Our First Family Cruise

Carnival Pride Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 14

Overall rating:

4.3 out of 5
Carnival Pride

7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Baltimore Roundtrip)

Sail date: August 06, 2017

Ship: Carnival Pride

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 5160

Traveled as: Family (young children)

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review summary

This was our first family cruise as well as our first Carnival cruise. It definitely won't be our last. Everything exceeded expectations from the staff to the food to the entertainment. If I had one thing to complain about, it would be Freeport. We didn't enjoy the port. There wasn't anything to see without purchasing an excursion.


1 out of 5
There was a 3 hour delay for embarkation, the reason being "scheduled maintenance." We enjoyed ourselves on the ship but the delay annoyed us because we rushed to board the ship on time.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
My husband and two children are picky eaters and I have a food allergy. Despite this, we were totally satisfied with the variety and quality of food onboard.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
We were never bored. There was always something for the family to do.


5 out of 5
We enjoyed the comedian and the Hasbro game show.

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
Our kids especially enjoyed the Build A Bear and the camp ocean craft hour from 3-4 pm daily.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Everyone on staff was friendly, accommodating, and addressed us by name. Some went above and beyond our expectations.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Entire ship was clean but the decor needs an update.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Our cabin was conveniently located, quiet, and clean. Our daughters enjoyed the bunk beds.

Ship tip

Purchase the FTTF early because it sells out. We weren't able to get it and we're disgusted about how long it took to board the ship. That is our only complaint on an otherwise awesome cruise.

Ports of call

Baltimore, Maryland Did not visit port

We just parked our car and boarded the ship.

Grand Turk Island

5 out of 5
Water was beautiful but the beach was a bit small so we ended up enjoying the free pool at Margaritaville. I got a great deal on some Tanzanite in one of the shops.

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

5 out of 5
This was our favorite port. The beach was big, the water was gorgeous. We were lucky to have gotten a clamshell to rent. Well worth the $30.

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island

1 out of 5
We didn't care for this port. Our kids enjoyed buying souvenirs but there was nothing to see and we felt it wasn't worth purchasing an excursion because our time in port was so short. We ended up back on the ship early and enjoyed a less crowded pool.


1 out of 5
We waited in the Taj Mahal theatre and got scolded for standing even though there weren't enough seats to sit.

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