Carnival Pride Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern


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2 out of 5

Carnival Pride, 7/10

Sail Date: July 10, 2016

Reviewed: 2 months ago

Traveled As: Family w/young children

Room Type: Oceanview

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. 

Cabin / Stateroom
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.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Embarkation seemed to take a long time. We were in the 2:30 time slot. It took over an hour to get through the line to check in. Disembarkation took 3 hours, and that was after the delay in getting approval from Customs.
Ship Quality
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.
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Children's Programs
Service and Staff
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.
Food and Dining
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????


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.

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