Carnival Pride Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas
Sail Date: February 07, 2016
Ship: Carnival Pride
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 8277
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 1 year ago
We've cruised quite a bit - on a variety of ships in the Caribbean and Mediterranean and mostly out of the bigger ports. Since this was a "winter getaway", we weren't expecting the warmth and breadth of sunning that we normally get in the summertime cruises. Generally, it was a nice cruise - crew was friendly (as expected) and things went well despite some high winds and choppy seas. What I was most surprised at was the lack of onboard activities and entertainment - the "shows" were relegated to the trip from Baltimore to Florida on the way down and from Bahamas to Baltimore on the way back - so you only had the major evening entertainment (shows, comedy) while on sea days. Given the lack of warmth and sun, it really cut back on things to do. Several of the activities (such as beer pong in one of the bars one afternoon) were oversubscribed and closed out for participation before the announced sign up time. Again, we had a nice time - comparably not the best cruise we've been on and certainly not the most jam-packed with entertainment. For a week-long winter escape, it was enjoyable.
added per comments/questions -
We had one really nice day in Freeport, Bahamas - a glorious day spent on the beach - unfortunately it was a short shore day (only from 9am - 1pm). Generally it seems we picked the worst possible week as a cold front went further south than usual - Florida was in the low 50s when we were there. I think we just got an unusually cold week. I would try it again. Also worth noting the main pool had a retractable clear awning/roof that was closed most of the time that, even when it was colder and windy made it feel bearable, bright and certainly comfortable when out by the pool.
Oh and also, the one-man submarine excursion in Nassau was AMAZING One of the most entertaining adventures we've done in all our cruising and certainly something that can't be done at home. Recommend it highly.