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AWESOME ITINERARY by Deniseg

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Carnival Pride / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

We chose this cruise because it went to 8 islands, 5 of which we had never been to before. We loved it. We loved the ship, the crew, the food, everything. I was worried about the American Table because of all the negative reviews. Turns out that it wasn't bad at all really. Each night I found something that I liked. I was, however, not thrilled about the no tablecloth thing going on. I don't like my silverware laying on a bare table plus the glasses sweat and water gets all over the table. Another nicety that is gone is the putting the napkin on your lap. None of these things ruined my vacation by a long shot it's just that one by one, they are missing. We still had a wonderful time by far. Because this was a "Journeys" cruise, meaning 9 days or longer, it had a few added features. It had live Caribbean music on lido, the Captain's ball white glove affair complete with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. They were delish. It also had the spectacular midnight buffet. It was all that I remembered it to be from 2008. The last time I saw it. They also had 3 formal nights and 2 were lobster, much to our surprise. This ship had a Guy's Burger joint. Two words.....Pig Patty!!! Oh lord, I knew I should have gotten my blood work done before this vacation. It is a patty of BACON on a burger. Blue Iguana Cantina, another good stop. They are open for breakfast and lunch that I know of. You can built your own burrito. We went to David's Steakhouse for dinner the 1st night because you get a free bottle of wine then. Dinner measured up to my expectations. I had lobster and escargots.  There were plenty of comedians. We went to a couple shows and loved them. We also took in a show at the Dive In movies. It was March so they offer you blankets with Dive In Movies embroidered on them. I found out too late that you can buy them. I will do that on our cruise next year. We got an obstructed view balcony which I will never do again. We usually get a regular or premium balcony. This time I wanted to be next to my family and that's what they got. I learned the hard way that there are not any upgrades to these. The balcony is narrower than others so it was crowded. Again, it did not ruin my cruise but never again.  All in all this was a great ship. I would definitely sail Pride again.    

 

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4.1

1st Carnival Cruise by meghad23

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Carnival Pride / Destination: Caribbean - Eastern

This was my first cruise and they lived up to the "Fun Ship" for sure. The crew and staff was amazing, Dr. E the cruise director was the best we ever had. We had a horribly rough first sea day but that was out of control. Ship is older and tired, so don't expect all the bells and whistles. The WiFi is NOT worth it.

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4.3

Great South Caribbean Cruise by maectpo58

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Carnival Pride / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

Entire cruise was wonderful. Food, drinks, state room, entertainment, activities, service and weather perfect. Except for last two days, when we hit rough sea with strong wind and big waves. Even though I still will sail every year. For me this is the best type of vacation.

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4.0

Mostly good cruise by MimiA

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Carnival Pride / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

