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Carnival Pride Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 5

Overall Rating:

2.0 out of 5
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6 Night Bahamas (Baltimore Roundtrip)
Sail Date: December 20, 2015
Ship: Carnival Pride
Cabin Type: Inside
Cabin Number: 7266
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 1 year ago

We booked a family Christmas cruise on the Carnival Pride anticipating a wonderful experience for all of the family.  I had worked for a cruise ship company in the past and had fond memories of holiday season on board - a time where we appreciated our passengers' choice to sail with us during the holidays. Not so Carnival Pride.  Many of the staff were unfriendly - they warmed toward the middle of the cruise, but the damage was done.  The ship seemed to have forgotten that we were celebrating Christmas - there were few decorations (only in the atrium) and the staff seemed unaware that the holidays were coming.  Food was only edible in the dining room - the buffet was laden with greasy foods (especially at breakfast) and few choices.  

While the cruise did improve at around day 3 - we will never sail on the Pride again.  

A captain that I once sailed with said that clients chose to sail with us during the holidays and that it was our job to make their vacation as memorable an experience as possible.  Carnival Pride succeeded in giving a memorable experience but not in the way we expected.  I am unsure whether the lack of decor and holiday themed events is a Carnival standard, but if we ever cruise at Christmas again - Carnival will not be on our short listt of cruise companies.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Food in the dining room was excellent. The buffet was awful and the fact that room service charged for anything beyond a sandwich was ridiculous.

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5
Again - this was Christmas. It seemed like a regular Caribbean cruise with very few Christmas themed events.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
We spent most nights between the piano bar and the red frog (?). The piano bars' performer was amazing!! The rest of the entertainment fell very short - especially since it was Christmas.

Children's Programs

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
We did have some excellent staff. Our dining room waiter Danjiel was excellent!! He became part of our family - as did our room attendant. We also loved Myrna from the piano bar and both ladies from the serenity bar. Many of the staff were cold and unfriendly - these guys were outstanding!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Cozy. One of the highlights of our trip. We loved our stateroom attendant. All of the team over near our cabin were very friendly and warm.

Ship Tip

Eat the brunch in the dining room as the food is excellent!! The buffet breakfast leans heavily on bacon swimming in grease and sliced hot dogs masquerading as pork sausage. Also - unless they improve, do not expect a Christmas experience on this ship.

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