Carnival Pride Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern
Sail Date: March 13, 2016
Ship: Carnival Pride
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 5142
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 1 year ago
We chose this cruise because it went to 8 islands, 5 of which we had never been to before. We loved it. We loved the ship, the crew, the food, everything. I was worried about the American Table because of all the negative reviews. Turns out that it wasn't bad at all really. Each night I found something that I liked. I was, however, not thrilled about the no tablecloth thing going on. I don't like my silverware laying on a bare table plus the glasses sweat and water gets all over the table. Another nicety that is gone is the putting the napkin on your lap. None of these things ruined my vacation by a long shot it's just that one by one, they are missing. We still had a wonderful time by far.
Because this was a "Journeys" cruise, meaning 9 days or longer, it had a few added features. It had live Caribbean music on lido, the Captain's ball white glove affair complete with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. They were delish. It also had the spectacular midnight buffet. It was all that I remembered it to be from 2008. The last time I saw it. They also had 3 formal nights and 2 were lobster, much to our surprise.
This ship had a Guy's Burger joint. Two words.....Pig Patty!!! Oh lord, I knew I should have gotten my blood work done before this vacation. It is a patty of BACON on a burger. Blue Iguana Cantina, another good stop. They are open for breakfast and lunch that I know of. You can built your own burrito.
We went to David's Steakhouse for dinner the 1st night because you get a free bottle of wine then. Dinner measured up to my expectations. I had lobster and escargots.
There were plenty of comedians. We went to a couple shows and loved them. We also took in a show at the Dive In movies. It was March so they offer you blankets with Dive In Movies embroidered on them. I found out too late that you can buy them. I will do that on our cruise next year.
We got an obstructed view balcony which I will never do again. We usually get a regular or premium balcony. This time I wanted to be next to my family and that's what they got. I learned the hard way that there are not any upgrades to these. The balcony is narrower than others so it was crowded. Again, it did not ruin my cruise but never again.
All in all this was a great ship. I would definitely sail Pride again.
Food and Dining
Blue Iguana Cantina, another good stop. They are open for breakfast and lunch that I know of. You can built your own burrito.
Guy's Burger's was AWESOME.
Although we had no children, we did go to the Dr. Seuss breakfast. I got all of their autographs and got my picture with each of them. Aren't we all just a kid at heart? It was really fun :)
Service and Staff
Our room steward was the best so far. He brought us things without us having to ask, i.e, soda and ice.
Our room was clean and in nice shape. Our door whistled but they fixed it. Our TV was dark and they fixed it. I smelled an odor like motor oil and they came to inspect. They took care of our needs in a timely manner.
Cabin / Stateroom
We got an obstructed view balcony which I will never do again. We usually get a regular or premium balcony. This time I wanted to be next to my family and that's what they got. I learned the hard way that there are not any upgrades to these. The balcony is narrower than others so it was crowded. It did not ruin my cruise but never again.
This was the 1st time that I ever got the internet package. It came down considerably. I like to keep in contact with home because of my pets and house. Texting got costly in the past. I got the middle package. It was all but streaming video. I posted pictures as we went. Folks at home loved it.