Carnival Pride Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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4 out of 5

First Time on Carnival

Sail Date: January 17, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Our experience with sailing for the first time on Carnival was pretty good overall.  The Pride was clean and up to date.  Our stateroom was larger and more comfortable than what we have had with Royal Caribbean.  The 11 day Southern Caribbean cruise was good value.  However, Carnival apparently doesn't place much emphasis on making the customer feel noticed and valued.  Royal Caribbean has an employee recognition program that is meaningful both to the employees and cruisers.  With the exception of our room steward, no attempt was made by any of the staff to make us feel like something other than cattle in the shute.  On the positive side, Carnival doesn't deserve an across the board reputation as a non stop party boat.  The clientele on this cruise had an average age of 50 something and entertainment and activities were tailored accordingly.  We'd definitely sail on Carnival again, but continue to prefer Royal Caribbean for a better overall experience.

Cabin / Stateroom
Loved the room, didn't care for being directly above the main theater (Taj Mahal).
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Great ports and longer stay times were appreciated.
Onboard Activities
Again - cost cutting meant no ship's band(s), and well intentioned but limited variety in entertainment in the main lounge.
Service and Staff
See comments above. 95% indifferent service.
Food and Dining
Cost cutting is reflected in lower quality cuts of meat and little seafood. There was a decent variety of choices - burgers, burritos, pizza for snacking. The steak house was top notch.
Baltimore, Maryland
Grand Turk Island
The beaches just to the west of the ship are some of the best in the Caribbean. Worth the walk.
Oranjestad, Aruba
Water clarity is not great for scuba, but wreck diving opportunity is still good.
Willemstad, Curacao
Scuba through scubacao was terrific. Shore dives to coral reefs were spectacular.
Bonaire, Netherlands Special Municipality
Our favorite port on this trip. Clean, nice vibe, no hassles, great diving.
Frederiksted, St. Croix, U.S.V.I.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Consider staying on for a couple of days to see the island. Check airbnb for great deals.

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