Carnival Pride Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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4 out of 5

Beautiful Carnival Pride

Sail Date: January 28, 2016

Reviewed: 9 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Very nice ship. Room 7291 had extended balcony as there were 3 of us, however they would only allow 2 chairs out there. Had wet carpet for 3 days which they cleaned and put big fan in our room after they cleaned it. They gave us credit on our shore account for the inconvenience. Generous of them. Service and food were great.  There were times we wanted to be in room but housecleaning wanted to clean 2ce a day. We said we did not want them 2ce a day, but they were adamant. They asked we vacated the balcony one day for cleaning, which we did. But they never cleaned it. We prefer sitting on shaded private balcony then out with so many  other people. 

This cruise was mostly elderly people, few kids. Clubs and bars were quiet.  Drinks on the ship are high, the specials are one dollar of a $11.50 drink.  And the mixed drinks are small.  It would be nice if they had a more affordable alcohol program.  There has to be a lot of profit in a drink.  Late night dining is just to late, 8:15.  Early dining and anytime dining were full.  Seems ships are trying to get people to go to specialty restaurants.  Ship is cutting corners, but some of that is ok. No table cloth except for formal nights, staff doesn't put napkin on lap or pull out your chair. I'm ok with that. At buffets staff no longer brings you drinks. It is all self serve. No robes in room unless you request.

Carnival does a nice job. We liked the Pride a lot. 

 

Cabin / Stateroom
We were 3 in room but they would not allow 3 chairs on the balcony. Balcony was dirty. They asked we vacate it one day so they could clean but they never did show up. So we forfeited a balcony day for nothing.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
San juan is such an efficient port. Real smooth embarkation, let us on at 12:30 and room was ready. Luggage arrived quickly.
Ship Quality
Liked the ship layout and decor
Destinations and Excursions
Great island stops
Onboard Activities
Entertainment
Service and Staff
Would like option to decline room service if you want to be in room
Food and Dining
Serving sizes are smaller at main dining which is great. Hate wasting food, and like to try a lot of different things.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Free trolley system comes every 15 minutes. Nice way to navigate old san juan. Stayed at Verdanza about one block from ocean with vendors right there cooking tacos, kabobs.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Love Paradise point. But the chalet going up there is 20 a person. Can take cab to m as gems bay, there is a charge to enter beach area and then to rent chairs.
Antigua, West Indies
Took tour from party outside ship at 25 a person with 2 hours at beach. Safe and affortable
Dominica
Ship docks next to ware house where local vendors have similar tables set up. Small local bars have beer 3 for 5 bucks. Nice outdoor spots to enjoy a reasonably priced beer, versus the 7 dollars ship charges
Castries, St. Lucia
Right outside ship was tour buses for 30 a person. If you go inside shop areas tours were 55 a person. Nice your, bus was comfortable and many stops allowed for picture taking and shopping. 2 hours at beach with free chair and rum drink at Pigeon beach Nice beach. Man with boat full of drinks on water with reasonable prices.
Basseterre, St. Kitts
Casino bar right off ship has $1. Beer.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Water taxi is 7 per person taking you to beach and shopping , and casinos. Good shopping right at pier.
Baltimore, Maryland People from Baltimore said it is not a safe city and best bet is to go directly to airport. Nice airport. Getting a taxi from ship was very disorganized, few taxis around. People said that is not normal. We waited 45 minutes for taxi. $30 to airport.

Tip

At St Lucia when you get off the ship there are tour people that charge 30 for tour of island. 2 hours at beach with free chair and drink at beach. Hslf of what you pay if you buy thru ship. Very nice tour.



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