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Carnival Pride Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 21

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
Carnival Pride

7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Baltimore Roundtrip)

Sail date: June 16, 2019

Ship: Carnival Pride

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 4123

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Simply said, as we were first time cruisers - we'll be back!

Embarkation

5 out of 5
We had FTTF and it was seamless, quick and easy

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
MDR was our favorite! We didn't dine in the steak house, didn't feel we needed the additional cost because the MDR supplied all our needs. Anytime pizza was a favorite for all our group

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
We used the fitness room and attached hot tub. Equipment was everything we needed. Hot tub was more of a lukewarm tub, but still enjoyable.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
We went to few shows and they were all great.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Our steward, Salman was efficient and helpful We used anytime dining and had a new waitstaff every night, they were all great!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
It just took us a couple days to acclimate ourselves to the different decks but it was fun "getting lost" too. Found all areas to be clean and well maintained, the hallways were picked up immediately. I don't even know how they got to it so quickly.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
We booked 4123, an obstructed view. I highly recommend it! It was the size of a balcony and had huge windows. And it was $30 cheaper than the smaller, no window interior room. There wasn't anything that we didn't like with the cabin.

Ship tip

Adults only fun - Carnival Quest was the most fun I'd had in a long time. Truly is only for adventurous, not easily embarrassed adults. It was 11:15pm, so stay up late if you're an early to bed person

Ports of call

Baltimore, Maryland

5 out of 5
Baltimore County is my home, just a 20 minute drive to the port. They have it down to a science, easy in and easy out, runs smoothly.

Grand Turk Island

5 out of 5
Grand Turk was fun. It wasn't what I expected from all the reviews I read. Walking down the pier you can see just about all the areas that I needed. I didn't do an excursion, so the beach, shopping and Margaritaville were my plan for the day. Mostly, I wanted to get my passport stamped, use the free wifi and maybe hit Jack's Shack. *Passport was to the right of the square, I asked for directions. It was $2 per book. I was allowed to bring everyone's passport, just needed to pay the fee with cash. *Margaritaville was much larger than I anticipated. It looked like everyone was having fun, with lots of options. I really just wanted the wifi to video call home. Their free wifi didn't work well within their compound. It was actually strongest near the passport office. It's to the right of the entrance to Margaritaville. I didn't partake of anything there though. *Beach and water was gorgeous! *Jack's Shack is WELL WORTH the walk. You get a free drink/shot when you tell them about seeing them on facebook. I usually pay $5-$9 for my regular drink - it was $2!!!! And the drinks are strong. They have food, volleyball, beach chairs, etc, all free to use. So, I got off the ship, walked the long pier, went through the shop, across the square to the passport office, then everything else was to the left of the ship.

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

5 out of 5
No excursion needed! Beach and water was the most beautiful you'll find! Chairs are provided, as the island is owned by Carnival. You can rent a clamshell but we found shade easily but just walking down the beach a little further. They also have varying buildings to rent for the day as well. I'm glad they were all reserved by the time we found out about them. I don't think they're worth the additional cost, just my opinion. I didn't care for the lunch buffet that was provided for free. The food was basic to me, not as tasty as I imagined (many reasons I felt this was, as others in our group enjoyed it thoroughly, I may have just been too hot?). The water shuttle (used to be called tender) was an easy ride to/from the island.

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island

5 out of 5
I had no plans of visiting the island, except to get my passport stamped and maybe get free wifi. I planned on a quick off and on, as I was looking forward to a ship with less people on it. We walked across the shopping area and a bit toward a fenced area, by a security gated area. It was just to the left of it. Stamp was free this time. Wanted to find free wifi and decided to try Senor Frogs. It didn't open until 10 so we shopped a little. I didn't buy anything but some of us did and was happy with their purchases from the locals. Went in to Senor Frogs and ordered sodas, didn't want to just use their free wifi. Their wifi was AWFUL, barely able to connect to anything. We decided to pay our tab and go back to the ship. I was quite upset at the cost for 2 sodas, $9.23!!! I found the manager and complained. He went and reset the wifi - bingo! It worked great, got a chance to video call home. Halfway through the call the music started to play. I had to cut the call short but was satisfied with the connection. We were about to leave when they called for a conga line, who could deny this, lol. The line went around the large bar area. There was 3 areas around the bar where they were squirting shots in our mouths, lol. It was so much fun!! A couple in our group left earlier because of the bad connection, they were upset to miss all the action.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Again, we had FTTF and it was smooth, easy and fast.
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