Our party consisted of our son and new wife for their honeymoon, along with my husband and myself who are cruisers (23 for me and 18 for DH); it was our son's third cruise and his wife's second (first on Carnival for both of them). Cabin was Balcony 8215 located below the Lido Deck, One could hear rolling carts across the floor in the Mermaid's Grille above us from time to time since parts of it are open 24 hrs. and continental breakfast was available at 6 am.  I had made purchases online prior to embarkation for the newlyweds and a case of bottled water. All items were in the cabin upon arrival or delivered at the specified time. The previous cruise was late arriving back to Baltimore and our original time frame to arrive requested by Carnival via email was 1-2 pm but it was changed to 2-3 pm. We had a 5+ hour drive from north of Pittsburgh to the port of Baltimore and arrived in the parking area around 1:30. Lot employees and porters operate very proficiently at this port which we had sailed from previously on Royal Caribbean. Apparently, all embarkation was delayed significantly as we had a 45 minute wait in line to check in, with only Diamond/Platinum level enjoying a short line or FTTF passengers who had a separate check-in point. There were about 28 agents checking people in.  We were able to go directly to our cabin upon arrival which was great since we had brought soda and wine that is allowed to be brought on and we all had multiple carry-on items. We had received all but one piece of luggage within 30 minutes. We then went to the Mermaid's Grille for lunch and the final bag had arrived when we returned.  After sailaway, we enjoyed time out on deck viewing the sunset and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge prior to dinner. We were assigned a table for four at the late sitting in the MDR. Our waiter's name was Nevlin and stateroom steward was Sutopo. They looked after us very well and were excellent.  The ship itself is laid out well with few bottlenecks except at the Mermaid's Grille. Many public rooms are underused. The Ivory Piano Bar is gorgeous but was not used much. The refurbished Lido Deck is definitely a popular spot with several bars and eateries, along with the movie screen, being fully utilized.  Our son booked dinner in David's Steakhouse ($35pp charge specialty restaurant) on the second at sea night. It is worth the fee and also, you need to allow additional time for additional courses. Everyone there gave excellent service and the food was superb. They even made a special dessert treat for the honeymooners with a candle to blow out.  Excursions - We had booked two excursions through Carnival prior to sailing - Kennedy Space Center (KSC) self-guided tour in Port Canaveral and the Scenic Underwater Bubble (SUB) in Nassau and our tickets arrived for these embarkation day. We left for the KSC tour around 8 am and the bus for the return to the ship left the Visitor's Complex at 3:30 pm. Our DIL has mobility issues with her knees and cannot stand or walk far at one time (this became very evident while waiting in the embarkation line) so I made arrangements to rent a wheelchair from Carnival as I knew the KSC was a large facility and would involve lots of walking. KSC provided buses from the Visitor's complex to the launch pad area, so employees requested special handicap lift buses for our DIL. Unfortunately, this necessitated additional wait times. 7-8 hours is minimal time to see the complex, but it is worth seeing; I recommend seeing it over two full days and not as an excursion from a cruise. Disney in Orlando was even further away from the port and the only other thing to do there is go to a beach.  Our other excursion which only my husband and I took (we are avid snorkelers) was the SUB. The weather was liquid sunshine and since we were going underwater, that was OK, except all our stuff including towels got soaked in a driving rain while taking the "speedboat" out to the snorkel boat. Once on board, we were divided into two groups: one to go on the SUBs and the other to snorkel. Then the two groups switched, although not many wanted to snorkel after doing the SUB. Several people in the first group declined to go in the water or came out immediately after getting in the SUB - unsure of the reasons. I was the last in the first group and the steering on my equipment was not functioning so I would continue to spin in a circle. Then one of the crew guided me around following the leader and the others. Both my husband and I were VERY PLEASED with the overall excursion and can't wait to do it again. A buoy attached to the SUB keeps everyone exactly 15 feet below the surface and your head remains dry.  Our last port excursion at Freeport, Bahamas, offered a pleasant surprise. Our son had never snorkeled and is not a very good swimmer, but he wanted to try, so we booked an independent excursion through Viator to snorkel from the beach at Paradise Cove (Deadman's Reef). While my DH was helping our son learn how to use the equipment along with employees at the beach, I started swimming out to the reef. For a non-swimmer, it is a great distance and the equipment for flotation was not a vest, but a belt; our son did get to see a couple of small fish swimming close to the shore while standing on sand. It was low tide when we arrived and I had never snorkeled so close to the coral and fish as my underwater photos can attest to. I saw several turtles and a spotted ray probably 4-ft. in span with an even longer tail/barb, along with the usual assortment of fish and coral. For me, this was my best snorkeling adventure ever, due to the proximity to everything.  Entertainment - For late diners, options for entertainment were minimal; we do not frequent comedians which seems to be a typical Carnival show. The 80s show was not good in our opinion. We also are not bingo players or interested in hairy chest contests, etc., so activities we enjoy were not plentiful.  The Serenity Deck is too small for the number of people wanting to use it and when we ventured there, there were really no chairs available (some chair hogs, but not a lot). Also the hot tub could not handle more than 7 people. There were 15-20 children on board to attend the camps/clubs.  There was a medevac on our last sea day which put us behind in time to arrive in Baltimore. I never made it to the gym, but did enjoy a massage at a reduced price on the last sea day and I had purchased an OBC prior to sailing for our DIL to get a massage also - she enjoyed hers as well; however, we started to experience rocky seas and the spa is located forward on deck 9 (Lido). She experienced seasickness and did not go to dinner.  Our arrival time was pushed back until 11 am into the port (I am sure the succeeding cruise experience at least a two hour delay with embarkation as well). We asked for wheelchair assistance for our DIL for debarkation, but were waiting until after 12:45 pm before being escorted off based on the location of cabin by deck - I found this to be a very unsatisfying way to disembark. Handicap assistance followed platinum/diamond pax, then FTTF, self-assist people, who took an hour total. Driving away from the port was very easy and we were on the road before 1:30 pm.  Would I sail on the Pride again? - Probably if a different itinerary. Would I sail from Baltimore again - absolutely!   

