The music/dance productions were among the best I have seen on a ship despite such a small cast.  Hasbro The Game Show and trivia were fun.  We saw two comedians who were mediocre.  The Serenity pool was too crowded every time we tried to find a lounge chair, but you could find chairs elsewhere on the lido deck.  The spa/gym was clean, well-equipped and not too crowded.  The locker room has a sauna, steam room and showers with multiple heads.  Our children made friends at the early teen and teen clubs the first day and attended club sponsored activities here and there.  They mostly just hung out with their new friends and had no complaints.

Ship Quality
If you have young children, be aware that there is a lot of nude artwork.
Food and Dining
Blue Iguana and Guy's were our favorites.
Cabin / Stateroom
Clean, but needs updates.
Service and Staff
Room stewards work hard, elsewhere less personal, employees going through the motions.
Entertainment
Productions good, comedians meh, trivia with cruise director was fun
Children's Programs
Older children went to some teen programs, but spent most of the time on their own.
Onboard Activities
lots of sales pitches
Destinations and Excursions
Port Canaveral: Took Carnival excursion to Islands of Adventure. Was expensive, but efficient. Had adequate time to see park. Nassau: Took public jitney to/from Cable Beach then walked to the Queen's Staircase and fort. Freeport: Took excursion to Garden of the Groves and beach at Port Lucaya. This is a port where you need either a taxi or excursion because there is nothing close to the port.
Baltimore, Maryland
Took MARC train to D.C. afterwards, embark and debark very smooth
Port Canaveral, Florida
Theme park excursions expensive and require 1 hour drive. However, still had plenty of time at the park. NASA close by, less expensive excursion. Prepare for possible afternoon rainshower!
Nassau, Bahamas
May not need excursion. Can walk, taxi or jitney to beaches.
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
Nothing close to port. Garden of the Groves were pretty, Port Lucaya was ok. Not a lot of time here.

Tip

Bring your own conditioner. Connecting door rooms are noisy. Have a plan for Freeport since it is a short timeframe and it is not within walking distance of anything interesting. With the exception of the two formal nights, dining room attire is casual- just no beachwear, cut-offs, etc.



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