Carnival Pride, 7/10

Carnival Pride Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
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Overall Rating:

2 out of 5
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Carnival Pride

7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Baltimore Roundtrip)

Sail Date: July 10, 2016

Ship: Carnival Pride

Cabin Type: Oceanview

Cabin Number: 1124

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review Summary

Favorite part of the cruise was not having to fly somewhere to arrive at the ship.  Sailing out of Baltimore was awesome.  However, all the people responsible for design the ship with a stateroom beneath a pub, to the decorator who decided not to carpet the pub (think chairs being dragged and bumped) to the party responsible for assigning a family with a 7 y.o. in the stateroom immediately beneath the pub, to the people at guest services who somehow 'forgot' we complained the first time, to housekeeping who has to move the chairs to clean,  I'm just not sure at 6 a.m.  ... all those people, and anyone else, should be made to sleep in Pride stateroom 1124 for a week of sailing.  And whoever makes the decision to turn off the water/lemonade/iced tea/ice machines and remove the cups from the pool deck at 8 p.m., even though the pool is open until 10 p.m.? should have to go without beverages for a twelve hour stretch.  And given how old the Pride is, I'm pretty sure I'm not the first to complain about these things.  And then disembarking via the tender, and at the end of the cruise ... took way longer than it should have.  Three hours to get everyone off the ship ... God help us if there had been an emergency. 

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Best prime rib I've ever had. Otherwise, the food was nothing special. And the cookies that were available after lunch, and no other time was a bit of a bummer. The most annoying was no water/lemonade/iced tea/ice, nor cups, from the machines on the pool deck after 8 p.m. Why????

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


3 out of 5

Children's Programs

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The staff were great, entertaining. Unfortunately, it took a long time for dinner to be served, and that meant getting to the movie after it started, unless guests wanted to leave dinner early. Carnival needs to work on better coordination. And we traveled with two other parties, booked at the same time. Somehow, we were seated at different tables. So went to guest services (another nearly hour long wait) only to find out I have to speak with the maître d at dinner. Maybe having a guest service liaison casing the line and asking people the purpose for their visit would diminish the line, and certainly would have diminished my ill will for having waited in line for nothing.

Ship Quality

1 out of 5
See above comments regarding a stateroom beneath an uncarpeted pub and assigning a family with a 7 y.o. in said stateroom. Also, the smell of sewage coming up either the toilet or shower drain was pretty gross.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Kamong was very attentive, quick, and has a great memory. The Normandie servers were humorous and also have great memories for names and other details (though I know this particular comment is about the cabin). No issues with the room itself, just its location beneath a pub. My 7 y.o. had bloodshot eyes from lack of sleep by the 3rd morning of the cruise. It's an easy solution and not all that expensive. Put carpets on the floor of the pub, and don't bunk small children beneath it. There were plenty of other inebriated adults who could have gotten by in those conditions.

Ship Tip

The prime rib was phenomenal. However, find out what surrounds your stateroom. A good night's sleep can make less than desirable situations tolerable. Location, location, location. Coordination needs to be improved.

Ports Of Call

Baltimore, Maryland

5 out of 5
Sailing out of Baltimore was awesome, convenient.

Grand Turk Island

5 out of 5

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

5 out of 5

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island

3 out of 5
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