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3.3

Ok Cruise by Keshia518

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Carnival Pride / Destination: Caribbean - Eastern

Overall was relaxing and the food was good the fun squad was excellent with everyone, staff and waiters were friendly.. I wish the entertainment was better but I won’t let this stop me from sailing again!

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4.1

Great Value Cruise by captncool

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Carnival Pride / Destination: Caribbean - Eastern

After reading some negative reviews of the Pride here, I had become concerned. I could not have been more surprised. I can say without a doubt that I will return to the Pride soon. Major public areas have been updated, the staff is wonderful (kuddos to Brandon, Cathy and Pablo), and the ports of call are a nice mix. I must say that dinner was better than I'd had on other Carnival cruises, and David's Steakhouse was world class. Dollar for dollar this was the best value cruise I've taken after cruising on 4 different ships.

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Most relaxing & fun vacation I ever had! by banana19anna

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Carnival Pride / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

No planning, no stress, no budgeting.  Fun and food available 24/7.  Excellent customer service by all attendants that remembered our name all week.  Amazing!  

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4.3

Fun Caribbean cruise by cashmeredream

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Carnival Pride / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

The carnival pride was great i got engaged while on the cruise will definitely be back soon

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5.0

One Never To Forget by nklebba8

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Carnival Pride / Destination: Caribbean - Western

We really had a great time. 1st stop Cozumel Mexico all I can say is.. Great great great. Went to Mr Sancho's Beach Resort and it was so relaxing. 2nd stop was Isla Roatan, Honduras and no complaints there either. Got off the ship and took the short walk to the beach and layed under the trees on the beach and had a great time. Just doing nothing except maybe a little drinking and swimming. 3rd stop was suppose to be Belize but the sea's were to rough for the tender boats to carry us we did not get to stop. 4th stop was suppose to be Costa Maya Mexico but again the sea's were hitting the side of the ship to hard for us to get off safely. So we headed back to Cozumel. Over all it was a great time and we really appreciate Carnival and there judgement of our well fair. Thank you Carnival for all you do to show us a wonderful time. See you in April.Big Smile  

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Carnival Pride provides a fantastic vacation by acouria

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Carnival Pride / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

It was a fantastic experience. The Carnival Pride staff was (better than RC) great and very helpful. We love the afternoon tea, the food overall was better than expected, the towel robes in the cabin were a plus, also the beach towel in the cabin that could be use when you go to port is a great addition. The spa steam and dry sauna were great with the glass wall so you were able to get the daylight in the sauna and not feel confined. We loved the spa and gym facilities overall with indoor jacuzzi for those persons sensitive to sunlight it is a great option with lounging chairs indoors. We also like the Serenity section of the ship, although it could be made larger since lots of people use it and it would be important to make the pool more handicap accessible with a ramp and handlebars to the pool.

it was really nice that for the cabin shower Carnival was able to provide a portable chair as an option for handicap even if a handicap cabin was not available. 

Also the value for the cruise was very good and we got a free upgrade to a balcony.

We look forward to more itineraries from Carnival Pride from Baltimore after the ship get refurbished. 

 

Thank you !!! Carnival and cheap cruises we will be back. 

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4.4

Carnival Pride Fun Days by ronajona

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Carnival Pride

We loved the cruise, it’s itinerary and activities. We love the convenience of a hometown port.

