Carnival Pride Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

2-3 cruises


Helpful Votes

5 out of 5

Great experience and trip

Sail Date: August 23, 2015

Reviewed: 11 months ago

Traveled As: Family w/older children

Room Type: Balcony

We drove to Baltimore and as soon as we got to the port they started taking care of us.  Well organized check in process, great service aboard, great food, nice range of activities for the whole family, good size stateroom (we had a balcony), even for 2 adults and 2 kids.

The three port of calls all had something to do for everyone, enough to fill the time allowed.

Cabin / Stateroom
Large enough to accommodate 2 adults and 2 kids very comfortably. Plenty of room for empty suitcases under the bed, very nice bathroom, didn't feel too small at all. Comfortable beds, good noise insulation, and a nice balcony area.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
While the organization was excellent, I found the fact that to disembark ALL guests have to go through the casino and its permanent cloud of smoke and smell very off-putting. I don't know if the process could effectively be altered, but it's a bad design.

It's bad enough having to go through the casino if you want to cross the 2nd floor (even though I understand the economic incentive behind it for the ship), and yes, no one was actually smoking when people were disembarking, but the scent and thick air are always there.
Ship Quality
Given that the size of the smoking population in the US is quite small, I was surprised to see so many smoking areas, especially so close to where children hang out (the pool) or where one gets most of the food (the buffet). One area even encompasses one of the few good running spaces!!

The only area that left me disappointed was the Serenity lounge. The website sells it like an oasis of relaxation where children aren't allowed, but in reality it felt overcrowded and was quite noisy. Also, the privacy pods were pretty much always occupied by the first ones to get there, who wouldn't relinquish them for the good part of the day. That's unfortunate, although I don't see how that could be handled differently.
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Children's Programs
Nice that there are 3 age groups, so kids are separated according to their needs.
Service and Staff
The service was always great, both in the restaurant and in the room. Very nice staff and interactions.
Food and Dining
Great food choices with large buffet and different cuisines, sit down restaurant, and a couple 24/7 offerings. The food was always very good.


You can't go wrong with any of the food choices, and the burgers on the Lido deck were exceptional.

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