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Carnival Pride Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 15

Overall rating:

4 out of 5
Carnival Pride

7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Baltimore Roundtrip)

Sail date: May 12, 2019

Ship: Carnival Pride

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 6176

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Ultimate XO, Lobby bar. Yummy!! I preferred the Lobby bar to the Alchemy. Both offered specialty drinks.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Quick & easy

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
David's Steakhouse is absolutely amazing, the staff, service, food all fabulous. The buffet was just so/so. Guy's burgers & the 24 hour pizza were great. The deli was hit or miss depending on who was behind the counter. The bars, bartenders & alcoholic beverages were all fantastic!

Pizzeria

4 out of 5

Pizza was great. Usually had long lines since they're 24 hour and the pizza was actually good. We opted to order pizza from room service when the line was massive. It took an hour but I waited relaxing in our suite instead of standing in a crowd.

Bar

5 out of 5

All of the bars were OUTSTANDING. Service, quality of drinks. Perfection.

Deli

2 out of 5

Menu looked great but quality of food was disappointing every time.

Guy's Burger Joint

5 out of 5

Tried several burgers, all were great. The fixings bar is unique & fun.

David's Steakhouse

5 out of 5

Outstanding food & service. Well worth the meager fee of $38/pp for the reservation.

BlueIguana Cantina

5 out of 5

Amazing breakfast burritos. Ship the buffet head to Blue Iguana instead, you won't be disappointed.

Alchemy Bar

3 out of 5

Although highly recommended the drinks were a bit too "creative" for my personal taste. Service was excellent.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
The spa was nice, we had a couples hot stone massage. I just wish they would have skipped the hard sell of spa products afterward. It took away from the relaxation factor to be cornered in a treatment room and expected to purchase products you neither need or want. The casino & pools were good. Otherwise we didn't participate in group activities or events.

The Fun Shops

5 out of 5

Lots if cool stuff & great staff. Good prices on some of the liquor but not on others. Know the cost if your preferred liquor before you go. My Ciroc vodka was a good price, hubs Crown Royal was cheaper at home. Also beware "duty free" is only free up to $1500. We bought some jewelry on board and got flagged for Customs to pay minimal duty on the overage.

Photo Gallery

5 out of 5

Photographers were great, so many fun back drops & props. Prepay for the package, you're going to need it!! Soooo many great pictures I ended up with a dozen!

Serenity Aft Pool

4 out of 5

Crowded but doable. Hubs & I had to share one lounge chair but he isn't much for sun anyway so it worked out fine.

Internet Cafe

5 out of 5

Very conveniently located, enough computers that I never had to wait to use one.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
This is one area that FAR exceeded our expectations. All of the staff asked your first name, remembered it and addressed you by it throughout the week. As many people as the see, I found that amazing. It truly enhanced our experience.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Layout was very easy to navigate. Decor is a bit outdated but we knew that going in so it was not a concern for us. Cleanliness was acceptable, not pristine white glove clean but definitely sanitary & well attended.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
In a word, PERFECT!!

Ports of call

Baltimore, Maryland

1 out of 5
It's our home town. The city is not desirable in the least but the port was extremely easy to navigate.

Grand Turk Island

5 out of 5
Yes, we did a snorkeling & rum tasting at Bohio Resort AMAZING & HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

5 out of 5
Unfortunately it rained the entire day so we were only on the island for an hour or two. We'd been there before & done the horseback riding excursion. It was so fun riding the horses in the water. They seemed to enjoyed it as much as we did.

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island

4 out of 5
We spent the entire day shopping right at the port than eating & drinking at Senor Frogs. Super fun place, great vacation vibe, friendly staff, good food & drinks.

Disembarkation

3 out of 5
A bit of a cattle call, but I think that is to be expected. The staff seemed to be doing the best they could to get a quick turn for another sailing that afternoon.
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