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4.5

Excellent Honeymoon for Two Low-Key, Budget-Conscious Travelers by lemonsmom

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Carnival Pride / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

An excellent honeymoon, and a wonderful experience for both of us. My husband had never been on a cruise and was skeptical, and both he (a very active person) and I (very relaxed) thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

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4.6

Fantastic by Littlebopeep

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)
Ship: Carnival Pride / Destination: Caribbean - Eastern

My family and I had a fantastic time onboard the Carnival Pride. My son's third, his wife's second, their daughters (1.5 years old) Hattie's frist, daughter in laws Mother her first, My husband's eighth and my ninth cruise. We can't wait for another cruise

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4.8

1st Cruise by Shannon879

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Carnival Pride / Destination: Caribbean - Eastern

Great 1st cruise, service and staff were great, ports were beautiful

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4.4

Great Summer Family vacation by mrlndr

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Carnival Pride / Destination: Caribbean - Eastern

We have cruised on the Carnival Pride 8 times and love the size of the ship and it's crew. My only complaint is that I wish they would change the ports since we have seen these so often. They need to add new ports.

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4.2

From Baltimore is a quick road trip with the neighbors by MikeG65

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Carnival Pride / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

Nice cruise and a short trip to Baltimore for us.

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4.3

Awesome!!! by bigpapicongero

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Carnival Pride / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

this was our first 7 day cruise alone and we absolutely loved it. We usually do friends and family group cruises but this was our first alone cruise. Even in the midst of all the corona virus scare Carnival still was able to show us a great time and assured us that they had everything on board under control. They were absolutely great at keeping everyone calm and assured us that our cruise was going on without turmoil. Staff was "THE BEST" so friendly and attentive. They treated us like family. We are sold on Carnival!!! we are cruisers for life.

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4.3

It’s our 2nd time trying to see Bermuda but failed to make it there! by Qourra

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Carnival Pride / Destination: Bermuda

Amazing time away from home going on adventure of a year😜🇩🇴🇺🇸

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4.0

A great holiday cruise! by bijouhamham

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Carnival Pride / Destination: Caribbean - Eastern

This was our first cruise and we were a bit nervous but aside from being sea sick the first day at sea, we had an awesome time. Here's a breakdown:

 

Embarkation -- Standing in line for almost two hours was a real pain but we had no real issues here.

 

Cabin -- We got an extended balcony room and I can't recommend that enough! When everyone and their mother is on the lido deck, you can sit on your peaceful private balcony and watch the sunset and it is awesome. You can have room service bring your breakfast and enjoy it out there too! The decor of the cabin was surprisingly dated but the room was clean and the bed was comfortable.

 

Days at sea -- Sea sickness is no joke! I have spent a ton of time on boats without getting sick and assumed I'd be fine but boy is it different out in the open ocean! I was really happy to have backed "just in case" Dramamine. 

 

There is plenty to do to pass the time while at sea and Carnival has a great app to help you plan your day and find your way around the ship, which was very confusing at first. 

 

Grand Turk -- So convenient that you walk off the ship and are at the beach. The shops here are overpriced tourist traps but if you pass through them and walk down on the beach, you can jump right in the beautiful water. I recommend heading to the "GRAND TURK" side of the beach which was way less crowded and just as nice as the "WELCOME TO" side. You can have food and drink brought to you while you lounge in the shade under the huge palm trees, there's volleyball and a huge chess board, and a NASA exhibit. You might consider water shoes here as the sea floor is very rocky and my husband and I both cut our feet.

 

Half Moon Cay -- For this port, you have to use a tender boat to get to the island since it is too small for a big pier. This was a bit annoying in the morning when everyone was trying to go at the same time and even with the number system, it was still super crowded. As the day goes on, less people are coming and going and it's much less stressful. The beach here is awesome, the water is super clear, you can snorkel right there in the swimming area and see cool fish, there are a ton of activities all over the island, lunch is served in a huge awesome BBQ buffet, it's very clean, and there aren't pushy local vendors as this is a cruiseline-owned island.

