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Carnival Pride Cruise Review to Bermuda

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Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 72

Overall rating:

4.5 out of 5
Carnival Pride

7 Night Bermuda (Baltimore Roundtrip)

Sail date: June 30, 2019

Ship: Carnival Pride

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 4120

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

We were traveling with extended family (including 4 teens) and Bermuda could not have been a better destination. The Pride crew was fabulous as always and we had a lovely time. We can't wait to do it again!

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Embarkation was the easiest we have ever experienced. Baltimore is always easy, but this time, ever without FTTF we simply drove up, had no wait for baggage handling, parked, walked in through security, carry-ons were were X-Rayed and we walked straight on to the ship. 15 minutes from entering the port to being on-board, max!

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The food on the Pride is always excellent and we had the best wait staff on the planet. I Putu, Princess and Joel treated us like VIPs and made sure we had the chance to try anything we wanted (or that they just thought we *should* try). The buffet was good on the days I ate it, but I prefer Blue Iguana or Guys at lunch regardless. My filet at brunch was melt-in-your mouth tender. There were some issues the last night at dinner, but I suspect they were due to computer problems rather than anything else.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Had some great, tough trivia with engaging hosts.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
They need to change up the shows in the main lounge more often, all of these were ones I'd seen and they only had two strong singers and two who were not very good. The comedians were first rate and Fluffy is a great comedy club MC. The rest of the musicians were all pretty average and the duo that was always in the Foyer were best avoided altogether. A new band for the Red Frog was coming on as we left, so no idea how that venue is right now.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
We had wonderful service from everyone on board. I really think the Pride has the sweetest crew.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
I like the layout of the Spirit Class ships, everything is very convenient. The ship is older and showing it's age in the wear and tear around the edges (surprising given the recent drydock). But I love the classical art theme and the decor always makes me happy. It recalls a more elegant age.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
This was the first time we ever had a 4K (the 'interior' with the floor to ceiling windows behind the lifeboats). Nice spacious cabin with sofa, the window let in natural light during the day (a must for me) and you could lie on the bed and watch the water go by below, which was pretty neat, even if we didn't have a view into the distance. I'd happily stay in one again, well worth it for the cost savings over an ocean view.

Ship tip

Get to know the layout before you get onboard as some of the flow isn't instinctive, especially the kids clubs which are up a set of stairs at front of the inside prominade in the bow..

Ports of call

Baltimore, Maryland

3 out of 5
We stayed in a nice part of town by the Inner Harbor and nevertheless spend our entire time being accosted by aggressive panhandlers. We even had one follow us into a store and begin harrassing all the patrons, while the management ignored it altogether. I was with my kids, so it made me feel unsafe on their behalf. There was plenty to do exploring the Inner Harbor on foot and lots of restaurants within walking distance, you just have to run the gauntlet to get to any of them.

King's Wharf, Bermuda

5 out of 5
One of the best ports we've been too. I am now completely in love with Bermuda and can't wait to go back. The ship docks right in the Royal Navy Dockyards which is great because instead of the usual prefab cruise ship only complex, it is an actually complex of historic 19th century limestone buildings which have mostly been restored. Without even leaving the area where you dock, there is the National Museum of Bermuda, The Bermuda Transport Museum, a mall that is actually full of local shops instead of chains, a pub, a bar with kid-friendly swimming pool, an inexpensive public beach with snorkeling, a glass blower, a drug store (often a life saver when traveling) and a bunch of other things. From there you can also get an inexpensive transport pass that will let you take the buses and ferries all over the island and it is super-easy to navigate the system. We went to the Zoo/Aquarium/Natural History Museum, which is tiny, but fascinating, and sits right in the seaside. Food and drink are as expensive as I have ever seen, so eat (and drink) back on the ship.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Slow due to customs delays, but well-organized and when it was time for our group to get off the ship we did not have to stand around and wait as the line moved steadily.
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