 

Freeport -- Honestly, I would have rather skipped this stop all together and just headed home early. It's just a small strip mall in a shipping port full of pushy vendors selling the same ticky tacky crap (but at least the prices are relatively cheap aside from the random Harley Davidson store). To go and do anything beachy requires an expensive excursion or taking a taxi 20+ mins. We weren't feeling this and hung out mostly on the ship this day as it was a short stop and we got a chance to do the things that were normally too crowded (e.g., mini golf, basketball, hot tubbing, the water slides).

 

Food -- There are so many options for eating, it's crazy. The first night we went to the official dinner restaurant where you go at your assigned time. It was beautiful and the food was great but it literally took two hours for two people so we never went there again. The quality of the food at the buffets was just as good and allowed you to try all kinds of foods. My husband and I are both vegetarian and we always found plenty of yummy veg-friendly foods. There are a couple of restaurants where you can pay for fancier food but we never tried those as the buffets are included and are very good.

 

Casino -- I was really disappointed by this. Firstly because you can smoke in there which is a HUGE turn-off. I was shocked that there wasn't at least a non-smoking section. I'm not a hardcore gambler, I just like to play the slots, and the odds are stacked so hard against you that it's not even fun. At a normal casino you can sit and play for 20-30 mins with a $20 and you'll go up and lose some and have fun. These machines suck your money away without any bonus rounds and the fun is over in like 2 minutes. My husband is into roulette and cards and also didn't enjoy his time, though I can't explain why because those games make no sense to me. :)

 

Comedy club and stage shows -- We really wanted to go to a comedy show and tried FIVE TIMES and every time there was literally not a seat left it was so packed. So I guess that means they're good? If you can get in the door. The stage shows (by Playlist Productions) were surprisingly good with an impressive theatre (the Taj Mahal) with high tech audio visual and stage effects. The singers were often off-key and over-sang everything to death but it was still a good time.

 

Tipping -- Having never been on a cruise, we had no idea we were going to be charged $180 for gratuity at the end of the trip and had been tipping in cash. That was really aggravating so be sure to understand your cruise's tipping protocol beforehand!

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The good, the bad, and the really, really ugly. by flyersfan1129

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Carnival Pride / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

First, let me say that I really WANTED to like Carnival. We had only ever cruised on Disney, but with my husband in a new job, he was unable to get the time off for our Disney Cruise. So, I pushed the DCL cruise up a year, and looked for an alternative cruise for my son and myself. The Pride sails from Baltimore, which is an hour drive from our home. This cruise was the same days as our DCL, with the added bonus of a stop in Port Canaveral, which would give me a day at WDW. My son has always wanted to go to Atlantis, so I booked this and was really excited to see a new ship and visit new ports. I organized a FB group, bought door decorations, Command Strips, Cruise Cash and booked our excursion to Atlantis. I also bought Faster to the Fun so we could board early, and counted down the days. On our embarkation day, my husband dropped us off at 10:30, as we had the FTTF. We sat in the terminal and met a really cool family that we ended up eating with just about every night. We sat and talked. And sat, and sat, and sat. And sat some more. We didn't board until about 12:45. Our cabin, 8207, was ready, so we decided to sit on the balcony for a few minutes....but our balcony was covered in paint chips. One look up showed that the paint was coming from the ceiling, which was a nasty mess of peeling paint.The ceiling on the balcony next to us was peeling apart, almost like it was wet cardboard, and there was some sort of general ickiness falling from that. I called Guest Services and asked to be moved, or to have the balcony cleaned. Moving was not an option as the boat was at capacity, but I was told the balcony would be cleaned. OK, great! I unpacked our day bag loving the three closets and drawers, even though they were showing some wear. The bathroom shelves were covered in dust, but I just whipped out my Lysol wipes and the problem was solved.

After we unpacked, up for a soda and a burger from Guys. Yummmy! These are some of the best burgers I have had in ages, and the sautéed mushrooms....heaven. During our seven days, we would discover that the food on Carnival is head and shoulders better than most of the food on DCL. Sadly, that is the only area in which they are even close to DCL. After lunch, we explored the ship. The teen club was empty, not even a crew member. Off to the video prize arcade, soon to be my son's favorite hangout on the ship. He checked out all the gamesand then, after I tore my son out, we headed back to the cabin, where I discovered that all of our bags were delivered, and that I had forgotten shampoo and conditioner. In my defense, DCL supplies spa level amenities, so I think it was some sort of mental block on my part. I decorated our door, and then we changed into our dress clothes for our dinner at David's. This was my son's birthday dinner, and I was so excited about it! This; however; was the beginning of the downfall of our Carnival experience. The waitress, whose name I have now blocked, seemed distracted, and more interested in the young men around us. Despite noting his birthday on the reservation, and mentioning it several times, we received nothing. Not a cupcake, no 'Happy Birthday ' song, nothing. Ok. No big deal. The food was AMAZING, and my son was thrilled with his steak. When the meal was over, I handed our waitress my Sign and Sail card, and off she went. For well over half an hour. My son wandered to the men's restroom, while I waited. And waited,And waited. She finally returned to tell me that she had lost my Sign and Sail card, but that she had spoken to her manager, who had called Guest Services who had voided the card and already had my new one ready. OK. Off to Guest Services to pick up my new card. And yeah, no one at GS had any clue what I was talking about. So I waited about 20 MORE minutes while they did what I was told had already been done. By this point, I was so furious that as soon as I had my new card I walked away. I was sure I would get a call from someone, with an apology, or something. A spa coupon, a box of candy, something. Yeah, nope. Nothing. After repeatedly calling GSand speaking to the manager at David's, who informed me she found out about the incident AFTER I left the restaurant, I was given a credit for one of the charges at David's. I was also told that Carnival doesn't 'compensate' for mistakes. Umm, pumpkin, this wasn't some spilled milk, this was your employee losing what amounts to my credit card, waiting 40 minutes to tell me, and then lying to me about how she handled it. Anyway, this new card/folio haunted me all week. Nearly every time I used my card, the crew member chose the old folio number, and would tell me loudly that there was a problem with my card. By the end of the cruise, I resorted to using my actual credit card. 

As if this was not enough, our wait staff in the dining room seemed just as distracted. Our waiter served my son the wrong soup, and while this would normally be just annoying, the soup he served my son was peach soup, and my son is allergic to peaches. So that evening ended up with my son heavily sedated on Benadryl andme getting no sleep while I hovered over him with an  EpiPen. Once I was sure he was OK, I went to GS to reduce the gratuity for our waitstaff. (Sorry, when you almost kill my child with your careless actions, I am not tipping you.) We ate the remaining meals at the table of the family we met while boarding, who were seated alone at an 8 top, as we were. (And yes, I gave that wait staff a tip in cash). That is the all the ugly..well almost, but since the rest was on debark day, I will save that.

The entertainment on the ship is amazing...the comedy shows, the trivia contests(I won the 80's music and movie music games, and have the ships on sticks to prove it) were lots of fun. Not fond of the casino, because of the cigarette smoke, but no big deal.

Nassau, and Atlantis, were the real reason for this trip, and that resort, and the mega watt smile on my son's face the entire day, are the only reason I gave the cruise two stars. OK, I also got a day in WDW, so I did get my Disney fix. We also met a ton of new friends, and my son and I spent a lot of quality time together. As our last day approached, I was sad to be leaving and ready to just let Carnival off the hook. And then I got my final bill. That showed I was being billed $210 despite only $250 of my $300 in Cruise Cash being applied. Mind you, this was at 8 AM and we had to vacate our room at 9. I called GS, and the rep said she would call me right back. Yeah, 30 minutes later, no call back. So I leave my son, head to GS and that is when it got REALLY, REALLY ugly. I will,spare the details, but the lowlight was the GS rep telling me "This is your fault because you lost your Sign and Sail card." That is when I flipped. Seriously. I did end up with a credit on my card for the unused Cruise Cash. My son and I were also OFF the ship by 9:25 AM. (Self assist). Oh, and did I mention that our balcony got cleaned? Yeah, on Friday afternoon. 

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